Archive for March, 2016

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

So, that whole “cosmic American music” thing. What exactly was Gram Parsons getting at when he first muttered it? Each element of the term is loaded — the cosmos are awful big. So’s America. Did Parsons mean country music okay for hippies to dig and play? Rural music as informed by grass as the dirt? […]

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Cheap Trick needs precious little in the way of an introduction. Roaring out of Rockford in the early ’70s, the band’s stayed on a remarkably consistent career path for decades, hewing close to a muscular framework of guitar-driven glam riffs and sturdy, pop-based song craft. Anthems like “I Want You To Want Me” and “Surrender” bridged […]

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

“Gimme Gimme Good Lovin” bubblegum this is not. Via our Transcendence mixtape, found here. . . Crazy Elephant :: Dark Part Of My Mind

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

As everybody knows, the counterculture revolution of peace, love, and rock n’ roll, can be said to have died, grimly and without shelter, on a racetrack outside of San Francisco on December 6, 1969. Perhaps less well known, is that some two years later, a parallel movement south of the border—dubbed La Onda (“The Wave”)—was […]

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

While there’s been no shortage of writing devoted to the Grateful Dead and its various subcultures, I don’t think there’s been one book that goes as deep as Jesse Jarnow’s new, completely marvelous Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America. I’d say it’s the best Dead tome ever written, but the Dead are only part of […]

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Matthew McQueen, known by most by his stage name, Matthewdavid, doesn’t have any qualms with the term “New Age.” While some electronic composers might prefer the term “ambient,” McQueen is attracted to the more metaphysical label, for its mystic connotations as much as its musical ones. In McQueen’s eyes, 2016 feels very much like part of a New Age; […]

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

“Bola Sete’s music comes from everywhere and nowhere. The subconscious really is universal. Bola Sete’s music is the best reminder of this that I have ever heard. He is a man of great spirit and great depth.”  John Fahey, Guitar Player, February 1976 The above inscription rests on the back cover of Brazilian guitarist Bola […]