I went to Everybody’s Records on Friday and purchased a 3 CD Ritchie Valens box set. The singer completed fewer than 20 studio recordings during his entire career (according to my count), but they managed to supplement those with outtakes, demos, and live songs. Then they threw in some postcards and a poster and topped the whole thing off with a fat booklet that took 25 minutes to read. I could only think of two Ritchie Valens songs, but I couldn’t resist the box, which was clearly manufactured with love and a complete disregard for profit margins.
I also thought that if I bought the Ritchie Valens, then it would decrease the likelihood that I’d feel obligated to go back to Everybody’s on Saturday, Record Store Day. I would ultimately save money tomorrow by purchasing something today. That was the theory at least.
That didn’t work, of course. I’d barely finished my coffee this morning when I got myself caught in a thought loop and couldn’t get Record Store Day out of my head. I drove on up, had a quick look around, and came away with three 7″ records.
I purchased the following:
- Fading of Stars by Laura Veirs – Laura’s full-length, The Lookout, is my second favorite album released so far in 2018, and I was interested in hearing an outtake along with her cover of the only Daniel Johnston song I can stand, “True Love Will Find You in the End.”
- Chime/Shone by Balmorhea – I don’t know anything about Balmorhea–not even how to pronounce their name–but that hasn’t kept me from buying about half their discography. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve heard, so I figured this would be a worthwhile purchase.
- Live at The Troubadour (?) by Robyn Hitchcock & His LA Squires – This is the release that broke my boycott of Yep Roc Records. Why is it that so many of my favorite musicians are signed to my least favorite record label? Grrr. But anyway, the cover art on this record appears to have been inspired by one of Robyn’s most hideous shirts. Looking at it reminds me of what life was like back when I had a detached retina. Still, it’ll be nice to hear a new version of “Insanely Jealous.”
The Laura Veirs record is quite pretty. The label is black with white plants on one side and white with black plants on the other.
The Balmorhea record was advertised as “transparent gold vinyl w/black swirls” but came out looking more like a truck-stop toilet. Oh well.