Look No. 0000-15

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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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A Happening

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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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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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New York Dolls [Mercury/ 1974] – New York Dolls
Athens, Georgia – I’m totally cheating here [in relation to #vinyltshirttuesday]. The t-shirt I own. I’ve had it for over thirty years. The vinyl I do not possess just yet. Looking for the right price point and that sucker is mine.

 

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1980s vintage woven handbag with rattan handles [Emma Rose]

oversized gold hoop earrings

dv ‘Brynna’ platform mary janes [Target]

Touch Your Woman [RCA Victor/ 1972] – Dolly Parton

Look No. 0000-13

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Athens, Georgia – We are in the dead of summer. I’ve got blocks of ice in my handbag. I am in a favorite vintage frock. Everything is still. Waiting for a vigorous gust of wind, a cool breeze to lift me by this piece’s flouncy sleeves and carry me to where the sand meets the sea.

late 1970s vintage midnight blue abstract floral print cocktail dress [Lynda Pizzuto for Phoebe]

gold oversized round sunglasses with smoky amber lens

peacock feather earrings

silver ankh pendant necklace

black vegan leather belt with gold circular buckle

late 1960s vintage tapestry handbag with lucite handles

deep brown vegan leather sandals with wood base [Envy footwear]

 

 

Three Hundred Sixty-Five

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.

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“Late this afternoon, I scored this copy of ‘Cecil Taylor Unit’ for two dollars while thrifting. This title has been on my list forever. It’s in very good condition. (I) almost didn’t hang in there (i.e., keep crate digging) due to the copious amounts of empty covers. Far out, man.”

cobalt blue oversized Wayfayer-style sunglasses

1970s vintage woven sunburst totebag

Cecil Taylor Unit [New World/ 1978] – Cecil Taylor