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Old guy who brought a Norah Jones CD to the front counter but didn’t want to buy it came back in a couple of minutes later and was hassling our cashier as to why it was it wasn’t in his bag. I joined this discussion a couple of minutes later:
Where’s my Norah Jones CD
Was it new or used?
I looked through the used jazz cd’s and didn’t find it, I walked over to the new cd section.
Here’s a new copy of it
Oh, but I thought you said it was used
But this is new
I know, you must have misheard me
…you said a USED cd and this is a NEW cd
Soooo I didn’t mishear you
Ok, I think we’re done here
There was an in store performance at work (Jesse Malin) it was loud and pretty hectic, I was a little frantic. A middle aged woman came up to the back counter
I’m looking for the album of the year…the Grammy winner, it’s the newest Jeff Beck
No, that was Beck, Morning Phase
Beck? Not Jeff Beck
Nononono…I’m sorry, just Beck
Uh…no…um…Beck…one name like Cher
Ohhhhh…so not Jeff Beck
Not Jeff Beck
Hhmmmmmmm…..I’ll think about it
I was locking up at work on a Sunday, we close at 5pm it was almost 5:30. The lights were off and I was locking the front door. Two guys came up, pretty disheveled and maybe a little drunk.
Don’t close yet man, I got something to sell….
Sorry man we’re closed, we close at five.
Yeah but you’re gonna wanna see what I got…..A brand new accordion…it’s all shiny…
Like I said, we’re closed…you can come back tomorrow but I can tell you, they don’t buy accordions, they’re a tough sell.
Yeah but it’s new…and shiny…man…
Then the other guy pipes in
…An I got…160 Hendrix records, dude.
160…Hendrix records..all 160 are Hendrix records?
Got ‘em with ya?
Well come back when ya got ‘em.
…Yeah but what about his accordion…it’s new…it’s shiny
I made a yeah/no face
I was listening to The Best Show Podcast (http://thebestshow.net or iTunes) a few weeks ago and the host, Tom Scharpling told a great embarrassing story about meeting Patti Smith and then people called in with their stories. Since I couldn’t call in to an already recorded podcast ( see Mr. Show– Pre-Taped Call In Show ) here’s my short embarrassing tale.
Disgraced newsman Brian Williams came into Jacks a few years ago. He was nice and friendly to the staff and talked to any customers who stopped him. I was working at the front counter, I didn’t want to be too “cool” to not acknowledge him and I didn’t want to be “Hey! you’re Brian Williams!”, I would have to walk a fine line. So after he was rung up, I blurted out “HEYMANIDIGYOURNEWS” (translation: Hey Man, I dig your news!). He froze up, looked about an inch over my head and muttered “thank you”. For about a second I thought to myself that it went well, then I looked at the next customer, who smirked at me and I realized what a complete ass I was.
Never call in to a pre-recorded show
An older guy came in with a stack of records. He said he used worked in the “industry”, I thought he meant music but when he opened his yap I realized that whatever industry he was in had nothing to do with music. The records were beat to shit but the titles were good enough where I had to through all of them. He commented on the albums as I was looking through them.
Jeff Beck…He’s dead right?
Nope, still kicking
Then… Jimmy Page, he’s dead.
Sorry to report, he’s still around
Well, which one of them is dead?
Jack Bruce just died
He was in Cream…with Clapton
No?…and Johnny Winter died.
Nooooooo…I’m pretty sure he’s alive. I saw him open for Led Zeppelin on their first tour in 197…3
Really?…Good show was it?
Oh YEAH…Are sure Jimmy Page is still alive?
I was looking at the condition of Sly & the Family Stone-There’s a Riot Goin’ On
Yeah…I seen him too…Guy and… the Family…..guy
Sly? Sly & the Family Stone?
Yeah..sumtin like that.
I ended up buying nothing from him
We were busy and short handed at work, a phone call about records came in. Older guy:
I saw an ad…you guys buy records…the big ones?
Yeah we buy the LP’s. Rock,blues,jazz,soul. No big band,no easy listening,no classical.
Ok…I got a lot about fifty..mainly rock
Great…just bring ‘em down and we’ll check them…
…yes…You don’t have to tell me all of them…if you know what you have and…
YES…like said…if they’re mainly rock just bring…
Yes…all Donovan…if it’s even remotely rock just bring it down
Well I don’t want to load up my car with records if you don’t want them…Springsteen…
The Rolling Stones
Tom Petty…is this the same Tom Petty record?…Could I have two of them?
…I don’t…look, I have another customer here who needs help. Just bring all the records down to the store…if you need help getting them out of your car, we can send somebody out to help you.
…so you’re interested?
About fifteen minutes goes by and I get another call about records
What?…who is this?
I just called about the records… how about David Bowie
All of them?
Yes, all of them…Look…We..Want..To..Buy..Your..Records
Oh…Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Yes…any variation of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young…solo albums…whatever you got.
…(sigh)…we don’t ever buy his stuff but…fuck it, I’ll buy it if its in with the rest of the stuff.
I have a few of them…
…I don’t care…just bring them down…bring them ALL down…
Hmmm…ok…let me think about it.