Athens, Georgia – Having a gentle morning with jam on toast and black coffee. The skies are sunny and clear. And, my heart is full.
My outfit? The ‘Edie Sedgwick/Liza with an Z’ smash pack with oversized jet black, sequin t-shirt dress [Alessandro Michele knock-off? Probz.], coal black opaque tights, a pair of almond toe, black granny boots and sparse gems and sunshades complete today’s look. Add the 1940s vintage fur from Bergdorf-Goodman and it means business with a B.
To map out this morning’s soundscape – a few picks from my vinyl collection:
Ravedeath, 1972 [Kranky/ 2011] – Tim Hecker
The Magnolia Electric Co. [Secretly Canadian/ 2003] – Songs: Ohia
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
Somewhere in The Carolinas – Here I am. Outdoors. In a vehicle. Standing in a field. Slouching on your couch. Flipping through vinyl. Donning a favorite casual outfit.
This look consists of a black round neck tee, black high waisted skinny jeans, a pair of Chelsea boots and a black oversized blazer. I wear a fat black digital wristwatch. The blazer’s lapel spruced up, sparingly, with simple decorative pins. It’s easy. Old school artsy: All-black [or, close to it], tailored and a touch slept in.
Hand-selected vinyl for solo listening:
Organ Favorites [1957/ Top Records] – Beverly Laine + Eddie Truman
Street Songs [1981/ Gordy] – Rick James
The Sound of Philadelphia ’73 [1973/ Philadelphia International] – Various Artists
Note: More platters were played on this day. Today’s main goal was to secure the Christmas tree and gussy it up.
Lastly…Would someone, give me a hand and please answer the red courtesy phone?!
The Funny Sides of Moms Mabley [1964/ Chess] – Moms Mabley
The Doldrums [2004/ Paw Tracks] – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Tropical Nights [1977/ Columbia Records] – Liza Minnelli
Atlantic Sales Meeting: Atlantic Jazz Series – Winter, 1970 [1970/ Atlantic] – Various Artists
24 Heavy Hits [1968/ Crystal Corporation] – Various Artists
Dis Lui Non [EP/ 1965/ Disques Vogue] – Françoise Hardy
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
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
Charles Cohen – Brother I Prove You Wrong
MC Serch – Here It Comes/ Back to the Grill
Kikagaku Moyo – Forest of Lost Children
Deee-lite – Runaway/Rubber Lover
Ciao! Manhattan Soundtrack
Stephanie Mills – Sweet Sensation
The Tubes – The Tubes
Three hundred sixty-five. The number of records I am hoping to amass in the next three years and leave it at that. I honestly do not feel the need to own every slice of licorice pizza ever made. Currently my re-booted record collection is at seventy-one discs [three 45s, nine 12 inch singles, fifty-nine full length albums]. A mixture of new and vintage pressings. I am not so much of a snob that I will turn down 180 gram but I would like to avoid it.
I am working on rebuilding classic Disco I once owned. I am adding plenty of genres I truly dig: Experimental, Free Jazz, Soul, Primitive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Art Rock, Jazz, Glam Rock, Outsider stuff and titles I once owned or always wanted.
As someone open to suggestions [especially from fellow music lovers], with this project I am doing the heavy lifting myself and sourcing new sounds via YouTube, Soundcloud, Aquarium Drunkard and Bandcamp. Collecting vinyl is an expensive hobby and I am working within tight financial restraints. Here is where the challenge lies. Add to this, I am still searching for a cost effective, quality turntable.
[Slaps hands together] I am going to make this happen.