Friday, 28 August 2015

I like the good things in life but most of the best things ain't free

I went to my local record shop for one last time and hit the jackpot and am so sad to leave it behind. I know there will be other record shops, but I got all of these for £20 and there aren't many places you can say that about. I was happily flicking through the numerous crates, the first 10 or so didn't contain much of interest and I was kind of internally giving up. They had The Doors LA Woman on display for £8 and I was thinking "£8 isn't bad!" and wondering how to get it down to buy it before I realised "Wait, I already have LA Woman." Then I found Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars and promptly forgot who the Doors even were. I don't find David Bowie records out in the wild very often, so it's always exciting when I do and it isn't something I already own. They also had a delightful amount of Queen. Queen I I already own, but it's a pristine first pressing so I picked it up without a second thought assigning it back up. I'm shocked that it took me this long to get a copy of Greatest Hits, but there you have it.

Talking of Queen vinyl, they're releasing their entire catalogue on to coloured vinyl soon and it's torturing me. They have a limited number of box sets available but unfortunately I don't have a spare £300 lying around. I figured I'd get a couple individually, they'll probably go for around £20 so I might be able to justify 3? I really want Sheer Heart Attack for the sole reason I haven't yet been able to find it and it's one of my favourite albums, but the red vinyl isn't really exciting me so I don't know if I should just leave that one. The Miracle is the one other studio album I'm missing and I'll probably get that because it's a beautiful colour. I'm tempted to get News of the World because my copy sucks and looked like someone played frisbee with it once. I really would like A Kind of Magic and Hot Space and Jazz because I'm in love with their vinyl colours, but I can't really justify it when I own perfectly good original editions of them. I kind of really want Innuendo too, but same. Ugh, maybe I should just try opening a fund so I can buy the lot, because let's face it that's what I want.

They're also releasing a limited edition turntable which initially gave me the "I want"s really badly, but then I decided nah. I don't like Rega turntables, they look tacky to me with their shiny plastic, and I have a super nice vintage automatic one. I'll just settle for a turntable mat instead.

* Believe it or not, this post isn't sponsored by Queen. But I wish it was.

Other than pining over things I can't afford, I've been trying to sort through and pack everything for moving inbetween procrastinating terribly and trying to pretend it isn't happening because it's so overwhelming. This is also obviously the perfect time to start a zine, so I've been doing that too. I'm really excited for this one, it's taking a lot of planning but hopefully it should be worth it. I'm envisioning a journal type perzine dealing with things like ableism, identity, privilege, and self care. Basically giving voice to a lot of pent up feelings I've been carrying around for a long time. I always find the idea of perzines (personal zines) slightly surreal. It feels kind of self indulgent to write a zine about yourself and your experiences, I have to keep shutting down that anxiety voice saying "Who cares? No one's going to want to read this you know." But writing a zine is no more egotistical than keeping a blog, and personally I love perzines as I love that insight into other peoples experiences that they felt about strongly enough to create an entire thing about it. And that's the point right there. To create something relatable and affirming mixed with personal feelings. And I hope it will be relatable and affirming to people even if they aren't dealing with the exact same issues as I think many of the things covered will be pretty universal feelings - which is the point behind it. Human experiences that just maybe someone else might be able to take comfort from when they need it most.

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