Album – Songs For Singles
Artist – Torche
Purchased From – Hydra Head e-store
The much discussed vinyl version of the latest Torche offering finally crossed into my mailbox today and, I have to admit, I’m a bit underwhelmed and more than a bit aggravated.
I was ready to forgive Hydra Head for charging $20 dollars for what is essentially an EP (the album clocks in at about 20 minutes and change) because I really do like the music. And I could justify the expense to myself because I couldn’t NOT have the album, I have every other Torche release on vinyl so I wanted it to keep the ‘collection’ full AND I do love the hell out of Torche. The vinyl itself is pretty heavy duty, not 180g heavy duty (:Editors Note: – after posting this, Nick and I got into a discussion via text messasge on whether or not this actually IS 180g. I haven’t seen anything anywhere that says it is, but Nick says it’s just as heavy duty as 180g record he happened to be listening to the day his copy of this showed up. So, basically, if anybody knows for sure if this is 180g leave a comment and let us know. Thanks) but not cheap and flimsy either. So, I was ready to add another check mark in the ‘reasons I love Torche and Hydra Head’ category.
Then I went to open the packaging.
Look, I appreciate creativity…whether it’s in the music an artist creates or in the packaging said music comes in. But whoever had the idea (be it somebody in the band or someone at the label…whoever it was) to put this thing in a SEALED envelope really dropped the ball. I don’t mean the outer plastic sleeve that the album came in…I mean the actual outer sleeve of the record is a sealed damn paper envelope! Look what happens when you try to open it (click on the image to see the full, hi res results);
Look, I’m not a ‘flipper’ who gets pissed when anything happens to any part of a record or record packaging because it might affect my ability to get top dollar off some schmuck on eBay. I am, however, VERY O.C.D. about the condition of things I buy. I put money into something (whether it’s a record, a video game, a book – yes, I still actually buy books. screw an e-reader – my blackberry, etc) so I make absolutely sure it stays in the absolute best condition possible. So, to end up with something like this is just beyond aggravating for me. Maybe it’s not for you, and if that’s the case that’s fine. But I’d be doing myself, and this blogs readers, a disservice if I didn’t point these things out.
Anyway, to see what the rest of the record and packaging looks like check the pics below. This is on clear pink/white swirl marble. No idea what the pressing info on this one is but I’m almost positive it’s the second rarest variant behind the Teal variant that Vacation Vinyl had for sale exclusively.