Back Up And Spinning


It has been over a month now since my last post and I do apologize! As many of you know, I had been working on a fundraiser for the Special Olympics and it really ate up a lot more time than I expected. We had 50/50 raffles, a bar night and bake sales over the last two months so it really felt like every moment outside of the day job was focused on fundraising.

I did still manage to do a lot of fun things that I wanted to share with y’all but just didn’t have the time to get posts up so I’m going to dive into the last two months’ activities here. Well, not really June since it really didn’t end with a bang or any sort of music related activity.

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You know what’s kind of odd? Mr. Richard and I have been roommates for nearly a decade now and we’ve never watched fireworks together. They’re loud, you usually get ash in your face and the smokey smell is kinda obnoxious. However, in the interest of new experiences and adventures, we went out to Revere Beach on the Fourth this year to watch the fireworks with friends and listen to one of the Grateful Dead’s last shows.

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Fireworks on Revere beach 7/4/2015

The fireworks were simply spectacular and one of the best private displays I’ve seen. We were on a private beach and the entire mile must have had set ups every few feet. The fireworks went off for hours all down the beach. I posted some time lapse videos on social media so make sure you’re following along!

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After some of the main fireworks set ups had calmed down, we went back to our friend’s to listen to the Dead. As you can tell, we had a bit of fun with the screen and trippy graphics. It felt a bit like college again but I suppose that feeling is heightened by the fact we ran into one of our friends from back in the day. That’s New England. So small town, you can never really escape people you know!

After hanging with hippies for the Fourth, we needed a little hip hop back in our lives so the roomie and I hit up Boston’s Hip Hop festival at the Middle East in Cambridge. We got there a little late, which was unfortunate because we missed out on some great acts, but I did get to see some of my favorites! I really would have liked to get the festival it’s own post, but it just never happened.

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We walked in for STL GLD’s set so right off the bat, I was happy. If you are following along with my social media pages, you know I’m currently obsessing over the group. I dare say, I’m even fan girling out over them. The best part about seeing them live is the energy. Between the Arcitype’s insane musical skills and ability, Moe Pope’s lyrical content and delivery and Chris Talken’s hype man screams, you really can’t just sit still.

There’s a listening party coming up in August for their new EP and I’m overly excited. If you can make it out, do so. You’ll be bummed if you miss one of the first chances to hear their new tracks.

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Up next was Akrobatik. Mr. Richard is very familiar with his work, me not so much. Sometimes, it just becomes overwhelming to keep up with everyone’s discography. Despite this, I still greatly enjoyed his fifteen minutes and wanted more time on stage.

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A smoke break later and we were back inside in time for Reks. Again, Mr. Richard is more familiar than I am, but I’m definitely planning on listening more. We’ve seen him live before so by now, I should really have some of his songs under my belt. I also need to figure out where he got tattooed, I really like his arm ones!

Dutch ReBelle Hip Hop Fest 2015

Dutch ReBelle was the last act I managed to snag some pictures of. Unfortunately, right after her set, I felt horrible. My stomach was apparently trying to escape my body and it felt like it was about to bust through my belly button to do so.

Any time I get to see Dutch ReBelle, I’m there for it. You all know this by now. This 15 minute set of hers was one of the best showings I’ve personally seen from her.

All of the acts at the Hip Hop fest, even the ones not mentioned here are phenomenal. It’s refreshing to take a break from the same 20 songs on the radio that all seem to contain the same lyrics and music and actually listen to something authentic.

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As I mentioned above, the Special Olympics fundraiser ate up a lot of time, but it’s over with now. What an exhilarating day! I rappelled twenty two stories down the side of the Hyatt in Boston and raised nearly $1,100 for the Special Olympics! My team raised over 24K!

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It was an incredibly humbling experience, and not just because you’re on a ledge 22 stories above the city, but because you get to meet these amazing athletes that give their all and never give up. We say they should have limitations, but they don’t. They’re strong. They’re smart. They’re determined. And lastly, they’re beautiful. Inside and out.

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I was honored to have my girls with me this year. I honestly can’t believe I talked them into this!

As if rappelling a building wasn’t enough for one weekend, Outside the Box made its return to Boston that same weekend. I wasn’t familiar or into most of the acts and since I was so busy, it was convenient to skip out on most days. I’m sure I did miss out on a lot, but I was focused on getting there Sunday to see Shea Rose.

