Only a week away from Normal’s Record Store Day Sale & Free Concert, but why wait until then to enjoy the warmth of a new record? Here are a few of the beauties just in. We also got in the brand new Skull Defekts lp, “Dances In Dreams of The Known Unknown”, with Professor Higgs on the mic.
Blinky & The Roadmasters - Crucian Scratch Band Music. Near mint on Rounder in vg+ jacket, $8.
The Cool Sound of Albert Collins, Master of The Telecaster. Near mint German pressing on Crosscuts in very good + jacket, $15.
Albert Collins - Snap. Near mint in excellent jacket on Alligator, $8.
Bob Dylan & The Rolling Thunder Revue - The Night The Revue Came to Boston. Minty minty “private” press with nice paste down front cover of Bob sitting cross-legged with gitfiddle with Big Al Ginsberg sitting next to him grooving on some OM. $40.
Jad Fair - Monarchs. Still sealed! $20.
Jad Fair - Everyone Knew …. But Me. Still sealed, $25.
Jad Fair & Kramer - Roll Out the Barrel. Near mint, $8.
Fleshtones - American Beat ‘84’. Excellent UK Ep in very good + jacket, $8.
Alan Freed’s Memory Lane. Excellent Roulette reissue with The Flamingos, The Mello Kings, Sonny Till & The Orioles and more more more. $4.
Grateful Dead - Skull & Roses. Very good +/Excellent Warner green label in very good + gatefold, $25.
Half Japanese - The Band That Would Be King. Unplayed open copy in near mint jacket that has cut-out corner, $20.
Holger Hiller - Ein Bundel Faulnis in Der Grube (A Bunch of Foulness in the Pit). Excellent on Cherry Red Records, UK. In vg+ jacket, $15.
Honeymoon Killers - Take It Off. Near mint original EP. Open, but still in shrink, $8.
Last Exit - self-titled. With Sonny Sharrock, Peter Brotzman, Bill Laswell and Ronald Shannon Jackson. Near mint Enemy press. Open, but still in shrink, $12.
Arto Lindsay and the Ambitious Lovers - Envy. Excellent in vg+ jacket, $8.
Mountain Music Bluegrass Style. Near mint Folkways, with insert. With Smiley Hobbs, Tex Logan, Chubby Anthony and more. $15.
No Tease…Primi-Teen Pounders. Near mint Teenage Shutdown, $15.
The Raging Teens! Volume 3: Wild New England Rock N Roll! Near mint on Norton, 1992, $10. Including The Phaetons, The Tri-Tones, The Vectors, Bunky & The Rocktones and more.
Rampage: 17 Full-Throttled Rockers!! Near mint on Atomic Passion, $12.
Real Blues from New Orleans. Excellent comp on Bandy in vg+ jacket, $12. With Boogie Jake, Polka Dot Slim, Edgar Blanchard and more.
Ananda Shankar. Near mint 1998 UK repress, $10.
This Is Sparrow. Excellent on Balisier in vg+ jacket from 1959, $25.
Songs of Labor & Livelihood - Edited by Dick Spottswood and Richard A. Reuss. Only very good minus/good + in vg - minus jacket, $6.
Trouble Funk - In Times of Trouble. Excellent double album in gatefold, $10.
What Else Do You Do? (A Compilation of Quiet Music). With Fred Lane and The Tinklers! Need I say more……$12.
The Who Sings My Generation. Excellent Decca stereo pressing in very good + jacket that has top right corner cut-out, $20.
Work’s Many Voices, Volume 1. Excellent on Down Home/Arhoolie in very good + jacket that has a cut-out at top right corner. With “By The Sweat of My Brow”, “Mr. President”, “Pipe Fitter Blues”, “Oscar’s Cannonball”, “Business Woman” and more. $15.
The Young Gods - L’eau Rouge - Red Water. Near mint on Play It Again, $8.
Usually when songbird and bon vivant Selena Schreyer visits Normal’s she is airing out her Amish uncle Stretch McGhee Van Allan, who suffers from what Blaster called “Gauzy Winged Things Seen Everywhere Syndrome”, but this last sunny Thursday she arrived with artist/actor/professor Susan Lowe who starred in my favorite John Waters movie, “Desperate Living”.
Not only did Susan regale us with grand tales of the lives of the artists and her pal Cookie Mueller, she also was a deputized Normal’s counter person so me and Selena could make a Goodwill run. Though the five coins in the till balanced out at day’s end, I suspect she pulled the Pee Wee Herman doll’s string!
(Susan Lowe as “Mole” in “Desperate Living”.)
For the 75th Annual Record Store Day, a day long known for slavering devotion to the slabs of sweet vinyl, Normal’s Book & Records is having a 20% off all used records sale plus holding an all day concert in The Red Room. The live music is free and starts at 2pm. It will run until it runs out (10, 11?)
Outside (weather permitting) we will construct The Bottomless Vinyl Lake of Bottomfeeders. Many records for as low as 50 cents! That won’t even get your beak into a cup of 7-11 coffee these days!
To keep your spirits soaring and senses overloaded we’ve booked a bunch of kind, sterling locals to bang and serenade: Owen Gaertner, Oh Hang, Vlonde, Sea Couch, Little Rib, The Bow-Legged Gorilla, The Baltimore String Felons and The Daily Lion. We haven’t set up the schedule yet, but probably will move from gentle to less gentle, ending in a roar.
