May 2nd, 2013

krazy koati

There's a kid in a band, got an axe in his hand

Did you remember Record Store Day? We did, and used the chance to poke into the record stores in Downtown East Lansing. The real objective for the day was for bunny_hugger to get a haircut, and I was willing to go for one too. We were shocked that the stylist to which she's been going ever since moving to Lansing --- and where I went for a hair touch-up right before the wedding --- has gone out of business. At least two of the stylists moved on to another salon out east, but, the place --- which had given her a new customer loyalty card just a month before --- was gone and largely renovated into a bicycle shop or something.

Still, it was Record Store Day, and there's a couple record stores in the area. One, tucked inside the upstairs of a mall, even brought in a band to play a brief set. I do mean brief; it was a couple of songs and then they started packing up.

The record store, as befits a good downtown record store, was not just wonderfully packed, which is surely an artefact of the Record Store Day. But it's also one of those shops packed with a wonderfully eclectic set of discs, as in, the kind where I could pretty much grab stuff at random and have something that makes sense in my collection. I mean this: I found a Disneyland record of songs from The Wizard of Oz and The Cowardly Lion of Oz which is utterly bizarre. The first side is songs from the classic musical, but re-recorded by that band of Generic Disney-ish Singers so that the songs sound like every song from every ignorable Disney live-action film of the 60s. Imagine ``Ding, Dong, The Witch Is Dead'' recorded without any of that sense of spontaneity or glee, and with the music bounded to about two-thirds of an octave, and you've got it. The second side is the musical remnant from decades of Walt Disney (the person, and then the company) trying to adapt the latter books into first a TV adaptation (starring the Mouseketeers as the inhabitants of Oz) and later a story record. How does this thing exist? Well, so it would fall into my hands, obviously.

I considered but didn't get an album that claimed to be the best novelty records based on the Beatles, but I believe that ``best novelty record based on the Beatles'' requires an existence proof, because we're talking about a micro-genre which includes Allan Sherman's ``Pop Hates The Beatles'' as the only representative song anyone can stand.

bunny_hugger found a couple albums she liked, including some Sparks, and a Ray Davies CD, and on top of that a Zippy the Pinhead comic book. The cashier admired the eclectic-ness of her purchases. She is so hip.

We also went to a comic book shop where further adaptations of The Wizard of Oz pursued us. They also had more Doctor Who comic books in production than I remember seeing between 1980 and 2005 combined.

And there's another record store nearby. It's smaller, but nothing but vinyl, and what do you know but they had another record of the music from The Wizard Of Oz, although this was apparently the soundtrack of the actual movie instead of some weird adaptation. It was the kind of day where we kept getting pursued by The Wizard of Oz. Go figure.

Trivia: The English East India Company's first order for tea came in 1664, for a hundred pounds of Chinese tea to be shipped from Java. The company did not order more than a thousand pounds until 1678, when 4,713 pounds were imported and glutted the market until 1685, when 12,070 pounds were imported and glutted the market again. Source: Tea: Addiction, Exploitation, and Empire, Roy Moxham.

Currently Reading: The Port of New York, Carl W Condit.