Spider, man!

July 29, 2017

Porch sentinel

On the move 

July 22, 2017

Triceratops and Stegosaurus moving up the front yard river. Are they looking for something, or is something looking for them? 

Herbivore migration

Stay on traction. 

July 15, 2017

Thumbless hitchhiker

Home sweet home

July 12, 2017

Waiting, watching, hungry

Bloomin’ hot. 

July 10, 2017

I love cactus and succulents. Here is one in summer bloom at the San Bernadino County Museum. 

Cactyou, cactme, cactus

Vermillion flycatcher 

July 9, 2017

SBC Museum

Station of Exploration

July 8, 2017

The following photos are of our friends at the SBCM Exploration Station. Enjoy.

Gecko effect

Boa

Gill decor

Roach

Fancy

Quick and soft

Preying

July 6, 2017

Praying

July 5, 2017

Mantis

Muralized

June 23, 2017

Had a little fun in the OC this week. Paint pens on the break room wall at the Smile headquarters, Irvine. 

Top floor access.

Smile!


After a quick little dawn patrol session, of course. 

Weapon of choice.

The hit list

June 5, 2017

Locked and loaded on some wonderfulness this week.  Just in time for summer. A few slipped through but we did strike Brazilian gold none the less.  These rare beauties will be the cornerstone for what is surely to come.  And like the universe, this South American sonic world is limitless.  Wagner Tiso is a psych jazz maestro in a category of 1, and thus competes only with his previous greatness.  These guys did a stint with Mr. Milton Nasciamento, so they got that going as well.  Ever since Eduardo huffed and puffed and blew my house down, we have been smitten.  I can vaguely picture the smile on Madlib’s face when he fanned the dust off this gem for the first time.  So smooth you can put on your toast.  And you are surely to be familiar with this Marku Ribas classic monster, vai Marku vai!  If this doesn’t put you on the moon then eat your Wheaties.  This is nothing short of sugary splendidness.  We have some additional unearthed sweetness waiting to makes it’s way north to Vinylly Found.  Until then.

 

USA

May 30, 2017

In stock at Yucaipa VisionQuest. 

Springing for Mom

May 24, 2017

Waiting

Competing

Inviting

One Thumb Up.

May 20, 2017

At California and Ave. A, Yucaipa. 

It’s been a while. 

May 17, 2017

It’s been a while 
since my eyes have seen 
a daybreak over rocky shores. 
This lucid scape, my mind creates 
Remembering times in the pools. 
Once your out,  past crash and thunder
The mind can stop and be. 
Before the lines are marching
and the waves start forming
Breath, be, live, see.  You’re free

Marzo

March 4, 2017

Quincy Jones plays nice, in paradise, where groovin is a must.  Gula Matari both here and now to benefit the best of us.  The set that Ramsey dreams at night has me talking in my sleep.  Although the sound begins to fade.  Some love is all we need.

Hotmosphere

February 18, 2017

Riding on a caravan.through a window made of gold. Nothings what it seems to be or how the story goes.To complicate the matter further Bola Sete is on the run..The more the beat goes on and on the deeper shit is done.

Bbbbbrazil

January 14, 2017

I seem to start every year on the same note.  Dm#7 with Brazil on my mind.  It just came to light, that my first record buys of 2017 have all been, coincidentaly Brazilian.  I have been wanting a few of these for a long long while.  Mario Castros Neves brings the old school, Kiko Dinucci the new.  Curumin is the grandmaster of them all.  The man behind the mask.  Marku has been on the radar as well so a guest appearance will most definitely due, especially on this magnitude.  The New Baianos and Raulzito will be here within weeks via Dona Rosa.  I received the first in the mail today and to celebrate, the jams.

