A friend and I were discussing Funkadelic records and I thought that maybe I should investigate the state of my Funkadelic vinyl. Like the band itself, it’s kind of a mess. Even though I’ve thinned out duplicates here and there, I still somehow have four copies of the first album. One is original and playable, one is a clean reissue, one is original and cracked in half from when a shelf fell on it, and one is just a sleeve with no record. Yeah, it’s bad. The biggest prize here is my copy of “One Nation Under A Groove” that Funkadelic artist Pedro Bell signed after my group Temporary Services interviewed him a bunch of years back. He wrote: “Markodelic, May the bionic fist of zeepalogical audacity propell your entity up and beyond the Call of Booty!” Words to live by.

A friend and I were discussing Funkadelic records and I thought that maybe I should investigate the state of my Funkadelic vinyl. Like the band itself, it’s kind of a mess. Even though I’ve thinned out duplicates here and there, I still somehow have four copies of the first album. One is original and playable, one is a clean reissue, one is original and cracked in half from when a shelf fell on it, and one is just a sleeve with no record. Yeah, it’s bad. The biggest prize here is my copy of “One Nation Under A Groove” that Funkadelic artist Pedro Bell signed after my group Temporary Services interviewed him a bunch of years back. He wrote: “Markodelic, May the bionic fist of zeepalogical audacity propell your entity up and beyond the Call of Booty!” Words to live by.

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My wife and I left Chicago and went to Indiana for a couple days to get away from the fireworks/gunfire warzone that is our city on the 4th of July.
While in Lafayette we stopped in a record store where I’ve sometimes found good stuff. This time, even more so than in the past, everything was priced outrageously high - like what a record might sell for on eBay on a good day, and then doubled. It was looking impossible, but then I found this record for really cheap and was able to leave extremely happy.
If you don’t know the Sacramento band Tales of Terror, this is their one and only self-titled record from 1984, and it’s really good. Thankfully someone uploaded the whole album to Youtube so you can listen to it here. The group’s story is also quite interesting and tragic; the band’s great guitarist Lyon Wong was murdered in what sounds an awful lot like a hate crime, which effectively ended the band. More on Tales of Terror in this 2010 article Midtown Monthly.

My wife and I left Chicago and went to Indiana for a couple days to get away from the fireworks/gunfire warzone that is our city on the 4th of July.

While in Lafayette we stopped in a record store where I’ve sometimes found good stuff. This time, even more so than in the past, everything was priced outrageously high - like what a record might sell for on eBay on a good day, and then doubled. It was looking impossible, but then I found this record for really cheap and was able to leave extremely happy.

If you don’t know the Sacramento band Tales of Terror, this is their one and only self-titled record from 1984, and it’s really good. Thankfully someone uploaded the whole album to Youtube so you can listen to it here. The group’s story is also quite interesting and tragic; the band’s great guitarist Lyon Wong was murdered in what sounds an awful lot like a hate crime, which effectively ended the band. More on Tales of Terror in this 2010 article Midtown Monthly.

An ad for the record distributor Systematic (R.I.P.) scanned from issue 27 of MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL issue no. 27, August, 1985.

An ad for the record distributor Systematic (R.I.P.) scanned from issue 27 of MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL issue no. 27, August, 1985.

I did a double take when I spotted this Andre Kostelanetz record at the flea market this morning. I flipped it over and the other side is blank. Yep, someone made this cover themselves. Never underestimate the potential of a Francophile with a box of watercolors!

I did a double take when I spotted this Andre Kostelanetz record at the flea market this morning. I flipped it over and the other side is blank. Yep, someone made this cover themselves. Never underestimate the potential of a Francophile with a box of watercolors!

I picked up this odd private label record at a garage sale in my neighborhood. The name of the band is actually Silk ‘N Satin and “Request” is the title of the album, on Grand Illusion Records, from 1981. The album mostly features covers and is largely not to my taste. I’m definitely not a Santana fan but here is a rip of their cover of “Europa.” On a beautifully sunny day, I was kind of feeling this, and it definitely heats up toward the end of the song.

I picked up this odd private label record at a garage sale in my neighborhood. The name of the band is actually Silk ‘N Satin and “Request” is the title of the album, on Grand Illusion Records, from 1981. The album mostly features covers and is largely not to my taste. I’m definitely not a Santana fan but here is a rip of their cover of “Europa.” On a beautifully sunny day, I was kind of feeling this, and it definitely heats up toward the end of the song.

One of the more unusual/pointless/futile collections on the main Public Collectors website is devoted to Cop Shoot Cop’s “Piece Man” 7”.
In 1989, the New York City-based band Cop Shoot Cop released a 7” on Vertical Records titled Piece Man. The record was produced in an edition of 1000 copies, many or all of which were splattered with pig’s blood, obtained from a local butcher and applied with a spray bottle. The results are quite painterly and varied and each copy is obviously unique. Using eBay and other online sources, I have tried to locate photos of as many of the variations as possible so that they can be seen together. This collection will be complete when it includes documentation of every blood-splattered copy of this record. If you have a copy that is not represented here, please email a photograph of it to me and I’ll add it to this collection: marc [at] publiccollectors.org.
Today I added the latest addition to this collection (shown above) which was sent in by Chelsea Nantz. Her uncle is the band’s bassist, Natz! See the rest of this digital collection here.