Here is the skinny on Oh Hang: Baltimore musicians Stephen Santillan and Emmanuel Nicolaids (members if ghostlife, thank you, and more dogs) feature their fresh new project, Oh Hang. An urgent percussion clash on pop structure with vocal volume and keyboard-heavy melodies. Thud pop.
My old zen master, Blaster Shooting The Eternal Stump Ackerman, always said that cold windy days are the most poisonous for business and this raw blustery day proved him right again. Luckily I had two or three boxes of new Eastern philosophy and Husker Du’s “Flip Your Wig” to get me through.
And luckily end of day visits from Alix Toby, Former Maker of Prosthetics & Current Star of The Silver Screen and Ian “Caged Birdsong Only Please” Nagoski reminded me that a world still spun outside and there were still friendly inhabitants. Best wishes to Ian who has a new baby son and is headed for a lecture tour in Greece that I imagine will consist of more than one or two all night grapplings with Ouzo.
Below is a very partial list of the printed guides to enlightenment that have padded in quietly onto our shelves. Spring will eventually get here and these would make for good lying under a tree reading.
Open Secrets: A Guide to Tibetan Buddhism for Western Spiritual Seekers - Walter Truett Anderson. Out-of-print Tarcher paperback, $5.
Entering the Stream: An Introduction to The Buddha and His Teachings - Edited by Samuel Bercholz and Sherab Kohn. Shambhala paperback, out-of-print. $5 as is, some water marking.
Bodhisattva of Compassion: The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin - John Blofeld. Very good Shambhala paperback, $6.
Mud and Water: A Collection of Talks by the Zen Master Bassui - translated by Arthur Braverman. North Point Press paperback, $5.
Wearing The Body of Visions - Ngakpa Chogyam. Near fine Aro paperback, $10.
The Quintessence Tantras of Tibetan Medicine - Translated by Dr. Barry Clark. As new Snow Lion paperback, $10.
Zen Lessons: The Art of Leadership - Translated by Cleary. Paperback, $5.
Tibetan Buddhist Medicine and Psychiatry: The Diamond Healing - Terry Clifford. As new, out-of-print Weiser paperback, $15.
Bridging the Sutras and Tantras: A Collection of Ten Minor Works - The First Dalai Lama. Out-of-print Tushita paperback, $6.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead - W.Y. Evans-Wentz. Oxford third edition paperback, $6.
Essential Sufism - Edited by James Fadiman & Robert Frager. As new Harper hardback, $8.
The Jewel Ornament of Liberation: The Wish-fulfilling Gem of the Noble Teachings - Gampoda. As new Snow Lion paperback, $10.
Kalachakra Tantra Rite of Initiation - Gyatso, the Dalai Lama and Jeffrey Hopkins. Very good Wisdom revised edition paperback, $6.
Transform Your Life: A Blissful Journey - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Near fine Tharpa UK hardback, $10.
Dhammapada: Wisdom of the Buddha - Translated by Harischandra Kaviratna. Very good + Theosophical University Press paperback, $6.
The Wisdom of Laotse. Modern Library hardback edited by Lin Yutang, $8.
The Canon of Reason and Virtue - Lao-tze. Translated by D.T. Suzuki and Paul Carus. Chinese/English edition paperback, $5.
The Practice of Kalachakra - Glenn Mullin. Very good Snow Lion paperback, $6.
My Life and Lives, the Story of a Tibetan Incarnation - Khyongla Rato. Very good + Rato Publication, with foreword by Joseph Campbell, $8.
Rainbow Painting - Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Fine Rangjung Yeshe paperback, $10.
The Buddhist Religion: A HIstorical Introduction, 4th edition - Robinson/Johnson editors. Fine Wadsworth paperback, $10.
Zen Comics - Ioanna Salajan. As new Tuttle paperback, $3.
Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters - Grace Schireson. As new Wisdom paperback, $6.
The Iron Flute: 100 Zen Koan - edited by Senzaki, illustrated by Toriichi Murashima. 1985 second Tuttle hardback printing, $10.
A Guide To The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life - Shantideva. Library of Tibetan Works & Archives paperback, $6.
The Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk - Daisetz Suzuki. Illustrated by Zenchu Sato. Near fine Tuttle paperback, $6.
Pure-Land Zen Zen Pure-Land: Letters from Patriarch Yin Kuang - Translated by Master Thich Thien Tam. Paperback, $6.
Penetrating Laughter: Hakuin’s Zen & Art - Kazuaki Tanahashi. 1984 Overlook Press hardback first, $15.
Essential Tibetan Buddhism - Robert Thurman. As new Harper paperback, $5.
Journey Without Goal: The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddha - Chogyam Trunga. Very good Shambhala paperback, $10.
Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations - Williams. Very good + Routledge paperback, $10.
Flowers Fall: A Commentary on Zen Master Dogen’s Genjokoan - Hakuun Yasutani. Shambhala paperback, $6.
Faith In Mind: A Commentary on Seng Ts’an’s Classic - Chan Master Sheng Yen. As new Shambhala paperback, $7.
The Surangama Sutra - Translated by Lu K’uan Yu. Printed in India by B.I. Publications. Out-of-print, $8.