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Last Christmas: Farewell George Michael

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I absolutely cannot believe it.  I have to say goodbye to yet another favorite artist in 2016: George Michael passed away on Christmas Day.  I truly thought we could escape another passing in 2016, but alas, it was not to be.  I was looking at pictures of the record collections of some people who I follow on Instagram, when one of them mentioned that he was sad that George Michael had passed away.  In disbelief, I exclaimed what I just heard to my husband and rushed to the computer.  Instantly, my fears were realized and George Michael was gone.  At that time, information was scarce, but it soon came to light that he passed in his sleep due to heart failure.

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I came to know about George Michael when he was in what I first heard about Wham! UK.  I remember going to The Warehouse at Plaza Bonita (a former chain record store), asking for the newest Wham! UK song.  The person behind the counter answered, “We don’t have Wham! UK, but we have Wham!  Is that the same?”  He handed me the seven-inch single, which was Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (pictured above).  I was 14 at the time, so I just smiled and paid for the single.  My mom bought me and my sister the Make It Big album, and soon Wham! was everywhere.  I never saw Wham! in concert because I don’t recall them ever touring in San Diego.  I also don’t recall the exact moment when I heard that Wham! dissolved, but I did purchase their last musical effort in the US called Music From the Edge of Heaven.  I’m Your Man is one of my all-time favorite songs, and the album itself is quite wonderful.  I still listen to it to this day over both Fantastic or Make It Big.  In my senior year in high school, I distinctly remember missing out on seeing George Michael live because the concert sold out very quickly.  One of my classmates said that he had concert tickets and went to retrieve them from his jean jacket pocket, only to see that his mom washed his jacket and with that, his tickets.  I’m happy to report, that has never happened to me.

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I finally saw George Michael in 2008 with my sister, Rholnna, and best friend, Janice.  It was a fun night filled with hits from his days in Wham! to his own amazing music.  I remember thinking, “I just want to hear I’m Your Man, Father Figure, Hard Day, A Different Corner and Careless Whisper and my life will be complete…”  My wish was granted and I got to hear all those songs live, including so much more.  Prior to the show, a band of friends dressed in 80’s gear roamed around the arena and asked random people to “Pose With George”.  Silly me obliged and here is my only picture with George Michael from his concert (and the set list below).

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It was also memorable because not only because of Mr. Michael himself, but because it was a day after the announcement of same-sex marriage being legal in the state of California.  During the show, he said something to the effect of “I heard a lot of you ladies were able to get married yesterday!”  My mind instantly traveled back in time, and I recalled my friends and I having discussions about George’s sexual preference due to the Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go video because although we all had his pictures up on our walls, there was always a question about his sexuality  in the back of our minds.  It got even more confusing when the I Want Your Sex video came out, hearing that he was dating the girl who was staring in the video with him (Kathy Jeung).  No matter what the circumstances are or what swirls around the gossip columns, I always want my idols to be happy because in the end, they will continue to do what they love, which means I get to enjoy a wealth of their artistry.  I mean, David Bowie released an album right before his untimely death at the beginning of this year.  I worry about my idols and I think that’s why this year has been difficult.  I care about the music so much, but I never forget that there are people behind the hits with emotions and lives to live.

I have read a couple of things that give me such mixed emotions about George Michael: how he was recently afraid to face the public due to his weight gain and then news about his quiet generosity.  I’m saddened by the fact that George became recluse in his last days because he was nervous about how he would be perceived by the public.  I know we all have an image of him, but it was his voice and musical talents that have endured over the years, and that’s what I will remember about him most.  I also find it heart achingly lovely that he gave so much to so many charities and people over the years.  I read recently about how he gave a large tip to a waitress who was upset about her debt and that he donated a generous sum of money to a charity at the same time annually.  One charity even stated that they would not have been able to stay afloat had it not been for George Michael’s financial backing.  These are the instances that make the images in those posters on my walls when I was a teen come to life.  This is what makes me ache and cry over their passing.  Last Christmas will be a bittersweet testament to the sadness of lost love during an otherwise joyful holiday season, as well the loss of a beloved artist.

