Saturday, 28 September 2013

LP's LPs update Sept 28/13

Things around the shop besides records...

A beautiful 70's Disco lunch box with Thermos. I can't believe it's still here, isn't it back to school time?

My wheels on wheels sculptures along side Jason Evan's colourful posters. Jason was a resident artist at the AGO in the spring. He sends me exotic record store bags from across the seas, he also left me with a stack of his beautiful posters. Visit The Daily Nice to see Jason's daily photos.

This groovy lamp lights up the passage to the basement of LP's where people have dug up their Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, Phil Collins, Sheena Easton, Ghostface Killa, Blondie, Aretha Franklin, Rush, L.E.B. Harmony, International Music System, Chrome, Visitors, Droids. I don't just have rare & obscure stuff, I was very happy to sell a Grease album today, merely hours after placing it on the shelf.

This sculpture is from 2009, it is a clay piece that was designed in much the same way that many of the Plasticine models were made for my 2006 ink series. The clay was almost dried up, I broke it into pieces glued it to a base and painted it. In the background is a flyer for the Modular Synth documentary "I Dream Of Wires". See the site here.

The doc is produced partly by local synth enthusiast Jason Amm, Also known as Solvent, and for bringing us the monthly Minimal-Cold Wave night ICE MACHINE. First Friday of every month at Embassy bar in Toronto.

Here is a new addition to the walls, this ink drawing is equally inspired by my recent X-Canada drive as it is by a more recent purchase of a Ralph Lundsten album entitled Shangri-La. Ralph Lundsten is a Swedish electronic music pioneer who lives in a castle. See it here.

 The cover art to Shangri-La is done in blue, it depicts a robot giving flowers to a beautiful naked lady in the woods by moonlight.My drawing obviously copies some of those elements, but of course I have been using many of these themes for years already. So I'll do what I want!

Here are two pics of some fantastic finger puppets by Toronto Artist Maryanna Hardy. These are hand made little works of art. Also artwork, prints and crafts by Caitlyn Murphy, Valkyrie, Fiona Smyth, Roxanne Ignatius, Fox Rushmore, Jason Evans, Robert Dayton & more are found throughout the shop.

But if we are looking  for records, there are many new additions...

Night Crawlers, The Little Black Egg, a psychedelic garage rarity form 1967. A real gem of a record on original Kapp records.

Stray, self titled release on Trans Atlantic, 1971.
An awesome bluesy psych record for fans of Blue Cheer and UK proto-metal.

Many more albums include LIQUID SKY original soundtrack 1983, Beaver & Krause' Guide to Electronic Music on Nonsuch 1968, Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band original 1967, Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Michael Lobel's Trip-Tych 1977,Canadian Electronic Ensemble 1981, Mile Davis, Husker Du, Lou Champagne System, and many more. Also available are these smart looking MAPL tote bags to carry stuff with.

LP's LPs, 104 Ossington ave, Toronto.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

X Canada tripper

 These are some random shots from my recent cross Canada drive.

LP's update Sept 14/13

New selections at LP's include Cabaret Voltaire's 1979 debut on Rough Trade, Cocteau Twins first album Garlands, Psyche's Insomnia Theatre, Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music from 1975, IKO '83, Broken Tables, Arthur Brown's galactic Zoo Dossier, L'umanoide by Ennio Morricone, Swans, Tim Blake, Chris & Cosey, Sonic Youth.... etc

 LP's LPs is back to normal hours now that summer is over. 12 - 9pm daily. Closed mondays.
 LP's LPs at 104 Ossington ave. Toronto's place to get interesting 70's & 80's electronica, rare Canadian wave, Quebec disco, Space disco, prog, psyche, indie and other gems. All vinyl.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Go West Young Man

Late August is my favorite time of year. Everything has reached it's peak. Tourists are going home with new T-shirts. Labour day strikes, jets tear open the sky, then it's time to find a pumpkin. I like it for reasons that have to do with the senses, with sounds, smells, watching as the insects continue their inherent magic, and the seasons change. Here in Toronto, it's back to school, it's the yearly exhibition, and matured spiders. The colour of the sky and our atmosphere changes. The light reminds us of last year, it really is my favorite. Subtle, sweet, magical. Now it is September, I am driving out to Alberta in a rented car. Along the way I meant to collect records, but Labour day = everything closed = no records until...1000km...Regina! That's OK, alot of other things to enjoy like rotting tourist traps. Dusty old ghost towns, decayed monuments, great lighting! Yeah, and it also gets me when spell check underlines my "our's" mistaking them for "or's" which is Amerikan, not Canadian. (see colour & labour). This also happens in crosswords, which is really annoying.
Any way:

Here is a great place to stay in Wawa Ontario

A great place to eat, if you can get in. Try the Ghost Ribs! Mmmm, with phantom sauce. Good.

Yes, and driving the new Hyundai VeLOSTer. The name is precious, even when I am going nowhere, I am going there above the speed limit.

I can't find the locate button! My ringtone is making bubble sounds.

Water front gem

Water frontage! frontage. Get it while it's wet. A perfect opportunity. A brown wading pool/gift shop. This is where dreams begin, and nightmares just sit around and wait.

Here comes a nightmare now...

Sintaluta , about 1 hour east of Regina. Always wanted to visit this place, the Greyhound passed through here. "Not anymore" said the man at BOB's Antiques. Sintaluta. population 100, is being scrubbed off the map by our fast obsessed world, and the guy working at BOB's knows all about it. But you can buy liquor at the gas station, and there is a museum, see diagram to the left.

 Here is BOB's, where I spent some time, and bought a 70's DISCO lunch box. Please read more about stupendous Sintaluta here