Phil Manzanera

Happy birthday to singer / songwriter David Byron (of Uriah Heep) (1947)!

On 1/30 Happy birthday to Steve Marriott (of The Small Faces) (1947)!

On 1/31 Happy birthday to Johnny Rotten (of Sex Pistols) (1956); guitarist Phil Manzanera (of Roxy Music) (1951)!

I like the first Uriah Heep album, “Very ‘eavy Very ‘umble” on Vertigo. I like Small Faces “Ogden’s Nut Flake” just as much as the next record collector. Not a lot of use for John Lydon, “I’ll buy you a case of beer, but I won’t lift it”. Which brings us to Phil Manzanera – him, I’ve got a lot of time for.

 

His Expression Records CD’s aren’t particularly easy to find in the US – and some are inordinately expensive, like the Quiet Sun “Mainstream” that is packaged like a book or the 2CD version of “801 Live”.

 

Manzanera’s solo albums are all pretty good; lately he’s on the final Pink Floyd LP, “The Endless River”. Some of his latter day solo albums have Robert Wyatt performing. His “K-Scope” album is practically a Split Enz album, with some great Tim Finn vocals.

 

So, it’s kind of a no-brainer to follow someone who touches on all of these artists.

Central Coast of California

“Between The Buttons” by The Rolling Stones is released today in 1967.

I had a blast up in the Central Coast of California last week. Went to Salzer’s in Ventura, Boo Boo in San Luis Obispo – bought cool stuff – cheap!

BADFINGER – MAGIC CHRISTIAN MUSIC, APPLE UK LP + 12” ’91 re-issue

BEATLES, THE – LONG TALL SALLY, UNIVERSAL DE 7” EP W/PS ’14 re-issue

BLUR – 13, VIRGIN US CD

BOBS, THE – COVER THE SONGS OF, ROUNDER US CD acapella

BROWN, JAMES – 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS, POLYDOR US 5CD boxed set, 70’s material, mostly

CAN – COMPLETE PEEL SESSIONS, STRANGE FRUIT US 2LP collection

CAN – SOON OVER BABALUMA, SPOON DE LP re-issue

CASSIUS – 1999, VIRGIN EU CD electronica

CLEMPSON, CLEM – LOADED, KPM EU CD Colosseum guitarist

COMO, PERRY – COMO’S GOLDEN RECORDS, RCA US CD stereo

DANGERFIELD, RODNEY – I DON’T GET NO RESPECT, ARISTA US CD ’80

DITTY BOPS, THE – MOON OVER THE FREEWAY, WARNER US CD ’06

ENO, ROGER / PLUMBLINE – ENDLESS CITY / CONCRETE GARDEN, NAUTRAL UK 12” W/PS

FAMILY – SONG FOR ME, MADFISH UK LP re-issue, great friggin’ album!

FOWLEY, KIM – DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, KLIMT FR LP re-issue, in Sweden

GARNER, ERROLL – ESSENTIAL, COLUMBIA US CD collection

INCREDIBLE STRING BAND – LOST BROADCASTS, RADIO BREMEN DE DVD ’70

JONES, TOM – MOVE CLOSER, JIVE US CD ’89

KILGOUR, HAMISH – ALL OF IT AND NOTHING, BA DA BING US LP NZ artist

LANCASTER, JACK / ROBIN LUMLEY – MARSCAPE, RSO UK LP

LAST POETS, THE – BEATS RHYME + REVOLUTION, MUSIC CLUB UK CD collection

LOVE – s/t, MUSIC ON VINYL NL LP re-issue with “My Little Red Book”!

LOVIN’ SPOONFUL – ALLEY OOP, SUNDAZED US 7” W/PS re-issue

LOVIN’ SPOONFUL – GOLDEN HOUR, GOLDEN HOUR UK LP collection

PARIS, JACKIE – SONGS BY, EMARCY JPN CD mono

RECOIL – HYDROLOGY AND 1 + 2, MUTE US CD Depeche Mode guy

ROBINSON, SMOKEY / MIRACLES – SONGS THAT INSPIRED THE MOTOWN 25TH, MOTOWN US CD collection

SAVOY BROWN – STREET CORNER TALKING, DERAM US CD

STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK – WAKE UP…IT’S TOMORROW, SUNDAZED US LP re-issue of their 2nd album; I love the single “Tomorrow”!

