Quirky store goes on record
PASADENA – Poo-Bah Record Shop, the counterculture legend established literally underground in Old Pasadena so long ago the neighborhood was almost young, has entered a new era with its own record label. Now in its fourth location, far from Old Pas in the newly hip Lamanda Park neighborhood on East Colorado Boulevard, the store has long been known for its unique selection and its willfully uncheery clerks, obscure-band cynics decades before their brethren in the record-store novel and film “High Fidelity.” In an MP3 age, the store still carries plenty of vinyl LPs along with artist-distributed, hand-numbered cassettes and mainstream CDs from cool but successful outfits such as the latest Arcade Fire. Unlike some hippie-born establishments, the store has a strong African-American and jazz-buff clientele, and bins are filled with works by lesser- known hip-hop producers such as J Dilla along with chart-topping artists like Jay-Z. Now the Poo-Bah record label, launched quietly in 2004, is starting to pick up speed, said owner Ron Stivers, 34. Earlier releases were limited to runs of 300; new releases are larger and more frequent. A thousand copies of Dennis Duck’s “Dennis Duck Goes Disco” LP and CD were distributed in January, followed by 600 of TAKE’s Took One 10-inch vinyl record Tuesday. Duck is the stage name for Pasadenan Dennis Mehaffey, a leader of the cult favorite band Human Hands, which just finished a national tour with Latino satirist and showman El Vez. Poo-Bah held a record-release party, its “first really big show,” complete with live silk-screening at the L.A.C.E. Gallery in mid-January, Stivers said. Also in the works is a joint release with the Los Angeles Free Music Society and the city of Pasadena in April or May. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!