November 15, 2007
2. Sick People Are Safe 12″ (Deleted Art)
a1. Boy Void
a2. Sick People Are Safe
b1. Vacation Pay
3. Dead Plane 12″ (Teenage Teardrops - SOLD OUT)
a1: Dead Plane
a2: Goat Hurt
b1: Never Not Beaten
b2: You is My Hot Rabbit
4. Youth Attack 7″ (Youth Attack Records - Sold Out)
a1: Neck Escaper
a2: My Life’s Alright Without You
5. Post Present Medium 7″ (PPM)
a: Every Artist Needs a Tragedy
b: Loosen This Job
5 singles put out by five labels in one month (March 2007) from three different countries (USA, UK, Sweden). When you collect all 5, they spell “NO AGE.” Limited edition coloured vinyl (i.e. I got one of the 100 “beige swirl” copies of the “Dead Plane” ep). You don’t even need to know anything about the music before you are ready to spend the next week tracking down one of each - this is a record collector’s wet dream.
As a strategy for getting a relatively unknown band from LA some action, this is a perfect way to do it. I remember pulling my hair out the day I heard about this series, trying to figure out where to find all of these. The band didn’t even have a proper website (only myspace) and all it said was “five eps out on five labels!” I had to HUNT.
In the age of eBay, with its saved search functionality, the hunt is mechanized for me. I don’t have to do any work - I just have to be patient. Honestly, this has killed some of my passion for record collecting, as it is just too easy. When something like this series comes along, it go my heart racing (would I get one of the coloured vinyl editions, or would I be too late?!!?). I had fun searching for clues, working my contacts… amazing.
The music is another story - NO AGE are one of my primo musical discoveries of 2007. So fresh sounding, so inventive; the recordings are all messy and lofi enough to suit my taste (I love lofi). I just haven’t heard anything by them that I dislike - it really just doesn’t get any better than this.
#3 and #4 are both sold out, but they don’t say “out of print” which is promising. If you want these, just try emailing the respective labels. This has worked for me (even if they point you towards a distro or record store that might have copies).