Sean Cox.

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.

Matt King

Matt King is a freelance writer for the Coachella Valley Independent. A creative at heart, his love for music thrust him into the world of journalism at 17 years old, and he hasn't looked back. Before...

6 replies on “The Lucky 13: Sean Cox, New Owner of Finders Keepers Records in La Quinta”

  1. For the record it was Bro-Country that I am not a fan of.
    I am a fan of George Jones, Buck Owens, Patsy Kline, Merle Waylon Jennings et al.

  2. Thank you Jimmy.
    Sincerely.

    Also I realize I mis-spelt Patsy Cline and left out Haggard after Merle.
    For the record..
    (stupid idea before text)

  3. Hi Sean,
    Congratulations on your new store. We plan to visit and look through all the wonderful recors. Best Wishes, Karen & Dave

  4. Hey Mr S…I was wondering what creative force took you over now I know…following the dream yaaaaaaaaay …let’s all get together to discuss over Happy hour …you name it we will all be there …take it easy and keep me posted on stuff…take care Jeri

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