Nothing is better than when conceptual "high" art and the vinyl record come together. My favorite record that does this is The Glockenspiel Addendum by Corey Arcangel. I love that I need two record players to listen to it properly, that he screened the cover exactly like the original and - what the heck - he felt like this album needed glock on every track.
Another favorite is the blank single from Hot Lixx Houlihan I got him to sign at the Air Guitar championships.
I forget how I came across Dominic Wilcox's work, possibly through his invention drawings but randomly in his shop he had a 10" record of the sounds of making in East London:
‘Sounds of Making in East London’ is a 10″ vinyl record that celebrates the act of making. An unusually high number of skilled makers live and work in East London – twenty-one of whom feature on this record. The record, itself cut in Hackney, captures a diverse range of unique sounds including the clatter of lyric poet John Hegley’s typewriter, the chopping of garlic in a Michelin star restaurant, the tap of rock ‘n’ roll cobbler Terry de Havilland’s hammer and the sound of a bell being tuned in Britains oldest manufacturer. Other makers include Alex Noble – designer of many of Lady Gaga’s outfits, Beigel Bake – a 24-hour beigel shop on Brick Lane and artist Barnaby Barford.
I'm thinking United or 3rd man should put out a record of "The sounds of United" which would be the recording of clattering steam stampers as they pressed copies of the record YOU'RE LISTENING TO!