I hate the RIAA, and I feel I'm doing my part to help evolution along every time I download a track, rather than give one penny to those evil litigious fossils. But this caught my eye the other day:
It's called Light on the South Side and at first it looked like just any other coffee table book when I spotted it at Quimby's. But it's not just that --it's a double album of blues rarities, accompanied by a 132-page glossy hardcover photobook documenting the denizens (that is, the patrons, not the musicians) of hardcore south side Chicago blues joints ca. the 1970's, with a bonus 45 RPM single and a trading card thrown in for good measure. Listening to the equivalent mp3's and viewing the .jpg's just wouldn't be the same. I bought it, and would definitely buy more well-executed book/records (or book/CD's) in the same vein. I didn't even own a turntable at the time of purchase, so after work today I stopped by Transistor and picked up a Numark PT-01 USB turntable. Actually have a lot of vinyl, mostly 7"'s I'd pick up at shows, figuring someday I'd get a turntable and archive them as mp3's. Gonna set it up now, smoke a big joint, put on some big-ass headphones and relax 70's style.
In other news, along with Light on the South Side, I also picked up the latest issues of 2600 and Gothic Beauty. Haven't cracked the former yet, but GB, which I'm not very familiar with, was pretty interesting. Articles on goth gardening, and a feature on the top U.S. cities in which to be goth (after surveying the Top 100 metro areas in the country, the top 25 is pretty much what you'd expect, with some isn't-it-too-hot-to-be-goth-there surprises thrown in like Tampa at #16 (up three places from last year), along with Phoenix, Miami and Dallas. There was also a full-page ad for a goth cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines.
- the RIAA's past and future, in one collectible package