It's really happening. The music industry's mostly written them off, writers signaled the oncoming demise and now labels are accommodating the prediction. The compact disc is in the process of being tossed like a mini-frisbee from the "optional format" column. Vinyl, somehow, has regained its footing during the information age, which is certainly cause for celebration. With CDs though having been such a paramount presence in the music industry since the early to mid-80s, labels, especially independent ones, are trying to find ways to capitalize on the changing tide.
Southern Lord is offering a subscription series. For one payment, you receive seven vinyl copies of popular, (relatively speaking), Southern Lord releases. Most of these exclusive releases will feature tracks unavailable on the digital versions and all will be 180 gram specialty vinyl with unique color and design. Black Cobra's Chronomega, which came out around Fall of last year, is the first to be issued for subscribers.
From Southern Lord's blog:
Black Cobra — Chronomega: Vinyl version of the latest brutal recording from Black Cobra. Contains a bonus track not available on the CD version. A cover of the Buzz-Oven classic: “Behaved”. Exclusive color for subscribers: Blood Splatter (limited to 550)
Ascend — Ample Fire Within: 2xLP Deluxe vinyl version with beautiful heavy-weight gatefold jacket and printed inner sleeves. Contains two bonus tracks not available on the CD version. A cover the McCoy Tyner piece: “Desert Cry” and the side long mega drone: “Fenrir Ondi Ahman”. Exclusive color for subscribers: Clear (limited to 550 )
Pelican — What We All Come To Need: 2xLP Deluxe vinyl version with beautiful heavy-weight gatefold jacket. The fourth side contains three bonus tracks not available on the CD version. Exclusive color for subscribers: Red, silver, splatter (limited to 550)
Trap Them — Filth Rations: 12″ Exclusive vinyl only release (NO CD) containing 4 unreleased songs. Especially recorded for a Southern Lord vinyl release. This will be a one sided 12″ with a exclusive etching from artist: Justin Bartlett on the B-side. Exclusive color for subscribers: TBA (limited to 550)
Yob — The Great Cessation: 2xLP, gatefold jacket. This is the best fucking album Yob has done! Contains two bonus tracks not available on the CD version. Exclusive color for subscribers: TBA (limited to 550)
Twilight — Monument To Time End: Members of Nachtmystium, Krieg, and Leviathan have convened once again under the Twilight moniker. The results blow the living shit out of their debut album we released a few years back. Aaron Turner (Isis) and Rob Lowe (Lichens, OM) contribute to the sonic brew. Vinyl version will contain exclusive material. Exclusive color for subscribers: TBA (limited to 550)
The seventh album is, apparently, a surprise.
In the meantime, in addition to Black Cobra's vinyl release of Chronomega, the band (Acid King's Rafa Martinez and former Cavity, Jason Landrian), will be touring extensively for SXSW and with High On Fire later in this Spring.
BLACK COBRA California In-Store Performances:
2/09/2010 R5 Records - Sacramento, CA
2/10/2010 Streetlight Records - San Jose, CA
2/11/2010 Streetlight Records - Santa Cruz, CA
2/13/2010 Thirsty Moon - San Diego, CA
2/14/2010 Vacation - Los Angeles, CA
March Tour + SXSW:
3/16/2010 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Albuquerque, NM w/ Spittin' Cobras
3/17/2010 The Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK w/ Liturgy, White Mice
3/18/2010 Channel/Meridian - Houston, TX w/ Weedeater, ASG, Gates of Slumber, US Christmas
3/19/2010 Skillman Street Bar - Dallas, TX w/ Weedeater, Black Tusk, Gates of Slumber
3/20/2010 Encore - Austin, TX - SXSW Tone Deaf Touring Showcase w/ Weedeater, Rwake, Black Tusk, ASG, U.S. Christmas
3/21/2010 Zombies - San Antonio, TX w/ Weedeater, Black Tusk, Gates of Slumber, SBL
3/22/2010 Rogue - Fayetteville, AR w /U.S. Christmas
3/23/2010 Downtown Music - Little Rock, AR w/ U.S. Christmas
3/24/2010 The Muse - Nashville, TN w/ U.S. Christmas
3/26/2010 31st St Pub - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Bison BC
3/27/2010 Mickey Finn's Pub - Toledo, OH
BLACK COBRA Tour w/ High on Fire, Priestess, Bison BC
3/31/2010 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
4/01/2010 High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
4/02/2010 Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
4/03/2010 Skully's Music Diner - Columbus, OH
4/05/2010 123 Pleasant St - Morgantown, WV
4/06/2010 First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
4/07/2010 The Middle East - Cambridge, MA
4/08/2010 Daniel St - Milford, CT
4/09/2010 Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
4/11/2010 Black Cat - Washington, DC
4/13/2010 Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
4/14/2010 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
4/15/2010 One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA
4/16/2010 Walters on Washington - Houston, TX
4/17/2010 Emo's - Austin, TX
4/18/2010 The Loft - Dallas, TX
4/20/2010 Fox Theater - Boulder, CO
4/22/2010 Hollywood Alley - Phoenix, AZ
4/23/2010 El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
4/24/2010 Detroit Bar - Costa Mesa, CA
4/25/2010 The Casbah - San Diego, CA
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