There have been a lot of events this month but none like this: After several weekends of moving boxes, setting up tables, and pricing RSD titles KISS night has finally arrived to start the month of May off right. Myself and my KISS-night co-host Eric Good will be playing our favorite KISS records and projecting our favorite KISS videos at Brillobox, but that is just the beginning – Pittsburgh rock heavy weights Carousel have breathed new life into their KISS cover set and will be delivering a full set of all of your KISS favorites. Make sure you stick around after their set and show off your best Ace, Paul, Gene or Peter impersonation with KISS karaoke. This is not a night to be missed. For all the details check out the event page here.
There have also been some amazing new releases and restocks in the store this week from Light in the Attic, Revolver, Get Hip and others including punk classics, the New Bowie LP, ROIR releases and much more than I can type out here. I also have been buying record collections like a maniac, is there any other way? And they are hitting the bins starting today.
As always, keep thrashin!
I hope that you have all recovered from Record Store Day: The last 7 days have flown by and it feels like just last night that I was telling you all about what was in store for RSD but in the blink of an eye here we are getting ready for the next big thing – PVC #4 at Pittsburgh Filmmakers this Saturday from 12-8. There is a lot to see and take in at PVC so I am going to break it down here so you know why this is not to be missed:
- Tons of records, 30 8 foot tables packed to maximum capacity
- Free beer, courtesy of Duquesne, after 3pm
- The Cynics – this is a rare appearance of Pittsburgh’s own Garage kings who will be performing a stripped down acoustic duo set at 4pm, even if you caught them a few weeks ago at Mr Smalls this is a whole different event. Do not miss this.
- Live record cutting on a lathe, have a record made right before your very eyes.
- A movie, stick around for a showing of Sound City after 8. Tickets will be available when you pay your admission to PVC
- Lastly, records. Again. Lots and lots of records.
Please check in with us on the Facebook event page to get the full details and even better, check in with us at PVC on Saturday. We will have lots of fresh used LPs and a whole table of $2 records. We hope to see you this Saturday.
Here’s the scoop: Almost all of out RSD releases have been checked in, I’m staring down a mountain of used records, just calling my name to come price them and as usual I’m not quite certain how I am going to get this all done, but it comes together every year somehow. On top of the awesome crop of Record Store Day titles this year, and on top of the deluge of restocks that have come in with them, I am pulling out all the stops with the used records this year on RSD – I have pulled a lot of stuff out of my personal collection, especially great jazz, soul and psych LPs (think Impulse Blue Note, ESP etc.) – I am also putting together 30 boxes of fresh cheap records that are really going to curl your toes. These boxes, which I am putting out for cheap in order to get rid of a storage space, are of a higher caliber than the normal cheap fare, there are tons of great common titles but also a lot of Avant Garde and International LPs that I just don’t have room to hold onto any more. There is nearly a full box of SEALED Avant LPs, there tons of uncommon records going out that I will be selling for $2 each or 7 for $10. To say that there are bargins in these boxes is an understatement, so make sure that you take a flip through them.
Please keep in mind that next weekend is PVC at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and we will be bringing out even more great records for that, so don’t miss it. I need to get back to pricing records, but for all the details on what we have in for RSD check out the store Facebook page here. Keep thrahsin and be safe of wild maniacs throwing elbows at record stores all weekend, because if you’re going to loose a tooth you want it to be a better story than that.
There’s a lot to cover here so I won’t mince words: Myself along with my PVC partner I DIg PGH AKA JMalls will have our own curated section at the Pittsburgh Vintage MIxer this Saturday at the Heinz History Center. This excellent event features all kinds of cool vintage and vintage-inspired wares for sale, and if that weren’t enough it is set up amidst the amazing 1968 exhibit. For the full details on this event please check out the Facebook Event page here.
As many of you know next weekend is National Record Store Day. We will have some of the limited RSD releases from our staple labels like Light in the Attic, Numero, Matador, Death Waltz, Almost Ready and a few other things. We will be packing the store with tons of great used records including lots of $1 and $2 records so be sure to browse the cheap bins.
The following weekend is PVC # at Pittsburgh FIlmmakers which is shaping up to be really amazing. There will be tons of records as usual as well as live record cutting, an acoustic performance by Pittsburgh Rock veterans The Cynics, beer and even a movie. If you haven’t done so already head over to the event page and see the full details and RSVP.
I have to dash to get more records together for this weekend, but take care and as always Keep Thrashin!
April is shaping up to be a very fun month: Starting next Saturday Mind Cure is going to be very busy. It all kicks off on the 13th of April at the Heinz History Center where we, along with our PVC parters at I Dig PGH, will be participating in the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer. This event is taking place from 10am-3pm and we wil have our own section of records amidst all of the other vintage wares. We will even be bringing down some records that have not been out in the shop yet, so make sure to stop down and browse all of the wares, and check out the 1968 exhibit while you are there.
