A signed copy of Steve Jansen’s ‘Slope’

I already have this album, I got it when it first came out, but when I heard that Steve Jansen was selling off the last remaining stock and signing them I thought I ought to buy it again. It’s always lovely to have a signed copy of things and this album especially so.

I hope he releases some more stuff from Bandcamp in the not too distant future.

Cassette Store Day 2015: Bill Nelson’s ‘Getting the Holy Ghost Across

Bill Nelson's Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape back
Bill Nelson’s Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape back

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Bill Nelson's Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape lyric sheet
Bill Nelson’s Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape lyric sheet
Bill Nelson's Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape front
Bill Nelson’s Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape front

I know I only posted this recently, but as it is Cassette Store day today I thought I would post it again. This is a beautifully made and packaged cassette. I also love the music too, which makes it even better.

Bill Nelson’s Getting the Holy Ghost Across … the tape!

Bill Nelson's Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape front
Bill Nelson’s Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape front

I already have this album, on vinyl and on CD, but the tape has something special about it, and it isn’t just that it was the format that I bought this album on for the first time. No, it’s something different.

Bill Nelson's Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape back
Bill Nelson’s Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape back

With the original tape was a lyric list that came with it, printed on the same sort of paper that bibles are printed with. It was a lovely touch and in keeping with the whole album, so when I saw it come up on eBay I knew it was something I wanted to own again just for old times sake.

Bill Nelson's Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape lyric sheet
Bill Nelson’s Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape lyric sheet

Wishing that Unknown Public was still a thing

Cassette inlay
Cassette inlay
Unknown Public cassette
Unknown Public cassette
Unknown Public information
Unknown Public information
Inside the Unknown Public Box
Inside the Unknown Public Box
Unknown Public: First Edition
Unknown Public: First Edition

But it isn’t and hasn’t been for a long time now, which is such a shame. It was such an interesting idea and such a good package. Of course it was in a time before music discovery on the internet was a thing. Before Spotify was a thing. Back then, stuff like Unknown Public (although there wasn’t really anything like it) was a really good way to discover new music, new artists. It worked like that for me.

So in many ways it doesn’t have a place in terms of today’s music world, but I think we’re poorer for it. A lot of the enjoyment from Unknown public was in how it was put together. The beauty of the package and its contents. You can’t make that on the internet. Maybe someone should try.

Sylvian / Sakamoto … Bamboo Houses RSD release

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This is one of the things I really wanted to get this year at RSD. I have the tracks already, in fact, I think I have multiple versions in multiple formats too, but that’s not what this is about.

The two songs are really important to me. They bring back special memories, and any opportunity to have a new version or iteration, even in just the packaging, well, I’ll take it. This edition, for Record Store Day, is rather lovely. I’ve played it once, just once. That’s enough. It’s a thing of beauty, and I’m glad to have it.