Some say that mankind is in a constant struggle with emerging technology, that we must fight to balance our new digital lives with our organic ones and blah blah blah. Old argument, boring argument! Here’s a fresh battle: one between man and antiquated technology. We must subjugate our mechanical forebears by proving our complete mastery over them. Mission number one: take down the Webster Wire Recorder. To do so, the indie rock superteam consisting of The Microphones (curiously, not Mount Eerie), Golden Boots, Bishop Allen, and Paleo have come together to release a 7-inch single proving their superiority to the Webster Wire Recorder. Though they actually really came together in 2007, as that was when the single was actually recorded, but, hey, shut up.
First question of import: what exactly is a Webster Wire Recorder? Glad you asked! It happens to be a piece of recording equipment from the 1940s, one that preceded the use of magnetic tape. The device recorded to steel wire, causing more sound distortions than you can shake a stick at. I can shake a stick at many things! Second question of import: what would one title a 7-inch single in which The Microphones, Golden Boots, Bishop Allen, and Paleo collaborate with a 1940s Wire Recorder? Well, one would probably cut to the chase and title it Microphones, Golden Boots, Bishop Allen and Paleo Collaborate with a 1940’s Wire Recorder.
As for the single’s release date, there is no release date. Well, I mean, there is, but it has already passed. The record is out now. And it is out in a myriad of forms. A threefold myriad, that is — the smallest myriad known to man. See, the record’s release is the product of a collaboration between People in a Position to Know Records, Lost Sound Tapes, and Alt. Vinyl. Each label has put out 200 copies of the 7-inch, each with a different cover. Collect them all and Microphones/Mount Eerie king Phil Elverum will thank you for your support in the ongoing war against antiquated machinery.
Microphones, Golden Boots, Bishop Allen and Paleo Collaborate With a 1940’s Wire Recorder tracklist:
A1. The Microphones - “I Lost My Wind”
A2. Golden Boots - “Marie”
B1. Bishop Allen - “Ghost”
B2. Paleo - “Jessica’s Wedding”
• The Microphones: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com
• Bishop Allen: http://www.myspace.com/bishopallen
• Golden Boots: http://www.myspace.com/goldenboots
• Paleo: http://www.myspace.com/paleo
• Lost Sound Tapes: http://blog.lostsoundtapes.com
• People in a Position to Know: http://piaptk.com
• Alt. Vinyl: http://www.altvinyl.com