Farewell George…

(Top image is the “Cowboys & Angels” 12-inch single.  All pictured items are from my personal collection.)

Absolutely Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide 2016: The Carlsbad Edition!

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For the third year running, I humbly present again my last-minute holiday gift guide!  I am notorious for waiting until the last-minute, so for those of you who suffer from the same affliction, this is the guide for you.  For this year’s gift guide, I thought I would put a local spin on things and give those of you in the San Diego area places to actually go and grab some great last-minute holiday presents from some of my favorite shops in the Carlsbad area.

Happy Shopping!


Wysh Boutique

Wysh Boutique is one of my favorite boutiques in Carlsbad.   Located in the Village Faire at Carlsbad, they not only have fashionable clothing and accessories, but great gift ideas and gift certificates!

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Gaia Gelato

Also located at the Village Faire, Gaia Gelato has gift cards, but I wouldn’t mind getting gifted a box of their yummy French macarons!

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Sock District

Sock District is new to the Village Faire, so I welcomed them by immediately purchasing a couple of pairs to gift to my sister.  If you visit their site (link above), you can purchase electronic gift cards for your friends and family to shop in their store or online!

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The Beat Clothing

Another one of my Carlsbad favorites, The Beat Clothing has everything you could want for your edgy fashionista friends.  Astrid Montalvo is their on-site stylist and she can help you find the perfect outfit for that concert-goer in your life, or give the gift of rock inspired clothing, shoes and accessories through a gift certificate!

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Spin Records

Of course I need to include a place where you can give the gift of music, and my favorite place to do some digging in Carlsbad is at Spin Records.  I was just there and purchased a white vinyl 7-inch single of Johnny Cash’s The Man Comes Around with his cover of Personal Jesus (pictured below).  They also have t-shirts, buttons, patches and gift certificates for that crate digger in your life!

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Note:  This is not a sponsored post.  Although I mention specific shops, all suggestions are strictly my own. 

Record Store Day 2016 Is This Weekend!

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Can you believe it’s that time of year again?  Record Store Day is upon us on April 16th, and I’ve made my choices for what I want (see below from The List).  I’m still thinking about whether or not to go to more than one location, but I guess I’ll decide when the day comes.

Let me know if you’re doing Record Store Day and what you’re looking forward to in the comments below!


RSD EXCLUSIVE RELEASE

 

A-Ha

Hits South America

Format: 12″ Vinyl

David Bowie

I Dig Everything – The Pye Singles 1966

Format: 12″ Vinyl

The Man Who Sold The World

Format: 12″ Picture Disc

TVC15

Format: 7″ Picture Disc

Buzzcocks

More Product in a Different Compilation: Best of the United Artists Recordings

Format: 2 x LP

Death Cab For Cutie

“Tractor Rape Chain”/”Black Sun”

Format: 7″ Vinyl

Deftones

B-Sides & Rarities

Format: 2 x LP

Carl Douglas

“Kung Fu Fighting”

Format: 7″ Vinyl

Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Rage Hard

Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Madonna

Like A Virgin & Other Hits

Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

The Monkees

“Saturday’s Child”/”You Just May Be The One”

Format: 7″ Picture Disc

Sex Pistols

Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols

Format: 12″ Picture Disc

Simple Minds

Big Music Tour 2015

Format: 2 x LP

Soundtrack

Star Wars: The Force Awakens “March of the Resistance b/w Rey’s Theme” (Millennium Falcon)

Format: 10″ Picture Disc

Joe Strummer

Gangsterville: IMPORT

Format: 12″ Vinyl

Talking Heads/Echosmith

“This Must Be The Place”

Format: 7″ Vinyl

Various Artists

Disney Favorite Songs

Format: LP

Various Artists

Judgment Night (Soundtrack)

Format: LP

 


RSD LIMITED RUN / REGIONAL FOCUS RELEASE

 

Hello Kitty

Hello World

Format: 12″ Picture Disc


‘RSD FIRST’ RELEASE

 

Ramones

“Judy Is A Punk”

Format: 7″ Vinyl

Ashes To Ashes: Remembering David Bowie

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As I write this, I’m still in shock over the untimely death of David Bowie.  I’m not going to get too much into his history because you can look that up anywhere, and at press time, he is definitely trending all over.  But what I will do is just touch on what he meant to me, especially since he was such a major influence on the bands I adore.

