Saturday, July 31, 2010

On my turntable: "Getting Straight" - OST

As I've mentioned here before, I collect vinyl on the Colgems record label. My last big Colgems find was the stupendous Casino Royale soundtrack. Today I found one of the holy grails of the Colgems catalog, the soundtrack to the Elliott Gould/Candice Bergen film Getting Straight (1970).

Getting Straight was the last original soundtrack album released by Colgems; It was also one of the final records put out by the label prior to its demise in 1971. The very last Colgems release was a double LP titled A Barrel Full of Monkees (1971), the target market of which was a new generation of young fans discovering the pre-fabs via Saturday morning re-runs on CBS.

Here is Getting Straight's original opening titles, shot on location at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, and featuring music by P.K. Limited (as always, no guarantees as to how long this clip will be viewable. It's a copyright thing.):

Friday, July 30, 2010

Quote of the week: Anne Rice

"My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn't understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me. But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been, or might become."
~writer Anne Rice, posted today on her Facebook page

Monday, July 26, 2010


7.26.2010, originally uploaded by jeff's fancy blog.
Reworking of The Beach Boys' "Friends" cover art.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sgt. Pepper

7.25.2010, originally uploaded by jeff's fancy blog.
Something I assembled today using pieces from the original LP.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

happiness is...

7.24.2010, originally uploaded by jeff's fancy blog.
Crushed red pepper. I put it on virtually everything. I've heard that many crohnies don't handle spicy food well; I thank God that I am not one of them.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Beatles at Met Stadium, Bloomington MN 8.21.1965

I was having a leisurely read of Bill Carlson's book tonight, a recount of the Beatles' 1965 visit to the Twin Cities, where they played a concert at the Metropolitan Stadium. The Beatles: A One-Night Stand in the Heartland (2007) is a great collection of photos by Carlson with recollections from folks who were fortunate enough to attend the show which, despite the low $5.50 ticket price, was NOT a sellout.

I know. I can't believe it either.

The highlight of tonight's brief read was finding the 
complete setlist for the 8/21/65 show:
Twist and Shout
She's a Woman
I Feel Fine
Dizzy Miss Lizzy
Ticket to Ride
Everybody's Trying to be my Baby
Can't Buy Me Love
Baby's In Black
I Wanna Be Your Man
A Hard Day's Night
I'm Down
The Met Stadium was razed in 1985, eventually becoming the site for the famed Mall of America, which opened in 1992.

Concert ticket image from

2:43 PM

7.23.2010, originally uploaded by jeff's fancy blog.
Studying again.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

On my turntable: David Bowie - Let's Dance

I was feeling a hankerin' for some summer music, and was drawn to this LP.  Let's Dance was released in the spring of 1983 and dominated airwaves & MTV rotations for at least a year. The album was co-produced by Nile Rodgers, who produced a string of densely hot & funky dance records throughout the 1980's.

Let's Dance is a great summer record. If you happen to own it (in any format), give it a listen and you'll see what I mean!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


After spending the weekend camping in the woods it's back to reality and a couple of somewhat intense sick days. Even though camping has mellowed considerably with age (we've been going as a group for 25 years now), I apparently still need recoup time afterward. I drink very little at camping these days, and yet yesterday felt as though I'd just spent three days partying like it was 1989.

So my goal for today is to spend at least some time studying. My preliminary exams are exactly one month away, which makes me a little anxious. Worst case scenario if I do not pass: I retake them in January. Life will go on regardless, but it would be nice to pass and move on as an official 'PhD candidate'.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

From the Capitol Vaults...

I enjoyed listening to R.E.M.'s Document so much yesterday that I've been spending some quality time today with some other Capitol Vault reissues. The standard of quality on these releases is first rate.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

On my turntable: R.E.M. - Document (Capitol Vaults reissue)

I wasn't planning on buying the 180-gram reissue of Document (1987), which typically retails for about $18 or $19, but I could not pass on this copy today when I found it for $8.99.

Document is a record that I don't listen to often, but every time I do I'm reminded of how much I love it.  Back in '87 I had a bit of an attitude against the album, because of what I saw as its unearned status as "the greatest college rock album ever created".  At the time it felt like I was the only college student who didn't bow in adoration of Document, and I was fine with that. No way was I going to be one of those smarty-smarts waltzing around campus acting all pompous and intellectual with Document blaring out of my Walkman.  I'll stick to my Prince tapes, thank you.

