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”.
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 after a series of tough times at work.
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.
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 [above] for optimal wellness.
Athens, Georgia – Working on wrapping the few gifts I am giving this Holiday season. I actually enjoy some parts of this time of the year. For me, the food and fireside chats are highlights.
I got rained on today. Thoroughly soaked. Never got that certain package to the post office. As it was last year, we saw heavy grey skies, dampness with very warm temperatures. This descriptive applies to some of the l.p.s I’ve pulled out today:
Complete Communion [1966/ Blue Note] – Don Cherry
The Magnolia Electric Co. [2005/ Secretly Canadian] – Songs: Ohia
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Vol. 1 [2017/ Rise Above] – Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
An Even Break [Never Give A Sucker] [1970/ BYG Actuel] – Sunny Murray
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.
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.