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I overslept was and was kind of pooped so we didn’t make it until Air Traffic Controller was on stage for Sunday’s events, but they put on a great show. Boston’s music seen is so diverse but you can get lost in one genre so it’s nice to see acts you normally wouldn’t.

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Shea Rose absolutely slayed her performance. I mean slayed. She always does, but this performance featured a medley at the end of all cover songs. It was epic! I posted some footage on social media and the divine Miss Shea even shared one of the pictures herself.

Honestly, since the show was last week and I’ve been to a cat circus, wedding and folk fest since, I’m not really doing it justice. I would really suggest trolling around for videos of the event. It’s a great, free festival and more arts should be public like this.

There’s so much more, especially from this last weekend, including the Lowell Folk Fest so I’m going to break up this post into two parts. Look for part two tomorrow and for your regularly scheduled vinyl posts to resume soon after!

Weekly Record Store Wrap Up (1/19 – 1/25)


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This week was pretty packed full, with this storm that his New England yesterday the Ladies of Boston Rock show on Thursday. If you missed the original post from the show, check it out HERE! I’ll be covering some more of the show and swag I got there in this post because I do think it’s a very important topic before we launch into the albums.

What I missed talking about in the original post about Ladies of Boston Rock was the Safer is Sexy crew. They do amazing work in the sexual safety field while empowering all women. Oh, and they give out amazing swag bags!

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I really suggest checking out their social media pages and website (HERE) to get informed. It always shocks me by how little women can know about their own bodies and am often reminded of that scene from Orange is the New Black on Netflix where it takes the transgendered inmate to explain the actual anatomy (loooove Laverne!!!). That’s only a TV show, but it does ring true, a lot of women have been shamed and embarrassed into not knowing themselves. I think a lot of a woman’s power does come from knowing herself in all ways; you can’t hide or deny a part of you now matter how vanilla or kinky that part of you may be (wink, wink). Mr. Richard loved them too, check out the picture they took with him and his art!

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Shea Rose works with them to spread awareness which is how the roomie and I first discovered them, but we’re now looking forward to going to more of their events. In addition to supporting safe sex, they really support artists, musicians and have mad love for the city of Boston. It’s a great organization and the roomie and I are very fortunate to have met some of the ladies at the show on Thursday. See y’all at an upcoming event!!

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As I mentioned, we had a storm yesterday, above being the view from our living room. Mr. Richard and I both thought that Garnick’s would be closed, but at least one of the guys decided to trudge through the snow. Rain or shine, you can count on my guys at Garnick’s! Since we had the store to ourselves for the most part, we spent some time digging through areas we don’t usually get too. I even set aside some Broadway soundtracks to pick up at a later date.

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What did we scoop for the week? I kind of went big this week since I got my bonus from the day job. Nothing huge, but enough to spoil myself at the record store this week.

Duke Ellington’s Yale Concert

The Modern Jazz Quartet for Ellington

Another Basie album (Mr. Richard is pretty obsessed)

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A Rita Marley 12″ single

Listen Up (Various artists including Ray Charles, Tevin Campbell and more!)

Ton Loc Posse Love 12″ single

The Big Chill Soundtrack (Motown baby!)

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Adult.

A 10″ Jazz disc

An awesome book and album combo: The Story of the Music Box

I let the roomie pick out a lot more than 50 / 50 today mostly because I was really happy with his choices and next week I have a stack set aside for myself. For once, I wanted his picks before mine but it’s probably because he thought of me anyway!

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Ladies Of Boston Rock (And Rap, Tap And Sing!)


What a night! I had purchased the tickets for Ladies of Boston Rock quite some time ago so I’ve just been here, excited and waiting for the show. We convinced @Shecollectsvinyl from Instagram to tag along with the roomie and I since she’s one of our favorite people to go crate digging with. The whole night was a blast, experienced with great friends and excellent music.

Traffic on Storrow drive was a nightmare so we were a little late in meeting up with @Shecollectsvinyl but we made it to the show just as doors were opening. I had to pick up my new show swag (you’ll see what I got a little later) and we like to grab a drink and settle in before the bars get too busy.

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DJ Leah V. opened up and was already spinning when we settled in. She’s been performing with Dutch ReBelle for a while but it was interesting to find out she’s one half of the duo Orchids as well. Mr. Richard was familiar with the group but I wasn’t and wish I was! They’re an arty rock pair that blew my mind. I’m a sucker for groups that get the electronic feel through uncommon instruments and Orchids slayed on the theremin, which is one of the stranger instruments out there!

