Athens, Georgia – Several rotations in of re-cycling the look I call – Eleanor. So perfect that I am listening to my copy of the Slaves of New York soundtrack…on vinyl. Oh, thank goodness. The oversized floral print shirtwaist dress – paired with everything else in this ensemble – is brunch-made. I’ve got on heavily patterned socks to add that extra spark to my feet in sensible block heeled slingbacks.
Gratuitous alliteration is maximalism. This lo-fi look was pulled together quickly and on the cheap. If you were looking for brand names, you aren’t going to find them here. [Pro tip: Load the breast of the dress up with cheap mis-matched rhinestone decorative pins – small, medium and large. If it’s cold out, throw a fur coat over the sweater. Think eccentric grandmother of 1968. If you weren’t alive then, dial up photos on Google Images. It’s a lost art, fer sure.]
I wear this outfit pretending I am quickly ushering in chilly temperatures and hearty faire. Truly, this outfit says: homemade chicken pot pie with a topping of crushed quaaludes. Yes, it does. And the music? It’s so good.
wine red oversized sunglasses with brocade gold details
gold metal eyeglasses chain with faux pearl accent
beige turban with rhinestone brooch
olive oversized floral printed shirtwaist dress with pussy-bow
1970s vintage evergreen knit cardigan sweater
gold lame slingbacks with rabbit fur puffs
Slaves of New York [Original Soundtrack] [Virgin/ 1989] – various artists
Athens, Georgia – This album, Extended Voices, is pulling me through. Taking me into opens spaces, blessed by the godfathers and godmothers of the experimental-electronic planes. Step one: Get dressed. Make it clean and sharp. Step two: l-i-s-t-e-n.
The drop-waist overalls I’m wearing have been in my wardrobe for over a year. I had a local trusted seamstress make needed repairs by widening the leg and reinforcing its’ zipper. The overalls I can practically be paired up with most anything – from almond toe brocade booties with a moto jacket to pointy toe slingback flats with a floppy mohair sweater. Such a breeze.
The black and white striped top I scored thrifting some time ago. The material is super breathable which is pleasing to me. I dislike the feeling that my clothes are causing me to suffocate.
All in all, a stylish yet functional outfit with many miles to go.
black + white striped short sleeve top [Chelsea & Theodore]
black drop-waist overalls with metal hardware [Haoduoyi]
black ‘Deeds’ crack leather brogues [Matisse]
Extended Voices: New Pieces for Chorus and for Voices Altered Electronically by Sound Synthesizers and Vocoder [Odyssey/ 1967] – Various artists
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
Winston-Salem, North Carolina – I am back from Camel City and better than ever. We initially planned to catch Bill Frisell but things fell through. Joy Boy the Sweetest Wonder flawlessly picked up the sticks and pieced it together.
Underdog Records: Action packed, budget friendly pickings. Highly recommended that you drop by if you are new to the wide world of collecting vinyl or are hoping to re-boot a vinyl collection with a slim disposable income. I picked up close to fifteen pieces for under a dollar a piece. Sweet vintage decor that recall a lounge from the mid-1970s. Two levels to shop. Friendly, helpful staff.
McKay’s: Small vinyl selection. The majority of it is used. I picked up half a dozen pieces from their dollar bins. Per usual, I noticed choice 1970s and 80s era R & B, Disco, Post-Disco dumped in the one dollar/ fifty cent bins while shopping. In the end, it works for me [Someone who is a fan of these genres]. Staff was very helpful.
A/perture Cinema: Tiny art house in the middle of a bustling strip of the downtown area. Well appointed with a nice selection of classy snacks and booze. We took in mother(!) (2017) – the latest offering from Darren Aronofsky.
Crafted: The Art of the Taco: As a native Angeleno, I could get into all of nuances about “what makes a great authentic taco” – but, I’m not. Why? This place is fun tacos. A taco restaurant, plain and simple. I can dig it. Sweet modern industrial decor. Dog friendly patio. Helpful spaced-out server. This place gets busy. Parking spaces are limited. Recommendations: The braised beef ‘Mericanized tacos + [Damnit! I forgot the name of the cocktail I ordered. It was some tasty, summer-y basil/Tito’s vodka concoction. Get that.] Request a side or two of hot sauce to wake it up.
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
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]