Dry spell

You’d think that over the course of a couple of months that have seen our local record show, a couple of pop-up record sales and Green Bay’s oldest record store having its long goodbye, I’d be hip deep in records.

Nope. Been going through a dry spell when it comes to record digging. A few finds here and there. That’s it.

That, in turn, has dampened my enthusiasm for the hunt. Just not digging record digging at the moment.

I’ve been through stretches like that before, but this one feels like it’s going to last a while.

Group photo of 4 record covers: "Mambo," Xavier Cugat, 1953; "Based on the ABC-TV show Shindig!" 1964; "Inner City Beat" theme compilation, 2014; "Laurel Canyon," Jackie DeShannon, 1968.

That said, some things I found at those recent digs:

  • “Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets Highlights,” a cool comp of L.A. pop, circa 1965 to 1968.
  • “Mambo,” a Xavier Cugat 10-inch record from 1953.
  • A couple of 45s from Baby Grand and Truc, two early ’70s Wisconsin bands.
  • “The Many Moods of Willie Mitchell” from 1969.
  • A Hanna-Barbera Organ and Chimes Christmas record from 1966.
  • A “Shindig!”-inspired comp from 1964.
  • “Inner City Beat,” a comp of British spy, detective and thriller themes from 2014.
  • Another 45, this one “2+2=?/Ivory” by the Bob Seger System, a 2017 reissue.
  • “Laurel Canyon” by Jackie DeShannon from 1969.
  • “Call Me Man!” by the Jules Blattner Group from 1971.
  • Area Code 615’s first LP from 1969.
  • A reissue of the Dennis Coffey Trio’s first record, “Hair and Thangs” from 1969.

Yes, that is a nice stack of records. Some nice cover art, too.

But that’s three months of record digging. If that constitutes a dry spell, maybe I’ve been buying too many records. That is entirely possible.

Then again, when the folks from Strictly Discs in Madison picked up a collection near Milwaukee earlier this month, there were thousands of records in that basement. They showed some on an Instagram reel. “This is less than half of the 24,000 records,” they said as they walked between the floor-the-ceiling shelves.

Wonder whether that collector ever went through a dry spell.

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