Broken Window

…broken window….IMG_9933…broken glass…IMG_9934…broken glass…sanitary hygiene bin….IMG_9936…broken glass…sanitary hygiene bin….IMG_9935…broken glass…sanitary hygiene bin….IMG_9938…broken glass…broken window….IMG_9937…broken glass….plaster vegetable….IMG_9940…shallow grave…IMG_9695…shallow grave….IMG_9694…shalllllooooowwwww grrrraaaaaavvvvvve.IMG_9696

 

…(shallow grave is extra long in case of multiple perpetrators).

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Inner Sanctum

….3 years in the planning…

…the shelf above the “DJ” area in the library at home….

…made from re-purposed modular pine shelving from the 70s….IMG_5622

 

…I’m not that confident with tools, but I think this meets the spec’s….

 

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…bring the noise!

That Job I Was Putting Off Till I Caught Up On Everything Else

…you know…. ironing those 45 sleeves I’ve been “collecting”?….

…for 5 years??….

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…that I was going to alphabetises???….

 

 

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…yes those….

 

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…the time is now.

 

…(sssh…I’m ironing).

 

So A Long Lost Customer Walks Into My Shop

…he doesn’t come so often, now that him & his partner have bought a place, their first, on the other side of town…

…great to catch up, news, rumours, appraisals of the quality of the stock…

…he’s  a customer who I wish could afford a few luxuries on top of servicing his mortgage…

…how long is it since I last saw you?…

…just over a year…

…which is about the length of time it takes to fill a plastic aeroplane full of your daily pocket change…

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…which I’d forgotten he’d done last time…. till he pulled it out from under his coat.

 

…(over $100 bucks worth of new records once a year…take note folk who say they “can’t” afford vinyl…there are savings plans to suit all budgets!).

 

Internet Disservice Announcement

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…one of the founding principals of Too Tone Records was that we were going to be a record store/shop that didn’t sell on line or take phone orders…

…y’know, foster musical community, get back to the basics of flicking thru stacks, meeting people with similar or intriguing musical tastes, sharing info’ and experiences….stumbling on that rare gem you didn’t know you needed…

…the basis of this principle lies in the fact that both of my previous record store/shop employers required staff to hold back rare & interesting items to be perused, removed & sold on by the “company” website… we could get away with selling it to regulars with one outfit (so long as we got good money) but it was a firable offence with the other…

…it always struck  me that the parent companies were strip mining the local resource…thus reducing what was available to listen to &/or be inspiration for the next generation of music lovers…

..why would you bother regularly visiting a shop that sold all their interesting stuff on-line???…

and there’d be less interesting stuff available locally to turn up again in a few years time…

…apart from selling dead stock on Trademe (if it’s been in the shop for two years I ain’t gonna sell it here!) I’m  sticking to that basic principle…

…no matter what any body says about how they’d run my business….

…that  is why I don’t engage in social media or broad cast my e-mail address…

…you just end up with a bunch of grasping  knob-ends collectors who think you will help them complete their lives if they wave enough money in your face…

…which is what I told my good friend Ian who guiltily admitted to having started one (there is more than one!) of the Too Tone records unauthorised Facebook pages….

…Ian is beginning to receive an increasing bunch of communications from knob ends people outside Dunedin….waving fists full of cash and clutching the front of their trousers (yep – all guys)…

…he dutifully draws them to my attention and always gets the same reply…

..nope, I don’t do requests or lists…or soften to pleading…

…get in a car or a plane or a combination of the two and get your spoilt, lazy, internet-oriented arses down here…I have no objection to you walking thru my door to buy stuff….in fact it’s always fun to see folk from outta town and talk crap about record shopping from around the world…it’s good for the rest of Dunedin’s economy as a whole as well, if you visit….

…make some fucking effort….I’m not in this to make bucket loads of cash, I’m in it to share my experience of music… I’m polite enough if I’m being fed regular…..

…and for those of you who are too lazy to support your local record shop on any other day than Record Store Day (clammering over a bunch of exclusive releases like they are mana from heaven) & shop on line the rest of the year….

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… (there you go Ian, just link them to this, save a shit load of typing on both our parts!).

And After All That

…they had more people than they needed…so you could be excused for any ol’ half baked reason like “my good friend Dee might be real good at standing behind the counter but she can’t up-sell like me and I might starve to death or be sent to debtors prison or back to my country of origin if you don’t excuse me to go run my record shop”…

…didn’t even get half way thru that and the nice lady was already running a pen thru my name…

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…”excused”…

…that’s all she wrote.

Boring Boring Boring

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…film at 11.

 

…(and to re-enforse my faith in the justice system they even sent me out a “your application to be excused from jury duty” letter…after they’d made a fuss about my “acknowledgement of receiving your request that I attend” letter was put in the post in an untimely manner and I had to reassure them on the phone that I’d be there!)….

 

…(mmm, justice system).

What Your Record Collection Says About You

…possibly that you like critically acclaimed American female singer songwriters…IMG_1816

 

…that you may have been a bit cruel to someone in the past….(possibly your partner)….

 

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…but they were grateful that you were….

 

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…or not…

…as the case may be.

 

….(record collections are the window on your soul).

 

 

…(sometimes my job is just plain weird).