About The gamecock. (Columbia, S.C.) 1908-2006 | View This Issue
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BY MATT HANLEY
Dang son! There is this cool
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sell beer. It buys and sells something
every college student needs,
and it is not the book store. No, this
business has good values. What is
it? Papa Jazz Records and Tapes on
Started by Tim Smith 15 years
ago, Papa Jazz offers a wide selection
of CDs, cassettes and old
records at low prices. Do not let the
name fool you. Until I had to do
this story, I would walk right past
this establishment, figuring there
would be nothing but Fats Domino
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owner would be some overly hip
old saxophone player. That is not
Papa Jazz sells mostly rock,
according to Smith, and he is right.
The handmade wooden shelves are
dominated by the rock, metal, pop
and rap that young people today are
listening to. And listen up young
people: These prices are cheap, and
some are new. Brand new.
"We buy some CDs wholesale
that we think will sell big, smith
B e s t s e I
1. "See, I Told You So," Limbaugh
2. "Private Parts," Stern
3. "The Hidden Life Of Dogs,"
4. "Seinlanguage," Seinfeld
5. "Embraced By The Light," Radie
6. "Wouldn't Take Nothing For My
Journey Now," Angelou
7. "Having Our Say," Delany
8. "The Drowning Stret Years,"
9. "A Marriage Made In Heaven....Oi
Too Tired For An Affair," Bombeck
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1. "Slow Waltz In Cedar Bend," Waller
2. "The Bridges Of Madison County,"
3. "Nightmares & Dreams capes," King
4." Without Remorse," Clancy
5. "Mr. MurderKoontz
6. "Lasher," Rice
7. "Truce At Bakura," Tyers
8. "A Dangerous Fortune," Fdllett
9. "Like Water For Chocolate,"
10. "Decider," Francis
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said. Such as Pearl Jam's latest
album. This hotseller, currently No.
1 on the Billboard charts, sells for
$14 at Tracks. Smith's price: $12.
These low prices seem to be the
reason students enter this cluttered
shop neighboring the No-Brainer.
"I come for new things that are
cheaper than at the mall," art education
senior Lauren Cantrell said.
Most of the music, though, is
used. But whatever beefs you may
have about the quality of other people's
property, you will be
impressed by the quantity. Survey
ing the rows of alphabetically
ordered tapes and CDs, I saw no
noticeable gaps in artists. All the
letters were well represented.
There is a reason for this. "On an
average day, I buy about 200 used
cds," Smith said. If you want to get
rid of any old CDs or just need
some extra cash, Smith will buy
most CDs for $4 cash or $5 in
credit. Tapes and old LPs only
fetch SI, but there are exceptions.
"We're very picky when buying
LPs because there's not much
demand for them," Smith said. "But
if it's a rare old record, we'll pay a
lot for it."
This is reflected in the price to
Ie r List i
1. "Rare Air," Jordan .
% "The Way Things Ought To Be,'L
3. "The Road Less Traveled," Peck r
4. "Everything She Ever Wanted," j
5. "Submarine," Clancy
6. "J Know Why The Caged Bird 1
7. "Every LiningThing," Herroit \
8. "A Year in Province," Mayles * ,
9. "Genius," Gleick '
' 10. "The President's Health
Security Plan," The White House <
1. "Mixed Blessing," Steel
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3." The Joy Luck Club," Tan 1
4. "Delores Claiborne " King 1
5. "The Killer Angles," Shaara t
6. "The Pelican Brief? Grisham j
7. "Inadmissible Evidence,"
8. "Remains Of The Day," Ishiguro
9. "Keeper Of The Heart," Lindsey 1
10. "Close Combat," Griffen
Compiled from the New York Times
bestseller list. (
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*et the facts!
the customers. Most LPs are sold
for a few dollars, but a rare one can
fetch hundreds of dollars. "The
most expensive one we have is
"Mule Skinner Blues," which costs
$500," Smith said.
Smith claims his store is pretty
much like regular music stores
except he devotes a lot of space for
blues and jazz. However, there are
other variables that make his place
more a shop than a store. The difference
is noticeable immediately
Unlike the mall chains with their
streamlined walls and clean open
spaces and uniformed help, Papa
Jazz's series of wooden shelves and
old collections give it the look of a
library. And although the "help" do
not wear uniforms, they seem
wrapped in their own little world,
separated by an aloofness and alcohol.