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Orchids opening was an intriguing decision that was likely fueled by Leah V.’s spinning for Dutch, but the show fit my musical personality so well. I felt like the genres I love so much; rock, soul and hip hop were so masterfully infused, the acts lead beautifully into each other. The decision to follow Orchids with Shea Rose was smart since it goes from an electronica / artsy rock dance party to a soulful, live band, urban rock and hip hop performance.

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When Shea Rose hit the stage, she was powerful, beautiful and put on the amazing show we expected with some few twists and turns that were incredibly exciting. I have so many videos and pictures so please, follow @MyDadsAlbums on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter because my words may not capture the full experience.

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Along with playing some of her hits and my favorite songs, she brought out a tap dancer and did this acoustic song with just the tap, a woman drumming on a wooden box and using chimes and Shea’s beautiful voice. I don’t even know how to describe it. I guess the best way to describe it is that it’s one of those experiences when your jaw is on the ground and the only time it really closes is when you hoot and scream in total appreciation of what’s happening.

Lisa Bello also joined the ladies on stage for a performance of Pretty Girls. The song gets me every time. I wasn’t always comfortable in my own skin and it’s a terrible thing to get through. When you finally hit a point where you are comfortable, it’s very freeing and this song is one of the closest I’ve heard that really gets it the closest.

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Shea also called up Dutch for a performance of Sinéad O’Connor’s “Black Boys on Mopeds”. It was a very touching way to end her set, in light of recent events. It brought chills to your body. Like I said, I’ll be posting some videos and pictures on social media so be sure to check them out.

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Dutch ReBelle opened with “Meant For Me” which also features Lisa Bello. All around, I really loved what each individual woman contributed to the sound of the entire night. All of the styles they brought to the stage were infused so well.

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Dutch also played two songs we don’t usually catch live so that was incredible. The roomie and I have seen her live quite a bit and each show is different. It really makes you feel like the tickets were worth it. I’ve seen some bands multiple times and it just gets boring. Dutch manages to keep it fresh and exciting every damn time! Old songs, new songs, it doesn’t matter! Every song Ms. ReBelle performs is pure amazingness. I always say it, but her lyrics and flow are incredible.

It’s so hard to pick a favorite song from Dutch. She has a song for everything, whether I need to be amped up before a long day at work or just need to relax and “Recline”. 2015 will be the year of Dutch ReBelle and the goddess and I’m so glad I caught all of these amazing ones live and all in one place.

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After the show, we caught up with Shea and Dutch ReBelle so Mr. Richard could give them his portraits he made for them. I stayed warm with my new Shea Rose beanie as 1:00 AM outside in Boston during winter isn’t the warmest place on earth. Check out the roomie’s art below (photo credit goes to @DutchReBelle herself on Instagram) and be sure to catch any of the ladies from this show live next time you can!!

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End Of The Month Wrap Up: December 2014


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Counting down to the New Year has had me reflecting on the past year a lot. Personally, it has been a major year for me and this blog. I’ve gained many followers, the social media pages are blowing up and I’ve made a lot of great personal connections through it all. I’ve also managed to get the roomie on board! I hope you’re enjoying the reviews!

The first few months of 2014, I really wasn’t posting often. Or at all. That all started to change around April and by June, I had these End of the Month Wrap Ups (check out June’s start to the wrap ups HERE), was settled into the new record room at home and was actually getting out to see more concerts.

In July, I was almost posting every day which was great – I was cataloging everything at a decent pace and just starting to manage the social media pages. Oh, and I jumped off a building! Check out my cat lady outfit and pictures of me scaling a 22 story building in Boston in the July wrap up. I also introduced the roomie to the Lowell Folk Fest and I’m already excited for the food and music next year!

August was quite the month! I first fell in love with Shea Rose, Dutch ReBelle and STL GLD at the Urban Music Fest and, well, the rest is history as you may know.

August also marked the start of what I hope to be change in America. Artists began speaking out about Michael Brown and although there have been more excessive force cases since, we’re ending the year with protests going strong and hopefully people are not only talking to each other to better our country but listening too.

September was a huge music month for me. Boston Calling, Dutch ReBelle’s album release party, so many trips to the record stores and I amped up my posting then. You can check out the original wrap up HERE for some pictures of the shows and links back to Facebook and some other posts about all the events.

