A lot of blogs that I read have a recurring feature that ensures that when you visit, there is something to look at or read.  I like this because I stop going to blogs if they don't update very often (like ours).  I was trying to think of something that I could write about weekly and the best idea I had was to blog about music that I am listening to.  I will try my best to suggest a record every week, because there is a lot of music out there that should be listened to and if you go in to a thrift store and see something that you don't recognize, you may never get to enjoy it.  Amber and I buy most of our records at thrift stores and garage sales.  I am very particular about it and I stay away from the Hall and Oates, Linda Rondstat, etc that are at most garage sales.  Instead, I will usually find a box at an estate sale that is full of 50s and 60s jazz or rock for $5, take it all home and sort through it, and keep what I like.  Most of the fun for me is in the fact that you cannot find alot of this stuff anymore.  If you have a record album, especially jazz, there is a lot of stuff that goes on the record that does not make it to the digital copy because record companies deem it "fluff".  Anyways, for any audiophiles who might read this, we play all of this music on a Marantz 6300 turntable which is one of my favorite things that I own.

he amplifier is a Sansui AU-317 and is probably from about 1977.  Ask most audiophiles and they will tell you, 70s was the golden age of stereo and it blow most new systems out of the water.  Finally, we have all of this hooked up to two Stephens Trusonic speakers from the late 50s.  Now, these speakers were found at a little thrift shop in Hood River and we got them for $40. 

I knew nothing about audio equipment really, but once we hooked them up, they are amazing. After some research I found that TruSonic was a major player in the 50s and Charles Eames even designed a cabinet for a setup very similar to ours:

My first album suggestion to everyone is Wave by Antonio Carlos Jobim.  I assure you, this is not going to be a snobby jazz review every week.  I have a lot of music and it ranges from 20s country western to heavy metal, it just so happens that I have been listening to this record a lot lately.  The United States was introduced to Bossa Nova (Brasillian Jazz) by Stan Getz who was a hugely successful sax player in the US, when he and Charlie Byrd teamed up to record an all Bossa Nova album in 1962.  There were Bossa Nova albums prior to that, but this was the first huge success.  That album featured music by Antonio Carlos Jobim, who I would liken to the Duke Ellington of Bossa Nova.  He was a composer, musician, and on occasion a singer.  In 1969, he released Wave which is just a cool record to have playing around the house.  There are a few slower classical guitar songs, but most tracks like Captain Bicardi, are fast tempo songs that make you feel like you are a handsome double agent sipping a drink on a beach in Rio hoping that the the spy you are tracking doesnt blow your cover (sounds weird I know, just listen to it and you will know what I am talking about).


New Year

Amber and I had a lot of fun in Portland for New Years.  We risked our lives to drive for almost 6 hours to get there (it usually takes 3 hours, but due to snow and ice it took some extra time), and were forced to head back early fearing that the drive back would be worse.  We did stay downtown and got to see Satan's Pilgrims put on a great show.  They are a surf rock band, not death metal.

On the way home we stopped at a thrift store in Madras, Oregon and as we were leaving I spotted familiar legs peeking out from under an ugly tablecloth ( I am a leg man ).  Sure enough, it was a totally original George Nelson designed, Herman Miller pedestal table that is often referred to as swag leg (which is incorrect).  It was $3.00 but we only had $2.35 so she took it and we headed home.  It just goes to show, the coolest stuff can be found in the most unlikely of places. 

Now it is finally time to get back to real life.  I had a great holiday, but I am ready to start working again.