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Love & Money’s second album, Strange Kind …

Love & Money’s second album, Strange Kind Of Love, was a sea change from the vapid pop of their Tom Dowd-produced debut. Gone was the noise and posturing, and in its place was deep song craft and immaculate playing, all tied together by the studio sheen of Steely Dan producer Gary Katz. This album sounds expensive and I’m sure it was. The songs are great and would’ve been hits if they hadn’t come out at the blast-off point of hair metal. So it goes. This L&M album was significant for me not only ‘cause it’s great, but also because it made me go see them play in NYC—which in turn made me a fan of the horrendously mismatched opening act from Scarsdale, Too Much Joy.
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Don’t ask ‘cause I don’t really know. This alb…

Don’t ask ‘cause I don’t really know. This album chose me rather than the other way around, as at least once every six months, it winds up on my turntable. “Plastic Fantastic” starts out with a blistering, well-observed punk song, “Decline and Fall,” decrying the facile nature of 1980s L.A. and then pulls a sharp right into radio-ready alterna-pop, with an album’s worth of attempts at singles that would match the success of “I Go Crazy” and “Postcards From Paradise.” Alas, nothing stuck and this album is a forgotten footnote. The LP on the right is signed by singer Nick Marsh (R.I.P.), guitarist Rocco and sideman Del Strangefish. I saw them open for PIL at Hofstra and they blew Rotten and Company off the stage with the greatest of ease; it wasn’t even close, which was shocking, disappointing and, ultimately, impressive.
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“Words with the Shaman” by David Sylvian. It’s…

“Words with the Shaman” by David Sylvian. It’s just as pretentious as the title suggests, and yet it’s one of my favorite pieces of music ever. Never released in the US, it’s an all-instrumental, largely improvised EP that melds world music, avant garde jazz, traditional Japanese instruments, funk and random noise together, and it blows my mind every time I hear it. How they ever managed to assemble this in an era before Pro Tools is beyond me. There are some extremely quiet passages, so I’ve accumulated three vinyl copies over the years in search of one that isn’t in poor shape (they all are for some reason). In 1989, I picked up a 3-inch CD (remember those?) of it, which a friend kindly got signed for me a few years later when Sylvian was touring with Robert Fripp.
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Side By Side by Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodg…

Side By Side by Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges. I discovered this one in college thanks to my dad and it’s been a go-to ever since. Seen here is an OG from 1957 and a German repressing I bought in Hong Kong in 2012. If my life was a sitcom (and it may be), “Big Shoe” would be the opening credits theme.
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Haven’t posted much; it’s hard to do something…

Haven’t posted much; it’s hard to do something frivolous like posting records when a lot of people you know are suffering. Life always has some not-so-pretty surprises in store for everyone; as my wise wife once said, “Good things happen slowly over time, but bad things happen in the blink of an eye.” That’s what’s been going on around me.
So after a day of mulling stuff like this, I desperately needed some happy music, and it doesn’t get much happier than The Producers’ self-titled debut. Cheery 1981 power-pop with nothing on its mind beyond soundtracking your middle-school dance. “What’s He Got” and “Certain Kinda Girl” are classics of the genre. I feel awful for my friends but the gloom has lifted for the moment and that is a gift.

Today’s fantastic find: the rare U.K. picture …

Today’s fantastic find: the rare U.K. picture disc 45 for the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.” Most shaped picture discs from the 80s have turned vinegar brown by now, so this is an especially cool find. And to top it off, I learned something new from the store staff—while the image of the crashing plane is from the cover of their Licensed to Ill album, I never knew/realized that the plane is meant to double as a blunt (square that I am, that’s just not where my head is at). Take a closer look at it and you’ll spot the uncanny resemblance.
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I picked up that Porg-shaped picture disc on R…

I picked up that Porg-shaped picture disc on Record Store Day, because I needed to be able to definitively say what the cutest record in my collection is.
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Another obscure McCartney LP I once picked up …

Another obscure McCartney LP I once picked up a day or two before Record Store Day (see yesterday’s post). Run Devil Run is so-so, a romp through oldies with the help of friends like David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. Still it’s a great one to have found on LP!
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I say it every year—if you’re a serious record…

I say it every year—if you’re a serious record collector, don’t wait until Record Store Day on Saturday to hit your local shops. Hit them NOW, as in Today and Tomorrow, because they’re sprucing up and puting out a few special non-RSD goodies for people to buy on Saturday. Case in point: I once got this disgustingly rare LP of Paul McCartney’s 2005 album, Chaos & Creation in the Backyard, in the days leading up to an RSD. This is the week to go find that special record you’ve been stalking in real life instead of on Discogs. Don’t sleep on it.

2014’s “Fate” by Italian band Soviet Soviet. S…

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2014’s “Fate” by Italian band Soviet Soviet. Sort of like a rockier DIIV being led by Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant. Picked it up in Vegas after hearing it in the store, and side two definitely seems to be the better one. None of these songs are especially cohesive, opting for a collage of reverb and an overall vibe—which is a cool sound but when it’s over, none of it really sticks with you as a result, which makes for a somewhat unfulfilling listening experience. Still, it’s an interesting musical exploration and I’m glad I grabbed it.
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