Dan Lactose has been a good friend since the mid-'90s when he was playing guitar and singing in Spazz, and I was playing bass in Black Army Jacket. We bonded instantly on a shared love for gritty hip-hop and obscure horror movies. Just last year, we released an album called Alpha Ghoul with Deny the Cross, a band that also includes Dave Witte (Municipal Waste, Discordance Axis) and Ramon Salcido (Agents of Satan).
In all the years that I've known him, I haven't met many people as passionate about music as Dan, so he's the perfect candidate for this site's Record Collector series.
How long have you been collecting vinyl?
Shit, almost 30 years.
Where/how do you usually find your records?
Nowadays I buy most of my records through Discogs, eBay, or private set sales with the occasional trip to a record shop or swap. When I used to have more time to search, I was constantly in thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, record swaps, etc.
What is the most you paid for a single record, where/how did you obtain it, and what was it?
I'm pretty cheap. I think the most I ever paid was $75 for a really nice copy of the Japanese pressing of the Farewell to Arms compilation.
What is your most prized record and why?
Antidote's Thou Shalt Not Kill 7". One of my favorite NYHC records and I got it in a killer trade.
Is there anything you that frustrates you about record collecting?
When online sellers don't know how to grade records accurately. When people don't pack records properly for shipping. Opening up a new record and it's warped. When sellers don't price their records but aren't open to haggling.
Which record(s) are still on your want list that you've had a tough time tracking down through the years?
For me it's a lot of stuff I should have bought when it was plentiful and cheap and now it just seems to be getting more and more expensive. I also wouldn't mind a copy of the Pegasus Fire 45.
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*Top photo originally appeared here.