Matchmaker, Matchmaker

B-Sides finds other Franken-guitars to match Junior Brown's creation, earns some holiday cash on eBay and discovers that Milemarker and My Chemical Romance have more in common than you'd think

Junior Brown at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City. Doors open at 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 30. Tickets are $20; call 314-727-4444 for more information.

Gold-Earnin' Soundz
Attention, indie rockers and punkers looking for some Christmas cash: It's time to start trolling your beloved record collections and lopping off a few of your favorite limbs, as real estate isn't the only exchange experiencing a bubble right now. The market for indie vinyl is peaking — and the proof is on eBay.

Milemarker: Thanks, mall-emo kids!
Milemarker: Thanks, mall-emo kids!
Junior Brown: Guit-steel, baby!
Junior Brown: Guit-steel, baby!

About three weeks ago, a copy of the first Nirvana 45, Love Buzz, sold for $1,691. Copies of the original pressing of Guided by Voices' Propeller LP have reportedly sold for over $6,000; their early out-of-print seven-inches are selling in the $100 range.

"The focus shifts from certain artists to others," says Robert Griffin, perennial eBayer and head of St. Louis-based Scat Records, which released a few of the early Guided by Voices records and has just reissued Propeller on CD.

Griffin has seen the peaks and valleys of the collector's market. "Stuff that's selling for $50 one month is $20 the next, and $30 the month after that," he says. "It's not consistently high. Timing is everything. But as a whole, I don't see it going away." Right now, says Griffin, underground metal label Southern Lord is on fire. Even releases that came out eight months ago are selling for $80 a pop.

B-Sides recently unloaded a few of its gems — and as a result, Christmas is shining a little brighter this year. Pavement's first 45, Slay Tracks, 1933-1969 went for a cool $117. A Nirvana/Melvins split seven-inch went for $83. Belle and Sebastian's Lazy Line Painter Jane sold for $22.

Griffin isn't surprised. He unloaded a Misfits 45 for over $400. He says that rockers can take comfort in their savvy investments: "Who knew that you had a savings plan all along?"

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