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.
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.
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.
Asheville, North Carolina – Two powerhouse artists, shredding in amazing ways [Leigh on pedal steel guitar, Brotzmann on reeds] with fantastic results. Filled with a solid experimental music listening crowd, The Mothlight [quite the comfortable venue] certainly impressed. The Brötzmann + Leigh‘sset lasted roughly two hours, taking us through peaks and valleys of mercurial sound.
Many thanks to my host for having the foresight to choose this show and well in advance. Aside from the intense altitude sickness I experienced, my company and Asheville — The San Francisco of the South – was an action packed time.
Space Museum – Solid Space [Label: In Phaze, 1982] This album I recently discovered via the magic of You Tube. This minimal wave gem is nearly impossible to find and if found, it will cost an ungodly amount (for the original cassette tape). Someone, please re-release this on all formats. My turntable is begging you.
Shapeshift EP – Lingua Nada [Label:Lala Schallplatten, 2015]
Yes! Please! Thank you! I just bought it. I have the receipt.
Everywhere at the End of Time – The Caretaker [Label: History Always Favours The Winners, 2016] The sixth album in a conceptual series. More about this project here.
EARS – Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith [Label: Western Vinyl, 2016]
I recently purchased her sixth album after giving it a spin on Bandcamp. It hits all of the marks if you are into this type of sound (which I won’t dare try to classify).
The work of the late Julius Eastman: Minimalist Classical composer, vocalist, pianist and dancer. His piece ‘Gay Guerrilla‘ alone is worth the price of admission. Balls-to-the-Walls recently re-discovered/ uncovered visionary.
Shake – The Thing [Label: The Thing, 2015]
I could not find this album on vinyl, so I bought the c.d. I thoroughly enjoyed the madcap energy and intensity here.