SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – 8 PM – 2 AM –
HOST/DJ TONY “THE LUCK OF LUCIEN” MEDINA PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS
Over 20 years ago, the San Francisco-based publisher Re/Search, a successor to the punk rock fanzine Search & Destroy, put out their first volume of an overview of peculiar, arcane and otherwise forgotten records appropriately titled Incredibly Strange Music (Vol. II would come out the following year). As stated in a review by Michael Tierno on the respected trade publication Library Journal, Incredibly Strange Music encapsulates . . .
In a series of entertaining, informative, and sometimes moving interviews, the volume’s various contributors lead collectors of strange recordings from quaint musings about various recording acts to deeper speculations about society and what we can learn about it by examining “strange music.” Certainly, one can say that the collection seems to capture our fascination with putting on a record just about anything–from seashore sounds to Muhammad Ali speaking out against tooth decay to cab drivers talking about New York City. Perhaps the book’s deeper message hints at the landscape of ever-slipping innocence of our culture, reflected here in its recording art. Libraries will do well to carry this valuable study, since it not only lists odd music but any and everything producers saw fit to record.
Like urban archaeologists, many of these avid collectors of ephemeral recordings followed normal paths like that to their local used record stores, estate sales and even their families personal holdings to unearth what others whom avidly read Goldmine Magazine, the leading appraiser of vintage vinyl records, as suspect, without interest or any perceivable value. But, like any good archaeological digger, these collectors began to look at other avenues for what they considered records that escaped the normal consensus of what was “good” and were drawn to those oddities that often defied description and slipped under the floorboards of cultural approval.
Some of these vinyl diggers would go door-to-door ringing bells and asking if anyone in the home had any old records that they wanted to get rid of, others would go dumpster diving through alleyways sifting through others discarded waste while many more likely, took weekly (or daily) pilgrimages to thrift stores in town or when traveling on the road flipping through bins and underneath dusty shelves. That was often were the “mother lode” could be found when one was looking to score some “black gold”.
Writer David Todd in an 1994 article in Wire captured the essence of these vinyl treasure hunters . . .
The Incredibly Strange Music books are mondo archaeology for vinyl fetishists. They exhume a hidden world of plastic where exotic Easy Listening, modern primitives, suburban astronauts, Bavarian sex symbols and singing psychics co-exist in fabulous Living Stereo. . . . the terrain is mapped implicitly by truckers, loggers, strippers, Hawaiians, Christians, psychics, wrestlers, Satanists, singing cops, sound sculptors, rockabillies, monsters, surfers and people who have yet to discover a talent of any description and seem unlikely to do so in their lifetime.
To showcase this alternative history of vinyl, Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar will be starting a new monthly residency on Sunday, September 28 (and every following 4th Sunday of the month) titled The Thrift Score: Incredibly Strange Music Night. Hosted by vinyl enthusiast and deep digger deejay Tony “The Luck of Lucien” Medina, The Thrift Score will pay heartfelt tribute to those forgotten gems and curiosities that have fallen beneath the cracks yet deserve much-belated recognition. Tony will be joined with other collectors of “low culture” who find value in the eccentric and abnormal and share their passion and oddities with others including Joe Bryl, Maria’s musical director and fellow collector of vinyl peculiarities for over three decades for the September 28 kick-off.
To add a visually complimentary component to the sounds, The Thrift Score will also screen on DVD an equally peculiar grouping of Incredibly Strange Films (yet another Re/Search guidebook to undervalued and under appreciated psychotronic and cult movies published in 1986). Some of low-budget and quirky films will include Gimme Gimme Octopus, a Japanese children’s TV show about an octopus and a peanut who are in love with the same walrus, Mondo Bizarro, an quasi-exploitation documentary from the Swinging Sixties, Superman Donuyor, a Turkish take on America’s most-beloved super hero, Santo en el Tesoro de Dracula, a Mexican Lucha Libre wrestling film featuring the Prince of Darkness and The Hooked Generation, an outrageous psychedelic trip featuring homicide, hypodermics and hippies-gone-bad.
There is no cover for The Thrift Score.