After funneling huge chunks of my income to Dusty Groove for years, I finally had a chance to visit them in person. I’ve been to bigger spots and have had transcendent digging experiences elsewhere but I’ve not had a more significant, extended relationship with any shop outside of DC than Dusty Groove. They put an enormous amount of care into their stock and that discerning hand is prominently reflected in my collection. For this trip, I had to really blind myself to the beckoning shelves of enticing re-issues and left field jazz and soul bits from around the world. I could order all that stuff online from them like I usually do. If I was going to be there in person I had to focus on things that I’d miss if I weren’t putting my fingers through the bins. And I also had to grab a few instant gratification joints that I might not see again for a while.
Beady Belle – Belvedere (CD) [This group CAN DO NO WRONG with me. I’ve been a stan since 2001 and they’re completely incapable of making anything that isn’t stunning. What I love about them is that every album is a unique experience that touches different styles from the others. You really never know what you’re going to hear every time they drop a new record. Most of my favorite artists share this same characteristic. So many fans want their favorite groups to re-hash the stuff they love best. I prefer a gift-wrapped surprise package.]
D’Angelo – Live At the Jazz Cafe, London (CD) [More Japanese import action.]
Zo! & Tigallo – Love the 80’s EP (CD) [Y’all know what it is. And these joints are selling out everywhere too.]
Carmen McRae – You’re Lookin’ At Me: A Collection of Nat King Cole Songs (LP) [Sometimes they just jump out at you from the dollar bin.]
De La Soul – Buddy & Ghetto Thang (12″) [Don’t see that picture cover too often. Might just frame this one for wall display]
Def Jef – Droppin’ Rhymes On Drums (12″) [Etta James + dancers in bleached denim + fast rap = mandatory vid embed]
Phase N’ Rhythm – Swollen Pockets/Hook-N-Sling (12″) [I knew I could finish my odyssey at this point. I’d been looking for this for a long time. Wasn’t cheap either, but worth it. It’s out of print and I caught a promo. R.I.P. Paul C.!]