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Don’t Take My Mind On A Trip

Boy George Live in Concert 2014Such a great song by Boy George (although I heard it’s one of his least favorite collaborations).  Oh, did I mention my husband are going to see him in a sold out concert in Los Angeles on April 29 at The Belasco Theater?

IMG_1551 (2)I’ve included the video to Boy George’s latest single from his new album This Is What I Do called “My God”, and also “Don’t Take My Mind on a Trip”, just because I love it, even if he doesn’t (sorry Mr. George).

Record Store Day 2014


That’s right kids, it’s here again!  Record Store Day is on April 19, 2014 and they have got a wonderful selection of exclusives, including gems from R.E.M., The The, Death Cab For Cutie, and Husker Du.  The one release that has me the most excited is “An Ideal for Living” by Joy Division on 12″ vinyl.  For the full list of RSD releases, click the picture above.  To find a participating store in your area, click here.  Happy hunting!

Vinyl Junkie

This is my next t-shirt.  My name is Cyrillynn, and I am addicted to buying records.  Thank you.

I still buy records t-shirt

(Top image courtesy of BoyGeorgeUK.com. Images 3 & 4 courtesy of RecordStoreDay.com)

January Record a Day: Days 5 Through 12

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Here is another recap of the “record a day” photo project I’m participating in on Instagram.  Have I mentioned just how much I’m loving this?!

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Collage 1 (top photo, clockwise from the top left):  1) Day 5: Compilation/soundtrack – I bought “The Exposed 2” compilation because of The Hitmen & OMD. The Hitmen was a group Alan Wilder was once in; 2) Day 6: Picture Disc – “Fantastic Day” by Haircut 100.  This is from my sister’s collection (which is at my house); 3) Day 7: Any 7 inch – Oblivious by Aztec Camera, one of my faves;  4) Day 8: An album from the 80’s – “Mange Tout” by Blancmange from 1984.

Collage 2:  Day 9: Transparent colored record -“Closer” by Joy Division, purchased from Third Eye Record Shop during Record Store Day last year (post here).

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Day 10: Any 10 inch – “Backwards and Forwards” by Aztec Camera. I thought I lost this!

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Day 11: Collection of an artist – My largest vinyl collection is by far that of Depeche Mode. These are just the singles (not yet pictured are my 12 inch records, albums and special editions).

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Day 12: Artist that starts with J – Japan. “Gentlemen Take Polaroids” is my favorite song by them.

The Children of 80’s Teenagers

Bubba and Mama in Joy Division

Growing up in the 80’s, it would be fitting that my sister and I should have our children dress accordingly.  Or, at the very least, wear shirts of our favorite groups from the 80’s.  As if on cue, Dominic decided the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were among his favorite superheroes (just like daddy) and he likes The Best of The Human League (he can find the album on my iPod without assistance).  Dominic can sing nearly all the words to the Royskopp version of “Puppets” and if you ask him, he can tell you mama’s favorite group is Depeche Mode, all of which tickles the soul of my inner 80’s teen.  Who knows, maybe Mei-Lin will like Jem and the Holograms?  I think she’ll stick to Hello Kitty for now.

Dominic Run DMC Collage

Oh yeah, it’s tricky!

Mei in Beastie Boys Collage

Mei-Lin was totally 80’s back when she was three, with leg-warmers AND side ponytail!

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Dominic in the same shirt.  Can I call it “vintage” rather than “hand-me-down”?

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A little Flash Dance, Mei-Lin’s outfit was courtesy of yours truly (she added the Hello Kitty).  I think I wore the exact same thing in the 80’s!

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Of course Dominic has a Depeche Mode shirt. Was there any doubt?

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I found that John Cusack shirt at Hot Topic a several years ago, intending to turn it into a pillow.  I’m glad I saved it so that Mei-Lin could rock it!

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Weekend in Pictures: Record Store Day Finds

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As I mentioned in last Friday’s post, Saturday was Record Store Day.  In celebration of the day, CC (of the blog Pink Candles at Ridgemont High) and I went on our “Record Store Crawl”.  We combined indie record store shopping with good eats inbetween and had a fab time doing it!  I’ll start off with our finds, and part two will be about our food adventures.  Just as a teaser, below is a picture of how we started our morning: coffee and donuts from San Diego’s Donut Bar in Downtown, along with publications and maps of how we would plan out our day of record store hopping.  Also pictured are my 45 RPM adapter earrings (original post here) and my wallet from PopKiller.  I wore the earrings with my Sub Pop t-shirt.  Coincidentally, CC wore her 45 RPM adapter necklace (her post showcasing her necklace here), and we both received compliments throughout the day on our accessory choices.  Part of the reason that this trip was fun was because CC and I both discovered that we used to frequent the now defunct Blue Meanie Records back in the 80’s, which was one of the few places one could get imported records, magazines, pins and memorabilia because the owner used to travel to Europe on a regular basis.  I’m sure we were in Blue Meanie at the same time at some point in our teen years.

