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Last night was the Victoria Record Club Meeting 06 at Talk’s Cheap Record Store downtown on Pandora.

As I am always on the search for new and fun 45s to add to my collection, I decided to buy three last night.  I am loving all my selections today.

Stream from Mixcloud: Spin 45s >> There is a treasure inside you
Download MP3 >> TreasureinYou

DJ Notes:

01) The Selecter – “The Selecter”
02) The Specials – “Gangsters”
03) Vivian Girls – “I Heard You Say”
04) Vivian Girls – “I Won’t Be Long”
05) Girls – “Laura”
06) Girls – “Oh Boy”

The first 45 up is 1979’s debut single from 2 Tone records… a split single called “Gangsters vs. The Selecter.”

I began the set with the instrumental cut from The Selecter.  I bought this record because I love the Jamaican word for DJ… “selector.”

The record also includes an early recording from The Specials.  They’d go on to have a long and storied ska career.

Changing gears and eras, but staying with a lo-fi type vibe, I have the new single from Brooklyn all-girl dream poppers, Vivian Girls.

The a-side is an interesting retro inspired teen melodrama.  Lots of harmonies and pretty sounds all recorded to sound olden tyme like.

the flip to “I Heard You Say” is a more uptempo stomper, “I Won’t Be Long.”

Fun fact: Vivian Girls are signed to Champagne, Illinois record label Polyvinyl Record Company.  That is groovy to me for two reasons.

1) Japandroids are also on Polyvinyl! awesome.
2) One of my fave records from the olden days is Braid’s Frame and Canvas… the first “big” record to come out on Polyvinyl. neat.

The set ends with San Fran’s Girls. I already have their 2009 record Album so I am familiar with the single I bought.  “Laura” is a pretty cool jam.  Also has a retro style.

Nice song about wanting to be Laura’s friend.  awwww.

“Oh Boy” calms the set right down with a ghostly lo-fi vocal and lullaby guitar. That selector, he always saves the slowest song for last…

EMOTIONS! – go with yourself.

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