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Bobby Griffiths, Thrift King

"Untitled Co-Artifact" by Bobby Griffiths and Eric Johnson         “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. G