Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Two Russians Walk Into a Record Shop...

So, let's suppose you're the owner of a venerable DC vinyl institution on 14th Street. One day, you're minding you're own business, putting up the latest Ridiculously Awesome Album Cover of the Week, when suddenly two Russian-speaking women walk in flaunting large bills, claiming that they are on a mission from Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, and ask to purchase some Duke Ellington records to add to Medvedev's vinyl collection.

You just hope you have some Ellington on hand, right?

Unfortunately for Som Records owner Neal Becton, he was fresh out of Ellington. But he did manage to send the Russians hope happy with some Hendrix, B.B. King and others. (Seems the women had to consult with a higher authority via cell phone in order to complete the transaction--you don't want to bring the Prez back an album he might already own, after all.)

Hendrix and King? What, no "space age bachelor pad" music from Enoch Light and his Orchestra? What a missed opportunity.


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