Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Church - The Unguarded Moment

This was a good week for reflection.  I have had some adversity & challenges in my life lately and on the way home from work on Friday I listened to the funeral of Mohammad Ali. Listening and learning more about his life than I knew gave me some perspective on my own "things" Ali faced great backlash and threats to his life and personal freedom as well as terrible health issues but he did not waver and continued to remain true to his beliefs and remain positive to those around him. Yesterday and today I watched the movie Ali with Will Smith [which I hate to admit I had never watched] and also watched another movie dealing with Ali's Supreme Court battle. At the end of the 2nd movie, it showed an interview with Ali asking him why he was not angry for losing those years when he could have fought. He said [and I am paraphrasing] that he would be a hypocrite if he was angry as the people that charged him as they were only doing what they believed was right, just like he did what he thought was right and that he had faith it would all work out. That level of forgiveness is so rare in this world. It is so easy to hold grudges and become so angry. He was a man of God and I can only hope that in my life I can be as forgiving  What I am dealing with in no way impacts my safety, or my personal freedom or health.  I will deal with what I have to deal with and during any moment of thoughts of anxiety or anger, I will think of Ali as inspiration and I will use him as strength.

Tonight's posting is by the Church. I have been a fan of theirs from the first time I heard this 45 when it was released. As you can see, I have a few different variations from different countries.  I have never seen a stock US copy. but I know it exists thanks to a picture on 45 Cat. The Church were last in Raleigh a four or five years ago and I so desperately wanted to go  but I was in the middle of Graduate school and I just could not swing it. I saw them twice in Denver many many years ago. I thought of this song due to Ali, especially the phrase "It's so hard, finding inspiration".  God bless Mr. Ali and be with God.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Ventures - Fuzzy And Wild

I had searched far and wide for this difficult to find picture sleeve and finally obtained a copy recently. Here is the B side. I now have all the US Ventures pictures sleeves for their 45s but I am still on the prowl for several of the hard cover extended juke box 45s. May the search continued.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Verlaines - Death And The Maiden

I've been listening to alot of Flying Nun releases lately. My wife and I played cards on Friday evening and I played an early Bats EP I had. I also pulled out some of my Verlaines lp's. I recommend all the Homestead Lp's as well as their 2 US major label releases. This was one of their first and my favorite 45 of theirs.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Bearings - I Can't Take It

Cool Garage B Side from the fantastic Pyramid Label. I had a good day with record finds. Picked up a bunch of Jazz 10" including a Chet Baker 10", 20 albums and over 400 45's with quite a few 60's soul

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Flamin Groovies - You Tore Me Down

Fantastic slice of powerpop on the legendary Bomp label

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Buckinghams - I've Been Wrong

Record Store Day 2016 was better than I thought it would be. I went into today with a limited agenda of items. I always go every year and sit and wait for hours to get into the 1st store and I end up going to several stores to get what I want and I always over spend buying item I really don't want. This year I decided to sleep in and get there when I got there. I left home at 6am and decided to go to a different store than I usually do as I had read people were lining up at 5pm yesterday. It take me 90 minutes to get there and I decided to drive by one other store first instead of the store I was going to start at. Damn if there was not a super super short line at the first store so I stayed there. Let's put it this way, I got everything I wanted and was out the door by 8:30 am. So what did I get....The Son Volt LP, The Miracle Legion LP, The Feelies EP, The Remains LP, Jay Farrar LP, The Metz/Mission of Burma 45, Low 10", Warren Zevon 45, Uncle Tupelo 45 and the Melvins/MC5 split.
 Picked up this fuzz delight of bliss a few months ago.