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My Haul From the WFMU File Honest

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Over the weekend, I spent a while on the WFMU Record and CD Fair — a New York establishment returning in particular person for the primary time since 2019. A fund-raiser for the nice, listener-supported radio station, this 12 months’s File Honest featured over 100 sellers hawking vinyl and different musical sundries on the Knockdown Middle in Queens. I browsed for hours, and by the point I used to be accomplished my again was sore from hunching over crates and my arms ached from all of the data I used to be toting round. Who says document gathering isn’t a sport?

That lingering pang in my shoulder, although, meant I left with a reasonably respectable document haul — which I used to create as we speak’s playlist.

Some folks go to document gala’s able to drop large bucks on uncommon finds and coveted collectibles. That wasn’t my goal, although: I used to be in it for a budget thrills and spontaneous discoveries. I discovered, for instance, a implausible, good-as-new-condition Ike & Tina Turner dwell album I’d by no means heard, at a stand the place most data had been marked all the way down to 50 p.c off within the occasion’s remaining hours. (On condition that deal, I threw in a duplicate of Dinosaur Jr.’s scuzzy traditional “You’re Residing All Over Me” on the final minute, too.) For $5 or much less, I acquired data by Bob Dylan and Roberta Flack.

However I additionally realized concerning the perils of the low cost bin. Once I added a $3 copy of Waylon Jennings’s “Biggest Hits” to my pile, I assumed I’d checked the situation of the LP. However apparently I hadn’t regarded on the label. For once I pulled it out of its sleeve yesterday and went to play it, I discovered that I used to be really in possession of … Neil Diamond’s “12 Biggest Hits, Quantity II.” Discuss a impolite awakening.

General, although, the truthful was a blast, and a chance to attach with document sellers in a setting far more personable than ordering one thing off Discogs. Every stall had its personal fashion and persona quirks — just like the one graciously providing a questionably massive bowl of free “I <3 Leslie Gore” buttons — plus a distinctly curated number of data ready to be browsed. It was like visiting the Essential Road of a small city comprised solely of document shops. What a dream!

So right here’s a playlist curated solely from the data I purchased on the truthful. Get pleasure from, and keep in mind: At all times examine the label of what you’re shopping for, otherwise you would possibly end up confusedly listening to Neil Diamond’s “America.”

Listen along on Spotify as you read.

Right here’s a quick, whimsical, tone-setting opener — that includes lead vocals from Carl Wilson — from the Seashore Boys’ 1967 album “Smiley Smile.” . (Listen on YouTube)

Kraftwerk’s 1981 album “Laptop World” simply may be its most influential, having been sampled by numerous musicians and, within the case of “Computer Love,” fairly shamelessly ripped off by Coldplay. Although the album’s lyrical fascination with house laptop know-how embodies that quintessentially Kraftwerkian mixture of the quaint and the foreboding, the document nonetheless sounds unbelievably contemporary and up to date, like a crackling transmission from a future that’s simply now coming to be. (Listen on YouTube)

And now for one thing fully completely different, right here’s a perennial ripper from Dinosaur Jr.’s 1987 launch “You’re Residing All Over Me.” If you search for “shambolic” within the dictionary, this tune routinely begins taking part in. (Listen on YouTube)

“Want” was a uncommon ’70s Dylan album lacking from my vinyl assortment, so I couldn’t resist scooping up a duplicate for $5. The Homeric travelogue “Isis” is maybe most indicative of the album’s fashion: A winding, narrative-driven story tune that, at its coronary heart, is de facto an indirect meditation on marriage. For some purpose, I’m at all times amused by Dylan saying the phrase “the world’s largest necklace.” (Listen on YouTube)

Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks’s bold first collaboration is without doubt one of the most storied songs within the Seashore Boys’ catalog — a complete disc of the 2011 field set “The Smile Classes” is dedicated to its recording — and although Wilson finally reimagined it extra to his liking on the long-awaited “Smile” album, there’s loads of brilliance within the unique 1967 launch, which appeared on the Boys’ “Smiley Smile.” (Listen on YouTube)

As on any dwell album by Ike & Tina Turner, there isn’t a scarcity of kinetic, up-tempo numbers on the two-disc “What You Hear Is What You Get,” which paperwork a 1971 efficiency at Carnegie Corridor. However probably the greatest moments within the set comes once they play their soulful, slowed-down rendition of the Holland-Dozier-Holland traditional “A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knocking On a regular basis),” first recorded by Martha and the Vandellas however fully deconstructed by the searing vocals of Tina Turner. (Listen on YouTube)

Lou Reed’s 1973 epic “Berlin” — a tune cycle that tells the story of a doomed, drug-addled couple, Caroline and Jim — in all probability belongs on the brief checklist of essentially the most miserable albums of all time. However it’s additionally certainly one of Reed’s best, one which was a gaping gap within the “R” part of my document assortment. Please take pleasure in one of many least upsetting songs on the album (which is saying loads about “Berlin,” since this tune begins with the lyric, “How do you suppose it feels if you’re rushing and lonely?”). (Listen on YouTube)

And at last, from Roberta Flack’s 1969 debut album, “First Take,” right here is her delicately lovely cowl of Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Approach to Say Goodbye.” I by some means didn’t recognize the straightforward poetry of the lyric “Stroll me to the nook/our steps will at all times rhyme,” till listening to it sung in Flack’s voice. (Listen on YouTube)

I used to be interested by diamonds and the world’s largest necklace,


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“My Haul from the WFMU File Honest” observe checklist
Observe 1: The Seashore Boys, “Whistle In”
Observe 2: Kraftwerk, “Laptop World”
Observe 3: Dinosaur Jr., “In a Jar”
Observe 4: Bob Dylan, “Isis”
Observe 5: The Seashore Boys, “Heroes and Villains”
Observe 6: Ike & Tina Turner, “A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knocking On a regular basis)”
Observe 7: Lou Reed, “How Do You Assume It Feels”
Observe 8: Roberta Flack, “Hey, That’s No Approach to Say Goodbye”

How about some Waylon, after all?

I’ve additionally been listening to the Japanese ambient music pioneer Hiroshi Yoshimura’s lately reissued 1986 album “Encompass,” initially composed to be performed inside a sure firm’s prefabricated properties. The critic Joshua Minsoo Kim wrote a beautiful and informative review of the document for Pitchfork, noting that “Yoshimura appears to encourage listeners to focus their senses and spot how a lot music already surrounds us.” Hear if you wish to really feel such as you’re residing inside a drifting cloud.