Darren Hanlon @ the B-Side at One Lucky Guitar (5/23/15)

I woke up on Saturday morning, made some coffee, and checked in on the internet.  One of the first things I saw was an Instagram post from Darren Hanlon saying he’d left New York City at 3:00 a.m. on a bus headed for Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He was still on that bus while I was lounging about in my front room with a fresh cup of coffee.  That decided it.  If Darren Hanlon was willing to spend 15 hours on a bus to Fort Wayne, then I could drive the seven hours (round-trip) to see his show there.

I planned my route, packed a bag, and drove to Fort Wayne, Indiana.

indiana

(somewhere in Indiana)

I got to the B-Side at One Lucky Guitar at around 5:00.  As far as I can tell, the B-Side doubles as the conference room for a design firm called One Lucky Guitar.  That’s why the name is such a mouthful.  The conference room angle makes it sound like a makeshift venue, but it was actually a very nice place.  I don’t think I’ve ever been to a music club that featured my choice of five clean bathrooms.  They also had free cupcakes…and a velvet Bruce Springsteen painting.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

b-side at one lucky guitar

(the B-Side at One Lucky Guitar is upstairs)

I had three hours to explore Fort Wayne before the doors opened at 8:00.  I checked out a couple record stores and looked for a place to eat.  The highlight of my explorations was seeing some girders.

girder district

(…)

I went back to the B-Side.  I took a picture of the “marquee”.

darren hanlon marquee

(Yoga. Healing. Arts. Darren.)

Then I went in and saw that the people running things had more than made up for their marquee with their concert poster.  The poster shows why it’s a good idea to combine a design firm with a music venue.  That’s got to be one of my favorite concert posters ever.  I especially like the cat down at the bottom left and how her tail hangs over onto the white.

darren hanlon poster

(Darren Hanlon concert poster)

I found a good seat right up front and waited for Darren to come down from the One Lucky Guitar workspace into the conference room.

darren goes here

(Darren goes here.)

I didn’t have to wait long.  Darren came on down, picked up his acoustic guitar, and began playing “Title Fight: Heart v Mind”.  That’s got to be one of his oldest songs, so it was a nice surprise to hear it.  I’d never heard him play it live before.  There were a few other songs–both old and recent–that were new to me in a concert setting.  I guess I’ll just go ahead and share the setlist.

Main Setlist – Title Fight: Heart v Mind/Electric Skeleton/Folk Insomnia/I Waited For the 17/Butterfly Bones/Scenes From a Separation/Punk’s Not Dead/Home/All These Things/Fear of the Civil War/The Chattanooga Shoot Shoot

Encore – When You Go/Elbows

Now that I count them, I see Darren only played 13 songs.  That doesn’t sound like many at all, but he also told stories about free pie, What About Bob?, a punk rock house, the new album, playing for school kids, Spooner Oldham’s question, scary Australian movies, etc., and his songs–like this poorly-crafted sentence–tend to have a lot of words in them.  Some of the songs like “I Waited For the 17″ and “The Chattanooga Shoot Shoot” are quite long.  Those two were both highlights for me.  I also enjoyed “Scenes From a Separation” and getting to hear a version of “Fear of the Civil War” without the saxophone bit.

The low points of the evening were all audience-related.  There was a loud, boorish woman in the back who interrupted Darren’s stories and mocked his accent, and a dude up front who thought his outdoor whistle was an indoor one.  I probably wouldn’t have been bothered by the whistler if I hadn’t caught his wife recording me with her cell phone before the show.  Whistling is generally a happy thing and should be encouraged.

I bought a poster after the concert and had Darren sign it for me.  It looks like he signed his name “Darn Hanlon”.  I got a kick out of that.  I didn’t get a chance to really talk to him as the whistler and his wife were bogarting the talent.  I ate a free cupcake and drove on home.  I got back at a little after 1:30 a.m.  It was a good trip.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Road Trip, uh huh!

