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Just got this Harry Partch early record for 50-cents at a used bookstore yesterday. Fair condition, but very playable. Weird! http://www.discogs.com/Harry-Partch-And-On-The-Seventh-Day-Petals-Fell-In-Petaluma/release/2336572

Also snagged a new Russian import of Cluster's Zuckerzeit for only $5. Another weird thing for them to have 3 sealed copies of...

dronestreet, Friday, 22 April 2011 17:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

From the cretins at the nearby goodwill:

Charles Lloyd - big sir tapestry
Loverde - "die hard lover" b/w "my world is empty (without you)"
Patrick Cowley - "menergy"/"I wanna take you home"/"Tommy williams' megamedley"
Chopin - les sulphides/Gounod - Faust (nice european pressing on philips)
Wanda landowska doing Bach 2 and 3 part inventions
Wagner - götterdämmerung ffrr monster 6 record thing

And these tapes for my car:

Jackson 5 - dancing machine
Accept - breaker
History of rock instrumentals vol. 2 rhino thing
Chuck Berry live! Vol. 1 on sun
The shirelles
The ventures collection vol. 2 rhino thing
Iron maiden - killers
Beach boys - little deuce coup
Frat rock: the greatest rock'n'roll party tunes of all time
The Jerry Lee Lewis all killer no filler anthology

Also an eazy-e t-shirt with his face and the words "eazy duz it" below. Might feel too self-conscious wearing this. Fits great.

Why is Lloyd spelled with two L's?

bamcquern, Friday, 22 April 2011 23:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

Comes from Welsh.

timellison, Friday, 22 April 2011 23:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

$1 each, Backspin (an Austin record store that I'd amazingly never been to before) and Antone's, today

Cold Chisel – Circus Animals (Elektra 1982)
Tom Grant – You Hardly Know Me (WMOT 1981 -- never heard of him, but it looks kind of new-wave-funky, and Philly indie label WMOT also put out "Double Dutch Bus" that year, so seemed worth the gamble)
Tom T. Hall – We All Got Together And… (Mercury 1972 -- features "Turn It On Turn It On Turn It On," the greatest song ever written about capital punishment and World War II draft dodgers, among other excellent songs and promising titles)
Imagination – New Dimension (Elektra 1984)
Jonzun Crew – Down to Earth (Tommy Boy West Germany 1984)
L.T.D. – Devotion (A&M 1979)
Teena Marie – Irons In The Fire (Gordy 1980 - have never owned this one, believe it or not; probably figured it was all mushy ballads?)
Graham Parker – Heat Treatment (Mercury 1976)
Rare Earth – Ecology (Rare Earth 1970 -- see their LPs in dollar bins all the time but never buy them; this is supposed to be a good one, right?)
Skyy – Skyy Line (Salsoul 1981 -- w/ "Call Me")
Candi Station – Music Speaks Louder Than Words (Warner Bros. 1977)
Tyla Gang – Yachtless (Beserkley 1978 -- hoping this is the one that George likes)
Bobby Womack – So Many Rivers (MCA 1985 - w/ "I Wish He Didn't Trust Me so Much")
(Various) – Let’s Be Funky (Rams Horn Holland double-LP 1984 -- very cool looking comp I've never seen before, w/ 12-inch club versions of tracks by acts I know -- Jocelyn Brown, Instant Funk, Skyy, Vaughan Mason with somebody named Butch Dayo, Steve Washington from Slave, Steve Washington's post-Slave band Aurra -- and acts I don't -- Rafael Cameron, Funk Deluxe, the Strangers, the Funkacise Gang, Civil Attack.)

xhuxk, Saturday, 23 April 2011 00:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

>>Tyla Gang – Yachtless Beserkley 1978

Yeah, that's the one.

