Transmissions :: A Conversation With Jesse Jarnow

For this episode of Transmissions, we’re joined by author, WFMU DJ, and historian of all things “heady,” Jesse Jarnow. With society in a state of monumental flux, it felt like the perfect time to ring Jesse up to discuss the radical possibilities of the current moment, science fiction, various dystopian and utopian happenings and jam culture’s ahead of the curve embrace of live streaming tech.

Lost Live Grease, Recovering the Hampton Grease Band

The importance of the Hampton Grease Band is almost always reduced to factoids. Mainly that their sole album, 1971’s Music To Eat, was allegedly the second worse-selling double-LP in Columbia Records’ history, after an instructional yoga set.

The Hampton Grease Band deserve better. The Hampton Grease Band were the South’s first freaks, and still their most incredible.

Cosmic Pedal Steel Situations :: Winter 2020

Pioneers like Daniel Lanois and Chas Smith paved the way in the 1980s, but the past several years have seen a very welcome pedal steel ambient scene emerging from the underground. Here are just a handful that have caught our ears from artists like Susan Alcorn, Barry Walker Jr., North Americans, Heather Leigh, and more.

Aquarium Drunkard Book Club :: Chapter One

Warren Zevon once said “We love to buy books because we believe we’re buying the time to read them.” But even if your towering “too read” can’t guarantee immortality, those pages can make life feel even more worth living. Welcome to the inaugural Aquarium Drunkard Book Club. This installment finds Tyler Wilcox guiding us through a few of his recent reads. Enjoy. More soon.

Blanks & Postage: Kyle Barnett and the Record Cultures of Wild Midwest

Despite a plot that takes place a century ago, nearly every twist of Kyle Barnett’s new scholarly work Record Cultures: The Transformation of the U.S. Recording Industry feels acutely connected to the present. With a big picture historical view, Barnett maps how the unsettled and undefined chaos of American music coalesced into the modern world of record labels and genres with all their racist complexities and romantic myths.

Blanks And Postage: How To Build A Diving Bell, or Tape-Hunting Tips For Quarantined Gormandizers

Just as many of us were folding into our geo-domes for extended isolation in early March, a tweet floated across my transom that asked the reader to “Imagine a world where there were archives of live P-Funk and Fela recordings as extensive and well-curated as those devoted to the Grateful Dead.” To paraphrase a recent viral hit: it’s easy if you try. At least, the imagining is. Just pretend that they’re the Dead…

Neil Young and Crazy Horse :: Colorado

So we didn’t exactly get Year of the Horse, part II in 2019. But we did get another Neil Young and Crazy Horse album, Colorado, released a little over 50 years after Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere introduced the world to this extraordinary pairing. Amazingly, three out of the four musicians who made that epochal 1969 LP are still onboard – and together they still sound like no one else….