Tuesday, March 2, 2010

TVD's Record Store Day 2010 Label Showcase | Sarathan Records

When we were asked to participate in the official Record Store Day blog we were asked: How have record stores been important to Two Loons for Tea? Well, for one thing, Two Loons for Tea never would have existed had not my musical partner, Sarah Scott, met a clerk at a record store who then introduced us to each other. Since that fated meeting, we have recorded four records and toured the US and Europe. Lovely!

Even more existentially profoundly: I can honestly say that were it not for a record store near New York City, I would not even exist! My future father walked into a record store to buy a symphonic work conducted by Leonard Bernstein; fell in love with my future mother when she sold him the record; and he asked her to marry him on their first date, listening to that same symphony conducted by Leonard Bernstein… and several years later, I was born to these two record lovers, their house teetering under the groaning weight of thousands of vinyl records.

Two Loons for Tea’s exclusive offering to The Vinyl District is a song we wrote and recorded with the members of Critters Buggin’ (Skerik, Brad Houser, Mike Dillon, Matt Chamberlain) as our co-writers and main members of the back-up band. Those of you familiar with Critters Buggin’ or Two Loons for Tea may be shocked to hear an unapologetically romantic R&B ballad that sounds like a Motown / Staxx tribute. But hey, those were glorious days for the record industry and record stores, when songs could be unabashedly about Waiting to meet that-special-someone; and this, dear friends, is our homage to those days when record stores created so many fates.

—Jonathan Kochmer, founder Sarathan Records, member Two Loons for Tea

Two Loons For Tea - Waiting (Mp3)