Gorge, Saturday, 23 April 2011 17:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

$31 total (incl. $5 entrance fee), Austin Record Convention today

$1 each:

The Blasters - The Blasters (Slash 1981)
Carla Bley - Live (Watt/ECM 1982)
Carla Bley - Social Studies (Warner Bros. 1981)
Arthur Blythe - Blythe Spirit (Columbia 1981)
Boogie Down Productions - Put Your Meat To The Beat (Rock Candy 1981 -- not KRS-One, but club music from Patrick Adams of "Push Push In The Bush" fame, of which he does an apparent house-era update called "Jack in the Bush" here)
The B'zz - Get Up (Epic 1982 -- feat. some former Boyzz)
Cameo - Single Life (Atlanta Artists 1985)
Chic - Real People (Atlantic 1980)
Gail Ann Dorsey - The Corporate World (Sire 1989)
Duke Jupiter - White Knuckle Ride (Morocco 1984)
Fatback - So Delicious (Cotillion 1985)
The Flirts - Questions of the Heart (CBS Associated 1986)
The Kinsey Report - Edge of the City (Alligator 1987)
Kylmaxx - Meeting in the Ladies Room (MCA 1984)
Mazarati - Mazarati (Paisley Park 1986 - Prince-associated mostly black alleged hard rock band)
The Movies - The Movies (Arista 1976 -- Scott recommended these guys I think, unless these are different Movies)
Musical Youth - The Youth Of Today (MCA 1982)
Hazel O'Connor - Breaking Glass (A&M 1980)
Silver Condor - Silver Condor (Columbia 1981 - Earl Slick on gtr)
Vandenberg - Heading For A Storm (Atco 1983)
(Various) - Hitpalast (Teldec West Germany 1982 - 20-song K-Tel-type comp from the year I got to Germany, most excited about finally owning "Words" by F.R. David)

$5 total (50 cents each but guess he gave me one for free -- some of these look kinda scratchy)

Angie B- B Angie B (Capitol 1991 -- former Sequence/future Angie Stone, unless there were two different Angie B's)
Aurra - Send Your Love (Salsoul 1981 - Steve Washington from Slave)
Cameo - Knights of the Sound Table (Chocolate City 1981 - actually two copies of this LP in the sleeve)
Cameo - We All Know Who We Are (Chocolate City 1977)
Dissidenten - Live At The Pyramids (Shanachie 1986)
Carl Carlton - Carl Carlton (20th Century Fox 1981 - w/ "She's a Bad Mama Jama")
Guy - Guy (Uptown/MCA 1988)
Ice-T - "Ya Don't Quit" (Techno Hop 12-inch 1986 - !!)
Millie Jackson - Lovingly Yours (Spring 1976)
(Various) - Breakin' soundtrack (Polydor 1984)
(Various) - Free Rap (K-Tel 1988 - cuts by Eric B & Rakim, UTFO, Spoonie Gee, Kid N Play, BDP, Audio Two, Just Ice, "Epee MD", Stetsasonic, Mr. X & Mr. Z -- "Drink Old Gold," always heard of it but never knew what it was)

xhuxk, Sunday, 1 May 2011 19:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oops, that Patrick Adams "Boogie Down Productions" LP is 1988 not 1981

xhuxk, Sunday, 1 May 2011 19:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

hi xhuxk. miss u. miss the Austin Record Convnetion. miss Austin. can't wait for you know what!

That Gail Ann Dorsey record does NOT sound like Pet Shop Boys with soul. But it's a must-hear-once curio.

Real People is one of the greatest albums of the 1980s. My copy is warped (I think).

Wanna hear this BDP.

Kevin John Bozelka, Sunday, 1 May 2011 19:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

Was actually getting close to text you to find out if you were back in town; didn't you just head up to Chicago for a semester? But maybe I'm wrong about that (or maybe they kept you longer than you'd expected?) Anyway, if the you-know-what is what I think, you're actually mentioned in the intro to the first chapter.

The Adams BDP LP has two naked women on the back, with appropriate body parts hidden behind musical instruments. Totally remember seeing it at the time, but I have no idea whether I ever owned a copy then (presumably as a record company promo), much less listened to it.

xhuxk, Monday, 2 May 2011 01:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

omg! no way! I want to read it TODAY! Still up in the Chi, prolly permanent for better and worse.

Kevin John Bozelka, Monday, 2 May 2011 13:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yes way. Anyway, just figured out via googling that the one album I got isn't by the Sequence Angie B (aka Stone), but by B Angie B who recorded with Hammer's girl-rap group Oaktown 3-5-7. Even more confusing, the name of the first song is "I Am Angie B"! And the actual label on the record says the LP title is Bust It, but those words are nowhere on the cover or spine.

xhuxk, Monday, 2 May 2011 13:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

