One thing led to another, as it always does, and I ended up on the interweb search hunt for additions to my collection, following suggestions I've collected here and there for similar-veined bands and records.
Lilys, an American band, released in 1992 their debut LP In The Presence of Nothing, what some reckon could have been the followup to Loveless had Kevin Shields not lost the muse in 1992/1993. It's a good record, not great, but does it deserve the exorbitant pricing for copies on the used market? I don't know. I also don't know why I had never heard this band before, as I'd have been all over this when it was current. Thankfully lossless FLACs are available in the dark places on the internets, so I'm OK there.
Their followup EP, 1994's A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns, is fantastic. Also long out-of-print; had I heard this in '94 I'd probably have given it a pass, but as my tastes and sensibilities have matured from my college days I completely "get" the record (a slice of brisk guitar indie with a powerpop/Big Star twist) now. I'm also set for this as FLAC, so no assistance needed there.
Reading up on Lilys sent me down the Velocity Girl path as well. Some of VG backed up main Lily Kurt on Lilys' '92 album, and VG was also a band I'd always meant to discover but never actually got around to it.
Conceptually I should love VG: beautiful female vocals courtesy Sarah Shannon (doesn't hurt that she's quite the looker too!), noisy indie guitars, recorded by Bob Weston, etc. I also think the Sarah-sung "Shame" on Seam's debut LP Headsparks is the highlight of that record, so that was there too.
So I tracked down some of the VG material available in the usual places, and it's kind of a mixed bag. Their 6-song self-titled compilation (on great indie label Slumberland) of early 7" and associated material is amazing; however their debut full-length LP Copacetic suffers from the "too much filler" syndrome. There are some transcendent moments on Copacetic: "Pretty Sister" is an amazing lead track that unfairly sets up huge expectations for the rest of the record, and "A Chang" is shoegaze through-and-through and well-executed. Sadly none of the remaining tracks, as of now (granted I've only listened through a couple times), have left enough of a mark on me to get all bothered about, though it's early enough in the listening game that I'm willing to reserve judgement for now.
Their 1994 followup ¡Simpatico! - we'll not go there. I understand the reasoning behind choosing Smiths producer John Porter to produce the record, but they're clearly shooting for the brass ring when their songwriting and style isn't there. Bland indiepop watered down for the masses.
That said, also in '94 they released a 7" with the A-side being one of the best New Order covers I've ever heard, their take on New Order's "Your Silent Face". GREAT version, though the "so why don't you piss off" phrase coming from Sarah's mouth just doesn't sound right, in that voice... (Grab a very clean transfer here, MP3)
So why this post?
I was initially going to blog my sudden fandom of Lilys/Velocity Girl when I realized 1) I'm not familiar enough with any of it yet to give it the justice it deserves, and 2) it gives me the chance to ask for help in general.
I love the VG self-titled compilation on Slumberland so much, I want it FLAC. Can't find it anywhere on the internets. Do I have a reader with this CD kind enough to FLAC it up and share?
Additionally, I do have a want-list of sorts of records, in general, that I seek out as FLAC but can't find. Perhaps my readership can help?
Drop me a line at analogloyalist AT gmail DOT com if you have any of the below as FLAC. Your help will be greatly appreciated!
ANALOG LOYALIST WANT LIST
no particular order
ARCWELDER - Jacket Made In Canada / This
CONSONANT - Consonant (self-titled debut LP)
DIDJITS - Hey Judester/Fizzjob
thanks for the assist!
edit: added VG's "Your Silent Face" blurb...