New Vinyl July 10: Bowie/Biggie/Bill Withers

NEW ARRIVALS July 10, 2014

Bill Withers – Still Bill
The Fabulous Knobs – EP
Beatles – Rubber Soul
Bobbie Gentry – Ode to Billie Joe
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Notorious BIG – One More Chance
Getz/Gilberto (early Verve press)
Pink Floyd – The Wall (nice gatefold)
Loretta Lynn’s Greatest Hits
John Fahey – Rain Forests, Oceans and Other Themes
Tool – Anima (2 lps)
Haircut 100 – Pelican West
Crowded House – Debut
Riuchi Sakamoto – Left Handed Dream featuring Robin Scott

Bootsy’s Rubber Band – Stretching Out
Ry Cooder – Boomer’s Story
Ravi Shankar – Live at Monterey 1967
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – I Love Rock and Roll
Neil Young – Harvest (early press with lyric insert)
Neil Young – American Stars and Bars
Neil Young – solo debut (original Reprise gatefold)
Neil Young – Everyone Knows This is Nowhere (original Reprise gatefold)
David Byrne – Music for the Knee Plays
Newport Broadside – Dylan, Seeger, Ochs (sweet clean vinyl)
Bobby Bare – Me and McDill
Jerry Butler – The Ice Man Cometh (1st press with insert)
IRS Greatest Hits Vol 2 & 3 – Cramps, John Cale, The Damned, Buzzcocks (2 lps – rare)
Bill Haley and the Comets – Live at the Bitter End (rare Kama Sutra press)
Billie Holiday – Lady in Satin
Red Hot Fela (2 lp set)
Kate Bush – Lionheart
Kate Bush – The Kick Inside
Jaco Pastorius – Solo debut (white label promo 1976 with insert)
Flatt & Scruggs with Doc Watson – Strictly Instrumental (in original shrink)
Lee Morgan – Memorial Album (Blue Note)
Sparks – In Outer Space
Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick
Fresh Cream – early Atco press
Marti Jones – Used Guitars
King Crimson – USA
Cat People Soundtrack – Bowie/Moroder
John Martyn – Grace and Danger
John Martyn – So Far So Good
Horslips – Short Stories, Tall Tales
Midnight Cowboy – Soundtrack
Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega
Boomtown Rats – A Tonic for the Troops
Boomtown Rats – Mongo Bongo
Pete Townshend/Ronnie Lane – Rough Mix
Til Tuesday – Voices Carry
Return to Forever – Romantic Warrior
Peter Gabriel – most of his solo catalog
Kid Ory – Storyville
Lynyrd Skynryd – Pronounced leh-nerd skin-nerd
Steely Dan – Aja
Simon & Garfunkel – Parsley Sage
Simon & Garfunkel – Concert in Central Park (2 lps)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory
Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding
Tangerine Dream – Sorcerer soundtrack
Tangerine Dream – Ricochet
Go-Gos – Beauty and the Beat
Roxy Music – Avalon
Wanda Jackson – Please Help Me I’m Fallin’
Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark
Holly and the Italians – Holly Beth Vincent
Holly and the Italians – The Right to be Italian
Woodstock 2 – Compilation (2 LPs)
Nilsson Schmilsson (with inserts)
Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (with zipper)
Drive By Truckers – Dirty South (2 lp)
Heatwave – Central Heating
Zappa – Overnight Sensation
Bobby McFerrin – The Voice
Grandpa Jones – Family Album

Barry Manilow Sinks

Does Barry Manilow float? Let’s find out.

1. we filled a bathtub with water
2. we put Disc One of Barry Manilow Live in the tub with a loofah
3. faster than you can say It’s A Miracle the record sank
4. conclusion: Barry is heavier than a loofah

Barry at sea

keeping it real, etc.

Barry on the bottom … no loofahs were harmed in this experiment



Cold Brew and Sex Pistols

Let’s talk cold brew coffee. Cold-brewing is way different than simply letting hot coffee cool down. Here’s how we do it at the Perk:

• Start with a special blend of beans from Honduras and Ethiopia (courtesy of Carrboro Coffee Roasters). Grind coarsely, mix with water, stir (using a wood stirrer, not metal), cover and let sit at room temperature for 12 hours.

• Double-strain, refrigerate and serve over ice.

Cold water brewing accents the sugary elements and brings out the rounder, background notes – dark caramel, chocolate, smoky ash – that might be lost in hot coffee. It’s also less acidic, making for a smoother drink.

Some swear our cold brew is better than Sex Pistols. But you’ll have to judge that for yourself.

Sweet Emotion and Captain Fantastic


Sometimes we have trouble remembering where we left our keys or what we had for breakfast.

But how clearly we can recall even minor details from our first rock concerts. Like exactly where we sat for Elton John at Walnut Creek. Or that unforgettable hot dog. Or the inflatable snake at the Aerosmith show.

Such moments are etched in memory like grooves on vinyl.        We drop the needle and travel in time. We dance and dance and dance.


Nick Howard is Quite Touchable

I’m playing Cat’s Cradle and – being proper British – needed a spot of tea before the show.

I saw the vinyl records and knew I was at the right place. Yesterday Atlanta and tomorrow a double-header in DC. I love it. I meet such great people.

And the craziness. Don’t even ask about Elvis or MJ. Or the flying squirrel.

- Nick Howard (Carrboro by way of UK, latest single Untouchable)

Wild World

Jiyeong (from South Korea) and Hong (from China) are students at Duke Divinity School and close friends.

But they speak different languages, and communication – in a third language, English – can be difficult.

Hong sees a record she recognizes. I know that one! She is pointing to Tea for the Tillerman by Cat Stevens.

Oh baby it’s a wild world, says Jiyeong, excited. She knows it too.

And so the record spins, the needle tracks inward, and that which divides us disappears in the grooves.

Music Is the Message

Andre Reid cuts hair at Midway Barber Shop. On lunch breaks he plays saxophone on the sidewalk outside the Perk.

He likes Jr. Walker and Cannonball Adderley. Coltrane of course.

He closes his eyes when he plays. He says music fills him up.

Photo: Andre Reid cuts hair at Midway Barber Shop. On lunch breaks he plays saxophone on the sidewalk outside the Perk.</p>
<p>He likes Booker T and Cannonball Adderley. Coltrane of course.</p>
<p>He closes his eyes when he plays. He says music fills him up.