Right now I’m listening to music the old fashioned and interactive way: spinning vinyl records in my basement.
I know, I’m not walking to the corner store with my earbuds while blogging this on my mobile device, I’m a geezer. I dunno know how it went down in your town, but Record Store Day in the Twin Cities was a massive success this year. Just check out this list of participating shops at Gimme Noise, and that was only part of the madness. For a small(er) town, we’ve got quite a few options up here. True, we don’t have the shops Chicago or New York has… but we also have a few less million people.
I bought a concert ticket that day (for local Hip-Hop festival Soundset), so I was careful not to spend too much. That being said, not including the CDs I bought and received for free (SEE, supporting your local record store does have its perks), this is what I walked away with:
Mexicans With Guns – Me Gusto EP
This shit will rattle your brain out. When I shop for music, be it CDs or records or MP3s, I typically tend to get at least one thing I previously hadn’t heard of or know very little about. This was that purchase. But I’m really glad I got this, because it’s one of those vinyl’s that’s great to have around: vocal free, percussive, blasting Electro that’s ripe for sampling to or simply sampling. Some of the kicks and hits alone were worth the price. Not to mention this amazing cover in large form:
I’ve always loved mixing classic Dub music (I’m talking the kind from Jamaica, from the 70′s, not “Dubstep”) on my turntables — particularly this guy — but never owned any on vinyl. That’s a problem. But I finally got my wish of owning some old-form King Tubby. It was surprising, the Hip-Hop shop (RSE’s… it’s called “Fifth Element“) had several different Tubby records. That shit is hard to find even at the most eclectic of record stores. Declaration Dub, bitch.
I also snagged that Rhymesayers record store day exclusive vinyl which has some of the coolest looking album art (I’m talking literally on the disc… picture discs) I’ve seen. It’s a mean looking beast.
Back to it then.