Tuesday, May 3, 2016

April Record Shopping at Amoeba in Hollywood, Part One.

It's an annual tradition. I made it back to the best record store in the world, and as always, I went in not knowing what I'd find, and left happy. The 7" section hasn't been too kind to me these past couple trips. Used to be able to walk with armfuls of Sympathy/Sub Pop singles; now the boxes just seem to get emptier and emptier every year. It's weird. But it ain't like I have trouble finding other stuff.

I got to Amoeba around 4 on Wednesday night, went over to the rap section, and there was Kyle Mooney from SNL flipping through the hip-hop. I wasn't going to say anything but then he came right over to where I was standing so I told him I liked his work. And, you know, we ended up chatting for a few minutes. No big deal. It's not like I don't see celebs on the regs when I'm making the fucking scene down there, you know? Seriously: not a big deal. He told me to "have a good night, man," and I said the same, and it just wasn't a huge thing. Just two guys, buying some records, exchanging some pleasantries. Pretty standard sitch for me, if I'm being honest. Totally not a deal at all, let alone a big one. He mentioned he was in town working on "a project." And I was just like "Oh, cool, nice," because it was, you know? Nice of him to feel like he could tell me that. I don't know. Maybe the whole thing's not even worth mentioning.

I got a bunch of rap records, but I got some 7"s, too. Here's those:

Tomahawk - "M.E.A.T." 7" (2014)

I used to be such an easy mark for any of Mike Patton's side projects but at some point I ceased keeping up. So, when I find a sealed Tomahawk single for two bucks from a few years back, I use that opportunity to get back on the horse, if only briefly.

Oswald Five-O - "A Love Supreme" 7" (1991)

The Eugene band's first 7", I believe. Red heart on the cover appears to be hand-colored. 33⅓ 7". You can almost smell the dank basement.

REO Speedealer - "Double Clutchin' Finger Fuckin'" 7" (1997)

Hey, why not. Original name before they got sued, maaaaaan!

764-HERO - "High School Poetry" 7" (1996)

Man, these are a great couple o' songs. Dude just feeling the shit out of some feelings. Record says "PLAY AT 45RPM" on both sides and both sides are 33⅓. Fucking wasting my time.

Tribe 8 - Roadkill Cafe 7" (1995)

I picked up my first Tribe 8 7" at Amoeba two years ago, but they're a band I've been familiar with since the 90's. Strangely topical: the A-side here, "Wrong Bathroom," is about a girl being told to use the men's room because she looks like a guy. Side B is...you guessed it: a live cover of "Radar Love."

And that was it for 7"s. As usual, I went nuts in the 12" rap section.

Big Scoob - "Champagne On the Block" 12" (Promo) (1996)

Scoob Lover my brother! I already have the standard version of this; this is the white-label promo.

Big Daddy Kane - "Mr. Pitiful" 12" (Promo) (1990)

Speaking of Scoob. I'm just buying any and all BDK records at this point. Promo single. Album version on both sides.

Alliance - We Could Get Used to This (1988)

Rap from '88 that I wasn't familiar with. Dudes on the cover straight livin' large. Positive K catching some writing credits on this thing. Sampling Prince on the title track. Shit really WAS better "back in the day."

Dana Dane - Dana Dane With Fame (1987)

About time I found this. Dana Dane was one of the first rappers I ever listened to and somehow I have never come across a decent copy of this one vinyl. This one's got a cut corner on the bottom right but the rest of it is gold so I'm solid. Now go watch the dope vid for "Nightmares."

Cookie Crew - Born This Way (1989)

I'd seen this album before, but I'd definitely never heard it. Bought it because 1989 is the year but damn if this thing ain't wild on some UK dance-track fast-rap. I'm feeling the flow. And doing the knowledge.

MC Chill - MC Chill (1986)

I bought a sealed copy of this record that might have been my most expensive purchase. It wasn't really that much, but enough that I thought twice. But I couldn't resist that cover. Dude sounds very Run-DMC and that's about what I figured.

Roxanne Shanté - Bad Sister (1989)

I thought I had some other Shanté records, but I guess I don't. This one came out in '89 on Cold Chillin' and was produced and mixed my Marley Marl. So you know I'm down. Is she the strongest rapper? No, no she is not.

Everlast - "Never Missin' A Beat" 12" (1989)

I'm such a sad loser for buying this. Doesn't even have any remixes on it.

Next up: I buy more rap records from the late 80's!

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