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  1. Damn, if he can't come up with one single in the span of like 13 months... the prospect of getting an album anytime soon is not looking good
  2. according to @frankoceanography on instagram, the Little Demon replacement is now shipping, called "These Days" would make sense if it's a cover of the Jackson Browne / Nico / etc song, given the subject matter (and considering his brother just died) supposedly the B-side is blank.
  3. I don't believe for a second that the pressing plant was unfamiliar with the mockups. I'm pretty sure the possible color combinations (and likely the photoshopped mockups themselves) usually come from the pressing plant. Plants use multi-colored vinyl "pucks" to achieve multicolored pressings. They know what it should look like. (You might notice that indie punk band 7"s from the same eras often have the same similar colors combos/marbles/splatters, from URP or the like. They choose from what's available) It is not an issue of the labels/artists dreaming up things that are impossible. Pressing plants would not accept orders for things that can't be done. This is a clear example of someone not caring about the final product. Maybe the blue should have been transparent, maybe the pucks were just badly mixed; who knows. Whether or not a true "test pressing" is made, low-numbered pressings are usually made one at a time; just 500 copies were almost definitely done by one single stamper. It would have been obvious if the first one came out wrong. Don't get me wrong, I love the album and will be keeping mine. But considering I paid like $10 extra and waited longer? Kinda lame. This could have been avoided. /end rant
  4. But don't they do a test one first? Something like a vinyl blob turning out totally wrong seems much easier to quickly spot and fix than a flawed stamper or poor mastering. From my limited understanding, the machines aren't usually unattended
  5. 😞 Oh well... Was expecting it to look a little odd, but that's "Black inside aqua"? I get it when splatters get all mixed up, but that just seems like the pressing plant was doing something else entirely
  6. Just got an email from Plaid Room about "at least a 1 week delay, but more than likely we're looking at 2-4 weeks." "We ordered over 1,500 copies of this LP, and even after EXTREME allocations, I'm still expecting to be able to fulfill all of these orders (as long as the distributors' packing lists line up with what actually shows). At this point, I have tracking information for ~50% of my stock, although only about 25 copies have actually trickled in."
  7. Hmm... Have been putting off getting the Jar of Flies / Sap set forever, would be nice to have the separate Sap artwork. I wonder if there will be a Jar of Flies standalone reissue soon too anyone else not a big fan of etchings though? They always seem kinda cheesy to me
  8. Yeah, eBay flags stuff based on keywords - it's usually not an actual person searching out bootlegs, just listings that use certain words that pop up for moderators. See how other sellers are describing them and copy that
  9. With the date crossed out, like at the top of this photo? Seems backwards that the repress would have almost the same runouts, not crossed out. Strange
  10. Hey, can anyone who purchased the 2009 first press of Moth / Wolf Cub confirm that the runouts on Discogs are correct? Seems to be some debate over if the original has M̶A̶R̶C̶H̶ ̶2̶0̶0̶9̶ crossed out and "EW" on side A, or if that's actually the 2011 repress.
  11. briefly, I think. Recently people on Discogs/Reddit/eBay have been paying $100+ for it because it's sold out everywhere online, but I found a copy in-store a couple months ago to my knowledge, the only difference between the RSD and the repress is URP's circled "U" logo in the deadwax on the repress. pretty sure both have (identical?) hype stickers. I wonder if these new copies will also be the same packaging
  12. Hmm, might be too flashy for me. Kind of prefer the regular LP's minimal logo artwork. If you or anyone wants to unload their OG black copy, hit my line!
  13. I agree. It seems like a necessary step to have Discogs function by the same rules as every other marketplace on the internet. Having to message first and wait for a shipping quote is pretty antiquated in 2020 - everywhere else, it is the seller's responsibility to figure out general shipping rates so that they don't lose money. Sometimes they're a little high, sometimes they're a little low; it generally cancels out (and I say this as an occasional seller, currently figuring out those rates)
  14. Do you have another music source connected to your speakers? If so, what is it and are you happy with how that sounds? The speakers will make the greatest difference. Although I'm not familiar with your exact speakers, you have a surround sound setup, which was definitely not engineered with vinyl playback in mind (and probably not music at all). If you are happy with your speakers, then by all means keep them, but you won't find much benefit from upgrading to turntables (or preamps) that are more expensive than your front L/R speakers. Cartridge will make a difference - the easy swap to 2M blue, or to a moving coil cartridge, will definitely improve the sound. A high end MC cartridge with a high end preamp, even more so. But since you asked where the bottleneck is - a pair of speakers will only sound so good, no matter how much money you throw at everything else. They will always sound like that pair of speakers. Might be a good idea to look into room acoustics too!
  15. definitely benefits to have a couple other records in your cart for TTL - free shipping on orders $100+, and 10% off orders of 4 records or more.
