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Vintage Vinyl Sundays w/ the Thrifty Discount DJs – Phoenixville is Lucky!

Posted on: September 18, 2011


Somehow Sundays at The Hacienda have become vintage vinyl mornings. Quiet enough so I don’t totally disturb Retro Roadhusband, who has- more likely than not – come home at an ungodly hour from a gig, I’ll pull out some of my thrifted records and put them on the record player, to play as I putter around (or “potter around” as Fountains of Wayne would say), while determining if some of these records are keepers or not.

Alas, today’s selection was not a keeper.
Mancini Country
(Sorry Henry, you know how I love you!)

Sometimes I get to mix it up and can hand the vintage record playing decisions over to two experts: Blanko Dave and The Altoona Kid, better known as the Thrifty Discount DJs. One Sunday a month I can head down to Steel City Coffee House, meet up for good conversation with interesting neighbors and listen to a great assortment of vintage music, played from a collection of record albums, 45s and CDs found at thrift stores!

The Thrifty Discount DJs - 98% Vinyl 100% RetroAs their flyer states:

“The Thrifty Discount DJ’s are retro entertainment for your next party! Our DJs hand pick music for your event and play vintage vinly on old school equipment. Specializing in lounge, soul, jazz, exotica, psych, country, disco and rock and roll.”

We here in “The Ville” have been able to enjoy the spinning of the Thrifty Discount DJs for the past 2 years in various storefronts along Bridge Street, like here at Hipster Home on a First Friday:

However I’m glad to know that they have a home base once a month in the window of Steel City, as it gives me yet another opportunity to support this local live music venue (even when there’s no live music being played there!)
Steel City Coffee House Thrifty Discount Sunday

We first learned about the Thrifty Discount persona of our tall and talented musical pal Blanko Dave when we invited him to one of the Hacienda’s famous parties and we started gabbing about retro records and kitschy musical finds.

Blanko Dave(Here’s that tall drink of water in action at the steel wheels!)

AND through that lovely Lattice of Coincidence we spoke of yesterday, through Dave we met Gary “The Altoona Kid” – and randomly found out at another one of our fetes that he’s the cousin of another music minded pal of ours!
The Altoona Kid
As Ned Flanders might say – what a co-inky-dink!

So yes, once a month I’m psyched to be able to trek down to Steel City and listen to a carefully selected assortment of platters, often arranged in themes such as “Psychadelic Freakout“, “Music of Memphis”, “Exotica” and more.

Today I was happy to find the selection was an “Anything Goes” type of day, so I got to hear all sorts of things I hadn’t heard before, but loved as soon as they played, like Jerry Vale singing “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)”

Jerry Vale - Let it Be
A “Cheese Off” between the Ray Conniff Singers and The Ray Bloch Singers:

Hits of 1969 The Ray Bloch Singers

A record that Dave’s gal found on the street in front of her Philly home (-!)

And various wonderful K-Tel gems.

K-Tel Music Machine
(We asked, and alas the Andy Gibb / KC poster was missing)

While the Thrifty Discount DJs are hopefully going to be a continuing highlight of the Steel City Coffee House schedule, they’re also available for whatever your next event might be, and will tailor their musical selections to your tastes. Frankly if we had it in the Retro Roadcoffers to hire ’em we’d have parties every month!

The Thrifty Discount DJs- The Altoona Kid & Blanko Dave

So if this sounds like a Sunday Funday to you, circle Sunday October 16th on your calendar for the Thrifty Discount DJ’s next appearance in the Steel City window. They’ll be spinning discs from 12-3 and the theme is “Americana Harvest”. You’ll never know what they’ll reap from the thrift store record bins between now and then!

Or keep tabs on their busy schedule at the  Thrifty Discount DJs on the Blanko Dave Facebook Page . Vintage, music, thrifting, records, friends, fun – what more vintage retron and cool old fashioned fun can you want on a Sunday afternoon?

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  • Best thing I’ve heard of all day!

  • A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Phoenixville!

  • Janice Lamphere

    We had lots of fun listening and watching our favorite DJ’s in action!! Great coffee, great music, great company(Coleen), and the best DJ’s with the coolest music in Chester Co. Jan and Dave

  • Gary Eichelberger

    Thanks for the great write-up Beth! Love seeing Jerry Vale there. An Altoona institution, Sean McKay, local DJ originally from Montana, has just recently come back and is doing mid-day work on WKMC 1370 AM. He played the original by Edison Lighthouse and called it “Love Grows (Between Rosemary’s Toes)”. Only a veteran DJ would have that on tap. Take care!

    • Gary – thanks for the heads up on the am radio tip – I love AM radio!

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