This singles collection / double LP covers Ty Segall odds and ends spanning 2007-2010, including split singles, collaborations, and demos. It's a really good snapshot of a developing artist who in my mind leading rock-n-roll through the 2010's. He put out 3 (THREE!!!) outstanding records in 2012 alone.
This is a recreation of Velvet Underground's debut album done 21st Century San Francisco Style. We have Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Kelly Stoltz, White Fence, and more.... sounds like a massive San Fran garage psych block party, with everyone surprising their neighbors with an unexpected take.
Beautiful 12" (4 songs) from the legendary Lawrence, Kansas quartet. I bought this from them when they played the Links Club in '91 and they threw in a purple glow-in-the-dark shirt. I think the Grays disbanded shortly after this, as Chuck Mead moved down to Nashville (where he leads his own band today.)
Doesn't get more tangible than this.
I have a funny story about this record. I used to have a factory-made tape of this '77 gem during my nomadic phase in the late 80's. Recently arrived in Atlanta, I had this barback gig at the penthouse bar on top of the downtown Hilton.
The dance side had a dj booth with a lighted dancefloor and wicked soundsystem but the dj rarely showed. The sound system wasn't locked up but the records were so I was limited on my "liberties" on those slow nights....
My wife hates this cover but it's usually the one laying face up on Sunday morning.
If you've never heard Thee Oh Sees, they are hard to describe. They are a San Francisco-based quartet with a lot of psych/garage influence. The lead guy wields an electric 12-string very aggressively and finds some great sounds. The have that hard-edged noize meets delicate medley feel of Queens of the Stone Age along with punk angst but a charmig 60's psychadelic ode.
Henry's request (my 9-year-old.) I remember buying this at Chesterfield Mall in St. Louis after swim practice one night and I was probably 10 years old (79ish). This is the same slab and still sounds great for oil crisis thinness.
You all know this record. The real achievements here are "What Is And What Should Never Be" and "The Lemon Song." I have to wince when I hear "Whole Lotta Love" but somehow that song still holds up when you hear it with vinyl crackles and hum.