Time Warp Toys

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Each time you walk intothe aptly named vintage musical instrument shop Timewarp, that same old-timey gearhead guy will be behind the counter, brow in perpetual furrow, up to his neck in guitar guts. That’s Shane Gudlow, Timewarp’s owner. Another paradox of time-space: A good portion of the rock & roll canon has already come through, even though Gudlow’s store has only been around for as many years as a bass guitar has strings (i.e., four). Glenn Danzig bought effects pedals. Lauren Hill, sporting a huge afro, oozing diva attitude, alighted from a stretch Escalade, needing to outfit her band with vintage instruments. “Would you want to go on tour with me as my musical instrument coordinator?” she asked Gudlow, regally.

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Music man Shane Gudlow

MTV came to him when they needed to make an old Pinto sing (literally) on their show Pimp My Ride. Gudlow picked out a Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard and they hooked it up to the car. Now, when you touch the car’s arm rest, it plays a note. One of the guys from Daft Punk came in to check out an obscure Maestro Rhythm King drum machine. “It was perfect for their music, ” Gudlow recalls, “with those superarticulate drum beats.”

When Jackson Browne’s bass player comes in, it’s rare and treasured as a Bigfoot sighting. Stan Ridgway of Wall of Voodoo is a regular. Hang out long enough and eventually someone will bust out with a small impromptu concert, whether it’s Ikey Owens, who played some of the songs from his Mars Volta repertoire — then sold Gudlow an amp — or the young anonymous Asian boy who picks out the melody of Für Elise on a toy piano near the checkout counter.

One Thing Leads to Another

Timewarp is an archaeologist’s dream of a music store. Here is where you go when you desperately need a Duran Duran–era keytar. Or a funky-jazzy Stevie Wonder–style electric clavichord. Or a classic American guitar from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, or any of the vintage effects pedals lined up like pastries in a case. It’s crammed in there, a claustrophobe’s nightmare.

Gudlow points to an oddball instrument in a room of oddball instruments. “We have every possible rock instrument in here ... and a harpsichord.” He bought it thinking Fiona Apple’s producer, who has a soft spot for eclectic instruments, might like it.

Where else on Earth are you going to find a green Flintstones-esque xylophone-like instrument called a bylophone? An artist like Tom Waits might use it onstage, for both its visual and auditory qualities — it has mahogany bars that make a deep, resonant “pong.” Maybe eBay? “But that same customer who buys the instrument for cheaper online will often come back to us to repair it, ” Gudlow says. “Still in its bubble wrap and ‘I Bought It on eBay’ box.”

Wizards of the Coast Magic: the Gathering - Time Warp - Magic 2010
Toy (Wizards of the Coast)
  • A single individual card from the Magic: the Gathering (MTG) trading and collectible card game (TCG/CCG).
  • This is of Mythic Rare rarity.
  • From the Magic 2010 (M10) set.
2004-12-02 10:12:28 by masked_superstar

'Bama backing up

Sometimes it seems as if Alabama remains locked in a time warp. This is the state where sexual toys are banned by state law. This is the state where the state legislators opted to keep the state Constitution the way it is, including all those references to "separate but equal" public facilities for blacks and whites. Now, if a state legislator has it his way, any public library in the state (including university libraries) would have to remove and destroy any and all novels with gay protagonists or textbooks which dare imply that a homosexual lifestyle does not condemn you to Hell.

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Book (Puffin Books)
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Video Games (THQ (PC Games))
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Toy (Yomega)
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  • Aluminum weighted rims provide extended spin time
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