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  1. Consider Afterpay in the 4 installments every two weeks. You’ll spend $67ish on way dumber shit over the course of 2 weeks, I can almost guarantee it. And while I’d never suggest to flip Microphones, the reality is that this boxset has mostly sold out in < 24 hours, and won’t be any cheaper down the road elsewhere. Unless you’re truly hurting on funds or trying to save for something more pressing, this feels like a worthwhile scenario to act now, dwell later. (Also consider that the money is going straight to Phil and his label which always feels good.)
  2. You can either check the page’s source code on desktop (quickest) or add a surplus like 800 to your cart and attempt to checkout. You’ll get a message that there aren’t enough in stock and the cart will update to reflect what’s available.
  3. Lewd. I'm going to pray for them to find cleaner language.
  4. I haven't heard anything about, in either direction, but I sort of think the answer would be no. I only say that because it appears as if the digital download is tied to a card that's included in the box. But never say never, I suppose... could feasibly happen down the road. 197 in stock for anyone trying to gauge inventory.
  5. Amazing. That's authentically Wendy's too. Whoever runs that account isn't getting paid enough.
  6. They really have to make sure you know they're not a Christian band anymore. And that this isn't just a phase [mom!].
  7. Mount Eerie are so good too, and I'd probably cave on a boxset even if I feel like their later outputs are starting to sputter out a little bit, for me. Also, long time no see. Hope you've doing well. (Also consider switching on the new "dark theme" VC got this week, to give your eyes a break.)
  8. You may've chosen wisely – depending on your ultimate goal, anyway – but it looks like there's a little more than 500 left. In stock at his webstore, anyway... not sure about the allocation for other outlets. I know there was 800[ish] that dropped, initially, this evening. Pitchfork posted an article but I imagine a lot of people won't see it until tomorrow. I wouldn't be surprised if there were only 100-200 left when we wake up. If that.
  9. Despite owning most of this box – and being able to fill in the remainder for relatively cheap – I still badly want to pull the trigger. It looks premium. Worth $250+? Probably not, though I know that's completely subjective. The product page seems to hint that some of the albums inside won't be pressed again, but doesn't really suggest which ones they may be. Also looks like the box itself is allegedly a one-time run, which means at least a few Microphones albums are fixing to be OOP pretty soon here. Watch them be the couple that I don't own.
  10. Up for whoever wants it: https://www.hellomerch.com/collections/slow-crush/products/aurora-12-transparent-sky-blue-rainbow-splatter-vinyl
  11. What? Really? Wild take but to each their own. I say this as someone who was fanatical about this band in the early 2000s but will now give each new album a half-hearted listen just to make sure they’re safe to shit on. “Delayed realization.”
  12. Only as of yesterday or maybe the day before. A very recent [and welcome] change that I bet a lot of folks are sleeping on. Enjoy. 😎
  13. Interesting. Then I’ll reserve judgement and sit tight until something official may or may not get announced. Would love to see that site spruced up into something that’s easier on the eyes than a Discogs collection.
  14. I mean it’s 2022. Even VC has shaken things up with an overhaul and a dark theme. C’mon.
  15. Is it going to stay looking that boring, in a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of way? With that much downtime and build-up I figured they’d come back swinging with some new features or at least a fresh coat of paint.
  16. Does that match the interior of a gatefold or something? Because outside of the yellow I really don't see how it plays into the album cover, myself. You could be onto something with being drawn to that color combo.
  17. My man. Anti-split for life. Numero does those "tri stripe" variants pretty tastefully. They almost got me to double-dip on that Duster Stratosphere a while back. It's not my favorite configuration but the colors are on point and I don't have much like in my library... so, at least this time, I'll allow it.
  18. Yeah, I'm leaning toward's Randall's rationale here. Or maybe it's just what my wallet wants to believe. I know PV were on the ball in dropping their exclusives simultaneously, with the last 2 reissues. Seems odd that they'd be so punctual once again, but withhold their own variant. I guess we don't know for sure, since production issues [or whatever else] could have thrown a wrench into their plans. But I wouldn't be surprised if this is all we get. All the same, I'm stoked to see this reissue campaign chug along, and I think this variant is great, so it's tough for me to complain.
  19. It’s honestly so good. VC was one of the few sites I frequent that was stuck with a white layout (without using an extension). This is a vast improvement and I intend to use it exclusively, going forward. Thanks again.
