Matt Pendleton and Amy "Gore Gore Girl" Surdu at the Ponderosa Stomp Record Fair
Now I think we are all record collecting geeks. I worked in a record store when I was 17 - and chances are you did too
While I have been in NYC, I have been spending about 80% of my time in a record store, hanging out and listening to records.
This guy is Memphis Mike and he operates Pass Out Record Shop in Brooklyn and his 20-something super clerk and psych music guru, Chris Teenager keeps me very happy with the musical selections he plays during the day. For those of you who don't know who Memphis Mike is --- he was in a legendary and mysterious hardcore-punk band called Man With Gun. Their record is hard to find and if you do find it, just buy it!
Record collecting has always been a competitive sport, but for me it reached new heights with the motion picture, Diner. One of the characters gave his fiancee a test about his record collection as the final step in the pre-nuptial gauntlet. People take this VERY SERIOUSLY.
Way back when, during the punk heyday, I only ever bought one copy of the singles my friends made. What a mistake! I understand some of the records I own and cherish, and would never part with, by the way, are worth some pretty pennies on eBay.... that's not even talking about the ones where I shot the covers!
Speaking of which... here are a couple:
I think I won a place in many a garage rock record collector's heart with these seven-inch-sleeves... chicks in bikinis and va va va voom ladies with guns are a staple image.
One record store that I enjoy shopping in and ordering from is Goner in Memphis. Eric Oblivian runs the store in the location that previously housed Greg Oblivian's store, Legba Records. They have all the great punk and garage records that you can't find in the "normal" outlets (as does Passout), supporting the bands rather than the "industry."
Here's Matt Williams of the Baseball Furies, Live Fast Die (sometimes), Hot Machines and what ever cool Chicago band calls on him to beat on a drum - in the Goner store with Eric in the background.
The small indie record store is fading fast... even though a new one pops up every month, in the same breath, every month, some greedy landlord is trying to shut another one down. So ... buy your records from these indies. If you can't do that, then buy your records from the band at gigs. HMV, Virgin and all the megastores are doing quite alright without you.