08 11 2006


08 11 2006

VEIN conversation continued... for those who care

Allan and I corresponded a bit about this today:


On Nov 8, 2006, at 5:32 PM, Allan / Aquarius Records wrote:

I actually agree with your response to an extent, our precise words there were poorly chosen... "the more artistic sacrifices have to be made" isn't quite right... 'cause releasing stuff in less than miniscule limited quantities hardly counts as an artistic sacrifice! shoulda said, the "the more popular a band gets, the more they owe to their fans". or, "the more they should consider their fans who made them popular in the first place." or, "the more people are gonna be bummed when they can't get their records 'cause they didn't make enough copies!" something like that. of course a band/artist can do whatever they want, but just 'cause that's true, that doesn't mean certain decisions a band makes don't have the effect of disappointing or annoying their fans!! and that's not something to totally ignore. we're friends with boris, and we've tried to talk to them about this before, and of course they can do what they want for whatever reason, but the fact remains that lots of folks who like boris, who support boris, can't get their music... and I don't understand what's cool about that. so though I think that one statement, out of context, isn't quite right, it doesn't change anything about our views on this limited edition issue. and of course, we'll be the first to admit that labels doing limited edition stuff is great for us, we do tons of business with those items. but we still feel sad for those who don't get to hear a band we love -- or music by a band THEY already love -- just 'cause of someone's limited edition fetish. don't you think so too? I mean, probably it's a good strategy for a band trying to get popular, up to a point. but then, hey instead of just 1500 copies, why not 3000? that's all we're suggesting. so we blew off a bit of steam in that review, trying to explain to people why we didn't have the boris "vein" 12" they wanted, y'know? didn't mean to trample anyone's artistic freedom, that's not what our little rant was about!

on a unrelated note, just got the KTL disc, pretty cool!



On Nov 8, 2006, at 6:02 PM, Stephen O'Malley wrote:

Hey Allan, thanks for the mail.

I admit that I used the AQ comment as a floor to a rant of my own against the implied right-to-consume-all-pieces approach to the ongoing record collecting vs making music debacle. And yeah I know you guys make a killing off of these limited releases. My viewpoint on edition releases is not based entirely on desire or restriction. Actually, rather: smaller pressings are a great way to remain creatively prolific without flooding/diluting the core market or audience with too much product. The most significant albums (in the artists eyes) always have a press run which makes it available to everyone who wants them. Smaller press runs are also interesting to the artist as project based work. Through this you can see the value we view our own work I suppose. Banks Violette makes editions of 8!!!!!! AQ is pure consumerist/completist driven commentary, not that there is something wrong with that viewpoint, you are a record store. Just my 2 cents.

Maybe the idea of editions is a better way to look at this actually.

As a record collector I like to track stuff down but dont get pissed off when I cant find EVERYTHING I feel I need. I like to hunt. You probably do too. If people ostracize a band because of this, especially a band like Boris who has tons of amazing releases available, then the reasoning of that desire is suspect I believe. In fact suspect to the point that I dont give a shit. Believe me that all of us respect and even revere the fact that we have people interested in our music and work as artists. It's still miraculous. Despite how it may appear, we arent successful to the point of blasé. Far from it... these are like occult jewels in the bottom of the sea. Or rarely they are leviathan breaking the surface. Its more a matter of context.

Thanks for the word on the KTL disc! I feel pretty good about that. By the way its coming out in edition of 500 copies double LP on AB soon.

Take care,

08 11 2006

Fuck yes!


A good day for America, although Gates is unlikely to be a much better reptile warlord.


Rumsfeld Resigns as Defense Secretary After Big Election Gains for Democrats

Published: November 8, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, architect of an unpopular war in Iraq, intends to resign after six stormy years at the Pentagon, Republican officials said Wednesday.

Officials said Robert Gates, former head of the CIA, would replace Rumsfeld.

The development occurred one day after midterm elections that cost Republicans control of the House, and possibly the Senate, as well. Surveys of voters at polling places said opposition to the war was a significant contributor to the Democratic victory.

