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Everything posted by Oblivions

  1. Marvel + Mondo + Meticulous and Meltable Music Medium + Memories of Middle/High School/College is a dangerous combination for adults with expendable cash in their pocket.
  2. I’m wishing for a red, orange and green tri-color variant from 7-Eleven.
  3. Other than drinking free Yoo-hoo all day, my favorite Warped Tour memory was one of the early 2000s years when I saw Ozma and Something Corporate play to 10 people back to back at 11am and 11:30am. It was also cool to see the Aeffect with their original singer before they changed vocalists and quickly disappeared from everyone’s consciousness forever.
  4. Siri, set a reminder to reply to this post in 16 months.
  5. Question for our collective consciousnesses...there was a TV doc show on either MTV or VH1 maybe 10+ years ago (OR it could have been a well produced video on YouTube within the last 10 years?) where they talked about Green Day and the talking head (who was either a magazine writer or possibly someone from LookOut records?) was throwing some shade at Insomniac and said something like “Green Day wanted to prove they were still punk after Dookie so they released an angry, mean album and I was like ‘Where is this coming from? Your band was never this hard/loud.’” I figure if I only get one chance in my life to finally remember where this was from, it’s this thread.
  6. I remember being like 11 and walking into the Wherehouse having no idea Green Day had a new album and seeing a giant cardboard display for Insomniac. I thought it was an old album I hadn’t heard like Kerplunk, which I had bought a week earlier at K-Mart, so I grabbed a tape copy and listened to it for a few days before I finally saw Geek Stink Breath on MTV and realized it was new. It’s been my favorite of theirs, by far, since the moment I first heard it. Sad that I’ll never have that experience again of walking into a shop and seeing a brand new record/tape of my favorite band that I had no idea was released.
  7. He’s like a dad who starts a new family every few years instead of going back to his original VC children that he already has and being the vinyl father we deserved when we were young kids in our late 20s.
  8. Age of Adz and Carrie and Lowell are my favorites from each of his halves. I like the more melodic electronic stuff and I prefer the more layered but less orchestral folk stuff. If you made his other records into EPs of their best 7-8 songs, he’d legit be one of the all time greats. He probably still is for some people but IMO the extra twee and epic stuff overwhelms the solid gems in his catalogue. I listened to the first half of this and it’s not quite the Sufjan that gets me pumped but it was def better than I expected after those singles. Enjoy it, if you dig it!
  9. Sadly, you will probably age out of being indignant and exasperated over people enjoying the more boring side of Sufjan before they age into a superior musical taste. It’s one of God’s great ironic jokes. 😞
  10. Yeah. Real bidders will occasionally just not pay and then you offer a Second Chance to the next people in line and hope they’re still interested.
  11. It’s been a while since an innocent and naive human joined the forum and asked for help with their vinyl-related college paper and/or vinyl-related product idea. There’s a build up of unused online angst and we’re all feeling it.
  12. My wife works in aerospace and she says they do this with airplane parts when a company doesn’t “clear customs” on a package and the company does have to pay expensive warehouse fees in those scenarios. But she seemed confused by the notice that they’ll destroy your merch, even if you pay, and that they won’t ship it back out to you after you pay the fees. In her experience, sometimes a company doesn’t get initially notified of customs issues or they get notified and drop the ball and they end up getting these fees but the package should then be put back on track to getting shipped to them. Might be worth seeing if you have any import/export experts in your family or friend group or find some kind of chill lawyer in that realm who would be willing to help explain what your obligations are. This sucks that they can do this to a random individual over a package of records.
  13. This sounds like one of those shady business that exploits government loopholes. It seems like they agree to take and store undeliverable packages from the government/postal service and are locating the recipients and sending them bogus invoices to see if they’ll pay. It’s probably legal because this is America but I have to believe you are under no obligation to respond or engage.
  14. Can I have one friggin day where I log on this site and don’t have to read about vinyl records?!
  15. I have nothing to base this on but Concord seems like one of those boutique labels that is owned by a dude who used to run Universal Music or something and they wouldn’t understand what a Cherry Tree variant is or want to negotiate how it would happen.
  16. I just canceled my ‘Betty (Classroom Version) 7” + Deluxe Digital Download + Deluxe Photo Gallery Download + Deluxe Expanded Liner Notes PDF Download + Deluxe Betty Ringtone Described in Text in a Word Doc Download’ and only got 12 cents back.
  17. I think it’s that, if he’s crazy enough to want to open a record store, then he fulfills the requirements needed to open a record store.
  18. Here’s a GIF of old records that are so well pressed, they snap when you bite into them. It’s a trope for a reason.
  19. If you think I don’t have access to several old-timey cartoon GIFs of flat records, you have another thing coming, bud.
  20. I was about to say that 70% of new records I‘ve bought over the last 4-5 years are warped, which is a significant increase from the previous 10+ years, while most used records I buy through the mail seem to arrive without warps, but I’m reading here that someone only got 5 bad warps in 15 years, so I have to re-assess my experience. Give me a moment.
  21. If $30+ vinyl pre-orders is the new normal, that means I’ll be streaming (and buying tapes, when priced well) for the foreseeable future. I get too many damaged and warped records to justify the premium price. 😞
  22. I should clarify that I don’t think they’re bad. I think they’re more...odd? In how plain and simple they are? I’ll still stream it and I’m sure it’s a better listen in context of a whole album but I welcome the discussion on the music itself as, from fellow National fans. If you had told me a year ago that MB would have a solo album, I would not quite have expected...this...and I’m curious if my feelings are shared and this is a weird, understated album from a musician with an iconic voice and a history of performing over intricate, interesting arrangements. Maybe I’m off? I feel like there hasn’t really been much talk of the music itself on the National sub-Reddit either. I’m rambling now cause I do feel bad about being negative cause MB and the National are my boys.
  23. Scratch that. Thank you, Matt Berninger, for charging $60 for your album. I would have bought this blind immediately if it was $40 and you just talked me into thinking about it for long enough to hold off. All jokes aside, is anyone really into the songs he’s released? I dig El Vy. I like his voice. The National is prob my fave modern band. But I feel like this set of songs (what I’ve heard so far) are oddly plain? And not in a charming, refreshing way?
  24. Matt Berninger, you son of a bitch. I have to pay $60+ to get a dumb vinyl of your pared down solo album with some covers.
  25. Now that it’s been described above and doesn’t seem to be a secret secret, I’ll share that mine is clear with a few whisps of black smoke. I didn’t get a match book with mine but it is a cool random connection between the matches and the smoke effect on my copy. Again, very rad album. ✌🏽