föstudagur, febrúar 20, 2009

valdi the music man

One place that I bet has already seen a pick-up in biz in these difficult times is Geisladiskabúð Valda (Valdi's CD Store) at Laugavegur 64 in downtown Reykjavík. This is a place that has long been one of my favorite stops on a chilly weekend stroll down the 101 Strip. For one thing, it's probably the only reliable source for classic rock CDs in the vast expanses of the Land. Steely Dan Greatest Hits? Check. Fleetwood Mac Rumors - Two Disc Special Edition? Check.

But, true to Iceland's "heavier edge", it's also got a whole wall of grubby jewel boxes of metal. Dimmu Borgir?* Check.

The real star of the show, however, is Valdi himself. He has that Icelandic country-farmer gift, a photographic memory for faces. He always remembers me, and picks up the last conversation I had with him where we left off, often a year or more before. It's as though I had never left the store. Not only that, he carries around a 1:1 scale exact mental replica map of each and every one of the probably 50,000 CDs jammed into every nook and cranny of the rabbit's warren of his store. Looking for that seminal Dimmu Borgir masterwork? He's got 3 filed under "D" in the metal section, another 2 filed in the "Norwegian giants" section, and a sixth filed next to a tourist CD called "Mývatn Inspirations". And 3-2-1, he plucks them out and bam-bam-bam stacks them up, rattling off the titles and then a package price for the whole lot.

*Norwegian heavy metal Icelandic lava formation tribute band


Blogger Farbror Willy said...

So did you get a good price for the Dimmu Borgir package? I of course assume that you bought it.

Blogger Ivo Serenthà said...

Greetings from Italy,good luck


Blogger JB said...

Regretfully, I passed on the Dimmu Borgir package. I fear that my musical evolution cannot be charted far enough forward thus far. In 5 years, I will be mature enough to finally pick up my first Dimmu Borgir album.

Blogger Unknown said...

All I can manage is: OMG! Dimmu Borgir!!!

Blogger JB said...

Were you already a fan, Kristen? Or a fan-to-be? There are only two categories when it comes to Dimmu Borgir.

Blogger Unknown said...

Was already. Prefer their tracks sans Cookie Monster voice, though.

Blogger JB said...

Well, then there is really no excuse for you not already having been here to check out the original Dimmuborgir. It's really one of the best natural attractions in all the Land.


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