This is the second year in a row (that I know of at least), that Hydra Head has done some sort of special release(s) for Record Store Day. In this case for the cash-grab and greed-induced push by labels and bands called Black Friday. As if most people of affluence were not going nuts by standing in line at three in the morning in front of Walmart for a 32inch flatscreen for $150, here come the independent record stores to also cash in on the madness. Let’s cash in on “special” releases that will only be flipped later on eBay and also gouge the customers right at the cash register. You want that Nirvana Nevermind Singles 10″ box set, kid? That’ll be $65! Oh for fuck’s sake.
As much as I am bitching and moaning about RSD…and in this case, Black Friday…I did manage to grab a few releases that were well worth getting and walk away not feeling like I was just ass-raped in that one episode of OZ on HBO. Hydra Head, being the wily and savyy hype-machine and effective marketers that they are with their releases, they jumped on the RSD-BF train with a few releases:
OLD MAN GLOOM – Christmas Eve I & II + 6 + Live in NYC 12″
PYRAMIDS / HORSEBACK – A Throne Without a King LP+7″
BLACK FACE – I Want to Kill You b/w Monster 7″
Just like before, HH put these up for “pre-order” via their BCD webstore to at least give a chance to people who wouldn’t make it to their record stores on that dreaded day. And that’s if the indie stores would even order and get copies. I passed on ordering the PYRAMIDS / HORSEBACK and BLACK FACE. Don’t ask me why. Maybe I am finally coming to the realization that sometimes I don’t need all those records. Riiiiiiiiiight…that’s the stupidest realization I have yet to have.
Snagged only the OLD MAN GLOOM – Christmas Eve I & II + 6 + Live in NYC 12″ simply because it’s an awesome release that finally got a proper pressing. This was originally released back in 2003 by Tortuga Recordings and only limited to 50 “test presses”. So now it got a proper, more wide release. And the other reason to get it is because it is Aaron Turner. Duh!
Limited to 1,000 in three colors: Light Blue, Yellow, and Black.
I went with the Light Blue. Seemed to make the most sense. The packaging on this 12″ is different and not what I expected. The jacket is open at the top and feels like a cardboard mailer from the UK. The artwork in front and back is screenprinted and there’s a lengthy and sarcastic message on back. Part of it was posted by Hydra Head on the description for the release:
So, Old Man Gloom is milking old material for another “new” release, that’s what you’re thinking right? And you’re also wondering why you should shell out a portion of your not-so-hard earned cash in exchange for an item manufactured with the sole intent of making more money for an already wealthy group of individuals, yes? You want to know why? Because, whether you realize it or not, Old Man Gloom is the best band on the planet, hands down; and if we shit in a bucket and threw it in the presses at the vinyl manufacturing plant it would still merit purchasing. And you know what else? Even our mossy turds are better than 99.9% of the other “music” that’s floating around out there. This is not idle boasting, this is fact, based on sound scientific research conducted by the head technicians at the OMG Institute for Simian Alien Technology. After centuries of forethought and developmental planning, the Institute has produced one ground breaking document after another over the last decade, and humanity has benefitted greatly as a result. Truth be told though, the figures behind OMG have not worked together in the same facility for the past eight and half years, simply because of the collective realization that, even now, so many years after the initial publication of our works, no one outside the interior group has been able to fully comprehend those massive feats of intellect and creative ingenuity (see articles i-v: “meditations in b”, “seminars ll & lll” , “christmas eve l & ll + 6″ [previous digital 3″ compact disc and analog 2×7” vinyl versions], and finally the simply and aptly titled “christmas”). While it seems some recipients of these documents have been able to grasp the general themes addressed therein, many, if not all of the nuances and fastidiously constructed details continue to elude and confound the average (and even above average), intellect of today’s global citizen, no matter their background training or level of education. This is a sad truth, only too apparent to we the creators of the aforementioned documents, but despite this, the members of the Institute continue to hold out hope that with enough persistence, educational presentations, and continued dissemination of past documents in various formats and incarnations, that one day humanity will finally be able to grasp the full scope and meaning of our work. Though the OMG team has not been fully assembled in any cohesive form since late 2003, the strength and force of our collective will has only grown in the interim and shows no signs of dissipating. We all have continued to develop new theoretical hypotheses and developmental projects individually, as well as in other cooperative collectives, though the results of such efforts are dwarfed by the formidable shadow cast by the incomparable output of our assembled whole. Be that as it may, we have opted to continue our work separately until such time for reassembly is deemed appropriate. This could be tomorrow, it could be 10 years from now, but whatever the case, rest assured that OMG will always retain the ultimate goal of the betterment of society and the global community at the forefront of their collective consciousness…
There’s more to it…a Q&A and a tracklistting…but it’s better to get your own copy and read it. It’s hilarity ensuing for sure.
And sure enough the OMG Gorilla is present on the labels…
Music: it’s the expected post-everything doom sludge whatever you’d expect from OMG. If you’ve been a long-time fan, then you’ve heard these songs before so no surprises here.
Maybe I am biased…well, I know I am…but to me, Hydra Head is the only label that continually puts out stuff that I want to get regardless of when, for what ocassion, and no matter cost. Well, within reason of course. Scratch…if it involves A. Turner, I’ll get it. Fo’ sho!
<<Insert some sort of witty closing statement here>>
“Fanboy gushing over A. Turner since 1995”