By fringeobsessed 1/17/2011 08:00:00 PM Categories: Violet Sedan Chair
This story has developed so beautifully in the last few hours.
I was getting ready earlier this afternoon to post an update on the search for the fabled album,"Seven Suns" by Violet Sedan Chair, which Michael Aussiello had posted about two Fridays ago on his TV Line website.(See Dennis's post here at FT dated 01/07/11).
We were told the powers that be had made slightly different versions of this vinyl album and 'planted' them at independent record stores around the country, and "that they've been in stores for a couple of months now." Now, I happen to know that last statement is not quite correct.
On January 7th in the AM when the TV Line story hit the net, my second call at 10AM Eastern was to the popular Boston-based record chain, Newbury Comics. A man there said they had had 1 copy of "Seven Suns" by Violet Sedan Chair but it was sold a few months ago. Talk about a hit and a miss. And on the same morning a nice manager at Worcester's "That's Entertainment" store started an all-out search for "Seven Suns." Five days later he called to tell me he'd checked every single record distributor in the country and come up empty.
But I couldn't rest there. On January 11th I paid a little visit to my closest Newbury Comics store. As of that date that was the closest anyone had come to finding a "Seven Suns" copy and I wanted a confirmation. The young man looked it up in the computer but told me it was sold in "used" condition two years ago. I must have looked shocked as he proceeded to call the manager of distribution who confirmed this. So the "Seven Suns" albums by Violet Sedan Chair were placed into the record stores two years ago?! That's not quite the same as "been in stores for a few months now." This timeline also is eerily reminiscent of the famous JJ Abrams' article in Wired magazine titled, "JJ Abrams on the Magic of Mystery," which is from 04/20/09(about 2 years ago). In page 1 of the article Abrams explains that looking through the wooden bins in the music stores is a lost art, and that it's not about the ending to something but about the journey along the way. Hmm. Like looking for copies of "Seven Suns" around the country.
But I'm happy to say the "Seven Suns" update doesn't end here. We apparently have an unconfirmed winner, but it sure looks like it. A person named Kiki Kane posted today that she found a copy of "Seven Suns" by Violet Sedan Chair at Easy Street Records in Seattle, Washington. Actually, she said there were 3 of them in the discount bin and she got the last one. This is huge. If you click on the link below you can see the cover. If you click on the other link below you can listen to 5 songs form the album. And I've even included my friend Danielle's link in which she's listed the lyrics to "She's Doing Fine."
Does all this give you a happy feeling? I hope so. Does it make you want to keep hunting for the similar but different copies of "Seven Suns" that may still be out there? I hope so. And I hope that person who bought the copy of "Seven Suns" from the Newbury Comics' Boston store steps forward so we can view it . Remember, JJ Abrams wants you to come along for the ride.
Kiki Kane's photos of the "Seven Suns" album by Violet Sedan Chair: http://plixi.com/3543132
Listen to the first 5 songs: http://oliviafringe.tumblr.com/post/2801628765/velvet-sedan-chair-seven-suns-lp-side-1-audio
Danielle's lyrics to "She's Doing Fine": http://whisperingtoghosts.tumblr.com/post/2800817246/shes-doing-fine-violet-sedan-chair-lyrics
"JJ Abrams on the Magic of Mystery"(Wired Magazine) http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/17-05/mf_jjessay