This blog was written to the sounds of Alice Coltrane!
Mad start to the week. Had a seriously mental weekend, Saturday was one of the busiest days we’ve had for 12 months! Nearly Record Store Day crazy! The reductions are all out and are flying out FAST. Loads of killer bits out in the cheaps – just today I put out some original Elvis 78s, original Fela Kuti Nigerian LPs and a load of killer Hardcore Punk. All a bit scruffy but what else can you buy for £3 thesedays!
Some major buying this week – lets get started!
One of our semi regular sellers bought in some wicked 12″s the other day. Some really rare UK Techno from the Likemind label (the one with the amazing Nuron track “Eau Rouge”), and Redcell. Original US Underground Resistance label 12″s, including some of the rare ones. Drexciya, Aux88, Andrea Parker etc. Some seriously killer records. We’ve been playing loads of the old Andrea Parker 12s recently -so good man!
We had a stream of very solid, amazing condition Classic Rock collections this week. We really needed it after Christmas! Luckily they haven’t stopped coming in! So we now actually have records by Dire Straits in the racks lol! As well as the usual suspects: Pink Floyd (including the really rare Pulse vinyl set), Queen (some really rare ones!), Rush, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Neil Young, Simon & Garfunkel, Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills & Nash, Talking Heads, Cream etc. Most of the copies of all this classic rock was so clean – they are pretty much all EX or above – most are Near Mint. The sleeves, inserts, inners etc are also all near perfect.
A few of us bought in one of my favourite collections in ages at the tail end of last week. It was from a really sound couple who had been left them from a relative. The relative was obviously a super cool individual and was buying all the right records at the right time. I believe they also worked in the music industry. So you had loads of killer Jazz (lots of Blue Nots titles especially – mostly really early pressings), amazing Soul and Funk (again nearly all original issues, people like Al Green, Donny Hathaway, Bill Withers, James Brown, The JB’s, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield etc), Blues (Albert King, BB King, Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Canned Heat..), badboy Reggae (The Wailers – including a Zippo Catch A Fire – Augustus Pablo, Scientist, Bob Marley, Dillinger, Burning Spear, Delroy Wilson, BB Seaton, Alton Ellis, Cornell Campbell, Yabby You, Michael Prophet etc) and Classic Rock (Fleetwood Mac, Prince, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson etc. Wow! Also there were some weird ones in there like an original Liquid Liquid 12″. Amazing collection – and such nice copies, loads of sleeves still. in shrink and super nice vinyl.
More Jazz, Soul and Funk came in from one of our regular sellers. Lots of Jazzman titles, Four Tet, John Coltrane, Sun Ra… cool bits!
Tom bought in loads of really nice CD Box Sets including sealed ones from The Beatles. The cupboards are being regularly restocked and they have put out loads of interesting and odd CDs and Tapes this week. We also had a bit of a clear out on the vinyl side and went through some old cupboards. We found some absolutely mad bits to be honest – from original African rarities to tonnes of Krautrock.
Another of our regular sellers popped in the other day with a great pile of amazing condition LPs yet again. More Ash Ra! Some of the more sought after Trisnomie 21 LPs, Klaus Schulze, Jean Claude Eloy, Peter Michael Hamel, Neu! and many more great titles!
Plenty of collections coming up – some I’m really looking forward to!!
This weeks Top Ten is from the almighty TEEJERKER!! Teejerker, if you don’t know by now, sells amazing old band T Shirts and gets so many amazing ones. I would certainly recommend following the Instagram!!
Fugazi, early 90s
One of the most famous shirts in the Punk scene, the only partly official Fugazi shirt ever made. Fugazi didn’t want to produce and sell merch so bootlegging was rife, Ian told a notable bootlegger to stop making Fugazi tees, so he made this design instead. Ian saw the design and admired the creativity, he agreed that the shirts can be sold if the profits Fugazi would take were donated to a Womens shelter instead.
Dinosaur Jnr, 1987
From SST Records in 1987, this is the last Dinosaur shirt before the Jr. was added. The band were called Dinosaur from their formation in 1984 until just after the release of their second album ‘You’re Living All Over Me’, when supergroup The Dinosaurs sued them over the name, prompting the addition of ‘Jr’.
Catherine Wheel, 1991
One of the earliest Cartherine Wheel shirts, the 1991 long sleeve featuring the artwork for the bands first EP’Painful Thing’, released on Norwich based label Wilde Club Records. Shortly after Catherine Wheel were signed to Fontana Records, with interest from Creation as well as Eno’s label Opal Records.
Original Dismember shirt from the debut album, and now a true Death Metal classic ‘Like an Ever Flowing Stream’. The band were instrumental to the Sweedish Death Metal scene and are now considered on of the ‘big four’ with Entombed, Grave and Unleashed. The controvertial song ‘Skin Her Alive’ from this release prompted an obscenity charge in the UK, which the band successfully defended.
Sonic Youth, 1992
Up there with the best bootleg shirts we’ve seen, this European Tour 1992 shirt is unnofficial and picked up at the Hamburg show 10/11/92. Killer backprint featuring German dates only, so I guess some German dude printed em up and was selling them outside the shows? Awesome shirt, never seen it again.
Super rare original ‘Just for a Day’ long sleeve from 1991, the debut full length release from Slowdive on Creation Records. One of the most desirable shirts in the Shoegaze scene, the long sleeve is particularly hard to come by
Insanely rare Nirvana ‘Bleach’ long sleeve from 1989. Tupelo Recording Company were the first label to press Bleach in the UK, it was a fairly limited run which included 300 white vinyl and 2000 dark green. This is the promotional long sleeve from that release, not sure how many were ever made but have only seen it once again!
Spacemen 3, late 80s
Original Spacemen 3 shirts are some of the most desirable in the vintage market. This late 80s tee is hard enough to find in white, but the rarer black (now grey) was a really special find. Some of the best imagery in Alt Rock / Shoegaze and alsmost 30 years of love and wear
Legends from the Norwegian Black Metal scene who need no introduction. This 1997 De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas long sleeve is one of our favourite Metal long sleeves to come through. Despite the history of the band and the notoriety of Deathcrush, this 1994 album was their first full length release, and was dedicated to Euronymous who had been murdered by Varg of Burzum the year before.
Minor Threat, 1988
Awesome Minor Threat tee from around 1988, featuring the iconic ‘Out of Step’ sheep. The shirt was screened by drummer Jeff Nelson himself and was one of the first designs sold through his printing company Pedestrian Press.