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Hard News: Friday Music: Digging in New York

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  • Russell Brown,

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    Here’s the bigger version of that Prince review. Click to read.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    yeah man, bleeding thumbs (always the inside corner at the back of the right hand nail...ouch) digging is a beautiful thing - only equalled by perching in a pub afters to flip through the finds, scour the covers and wonder what they sound like. that's bliss. until you clock on to what you left behind. then, argh.
    and a box of them 7s you say???

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Soon Lee,

    Lovely column Russell; like you had a lovely time fossicking for vinyl.

    Here's also Bill Sevesi talking to Trevor Reekie.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2013 • 145 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    didn't get to bottom before blabbing so plus one on Bill Sevesi - he was practically a genre unto himself - and cool news about K Rd, I'll be getting along.

    also, last time I looked there were two euro disco 7s in the groovy bin that had your name all over them.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • JP Hansen,

    Nice piece Russell. For those who might be interested in such things, this is an historic concert - read the Youtube blurb if you need more details on why.

    Waitakere • Since Nov 2006 • 206 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    yeah man, bleeding thumbs (always the inside corner at the back of the right hand nail...ouch)

    Middle finger, right hand in my case. The crazy thing was that I hadn't noticed, so I had quite a bit of blood caked into the record grime. I had to go to a bar and have a beer (never mind the IPAs, American wheat beer is great!) and clean up in their bathroom.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Goody,

    If there's ever a shop to leave you bloodied it's the Thing. I failed to mention it to you in my Twitter msg because once you go in there it's hard to get out! A true experience though, not many of those types of shops left.

    Toronto • Since Mar 2015 • 24 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Matthew Goody,

    I did need to escape in the end!

    It would have been good to look longer at some of the non-record things there. I did notice that they'd come by someone's collection of very explicit vintage (pre-internet) swinger mags. People had a lot more hair in the old days ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    ... vintage (pre-internet) swinger mags.
    People had a lot more hair in the old days …

    Postmodern Prehirsutery?
    Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
    Flow it, show it
    Long as God can grow it
    My hair
    ...
    I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy
    Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty
    Oily, greasy, fleecy
    Shining, gleaming, streaming
    Flaxen, waxen
    Knotted, polka-dotted
    Twisted, beaded, braided
    Powdered, flowered, and confettied
    Bangled, tangled, spangled, and spaghettied!
    ...
    Down to here
    Down to there
    Down to where
    It stops by itself

    source: http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/hair/hair.htm

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    flyers-by-night?

    It would have been good to look longer at some of the non-record things there.

    Ephemera from the FM-era...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    BTW, it's not on the vinyl version of Women's Love Rights, but this is the track that got me interested in Laura Lee:

    It's on a compilation I bought at a record fair. Total banger.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Great stuff on the Brooklyn digs. I remember P-Money tweeting some great finds when he was working over there a few years. It's on my bucket list!

    Also, Laura Lee is a boss.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    Great stuff on the Brooklyn digs. I remember P-Money tweeting some great finds when he was working over there a few years. It’s on my bucket list!

    And I didn't even make it to Academy, which is supposed to be a real trove.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    It’s on my bucket list!

    'crate list' surely?
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Howard Edwards,

    I have a copy of Their Satanic Majesties Request (bought in Australia in 1968 when my parents took a naive 15 year old for his first trip outside NZ) and I'm pretty sure it's a 3D cover too. I'll have to ask my son to dig it out as he is now keeper of my LP collection.

    I always thought it was nice how they returned the favor from the cover of Sergeant Pepper (the Shirley Temple doll with "Welcome The Rolling Stones Good Guys" on its shirt) by putting the Beatles heads in among the flowers.

    Albany • Since Apr 2013 • 66 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

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    Just cleaned a batch of 25 records. Forgot to mention this one from Good Records ($10). Jamaican Studio One pressing.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I had to go to a bar

    Well, it was an emergency, after all. I'd have done exactly the same thing.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    Bill Sevesi died

    Oh, that's really sad! And the fact I didn't know before now tells me I'm working too hard.

    I just spent fully 5 minutes staring out my window thinking of tons of stuff that all somehow sheets back to Bill.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report Reply

  • Hugh Wilson, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Good lord, have never seen that Slim Smith LP before in my life …

    Really glad you were able to swing by Good, as it is a great shop and they put a lot of work into locating stock (noting Yuseef Lateef’s widow took in copies of her husbands personal records after his passing!). Among other stuff I got a Fatback LP for $1 out of the cheap bins there – nothing wrong with it, and featuring this surehsot:

    Buying records OS is one of the joys of travelling, as is visiting the different stores.

    I still keep all the records I got in the US 4 years ago grouped together (and do the same for recent Japan acquisitions) rather than mix them in with respective genres as – I guess – it helps keep the memories ‘alive’. Its a bit like leaving price stickers on as a reminder of where something came from.

    As for shop experiences, I still recall well being in the now closed AI (June 2012) and they were playing 3rd Bass’s Cactus Album, an old NYC classic. Pretty much everyone in there browsing was rapping along with the lyrics – that sure felt like an NYC experience to me.

    I can only think of one thing for you Russell, and others who love record shopping – go to Japan (and purchase excess luggage for the return leg) !

    Props for cleaning your purchases too – something I am sadly religious about

    Melbourne • Since Feb 2013 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    Good lord, have never seen that Slim Smith LP before in my life …

    Not in that sleeve, no. It must have been Jamaica-only.

    Cleaned up nicely too!

    Props for cleaning your purchases too – something I am sadly religious about

    A Spin-Clean isn't that expensive and it makes a huge difference. The first time I played out after getting mine (and cleaning, like, 100 platters in two days) I just kind of stood there thinking how nice they looked and how good they sounded.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    Among other stuff I got a Fatback LP for $1 out of the cheap bins

    Oh man, the cheap bins.

    The amount of good stuff for $1 and $2 is amazing.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Pete white,

    first try at posting this ....

    wellington • Since May 2016 • 10 posts Report Reply

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