Friday, July 6, 2018

Tuesday Night Record Shopping at Green Noise.

I caught a post on Green Noise's Facebook page showing that they had just received a nice stock of used cassettes, Faith No More's A King for a Day among them. I've been on the lookout for this tape, and figured I'd head on over to their new-ish location at 7th and NE Killingsworth to see what the rest of their cassette situation looked like. I had my daughter strapped to the front of me, so this wasn't a deep dive. I was there for probably 25 minutes, tops. But I picked up some good stuff. Cassettes first:
That Talking Heads set is cut-out steez, but I'm still glad to have it. Those tapes were 2 bucks each, as was King for a Day...Fool for a Lifetime, which made it more than worth the trip. Got home and realized I already had that DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince tape, which means it's time to officially catalog my cassette collection in a spreadsheet, which I will then store in "the cloud," and then I can access it from my phone wherever I am, like a real cool person.

The Mothers of Invention cassette is from 1991 and is one of those many Rhino FOO-EEE legit bootlegs that Frank Zappa authorized and cashed in on. This one is called The Ark because that's where it was recorded in 1968. They had a handful of other ones like this, though more on the Zappa solo tip. I might go back for those. They're rare-ish. And the cassette prices at Green Noise are very reasonable.

Figured I'd pick up a few records while I was there, too:

Gas Huffer - Janitors of Tomorrow (1991)

I just realized that this is supposed to include a comic book and mine doesn't have it so this is basically GARBAGE to me, but hey: it'll be a nice listening copy until I can find one I'm not terribly ashamed of. Nisqually!

Gas Huffer - The Inhuman Ordeal of Special Agent Gas Huffer (1996)

Late stuff from the Huff. This one does have the comic. Thank god. Not sure I could handle another situation like that.

Doug Clark & The Hot Nuts - On Campus (1963)

"Roses are red and ready for plucking, girls out of high school are ready!" Some pretty ribald talk for '63, delivered over some funky-ish grooves. Is this another one o' them underground party records I keep hearing about?

The Fluid - Freak Magnet (1988)

Price was right on this one so I snagged it. I'm not the hugest Fluid fan but I do have a few of their other records that I listen to occasionally. One of those bands that I meant to get into as a cool teen in the 90's but just couldn't afford to buy it all, maaaan!

Young Buck - Straight Outta Cashville (2004)

Still in the shrink and it was priced to move. Time to spin this one and take a walk down G-Unit memory lane. The fewer guest verses from Tony Yayo, the better!

Not a bad mini-trip. Capped it off by picking up this sticker on my way out the door:

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Friday Night Record Shopping at Speck's Records & Tapes.

I had a looooooong week at work and - for the first time in what feels like ages - somebody who isn't me watching my daughter on a Friday evening, so I figured instead of going straight home at 5PM, I'd head out to Kenton and browse the bins at Speck's. It was the right choice. Did some decompressing, took my time, and got a great little haul for not too much money. I feel right at home at this place. It's comforting. Also a little dangerous, because there were a few higher-priced LPs that were calling to me, but I remained steadfast.

Here's what I went home with:

Kenny Price - Heavy Duty Country (1977)

Big Kenny (apparently also known as "The Round Mound of Sound") had been on RCA Victor for most of his career, but for this late-career LP he moved to Major Recording Company, a name which demands respect, especially when you see Kenny on the back cover entering the "Major Recording Studio." That's where the magic happens; where songs like "Let's Truck Together" are born.

The Models - Models (1979)

Subtle artwork, especially when you flip it over to see the band all creepily handling the other end of the hose. Bought this for the cover, but this is Canadian new-wave that seems to be Cars-ish and I've got no problems with that. "Janie, You're Wrong" is a solid little single.

Gerry Andal - Country...Just for the Heck of It (197?)

Private-press country record out of the Seattle area (recorded in Vancouver, WA, at Ripcord Studios) featuring Gerry tackling some country classics, including a handful of Kris Kristofferson numbers. Apparently he was a well-known face around the area in the 70s.

Jr. Cadillac - In For Life (1981)

I picked up my first Jr. Cadillac LP at the Eugene Record Show earlier this year, and here's my second. Seattle band with an impressive discography that runs from the 70s to the 90s, and they're still out there playing shows.

Dale Rollins - Northwest Passage (1980)

Private-press LP out of Trail, Oregon, that I thought might be old-timey traditional folk, but it's more like modern folk about old-timey Oregon stuff. Solid arrangements and passionate vocals - a pleasant journey. Probably more pleasant than the actual journey.

