|Sweltering heat and crowded
sidewalk and competing blasts of distorted Spanish music from
every adjacent storefront. A blanket on the ground covered with
weather-beaten old books and records for cheap. One LP from the
early '60s shows a guy sporting a crewcut and a cardigan sweater,
crouching along the seashore at sunset, looking introspective.
The record is titled, "Anybody Got Room For Another White Guy?"
Another LP, this one from the mid-'70s shows a woman with an afro
looking disoriented and clutching two beaten up suitcases at the
Greyhound bus station. The record is titled, "I Should Have
Stayed in Beautician's School - Greatest Hits, 1970 - 1974."
Nearby is a book of short stories from the early '90s titled "Please
Lord, Who Allowed His Only Son, Jesus Christ, To Be Sacrificed
Upon The Cross For Our Sins, Don't Let This Book Wind Up As Just
Another $3.99 Remainder At Strands!" Intrigued, I open the
book to the inside dust jacket and find a photograph of the author
changing a flat tire on the Garden State Parkway in the rain,
smoking a pipe.
"Hey, what are the prices on these things?"
"The records are all a dollar. The books
are fifty cents."
"You ever see anything come by from a band
called The Twenty % Tippers? They're supposed to be pretty good."
"Never heard of them. But good or not,
it's only a matter of time before they'll be on my blanket."
TWENTY % TIPPERS
at C.B.'s GALLERY
313 Bowery (off Bleecker
FRIDAY, AUGUST 16TH 11PM
TWENTY % TIPPERS CASSETTE CALL (646) 335-3390
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