Mary McCaslin.

March 31, 2008

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This record came out in 1973 on the small Philo label based out of Vermont. She’s still active today playing shows all the time. This was her second record, coming out almost 5 years after her debut on Barnaby. It’s mostly straight ahead folk but there was something about her songs and voice that I kind of liked. The guy I bought it off of is a really nice guy that has a strange shop and seems rather obsessed with 80s rock band Prism.

Price: $6.00
Location: Rob Snopek’s weird basment of his apartment building mediocre record store.


Down the Road


San Bernadino Waltz

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The Clotts Sing

March 25, 2008

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Big hair.


My Roses


Dick Mine.

March 25, 2008

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Gatefold.


Contemporary Yukon

March 25, 2008

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In the mid 1990s a whole bunch of my friends went to the Yukon and for some reason wouldn’t let me go with them. They all had a great time living in tent cities, picking mushrooms and exploring the North while I worked as a bread delivery man. I bought this to see what I missed out on. It also didn’t hurt that this record from 1981 had some good song titles like Raga Rag, Ice Crystals, Sunfall, had two weird looking guys on the back, unrecognizable label and tabla on a few songs. Thanks to the power of the internet, I was able to find out that the guy behind this record is now the mayor of Dawson City, Yukon, so take heart fledgling musicians a mayoralship is well within grasp and more than a little probable. This guy is still tooting his own musical horn on his mayor’s blog bragging that a segment of his music will be used in the opening ceremonies of the Canada Winter Games. A hallmark of success that has eluded even the most successful of our neighbourhood compatriots.

Raga Rag
(If I was John I would have told flute buddy to stay home and recorded more with tabla guy.)

Price: $4.99 (no tax)
Location: Nanaimo


Apple Farming

March 24, 2008

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The I5 is fucking boring especially if driven countless times wishing that Portland was Seattle and a mere 3 hours away. Then you could avoid the barren wasteland of Fort Lewis, Fife, etc. etc. If you do have a bunch of time on your hands, make a detour and head southeast from Seattle over the mountains into the beautiful deserts of Central Washington. Ringed by mountains and filled with delicious looking taco trucks. Thought it might make for good thrifting too but was mostly mistaken. More than a few bad Xian records with marginally interesting looking covers were purchased. This one is actually okay although the lyrics can get a little ridiculous sometimes. The best tracks seem to be the ones that Mike plays all the instruments and the backup vocals can be pretty cool too.


My World

How Strong


Marti Shannon

March 24, 2008

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Here’s a record that I bought cause the lady on the cover had a cool outfit and I noticed on the back that famed Canadian guy Ben McPeek did the arrangements and conducting. Apparently Ms. Shannon was born in Washington D.C. but grew up in Saskatoon Saskatchewan and was discovered on a Canadian television show called “Let’s Sing Out”. This album was recorded in Nashville.

Price: $1.00
Location: SPCA Thrift Store on Victoria Drive


Marti sings about birds

Marti sings about boys


Kuldip Manak – Punjabi music

March 23, 2008

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I’ve been a big fan of Bollywood music for awhile, but a recent fortunate trip to a sketchy thriftstore has introduced me to the world of Punjabi music. The place was crammed with junk with a section for every item that noone will buy. Like 20 toaster ovens etc. Not really sure how traditional this form of the music is but is clearly the forerunner of todays wildly popular bhangra music but without the electronic beats. Kuldip Manak, a fellow scorpio was born in 1951 and was apparently a field hockey player of some repute.

Price: 12 records for $10 (about $0.83)
Location: Pseudo thrift store on Fraser Street.


Feel It


Feel It – Matt Brown