Why I’m A Bit Crabby…

1 11 2012

 

Because of the storm it took 4 days to get out of Mumbai, India.  After 8 hrs at the airport, only 42 hrs to get from Mumbai to Cleveland, and still not back in NYC yet.  ARC is safe and dry, but no power.  Fred is there now doing a job for Muscle Shoals by flashlight!  We should be up and running on Monday.  Thanks to all the great folks in India who helped me out.   A big Halloween ‘boo’ to United Airlines who didn’t man their counter for three days in Mumbai and slashed, broke the handles + lock and stole a telephone from my bag on their flight between Houston and Cleveland.

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TAXI DANCER

26 10 2012

Traffic moves at a snail’s pace and a high db here in Mumbai.  The car horn outranks the conch shell for summoning the gods, or at least warning them that a taxi or cycle-rickshaw is cumming up on the inside.  Here’s a car horn dealership in Chor Bazaar.  Honest, they will blast each one for you.  Just ask.

Keeping the theme going, a recent purchase.  Hey, does Marty know about this?





Sale-ers Delight

25 10 2012

Here’s a pic of Suresh, collector extraordinaire and my erstwhile record guide to the Chor Bazaar (Thieves Market).  Easy to find the record salers here, not just the well-spelled signage, but by the dangling discs.Here’s a few more finds from Chor and from a dealer in the arcade in Fort.  The top two are really my top 2, spanning our ‘Days.”  The Armaan-ies do a Hindi-samba, referencing our last Brazilian Music Day, and the S+Sers cover ABBA, spanning 2013’s Indian and 2014’s Scandinavian Days.  Who could ask for anything more?





An Indian Ocean of Sound

22 10 2012

Yesterday I walked to the Indian Ocean.

Then, visited journalist and author Naresh Fernandes.  Naresh has written the incredible Taj Mahal Foxtrot, a  history of early jazz in India.  And who says it doesn’t mean anything to blog?  Naresh saw the photos of my record purchases I posted and realized I had a Jetliners LP from Ceylon that he didn’t.  Like any respectable collector, he went out on the street and found one!  Here he is showing off our inspiration with the other Jetliners already on his shelves.  Now if he could only find one in as good a condition as ours…

 

 

 

 

 

While his latest book is on Jazz, he also collects pop – Here are some some choice items:

And on 45rpm, Oh, Om, how that slo-mo sitar Edelwiess sends me…

What’s great about these “Music Days” is discovering things – like a major Disco producer and songwriter, who gave us the impossibly great  ‘Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas was an Indian identified on record as Biddu.  British based, Grammy Award winning Biddu Appaiah even published an autobiography.  Who knew?

Off to Chor Bazaar , colorfully named Thieves Market to look for vinyls.








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