Last week's auctions reinforced my relatively good opinion of humankind in general. People stepped up to the auction block. Not so we could auction them - although that could be an interesting marathon stunt - but so they could shell out dollars in exchange for exciting merchandise. I don't know if there was any altruism in their actions - did they realize they were helping support free-form radio?
Here's what I do know: this week I closed my eyes and thrust my fist into the "Wendy" to-be-auctioned box and pulled forth three more treasures.
You wanna see what I turned up? Go here. Or keep reading. Or both.
First, we have something to read while you are listening to the radio, even if you listen to the radio on the internet. But please do not read this while you are driving. Wait 'til you get home, or to the rest area.
Underworld: Cruel & Unusual Comics, the very first volume, by WFMU alum Kaz (Anyone remember The Nightmare Lounge? I credit it with partially ruining my teenaged mind. Thank you, guys, and I mean that in all sincerity.) You may also recognize Kaz's work from such places as the Nickelodeon and Cartoon Networks, or from The Arizona Republic newspaper.
Underworld gives me nostalgia for the NYC of my yout'. Both are/were filled with rotund animals, knives, broken stuff, and cigarettes. Well, maybe I'm imagining the rotund animals on NYC's streets of yore.
This week we got another fiiiine 78 rpm rekkid, on the MGM label, with the original protective sleeve. It's Mister Hank Williams performing "Calling You" b/w "When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels."
I must say, the
vinyl wax is in bee-yoo-tee-ful condition. Check out the pic, taken by the multi-talented Megan Murphy. And if you ever wanted to know what my hands look like, there ya go.
This is a good time of year to listen to Mister Hank Williams. You can open the doors on your Victrola to really crank it up, and open your windows so all your neighbors can hear you yodeling along. Sexy!
No, not in person. Sorry. But the next best thing. Shirtless Isaac Hayes peeking out from behind the Advent-calendar-style doors on the front of this great live double-LP, Shirtless Isaac Hayes Live At The Sahara Tahoe.
Isaac Hayes, shirtless, performs some of his own compositions, as well as a few Motown covers, and some choice Bacharach/David songs. And he does this all without the aid of a shirt. Unbelievable!