Thursday, June 10, 2010
Sometimes I hear a record and think: "GODDAMN, there was a chance I wouldn't have stumbled across this and my life would have been BULLSHIT!" Well, that's a bit how I felt when I heard "King Tuff Was Dead".
King Tuff is Vermont native Kyle Thomas of Witch (and new band Happy Birthday) fame and I first heard his music on Caroline Keddy's KUSF show. It was one of those rare instances where I grabbed a post-it and wrote down the name of the artist and record, because I had to have it. I had heard people mention "King Tuff" once or twice, but I assumed he was some Lee Scratch Perry reggae figure I hadn't heard of.
Finding "Was Dead" in record stores or online — even the second pressing — isn't an easy task. there is a second pressing on eBay as I type but it's going for $19.99 + $5 shipping. Well, 'til something cheaper (like a 3rd pressing) comes along, take a listen here. Also, Happy Birthday just released their first record and it's available from Sub Pop.
It's a Gas-s-s-s