March 28, 2020
Staying on our current theme is another slow(ed) jam. Not much out there about the mysterious Priya, would love to know and hear more. Recorded in Pleasant Hill in the East Bay. Was the only release on a mysterious label called Sub Ek out of Santa Barbara, the catalog number 108 is strange. The label name and catalog number seem to be maybe Hindu / Krishna / Ram Dass references. The artist full name is Krishna Priya. Hopefully more information to come! Please enjoy some slowed down private spiritual California reggae music from 1982.
Location: Down Home El Cerrito Reggae Explosion
There Is Nothing Else (Slow)
You can also enjoy the regular speed version, if you would rather, vote for your favourite version in the comments below.
There Is Nothing Else (Regular)
February 26, 2020
As a recent rule, I stopped buying small/private label country because 99.99% of the time about 5 seconds of listening is enough. Most of the time they sound a lot better at 33 rpm, like this one from the WMI label based out of Lampasas, Texas.
Am I Losing You?
Location: Bulk buy of cardboard box filled with 45s
January 1, 2020
It’s good to like the place you’re from. And Escaping From Today is a nice theme.
Tom seems like a pretty chill mix of hippy outdoor and rugged man’s man – he was in the military, has environmental concerns. Probably a good person to stop and help you if your car breaks down. The back of this record says he’s from somewhere that wikipedia says hasn’t existed in an awful long time. Opposition, Arkansas. so named in opposition of the bigger town nearby or something. I love the whole first side of this record, haven’t spent much time with Side 2 yet. Tried to digitize the whole side but only got this one song done.
Looks like Tom still makes music or has kind of recently as his stuff is available on CDBaby. Gotta check that out sometime….
Price: One dollar
Location: dollar bin
August 15, 2018
A new mix that will be coming out on a Little Axe cassette very soon. Just a hodge podge of stuff bought on the streets of Mexico City.
Sueños Contigo Part I
Sueños Contigo Part II
February 28, 2018
This is really hitting the spot. Looks like 70s but kinda sounds 80s. Some cursory google searching is proving fruitless. The lead singer might live in the Sandilands Village neighbourhood in Nassau, Bahamas. More research, info and tracks to come.
price: eight dollar
location: 3 am midnight run to eugene
August 15, 2017
I don’t own very many records from Cayman Islands, but this is one of them. Bought in the last six months or so. From the liners:
“Here is a true Caribbean treasure – a Cayman Islands recording of a popular Cayman Islands band – recorded without electronic-gimmicks or special studio sound effects.”
“For the Caymanian, here’s a professionally recorded album of one of your own popular bands chock full of your own favorite music. What more needs to be said? It’s YOURS.”
A sweet mix of kinda lo-fi calypso, merengue, rock-steady, dance-special and c&w tunes.
price: five dollar or less
location: 2017 west coast junking
Who’ll Buy The Wine
There Goes My Everything
September 26, 2015
Here’s something you don’t see very often, at least around here. A private album of a mostly Mexican bar band doing 70s rock and pop covers. This was recorded sometime after 1975 in Salem, at Cherry Studios. The studio, which is still in business, was run at least in part by recording engineer Ron Skog. Will report back if they recall the record.
I had pretty high hopes from the cover and photos of these guys. They look totally awesome. Then on first listen seemed like kind of a bust, but has really grown on me. And for a sweet bonus they do a cover of Tumbling Dice, the opening track from The Rolling Stones classic Exile on Main St. What is up with their change to the first line of the song?
price: one dollar or less
location: thrifting salem strip mall edition