The second annual week of all-45 programming is now underway on WFMU—a suitably punchy lead up to the station's gargantuan Record Fair, which starts this Friday. I was in charge of the Fair for a solid eight years (and will likely be plagued by the related anxiety nightmares forever), and was a regular customer for the five or so years preceding my arrival at the station. As such, I am well acquainted with the victory dance performed upon finally discovering some long-sought 45 in one of the vendor's dusty record bins. That unique satisfaction is a large part of what inspired me to launch the Anti-Static podcast back in January of 2007—what better way to marry the stone-age technology of 7" records with the bleeps and bloops of present history than to pull three obscuro vinyl sides a week and give 'em the MP3 treatment?
In spite of the initial enthusiasm and (generally) great feedback I got from Anti Static, the podcast was hung out to dry after a year and a half. However, you can still stream or download old editions on the Anti Static homepage and thrill to the sonic delights of bands like the Astro Zombies, Geezer Lake, Tanner, Fire in the Kitchen, the Trashwomen, Pitchblende, Men's Recovery Project, Das Damen, the Silver Jews, Crash Worship, Unwound, Mecca Normal, Venom P. Stinger, and Tonka. Here's a sample edition for you to warm up your record-flipping fingers in advance of this weekend's throwdown at the Metropolitan Pavilion: The 11.14.07 edition of Anti Static featuring Land of the Loops, the Lynnfield Pioneers, and Ghost.
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