Seattle has gone to great lengths to preserve the memory of its dead rock legends, from a Cap Hill statue of Jimi Hendrix, to the extravagant Kurt exhibition at S.A.M., to honoring Layne Staley by...wait, he's dead? Now, preserve your own memory in creepily musical fashion, with And Vinyly
Precisely what you'd expect from a UK music producer whose mother worked in a mortuary, charmingly macabre AV lets those planning on eventually dying live on through a crazy-unique method: having their ashes pressed into an actual vinyl 12" loaded with either your own work or that of actual bands, which provided you choose the right stuff, should make your friends and family grateful (you're) dead. The morbidly straightforward process takes just 10 easy steps, including choosing someone to sprinkle your ashes during the pressing, determining the content of your 24-minute record (from a personal message, to a soundtrack, to "the minimal approach" of simple pops and crackles), and, crucially, dying, which is helpfully outlined in step six. Seriously. To make your death even more personal, you can commission cover art by someone from the UK's National Portrait Gallery, or fill the aforementioned 24 minutes with a tribute song penned by AV's in-house bands (with full input on lyrics, etc), or even have your own vocals backed by one of their three-minute sonic templates, most of which include skipping town for Oklahoma City, and Jack Sikma
They say the average body'll provide enough ash for about 30 records, which, if you choose, can be distributed by AV's in-house Rest In Vinyl label to music stores around the world, where people will find you sitting by yourself, realizing you have no excuses for being in the dollar bin.