Music snob or connoisseur?

I’m used to the vast majority of my friends being really aggressive about music. If they like something and you’ve never heard of it- prepare for eye rolls or lectures. There’s always that moment in the conversation where you may say that you really dig so and so’s new album, but they were over it weeks ago. Somehow I’ve gotten so used to this type of dialogue that apparently I have come to expect it.

I’m a big fan of the big Indigo store at Bay and Bloor. They have events there, a really friendly staff- you get the idea. There’s this particularly strange fellow who works downstairs normally in the music section, who I’ve become familiar with but I haven’t really talked to him. He’s this short guy with glasses, really disheveled hair and I say “particularly strange” because he comes off as somewhat jolty/nervous. He doesn’t just have personality, he has an aura really. Think Steve Buscemi Ghost World but stir in some attractive qualities and shave off 20 years. With me?

Anyway- I tend to run in there and read before work or during my lunch break because the music is usually interesting and I love the atmosphere of the store. (Or maybe it’s just the books. Easily I could just like to be surrounded by walls and walls of books.)
On Friday they were playing this really eclectic mix of tunes- all good tunes, but a little weird. They had just finished playing Depeche Mode’s Greatest Hits so I knew that they weren’t playing a bunch of discs on random so I had to investigate after they threw a Galaxie 500 song next to Billie Holliday. Not to mention I also heard Andrew Bird and Nico in there.

Low and behold my nervous friend was at the cash and he was not going to berate me for being completely ignorant of his personal choice of musical bliss but he was more than willing to give me 10 minutes of his time to chit chat about this album.
Apparently there’s a band called Mercury Rev who sadly I’ve never heard of before, who are compared to the Flaming Lips mostly. Not to mention that the two bands share a member or so and have worked together throughout the years. How I didn’t know this… beats me. So they got together and created this compilation of tunes called “Back to Mine”. So of course I end up asking him the how much the disc was and a little more about the band- then I head off to work with a smile on my face because I feel like I’ve just been given an ‘in’ on some saucy music secret. I don’t feel like a complete lamer- I feel educated. Gooooo Indigo guy!

So now I’m sharing this album info with you:

1. New Career in a New Town – David Bowie
2. Hotel Borg – Johan Johannson
3. Seasons in the Sun – Terry Jacks
4. When Will You Come Home – Galaxie 500
5. I’m a Fool to Want You – Billie Holiday,
6. Days of Steam – John Cale
7. Opposite Day (Reprise) – Andrew Bird
8. Grand Tour [Clean Version] – George Jones
9. If I Were a Little Star – Nicolai Dunger
10. Wrap Your Troubles in My Dreams – Nico
11. Cecilia’s Lunar Exposé – Mercury Rev
12. Big City – Spacemen 3
13. Dream Baby Dream – Suicide
14. Let Me Get Close to You – Alex Chilton
15. Astral Traveling – Pharoah Sanders
16. Cast Anchor – Hanne Hukkelberg,
17. Uncle Bob’s Midnight Blues – Randy Newman
18. When You Wish Upon a Star – Cliff “Ukelele Ike” Edwards

When I got to my desk I immediately started fishing around for more info and not only is this whole “Back to Mine” disc a simple CD that Mercury Rev played around with- but Back to Mine is a SERIES of mix albums normally prepared by renowned DJs and there’s 28 volumes that came out in the last 10 years. Kinda neat no?

I’m not sure about all the other albums or how good they are but I feel pretty content to have had this little discovery. On the brief chance that someone else was in the dark about this, hopefully I made the music-loving portion of your heart ping too.



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3 Responses to “Music snob or connoisseur?”

  1. adc Says:

    you’ve never heard of mercury rev?! (rolling eyes)

  2. Cayrah Says:

    the back to mine compilations are usually fantastic! mercury rev are also ace…see “nite and fog”

  3. Kayla Hillier Says:

    Yeah… I was totally living under a rock here. But my eyes have now opened! haha

    Arthur *insert glare here*

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