Part 147: Cassettes Part III – Aaron’s Tale

RECORD STORE TALES Part 147:  Cassettes Part III – Aaron’s Tale

I first met Aaron in 1996, when I was given my own store to manage.  Aaron came in, and as he’s mentioned in his previous guest shots under his pen name Statham, he likes to befriend the local Record Store Guy.  That is an excellent way to get the inside scoop on cool new arrivals.  But Aaron isn’t a shallow person and this is a friendship that has lasted since then, across many provinces and many years.

Aaron also made sure it was a give and take relationship.  I made sure he got good discs at a good price, and he repaid me in kind.  But before he made me discs…he made me a cassette.

Foamfoot was a cover band side project featuring Chris Robinson and Marc Ford from the Black Crowes.  Back then, Aaron was my Crowes guru.  He knew everything, and was eager to share.  He made me this cassette, live at the Troubadour.  The exact date seems to be a matter of conjecture.   Aaron wrote 11/??/94 on the J-card spine.  The link above states the show is both 1/08/1994 AND November 1994.  So, either a mistake or Chris Robinson is capable of time travel as well as rock n’ roll.  Another site states the January date as the correct one.

The setlist features a heady mix of The Band, the Dead, CSNY and many more.  Needless to say this is now a legendary concert, and I had the chance to hear it way back in the day of the tape traders!

The concert is now widely available online, making the cassette redundant.  Except as a momento of a friendship and good times a long time ago.  I’d never part with it for that reason alone.  Aaron even provided his own liner notes — that’s David Crosby guesting on “Long Time Gone”.

Plus, if you take a look inside the J-card, you can see what Aaron was listening to before he recorded Foamfoot over this cassette!  Apparently Iggy Pop, Gene, Limblifter, Deep Blue Something, Bad Religion and Aimee Mann among others!

Thanks Aaron, I’m glad I found this again.

And this concludes my trip down the memory lane of cassettes from the record store days.  Hope you enjoyed!

15 comments

        1. I kept as much as possible! I have boxes and boxes FULL of tapes that I made. Usually, just recordings of stuff that I had on CD, so I could play it in the car and/or Walkman.

          I gave all those tapes to an ex-girlfriend. My only regret with this is that I made custom artwork, much like T-Rev did, for each tape. So for Rainbow, I drew the Rainbow logo in magic marker and then used coloured pencils to put a rainbow on there too. I made my own custom digipack for Rush’s Test For Echo, using a picture from a magazine ad, and cardboard from an old shoebox. Took hours to make. I painted a custom cover for Savatage’s Dead Winter Dead J-card, using my mom’s extensive paint collection.

          So yeah, I wish I had at least kept my custom J-cards and packaging.

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        2. See? THAT’S the kind of love I was talking about, the love that’s disappearing. All the time, all the care, all the thought that went into those mix tapes.

          Question: was she an ex-girlfriend when you gave them to her? Or were you in the relationship, gave them to her, and then later it was over?

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        3. The latter. For the first time I was dating a girl who liked hair metal and she loved cassettes. I was looking to make space in my apartment. But like I said, my only regret is losing the cover art. I do still have some cassettes left with some custom cover art, perhaps there will be a part IV in the future. Time will tell!

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        4. Haha that is embarrassing. Unless you weren’t together long, and it was a long time ago, then it’s a bit more understandable. And from the sounds of it, it didn’t end well. Sigh. Well, you can only hope that she is still into the rawk, and knows of your blog, and reads all the comments, or maybe heard you on the radio and looked you up, and holds no animosity towards you, and contacts YOU. That’s a very specific set of circumstances, but stranger things have happened. In fact, happened to me this week. Not with an ex-girlfriend, but just one of those ways the world gets smaller. Remind me to tell you of it in an email.

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        1. I liked the most recent one, Before The Frost, quite a lot. But I think we have already had that discussion. By Your Side lost me as well. I’m curious for Aaron to chyme in with his thoughts on it.

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