Ever since I left Brooklyn 7.5 years ago, I’ve had the vast majority of my vinyl collection sitting in a storage unit down by the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In addition to the recurring frustration of wanting to hear a great record of mine that was locked up more than 2,000 miles away, I was also paying monthly rent for these bad boys. I basically had a studio apartment for my vinyl. It was stupid, but the logistics of moving the masses across country always seemed way too daunting. Plus, was I even sure that I wanted to stay in LA? Well, back in January I finally made the nearly impossible happen. It took 3 commercial palettes, weighing over 3,000 pounds, and several of the most stressful days of physical labor in recent memory, plus a lot of help from my brother (anyone remember Murphy’s Law from the Captain’s Crate days???), but now I can thankfully say that my entire collection is here with me in my studio. What a blessing! Of course, as soon as it arrived one of the first things I had to do was sort through it and sell off a ton. There were just waaaaay too many records. As I went, I started pulling out some gems to digitize, several of which you will hear today. This is gonna be a long ongoing process, but as you know, I’ve always had a very generous sharing policy when it comes to my precious records. So rest assured, you will continue to reap the benefits of my labor on this site in more posts to come. Another fun aspect of digitizing vinyl, is that I can actually give you a slightly altered version of the song- slight bass boost here, touch of compression there, played back at a different speed (like the Cameo joint on here today, which I feel is just much more in the pocket dropped down to -6%). And now, please allow me to take you to church, these are some supremely funky, soulful, body-moving, heart-opening selections, some of which are pretty darn rare and I don’t think you will find them elsewhere- I hope you thoroughly enjoy!