Don’t you wish that February 14th was as pleasing every year as this Monday turned out to be? The arrival of new records from Mogwai and PJ Harvey made hearts beat a little faster. Thom Yorke and his not so merry men delighted fans en masse with a surprise announcement telling of release of a new album, available for pre-order. Saturday will set many swooning over The Kings of Limbs. Sadly, it will be May before the ‘perhaps’ first Newspaper Album can be held in awaiting arms. That will no doubt be a delivery that will rekindle the passions of what is now for many an epic tale of devotion and worship.
Personally, the most satisfying delivery I received came from Grapefruit Records with news of their record club.
Singer/songwriter Simon Joyner and Ba Da Bing founder Ben Goldberg have set up a quarterly subscription service releasing exclusive and limited, vinyl-only LPs by dedicated artists. The concept is juicy enough but the role call is undeniably mouthwatering. Year One will feature early recordings from the mind of stalwart Kurt bupropion Wagner’s Lambchop, Richard Youngs, L. Eugene Methe, and finally 200 Years – the fantastic Six Organs of Admittance’s Ben Chasny and Magik Markers’ Elisa Ambrogio’s joint venture.
A Full-Subscription includes four, quarterly released, full-length LPs and a deluxe, hard-shell box to house the series of records that make up that year’s roster of artists. They also offer a Half-Subscription where subscribers can choose any two releases, and a two-payment plan to keep it affordable.
If you aren’t feeling wooed yet by these delights, be romanced instead by Grapefruit’s catch phrase: “Buy A Grapefruit Records Subscription For Your Boy In The Navy (If He Likes This Kind Of Music, And Owns A Record Player, And Doesn’t Mind Having To Carry LPs Around In A Submarine)”