In October, I went to the Boston Music Awards nominee announcement at Lawn on D since Dutch was performing again. It was here that we met her family and got to take some pictures together. I’ve said it a million times in the last few months, bit you need to check her out if you haven’t already.

November was a slower month for music as the holidays were approaching but there were some pretty awesome small events I managed to get to. Check them out HERE.

Even with all the hectic holiday dashing around I’ve done this month, I’ve managed to keep up on posting in December and managed to get to the Boston Music Awards. You can check out the original post if you’d like, but if not, let me tell you, it was quite the experience.

Everything seemed to come full circle, with Dutch winning an award. We’d been to a free show, her album release, the nominee announcement to see her and then to watch her perform right after winning was incredibly amazing.

I also got out to the record store on Saturdays, always starting with a quick trip to the diner around the corner. This last weekend we were joined by a friend from Lynn and it was a battle of who could dig faster and snipe out the best records. She’ll likely be attending the Dutch ReBelle and Shea Rose concert with us next month.

Well, that was my whole year in a nutshell. I hope you all had equally fantastic years and continue to do so into the New Year! Be safe tonight and have some fun!!

Boston Music Awards!


This was my first time attending the Boston Music Awards and it was an experience like no other. It was very classy and intimate, truly amazing! And the proceeds go right back to charity too!

Obviously, the roomie, Mr. Richard was with me as some of our favorites were nominated. He even wrote up a little post for tomorrow so be sure to check back!

Although we didn’t catch every act, what we did see was well worth it.

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Before I get into it really, lets go into a little background on the awards. They’ve been around for 27 years now and the nominees are selected by a wide variety of 172 people dedicated to the music industry including Music Editors / Journalists, DJs, Artist Managers, Music Producers and Professors of Music.

All proceeds from the BMAs goes to Music Drives Us which is a New England non-profit organization supplying grants to music programs designed to effect positive change for people of all ages. The focus of the Foundation is on:

  • Music Therapy – Using music to help people develop relationships and address issues they may not be able to with words.
  • Music Education – Funding scholarships for worthy music students in Boston public schools
  • Music Enrichment – Funding for New England school music programs and live performances

Shea Rose, STL GLD, Dutch ReBelle, Lake Street Dive, Bad Rabbits and more were up for awards. I can’t find the full list of artists that were up for awards, but the Herald summed up all the performances very nicely. Check out their article HERE since I missed a few acts!

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First act we saw was Creaturos. I’m not too familiar with the local punk scene, aside from a few acts people at work have named but these guys had the lungs to get the job done. It was a bit off, seeing people in sparkling cocktail dresses while also feeling like you should be in a garage or basement drinking PBRs. Also, as a bit of a side note, the beards in the crowd were epic. I mean, they were full, luscious and numerous. It was a hairy heaven.

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Second, Sidewalk Driver was up on the stage we set ourselves up at. I apparently missed something because this group is the one to know. A bit outside my normal realm of things lately (I go through waves with genres, like them all but focus can go all over) but I was enthralled by Sidewalk Driver.

The music got you moving and the stage performance was absolutely insane. Tiny hats, a light up hood, butterfly wings… the list goes on! They had fun, shot glitter into the air and it translated beautifully to the crowd. Everyone was bopping around with huge smiles. There are some more pictures on @MyDadsAlbums on Instagram and Facebook so be sure to get over to check them out!

imageWe also caught Goddamn Draculas before the actual awards started. It’s funny, I kept catching the lead singer through the crowd and thought he was my friend from work. Up close they do look very different but it’s the general appearance and styling from a distance that got me.

They all rocked it out but I found the crowd was loaded with the group’s friends and family up front so it was harder to get decent pictures even though I was right up front. They were also up before the awards presentation so they started late and in order to play their set, they were slightly rushed off at the end. They got the songs in, but the planning should of planned a little break knowing all shows tend to be off by a minute or two!

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 Keytar Bear did a nice medley of all the artist of the year nominees. How can you not love him?!?! Every time somebody gets to work and says they saw him, I get pissed if I missed him performing in the subway. He tends to be at Harvard a lot and I never get out that way because I work in Back Bay.

Side note: If you happen to be one of those f*ckers that has punched and assaulted Keytar Bear, I will find you and do the same. You don’t do that you degenerate piece.

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Dutch won Hip Hop Artist of the Year! That was the most exciting part of the awards by far. Shea and STL GLD were not winners this year and that’s unfortunate but if all nominees have diehard fans like the roomie and I are of Shea, Dutch and STL GLD then it’s tough running! I voted twice (shhhh!) for my picks.

