Thursday, October 25, 2018

October Record Shopping in Arizona.

Mere months after being in Arizona and making some serious moves, I was back and doing some more major damage with my brother. We picked up where we left off, hitting Bookmans when I got there on Wednesday, which I failed to take a picture of. Enjoy that DVD up top there instead. I picked up these two cassettes:
That Madonna one is a bootleg that, as you can see, is "recorded from laser disc." One glance at the off-brand cassette you see when you open the case lets you know they're not sacrificing when it comes to quality. And wow: does the tracklist on that K-Tel comp look shitty. I may need to start being more discerning. I picked up a few records, too:

Robert Hazard and The Heroes - Robert Hazard and The Heroes (1982)

Private-press rock out of Philadelphia that is, packaging-wise, an odd one: the cover is just plain white with a sticker, but inside there's a foldout poster of Robert, his band, and lyrics, etc. Looks like this EP has been reissued a couple different times. "Escalator of Life" is a hot leadoff cut, no shit.

Mike Warnke - Hey Doc! (1978),

Mike Warnke is a Christian comedian who makes me super fucking uncomfortable. He's also a huge weirdo which you can learn more about if you google this goon.

I Energy - "Whole World In Trouble" 12" (1989)

Private-press reggae out of Tucson. Probably the first time that sentence has ever been typed. Can't seem to find any info on this record, and I'm actually kind of curious. Hot reggae scene in Arizona in '89?

V/A - Power Play (1980)

I love a good 80's comp, and even though this one's a little earlier than I usually go for, it looks like it's got a decent tracklist. Ideal for putting on while doing the dishes. Hot mix!

The next day we went back towards Phoenix and hit up the Zia on Mill Ave in Tempe. I found three cassettes, all of which are homemade jobs:
The Kendall Wall Blues Band tape is a live recording out of Toronto in 1989. The Broken Horse one is out of Tucson in 1992. And Terry Frank is red-hot and from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Don't see a year on it but by the computer printing on the cover I'm guessing early 90's. This is what we used to have to do before the internet. maaaaaaaaan!

Got some records, too:

The New Pornographers - Challengers (2007)

I call myself a big New Pornographers fan but I have never owned this record and I'm not sure I've ever even heard it. Still can't remember why I didn't just buy it when it came out. You know, a decade ago.

Street Pajama - Beast de Resistance (1985)

I splurged a bit on this one but for private-press synth-pop out of Tucson in the mid-80's, I think it was worth it. There's a track on here called "I'd Rather Smoke Butts Than Kiss Them."

Michael Peace - Rappin' Bold (1988)

I think this may be my first Christian rap LP. Michael is indeed rappin' bold, and he's doing it for Jesus.

Dolly Parton - Think About Love (1986)

Weird Dolly Parton comp where she is songwriter on only one track. One of those "after she left the label" jobs, apparently.

Dolly Parton - Heartbreak Express (1982)

Featuring – and I did not know this – "Single Women," a song written by Michael O'Donoghue of SNL and Scrooged fame, that was apparently originally used in an SNL sketch. Life is wild.

Next we hit the Zia on Camelback, which is in a mad sketchy area but it's a huge store. Large selection. No public restroom. Security guard by the entrance. You get the picture. Luckily I had my blade on me.

I picked up these tapes. That Vital Idol is the third version that I now have - this is the original UK 1985 copy. I spent just a little too much on both that Judgment Night tape and Gish, but whatever. I still don't have They Might Be Giants' first album on cassette, but I didn't have Lincoln, either, so now it's really going to be a glaring hole in my collection. It's tough being a fraud.

Grabbed some records, too:

The Liberated Wailing Wall - Hineni! (1973)

Just some crazy kids driving around, strumming their guitars in a van that says "Jews for Jesus."

Cheryl Heiple - Extraordinary Living For Ordinary Man (1971)

Private-press christian folk out of Philadelphia. I mean, what a cover.

The Cripples - What's In a Name (1985)

Dude on the front there is presumably the lead singer, and he has cerebral palsy, so that's why the band is named that. OK? Calm down.

Willie Phoenix And The Shadowlords - We Love Noise (1983)

Couldn't pass this one up for whatever reason. Title and cover seem intriguing. And I also love noise!

On Sunday we ended up back in the Mesa area, which is where Asylum Records is. Now, we had been to this place a few years back when it was at a different location, and I had some minor beef with it. Turns out I'd have more of the same beef, but it's petty and a long story so let's just say I got these tapes:
Those two Prince tapes were ones I needed and were actually priced in the realm of reality, which I couldn't say for a majority of the stock. That Dillenger tape is gold: self-released metal out of Tucson that I can't find a lick of info about on the internet. Includes a sticker and their business card.

