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From Within [1972/ Scepter] – Dionne Warwick[e]

The Show/ La-Di-Da-Di [1985/ Reality] – Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew + Slick Rick

Labryinth: African Electronic Music 1975 – 1982 [2011/ Born Bad] – Francis Bebey

I Just Wanna Be Your Girl [1979/Arista] – Chapter 8

 

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Somewhere in The Carolinas – A lazy Sunday it is. There is limited sunshine, maximum humidity and food. Today, the record player is getting warmed up with the following l.p.s Hot wax that is merely our aural appetizer. Open wide and say “Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah”.

Before Today [4AD/ 2010] – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

Quik Is The Name [Profile/ 1991] – DJ Quik

Freedom’s Goblin [Drag City/ 2018] – Ty Segall

Motore Immobile [Stranded /1979/2017] – Giusto Pio

 

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Somewhere in The Carolinas – I recently relocated from Georgia to North Carolina for reasons that are only good. Every place I’ve moved to has been slower than the last. Here, I am breathing with a full heart and eyes open. It is a positive move and movement.

This past weekend I ventured to a few local thrift shops and scored the following gems. Who says one dollar used l.p.s don’t exist anymore?

Swinging Brass with The Oscar Peterson Trio [1959/ PNR] – Oscar Peterson

Look Around [1968/ A&M] – Sergio Mendes + Brazil ’66

These Foolish Things [1975/ Island] – Bryan Ferry

The Sensational Ray Charles [1965/ Coronet] – Ray Charles

Libra [1975/ Motown] – Libra

The Oscar Peterson Trio And The Gerry Mulligan Quintet At Newport [1963/ Verve] – Oscar Peterson + Gerry Mulligan

 

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Athens, Georgia – I found a slightly charred smudge stick on my walk home from work. It was semi-tucked away under shrubbery, lying on asphalt. I felt it in my best interest to leave it alone. Never mess with another’s mojo. What I did not leave alone were these few pieces of hot wax from my vinyl collection. Tunes to unwind and bring myself back to life.

Too Much, Too Soon [2017 re-issue] [1974/ Mercury] – New York Dolls

Straight Ahead [1981 re-issue] [1961/ Candid] – Abbey Lincoln

Leather and Lace [1981/ RCA] – Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter

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Athens, Georgia – A St. Valentine’s day filled with wonderful surprises. For me, it has been a long, long while. And for us, the best is yet to come.

The World of Arthur Russell [Soul Jazz/ 2004] – Arthur Russell

Long stem red roses + assorted flora [Flowers.com]

Nirvana Rose eau de parfum [3.4 oz] – Elizabeth and James

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Athens, Georgia – Not much going on today but me being a mild anxiety attack wearing a two piece navy Miro printed linen pajama set with a sleeveless beige turtleneck beneath. Here, let me remove all vestiges of sexuality from my indoor-outdoor brunch look. Head to toe my entire ensemble beat yours up in three steps. To tamp down whatever is troubling me, here are this afternoon’s selections from my collection of hot wax:

Funk or Walk [1978/ Atlantic] – The Brides of Funkenstein

Stars [1979/ Fantasy] – Sylvester

Slayed? [1972/ Polydor] – Slade

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Athens, Georgia – Going through shots from last week’s visit to Charlotte. Shots of the blurred taken on my cracked iPhone 4. This particular day’s outfit I pieced together with little thought. There had been a fair amount of long distance driving which I find comfort in wearing as little flounce as possible. The acrylic wool black oversized blazer [Old Navy] and eggshell 1970s vintage full sleeved prairie blouse [Fur Hat Guild Vintage] are secondhand. The black cropped pants [Target], Gucci knock-off, square framed oversized sunglasses and gold early 1970s style boots [Qupid] were purchased new.

Vinyl [from my personal collection] that I am tuned into right now:

Doin’ the Thing [Blue Note/ 1961] – The Horace Silver Quintet

Candida Cosmica [Dark Entries/ 2016] – Patrick Crowley & Candida Royalle

Honky Tonk Heroes [RCA/ 1973] – Waylon Jennings

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Athens, Georgia – Today’s weather is crisp, cold with bright sunny skies. For me, the perfect elements for an enjoyable winter day. No complaints here.

I pulled out a few records and a compact disc for housecleaning: the deep scrubbing edition. Jody Watley’s solo debut and Sylvester’s Step II are old faves. I thoroughly snatch dirt from cracks, crevices and baseboards with up-tempo dance music. Donna Summer’s double album, On the Radio, is another album that aids me during Saturday cleaning. The Young and Peterson album is romantic, straight ahead jazz. It swings and you don’t need to be to mathematical when listening to it. Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin: Chapter One was given to me as a Christmas present from MWF. Roberts, a multi-talented saxophonist, is doing that free jazz thing with a brain, heart, humor and soul. This one caught me by surprise as I’d never heard of her. Thoroughly enjoyable. New fan.

Jody Watley [1987/ MCA] – Jody Watley

The President Plays With Oscar Peterson [1952/ Verve] – Lester Young with The Oscar Peterson trio

Coin Coin: Chapter One – Gens de Couleur Libres [2011/ Constellation] [compact disc] – Matana Roberts

Step II [1978/ Fantasy] – Sylvester

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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

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Athens, Georgia – I am sitting on the porch, bundled in a secondhand fur and pointy toe cherry red boots, listening to records. “Southern Californian Does a Music Listening Thing Down South” – Put that in your newspaper, kid! Now, alone time…with these guys. Perfection.

Jailbreak [Mercury/ 1976] – Thin Lizzy

I, Clowns [Columbia/ 1970] – Nino Rota

Abra Kadavar [Nuclear Blast/ 2013] – Kadavar