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.

Fourth of July fireworks 2015

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.

Roomie selfies on Revere beach 7/4/15

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!

Mr. Richard screen fun

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.

STL GLD Hip Hop Fest 2015

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.

Akrobatik Hip Hop Fest 2015

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.

Reks Hip Hop Fest 2015

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.

OTEBoston 2015 Rappel

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!

OTEBoston 2015

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.

OTEBoston Collage 2015

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.

Air Traffic Controller OTB2015

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.

Shea Rose OTB2015

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!

End Of The Month Wrap Up: May 2015

I said I wanted to make May a more musical month and I did for sure. However, my mix of wanting to see love music, the Special Olympics fundraiser and just a tad bit of laziness didn’t make for an excellent cataloging and blog month. I do apologize for leaving you, my faithful followers hanging!!

Ea$y Money Preview Party

Like I said, it was a more musical month with mine and the roomie’s first trip out to Ea$y Money’s listening party for his new music. We found out about it because Mr. Richard is now interning for Killer Boombox. He’s starting up this week I believe so we’ll have some more events on the horizon and I’m really excited for him.


The party was at AWOL, a sneaker and clothing store in Alston. It made for an intimate feel and Seduce vodka was there serving up some adult beverages. Pretty much everyone from the Boston rap and hip hop scene was there, Dutch ReBelle, members of STL GLD, etc. There happens to be a show coming up at the Middle East with all of them in a few months so if you’re in the area, be sure to look it up.

Ea$y Money at Preview Party

At times, it was a bit hard to hear the music, with everyone chatting but I do strongly recommend you head over to iTunes and download Ea$y Money’s new album ASAP. The samples used are dope, there were a few instances with the crowd singing along and his flow is damn on point too.

Piff Unit in Lawrence MA

That was the beginning of the month and we kept it pretty low key until last weekend. We ventured up to Lawrence. LawTown as they call it, LawlessTown as the roommate calls it. We went up because Dutch was going to be there, so as much as we did enjoy finding some new acts like Piff Unit, I was bummed she only performed Yen. Aside from Piff Unit (above), we also got some songs by Ea$y Money and Terminology.

Lumidee in Lawrence MA

Closing out the show was Lumidee. Since Lawrence does have that reputation, lights went up and security was quick to rush us out.  And by quick, I mean, I’m glad I didn’t need to us the rest room or anything because I’m sure they would have watched. We were rushed to waiting police, rushing everyone to their cars. It was a little intense.

When it was over with, it was still a great show. Dutch can always perform, even switching out mics mid song without missing a beat. Check out my Instagram for that!

June is the month of Boone – Pat Boone! I have pretty much scheduled those out so here’s hoping there’s no hiccups! I’m also planning on getting back to work on the blog. As much as I want to get back on it right away tonight, it’s getting late and I have a Special Olympian visiting my office tomorrow that I need to prepare for.

Raffles in the office every week, bake sales every two weeks and a bar night coming up! I’ve hit my initial goal for the fundraiser, but I’m hoping to have my whole team of 22 hit $30,000 for the Special Olympics. We have just under 50 days until the rappel down the Hyatt in Boston and are at almost at $18,000 so I think it’s very possible!

You can check out my fundraising page HERE (it’d be f*cking awesome if you donated) and follow along on the My Dad’s Albums Facebook page for a more personal look at my adventure from start to rappel day!

Over the Edge 2014 Collage

Mr. Richard Reviews: Boston Music Awards 2014

Wow, what a fun night we had! Firstly, the venue at the Revere Hotel Boston Common was perfect. It is gorgeous, the staff was super friendly, and the stage area separations were ideal for this kind of event (not to Yelp too much). Secondly, Frank’s daughter, my best friend and sugar roommate, looked amazing as did most of the crowd and she not only tolerated but moderated my mania. And thirdly, because of its size and setup, the performances were beyond intimate for a well-respected award show.

I had so much fun dancing, that I actually produced feet sweat, which is hard for someone with a handicapped walk. Strategically, we mostly stayed in the Space 57 Stage, as Dutch Rebelle was performing there before STL GLD was set to play. It worked out as we both enjoyed Creaturos, Sidewalk Driver, and Goddamn Draculas whom performed before the goddess. The stage had plenty of couches, tables and chairs, bars, and two levels around it. Although the acoustics could have been affected by the concrete floor and walls, the amount of fans buffered it well enough that there were few hiccups.

As always Ms. Rebelle put on an amazing performance, dressed to the nine, before being awarded hip-hop artist of the year. We were so close she was basically walking around us and that’s rare for a live show. Sidewalk Driver certainly took advantage of this opportunity by changing wardrobe for every song and singing in the middle of the crowd. This was as memorable a Dutch experience as when we went to the initial nomination show, in the rain, at Lawn On D. It’s so nice that Ms. Rebelle and her family recognize us now and don’t mind when we swing by and mingle for a few minutes. Her family support system is so incredibly charming that it makes me envious. Her mother loves that I know a little Haitian Creole and speak French, because she always hugs me now and asks about us.

