Greenwich, Connecticut


This year my girlfriend Julia and I spent our summer vacation in the US,  visiting old friends of Julia in  Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. We arrived in Washington, D.C. and,  because none of us has  a driver´s licence,  took a train to Greenwich to meet up with Elisabeth who took us to her parents house.  We spent a wonderful week there, going to the beach, sailing, and we even made it to a library sale, that I had read, also had records for sale. pequot-library-sale

The sale was huge and we arrived late so I had about 45 minutes to go through some 20. 000 books and records but I came away with some nice stuff, though only  LP´s and some paperback cartoon books for 25 cents each. No 45´s yet. pequot-library-finds

A couple of weeks later into our trip I discovered that Elisabeth had recorded a 45 with her band THE SARNOS when she was living in San Fransisco. Somebody else has already posted their music on his blog here.

After this week Liz took us to Brattleboro, Vermont to meet Lisa and Chris.

Brattleboro, Vermont

downtown-brattleboroBrattleboro is a real cool small town where I felt at home right away. Its two main streets have nice cafés, thrift-shops, book-stores, a art-supply store and two really cool record-stores. Lisa and Chris produce Bingo Granola, great tasting organic granola that they sell at the Brattleboro Farmers Market. We spent almost 2 weeks in Brattleboro and really enjoyed our stay.brattleboro

Chris was one of the founders of WVEW 107.7, Brattleboro community radio and does a Thursday morning show, the Moose Haas show together with John Singer. John also plays in the Zip  Code Rapists.  On August 6, 2009 I was invited to be the guest on the show. From 8 to 9:30 am I played some of my favourite records that I have posted here over the past 2 years.

The show was a lot of fun and Chris recorded the whole thing so I hope I will be able to post the show here in the future. Thanks a lot Chris!chrisandy

I bought a whole bunch of LP´s for 25 Cents each at Experienced Goods, a thrift-store that serves as a fund-raiser for the Brattleboro Hospice, and a lot of 45´s at Turn It Up Records, mostly  between 50 cents or a dollar. I finally found a copy of the MAD “Twists” Rock´n´Roll LP there. in-the-moment-records

But my favourite store was In The Moment Records. I bought a whole lot of fine Rock´n´Roll 45´s there and also some weird stuff that I will probably post in the future.inside-in-the-moment

This one I´ll post right away because it is a advertisement record, a Twist record and it even came with a sleeve. Just the kind I like the best!

AL HENDERSON, Lemon Twist, 1962

Al Henderson, born in Owensboro, Kentucky, recorded a fine Rock´n´Roll 45 (Ding Dong Dandy/Mary Jane) for East-West in 1958, recorded with Boyd Bennett‘s Rockets in 1960 and another record for King in 1963. all-star-dairies

This record was issued by All Star Dairies to promote the Lemon Twist Ice Cream. Lemon Twist is a pretty average take on Let´s Twist Again but All Star Boy is a fine rocker with a nice guitar break.

Plus this little fella is makin my mouth water. I wish I had some  All Star Ice Cream right now.  The company still operates today though…

AL HENDERSON, Lemon Twist, 1962

AL HENDERSON, All Star Boy, 1962

BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED, Poughkeepsie-City Of Sin, 1980

While I´m at it, here´s another record I got in Brattleboro. Chris gave me a bunch of records and this was one of them. This  record fits right along a couple of Berlin records that I posted here before: not punk, not new wave, not hard rock but a little bit of everything.  I love it!

This is what wikipedia has to say about Poughkeepsie:

The name derives from a  Native American word (roughly U-puku-ipi-sing), meaning “the reed covered lodge by the little-water place,” referring to a spring or stream feeding into the Hudson River, south of the present downtown area. Poughkeepsie is known as “The Queen City of the Hudson.” During the late 1980s through the late 1990s, Poughkeepsie suffered from severe socioeconomic turmoil, serving as a symbol for urban decay in the Hudson Valley.

This is a great ode to a declining small town and a great, silly novelty rock´n´roll song!

Again many thanks for this, Chris!

BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED, Poughkeepsie-City Of Sin, 1980


Provincetown, Massachusetts

After spending a couple of days in Vermont, Lisa drove with us down  to Provincetown to meet our friend Nicholas Kahn, one part of the kollaborative duo KAHN & SELESNICK, who was having a gallery show there. This was before the show:

I had my doubts about Provincetown but only a couple of hours later the town had me convinced. On the main street Julia met her old friend painter and cartographer Marc Adams, who was also having an opening at the Schoolhouse gallery the same night. I asked him if he knew of a new fiction book about the life of a cartographer called The Selected Works of  T.S. Spivit by  Reif Larson and he said that he had just bought it. I then said that I had done the lettering for the German edition of the book, but I was dumbfounded when he told me that the father of Reif Larson was also going to be at the opening. me-and-marc-adamsAnd I did. It´s a small world.

