Saturday, June 13, 2009

Record Scores - The Sweet Stack Of Music And The Depressing Rant That It Inspired.

Flotsam & Jetsam - No Place For Disgrace Lp (Elektra)
Skinny Boys - Skinny (They Can't Get Enough) Lp (Jive)
Title Tracks - Every Little Bit Hurts 7" (Dischord)
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Alyo 10" (Honest Jons)
Ghost - The Payoff 12" (Breakin Bread)
Eric Kloss - Sky Shadows Lp (Prestige)
Carpenter Ant - Never Stop Skating 7" (Union City/Double Decker)
Shirley Scott - Mucho, Mucho Lp (Prestige)
Hawkwind - Hall Of The Mountain Grill Lp (United Artists)
Mood - Secrets Of The Sand 12" (Blunt)
A Tribe Called Quest - Beats, Rhymes & Life 2xLp (Jive)
Alice Coltrane - Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana Lp (Warner Bros.)
Alice Coltrane - Transcendence Lp (Warner Bros.)
Doug Carn - Spirits Of The New Land Lp (Black Jazz)
El Chicano - Viva Tirado Lp (Kapp)
Jack McDuff - The Reentry Lp (Muse)
Kenny Drew Trio - If You Could See Me Now Lp (Inner City)
Chico Freeman - Spirit Sensitive Lp (India Navigation)
Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden & Ed Blackwell - Old And New Dreams Lp (ECM)

The last 10 titles came from a record show just up the street from my house. It was different from the usual depressing record fairs that you find at Holiday Inns across the country because it was at a bar, pretty informally organized, and the people selling stuff were just thinning out their collections. It was not the weird dudes who thought that their Elvis, Beatles and Rolling Stones records were a ticket to easy street. It was also not the dudes that treat records like a bulk business, tractor-trailering hundreds of boxes around of never-hit 12"s by artists like Da Brat. Still, as i type up this list of goodies, hoping to make some other record nerd out in the ethernet just a little bit jealous, I'm feeling a twinge of melancholy. These are records that have been collected, dug out of the crates, kissed with that sense of victory, that consumer high, and now that luster has left. Sure, that's how this digging game works. I get that Chico Freeman record because your tastes have evolved to apalachian folk music, or you desperately want a flatscreen television, or you can't make rent, or you're accumulating medical bills, or your husband just died... As I celebrate fishing my wish, and adding that Hawkwind record to my collection, it's a little bit like digging a soccer trophy out of a Goodwill bin.
sheeeeit. as soon as i drop that needle into the deep, black ocean of ripples, squeeze a little taste of victory out of that raw human creativity, I'll forget all about that melancholy. Never come down.

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