First cassettes and now this: It seems that the flexi disc is winnowing its way back into fashion. Joyful Noise has just launched its 2012 Flexi Disc Series, an offering that includes 12 single-sided flexi discs from the likes of Akron/Family, Danielson, Dead Rider (ex US Maple), Deerhoof, Jad Fair (Half Japanese), Lou Barlow (Sebadoh/Dinosaur Jr.), Make Believe (ex Cap’n Jazz/Owls/Joan of Arc), of Montreal, Racebannon, Rafter, Richard Swift, and Tortoise.
OK, so we’re not quite at trend level here (three makes a trend), but flexis seem to be making at least a bit of a resurgence lately. Crowdsourced/fan-funded record store Hifidelics also recently launched a Flexi of the Month Club.
For those not in the anachronistic know, a flexi disc is a slender, one-sided record that’s rather small, but is still playable on a turntable.
Joyful Noise will be offering one disc/artist per month to interested parties (there are only 500 copies of each release — with no digital counterpart). Every song will be brand-new, and will only be available on flexi.
The standard subscription costs $4 per month, but if you want to get fancy, you can shell out $20 for the first month ($4 for the following months) for the discs, in addition to a fancy wooden box to store your flexis in.
Add this to our list of top gifts for music tech geeks — and get us one of those premium subscriptions, please and thank you.
By Brenna Ehrlich
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