The Capital Land Crate Digger: “The Monkey’s Head in the Corner of the Room” (1982)

July 14th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

The NeatsReview and photograph by Ross Marvin

The Capital Land Crate Digger brings you reviews of vinyl obscurities found for $10 or under at Capital District record stores, thrift shops, garage sales, and junk emporiums. The vinyl archeologist behind this column is Ross Marvin, an English teacher and music enthusiast who lives in Saratoga County. Ross has over 1,000 pieces of vinyl, is running out of shelf room, and can be found getting his fingers dirty in a box of records near you.

ALBUM: The Monkey’s Head in the Corner of the Room EP
ARTIST: The Neats
LABEL: Ace of Hearts
YEAR: 1982
PURCHASED: Feeding Tube Records, Northampton
PRICE: $8.95
DATE: July 3, 2014

One of the greatest ironies about Feeding Tube Records on King Street in Northampton is its location next to a Subway restaurant. The indescribably hip record store is financially backed by former Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore and run by rock scribe and scenester extraordinaire Byron Coley. Thus, it feels more like the kind of shop that would be located adjacent to a subway stop in Lower Manhattan than a place where you can get a $5 foot-long.

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