April 28th, 2014

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There's no way you can turn back the clock

Last Saturday was Record Store Day, a chance for people to participate in the most recent of many revivals of vinyl and maybe grab a couple limited-edition releases of albums old and new. We would always have been interested in this, but got really interested when we learned that ZTT Records would be putting out a collection of ten singles reflecting the history of the studio, a collection that would also include a fresh issue of the Buggles single ``I Am A Camera''. This was enough to get us up early in the morning.

Well, after all, if you want to be sure you get something, you line up to be there at opening. We got outside Flat, Black, and Circular, a longstanding record store in East Lansing, about an hour before opening, and there were about two dozen people ahead of us, and we could wait in a pleasant, friendly, anticipatory line of many people drinking coffee. bunny_hugger went all out for this, wearing her Buggles t-shirt and reading a collection of J G Ballard short stories.

Though she feared they might not have or might run out of the box set before we got there, there wasn't any trouble getting the set. She barely got through explaining that she was hoping for this collection of singles before the clerk knew what she wanted. The question is whether the clerk knew it because she'd been asking them online about it, or because they had no other singles-collection sets, or because she was wearing her Buggles t-shirt and reading J G Ballard. (She'd put that away before getting to the counter, though.)

We went off to breakfast, so as to let the crowds at the record store clear out, to a coney island that bunny_hugger used to frequent when she was in grad school. And then we circled back to downtown East Lansing's two record stores, where I stumbled across an album of psychedelic music from Singapore and Malaysia, because that's the sort of thing that I find in record stores, without even trying. And I hope you had a good Record Store Day, yourselves.

Trivia: The Parisian Bourse in 1856 listed shares of 33 railway and canal companies, 38 mining companies, 22 metallurgical companies, 11 port and shipping companies, 7 omnibus and road transports, 11 gas companies, and 42 assorted industrial agencies. Source: The Age of Capital, 1848 - 1875, Eric Hobsbawm.

Currently Reading: Nebula Awards Showcase 2013, Editor Catherine Asaro.

PS: Reading the Comics, April 27, 2014: The Poetry of Calculus Edition, as there's some fresh mathematics comics to mention.