Slightly more than a decade ago, Stones Throw titan Peanut Butter Wolf dropped "My Vinyl Weighs a Ton," a crate-digging classic that remains one of the seminal statements of the Underground golden era. Even by 1999, San Jose-bred Wolf, birth name Chris Manak, had already assembled an army of wax that deserved its own ZIP Code (at least, according to popular folklore).
But to paraphrase Hunter S. Thompson, once you get into a serious record collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. Thus, Wolf remains a vinyl junkie, even though among the Stones Throw family (Madlib, Egon, J-Rocc, et. al), they probably own every record you've ever heard of, and tons more you haven't.
Thus, regulars at endangered L.A. record stores may have seen a familiar sight last week: Manak trawling the used record bins of Amoeba, Freakbeat, Counterpoint, Records LA, and Rockaway for 45s, in preparation for this Sunday's 10-10-10 celebration. A yearly ritual that began with 2006's 6-6-06 Heavy Metal set, each year has had a different theme. 2007 featured seven events in seven days, including the 7-7-07 Gospel set. 2008 and 2009 topped that with eight- and nine-day marathons that obviously would prove unsustainable as the century progressed.
Thankfully, Manak has spared himself, scaling down the festivities for this Sunday's event to a 10-hour, 10-DJ mini-festival, with all 45 sets from himself, Dam-Funk, Prince Paul, Baron Zen, Danny Holloway, J-Rocc, Madlib, Mayer Hawthorne, Mahssa, and Rhettmatic. Previously scheduled to have been held at downtown's Sex, the location has been switched to 740 S. Broadway. The show starts at 4 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m.. $10 before 6 p.m. and $20 thereafter.
In honor of the festivities, Wolf has crafted a mix, premiered here, consisting exclusively of records he scooped up in the last 10 days. It runs the gamut between psych rock, boogie funk, post-punk and more, and it's predictably excellent. If it's not a 10/10, it's close.
-- Jeff Weiss
Photo credit: Peanut Butter Wolf
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