[Vinyl Vednesday is a weekly feature about three favorite vinyl finds. It’s not meant to be a dick-measuring contest, but it usually turns out that way. With Against Me!’s White Crosses due June 8 and their
Records: Against Me!’s As the Eternal Cowboy (2003) on black, “Cavalier Eternal” b/w “You Look Like I Need a Drink” seven-inch (2004) on pink marble, and “Sink,
Place of Purchase: Hoo boy lemme think. Eternal Cowboy came from Repo Records. I scored “Cavalier Eternal” when I saw the band play with Blood Brothers at the Starlight Ballroom. I think I got “Sink,
Thoughts: I was among the Against Me! fans who felt a little let down by Eternal Cowboy when it came out, so much so that it felt weird hearing people swear it was their highlight in the years to come. In the last year or two I’ve come around, but for a while it was the one AM! album I rarely played. I only kept about half of it uploaded on my computer/iPod. A lot of the songs are so short and rapid fire that they’re easy to miss, so in that sense Eternal Cowboy is their punkest album. Yet it’s also their most acoustic – “Sink,
The singles for Eternal Cowboy put out alternate takes. “Cavalier Eternal” remains acoustic, but this version is a little less freewheeling, so I can see why the band chose the Original Cowboy take instead. “You Look Like I Need a Drink” is a different story, though. It’s one of the most furiously played songs on the album, but here it sounds so fucking ominous. Pulsing cello opens the track before the band settles into a midtempo strum reminiscent of the “Acoustic EP” era. Note to the kids: If you wanna enjoy the show you’re at, buy the vinyl at the end of the show. Yeah, the line will be longer, but you won’t have to worry about every person you bump into in the pit breaking your lovely multicolored wax.
Ah, who am I kidding? The merch table is always the first thing I check out.