A friend came round to my place a couple of weeks ago and gave me two 7"s. I didn't ask for or expect them, so it was a nice surprise. I gave him a 7" in return, so I guess on paper this may be considered a trade. But no, it definitely wasn't a trade.
The first record I got given was a 7" by the band ON:
I don't know anything about this band other than who the singer is. I don't know anything about pressing info for their records. I don't even know what they sound like as I haven't listened to this yet.
The second 7" is by a band called END OF A YEAR, on Deathwish:
I was determined to give this a listen because Deathwish had taken the trouble to deal with a US pressing plant to have it made. Although I admit that, with it being on Deathwish, I figured it would be metal. That and the cover didn't give me high hopes. But I was pleasantly surprised. This is a good record. Their page on the Deathwish site says that this band brings to mind Rites Of Spring and other 'Revolution Summer' Dischord type bands, and I wouldn't disagree with that description. Pretty good stuff. I guess if I hadn't have been given it for free I wouldn't have heard it. I mean, look at the cover. Who on earth would actually want to listen to a record with a cover like that? Well, apparently the art was done by some dude who used to do art for Dungeons & Dragons, so I guess the answer is - nerds. Anyway, check the band out here if you are interested: