Kamasi Washington: The Georgia Theater [Athens, Georgia]

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Athens, Georgia – Last night was a self-date night. I took myself out for cocktails at The Manhattan and then sauntered up the street to catch Los Angeles based jazz phenom, Kamasi Washington at the Georgia Theatre.

Washington and his band performed several cuts of his 2015 album, The Epic. The set was gentle and ferocious. He and his band are fire. Not merely “on fire”, just straight up “fire”. [Shout out to the female vocalist. I was near the front and wanted to psychically converse with you to see if you would get all Linda Sharrock on the mic but [sadly] I do not have those abilities.] Vocalist: Fire. The duel drummers: Fire. That keyboard chemist: Fire. The horn section and bassist: Fire.

Last night’s outfit consisted of dressing for warmth as well as style. I call it: Run D.M.C. meets Grey Gardens. What made the cut: A boldly printed 3/4 length sack dress, burnt orange velvet embroidered jacket, a wide forest green belt and a late 1950s vintage black wool oversized coat with mink collar. Footwear worn was simple as I relied on walking [with the aid of a cane]. No car or Lyft. No feral cats.

By chance I saw Washington and his cohorts were coming to town. This was months ago, online. I locked the details into my mind. I am a fan of straight ahead/ modern/ experimental jazz. Applause to whoever booked this show.

 

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Athens, Georgia – Easy-breezy, all-black outfit, accented with gold chunky heeled boots. The outfit at its’ base level is comprised of a structured [meaning ‘boxy”] black minidress and black opaque tights. I’m all about comfort and simplicity. Posting a few shots [taken last week] when I was out of town for Thanksgiving festivities which illustrate “The Look”.

Oh! Here are a few hand-selected records I’m listening to today:

Spirit of Ecstasy/ The Way to Nepal [1980, 2012/ Caprice] – Åke Hodell

TP [1980/ Philadelphia International Records] – Teddy Pendergrass

More Than Little [1971/ Dot Records] – Little Peggy

 

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Somewhere in The Carolinas – I recently scored this sharp leopard print velvet blazer shopping secondhand. It appears to be 1990s vintage. Fully lined with Mandarin collar and is in excellent condition. On this day, I wore it with a 1980s vintage grey silk long sleeve blouse, a pair of modern high waisted black cropped flares and tall brown leather Chelsea boots [note: These boots have been one of the best clothing trades I have ever made. Thanks, Minx Vintage – Athens, Georgia!]. This outfit really came to life with its’ accessories. A pair of clear gold fleck ‘Wave’ sunglasses and a color-blocked black and brown cross-body bag liven things up as do today’s vinyl picks:

The Coming World Government “666” [1970/ Triad Sound] – Evangelist Darrell Dunn

Thrash and Burn [2006/ Human Ear] – Ariel Pink

Muse [1979/ Island] – Grace Jones

Ralph Carmicheal Presents The Electric Symphony [The Moog Synthesizer] [1970/ Light] – Ralph Carmicheal and His Friends

Indian Giver [1969/ Buddha Records] – 1910 Fruitgum Co.

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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

White Shirt

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It’s well after Labor Day. I am wearing my current favorite white button-down shirt. Crisp yet a touch crumpled. I seriously suspect the fashion police will berate me on said wardrobe choice(s). A look that reads “preppy casual biz: 1978”.

The denim high waisted 1970s style gauchos I keep promising are going into retirement. I got my monies worth out of them. They are so comfortable and honestly my go-to jeans at the moment.

Above are the last shots from my recent visit to North Carolina. Saluting great weather and my amazing companion with a toast from me and a favored ale, Tartastic.

Good-day, Summer, 2017.

A Happening

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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

assorted rings

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