Amoeba Hollywood has purchased one of the finest record collections that I have ever set eyes upon in my record store days (and that's about 13,870 days)!! Here we have obscure gems aplenty, many I've only seen perhaps once in my life, but here they are, side by side with records I've never ever seen before, and ones previously only legendary. In other words, a wonderful, rare collection!!!
Yes friends, I have negotiated a mutually satisfactory agreement that has allowed Amoeba to obtain the personal record collection of Mr. Carl Stone himself. Yes, THAT Carl Stone, composer and electronic sound artist extraordinaire, 21st-Century cultural icon, and truly a connoisseur of recorded sound in the left-of-center areas of many genres, and they are all here in the collection for sale in Amoeba's Hollywood store beginning the weekend of October 11 & 12: Avant Garde, Electronic, Musique Concrete, Experimental, Renaissance, Baroque, Medieval, Classical, New Music, World music, Jazz, No Wave, New Wave, Power Pop, Punk rock, Post-Punk, Industrial, and various "roots" musics. All are original 1st pressings of mostly small, independent labels with loads of private pressings and imports.
Just, like, two words: mind blowing!!
This array of breathtaking LPs reflect Carl's usual pattern of being dead-center, ground zero, really at the apex of "what's happening" in music, never more true than in the pre-CD days of this collection...a forward-thinking and quite wide-minded person's...one that doesn't come along very often. Don't think for a second that Professor Stone hasn't been feeding a constant, perhaps life-sustaining hunger to hear for himself the latest, most creatively interesting and challenging music (and in his case, even the sound of a big-piped sports car or machinery), from all over the world and across all genres. I presume he always has, and this collection of vinyl reveals that fact in every liner note and cover spine. Collectors like this are searchers, never quite satisfied with what is, what was, or even what "shall" be, barely trusting word of mouth and the writing on the walls. We collectors shake down anything that could offer that special chord combination, the emotional rush, the personal spirituality button pushed, or a memory bubbling over God-knows-how and why. Often these elusive platters make just a brief appearance in our airspace, only to become a faded memory, "Yeah, I saw that once at Amoeba…", or more likely, a 3 a.m.-tossing-and-turning-I'm-going-back-first-thing-in-the-morning-I-hope-it's-still-there angst-filled moment. Carl looked high, low, in, out and around for significant records. Carl got beaucoup promos sent to him. Carl had people hold things for him. Artists sent Carl their records out of the blue. Carl impulse-bought. Good record labels covered Carl. Carl special ordered records. Carl travelled the world and bought records as meals for his soul.
Boys From Nowhere: The Story of Boston's Garage Punk Uprising trailer 2013
The announcement over the past week via the above video trailer of an exciting sounding forthcoming documentary on the history of Boston garage / punk titled Boys From Nowhere: The Story of Boston's Garage Punk Uprising got me thinking about all the great punk music that came out of Beantown - most of which I personally learned about via college radio and buying records like the compilation "This Is Boston Not LA." The documentary, that features the godfather of Boston punk (and punk in general) Jonathan Richman, looks like it will be really good and well worth seeing - especially for fans of music from this region. Below are a few live videos of three Boston bands featured in this new documentary. These include The Real Kids in 1982 live on TV, the Nervous Eaters live in Cambridge, MA back in 1979 performing the songs "Degenerate" and "Loretta," and (from that same year) The Neighborhoods on a local Boston TV show when the pop hook driven band performed both "Prettiest Girl" and "No Place Like Home." For up to the minute updates on the documentary keep up on Facebook.
Nervous Eaters "Degenerate" & "Loretta" (Live, 1979)
Over the weekend British author, political observer, career anarchist, party animal, journalist, and musician Mick Farren - best known as the leader of the '60's counterculture rock band The Deviants - died on Saturday night (7/27) after collapsing onstage during a concert with his longtime band at London's Borderline club. He was 69 years of age. Pre-dating the British punk movement by a decade, The Deviants have been accurately described as the first true anarchist rock band. Following close in their footsteps were The Pink Fairies - the band that The Deviants spawned when formed by three other members in 1970. The Deviants, who first formed in 1967 and broke up in 1969, would get back together intermittently over the decades. There is a great quote by Mick Farren that has been circulating online since news of his passing surfaced in which he famously told an audience, "This is British amphetamine psychosis music and if you don’t like it you can fuck off and listen to your Iron Butterfly albums!"
Always a master of words Farren turned most of his energies to writing about music and culture back in the early '70s sometime after releasing his solo album Mona – The Carnivorous Circus, which included his version of "Summertime Blues" (below). He never gave up music completely but focused on writing primarily, contributing to such British underground, counterculture publications as The International Times, as well as (later) for such music mags as the NME and The Trouser Press. He has written dozens of books over the years including both fiction (fantasy lit been his forte) and non-fiction, including several books on Elvis Presley and his entertaining autobiography Give The Anarchist A Cigarette. Up until recently Farren had lived in Los Angeles, where he wrote for the Los Angeles CityBeat from 2003 to 2008, before returning back to his English homeland a few years ago.
Compared to Bay Area, the weather in NYC of late has been overall pretty crappy with some nasty rainy days like today: overcast, wet, showery with highs only hovering around the 60 degree mark. Yep, for spring coming into summer this is not the most desirable weather, but it is another needed reminder for anyone living in or visiting that it is always good to carry an umbrella with you anytime in NYC (summer or spring) because it can switch up from sunny to stormy in an instant. Last Saturday, when the weather was mostly nice, warm, and sunny, outdoor events included a big free hip-hop jam at the season re-opening (after the winter) of NYC graffiti mecca 5 Pointz (pictured above), which was simultaneously the kick-off of the all summer long, four-month hip-hop event accurately titled Celebrating 40 Years of Hip-Hop. Yes, believe it or not is now four full decades since that fateful day back in 1973 in the Boogie Down Bronx when DJ Kool Herc's block parties would kick-start the global music and cultural movement of today known as hip-hop. The always impressive, decade old 5 Pointz Aerosol Art Center, which has been rumored to be facing eviction for some time now but reportedly is not in any danger for the next year, will continue its celebration of hip-hop between now and September 14th with most entertainment taking place on Saturdays (but note the area is open to public 24/7. Entertainers will include influential, legendary NY hip-hop DJ/producer Marley Marl spinning music and local emcees and beat-boxers holding informal battles - and, of course, lot and lots of graffiti art being done live. 5 Pointz Aerosol Art Center is located near the E and 7 train stops at 45-46 Davis St at Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens; 317-219-2685, 5ptz.com).