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Scoring not too hard for vinyl fans

Variety suits many interests

by Nabeel Zuberi
Record Stores" seems somewhat of
an anachronistic term these, days in
Ann Arbor. In a few years they'll be
listed in the Yellow Pages under
"Music Products Outlets" or some
similarly sterile heading. If you still
listen to music produced by the vi-
brations of a diamond needle in the
groove of a vinyl disc, then you're
in for a tougher time than those
people satisfied by the hiss of fer-
rous/chrome oxide tape or the
whirring of the compact disc.
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Our main vinyl emporium is
Schoolkids Records (523 E. Lib-
erty), which has continued to stock
long players, extended players, 12"
singles, and even the odd 45
(remember those cute little 7" ba-
bies?) for the last fourteen years.
Schoolkids is a dream for jazz afi-
cionados dying to get hold of the
latest Blue Note reissue or Pacific
Jazz box set. Whether it's the Monk,
Bird, Lady Day or Ornette, the store
is likely to have it.
At Schoolkids, Anglo-American
hegemony is undermined by fairly
extensive coverage of reggae, Latin
beats, African music, and anything
else that falls within the catch-all
phrase "World Music." In this town,
it's very difficult to find a reggae se-
lection that isn't made up largely of
UB40 and Bob Marley, so
Schoolkids' stock of Augustus
Pablo, Lee Perry and ska records is
more than welcome for local
skankers.
Otherwise, Schoolkids is up to
date with new releases on major la-
bels, as well as imports and the
"alternative" music that college stu-
dents are supposed to like. Rock 'n'
roll vinyl on independent labels, and
any music that owes even a small
debt to punk and the halcyon days of
1977, can be found at Play It Again
Records (611 South Forest). If
your biorhythms depend on having
the latest limited edition Sub Pop 45
by Mudhoney or an Amsterdam
import of The Smiths' "The
Headmaster Ritual," and you can
tolerate the poseurs behind the
counter, then this is the place to
consume. Though extortionately
priced, the shop also has many
collector's singles from the post-
punk era.

by Ian Verstegen
Are you an artistic, visually ori-
ented person? Are you fascinated by
history or awed by geologic time?
Then, Ann Arbor has in its various
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museums and galleries enough art,
artifacts, and ethnographic and
historical material to interest you.
Here are some of the prominent
places with which you should
become acquainted:

The oldest of them all is the
Kelsey Museum of Ancient and
Medieval Archaeology. Originally
initiated in the early part of this cen-
tury to serve as a visual aid for Prof.
Kelsey's Latin course, the Kelsey's
small but germane collection now
includes Neolithic figurines, an
Egyptian mummy, and important
Greek red-figure ware.
Across the street and to the south
stands the Kelsey's more contempo-
rary cousin, the U n i v e r s i t y
Museum of Art, now under a new
director. Here, a wide-ranging
collection of mostly painting is
highlighted by this writer's favorite,
Whistler's Sea and Rain, completed
when the artist was leaving the
influence of realism and Courbet for
more evocative effects. Also, do not
miss the Chinese room upstairs!
All the way on North Campus,
in the Art and Architecture Building
is the Slusser Gallery. Count on
the most contemporary work being
shown here, as well as juried student
selections, including year-end
B.F.A., M.F.A., and School of Ar-
chitecture shows. (Rackham Gal-
leries in the C. Rackham Building
on Central Campus serves a similar
function).
Down the road is the Bentley
Historical Library, which is de-
voted to documents pertaining to the
history of the state of Michigan.
(Also, if you happen to be a fan of
the Ford presidency, the Gerald
Ford Library is up on North Cam-
pus too.)
In a similar vein, the Clements
See MUSEUMS, page 14

RUTH LITTMANNIaily
One of the higher record shops in Ann Arbor, Wazoo also boasts one of the larger ratios of records to other
forms of recording. And their cheap prices provide cheap thrills for many a vinyl junkie.

RiUTH LI I 1MNIWLa
Mark Taras makes sure P.J."s
providesra suitable mix of Knack,
Ayler and Magma records.

Play It Again is especially strong
on getting British releases almost as
soon as they come out in England;
this is important when one considers
that most of the best new music is
released in England months before
lumbering U.S. labels finally decide
to press up the stuff. In addition,
many of the major U.S. companies
will only release certain albums on
CD and cassette, whereas their Euro-
pean counterparts will also provide
the black vinyl version.
Discount Records (300 State
Street) carries a small selection of
12" singles, but the rest is tapes and
CDs. Though not as eclectic as
Schoolkids, Discount Records is a

little cheaper on new releases. It also
has the hippest staff; while
Schoolkids too often will bore with
Edie Brickell and her ilk, the folks at
Discount Records choose music of a
very particular sensibility to play
while the consumer browses at
leisure.
Wherehouse Records (1140 S.
University) is a store in the mega-
mall vein; new age recyclable wood
panelling predominates. Wherehouse
has the most extensive tape and CD
selections in town, and often has
terrific deals on new releases. The
special midnight sale the day Sindad
O'Connor's album was released did
See RECORDS, page 11

Dance Theatre Studio

APO
Continued from page 2
beautiful old instrument," she added.
In this year's November install-
ment in the Concert of the Month
series Nancy Leinonen, a University
doctoral candidate at the school of
music will perform. Leinonen is
heading toward a career in perfor-
mance in either opera, concert or ora-
torio. In her performance she will
preview selections from her upcom-
ing dissertation recitals, including
arias and art songs on texts by
Shakespeare.
Smith believes that "Nancy is the
next big name to come out of the
University of Michigan School of
Music".
In addition to Arts at Mid-Day
and Concert of the Month APO of-
fers special artistic performances
throughout the year. One of last
year's special performances was so
successful that the performer, Jeff
Burke, was selected to go join a
touring Great Lakes area musical
company. The special performances
are held in a variety of locations
around campus.

Don't let the relatively modern exterior f
Ancient and Medieval Archaeology hold
of the University Museum of Art.

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The unfluted columns of the University Museum of Art's entrance
contrast greatly with the gargantuan grounded sculpture, Daedelus by
Charles Ginnezer, that lies on the museum's front lawn.

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