The Man Behind the Curtain

November 9, 2016

Tomorrow we celebrate the life of a legend.  No, we are not referring to high comandar Trump.  Allen Touissant died one year ago tomorrow.  He was a true musicman. Not often in the limelight, and releasing only a handful of solo albums, he wrote countless hits, was a transending producer, piano extrodinaire and the mastermind of the godfathers of funk, The Meters.  Touissant co-founded Sansu records in 1965, and The Meters were the studio band on such classics such as Lee Dorsey’s Working on a Coal Mine, Betty Harris’s Theres a Break in the Road, Dr. John’s Right Place, Wrong Time as well as releasing their own solo albums which are the funk benchmark.  Touissant would later develop another funky house band Chocolate Milk in the late 70s who would also go on to release their own material, often occompanied by Touissant on the piano.  Touissant’s songs have been recorded by The Stones, The Who, Otis Redding, The Yardbirds, and the list goes on.  So when you have the post election blues tomorrow, remember the beautiful music brought into the world by the musical genius Allen Touissant. Here are 3 tracks for your listening pleasure.  A cover by Lou Donaldson, a Dr. John jam Touissant produced and played piano, and a burner off his second solo album, Life, Love and Faith.  Enjoy.

Demo daze.

October 30, 2016

Trader Joe’s, Redlands, has a new Demo cooler. 

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TJ Mornin Sesh

October 29, 2016

Not sure if I should register my residence as industrial, I feel like a hit factory.  The shred parade continues ………until Sunday.  Some new pulls, the weekly highlights.  If this doesn’t get your blood flowing, go surf.

 

The Cover Up

October 26, 2016

The cover up is a phrase DJs coined back in the day when one would cover up the label of a record they were spinning so nobody would know the track.  Some would go so far to put a different label on the record to fool the peeping Toms.  The power of the DJ back then was their rich knowledge of music, before the age of the internet, shazaam, spotify and the rest of it.

We were asked to DJ an art show the past weekend and this phrase immediately came to mind.  Of course, we were not covering up any records during the sesh, they were there for all to enjoy, sonically as well as visually.  That was half of the appeal and we were immediately labeled DJ Vinyl.  In a world of digital media, a DJ spinning physical records is a dinasaur, a display at a museum, to be seen for the small price of admission.  Unless of course you are Cut Chemist, in which we would gladly pay the price of admission, and have.  Needless to say, we ran with it.  We did throw a track on the ol’ Ipad and for the sake of argument lets just call it our cover up.  For any of you following along you can probably already guess what this was from our crazed obsessed rant from the previous post.  I mean the music is so damn good, how could I not play it, even if only digitally.  And the response was, what the hell is that?!  Well, we finally found it on vinyl and ordered it today from a record store in Japan.  The website was in mostly Japanese so not the easiest thing I have ever done.  So without further ado, the short but sweet opening track from Dutch DJ Perquisite’s debut EP, Outta Nowhere, featuring Benjamin Herman on sax.

We have been on such a binge to find more, new, different records that we never stop and enjoy the treasures that we have amassed.  And a large treasure it is indeed.  The beautiful thing about DJing last weekend is that we have been tearing through the collection to find stuff to play.  We have listened to just about every record in the collex, but most haven’t had the quality ear time they deserve.  So here are a couple tracks (re)discovered in the last few days that are bound to be displayed at the next event.  The poet and the beat.  No vinyl cover ups here.

Double Dutch Bus

October 13, 2016

The tour de wax on the Double Dutch bus was in full effect last month.  In between the red light district and the Heinekin Experience, we made time to scour the lands high and low for some Dutch gems.  First stop, Rotterdam.  Highs were definitely Vinyl Spot and Plaatboef.  Just hit up Nieuwe Binnenweg and you will find a plethora of shops or Coolsingel on a Tuesday afternoon for a flea market binge.  If I could go back to one spot it would be Vinyl Spot.  The prices were reasonable, the selection was incredible, and the gent behind the counter was pulling out records for my sampling pleasure.  I wish I had hit this first, but on the way I had wandered into Plaatboef (on Nieuwe Binnenweg across from Demonfuzz).  I did manage to pick up a Supersister comp from Vinly Spot which was deliteful.  Plaatboef, where 90% of my funds were spent, did have an immense selection and the inhabitants were helpful.  But they were vastly overpriced.  Unfortunately I didn’t realize this until after I dropped a pretty penny.  They did have 2 of the Hans Dulfer records that I was on the hunt for (and 1 I wasn’t).  These were basically my I gotta find these records, and at my first store no less, so I can’t complain.  The guy there mentioned the store has been around forever and Hans used to come in there to buy records.  Was he pulling my chain, possibly.  The Rotterdam low was definitely Songs for Sale.  The selection was bismal, think dollar bin records on the wall, and when I asked if he had any Bintang records, he just said “Those are rare, you won’t find those”.  Is this not a record store, which depending on your taste was debateable.

