In the unpredictable wake of music's digital rebirth, vinyl has experienced a modest boom in popularity, seen by many (with delicious irony) as a replacement for the awkward middleman that is the compact disc. INCHES seeks not only to review the output of L.A.'s healthy vinyl community (artists and labels, indie or otherwise), but to pay dap to those who continue to tend the flame, believing that good music deserves much more than a handful of ones and zeros.
Label: Eenie Meenie (West Hollywood)
Title: Doodoo Face
Format: LP (+ download card), "fireworks glasses," 500 pressed
They've soundtracked our most viral fast food inclinations. They've repudiated Jay-Z's "Death Of Autotune" by pitch-shifting Hova himself. They've declared "booty tweet" the "new booty call." After a rich few months of Internet exploitation and four years of slowly building before that, Oakland's satire-loving Wallpaper duo has dropped its debut LP via Eenie Meenie. Noobs may be surprised to find that while an off-kilter humor courses throughout -- and Ricky Reed's lyrics surely exemplify an exaggerated love of wealth/women/wine -- Doodoo Face is a stylish set of bona fide bangers with more than a few dark corners to explore. It's gritty and glitzy, high concept and lowbrow -- sentiment echoed perfectly by the album art, which is indisputably at its best in 12-inch format. Included is a set of prismatic paper glasses to enhance the viewing experience.
Wondering how Wallpaper captured that hi-fi sound?
Purchase now via the Eenie Meenie web store.Artist: The Doors
Label: Rhino (Burbank)
Title: all of 'em
Format: 180-gram vinyl, individually or as a limited (12,500 produced) box set
It's hard to imagine L.A. without The Doors, and harder still to find quality copies of that band's seminal but small discography on LP. Naturally, the reissue specialists at Rhino have got a solution to this problem: 180-gram represses of each album (the Morrison years only, of course) in its original stereo mix from The Doors ('67), to Strange Days ('67), to Waiting For The Sun ('68), to The Soft Parade ('69), to Morrison Hotel ('70), to L.A. Woman ('71). Those remarkably fruitful five years did a lot to shape this city's musical landscape, and turns out The Doors' music came in some pretty shapely packaging, recreated faithfully here and most impressively with L.A. Woman's see-thru photo slide mock-up. Last year's faux lizard skin-clad box set (pictured) is still available and includes all of the albums released individually last week, along with an exclusive mono mix of the group's debut. Heavy, to say the least.
Purchase now via the Rhino web store.