It’s as if it were made just for me, and I love both versions for different reasons. One for 7 year old me, and one for 21 year old me.
I just bought a 7″ vinyl record by Jane Woodman & Zoë Keating. It’s got an awesome track named Tango on one side, and a real trippy cover of The Psychedelic Furs song Sister Europe, on the other. It’s on blue vinyl with a jacket pocket designed by Jane Woodman, and at $7USD which includes streaming from Bandcamp, and downloads that are available in all kinds of formats, it’s a pretty reasonable price. The cost does increase with the conversion to Canadian dollars. That and the inevitable shipping costs brings the price to $21.29 CDN.
This now makes it an expensive 10 minutes and 19 seconds of music. At least it seems so compared to a digital download.
The thing is, I could listen to it for nothing at Bandcamp. So can you, it’s right up there, or you can go directly to:
I think that being able to listen to the songs first, makes me more likely to buy them. Sometimes the little snippet that some sites provide doesn’t really give a true sense of the tune.
So, I decided that I’ll think of it as $7 for a couple of great songs in a bunch of different formats, including one for my turntable, and $14 to encourage them to make more. As a bonus, some postal workers get some money thrown their way.
Oh, and it’s blue. Blue’s a cool colour, so, it’s got that going for it. which is nice.
I missed out on the Dresden Dolls re-issue I was hoping to snag, but still came away with a pretty good haul this year.
One of my favorite songs by The Stranglers – Peaches. This is a 7″ 45 on green vinyl.
A 7″ 45 from The Specials – Sock It To Em J.B./Rat Race
Tears for Fears – Ready Boys and Girls? has three exclusive covers of songs by Arcade Fire, Hot Chip and Animal Collective on 10″ white vinyl.
“My Girls”, “Ready To Start”, “Boy From School”
The The – Giant is a 12″ with “Giant” on one side and “Giant DJ Food Remix (2011)” on the other.
Joy Division – An Ideal For Living. This is a reissue from a newly cut master for the first ever Joy Division release.
Hank Williams – The Garden Spot Programs, 1950–Extended Play This is a 10″ EP on brown vinyl. Previously unreleased, from a 1950 radio show sponsored by Texas’ Naughton Farms Nursery, and brought about with the help of Williams’ daughter Jett.
SIDE ONE: “The Garden Spot Jingle”, “I Don’t Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes), “Lovesick Blues”, “Closing/Oh Susanna”. SIDE TWO: “Farther Along”, “Mind Your Own Business”, “Fiddle Tune”, “Closing/Oh Susanna”.
I also picked up a 7″ single of Marianne Faithfull – Sister Morphine / Something Better.
Music Finland with The Line of Best Fit – This 10″ was created for Record Store Day and was included in my bag from Sunrise Records along with my purchases. It includes tracks from six Finnish acts – Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Mirel Wagner, Beastmilk, Satellite Stories, NEØV and The New Tigers.
You can stream the full thing here: