Will Bueché



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CD covers not on iTunes VI

Posted in Music,Personal by Will on Friday, June 27th, 2008 ~ 6pm

Do I feel like I am earning some kind of indie cred every time I buy a CD that doesn’t have a corresponding cover art in iTunes? Perhaps a little bit. Continuing my earlier entries, here are more scans of album covers that do not appear on iTunes when you legally import the store-bought CD.

This week, everything is KaiserCartel. I heard one of their singles on the recent Paste magazine sampler (#44) (and also #42, which I hadn’t listened to yet), and immediately did what I always do:

  • First is obvious: Check the major retailers for the best price on what is, presumably, a new release with wide distribution (easily found everywhere).
  • Second, check CDBaby.com on the chance that earlier, independent albums exist which no one knows about, which maybe aren’t available anywhere else. This step of checking CDBaby.com is exceptionally important. Sure, you can search Wikipedia first, but I find that 9 times out of 10, any artist that is just breaking through now had one or two earlier albums sold via CDBaby.com, so one may as well go direct to CDBaby.com first.
  • I also search ebay since often ebay turns out to be a larger repository of information than even Wikipedia (though of course ebay’s contents change more often than Wikipedia). For some reason, ebay is a more reliable way to find out what an artist has released than even a band’s own website, and of course everything is for sale. Amazon.com used section is sometimes good too.

So….KaiserCartel. I really liked their single on the Paste sampler. Found their new album on Amazon and DeepDiscount.com. Went to CDBaby and found an earlier, self-released CD (actually a CD-R!) which comes in a paper sleeve with a hand-drawn cover (photocopied) and includes 3 crayons so you can color it in yourself! And they still had a few copies of this left. I quickly bought that before other Paste subscribers got around to it. Did some research, learned that the Kaiser half of the band — the vocals — is Courtney Kaiser, and that she had an earlier CD that was easily available for cheap on ebay. Bought. Via a more in-depth search of her name on ebay (searching the entire listing, not just the headline), I found a CD by the oddly named band “Eeqwa” which turned out to be, ta da, an even earlier album by Courtney Kaiser, pressed in Canada. Only 1 on ebay, no sign of it even on CDbaby.

So, I now have the kind of KaiserCartel collection that a fan for years would have.

Hardly any of these covers appeared on iTunes. So I scanned them for myself. Actual size of each of these scans is iTunes-friendly 600 x 600 pixels, but each is displayed smaller so as not to cause a problem with the blog margins. Simply right click and save.

KaiserCartel “Double Standard” (crayons not pictured)

Courtney Kaiser “In the Garden”

Eeqwa “h21” (that’s Courtney Kaiser there on the cover)

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