I bought the new Animalmonster/Domaine D’or split cd single “Diamonds of Doom” (consisting of two songs from each band). The handmade packaging is roughly stitched and the skull on the front has colourful sequins for eyes (riveted to the packaging, its only a matter of time before they scratch the hell out of the cd).
The cd-r has stensilled gold blocks on it, representing the blocksblocksblocks recording collective which distributes and helps produce these small-print creative efforts. This disk has a print run of 85 and a running time of just over 10 minutes.
The songs by Animalmonster are catchy electronic/C=64 SIM ditties, up to snuff with creator Alex Snukal’s past work. My first exposure to Domaine D’or has left me groaning and lauging at the same time… it’s a duo along the lines of B-52’s meets Falco (remember Falco? “Rock Me Amadeus”? Don’t pretend to forget) meets Kompressor. Silly in an alternating good and bad way.
But the packaging and the music isn’t the strangest part…naw… the strangest part is the two bands have decided to forgo the credit-where-credit-is-due angle so that when you pop the disk into your computer and it activates the CDDataBase (CDDB) registstry it comes up not with Animal Monster/Domaine D’or: Diamonds and Doom, but instead it comes up with Lagartija Nick: Space:1999
That’s not all, the track listings are as follows:
for Animal Monster/Domaine D’or’s Diamonds and Doom
2. patrick borjal’s favourite song
1. happy birthday patrick borjal
for Lagartija Nick’s Space:1999
1. Espacio 1999
2. No Somo Maquinas
On the other hand, Ninja High School’s release “We Win!”, a 5-song ep also distributed by blocksblocksblocks have a much simpler hand folded cardboard package with a monochromatic stencilled image on the front and the bbb stamp on the back. The cd seems to be something more than a cd-r, and has an actual screen print on it. The cd also featuring the song titles which makes it difficult to know what song you’re listening to, as the disk isn’t yet registered in the CDDB, which would mark perhaps the third, or maybe fourth CD I’ve entered into the CDDB in the past 7 years.