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Dutch hit the stage and my mind was blown. I’ve seen her a few time now and really, every time it’s fresh and exciting. She looked stunning this evening and to perform right off a win but have been exhilarating. She, her hype man and DJ were definitely feeling it and when you feel the love, you give love right back to the crowd.

I posted so many pictures already and more videos are coming so, again, please be sure to hop on over to Facebook and Instagram to check them all out.

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We moved stages after Dutch’s performance and caught the end of Johnny A.’s performance. Don’t recognize the name? He’s huge; playing with both the J. Geils Band and Peter Wolf and having a successful solo career. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame last night and is definitely deserving! Oh and that A. for a last name? Shortened like most of my Greek folks down from Antonopoulos!

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The last performance of the night that we caught was STL GLD. The show went on longer, but I had to work Monday (which is also why this post wasn’t done first thing Monday!). I always make it a point to catch them as I love their infusion of sounds. Hip hop, screaming, classic songs all fused together into this mix of pure epicness.

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I also greatly appreciate the fact that they did touch on the current situation. The crowd chanted “I can’t breathe” for a few moments. I’ve briefly met Moe Pope’s family and it’s tragic that he has to worry about his kids. Didn’t we fight this battle decades ago? Why are we still so quick to judge and react with violence still? It’s barbaric and things need to change. We can’t keep going at this pace, we need peace and understanding for every human – regardless of color, gender or sexuality.

I guess that’s about it for this year’s Boston Music Awards, at least for me! I definitely suggest you check them out next year if you’re in the area. It’s a blast and with proceeds going to charity, I’m probably going to be upgrading to VIP tickets next year!!

End Of The Month Wrap Up: November 2014


November was more of a laid back month for me, at least when it comes to music. With the holidays coming up, I’ve been a bit more focused on friends and family (and shopping!). I did pick up tickets to the Boston Music Awards and the Ladies of Boston Rock (with Shea Rose and Dutch ReBelle – my hip hop goddesses from the city) for December and January!

I’m really excited to see the BMA’s. It’ll be my first time there and there’s a fantastic mix of musicians, some new and some I’ve seen like STL GLD. They’re nominated for an award as well as Dutch and Shea. Oh, and Keytar Bear is performing!!

Although, not completely music related, the roommate and I stumbled upon the TedX Talk in Brookline. I had heard about the Ted talks but had never attended one before. If you’re not familiar either, please, check it out! Shea Rose was speaking so it was obvious we were going once we found out about it. I don’t even know where to begin writing about the experience though! It was so inspiring and heartwarming.

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Shea Rose took the stage to discuss losing her voice, both literally and figuratively. She had a polyp on her vocal cords and had to remain speechless until after surgery. The roommate could relate as he lost his “voice” by being unable to make art during the time he was bedridden. I can’t imagine never hearing her sing and am so thankful she pushed through after surgery and is here today.

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She also spoke of the pressures within the music industry to be “urban” or to be “blacker” or she’d never get a record deal. Upon actually being offered that record deal with a major label, she decided no, she didn’t want to lose her voice again and turned them down. It takes true strength to stand up for yourself like that and I was moved to tears at this point. Who would want to change Shea Rose to be anything but herself? That’s what I love most about her!

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We didn’t really intend on staying too long, as I was sick leading up to the talk and needed to work the next day but we caught the next speaker, David Sengeh. You can check out some more information on him HERE. A mutli-talented man from Sierra Leone, he works to better fit people in prosthetic limbs. He could very well just focus on his work at MIT, but instead continues to work with the youth to inspire and push them towards their dreams. Oh, and he also raps!

November also brought us the Aaliyah movie on Lifetime. The hour long documentary prior to the movie had me choking back tears at the funeral footage. We lost that star far, far too young. As for the movie itself, well, the costume department did pretty well. Casting, acting, overall storytelling of Aaliyah’s life and music catalog were all pretty terrible. Let’s just say, if the family doesn’t support it, it’s probably for a reason. It was a huge disappointment and certainly did no justice to the legend that is Aaliyah.

I did manage to hit a pretty big milestone this month. My 1000th Single / EP was entered! It ended up being The Routers, check the post out HERE. You may remember that I made the decision to split the lists in Excel so it’s now three tabs; Full LPs, Singles / EPs (7″ and 12″) and then 10″ LPs, EPs and singles. It’s easier to find everything when I’m checking to see if we have a song or not. It’s also a lot easier to make note of these milestones. They push me to keep going.

