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Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Kitten Compilation Cassette
Mike Bastarache was a fixture on the early Boston hardcore scene, most notable for his work with SSD (he produced both of their records). After a hiatus, he rediscovered the virtues of underground music sometime in the early 90's. I had my first contact with him when he bought my extra copy of Pavement's Slay Tracks EP from me after Pavement began its east coast forays and taking the country by storm.
With the collectibility of punk rock records gaining fast interest during that period, Mike started selling records via his Set Sale Lists, neatly typed out on hardcopy and mailed out. While I typically bought records from him, this mailer carried the one cassette I bought: Kitten - a cassette compilation of midwest hardcore bands including Husker Du, that came out in '82.
Mike's lists over the years have had mind bogglingly rare records pass through it. I'd also mention that Mike is a helluva nice guy too.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Desperate Bicycles - Remorse Code
Vinyl Ink in Silver Spring MD bought most of his collection, and then I in turn bought some of it from them. This LP mailer contained either the Desperate Bicycles Remorse Code LP or the Suicide Commandos' Commit Suicide LP. Everything else I bought from them were 45's. One lucky score I got around this time as a result was a copy of all the ordering I did was the Hugh Beaumont Experience 45, which George, the nice proprietor at Vinyl Ink offered to me for $200 on behalf of one of his store clerks who needed to make the rent that month. How that employee sat on a stone mint copy of that record all those years I'll never know, but I was glad to pay it.
Shortly after that, perhaps '97 or so, Michael Salkin from No Trend sold his collection to Vinyl Ink. I bought The Embarassment's Sex Drive 45 at the time, which was autographed to Michael, as were many of the pieces in his collection. I later consigned it through Discourage Records after a period of being down on autographed records, only to eventually see some subsequent owner profile it on the Collector Scum website some years later.
George unfortunately passed away in the year 2002, and Vinyl Ink is no more.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Half Japanese - Music To Strip By
Anyone out there remember exactly how much a Skidillion was ?
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
This mailer, which was probably from 1985, held a copy of the Yes, LAcompilation on Dangerhouse. I believe it was $29 or so at the time at the prevailing exchange rate, which was a lotta dough back in those days, especially when you threw in the money order fee and postage. It also took a heckuva long time to complete a transaction.
Tracks on Wax did enter the eBay age, most notably auctioning off a (gulp) sealed copy of the hyper rare Vomit Pigs Take One EP for about a grand, a few years ago.
Monday, August 01, 2005
This was the mailer in which they were sent, and is circa1987 or 1988. Nudge can be found on the web here. Unfortunately I never tracked down any of the Vertical Slit stuff, tho I have the True Believers LP
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments
LP Mailer for the free Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments "You Can't Kill Stupid" 12" promo, 1992
(c) 2005 Henry Yu
I don't recall who tipped me off, most likely Devereux, but there was a free 12" from TSJA (aka Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments) that one could get just by writing to their lead singer Ron House. Strictly one per fan, and they flew fast. On the Datapanik label, which along with (and closely aligned in aesthetic) Siltbreeze and Anyway records, fueled the first half of the 90's with all american 7" loudness. 1991-2 were actually my non-collecting years, so this was a rare transgression.
Friday, February 11, 2005
Cassette Mailer, circa mid-80's
Cassette Mailer, circa mid-80's
This was sent to me in 1985 or 1986 from my best friend from college Yuval. His return address shows as Israel, which is where he lived for a very short time. Through the latter 80's Yuval was a mix-tape cassette making powerhouse, and I own a lot of 'em. While he had his own dalliances with music making (in the bands Visiting Food in his native Bloomington, Indiana and in The Perhaps, which was his studio only combo in college), he eventually went solo and head first into it for a spell: he bought a 4-track and taught himself to sing and play. And man, could he write. Gutwrenching and tender songs. These appeared on a series of cassettes beginning with "Yuval Live at Home 1987". Certainly more home brew than even J.T Timmons IV or Jandek, maybe more along the lines of Daniel Johnston in aspiration and aesthetic.
Yuval's penmanship was always little more than a scrawl, as you can see on the mailer. In fact, I recall his first fake ID in college, on which he was purported to be a Physician in his mid-30's. I believe it got him into City Gardens (Trenton) at least once. An entire blog could easily be devoted to all the mail I got from Yuval and tho massively entertaining, would probably be too much of an assault on his (and my) privacy. So with that said, 'nuff said.