Nu Shooz - Poolside (1986)

Portland pop legends with their major-label debut, the one that features "I Can't Wait" and "Point of No Return." Local kids made it big! I have a weird memory of seeing Nu Shooz at some Bite of Beaverton event maybe around 1988. I thought it was pretty sweet. Saw The Jets at the Oregon State Fair around that same time. Also sweet.

Nappy Brown - Deep Sea Diver (1989)

Lest there be any confusion about what Nappy means when referring to himself as a "Deep Sea Diver," you need look no further than the look on his face, but the lyrics to the song connect any remaining dots. My copy is sealed, though cut at the corner.

Above the Law - "Murder Rap" 12" (1990)

Just album versions and instrumentals on this one; I bought it for the Ruthless label and D.O.C., Dre, and Eazy in the lineup on the cover. Dope song, too.

MC Shy D - "I Wanna Dance" 12" (1987)

Sealed 12" with a fantastic cover on Luke Skyywalker records when it was still called that. I also have Shy D's Got to Be Tough album on cassette. Got that Miami bump to it.

Calvin Walker - The Perfect Crime (1986)

Dance-funk out of Portland that, judging from this video, looked like a damn fun time. Love the cover on this one.

Tracy Moore - Skypiece (1983)

6-and-12-string guitar instrumentals out of early-80s Seattle featuring Artis the Spoonman on one of the tracks. Now that's some NW cred.

Royal Flush - "Dance or Die" 12" (1988)

I picked up Royal Flush's Uh Oh LP in Chicago a few years back; figured I might as well pick up this still-in-the-shrink 12" from that same album. Gotta get with that late-80s Rap-A-Lot. And look, it's pretty simple: you either dance...or you die. The choice is yours.

Another great afternoon at Specks! I'll be back soon. Maybe for that mint-y copy of Washing Machine at the most reasonable price I've seen in years.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Monday Night Record Shopping at Speck's Records & Tapes.

I'd been meaning to check out Speck's for close to a year, and I finally made it over last Monday night. (We have a zero-year-old at home and my free time has been mercilessly ripped from my grasp, never to return.) It's in the Kenton neighborhood and has only been open for about a year.

Folks, this is my kind of record store. Cassettes, well-organized crates, a "NW" section which I pulled a ton of records from...I really don't have enough nice things to say about Speck's and Michael, the dude who runs it. He was very cool to me, his prices are mad fair, and I went home with a gang of great stuff. First, my cassette purchases:

That Faith No More tape is a rare one for me. I have the maxi-CD (the same one I've had since I bought it when it came out), but I'm not sure I've ever even seen the cassette. Looks great right under Angel Dust.

The L.A. Posse tape is sealed. The Luke tape is the clean version of his I Got Shit On My Mind album, which I have the cassette of. Thank god. Definitely need to keep both versions of that on hand. I think that Oaktown's 3.5.7 tape was a buck, which I was happy to shell out. I bought that Asphalt Ballet tape (also sealed) because I've got this KGON calendar from 1992 that I hang on my wall in my basement and every February I stare at them, wondering what exactly their deal is:

You just know those dudes were ass-rocking in lace spandex a year before that photo was taken. Alright, let's get into the records:

Comrade Bane - "Childhood Bridge" 7" (1993)

Out of Portland in '93 and I'd never heard of this. Nabbed it for cheap. It's Gits-y.

And that was the only 7" I picked up.

Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo - Wanted: Dead or Alive (1990)

Cleeeeeeean copy of this for a real reasonable price. Just realized it's a 1997 reissue but whatever. Early Freddie Foxxx verse on this one.

Scandal - Really Worth Waiting For (1978)

Pop/rock out of Eugene, OR. Because the internet is great, here is the Eugene Register-Guard reviewing it in December of 1978. And here's the title track.

The Esquires - Play (1987)

Funk-blues out of Portland on the Flying Heart Records label. This one looks real sweet. Includes a lyric insert.

The Esquires - The Esquires (1982)

Earlier release by the same gang of Portland musicians. They have another LP in between these two; I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for that one.

Wild Bill - Let's Look for the Good Times (197?)

Folk/country out of Vancouver, WA. Pretty big-time album cover for a private-press-type situation. Wondering if ol' Bill legit brought the cops out with his wacky antics.

Tom McFarland - Just Got In From Portland (1986)

Also on the Flying Heart Records label out of Portland. Tom's looking to play some blues for you.

