Record REcollection is an ongoing series sharing recent record and CD acquisitions and some of the stories behind the music. For a detailed account of my musical journey, please follow the recurring series, You Say You Want An Evolution. I hope to update that feature soon.
While not telling the entire story, knowing what music is in one’s collection can convey a lot about that person. If you have read most of the NBTFS entries up until this point, you have likely determined I listen to a wide variety of music, enjoy going to concerts and am insanely sentimental, with a dash of goofy humor thrown in for good measure. Unless you are close to me and/or share a profound interest in music, however, you don’t know much about my collection or buying habits. That’s why I have added this feature, along with the upcoming Dusting Off the Discography entries.
There was a time when my disposable income allowed me to purchase a great deal more music than I am able to do today. In fact, a sizable portion of my collection was built when I still lived with my parents, had few expenses and would stockpile my favorite artist’s albums nearly every payday. It was also a nurturing era of discovering new music via word of mouth, radio airplay, magazines and taking calculated risks. After all, it was the early 90’s and the information superhighway wasn’t right at one’s fingertips.
Nowadays I have greater financial responsibilities and a more insatiable interest than ever in music, including my ever-growing CD and vinyl collection. Thankfully my options for obtaining albums are plentiful and sometimes inexpensive. They include the internet, new and used record stores, pawn shops, yard sales, department stores, friends and concerts. I love the opportunities to get albums on the cheap, but I try to regularly make purchases directly through the artists and independent record companies to show my support as well.
Through this regular feature you will be introduced to terms such as “round-outers” and “junk vinyl.” You will also find out how many “must-have” albums have taken an embarrassingly long time to become a part of my collection. But most of all, I hope you are moved to recall your own special memories when you see albums you love or perhaps you will discover something new. As always, feel free to share your personal experiences, as I would love to hear about them. I will start with my most recent arrivals, via Joyful Noise Recordings and eBay.
After embarking on a couple of reunion tours and re-releasing some of their classic albums in recent times, Sebadoh reconvened in the studio last year and created Secret. Originally only available on CD at live shows and via Bandcamp, Joyful Noise Recordings released the album on 10″ vinyl last month and announced the band’s plans to deliver a full-length effort, Defend Yourself, in September. In addition to a standard black vinyl edition, the record company produced three hundred hand-numbered copies on green-marbled vinyl. I was fortunate to catch the news early enough and placed an order for the latter variation before they sold out in about an hour! I also decided to tack on math rock merchants Don Cabellero‘s Gang Banged With A Headache And Live. It was available as a bone-colored 12″ vinyl limited to five hundred, so I opted for that edition.
On Tuesday my Joyful Noise order arrived, safe and sound. The record company did an excellent job securing the items and included two namesake stickers and a Sebadoh sticker that depicted art from the forthcoming album. Like Polyvinyl Records regularly does, they included a couple pieces of candy as well. Who knew Now and Laters still existed? I was very pleased with Joyful Noise’s customer service and recommend pineapple as my new Now and Later flavor of choice.
I also received an eBay purchase that day: the ¡Alarma! LP by Daniel Amos. The first in the band’s four part “Alarma Chronicles” series, the 1981 album arrived as advertised in near mint shape and was a long overdue addition to my record collection (I had purchased the CD version in the early 90’s).
Originally known for a country rock meets gospel sound, the group had already evolved into something closer to new wave by this album’s release, and exhibited considerable lyrical growth as well. The tour for ¡Alarma! and the subsequent albums in the Alarma Chronicles series featured a multimedia presentation which included video screens synchronized to the music, an unusual practice for any band at the time.