Along with his wife, KPR's Laura Lorson, Kelly Corcoran is the owner of Love Garden. The store -- a downtown Lawrence staple for over 15 years -- is frequently mentioned as one of the country's best record stores, or so I hear each and every time I'm talking records with folks around the country.
Since this Saturday is Record Store Day, we felt it fairly appropriate to have the owner of actual, honest-to-goodness record store make us this week's playlist. Corcoran made us what is the most epic one to date, saying only, "Sorry, I do this for a living, ya know..."
I just can't get enough of the Live at Massey Hall release. The version of A Man Needs a Maid/Heart of Gold kills me.
I saw Jenn Wasner from Wye Oak play a Neil Young song at the shop recently, and she didn't change the gender-prospective in the tune. Sometimes songs are personal enough that you don't wanna screw with them. Neil Young songs manage to be just that but without making me wanna kill him.
Dave E. & the Cool Marriage Counselors, "Searching Through Sears"
So the Dave E. & the Cool Marriage Counselors tune "Searching Through Sears" is honest and goofy and catchy and has a xylophone. C'mon, its about the trials of bargain hunting at big stores. That's about as American as possible, right?
The new Flaming Lips record has been overshadowed by the bands short-sighted performance and recording of a Pink Floyd album. I can understand why, but the drums on this record SOUND SO GREAT that it makes up for every flaw you could mention. Drummer Kliph Scurlock finally gets his due and he brings it.
the Breeders, "Divine Hammer"
We had a big sale of 90s Alternative stuff in late February, and I scored a 7" single of this tune. One of my favorite Breeders songs. Oh, and I think Kim Deal is the best part of the Pixies, hands down.
Fever Ray, "When I Grow Up"
I played this record quite a bit during the winter.
We've been playing lots of 60s, 70s & early 80s African records in the store lately, but this is a MODERN record of Afro-influenced funk & jazz that keeps me coming back for more.
Sandwitches, "Back to the Sea"
I'm a huge sucker for the modern girl-group sound. This one has that plus the shambolic amateurism + simple catchy tune combo I'm always looking for.
Best Coast, "Sun Was High (So Was I)"
That lazy fuzzy pop tune of the Summer didn't really get to me til the Fall, but I loved it anyway. Pretty romantic, eh? I'M STONED AND YR ON MY MIND.
Her last album was one of my favorites of 2008, and I figured this one would be a dud. I was WRONG. It rules.
This is the last track on my favorite compilation of 2009, Forge Your Own Chains. It's a collection of Psychedelic tunes from 1968-1974. It's really well selected, the liner notes are really informative and fun to read, and really well sequenced. We actually had to take a hiatus from listening to this at Love Garden because of the Brain-Melting side effects.
I love cover tunes when a band modifies the song and makes it work within their aesthetic. I dig the Dum Dum Girls, and especially like this Rolling Stones cover, for already noted reasons.
My favorite function of electronic dance music isn't dancing. I love playing this record while reading comic books about Norman Osborn's (aka Green Goblin) fall from power. Dude, Thor has hit the Sentry with his hammer a bunch of times and now the VOID has taken control! Man, this record does it for me, but if I play it in the shop the employees mock me.
Spacemen 3, "Lord Can you Hear Me"
THE heavy guitar fuzz-band does a touching traditional song. Probably my favorite song to play when I'm down and out.
I've always been a mark for the Reigning Sound. This tune from the most recent record really hit me. Ends up this song is also a cover, but this is the first I've heard of it. Regardless, the lyrics really do it for me. The aunry entrepreneurial spirit in me, I guess.
In 2008 and 2009 we declared that it was the "Summer of Creedence" at Love Garden. 2010 will be no different.
So we mentioned the (seemingly) endless supply of great African records being reissued these days, and here's a great example. I can't get enough of this kind of thing.
Ali Farka Toure, "Toungere." From the River
I dug this record out from my personal stacks in the last few months. This whole record is strong, but this track take the cake.
Ada Richards, "I'm Drunk and Real High." From Good God!: Born Again Funk
Obscure Funky Gospel tunes. The stuff of record-collecting fever. Just get the compilations and save yourself the trouble.