If I wake up tomorrow morning and decide that a seven hour drive is a good thing, then I will take the ticket out of this envelope, get in my car, and head off in what I think is probably a northerly direction.

ticket envelope

(click to open this envelope!)

And if I wake up tomorrow morning and decide that a seven hour drive is a bad thing, then I will leave the ticket in the envelope, sit around the house all day eating popsicles, and be out $8.24.

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This is what it’s like to be me.

The first thing you do is head over to Fawn Alley, the set of steps that leads from where you live down to Mt. Lookout Square.  You take extra care when walking beneath the overhanging limbs as you don’t want to later find a tiny caterpillar living in your beard like you did last week.01 - fawn alleyIt’s Sunday, so you head to one of your favorite restaurants, Buona Terra.  It’s a crêperie and a gelateria combined.  They’ve got balloons and specials going on today to celebrate their second year in business.

02 - buona terraIt’s a bit crowded in Buona Terra so you get your lunch to go and head over to Ault Park.  You find a nice shady bench with vines all around and settle in.  You start with dessert because it’s already beginning to melt a bit.  It’s a new item on the Buona Terra menu, a gigantic macaron with gelato inside instead of the normal macaron goo.  It’s quite tasty, but almost too big to handle.

03 - gigantic gelato macaronYou’re no longer hungry after dessert and you haven’t even gotten to your crepe yet.  It’s that tasty special one that’s got chevrine, spinach, apples, and a honey dijon sauce on it.  It’s as close as you can get to that magical crepe you had in Paris last fall.  You go ahead and eat your crepe because what are you going to do with it if you don’t eat it?  Carry it around with you all day?  Nope.

04 - crepeAfter eating, you walk around Ault Park a bit.  You take a picture of the pavilion.  It reminds you of something you saw at the antiques mall a couple days ago, and you decide to head over there and see if it’s still for sale.

06 - shelter house (2015)You take a picture of your car at the bottom of the stairs because you still like your car quite a lot even after 15 years.  You sort of wish the air conditioner worked, though.  Cincinnati has very hot and humid summers.

05 - car at the bottom of the stairsYou drive over to the Duck Creek Antique Mall.  The employees always follow you around like they think you’re going to steal stuff, but you still stop by every few months to see if any of the sellers have any new vintage photos.  Sometimes you even look for tea towels with the Eiffel Tower on them.

07 - duck creek antique mallYou find it!  It’s an old postcard of Ault Park, the place where you just had lunch!  The pavilion apparently used to be called the “shelter house”.  It pretty much looks the same although there was a big tent out in front earlier this afternoon.  You wish the tent hadn’t been there because it makes the old postcard -vs- new photograph-thing less effective, but you’re not going to let it spoil your day.  You buy the postcard.

08 - shelter house (1940s)Then you drive over to Everybody’s Records.  You hardly ever buy anything from the Blues section, but you like how Leadbelly and Etta James guard over it.  Making a Leadbelly cutout sounds like something you’d do.  You probably would except that you don’t have any pictures of Leadbelly.

09 - leadbelly and etta jamesYou head over to the used vinyl and seriously consider buying the Caravelles LP despite the fact that you’ve never even heard of them (and it’s kind of expensive).  Sometimes you like to buy records or books just because of the cover art, and you think those Caravelles are super cute with their matching tops and poofy helmet hair.  They also sing a version of “Gonna Get Along Without You Now”.  That’s a great song.

10 - caravellesYou don’t buy the Caravelles, though.  You instead buy a copy of Jack McDuff’s The Honeydripper on CD.  Even though it’s not cool anymore, you still prefer your music on compact disc.  Also, you’ve recently been on an organ jazz kick.  Your favorite it Big John Patton, but you’ve already bought most of his stuff and you think it would be a good idea to branch out to some of the other organists.  And Jack McDuff has cool hair.

