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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.

MetalOdyssey

Heavy Metal cassettes are still useful to me

Posted in 1980's hard rock, 1980's heavy metal music, 1980's metal music, 1980's thrash metal, 1990's heavy metal music, classic metal, classic rock, collecting music, everyday experiences, everyday social experiences, glam metal music, Hair Metal, hair metal music, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music collections, old school heavy metal, progressive rock, Punk rock, rock music, shopping for music, southern rock, thrash metal music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

MetalOdysseyYou know something… I am sick and tired of the throw away mentality that surfaces about, in regards to the media in which we listen to music. Turntables are still being sold and so are cassette tape decks. I can understand if younger generations are not at all interested in vinyl records, cassette tapes or (gulp) – 8-track tapes. The younger dudes did not have record or tape collections to replace with CD’s… a very costly endeavor at that, which can take a lifetime to rebuild with CD’s, depending on how large your music collection wasHowever, in the last three years alone, I have purchased two “brand new” combination stereo systems for my daughters and guess what? Both of these combination stereos have built-in cassette decks!! Both stereos were purchased at Target, a major upscale department store that is supposedly in the know – on the cutting edge of having the latest home electronics technology! So, if cassette tapes are supposed to be so archaic, so outdated and symbolic of poor taste in music listening enjoyment, then why are they still being manufactured? To pacify us older dudes who have still hung on to our cassette collections? Out of sympathy for us nostalgic Metalheads?

My number one music genre, is of course, Heavy Metal and all related Heavy and Extreme Music genres. With that appreciation I have for my music, I still covet the Heavy Metal cassettes that I, to this very day… hunt down and find at thrift stores and yard sales. Hey, I have the means to still play them! As a bonus for me… my model year 2000 Ford Tauras has a built-in… you guessed it… cassette deck! Therefore, I am not wasting my loot when I purchase these Heavy Metal cassettes from yesteryear. No matter what thrift store I frequent, the standard price for each cassette tape is only fifty cents. Fifty cents!! C’mon, let’s be real, that is nothing compared to the sticker prices for the newly released, Heavy Metal CD’s you find today. My recent CD purchases, of the newest releases of Metal bands, have ranged in price from $9.99 upwards to $17.99… and we are not talking about any one of them being a double CD either! These CD prices will never thwart my addiction to Heavy Metal and frequent purchasing. The point I am making is simple… for fifty cents, I am still getting the same enjoyment from the music I listen to, albeit the sound quality of a CD versus the cassette tape equates to the CD wins. (I will not argue about the sound quality)

There are dozens of Heavy Metal cassettes that I find that are currently not available on CD. The cassettes I buy must have the original liner notes intact, in near mint to mint condition. Take my word for it, these liner notes are a piece of Heavy Metal nostalgia for the respective band on the cassette… I still get a kick out of reading the cool liner notes that have full lyrics and interesting credits. You would be surprised at what one may learn from reading the liner notes of these old cassettes… especially the ones that are currently not available on CD. I have posted in the past, the last laugh the turntable and record albums are currently having on the music marketplace… it is the Heavy Metal cassette tape that is silently having the last laugh as well.

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