The occasion: Following a stellar Bumbershoot performance just last month, the much-vaunted -- and recently signed to Warner Bros. records -- Floridian quintet Surfer Blood was back in town yesterday to co-headline Neumos with the Drums. The band has a recently acquired tour bus fitted out with a big screen TV and bunks in the back ("We got it through a friend of a friend," said lead singer JP Pitts. "Under normal circumstances, there's no way we'd be able to do that.") But they need to stretch their legs and find a more stimulating way to kill time before the show.
The challenge: Pitts and bassist Kevin Williams walk the half-block to Capitol Hill's Everyday Music with me. Each of them is free to peruse the store's record selection and purchase what they want -- as long as it's under the $7 budget.
Here's how it went down:
"We're all so used to the world of iPods," said Pitts. "It's awesome to have something physical." Surfer Blood's been listening to some new stuff from their peers -- "The new Deerhunter is phenomenal," says Pitts. "There's this new band called Cults, they're coming here with the Morning Benders in a few weeks. They put on a really good show. The Morning Benders are obviously great."
Rummaging through Everyday's Bargain Bins of LPs, Pitts mentions that his favorite guitarists include Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore, and Jimi Hendrix -- "I don't care for all of his songs, but he was an innovator." His tastes in vinyl run more eclectic than your standard rock and roll though.
Almost, But Not Quite
Some of Pitts' stronger contenders included:
The Final Cut
Impressively, both Pitts and Williams came in under budget. Here's a list of their respective loot:
The total comes to $13.58, which means Pitts and Williams bested the challenge. Quality budget shopping does exist!