11 - jack mcduffThen you drive over to Fresh Thyme.  It’s your neighborhood’s sixth fake hippie market, but you tend to go there a lot because it’s right next door to your gym.  Your favorite thing to get there is the High Brew cold-brew coffee.  Despite the fact that it’s canned ice coffee, it’s very good.  The cans are tiny, so you usually buy two.  You don’t normally like salted caramel things, but that’s your favorite flavor of High Brew.

12 - high brew coffeeThen you go to the library to drop off the two movies that are due tomorrow.  You watched The Secret of Roan Inish because you’re kind of interested in selkies.  You watched Night on Earth because you sometimes like Jim Jarmusch’s movies.  This one was pretty good.  So was the selkie movie.

13 - take back the moviesThen you go home and write this post while listening to Neal Casal and Kenny Roby’s Black River Sides for the first time.  You remember seeing the CD for sale in a Rough Trade in London about fifteen years ago, but you didn’t buy it then and haven’t seen it since.  As far as music collecting regrets go, that was your biggest one.  You were excited to finally find a copy for sale from a German guy a couple weeks ago.  You bought it.  You think the Black River Sides version of “Maybe California” is probably the best one.

14 - kenny roby & neal casalYou’re not sure what you’ll do next.  Maybe read.

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SIBR: Ten Books I’ve Read Since the Last Time I Wrote About Books All the Way Back in February

I don’t think anybody noticed, but this website was dead for about a month earlier this year.  I eventually got things going again with a concert write-up and a couple posts about new music, but I still haven’t written about books since February.  I thought about skipping the titles I’ve read since then and picking up with the post for May, but I decided that it would be better to write a catch-all post with a quick paragraph about each of my recent books.

Tesla: A Portrait With Masks–Vladimir Pištalo
Nikola Tesla’s real life is far more interesting to me than the life of any fictional character I can think of–with the possible exception of Don Quixote–and I enjoy reading novels where the inventor makes an appearance.  This Serbian book is sort of half novel/half biography and follows Tesla from boyhood to his eventual death in 1943.  Although Samantha Hunt’s The Invention of Everything Else remains my favorite Tesla novel, Pištalo’s book was a lot of fun to read and I’d recommend it if you’re interested in Tesla or semi-fictional biographies.

The Art of Asking Your Boss For a Raise–Georges Perec
Georges Perec is the author of my favorite novel, Life a User’s Manual, so I will buy and read anything I can find by him.  The Art of Asking Your Boss For a Raise is a minor work that was only recently translated into English.  The book outlines all the steps, considerations, and possible outcomes related to asking for a pay increase.  It’s pretty much a flowchart transformed into an 80-page run-on sentence.

The Martian–Andy Weir
I kept seeing The Martian everywhere I went, so I eventually bought a copy to use as a travel book.  It’s about an astronaut who gets left behind on Mars after an accident.  The astronaut then uses his vast scientific knowledge to NOT DIE.  Although the narrator is sometimes annoying–he uses the phrase “just saying” at least twice–and I kind of wanted him to suffocate or explode a half dozen times, the science side of this science fiction novel was interesting enough to keep me rooting for the annoying nerd.

A Darker Shade of Magic–V.E. Schwab
I’d never heard of V.E. Schwab or her book until I saw A Darker Shade of Magic on display at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle.  Will Staehle’s cover art jumped out at me and I headed straight for it.  I knew I’d buy the book as soon as I opened it and read about the “multiple Londons” and the magical traveler with the ability to navigate between them.  It sounded like the best Neil Gaiman book ever.  I’m happy to say the book lived up to the cover art and the jacket copy.  Simply put, A Darker Shade of Magic, is my favorite book mentioned in this post and one of my favorites so far this year.  I hope it ends up being a series as I really liked the two main characters.

