April 15, 2015
So as you all probably know by now, we pick up records over here at vinylly found quite often. We usually buy LPs but recently we started dabbling in 45s. As came our fascination with soul/funk, the next obvious step was 45s as a lot of the great tracks were only pressed on 45s. Our 45 collection primary focus is on soul/funk. I saw a post on craigslist earlier this week with 250 singles for sale. I don’t want to give specifics but lets just say they were attractively priced. Now usually I would ignore a post like this but there was a picture of the Dr. John single, “Right Place Wrong Time”. Now for you people out there not familiar with Dr. John, his music is unique indeed. It is a mixture of New Orleans soul/funk/jazz. Dr. John, probably more than anyone, is the artist that I discovered when I started collecting vinyl, that if I had only a handful of albums and I was stranded on a desert island, that I would want with me. I have a few Dr. John albums that I deem essential in my collection, but this particular album containing this single has eluded me. Which is very surprising considering this is probably the biggest single of his career. It features the Meters as the back up band. I posted a couple months ago about our Meters first LP find. These guys are considered one of the originators of funk music. I have another Dr. John album, Destively Bonnaroo that is just epic, which also features the Meters. Also, in the collection is The Sun, Moon & Herbs featuring Eric Clapton on slide guitar and Mick Jagger on back up vocals. I can’t tell you how amazing this album is.
Back to the topic at hand. Lets just say I had to go check out these 45s. It was an odd and pleasant experience. I pulled up to the house and the record owner’s son was outside and started questioning why I parked in front of his house and if I lived in the area as soon as I stepped out of my car. I responded with a prompt no and asked what the address was in which he gave me a totally false address. I checked the number on the curb and said “Um I think this is the address I am looking for”. I explained I was there for the records and he immediately became very pleasant and walked me into the house where I meant an extremely nice man. He helped me go through the 45s and pulled out ones he thought I would want after I explained what I was looking for. For the most part the records were pretty beat up. Some were caked in mud, others all scratched up. I thought this is where I would find something epic. I never came across any holy grails but I did walk out with a few gems and I rolled the dice on many of these. With no covers and some with no years on the vinyl lable, it is hard to tell what you are looking at. I picked up Dr. John, James Brown, The J.B.’s, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin among others. Here are few of the tracks I picked up for your listening pleasure.
April 9, 2015
For the past year or so my family have been members of the museum. It is the boys and my “home away from home.” Weather you have children or not; it is a great place to spend some quality time. Just what any kid needs to spark curiosity and inspiration. Here are a couple of photos from just another beautiful Southern California day in the inland empire, at the museum.
In the words of my eldest son, age 3. “Here is one of our best buddys,” Tonka. 4 yellow dandelions deep. The next photos are some other, good buddies, enjoying the sunshine. We encountered them while on our search for dandelions.
And then they were gone.
April 7, 2015
Standing tall. Drinking sunlight through leaves of green. Growing flavors that tantalize tastebuds. All wishes granted.
We will see.
April 6, 2015
I was at a $1 record store blowout sale with my cousin about a month ago. He was on a mission to find anything and everything Joe Pass. I had never heard of Joe Pass, but my cousin being the guitar wiz always has is eye, or ear in this case, on guitar virtuosos. He picked up a couple that day with my help of course (you’re welcome for that Ella featuring Joe Pass cousin). Fast forward to this past weekend. I was out digging through records at an estate sale warehouse when I came across this Joe Pass record. I personally had still never heard any of Joe’s music but for $2 I couldn’t pass up the chance. Plus it was in pretty good condition. When I got home it was the first record I threw on (I bought about 15 records for a whopping $25). The record blew me away, and now I know why my cousin is on the hunt for Joe Pass. Turns out it is a fairly rare set/record. It has even been sampled. Thanks Cousin! Side A is mostly Joe Pass penned instrumentals with a couple covers. Side B is all new tracks penned by Irwin Rosman. The sound is pretty much all over the place. Here is a cover off of side A that really caught my attention. Enjoy!
April 2, 2015
Is Banksy in Yucaipa? Our bathroom was bombed! Mr Plod, Tessie bear, Noddy, Bumpy dog, and Martha monkey. Bath crayon on tile.
April 1, 2015
Here is another greeting card that will be at the Yucaipa arts and music fest. First weekend of May.
Pen and colored pencil on 4×6 greeting card.
