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Uncovering Heavy Metal/Hard Rock finds in: Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania

Posted in antique shopping finds, backroads usa, classic rock, classic rock albums, classic rock bands, classic rock music, collecting music, collecting rock music, cool album covers, everyday experiences, everyday people, everyday social experiences, family, feel good stories, rock music, rural pennsylvania, shopping for music, travel, travel america, travel stories, vacation stories, vintage rock album finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

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I found Heavy Metal and Hard Rock Music memorabilia in Bird-In-Hand, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Amish Country. You read that correctly. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think of landing some real cool Heavy Metal/Hard Rock finds in this neck of the woods. Life is sweet when you can uncover and discover places you have never been to before, only to find unexpected Heavy Music treasures. An early Summer, family trip to this beautiful area of Pennsylvania, provided for some much anticipated rest and relaxation, sitting by the motel pool, with my Metal loaded ipod at the ready. The Amish are a gentle, hard working, religiously devout people. Witnessing the Amish farms and seeing these folks work the fields and travel by horse and buggy only makes me respect them all the more. I admire their perseverance. The Amish are a devoted people, devoted to their families, friends, religion and to the land they sow. Observing the Amish community makes me wonder why life as I know it, has to be so hectic, so competitive in every aspect?   One of the other items on our to do list, while staying over at Bird-In-Hand, was to check out any or all of the nearby antique shops. Here is where this story picks up the Heavy Music theme.

p2sBefore I, my wife and daughters began our journey to Bird-In-Hand, I just figured my only connection to Heavy Music was going to be from the ipod I packed. Uh, nope. Right on Old Philadelphia Pike, Route 340, is a row of vintage built shops and barns… everything from a Hardware Store to a Teddy Bear Store is in view. Yes, I mentioned a Teddy Bear Store on Metal Odyssey. One of these shops contains a cluster of antique dealers, where all the dealers are not present… yet their goods are. Walking in, I perused the unusual and typical, the mundane and interesting of all things antique. My wife and daughters set off on their own path, navigating this rather large antique mecca of a barn. After twenty minutes of scouring the old artifacts that surrounded me, I heard my wife in an excited voice tell me to walk over in her direction. There, it was there, that she motioned with her hands… three large rooms filled with Rock, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal albums, CD’s and memorabilia. The Amish Country Rocks. 

main-150To say I was Metal ecstatic would be an understatement. How can this be? How could there be such a bounty of Heavy Music and Rock memorabilia smack dab in the middle of Bird-In- Hand, Pennsylvania? There are some questions in life, that are better left unanswered… this is one of them. Who cares why there are cool dealers within this antique shop, nestled in the middle of Amish Country, selling their Heavy Music memories… all that matters is it exists! Hooray for this Metalhead. The dealers who had used albums and CD’s for sale have great Heavy Music taste. I immediately grabbed hold of the Kiss Gene Simmons solo CD, it was my wife’s choice pick to boot. I will admit, it was a no brainer picking up this used CD, the entire package is in mint condition. I also picked up, without hesitation, the ZZ Top used CD, “Antenna”. (My wife and I saw ZZ Top on this tour, back in the ’90’s). There were also a few CD’s still originally sealed for sale as well, running at six bucks each. The lone unused CD I bought was Cheap Trick – “Heaven Tonight”, (released in 1978). I never owned this Cheap Trick album, therefore it was about time. Some Kiss trading cards, a couple of Beatles magnets and a used, mint copy of GTR – self titled album, rounded out my finds. 

Kiss - Gene Simmons solo album small picI could not have been more satisfied, of having found such an assortment of Heavy Music memorabilia to look over. Especially gratifying is the fact, I never expected to uncover the music that means so much to my life on this trip, in the quaint and friendly village of Bird-In-Hand, no less. As I exited this antique shop, with my bag of Hard Rockin’ goodies in hand, I vividly recall having to walk very closely past… an Amish man tending to his horse and buggy. My way of life, is not this Amish gentleman’s way of life. This whole experience walking out of the antique shop felt rather awkward, maybe semi embarrassing. Here I am, all psyched out about my finds, walking towards the family car, with a Kiss – Gene Simmons CD clearly visible through the plastic bag that I am clutching onto, as this polite Amish man tends to his horse. Talk about a tale of two separate worlds crossing paths. 