The Hobbit–J.R.R. Tolkien
I reread this book because I began wondering if it would take longer to watch The Hobbit movie trilogy or read the book the movies are based on.  I timed everything and got the following results:

  • The Hobbit movies – 7 hours, 54 minutes
  • The Hobbit book – 6 hours, 15 minutes & 42 seconds

The Fifth Gospel–Ian Caldwell
I went to Joseph-Beth Booksellers and couldn’t decide between two new books with the word “Fifth” in the title.  I ended up buying them both.  This first one is a thriller that takes place in the Vatican.  The main character is a Greek Catholic priest who lives there with his son.  Also living nearby is the priest’s brother.  He’s also a Catholic priest, but a completely different kind who believes in completely different stuff.  Yes, there are apparently different kinds of priests.  Who knew?  Despite the fact that most of the characters are priests and there’s a lot of technical gospel analysis going on, I really enjoyed reading this book.  I got caught up in the mystery early on and actually had a hard time putting the book aside at night and getting to bed.  I liked The Fifth Gospel so much, that I dug around for the book Ian Caldwell co-wrote over a decade ago.  More on that later.

š! #15 ‘Cats’–David Schilter & Sanita Muižniece (editors)
I found this tiny Latvian comics anthology in the zine section at Elliott Bay.  Each issue features comics devoted to a single topic like mathematics, disquiet, or the future.  I got the one about cats.  My favorite comics were “7 Deadly Sins For 9 Lives and Beyond” by Reinis Pētersons and “Lovecats” by María Inés Gul.

Falling in Love–Donna Leon
This is the 24th book in the author’s Commissario Brunetti series.  Despite the fact that he’s been doing this for two dozen books, Brunetti isn’t always a good detective.  There are a couple places in this one where he’s a flat-out bonehead.  Still, I’d recommend Falling in Love to fans of the series…especially those who read and enjoyed Death at La Fenice and Acqua Alta.  The opera singer from those two books is at the center of this case.

The Fifth Heart–Dan Simmons
This is the other book with “Fifth” in the title.  The premise is kind of silly.  It features the real-life author Henry James teaming up with the fictional Sherlock Holmes to solve the mystery surrounding the death of the real-life Clover Adams, the wife of real-life Henry Adams.  Got that?  Basically this set-up gives the author plenty of opportunities to host dinner parties full of other real-life famous people (Teddy Roosevelt, Mark Twain, Clarence King, John Hay, etc.) and have them ask Sherlock Holmes, “Hey, aren’t you supposed to be a fictional character?”  Once you get over that, though, there’s a pretty good mystery to be solved and it didn’t really matter who is real and who isn’t.  This is another one that kept me up at night.

The Rule of Four–Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason
Back to Ian Caldwell.  His first book was a co-write that I’d heard was “like Dan Brown, but better”.  I’ve never read anything by Dan Brown, but his books must be truly awful if this poorly-written mess somehow manages to top them.  This book is full of indistinguishable college dudes talking about dining halls and paintball and not nearly enough of the history and mystery the dust jacket promised.  The only positive thing I can say about this book is that at least one of the co-authors went on to write a much better one.

the donna leon is missing

(the Donna Leon is missing)

I’m currently reading The Unmapped Sea by Maryrose Wood and Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis.

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Hey, let’s look at four vintage photographs!

I bought this old photo for a few reasons:

  1. It shatters the previous record of most women/girls on/near a boat/ship by five!
  2. It appears that there are at least two sets of sisters in the boat.  There might even be some twins.
  3. The girl in the front is wearing a rather sharp outfit…including heels for boating.
  4. The terrible framing job is kind of charming.

nine girls in a boatI bought this second one–labelled “50th wedding anniversary”–for the following reasons:

  1. The facial expression on the woman on the right.  She’s like the sassiest librarian ever.
  2. Three of the four women are wearing matching glasses.
  3. The familial resemblance of some of the people is so obvious that I was almost able to assemble an accurate family tree.
  4. Although it might not come across in my scan, the photograph is incredibly sharp with a level of crisp detail I don’t often see.