TEMPTATIONS – IN A MELLOW MOOD, MOTOWN US CD ’67

ULLMAN, TRACEY – THEY DON’T KNOW, RAZOR & TIE UK 7” W/PS re-issue

V.A. – FACTORY RECORDS 12” MIXES AND RARITIES, STRUT UK 2LP with A Certain Ratio!

VAMPYRETTES, LES – s/t, GRONLAND DE 12” W/PS Holger Czukay & Conny Plank

VAN DYK, PAUL – GLOBAL, MUTE US CD + DVD 5.1 electronica

VOLLENWEIDER, ANDREAS – PACE VERDE, COLUMBIA US 12” W/PS

WYATT, ROBERT – DIFFERENT EVERY TIME, DOMINO EU CD promo-only

Kim Fowley

Happy Birthday to Nick Mason, formerly of Pink Floyd (1945). Also on this day, Capricorn Records files for bankruptcy in 1980.

Last week, Kim Fowley passed away at the age of 75. I’d been buying his LP’s since the 60’s! I first saw his name inside of “Freak Out!” by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention. Then he turned up again with Zappa on the debut 2LP set by Wild Man Fischer. Somehow, I managed to find his Imperial LP’s and enjoyed them greatly.

 

Somehow, I managed to talk to him on the phone once. Not sure who called who. He was super sharp – at least as sharp as I was. I told him I had been to New Zealand, too. I asked him about Wigwam and his time in Finland. Yes, Jim Pembroke does a decent impersonation of John Lennon. Mr. Fowley told me he was looking for the new Beatles / Abba. He said something like “I don’t know / can’t tell how old you are. I need a female vocalist that’s a Kate Smith / Mama Cass / Cyndi Lauper type.”

 

Anybody reading this at the Golden West Ballroom to see The Runaways? I was there, but inexperienced with drink, so I don’t remember much about the show – other than it was hot ‘n’ sweaty – and there were tons of girls. Imagine that – Kim Fowley in Norwalk, CA!

 

Did you see the Rodney Bingenheimer movie? “The Mayor of The Sunset Strip”? Easily the best part of that film was Kim Fowley’s postscript. No spoilers here – just watch it and believe. Mr. Bingenheimer was also on a great Kim Fowley LP on Imperial, “Good Clean Fun” – which that LP clearly wasn’t – “Ode To A Teenaged Girl”, I believe his track was. Next time I heard of Rodney was on Zappa’s G.T.O.’s LP, “Permanent Damage” in 1969.

 

The Fowley Capitol albums showed that people who owed Mr. Fowley favors definitely paid up. Insane stuff. Next blip on the Fowley radar was “The Dorian Gray Of Rock & Roll” on Sonet Records, out of England. Mondo Deco!

 

Fluffy Turkeys! There are so many great Kim Fowley LP’s out there. And now that he’s gone, hopefully a few more will get re-released. And – oh my goodness – his autobiography (Part 1) “Lord of Garbage” is simply one of the best books ever written on the topic of popular music, from a Kim Fowley perspective. Buy it today. And hope that parts 2 & 3 of his autobiography get issued while we’re all still alive!

 

To say that Kim Fowley will be missed is a total understatement. There are no more Kim Fowleys waiting in the no-music-business world. He was a one-of-a-kind. My world is a sadder place without Kim Fowley.

 

Are his LP’s any good? Beats me. I’ve bought a ton of ‘em and can see the value in everything I have ever bought with his name on it. Listen and believe. No more Kim Fowley in our world. He’s gone to a better place now. His example shines on!

Environments

Happy birthday to guitarist / songwriter Eddie Van Halen (1957), and Corky Laing (of Mountain, 1948)!

Environments

There are 11 LP’s in the “Environments” series, all recorded by Irving Tiebel – initially released via Atlantic Records, and eventually by Syntonic Research Records. Mr. Tiebel passed away in 2010. There are CD’s of the first 3 Enviromnents LP’s, but you’ll have to settle for LP’s for the rest.

 

Volume 1 – The Psychologically Ultimate Seashore / Optimum Aviary

Recorded in 1969. Interesting choice, an aviary at a zoo.

 

Volume 2 – Tintinnabulation (Contemplative Sound) / Dawn At New Hope, PA

Also recorded in 1969. “Tintinnabulation” is a “computer synthesized” environment, interesting for 1969 / 1970.

