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  1. The same sports card industry that went bust because they were selling "limited" cards that were secretly being produced in unlimited quantities? If I didn't know any better, I'd say that sounds a LOT like this situation. While I don't think this is a sign of the vinyl industry bubble bursting, I do think it's absurd to pay that much for a record - especially for someone like The Weeknd, whose middle-of-the-road pop music won't be remembered as anything but middle-of-the-road pop music in 20 years.
  2. I was one of the naysayers. I listened to the full album last night, and I must admit it's a legitimate return-to-form for the Lips. Very solid work, albeit a bit depressing. Glad to see they're focusing on songwriting again, as opposed to the directionless experimentation of the past decade.
  3. Vinceron said a couple days ago that he's sitting on 10,000 pieces of merchandise right now, and out of the 1,200+ ebay vinyl listings he has up, several of them show hundreds of sold copies each. That's a major operation. You really think he's using bots and address hacks to obtain a literal warehouse full of goods? In the past, he's admitted to having a deal with Urban Outfitters - where a substantial amount of his limited releases come from - and he leaked details of an exclusive UO release before it was announced to the public. That, coupled with the numbers, strikes me as a distribution deal. The issue isn't that he's flipping - we all do so from time to time - it's that VMP is selling out of products quickly, while Vinceron seems to already have the products in-hand & overpriced. It just doesn't add up.
  4. OMG. This is fucking hilarious. I'm kind of sad that I missed all the drama. Signed, King Cannonfunk
  5. I got you all beat A couple years ago I was browsing OfferUp, when I came across a seller who was asking absolutely insane prices for her vintage 7” singles (ie - she wanted $50 for common 45’s that aren’t even worth $1). I assumed it would be a waste of time looking through her ads, but as I’ve come to learn over the past 15 years, if someone has no idea what they’re selling, they may actually underprice an item out of sheer ignorance. A few minutes into browsing her sales, I ran across an odd looking Lynyrd Skynyrd 7”, which had the band name misspelled as “Lynard Skynard.” She was asking $40 for it. Out of curiosity, I decided to look it up on Discogs. It had sold once in 2015 for $12, but only 7 people had it... and 210 people wanted it. That’s when my spidey senses started tingling! After doing some research, it turns out that “Lynard Skynard” was the original band name... when the group was still in high school! The 7” in question was their first recorded demo. Only a few hundred were made, and they were passed out to friends and family, and sold at their earliest hometown shows. I decided to buy it immediately, sight unseen. Trying to contain my excitement without tipping off the seller of its value, I pleaded with her to make sure that it was well protected during shipping, and sent in a sturdy box. She agreed, and the wait began. About 2 weeks later, I was at work when I received a notification that it had been delivered. The moment the boss yelled “Lunch Break,” I jumped into my car and sped home. Opening the mailbox, my heart absolutely sunk: She sent it in a padded envelope, with no stiffeners. “No fucking way this thing survived,” I thought, as I pulled it out. However, it still felt solid. I opened it up, and... the vinyl was in nearly perfect condition. No scratches, glossy sheen, and almost new in appearance. Within a week, I sold it for $1,500. And yes, that’s the actual sold listing. Not a bad $40 investment, huh?
  6. It was ~$286 on Amazon during the B2G1 sale a couple weeks ago. The reason it's $600 now is because Amazon ran out, and that's a 3rd party seller price. I really regret not buying 3 during the sale & reselling 2 of them.
  7. I thought it was about acceptance of alternative cultures.
  8. I didn't say Embryonic was bad. I said it was the tipping point. Here's their new one from this album... Dude, this is objectively bad. The band sounds like they aren't even trying, and Wayne's auto-tuned, half-baked musings about religion and love are uninspired and Lennon-lite. Personal feelings about Wayne aside, it doesn't even hold a candle to some of their best work, and Drozd shares responsibility as the main composer of the music. The Lips provided me with some great musical insight and amazing times at their shows, and I wish them the best... but I just can't do it anymore.
  9. Been a huge Lips fan since '93. Embryonic was the moment they collapsed as a band, and chose to become a caricature of themselves. Wayne cheated on his partner of 20+ years with a 19 year old groupie, got her pregnant, started doing drugs again (at 50 years old), fired the drummer, and gave up on the songwriting that made them famous. We'd have a shit ton of amazing Lips songs right now had he not gone through a debilitating and ultra-cringey midlife crisis. "Look at how weird we are" works when you have the tunes to back it up. When you don't... it's just... embarrassing.
