This weekend I made a pilgramage to Chicago's north side to visit Reckless Records, the record store that served as the model for Rob Gordon's Championship Vinyl in High Fidelity. The staff is more or less exactly what would expect it to be ("I hired these guys for three days a week, and they just kept showing up"), the inventory was fantastic, and, fortunately, nobody got their teeth knocked out with a telephone. My friends picked up a used five-disc collection of depression-era American roots music for the attractive sum of $20; I picked up two long-sought out-of-print CDs (The Complete BBC Recordings of Joy Division and the greatest hits of the lovely 80's college radio band The Go Betweens) as well as Jenny Lewis' Rabbit Fur Coat, the sort of beloved mainstream album that rarely shows up on the second-hand market. Really, I can't recommend it enough.
I got out of bed early and made a Monday morning mix tape of highlights from the weekend's haul. Check it out:
Joy Division - The Complete BBC Recordings
Jenny Lewis - Rabbit Fur Coat
The Go Betweens - 1978-1990