We’ve reached the point in a typically long Wisconsin winter that it’s starting to wear me down. I’m lacking momotum.
What’s momotum? It’s momentum, but we once heard Ahmad Rashad say it that way during some game, and so it’s momotum forever.
1. Early last week, we surpassed 200,000 visitors. Thanks, everyone.
Analog Apartment is for those of us who have turntables and lots of vinyl records, and the storage and design issues that come with them.
4. I took a little road trip last Sunday and went to a record show, of course. The first guy I saw was a photographer from the local paper, a guy I used to work with. Thankfully, he kept me out of his photos. Well, almost.
The big guy at far left, digging through a crate, that’s me.
The guy in the foreground is Jim, from whom I’ve bought lots of albums in the last couple of years. He organizes the show. He’s the guy who sells records from a tent in his back yard when the weather is good.
If you want to see what a record show in our corner of Wisconsin is like, click here to see my friend Pat’s pictures.
Despite a limited budget, I picked up five nice albums.
Here are a couple of tunes from one, a $4 record.
“Somebody Been Messin'” and “I Must Be Losing My Touch,” the Isley Brothers, from “It’s Our Thing,” 1969. (The album link is to a 2-on-1 import CD that also has “Go All The Way,” their 1980 album.)
The Isleys start to get funky, as these two bass- and horn-driven scorchers demonstrate. “It’s Our Thing” was the Isleys’ first album after splitting from the Motown label. If you couldn’t tell from the title that they were delighted to be on their own, and on their own label — T-Neck — the liner notes go into great detail about just that.
This album hit No. 2 on the R&B charts. The single “It’s Your Thing” hit No. 2 on the pop charts and No. 1 on the R&B charts. This one also has a couple more familiar Isley cuts — “I Know Who You Been Socking It To” and “Give The Women What They Want.”