Now as many of you know the following weekend is Record Store Day. We will be participating in Record Store Day by stocking releases from our staple labels including releases from Light in the Attic, Numero, Death Waltz, Almost Ready/Laust Laugh and Matador. There will also be lots of used records going out and the $1 and $2 bins are going to be refreshed with tons of new bargain buys. We will keep updating you with all of our RSD plans so make sure to stay tuned and check out our Facebook and Blog pages for all the up to the minute information.
The weekend after RSD is the 4th installment of the PVC record show at Pittsburgh Filmmakers where there will be tons of records, plus Duquesne beer, movies and a very special performance by the stripped down acoustic duo of Pittsburgh’s own Cynics. For more information about PVC please check out the Facebook page here.
If that wasn’t enough Mind Cure is cruising right through April and into May with our first KISS Alive event, where there will be KISS records, movies and locals Carousel performing a full KISS cover set. If that wasn’t enough there will be KISS Karaoke and a face painting station. For the full details on this not to missed event check out the official event information here.
Some of the most important records ever made are at Mind Cure right now: While this may seem like a bold statement, in bold none-the-less, it is nothing short of the absolute truth. There are records and bands that I get excited about, bands that I have a personal affinity for, bands that are commonly understood to be unique, influential, important, but it is rare that I get a chance to talk about a band or musician who are not only amazing, but also spawned an entire genre of music. If the suspense is killing you and you just can’t stand it any longer, or maybe you guessed it, yes, I am talking about Discharge. To some Discharge may just be another t-shirt band, or maybe they are band that get’s lumped in with a certain type of low-brow music in the clouded minds of some sophisticated listeners who look down their nose and over their spectacles at the black and white DIY aesthetic of a Discharge record, but there is no doubt that these are essential records for any fan of rock music. The creators of D-Beat, the rhythm, and D-Beat, the genre, were championed by John Peel himself, and who are we to question his exquisite taste. Now in the convient age that we live in, and thanks to Havoc records the first 2 Discharge LPs, as well as their first 5 singles are back in print on vinyl, in excellent packaging and are priced to fit into even the most modest budget. These records are certainly not for the weak of heart, but if you can’t take the relentless rock noise of Discharge it’s time you swallow some vitamins to fortify your bones, put on your skinny headband and charge your hair because there is no excuse to live a life short of this powerful music. Clay records said it best when they released their first single, so I’ll just let them have the last word here:
It’s kind of hard to follow that, but I am going to try, if you need a break from the sonic overload of Discharge the Death Waltz label has just the thing for you – two more deluxe reissues of classic horror soundtracks. This current batch of spooky records has brought the sounds of one of my favorite films ‘They Live’ back into print on LP, as well as the ‘Halloween II’ OST onto the long playing format. These are excellent reissues with top notch packaging and the cover art for each release is amazing. The Death Waltz label is certainly one to keep your eyes on because they have some great things in store for the future. This week also brought in the latest Lee Hazlewood reissue on Light in the Attic. This time around they have dusted off Hazlewood’s debut, ‘Trouble is a Lonesome Town’ and given it a new life as a double LP. As always Light in the Attic has done a bang up job with this, and rather than try and paraphrase what they have to say about this release, see for yourself here.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 13th of April when the Pittsburgh Vinyl Convention teams up with the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer at the Heinz History Center, followed the next weekend by National Record Store Day and then the Pittsburgh Vinyl Convention is back again in full force the weekend after that at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. So make sure you are saving your pennies and to hit the Coinstar because there are going to be a lot of records that you will certainly want to get your mitts on over the next few weeks. I hope to see you soon, but until then make sure to Keep Thrashin!
I hope you are all ready for a great weekend of record shopping Keep In Mind That We are Closing at 5 on Saturday to get down to Belvederes for the Record Show: Pittsburgh Record Fest at Belvederes is almost here once again, make sure that you have your calendar cleared for Saturday night – March 23rd from 7pm-12am (last week we made a mistake and said Friday, sorry). We are pricing a lot of records to take with us that have not been out in the store yet, including several hundred 45s of the Soul, Funk, Garage and Rock variety. There are some really great 45s in here that have been piling up around the store so we are bustin’ them out and taking them down to Lawrenceville. There are also a ton of long players coming with us, including a couple of boxes that are fresh, just for the show and some which I am pulling out of my personal collection to make room on my shelves. There’s no excuse (unless you are under 21) not to be there – the record room is smoke free for the night so you can breathe easy. We will be closing the store early on Saturday so that we can get down to Belvederes to set up, so if you are planning on coming by the store make sure it’s before 5:30. For more information about the show, check out the Facebook event page.
As I mentioned last week there is an upcoming PVC record show at Pittsburgh Filmmakers on the 27th of April and we are also curating a portion of the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer on April 13th at the Heinz History Center, so stay tuned for more details. As these emails are being delivered to your inboxes we are out grabbing records at Get Hip, so make sure you stop in and see what we grabbed this weekend. Hope to see you somewhere along the way this weekend!