Paul

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An open letter to my ol’ bong buddies at Darla Records Mailorder

Dear Dudes, Salutations and felicitations from N. Cal. Sending only the choicest of vibes to my pals nigh unto Oceanside. I hope you’re getting some time away from the distribution grind this weekend to hop some mackable swells? Gotta say, you and me been through some seriously tribulational life experience in this biz we call …

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One Year

In early March 2020, I traveled to the Mono Basin for a solo retreat. As I drove east, then south, news stories on the radio about COVID were reaching what seemed like a crescendo. The rental was offgrid. No TV, and only satellite internet. I’d download (slowly) news-update podcasts, and periodically sit in my truck …

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Recent Acquisitions

17 Pygmies Jedda By the Sea LP (Resistance Records, US) used, 2nd pressing Marc Barreca The Empty Bridge CD (Palace of Lights, US) Biosphere Angel’s Flight LP (AD 93, UK) William S. Burroughs Curse Go Back LP (Aloes Books/Paradigm Discs, EU) Sarah Mary Chadwick Me And Ennui Are Friends, Baby LP colored vinyl (Rice Is …

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Things I Liked During 2020

Kate Burkart “Twisted Wind” FLAC (Luckystar, US) Svengali/conflict-of-interest alert: Kate‘s my partner. Like all musicians, she misses practicing with her band, and playing live. Being homebound, however, just means you have to get creative — both with your art, and ways to go about ensuring it’s heard. This song was born on acoustic guitar via …

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Harold Budd (1936 – 2020)

Harold Budd died yesterday from complications due to contracting COVID-19 during his recovery from a stroke in early November. He was 84. I was entranced by Pavilion of Dreams when I first heard it in 1980, a couple years after its release. Later, his two collaborative albums with Eno were an awakening, and his solo …

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Kate Burkart “Twisted Wind”

My partner is Kate Burkart. She’s a musician and a mom. She’s many other things, including my sweetheart. Together, we try to make sense of the world, and our lives, since March 2020. COVID-19 has affected so many, in so many different ways. We feel fortunate that we and our loved ones are healthy, and …

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Recent Acquisitions

100 Flowers Drawing Fire (expanded) 12″ clear vinyl (In The Red, US) Aix Em Klemm Aix Em Klemm LP (Kranky, US) Autistici Volume Objects FLAC (12k, US) Damm Nautical Dawn 2xLP orange vinyl (A Strangely Isolated Place, US) Brian Eno Rams – Original Soundtrack LP white vinyl (Opal, Germany) Robert Fripp Exposure 2xLP (Panegyric, UK) …

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An Occurrence at Lee Vining Creek (with apologies to Ambrose Bierce)

Paul, Our editorial team has reviewed your Lee Vining Creek story and we regret to inform you that we did not select it for inclusion in an upcoming issue of Overland Journal. While running into unappreciative recipients to our help on the trail can be an unfortunate reality, we prefer to stay on a positive …

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Don’t You Ever Learn?

Foolishly, I decided to throw all reason to the wind, and ordered an LP from Amazon. This is how it was shipped — in an 18 x 18-inch box, four inches deep, with no padding. Miraculously, it wasn’t warped, or damaged. I hereby resolve to NEVER order music from Amazon ever again. If I lapse, …

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Recent Acquisitions

Dewa Alit & Gamelan Salukat Genetic LP (Black Truffle, Australia) Robbie Basho ‎Songs Of The Great Mystery 2xLP, clear vinyl (Real Gone Music, US) Robbie Basho Venus In Cancer LP (Traffic Entertainment Group, US) Roger Eno and Brian Eno Luminous 45 RPM EP black vinyl (Deutsche Grammophon, Germany) Roger Eno and Brian Eno Luminous 45 …

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