$1 each, Breakaway Records and a North Austin garage sale, today

Fleetwood Mac - Mystery To Me (Reprise 1973 -- copy formerly owned by one Cindy Jung, of Birmingham, MI 48010, whose address sticker is on the otherwise VG cover)
Granati Bros. - G Force (A&M 1979 - fake Ramones? I remember they were on one of A&M's new wave comps around then)
Gram Parsons - GP (Reprise 1973 - with a free copy of '74's Grevious Angel, which I'd also lacked, also inside the sleeve)

xhuxk, Saturday, 21 May 2011 18:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

Mystery To Me is pretty much my favorite FM album. Were you lucky enough to get a lyric sheet that includes "Good Things (Come To Those Who Wait)" (which got bumped for For Your Love)?

dlp9001, Saturday, 21 May 2011 18:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yep, lyric sheet was included, and that song's on there.

xhuxk, Saturday, 21 May 2011 19:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Granati Bros are on the Propaganda comp (w/ great cover art of Chairman Mao rocking the proletariat)

herbal bert (herb albert), Saturday, 21 May 2011 19:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

xhuxk, how's the used CD selection at Breakaway? (not that i'd expect you to have browsed it.. but do you know if there is one?)

i genuinely thought when i first joined that he was the admin (ilxor), Saturday, 21 May 2011 20:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

I think they barely have CDs there at all? I dunno; next time I'll check. They definitely have a small used cassette section though (@ $2 each iirc).

xhuxk, Saturday, 21 May 2011 20:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

hah, nice, i don't even have a working cassette player anymore ;_;

i genuinely thought when i first joined that he was the admin (ilxor), Saturday, 21 May 2011 20:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

here are a bunch of records i found (five years ago) for a buck

geeta, Sunday, 22 May 2011 08:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

$1 each Antone's today, mostly ROCK

Bad To The Bone - s/t (Megadisc 1988 - Dutch bar-band looking dudes with plenty of promising fake-punk rebellious titles: "Slow Suicide," "Car With No Reverse," "Lucifer's Boogie," "Lost Generation," "Tear Down The White House," etc.)
Doc Holliday - Rides Again... (A&M 1981 - judging from back cover, they were fond of Confederate flags and motorbikes)
John Palumbo - Innocent Bystander (Lifesong 1978 -- Crack The Sky guy; had one of his solo LPs before and couldn't get into it, but I'm older now so maybe this time it'll work)
Ruby Starr and Grey Ghost - s/t (Capitol 1975 - she looks even more badass than they do)
Uriah Heep - Live (Bronze 2-LP 1973 - gorgeous inner sleeves, with lots of old Uriah reviews, some negative: "If this group makes it I'll have to commit suicide," Melissa Mills in Rolling Stone for instance.)
David Van Tieghem - Safety In Numbers (Private Music 1987 w/ avant pals Ryuchi Sakamoto, "Blue" Gene Tyrrany, Tony Levin, Ned Sublette etc.)

xhuxk, Saturday, 28 May 2011 18:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

>>Ruby Starr and Grey Ghost - s/t (Capitol 1975 - she looks even more badass than they do)

Back up singer for Black Oak Arkansas in her own band. Not bad at all.

>>Uriah Heep - Live (Bronze 2-LP 1973 - gorgeous inner sleeves, with lots of old Uriah reviews, some >>negative: "If this group makes it I'll have to commit suicide," Melissa Mills in Rolling Stone for >>instance.)

Lots of corny biography written just as they were breaking big. Probably the Uriah Heep album I've played the most ever since it clocked a lot of mileage on the turntable when I was a kid. Good version of "Gypsy" -- long sledgehammering, idiotically funny lyrics about being whipped by girlfriend's gypsy dad and getting strong enough to fight and win, too short version of "Love Machine," hilarious sock-hop rock and roll medley.

Gorge, Saturday, 28 May 2011 20:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

doc holliday were the poor man's molly hatchet. which is saying something. my dad had all their records. which is saying something.

scott seward, Saturday, 28 May 2011 22:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

been trying to curb my dollar bin spending, but today...

Xymox - Obsession 12"
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome 12"
Kool & The Gang - Open Sesame/Love & Understanding 12"
Double Fantasy - Universal Ave. (already have it & love it, giving this one to a friend)
LaSo - S/t (Joe Bataan wrote & prod.)
Environments 8 - Wood-masted Sailboat/A Country Stream
Michael Hoenig - Departure From The Northern Wasteland (Conny Plank-related synth stuff)
David Van Tieghem - These Things Happen (jaxon reccomendation)

one time gaffled 'em up (one time), Sunday, 29 May 2011 03:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

David Van Tieghem - These Things Happen (jaxon reccomendation)

David Van Tieghem - Safety In Numbers (Private Music 1987 w/ avant pals Ryuchi Sakamoto, "Blue" Gene Tyrrany, Tony Levin, Ned Sublette etc.)

hehe... lots of Van Tieghem action in the last couple of days... I would heartily recommended These Things Happen to anyone... Didn't think much of Safety In Numbers though....