One of the more unusual/pointless/futile collections on the main Public Collectors website is devoted to Cop Shoot Cop’s “Piece Man” 7”.

In 1989, the New York City-based band Cop Shoot Cop released a 7” on Vertical Records titled Piece Man. The record was produced in an edition of 1000 copies, many or all of which were splattered with pig’s blood, obtained from a local butcher and applied with a spray bottle. The results are quite painterly and varied and each copy is obviously unique. Using eBay and other online sources, I have tried to locate photos of as many of the variations as possible so that they can be seen together. This collection will be complete when it includes documentation of every blood-splattered copy of this record. If you have a copy that is not represented here, please email a photograph of it to me and I’ll add it to this collection: marc [at] publiccollectors.org.

Today I added the latest addition to this collection (shown above) which was sent in by Chelsea Nantz. Her uncle is the band’s bassist, Natz! See the rest of this digital collection here.

Sometimes you have to give stuff to get stuff. One of the things I picked up last winter at the L.A. Art Book Fair was this sweet little book published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Crypt Records’ first volume of the Back From the Grave series - a slew of records devoted to primitive, ugly, and wild punk-sounding garage rock bands from the 1960s. Boo-Hooray published this book on Tim Warren’s obnoxious enterprise in an edition of 300 copies and the catch was that you could only get a copy by trading something for it. I got mine by trading one booklet made by Public Collectors, and another published by Temporary Services, the group I’m a member of. There’s a whole discussion over at Terminal Boredom about the things other people traded to nab one.

Sometimes you have to give stuff to get stuff. One of the things I picked up last winter at the L.A. Art Book Fair was this sweet little book published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Crypt Records’ first volume of the Back From the Grave series - a slew of records devoted to primitive, ugly, and wild punk-sounding garage rock bands from the 1960s. Boo-Hooray published this book on Tim Warren’s obnoxious enterprise in an edition of 300 copies and the catch was that you could only get a copy by trading something for it. I got mine by trading one booklet made by Public Collectors, and another published by Temporary Services, the group I’m a member of. There’s a whole discussion over at Terminal Boredom about the things other people traded to nab one.

One panel from the giant fold-out cover of Hawkwind’s 1973 double live album Space Ritual. Art by Barney Bubbles.

One panel from the giant fold-out cover of Hawkwind’s 1973 double live album Space Ritual. Art by Barney Bubbles.

The Sweet - “Little Willy” / “Man From Mecca” 7”, RCA Records, 1972.

The Sweet - “Little Willy” / “Man From Mecca” 7”, RCA Records, 1972.

The Sweet - “The Ballroom Bitz” / “Rock & Roll Disgrace” 7”, RCA Records, 1973.

The Sweet - “The Ballroom Bitz” / “Rock & Roll Disgrace” 7”, RCA Records, 1973.

Don Caballero’s early “Unresolved Karma" / "Puddin’ In My Eye" 7" on Broken Giraffe Records, 1992. Cover art by Paul Brainard. I was living in Pittsburgh when I bought this and saw Don Caballero many times, including their very first show. Of what I’ve heard by the group, this is still my favorite thing they’ve done, mainly for "Puddin’ In My Eye".

Don Caballero’s early “Unresolved Karma" / "Puddin’ In My Eye" 7" on Broken Giraffe Records, 1992. Cover art by Paul Brainard. I was living in Pittsburgh when I bought this and saw Don Caballero many times, including their very first show. Of what I’ve heard by the group, this is still my favorite thing they’ve done, mainly for "Puddin’ In My Eye".

B.G.K.’s page from the booklet that accompanies the double album Emma, a compilation of 30 bands that played at Emma - an independent concert hall in Holland. This record was released in 1986 on M.A. Draje Records.

B.G.K.’s page from the booklet that accompanies the double album Emma, a compilation of 30 bands that played at Emma - an independent concert hall in Holland. This record was released in 1986 on M.A. Draje Records.

A detail from an album cover for The Band of the Air Force Reserve Jazz Ensemble, based in Georgia. Undated but circa early 1980s. A find from a thrift store I stopped at on the way home from Green Bay, Wisconsin yesterday.

A detail from an album cover for The Band of the Air Force Reserve Jazz Ensemble, based in Georgia. Undated but circa early 1980s. A find from a thrift store I stopped at on the way home from Green Bay, Wisconsin yesterday.

"Negro Folk Songs For Young People" sung by Leadbelly on Folkways Records. Photographed in the collection of Interference Archive in Brooklyn.

"Negro Folk Songs For Young People" sung by Leadbelly on Folkways Records. Photographed in the collection of Interference Archive in Brooklyn.

"I Hate The Capitalist System" - an LP by Barbara Dane on Paredon Records. Indeed! Photographed in the collection of Interference Archive which I finally visited yesterday.

"I Hate The Capitalist System" - an LP by Barbara Dane on Paredon Records. Indeed! Photographed in the collection of Interference Archive which I finally visited yesterday.