Thursday, September 30, 2010

Event Attendance: Portland's BIG Music Collector's Show & Sale - September 26, 2010

This picture makes the show look more sparsely attended than it actually was, but the reality of the situation wasn't far from what's represented here.

I don't know if they just did a bad job of advertising this thing, or if everyone's holding out for the always-reliable Night Owl show later this month or what, but this event wasn't the rager that I thought it might be. Of course, now I'm wondering if the Night Owl show just seems nutso-busy every time because the room they hold it in is so damn tiny. All the same dealers that are at that show were at this one, but the room was like eight times as big. Honestly, that was probably it. Because there were people at this show. Just not a ton.

It was the first time I'd ever seen dealers packing their shit up four hours before the show was supposed to close. Like they had anywhere else to be at 2PM on a Sunday... (I kid, vinyl vendors, I kid.) Anyway, that's all a bummer for the organizers and the dealers, but for me, it meant less wedging in between fat dudes, and more time to browse LPs without feeling like someone was looking over my shoulder, waiting for me to move along. I stayed for about three and a half hours (I really had nowhere else to be), and by the end of the day, I had a solid haul in my record-carrying satchel.

Want to know what I got? Of course you might. So here's the breakdown:

Beck - "Cellphone's Dead" b/w "O Menina": The only 7" I picked up at the show, and it's a good one. The cover is basically a replica of the one from The Information, with a full sheet of stickers tucked inside, along with an inner sleeve that matches the outside one. Extravagant for a 7". And only five bucks.

Bongwater - Double Bummer: Aptly-named double LP from a band that I like most of the time. This is their first full-length, and it is over-the-top wacky. There is a time and a place for Bongwater, and it used to be when I was really, really high. Not sure when it will be now.

Heatmiser - Cop and Speeder: I had been meaning to buy this for about ten years, so I was happy to find it used, and on blue vinyl no less. It is not rare by any means, but I knew it existed on colored vinyl and just wanted to make sure I scored that version. I did. So that's something.

Pavement - Brighten the Corners: Finding original issues of Pavement LPs anywhere other than eBay (in Portland, especially) is damn-near impossible, so spotting this one in the wild was a rare treat for me. Lyric sheet intact, cover and LP in great shape - boom. Still need to decide if I want to buy the deluxe edition on vinyl. I bet I will at some point.

Pavement - Quarantine the Past (Record Store Day Version): This one includes a great story about record-collectin' nerds looking out for each other.

The last time I saw my pal Robi was on Record Store Day back in April. It happened to fall on the same day as the last Night Owl record show, which is where I saw him. We ended up leaving at the same time, and while we were heading to our cars, I was bitching about how I slept in, thus missing my chance to pick up the limited-edition version of Pavement's newest greatest hits comp, which featured not only different artwork, but a completely different (and better, if you ask me) tracklisting. It was completely my fault: I slept way late, hit the stores anyway, but knew I'd come up short. And I did. After checking the eBay prices over the next week or two, I was really pissed at myself.

I ran into Robi at this show, and he told me that he found a copy not long after I saw him last - in a store and for retail price, mind you - and that he had it in his car. Did I still want it? Yes I did. And never have I been so glad that I put off buying something on eBay. It even still had the download card in it. Boom. Robi, you understand how this vinyl-collecting game works. And I respect the shit out of you for that. Thanks again.

Unwound - The Light at the End of the Tunnel is a Train 12": Late-ish EP-type thing from a band that I should have loved a lot more a long time ago. It's never too late. My Unwound collection grows more decent by the year.

Method Man & Redman - Blackout!: Been meaning to buy this one on wax for a while now, but kept waiting to just find it used when I least expected it. It finally happened.

Method Man - Tical 2000: Judgement Day: Same deal with this one. Can you believe this is the only Method Man solo joint that I have on vinyl? Shame on me for not having a copy of Tical on my shelf. (Though I do have it on both CD and cassette.)