Grabbed a few records, 12" style, just like I did last time:

Mr. Lee - "Get Busy" 12" (1989)

House-heavy hip-hop on Jive from a dude who is not good at rapping. Got the gals on his 5.0, though.

Eazy-E - "Radio" 12" (1988)

I paid a little too much for this but it's still in the shrink and the vinyl is clean as all get out, so I'm OK with it. Been looking for this one for a while. Contains the cut "Ruthless Villain" featuring MC Ren, which I never knew about as a kid because it was only on the CD and I just had the tape.

O.C. - "M.U.G." 12" (2005)

Bought this for the Freddie Foxxx feature and because it was cheap. I think these songs are older than 2005.

Too Nice - "I Get Minze" 12" (1989)

I, for some reason, have the Too Nice full-length, so I guess I better get on board with these 12" remixes. They're on the house tip and also from 1989. What a year. Hip-hop was in flux.

Roq-in' Zoo - "Frig-O-Rator" 12" (1985)

In 1985 we all had Fridge Fever.

MC Shy-D - Comin' Correct in '88 (1988)

Bass blastin' on Luke's Skyywalker label though dude's out of Atlanta. I think I just got a Shy-D 12" recently...

Our last stop was the Zia on Alma School Rd in Chandler. We stayed later than we had originally planned to, which was a shock to no one. I found some good tapes:
That Prince tape was a solid find after being juked on it earlier, when I found it at Asylum but it had a head cleaner tape inside. That place. I'm telling you. Had that Tougher Than Leather tape when it came out and for a long time after that, but lost it somewhere along the line. Good to have it back. I just need to find King of Rock now. Black 'N Blue are a hard-rock band out of Portland in the 80's, though both of these albums are on Geffen, major style. The one in the middle kicks off with a track called "The Strong Will Rock" and the opening lyrics are as follows: "Got a pounding fever, got a pounding beat/Gonna pound my heat into your meat." In case you were wondering who you were dealing with. Eminence is a private-press tape out of NJ in 1988, and ...but ugly is also out of NJ, actually, in 1991 and also a DIY-type tape situation. Maybe they're connected.

Picked up a last few LPs, too:

Jonathon Brandmeier - Just Havin' Fun (1982)

Private-press musical comedy out of Phoenix. Surprisingly fancy gatefold cover inside which are photos of Jonathon with famous comedians, solidifying his legitimacy.

V/A - The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas - Music From The Original Motion Picture SoundtrackM (1982)

Not all Dolly, but mostly Dolly.

Seems - Eat Pray Thug (2015)

Been waiting a few years to find this used and when I did, it was three bucks. That's ideal.

Another successful trip. Now I need to stop spending money or at least pretend like I'm going to.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

August Record Shopping in Nashville, Part Two.

I found some more free time on Sunday evening and decided to check out The Groove, which turned out to be a great idea. Who doesn't love a house that's been converted into a record store? Plus, they've painted a bunch of album covers on their front retaining wall, which you can kind of see here:
Seriously: what a pleasant, inviting place. Dudes working there were very cool, too, and I spent a few hours going through most of the store. They had a really diverse collection of used records, with a lot of stuff you don't see very often. Here's what I got:

Skank - "Insides"/"What Do You Want" 7" (1985)

80's pop from a 7-person group out of Austin, Texas, called Skank. That all seems promising.

Rastus - Steamin' (1972)

I took one look at the ragtag bunch on the back of this record and just had to hear what they sounded like. Plus the dragonfly wearing aviators on the cover didn't hurt. Jammy rock with a horn section and thick grooves.

The Flavia Band - Good-Bye Bambina (197?)

Private-press semi-classical Italian music (?) that is autographed by a few of the dudes on the back.

Shocky Shay - No Joke (1989)

Sealed from '89. Not sure I've ever heard of this gal, but I'm liking her look. Song on here called "Pass The Salt-N-Pepper" taking shots!

Alan Leatherwood - Blue Suede Heart (1986)

Private-press rockabilly LP out of Cleveland. This one's sealed, too.

Lindisfarne - Sleepless Nights (1983)

English folk-rock that I bought for the cover, particularly the back one where that girl is naked.

