It’s been over a month since I came home from NYC, and I just realized that I never got around to posting the ONLY album I actually bought while I was there… and the story behind me buying it.
I wasn’t planning on buying any records while I was there, mostly because I didn’t have any room to pack them in my suitcase & safely get them home if I did buy a bunch (A couple of days *after* I went shopping with Sean, amorversal gave me the great idea of mailing them to myself, and I wish I had thought of it earlier when I was AT the record stores!)
I was very tempted to buy some albums when I was going through the Village, checking out record stores with Sean on that first day… I probably looked like a kid in a candy store when I saw the incredible selection at the very first shop we stopped at, Rebel Rebel Records. - If I had let myself actually start buying albums that day, I could’ve easily burned-through half my paycheck in that store alone, just seeing all the albums that I can NEVER find at my local shop.
While we were in that first store, I had remarked to Sean how I can never seem to find any Violent Femmes on vinyl, anywhere. He seemed surprised, but sure enough I checked the ‘V’ section at Rebel Rebel, and even though that place had just about everything else you could imagine, there was no Violent Femmes to be found. Sean even asked the owner of the store who was up at the counter and he confirmed that they didn’t have any in stock.
Somehow, over the next five or six record shops that we went into that day, it started becoming almost a running-joke with us… I would check the ‘V’ section in every store, not find anything from the Femmes, then tell Sean, “See, they’re impossible to find!” - and then he’d ask whoever was behind the counter, and the results were always the same in every single place we went: No Violent Femmes to be found.
The next day, I met up and went to breakfast with Jenni after her flight-in. I had originally planned on spending a bit more time in Greenwich Village checking out the record stores, but we were now running a few hours behind because her flight was late, so we decided to just start heading towards the hotel to drop off our luggage instead. As we were just heading west, a bit north of the village (really just wandering in hopes of finding the right subway line to get us closer to the hotel) there was a record store in front of us, called Other Music. - I probably wouldn’t have even walked in there if she hadn’t mentioned that it had been forever since she had actually been in a record store.
While Jenni was looking around I decided to look in the ‘V’ section there, truly not expecting to find anything again… but wouldn’t you know it, there it was: exactly ONE copy left of the 180-gram reissue of the Violent Femmes debut album!
Now, after all that, how could I NOT buy it?!!
I somehow managed to get it home in one piece… I had to carefully pack it in the center of my suitcase, so it didn’t get bent, and because my suitcase was already kind of stuffed, I even made sure to wear all of the bulkiest clothes I had brought that last day to go home, so it wouldn’t be as packed. (Thankfully, it was the only bitter cold day of the trip, so wearing extra layers ended-up being a good thing!)
So, this album has been on my turntable for most of the past month since I got back. I can’t even remember how many times I’ve played the incredible first side of this album [“Blister in the Sun”, “Kiss Off”, “Please Do Not Go”, “Add It Up”, and “Confessions”], but I know it’s been A LOT!
Thanks again Sean, for taking me around to the record stores, and giving me a tour of the Village. Getting to hangout with you that first day was a great, unplanned highlight of my trip. - And many thanks to Jenni, for wanting to stop in to the store that next day!
[Oops, it’s a little late now for Vinyl Sunday… But I’ve been planning to write this one for weeks now, so I’m just glad that I finally finished it!]