Local record store and thrift store Finders Thrift and Vinyl is undergoing a change. Owner Matt Lehman transitioned his brick-and-mortar record store into Spatula City Records, an online record store, a few months ago, and is now moving to Arizona—taking Spatula City with him. Finders Thrift and Vinyl will become Finders Keepers Records, and will open Saturday, May 8, under new owner Sean Cox. Cox is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
When I was 8 years old, I talked my mother into taking me to see Sha Na Na at The Greek, but on my own, it was Van Halen at the L.A. Sports Arena in ’84 or ’85.
What was the first album you owned?
The soundtrack to the Country Bear Jamboree at Disneyland, but the first album I bought with my own money was Business as Usual, by Men at Work.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Satan and Adam, Freestyle Fellowship, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Plugz, Jesse Dayton, Human Impact, Killing Joke, Melvins, X, A Tribe Called Quest, The Moving Sidewalks, Ya Ho Wa 13, Faith No More, Harvey Danger, Descendents, Dinosaur Jr., St. Vincent, and John Prine.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Bro country. It’s formulaic, over-produced and pandering, and it scares me just how much certain folks love this genre.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
I can’t choose just one: Led Zeppelin, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, early Butthole Surfers, Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Ramones, Minutemen, Kyuss, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Frank Zappa.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Yacht rock. I grew up on FM radio and never needed to hear it again as an adult, but when I found myself buying a copy of Little River Band’s Greatest Hits, I knew I was in trouble.
What’s your favorite music venue?
The Observatory in Santa Ana, Pappy and Harriet’s, and The Casbah in San Diego. (Choosing just one is impossible.)
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“When you like something, it’s an opinion. But when I like something, it’s a manifesto. Pomposity is when you always think you’re right. Arrogance is when you know,” Harvey Danger, “Pike St./Park Slope.”
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Nomeansno was a band from Victoria, British Columbia. They fall into the “punk” category, but their music is so much more than that, with elements of jazz, prog and math rock, all with a wicked dark sense of humor. They were the first band for me whose music had so much going on that it forced me to actively listen, rather than just emotionally react. Active listening has sincerely changed how I listen to music.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
“Would you mind passing that over?” to George Clinton.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Rush” by Big Audio Dynamite.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Pet Sounds, Beach Boys.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Oh She Was Pretty” by Sterling Magee.