March 30, 2015
This project was for my sister and the Fullerton Arboretum. If your around the area stop by and check it out.
Acrylic on 9×12 ft. Drop cloth.
March 26, 2015
This piece was sold and donated to a youth organization in LA. (Can’t remember the name at the moment.)
8×10 acrylic on canvas.
March 25, 2015
I was rummaging through some old work and found some small watercolors. This was for a friends business card. Water color on watercolor paper.
March 23, 2015
I often think about the birds. They make me smile.
Crayon and pencil drawing on paper greeting card.
March 20, 2015
So today is my birthday and surprise surprise I got some new records. I don’t have too many newer vinyl so it is always a treat. I received a couple Thievery Corporation and Bonobo records. If you haven’t heard of them you need to educate yoself. I have seen Thievery Corporation at Coachella, Outsidelands in San Francisco and Governors Ball in New York City. I highly recommend their live shows. They usually have a DJ, live band, and guest singers. Their guest singers have included the likes of Seu Jorge and David Byrne. I have seen Bonobo only once at the El Rey in Los Angeles which is one of my favorite venues. He had a full band and absolutely killed it. Lets just say the Brazilian crew we rolled with loved it. The music is little more uptempo but definitely still has the chill factor. He has graced the soundtrack of Sprout which is one of our favorite surf films over here at Theostyley. In honor of this once a year event I will give you a double dose of musically therapy. I want to dedicate these tracks to my lovely wife who gave me these albums on vinyl, Joelby who was with me at both of the California Thievery shows, and the man, the myth, the legend, Mr. Theo himself who most definitely loves Sprout and the twin findangle sequence that always gets played over and over and over…………
March 18, 2015
Bonzo. Acrylic on broken skateboard deck.
March 13, 2015
Here’s another piece from the Surf Soulrealism series, The Air Barrel. Acrylic on canvas.
March 11, 2015
The green room. Acrylic on canvas.
March 10, 2015
If you missed us last weekend at the vintage market, here’s a sample of what was on tap. Acrylic plexiglass prints, greeting cards, tee shirts, watercolors, acrylic paintings, oil paintings and succulents. Our next vibe fest will be in May at the Art and music festival, Yucaipa. Until then, we’ll be working hard preparing new works for your eyes to feast on. Don’t forget, we always have record rarities available for purchase. Search for Vinylly Found on eBay.
March 9, 2015
What an absurdly beautiful day today at the Saddleback vintage market. We would like to give thanks to everyone for coming out and all the love given to Theostyle’s art and Vinylly Found. Especially Jeff, Eric, Doc, Denise, Chris and fam, Mat and his lady, even the European guy that was haggling over a dollar record. The records were torn through upside down and inside out but hopefully they received great homes.
Next on the schedule is the Yucaipa arts festival, the weekend of May 2nd. Details to be posted in the near future. We are going to need a few months to rebuild the collection back up. Until the meantime I would like to dedicate this track to Jeff from San Clemente for suggesting I play this album today, Claudia from Rancho who bought the album (and many others), and the gentlemen who straight up thanked me for playing this song, “real music”, at our booth. This was by far the the track/album of the day. Enjoy!
March 7, 2015
I just heard the good news. The stars have aligned. 2 founding members of the underground Los Angeles based cult band Heise are going to be at the Vinylly Found booth on Sunday. Heise earned a reputation in the early 2000’s for their on stage theatrics and lengthy jams. I was there at a few of their shows back in the day and was witness to the magic. In my opinion they were ahead of their time, but unfortunately were never able to break. Sadly, they were short lived and never released any material. I hear rumors of their resurgence every now and again but nothing. Fortunately, I kept a rough cut of one of their songs “1982” I got my hands on a few years back. I am excited to share this with everyone. Don’t miss your chance to meet these cult legends. I am feeling a reunion is in the works. My fingers are crossed. Enjoy!
March 6, 2015
The vinyl gods were with us today as we picked up a really nice original pressing of The Meters self titled debut. I just put this on my wish list last week and what do you know, Bam! It was practically screaming my name. Take me please, play me, I beg you. It was an afternoon to remember at a nice little estate sale warehouse where I picked up this classic along with some JB, Nina Simone, Al Green, Roy Ayers Ubiquity and more. To celebrate, treat your ears to the first track off the album while I go and spin this on my Rega. Cheers!