  20. Awesome post, Indi. I'm impressed you've been around so long – I do recognize the avatar but your meager post count definitely explains why I feel like I haven't seen you in a ton of threads. I relate to a lot of your sentiments that you've taken the time to share. I absolutely love ambient, drone, slowcore, contemporary classical, and minimal stuff in the evenings. It's so good. I'm not quite yet at a point where I'm willing to abandon my "heavier" albums, but I do think they have a time and a place. I completely understand your take, though... seems very logical to me if you're exclusively saving those genres for instances that you're not at home, in front of the turntable. There are really 3 things I wanted to touch on and add to, from your post. The first is the "ritualistic" nature of listening... or, for me, getting more bang out of my buck when I can pair an album with a time of day [or night], or season. There are records that absolutely shine brighter in the winter, fall, summer, etc. There's nothing set in stone that says I can't throw on Bohren & der Club of Gore in the middle of a bustling summer afternoon... but I'd be a fool to deny how much better it is on a cold evening with rain outside the window. In recent years I feel like I've really been more conscious of when certain artists and albums just feel right to revisit. And if done correctly, I feel like I'm rediscovering them for the first time, or even appreciating an added layer to their sound. I know that probably reads a little dramatic, but it's true. Some artists I won't touch for nearly a year – they'll lay dormant, in hibernation – and then I'll just feel the itch for their genre, or something in the air will compel to dig out their records, and it just hits the spot. I'm such a big believer in that kind of stuff, now more than ever. I've come to accept that there's a lot of stuff in my collection that I'm not in the mood to spin year round – and realistically, how could I be, with so much? – so this balancing act not only allows the opportunity to appreciate a lot of my favorites in rotation, but also heightens their replay value at times. Can't tell you how many times I've texted friends with mutual tastes with something along the lines of "Friendly reminder that –album– still fucks" or "How do I always forget just how good –band– is?" Music discovery. I'm a little choosy with what I want to commit to exploring these days, and don't really find myself cruising internet radio stations or Spotify mixes to find the next "big thing". I feel like I'm in a really healthy spot where I have a wealth of music I know and enjoy, but also an appetite for new sounds and releases from the bands I love, while also being open to new ones. It's a balancing act for sure. What it ultimately results in is a sit-down with a Spotify stream, initially, to determine if the album is for me. I'll check out recommendations from friends, "RIYL" posts, year-end lists, comment sections on random music sites or social media, etc. That's sort of the framework for sitting down with the Spotify stream, and going from there. If I like what I'm hearing, I'll make it a point to download the album just so I have it. Sometimes I'll even throw a buck or two at the artist's bandcamp to keep the album in my library for future downloads, FLAC, and so on. But from there, if I find myself revisiting the record, I begin to assess whether or not it's truly consistent... and that leads me to the third point of agreement with you: Album quality. I really don't see the point in even keeping downloads of records with 1-2 good cuts, but forgettable filler otherwise – couldn't imagine that problem with vinyl and shelf space. I'll go through and periodically snip those kind of records from my digital library, in an effort to keep things relevant. Since implementing the above "Spotify scope" approach to new music, this is way less of a practice in recent years; I think I'm getting better at hearing a stream for the first time and determining if it's really gonna' be worth seeking out and dedicating hard-drive space to, long term. On paper I know it's not really a bit commitment to hoard downloads, and digital space isn't the issue. But as someone who had a sprawling music library in college, with so much of it that I just never touched or found myself in the mood for... I don't see the point. So those restrictions and considerations are really ramped up when it comes time to buy vinyl. I have no doubt that there are people out there who are blown away by an album's singles, but nonplussed by the rest of the record, and yet still commit to picking it up on vinyl. And if that's their MO, I'm not knocking 'em. But like you said... I've never been about tallying +1 to the overall count, just for the sake of having a larger library. If there's a record with only 1-2 good cuts, I'll revisit those tracks on Spotify or something, to sort of "get them out of my system"... because I'm not going to kid myself that I'll sit down with the full record if I owned it on vinyl. And the idea of playing one side of a double LP, getting bored, and shelving it for something else is just not for me. Really not worth it just to say I own those 1-2 good tracks on wax. But, I am also a bit of a full-album purist – a big reason vinyl works for me – and never hop around tracks or end a listen short. There are plenty of people out there who do, I'm sure, and end up having an impromptu DJ session when they sit down to listen to their vinyl. Nothing wrong with that, but just not an approach I take... and my wallet thanks me. Anyway, what a winded post, sorry. I know that this isn't a popular thread between the length of these responses and the general unpleasant reality that a lot of people aren't willing to face, in regards to collection size vs. playtime. Just wanted to say thanks for everyone taking the time to reply, and remind everyone that we're all dorks here.
