Thursday, June 23, 2022


 Current Vinyl Playlist VOL 7

This is installment # 7 of my new regular entry on this mess of a blog.

I'm catching up.  Jumping to the latest finds

1) Hollie Cook - Happy Hour

The 4th release from the ultra smooth and sweet voiced Hollie Cook and her self titled "Tropical pop".  Just got this in the mail, and is not even out digitally until tomorrow at the time of writing.

It's kind of like the "lover's rock" type of reggae made famous back in the mid 1970's.  Every track is a cocktail on a tropical beach in paradise.

And the cover art is in the style of her first three LPs.  

Great pressing.  A surprisingly loud and deep bass but crisp high ends.   And you can't beat the limited edition orchid & tangerine vinyl with great labels.

Here is the clip for one of the new tracks.

2) The Clash & Ranking Roger - "Rock The Casbah" b/w "Red Angel Dragnet"

The single to promote the most recent remastered reissue of "Combat Rock" features Ranking Roger of English Beat (and soon to be in General Public).  

His toasting style completely changes both songs.  Loved Rock the Casbah sine I was 13 years old, but RR really gives it a new life.    The B-side, "Red angel Dragnet" allows Ranking Roger to really turn this into a dub classic.   

It's available on The Clash's UK website.

While Rock the Casbah is kind of a remix with a replaced lead vocal, Red Angel Dragnet is more of a dub version of dub song.   It's perfect.  I just wanted it to keep going.

3) Manfred Hubler & Siegfried Schwab - Vampiros Lesbos: Sexadelic Dance Party

Acid jazz pop from 1969.   This is a 2005 reissue of an ultra scarce soundtrack for "Vampiros Lesbos", a late 60's sex-horror take on Bram Stoker's Dracula.  That sums up the music....

Here's a track of this music....

I'll be back with more in a week or two!

Thursday, June 16, 2022


 As the current inflation nightmare is the biggest factor in our current economy, dividend growth investors get somewhat of a break by owning stock in companies that continually raise their dividend payout to match growth/current price.    

For the month of May, I had six increases announced that resulted in an increase of 6.13% for the six companies involved.   Not quite beating inflation, but gets close.  

Much thanks to Lowe's (LOW) that announced a 31.3% increase.

Overall, my annual income increased by $72.40.   It look like a tiny meaningless drop, but over the course of a year, I have over 120 companies that will be raising their dividend,   IT adds up.  And, of course, it all gets put back into the market where it compounds.   

Here's are the details.

Friday, June 10, 2022


 Current Vinyl Playlist VOL 6

This is the sixth installment on my new regular entry on this mess of a blog.

I'm still working hard on catching up...

Pulled out some jazz records and wanted to showcase a few of them.  

From upper left:


1) John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

IMO, this is where you start if you do not know jazz.  This is the best example of modal jazz and one of the most important and highly regarded jazz recordings ever.  

All recorded in one session in December 9th, 1964.   

Here's "Part II - Resolution"

2) Earl "Father" Hines - Blue Note #5 12" 78

Recorded and released in 1939, this is a fine example of early Blue Note recordings before WW2.  Here's side B - "Reminiscing At Blue Note".  My records sounds MUCH cleaner than this video.

3) Duke Ellington - Ellington Uptown

Found this gem in a thrift store in Coos Bay, OR.  Great stuff at the end of big band era.  The creation of the Long Playing record gave Duke Ellington a palette to compose wonderful extended pieces like The Harlem Suite without the constraint of the short length of a 78rpm side - about 5 minutes max.   

4) Dirty Art Club - Gardens

Not jazz, but has the same kind of mentality.  Psych-Hop that expresses a bunch of cool moods in one record.  

Here's a YouTube of the whole thing.

5) Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd - Jazz Samba

The titles speaks for itself.  This kicked off America's Bossa Nova craze in the early 1960's.  Here's Desafinado.

6) Hugh Masekela - Masekela

This was recorded in late 1968 by the great South African jazz trumpeter.  One of my personal favorite albums.

"Gold" was released as a single, did not feature his trumpet, but you can really feel the African vibe to his music.

I have MANY more to review.   

See you next time!

Friday, June 3, 2022


 May ended and we still have not gotten any warm weather here in the Pacific NW.   It's just been really showery and cool.   Rain and 55 degrees does not go well with my kid's softball season.

So we travelled and saw shows.  It was an epic and unforgettable month

So we got away. We figured that if it is going to be cold and wet, might as well get real cold.   So we took a road trip over to Yellowstone National Park for a week.   There's nothing better than going there in the off-season window before the big rush of tourists in mid May.   And it was cool, and got some snowfall.

