Friday, October 29, 2010

Desaparecidos Vinyl Reissue

The ironic punk rock side project of Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst has just been reissued on vinyl. This is a brilliant record, where Conor pulls off strong and clever social commentary as a shouting match against conventional American culture. I bought the vinyl on Ebay, a year or two ago thinking that it would never see the light of day. I got it for $50. You can now buy it for $15. And it comes with a bonus 7" that has the amazing song "What's New for Fall" on it. I wish I could just buy the 7". The packaging for both the vinyl and the cd are clever as hell. The cover depicts a residential planning project over the beautiful, wide open spaces of Omaha. The cd has the houses on a piece of transparent paper that can be peeled off to reveal the golden fields. Although the vinyl lacks this, inside there is a manila envelope that contains the lyrics, but in the form of a housing project proposal. Clever as hell. This record is a crucial classic, yet sadly obscure piece of musical culture.

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