What's All This Then
The correct answer is that you shouldn’t. We’re all entitled to our opinions. Develop your own. I try to be sane and rational, but that may change with the level of caffeine intake. I’m just telling my stories in the hopes they may amuse and/or inform others. And... I Confess... I'm showing off my bitchen collection a bit.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
In my youth, there were a few of these types of stores around. One was Whitwood Music in the Whitwood Mall in Whittier. California. When I went with my mom to the mall, I could go to Whitwood Music and hang out in the listening booth while annoying the clerk with requests.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Sandy Nelson - Teen Age House Party (Imperial 1962)
Sandy Nelson was a session drummer who put out instrumental albums. From 1962 to 1966 they came at a clip of about 6 per year. In 1963 he was in a car accident which resulted in a foot amputation. He soldiered on with just a little less high-hat.
As the liner notes say - 'here you can enjoy an entire evening of listening and dancing - all to the happy Sounds of that favourite of all teenagers - Sandy Nelson - the incomparable drummer' This of course if you define an entire evening as under 30 minutes.
This was my first Sandy Nelson record. Years later, I found about 10 of them in near mint condition for a quarter each at a thrift store. I snatched them up.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Grand Park was created when the city decided to move parking lots underground and create a public space between City Hall and The Music Center. It's been a huge success and hosts celebrations on New Year's Eve and Fourth of July, etc.
Turn the other way, and we get a view of why I came down here. Seems the all-vinyl Beat Swap Meet has made its way to Grand Park.
The selection of vendors was quite diverse with Latin and Hip Hop fairly represented. Probably about 50 vendors total - many of whom were just guys with old records. I use the Frampton Comes Alive test when deciding to crate dig. If I see it for $15 I'll dig. If I see it for $40 I'll pass. They pressed millions of those things. Supply far outdoes demand on that title.
I was merely trying take a quick photo of the Velvet Underground covers in various states of peel This guy just happened to be there.
I came away with a few titles. No record over $10. Three are from the 3 for $5 crate.
I hope this swap meet is a regular deal. Come back. I'll go.
Monday, November 6, 2017
This particular release featured one song each from three local bands.
What Records? EP (1978)
The copy I have is a reissue of the 1978 release. The label is pretty much identical to the original save for the additional legal stuff.
Side A features The Eyes performing 'Don't Talk To Me' This was co-written by Eyes member Charlotte (don't look at me I'm famous) Caffey who later found sound compromised mainstream success in the Go-Go's. They spelled her name wrong on the reissue. Not so on the original.
Side B gives us '(The Original) Neutron Bomb' by The Controllers. A rockin' little tune not to be confused with 'We Got the Neutron Bomb' by The Weirdos. I saw them a few times, more often than not on the same bill with X. They had a charismatic African American woman on drums who went by the name of Mad Dog.
Also included in 'Victims' by The Skulls. Don't remember much about them. I probably saw them at some point. Most of the punk shows I attended 1978-1980 consisted of four bands. Even my youthful short/long term memory forgot most of them at the time.