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Local news: Record Fair DJs share their dream finds

The winter edition of the semi-annual D.C. Record Fair is this Sunday, giving vinyl obsessives - and non-obsessives as well - a chance to dig through the crates of 30 East Coast dealers in an effort to find rarities, new discoveries and bargains. The last installment attracted an overflowing crowd to Comet Ping Pong but there should be more room to breathe this time as the Fair moves to the mainstage of the Black Cat.


You never know what you'll find at a record fair, but Sunday's DJs have some slabs of vinyl they'll be searching for.

As an added bonus, Fair organizers The Vinyl District, Som Records and DC Soul Recordings have assembled a mighty impressive lineup of DJs who will provide the soundtrack to the afternoon. So we asked each of them what their dream find would be at a fair like Sunday's. Their "white whale" - or maybe their white vinyl original pressing.

Kid Congo Powers: The last few years I have been trying to find a 45 rpm single titled "Loco te Patina el Coco" by Juan "El Matematico." It is a Mexican artist and the song is a truly loco version of "Wild Thing" with crazy screaming lyrics that make little to no sense. Truly demented,wild, wooly, obscure and impossible to find. It pops up on a few LP compilations, but I need the 45 version to blast away any blues I may get. Nightly, I pray for a miracle!

Geologist (of Animal Collective): When it comes to the white whale, I'm not really a collector in that sense. Even though I know it's out there and can easily be bought on eBay, I always hope to come across "An Electric Storm" by White Noise by accident. It's been a favorite of mine for many years and was a big inspiration on early music we made in Animal Collective in terms of combining pop and abstract electronics. Sometimes in specific places we tour I have certain records I look hard for but have yet to find. For example in Argentina I went everywhere looking for a copy of "Artaud" by Pescado Rabioso, and when in Peru I always look for an original of "Telegraph Avenue." When we toured New Zealand I looked for the first Snapper EP but never found it. Honestly these days nothing seems that hard to find with eBay; you just have to decide if you want to pay that much for it.

(Eric Hilton, Ian MacKaye, members of Casper Bangs and Bluebrain, after the jump.)

Eric Hilton (of Thievery Corporation): I'd have to say Prince Buster's "Shaking up Orange Street" on 7-inch. I'm a big rudeboy/rocksteady fan and that one is a big tune.

Rob Pierangeli (of Casper Bangs): There's not a specific record I look for, but I will usually look to the classics to see if I can find old pressings of records I love. I own a lot of reissues, but it would be great to grab a monophonic pressing of "Pet Sounds," [Beach Boys] or an original pressing of "Kinda Kinks." I've always wanted to own "Black on Both Sides" by Mos Def on vinyl; I love that record. I've never been able to find that on vinyl.

Ryan Holladay (of Bluebrain): One of the records that I would love to have in my collection is actually one I used to own and lost. It's an old Ink Spots record; a compilation of some of their earlier songs. The Ink Spots have been through so many incarnations and, for every song, there are about 10 versions out there, many of them not good. This collection was simply incredible and captured many of these songs when the group was at its peak, particularly the standout "My Prayer." The artwork and design of this record was also hugely influential on us. And by that, I mean we ripped it off completely for the cover art of the first CD we ever made.

Ian MacKaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat, the Evens): Sorry to say that I don't have a "white whale" record. I don't get out to many record fairs, but when I do go, I'm mostly interested in coming across music that I didn't know about. That's the thing with music ... there's always more.

By David Malitz  |  February 12, 2010; 11:52 AM ET
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Animal Collective, Bluebrain, Casper Bangs, Fugazi, Kid Congo Powers, Thievery Corporation  
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