We neglected to mention this article last week, but Pitchfork has a really excellent look at the business of making vinyl, delving into the specifics of the industry and their relationship with different record labels. They argue that the trendline shows that the vinyl “resurgence” is likely here to stay, but its ceiling is probably capped due to the physical capacity of the pressing factories at the very least.
Pitchfork also recently did an interview with Cymbals Eat Guitars, an underrated indie band that’s gearing up for a new album set to be released in a couple of weeks. Lenses Alien was a pretty solid release, but their debut Why There Are Mountains is definitely worth seeking out. Check out the first track of that one, “And the Hazy Sea”:
The Quietus has a couple of features worth reading this weekend. First, there’s an interview with Jody Stephens, the last surviving member of the brilliant group Big Star, along with John Fry, who helped engineered those albums. The two provide some great anecdotes and background about working on those records, as well as a first-hand account of the intra-band dynamics. Then there’s this tribute to Teenage Fanclub’s classic Bandwagonesque, an album that’s unfairly known more as the answer to a trivia question these days in the US than for its great quality.
And if you find that you still have time available this weekend, Interpol provided the entirety of their recent set at Lollapalooza on YouTube. That’s mighty kind of them.