Spring in Ypsilanti

I was just sent this image by NPR’s Mike Perini. If he’s to be believed, he stumbled across this record in a Council Bluffs, Iowa record store called Kanesville Kollectibles last weekend. He describes it as, “countryish late 60s pop with a mild psychedelic influence,” and threatens to play it on his immensely entertaining WCBN radio show, Pandora’s Lunchbox, tomorrow evening.


[For those seeking a sneak preview, it looks as though our friends at Cousins Vinyl have put the song on-line.]

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  1. DRich
    Posted May 20, 2009 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Did he stumble across it because the record store was in a shambles?

    That picture reminded me of this art I recently saw online: http://heartlessmachine.com/section/79989.html

    “Fossils” of obsolete media, which ties into the whole MPT vinyl as arrowhead relics that I believe you’ve written about on here before.

  2. Ol' E Cross
    Posted May 20, 2009 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Our cousin sure is useful when it comes to music, among other things. Thanks for that.

  3. Posted May 21, 2009 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the link, Dan. That’s cool… As for the condition of this particular record, I’m not sure of the context. Mike was rather cryptic when I enquired. I suspect it’s got something to do with time travel.

  4. soundman
    Posted May 21, 2009 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    yes, cousins had this audio posted for a long while.

    i remember he even posted on here when he found it and was waiting for it to arrive. you have to start reading your own blog, mark :)

  5. Rich Retyi
    Posted May 21, 2009 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    As I was riding my bike near The Keg on Huron, I had to swereve to avoid a dangerous looking piece of weathered paper. Looking down I read “Ypsilanti” and “Osler” and skidded to a stop. It was a full sheet of paper with the lyrics to “Back to Ypsilanti” on it. Since Davy Rothbart was nowhere to be found, I let the paper float away (for someone else’s enjoyment) and rode away.

  6. Posted May 21, 2009 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Anytime OEC!

    While Nancy Adams produced a fine song about our town, there’s nobody who has ever or will ever capture the spirit of Ypsilanti better than Lee Osler.

  7. galan
    Posted May 26, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    I own a 45 rpm recording of “Back to Ypsilanti” by Lee Osler that I found in a used record store.

  8. Posted May 26, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Several years ago, I interviewed Lee Osler at his home about his music and his paintings. I think I must have the recording around here somewhere. I’ll look for it.

  9. Posted May 26, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    I remember you said that a few years ago Mark. I’d love to hear that interview. Please let me know if you end up finding it.

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