With the advent of cassette tapes, compact discs, and eventually mp3s, records have become the domain of DJs, devoted collectors, and Barry Bonds, even though everyone knows he cheated. And of people willing to convert them into kitsch, like Cutmucker.
Cut's the brainchild of a couple residing in the capital city who, upon discovering some cherished LPs that were too damaged to play, began reworking them into household objects, making clocks, bracelets, keychains, and bowls by cutting, heating, and flexing them into shape, proving there are creative things to do with records beyond making them sound like the Chipmunks, or learning that Paul is dead. Nameless records get cut into geometric shapes hung from necklaces or keychains, while EPs like Linda Ronstadt's Mad Love, ONJ's Physical, and Night Ranger's The Big Life are formed into square- and gear-shaped bowls that "should be lined with plastic wrap before packing", but really, who needs to be told to pack a bowl to "Sister Christian"? For the clocks, they've strung the workings through the spindle hole and mounted hour markings over the grooves of choice EPs like Chuck Mangione's Live at the Hollywood Bowl and The Best of Bread; they've also got a pendulum number with Blondie's Parallel Lines serving as the clock and a "Heart of Glass" single on the pendulum, plus desk jobbers made from 45s of Weird Al and Huey Lewis, which're hoping it's also hip to be a circle.
If you hate clocks, they're also using album cover art to make collages on the inside and outside of wooden boxes, the same place Barry Bonds'll take all his secrets to, except the one about the thing he did that night with Bonilla and that stripper...he loves that story.