by Nicolas Haddad
Wide-eyed, mouths agape as their hearts skipped a beat; every vinyl aficionado in Halifax had the same reaction when they heard Taz Records on Market Street was closing down at the end of March.
Downtown record collectors, rest assured: Taz is already set up in its new digs just around the corner at 1521 Grafton Street.
Despite vinyl lovers being dramatically prone to nostalgia, this store along with its neighbours, simply had to move after 25 happy years.
As the Coast’s Allison Saunders pointed out in a Feb. 8 article, “Coincidentally, or perhaps not, the property is pretty much cheek-to-cheek with the site the new convention centre will eventually take over.”
There’s a lot to look forward to in the next month for local fans of EP’s, LP’s, 33’s and 45’s. The internationally celebrated Record Store Day is on April 20, where you can stock up in preparation for the fifth installment of the Halifax Record Fair on May 4 at Maritime Hall.
Picks of the week:
Linval Thomson meets King Tubby’s
“Ina Reggae Dub Style”/”Dis A Yard Dub”
Label: Abraham Records
Purchased at Taz Records on its final day at Market St, this project released on Unionville, On.-based reggae label Abraham Records brings together two of Dub reggae’s most influential and innovative producers.
Label: Forward Music
Purchased at Forward Music Group’s latest music showcase at the Khyber Centre for the Arts, this latest LP from this Halifax folk/jazz/gipsy supergroup just won Best World Recording at the ECMAs.
“Nightflight to Venus”
Label: Atlantic Records
Found in the discount bin at Taz records, this gem from the disco era features the quintessential single “Rasputin”, as well as a disco-soul version of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold”.
Bob Marley & the Wailers
“Babylon By Bus” Deluxe 2 Record Set
Label: Island Records (Warner Bros.)
Purchased somewhere in Kingston, Jamaica in the summer of 1979, this live album recorded during the European leg of his Babylon By Bus tour captures some of Bob Marley’s last and most amazing performances.