Hello, my name is Bret, and I'm a record junky. (Hi, Bret.) I thought I had my habit under control in my 40s, but I think I've merely found a substitute. I no longer accidentally stop by the record store after work every payday. Forced Exposure is no longer my browser's home page. I no longer open the Metakime emails, seek out something that looks weird and fucked-up and issued in a limited edition, and decide I need one. When my wife and I eloped in New York, I never once thought about popping into A1 in the East Village (even though we could have easily jumped on the 6 train after the ceremony at the City Clerk's office, hopped off at Astor Place, and walked the few blocks there). I even unloaded a shit-ton of LPs during the run-up to the last move—yes, because it was a pain in the ass to box and haul the stacks, but more because I wasn't spending as much quality time with the turntable, and if I'm not listening to the Jandek, BYG/Actuel, and ESP-Disk vinyl I paid too much money for, I'm just being a greedy hoarder.
But this one time, on Bandcamp, I bought something—and now I just can't stop. Blame poor impulse control. Blame FLAC downloads. Blame the "name your price" option, which makes dropping $5 apiece on a few things you've never heard before as easy as grabbing a stack of 7-inches.
But mostly blame instant access to quality singles such as local trio CP/M's 'Hang' 7-inch, whose two songs deliver nine minutes and 22 seconds of running-through-a-swimming-pool slow burn. The A-side title cut 'Hang' features the trio laying down a lumbering thrum, the sound of machinery bleeding to death, that's manna to ears that like their impudent noise rock cut with a downer's body buzz.
B-side 'INTL,' however, I just can't quit. It's anxiety's rush transformed into a foreboding pound. It's disappointment's anticipation transformed into a humming morass. It's a scratch dying for something to itch. Think Drunks With Guns' 'Wonderful Subdivision.' Think erstwhile locals Organ Donors' 'Friend of Mine.' Think making something beautiful just so you can have something to destroy.
Anyway, thanks for listening.