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I’ve possibly been exposed to David Bowie as early as four years old because my parents used to watch The Dinah Shore show and Dick Cavett back in the 70’s.  My parents were also very big fans of Bing Crosby, so I completely remember the Bowie and Crosby version of Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth, although it may have been a memory from repeated Christmas specials because I was only seven when they performed that together in 1977.  But I definitely remember the first song I heard by David Bowie, which was Ashes To Ashes from his Scary Monsters album.  I was a mere 11 or 12 years old at the time, but I distinctly recall seeing the video on MTV, thinking how odd it was to see nuns and clowns on a beach.  I also remember the song Fashion because then MTV VJ Alan Hunter proudly declared time and again that he was in the video.

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The album that made the most impact on me was the Let’s Dance album because that was when I was in my self discovery phase, which included the importance of music in my life.  In 1983, local radio station 91X introduced me to the kind of music that would stay with me with bands like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Joy Division, New Order and of course, Depeche Mode.  My favorite bands all site David Bowie and Bryan Ferry as true inspiration when they were youngsters looking for their identity, and I recall how dapper and suave David Bowie looked in videos like Modern Love and China Girl.  The fashion influence was obvious on Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran, but I swear Simon Le Bon is vocally channeling Mr. Bowie in New Moon on Monday from the Seven and the Ragged Tiger album.

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I think David Bowie’s death has impacted me so much because he’s always been present.  I can’t remember a time when I was listening to music without him being artistically somewhere close by.  He was an innovator, he was soulful, and he was creative.  He gave people like myself, self-proclaimed “weirdos” or “outcasts”, license to be yourself.  He was a fashion and musical genius.

I recall a discussion my husband and I had about an impeding Bowie tour about two years ago, vowing that we would see him here or Los Angeles, or even San Francisco or Las Vegas if we needed to travel, just to ensure we would see him in our lifetime.  When that tour never materialized and there was no word, I even hinted that something else may be wrong, like some kind of health problem because there was suddenly radio silence about his tour or a new album.  So when I heard about Blackstar being released, I was optimistic about seeing more from David Bowie in the near future, even a possible tour.  I listened to the whole album on Spotify, telling my friends and family how much it harkened back to his earlier days.  Instead of hearing about a new tour and more new music, my best friend alerted me to the news of his death, which was confirmed on all news channels within about 15 minutes of her text.  Now, we sadly bid adieu to Ziggy Stardust, aka The Goblin King, aka The Thin White Duke, aka a beloved music legend.

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(All pictured vinyl and CDs are from my personal music collection.)

(Edited to add my David Bowie playlist from Spotify)

My Favorite Bowie

Record Store Day 2015

RSD 2015 LogoThe Record Store Day is arriving this weekend!  My hubby and I are already making plans on where to go.  If we can’t decide on one place to hit up, we may do a “Record Store Crawl” as I did back in 2013 (post here).  But that really all depends on Dominic, who has grown more vocal since he has turned six, and who may have other things in mind to do other than spend an entire day running around record stores with mum and dad.

Nevertheless, below is my list of what I’ll be looking for, and what I’ll be envying on the UK side.  Also, here are the links for the US and UK lists of RSD exclusives.

RSD 2015 US: The List

RSD 2015 UK: Record Store Day Exclusive Product

Leave a comment if you’re also going to make the vinyl trek this weekend, cheers!

(Graphic courtesy of the Record Store Day official website)


Cy’s Record Store Day Wish List!