We met a baby moose on one side of the highway...

And across the street was this.....   The Grand Tetons.    


Then we met a fox that was very interested in us right after eating some sort of animal.

The colorful hot pools of Yellowstone are AMAZING.   I had to show my daughter what it looks like in person.

  Once we got home, we got to meet Sir Paul McCartney.  In person, you watch in awe as a Beatle plays Beatle songs that sound just like the record n the same room you are in. 

This is when he did "Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite" (a John song, but really cool to hear)  

Looking great for someone a couple weeks from 80 years old!   And did a 3 hour show.  Wonderful experience.

And to top it off, I got paid for being alive.  Whoot!   

April 2022 brought in an epic $1,525.99 in dividend income from 36 companies.   That's a 45.6% increase over 2021's $1,047.99.

I'll take that.  Here's the nitty gritty.

What I really love is how steady and uniform these payments are.  Lots of solid payments.   

And what did I do with this payout?   That's right, BUY MORE INCOME!   Make the snowball even bigger and compound this thing.  

Remember, if I can do this, so can you.  It takes patience.  10 years later, you get something like this.

Monday, May 30, 2022


 Current Vinyl Playlist VOL 5

This is the fifth installment on my new regular entry on this mess of a blog...

I'm working hard on catching up.   

Here's four that were waiting for a blog post about:

1) Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92

IMO, this is where you start if you are interested in getting into ambient techno.  A good starting point since this is the album that kicked off this whole genre.  

 2) Idles - Ultra Mono

One of my favorite releases of 2020, this British post-punk outfit will remind you of Sleaford Mods and the Fall at the same time.    Here's the promo clip of "Mr Motivator",the first single from the LP.   I guess one can call it aggressively fun.

3) Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia: The Moonlight Edition

A few months ago, once I saw this on the shelf, I had to pick up this double album.  One of the best dance-pop albums ever made, this is the bonus version with an extra album full of bonus tracks and a remix of "Levitating".  This is just hard to not like, even though I'm really not into this genre.

4) The Damned - The Rockfield Files

Forty-five years and still going strong, The Damned returned to the studio of their early 80's LPs The Black Album and Strawberries and pumped out this 4 song EP in late 2020.  OVer the past 20 years, they've honed their own unique sound - a version of psychedelic tinged goth punk that works great on this.  Can't wait for more.

Be back in a week of so with more.  I'm getting more records faster than I can post about.


Thursday, May 19, 2022


 Current Vinyl Playlist VOL 4

This is the fourth installment on my new regular entry on this mess of a blog.

I have so many records, I can do this every day and have new material for 2 solid years with 7 per day.  I ran out of room in my "office"

Here's what I pulled off the shelf this week:

Here's what I pulled off the shelf. Starting at the upper left

1) In The Pines - Slow Blink

I did not know Cincinnati  Neo-Pych was a thing.  Pretty cool stuff.  I do not know how or why I got this, but it's good in a indie shoegaze kind of thing

Here's the only video from this:

2) Meat Puppets - Dusty Notes

Got that inde/americana sound and has that twang in the vocals that scream "Meat Puppets"

3) Elvis Depressedly - Holo Pleasures / California Dreamin' 

This is SUPER Lo-Fi.  This may be one of the worst sounding records I have.  Not the quality of the music, but the sheer lo-fi / awful recording. And I like lo-fi...

4) Monks - Hamburg Recordings 1967

This is the garage rock that is proto-proto-proto punk  .

Here's a clip of track 1

5) Big Audio Dynamite - Tighten Up Vol. 88

One of my 80's records that definitely improved over time.  I was honestly really disappointed when this came out since BADs first LP was so amazing and the second one was a mere shadow of the first.  I was hoping for a rebound.  

34 years later, it's dramatically more interesting and a great time capsule.  And the more BAD, the better.

Here's a clip of my favorite track on this album, "Applecart"

6) Of Montreal - Innocence Reaches.

A psychedelic band with its beginning foray journey into EDM pop. A fantastically fun listen.  I would not want to miss this band live.  Such strange fun.  Every song is its own perfection that only they can do.  

7) Gloss - Between Themselves

Dreamy indie-pop.   Reminds me of The Ocean Blue and the happy high sound they pulled off.  

Go LOTS more to show off.  Until then!  Happy listening and 

Thursday, May 12, 2022


 Current Vinyl Playlist VOL 3

This is the third installment on my new regular entry on this mess of a blog.

Whenever I am unsure of what to listen to, I tend to reach for one of my compilation albums.   Over the years I have grown my compilation collection to over 110 of these and am continually looking for interesting comps around record and junk stores.

