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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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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]

assorted necklaces

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

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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

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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.

A/perture Cinema: Tiny art house in the middle of a bustling strip of the downtown area. Well appointed with a nice selection of classy snacks and booze. We took in mother(!) (2017) – the latest offering from Darren Aronofsky.

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.

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Athens, Georgia – All hail the vinyl. I’ve got a few solid titles for listening to today. Please, let me share.

Rick James’ “High on Your Love Suite/One Mo Hit (Of Your Love)” is glorious. Know this. Rickie Lee Jones’ debut album was selected for no particular reason. Cecil Taylor. If you follow me here [or, on Instagram], you know I am a major fan of the eighty-eight year old avant-garde jazz pianist/composer. Taylor’s work is not for the faint at heart. Dark To Themselves is perfection.

evergreen + baby blue colorblocked “Ski Chalet Moto ’74” sunglasses

bamboo eyewear hardshell case

Bustin’ Out of L Seven [Gordy/ 1979] – Rick James

Rickie Lee Jones [Warner Bros./ 1978] – Rickie Lee Jones

Dark To Themselves [Onja/ 1976] – Cecil Taylor Unit

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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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gloss black block eyeglasses

metallic colorblocked platform sandals [Patricia Field for Payless]

gold sequin soft clutch

black velvet waistbelt with gold beaded accent

Promised You A Miracle [12″inch single] [Virgin/ 1982] – Simple Minds

Fuzz [In The Red/ 2013] – Fuzz

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Yesterday, all of this was on my porch. A sealed and addressed box, sent through time and space. Not so freaky, my friend. New chapter. Different book. But, there’s that one passage which runs throughout regarding love and friendship. Smooshy, you are the best.

assorted goodies + goods

Over-nite Sensation [DiscReet/ 1973] Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention

June 1, 1974 [Island/ 1974] – Kevin Ayers/ John Cale/ Eno/ Nico

 

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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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Athens, Georgia – Sitting here listening to an old favorite [The Love Machine soundtrack] and a new favorite [The Ike and Tina l.p.]. The old favorite is a Cool Whip dream. Warwick is slinging her velvety vocals like she’s a bartender flawlessly whipping up cocktails. The instrumental tracks are equally as fantastic. I don’t do drugs but I can only imagine this is what popping Secanol sounded like.

inky black flattop sunglasses with gold accents

gold three dimensional ‘tear drop’ earrings

yellow circular crossbody purse

Come Together [Liberty/ 1970] – Ike & Tina Turner and The Ikettes

The Love Machine [Original Soundtrack Recording ] [Scepter/ 1971] – Dionne Warwick[e]