  16. Same. Was gonna try for TTL online, but just went to Rock & Soul DJ in midtown and grabbed the last Cherry Bomb and a copy of D-Sides. D-Sides was $5 cheaper from them anyway
  17. they're very well known in jazz circles, popular with young music students especially Similar crowd to jacob collier / snarky puppy / louis cole. Kind of a new subset of jazz / funk fusion that seems to blow up thanks to youtube videos
  18. We are coming up on the 25th anniversary of the S/T in November... Hopefully they don't wait another 5 years for the 30th
  19. No, I’m not confused - I’m just noticing that Endless doesn’t sell the way most records do; the prices don’t stabilize when there’s a surplus for sale. If you look at the sale histories, one will sell for $200 then another for over $300 the next day, then another one closer to $200. I think it has to do with a lot of people wanting this who don’t buy records on the resell market regularly, not realizing that the stock changes. I know it is in demand, but there are always a lot of copies always up for sale, and people don’t seem to buy according to market value - they often buy above it. I think the release of the 7” singles has driven this behavior; people afraid of Frank vinyl prices going up end up actually driving the prices up. Sorry, I’m done.
  20. I mean on Discogs and eBay, it seems every few weeks the highest sale number has gone up, yet new copies are posted almost every day. It’s not supply and demand driving up cost, it seems like people just buying the first one they see. I’ve been following it on both, there are tons of copies always being posted for sale. People keep buying Endless above market value when they could just wait a couple days for another one to be posted at the lower end of the price range. Instead, they end up paying a top-end flipper and the whole price spectrum shifts up. A year ago this was a $140 record sealed.
  21. Who are these people that insist on buying them for such high prices and inflating the value? It’s not like there has been any shortage of copies popping up
  22. That's true, maybe it just seems fast to me because I watched it happen (unlike Bowie). But to be fair, Wolf was 2013 and has Trash Wang, Pigs, Tamale, etc. Not as crazy as Bastard, but definitely continuing many of the same themes. Flower Boy was a pretty big departure in 2017, Igor took it further in 2019 - they're not that far apart. The dude's only 29. Wholesome may not be exactly the right word, but by the standards of his hip-hop and r&b contemporaries, Tyler's gotten pretty positive and (relatively) PG. Even with other hip-hop acts that have seen radical or broad career evolutions - Kanye, Mos Def, arguably Kendrick - I think Tyler is unusual in how his message and attitude have shifted as he's 'grown up.' It does make sense, but it would be funny to put an early Tyler show side by side with a current one.
  23. Curious to see how this one does. 7250 is quite a lot but it seems like absolutely everyone wants a copy, and I'm sure people will be trying to flip them (some successfully, even) on reddit before they're sold out online It's still hilarious to me how one of the most polarizing and vulgar rappers of the early 2010s has turned into this wholesome, mainstream pop artist in such a short span of time. I guess this album is like right smack in the middle of that transition. (I too will be trying to get it, of course)
  24. It's definitely not conducive to vinyl - everything sold on StockX has to be shipped from the seller to StockX themselves, to be 'authenticated' by the company, then StockX ships the item to the buyer. That's why the fees are so high Like Reshiram said, it's meant for people flipping sneakers and streetwear, things that are notorious for being faked with near-identical replicas. Why anyone would buy records (especially at such a markup!) on there is beyond me.
  25. I have a pair, and can confirm you'll need something much more powerful. The UB5s are very low sensitivity speakers (85 dB at 2.83 v/1m), and simply will not sound good (or play sufficiently loud) unless you've got a lot of watts driving them. If you want to explore low-wattage tube amps like that Reisong, get different speakers. You'd need the total opposite of the Uni-fis - speakers that are very high sensitivity. If you're not sure what all that means, sensitivity basically refers to how much the speakers can do with the power you send into them, or how much power they need to play with proper volume and performance. ELAC recommends pairing the UB5s with an amplifier that puts out 40 to 140 wpc (watts per channel) into 4 ohms. (Not sure if this was the 4 or 8 ohm power rating, but according to Amazon that Reisong only offers 6 wpc - not even close.) If you want upgradability, then go for separate components (ideally power amp + preamp + phono stage, if you can afford to), and stick to brands that hold their value on the resell market and/or buy used. There are tons of perfectly good audio components available used for a steep discount because the owner got the upgrade itch. If you buy an integrated amp that has a phono stage built in, that will be convenient if it's 100% perfect and you love it forever, but if you decide you're unsatisfied 8 months down the line, you might want to see what a new phono stage or bigger power amp could do. About tubes - if you want to dabble in tubes at your price range, you'll need to either 1) get high sensitivity speakers (which tend to be more expensive), or 2) get a hybrid tube/solid state amp, or 3) get a separate preamp with a tube and run it into a more powerful solid state power amp. You won't find an all-tube power amp with enough power to make those ELACs sing anywhere near your price range. Despite the low pricetag, the Uni-fi line is designed to be driven with fairly good equipment. They are quite revealing speakers, and are known for highlighting weaknesses in the signal chain. If you give them great sources and amplification, they can sound wonderful. On the other hand, if you see a lot of upgrading in your future, start with the best speakers you can buy, as speakers are the biggest hassle to sell / switch out. If you've done your research and definitely want the ELACs, then get an amp with a lot of power, but if you think the low-watt tube amps are your style, look for high-sensitivity options. Let me know if you have any questions.
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