Band of the Day


The Bins

A plundering vinyl enthusiast spins new, genre-spanning sounds from forgotten recordings
What in the world is wrong with the world? What in the world is wrong with me?
lyrics from What in the World

Based out of Cupertino, California, The Bins is the musical project of Clark “Fat Clark” Barclay. He chose the name The Bins to reflect his fixation with finding hidden treasures in the discount-vinyl bins at thrift stores, with a rule never to spend more than a dollar per record. His debut EP Every Minute of the Day (released in May 2011) can be seen as an homage to the many different genres of music that inspire him, blending sounds (including 60s funk and soul, Chilean protest music, nueva cancion, and Portuguese fado) from over 150 dollar-bin LP’s. This was followed by the release of the Every Second of the Night EP in 2012, which also is an audio collage across genres and time periods of music.

From rocks to all-things dinosaur, Clark Barclay (aka Fat Clark) was a kid obsessed with collecting and today his grown-up fixation lives in the discount-vinyl bin. “Right now I have so much vinyl I can’t even step into my own room. I think it’s becoming a problem,” Fat Clark admits, but a quick play of his debut EP, “Every Minute of the Day”, under the very appropriate moniker, The Bins, completely defends his hoarding tendencies.

This record-lover will dig anywhere for a good clip, rummaging through thrift stores and free piles, but his most memorable excavations have been at fleas and street fairs in Spain, Chile, Mexico and Thailand. Home videos, films, random records and even field recordings taken by ethnomusicologists find their way into Fat Clark’s loving arms, giving once homeless and discarded sounds a second life. One person’s garbage is only a spin away from becoming Clark’s newest adoption.

His only rule: “Never spend more than a dollar on a record.”

Borrowing from a diverse range of genres from ‘60s funk to Chilean protest era music, the Bins manages to concoct a sound that feels familiar, while challenging listeners to explore styles of music that would otherwise seem inaccessible.

In a sense, Every Minute of the Day functions as an homage to all the artists and genres that hold a place in Barclay’s record collection, which helps to explain the variety of sounds heard throughout. “The record is about 90% sampled (…) The concept was to (…) flip through every album I have, find the melody or whatever I need, and then take it out and put in,” said Barclay. “Another discipline I had was to never buy reprints, and I never buy records for more than a dollar. Basically making it all samples wherever I can, and using cheap dollar bins to find stuff.” -