Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring Break Record Shopping, Part Five: Easy Street Records (Queen Anne) - Seattle, Washington.

I scored a bunch of cool LPs at this Easy Street location the last time we came up here, so I was really looking forward to getting in there again. I didn't leave with nearly as much stuff this time, but I still had a good time digging through their records. They've always got a fat New Arrivals section, and though I didn't find anything in there this time, it wasn't because of a lack of quality LPs. They just weren't ones I was interested in.

We hung around Easy Street for about an hour and a half, and I felt like we got to see everything we wanted to see there. In a totally boneheaded move, I came across an advance copy of the Supersuckers' La Mano Cornuda which I had recently been looking at on eBay, and I somehow convinced myself that I had already bought it. Of course, when I got home, I realized that I was thinking of a completely different eBay purchase, and I didn't have it. It's still on eBay, but it'll cost me about eight more dollars than it would have if I would have just bought it there. Classic me.

So, like I said, I didn't leave with much. Here's the few things I picked up, followed by Pocaroba's slightly larger haul:

The Strokes - "Juicebox" 7" (2005)

This is easily the most common Strokes single, and that's why I was waiting until I found it for two bucks to buy it. It's a promo, and they must have sent them everywhere, because I see them all the time. Despite its ubiquity, it's actually a cool little single. Features album and live versions of "Juicebox," as well as the non-album track "Hawaii," which, while definitely a b-side, isn't a bad song at all.

RTX - Transmaniacon (2004)

Yes, RTX isn't quite as good as Royal Trux, but I still dig their shit. Hadn't heard this record, and when I came across a sealed copy in the discount bin at Easy Street, I figured it was as good a time as any to give it a go. I've listened to it a few times, and I'm digging it. Jennifer Herrema's voice could be a deal-breaker for some people (she even auto-tunes it on one song on here, which is bizarre), but I've learned to love it. If anyone has a CD or digital copy of this I could really use it. I can't find one and this didn't come with a download.

Dwarves - Fuck You Up and Get Live (DVD, 2005)

I set out trying to find the Dwarves' FEFU DVD because it's been in "short wait" limbo in my Netflix cue for four months now, and I'm ready to watch it. I settled for this, which they had at Singles Going Steady for ten bucks, so I passed. Glad I did. Found it at Easy Street for half that. Haven't watched it yet. This is definitely one to save for date night with the wife. Oh, the look on her face when she saw this laying on the table... Proud moments.

I think that's all I got. There was an Obie Trice record I was thinking about getting (another discount bin special), but I put it back. I'm not gonna lie: I was a little disappointed. Just not my day, I guess.

Here's what Pocaroba left with:

Coolzey - The Honey (CD, 2010)

Can't believe I found this CD, brand new, in the one dollar budget bin. You have to wonder how it got there. If you don't listen to Coolzey you should. He is a midwest rapper that has been down with the CAC/Sticks Downey crew since '01. Can't wait to dive headfirst into The Honey.

Wallpaper - On the Chewing Gum Ground (CD, 2008)

Way back in the day I bought a homemade cassette by a band called Wallpaper after hearing a song of theirs on a compilation and loved it. In later years I learned that they were a side project for New Bad Things which intrigued me more. When I found this CD on K Records in the budget bin I quickly snagged. Internet research, however, has revealed that this is a different Wallpaper. What gives? How have I heard of the original but no one at K Records? Lame.

Sharks Keep Moving - Pause and Clause EP (CD, 2002)

This is the main guy in State Route 522's band after that band broke up. Apparently he got really into long, mathy instrumentals. Was happy to pay a dollar for this.

Octant - Car Alarms and Crickets (CD, 2000)

I have owned this on vinyl for years but always wanted to have CD quality versions of the songs. Finally found it for a buck. There is a hidden track of what seems to be noise on the CD. So there's that. If you want homemade instruments and lots of bleeps, this is it.

V/A - Grease: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD, 1978)

Yeah, that's right. This one dollar CD will nicely compliment the double LP of this that I already own. What's up now, nerds?

Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York (CD, 1994)

You know those albums that you have heard a billion times but would still like to have around? This is one of those. I never would have found this for 3 bucks in Tucson and made it happen at Easy Street. Thanks jaded NWers!

Next up: We cross the bridge that leads to West Seattle and discover a place we didn't even know existed.

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