Sunday, April 20, 2008

Yesterday was Independent Record Store Day.

My 1st time in a record store was when some friends
and I rode our bikes into Westlake (Daly City, Ca)
which had a store with listening booths. We took
Napolean the VIII "Coming To Take Me Away"
45 into a booth to listen. We turned the record over
and it was the same song, but backwards. We were
hooked. When the Beatles "Sgt Peppers" came out,
KYA radio 1260 in SF was going to play the entire album
at midnight as a preview. I put my transistor radio
under my pillow and stayed awake for at least the
beginning of the album. At school the next day
everyone was talking about it. After school we went
and payed our $2.99 and went home and looked
at all the lyrics, photos etc. It was an exciting
time for music and albums, all affordable.

Now, like most things, there's no real excitement
and nothing visual or touchable when purchasing music.

Luckily, there are still some great shops for
Vinyl and people who know their music
and history.

Thanks to Tim here for being a friend and keeping
me up to date on the local history and upcoming
releases and all around music talk!

Rob & Susie, John Minton & Dave Kartholl

In Ft Wayne there's a local chain called "Wooden Nickel."
Yesterday, some friends (Rob & Susie Suraci) and their
group Possum Trot Orchestra were playing for this
world wide day of recognizing local record shops.

Also, John Minton, was selling his new book:

78 Blues, Folksongs and Phonographs
In The American South.


John's a professor of Folklore at
Indiana/Purdue University in Ft Wayne.


Georg said...

Bonjour Coffee,

You are right, this Possum Orchestra makes really good music. I like especially their slow way of playing.

I've bookmarked them.


Kurt said...

I remember once my dad bought a Monty Python LP. After a few listens, my Dad said something was weird with the record because sometimes he heard certain skits when he played it, but other times he heard different ones. We started the record a few times in a row, and that's when we figured it out. They had put two grooves on one side, and what you heard each time depended on which groove the needle landed in. Ha!

Anonymous said...

and all the time I was blaming wacky terbacky when I played my monty python and was confused over the skits changing! Sneaky!

Unknown said...

Someday I must purchase a turntable so I can again play all of those vinyl LPs I have in storage.

tony said...

Do You Remember Booths where you could record your own 45? A bit like Photobooths .........I recorded a Rolling Stones number!

Bobby D. said...

I'd love to hear Tony's self-recording!

I still have a few Lps and inherited my Aunt's huge 78 collection --She was basically a Glenn Miller/ Tommy Dorsey/ Jimmy Dorsey groupie.

Fred said...

None of the trustees can recall their very first exposure to an actual record store. Woolworths and W.T. Grant yes, but an actual record store, not as a small child, but probably as a teenager--those many record/head shop combo stores that sold clothing, patchouli oil, Lps, and various tubey things.

dennis said...

Dennis thinks some things are just scary-hilarious, Coffee...really!

Coffee Messiah said...

georg: I'm glad you like them. Their nice folks too! ; )

kurt: Those were the days. Even if nothing happened on the LPs, people kept listening or looking for something unusual.


nick: If you look, there's an inexpensive turntable that hooks up to your pc.

tony: I only saw one of those at Fishermans Wharf in SF. Then it disappeared.

dcb: Those 78s were fun. My grandparents had one of the crank turntable radios. I always played my kid 45s on it.

c u : You're just a kid then.

dennis: I believe you're right.