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 – Working on wrapping the few gifts I am giving this Holiday season. I actually enjoy some parts of this time of the year. For me, the food and fireside chats are highlights.
I got rained on today. Thoroughly soaked. Never got that certain package to the post office. As it was last year, we saw heavy grey skies, dampness with very warm temperatures. This descriptive applies to some of the l.p.s I’ve pulled out today:
Complete Communion [1966/ Blue Note] – Don Cherry
The Magnolia Electric Co. [2005/ Secretly Canadian] – Songs: Ohia
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Vol. 1 [2017/ Rise Above] – Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
An Even Break [Never Give A Sucker] [1970/ BYG Actuel] – Sunny Murray
1960s vtg. Jet Black wool oversized coat with Mink collar [Prime Objective Vintage @ Atomic Vintage]
Woods Bath + Body Oil [Fig + Arrow]
1990s vtg. Licorice Black crushed velvet bolero jacket [Prime Objective Vintage @ Atomic Vintage]
Mars Williams presents: An Ayler Xmas  – Mars Williams
1970s vtg. Caramel leather clogs with wood based [Prime Objective Vintage @ Atomic Vintage]
Athens, Georgia – Hand selected vinyl for listening enjoyment on this first day of Fall. Really, there is nothing finer. Desolation Boulevard and On The Rise are old faves. Twins is an Ornette Coleman compilation of works from the 1960s and outtakes. The Fela Kuti/ Ginger Baker collaboration is new to me. Baker is featured on two tracks. I cannot wait to hear this cornucopia of sound.
Twins [Atlantic/ 1971] – Ornette Coleman
Desolation Boulevard [RCA/ 1974] – The Sweet
Live! [Regal Zonophone/ 1971] – Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa ’70 with Ginger Baker
On The Rise [Tabu/ 1983] – The S.O.S. Band
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
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
“Late this afternoon, I scored this copy of ‘Cecil Taylor Unit’ for two dollars while thrifting. This title has been on my list forever. It’s in very good condition. (I) almost didn’t hang in there (i.e., keep crate digging) due to the copious amounts of empty covers. Far out, man.”
cobalt blue oversized Wayfayer-style sunglasses
1970s vintage woven sunburst totebag
Cecil Taylor Unit [New World/ 1978] – Cecil Taylor
Asheville, North Carolina – Two powerhouse artists, shredding in amazing ways [Leigh on pedal steel guitar, Brotzmann on reeds] with fantastic results. Filled with a solid experimental music listening crowd, The Mothlight [quite the comfortable venue] certainly impressed. The Brötzmann + Leigh‘s set lasted roughly two hours, taking us through peaks and valleys of mercurial sound.
Many thanks to my host for having the foresight to choose this show and well in advance. Aside from the intense altitude sickness I experienced, my company and Asheville — The San Francisco of the South – was an action packed time.
I look forward to many returns in the future.