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March 7th, 2010

More record shops

Posted by michael lavorgna in Music



January 24th, 2010


Posted by michael lavorgna in Art, Beer, Film, Old Ads

…I might not suck at.



beer taster

cbs 1954

Airport Security


December 15th, 2009

More record shopping

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December 10th, 2009

Gift Guide

Posted by michael lavorgna in Books, Music, Records, Stuff

Old Rare New
Old Rare New: The Independent Record Shop
Emma Pettit

The book we want.

“Emma Pettit, formerly of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, has travelled across the UK and America into these eclectic spaces of musical exchange, interviewing record shop owners, collectors and musicians to provide a rich account of the increasingly rare independent record shop.”

Includes 160 b/w and colour illustrations. $20.42 at Amazon

Arkitip Magazine Subscription

Arkitip Magazine comes out 4 times a year and costs $95/year. I know. Each issue features one artist/collaborator and some sort of artwork. Past collabs included Shepard Fairey,  Peter Saville (pictured of Joy Division LP cover fame), Tommy Guerrero, KAWS and many more.

Workers Work Shirt, One Pocket
Manufactured and Sold by K&T H MFG Co.

Japanese obsessiveness fixated on generic vintage American work clothes = exacting and beautiful wearable reproductions. $170 delivered. I know.

nurse with wound
Nurse With Wound
Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella

2009 reissue limited edition of 250 boxed double LPs includes fine art print of the front sleeve signed by Steven Stapleton. Whip it good.


Comte de Lautreamont

And you should read the novel that the NWW LP title is based on. One of the most wicked books around. The surrealists wouldn’t have been nearly as surreal without it.

No 8 Opinel Knife

Everyone needs one. $9.00

The Jazz Loft Project

The Jazz Loft Project

The Jazz Loft Project

“It isn’t necessary to imagine too much of what happened inside 821 Sixth Avenue from 1957 to 1965. Smith documented the goings-on with more than one thousand rolls of film (roughly forty thousand exposures), both inside the building and through his fourth-floor window. He also wired the building from the sidewalk to the top (fifth) floor and made 1,740 reels of audio recordings.”

Another remarkable obsession captured. $24 at Amazon.

An independent music explorer

Tom Waits
Tom Waits

Limited Edition deluxe 7 LP box set + 94 page booklet. Over 30 new songs, covers, “to pieces recorded in the garage with his kids”. $118 at Amazon


The Red Book
C.G. Jung

Jung’s ” confrontation with the unconscious” which he withheld from publishing during his lifetime because he thought people would think he was crazy.  Includes over 200 color illustrations (fucking beautiful ones to boot!) by Jung.

Available at Amazon for $114.07


a vintage accordion or farfisa pianorgan

Come on, you know you’ll be happier with one of these in your life.

lucien freud

An etching by Lucian Freud. (I can dream can’t I?)

a mechanical Victrola so you can listen to 78s during thunder storms

forced exposure
A Forced Exposure gift certificate
for 1 million dollars

A Mill. $450,000 (negotiable)

September 3rd, 2009

Records make you smile

Posted by michael lavorgna in Music, Records








August 23rd, 2009

Get to Hospital

Posted by michael lavorgna in Music, News, Records

hospital productions
Hospital Productions
60 EAST 3RD STREET, NEW YORK, NY, 10003-9239, USA
12:00 – 8:00 EVERY DAY

Mini-label (Wolf Eyes, Hair Police…), audio services purveyor, distributor and record store, Hospital Productions also released Cold Cave‘s Cremations. And another tidbit unearthed at the last Monkeyhaus during a conversation with Patrick – they have a bunch of Cold Cave‘s Love Comes Close, the LP Matador is re-releasing in November. Get ‘em while they last.

 cold cave

Patrick also says Hospital has lots of ‘sick shit’ and the owner is super-cool&nice.

