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Volume 8 with Saint John Record Enthusiast, Jeff McLennan

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Strange Grooves was on location for Volume 8 with one of our most anticipated guests, one of Saint John’s biggest record enthusiasts, Jeff McLennan.

We were so honored to be invited to check out his personal collection which is the most beautiful collection we have actually seen with our own eyes. He has over 2000 records and very stunning ways of displaying them. Jeff’s wife and son also have vinyl of their own in the collection. The wide variety of tunes is astounding and we are certain you could spend days just combing through them all.

Only a small area of the 2000+ records in Jeff’s personal collection

In this episode, we chat about what Jeff has been listening to lately, top 5 albums we would bring to a deserted island, some of his favorite treasures and gems he has found over the past 20 years. We chat about some of our favorite artists to listen to and for what reasons, for example, Les Paiens, Miles Davis, Deerhoof, The Sheepdogs, Primus and much more.

Cherise and I have been members of Jeff’s Facebook Group for a little while now, and we find it so valuable for sharing our music and finding new stuff, check it out SJ Record Enthusiasts.

Coming up

We will be spinning at HeartBreak Boutique as part of Uptown’s Sparkles event on December 1st from 5- 9 PM.

The date for our Pop up Record Expo is December 13th, 6-8 PM.

The event can be found here.

Email strangegrooves@gmail.com for an invitation.

We would love to have you join us for some vinyl collection chit chat, snacks, and some S T R A N G E  B R E W S at the Five and dime afterward.

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Jeff created Volume 8  playlist as well for your listening pleasure after the podcast. Great way to find some new tunes.

 

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Thank you to everyone who has been tuning in, participating, coming out to the events. We sincerely just love sharing conversation and tunes and we always welcome new guests.

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Strange Grooves… Episode 1 now live

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☾ Hello!

Welcome to Strange Grooves…

🎶  We love all things records and music. We wanted to create a community to share our music blogs and podcast content with you and other folks.

🔮 Blogs, podcasts, live listening parties, show reviews, album reviews and much more. Our Facebook page will give everyone who shares this interest a place to contribute, and find new tunes, which we thought was pretty rad!

👽 VOLUME 1 is now live!

🎶We discuss the new Primus album dropping TOMORROW!! The VIP Primus experience with Claypool Cellars. We talk about the last few shows we attended, including seeing and meeting Canadian classic rock heroes, The Stampeders. You will hear a bit about what we are currently listening to, Queens of the Stone Age Greta Van Fleet and some documentaries you should check out including “Danny Says” and another we’re excited about” five foot two” which is the new Lady Gaga film on Netflix, and lastly, what you can expect coming up including events, who will be joining us as guests….

Stay Tuned, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.🎶💀

Cheers
Cait & Cherise

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Bad sneakers and a Pina Colada my friend…

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Steely Dan, where to begin with this post?

I guess I could start by saying they have filled a big hole for me musically. Listening and looking for their records over the last few years have really changed the way I listen to music. The way I seek music and ultimately the way I personally enjoy it, so I thank them for that.

Record Expo In Moncton, always looking for the dan gems…

The first record I got by them has been my favorite for some time, and as I got to know the collection more in-depth,  it still is my favorite. Royal Scam and Aja are my favorite records. It’s very tough to choose.

Favorite song from this album!

One of the things that stood out to me about Steely Dan, is the connection and passion Walter and Donald shared. It to me was very genuine. I liked trying to think to and imagine what shows were like before my time. When I see how selective they were about their band, how records were created, it only made me enjoy them more as musicians and composers. I have spent quite a bit of time collecting their records, watching archived shows, reading about them, and last year had tickets to see them at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. It was their 8-night run, and I got tickets to 2 shows. Aja and a greatest hits evening. I was unable to make that show, and have regretted that ever since, and even more so now with the passing of Walter Becker.

I have spent quite a bit of time collecting their records, watching archived shows, reading about them, and last year had tickets to see them at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. It was their 8-night run, and I got tickets to 2 shows. Aja and a greatest hits evening. I was unable to make that show, and have regretted that ever since, and even more so now with the passing of Walter Becker.

Steely Dan to me is as real as it gets. The sound, the instruments, the whole friendship, and vibe are and were compelling. Lyrically, I enjoy being told stories, finding new and old ways things used to be called or places that used to exist. Hearing the tones and smiling just because it’s sheer gold and chatting and dancing amongst friends is fun. Needless to say, to me, this band is more to me than a band I listen to that created records, they are and will always be an experience. When folks come over to visit or to dance, It is my go to. In the mornings, at night, before roller derby games, when I need to smile they are a motivator.  Steely Dan is important to me and always will be.

“Could it be that I have found my home at last
Home at last”?

When I bring records, I always bring Steely Dan.

Steely Dan definitely sparked my love of vinyl collecting and helped launch record nights with a few of my friends at local venues and my own home. You could say they are one of the best conversation starters.

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It has been a dream of mine to see Steely Dan, and with the passing of Walter Becker, that is very saddening. It has been very heartbreaking thinking about the band, the North American tour, and how Donald is doing with the passing of his good friend and longtime partner in music. He recently became ill, and canceled a few evenings and shows, but intends to keep the music alive for Walter and I do plan to see them once and for all.

Walter’s daughter posted a very touching tribute to her dad in which you can read here.

Even if you are not a fan, I know you sing along to “dirty work” and “reelin in the years” so toss on a record and take in the Dan.

Cheers to Walter and all of his incredible contributions to the music world and for helping create in my opinion some of the best records ever recorded.

Check out a live version of another one of my favorites Josie.