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  • November 21, 2015

    That this record hasn’t been championed — how any of its 14 tracks haven’t been featured on a comp curated by some crate-digger DJ or turntablist — is beyond me. Take a nearly-unlistenable but awesome marching band album, cross it with Asian-inspired instrumentation, add a weird Shriner/Masonic twist. This is the Chicago Oriental Band. It’s borderline unlistenable and it will blow your mind. Shockingly the album is available for sale on […]

  • October 9, 2014

    As it is written, so shall it be. And on this privately-pressed folk LP from Massachusetts (by way of Pasadena’s Custom Fidelity label), Meg Redmond (Max) and Nancy Yerrall (Irving) somehow harness the sound of the modern-ish “freak folk” movement many, many years before the moniker existed. Although the year of the release is currently unknown — there are two copies that have sold […]

  • July 29, 2014

    A record collection is kind of like a restaurant. You gotta curate the shit out of everything. There’s the wine/beer selection, the executive chef, the fucking modern furniture…it’s all methodically and meticulously chosen to send a message to all those who step inside. Similarly, a record collection is the physical embodiment of one’s personal tastes. As such, its owner is responsible for ensuring a […]

  • July 28, 2014

    I think — as record collectors — we can all agree that the toughest part of being a hoarder collector is storage. Every time I run out of room on my multiple shelving units I am overcome with shame. “What am I doing with my life?” I often wonder…stacking records up against the wall until I have time/room/space to file them away. “Should I […]

  • July 25, 2014

    I was looking through the CD section at Princeton Record Exchange once when I saw a used copy of the Pinebender albumThe High Price Of Living Too Long With A Single Dream for $4.99. I grabbed it because the name looked familiar, but I couldn’t place where I’d heard it. Later I would recall reading about the band on the Electrical Audio forum, but […]

  • July 24, 2014

    Alright, I guess I have to give Pitchfork their due. After all these years of laughing at their deplorable music journalism it’s time to man up and admit that way back in 2001 (when I was a wee college freshman) the online ‘zine actually turned me on to some good music. Without ’em, I probably would not have discovered Jim O’Rourke’sInsignificance, or jumped on […]