This six-pack of comps are all from the early 80's.  This is an instant New Wave / Post Punk party!   Here's a breakdown

1) Chart Wars - Ronco 1982
    The late great Ron Popeil and his TV marketing juggernaut Ronco, put out a ton of comps.  Especially in Europe.  I grabbed this one for the amazing cover photo.  How could you not..   Good mix of new wave hits that makes me feel I opened up a time capsule.

Wow.  LOL.   A bunch of great tunes and a handful of never heard on this side of the Atlantic.

Here's a clip for "Dracula's Tango"

2) NEW UNDERGROUND - CBS Germany 1983.   Another must have.  Not easy to find in the US, but has a great colored vinyl.   A great mix of songs.  More on the goth/darkwave side of things..

Here's "Never Say Never" by Romeo Void

3) & 4) Chart Busters '82 Volume 1 and 2   A double feature from Ronco in the UK.  Comps with 8 to 10 sons per side were compressed and have a lower dynamic range.  But for the low price at the time, these were awesome mix tapes.  These two were full of new wave hits and pop hits in the UK at the time.  Fun stuff

Here's the fairly obscure video for "See You" by Depeche Mode.  

5) Troublemakers - Warner Brothers 1979.   One in the long running Warner comp series Loss Leaders, Troublemakers focused on the post punk rage at the time.  Any comp with John Cale, Wire, Public Image Limited, Gang of Four, The Modern Lovers, and Devo is ok in my book.  And it has a live Sex Pistols track from their last show in 1978.

Here is  Johnny Rotten and PIL doing "Public Image"

6) NO WAVE - A&M 1979   One of the greatest covers.  And a really cool blue record. This is one of my first compilation records and still spin it at least once a year.

 The ironing board thing is a thing....

 Here's The Stranglers doing "Nice 'N Sleazy".  JJ Burnell's bass etches my mind.

 I promise I will update my vinyl playlists more often.  I have lots of new records to show off.

Until then, cheers!

Sunday, May 8, 2022


The whole reason I picked the stocks to buy was because of a track record of increasing the dividend.  With each dividend increase, my original investment pays me back at a higher rate. 

Not only am I being paid to be alive, but I am getting a pay raise for being alive.  Sweet.   This allows me to enjoy more roadkill patty melts!

Work it!

Eventually, with ever increasing dividends, you could earn back your original investment annually.  

And with each increased return, the risk lowers.  If you have received over 100% of your original investment in dividends, you have no risk and all gain.  I like that.

This April, I received a $113.27 increase in my annual dividend income.  Of the companies involved, it was a 6.85% increase.  Just keeping up with inflation.  

The big increases were from Costco (COST) with a 13.9% hike, and Paychex (PAYX) and its 19.7% increase.  

IBM, just to keep up a pattern of annual increases only declared a $.01 - a .6% increase to no lose their status ad a Dividend Aristocrat (25 consecutive years or more of dividend increases).  

Here's the nitty gritty of the increases in a cute little spreadsheet,

Until next month, cheers!

Saturday, May 7, 2022


April.   Another wonderful month!  Better weather, spring flowers and more dividend income!  Yay!

Here is a shot from the Skagit Valley in Washington where they grow 75% of the United States' tulips.   Amazing colors!

Just mesmerizing.   

Also, since I am consistently building my portfolio of dividend growth stocks, I have to look back at the previous month and see the progress.

The whole point of this process is to build enough passive income to eventually replace my work income and be financially free.  Monthly, I review the progress and report it here.

I write this blog to keep a track record of this progress, and hopefully someone will gain even a tiny bit of motivation or helpful information that helps them on their journey towards financial independence.  It also keeps me focused.

This is definitely not a get rich quick scheme.  It takes lots of time, patience and determination.  And as time moves on, the monthly income steadily grows.

In April, I earned an impressive $2,458.63 from 36 companies.   Bam!   That's a 161.39% increase from 2021's $940.61.  That's going to be tough to beat, but I'll try my best.   

Here's the nitty gritty of the month.

















































































































My favorite (and one of few) non div growth stocks, Whitehorse Finance (WHF) is the clear winner for single payout with the $1,065 handout.  I particularly us the dividend income from them to make a single large purchase of some other stock.

Little by little anyone can do this.  After reaching a certain level, you can really see the growth and the downhill snowball that happens.  IT tkes major determination and consistent saving to add to the fund.  

But look at the result.  I have no plans to sell these shares.  This is permanent passive income.  

And someday, it will be my kid's permanent passive income.