Isolated with “Delete Forever” by Grimes

Here is a comprehensive list of things I know about Grimes:

  1. Elon Musk
  2. Elon Musks’s baby
  3. She’s way beautiful and strange.
  4. This is the one song I know, and I like it:

This song is about the opioid epidemic. However, as it was released around when the Covids were gettin’ hot hot hot, I think this song will become or already is the theme of isolation.

For me, this song plays in the background when I think about all of the unfinished things waiting to be picked back up when there is a return to a new normal. These pages beg me to finish them, but I would rather shut that book and walk away as I used to be able to easily do.

The Old’s Old Records #1: Gustav Holst’s The Planets, PiL’s Greatest Hits So Far, Hound Dog Taylor’s Beware Of The Dog, Pink Floyd’s The Wall & Final Cut

My friend William at A1000MISTAKES is also digging out his records with a funny story about an angry ex. Great picks and trippy picks inside:

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OK, something different for this Thursday morning! So the old’s are my mother and father, off course and I do have what is left of their old record collection plus seems we are all staying at home right now, it might be a good time listen to all these?

I’m borrowing/stealing this cool idea from a blog/blogger: Bitchfork subtitled still not as bitchy as Pitchfork, which is funny/true! Bitchfork is linked here and her name is Keelin Billue who’s writing/blogging from Chicago. It’s called Vinyl Days so I’ve re-named my inspired post but here’s the last Vinyl Days post linked here or the tag linked here, please do check out Bitchfork blog because she’s got great taste in music and total wicked blogger!

A little background to begin: all these are begin pulled out of a big purple painted wooden box in the corner of my living room, straight…

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Saint Cloud by Waxahatchee

Today, I had a wonderful exchange with my friend TK:

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TK and I have been friends for 12 years. Our friendship is very much marked by the aughts.  Having first been introduced on MySpace, we met for the first time in person in New Orleans when he was visiting with his wonderful friends and bought my 2008 Bonnaroo ticket. We’ve stayed in touch ever since with ebbs and flows mostly because I ebb in most of my relationships (still working on this, friends).

Suffice to say, he is wonderful friend and knows me well. Thus his recommendations are some I hold in highest regard. When he texted me about the latest Waxahatchee album, Saint Cloud, I immediately turned it on.

I love this album and captures all the feelings and cultural trappings I feel so personally to boot.

 

Vinyl Day 8: Spyro Gyra “Morning Dance”, Beach Boys and more “Shut Down”, & Barbara Streisand “Guilty”

Hello! I needed to take a break from the internet for a few days. Welcome to day 8 of an investigation of my vinyl. Catch up on the other days here.


Artist: Spyro Gyra
Album: Morning Dance
Year: 1979
Genre: Jazz, jazz fusion
Record Origins: Mum and Dad

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Haha oh my god. I thought I knew who Spyro Gyra was, and I was expecting a more Jethro Tull sound. That expectation was extremely wrong. I don’t want to spend too much time on this as it reminds me of songs form a 70s porno or perhaps a beach love montage. I understand why jazz fusion gets such a bad rap at times.

NEXT.


Artist: Beach Boys, Robert Mitchum, The Cheers, and The Super Stocks
Album: Shut Down
Year: 1963
Genre: Hot rod rock (yes, this is a thing).
Record Origins: One of the parents. I don’t think they acquired this together.

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I get the feeling this is a special album. I cannot find a lot of information about it besides on some auction sites, and I read it is scarce. I am not really interested in selling these. So, I don’t care how much it is (and it may be nothing). It is a very fun album. The Beach Boys are an enigma to me. The Wilson brothers (er, at least Brian and Dennis) were drinking their lives away while writing these superficially chipper sounds. Honestly, there is nothing so sad or relatable to me at times as artists who are making pieces that are so opposite of what they are feeling inside.

Infamously and sadly, Dennis died in 1983 while homeless, nomadic, and hammered. He drowned after blacking out in shallow water trying to retrieve some of his ex-wife’s items, which he had thrown off of his yacht 3 years earlier.

Here are the Beach Boys performing “Shut Down”, the title track from the album I have, in happier times.


Artist: Barbara Streisand
Album: Guilty
Year: 1980
Genre: Pop
Record Origins: Mum and Dad

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This is a hell of an album cover: Barry Gibb, of the Bee Gees and producer of this album, hugging Barbara Streisand. Glorious manes of hair all around.

The top single of this Guilty is “Woman in Love”, and it was written by 2/3 of the Bee Gees, Barry and Robin. And you can hear the Bee Gees EVERYWHERE on this album. So even thought the album is Babs, it is very fitting that Barry Gibb is on the cover of the album, holding Babs, and probably whispering “Yes…you and the is album are my little baby.”

Here is the powerful single “Woman in Love”. I didn’t want to like it, but I really to like it.