The 405's Carl Osbourn took Black Yaya to Rough Trade East for a spot of Record Shopping. We even managed to spot a copy of his self-titled album, which is out now via City Slang. Check out the full gallery below.

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Record Shopping With... Black Yaya

I like the picture of my record in the American/Canadian section. America is my love, and that way I feel more linked to it than to Paris, where I was born, or Sweden where I'm from, you know, because I love it by choice, not by birth...


Record Shopping With... Black Yaya

Minor Love by Adam Green

I love all of Adam Green's records. Something about his writing feels so natural, instinctive, while undoubtedly nurtured in sophisticated poetry and artful images. Minor Love is super cool in a way that it feels very close to the bone, different from the bulk of his work in the clarity of the vision, the honesty it seems to bring into the mix, even maybe very revealing of the man behind the words, in a way. Also a lot less "cuss words" than in his previous records makes the songs easier to sing for me without feeling out of place...


Record Shopping With... Black Yaya

We Are Miracles by Sarah Silverman

I really like Sarah Silverman. I like the pace she found, the tone. I saw her recently at one of the nights she hosted at Largo in LA. It was cool that it felt like sometimes what she wanted to say was more important than the laughs, even though she got tons of them (laughs). Stand Up comedy is a tough job I feel, mostly because you have to say the same things time and time again, so I think she made a good move in picking topics she really cares about.


Record Shopping With... Black Yaya

Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles

I Love The Beatles with all my heart. For a long time I held Rubber Soul as the best human achievement of all time. Later I started thinking of Mystery Tour (see how I have short names for these beloved albums) as their ultimate Legacy, with 'Fool On The Hill' being Paul's spiritual testament, and 'I Am The Walrus' John's finest mixture of scary anger and beautiful point of views. I love watching the movie too. Art at its best, Mystery Tour...


Record Shopping With... Black Yaya

Good As I Been To You by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan has always been good to me. He's my human rock, my artistic Light-House. Truer than truth, better than best. Good As I Been To You is important for me in that it came out when I started performing (I was 15). I bought the record and saw him tour for it, with a great band, in a sort of country acoustic formation. It was more or less everything I would always want to do, and to this day, I think of that show as the nirvana of performances.


Record Shopping With... Black Yaya
Record Shopping With... Black Yaya

Record Shopping With... Black Yaya

Record Shopping With... Black Yaya

The Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order Volume 4 by Blind Willie McTell

Record Shopping With... Black Yaya

The Silver Jews

They didn't have any Silver Jews records in there, but just the insert. Which is OK, because I could pick any of their records really. I love them all. David Berman is my modern hero. He's got fire in his voice, Anger, wit and love wrapped in a nice low tone almost spoken way of singing. He writes in a manner no one does but him. Songs like 'Candy Jail', 'Black & Brown Blues', 'I Remember Me', sound like classics, in a good way, but they are also unheard of, poetically, I feel. He's to song-writing what Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes) is to comic books, somehow way Right-ON, and somehow way Out-There, an alchemist playing the Nashville game of song-goldsmiths.


Record Shopping With... Black Yaya

Hope by Palace Songs

I love it, I don't know if I should call it an EP or an LP, but it doesn't matter, because Will Oldham's beautiful voice sings "Should I play ball with the dog, or walk away?" and nothing else matters. with The Mountain Goats and Daniel Johnston, Palace era Will Oldham was the first time I listened to music that was contemporary to me, when I was in High School, and felt the same as listening to Bob Dylan, or Elvis, or Johnny Cash, or Lou Reed. It made me realize that what I loved in Music and Songs still existed, that you could still sing songs with a guitar and have a record out, and it changed my life, especially since they seemed to make things with little means, no big studios, and I was nowhere near ever entering a recording facility myself...


Record Shopping With... Black Yaya

The Voice of the Turtle by John Fahey

Record Shopping With... Black Yaya
Record Shopping With... Black Yaya

Girl In A Band: A Memoir by Kim Gordon

I hadn't listened to Sonic Youth in maybe ten years when I bought this book. I was a big fan in High School at the time of Goo and Dirty. Sonic Youth made me buy my first Electric Guitar, a Silvertone "Amp-In-Case" I got in Florida for $300, that I used on most of my records. What I found in this book is wonderful writing, strong and clear, a beautiful and sensitive soul, a rich life with sorrows and joys. I realized that she never really conceived their productions as songs, not the way I say "songs", like for Willie Nelson or Lou Reed, but as art pieces. Her lyrics, which I at times overlooked as quickly written, needed the contextualization that conceptual art needs, in the book she makes songs like 'Tunic' or 'Swimsuit Issue' gain layers of meanings, while she explains that 'I Dreamed I Dreamed' was random. It's a great book I feel, she mentions Patti Smith as a hero of hers, and I feel there is a nod to Just Kids, sometimes... I also really loved the way she describes her fear of Manson, growing up near where he hitch-hiked and all, I'm terrified of his dark presence, and I could really relate...


Record Shopping With... Black Yaya

There's No Business by Charles Bukowski

Here are two of my favorite artists in the world together: Charles Bukowski and R.Crumb. Bukowski's writing makes me truly, really, happy. When someone reaches this level of connection with beauty and truth, I'm in awe. R.Crumb's art is at its best here, and that means a lot, because I think of him as highly as I do of Rembrandt, he is a master, for ever. I have both of those Black Sparrow Illustrated short stories, and I think that when I have a child, they will be the first illustrated books I'll read him or her to sleep.