RSD US Exclusive Release

A-Ha:  Take On Me; Format, 7” Vinyl

Adam & The Ants:  Kings of the Wild Frontier/Ant Music; Format: 7” Colored Vinyl

David Bowie:  Changes; Format: 7” Picture Disc

Cypress Hill:  The Phuncky Feel One/How I Could Just Kill a Man; Format: 7” Vinyl

Jimi Hendrix:  Purple Haze/Freedom; Format: 7” Vinyl

Mark Mothersbaugh:  The Lego Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack; Format: 2×12” Vinyl

The Replacements:  Replacements EP; Format: 10” Vinyl

Frank Sinatra:  Songs For Young Lovers; Format: 10” Vinyl

RSD US Limited Run/Regional Focus Release

The Jesus & Mary Chain:  Psychocandy.Live.Barrowlands; Format: LP

RSD UK Exclusive Products

Madness:  Lovestruck/Le Grand Pantalon; Format: 7” (LTP Pop up)

OMD:  Julia’s Song; Format: 10” Single

Roxy Music:  Taster of forthcoming Super Deluxe Edition of their debut LP; Format: 10” Picture Sleeve

Sex Pistols:  New Design NMTB Picture Disc; Format: 1LP

Simple Minds:  Waterfront (Picture Disc); Format: 7” Single

Siouxsie And The Banshees:  Format: 1LP

The (English) Beat:  7” Singles Box Set; Format: 13 x 7” Singles

100 Days of Vinyl

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We interrupt these beauty posts to for a very important musical bulletin:  If you are a DJ, record collector, or vinyl enthusiast, you should definitely submit an entry to participate in Preferred Classics100 Days of Vinyl” Project.

This project will run for 100 Days (of course) and each day a featured vinyl enthusiast will handpick one of their cherished records and share insight on its meaning to them. We will post a clip from the record as well as a short paragraph about YOU!! (so shine those accomplishments up real nice.)
– Preferred Classics

I sent in an entry and I am going to be a featured collector!  There are days still available, and it goes until all the spots are filled.  If you collect records in any capacity and have a story about a favorite record, you should participate to be featured on Preferred Classic’s site.  I’ll let my story and vinyl pick be a surprise once the project launches!

Record Store Day 2014 Fun & Finds

 

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Another successful Record Store Day has come and gone, and of course, Lou’s Records has come through for me, yet again!  This time, my hubby and son came with me, and we all woke up early to make the trek to Encinitas to grab some #RSD2014 exclusives.  If you recall, my main goal was to grab the An Ideal for Living EP re-release by Joy Division.  I actually ended up getting that and so much more.  But I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.  If you went to Record Store Day this year, what was your most favorite find?

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There was quite the line when we arrived.  I was number 99 at 9:30 am.

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Doing a little record shopping while waiting for our turn.  Dominic helped daddy look for something special…and it looks like he found some Depeche Mode for me!

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Dominic is so very patient and can keep himself occupied in any situation, as long as he has my iPhone.

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DSC03729 (2) (1280x960)#RSD2014 finds:  An Ideal for Living EP re-release by Joy Division; Indie Candy by the Pixies; Ready Boy & Girls? by Tears For Fears (it’s a white vinyl 10 inch).

DSC03730 (2) (959x1280)Awesome #RSD2014 freebies that came with every purchase, and I had two bags worth!  The Beatles bag was on the counter, and were free upon request (I got two and gave the other to my niece).

DSC03733 (2) (1280x960)An exclusive #RSD2014 shirt made by the folks at Lou’s Records.  LOVE IT!

DSC03732 (2) (1280x1104)“Vintage” finds:  Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls/Tubular Bells by Book of Love promotional 12 inch; 2×4 by Guadalcanal Diary; 1987 Tour promo of New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen & Gene Loves Jezebel 9 inch flexi-disc (the Lou’s folks said they had two on hand for a long time, and they both sold on RSD); Happy Families by Blancmange; U.K. Squeeze promotional copy; Queen compilation CD; Turn Back The Clock 80’s compilation CD for Pottery Barn (close up below because it’s a great CD).

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