  10. Here's how I flatten my records. It works every time, and as far as I can tell, doesn't damage the record. Note: It'll only work if you have hardwood/tile/laminate floors... - Put the vinyl into a generic or trashed sleeve. This will prevent the sleeve of the album you're trying to save from getting damaged. - Lift up the corner of your record shelf (assuming it sits flat on the ground) - Place the album underneath it, and set the shelf back down. - Forget about it for a month or two. Every record I've done this with comes out completely flat, and by the time you've forgotten about it, it'll be a nice surprise when you go to put another one under there The solution is either money or time, and I'm a cheap, patient bastard.
  11. Holy moly 😲 I know I've been shitting on Danzig in this thread, but I've always respected his music to some degree. This... this is fucking horrible. I'm honestly impressed by just how bad it is.
  12. I'm no giant, but he's 5'3" with boots on. My 13 year old nephew is taller than Danzig... And a lot cooler.
  13. Implying that Danzig is relevant in 2020 I met him in the 90's when he played a venue I was working at. He's laughably short. The little asshole wouldn't make eye-contact with me when I introduced myself, and after a brief back-and-forth he just started ignoring me, even though I was the only other person in the room. I haven't been able to take him seriously since then.
  14. Looks like they've already sold 911 of the 1,970 copies pressed. Damn. It's gonna go quick. Might have to pull the trigger on this one just as an investment.
  15. And it fucking blows. I downloaded it at launch and instantly deleted it. Much easier to use the site itself in most cases. If Discogs put a fraction of the millions of dollars they make annually into their app, it could be amazing. Someone like OP could easily come along and make a better one, but Discogs is the only company that has the pre-existing database & infrastructure. OP seems to be focused on an app that deals in new vinyl. and that's something people might find useful... if it works. Give me an app that scrapes prices from all of the major retailers in real-time, utilizing price history (like camelcamelcamel) in order to sort by discounted price trends, in addition to the ability to apply discount codes (like the Honey extension), and I'd use the shit out of it.
  16. Beck has been my favorite musician since 1994. I have copies of literally everything he's ever recorded, from early demos to obscure B-sides. That said, he hasn't released a good album in 10+ years. It's no longer an issue of "I don't like this album as much as the last," but an issue of "this is generic, unlistenable garbage." I still haven't made it through Colors, and after trying to listen to the singles from this album, I have no interest in hearing the rest. His unique humor and unbridled originality has morphed into seriousness and predictable adult-contemporary bore.
  17. I saw Manson for the first time in 1996, and the last time in 2016 (and a few times in between). 20 years of liquor and cocaine abuse will make you suck at your job, no matter what it is, and it gets even worse when you start showing up for work completely hammered. The last time I saw the band, Manson was so drunk halfway through the set that he forgot the words to half the songs and was slurring incoherently between them. The album in the pic was released in ‘97 or early ‘98 - before things started going downhill - and it’s more of a “studio live album” than an untouched live performance. LOTS of studio overdubs and polish. The original core members of the band weren’t exactly amazing musicians anyway, and around this time, they started employing a lot of prerecorded triggers in their live show.
  18. Carpenter here. It's really, really bad. A novice carpenter could easily cut down, build, and stain all 10 of these boxes in a single work day, and I suspect the designer spent even less time on it than that. You don't usually leave the edges of plywood exposed (it's a building material, not a decorative wood), and you certainly don't stain the edges. If the albums cost $20 each (assuming they didn't get them at wholesale price), that's $200. The raw material the boxes were built from probably cost less than $10 each. Altogether, the 10 boxes cost $2,100 to produce. In total, they sold all 10 for a total of $12,000... essentially a $10,000 profit. Not bad for a days work, right?
  19. Everyone in my white suburban hometown is. His signs are everywhere. It's one of many reasons I moved the fuck out of said hometown 15 years ago, and will never move back. Pointing a gun at a teen and being a racist asshat are only surface level reasons to hate this guy. The actions he's taken as SOS are much more insidious, and I truly believe he's a threat to democracy.
  20. Dem in Georgia here. FTFY. I'll gladly sacrifice a free LP if Brian Kemp gets humiliated in our election.
  21. The fact that they promoted the original as "this will never be repressed" is probably grounds for a false advertising legal claim. I would imagine that they're keeping it quiet for a reason.
  22. So... since online forums are dying a slow, painful, and predictable death thanks to the advent of sites like Reddit... you're going to willingly drive another nail in the coffin? Okay. Good luck? BTW, the term is "ad blocker," not "add blocker." Signed in incognito to leave this message & won't be visiting the site nearly as much if I see a huge, unclosable pop-up when I try to visit.

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