After 18 years, we cancelled our subscription to the Oregonian and I don’t feel any less informed than I did a year ago.
It was a last minute road trip with Carlos (Barajas) in my notchback that almost didn’t happen. We were going to the Spring VW Jamboree at the OC Fairgrounds on Memorial Day weekend 1991 from Las Vegas. We headed out on the road around dinner time but we only made it to Jean, Nevada before we spun a right front wheel bearing. Ended up having to go back to town and cut it off and replace it before we start again 3 hours late of everyone else. The upside was I had just put a stereo in in the car and while it wasn’t awesome it was loud enough and Carlos slept most of the way to the coast.
Orange County was full of old haunts for me. We stopped at Doctor Dream Records on the Orange Circle. When we walked in, I heard the most amazing song playing on the stereo. It ended up being Bread Crumb Trail by Slint. I asked what it was and bought it on Cassette (as I wanted to listen to it right away).
That night I shared Slint with my friend Jerry as we cruised around Huntington Beach. Ragtop open, the rich bass of Todd Brashear mixing with the sounds of the loud car and intoxicating ocean breeze. Through the open roof of the car, “We stuck out our hands and met the wind”..
Spiderland soon replaced Double Nickels on the Dime as a gift for special people. I shared Slint with more people than I can count. And on the eve of the remastered collection being released I can’t wait to discover a new Spiderland.