It Came From the Bins 08/29

This week at the bins, I found a couple books of CD’s…

Misfits, AFI

…which are pretty worthless these days, but it’s not always about the money when it comes to picking. So, let’s talk about the nostalgia of compilations, weird music listening habits, and stupid things I think are cool for whatever reason… Sometimes the things that I never would have expected to have any value to me end up having some kind of worth when I stumble upon them in a different light.

2PacWhy I like CD’s

In this digital age I’ve tried over time to keep a decent record of everything I listen to online. I find it interesting to see what I was listening to heavily a few months back as well as what I may have been listening to a few years back. It’s also neat to see how much time I spent listening to music, or making music on certain days of the week. I was pretty addicted to Last.fm the first time I saw the site, but it’s also good to have some guilty pleasures… and Last.fm can’t track my CD player (or my record player for that matter.) So, bring on the garbage music…

Phantom Planet, Birdman

New Music Challenge

Over the years I’ve challenged myself to expand what I listen to by finding new music through unconventional means. This was another aspect of Last.fm that I loved… and now the way I use Spotify. There have been a few other New Music Challenges over the years, but the most recent one involves the bins, and works a bit like this…

When I find CD’s (or records,) I just grab them indiscriminately, then I force myself to listen to them. All of them (…at least once.) In addition, I have a rule that I only allow found CD’s in my car. Nothing that I’ve paid new prices for… I feel like CD’s in the car usually get messed up or broken, so it’s a pretty good rule to have only CD’s that we’re extremely cheap be allowed to ride shotgun.

So here’s some interesting stuff that I found in my most recent trip to the bins…

Incubus – the album they came out with after S.C.I.E.N.C.E. that I (for some reason) always refer to as Pardon Me
Boo-Tay – This is a compilation, that may as well be a 2 Live Crew album. It does, however, have Hip Hop Hooray, which makes it amazing.
Poison the Well – I used to listen to these guys for a bit, here and there, back in the day… never got too into them, but this is the 2nd one of their albums I’ve found whilst picking, and I gotta say… I don’t know the names of any of it, but this is some good -ish.
Norma Jean – The cover is black on black, just like the music… the only thing I don’t like is 13 minutes into track 5. I’m wondering why any of these tracks needs to exceed 3-5 minutes.

 

…and I Didn’t Break Any Records.

So, this is pretty sketchy, and it’s super shitty snow storm outside so… I didn’t do my traditional Illustration Lottery for today. Anyway, here’s the sketch for a new So, I Had This Dream. It’s just the photo blue & graphite pencil, but…  I did ink the text (otherwise it would appear invisible.) This will probably be done in the next couple days, so we’ll see how it turns out. Anyway, here it goes…

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Albert Ross Returns!

This was a style of quickness that I learned from Red Meat. I always wanted to apply it to Albatross (sp?), but never really got around to it until today. The slab serif font could use a little thickness, because it gets really hard to read at this size (just click it to see the full view.)

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If you’ve never listened to King Diamond, you probably won’t get this… and if you’ve never listened to Them, you definitely won’t. It doesn’t matter though, usually these types of comics don’t make sense.

Coats & Corpses

As some of you may or may not know… I’ve maintained a “record label” website and tried to consistently work on random musical projects. So, I had a project over the past couple days where I was working on called The Nuns of Yore. While working on that, I decided that it was also time to go back and redo the way I have the current Coats & Corpses website to have some more up to date releases… like the Pucker Up… EXPLODE! albums I’ve been releasing.

All this being said… I haven’t really posted anything online that I’ve been working on since the last PUE album (other than the 2 New Years songs) So, today I submit to you… a demo compilation that I made for myself in December to keep my head in the game. See what I like and what I’d like to change… either way, this is the first taste of Thirty-Three. The following 9 tracks are not complete… a lot of them just sort of end, some of them may never make it past this “release”, others may go onto other projects (track 8 is being used in The Nuns of Yore) …and this is actually the second demo I’ve put together for Thirty-Three… maybe one day I’ll post the first one if anyone else is into my musical evolution. Probably not though…

DEMO

  1. Guerrillas By Night
  2. Whichest Rights?
  3. The Most Popular Clique in School
  4. Smells Like Old Books
  5. Gin & Tonic Sundays (Instrumental)
  6. Unicorn War Party
  7. Jenny Got Married
  8. Flowers for the Lady Who Got Hit On… By a Vehicle
  9. Depretiation Day