  21. Waiting patiently for some kind of update too. Last I heard they were intended to ship in December, I believe?
  22. Did this latest update sneak in Dark Mode as a theme? Or has it been there for a while now? Giving it a shot now and I'm big chillin'. 😎
  23. I looked into that just for kicks. I can see the value in it but even giving it a test run, it seemed really unintuitive for me. (And aesthetically outdated by a few years, but that's neither here nor there.) A dark theme for it, and connectivity to Discogs for vinyl would be awesome. To answer your question, I keep a spreadsheet live, daily, with a bunch of behind-the-scenes formulas I've tinkered with over the years to cleanly monitor my incoming records, pre-orders, stuff I ordered but haven't been charged for, daily changes to Discogs values, and how much I've been spending. It's a labor of love but there's something very satisfying about keeping it synched up. Not only does the excitement make it difficult to wait until new releases are in hand before checking them out, but this "new normal" 4-9 month turnaround for vinyl pre-orders is simply brutal. I'd love to do that and I respect anyone who does but I've been hyped on music way, way longer than I've been into vinyl, so it's always about the day 1 experience for me. Every once in a while I'll stay up on a Thursday night to hear a new release – if it hasn't leaked – but my Friday mornings are super quiet at work, so I've been soaking in new releases then and it's working for me. Usually it builds the hype even more, if I know a sweet record packaging / variant is tied to what I'm enjoying digitally... even if I have to wait another month or two to have it show up. 225 records over 10 years is impressively modest. Not to come off condescending when I ask this, but do you normally just stick to a handful of genres? Or do you make it a point to only own your absolute favorite record from an artist? I feel like I would struggle immensely if you put a gun to my head and forced me to reduce my collection down to 225... which is still a sizable chunk of vinyl, for sure. I think a lot of us can easily stray off course when we see r hear people with 2,000, 3,000, 4,000+ records. We can use those numbers to justify the fact we "only" have 800 records... or - worse yet - look at them as ambitions. I absolutely do not want to be a hoarder, either. I've always told myself that it'll be "too much" if I get to a point where I can't speak to certain records drawn at random from my shelf. Right now you could draw anything off my shelf and I could at least tell you the artist, album name, variant, and describe the general vibe of the record. If I can't do that, it's not worth taking up the space on the shelf, if you ask me. What were some of the "YES" answers if you don't mind me asking? I'll do the same, especially with stuff from 2003-2007 since that was a sort of strong "musical awakening" stage of my life. But my approach is streaming it while I shower, cook, or clean... and if I find myself wanting to resume it after the task – instead of just hearing a few songs to rattle the ol' nostalgia cage and get my fix – then I'll consider the buy. Same setup for me, which could very well be a contributor to why I'm not spinning stuff as much as I should be, myself. I don't really have the space for a designated music room but perhaps one of these days. Way cool. I really admire the quality time that you and the wife make for one another, and how much she'll accompany your vinyl time outside of the extreme / metal albums. To your last point, as cornball as it is to admit, I think some of my more coveted records have been really nice to own – even without gloating or flexing them online – and have totally risen in value. I'm not treating them like stocks or anything, nor do I expect my loved ones to retire off mint, rare Converge variants that I may leave them, but there is definitely an odd appeal there, for me. Fortunately that's such a tiny % of my collection and I absolutely do not drop big money on super rare variants of stuff I already have, these days. But just an interesting point to consider, I guess. Like if I have a clear-with-splatter variant of something that's /25, and people pay $300+ for, but I also have a black copy that's valued at $15, and sounds even better on the turntable... your take is "eh, you only live once, who gives a shit about these anyway?", and you'd get around to playing both. Whereas I'm guilty of falling into the collector's trope, thinking that I'm going to strike it big someday - or something - by stashing away some rare 12"s that won't ever see a needle. It's dumb even writing it out. And it'd be a different story of there weren't readily available copies for cheap... not trying to deprive myself or anyone else from owning the album, you know? Just an interesting "collector tendency" to consider as a part of the hobby™. Yeah... for your first paragraph there, you 100% captured why I very, very rarely buy up OSTs. I think there are exceptions to the rule, don't get me wrong, and the presentation / packaging is really an added allure... but I always wonder how often people legitimately sit down and listen to a full album of film or video game scores instead of watching said movie or playing said game. I know they're out there – the people who genuinely go hard to Hans Zimmer – but I genuinely and wholeheartedly feel like most people buying OSTs don't made it through the B/C sides very often. (Sorry to the soundtrack fiends that have every Mondo release.) There's nothing wrong with being super passionate about a movie, game, show, etc. and wanting to consume merchandise from it, but I don't trust myself, personally, to buy the score for anything that entertains me. I just know it wouldn't get played, and to top it off, I feel like they're typically priced higher than traditional band LPs more often than not. I think we've all been there, regarding your "ravenous consumption" of bands you're into. I know I'm starting to sound [even more] like an elitist prick and I want to reiterate, to any keyboard warriors reading this, that this is all my opinion, and that you're encouraged to buy what makes you happy, but I feel like one of the tell-tale signs of a newbie collector is when they're running rampant to own every potential release for a given artist. I say that because that was me when I first started. I needed every variant possible, and the b-sides, and the demo tape. (Because I'm definitely going to opt for those stripped-down, tin-can versions of the studio songs over the album version.) I'm not saying that those versions aren't cool to check out once or twice, but to physically own? And multiple variants of? To each their own but I can think of no bigger waste of space. But this is also coming from a guy who's dicey on live records, so, your mileage may definitely... especially considering how much some people love live recordings. Point is, I feel like a lot of people get swept away when they find themselves in a honeymoon phase with an artist... whether it's hearing them for the first time, or getting caught in the hype of a new release that's raising the bar. Or I guess, alternatively, a band can wow you early on in their catalog but continue to release stinkers that you should feel obligated to buy, for the sake of saying you own their full discography or whatever, I guess. But sometimes you just have to put your foot down. Kudos to you for already realizing that, ha. I feel like that's half the battle.

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