Somewhere in The Carolinas – I recently relocated from Georgia to North Carolina for reasons that are only good. Every place I’ve moved to has been slower than the last. Here, I am breathing with a full heart and eyes open. It is a positive move and movement.
This past weekend I ventured to a few local thrift shops and scored the following gems. Who says one dollar used l.p.s don’t exist anymore?
Swinging Brass with The Oscar Peterson Trio [1959/ PNR] – Oscar Peterson
Look Around [1968/ A&M] – Sergio Mendes + Brazil ’66
These Foolish Things [1975/ Island] – Bryan Ferry
The Sensational Ray Charles [1965/ Coronet] – Ray Charles
Libra [1975/ Motown] – Libra
The Oscar Peterson Trio And The Gerry Mulligan Quintet At Newport [1963/ Verve] – Oscar Peterson + Gerry Mulligan
Athens, Georgia – Going through shots from last week’s visit to Charlotte. Shots of the blurred taken on my cracked iPhone 4. This particular day’s outfit I pieced together with little thought. There had been a fair amount of long distance driving which I find comfort in wearing as little flounce as possible. The acrylic wool black oversized blazer [Old Navy] and eggshell 1970s vintage full sleeved prairie blouse [Fur Hat Guild Vintage] are secondhand. The black cropped pants [Target], Gucci knock-off, square framed oversized sunglasses and gold early 1970s style boots [Qupid] were purchased new.
Vinyl [from my personal collection] that I am tuned into right now:
Doin’ the Thing [Blue Note/ 1961] – The Horace Silver Quintet
Candida Cosmica [Dark Entries/ 2016] – Patrick Crowley & Candida Royalle
Honky Tonk Heroes [RCA/ 1973] – Waylon Jennings
Athens, Georgia – I am currently doing whatever it takes to snatch myself out of a post-Christmas muck and mire. The time spent among humans/ people was fair to really good. Somewhere along the way, I contracted a yucky flu [which I am still working through]. Right now, hot green tea with profuse amounts of lemon and honey and the vinyl platters [below] for optimal wellness.
New York Is Now! – Vol. 1[Blue Note/ 1968] – Ornette Coleman
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?: Musical Hightlights from the Original Soundtrack [ABC/ 1969] – Johnny Green and His Orchestra + various artists
Albert Ayler in Greenwich Village [Impulse!/ 1967] – Albert Ayler
Athens, Georgia – Hurricane Irma gave my neighborhood, this jurisdiction, a light slap on its’ wrist. There was no electricity for close to a day. I dug deep, successfully securing a working c.d. player.
Featured are sounds by compact disc. This “playlist” – compiled of music and spoken word recordings I frequently listen to while behind the wheel. Sounds for when in darkness and in the light. Hoping for the best to anyone who survived its’ real crushing fury.
Holy Diver [Warner Bros./ 1983] – Dio
Madonna [Sire/ 1983] – Madonna
Four Seasons of Love [Casablanca/ 1976] – Donna Summer
Andy and His Grandmother [Drag City/ 2013] – Andy Kaufman
Shake [The Thing Records/ 2015] – The Thing
Modern Dances [Corwood/ 1987] – Jandek
Muse [Island/ 1979] – Grace Jones
For Your Pleasure [Island/ 1973] – Roxy Music
Purple Rain [Warner Bros./ 1984] – Prince and The Revolution
Sylvester: The Original Hits [Universal/ 1989] – Sylvester
Athens, Georgia – All hail the vinyl. I’ve got a few solid titles for listening to today. Please, let me share.
Rick James’ “High on Your Love Suite/One Mo Hit (Of Your Love)” is glorious. Know this. Rickie Lee Jones’ debut album was selected for no particular reason. Cecil Taylor. If you follow me here [or, on Instagram], you know I am a major fan of the eighty-eight year old avant-garde jazz pianist/composer. Taylor’s work is not for the faint at heart. Dark To Themselves is perfection.
evergreen + baby blue colorblocked “Ski Chalet Moto ’74” sunglasses
bamboo eyewear hardshell case
Bustin’ Out of L Seven [Gordy/ 1979] – Rick James
Rickie Lee Jones [Warner Bros./ 1978] – Rickie Lee Jones
Dark To Themselves [Onja/ 1976] – Cecil Taylor Unit
Athens, Georgia – Black. White. Color schemes. Go with the flow. Today selected vinyl for listening. One to rock me. One to groove to. One to melt into.
Bad Company’s debut album was chosen with fond memories of when I was a heavy listener of WFMU’s The Best Show. It’s great radio if you’ve never heard it and the album is straight up 70s beer drinking hard rock. Yoko Ono [like Zappa] is an artist which I’m finally able to listen to. I knew “Walking On Thin Ice”. I was perfectly fine with this [because it’s a phenomenal song] but now I need more. The full picture. I love Fly. Last but not least, Black Ivory’s Hanging Heavy. Great tracks, solid album. Bought it for “Mainline”, their 1977 underground Disco hit. Sampled by some [i.e., Deee-Lite’s “Power of Love”]. A dance until you are pouring in sweat production – if ever. Henceforth, my handfan. Crack + pop.
black + gold + white handfan
white marbled modern sunglasses
jet black vegan leather clutch
Fly [2017 re-issue/ Secretly Canadian] – Yoko Ono
Hangin’ Heavy [Arista/ 1977] – Black Ivory
Bad Company [Swan Song/ 1974] – Bad Company
gloss black block eyeglasses
metallic colorblocked platform sandals [Patricia Field for Payless]
gold sequin soft clutch
black velvet waistbelt with gold beaded accent
Promised You A Miracle [12″inch single] [Virgin/ 1982] – Simple Minds
Fuzz [In The Red/ 2013] – Fuzz
oversized Wayfarer-style sunglasses with gold hardware
black chunky digital wristwatch
black Whiplash fringe necklace with gold accents
1980s vintage Vogue magazine hardshell clutch [Mister Ernest]
midnight black vegan suede lace-up platform boots
The Last Poets [Douglas/ 1970] – The Last Poets
Master of Reality [Vertigo/ 1971] – Black Sabbath
Monkey-Pockie-Boo [BYG Actuel/ 1970] – Sonny Sharrock
Athens, Georgia – Sitting here listening to an old favorite [The Love Machine soundtrack] and a new favorite [The Ike and Tina l.p.]. The old favorite is a Cool Whip dream. Warwick is slinging her velvety vocals like she’s a bartender flawlessly whipping up cocktails. The instrumental tracks are equally as fantastic. I don’t do drugs but I can only imagine this is what popping Secanol sounded like.
inky black flattop sunglasses with gold accents
gold three dimensional ‘tear drop’ earrings
yellow circular crossbody purse
Come Together [Liberty/ 1970] – Ike & Tina Turner and The Ikettes
The Love Machine [Original Soundtrack Recording ] [Scepter/ 1971] – Dionne Warwick[e]
“Today, a historic solar eclipse – with soundtrack brought to you by Farmer and Gryce. How’s that for something crisp and refreshing?”
Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade
Red + White + Blue paper drinking straws [Jonathan Adler]
When Farmer Met Gryce [Prestige Records/ 1955] – Art Farmer + Gigi Gryce