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November 16th, 2013


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10:12 am - 7 inches of abandonment
Some of you may remember that I was systematically going through my 7" records, listening to them, and reviewing them. This is -- to me -- one of the most fun LJ practices: an ongoing project done for fun that --theoretically -- some other folks may enjoy reading about. Maybe it's a throwback to zines, but those are always my favorite type of entries.

Life circumstances made me abandon it. It's not worth mourning, it wasn't really that important, but I thought I would acknowledge it for the one or two of you who cared.

What I was trying to get at with those entries, besides cleaning out my record collection of junk I hadn't listened to for a decade, was the meaning of an ephemeral and outdated technology. The 7" in the punk world was very different from the 7" of the early '70s. It was the mark of being DIY and low budget instead of generating a secondary revenue stream. There was/is something so immediate and communal about the punk 7''. Often bought at a show, they bring back memories of time and place with more pinpoint precision than longer albums. Even the artwork is often more, well, arty.

For years I have wanted to have a "semi-soft 7 inch" party where I served semi-soft cheeses and played 7" records. But honestly, it's not super workable. I find the user un-friendliness of the 7" format -- getting up to change the record every 2-5 minutes -- endearing and even lovable, but still annoying.

I thought about proposing a 33 1/3 book at one point called something like "My 7" collection" but I don't think it would ever be accepted and, honestly, the more I read those 33 1/3 books the less I like them. And also, in this new world of immediate accessibility and obsession fulfillment, it feels good to speak softly about certain things I love.

As I was writing this I grabbed an old record at random. It's amazing how certain things are undisputed classics among a certain subset, and unknown outside that circle. Time and place, time and place. This is Led Zeppelin to me. (even if at the time I thought the beginning was a Jim Carroll "People Who Died" rip-off.)

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From:uberconfused
Date:November 16th, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
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One of the 7"s I released on my label was a fantastic cover of Sex Beat by a snotty glam punk bank from Baltimore. I gave Kid Congo a copy of it and he said he liked it better than the original. I should send you a copy!

Edited at 2013-11-16 07:49 pm (UTC)
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From:gordonzola
Date:November 17th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
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Totally! I'd love to hear it if you still have it around.
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From:wring
Date:November 16th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
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love this.
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From:gordonzola
Date:November 17th, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
From:susanstinson
Date:November 17th, 2013 02:57 am (UTC)
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...it feels good to speak softly about certain things I love.

That's a beautiful thing.
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From:gordonzola
Date:November 17th, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
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I think it's the beauty of getting older. I would have mocked that idea in my 20s
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From:lokilokust
Date:November 17th, 2013 04:09 am (UTC)
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i've whittled down my seven inch collection so much, but even today there are some i just can't part with.
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From:gordonzola
Date:November 17th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
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Agreed, though at this point I don't even know if I would get anything for the ones I don't want.
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From:nahmo
Date:November 17th, 2013 05:47 am (UTC)
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I missed these posts! Figured extenuating circumstances intervened. No worries.

I was actually just thinking about you and your 7" posts as I recently found a digital download of the album and two 7" records from The Breakouts... figured you might have been familiar with them if anyone I know would be. SF punks from the early 80s, an old friend of mine's dad's band actually. (he had her pretty young as a teenager)
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From:gordonzola
Date:November 17th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
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The name is familiar, but I totally cannot place that band. I don't think I ever saw them.
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From:nahmo
Date:November 19th, 2013 05:15 pm (UTC)
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yeah, they've kinda been wiped from memory. really some great stuff. GBH actually did a cover of their song "junkies" for their '97 release "punk junkies"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cadx_rL1yOU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qrL8bT2u-k

http://www.goodbadmusic.com/2011/10/25/breakouts-no-more-12ep-accelerator-records-usa-1983/
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From:wig
Date:November 17th, 2013 10:08 am (UTC)
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top tune
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From:gordonzola
Date:November 17th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
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A classic!

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