Tuesday, April 22, 2014
However a lot of those people arrived with friends and I did RSD solo this year, so who's the real loser here? We'll call it a wash.
I hemmed and hawed over a few things - The Doors' Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine reissue, the Heavens to Betsy LP, the Atmosphere 12" that I never actually saw - but shit's too expensive. I don't want to get started on that. Here's what I did end up with:
The Zappa 7" last year was cool-looking but didn't contain any new music; this one is bare-bones (paper outer sleeve, no inner sleeve, though they are number-stamped) but actually has some cool stuff on it. The A-side is the single version of "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow," which contains a good chunk of "Nanook Rubs It," which is its own track on the Apostrophe LP. That's not new, but I don't think I have it. The B-side is an alternate mix that FZ did in 1973 of "Down in De Dew," which I know from Läther, but I bet there's other takes floating around out there. It also has the Zappa Records label on one side and a Barking Pumpkin one on the other, which is pure FZ nerd bait.
The fabled single that was supposed to come out 20 years ago, here today in overpriced form. B-side is "I Hate Myself and Want to Die," which is still a great one.
Mudhoney's entire set from atop the Space Needle last summer. Good mix of old and new shit, and since Mark Arm isn't playing guitar, he actually nails the vocals. I will always miss Matt Lukin, but I hope Mudhoney is around forever.
Foooooolks. This is how you do an RSD release. First time on vinyl, gatefold cover with obi strip thingy containing details, colored vinyl, hand-numbered (I got 110), gold embossing on the sleeve, and it was only a little over 20 bucks. C/Z, you've still got it.
Yes, I kept it cool. Now I'm off to Los Angeles and Atlanta, where I will keep it less cool.
Friday, April 18, 2014
There were a few too many tables full of dollar records for me, but I guess if you're young, poor, and building your collection, that can be pretty sweet. Always so much psych-rock, too. But I of course managed to find plenty of stuff. Here it is:
This was the most money I spent on a record at the show. Wasn't ridiculous - in fact I got a pretty good deal. I've been wanting this record for a while. I got the black vinyl version; now I'll have to get the green marbled.
This is a 7" Wowee Zowee-era EP that I have never come across before. The songs here ended up on Sordid Sentinels, but it's nice to have the original.
One of the last Crackerbash singles I need to complete my collection and this dude was selling both the black and the blue vinyl versions. Boom. I bought both. "Bike" ended up on their record (though this is a different version), but the B-side, "Laughing Song," is exclusive to this. I'm pretty sure. Now I'm just looking for the Crackerbash/Jawbox split single.
A really cool picture disc that's only disappointment lies in the fact that it contains four songs and they're all album versions. My brother has had this record for twenty years and I've always been jealous. Now I've got mine. Even has a little pamphlet with info about the band. So detailed.
I had no idea this existed but I'm so glad I found it. I'm really only familiar with the version of Praxis from the 90's, and I never realized the concept started in the 80's. From what I've listened to so far, this record is nuts. Dude just hammering on a drum machine and making some really ahead-of-its-time electro.
This is a classic bootleg - the cover is printed on the wrong side of the sleeve, so the spine is on the right side when you're looking at it. Plus it's on green marbled vinyl. Not exactly sure why I bought this. I like the cover, if nothing else. Pretty sure all these songs are on the deluxe edition of Goo.
Well, I can definitely say this is my first 11" picture disc. Yeah, I said 11. It's weird. Just a little bit too small. This came out last year, but contains audio from the DVD of the same name that came out in 2005. This also has a copy of the DVD in a slipcover included. I don't remember the Dwarves saying anything about this, and I'm wondering if they had much to do with it. Regardless, live versions of Dwarves songs are hilarious because the band plays cocaine-fast.
The cover on this is a little more wrecked than I'd like it to be, but it's rare to come across this record so I grabbed it. Apparently there is a blue marbled vinyl version of this but the one I got is black. Just like Tad's soul.
Instrumentals from Rawkus-era Co Flow, featuring beats by both El-P and Mr. Len. I have never heard this record so I was excited to find it but I feel like I might have paid five dollars too much for it. But what's done is done.
I already have this record, but after I bought it I realized there was a slightly rarer "Loser Edition" on clear-smoke vinyl so I vowed to buy it if I ever found it used. And find it used I did. Plus, this record's worth buying twice.
Even when I was in fifth grade this was probably my least favorite song on Raising Hell, but I'm always down for a 12" remix and the one on the A-side here is actually pretty cool. And so is that sleeve.
12" single that skips the album version and goes with a "Club Mix" and a dub, plus a radio edit and an instrumental. I like their style. The club mix lives up to its name by being seven minutes long, most of that being the beat straight riiiiiiding at the end. Slump, sucka.
And that was it. Just a warm-up, though. Record Store Day is Saturday, I'm in L.A. next week, and I'm in Atlanta the week after that. And I just bought a bigger suitcase.