50th wedding anniversaryAnd finally, I bought these two because they support my long-held theory that Marion and Herb may have been highway bandits:gunplay - herb and two friendsgunplay - marion and two friends

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This post features 44 Spenser novels and a tub of spicy raisins.

I’ve recently been working on a book sorting project in an attempt to get my library more organized and possibly pared down a bit.  It seemed like a good time to do this as I’ve reached the point where I have far more books than I have space on my shelves.  So it’s my goal to weed out the weakest titles, sort the keepers by genre, and find other places around the house for some of the series books that don’t necessarily need to be on the main bookshelves upstairs.  The works of Donna Leon, Kat Richardson, Arnaldur Indriðason, and Robert B. Parker all need new homes.

It occurred to me that I always have empty space in my kitchen pantry.

kitchen pantry (closed)

(open the pantry)

Click on the picture to open up my pantry and see the new Robert Urich Memorial Library.

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Marc Cohn @ the 20th Century Theatre (5/6/15)

I drove by this marquee in Oakley last week and decided right there that I’d go see Marc Cohn in concert on the following Tuesday.  I was quite excited as Marc is an old favorite of mine and I’d never managed to catch up with him.  Old favorites I’ve never seen are a rarity these days, so I try to mark them off the list when given the chance.

marc cohn marquee

(Marc Cohn marquee)

Tuesday night rolled around and I somehow completely forgot about the concert.  I sat at home and watched Song of the Sea instead.  The movie ended at about 9:30, and the first thing that came to my mind as I turned off the television was this:

Oh damn, Marc Cohn is playing a concert 1.4 miles away right now!

I got all grumpy and vowed to start writing these things down on Post-Its and maybe sticking them to the fridge.

The next morning I woke up and flipped my page-a-day art calendar from Tuesday to Wednesday.  I was looking at the picture of the fancy dandy with the poofy hair when I noticed that the date was now showing the 6th, not the 7th.  I suddenly realized that Marc Cohn hadn’t put on a concert in town the night before; the show hadn’t even happened yet.  I’d gotten my dates mixed up.

So I called up the box office and bought a ticket over the phone.

Later on that evening I walked up to the 20th Century Theatre.  The grumbly lady with a clipboard marked me off the will-call list and I went on in.  I found a chair with good sight lines off to the side and waited for the show to start.

Marc Cohn and Glenn Patscha (keyboards) came out about 25 minutes later and began performing “Walk on Water” from Marc’s 1991 self-titled debut.  I remember having that album on cassette and listening to it on the drive back and forth between Oxford and Cincinnati during my freshman year of college.  The songs still sound as good as I remember them.

Kevin Barry (guitar) and Joe Bonadio (percussion) came on stage for “Walk Through the World”, a highlight from Marc’s sophomore album, The Rainy Season.  That second release was always my favorite and it was nice to hear something from it.  It was also nice to hear that there’s a percussionist out there who can play the djembe without making me want to punch him in the face.  Major props to Joe Bonadio for that.

The third song was a cover of the Box Tops’ classic, “The Letter”.  That was followed by band introductions and another song from Marc’s debut, “Perfect Love”.  All the old dudes in golf shorts put their arms around their current wives and tried to sway to the music.  It was quite touching.

Marc told some stories about growing up in Cleveland and shared the sad origins of the next song, “Girl of Mysterious Sorrow”.  That one was followed by a raucous version of Willie Dixon’s “29 Ways” which featured some inspired New Orleans-style piano from Glenn Patscha.

My highlight of the night was “Listening to Levon” and “Silver Thunderbird” played back-to-back.  This was a surprising highlight for me as I’d completely forgotten that “Listening to Levon”–and the album it came from, 2007’s Join the Parade–even existed.  On top of that, I’d forgotten how much I like “Silver Thunderbird”.  I’ll have to take both of those off the shelf and give them a listen.