President Bush was expected to announce Rumsfeld's departure and Gates' nomination at an afternoon news conference. Administration officials notified congressional officials in advance.

Last week, as he campaigned to save the Republican majority, Bush declared that Rumsfeld would remain at the Pentagon through the end of his term.

Rumsfeld, 74, was in his second tour of duty as defense chief. He first held the job a generation ago, when he was appointed by President Ford.

Gates is the president of Texas A&M University and a close friend of the Bush family. He served as CIA director for Bush's father from 1991 until 1993.

Gates first joined the CIA in 1966 and served in the intelligence community for more than a quarter century, under six presidents.

His nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

08 11 2006





07 11 2006

Congrats to the Trust No Ones!



07 11 2006

ÆTHENOR now available



vhf97 CD & ltd LP


07 11 2006

Guitar Lessons

How To Play Guitar By David Fair

I taught myself to play guitar. It's incredibly easy when you understand the science of it. The skinny strings play high sounds and the fat strings play low sounds. If you put your finger on a string near the body part of the guitar it makes a higher sound and if you put your finger on the string farther out by the tuning end it makes a lower sound. If you want to play fast move your hand real fast and if you want to play slower move your hand slower.
That's all there is to it. You can learn the names of notes and how to make chords that other people use, but that's pretty limiting. Even if you took a few years and learned all the chords you'd still have a limited number of options. If you ignore the chords, your options are infinite and you can master guitar playing in one day.
Traditionally, guitars have a fat string on the top and they get skinnier as they go down. But the thing to remember is it's your guitar and you can put whatever you want on it. I like to put six different-sized strings on because that gives the most variety, but my brother used to put six strings of the same thickness on so he wouldn't have so much to worry about. Whatever string he hit would have to be the right one because they were all the same.

Tuning the guitar is kind of a ridiculous notion. I f you have to wind the tuning pegs to just a certain place, that implies that every other place is wrong. But that's absurd. How could it be wrong? It's your guitar and you're the one playing it. It's completely up to you to decide how it should sound. In fact, I don't tune by the sound at all. I wind the strings until they all feel about the same tightness. I highly recommend electric guitars for a couple of reasons. First of all, they don't depend on the body resonating for the sound, so it doesn't matter if you paint them. And also, if you put all the knobs on your amplifier on 10 you can get a much higher reaction-to-effort ratio with an electric guitar than you can with acoustic. Just a tiny tap on the string can rattle your windows, and when you slam the strings, with your amp on 10, you can strip the paint off the walls.
The first guitar I bought was Silvertone. Later I bought a Fender Telecaster, but it doesn't really matter what kind you buy as long as the tuning pegs are on the end of the neck where they belong. A few years back someone came out with a guitar that tunes at the other end. I've never tried one. I guess they sound all right, but they look ridiculous and I imagine you'd feel pretty foolish holding one. That would affect your playing. The idea isn't to feel foolish. The idea is to put a pick in one hand and a guitar in the other and with a tiny movement rule the world.

07 11 2006

"Boris need to learn that with popularity comes responsibility to the fans that have made them popular, and the more popular a band gets, the more artistic sacrifices have to be made. A band that routinely sells 5000 or 10,000 copies of a record, can not make 7"s or eps or lps and limit them to 500 or 1000. All that means is that the -majority- of your fans, the ones who just love your music, the ones who buy all your records and buy tickets to your shows, the ones who through their support enable you to play music for a living and tour and rock, will NOT get to hear those records, will become increasingly frustrated and eventually stop being fans. It happened to Stereolab as they continued to do stupidly limited releases, it could happen to Boris."

O))) response / statement:
Where the fuck do they get off stating: "the more popular a band gets, the more artistic sacrifices have to be made."
Artists are free to do whatever they want for whatever reason they choose. Thanks for the record buyer comments.

07 11 2006

O))) & The Pies



Cinematography via PITA

06 11 2006


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