When Eponymous was released in the fall of '88, I myself got the bug for R.E.M..  It was then that I started digging into their back catalog, borrowing records from friends and taping them so I could listen between classes on my Walkman.  I realized that Document stood out for a reason; It really is a damn good record.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

11:30 AM

7.11.2010, originally uploaded by jeff's fancy blog.
Mary, in front of one of our upstairs windows.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Quote of the week: Willie Nelson

"Rednecks, hippies, misfits-we're all the same. Gay or straight? So what? It doesn't matter to me. We have to be concerned about other people, regardless. I don't like seeing anybody treated unfairly. It sticks in my craw."
~Willie Nelson, 
in a 7/7/2010 article
from The Boot

Thursday, July 08, 2010

In today's Fancy news: Federal Court rules DOMA to be Unconstitutional!!

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
-The 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Believers in equality and truth knew that this day would eventually come.  As one of those believers I must say I was a little blindsided by the news!  In an absolutely historic ruling today, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was officially deemed unconstitutional in Federal Court.  In short, it was determined that DOMA, passed in 1996 to define marriage federally as between one man and one woman, interferes with the rights of individual states to define marriage as they see fit.

For example: Massachusetts has been marrying gay and lesbian couples since 2004, but because of DOMA restrictions, these married same-sex couples are in a different class when it comes to things like taxes and social security. This is, according to the courts, a violation of both the 10th Amendment and this country's principles on equal protection.

You can read Massachusetts Vs. U.S. Department Of Health & Human Services below (thanks to Joe.My.God for making this available on his site):
DOMA Decision

Some of today's spins

A sampling of some of the records I listened to this afternoon while folding laundry...

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Friday, July 02, 2010

On my turntable: Styx - Rock Galaxy

This morning as I was foraging through bargain bins at one of my local shops I found this curiosity, a 2LP German STYX collection called Rock Galaxy (1980).  My first thought was that the artwork was way too cheesy for this to be a legit release.
Turns out that back in 1980, RCA International churned out several Rock Galaxy collections of big-name artists such as Jefferson Airplane, Lou Reed, The Scorpions, and (obviously) STYX. Being only $.50 and in very good condition there was no feasible way I could pass on this LP.

Upon getting home I figured out that Rock Galaxy is simply STYX's first two Wooden Nickle albums repackaged with new liner notes that briefly detail the band's story from 1964-1980. What's most interesting about these LPs (for me at least) is experiencing them back-to-back and noticing just how much Dennis DeYoung came forward as a singer and songwriter between the 1st & 2nd LP. On the 1st record DeYoung wrote only 2 tracks (both of them collaborations with James "JY" Young who, along with co-founder Chuck Panozzo, still records and tours with STYX). On the 2nd LP, however, Dennis handled the majority of the songwriting himself (save for 2 tracks penned by then-guitarist John Curulewski).  The result is a noticable shift from the prog-rock sound of the first album to a more accessible pop/rock, 3-4 minute song structure, including both AM and FM radio-friendly songs (including the chart-busting classic, "Lady").
While listening to these albums I had a great appreciation for how many lives STYX has had.  They started out with their big prog-rock debut LP, evolving into one of the hugest arena acts of the late 70's and selling zillions of records before their initial break-up in the mid-80's. With more recent releases like 2003's excellent Cyclorama, STYX has managed to create very contemporary power-pop that holds its own next to the rest of the band's catalog.  STYX continues to prove to fans around the world that they have no intention on retiring to the oldies circuit any time soon. 

Related entries:
Class Project: Chuck Panozzo
quote of the week: Chuck Panozzo
On my turntable: Styx - Crystal Ball
On my turntable: Styx - Pieces of Eight

Thursday, July 01, 2010

New Prince CD, "20Ten"

Jon Bream at the StarTribune announced today that July 22 is the street date for the new Prince CD, titled 20Ten.  No word on a vinyl release, but with just ten tracks, and the fact that Prince's last albums Lotusflower/Mplsound were released on LP last year, it's certainly a possibility!

Track Listing:
"Endlessly Beginning"
"Future Soul Song"
"Sticky Like Glue"
"Act Of God"
"Walk In Sand"
"Sea Of Everything"
"Everybody Loves Me"
"Untitled Bonus Track."
Thanks to my friend Kyle for posting this earlier today!