HAPPY VAL- the new lovedrug from ARC – take two and call me in the morning…

14 02 2013


B.here.now (70s ref. – look it up) :   I once DJ at Danceteria on Valentines Day in the 80s.  It was a disaster.  I only played old 30s – 60s songs.  EVERYONE hated it and wouldn’t dance.  So much for trying something diff.

Lucky for us everyone is diff. these days.  People actually want to know what every single one of us does, did and does not.

Recently I was asked to relieve my shame and recommend some ‘Love Songs” for a fab Valentines MIX Project and compilation by our pal Eilon Paz.  EP runs Dust and Grooves, the amazing site of photos of record collectors.

I was joined by a cadre of other notables who have exhaustive record collections, amateur Cupids (the original armed Drone) and experts all, who have been photographed by Eilon.

The results are here and you can sample 3 hours of mush, gush and rush to get you through the night.  Highly recommended.

My picks for you to track down, were:

“In the Land of My Dreams” – Anna Domino

“The Sweetest Girl” – Scritti Politti

“The First Girl” – Incredible String Band

“L’Atalante (Main Title)” – Narciso Yepes

“Only One You” – Melody Beecher

And did I ever tell you about the day I DJ’d for 100 sets of identical twins, at El International, each twin seated opposite itself?

A Blizzard of Sound

9 02 2013


Last Thursday Fred + B wandered over to lower Soho to see a gallery show that caught our ear, “We Buy White Albums.” It’s by artist Rutherford Chang, who confesses a passion for cataloging, so of course we liked him instantly. Here you can view the 650+ copies of the first pressings of the Beatles’ White Album (undated. Capitol Records. real title: Beatles) with the band’s name embossed on the white cover. The Recess Gallery functions as an anti-store (place that buys things off you and sells nothing), complete with neon signage, respite from the inappropriate commercial sprawl of the Met and MOMA.

As you may know the earlier versions of this double LP were numbered, and contained a few letter or symbol prefixes. While no one knows exactly, looking at our copies and talking to Rutherford, the numbered copies range into the three millions.


He had only one copy older than our earliest numbered copy here at the ARC, 0015105. Like ours, most of these artifacts have split covers, are tattered and yellowing. In his record store-like racks a clean white edge immediately catches your eye, on the gallery wall the ones that are drawn on evoked a kind of folk art, the flat white surface offering a chance to make the commercial, personal. One of our favorites was this one from Argentina featuring our favorite band, Los Beatles.


Beyond the visual, you can listen to any copy, and your informed choices will be part of an instant aural mix and eventually a layered reimagining of the album.

So trek through all that white stuff this weekend and have a look/listen to “We Buy White Albums.” You can also attend the closing Reception on March 7, 6-9pm to see how the collection has grown and the show evolved.

Recess Gallery, January 7 – March 9, 2013.  (646) 863-3765‎    info@recessactivities.org

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