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Welp, might as well kick off the Christmas Wish List with this bad boy. Today (Wednesday November 16th) at noon, Mondo will be releasing one of my all time favorite soundtracks, The Dust Brothers score to David Fincher’s masterpiece Fight Club.

Designed to the point of brilliance, the packaging boasts an array of references to the movie like destroying the initial housing to get the record out, Project Mayhem illustration manual, Paper Street Soap Co. branding throughout and of course, the LP’s are Fight Club Soap pink.

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Read more about the release here and check out the unboxing video below.
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Today marks the 10th Annual Dyngus Day Celebration in Buffalo. A day (often confusing to those not from Buffalo) where the city celebrates it’s Polish heritage with parades, day drinking, squirting girls with water guns and hitting boys with pussy willows. I know, right… what’s confusing about that? What started 10 years ago with a bunch of young friends looking to reclaim some of their Polish heritage has transformed into the largest Dyngus Day Celebration in America. A see of red transcends upon Buffalo as the local Polish bars are filled to capacity with those easily awaiting their next helping Tyskie beer and smoked sausage. The wife and I partook a few years back and it really is an incredible sight to see. The weather isn’t looking to be as nice as it was on Easter, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t look your Dandy best in a festive, yet tasteful, outfit. Just don’t forget the essentials like your water gun and of course, a classic polka record. Have fun and be safe everyone!

Raincoat: Nordstrom | Button Down: J.Crew | T-Shirt: 716 Shop | Tudor Black Bay: Reeds Jenss | Denim: Levi’s | Squirt Gun: Walmart | Beer: Consumer’s Beverage | Viny: Record Theatre

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Well, the day we’ve been waiting for these past 26 years is finally here! October 21, 2015 the day Marty McFly traveled into the future and introduced the world to such incredible possibilities like hover boards, self lacing shoes, flying cars, and the Cubs winning the World Series. While the world waits with bated-breath for Nike to finally announce the release of their famous Self Lacing Air Mags which are sure to sell instantly, Mondo Tees is releasing a collection of Back To The Future vinyl records and posters which are sure to sell out just as quick. Featuring artwork by James Flames and Matt Taylor, this incredible collection is available as a whole or as individual pieces. A favorite of mine, with today being #FutureDay, would have to be the limited edition Back To The Future Part II Soundtrack. With an incredible cover and Air Mag inspired splatter print on the record, this album is a must have for Back To The Future fans. Check out the rest of the incredible release here, and be sure to head over to Mondo’s website to pre-order at 12pm CST today to get your hands on this incredible collection.

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Vinylify

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It’s a well documented fact on Buffalo Dandy’s Instagram account that we are big fans of vinyl. And one of the biggest nostalgic complaints about today’s digital age is the art of the “mixtape” is all but disappearing from the analog world. I myself take pride in crafting the perfect mix tape for the wife whether it be for birthday, holidays or anniversaries. Lately, however, it’s become easier to create/listen to these mixes on Spotify. I know what you’re thinking… society is crumbling.

Thankfully, the good folks over at Vinylify have come up with an incredible solution for those, like myself, who miss the subtle art of creating the perfect mixtape but also love vinyl. Cut by hand in their Amsterdam store, Vinylify converts your uploaded files or songs from their growing database into an playable, fully analog vinyl record! Using a combination of a technics 1210 MK2 turntable, and an audio rack that converts the digital sound into analog, the output is guaranteed to sound great on your turntable. Once the songs are uploaded, you then get to create your own personalized album artwork which is yet another one of the great aspects about vinyl and one of my favorite parts of creating a mix tape. Finally, your custom vinyl record is then shipped directly to your doorstep.

Naturally this custom service is going to cost slightly more than your average record, but seeing how this is a completely custom record made by you, the cost increase is fully justified in my eyes. Head on over to their website and start creating your own personal vinyl mix tape now!

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Fresh off the heels of the successful VINYL MANIA Record Convention comes this rather ingenious take on the classic turntable. The Floating Record Vertical Turntable takes the concept of displaying your vinyl while listening to it to a whole new level by literally turning it on it’s side. Using built-in, dynamic, full range stereo speakers (with an optional RCA line out) and the ability to quickly switch from 33 1/3 to 45 RPM, this space saving design also features an Audio Technica AT95E cartridge mounted on a carbon fiber tone-arm. Available in both American dark walnut and maple for a great vintage look, the turntable will not only enhance your listening experience, but is also sure to be a great conversation piece. Handmade in Chicago, the unit is ready to go right out of the box with very little set up, so both veterans and those just getting into vinyl can start listening right away.