One guy was drinking from an
Most of the differences between
this shop and the chains are for the
better. If you do not mind used
albums or you do not think your
Invert ones will. Pana Ta77 seemc
like a good place for holiday val- Fre
3y The College Press Service bef
People react to Australian rock- reS
:rs Midnight Oil in different ways. ^
Some younger listeners familiar ^0l]
)nly with the American hits "Beds *r01
\re Burning" or "Blue Sky Mine" sev
nay see the band as musicians in'
umping on the newly reborn eco- ?
ogical movement to further a er"
Others, having experienced the '
)and through video airplay or guest w
tppearances on "Saturday Night j*
Jve," usually focus their attention
)n the looming 6-foot-5 frame of pja
rontman Peter Garrett. Size aside, ^
he singer's bald pate and quirky, ^
jeometric stage dervishing can
nake quite an impression. a^c
The truest presentation of any ' /
3and, however, is in a face-to-face
ive nerformance. When the hand
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?shman art major Robin Allis
pa Jazz Records and Tapes 01
I burns li\
ore the Oils: The Judybats
ional favorites Cowboy Mouti
I Irish psycheledelic group Hot
ise Flowers. After a spirited se
ti the Flowers, which includec
eral local Irish expatriates sitting
the crowd moved toward the
?e in anticipation of the headlin
Tiey were not to be disappoint
A short intermission endec
en the houselights dimmed
)ke billowed over the stage ant
distinctive figure of Garret
terialized before the throng
nked by Rotsey and Moginie
singer quickly staked out hi:
" center stage, arms flailing ant
turing as he stormed in circle;
>ut the platform.
\fter a strong opening featuring
lue Sky Mine" and "Dream
rid" from 1987's "Diesel ant
st," Garrett began to do the one
lg setting his group apart fron
rest of the rock pantheon: Ht
;an speaking to the audienct
?ut the environment.
I know I don't have to lecturt
i people about groundwater corn
ination," laughed Garrett as h<
?an a short speech about th<
?rK of the oil inriiisfrv on I 011
la's wetlands. Garrett, a membe
the Greenpeace Internationa
cutive council, wore his belief:
his sleeve as he hammered the
portance of activism to th(
fhe speech ended as the banc
ayed into older material, pullin<
"Power and the Passion" fron
52's "10,9,8,..." The band thei
aed to deliver the moving "Tru
lini," the story of the last surviv
1 - wo
;ook stage at New Orleans' Kiefer |)(J,
^akefront Arena, the crowd saw the ^
eal heart of Midnight Oil: the pas- lhe
?ion of five musicians determined be?
:o play their message, commercial
success be damned.
After 15 years together, the core y0l
}f Midnight Oil, singer Garrett, gui- ^
[arists Martin Rotsey and Jim 5e<
Vloginie and drummer Rob Hirst, eff(
have developed a stage presence ^
Lhat is unbelievable. The awkward 0f
grace of Garrett's pantomine con- exe
trasts sharply with the cool calcula- on
tion of the guitarists and the driving imj
athleticism of drummer Hirst, cro
Bassist "Bones" Hillman. the
newest member of the group, fits in fon
easily, staying clear of Garrett's up
flight path while holding down the 19$
Three opening acts performed gar
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Van Hope/The Gamecock
?on looks through used LPs at
o Greene Street.
re on stage
ing Tasmanian Aborigine and the
1 travails her body had to endure at
the hands of the colonial governt
ment before finding a proper resting
5 The rights of Australia's indige:
nous peoples are a key component
- of Midnight Oil's music. For example,
drummer Rob Hirst carries an
- , old water tank as part of his drum
I kit. The tank, he said after the
show, was given to him as the band
1 played the "Black Fella White Felt
la" acoustic tour of the Australian
. Outback in July 1986. Since then,
, he has kept the corrugated alu>
minum structure with him, incorpo1
rating its sound ihto the band's
The band finished out its set with
I several crowd pleasers, including
"The Good Heart" and "Beds Are
i Rnrnino" from "Diesal and Dust"
i and "Forgotten Years" from "Blue
1 Sky Mining." A solid rendition of
2 "Sometimes" closed the show and
2 brought the appreciative audience
to its collective feet.
2 Moments later, the group
- reclaimed the stage for a single
2 encore, an extended version of
2 "Earth and Sun and Moon."
One young woman's actions
r were indicative of the emotion that
1 passed through the audience during
s the show.
2 As she Filed past the table where
? the hand sat after the show, she
reached out to Garrett and kissed
1 his hand. "Thank you for coming,"
I she said. "I really love your music."
1 "Oh, it's not me," laughed Gari
rett, throwing his gangly arms wide,
- encompassing the bandmates. "It's
- all of us."