Porn Legends Who Love Vinyl, Part 2: Jasmin St. Claire on Record Store Day (and Being Metal 4Ever!)
Yesterday we found out where crossover porn queen/indie musician Shash Grey goes to get her vinyl (read "Countdown to Records Store Day: We Found Sasha Grey's Favorite Record Store!")
Diamond Bodine-Fischer Jasmin St. Claire at The Rainbow Room
Today we were lucky enough to corner one of West LA's most infamous residents of all time, Jasmin St. Claire, Brazilian-American porn industry legend (she was the '90s Gang Bang champion!) and host of Metal's Darkside and chat her up about what she's most excited for this Record Store Day.
Currently she represents metal in a number of media outlets including Stay Heavy, Roadie Crew Magazine and Yahoo Music.
In more recent days she has taken on more of a role in the business end of the music industry with her companies Black Widow Management and Black Widow Publishing, look out boys, she earned the right to call herself a black widow.
No, really, just read her autobiography, "What the Hell Was I Thinking?!! Confessions of the World's Most Controversial Sex Symbol". Or just get to know her a little better through her opinion on Record Store Day right here:
"I miss albums! They were big, they were clunky, but so much cooler!" She instantly proclaims when the subject of vinyl heavy releases is brought up-please, elaborate, you are talking us out of loving them."
"CD's were convenient and downloading even more so" she begrudgingly admits, "but vinyl was just, it was just so much cooler. You get it and the artwork was just incredible, and you'd open it and they had things in them, like a sticker, I used to love that! My mom still has a bunch of my old stuff."
St. Claire has been to more countries in the first quarter of this year than most people will see in a lifetime. She has stories about one store in Sweden where they brew a fresh coffee or espresso for you while you spend all day rummaging through their enormous King Diamond collection, inspecting every specimen.
Still, many of her favorite record stores are in the states, a couple in New York and a few here, in Los Angeles, "well, of course, there's Amoeba, but even more I like Second Spin, I love Second Spin."
She goes on to say how the record stores in Norway just don't compare, take that Scandinavia! You may have The Government Petroleum Fund, but we have the record stores!
"I'd love to see Metal Blade artists do something for this! I grew up on Metal Blade, Brian [Slagel] is all about the music. And Century Media too! I'd like to see everyone get involved of course, but those are a couple of my favorites."
St. Claire, she plays her own role in Record Store Day. In addition to covering the European festivals for outlets in the Americas and running publishing and management companies, she also finds US distribution for European bands. She laughs from her current Norwegian lodging, "I'm not going anywhere."
Like it or not, we know it's true.