Los Cochinos @#!!*

The first production release of this album on long playing vinyl was an example of the elaborate album art of the era. The packaging of the first release included a die cut cover showing a car door, and another die cut cardboard inner cover showing the usually sealed parts of a car door (which contained baggies of marijuana); the cardboard edge of the opening of the cover was cut decoratively around the windshield in the upper right corner. Subsequent re-pressings of the recording have not replicated the die-cut packaging.

The credits and track listing consisted of a black and white photograph of hand written graffiti also on a car door (four pairs of feet suggestively situated in the drivers side window) enclosed on a single sheet in the album.


Side One

Sargent Stadanko
Peter Rooter
Up His Nose
Pedro and the Man at the Drive-In

Side Two

The Strawberry Revival Festival
Don’t Bug Me
Evelyn Woodhead Speed Reading Course
Les Morpions
White World of Sports
Basketball Jones Featuring Tyrone Shoelaces


Shades of Blues


Various Artists

Side One

On the Sunny Side of the Street – Ivy Anderson
Unlucky Woman – Linda Keene
It’s a Rainy Day – Lena Horne
I Don’t Know His Name – Helen Humes
I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good – Ivy Anderson

Side Two

Glad to Be Unhappy – Lena Horne
Tall, Dark and Handsome – Ivy Anderson
Solitude – Etta James
Drive Me Daddy – Helen Humes
Empty Bed Blues – Ivy Anderson


This was another LP I picked up at Pitchfork in N.H. the other day, When I saw it, I really couldn’t help myself. About 90% of that motivation was because of The Chapelle Show’s Prince skit. You can check it out HERE (sorry, I couldn’t find a version not ripped from a TV screen).

Shalamar was an American music group, active in the 1970s and 1980s, that was originally a disco-driven vehicle created by Soul Train booking agent Dick Griffey and show creator Don Cornelius. They went on to be an influential dance trio, regarded as fashion icons and trendsetters, and helped to introduce ‘body-popping’ to the U.K..

The Line Up

Jeffrey Daniel (1977-1983, 1996-1997, 2001–2013)
Jody Watley (1977-1983, 1996-1997)
Gary Mumford (1977-1978)
Gerald Brown (1978-1979)
Howard Hewett (1979-1985, 1996-1997, 2001–2013)
Delisa Davis (1983-1991)
Micki Free (1983-1991)
Sydney Justin (1985-1991)
Carolyn Griffey (2001-2013)


Side One

Dead Giveaway
You Can Count on Me
Right Here
No Limits (The Now Club)

Side Two

Disappearing Act
Over and Over
You’re the One for Me
You Won’t Miss Love (Until It’s Gone)
The Look

This Is The Big Band Era

As I mentioned in the end of the month wrap up, I went to Pitchfork in Concord, New Hampshire to do some digging for new vinyl. We ended up finding some great LPs, this one included, so I’ll be entering some new LPs in the mix of singles!!!


Various Artists

Side One

South – Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra
Song of India – Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
Sing, Sing, Sing (Introducing “Christopher Columbus”) – Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
I Can’t Get Started – Bunny Berigan and his Orchestra
Don’t Be That Way – Benny Goodman and his Orchestra

Side Two

Begin the Beguine – Artie Shaw and his Orchestra
And the Angels Sing – Ziggy Elman and his Orchestra
12th Street Rag – Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra
Cherokee – Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra
In the Mood – Glenn Miller and his Orchestra

Side Three

Boogie Woogie on St. Lousi Blues – Earl “Fatha” Hines and his Orchestra
Frenesi – Artie Shaw and his Orchestra
After Hours – Erskine Hawkins and his Orchestra
Pompton Turnpike – Charlie Benet and his Orchestra
Take the “A” Train – Duke Ellington and his Orchestra

Side Four

A String of Pearls – Glenn Miller and his Orchestra
Opus One – Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
Tippin’ In – Erskine Hawkins and his Orchestra
Mister Roberts’ Roost – Count Basie and his Orchestra
Study in Brown – Larry Clinton and his Orchestra

End of the Month Wrap Up: August 2014


Outside of the office job, August was a pretty relaxing month. I started by blogging at the beach and ended it with a music festival and some crate digging adventures. With so much going on, I’m going to leave the link section out of this update, but you should be following on Facebook and Instagram too so you catch everything!!

For the first record store trip, I sent my roommate to Armageddon Records in Cambridge. The scene in there is a bit too hipster / gutter punk but if you’re willing to hunt, you can find a little bit of everything. Just be prepared for a judging eye if you’re without safety pin adornment. I gave the roomie $20.00 and said “Surprise me please!”. To prepare for Boston Calling next week, he picked me up Lorde and Nas singles along with a Modest Mouse single and various artists LP.


Last weekend, I heard about Boston Urban Music Festival so the roommate and I decided to head on down to the Bean. It was a great mix of local rappers and hip hop performers! We got down a little late so the first act we caught is above, Dutch Rebelle. Her album drops next month so I’m thinking about hitting up her show. The roomie and I both fell in love with her! Kiss Kiss BANG BANG baby!


Up after Dutch Rebelle and also performing with her for the record release, was STL GLD. They had a little more rock infused into their style. They amped up the crowd a ton! It was such a nice mix of music since they did bring in that rock influence.


Coming out of Berklee, was the J Dilla Ensemble. They were this great melting pot of musicians and incredibly talented. They performed an amazing variety and belted those songs out! I think I instantly fell in love with the keytar player!


After they performed, Shea Rose took the stage. Oh. My. Lord. I was blown away. She was the perfect mixture of hip hop, soul, rock and funk. On top of the amazing sound, she was intelligent, inspiring and downright stunning to watch.


Closing out the show was Talib Kweli. He was honestly, my motivation for going but I was so blown away with the local groups. I didn’t end up staying for his whole set as it was a Sunday and I’m like a grandma and need my bed by 9:00 on work nights but appreciated that I caught his speech on Ferguson and Michael Brown. Being white, I do have a certain level of privilege and to top it off, my dad was a police officer (he wasn’t the type to let his badge go to his head). I will never know what it’s like to be profiled but I do hope I’m another voice that can help to speak out against the inequality. We are all human and somebody’s child. Everyone deserves respect and to be treated with a level of dignity despite their color, gender or sexual orientation. We are all different in some little way and shouldn’t let the differences prevent us from getting along. My friends are black, white, yellow, shades of orange and tan, gay, straight, bi, confused, etc and I love every single one of them for their uniqueness, that’s what makes us all human.


Yesterday, I hit up a record store in New Hampshire, Pitchfork Records, with a fellow vinyl lover I met through Instagram. She was hilarious and had great taste in music. We snagged a couple of albums out form each other, but hey, all’s fair in crate digging! Here’s to many more adventures in those crates!

I do have a little announcement about the blog that I’d like to close this post out with. My roommate, Mr. Richard, as he’ll be posting under will be putting some reviews up. I’ve asked him to do it for a little while now as my reviews are often “I like this”, “This annoys me” or “I sing along to this” and he can articulate his thoughts a little bit more than that. I hope you enjoy his reviews and thoughts on the collection!