Posts Tagged ‘45s’

I don’t know why, but I love 45s.  I think because they’re little, and old… they don’t make any sense and they’re annoying as fuck to play at home.  You can’t just hit go.  You have to sit there at the record player and flip’em over and change the disc all.the.time.

At the same time… its kinda fun to play DJ, and sit there and listen to music.  I love them during all vinyl DJ sets.  Man, two record players going at the same time is heaven with 45s.  Those stupid spindle/spider 45 adapter things in the middle are a pain.  God bless Simon for giving me that yellow one pictured above.  I had like three of them at one time, but during a DJ set at Smiths I lost a bunch.  If not for this one that Simon gave me, I’d be begging for more.  Finding a puck is impossible in 2012.  I wish I had a bead on how to make my own.  I think that would be a good cottage industry. Selling record pucks online.  The Morning After Show needs a commemorative puck! Or the Zone!

On Saturday I went record shopping with Mads and we bought three new 45s for the collection.

I saw the 4 Seasons and bought that one for Coral.  She saw the Jersey Boys play in London with Alix and has always had a spot in her heart for the music.  I saw the record and thought we needed that one in the collection.

I love the Zombies.  I have another Zombies 45, but not “She’s Not There.”

And the final one is a weird record.  I remember Alan Cross blogging about it back when he stilled worked at Explore Music.  Penny and the Quarters were a discovered R&B group that cut a demo in the early 70s.  but the record never saw the light of day… says the legend.  The man with the studio that recorded it had the original demos stuffed away on a box till he passed away.  Upon his passing, all of the tapes were sold whole-sale to some company that buys such things, I guess mining for forgotten musical treasure.  They “released” this song on a compilation of forgotten soul and R&B.

Actor Ryan Gosling heard the song and brought it to the attention of the music supervisor or director of the film Blue Valentine.  And here we are.

Neat story.  AC had a hunch that it could be a cooked up stunt from a Hollywood publicist.  But I mean… it could be real? and I hope it is.  The song is adorable.

Penny and the Quarters – “You and Me

There I am at Ditch records… see this title and go… “where do I remember this band from?” The legend floods back to me and I go, “huh…” then bought it.

“You and Me” is such a pretty and romantic song.  If the legend surrounding the song is true, it just adds so much more to the drama.  I’ll take this one on faith and chose to believe till I read otherwise.

Go with yourself.

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I am so happy about a couple points.

01) Chris from Regalia in the Fan Tan Alley set me up with a 45s record box.

02) Ditch Records on Johnson Street in downtown Victoria sells contemporary 45 singles!

I had to buy some. In the end I settled on three. They’re cheap, but not free and I didn’t want to spend much more than $20.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the As and the Bs of some of my new music.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to music.

Click to stream from Mixcloud: Playing 45s – Here’s Your Money Back

01) The National – “Bloodbuzz Ohio”
02) The National – “Sin-Eaters”
03) The Dead Weather – “Die by the Drop”
04 The Dead Weather – “Old Mary”
05) Japandroids – “Art Czars”
06) Japandroids – “Racer-X”

Almost can’t wait till my next payday to buy some more.  I talked to Fatso at Smiths Pub and he said he’ll have me on June 14th to play some music from Coral and my vinyl record collection.  Maybe I’ll see if Nana will watch Mads and drag Coral out too (a bunch of the records are hers after all) for some beers and olden tyme music.

oh… and the final cut, “Racer-X” is a cover song from a 1984 ep by a band called Big Black.

Go with yourself.

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Messing around with 45s I tracked down today, I wanted to share with you.

I am sure if I keep jamming out 45s and records as my collection grows, I’ll come up with a craftier name, but for now I present, PLAYING 45s! nice.

I just finished reading Tommy James‘ biography ‘Me, The Mob, and The Music‘ and became inspired to try and collect some of these 45s that Tommy talks about in his book.

In Victoria, there is a little used record store called Turntable in Fan Tan Alley. I didn’t think he’d actually have any original Roulette 45s… but sure enough he had a few (and said he might have more in storage) so I snapped what i could afford and brought them back to the radio station to record and share with you.

The dude also threw in a record from a label called Coral… b/c my wife’s name is Coral and I liked the label, turns out, this is a pretty romantic early 50s song too.

I hope you enjoy and thank you for taking the time to listen.

CLICK TO LISTEN: Playing 45s // Tommy James and Teresa Brewer


Now I’ll need like a collector album or 45 box for my budding collection of 45s!  The guy has some at Turntable but doesn’t sell.  eBay has some for alright prices… but I hate ordering stuff off eBay, I’d rather track something down in Victoria if I can and pay cash for product.  So if you have one or know of one for sale, let me know.

Go with yourself.

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