STL GLD turned it up for this appearance for sure. We moved over to Theatre 1 Stage after Dutch Rebelle to catch the end of Johnny A, who definitely deserved his Hall of Fame recognition, before STL GLD went on. Again, we got a front row couch seat, with tables, and it was a nice break before Moe Pope and The Arcitype wowed us with sound. We were glad that Moe addressed the situations with race and the police across the country. We were also pleased that The Arcitype, as always, switched up some of his samples for their songs. For example, we got a Peter, Bjorn, and John as well as a Johnny Cash clip for sure! He is an amazing producer and has great chemistry with Moe Pope and Christopher Talken on stage. Of course, Talken was quite drunk after taking advantage of free drinks for performers and they went on late. He’s always able to perform though, like during Dutch Rebelle’s ‘Rebelle Diaries’ release party.

I would just like to thank my roommate for being such a great person in general. I’m not the only one whom she cares deeply for without judgment. She truly made my night and weekend and we plan on returning next year undoubtedly! Without her in my life, none of this would be possible. She is my goddess and a rare gem of a friend.

– Mr. Richard


In the simplest description from their Facebook page, Moe Pope and The Arcitype have teamed up to become STL GLD, the most exciting up and coming Emcee/Producer duo hailing from Boston, Ma. Both have been in the game for a considerable time and in my opinion, their teaming is one of the greatest things to happen to the Boston music scene.

We first caught them live at the Urban Music Fest and then again at Dutch ReBelle’s albums release. The album is definitely different from their stage shows which is really cool. I really appreciate not feeling like I spent money to see a group when it’s just like I could have put on an album. The live performances are a bit more hardcore while the album is on the laid back side. The album features a ton of other artists, one of which the roommate and I have seen together, Reks. Based on this album, we’ll probably be checking out the rest!


The album itself came with the digital download which is perfect since I’ll want it on my phone for the way to work. The album art is also pretty damn awesome. Instead of a plain insert, they used the above image and the album itself is white.




Side One

Sunrise feat. Tea Leigh
Zombies feat. Ruste Juxx & Reks
Bastard feat. Jake Mehrmann & Chris Klaxton (of Tan Vampires)
Kill ‘Em All feat. Tea Leigh
Sid Vicious
Rock Me Pt. III feat. Fran-P & Anonymous

Side Two

Conquest / Go-Ho feat. Dua Boakye (of Bad Rabbits)
Evryday feat. Chris Klaxton
PNY BOY The Hustler
Farewell feat. Jake Mehrmann (of Tan Vampires)

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.


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!


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: September 2014

September was a crazy month for music! A three day music festival, a concert, multiple trips to the record stores and oh so many posts!

First up, Boston Calling. It was so epic and I couldn’t wait so I posted about it at the beginning of the month. You can check out the post HERE to check out some pictures and how the Boston Calling three day experience was. Of course, there’s lots of videos of the acts like Lorde, Sky Ferreira, Nas, The Roots and more on Instagram and Facebook.

To close up the month, the roomie and I hit up Dutch ReBelle’s album release party. We’re both pretty obsessed with her after the Boston Urban Music Fest and it was great seeing some of the same acts from the festival last month and new local talent.


Opening for Dutch was Big J, Nyce Franklin, STL GLD and Reks (in order from left to right, top to bottom in the picture above). We had seen STL GLD before but all of the other acts were new to us. Out of the new acts, I was probably into Big J the most. Toss up for second between Nyce Franklin and Reks. Ea$y Money was also there! On one of his trips to Underground Hip Hip in Boston, the roommate found STL GLD on vinyl so we’ll be picking that up for the collection! It features Dutch too so that will hold me over until she hopefully presses.


Dutch ReBelle killed it as expected. I mean, she SLAYED that stage. If she doesn’t blow up bigger than some of those silicon booty rappers in wigs, I will be pretty appalled with the music scene. Dutch’s flow, her lyrical content, her personality all equal up to one amazing performer. You can check out even more pictures of the show HERE. If you haven’t downloaded her album, do it. Do it NOW! If you don’t, you’ll be missing out on the next big thing! We’re planning on seeing her again on Saturday at the Lawn on D in Boston. It’s a free concert! If you’re not in Massachusetts, she’ll be coming to your town soon. She just announced a show in Atlanta!

On top of the shows, we managed to purchase some serious amounts of vinyl this month. So much vinyl!! The roomie and I hit up Garnick’s twice for a reggae bonanza. They had received a ton of albums in from a college radio station. I did post about the first trip which you can see HERE, but not the second trip. The second trip was more to pick up what we left behind and we didn’t spend too much time there. We still have a pile of about 30 to pick up!! Oh, and they’re expected to get about 1000 more albums from the same radio station by the time we get in there!

I didn’t get to tag along, but my roommate made some trips into the city and while I was a work, he hit up some record stores for me. He scored some goodies at Armageddon Records (like a Lorde single!) and Underground Hip Hip (Glue – look for the post next month!). He didn’t manage to take any pictures for me to show you what the stores are like, but I’ll be tagging along next time!

In exciting blog news, I hit a major milestone! I’ve entered 1000 albums. A Stevie Wonder post took the coveted post spot (you can check it out HERE). I’m pretty proud to have come this far. There were some months I had basically given up but a little over two laters later, here I am! Still going!

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!