Night Nurse with Wound (Jack Battery-Pack), Sunday, 29 May 2011 05:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

KPFT Yard Sale, all $1 each:


Gang of Four: Hard
Gene Clark: No Other (cut-out)
Joni Mitchell: Court & Spark (sealed, still has vintage $4.99 price tag)
Talking Heads: Live On Tour (episode of "The Warner Bros. Music Show"/radio promo)


The Gougers: A Long Day For The Weathervane
Moe Tucker: I Spent A Week There The Other Night
Excuse 17: Such Friends Are Dangerous
Moon Martin: Lunar Samples
Elvis Costello: Secret, Profane & Sugarcane
Bascom Lamar Lunsford: Ballads, Banjo Tunes, and Sacred Songs
The Dead Weather: Horehound
Tody Castillo: Windhorse (sealed)
Bobby Charles: Wish You Were Here Right Now
Ray Davies: Working Man's Cafe (sealed)
The Replacements: Hootnanny (sealed Rhino ed.)
'': Let It Be (2 copies; '')
'': Tim (Rhino ed.)
David Lindley & Hani Naser: Official Bootleg
The Grifters: Ain't My Lookout
Patterson Hood: Murdering Oscar (and other love songs)
Drive-By Truckers: The Big To-Do
Guy Clark: Somedays The Song Writes You
Lil' Band O' Gold: s/t
Kelly Hogan: Because It Feel Good
Dwight Yoakum: Population: Me
Walter Becker: Circus Money
The Charles River Boys: Beatle Country (Rounder reissue)
The Judys: The MOO Album (sealed)

Plus for $3:

Leonard Cohen: Live At The Isle of Wight 1970 (sealed cd/dvd combo)

Sooooo worth getting up early this morning.

Mucho! Macho! Honcho! (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 4 June 2011 18:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

awesome jonathan fearing mix of "the break" in great nick ... worth £1.00 no doubt


out comes stanley, Saturday, 4 June 2011 19:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

down in Maryland last weekend, I found a box of Disco 12"s at some gaming store, and for 10 cents a pop, came away with NM copies of:

Sylvia Striplin: "Gimme Your Love" OG press!
Final Edition: "Betcha Can't Love Just One"
Jimmy "Bo" Horne: "Is It In"
The Clash: "The Magnificent Dance"
Chas Jankel: "Glad to Know You"
D Train: "You're the One for Me"
Kano: "I'm Ready"
K.I.D.: "Don't Stop"
Brainstorm: "Hot For You"
Funkapolitan: "Run Run Run" August Darnell prod.

best buck I've spent in ages.

beta blog, Saturday, 4 June 2011 20:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

$1 each Waterloo today

Be Bop Deluxe The Best And The Rest Of (Harvest 2xLP 1979)
Louise Goffin Kid Blue (Asylum 1979) - Carole & Gerry's kid. Think I liked "Jimmy and the Tough Kids" back when college radio played it.
Golden Earring Mad Love (MCA 1977)
The Movies Bullets Through The Barrier (GTO 1978) -- OK, I think these are the UK Movies Scott likes. Plus it's on periwinkle-grey vinyl.
Root Boy Slim & the Sex Change Band With The Rootettes (Warner Bros. 1978) -- Don't remember ever even seeing this before, at any price.
Joe South Games People Play (Pickwick ???)
Skafish Skafish (Illegal 1980) -- speaking of early '80s college radio stars.
The Vapors New Clear Days (United Artists 1980) - w/ "Turning Japanese"

xhuxk, Friday, 10 June 2011 00:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

Would have thought that surely you already had that Vapors record, along with a few of the others you bought.

Another Muzak from a Diffident Lichen (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 10 June 2011 00:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

I've always had the Vapors single; might have owned the LP once in the past, but if so, it's been gone for years.

