What's All This Then

Why should I care what this guy has to say?

The correct answer is that you shouldn’t. We’re all entitled to our opinions. Develop your own. I try to be sane and rational, but that may change with the level of caffeine intake. I’m just telling my stories in the hopes they may amuse and/or inform others. And... I Confess... I'm showing off my bitchen collection a bit.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Record Store Day Haul

This was another year where I saw the first list and said I didn't need anything.  As more titles emerged, my want list expanded.  Unfortunately, Record Store Day happened on the weekend of my corporate retreat in New Orleans.

My daughter stepped in to save the day.  A few months ago, I gave her a Technics SL-D2 cobbled together from a few old ones that fell into disrepair.  I couldn't have a kid of mine get a Crossley.

She came down to housesit while my wife and I went to The Big Easy.   She took my list and compiled a list of her own.

So I ended up with this:

I went out shopping a bit in New Orleans and got a few more titles.  The Ramones box is for her as it's a title she couldn't snag in LA.  If she managed to snag it, I would hold onto this.

On Sunday, one store was still giving away the canvas bags - which were already selling on eBay for about $15

Friday, April 28, 2017

Have You Ever Dreamed of A Fat Elvis Impersonator in a Reggae Band Doing Led Zeppelin Covers?

Well, there actually was such a thing.

Dread Zeppelin - The Immigrant Song b/w Hey, Hey What Can I Do? (Birdcage 1989)

And they chose as their first single an A and B side combo that was one of the few singles Led Zeppelin ever released - and the only one to include a non-LP B side.

It came is a very DIY punk wrap around sleeve in plastic.

On red vinyl with a label that aped the Atlantic label at the time.

I saw them once at the dear departed Palomino club in North Hollywood.  It's a latino banquet hall now.  Book your next Quinciano there.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Not Quite a Holy Grail (but i've been looking for this 45 for quite a while in the stacks and stacks of 45's i go through on a regular basis)

In 1974, The Faces attempted to make a new album to follow 'Ooh La La.'    They booked some studio time and set off to work.  The sessions didn't go so well.  My personal speculation points to Rod Stewart's ego as the problem.

The sessions produced one final single for the band.  Billed as Faces/Rod Stewart.

Faces/Rod Stewart  - You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (even take the dog for a walk, mend a fuse, fold away the ironing board or any other domestic short comings)   b/w As Long as You Tell Him  (Warner Brothers 1974)

Yes, that title is a mouthful.

The A side is a slightly danceable groove number.  This single marks the only studio recorded appearance of Tetsu Yamauchi - the bass player who replaced Ronnie Lane as The Faces were Falling apart.

The B side is a slow burner soul number

Although I probably would have preferred a big hole American version, I haven't seen one in all the times I dig through the singles bin.  I snapped up this UK version when I saw it.  

I really hate the Warner Brothers 'trees' label during this period.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Do the Slauson!

I came across this in my recent record store outing in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA as the Downtown Renaissance people market it).  My office is currently in the area and a record store is just a subway stop away.

Anyway, I grew up in Whittier, CA.  Whittier is the east end of Slauson Avenue.  Slauson winds its way from Whittier to near the Los Angeles Airport (LAX).   It's most known for the 'Slauson Cutoff' as a shortcut to the airport from Hollywood and Downtown.

So how could I resist.....

The Romancers - Do The Slauson (Del-Fi 1963)

What I bought as a curio turned out to be a pretty bitchen instrumental album.  Lead guitar and dirty sax combo The Romancers were one of the first bands to emerge from the East Los Angeles Latino scene.

Released on Del-Fi.  A local label that tapped into the local car/surf scene.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

I Finally Found It - My Holy Grail - Fun and Care of a Gerbil

I purchased my original at long departed and sorely missed Pic'n Save.  Pic 'n Save was basically a store that took on products that wouldn't sell anywhere else.   Every so often they had records.

For 15 cents (I know because the others I have in the series still have the price tag) I picked up pet care records.

But there was one in series that was a bit special.  It made the rounds at parties.  It was absolutely hilarious.  I no longer had it.  It must have been left at someone's house after another gut busting listen.   I still have two others in the series, but none were as good as this one.....

But today I found it at my local vinyl emporium.  It, of course, drew discussion from the friendly clerks.  I explained that I had a copy long ago and was thrilled to have a copy again.  We put it on in the store.  Comedy ensued and we were in agreement it was still comedy gold.

It's hard to think of a gerbil without thinking of Richard Gere.  This is one of the ironies that makes this record such a classic.  In actuality, a gerbil is a relative of the hamster that likes to burrow
and gnaw on wood.  They are illegal to own in California.

Have a listen