A couple of weeks ago I had written about wanting to buy new music. Yesterday I picked up Double Nickels on the Dime by the Minutemen and, just ’cause I was feeling sassy, a used copy of Whipsmart by Liz Phair. Now, I would have preferred Phair’s Exile in Guyville, but they didn’t have it.
The store (Rhino Records, no not the record label) also had a large section devoted to contemporary avant garde music, including a 2-disc set of the works of John Oswald, the creative force behind Plunderphonics. (See this review at Pitchforkmedia.) Oswald is described here as “a Toronto-based sound chemist [who] is known for his editing style of ‘plunderphonics,’ whereby he builds a dense collage of pre-existing recorded material to create jaw-dropping murals .” Now, this kind of thing is intellectually interesting to me, but I’m not going to plunk down the money to buy it. However, if anyone out there would like me to pick up a copy of this for you, just let me know. I’m not sure just how available this release is, given that Oswald was getting sued for copyright infringement before getting sued for copyright infringement was cool.