Tom Miles - It's So Easy (1986)

Private-press country-pop out of Portland. 19th and SE Morrison, to be exact. Having trouble finding much info on this dude.

Wildman Steve - King of Them All (197?)

I own another album by Steve, his Wild! Wild! Wild! Wild! LP, so I guess I figured I might as well pick this one up. This is one of those "party records" you've heard about. You honestly don't see these in the NW too much. I always see them when I'm in LA or the East Coast. Which probably makes sense.

Rhinoceros - Satin Chickens (1969)

I have the first Rhinoceros LP, which I bought a few years ago after looking at it and seeing that Billy Mundi - who previously was in The Mothers of Invention - played drums on it. I liked it and I'm curious to hear this one. It's jammy, freewheelin' peacenik rock, I know that already.

Woody Simmons - Oregon Mountains (1977)

Private-press lesbian virtuoso banjo jams. Title says Oregon but it seems to be out of San Francisco.

Crazy 8's - Out of the Way (1986)

I think this might be my first Crazy 8's record. Portland's own ska-pop fun-time band. I'm just a little too young to have been fully aware, but I remember hearing their name all the time on the radio when I was a kid. They may have played the Starry Night. I bet they did.

Can't wait to get back to Speck's. Too much good stuff. I gotta be careful.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Event Attendance: The 2018 Eugene Record Show - February 25, 2018.

Was telling myself I'd missed the Eugene Record Show last year but attended the year before, but after checking my records I determined that it had, in fact, been two years since I last made the jaunt. I was due.

So with federal-tax-return cash in wallet, I left Portland at 8AM to make it to the Eugene Hilton by 10. Rain was heavy but traffic was light, so I made it down there right on schedule, and at 10 sharp I was waiting in line with a my fellow rain-soaked, bearded losers.

I bought mostly LPs on this trip, but I did pick up some cassettes. Check 'em:
That Juice Crew tape for 3 bucks? That's some shit right there. I used to have that Velvet Underground 2-tape live reunion set when I lived in Eugene (1996-ish) and I remember being really into it for a while. No idea what happened to it. Seemed fitting to pick it up. Mercury Rev was an impulse buy.

I also picked up a short stack of 7" records. Some solid stuff here:

Coffin Break - "Kill the President" 7" (1991)

The back cover of this one features Jesse Helms fucking a donkey. Button pushers! Flip is a precious 90's anti-censorship call-to-action.

Dwarves - "She's Dead" 7" (1990)

I have the black vinyl version of this one; this is the white vinyl. Includes the B-side "Fuckhead." Total running time for both songs? One minute, twelve seconds.

Dwarves - Lucifer's Crank 7" (1991)

Blue vinyl. 9 songs on this 45, and I think they're older than 1991. Includes an alternate version of "She's Dead," along with the classics "Get Pregnant," "Dead Brides," and "Eat You to Survive." Sound quality can only be described as "dicey at best."

Kurt Vile - "He's Alright" 7" (2009)

Already had the black vinyl version of this record; this is the "sky blue" edition. It's got some white mixed in with the blue. You know, like a sky.

Kurt Vile - "In My Time" 7" (2010)

Couple of alt versions of some Smoke Ring for My Halo tracks and another unreleased song. I am a Kurt Vile fan.

And that was it for 7" records. Didn't realize how many LPs I bought until I got home and unloaded my trusty satchel. Fat stack. Good mix of stuff here:

Jr. Cadillac - Classic 1977-1978 (1979)

I am actively collecting private-press NW records at this point, and the dealer that I normally go to first at this show was right inside the door like he always is, and he actually had a whole section of vintage Northwest vinyl. I ended up buying a bunch of stuff from this dude, like I usually do: he's always got the best organized and priced Beatles, Doors, Zappa, and Talking Heads records, and I've learned to go through his stuff before I go anywhere else. I could've bought more from him, honestly. I stopped looking after my pile got a little wobbly. Anyway - this is a band out of Seattle who put a bunch of records out on their own label during the 70s and 80s.

Lloyd Jones - The Lloyd Jones Struggle (1986)

Blues guitarist out of Portland who is still active, I believe. Signed on the back to "Brian."

Lloyd Jones - Small Potatoes (1989)

Lloyd's follow-up. This is on Portland's Criminal Records label, as was the previous one.

The Razorbacks - More Love Less Attitude (1986)

LP out of Portland on the Nebula Circle label, which is listed at being on 34th and SE Hawthorne. Here they are performing the title track. I love the internet.

