Sunday Morning Drones

Beacon Sound Choir, 2016

It's probably good I didn't know what a short little piece of work this was when I was plunking down for it. Of course, if I had read the description more closely—a 1-sided, 45rpm, 10-inch record—it should have been obvious. What you receive instead of length is quite a lovely art object. The record itself is golden brown, with a moiré-pattern screen print on side two. The (very) limited edition also included a single original snapshot photo. I don't know each is different or if they're all the same, but I received one with a black-n-white photo of a bike—as if it were serendipitously made just for me. Concerning the music, you get two hypnotic drones of an a wordless chorale, 30-people strong. Sublime secular spirituals.

The Beat from Badsville, vols.1-4

Various Artists, 2012-16

When I saw this come across my horizon, buying it was a forgone conclusion.

Consider it a matter of gross oversight, but I didn't discovering The Cramps until I was well into my late-20s. This collection, of early rock-n-roll comes from the Cramps' own vast collection of obscure rock 45s. These all walk the line between delicious camp and insatiable fun. More often than not, both at once?

Somewhere along the way, I decided that entire compilation series are permissible under my curatorial rules of 1-vinyl-per-artist. This series may be a strong influencer on that decision. I'm never going to buy a record by any of the artists on these comps, even if I could. They 're great fun to have around, though. Additionally, each volume is released as double 10-inches. How can you expect me to resist that?