If you’re reading this site, most likely you dig for records. We all have our motivations for digging, which I will document sometime in the near future. Today I wanted to share a couple of experiences over the past week and talk about digging deeper. My neighborhood is your typical Brooklyn nabe. My old Brooklyn neighborhood of Italians and Irish population has now shifted to Eastern Europeans, Middle Eastern, and Latino families. This diversity brings an awful lot of different wares to the local charity, consignment, and thrift shops. One day I could cruise in and there is a whole crate of Middle Eastern vinyl. The next day it’s Israeli Jazz. Some days it’s loads of Latin Boogaloo or DJ crates full of 90’s underground Hip Hop. it’s a crap shoot daily but I love it. Consistently, I am bringing records home. However, I changed my philosophy of digging, and while my record bins grow higher and higher, they have gotten more diverse. Why is that? Because I’ve chosen to dig deeper.
Anyone who’s hit a thrift or small consignment shop knows the odds of finding that holy grail are slim, but you still get in there and dig. You’ve got to be consistent and get there on a regular basis. Over the last few weeks, I haven’t been able to dig, so I thought I’d hit it up on Friday because I got the itch. What was waiting for me was a load of untouched, mostly unplayed, Free Jazz, experimental electronic, Avant-Garde Rock, and other goodies that I have opened my mind to in recent years. Instead of fussing and contemplating what to do, I simply bought the whole lot. I just dug deeper and that was it. Now, I passed on a few, but how many copies of Hubert Laws The Rite of Spring can you have, especially if it’s beat up a bit? Over the past few months I’ve loosened the reins even further and got superb, mint original records that I normally wouldn’t pull the trigger on. I’d always just gone straight for the drum break heaters, cool Jazz, or the real Reggae, Soul and Hip Hop. Why was I not picking up this other stuff? It surely wasn’t a space issue. I guess, if I look back, maybe I was being close minded, and figured, why would I need that CCR on Fantasy or early Eno on Polydor? Do I really need another early Stones on London? Honestly, the answer to all of those questions is a resounding yes. These records are good, the music is good. My musical tastes run pretty braod, but when it came to digging for vinyl, I just stuck within certain parameters. Since opening up my mind a bit (instead of just buying a few genres of records), I’ve been taking chances, and it has paid off. And you know what? I’m a lot happier. Maybe I’m getting older, maybe it’s the fact that there is so much good music out there, and that I don’t want to miss out, or maybe it’s just that I’m addicted to buying records (probably a combination of all three), but it feels refreshing to grab a lot of different types of vinyl these days. I’m a lot happier with my collection, and urge you to dig outside of the box once in a while, it will do you good. You never knew that that early 70’s experimental electronic record dedicated to DeBussy paintings sounded so good!