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TOO MANY MINDS
想法太多

被速食文化所環繞的這個世界,乃至在這個環境生活的各個世代,對事物的要求總離不開「快」、「平」、「方便」等關鍵詞。諸多要求下,無論何時何地,這些想法總縈迴在心頭無法驅散,逐漸演變成一個又一個令人煩躁焦慮的死結。故此,這一期Chessman Post決定一反「常態」,帶大家去拜訪一處音樂秘地,一窺「他人」腦海裏異於常人的「那些想法」。

座落在台北THE WALL 公館正後方,只佔據約10坪小空間的「2manyminds Records」,是台北稍有知名度的獨立唱片行,主要販售店主自選的日、台兩地獨立音樂 CD、黑膠唱片等,亦不時舉辦各類型音樂活動。店主Spykee曾擔任映象唱片與各大音樂雜誌的專欄作家,亦是一位知名DJ。2014年時,他抱著「好想再去逛日本的唱片行啊」的心情開設了2manyminds Records,旨在讓喜愛日系音樂的樂迷能享受與唱片對話的時刻。推開白色店門,一股名為特立獨行的味道迎面而來,相比起大型唱片行密密麻麻的貨架,五花八門的推廣標示,這裏倒顯得清新脫俗得多。其中一面牆上擺放著黑膠唱片,一部復古但仍能運作的黑膠唱片機靜靜立在店內一隅,CD分類排列在小木箱裏,有些更貼有手寫的推介標籤,這些都是(已經為數不多的)尋常唱片行中難得一見的風景。

說是唱片行,獨立唱片行的定位更接近於選物店。事實上,有別於一般唱片行,獨立唱片行販售的商品,完全取決於店主的音樂品味,少了與大型唱片公司間的連結,亦令商品選擇更具自主性。透過貨架上或熟悉或陌生的音樂人和曲目,偷窺對方喜歡的音樂類型,憑直覺挑選,到正式聆聽,繼而愛上的過程,於筆者來說,實在有一種令人興奮的小趣味。

筆者拜訪之際,發生了一件微不足道卻值得和各位分享的事,在此稍作簡述。筆者正在一眾不甚認識的唱片中,挑選有興趣的作品時,一直坐在一旁的同行朋友突然提出了以下的疑問。
    「這些唱片在澳門買不到嗎?」
    「為何價格如此昂貴?在澳門買唱片都不過在百元以內。」

說的也是,越洋過海來拜訪一家地點隱秘,不以滿足大眾口味為己任的小店,在旁人看來,確實古怪且不符合經濟效益,然而獨立唱片行背後所傾注的心力和代表的精神卻最是值得細心體會。

受網上音樂風潮所衝擊,不只澳門,世界各地的實體唱片行都像在渡過一段仿無盡頭的冰河時期,經營之難,無論是樂迷,還是一般民眾都有目共睹。作為小眾中的小眾,獨立唱片行在這一片海洋中更是掙扎求存的一群。然而,這些堅持於「怪異」想法的店主一直以自己的無私努力,堅持為各種喜好的樂迷,牽起和歌手、樂團之間看似微弱,實質強韌的覊絆。

實體唱片行在「常人」的眼中,也許是標奇立異的存在,也許是名為文青的帽子下受短暫追捧的浪漫,但在「他人」的眼中,卻是承載著一份份熾熱重量的樂土。

Too many minds,想法看似繁複雜亂,難以理解,但說穿了,最核心的也不過是盼望與音樂產生共鳴的那一份熱愛罷了。

1/不時與日本樂團舉辦LIVE活動
2/店內張貼的請勿拍攝標語
3/DJ平岩克規(HF International)與2manyminds Records合作推出的 mix CD
456/筆者所購唱片
 毛玉- 新しい生活
 Hi,how are you - さまぁ〜ぎふと
 OGRE YOU ASSHOLE - ハンドルを放す前に

撰文:劉瑞婷
相片:劉瑞婷/部分照片擷取自2manyminds Records deskgram
美術:王曉澄

In a world and era dominated by the fast-paced lifestyle, people keep looking for things that are “fast”, “cheap” and “convenient”. Under a cluster of requirements, we have been inculcated with the mindset that “being fast is necessary”, no matter when and where we are. But this mindset has slowly taken us to a cul-de-sac, making us feel annoyed and anxious. In this issue of Chessman Post, we are going to rebel against the conformity by bringing you to a music lovers’ secret heaven, where you can see how “others” stand out against this mindset.

Situated behind THE WALL in Taipei, the 10-square-feet shop, named “2manyminds Records”, is a well-known independent record store in Taipei which sells CDs of Japanese and Taiwanese indie music and vinyl records handpicked by the shop owner, Spykee. He was once a columnist of High Note Records and other music magazines, and also a famous DJ. With the thought that “I want to visit the record stores in Japan again”, he opened the record store “2manyminds Records”, hoping to let the fans of Japanese indie pop fully immerse themselves in music. Pushing the white door of the store, I could feel a sense of independence. Compared to the large record stores with a plethora of shelves and sales promotion signage, this store was a place that seems otherworldly. Next to one of the walls was a pile of vinyl records, while there was also a vintage vinyl player placed at the corner of the shop. The CDs were put inside a wooden box according to different categories, and you could also spot the hand-written recommendation notes on some of the CDs. All these were very rare to see in an ordinary record stores.

Albeit its name, independent record stores are somewhere similar to select shops. Different from other record stores, the products sold in independent record stores are determined by the personal preferences of the shop owners. It has zero connection to the large record stores since shop owners can choose whatever they want to sell under full autonomy. Through the products on the shelves, we are able to snoop on the shop owner’s music preference. I am always excited to go through this process: picking a song based on my intuition, listening to the song and starting to get enamored of it.

I would like to share something happened during my visit to this record store. It is nothing big but I still think it is worth sharing. Back when I was choosing some interesting pieces among a sea of records, my friend, who was sitting at one side, suddenly asked me the following questions.

“You can’t buy these records in Macau?”
“Why are they so expensive? You can just buy other records in Macau within a hundred dollars.”

True. To others, travelling far from hometown and visiting a small shop are somewhat strange and non-cost effective. But the hard effort made as well as the spirit of independent record stores are noteworthy.

Affected by the boom of online music consumption, all the physical record stores in Macau, and even across the world, are now experiencing hard times in running business. It is an obvious fact to both music fans and general public. As a minority in this niche field, independent record stores are just as some endangered species, struggling to survive in the vast ocean. However, these shop owners, who have a “strange” mindset, are trying their best to make connections between the singers, bands and fans through running the stores.

In the eyes of “normal people”, a physical record store maybe an extraordinary existence, and also the temporary romance that hipsters keep pursuing. While in the eyes of “others”, it is a place carrying their strong passion for music.

Too many minds. It sounds complicated and incomprehensible. But to put it in a nutshell, it is simply music lovers’ yearning to find resonance with music.

1/Live show organized with Japanese bands
2/The sign reminding people not to take photographs
3/The mix CD jointly released by DJ Katsunori Hiraiwa (HF International) and 2manyminds Records
456/The records that I bought
    毛玉 (Kedama) - 新しい生活 (New Life)
  Hi,how are you - さまぁ〜ぎふと (Summer Gift)
  OGRE YOU ASSHOLE - ハンドルを放す前に (Before Handles Are Put On)

Translated by: Elok Wong
Photo: Soi Lao
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #184

TOO MANY MINDS

 

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