2020. This year continues to perplex and astound on so many levels. It also marks the 20th anniversary of our humble record store Good Records. We set out to fill a niche in Dallas that we felt was lacking in the year 2000. After receiving Bill Wisener's blessing (Bill being the godfather of Texas record stores) we set February 7, 2000 as our soft opening date. If we hadn't set a date we would probably still be pricing records and yo-yos on Good Latimer with our doors not open to the public.
A big component of Good Records would be the instore performance. We had our first instore booked prior to us even opening the doors. We would host the band Enon as our first instore performance on March 15, 2000. We were especially excited about this as we loved their debut album Believo as we received and advance CD that we wore out while prepping the store. But for me the excitement was even moreseo due to the fact that Enon had John Schmersal from Brainiac in its lineup. We embraced the instore performance as a communal family type gathering. We typically cook hot dogs, hamburgers, and provided beer all FREE for attendees of our instore performances to bring everyone closer together.
Over the course of 20 years we have hosted the likes of Alice Cooper, Grizzly Bear, TV On The Radio, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Queens Of The Stone Age, Spiritualized, Jeff Tweedy, My Morning Jacket, Grandaddy, Death Cab For Cutie, Super Furry Animals, Feist, Regina Spektor, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, Low, Black Angels, Starlight Mints, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Beachwood Sparks, Conor Oberst, Brightblack Morning Light, Baboon, Baptist Generals, Califone, Black Lips, Japancakes, The Minders, Midlake, The Shins, Lumineers, Clem Snide, Justin Townes Earle, Ben Kweller, Power Trip, Sarah Jaffe, Superchunk, Zomes, Dandy Warhols, Ray Benson, Pat Green, Rodney Crowell, John Congleton, Sixteen Deluxe, Pegi Young, Menomena, Mount Eerie, No Age, Octopus Project, School of Seven Bells, American Analog Set, Solex, Appleseed Cast, Dismemberment Plan, Pleasant Grove, Moldy Peaches, The Deathray Davies, The Cush, Spacemen 3, Captain Audio, The Rock*A*Teens, Mind Spiders, Waxahatchee, Ariel Pink, MC 900 Ft Jesus, Old 97's, Frank Turner, Dressy Bessy Great Lake Swimmers, Brand New, Titus Andronicus, Foster The People, Tapes N' Tapes, Rilo Kiley, Blitzen Trapper, Beach House, Centro-matic, Peaches, Matthew Sweet, Dirty Projectors, Tripping Daisy, The Mooney Suzuki, Nada Surf, Mike Doughty, Danielson, Dark Meat, Fuck Buttons, Britt Daniel, Tegan & Sara, Umphrey's Mcgee, Giant Sand, Gustafer Yellowgold, Heartless Bastards, Pinback, Ruby Suns, Toadies, Daniel Johnston, Demetri Martin, Of Montreal,The Polyphonic Spree, Kingsbury Manx, Long Winters, Ting Tings, Sara Bareiles, Mates Of State, Mountain Goats, Stardeath And White Dwarfs, Album Leaf, Doug Martsch, Papa M, Chris Stapleton, Grimes, Caroline Rose, Steve Earle, OK GO, Kurt Vile, Cigarettes After Sex, John Waite, Sylvan Esso, They Might Be Giants, Baroness, Dawes, Har Mar Superstar, St. Vincent, et. al. The list goes on and on...if you were left out of the aforementioned list it was due to the whole brevity thing not a reflection of your talents.
All of the above donated their talents to promote their latest release but more often than not it was really just to support a local mom & pop record store to which we tip our hat and thank all the bands who have played at Good Records profusely.
We had a lot of birthday celebrations and surprises planned for our 20th but that was brought to a screeching halt obviously. Now we are fighting our best fight to make it to the other end of the tunnel. Over the course of 20 years we were smart enough, didn't forget, and/or customers documented some pretty historic performances by putting them to tape. We began brainstorming different ways to keep the store afloat and also give back to the artists who are also sidelined currently that have played Good Records.
To that end we have opened the Good Records Live From The Astroturf Vault. We will be releasing different recordings with 50% of the donation going to the store and 50% of the donation going to the artist/band. They will only be available until December 31, 2020 after that the recordings will be going back in the "vault." They will only be available via GoodRecordsToGo.com not any of your other typical download platforms.
The recording quality will vary as sometimes we just recorded straight from the board, sometimes we would throw up a room mic as well and get a blend of the two or in some cases we would multi-track record the instore performances. The idea was just to capture a moment in time. An artifact of a band stepping into a situation that is not the normal...playing a record store. A lot of times it is just whoever happens to be working that day running the sound not the band's highly skilled engineers as they are typically at the venue for that night's show to happen. That being said there is something special about all of these recordings....a cover they don't normally do, different configurations of the band than their typical set up, cutting up and having fun with less pressure than a paid big nighttime show. These have all been approved by the artist but keep in mind this series about the spirt of the music and lending a helping hand. In turn you get a one of a kind performance that if you were lucky maybe you were there or at the very least you get to hear one of your favorite bands in an intimate setting.
Music heals and we need its power now more than ever.