$350 (preorder)

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It’s no secret that we’re big vinyl fans here at Buffalo Dandy, so naturally we’re excited to attend VINYL MANIA Vinyl Convention Night next Saturday. Held in the The Grand Ballroom of the American Legion Post #205 in Kenmore, the event boasts 35+ dealer tables covering 3,000 sq. ft. and will feature everything from records, CDs, stereo equipment and music memorabilia like posters, tees, books, collectibles and the like.  With general admission just $3, we would highly recommend getting the early bird entry for $10 so you’re sure to get first dibs on the best stuff. A full cash bar and food will be available with The Mighty Hi-Fidelity Records spinning turns throughout the convention. A portion of the proceeds from VINYL MANIA will go to benefit MUSIC IS ART.

Saturday, June 20th at 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Brounshidle Post 205 | The Grand Ballroom at American Legion Post 205
3354 Delaware Ave, Kenmore, New York 14217

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Ho boy, we’ve got a pretty stellar (and heavily leathered) Father’s Day Gift Guide for you this year on Buffalo Dandy! Our list is comprised of some items which every dad could use and enjoy from grilling and BBQ essentials, useful travel items, scotch and of course, vinyl.

The GrillTimer Watch:
The first one on the list quite possibly could be our favorite. After already doing our fair share of grilling this season, we were frustrated to find out that there wasn’t just a regular grill timing app so you could tell how long to cook your meat. Lo and behold, The GrillTimer Watch comes out and solves this problem in one of the most handsome looking (and affordable) ways possible. The thing looks like a Rolex for crying out loud! $50

Highland Park Dark Origins Scotch:
Dark Origins is inspired by the cunning spirit and courageous personality of Highland Park’s infamous founder, Magnus Eunson. This latest addition to the core expressions uses twice as many first fill sherry casks than in the classic Highland Park 12 year old resulting in a naturally darker, richer flavor. This is currently one of our favorite bottles of scotch. $80

Jack Spade Mitchell Leather Tie Canister:
Dad has to travel for work from time to time and this leather Jack Spade tie canister is a stylish way to store his neckties. The snap closure opens to a lined interior with 2 slots to keep tie bars. $178

Ursa Major Black Walnut Razor:
Handcrafted in Vermont from reclaimed black walnut, this Dandy-looking razor will look great nestled in Dad’s shaving station. It looks like these are currently sold out, but keep checking back for when they become available again because these are one of the best looking and affordable high-end razor’s we’ve seen. $36

J.W. Hulme Co. Leather Desk Valet:
Another gift for the Dad who has everything, why not get him something to store his everything in? A travel valet for personal items, this J.W. Hulme piece releases at brass buttons on the corners to fold flat for traveling. $95

Jayson Home Leather Coolers:
OK, full disclosure, the guys and I are talking about going in on one of these, if only for the sole purpose of straight stunting at every outdoor event we go to ever. The lux version of an outdoor event staple, these incredible leather coolers come in 3 available sizes. Covered and stitched by hand, the coolers themselves are just regular Coleman models, so you get all the insulation and cold beverage keeping technology you need. The price is pretty soul crushing, but if you can afford it, I say go for it. $385–$1495

Discommon Goods Watch Wallet:
Born from back-to-back trips across the globe, the Watch Wallet marries your most prized travel possessions – your watches and passport. The waxed Italian leather is full of character, and the tweed inner is a nod to Discommon Goods Scottish roots. However, the hidden geekery is the collaboration with D3O®  impact protection. The entire wallet is lined with 3mm D3O®  foam. This foam is the staple of the top ski, mountain bike and motorcycle impact protection systems – it stiffens and absorbs energy upon impact. $380

Leather Growler Holster for Cycling:
A must have item when attending any BLRC ride, this leather grower holder fits nicely on the rear part of your saddle, with several leather colors to choose from. You spent the money on that fancy Brooks Saddle, might as well make sure your beer looks just as good! $80

Chet Baker and Art Pepper “Playboys”:
Currently enjoying some heavy rotation on our turntable, this classic album (and incredible artwork) makes a fine edition to any father’s record collection. The third album collaboration by Chet and Art, these thoroughly enjoyable and often high-energy sides are perfect for bop connoisseurs as well as mainstream jazz listeners. Hugh Hefner reportedly objected to the album cover (obviously inspired by Playboy magazine with its near-identical wordmark and pinup photo) and threatened to sue. $20

