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