August 10th, 2009

PREX Playlist

Posted by michael lavorgna in Music, Records


 the fall

 chris mcgregor

 clock dva

 don cherry

the new music

revolting cocks

 gal costa

The Fall
Live at the Witch Trials
(I love this record and have been on the lookout for months)

Brotherhood of Breath
Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath
(A big band Mahavishnu Martin Denny from 1971)

Clock DVA
(First LP released on Throbbing Gristle’s
Industrial Music 1980)

Don Cherry
Complete Communion
(Don’s Cherry’s First Blue Note LP from 1966 and a 100% all-round killer)

The New Music
Stockhausen, Penderecki, Brown, Pousseur
(I’ve been looking for a copy of Penderecki’s
Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima the most harrowing 9:44 on record. Performed by the Rome Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bruno Maderna this is a beautifully recorded and performed record. The Stockhausen is also delicious)

Revolting Cocks
Beers, Steers + Queers
(What more can I say? Oh yea, this is a picture disk)

Gal Costa
Gal Costa
(Since you really don’t want to go to bed on
Beers, Steers + Queers, a little Gal for sunnier dreams)


July 24th, 2009


Posted by michael lavorgna in Music, Records


Sam Lowry: I only know you got the wrong man.

Jack Lint: Information Transit got the wrong man. I got the *right* man. The wrong one was delivered to me as the right man, I accepted him on good faith as the right man. Was I wrong?

There’s nothing like a semi-stupor-ed visit to Tropicalia in Furs especially when fuelled by very fond and newly minted memories of Lula and Zé dancing in my head to the tune of hand-drawn Otter Creek Imperial IPA. I walked in on a cloud and walked out with an arm-full of Tropicalia (not to mention a lighter load in my wallet). A wonderful night with fond musical memories stored on vinyl for easy retrieval.

Details (clockwise from top left):

Djalma Correa, Baiafro (MPBC) - Philips 1978
Os Mutantes, Algo Mais – Philips 1986
Gal Costa, Gal - Philips 1969 (mono)
Antonio Carlos E Jocafi, Mudei De Ideia - RCA 1971
Zé Ramalho, S/T - CBS 1978
Caetano Veloso, Araçá Azul – PolyGram 1973

So far the Gal Costa and Caetano Veloso LPs are the monster stand-outs but all of this music is wonderful. Drop the needle for trippy travel to the deep hippie tropics.

tropicalia in furs

July 16th, 2009

Let’s go record shopping

Posted by michael lavorgna in Music






all around

 black byrd






 grooves 2


 honest johns











July 13th, 2009

Sunday at the Exchange

Posted by michael lavorgna in Music, Records


July 6th, 2009

More shopping

Posted by michael lavorgna in Music

record shopping

record shopping

record shopping

elvis shopping
even Elvis did it

June 16th, 2009

Pic of the Week

Posted by michael lavorgna in Audio, Music


May 11th, 2009

Etherea Records, RIP

Posted by john devore in Music


It’s gone. I was out on a typical Saturday with Leo (our usual Saturday routine, to give mommy a break) and thought he’d like to do some record shopping. He loves record shopping, so I always try to stop by a record store on Saturday afternoons. Etherea was our favorite. It’s gone, just an empty store front with a dirty “for rent” sign duct-taped to the inside of the glass at an uninteresting angle.

It had been here for nearly as long as I had. It was the store that got me hooked on electronica, D&B, ambient, house, acid jazz, all that sort of creep-in-to-your-mind-without-your-realizing-it music.

May 4th, 2009

record listening table fun

Posted by michael lavorgna in Music, Old Ads


April 22nd, 2009

Vinyl Reconnaissance Mission: First Blood

Posted by michael lavorgna in Music, News, Records

record hunter

I bit the bullet and drove the 83.3 miles to The Album Hunter in scenic Maple Shade, NJ. They claim 200,000 LPs and 45s in stock and I’d estimate they had shit-loads of records. Tons of vinyl all over the place. In terms of numbers, the next most obvious item at The Album Hunter were all the plastic bins perched on top of the vinyl to catch the rain drip drip dripping in.

Stock consisted of tons of $1 – $2 selections categorized and alphabetized (which I’m not so sure is a good or bad thing). The “RARE” sections were small but nicely stocked and priced from $9 – $30 with $14 or so the average. Apparently music stopped being produced in the 1980s with a few, feeble exceptions.

album hunter


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