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Kelci Hind  Vinyl collector. Amateur music historian. Disgruntled optimist. Currently dating my cat, Lola.

All ready for Spirited Away at the Studio Ghibli Series with her homemade soot gremlins. Totoro wanted to come too. #studioghibli #spiritedaway #totoro

The Rise and Fall of Paramount Vol. One 1917-1927. If you love blues, gospel or jazz then this is the most awe-inducing collection of recordings you will ever come across. And the liner notes make it clear that it's remarkable that these recordings exist at all. The Paramount label owners didn't care much about the music, and the records they pressed were originally meant only to drive sales of the fancy phonograph cabinets they made. Yet they ended up recording Charley Patton, Son House, Ma Rainey, Louis Armstrong, Skip James, Jelly Roll Morton, Alberta Hunter, and Blind Lemon Jefferson, just to name a few. This is one of the most wonderful things I own. It fills me with joy every time I open the box. Everything about it is beautiful: the burled wood vinyl with gold foil labels, the cloth-bound book filled with hand lettering, illustrations and photographs, and the green velvet upholstery in the oak suitcase that holds it all together. It's a labour of love from people who care about the details. And the music! It's not an overstatement to say that nearly every bit of music I love has its roots in songs like these. It's magical, and it makes me so happy that people have worked this hard to preserve this history and make it available for people like me to devour.

Alright, it's bedtime so I'm wrapping up my Kick-Ass Women Record Party with Ma Rainey. Ma was the first popular singer, male or female, to incorporate blues into their stage shows. In the first few years of the twentieth century she toured Southern tent shows and cabarets, picking up authentic country blues along the way that she worked into her repertoire. She started recording for Paramount in 1923 and cut 90 sides over the next five years, making good money as one of the first top-selling recorded blues artists. But as groundbreaking and kick-ass as these songs were, the recordings didn't come close to capturing Ma's live shows. Ma wore long gowns covered in jewels and a horsehair wig, draped herself in scarves and a giant necklace of gold coins, and had a mouthful of gold teeth. In the 20s she sang about superstition and prostitution and hard drinking and lesbianism and murder. By all accounts she was a mesmerizing performer. She had a big gravelly voice that lacked range but had so much emotion that audiences would sway and swoon, completely under her spell. She will always be known as The Mother of the Blues. Kick-Ass quote [about] Ma Rainey: "If there was another woman who sang the blues before Rainey, nobody remembered hearing her." -Music Historian Chris Albertson

Next up at The Kick-Ass Women Record Party: Rose Maddox. Rose was a baddass her entire life. When she was 7 years old her Alabama dust bowl sharecropping family jumped boxcars all the way to California. She started singing in a band with her five brothers at 11 and by the 40s they hit it big and Rose had established herself as one of the very first women to sing honky-tonk music. Rose never followed the rules. Female country singers were expected to stand and sing in a pretty dress. Rose bared her midriff at the Grand Ole Opry, and when she was on stage she'd high-kick and shimmy and dance her face off. No one sounded like her and no one acted like her. She influenced everyone in country music. Dolly wouldn't be Dolly without Rose. She was a huge influence on Buck Owens and Merle Haggard and everyone else who created the Bakersfield sound in the 50s. She had a bunch of heart attacks from the 60s right through to her death in 1998, but she still kept performing almost to the end, even getting a Grammy nomination when she was 70. I couldn't find any good Rose Maddox quotes but I'm guessing that most of what she had to say was kick-ass.

Next up at the Kick-Ass Women Record Party: Bonnie Raitt. Bonnie is my musical hero. No one can touch her. The woman opened for Howlin' Wolf, Sippie Wallace and Mississippi Fred McDowell when she was in her early 20s!! And she became a bottleneck slide guitar master in the process. No big deal. I've talked to so many people who only know Something To Talk About (which is from her 10th album) and don't really buy that she's a bluesy guitar legend. These discussions get heated. All of these people, and really everyone else too, needs to listen to this album, which is a recording of a live radio broadcast from 1972. Bonnie was 22 when this was recorded. And now she's nearly 70 and sounds better every time I see her. Kick-Ass Bonnie quote: There's nothing like living a long time to create a depth and soulfulness in your music."

Next up at the Kick-Ass Women Record Party: Merry Clayton. If I could sing like Merry Clayton I would never do anything but sing all day for the rest of my life. That part in 20 Feet From Stardom where they isolate her background vocals from Gimme Shelter and poor Mick can't do anything except shake his head and smile in awe...it's so good I forget to breathe and that is the colossal talent that is Merry Clayton. Kick-Ass Merry quote: "Stay cool, stay humble, stay beautiful, and just do the work."

It's Friday night and I'm having a Kick-Ass Women Record Party in my apartment. First up, Patti Smith, who I can't ever listen to without having at least a fleeting vision of Gilda Radner doing Candy Slice on SNL in that white tank top with big hairy armpits, but Gilda was a pretty kick-ass lady herself and that sketch was hilarious so it's a welcome image. There's no one more unapologetically herself than Patti, and now that she's an older lady with crazy grey hair and a National Book Award she's cooler than ever. Kick-Ass Patti quote: "Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire."

New Years Eve hair-styling-Star-Wars-movie-watching-family-hangout. Chewie is going to look great for his party tonight. #nye #starwars #chewbacca #glam

My 78 collection is meager but I still like to look through the dusty boxes of shellac at junk stores for scratchy old blues and country. Yesterday I found this: The First One to Love You/Plenty of Everything But You, Ira and Charley [sic] Louvin, Capitol 3615. It's rough, but cranking up the gramophone makes me happy and those harmonies still soar.
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#vinyl #vinylcollection #78rpm #shellac #countrymusic #louvinbrothers #instavinyl #records #recordcollection

Looking elegant at her very first piano recital.

Reliving my university days with an afternoon at the coffee shop reading serious literature. Except back then I would have been sitting on a old comfy couch instead of a hard bench and they would have been playing The Breeders or Portishead instead of dance music and the only people with beards would be hippies and old men instead of EVERYONE and my refill would have cost fifty cents instead of $2.90 and I would have felt very cool and everybody around me would be talking to each other or playing board games or also reading books instead of sitting alone staring into their goddamn cell phones and yes, I realize I am on my cell phone too but that's exactly the problem and okay maybe I need to watch less Black Mirror and lighten up but jesus it was better before, wasn't it? #iamofficiallyold #itusedtobebetter #imisstheolddays #stupidhashtags

First Leon Russell and now Mose Allison, a Delta blues jazzman singer-songwriter who defied categorization and wrote some of the shrewdest lyrics around. Lola and I are concerned about piano players this week. Jerry Lee Lewis and Dr. John are doing okay, right??
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#moseallison #leonrussell #jerryleelewis #drjohn #lola #piano #vinyl #vinylcollection #instavinyl #vinyligclub #vinyladdict