Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Pickwick has quite a selection of fun weird kids records and this one is the single greatest halloween record ever. OK, to me. It is also the record I have owned the longest, must have been around ten when I got it. Find and listen.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Here's an lp with pretty standard label format. What attracted me to the composition was the hand drawn viking mask with the downward-pointing V. There's a real Baphomet vibe about it. It ties in well with the song titles.
Monster mummies in professional wrestling poses. Lots of kid appeal. I was surprised that the "powers" at Power Records didn't put the actual Marvel Man-Thing on the label. Maybe the Ent-Skookum-Snuffleupagus Man-Thing was too difficult to simplify in label form.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
I found this 45 at a thrift store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It seems that if nothing else, the illustrator is between the ages of four and nine, and has a definite sense of how to create an exclamation point. I hadn't really started collecting records when I got this one, so maybe this was my great start.
I found this amazing book called "Cat on a Hot Thin Groove" from Fantagraphics which features the collected covers and cartoons that the animator Gene Deitch did for The Record Changer magazine in the 40's and 50's. These are just fantastic!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Today is the day! I thought I had two more left, but no--this is it. Thanks to Alexander for inviting me to participate on the blog.
So, I will now leave you with this final post: SHANDAR's 1973 La Monte Young&Marian Zazeela Dream House release, something very dear to my heart. Everything here is perfect, but I especially appreciate the hand-made quality of the layout -- the weaving design around the label name is one-of-a-kind. A real gem!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
A few weeks ago, Kat posted an amazing Rough Trade single. But I could not pass this one up. I don't get any of the references--the French military-man silhouette, the European coins--but , who cares!?! ( If anyone can fill me in , please do) . I do like how they decided to back the A side with an AA side. And notice Robert Wyatt in the credits on guest keyboards.
PS thanks to my former roommate Daniel for leaving this prized 7- inch in my personal stacks this past summer. I owe you one.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Those floating '3''s are way cool. And the flipped color scheme representing each member's individual record side. Because this was Spacemen 3's break -up record, the line was permanently drawn in the sand by assigning side A to Sonic Boom and side B to Jason Pierce: they could no longer tolerate a collaboration. The drama is in the design.