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Bobby Griffiths, Thrift King

“What can I say? I love junk.”
        Bobby Griffiths has made beautifully haunting ambient music for nearly 13 years, has made visual art much of his life, and has run a cassette label since 2006, but his most recent project, Gear Two Thrift, has brought Griffiths into the strange world of pop-up shops and instagram retail. An outlet showcasing products that range from vintage horse t-shirts to “Where’s the beef?” enamel pins and 1980s Buffalo Bills mugs, Gear Two will host a pop-up event this Friday, February 22, at Allentown’s Pine Apple Co. from 6pm-10pm.
        This thread of secondhand use runs deep in Griffith’s programming, most easily found in his strange tape-based music as “VWLS”. Griffiths’ music, from ambient soundscapes to lo-fi hip-hop, often pulls samples from thrifted tapes and records, reusing old tape players from the Library of Congress created for those with visual impairments. Griffiths then pushes these samples and modest equipment to the furthest po…