How did I used to find out...
2-11-09 How did I used to find out about new music?
First and foremost, my family. I could always talk to my brother about records – or to my two sisters. My parents had records too – but…I couldn’t really talk to my dad about “new” music.
At around age 12, I could talk to the hippies that worked in the hippie record store, downtown. They would play me LP’s I asked about: “What’s this sound like?”.
Every so often, my mother would bring me a music magazine – after visiting a big newsstand at Farmer’s Market in
Apart from the hippie record store, I also visited Wallach’s Music City, in nearby
Maybe it was when my dad took me to
Eventually, I came to try and hear new music on the FM radio – maybe circa ’70 or so. That really wasn’t much help – I eventually found decent FM radio about ’72 or so – where I could hear neat stuff on KPFK-FM (90.7 Pacifica Radio) – after midnight!
My parents would travel to
I started regularly going up to record stores and swap meets in
Hanging out in record stores, and – eventually – working in a record store, one got to hear whatever else was on anybody’s agenda. Nascent punk rock, a bit of electric C&W, some Italian horror film soundtracks etc.
I also met some people who facilitated my experience: other record collectors, music enthusiasts – even people in the music business. Travel also broadened my listening experience – To Europe in ’79, NZ in ’81…Japan in ’94 etc.
Early 80’s: Tower Records on Sunset Blvd. in
The 80’s roar along and we get internet in the 90’s. These days, I receive several email newsletters from mail-order companies and a few local indie record stores. And my razor sharp friends will usually alert me to stuff of interest (such as a Nov. ’08 A Certain Ratio CD that I haven’t yet found! Thanks, Bob!).
Thanks to Tony H., Wes O., and all the usual cast of characters: Brian, Jim, Chas etc.