(Marc followed my favorite songs with a blue story about Bonnie Raitt.  He specifically asked the audience not to tell anyone, so that’s all I’m going to say about that.)

Marc Cohn’s most famous song, “Walking in Memphis”, came next.  It’s a truly wonderful song and a treat to hear live, but I must admit to being disappointed that Marc let the audience sing the best line.  If you’ve made it down this far, then it’s a safe bet that you know the line I’m talking about.  When it comes down to it, I’m always against audience participation.  Grumble, grumble.

The main set wound down with a performance of Marc’s most recent original song, “The Coldest Corner in the World”.  It’s from an unreleased documentary called Tree Man and was described by Marc as being his “best brooding Jew ballad”.  I just found out about it last Sunday and made the digital purchase on Amazon.  It’s a pretty good song for 99 cents.  The last song of the main set was called “One Safe Place”.  It was the only song of the night that I didn’t know going in.  I managed to guess the correct title on my setlist notes, though.

marc cohn setlist notes

(setlist notes and wristband)

There’s really no backstage at the 20th Century Theatre, so the band just shuffled off to the side of the stage and then shuffled back for their two song encore.  The first song was “True Companion”.  It’s not one of my favorites, but I guess Marc Cohn is probably contractually obligated to play it every night.  The show ended with a much better song, “Dig Down Deep”.  Marc managed to weave in bits of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Tupelo Honey”.  It was a good way to end the show.

I then walked on home quite happy that my confusion with the dates hadn’t cost me a chance to see Marc Cohn in concert.  I really lucked out there.

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On dud batteries and new squirrels…

I have a collection of unused Duracell batteries that have died long before their expiration dates.  They sit in a bag in my basement spewing out white stuff.  Not knowing what to do with them, I decided to use chopsticks to arrange four of my favorites on the kitchen floor, take a picture, and share them here.  As you can see, these batteries don’t officially expire until 2016 or 2017.  I’d never seen this kind of thing until a few years ago, but now it seems to happen to about 30% of my batteries.

four defective duracell batteries

(the white stuff makes me sneeze)

In other news, I noticed yesterday morning that there was a new squirrel refurbishing the abandoned dray in the lower crook of my front yard maple.  I call any squirrel who lives in that nest “Squirrel” (with a capital S), so this means that the rein of Squirrel III has officially begun.

squirrel III

(bring me nuts)

This makes me happy.  I was depressed for about a week last year after I witnessed the two young squirrels from next door team up to depose Squirrel II.  They didn’t even bother moving into the maple afterwards; they just bit off chunks of Squirrel’s fur and drove her into the backyard never to be seen again.

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Adventures in music acquisition #177

I wrote a post last Sunday that made reference to a bunch of recent non-Record Store Day music purchases.  Well, this post is going to catch up on all that stuff in four pictures.  Maybe I’ll type up a few words to go with them.

The first picture shows my most recent CD acquisitions and a couple leftover RSD 7″ singles.  I’m particularly happy to finally own Our Favorite Texan: Bobby Fuller Four-Ever!, a Japanese tribute to the Bobby Fuller Four.  With the possible exception of the Left Banke tribute on Brobdingnagian Records, it’s the tribute I had the most difficulty tracking down.  Unlike that Left Banke one, Our Favorite Texan is actually quite good.  It’s got the Young Fresh Fellows and Marshall Crenshaw on it.