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A certain type of musical ambiance is required for these foggy, rain-soaked days of Spring. Lord Huron’s newest album, Strange Trails, is the perfect choice for said ambiance. With a slightly darker tone than their first album “Lonesome Dreams”, Strange Trails takes the listener on a haunting journey exploring life, love and longing. The joie de vivre folk sound Lord Huron is so well known for is still prevalent throughout the album, as well as their catchy retro sound which is so perfectly captured in the Pulp magazine-inspired cover art released with each single. It’s perhaps this artwork which reminds me so much of the first time I saw the movie Pulp Fiction; with the ripping guitar intros and kitschy, toe-tapping tunes which introduced me to a whole new genre of music.

After listening to this album pretty much non-stop for the past day or two, favorite tracks include “Fool for Love” and “World Ender”. Give the album a listen and if this is your first introduction to Lord Huron I cannot recommend listening to “Lonesome Dreams” as well, since this was pretty much my go-to soundtrack last Fall. Naturally the album is available on vinyl, but Amazon is running a special where you can get both albums for only $30!

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Part 3 in a series of blog posts by guest editor Mr. Ewy, in which he shares with us some of his favorite things.

Art Pepper was a sexual deviant. A convict. A cult member. A junkie. And those are his good traits. But man, that cat could blow!  He was born in 1925 in California.  His mother was a 14 year old runaway, his father a merchant marine.  Perhaps to escape his lot in life, he began playing saxophone at the ripe age of 13 and was soon gigging in the black nightclub district of Los Angeles.

He is often lumped in with the “Cool Jazz” scene of California, but really, his sound owes more to the Kansas City via New York sound of such virtuosos as Lester “Prez” Young and Charlie Parker. He had an incredible improvisational bent and a tone that is still one of the best.  In between bouts of rehab and jail, he produced one of the my favorite jazz records of all time, “Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section.”

Origin stories differ around this classic album.  Reportedly he played on a broken saxophone with reeds that weren’t his own. In Straight Life, Pepper purports that he hadn’t played in six months. The album liner notes say it was two, and other recordings he made around the same time, probably place it at five days. Regardless, it should be enjoyed on its own merits as an album with nary a note gone astray.

One thing that we do know as fact is that the rhythm section in question was Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones.  Heard of them before? Probably because they were the rhythm section for the Miles Davis (another junkie) Quintet… and they showed up to play on that day. Some of the improv fills by the rhythm section are just as good as the improvs by Pepper himself. Listen to the interplay between Pepper’s sax and the brushes of Philly Joe Jones if you want to hear a tight rhythm section in action.

My favorite track is his rendition of Cole Porter’s “You’d be So Nice To Come Home To” (for another great rendition, check Chet Baker’s – one more junkie). One reason I love it so is because even though I had a tin ear and no rhythm, I once wanted to be a jazz saxophonist. My amazing teacher Kevin Burner had me transcribe the entire solo, note by note. I have an appreciation of the song beyond the ordinary and still find myself fingering along when I listen to it.

But back to Art. His was a fascinating life, even though tragic. His book Straight Life is another masterpiece and one that I have read several times. His account of being a musician, junkie, convict, cult member, and ultimately caring husband, is unrelenting and, often time shocking. I read it every couple of years as a reminder of the thin line between genius and madness.

Another thing about Art. Man, that cat could dress! Look at his get up on the cover of “Meets the Rhythm Section”. That color combo tho… the pink shirt, the tan patterned sportcoat combined with the brass of his sax is just stunning especially in relationship to the background. He must have liked that outfit as it is also the one on the original printing of his book. Look at other pictures of him and you can see that his style wasn’t just limited to music.

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Don’t trust me?  Just listen to the album on Spotify.  Better yet, buy it on vinyl, place the needle on the record, have a scotch and experience a singular work of art for the first time.

Ben Ewy is a gentleman of fortune and bon vivant living and working in Ann Arbor, MI. Follow more of his exploits on Instagram @benewy

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FebruaryVinylLibations

Another great month of Vinyl Libations here at Buffalo Dandy. Received some wonderful vinyl gifts for my birthday and our trip to Vermont with The Buffalo Whiskey Guild yielded some highly coveted brews.

 

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