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Quakertown Pennsylvania Farmers Market is Heavy Metal friendly

Posted in 1990's hard rock music, Album Review, classic rock music, collecting music, creepy album covers, everyday experiences, everyday people, everyday social experiences, flea market experiences, flea market finds, Hard Rock, hard rock album review, heavy metal music shopping, Music, obscure hard rock bands, obscure hard rock cd's, Rock, rock music, shopping for music, spooky album covers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

MetalOdysseyI took my first trip to the Quakertown Farmers Market, in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, this weekend, safe to say that this is a place to find many Heavy Metal souvenirs. I perused Heavy Metal, Metal, Classic Rock, Hard Rock memorabilia, CD’s, vinyl albums, t-shirts, posters, stickers, buttons, air fresheners, you name it. All at affordable prices!! Across the board, any of the dealers at this Farmers Market were selling their Rock & Roll goodies at prices way, way, lower than Rockabilia.com – or any online Rock Music store. (Believe me, I do memorize prices, especially when it comes to Heavy Metal memorabilia). Used CD’s and vinyl albums were abundant at this fine outdoor – indoor shopping mecca. I found some cool bargains from the outdoor flea market dealers, as well as the indoor store merchants as well. I spent a total of $17.50, walking away with 4 used CD’s, 1 Janis Joplin magnet, 1 Cannibal Corpse pin, 1 Slipknot air freshener and an AC/DC bottle opener/key chain combo. Let’s be real… if I purchased all of these items at the local mall, I would be spending more than double the amount of money. 

All of the dealers I met were very friendly, no sour faces to be found. (That is very cool). One dealer with an inside store, sold pretty much exclusively, 1960’s and 1970’s Classic Rock memorabilia. Plenty of Tom Jones, The Doors, HendrixThe Beatles and of course – Janis Joplin. One dealer inside had a well stocked CD store – representing all genres of music… Metal seemed to take precedent however, with every inch of wall space being adorned with Hard Rock and Metal posters of numerous bands. (This store was packed, elbow to elbow). Another inside store was selling Rock t-shirts, of all Metal genres… this was the only item being sold, however, if you cannot find your favorite bands t-shirt here, you probably won’t find it anywhere. Another fine dealer with an inside shop had tons of Metal memorabilia, from wall tapestries to pins, well worth the browsing. That is four, very cool shops, at The Quakertown Farmers Market that were Rock – Heavy Metal music related. There very well may be a couple of more that I missed – this place was extremely crowded so it is possible that I may have overlooked some inside stores.

A COOL, OBSCURE,  CD FIND – PLUS A REVIEW OF THIS STRANGE CD FOR “TOM” THE DEALER, AS I PROMISED HIM:

The two outside flea market dealers I dealt with were both super cool, I bought 2 CD’s from each dealer. One dealer in particular, Tom is his name, sold me a CD of Monks Of Doom, titled “Meridian”, (released in 1991). I bought this CD based on the spooky and evil looking front cover artwork. Plus, with a band being named The Monks Of Doom, well, that is right up my Metal alley. Needless to say, I never heard of this band ever, so buying this CD blind for $2.50 did not seem too risky to me. Heck, this CD also has 15 songs on it too. Tom, upon selling me this CD, was as curious as I was, as to what type of music does Monks Of Doom play? Well, Tom, the answer is not what I initially guessed at all. You see, I was steadfast at thinking the Monks Of Doom were Folk Punk Rock, maybe a bit of Psychobilly, similar to Tiger Army. Nope, Monks Of Doom are in my Metal opinion… Rock meets Hard Rock. This band is Rock and at times, Hard Rock with a consistent sound and feel of the macabre. Some of the music is like a Hard Rock soundtrack for a decent (not low budget), horror movie. There are many moments in the songs that give a nod to Funk Rock as well. A sense and sound of Folk can be heard in a couple of tracks, nothing too dominating however. In summary, Monks Of Doom are a diverse bunch. As for the lead vocalist, well, think – Crash Test Dummies meets The Talking Heads. The verdict from Metal Odyssey: Monks Of Doom are strangely cool, to say they are diverse is an understatement. This CD, “Meridian” is going to be played often by me, due to their deliriously macabre and Hard Rocking style.

I will definitely be returning to The Quakertown Farmers Market for many more Heavy Metal needs. Let’s hope I bump into “Tom” (the outdoor flea market dealer), maybe he can hook me up to another Monks Of Doom CD. Only this time… I will know who the heck the Monks Of Doom are.

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A list of things that really bug me

Posted in bad television commercials, common complaints, corporate buyouts, everyday experiences, everyday people, everyday social experiences, late night talk shows, sports controversy, things that bug us all with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

MetalOdysseyJust due to the simple reason that I need to vent here, this is a list of things that have really been bugging me lately. Plus, I can make this list and share it, for all the world to see, which is really, really, cool. Enjoy the list! (Note: list is not in any particular order of importance, save for the first item, which is truly #1)

* Wealthy CEO’s crying poor, looking for we the people to bail them out with our hard earned tax money – well, Mr. or Ms. CEO, that is what ya’ll git, when ya’ll probably lied on your damned resumes in the first place. It is time for ya’ll to go back to The University of Ignorance.