Other hard-to-find highlights in this group are releases by the Occasional Keepers, the Relict, the Gigolo Aunts, and Bobby Sutliff.  I also purchased the new ones by Robyn Hitchcock and Darren Hanlon (who I’ll be seeing in some place called “Fort Wayne” next month).

most recent stuff

(most recent CDs…and a couple 7″ singles)

This second picture shows some of the vinyl I bought in the weeks leading up to Record Store Day.  The Bell Gardens LP came from Insound, the mail-order label I had some trouble with earlier in the year.  (Shipping this must’ve been one of the last things they did before going out of business.)  The rest of the items shown were either ordered from Jigsaw Records or picked up used at Everybody’s.  I bought the Das Kabinette because I liked the creepy dude looking out the die-cut window on the front cover.

post seattle non-rsd vinyl

(post Seattle, non-RSD vinyl)

I never got around to writing about the trip I took to Seattle and Port Townsend back in March.  Yes, I went to those places.  I bought some music and shipped it back to myself in one of those handy priority flat rate boxes.  Here’s a picture of the unopened box.  You can click on the picture to open the box and and see the goodies inside.

seattle box (outside)

(click to open this box)

Some of the Washington music didn’t fit in the box (or wasn’t visible in the picture).  I put all that stuff on the carpet and took a fourth and final shot.  Highlights here include four Comes With a Smile comps and a super-tiny CD by Scout Niblett.

seattle vinyl & things that didn't show up in the box pics

(Seattle vinyl & things that didn’t show up in the box pic)

I guess now I need to catch up on all the books I’ve been reading.  I think I’m seven behind.

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Record Store Day: Music for me -vs- Music for Beth

Saturday was Record Store Day.  I decided to go to pilates instead.  I was very proud of myself for that decision.  Yes, I was working on my core while the main hubbub was going on over at Everybody’s Records.  Once I was done with class, though, I decided it probably wouldn’t hurt to drive over and see if they still had a copy of the Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift 7″ in the stacks (see previous post).  They did.  They also had the Baseball Project live record that was second on my list.  I bought both of those.

Then I bought some other things.  I refer to them as “collateral damage”.

music for me

(music for me)

Here are the titles of the items shown above (starting up at the top left):

  • Field Music – Music For Drifters – I bought this silent film soundtrack because I wanted to see what silver vinyl looks like.  It turns out it looks a lot like grey vinyl.  Oh well.
  • Sloan – Commonwealth
  • Sloan – Alternates
  • the Baseball Project/the Minus 5 – Redeyed in Austin
  • Slim Dunlap – My Old New Records: The Old New Me/Times Like This – I was particularly happy to see that Slim Dunlap’s two records were reissued in one package.  I enjoyed the Songs For Slim tribute a couple years back and have wanted to hear the original versions of the songs performed by Mr. Dunlap himself.  Unfortunately, those were long out-of-print and quite expensive on the secondary market.  Although My Old New Records wasn’t cheap, I felt good buying it as all the proceeds from the reissue go to the Slim Dunlap Foundation to help with his stroke recovery.
  • Blitzen Trapper – Live Harvest
  • David Bowie – Changes 7″
  • Lydia Loveless/Cory Branan – Prince Covers split 7″ – I liked the Lydia Loveless single I bought at last year’s Record Store Day (with the Ke$ha cover on it), but this one might be the dud of RSD 2015.  There’s always one.
  • the Pearlfishers – The Strange Underworld of the Tall Poppies
  • Charlie Feathers – Charlie Feathers 10″ – I haven’t listened to all my new purchases yet, but this is my favorite so far.  The sticker on the front called it “Ravin’ Rockabilly!”
  • Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift – Follow Your Money/Motion Pictures 7″
  • Freedy Johnston/Death Cab For Cutie – Bad Reputation split 7″ – This one features Freedy Johnston singing his signature song on one side and Death Cab For Cutie covering it on the other.  “Bad Reputation” remains one of my favorite songs twenty years after I first heard it, so I had to buy this despite the fact that the “baby blue w/poop flecks” vinyl is kind of ugly.

It’s not all about me, though.  I also got something for Beth:

music for beth

(music for Beth)

There are a lot of other CDs and records I’ve purchased since my previous post like this, but I don’t feel like including them in with the Record Store Day stuff.  I’ll catch up on those later.

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