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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Last Collector Standing: Thrift-Shop Expert Adam Newsham on Surf, Bossanova and the Thrill of the Hunt

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It was always really cool finding surf records. They're kind of hard to find. A couple I've paid what they're really worth because I really wanted to have them, but A couple I've found just digging in a flea market [and got them for a deal]. I found Dick Dale King of the Surf Guitar. It was in stellar condition.

You also have a sizable Bossanova collection. How did you get into that? I went to a thrift store and I was searching for records. I bought a whole bunch because they were quarter records. It's awesome when you find quarter records. So I bought a whole bunch and one of them was Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66. Every time you go to a thrift store you are pretty much guaranteed to find one. I put it on when I got home and was totally blown away. I kept getting more into it and [was] reading the liner notes on who wrote the songs. Sergio Mendes barely wrote any of his songs. He wrote a decent amount on the first few albums, but then he did like 15 albums of a bunch of standards mostly by Antonio Carlos Jobim

Do you have a prize piece in your collection? I've got a couple of them. I'm not sure if I can do just one specific album.

Okay, If you could be buried with 5 albums, which ones would you choose? Dick Dale King of the Surf Guitar. My copy of White Light/White Heat. It's one of the first pressings from the Velvet Underground. Air Moon Safari, Sparks Kimono My House and Brian Eno Here Come The Warm Jets.

Sparks!

Can it be five crates of albums? (Laughs)

Do you and your wife Angie have a song or album that you bonded over? We actually met standing over a turntable at a house party. We started talking and bonded over dance music. I actually exposed her to Air. We kind of vibed over the whole album Moon Safari. That album is pretty significant to both of us.

When do you think your going to show your son your record collection? He knows all about it. He's got his own record player already! (Laughs)

What was his first record? When Angie and I got together we decided we wanted to have a kid so we started collecting kids' records. The very first one we got was a Care Bears record. It's in his room.

As a collector, would you say records are your main passion? Totally. It's the music. I keep getting more and more into it and finding new [artists]. It's not necessarily about the records all the time. It's about the music.

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