We spend a wonderful time in Provincetown and at the beach in Truro. After a couple of days  Nicholas took us with him to Brooklyn.

Brooklyn, New York

Nicholas and Sarah and their cats put up with us for more than a week in their Brooklyn apartment during the insanely hot New York City Dog Days but we still managed to cram a lot of activities into every day.

We went to the Metropolitan Museum.metropolitan

Took lots of trains to Manhattan and back to Brooklyn. One day this amazing group came onto the train:

Went to high-brow Barbara Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea to see the retrospective of legendary MAD cartoonist Basil Wolverton. I tried to capture a couple of those famous  images  how they were presented:

Nicholas introduced us to Brooklyn based cartoonist Josh Neufeld, whose new book A.D. New Orleans after The Deluge just came out. It was very inspiring to meet a fellow cartoonist, especially one whose work seems to be so close to mine. Josh already wrote about our wonderful encounter here. . You do indeed have a place to stay in Berlin anytime, Josh. We hope to see you soon.


And then eventually I got around to do some record shopping. I bought a bunch of new 45´s of  local Brooklyn groups at Academy Records and also a bunch of cheap old stuff. And then I found The Thing.


The middle of the summer was probably the worst time to check out THE THING, a legendary thrift store located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn on 1001 Manhattan Ave. Here are two short videos that we made there:

Julia left me for half an hour and then returned to see how I was doing. When I saw her I  gasped: Thank god, you´ve come to release me!

It was too much, especially with the heat and the busy days that we had had in NYC. There are more than 100.000 records in that basement. I bought only about a dozen 45´s.

Now, THANK YOU SO MUCH to all our friends who let us stay at their places, fed us and drove us around. You are the GREATEST! Please come to Berlin soon and let us take care of  YOU!

MICHAEL POMEROY, Night Train, 1962

discount-disc-labelI bought close to 200 records on this trip, 180 45´s and 20 Lp´s. The most I´ve ever bought on a trip. The majority were 50 cents to 1 dollar. And because airlines let you take  only one bag I had to carry most of them onto the plane. It was real work getting those records home.


On the last day in Brattleboro the nice owner of  In the Moment offered me another 50 records for 2 dollars that came with a record rack. I already had 150 and wasn´t sure about that, but then Julia gave in and I got them. Now I´m happy I did.records-with-rack

Also in this metal rack were seven Discount Disc 6-song EP´s,  typical drugstore records. Not in the best shape, but for less than 5 cents a piece, I´m not complaining. That´s less than one cent for a song. Try to beat that iTunes!discount-discs

Discount Discs were manufactured by Pickwick International Records, the originators of budget records. Lou Reed got his start in the music-business, working as a staff songwriter for Pickwick. He didn´t write any of these though, because they´re all cover versions of hit songs. You will probably recognize most of them.

So, give these 45´s,  that seem doomed to be discount records forever,  a chance. The songs are great!

Not as blazin´fast as the James Brown 1962 version but still real cool instrumental version of  Night Train:

MICHAEL POMEROY, Night Train, 1962

Pretty close to the Orlons original:

THE DISCOUNTS, The Wah-Watusi, 1962

Get it. It´s good and it´s free:

THE DISCOUNTS, Green Onions, 1962

Nice instrumental version of Chubby Checker´s hit record:

THE DISCOUNTS, Limbo Rock, 1962

Again pretty faithful cover of  the Dovells:

THE RAMRODS, Hully Gully Baby, 1962

Instrumental version of the Blue Belles:

THE RAMRODS, I Sold My Heart To The Junkman

Nice rough version of the Contours hit:

THE TRIANGLES, Do you Love Me, 1962

Sounds more like Frankie Lymon than Chubby Checker:

TUBBY CHESS, Dancin´Party, 1962

Despite the name this version sounds more like the Isley brothers:

THE ENGLAND BROS., Twist & Shout, 1962

Dee Dee Sharp recorded the original:

JEWEL-PEARL, Gravy For My Mashed Potatoes, 1962

Freddy Cannon:

MEL BROWN, Palisades Park, 1962

Thurston Harris:

DICK CRAWFORD, Little Bitty Pretty One, 1962

Jimmy Clanton:

FRANKIE MILLS, Venus In Blue Jeans, 1962

Joanie Sommers:

IRIS BURKE, Johnny Get Angry, 1962


ARTURO, Little Diane, 1962

Originally sung by Johnny Western, from the TV-show Have Gun Will Travel:

WAYNE ARMSTRONG, Ballad Of Paladin, 1962