 

Volume 3 – Be-In (A Psychoacoustic Experience) / Dusk At New Hope, PA

More 1969, for you! The Easter 1969 “Be-In” in NYC won’t cross our path again, but the 1970 recording of New Hope, PA still doesn’t rock.

 

Volume 4 – Ultimate Thunderstorm / Gentle Rain In A Pine Forest (Synthetic Silence)

1974 recordings; this LP lists some Environments that were never released: Children At Play / Cocktail Party (Vol. 9) & Spanish Train / Cable Car (Vol. 10), and also listed are Syntonic Research LP’s I have never seen : The Erickson Tapes (SD 66100) and The Altered Nixon Speech (SRI 7004).

 

Volume 5 – Ultimate Heartbeat / Wind In The Trees

These LP’s stress that they are playable at either 33 1/3 or 45 rpm! “Unlike Any Other LP Ever Released!” – Playboy Magazine.

 

Volume 6 – Dawn / Dusk – In The Okefenokee Swamp

1974 Swamp lovers unite! “The Magic Of Psychoacoustic Sound”!

 

Volume 7 – Intonation / Summer Cornfield

1976 recording.   “Can actually Help You Meditate…Even If You’ve Never Meditated Before!” “Om” Yep, chanting! Hundreds of voices…this one used to be my favorite!

 

Volume 8 – Wood-Masted Sailboat / A Country Stream

1974 recording. Sailboat; Country Stream – OK! “Terrific On A Waterbed!” NY Times sticker on the cover (too lengthy to quote).

 

Volume 9 – Pacific Ocean / Caribbean Lagoon

1978 recording, 1979 release. “Greatly improves concentration and reading speed!”

 

Volume 10 – English Meadow / Night in the Country

1978 recording, 1979 release. “Now You Can Go Camping In Your Living Room!” “Turn You Hi-Fi Into a Psychoacoustic Device!” Apparently recorded in Sussex, England.

 

Volume 11 – Alpine Blizzard / Country Thunderstorm

1978 recording, 1979 release. “The Magic Of Psychoacoustic Sound” again.

 

So, was this stuff legit? A lot of it was, apparently. Mr. Tiebel went and recorded this stuff on an Uher portable tape recorder. They faked-up some of it by processing the psychoacoustic sound with a computer! (In the early 70’s, no less).

 

A few years ago, I tried to find out what happened to Syntonic Research Records without much luck. They didn’t have a website and all I really knew was that there were 11 LP’s released by them. 3 of them – the first three – all made it to CD via Atlantic Records.

Step Right Up

Happy Birthday to Sam Cooke (1931) and Steve Perry (Journey member) (1953). On 1/23 Happy Birthday to Robin Zander (of Cheap Trick, 1953). On 1/24 Happy Birthday to Doug Kershaw (1936), give that man a crawfish! Also on 1/24 Happy Birthday to Ray Stevens (1941) and Warren Zevon (1947) – I really enjoy “Ahab The Arab” by Ray Stevens, even if it is politically incorrect these days.

 

I have 3 x Sam Cooke SA-CD’s. Journey I can only throw as far as their first two albums. Cheap Trick were at their sell-by date by Budokan. Warren Zevon was better before he was Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner – or thereabouts (“Wanted Dead Or Alive” is still my fav). I got a lot of time for Doug Kershaw. Bonus points: Doug & Rusty Kershaw! On Hickory! Doug’s LP’s on Warner Brothers are all fairly decent affairs for low dollar. Diggy Diggy Lo, indeed! Those Hickory sides with Doug & Rusty are fairly scarce ‘round here. I think I’ve only got 1 x Hickory 45! But I’ve got a fair few Hickory LP’s, including the massive 2LP set, and a few CD’s.

 

Beat the livin’ crap outta me to find stereo Mercury LP’s for Ray Stevens. I’ve got the first two IN STEREO. That’s right, “Ahab The Arab” in STEREO. Sometimes this shit just writes itself. Varese put out a CD of his Monument debut LP, that was OK too. I will fess up to owning a smattering of many of his latter day works, as they crossed my path. But back when people weren’t afraid to say “Arab” on the AM radio, “Ahab The Arab” reminded people that things weren’t merely “Monster Mash” 24/7. And the friggin’ song is in true stereo!