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Because we started our day off so early (7:30am to line up for Donut Bar), our first stop was the San Diego Record Show at The Center.  The doors opened at 9am and we paid a $5 admission to get in.  The San Diego Record Show is a collection of independent vendors (some are store owners) selling or swapping their musical merchandise under one roof.  Most of the items are vinyl 45s and LPs, but we found CDs, DVDs, shirts, pins and even video and cassette tapes.

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My first purchase was at the Record Show was from Akashic Records.  I had a wonderful and interesting discussion with David, the vendor and owner, which led to him recommending some reading material about blogging.  I ended up purchasing that Wire Train album pictured for only $4!

RSD 2013 Finds Collage 3My next purchase was five badges (pins to us Yanks) and that fantastic piece of vinyl: Joy Division’s second album, Closer from Gary (who owns Third Eye Record Shop).  The label says “1st US press on translucent brown vinyl”.  Now I have to find Unknown Pleasures.  CC found some pins to give to her daughter, and if I recall, she also bought a New Edition album for her nephew.

RSD 2013 Finds Collage 4We saw an old school cassette tape player, and I think we used to have that when I was in elementary.  I then bought those Joy Division DVDs from Steve, who is an independent vendor.

RSD 2013 Finds Collage 5My final purchase was from Mr. Skid Roper.  If you remember, he and Mojo Nixon used to make beautiful music together back in the 1980’s.  The vendor a couple of tables before Skid’s had a bunch of oldies, and I asked if they had anything by Timi Yuro (for my mum).  They said no, but when I came to Skid’s section, I found a 45 within about five minutes, and only for $1!

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Our second stop was Groovy Records, which was probably just a few blocks away (I’m directionally challenged, so it may have been more, but it only took us about 5 minutes to get there by car).  When we parked, I didn’t even see the building, but CC pointed out that it was in an odd intersection, so we decided to park on a different block and walk there.  Once inside, we hit the dollar bins, then I hit up the New Wave/Punk section (I have found that these genres often get lumped together).  I loved the juxtaposition of the Public Image Ltd and Cramps posters next to the Country & Western section.  My dollar find was Live and Let Dance by The Untouchables.  I have the 45 single to “What’s Gone Wrong” which is from the same album.  As we were making our purchases, a camera man from KUSI walked in to shoot some footage.  I completely forgot to watch the news that day to see what they had filmed.  Also, the very first image in this post is from a sticker on Groovy Records’ entrance door.

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Next, we attempted to go to M-Theory Music, but saw that the line went around the block.  Not willing to wait that long, we decided to head to Pacific Beach to Cow Records, because CC knew where we could grab some lunch and dessert within walking distance.  Have I mentioned how fantastically awesome it is to have a food blogger as a friend?  I’ll go into more detail about the food in my next post.  After lunch, we headed over to Thrift Trader, which I thought was just a thrift clothing store.  Inside, I saw they also had records, CDs and DVDs as well.  I didn’t look through the music as much as I looked through the clothing.  I found a couple of t-shirts and CC found a couple of shirts, so we pulled our finds together to make the $20 for four items.  It’s great that she loves a good vintage or thrift store find as much as I do!

RSD 2013 Finds Collage 7RSD 2013 Finds Collage 8We when walked next door to Cow Records, where I found many of the Record Store Day exclusives that were on the list on their official site (a few of them are pictured below).  I also found a bootleg Depeche Mode live album called Innocent and Vain (pictured above).  That title truly made me laugh.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted it, so I browsed through what they had in their Depeche Mode section, and found I had everything there except for the bootleg.  I decided against the bootleg album and instead looked around for the Sub Pop RSD compilation, which they didn’t have.  I ended up buying two Depeche Mode stickers for my car and I believe CC bought a DVD.

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Still wanting the Sub Pop compilation, I checked Lou’s Records Facebook page and they mentioned that they still had quite a few RSD exclusives, so I posted a comment asking if they had the Sub Pop compilation still available.  They responded that they did, which then prompted a phone call to their store.  I asked them if they could save me a copy and that I would be in the following day to pick it up.  By the time this posts, I should have a copy in hand.  Ah Lou’s Records, you never let me down!  The last couple of pictures are all my finds for the day.  Hope you had a great weekend!

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As Patterns Seem To Form

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I have developed a few clothing habits lately while I was on my work “hiatus”: t-shirts, jeans and fantastic shoes.  It’s a great combination that I know I can wear to any concert and still feel edgy while being comfortable.  But these Miista booties are truly the star with the gold capped toes and studded heels.  This will now have to be my weekend wear because I recently (and finally) am back as a part of the gainfully employed.  I am now a Customer Service Supervisor in billing for a laboratory in San Diego.  It was nice to be at home with my boy for the last four months, but it’s nicer to be a part of the work force again.  I will have to say, relaxing was definitely a hard habit to break!

