Among the many treasures to be found in the Internet Archive is a collection called “Attention K-Mart Shoppers.”. It’s a huge compendium of digitized LPs and cassettes created by the S. S. Kresge Company, aka K-Mart, to serve as background music for its stores, interspersed with some truly admirable oratory celebrating the quality shopping experience to be found within its sacred walls.

In 2016, the Argali Records netlabel released an album entitled, bizarrely enough, Attention K-Mart Shoppers – a compilation of 15 tracks from RadioSpiral regulars, Electro-Music Festival alumni, and a whole bunch of other severely bent and twisted artists, who created songs based on manipulating these recordings. Some names our audience might recognize: Jack Hertz, Tim Kays, Mystified, Jaime Munarriz, Tim Kays, M.NOMIZED, and Solemn Shapes.

The album notes conclude with: “Focused on delivering maximum levels of convenience and entertainment to the listener, this collection features an eclectic mix of techno, industrial, glitch, avant-garde, and other strands of experimental music. This one’s for you: the best to you.” 

I got nothin’ that could possibly follow up on that, other than to say I’ll see you all at 9/8/7/6 PM E/C/M/PDT. Blue light special, baby!

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