Carbonas – European Tour EP

Head over to the Douchemaster Records site to pick up one of these Carbonas European tour 7″‘s. “They” pressed 1000 copies of this single, but only 200 of these made it back to the United States of America. Douchemaster still has copies of the repress of the first (and, in my opinion best) Carbona’s single available, so there could be a nice little glam-punk package coming to you in the mail. The tour-only single has five songs on it – two originals, and covers of Nihilistics, Plugz, and Kaos songs (and just when I think that I am already the biggest fan every band ever to record music, shit like this comes along).

Douchemaster has an Mp3 of Blackout off the first single available for download. “Blackout” seriously kicks a tonne of ass, and is one of the reasons why Carbonas have the rabid following that they have – this could be a New York Dolls outtake, and I imagine that, given the opportunity, Morrissey would fall in love with this band. You know what I say? If it’s good enough for Morrissey, it is good enough for me.

New Label: Lipstick Pickups

Label: Lipstick Pickup

Buy from: Florida’s Dying

I just caught wind of this new label this AM called Lipstick Pickups, run by Jean Smegma (of the amazing Jeanie and the Tits), who I believe helps run Florida’s Dying (who are also distributing the Lipstick Pickups releases), and its got my bum humming. How does this sound to you:

LIPSTICK PICKUP is a label inspired by women…….hot, young women who like to obnoxiously and barely play their instruments. Every release will be a pressing of 300 with the first 75 on colored vinyl. Each colored vinyl record will be accompanied with a hand-crafted cover, and no two (limited edition) covers will be exactly the same. I will probably never re-press a record simply to keep all you nerds with collectible boners happy. Yokohama Hooks will be the first release, with Jeanie and The Tits, Dead Clodettes, Wizard Sleeve, and some other sluts to follow. oh yeah, and all the distribution will be through www.floridasdying.com!!

The first release is a single from the punk-as-fuck Yohohama Hooks from the city of Spokane, Washington, and you can see all 75 variations of the handmade record sleeve on the Lipstick Pickup page. Follow this one closely kids.

The Pink Noise – The Sun King 7″ Pre-Order

a1. Huntsman
a2. Soda Jerk
b1. Thunderbird
b2. Animals remix

Label: Almost Ready Records
Listen: The Pink Noise
Buy: Paypal some money to almostreadyrecords@live.com (US – $7 / Can – $6.66 / World $10)

Almost Ready Records has put out something ridiculous like 5 releases in so many months, with more coming soon. I don’t know he does it – everything he releases has been selling out within a few weeks (for example, the “Worlds Lousy With Ideas” series currently up to volume five, with volume six coming soon with the splooge-worthy lineup of Little Claw, Eat Skull and Psychedelic Horseshit), and for all of their releases they do a shitload of cover variations *, and ON TOP OF THIS, they get their records out (taped with his trademark Burger King packing tape) quicker than any other label or distro I have ever ordered from. Almost Ready is also putting out a single soon from Edmonton’s The Wicked Awesomes, going to be blowing the lid off that band soon enough.

The latest is this new single from Toronto’s The Pink Noise (who also have a full length out on Sacred Bones, which I think is also still in pre-order status). They have “Thunderbird” from this single on their Myspace page, so go decide if this is for you or not. I like it, makes me want to punch-dance. 300 copies.

* which is way interesting.better than colour vinyl variations. I know this seems like a fucking Star Wars nerd arguing with a Star Trek nerd, but the whole releasing a record in fourteen colour variations is a cancer. Have you seen one of these dudes that have have all fourteen versions of the same record “in all the colours”? Why aren’t these people buying fourteen different records with that money? No one ever looks through a “colour collectors” record stash and thinks anything but “this guys a fucking idiot”. From one idiot to another, I know this shit.

Destroyer – First Demo (1995)

Official Title: Destroyer
Release Date: 1995
Release Label: Tinker Recordings
Download: Destroyer’s Demo (320 kbps)

This cassette was never officially released, these recordings made by Dan to send into the legendary CBC radio’s “Brave New Waves,” which used to run a feature called “bag of tapes.” This is incidentally where I cut my own musical teeth, staying up really late to hear all sorts of weird music. Actually, I bet that if you asked, most of the current generation of Canadian musicians had similar experiences with that show…

Most of the songs from this cassette ended up on the album We’ll Build Them a Golden Bridge, though there are three songs from the demo that never made it on the proper album – namely “Dogs Know More Than This,” “Sad Kennedy / Blue Destroyer” and “Karen is in Rome.” All three are played in a style of songs found on Golden Bridge, an album which usually comes with the qualifier “for hardcore fans only.” Which I am not sure that I get – maybe it should be “if the only Destroyer album you own is Rubies, you won’t like this.” People are always trying to warn their friends about “weird” music.

Personally, I am fond of the lo-fi-ness of these recordings. In 1995, Dan Bejar was living in a shitty apartment on Vancouver, and may (or may not) have been living on welfare. On these recordings all share a sense of exploration and experimentation in these songs, and especially important – they all have a sense of making do with the tools available. Artists don’t just emerge out of the womb – they are formed in these kinds of processes – in trial and error, and often out of desperation and innovation. Every so often you catch a glimpse of the musician Bejar would later become (consider the leap between these recordings and, say, City of Daughters which didn’t come out long after).

