The trap shed has come a long way in the last year.
"Sounds of the Xerox 5090" 7"
Ok, this is fucking GREAT. If there’s one thing on this earth I can really, truly respect, it is an instance of great time, energy and expense directed towards the realization of a very dumb joke that almost no one on earth will appreciate. Somewhere around here I have a stack of business cards that just say SHUT THE FUCK UP that obviously I am too much of a coward to ever actually hand to a stranger on the subway or in a movie theater or on a plane even though they definitely need to shut the fuck up. The point is that I spent actual money and had them made because they needed to exist, and someone felt the same way about making this record.
This thing has layers! It manages to invoke absurd hardcore/punk scene lifestyle fetishism (remember when Kinko’s nickname was the “hardcore hangout?”), poke fun at audiophile nerds (“Direct from the digitally recorded master tape”), and the layout is a nice nod to the weird retro 1950s industrial clip art trend that for some reason plagued a bunch of 90s punk records. I never understood that- it’s kind of low hanging fruit, right? Way to stick it the same shit your parents already stuck it to 30 years ago.
Inside is a very earnest yet over the top explanation of the story of these dudes’ collective love affair with this Xerox machine at a Louisville Kinko’s, starting with most of Slamdek Records’ inserts having been made on it. But my theory is that the germ of this record came from a dude going to work at Kinko’s stoned one day and then jammin out to some good old fashioned industrial copy machine repetitive trance bangers. I get the sense that the people behind this record are 100% into it and 100% making fun of it at the same time, which I guess you could say I REALLY relate to.
No one try to buy this one from me- it’s not happening.