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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

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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

 

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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

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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

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Yesterday, all of this was on my porch. A sealed and addressed box, sent through time and space. Not so freaky, my friend. New chapter. Different book. But, there’s that one passage which runs throughout regarding love and friendship. Smooshy, you are the best.

assorted goodies + goods

Over-nite Sensation [DiscReet/ 1973] Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention

June 1, 1974 [Island/ 1974] – Kevin Ayers/ John Cale/ Eno/ Nico

 

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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

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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]

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“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

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silver triangular ‘maze’ hair barrette

silver circular cuff bracelet

burgundy ‘paradise disco’ sunglasses with gold accent

Johnny One Time [Decca/ 1969] – Brenda Lee