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  1. swb

    PO: Digger - Keystone

    This takes me back to the early 2000s and buying Digger CDs for $3 in the used bin.
  2. "Weird. My email must not be receiving messages" is sometimes sort of true, since messages can be missed or misplaced, but I always enjoy how common this response is anytime a client or company ignores your messages. We had a wedding vendor who didn't respond to our calls or emails for long stretches and each time they said "Sorry. Our email is having issues."
  3. The word from AKR: Hi everyone - we pressed this through IRP in Jersey. Here's what happened. We had some major issues with hole sizes on Avalanche, so IRP started manually hole punching. Good idea, except that they didn't always blow away the shavings from the punches. In some cases this causes the shavings to fall into the jackets, which can on occasion scratch the record upon removal. On the 20 total units I QC-ed, only 2 records (out of 100 total records) had this issue, so it's not common. And otherwise this is a fantastic sounding release. But if you have any issues out there, we'll always stand behind our vinyl as always. So feel free to email us and we'll send out a replacement disc. --John at AKR
  4. My disc 3 is also badly scratched. I emailed AK about it a few days ago and haven't heard back. I wonder if they're going to have to do a mass replacement like they did for Vol. 7 of the other set.
  5. Weekly Deal (ends 11/22 at midnight): Spend $30 or more and get a free CD, 7" or LP (valued at $4 or less).
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    VC Secret Santa 2018

    Thanks for organizing this, @backpackoat. I'm excited to be a part of this leaner, meaner, and more intimate VC Secret Santa.
  7. This is your periodic reminder to sign up for Lauren Records' record club*! Best no frills, straight up record club for my money, alongside the Community Records label sub. *If you can afford it and if it's still available by the time you google it and get to it's product page.
  8. In the mid 2000s, I saw MK as Owen open up for Rocky Votolato and he walked off mid-song because some bros in the audience kept "WOO!"ing mockingly during his set. Maybe those bros were Decay's friends?
  9. A vinyl bud getting caught flipping and then leaning hard into the villain role is a tale so common you'd be lucky to get your money back on it.
  10. The Slowreader LP needs to be pressed yesterday. Basic paper sleeve 1 LP. I don’t care. As long as it sounds decent, I need a copy of it in my collection.
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    Vinyl Blogs

    This is a decent supplement as well: https://forum.vinylmeplease.com/index.php?threads/pre-order-goodness.757/
  12. These are essentially donations to Polyvinyl with a free test pressing thank you gift. I would ask your tax preparer about writing these off as a charitable contribution.
  13. If you have some old cans and string, you can make your own amp and headphones.
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    VC Secret Santa 2018

    I'll make my debut this year. My name is Rich and I'm a married 32 year old dude with 2 cats living in Los Angeles, CA. When I was 8, my uncle gave me his beat up Dookie cassette and I officially started my music collecting addiction. When I was 13, I built my first website, a music review page called "Cheap CD Reviews", and I ended up on the CD promo list for Sub Pop, Tooth and Nail, Hush, Barsuk, Drive Thru, and about a half dozen other indie labels. In college, I started collecting records exclusively. I started with grunge and alt-rock (Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Third Eye Blind), moved to pop punk and ska (Reel Big Fish, Aquabats, Lagwagon), then transitioned into indie rock (John Vanderslice, The National, Kind of Like Spitting), which has been my main genre of choice over the last 15+ years. I am the only member of my family who isn't musically skilled. My 18 year old brother plays lead guitar for Maximum Bob's new band, my other younger brother is the archetypal singer-songwriter with albums of unreleased material on his hard drive, and my sister writes the occasional song. The best I can do is collect records and tapes. My biggest sub-collection is R.E.M. bootlegs from the 80s and 90s. I have over 40 of them, as well as every R.E.M. official album and live album and 95% of their 12" and 7" singles. Outside of music, I've been improvising and performing comedy in Los Angeles for over 12 years, off and on. I gave up on the SNL dream early on, in exchange for being employed and being able to afford to be a happy adult. I still enjoy performing and taking the occasional improv class without any professional ambitions. This summer, I started a pin company and am launching officially sometime this month. I've been a member of VC off and on for a while under various random usernames that I lightly used and then abandoned. I did a Secret Santa for another vinyl forum last year and I had a great time coming up with a high concept theme for the packaging and bonus material. I'm excited to participate in the VC Secret Santa for the first time. I hope this was long enough and filled with the right amount of extraneous detail.
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