The Monitors, before (because I live in Portland and they are based in Tucson), so when I found out they were playing a Thursday night show, I decided it was as good a reason as any to get the hell out of town, see them play, then stick around and make a long weekend of it.
I don't remember exactly how I got the idea to go to Albuquerque and check out Breaking Bad landmarks while I was out there, but once I looked into it, I realized it was actually a realistic plan and something I would never have the opportunity to do again (while the show was still airing), and something I wouldn't forgive myself for if I didn't do. So, we did it, and we not only checked out Breaking Bad stuff, but also Albuquerque's record and comic-book stores. And we tooled around Tucson's stores for a day before we even did that. We were all over the place.
Here's how it went:
First off, here's The Monitors playing at Plush in Tucson:
frequent guest-contributor Pocaroba on drums.
The next afternoon (Friday), we hit the streets of Tucson. First stop: that place you see in the first picture, MetroGnome Music. MetroGnome is doing a lot of stuff, all at once. They sell musical instruments, but they also have DVDs, CDs, vinyl (kind of), and a bunch of sweet Nintendo stuff:
NES Tag Team Wrestling cartridge and a copy of Chill Factor on DVD.
Toxic Ranch, Tucson's stalwart punk-rock shop, which is, sadly, closing (or maybe moving) soon. I loosened up the grip on my wallet a little bit at Toxic Shock, mostly because I found some cool, cheap stuff:
One of many bands I would never have heard of it weren't for the Teriyaki Asthma comps that C/Z put out in the early 90's. Also, this is a great album cover.
I picked up a different Pork 7" when I went record shopping in Atlanta last year and liked it, so when I found this one on white vinyl for a buck, I figured I'd roll the dice. Mid-90's lady rock.
Toxic Ranch used to have a label, and they still have a bunch of their releases left over. 50 cents each on cassette:
Think this might be thrash.
My goal is to own this one on ALL formats! I'm listening to this right now and they're covering Led Zeppelin's "The Rain Song" and it's either the best or worst thing I've ever heard.
Endino! This dude has recorded many bands that you love, and he also makes his own music. This is one his projects. Haven't listened to it yet.
Hey, that title's dirty! This one has a song on it called "Retardo Porn," which promises to be a classic.
One of Endino's more prolific bands. This one could be pretty sweet. That bonus track definitely has me feeling spoiled.
Bookman's, which is a must-stop for me every time I'm in Tucson. Books, movies, music, video games - they've got tons of all that shit. I bought a Jackass box set (don't you dare judge me), a Jim Morrison magazine, a comedy record by a Hawaiian comedian, a Prince 7", a random Disco single, and this LP:
I had hoped this one might be salvageable, but the vinyl is pretty wrecked. This one won't make the official collection cut. Instead, I'll listen to it in my garage. Good enough.
Next we went to Zia Record Exchange, which I failed to take a picture of. But I did pick up these two items:
I bought a Let's Wrestle single last year in Philadelphia, and though I initially picked it up based solely on their name, I ended up really liking it. So, I thought I'd give this one a go. Never heard of the other band, but I can safely say I like their name a lot less.
I've been waiting to find this one used for a long time, and my patience paid off. This is a 2008 reissue, but the important thing is I didn't pay 28 bucks for it.
I used to have an ATL tape, but it wasn't this one. Don't think I've ever heard this one.
So glad I found this. This was one of the first rap tapes I ever bought and I have no idea what I did with my original. One of the greatest rap records of the 80's, easy.
I have a few other Daddy D records, but dude seems more like a Fresh Prince knockoff on those. I'm pretty sure this is the same dude, but on the inside of this album he is brandishing a gun. Also, I can find literally nothing about this release on the internet. Very excited.
Pretty sure I don't already have this on cassette.
This one is possibly a bootleg. Shoddy craftsmanship all around.
They sure are. Warren from the Vandals' band before he joined the Vandals. Rap rock in its most nascent form.
Skywalker Records. This one could be trouble. Or just a bunch of booty bass in my face.
Feeling like I might get some knowledge dropped to my domepiece with this one. I'm ready.
Not my favorite Zappa era, but hey: double cassette in one of those fancy double-cassette cases!
When all was said and done, I did find a few things I'll be adding to my record shelves, as well as some more cassettes:
Cheap and still in some of its shrink. And a Roxy Music record I'm not altogether familiar with.
Bohemia Afterdark-era band that I have a feeling I don't actually like that much, but this was five bucks so I was willing to risk it.
Dynamite MC and DJ Devastation! I have little faith in this one.
My brother and I were talking Eddie & The Cruisers and I got caught up.
They just won't release this on DVD, will they? This may be the only soundtrack that contains both W.A.S.P. and The Vandals.
Bill Laswell, going nuts I'm sure.
This is the score, not the actual soundtrack. Man, they really let David Byrne go nuts with this thing.
This is a homemade tape from a local Tucson band and I cannot wait to hear it.
Charley's, a strange-ish store where they had a ton of overpriced cassettes and vinyl stock that was sealed, regardless of whether it was new or not. Everything was sealed. By them. It was bizarre. Here are some more pictures:
gangsta rap VHS tape and these few things:
Watt! Contains two bonus tracks on the b-side, one of which is a Blue Oyster Cult cover with Frank Black on vocals.
I can't believe I found this, though I was probably the only one looking for it. You know how I feel about Scoob.
The next day we went to this place:
And that's that. I didn't spend a bunch of money, but I spent a bunch of time. And that's just as good, if not better.