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Free, Spooky, In-Store DJ Set with Tom LG

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

DJ Tom LG is bringing the rockin’, spooky, 1950s-60s 45rpm’s to the store, this Saturday, October 29 at 3pm for a free, Halloween DJ set. He was kind enough to give us a little peek intro to what he has planned. Don’t miss this chance to hear (and see) this talented, passionate, original DJ do his thing.

What do you have planned for It Came From the Record Store?
I have a set of spooky kitschy rock ‘n’ roll oddities on original 45s to spin. I spend all year searching the universe for unique records relating to themes of the macabre. Many of these are rare records about monsters, ghosts, devils and other supernatural happenings. When October rolls around I dig them up and get them into our world for a few days. This will be the first time I’ve played an entire set of 45s of this theme together in public. I’m very excited.

Can you give us a sneak peek into some artists we might hear? Or is it a surprise?
I have unearthed a number of likely candidates and I’m quite sure we’ll hear sides by The Pastel Six, Billy Mure, Coke Williams, John Zacherele, Billy Ford & the Thunderbirds, The Surfmen, Don Sargent & the Buddies, Virgil Holmes and some secret treasures from the underworld of 45rpms.

Why 45’s? Where do they come from? What’s the appeal?
People who collect 45s are a unique breed. Like other underground sub-cultures you either get it or you don’t. There’s an ever present drive to search out these little records and re-discover the hidden grooves. All of the 45s that I buy come from the flea market, thrift store, yard sales and used record stores and antique shops. When I’m not finding much I check ebay for deals but I rarely spend more than $3.

The real adventure in digging for 45s is the rediscovery of the art of the record label. These labels drive collectors mad because each one is more incredible than the last. Knowing your labels, producers and style of label art, you can find things that appear to be nothing but junk to the untrained eye. I have taken this addiction to the next level by collecting the rare 45s sleeves that used to accompany a corresponding record. One of my favorite things about collecting is when I can match a 45 to the original sleeve. Nowadays many of these sleeves are more rare than the record itself. Teenagers in the 50s & 60s took poor care of their records and those amazing sleeves wound up in the wastebasket. I am on a mission to re-introduce the art of sleeve collecting.

Most importantly, 45s, like donuts and Lifesavers have a pleasing shape to them, they’re easy to transport and you can hold a stack of about 30 in your hand, which is enough to play an hour long set. I got bitten by the 45s bug in 2005 and have been healing ever since.

What are your plans for Halloween? Any other gigs?
I’ll be spinning 45s on Friday night at the Red Restaurant in Santa Cruz, Saturday night I’ll be spinning ambient records at the 17th Annual Freaker’s Ball in San Francisco and of course on Halloween Monday my wife Rosey and I are hosting the Sides Speakeasy 2-Year Anniversary Macabre Swing Spectacle at the 515 Kitchen & Cocktails. This is a unique 1930s-40s Halloween event complete with vintage, macabre themed music, 1930s (Universal) monster films, secret ghastly performances, annual costume contest and swing dancing. We have been hand making 1930s-style Halloween decorations and the 515 will be transformed into a kaleidoscopic timeline of ghostly vintage music and atmosphere. For more info check out the Facebook event page.

Anything you’d like to add?
I hope everyone has a safe Halloween and make sure you find your way to the 515 on the 31st!

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  1. October 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    mmmm donuts . . .

  2. October 28, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Thanks again Cat!! ATTN: Streetlight supports working artists.. what else can I say besides wow? Here’s an interview from KUSP about the Monday night Sides Speakeasy events.. 3.5 minutes of interview and vintage 78s spinning around and around and around.. http://kuspreports.tumblr.com/post/12010288582/santa-cruzs-dj-tom-lg-spins-authentic-vintage
    See you all tomorrow!!! -Tom LG

  1. October 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm

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