Sunday, 30 November 2008

Record Fair!

So apparently something's wrong with the economy or something. I can't even pretend to understand any of it, and as long as it doesn't effect libraries or second hand bookstore I guess I don't have to worry, but bugger me if records aren't getting expensive. The New Zealand dollar used to be worth almost 80 US cents, and now it's just a little over 50. And to make matters worse everybody seems to be releasing amazing records; as well as the Crystal Stilts and caUSE co-MOTION lps Slumberland keep releasing an irresponsible number of great singles, then Comet Gain have got their new album and single (I don't think the world needs me to rant about their video too, but lets just say I disapprove), and there's the cute little Vivian Girls package. It's almost enough to make me get a real job. Almost.

So maybe I should just stick to New Zealand record shops right? Problem is Real Groovy (which pretty much is New Zealand record shops) have gone into receivership and haven't been buying new stock for a few months now. So you can imagine when I saw flyer for a record fair I was pretty excited. Records! I love those things. And it's just a short walk from my flat. Unfortunately, it was mostly classic rock stuff - but I managed to leave with a half decent haul....

The real find is that 'Folk Music At Moller's', which was actually picked up by my girlfriend. It's a selection of recordings from the Auckland Folk Music Festival in Oratia in 1978. I think she bought it just because she liked the cover, but it's genuinely really great. I've been meaning to convert it to mp3 so I can share some of the songs around, but lets just say for now that Amazing Hoggett are perhaps my new favourite band.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Living Room Dancing

In my last post I made brief mention to one of life's great pastimes, bedroom dancing. However, the truth is I've recently made the leap from thebedroom to living room dancing. One perk of moving back to Auckland is I can have a place of my own, which means I can freely dance around the living room without bumbing in to flatmates or their crap. So what's been my most danced to record of late? Moejadkatebarry!

I don't quite get what why this is officially a Moe Tucker record, rather than being Jad Fair, Kaye Messer or Barry Stock, but that's hardly important. The album's an absolute blast; quickly recorded, with all the enthusiasm and joy you would expect from anything to do with Jad Fair. I bought it quite a while ago and it never excited me too much before, but now it just seems perfect. Plus to make things even more exciting I've recently worked out how to covert vinyl to mp3. It's pretty terrible sound quality but who cares, I've always been more interested in song quality.

So here's Jad Is A Fink, it's basically just a groove rattled along for a minute and a half - but I damn good one.

Moe Tucker fans should also pop over to Fire Escape Talking for an mp3 of Moe and Jonathan Richman playing, 'I'm Sticking With You'.