Dick Curless - The Great Race (1980)

Country LP from a dude in an eye patch talking to truckers. Looks to be out of the New England area. When you search "Dick Curless" in Google it stops giving you suggestions at about the "u," in case you were wondering.

Red Simpson - Trucker's Christmas (1973)

A full LP of Red Simpson Christmas originals, including "Truckin' Trees for Christmas," "Christmas Wheels," "This Old Christmas Truck," and "Santa's Comin' In a Big Ol' Truck." Stashing this one away until December.

Glass Hammer - On Our Own (197?)

Private-press soft-rock LP out of Gallatin, Tennessee in what I'm guessing is the late 70s or early 80s. Not to be confused with the more well-known fantasy-prog Glass Hammer, who sing about dragons and clearly stole their name from these dudes.

Tim Stivers - Is There Life Outside The South? (1973)

This is exactly the kind of stuff I was hoping to find in Nashville. Private-press standup comedy on the regional tip. He's from Anchorage, Kentucky. And apparently sports a wry wit.

Mel Taylor - Mel (197?)

Mel's looking like a hard-ass on this terrific cover, but he's smiling and tickling the ivories (possibly for Jesus) on the back. This was a good find.

Dan Del Santo And His Professors of Pleasure - That's Life In The Big City (1981)

World-y funk that seems pretty cool. Inner sleeve features Dan, shirtless in a marijuana field, screaming.

Gary Mann - Christmas with Gary Mann (1972)

Subtitled "The E&E Insurance Christmas Record," and looks to have been put together by a large insurance firm in Columbus, Ohio. Gary must have been a local favorite. Another great Christmas LP to add to the ol' collection and enjoy in about three months.

Spec Lovell - A Tribute to Webb Pierce (1982)

Private-press country tribute LP out of Knoxville from a local banker. Webb Pierce himself gives his blessing via a message on the back, which is surrounded by photos of Spec posing next to expensive cars and riding horses and a motorcycle. You know Spec gets that money! Sealed, and it was a buck.

I felt good about my trip to The Groove, but there was still one more spot I wanted to check out before I left town, and I had a small window of time on Monday morning to make it happen. It opened at 11AM and I had to meet my group and our shuttles at 1PM, and the place was about 15 minutes away. I got up a little after 9 on Monday morning, showered, hit the hotel breakfast bar hard, checked out of my hotel room and had them hold my bags, and took an Uber to Fond Object, which I arrived at 20 minutes early. Luckily there was a coffee shop across the street where I could cool off for a few, but then I ended up sitting in front in a hot metal chair and just steadily sweating until the dude opened the store. Nashville is baaaaalmy.
I didn't have a ton of time, but I made the most of it and ended up walking out with some good stuff. Knew I couldn't get too much because at this point my suitcase was already mad full and anything I bought would have to go in my shoulder bag that I take on the plane with me. So just a nice little stack:

David Heavener - Outlaw Force (1987)

I own this movie on Betamax and have never watched it, but the cover is just great and Frank Stallone is in it, so I'm not sure what I've been waiting for. This soundtrack LP looks equally amazing, and drives home the fact that David Heavener not only wrote, directed, and starred in the film, he also composed the honky-tonk soundtrack.

Gold & Platinum, Volume 5 (1989)

I own a few other records in the Gold & Platinum series, and they're great 80s mixtapes to put on when you're doing the dishes or whatever. Hit after hit!

Uptown Lowdown Jazzband - Uptown Lowdown Jazzband (1980)

Ragtime jazz out of Georgia from a really terrific looking group of people.

The Transplant Band - Gift of Life (1983)

This is one of my favorite records I got on the trip. This band is made up of transplant surgeons from Tennessee who got together to make this LP and donate all the proceeds to The Nation Kidney Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Sealed but I'm thinking about opening it.

The Jimmy Heap Show - Laff-A-Rammer featuring Ken Idaho (196?)

Party record alert! This one, like a lot of them, looks troubling. Out of Texas, which should not be shocking.

Ronnie Prophet - Goofy Golf Gags n' Gaggles (197?)

Weird that Ronnie Prophet is a really well-known country musician and I can hardly find any proof of this record's existence. It's Ronnie cracking wise, stand-up style, about everything golf. Get ready to laugh, duffers!

And that was it for Fond Object and for my Nashville record shopping. They had a side room that I didn't really have time to check out that had some vintage stuff and a bunch of t-shirts:
But I was already gone. Next thing I knew I was back on an airplane and headed home. What a whirlwind. Speaking of, I'll be headed back to Arizona in about a month, and there is more damage to be done.