 

Hey, Rhino Handmade arschlochs! How ‘bout a Doug Kershaw boxed set? All of his Warner Brothers LP’s? Who owns Hickory today? Who do we license it from? Get ‘em all in there – I want a damned Doug & Rusty CD boxed set! “Cajun Louisiana Bayou” is what you should call it, as one (or both / all) of those words seem to be in all of the LP titles those boys ever released. And Doug’s still kickin’! Why the flip doesn’t he play the Coach House or Whizin’s? I’d go!

 

Can you stand it? I am more or less done with my unsorted LP cartons. Only a few things haven’t shown up yet (some Beatles’ LP’s). But the mighty walls will reveal everything. There’s actually 3 walls of sorted LP’s I still have to do – a lot of square footage, not likely to finish doing ‘em for a while now.

 

I am enjoying my life, now that I’m not with Ms. Sourpuss anymore. Read: I don’t make women wait anymore. Step right up. I gotta carton of LP’s I wanna show ya. That’s right. Step right up. They won’t make you sneeze. They’re not dirty – I cleaned ‘em! I also put ‘em in order. Step right up. Used phonograph records. Have the great musicians of the world – dead or alive – serenade you & your loved ones, in the privacy of your own home. Crank up the Victrola, and excite yourself to the strains of The Strawberry Alarm Clock, Iron Butterfly, The Music Machine and unbelievable British progressive rock! Get the fella’s list! Step right up.

Wayne Cochran / Dick Jensen

Happy birthday to R&B singer Edwin Starr (1942, “War!”) and Richie Havens (1941). Got nothing for ya on either of those guys, “War!” being alpha-omega for Mr. Starr. What was up with Richie Havens? No teeth? The Woodstock NY hippies didn’t seem to mind him at Woodstock. Universal got a “Millennium Collection” CD on him. Tom Wilson involvement? On Verve / Verve Forecast?

 

I could probably fill another 5 lines about what I know / don’t know about Richie Havens, but instead, I’ll tell you about another US phenomena I know a little something about.

 

Wayne Cochran knew Otis Redding; they were from the same place. Mr. Cochran also performed for Jackie Gleason at some length, so read into that what you will. But, among the white boys, Wayne Cochran & The C.C. Riders were one hot ‘cracker’ band!

 

Last year, Ace Records in England released a 2CD set on WC / C.C. Riders (“Goin’ Back To Miami – The Soul Sides 1965 – 1970”), and the handtowels go to Ace for giving us an entire disc of their 1969-1970 live show performed in a studio somewhere…off. That’s right, over an hour of white soul brother #1, telling it like it was.

 

If you don’t live in an enlightened area, I’m sure Amazon has it.

 

Dick Jensen “White Hot Soul” (Probe Records) seems to me to be a Cochran-wannabe. He certainly seems to have all the southern jargon down, on his sole / soul LP. I read his Hawaiian obit recently, so Pastor Wayne’s one up on ‘im. Wonder how he signed to Probe Records, a record label with an unusual A&R policy: “Go out and sign all this totally unknown un-hip stuff and while you’re at it, license Van Der Graaf Generator from those English guys at the Midem Convention”.

 

Did The Rolling Stones “Miss You” cop Latimore’s riff (“Redneck In A Soul Band”)? Some say Yes.

 

For some reason, I feel strongly compelled to speak about Leon Russell at this point. Although never signed to Capricorn, Russell sure contributed to the white boys doing the shuffle stack. “Out In The Woods”! “Carney”! The Joe Cocker book I read seems to think Leon and Joe didn’t get on all that well. But I guess the check cleared!

 

So, thank your lucky stars that there will likely always be white boys who want to do the soul thing. I mean, what’s up with that ginger geezer in England who does all that stuff? Simply Red? I thought guys like that were only ever in bands like Ph.Dknockin’ on power ballads, like they were…Australian. Angry Anderson fans unite!

 

Sorry, if I getting a bit silly here. It’s my damned website, I can write about whatever I want. Just chill out and watch some “Rage”, still the best TV show in the universe, each January.

Blizzard Of Ozz

Happy birthday to singer / songwriter Eric Stewart (of 10cc) (1945) and Paul Stanley (of Kiss) (1952)! On this date in 1982, Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off of a bat in Des Moines, IA – and cancels his tour and has rabies treatments.

 

Never particularly interested in Ozzy & his bat adventures. I had a bat adventure in Singapore, myself! But as is was with my “ex’, I won’t go into that here.

