Tell us a little bit about yourself: I (Barry) am 44, born in August 1975 (Jaws was #1 at the box office). I live in Richmond, Virginia. When I was a kid, my older brother was eight and a half years older than me. He was a jock type dude, but had really cool records! I grew up with all of the Police lps and 45’s, Rush, Queen, Van Halen, Michael Jackson, Judas Priest, Yes, Asia, and so many soundtracks of the late 70’s/early 80’s My first job was at a mom and pop video store. I discovered so many crucial films! From Oscar Winners to random concert films, and then straight into the entire horror, sci-fi, and cult sections. I then went on to the food business. Played drums in a lot of different styles of punk and metal bands, while working bars, kitchens, catering, etc. Toured the US many times, and Europe twice. Had a child . Slowed down on the partying and touring lifestyle. Now I’m a chef and prep kitchen manager. I have been actively collecting records since 1993. I have sold so many "heavy hitters" pre-eBay. And even more recently, have sold a lot of original 90’s hip hop and alternative first pressings, just to buy rare sealed Mondo/Death Waltz records. I mostly collect film scores and soundtracks these days.
Favorite album: Disco Volante - Mr. Bungle Warner Bros. First press with bonus 7”
First album: Urban Chipmunk
Favorite Enjoy The Ride or Enjoy The Toons release: Beverly Hills Cop! But I have to say I love The Dark Crystal, Men in Black, and the Coconut Pete 7”
Favorite album artwork: Blackcoat’s Daughter (Mondo)
What are your favorite local record shops, in case any readers are traveling through your town? Plan 9 - Great selection of new and used vinyl, cd, cassette, Blu-ray, dvd, vhs, equipment, etc; Vinyl Conflict - Punk and metal, new and used; Deep Groove - Great shop with a variety of new reissues and used records, and equipment from time to time; Steady Sounds - Great vintage record and clothing store; Wax Moon - Very cool, underground punk, metal, goth, dark, etc. Excellent selection of horror, metal, goth, etc. Chill ass store cat! Usually lays on the CDs.
What have you been listening to more frequently lately?
Monos, Joker, Sorcerer, Destroyer, The Lodge, Thor Ragnarok, Too Old To Die Young, Maniac, Knives Out, Back To The Future, Joel Grind’s Echos In a Crystal Tomb, Jacob’s Ladder, Cruising, Midsommar, The Lighthouse, The Color Out of Space.
What are some of your favorite albums you have in your collection? Peter Gabriel Passion (bought new sealed), The Rhino Brothers Present The World’s Worst Records (with barf bag), Coraline autographed by the composer and director, 500 artists 500 Locked Grooves, Nightmare on Elm Street box set, Halloween box set, Hellraiser box set, Fantomas box set, so many!
Any specific albums you wish you had on vinyl? Yes! Pan’s Labyrinth, Prometheus, and The Fountain.
What album would you like to be pressed on vinyl? Les Pacte des Loups - Joseph LoDuca; One Hour Photo - Heil/Klimek; Baraka - Michael Stearns
What was the best album(s) you've discovered this year: The Colour Out Of Space; Also, I’m digging the Invisible Man score, and hope to get one before it’s gone.
What upcoming releases are you most excited about? Anything on the Record Store Day 2020 list? I can’t stand Record Store Day. I usually pop in later in the day to see what’s left. If I don’t see what I was looking for, I just get them to order it for me. If that doesn’t work, I go to Discogs. There are a few this year that I will probably try for. Black Mirror for sure.
Scenario time! If you could create a vinyl variant, what would it look like? You can choose any album of your choosing, seeing as this is hypothetical. Honestly, I like the crazy color variants just fine, as long as they sound good, but I prefer black vinyl.