Wednesday, June 20, 2007

You were right when you said.....

First off, props to CZ for the tip, I would have missed out had it not been for your indie rock feelers probing the depths of the internet (or just clicking on your Pitchfork bookmark). Today I became the proud owner of two Built to Spill albums, You in Reverse, their 2006 release, and Keep it Like a Secret, a reissue of their 1999 indie gem. This was the first release on vinyl for You in Reverse, and a reissue for Keep it Like a Secret and Perfect From Now On. All three albums are all-analog recordings, which just tickles the purist bone in me. For some asinine reason though, Warner Bros. Records only released 2,000 copies of each album. 2,000? You can almost pack that many fans into the Crystal Ballroom! That's 40 records per state on average, so with the odds set against me I made my plans.

I decided not to put my eggs in any one basket and ordered all three albums from two different local record stores, and also from an online store. The online store shipped one, with the other on backorder (read: we sold all the ones we will ever get, sorry). Today, Music Millennium called me and left a message saying they had one record on hold for me. Turns out it was the one on backorder at the online site, so I was initially pleased, but not so with the absence of the other two albums I had ordered. When I went down to MM pick up my album, I checked the stack first to see if there was a mistake, and ended up finding the record that was shipped to me from the online store. Well, knowing how ephemeral vinyl is, I went ahead and bought it too. I talked to the vinyl guru and he said the warehouse had made a mistake and he was sorry. I could tell he was pissed, evidently they do this kind of thing a lot. He then made some offhand remark about how the band playing over the store speakers had stolen a riff from King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man," I nodded accordingly, even though I didn't know what he was talking about, then headed downstairs to make my purchase.

All in all, I'm happy with the way things turned out. I got the two albums I really wanted, missed out on the third, and will end up with two copies of You in Reverse. This of course will sit, unopened, in a cool, dimly lit place until mi compadre Heem returns from EsapaƱa. Tengo un regalo para ti, mi hombre...

21st Century Schizoid Man

Cats foot iron claw
Neuro-surgeons scream for more
At paranoias poison door.
Twenty first century schizoid man.

Blood rack barbed wire
Polititians funeral pyre
Innocents raped with napalm fire
Twenty first century schizoid man.

Death seed blind mans greed
Poets starving children bleed
Nothing hes got he really needs
Twenty first century schizoid man.

1 comment:

braxtol said...

Muchas gracias mi amigo. Eres lo mejor.