I have been wanting to do a post like this for awhile now. Thanks to Ethan @ Do The Math for posting his finds and putting the idea back into my head.
The record store is still a place where I love to hang. Music you don’t usually know playing a little too loud while you dive into the bins trying to find the deal of the century – you know, that original mono pressing of an early Zappa album for $.99. More likely, you’ll be luckier with that at a thrift shop where things like that slip through the cracks. Maybe it’s my love of High Fidelity that keeps me going in. Or maybe it’s just that I’m one of those guys who still loves the feeling you get when you drop the needle or press play on something you’ve never heard.
With everyone saying that retail is dead, I’ve been making a concerted effort to support at least 2 of my 4 favorite Chicago record stores every month – Dusty Groove on Ashland, Permanent Records on Chicago Ave, Reckless Records (all 3 locations), and of course Jazz Record Mart. Not that I continue to grasp at the music industry of the past. I just really dig the time spent there. Records stores are like my saloon, I guess – I spend a little too much time there, and when I get home, sometimes I can’t figure out where all my money went. And lately, each of these stores have had a lot of people shopping. Good to see.
Anyway, this past weekend, I went to Permanent and the Reckless on Broadway. My finds are below.
@ Permanent Records
Paul Bley & Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Inner City LP – $5.99
Great record of duets from 1976.
Jimmy Giuffre, Tangents in Jazz LP – $6.99
I’ve been on the lookout for Giuffre records since DD turned me onto him earlier this year. Phenomenal record. One of the best of his that I’ve heard.
@ Reckless Records on Broadway
Grachan Moncur III, New Africa LP [Actuel 21] = $7.99
Grachan Moncur III, aco dei de madrugada LP [Actuel 33] – $7.99
Both of these reissues on the French label are usually well over $15, sometimes up to $25. Both are fabulous, especially New Africa which features Alan Silva, Archie Shepp, Roscoe Mitchell, Dave Burrell, and Andrew Cyrille.
Paul Bley & Scorpio, s/t LP – $6.99
Out of print from what I could find. Great Bley fusion from 1972.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Hard Promises LP – $3.99
I was planning on buying the new MBV: Before Loveless LP, but they didn’t have it in yet. Couldn’t walk out of the store without a rock record, so Petty it is. Mike Campbell wails on this one, though nothing showy about it. One of my favorite rock guitarists. So tasteful.
All-in-all a good weekend of purchases. More to add to the shelf this week I’m sure.
Feel free to pass on any finds of your own. Or new music you’ve been listening to. I’ll be sure to do the same.