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Don’t forget! If you want to see images of Dawson and Daria, the whole vinyl collection or local musicians, hop on over to the Instagram account for My Dad’s Albums. Hashtag your own vinyl pictures with #MyDadsAlbums so I can check them out too!

Nifty Links For November:

Be sure to follow My Dad’s Albums on Facebook for all the links I share. These are the best ones from the last month for you!

Do you ever get jealous of another person’s record collection? I do all the time! One collection I’m insanely jealous of is Questlove’s. I mean, it just makes me drool in envy! Check out Questlove’s (you know, from The Roots) record collection HERE.

Need some new jewelry and have an eclectic style, kind of like me? Check out THIS blog from Vinyl Expressionz. The blog is just starting out but I found it through Instagram and am planning on ordering my own necklace soon on their Etsy page! I have their Facebook and Etsy pages listed on my Great Links page too if you’re interested in getting a piece of your own.

As we enter December, there’s a lot of holidays coming up. I hope everyone, of every faith has a fantastic month! November, as relaxing as it was for me, was a month of turmoil for this country. I was very worked up by the events because I just want us to respect each other and treat every single person equally. You don’t need to like every person you meet but at least take a minute to hear their story. Much love to you all!

Dutch ReBelle: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang


Previously, I tried to steer away from posting about concerts or local music, but that may have been because I didn’t want the pressure to keep up with it. I didn’t have the money, I was working two jobs (well, I still am, but less hours) so I didn’t have the time and truthfully, I didn’t have any artists that I was compelled to see. I was perfectly content with the vinyl, a coffee or beer and the cats.

Then The Urban Music Fest happened. I stumbled upon it in the Metro and figured it would be a great way to pep up the roommate. He has made progress with his CIDP, but it’s taken a toll on his moods. We saw some amazing acts but in particular, three acts stood out. Shea Rose, STL GLD and Dutch ReBelle. All of them brought something unique to the performance and we’ve both been hooked ever since. Luckily, most of the time, Dutch has been performing with STL GLD (if you reside in the Atlanta GA area, look it up! They’re both coming soon!) so we get to see both acts. We haven’t seen Shea Rose again, but I’ve been on the look out and am waiting for a show we can make it to.

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I saw an advertisement for Sound Of Our Town and as soon as I realized Dutch ReBelle was performing again, I cleared the schedule. Oh, and it was free! We initially planned on staying for all acts but the rain dampened the mood slightly so we did end up only seeing Dutch perform. It was completely worth it! As expected, she slayed that stage. Her lyrics are so on point and to spit her vocabulary out at that speed is mind blowing.

Not only do I consider her a lyrical genius with an insane flow, she’s so kind. She recognized as us we walked up so she pointed and shouted out the fact we had on her ReBelle Army shirts. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang! Since it wasn’t packed at all because of the rain, we ended up standing right next to her mom and didn’t realize it!

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After her set, she was there for the fans to sign shirts and CDs. That’s when we realized that it was her mom standing by us. Actually, a lot of her family was there to support her and it was really touching to see. Her mom had been getting down in the crowd! We even met her poetry teacher when he showed up afterwards. It was a really, really awesome experience. I used to meet a lot of artists in middle and high school with my nephew because bands thought it was funny that we were so young, but I have never met anybody as genuine and kind as Dutch and her family were.

Speaking of STL GLD, Moe Pope was there to support Dutch ReBelle. He’s pretty recognizable with his hats, even through a crowd. We got to chat with him and told him we picked up STL GLD on vinyl recently at Underground Hip Hop. I’ll be posting that sometime in the next week so be sure to look out for it! He and his wife were both incredibly nice too and their daughter is downright adorable.

We picked up some new shirts so now we each have a gray and black one. I bought my first CD in about eight years too. It’s been all vinyl since iPods came out but I had to do it! First off, if she signed my shirt, I’d need to frame it and second, I just want to support her. I mean, it’s so hard for any visual or musical artist to get a start and when that artist is as talent as Ms. ReBelle, than they definitely deserve that support. If you haven’t downloaded her album yet, do it and watch out for her to hit your town!

 

End of the Month Wrap Up: August 2014


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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.

DutchR

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!

STLGLD

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.

JDilla

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!

SheaRose

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.

Talib

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.

Pitchfork

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!