Michael Chin checks in with his weekly report of what the hell people
who still buy records at local shops are listening to.]
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*Top Five Hits: Second Spin in Costa Mesa
Always a pleasure to hear from Parker Macy of Creme Tangerine at the Lab, 2930 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa, (714) 932-0552. The top spot this week yet again goes to a bunch of four nobodies from the U.K.
5. DAtadrone, DAtadrone
I'm not trying to brag or anything, but I've had an inside line on DAtadrone for a while now… Locals Sean Robertson and Jourdan Gallemore released the first album of their collaborative modern electronic art rock music collective this past July at a warehouse show in LA, and despite some technical difficulties, the busy DAtadrone bees have been taking Orange County by swarm. Check out the Orange County debut of this truly unique act on Saturday, September 8th at La Cave with BLOK and Eras.
4. Michael Jackson, Thriller (Epic)
I'm surprised this hasn't come up sooner on the list, considering the poster of Jackson and E.T. up on Creme Tangerine's trailer walls — the Jackson-narrated E.T. audiobook came out the same month as Thriller. Let's have a show of hands, though: How many kids these days do you think have actually listened to the album, how many do you think know the song, and how many do you think just know a vague and incorrect version of what is probably the most repeated flashmob dance ever? It makes us happy that these records are being bought, even if it is by kids who just stumbled out of Urban Outfitters and into Parker's trailer. Maybe someday they'll listen to it. We can always hope.
3. The Doors, The Soft Parade (Elektra)
I'm ashamed of this, but the first time I heard the Doors was on the School of Rock soundtrack. “Touch Me” was the fifth song, and I remember feeling oddly at peace with the odd message the song put across in a movie about a bunch of kids. Now, of course, I know all about Morrison and the legend behind the Doors. It's funny to me, though, that even though Morrison's iconic face represents the most people's recollection of the Doors, my favorite song by them is still the single off of Soft Parade — “Touch Me” — was written by Robby Krieger. “It's been out for over 40 years,” Parker says, “but it's still selling.”
2. Billy Kernkamp, 1976
Local troubadour Billy Kernkamp's got an old-time, bluesy country flair to his debut album, 1979, the name and sound of which betray the newness of this record. Since May 15, Kernkamp's anachronistic sound has made its way into the Orange County country niche in album form, but Kernkamp himself has been performing for much longer — in 2010, he won Best Live Acoustic at the OC Music Awards — his album features a full band, though, and his sound has become much less acoustic. In 2011, he won Best Country/Americana, and in 2012 got another nomination.
1. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Capitol)
The Beatles? At number one? Nah, I don't believe that. It's not like they're probably the most well-known band in history (Justin Bieber be damned!) or that Rolling Stone once called Sgt. Pepper the greatest album of all time. Parker says that they received a lot of these records, and that they disappeared quickly — and for good reason. We've said before that as long as people are still listening to the Beatles, we'll be happy. And we meant it.