Fwiw, today I also passed up (presumably late '60s) $1 "Memphis soul" albums by both Mitch Ryder and Paul Revere & the Raiders that I'd never seen before. For some reason the Raiders one looked more promising, but for some reason I also wound up too skeptical about them both. Curious if anybody's ever heard either of them, and if so, whether I should regret being such a cheapskate.

xhuxk, Friday, 10 June 2011 01:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

Skafish Skafish (Illegal 1980) -- speaking of early '80s college radio stars.

"Disgracing the Family Name" and "Joan Fan Club!"

Gorge, Friday, 10 June 2011 01:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Louise Goffin Kid Blue (Asylum 1979)

Thought this sucked majorly back then. Felt it was wan and very undeservedly propped up. Maybe I'd think different now.

But never had any use for BeBop best ofs, mostly. The only anthology I still have is Air Age, which came in the age of cd. Barring that, most of Futurama, all of Sunburst Finish, some of Modern Music, almost all of Live in the Air Age and half of Axe Victim. None of Drastic Plastic.

Gorge, Friday, 10 June 2011 04:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

Have actually been liking that Louise Goffin album more than I'd expected to.

$1 each today, End of An Ear and some art gallery store a quarter mile or so up S. 1st St from there, with a sign prominently saying "Turntable Records" in front:

J. Blackfoot - City Slicker (SoundTown 1983) -- already had this, but it's one of my all-time favorite Southern soul LPs and my other copy is in horrible condition
Ian Hunter - All-American Alien Boy (Columbia 1975)
Huey Lewis and the News - Huey Lewis and the News (Chrysalis 1980) - their pre-stardom Boomtown Rats-looking supposed new wave album
The Masked Marauders - The Masked Marauders (Deity 1969) -- already had this, but I'm sure it's worth way more than a buck; good for re-selling or gifting maybe
Ramatam - In April Came The Dawning Of The Red Suns (Atlantic 1973)
Styx - The Serpent Rising (Wooden Nickel 1973) -- I've never even seen this before
Vice Squad - Shot Away (Anagram 1984)

xhuxk, Saturday, 18 June 2011 20:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Masked Marauders has a promo insert, too -- Fake Rolling Stone review by "T.M. Christian" on one side, Ralph J. Gleason San Francisco Chronicle "On The Town" column on the other talking about the review's fallout on the other.

xhuxk, Saturday, 18 June 2011 20:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

$1 each Breakaway today

Blue Swede - Hooked On A Feeling (EMI 1973)
City Boy - The Day The Earth Caught Fire (Atlantic 1979)
Family - It's Only A Movie (United Artists 1973)
Guess Who - The Best Of The Guess Who (Scepter 1973 -- all or mostly '60s singles, looks like)
Jamaaldeen Tacuma - Show Stopper (Gramavision 1983)
(Various) - Freeze (New York Records, c. mid '80s probably - w/ Freez "I.O.U.," Yazoo "State Farm," Toto Coelo "Milk From The Coconut," Comateens, Galaxxy, Miquel Brown, Nancy Martinez, Raw Silk, the Strangers, Fever)

xhuxk, Saturday, 2 July 2011 20:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

Recycled Reads, 50-cent LPs...

Dire Straits - Making Movies (Warner Bros 1980)
L.T.D. - Love To The World (A&M 1976)
Maze - Inspiration (Capitol 1979)

and $1 CDs (!! -- purchases probably partially sub-consciously motivated by finding an excellent approximately 2.5' x 6.5' wooden CD rack that used to belong to a classical music station for $10 at a yard sale earlier today)

Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience (A&M 1992)
Inner City - Praise (Virgin 1992)
Marah - Kids In Philly (E-Squared/Artemis 2000)
Michel'le - Michel'le (Ruthless/Atco 1989)

xhuxk, Sunday, 3 July 2011 01:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The Goodwill on La Brea near Wilshire.

Melanie - Leftover Wine
Dave Alvin - Romeo's Escape
Jerry Jeff Walker - s/t, with L.A. Freeway on it. Was this his first?
Boz Skaggs - Silk Degrees
Two Nice Girls - 2 Nice Girls

99 cents each, all seem to be in good condition.

nickn, Sunday, 17 July 2011 03:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

$1 each Breakaway today

Brothers Johnson - Blast! (A&M 1982 -- apparently half best-of, half new songs)
Cameo - Feel Me (Casablanca 1980)
Spinners - Pick Of The Litter (Atlantic 1975)

xhuxk, Saturday, 23 July 2011 18:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

Recent acquisitions in this realm:

Robert Palmer: Clues
Robert Palmer: Pride
Robert Palmer: Double Fun
Power Station: s/t

ALL GREAT. I went too long without Palmer in my life.

