being in Arizona and making some serious moves, I was back and doing some more major damage with my brother. We picked up where we left off, hitting Bookmans when I got there on Wednesday, which I failed to take a picture of. Enjoy that DVD up top there instead. I picked up these two cassettes:
Private-press rock out of Philadelphia that is, packaging-wise, an odd one: the cover is just plain white with a sticker, but inside there's a foldout poster of Robert, his band, and lyrics, etc. Looks like this EP has been reissued a couple different times. "Escalator of Life" is a hot leadoff cut, no shit.
Mike Warnke is a Christian comedian who makes me super fucking uncomfortable. He's also a huge weirdo which you can learn more about if you google this goon.
Private-press reggae out of Tucson. Probably the first time that sentence has ever been typed. Can't seem to find any info on this record, and I'm actually kind of curious. Hot reggae scene in Arizona in '89?
I love a good 80's comp, and even though this one's a little earlier than I usually go for, it looks like it's got a decent tracklist. Ideal for putting on while doing the dishes. Hot mix!
Got some records, too:
I call myself a big New Pornographers fan but I have never owned this record and I'm not sure I've ever even heard it. Still can't remember why I didn't just buy it when it came out. You know, a decade ago.
I splurged a bit on this one but for private-press synth-pop out of Tucson in the mid-80's, I think it was worth it. There's a track on here called "I'd Rather Smoke Butts Than Kiss Them."
I think this may be my first Christian rap LP. Michael is indeed rappin' bold, and he's doing it for Jesus.
Weird Dolly Parton comp where she is songwriter on only one track. One of those "after she left the label" jobs, apparently.
Featuring – and I did not know this – "Single Women," a song written by Michael O'Donoghue of SNL and Scrooged fame, that was apparently originally used in an SNL sketch. Life is wild.
I picked up these tapes. That Vital Idol is the third version that I now have - this is the original UK 1985 copy. I spent just a little too much on both that Judgment Night tape and Gish, but whatever. I still don't have They Might Be Giants' first album on cassette, but I didn't have Lincoln, either, so now it's really going to be a glaring hole in my collection. It's tough being a fraud.
Grabbed some records, too:
Just some crazy kids driving around, strumming their guitars in a van that says "Jews for Jesus."
Private-press christian folk out of Philadelphia. I mean, what a cover.
Dude on the front there is presumably the lead singer, and he has cerebral palsy, so that's why the band is named that. OK? Calm down.
Couldn't pass this one up for whatever reason. Title and cover seem intriguing. And I also love noise!
a few years back when it was at a different location, and I had some minor beef with it. Turns out I'd have more of the same beef, but it's petty and a long story so let's just say I got these tapes:
Grabbed a few records, 12" style, just like I did last time:
House-heavy hip-hop on Jive from a dude who is not good at rapping. Got the gals on his 5.0, though.
I paid a little too much for this but it's still in the shrink and the vinyl is clean as all get out, so I'm OK with it. Been looking for this one for a while. Contains the cut "Ruthless Villain" featuring MC Ren, which I never knew about as a kid because it was only on the CD and I just had the tape.
Bought this for the Freddie Foxxx feature and because it was cheap. I think these songs are older than 2005.
I, for some reason, have the Too Nice full-length, so I guess I better get on board with these 12" remixes. They're on the house tip and also from 1989. What a year. Hip-hop was in flux.
In 1985 we all had Fridge Fever.
Bass blastin' on Luke's Skyywalker label though dude's out of Atlanta. I think I just got a Shy-D 12" recently...
"The Strong Will Rock" and the opening lyrics are as follows: "Got a pounding fever, got a pounding beat/Gonna pound my heat into your meat." In case you were wondering who you were dealing with. Eminence is a private-press tape out of NJ in 1988, and ...but ugly is also out of NJ, actually, in 1991 and also a DIY-type tape situation. Maybe they're connected.
Picked up a last few LPs, too:
Private-press musical comedy out of Phoenix. Surprisingly fancy gatefold cover inside which are photos of Jonathon with famous comedians, solidifying his legitimacy.
Not all Dolly, but mostly Dolly.
Been waiting a few years to find this used and when I did, it was three bucks. That's ideal.
Another successful trip. Now I need to stop spending money or at least pretend like I'm going to.