* Politicians – ’nuff said here. 

* Career Politicians – especially the really, really, old ones. These morons think the world would stop rotating if they were to step down or (gasp), retire.

* Pharmaceutical commercials that advertise – serious side affects can be death or… And to think, I always thought death was it, your done. I never knew that death was a side affect. 

* Pharmaceutical commercials period. 

* Tampon commercials. Hello, tampon marketing executives… I think women already know they need to buy this stuff every month. 

* Rolling Stone magazine having declared (a short while back), John Mayer a guitar god. Uh, yeah, whatever. 

* Major League Baseball – for never putting an asterisk on all the recently new homerun records. Duh?

* All late night talk show hosts. Your all no longer funny. Your all just a bunch of political analyst wannabes. Plus… your all getting to be like… career politicians.

* Who’s gonna be the next Food Network star? Uh, WHO CARES. Really.

* Always being told, at the bank, sorry, we are all out of one dollar bills. (Are dollar bills worth more now, since they are so rare at the bank?)

* Why, someone tell me, why, are auto manufacturers still installing signal lights on new cars? NO one in front of me, while I am driving, ever uses them anymore.

Well, that is about enough for now. I usually never go this route with my Metal Odyssey blog, however, sometimes it just feels good to let it all out.

Auto dealer waiting room experience is bizarre!

Posted in auto dealership stories, everyday experiences, everyday people, everyday social experiences, people, psychology of strangers, strange adventures, strange stories with tags , , , , on April 29, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

metalodyssey7I set off today, on my little journey to have my car get it’s regular – 3,000 mile oil change. Nothing about arriving to the auto dealer was out of the ordinary, I checked the car in, gave the necessary information to the gentleman behind the service desk, then proceeded to the… customer waiting room. Once inside the crowded waiting room, the social nightmare had begun. I will describe to you, what I observed and heard, while I tried my hardest to blend into the atmosphere, of this god forbidden, auto dealer waiting room. 

I first noticed, as always, the majority of the customers waiting were elderly. That is fine, retired people have the morning hours to use for this purpose, I try my best to squeeze auto repair/oil change trips during weekday mornings, rather than tie up a quality Saturday morning. I did not make eye contact with anyone in this waiting room, that is rule #1. An older woman, sitting only about five feet from me, decided she wanted to cough up enough phlegm to fill a one gallon container. Her “coughing attack” became quite the scene. I do not know what was more alarming, the decibel level of her coughing or the disgusting sound of her throat clearing. This spectacle went on for about five minutes. She did everything she could to spread her infectious, bacterial microbes across the entire room. With the swine flu scare currently happening, sitting this close to any stranger this ill makes my mind wander. If I knew I needed to cough out  of control and cough up my insides, well, I would have gone to the rest room (which are very clean at this establishment, well marked too).

Another older woman decided, well, she wanted to “control the television controller” – she would not settle on any cable channel whatsoever! She acted like a toddler, given the remote for the first time in her life! (This auto establishment does have a very nice HD flat screen on the waiting room wall, with countless cable channels) I did my very best to ignore this second “incident” – I buried my eyes and thoughts into the issue of “Discover” magazine that I brought with me for support. The third incident was having to sit directly across from a middle aged woman who felt it is necessary to bring along with her – a full days worth of snacks. This gal packed away a bag of chips, granola bar and full bottle of some type of liquid in under fifteen minutes. Just as a side bar, the man who accompanied her, well, he decided it was appropriate to belch a few times to make his presence known and heard. At the point where the remote control happy woman decided to settle on far reaching news on the dreaded “swine flu outbreak” – I made my escape outside the building.

Upon returning into the auto dealer waiting room, I was well into my third hour waiting for my car. (I was informed an oil change was not the only procedure my car would be going through this particular day, surprise!) Anyhow, sitting alone now, I had the HD flat screen all to myself! Plus, someone left the “Food Network” on, cool. It was just me and one big, empty, phlegm free waiting room. So I thought. Another customer decided to venture inside and join me. At this point, giving a ballpark age for the woman who came into the waiting room is non essential. She entered the room, looked at me, looked at the food show on the HD flat screen, looked back at me and said, “do you like to cook”? My reply was – “uh, uh, yeah, sure,” to which she responded back – “good, because my first two husbands liked to cook too.” At this point I new I was in a bind. This woman then asked me if I liked to clean. Yup. She said – “my second husband kept everything neat.” I now felt like I was on the dating game from hell. I was rescued when an employee of the dealership entered the waiting room, informing this woman her courtesy ride to work was waiting. (phew). That was the end of this social twilight zone I stumbled into today.

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