 

I quit having much interest in Black Sabbath after “Master Of Reality”. Never bought “Volume 4” at the time, maybe I heard it on the FM radio – they were becoming somebody else’s ‘problem’ band. I re-awakened to the charm of the Sabs at the end of Ozzy’s run: “Never Say Die” is a great album, by Black Sabbath (or any other group of similar inclination). I got into that one!

 

So, when Ozzy bailed, and starting fronting a new outfit, I took an interest. I do believe I saw The Blizzard of Ozz on a stage, here in Long Beach. The red herring of The Blizzard of Ozz was that they had a hack of a guitar player, the immor(t)al Randy Rhodes; aw, man! How can you say anything bad about Randy – he was awesome! Well, he was a pipsqueak from Quiet Riot! There’s simply no other way to put it. Let’s just say I didn’t go to the Blizzard of Ozz show to see the guitarist – I went to see Ozzy!

 

First album, pretty good. 2nd album (“Diary of a Madman”) was a little bit better – the 3rd Ozzy album, “Bark At The Moon”, was really good. Really liked that one. In short, it rocked. (Like the way I just spit out the 70’s rock journalist jargon?).

 

“Bark At The Moon” wasn’t / isn’t Ozzy’s ticket to the Hall of Fame; I can’t name it’s follow-up, even. It all was a wash of blood, bats etc. after that. And Ozzy whizzing on the Alamo (or thereabouts).

 

I understand he had a TV show that was popular. Does that make his records good? There’s probably Ozzy dolls, too. My late sister would’ve loved that, that there was an Ozzy doll. No interest in what Ozzy ever did for an American cable company, sorry.

 

I do spend some cash on audiophile Black Sabbath releases, if you’re reading this – copyright holder. The 2CD + DVD “Paranoid” was a snappy, and I’d like a 5.1 treatment for “Master of Reality”, if you’re taking requests. It’s really all about the first album and how friggin’ loud they were. C’mon, you’ve mixed shit to 5.1 from 8 tracks before!

 

Yes, they were on Vertigo – many of their great albums were on Vertigo, too. Liked the “Master Of Reality” timing strip with the alternate titles. I once saw an LP cover of “Paranoid” that said “War Pigs”, but it was a mock up, and I doubt it was a production reality. Yep, they were a hot band, once upon a time. These days, I really enjoyed Tony Iommi’s book, “Iron Man” – a really decent read. Ozzy hasn’t written a book, has he? Other than a cookbook!

Janis Joplin

Happy Birthday Janis Joplin (1943) and Robert Palmer (1949) and Dolly Parton (1946)!

I had quite an interest in Janis Joplin, once upon a time. As I was but a youngster when she shuffled off, I knew very little about women, in general. I probably still know very little about women, but I do know it’s better to get one that likes you, as opposed to the alternative.

 

Big Brother & The Holding Company were everything a good, psychedelic band should be: loud, louder, loudest. My 5.1 “Cheap Thrills” doesn’t lie! My Criterion “Monterey Pop” tells me the truth, too. They really were a decent band. Janis was very much “of her time”, I think. Sorta makes sense that she checked out when she did, eh?

 

There isn’t much Big Brother & The Holding Company (with Janis) that we can re-examine, is there? You have the wonderful (short) debut album and “Cheap Thrills” (which doesn’t break any records for length). Barely an hour – if even that! Throw in “Monterey Pop”, and you have about as much Big Brother / Janis as is extant.

 

Please don’t underestimate this hippie phenomena! There weren’t exactly a boatload of Hippie-endorsed female, er, positive role models (apart from some of the dry-as-a-bone feminists)….hey, wait a minute! This is not a gender-specific website! Men and women are both welcome here. Hippies are welcome here and lawyers are welcome here (are lawyers the opposite of hippies?).

 

As a not-yet-awake young person, I liked Janis Joplin very much! Didn’t ever have the opportunity to see her play live on a stage – I was either too young or she was already checked out. Culturally, she was part of my image of what passed for “hippie music”, which interested me greatly – in 1969 / 1970. What else was there? It wasn’t time for progressive rock yet!

 

So, I got the book about 1970 by David Browne (“Fire and Rain”) – and it wasn’t inaccurate, per se. He nailed a bunch of stuff, including all the break-ups, deaths etc.

