Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Smugglers Way - record store day zine/flexi discs from Domino

Truth be told, I didn't get a whole lot record store day, I knew it was going to be completely insane in Greenpoint.... then after reading Chad's piece on Creative Loafing about some of the frankly...lame releases and co-opting by huge labels, I'm starting to think it's just not for me anymore....I support small record stores all year round. I'm glad it's become something with cool unique releases, but then again a MICHAEL BUBLE/RAY CHARLES single! Now you've gone too far...or another picture disc version of the Clash or Rolling Stones?!! You just want those people who will buy anything to line up.

So 1,2,3,4 Go records posted their stock online and I actually picked some things up without fighting anyone, the Jeff the brotherhood United record and The Cure live... Entreat, what can I say I don't have any of this era Cure on vinyl and I didn't want to pay for just shipping on the Jeff record.
Not much to even report sadly, and then I got an email about this book thingy from Domino which I have to say looks pretty amazing, 5 single sided flexi discs and a book with short stories/photos by the musicians and Bjorn Copeland of Black Dice designed the whole cover.

I've been big time into that Real Estate album, sometimes you're just in the mood for a relaxed summer ride with no big's a bit of a zone out album, simple, but where they go with next to nothing is just perfect...I'd get this just for that track. $20.

Smugglers Way is Domino and Ribbon's first ever limited edition zine made exclusively for Record Store Day (April 21st) featuring FIVE individual, multi-colored flexi discs of unreleased songs from Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, Cass McCombs, John Maus, and Villagers. The zine comprises 24 pages of original art and prose from Domino and Ribbon artists.

Highlights include a short story penned by James Yorkston; a long form poem by Laura Marling; short form pieces by Alex Bleeker (Real Estate), Ade Blackburn (Clinic), and Tom Fleming (Wild Beasts); illustrations from Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Andrea Estella (Twin Sister), Conor O'Brien (Villagers) and Jon Hopkins; photography from Jana Hunter (Lower Dens), and an original arranged score of music by Owen Pallett.

Bjorn Copeland of Black Dice designed the cover and Rob Carmichael at SEEN is responsible for the art direction and layout.

Supplies are limited on this one!


  1. Funny, I bought a JEFF from 1234 Go! also. Those boys can lay down a thick jam.

  2. I love that picture on the back of the old school United Records factory.

  3. I am happy to own that flexizine too - just tried to get it for that awesome John Maus track.
    All other tracks are great too.
    I was just a little bit disappointed by the content of the zine. I was a bit lazy layouted...