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Monday, May 09, 2005
I've now got discs from Fred, Ken, Logan, Johnny B and Scott. I've listened to most of them at least once now, and I'll probably write more detailed responses to all of them starting a little later this week. I'll probably also disclose my track listing at some point and go into the logic behind it.
Pal John recently discovered the down-side of getting sent review copies: pushy PR people. I've not had to deal with that yet, but maybe I'll write a testimonial to Peter Coyote's career as well, if I do.
We've always had a certain number of "self-consciously hip" customers in our area. It's partly, I think, that we're just far enough away from LA that people have to go out of their way to advertise their hipster lifestyle, and partly that we've got an, ahem, "art school" in our area. Anyway, it's always interesting to note what the hip kids are buying, and how a critical mass tends to build for certain titles. Lately, all the cool kids are buying some sort of comic book adaptation of a goth band's lyrics...and Star Wars comics. I don't know whether they're being knowingly ironic or retro or if it's suddenly become cool to like Star Wars again.
Speaking of the cool kids...why is it that whenever I'm asked to get out the back issues of Kabuki the person doing the asking never actually buys any of them?
My favorite customer encounter of the last week: A friendly older woman walks into the store. I ask her if she needs help with anything. "Yes, my brother died in 1960." Oh...I'm sorry to hear that. "And he made some movies." Oh. He did? "Yes, that's what my other brother told me, but I don't believe him." Ah. "I was wondering if you could tell me the name of the movie my brother was in?" Well, since we don't really carry movies, and you haven't told me his name, probably not, no. "Oh, I don't want the movie he was in, I want the comic." The comic? "Yes. My other brother said that they made comic books about the movie my brother was in." Okay, let me see if I have this right. Your brother, who died in 1960, may or may not have been in a movie, and if he was, you want the comic book based on that movie, if such a thing exists. "Yes, that's it exactly. Do you have that comic?"
Well, I was in a good move, so I went on-line, went to the Internet Movie Database and put her brother's name in the search box. There was an entry under that name, but it was for a composer whose credits didn't start appearing until 1990. So not her brother. I'm glad that there was, eventually, a comic related point to her questions, but I really wish I knew why people see a sign that says "comic books" and think it means "we can answer any random question you may have."