A friend tipped me off to this amazing easter egg. It’s the definition of how you can stretch a medium and do something special you couldn’t do on other recording devices.
The Monty Python album “The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief” has, instead of a single groove that the record player’s needle stays within, two grooves side by side.
Because the grooves are spirals, they can easily fit next to each other without you noticing. Taking it out of the sleeve, you’d never notice it’s not just a single groove like every other record in the world.
So if you didn’t know about this, and apparently it was a secret, the second time you played the album you’d hear something completely different! Better yet, it’s probably really hard to intentionally play either groove.
Just like hidden tracks on CDs were unique to that format, you can’t replicate this on a tape, CD or digitally. It’s a brilliant use of vinyl, and a much better example of how record can be a truly unique experience.
When I was a kid, I used to get rides to school from the slightly burnt-out father of my redheaded neighbor, Travis. His Dad listened to all kinds of bands that sounded unlike anything my young ears had heard on the radio. One of those bands was Mink DeVille, whose name I never asked for and…
That bazaar on Smith and Union was removed! And someone celebrated by going postal with a paintball gun.
WTF Smith St? This abandoned bazaar is a complete eye sore on a prime stretch of Carroll Gardens.
I saw it open once years ago. Someone fix it up already.