Ken Shindo (1939–2014)
Bill Traylor (April 1, 1854 – October 23, 1949) began making art at the age of 85. I’d say the areas he doesn’t touch are as important, if not more important, than the areas he does touch which may or may not have something to do with the fact that he didn’t start making art until he was 85 or that he began life as a slave. I really don’t know, who would? Its as if the entire surfaces of his found surfaces, the story goes Bill refused to use the drawing paper he was offered, are lit up with a lightning bolt of life’s energy. Lovely.
The first time I had a Cuban cigar was in Munich last year when I was there covering the hi-fi show. Even though Andrew kept asking/telling us, “Why don’t you just get Cubans?”, it took a trip overseas to see the light.
Peter “Pete” Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014)
The cotton work shirt. You can pay about as much as you’d like for a cotton work shirt. I’d imagine the more you pay, the less likely you are to actually want to work in it. If your ever on the lookout for a tough, study, thick, heavy, and durable (it feels like it can stand up on its own) 100% cotton work shirt that you wouldn’t be afraid to work in, I recommend the Key Industries Men’s Long Sleeve Button Front Hickory Stripe Logger ($26.99). Cut big and built to last. Comes in Tall sizes for you tall-sized specimens.
Available from Key Industries (est. 1908).
Terry Riley/Don Cherry
Live Köln 1975
“Descending Moonshine Dervishes” (19:44), “Sunrise Of The Planetary Dream Collector” (08:12), and “Improvisation” (12:34). First time on LP (no label) available from mimaroglu music sales in a limited edition (I’ve read a total of 275 copies). Two sides of a minimalist dream come true.
Of course I missed out on the new :ZOVIET*FRANCE triple treat from alt.vinyl. Dammit! Consisting of a 7″, 10″, and 12″ (sound familiar) in a lovely boxed set, I am kicking myself for not getting on this list. Dammit!
It’s worth a walk through the home of Hideto Irikawa over on Selectism.
Milford Graves + Don Pullen
In Concert at Yale University
This ever elusive album has just come up on eBay. My guess is it’ll sell for hundreds. Super-limited private press hand-painted edition.
from Brett Milano’s Vinyl Junkies
No, I don’t have one and neither does Thurston Moore (but if I was him I would).
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO
Son Of A Bitches Brew
Even though I’ve only listened to a few pieces of a few tracks (and they sound bitchin’) from this double LP I needed to have it. Needed to have it. Just released by Important Records, today. I have a feeling it is an important record (I could very well be wrong).
Comes in black, salmon, blue or both-colored vinyl for $20.
Son Of A Bitches Brew
Helen Buddha; Miss Condom X
Fellatioh’s Dance also Bitch’s Blow
Water Babies Kill Kill Kill
Theme From Violence Jack Johnson
Sweet Peanut Vs. Macedonian Beauty
Boxer, poet, Dadaist Arthur Cravan kicking Picasso’s ass.
Many years ago I was in a local hi-fi shop looking to buy a used Rega Planet CD player (I don’t remember exactly how long ago this was but a) there was a local hi-fi shop and, b) I was looking to buy a CD player). While discussing the pros and cons of the Rega with the owner who I’m sure was humoring me since I was the only one there, a smartly dressed fellow walked in and announced, “I’m Dr. So-and-So. Dr. So-and-So from Bernardsville said you were the man to talk to about home theater.” Which was mostly fine except that he’d interrupted us, did not excuse himself for doing so, and failed to acknowledge that another customer’s presence mattered. Judging from his tailored khakis, form-fitting polo shirt with upturned collar (starched?), what I can only guess were Italian loafers, and a watch I could have driven home, Dr. So-and-So was used to acting like a pompous ass without a hint of recourse.