Baldy Longhair Records

I Know. And I Don’t Care.

Posted on: November 14th, 2011 by Baldy Longhair 2 Comments

Baldy Longhair Tapes

Let me set the stage here for you. I’m standing in a record shop with a bag of cassettes politely trying to explain to a man with a tucked in polo shirt what Baldy Longhair is about. Suffice it to say I wasn’t successful. Defeated I headed back out and on to the next shop. It was a really long walk outta that place and back to my car too. At least that’s how it felt. They can’t all be winners but damn this particular shop owner was pretty blunt with his disgust for… well me I guess. I suppose I wouldn’t be the first punk to feel a little cast aside, put down, misunderstood, disenfranchised, and so forth, but I was really letting it get to me in that moment. As I drove on to the next shop on my list I threw “…Are Healthy” by The Disconnects on my car stereo. Before you knew it my mood started to pick up. Their song Frustration was exactly what I needed to hear. I was ready to give it another shot. The next record shop I hit I went in with renewed vigor. I actually had a good time chatting this owner up. And he even took a bunch of tapes. At one point he told me “If you’ve got the balls to make and sell tapes in this day and age, who am I to turn you down? People say I’m crazy for running a record shop!” The rest of my travels were met with similar ups and downs and ins and outs. But at the end of two straight days of driving around a few shops now have Baldy Longhair tapes on their shelves. And hopefully more will follow. I’m sure of it. Check to see if your local shop carries Baldy tapes. If they don’t and you’d like them to, let us know… or better yet let them know. We’d appreciate it.

I guess the bigger point in the story I just told or at least the one thing I keep coming back to in my head anyway, is that all my life music has been my therapy. Name any emotion you either want to counteract or exacerbate and I’ll give you a tune or twenty to listen to. One of the main reasons for starting this label was a want for spreading the music that I dig and showcasing bands that I like. But on another level I’m hoping that maybe at some point one person that bought one of our tapes throws it on when they’re in a bad place and gets something/anything out of it that makes them feel at least a little better. That’s actually more important to me than the six dollars I got from them. I mean that.

Six months in… four releases under our belts, three more on the way, a ton of positive reviews (many of which you can now find on the fancy new product pages in our webstore), countless shows, new friends, and a positive outlook on the future of the label. Check out all our great current releases by The Disconnects, Through Thorn And Brier, Crazy & The Brains, and St. Sunday. And stay tuned for future releases by Vultures United, The Scandals, and our first vinyl offering… a split 7″ between Crazy & The Brains and The Disconnects that will include a limited run of tapes for the first few people who pre-order. But more on that later.

For now though if you’re feeling down about something sing along with me and The Disconnects…

This is a wake, an involuntary shake-up
When every single day is a struggle just to be who you are
And it’s a cop out , when they label you the wrong crowd
Don’t you ever let them cast you aside or put you up on the shelf
And it might take a little time just to figure it out
But sooner or later you’re gonna find out what it’s all about
I know that you’re laughing down there, I know and I don’t care
Frustration, it’s a daily aggravation and sometimes it might seem
Like there’s no end in sight, like right now
Open your eyes up, and take a look at your surroundings man
Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who really cares
I know it’s hard man, but you gotta do the best you can
You gotta pick yourself up off the ground, get up and try it again
Have you been put down and kicked around all of your life?
Who are they to tell you what’s wrong and right?
I know that you’re laughing down there, I know and I don’t care
Frustration, I need a permanent vacation
Don’t you hate to see a good man kicked when he’s down?
It’s not you only, everybody gets lonely, sometimes there aint never no such thing
As a second chance, so drink up

2 Responses

  1. Dingbat says:

    A tucked-in polo shirt is a great indication that someone sucks…Keep up the good work.

  2. Dylan says:

    They recently opened a little record and coffee shop in my neighborhood, Black Gold Records (Court St. Brooklyn), I dunno may be worth a shot. Keep the faith Baldy!

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