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It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way. When I bought a cheapo turntable in the autumn of 2016, the purpose was to revisit old favorites from the stacks of albums that had been relegated to storage crates in my attic. I had no desire to get back into buying records on a regular basis, […]

We regret to inform you that today’s entry marks the end of this feature as a weekly thing. I started buying K-Tel collections because they were cheap and readily available nostalgia fodder. After a year of steadily mining that vein, I’ve pretty much tapped it out. There are still about a dozen K-Tel offerings on […]

During the course of my K-Tel research, I occasionally stumble across some oddity relevant to my musical interests. The overwhelming majority of these are international releases, which makes locating the items in question a nigh impossible task. The few that do turn up on the secondary marketplaces tend to be prohibitive expensive or include some […]

While K-Tel’s discography of pre-1985 compilations is deep and wide (and a confusing mess to wade through), it is a finite system. I’ve spent over a year sifting through it, adjusting and re-adjusting my search parameters, and trying to find a few promising grains of wheat among the massive volume of chaff. There have been […]

Do K-Tel #20: Rock ’83 (1983)

November 13th, 2017

As I mentioned last week, my current method for sniffing out comps I may have overlooked involves plugging a favorite band name plus “K-Tel” into my search bar and seeing what turns up. My first attempt at this featured the Stray Cats, who were nowhere to be found on the fairly comprehensive stack of early […]

Do K-Tel #19: Hi-Energy (1979)

November 8th, 2017

Six weeks have passed since the previous installment of this feature, which was more than enough time to freshen up my pool of midlist compilations released by the Winnipeg Wonder. Having exhausted the vein of direct nostalgic recollection, I’ve begun casting my net a little further from familiar shores. It hasn’t been an easy or […]

After months of letting it grow out into a slightly shaggy mane, I got my hair cut yesterday morning. I usually go for a “high and tight” jobber, but this time I wanted something that retained a portion of my bangs. After some confusing back and forth with the barber, I ended up with splitting […]

The afternoon light is fading fast and the ghoulish revels shall soon begin, which means it’s time to draw down the curtain on this year’s Halloween Countdown. I thought it went pretty well, all things considered. The month wasn’t as distraction-free as I anticipated it would be, but it didn’t keep me from dishing up […]

After maintaining a site like this for over a decade, one eventually runs out of new insights or cute anecdotes when a significant date rolls around. On this day in 2004, I married my partner of thirteen years in a small (and very strange) ceremony at the Tufts University chapel. The next day we moved […]

(from “World’s Weirdest Hobby” by George Kashdan and Gerry Talaoc in The Witching Hour #79, April 1978) But which one? Hugh Cornwell or Jean-Jacques Burnel? Recommended listening: The Stranglers – (Get A) Grip (On Yourself) (from Rattus Norvegicus, 1977)

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