Nineteen pairs of Chuck Taylor’s and too many beers later, Birdman Sound launched into 25 years of physicality as of this past weekend and it’s been a wild and varied soundtrack.
My OST is extremely varied and studied. It is a mirror of my life in a way through music. Birdman Sound is purely a reflection of my own tastes and interests in music with the discerning music enthusiast in mind always. The same scenario presents itself with Friday Morning Cartunes, a radio program that for over a quarter century has never been touched by whimsy or happenstance, and I am the host.
I have booked and promoted tons of live music over many years, and have played in, recorded and released with a number of music groups over an even lengthier time. I got into collecting and buying records when I was a kid in the 1960’s. In 1970 after buying Crowbar’s Bad Manors and discovering on first play that the record was warped and would not play, I cried; I was 10.
What I got now, all these years later, after trench work at 3 other shops and 25 years is a great record collection and no $$$. Oh well, that’s the way it goes. At least there are no assholes telling me what to do eh?
Small business is a passion and it’s never, ever easy. The best thing about the shop, in all honesty, is the amount of great people that I have met, with a number of them being some of my closest and best friends.
These are a few of the fine folks and customers who have all played in my sandbox as well: Jello Biafra, Yo La Tengo, Hellacopters, New Bomb Turks, Dirtbombs, Singapore Sling, Barrence Whitfield, Brant Bjork & The Brothers, Jack Oblivion (Cool Jerks), Chet Wise (Immortal Lee County Killers), Damo Suzuki (CAN), Slim Cessna Auto Club, Lost Goat, Bob Log III, Dan Auerback (Black Keys) and Bob Bryden (Christmas) have all spent time in the sandbox. I‘d say life has been pretty swell. – JOHN
OH WHAT A FEELING by CROWBAR
(John Westhaver is the owner/operator of one of the world’s finest record shops; Birdman Sound. This is the place you go to find the stuff you can’t find anywhere else. This shop feels more curated by music guides who want to widen your musical horizons, than sell you shit that will just collect dust on your shelf or clog up your smartphone. Pretty much exclusively vinyl, Birdman Sound has been helping us stay connected with the bands the mall stores just don’t give a fuck about, and he’s been at it for 25 years now. Check out Birdman Sound here. John also plays with a fantastic free-flowing psych-rock band known as The Band Whose Name is a Symbol (TBWNIS) who have recording and released 8 vinyl only LPs in 6 years. This is a seriously good friggin’ band and you should check out their stuff here.)