This week I wanted to talk about Goner Records. This Memphis based record store occupies a solid #3.5 spot on my personal Mailorder Go-To List. Their online catalogue is well organized with a great variety, and the turnaround is fast. Goner is also a damn good label with great bands, some of my favorites include Cococoma, The Reatards (Jay Reatard's first band,) The Oblivians and Reigning Sound.
They also throw a huge garage punk BBQin' whiskey soaked rock n roll fest every year that attracts thousands of the coolest kids and die hards from all around the globe.
This being said, I'd like to draw attention to a special fundraising event. Goner Records has organized an auction to benefit co-owner Zac Ives' daughter, Anna. Anna Ives has been undergoing cancer treatments for the past two years. Read her story here.
A lot of kind people have generously donated some really cool items including rare records.... as well as a lot of other things like original artwork, services, books, and hotel vouchers. Did I mention these are rare records, it's off Ebay and you won't find them there! Please check it out, spread the word, and if you can, bid on an item. Anna Ives Benefit Auction
It's for a good cause, and the auction ends Monday, February 2nd at 8 p.m.
Which just happens to be when doors open at the Talking Head in Baltimore for the Paul Collins Beat/ Gentlemen Jesse/ Deep Sleep/ Active Sac show. Gentlemen Jesse also features members of the Carbonas, another amazing ATL band who also have a killer S/T LP out on Goner Records.
See how neatly I wrapped that up? I strive for nothing but pure journalistic professionalism. This exclusive Moment of Friday Morning Zen is brought to you by TVD. Get bidding!