A few years ago, I took a chance on a completely-unknown-to-me but interesting-seeming lp without a cover on EBAY by someone named 'William John Kostiak' on a private press label out of New Jersey called 'OneSimus'. The auction started and ended with just one bid (mine) for $10. The dealer described the 1977 lp 'Do You Know?' as 'Rare Xian Folkrock', which I've been collecting for a little while now. That part of the description turned out to be accurate. What he did NOT describe was that both sides of the lp I received looked as if the vinyl had been clawed by a very large and determined mountain lion (or perhaps several dozen slightly-less determined domestic cats). And it played like it looked. Still what I could actually hear during the occasional moments when the record didn't happen to be skipping was excellent: primitive non-pro acoustic guitar playing by an earnest, emotive singer with an honest, rough-edged voice. Christian and spiritual concerns run through the album. From what I COULD hear and salvage digitally, I knew I would love the lp--Kostiak's got such a fantastic voice that even the by-far-worst-condition record I'd ever tried to play couldn't stop me from ripping a very spotty digital version I could at least listen to without destroying my record player. Of course I looked for another copy for a while, but could find absolutely no mention of the lp on the web at the time, despite the googleable name. That googleable name did lead me, though, to a 'William Kostiak' who turned out to be his grandson. The grandson passed on that I was looking for a playable copy of his album, and WIlliam himself was actually kind enough to send a great cd-r rip of the lp to me at WFMU; unfortunately, the cd-r never reached me until almost a year after I no longer had a regular show. So, hey, William, if you see this, I thank you very much! And here's my two favorite songs from 'Do You Know?'