 

I read quite a few books about Janis Joplin, once upon a time. So, she likes chicks! Chicks weren’t going to beat you up, like a dude might’ve. Oh, Janis was all clogged up with heroin etc. Paul Rothchild produced “Pearl”, he must’ve been OK with all the drugs – don’t know, he ain’t here anymore either!

 

“Pearl” is a damn sight easier to listen to than “Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again”, isn’t it? At least “Pearl” IS produced by somebody! “Kozmic Blues” was just exactly that: it got the blues. Didn’t sound like anybody was having any ‘fun’ making that LP – and who was this band of people who aren’t Big Brother & The Holding Company?

 

Goodbye Janis. Really dug “Cheap Thrills” and all the hippie stuff.

Joe Ramsey

I must not have looked anything up, ‘cause all this week – nothing in the books. I bet there is, but I wasn’t wanting to unnecessarily repeat the stuff I looked up previously.

Good Thursday to all. Sleeping OK? I can’t stay asleep long enough. All those years of working for the school district leaves my mental clock set at 5:00am wake up. Drat!

As you may have read, Resistor Records owner Joe Ramsey passed away at the end of last year. He had a stroke, and was not expected to recuperate. I knew Joe from the 70’s, when we worked together at Superior Music in Glendale, CA. You may know him from his years thinking up and promoting Dread Zeppelin. He’s also known as Jah Paul Jo, the prince of peace & love. He was always the nicest guy towards me. As you may recall, we had The Decayes “Aquarium” release party at his store! Everybody else said “What?” and Joe Ramsey said, “Name the date / time”.

Shameless plug: There was a new Decayes LP / CD in 2014, “Aquarium” – I have plenty of both to sell. The CD is $20 postpaid anywhere in the contiguous U.S., $25 elsewhere. The LP (which is in the correct sequence) is $30 postpaid anywhere in the U.S., 300 copies hand-numbered, $45 postpaid outside of the U.S. So buy ‘em up before they’re all gone.

Columbia / Capitol

Day #3 of the ‘info’ shortage. Or did I never look anything up yet?

You must forgive me, but I need to go on vacation again. Time to get out and see how California is doing – check on the health of it’s record stores, and restaurants.

 

I remember driving past Columbia Records, when they used to have a plant in Santa Maria, CA – it’s not a ‘sharp’ place to visit – but I like the tri-tip! Hard to believe there used to be one of the west’s largest pressing plants there. For certain, it’s ALL GONE – probably a Wal-Mart in it’s place. It has occurred to me that I should take out an advertisement in the local newspaper, asking for former employees of Columbia who took stuff home – do they want to talk to me about it? Or sell it to me?

 

Capitol Records used to have a big pressing plant on the road to Glendale, CA. I saw inside of there when I worked for Licorice Pizza. To this day, I see sealed Capitol goodies turn up at Rockaway. There must be buckets of stuff in hiding, waiting for the owner to croak – so that the family can not give a tinker’s cuss and sell it all to Rockaway (or other place) – and I can be enjoy!

 

During my recent visit to Portland, OR I pondered why Portland seems to have a million records for sale, while Seattle has almost nothing. Everyday Music has stores in Washington, so it’s possible there’s more than meets the eye up there.

 

When I went to Phoenix, AZ with Joe Castle a few years ago, the Zia Records chain seemed all-powerful, particularly the one by the university. There were still indie stores in Phoenix, but some may be gone now. Never did get to have pizza at Casa Bianca, that place near downtown that supposed to have such good pizza, in Phoenix.

 

I go to San Diego for a variety of reasons, but I confess that I really like the swap meet that I’ve been to several times! In addition to Mexican dealers showing up – Blue Meannie used to operate out of El Cajon, and I could swear I’ve bought stuff that ONLY Blue Meannie would’ve had to sell. And, there’s Folk Arts Records in Normal Heights, Lou’s in Encinitas – and a few more I need to check out.

 

Claremont swap meet is coming right up, on Sunday February 8th, 2015. C’mon out to California and see how it’s done right! You can hit Rhino Claremont, after having lunch at Walter’s.

 

If you want to go North, there’s CD Trader in Tarzana, Salzer’s & Grady’s in Ventura, Warbler in Santa Barbara, and if you get all the way up to S.L.O., there’s Boo Boo & Cheap Thrills (which has to be the largest inventory in that fine city). And decent stuff to eat & drink there, too! I just wish the hotels were cheaper there. I’d go all the time, if I could find a hotel room for under $90 in S.L.O.!