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Outfit – XTaren sheer moto-style shirt and unknown brand studded clutch from M’s Clothing; Joy Division t-shirt by Hometown; Old Navy boyfriend jeans; Gabriela shoes by Miista; Hot Topic studded belt; Union Jack belt buckle was a gift from a friend; Honeybadger glasses from BonLook; Suki Bijoux rings

(The title of this post is from the song “Digital” by Joy Division)

Peter Hook Interview on SoundDiego (I'm on the Telly!)

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Check out this awesome little interview that aired this weekend!  SoundDiego is a popular local music blog in San Diego, and their show follows NBC’s Saturday Night Live.  My hubby and I just happened to be watching SNL and saw the commercial for the upcoming episode that featured a segment on the Peter Hook book signing which included an interview with SoundDiego’s Scott McDonald.  We are usually early sleepers, so I decided to DVR the show in case we fell asleep.  Click on the picture above to take you to the video for the segment that aired that night (or click here to bring up the interview on a different page).  My friend Rob and I can be seen in line inside M-Theory, our new friends Tony and Ian talking with Peter Hook, and finally you can also see my very own interaction with Hooky!

(Picture and video courtesy of NBC San Diego and SoundDiego)

Unknown Pleasures: Meeting Peter Hook of Joy Division & New Order

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This past Saturday, I attended a book signing at M-Theory Music and had the very great pleasure of meeting Peter Hook (nickname, Hooky), the bassist and co-founder of Joy Division, who reformed as New Order following the death of then lead singer, Ian Curtis.  Hooky officially left New Order back in 2007, but they have since reformed without him.  He currently performs with his band, Peter Hook & The Light, performing the New Order albums “Movement” and “Power Corruption and Lies” live.   He recently wrote a book called Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, chronicling his time with the legendary band.

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I saw New Order back in 1989, which was definitely during Peter Hook’s time in the group (my ticket is pictured above).  Although I was very familiar with their history, I only really became a fan of Joy Division when I was on maternity leave during one of many late nights, after watching Anton Corbijn’s movie “Control” (original post here).  When I read about Peter Hook’s book signing on M-Theory’s Facebook page, I invited as many of my friends as I could who are 80’s music enthusiasts, and ended up meeting my friend Rob there.  Back in 2010, Rob and his friend Todd met up with me and my sister at Alan Wilder’s signing (original post here).  In fact, a couple of people who were at Alan’s signing were also there at the Peter Hook signing and remembered me as the girl who won the dance contest.  To quote the great George Takei, “Oh Myyyyy!”

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It’s always fun to meet people who are in line because we all have the obvious common interest, but it’s also great to hear stories of their musical and life experiences.  The two gentleman in front of us were father and son, Tony and Ian (respectively).  Tony had wonderful stories of bands he’s seen, people he’s met and tales of when he worked at Licorice Pizza (record store chain that no longer exists), as did Rob!  The three of them together gave me a bit of the history of Peter Hook’s other musical endeavors.  Rob had vinyl 12 inch records and 45’s of not just Joy Division and New Order, but also of Revenge and Monaco, bands that Hooky recorded with previously.  Later via Facebook, Tony explained that Ian’s middle name is Curtis.  Finding out about that after the event and thinking of the experience makes Tony one of the coolest dad’s in my book.  Not only did he name his son after the lead singer of one of his favorite bands, but then took his son to meet one of the co-founders of that same band.  Best story of the day, hands down.

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Rob chatting with Steve West

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I officially was able introduce myself to Steve West, DJ extraordinaire of 91X, because Rob knows him personally.  I spoke to him in passing once at a OMD concert, so it was fun to meet and chat with him a bit.  I listened to him for years on 91X, and many of the bands that I still listen to today are due to Steve West.

Side note:  Check out the new bag I won on Mimi Boutique’s Facebook page!

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Ian and Tony with Hooky.  Knowing the back story now puts me at awe when I see this picture.

This event was very well-organized, and the line flowed much better through the store than the Alan Wilder signing (I think the dance contest set up may have made it a bit chaotic).  Hooky was incredibly friendly and sweet, chatting up each person or group of people and even cracked jokes.  The folks at M-Theory asked that we write our names on small sheets of paper so that Hooky could make sure to correctly personalize our books.  I said my name is Cy, like Cy Curnin (of The Fixx).  For whatever reason – maybe out of nervousness – I slid over the piece of paper with my name on it, he said, “Really?!” and playfully threw away the piece of paper behind him laughing.  We used my camera for Rob’s picture as well, and Hooky asked “Is he with you?  By the look on your face, you seem reluctant to say!”  I explained that Rob is my friend and it was ok to take the picture.  Rob then asked him “City or United?” and I am happy to report that Hooky is a Manchester United supporter. GO YOU REDS!

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We were allowed to have three items signed in total, so I had my book signed along with my Joy Division CD and a Joy Division collectors’ edition of NME that Rob picked up for the both of us.  Another wonderful signing and great day meeting Peter Hook at M-Theory Music!