I went record shopping today with my lovely friend Ariadne, whose soul, to paraphrase, has recently been hijacked by Calvin Johnston and Beat Happening, and who is the biggest Billy B. Childish fan I know. We shouldn't have gone record shopping because it's dangerous for the both of us, but we did anyway. We also did a bit of clothes shopping, but thankfully both of us were a little more restrained there - otherwise, we would have walked away with Rittenhouse sailor dresses, American Apparel silver leggings, pretty Alannah Hill cardigans and super soft Gorman knits. Sigh.
Record shopping is always great fun, especially with a companion who loves it even more than me! Here's what I found on today's journey:
The June Brides - There Are Eight Million Stories LP: I was very excited to find this, as I've never seen a June Brides record before, and, having only heard "Every Conversation", I'm very keen to hear the rest of their songs.
The Monochrome Set - The Jet Set Junta 7": Egg Records always seems to have Monochrome Set records waiting for me, and even today Rick the owner said he probably had a copy of 'Strange Boutique' hanging around, which I will definitely have to go back for.
Saint Etienne - Too Young To Die CD: A compilation of their early 90s singles - yay! This record also features the cutest picture of Sarah Cracknell on the cover.
Love Is All - Nothing To Be Done/Ageing Had Never Been His Friend double A-side 7": Yeah! Pastels cover! This purchase is long overdue, and it makes me regret the fact even more that I missed seeing them live last year.
Sons and Daughters - Darling 7": I never listened to "The Repulsion Box", but I have found this new single very catchy.
Hatcham Social - So So Happy Making 7": Dandy English boys who sound so much like an early 80s Postcard-esque band that when I heard them for the first time, I thought they were actually from the era! Many thanks to Dorian for introducing me to their foppish tunes in the first place.
Ariadne bought The Jesus and Mary Chain's "Head On" 7" and Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" 7". What a day for singles! I left behind a Railway Children LP - I have heard of them before, and I noticed the record was released on Factory. I had a little listen to it and it wasn't too bad, but can anybody offer a recommendation or otherwise?
So really, I have been very naughty, but these new purchases will give me many hours of listening delights. My only problem now? My record player has stopped spinning and I don't know how to fix it! My heartbreak cannot be expressed. (UPDATE: Record player appears to be working; however, it appears to hate Sons and Daughters by deciding not to spin whenever I play this single. Hmmm...is it possible to make the hole in the middle of the record a little bigger? I think this is my problem.) Before it broke, however, I was enjoying my new listening delights, and, being as vain as I am, I documented it photographically.
Hope you're enjoying your Easter break!