As promised, here are some pictures of the records I’ve acquired in the past couple of weeks.
I decided to drive to State College two Thursdays ago on a whim (during my vacation, sigh). The best things I found at my usual thrift stores were some Petula Clark albums, which I ended up leaving behind because I have a greatest hits CD of hers and that’s probably enough. 😛 I did find a new pencil box and a portable CD player at Goodwill, so it wasn’t a total bust.
Disappointed that I didn’t find any good records, though, I gathered up all my courage and decided to drive downtown. (Driving in general makes me nervous, and driving in downtown State College surrounded by pedestrians who don’t always watch where they are going and drivers who are mostly from out of state does not help.) Anyway, I sucked it up and found Webster’s. It’s a used bookstore that feels more like a library that has a coffee shop and used record store inside of it. It’s pretty great. 😛
Anyway, I found this old Elvis Costello compilation in the “cheap thrills” bin and promptly grabbed it because I had wanted this. It has all the tracks missing from the US versions of his early albums, plus some other interesting stuff. I had heard this song a million times on First Wave when I still had Sirius and thought, “gee, that sounds like an Elvis Costello song,” but I only found out a few weeks ago that he actually wrote it. Duh. Anyway, his version is on here, too.
I started listening to Saturday Looks Good to Me again because I’ve been listening to the Pet Projects compilation (which is wonderful, btw) and some of the tracks made me think of this band. They are the only “modern” band I know of that has made records that, to my ears, come close to sounding like the 60s productions they were inspired by. I decided to buy their albums because I downloaded them all those years ago, and sending the band (and Calvin Johnson) some money seemed like a nice thing to do. 😛
So left to right we have All Your Summer Songs on white vinyl, Every Night on ridiculous pink vinyl, and Fill Up the Room on black vinyl. I bought these directly from the record companies because the only other brand new records I own are defective and I got stuck with them because the seller woudn’t take them back. The first two records came from Polyvinyl (they also sent a sampler CD and some candy) and Fill Up The Room is from K (who sent some postcards and a nice little note).
K also used this as packing material:
A Beck jacket? Really? There’s no record inside here. I have had eBay sellers use old trashed jackets as packaging material, but never a brand new jacked from a more famous artist.
Then I hopped onto the K website and discovered that Beck no longer has a page on their website. I’m guessing that with the financial issues K is having, they no longer have the rights to Beck’s recordings. Same goes for all of their other artists who found mainstream/ish success: Modest Mouse, The Microphones, and Kimya Dawson. I also couldn’t help but notice that most of their good releases are out of print. Too bad, because I’d buy more. I’d buy a Beat Happening shirt, too.
Lastly, we have this Left Banke album I found at Goodwill. I nearly fell over when I found it. Two bucks. I had read about this album online and really wanted it. This sort of thing never happens to me. Usually I find things I wanted at the thrift store either after I buy them online or years down the road when I’m no long interested. But here it is.
The two singles, aka the two songs that give the album its title, are the best tracks on the album by far. The rest is pleasant but forgettable. Musically they remind me a bit of Belle & Sebastian, but B&S have better songwriters.