I often joke that I'm one of the last females left on earth who collects vinyl records. I don't actually believe that, but I have yet to find another girl who actively collects. Even in record stores I only run into the gents. There have been times when I've walked into a store and the guys just stare at me like they've never seen a female audiophile before. I imagine it's much like finding a girl in a comic book store on Big Bang Theory.
I'm the girl who spends hours locating and then exploring record stores when on vacation. You may recall I came home with a few albums from New Orleans last summer. My girl Jewels didn't even question my need to explore not one, but two different record shops in town. Because she just knows that it's my thing.
When I announced I was headed to Portland, Maine three different friends insisted I visit Bull Moose records in the downtown area. Luckily I was staying a few blocks away, so it was my first stop as I headed out to explore.
Among the many treasures they had there, I found two I couldn't live without. Neon Trees Picture Show and Pixies Surfer Rosa. Y'all know how much I love Neon Trees, and especially Tyler's angelic voice. The Pixies are a whole different beast though.
I first heard the Pixies at the 2004 Voodoo Fest in NOLA. From the first song I didn't like them. I thought they were trying too hard. But of course I was drunk, and waiting to hear the likes of The Killers, Beastie Boys, and Green Day. What did I know.
Upon returning home to Chicago a friend convinced me to try listening again, but sober. And I liked what I heard. They were raw, and energetic, and totally my kind of music. Lesson learned: don't drink and judge a band. Especially at an outdoor venue too big for anyone to play proper.
Tyler is totally checking out her bewbies.
I'm the girl who walks into a record store not knowing what I'm looking for. Sure, I have a short list of albums I'd love to get my hands on. But for the most part, I just want to flip through everything they've got and see what calls to me. I've found some of my favorite albums that way, including a few rare finds. The Pixies remind me of someone, so when he popped into my mind upon setting eyes on this album cover, I just had to have it.
Have you ever bought something simply because it reminded you of someone close?
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