While putting together selections for the Carolina Beach Music set I and my southern kin contribute every summer to Amoeba SF's in-house DJ series we like to call MANDALA! I suddenly got all misty-eyed for the Swayze and his winsome ways. Though it's been almost two years since his untimely passing, his performance as Dirty Dancing's heart-throbbing, summer fling mambo outlaw Johnny Castle will always have my heart. Whether it's been a while since or you've never basked in the glow of this, one of the best sound-racked coming of age summer flicks, tempt your senses with a trailer re-cut in the style of David Lynch by clicking here and come on out to the Amoeba SF stage tonight from 6-7:30 to kick off your shoes and dance with me while I spin choice cuts of pure Carolina Beach Music realness.
In a hallmark episode of Mad Men Don Draper said, "Nostalgia -- it's delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, 'nostalgia' literally means 'the pain from an old wound.' It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards… it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. It lets us travel the way a child travels – around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know we are loved."
Of course, for all of you out there who, unlike me, don't voraciously follow the AMC series, Don was pitching an ad for a slide projector (nostalgia, indeed) to a potential client. However, I like to think that this quote speaks of yet another rotary mechanism with equal validity, both practically and emotionally speaking, though there may be some folks who'd argue the dingus as obsolete. Well, my record player is still alive and spinning, taking me to new places as often as it swings me back, right 'round, home-bound again like a flawlessly sound-tracked time machine. I can offer no better example of this cyclical sentimental journey than the summer season I spent aboard my little hi-fi this year enjoying an endless rotation summer jams beginning with the fresh sun-soaked (and smog-stained) sounds of Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti, what with the extremely timely June 7th release of Before Today on 4AD, and, now that summer is winding down, rounding out the season with a mess of Carolina beach music 7" singles culled from the belly of the 45's bargain bin at Amoeba Music in San Francisco.