Of the three unearthed rarities out of this tape, I am most excited about “Sad Kennedy/Blue Destroyer” – which is Dan, an acoustic guitar, a snare drum, and mood to spare. Underlying the song is a haunting melody, which combines nicely with the delivery of the vocals, and the muddled recording to create the mood of a depressing mid-afternoon haze.

“Karen is in Rome” is a short acoustic song that is about a longing for a woman who is always traveling and leaving Dan behind, it also has a similar sense of sadness and desperation. Finally, “Dogs Know More Than This” finds Dan rocking out a little, limited to just his acoustic guitar and snare drum. This song, out of all of the music on the demo is the one that does the best job of predicting the guitar-fueled chaos of This Night, with the all of the fucking around unraveling the song in the end.

Maybe the comparison is too obvious, but these recordings owe a debt to the acoustic based songs found on the early Guided by Voices albums – something that is acknowledged in “Saddestroyer” when he sings “I heard you’re guided by voices / I see you’re really high.” The music employs the same lo-fi four-track trickery you would find on Bee Thousand or Vampire on Titus. At the same time, there is a certain singularity to these songs, which has kind of always been the case with Destroyer.

*A note on the cassette rip – I ripped this, and only did a little bit of hiss-reduction (I wanted to preserve some of the “cassette-ness”). This might not work for you, which I would advise a sound editing program to take out more of the hiss than I have.

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SevenTenTwelve is getting shuttered for a week next week, and I won’t be back until April 28th. I am going to study for my candidacy exam that is happening in a month, and I am going to do some Thoreau-esq holing up in a cabin by a lake (aka – away from the Internet).

In the interim, I am reconsidering the site and what I see as its role – essentially, I feel like I need to make a change, as some things about this blog aren’t working out for me anymore/already. I was already thinking this, and it was reiterated to me in discussion on a messageboard about this site that finally allowed me to get a glimpse of what certain people think about this blog – perhaps useful, but maybe emphasizing a more consumerist element to the underground music scene – “buy! buy! buy!” which was something I can honestly say I hadn’t fully considered. Of course there is an element of consumption here (this is essentially a blog about buying records), but at the same time my love for music is entirely non-commodified.

From my prospective, I had always considered what I was doing on SevenTenTwelve as a service to fellow music/record collectors to put certain micro-pressings that I see as desirable (good music, interesting packaging etc), but I can see how this might also be feeding the cycle of hype that ends up causing records released last month to skyrocket on eBay. Not sure how to escape this problem – it seems as much a result of micropressings themselves (simple economics and all) as it does with hype and all that (of which I am a participant in).

I have also been struggling with writing “reviews,” and said group did a nice job of emphasizing some particularly poor choices, so that is something I need to figure out as well. I don’t want SevenTenTelve to be all about “hey, this pre-order is up! buy buy buy!” – but I am also increasingly running out of compelling things to say about music that I like (and especially when I have a “if you can’t say anything nice…” policy at play here – the last thing a band needs is some asshole on a blog writing a nasty review, and thus I am even further limited to coming up with compelling things to say about music that I like).

I think the Killed By Death blog said it best last week:

What the fuck shall I write? I’m not a reviewer. I listen to music and I play music. Reviewer is someone who listen to music and make up words that most of the time fail to describe the music or to get you and idea of how it sounds. There’s very very few times I’ve encountered a review that I’ve read then bought the record and agreed that “yeah I know what you mean”.

Fucking exactly.

Record Store Day

Did you hear that this Saturday is Record Store day? I heard about this one single that is being put out “exclusively” for record store day, and I got kind of excited. So I decided to contact record stores within driving distance to see if they were participating, and if they were participating, if they would be getting said record.

For the most part, the good record stores were like “record store day? Never heard of it.” Uh-oh. After a bit, I finally got the dirt:

  • Record store is  essentially someone in the US telling stores that they should have a sale this Saturday.
  • To participate, a store simply has to “sign up” on the Record Store Day website, but after they sign up they. aren’t given any other information than that ( such as what is available to stores for record store day).
  • ‘Record Store Day’ releases are also a bit ridiculous, as some have been offered by distributors, others have not.
  • No one is really sure if or where one is supposed to get said releases.
  • Some ‘Record Store Day’ releases have been available already for a few weeks.
  • Most likely, many of the “Record Store Day” releases will be for US record stores.

Looks like eBay it is then… boo. That’s ok, I am all for supporting my local record stores anyway.

Not Paul Lawton

I am not multi-instrumentalist Paul “Lolly” Lawton of the Vancouver BC alt-rock band The Paperboys.

I am not Paul J. Lawton, author of historical fictions.

Nor am I a Paul Lawton, historian who studies the role of U-Boats in WWII.

Definitely not this Paul Lawton, illiterate with a fondness for fast cars.

You can ask my friend Jeff, but I can assure you that I am not Paul Lawton, deck-builder.

Pretty sure I can design a better “home page” than this Paul Lawton.

I am not the Australian soldier Paul Lawton who died in Iraq, and whose parents were informed via a quick cellphone call… RIP other Paul Lawton.

Not Paul Lawton, CEO of Comms Business Interactive, nor am I Paul Lawton on Lawton & Lawton law offices.

I honestly think I have the potential to be the most well-known Paul Lawton in the entire world! Come on other Paul Lawtons, give me some competition here, you guys are making it easy!?!