Nirvana - "Lithium" 12": German 12" single from 1992, in such beautiful shape that I want to cry. I am really excited about this one. NOT the picture disc version. Just the straight-up maxi-single with the picture sleeve.

Del tha Funkee Homosapien - I Wish My Brother George Was Here: Thought this was an original issue, but closer inspection revealed it to be a mid-2000's reissue. For the price I paid, I'm fine with that. And it came with a poster. I used to have this cassette, but lost it a long time ago. Happy to have it again.

L7 - Smell the Magic: Sub Pop, mid-90's, cheap price: I'm in.

Steel Pole Bath Tub - Tulip: Original insert intact. This is one of the SPBT albums that I've spent very little time with, and I'm looking forward to changing that. Let's get noisy.

Cat Power - Jukebox: I don't know if it's because of the fancy-ass packaging or what (gatefold, really thick vinyl, silver sheen), but this record retails for around 30 bucks, and I just never wanted to pay that much for an album of covers. Finally found it used and in decent shape. Holding out for a few years can eventually pay off. Every once in a while.

Sunz of Man - The Last Shall Be First: Not sure how rare this one is, but I've definitely never seen it before. It was filed in with a couple of Killarmy records that I know almost regret not buying, but I've always been more of a fan of this group. Original insert, and the whole thing is in great shape.

Wu-Tang Killa Bees - The Swarm: Another great random Wu find. Either this one is missing the insert or it's just a victim of really shoddy packaging, because there is no info about who performs on what song - not on the back, and not even on the LPs. Thankfully, it's already in my iTunes.

Not a bad group, eh? As usual, there were a bunch of Melvins records that I had to pass up because of their $50-$75 price tags, but I'm used to that at this point. Looking forward to seeing all the same dealers in a few weeks at the Night Owl show. Better start saving.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I Went to a Show: Pavement at Edgefield (September 3, 2010)

I felt like I bought the tickets for this show ages ago, and waiting for it was becoming excruciating. But, I knew the payoff would be worth it, and damn: it was.

Not seeing Pavement in their heyday was always a huge regret of mine, and though I wasn't positive they wouldn't get back together, I wasn't holding my breath. So when they announced their reunion, I was excited. Then began the wait for an Oregon show. It took a while, but they got here. I was expecting more of a Crystal Ballroom-type affair, but the Edgefield it was. Your parents probably saw David Gray there a few nights ago. Anyway. I'll take Pavement wherever I can get 'em.

Turns out Edgefield wasn't a bad place to see a show (I had never been there for live music before). The 6:30 start time was a little confusing - I'm used to shows starting at 9:30, not ending - but once I got past that, I was good to go. I took a good friend and we got there around 6, found some sweet parking, and ponied up near the front of the stage before the show even got going. Boom.

Quasi opened, and when it comes to bands that I have unintentionally seen repeatedly, they are at the top of the list. Pretty sure this was the fifth time I've seen them, and yet I've never gone to a Quasi show to see Quasi. Whatever. They've got Joanna Bolme on bass now, and though it hasn't added some crazy new dynamic to the band, they do sound fuller, especially on the guitar songs. They played a nice short set (finishing up with the crowd-pleasing "You Fucked Yourself"), and made way for the dudes from Pavement. I was giddy.

Just a few days earlier, Pitchfork had named "Gold Soundz" the best track of the 90's, and whether that had anything to do with them opening it with it, I don't know. And I don't care. It ruled, and it kicked off a two-hour show that featured them playing songs from all over their catalog (check the setlist here), though they mostly favored earlier stuff. As a sad fanboy who loves all their records almost equally, there was no way they were going to leave me feeling gipped, so I just rolled with it. And it was sweet.

They even played "And Then," the early version of the "The Hexx," during their encore. If you know what that means than you know why that is awesome. I love the shit out of that song.

I could gush forever. But I won't. I'll just say that this show ruled. Because it did.