Now that I'm once again unemployed, I am locked back into that vicious cycle of having too much time and no money, and going to fill that time by buying dance records with money I don't have, for gigs at which I can't play dance music.
In the last week I've hit up all my usual record haunts, and I want to try this thing where I review my top spots, so I'm going to start with my favorite:
Impressively, A1 has always kept up with/paralleled my evolving music taste over the last 6 years: start with funk; go to hip-hop; combine the two and get to disco; see where disco leads and get into 80s; combine the two again and get into house. All the while affording me the opportunity to buy the odd 90s rock record or old folk/hippie album. I have so many garbage records and so many "for the collection" records that both come from A1 that I can't even begin to list them: probably a good 30% of my collection comes from that place alone!
So here, completely at random, are some of my A1 finds:
JAY-Z - MURDA MURDA (MARCYVILLE) (mp3)
After downloading a million versions with some radio idiot babbling over the intro, I finally found this goddam record on the most bootleggy bootleg of all time. Thanks, Street Joint records!
STEPHANIE MILLS - PUT YOUR BODY IN IT 12" MIX (mp3)
The record this is from is a perfect disco 12. One side has "Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin" -- the classy cocktail burner, and the flipside has "Put Your Body" -- the disco strutter. Fire!!!
BUZZCOCKS - SOMETHING'S GONE WRONG AGAIN (streaming)
I found the Buzzcocks Product CD box set at A1 -- the linear notes were signed by the band!