Having blown most of my load in Rotterdam, and most of my space for the return flight home, I had to be very selective in Amsterdam.  I hit up a lot of stores but none were carrying the Perquisite record I was dying to get, which was the next in line on my list.  The Amsterdam highs were Waxwell Records, Distortion Records and Homesick Records.  Waxwell had a really nice selection and the old guy there was really helpful.  They had a nice Terry Callier record on the wall that I have always wanted but $125 Euro was outta my range so I passed, downside is the guy didn’t even know who Perquisite was.  Distortion Records had piles upon piles of records that were calling my name.  Literally, stacked to the ceiling.  I really wanted to browse but was with my son, so I just asked if he had Perquisite which he didn’t, and bounced.  He at least knew who Perquisite was.  Lastly was Homesick records. This place didn’t even come up when I searched for record stores in Amsterdam on google.  I discovered this place the day before I left, and it was a block away from the apartment I was renting, so I walked right by it.  Turns out I could see the store front from my window, go figure.  They did not carry newer records so no Perquisite, but they did have a playable (looked beat but plays great) copy of the Bintangs first album.  In your face Songs for Sale.  The guy was pretty knowledgable and the prices were fair (Selling Hans Dulfer Candy Clouds for  25% less than what I paid in Rotterdam).  Amsterdam low for me was definitely Indeep’n’dance Records which only carried records they pressed, as they were also a label.  I missed out on Rush Hour Records which was recommended but just couldn’t make the time (although I contacted ahead of time and no Perquisite so not too bummed).

All in all a pretty good tip on the vinyl front.  In total, 3 Hans Dulfer albums, Bintangs debut, Dutch Reissue of Focus first album (still 2 years before first US press), Supersister comp, and a bunch of other crap I rolled the dice on at the flea market (stick with the stores if your Dutchery is soft like mine was).  No Perquisite but I will be on the lookout, gotta love the internet.  Enjoy a couple of my favorite Hans Dulfer tracks with Ritmo Natural, including a scorcher featuring Jan Akkerman from Focus, think the Dutch Page.  And a blues number from the Bintangs.  Apparently these guys are still touring to this day.  Sorry no Perquisite, soon I hope.

Mother Load

September 15, 2016

We attended the quarterly San Juan record bonanza and boy did we hit the mother load. We came in just under a dollar a record.  Here is a sampler of the goods.  The James Brown two part jam we had on 45, but not the full album.  In fact we pulled in a plethera of JB funk anthems.  The second track was written by an 18 year old Steve Winwood.  Say What!  And last but not least, another notch in the Paul Simon belt.  This is a soft one for Theostyle. Moby remixed this at the FYF fest a few weeks ago and I about lost my mind.  When I went to relive the glory a few days later I realized this album was missing from the repetoire, so the timing couldn’t have been better.  Thank you San Juan Record Man, you always deliver.

Back to Joe’s

July 9, 2016

I recently was given an opportunity to be rehired at Trader Joe’s, Redlands. Thanks Brina! I have the pleasure of getting an early start on the day by doing signs and other projects with the store 99 team. Here are a few chalk pen signs. Enjoy. 

Trader Joe's sign

Mango days

Trader Joe's sign

Chips and dip

Trader Joe's sign

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of the Big Apple taste

Trader Joe's sign

Breakfast champ


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