Clarke B., Saturday, 23 July 2011 18:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

Friends of Sound today - $1 each

Carlene Carter - Blue Nun (F-Beat UK 1981)
Nils Lofgren - Night After Night (A&M 2xLP 1977)
(Various) - Disco Direction (RCA Limited UK 1978 -- K-Tel type comp w/ Olympic Runners, D.J. Rogers. Rah Band, Inner City Express, Baccara, etc)

same store, 25 cents each

John Anderson - s/t (Warner Bros 1980 -- already have it on CD, but this is in great shape)
Art In America - s/t (Pavillion/CBS 1983 -- hack American late-prog I think?
Carlene Carter - s/t (Warner Bros 1978 -- lots of pub-rocker input even beyond her husband Nick on all three Carter LPs, looks like; this one even has Graham Parker pictured on the inner sleeve)
Carlene Carter - Two Sides To Every Woman (Warner Bros 1979)
Coloured Stone - Black Rock From Red Centre (Rounder 1987 - "Australian Aborigone Rock," made Frank Kogan's Pazz & Jop ballot that year but I've never seen a copy before)
Forester Sisters - s/t (Warner Bros 1985)
Franke & the Knockouts - s/t (Millennium 1981)
Tompall Glaser - The Great Tompal And His Outlaw Band (MGM 1976)
Luxuria - Unanswerable Lust (Beggars Banquet 1988 - w/ Howard Devoto of Magazine)
Michael Murphey - Blue Sky Night Thunder (Epic 1975 - w/ "Wildfire")
Toby Beau - s/t (RCA 1978 - w/ "My Angel Baby")
Dottie West - Special Delivery (United Artists 1979)
Frank Zappa/The Mothers - Over-nite Sensation (Discreet 1973 - w/ "Dirty Love" and "Montana"; gatefold split a bit, but still...25 cents??)
(Various) - XII Inches Of Virgin (Virgin 1988 - pre-rave post-new-wave mostly Brit I think dancefloor tracks by Age Of Chance, Soho, Black Britain, Annabouboula, others I've never heard of)

xhuxk, Sunday, 24 July 2011 01:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

My radio station, which has been dying a slow death the past two years and is just about to vacate the building, had a community sale yesterday to get rid of all its vinyl. Thousands and thousand of albums, the majority of them from a window covering the late '80s. Scraping Foetus off the Wheel, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Microdisney, Dos, Death of Samantha, Greater Than One...it really felt like wandering around some creaky old museum for college radio circa 1987. Nothing was organized, of course, so the whole time I was there they were still bringing down huge bins of albums from upstairs. I'm more particular about shape than such a sale warrants, so I ended up putting back about 20% of what I grabbed.

1) Stuff I'm embarrassed to be buying at my age (and may or may not ever play):

Laughing Hyenas -- Merry Go Round
Divine Horseman -- Middle of the Night
Das Damen -- Triskaidekaphobe
Keith LeBlanc -- Stranger Than Fiction (what we called "Chris Twomey music" at the monthly I used to write for in the mid-'80s)

2) Album I bought even though I know I already hate it: Van Dyke Parks -- Song Cycle (Dutch resissue)

3) Album I bought just because it's a little rare: Kensington Market -- Aardvark

4) I like the '70s:

Kevin Ayers -- Yes We Have No Mananas
Grin -- All Out
Laura Nyro -- Nested
Audience -- Lunch
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel -- The Psychomodo
Sweet -- It's It's...Sweet's Hits

5) Ancient:

Mildred Bailey -- The Paul Whiteman Years
Fletch Henderson's Orchestra
Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band -- Hoodoo Man Blues (thank you, first Rolling Stone guide)
Herbie Nichols Trio (one of the guys in A.B. Spellman's Four Lives in the Bebop Business--I already have it, but couldn't resist)

6) Stuff I'm pretty happy about:

Pastels -- Sittin' Pretty
Guadalcanal Diary -- 2 x 4
Colin Newman -- It Seems
Reducers -- Let's Go! (I remember Marcus raving about the title song in an old "Real Life")
Dramarama -- Stuck in Wonderamaland
Joe•Pop•O•Pie -- Joe's Third Record
Rain Parade -- Beyond the Sunset
Van Morrison & the Chieftans -- Irish Heartbeat
Chieftans -- Celtic Wedding
Go-Betweens -- Tallulah
Voice of the Beehive -- Let It Bee
Let's Active -- Afoot
Let's Active -- Every Dog Has His Day (oops--already had this)