The Doors - Strange Days (1967)

I believe this is the second Taiwanese Strange Days bootleg I own. This one uses the original back cover for the front cover and prints the full lyrics on the back - and they're impressively correct. Usually with these records the printed lyrics are wildly, hilariously off. Though on the label "I Can't See Your Face In My Mind" is listed as "I can't see your face in my mine." So that's something.

Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts - Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts (1985)

When it comes to bands I saw the most as a young child, these guys are at the top of the list. Think I saw 'em twice. Fan club address is listed as being in Wilsonville.

The Doors - The Soft Parade (1969)

Not sure why I owned four copies of Waiting for the Sun and zero copies of this record, but that was the score going into this one. This is a mid-70's pressing, but I finally got a nice clean copy of what I consider a very underrated album from the band from Venice.

The Doors - Morrison Hotel (1970)

This is hard for me to admit, but I didn't own this one, either, and it's usually my favorite Doors album. But it's fixed now: this is a sweeeeeet original pressing of this - the cover and vinyl are both in great shape. And I can say that I now have solid copies of every Doors studio album. Phew.

Group Du Jour - Wonderful Vision (1987)

New-wave synth-pop out of Portland that I'm already liking.

Sand - Sand (1973)

I bought this band's other LP late last year (possibly from this same dude) and I've been on the lookout for this one, their debut, ever since. It's a weird one: gatefold cover housing two slabs of one-sided vinyl. You never have to stop the music, brother. Country-rock out of Portland on an MGM subsidiary label.

Billy Idol - "Heroin" 12" (1993)

Double 12" on white vinyl with 8 ridiculous long-ass remixes of an already ridiculous song. I am all about this. I need a copy of Cyberpunk on wax, stat.

And all of those LPs were from that same guy. I had to move on.

The Paul DeLay Band - The Paul deLay Band (1985)

More mid-80's blues out of Portland, and also on Criminal Records. Wanting to learn more about this label. Because it's such an obvious name and has been used so many times, Discogs is a mess when trying to figure it out.

The Paul deLay Band - Burnin' (1988)

Another one on Criminal Records, and it appears to be the follow-up to the S/T LP. Red-hot blues!

Larry Coryell - The Restful Mind (1975)

If you read this blog, you know I've become something of a fledgling Larry Coryell fan in the past year or so. Great music for puttering around my house to. Dude's a wild guitar player. Saw this one for three bucks and I didn't already have it, so yoink.

Thurston Knudson - Primitive Percussion: African Jungle Drums (1961)

My percussion record collection is two crates deep and I'm always trying to add to it. These are going for close to $20 on Discogs but I nabbed this one for less than 5, I think. Should be a banger.

Missy Mist - "Gettin' Bass" 12" (1989)

Didn't find a lot of rap records this time around, but I did grab a few. This one's direct from Miami with the boomin' bass. Contains two tracks and two "dancetramentals." Big plans to bump this thru the 24" kick in my low-rider's trunk.

Wu-Tang Clan - "C.R.E.A.M." 12" (1994)

Original version of this 12". Pairs nicely with the die-cut one I paid too much for a few Record Store Days ago. Still in the shrink with that classic cover.

Ace Weems and the Fat Meat Boys - It's All Gone Now (1981)

Couldn't pass this one up on name alone, but the LP is sealed, too, which is pretty sweet. Private-press old-timey blues/country out of Natural Bridge, VA.

Rouvaun - The World's Greatest Singer Rouvaun Sings Love Songs (1966)

I was shocked to see that this guy actually went on to a somewhat successful recording career with RCA records, because that's a fairly bold claim he's making on the cover there, and the textbook sign of a madman. But the leather suit lets you know who you're dealing with, as does the photo on the back of him riding his Harley down Sunset. World's greatest? You be the judge.

Mark Korven - Passengers (1984)

This one just looked cool as shit, so I picked it up. Private-press LP out of Canada on the new-wave tip. Bummed I can't find any clips online because it's fun, pop-fused Talking Heads-type stuff. Dude has gone on to become a very successful film and TV composer. He's listed on this one as providing "vocals, guitar, guitar & keyboard synthesizers, spray can, alarm clock." Good stuff.

And that was it! I only had two hours to spend at the show, so I do think I scooped some stuff without thinking too much about it, but I feel good about the haul, overall. Sometimes the rap records just aren't there. But man: my NW private-press collection is becoming super legit. Fear me.