Also a bunch of 7-inches from a series called "A Fiftieth Anniversary Project" put out by Capac--20th-century-type stuff, I think. They charged me $55 for everything, and I got a $30 credit for turning in my access card. Typical collector mindset: all I could think of as I left were the three albums other people just beat me to (one of the Bo Diddley Chess reissues, the Neil Young cover album The Bridge, and Nico's The End).

clemenza, Sunday, 28 August 2011 14:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

Fletcher Henderson and I were good friends, so I just call him Fletch.

clemenza, Sunday, 28 August 2011 14:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

opening track on that keith leblanc album = amazing

one of the best leblanc tracks ever.

mark e, Sunday, 28 August 2011 19:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

A story about the sale I mentioned above--I get quoted right at the end.


Of course, they never quote you in full; the next thing I said was something like, "But I wish them all the luck in the world." The way it's rendered, it sounds like I'm really down on the station. And it's Aardvark by Kensington Market--in a bizarre coincidence, I made the exact same mistake in my italicization above (accidentally, as I do know which is which).

clemenza, Monday, 29 August 2011 19:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

Haven't quite re-caught the bug yet--I just don't have the patience to wade through piles of junk like I used to--but I've found a couple of places I'm periodically browsing.

Barry Lyndon O.S.T.
Roy Clark's Greatest Hits
Faron Young -- Pen & Paper
Tom Jones -- Tom

$1.50 each. The Roy Clark was sealed, the other three in very good shape. I basically bought the Tom Jones for the cover.

On a related note, I was browsing through all the ridiculously overpriced new vinyl at a mall store last week (actually situated right near the entrance now), seeing albums I bought 35 years ago and others I should have bought 35 years ago, and one question seemed obvious to me: who's going to buy this stuff? Maybe I'm way wrong, but my guess is no one--I'm looking forward to five years from now, when the bottom drops out a second time and all those records can be picked up for next to nothing.


clemenza, Saturday, 3 September 2011 17:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Some street festival in mid-Toronto; excellent shape, $1 each, folkie-centric.

Peter (solo Peter Yarrow, '72, with a "register to vote" reminder on the inside gatefold; apparently either sold few copies or was purchased in great quantity by Nixon lovers)
Mud Slide Slim -- James Taylor (never owned a copy)
Circles in the Stream -- Bruce Cockburn (double-live, Massey Hall '77; nothing from Goin' Down the Road, unfortunately)
Ten Man Mop -- Steeleye Span (actual title three times as long)
Summer Solstice -- Maddy Prior & Tim Hart

Also Elvis Costello's Spike, which may or may not be folkie, I don't know.

clemenza, Monday, 19 September 2011 02:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

CDs for 50ç - $1 each, past few weeks...

v/a - The Golden Apples of the Sun
Digable Planets - Reachin (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul
Janet Jackson - Janet
Ministry - In Case You Didn't Feel like Showing Up (Live)
Mobb Deep - The Infamous...
Massive Attack - Massive Attack EP
Philosopher's Stone - Preparation
Valet - Blood Is Clean
Wir - The First Letter

i genuinely thought when i first joined that he was the admin (ilxor), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 03:07 (seven years ago) Permalink


joe cuba sextet - bailadores
above the law - time will reveal
pete rock & c.l. smooth - they reminisce over you (cover a little ragged)
malcolm x speaks
art blakey with the original jazz messengers - jazz odyssey
max roach + 4 (trip re-issue)
leaders of the new school - sobb story + international zone coaster
zhigge - toss it up
george benson - good king bad
billy cobham - shabazz
fonda rae - last train to clarksville
the evasions - all wrapped up
raw silk - do it to the music
first choice - love thing (tee scott remix)

san lazaro, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

found this

for a single dollur... came on pink vinyl and features a pretty catchy cover of miaow's (?) "when it all comes down" which actually probably ranks amongst my top favorite unrest songs as of now. it's surprisingly how easily they translate into songs more dynamic than their usual affair

Hullo, I'm Jon Moss (kelpolaris), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 16:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

zhigge - toss it up

This song still makes me inordinately happy.

Prostetnic Vogon Limbaugh (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 16:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

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