Whether producing Little Feat, or behind the boards sidewinding down Shakedown Street, Lowell George had a sound. And as sonic mojos go, no matter the project, his touch felt instinctual, immediate and, of course, funky. In […]
Intentional or not, Neil Young picked a rather poignant time to release a live album recorded in Alabama—and given his prickly history with the state (and with the South at large), Tuscaloosa feels like it’s arriving in the same way that so much of Shakey’s career has: just when we need it.
Our fascination with Beverly Glenn-Copeland is no secret, from the jazzy folk of his 1970 debut to his 1986 minimalist electronic masterpiece, “Keyboard Fantasies.”
More tales from the pacific rim. Outré California.
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Several years back, Los Angeles collector and dj Daniel T told us about a regular series he was starting with fellow head, Wyatt Potts. It became Heat Wave — a weekly dj night in east Hollywood focusing on (often rare) slices of international funk, soul, disco and beyond. It’s grown (a lot) and is now a second home to a global coterie of visiting DJs from the likes of S. America, Europe and Asia. But this week is different. It’s just the resident founders and they’re only spinning from their 7″ collection.
Craig Leon spent the ’70s helping define the sound of New York City’s punk and experimental explosions. His new album, The Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon, features new recordings that return to the celestial focus of his album 1981 album “Nommos,” blurring distinctions between minimalism, electronic folk, and New Age.
Rescued from the underground! Check out a handful of highly recommended private press gems, recently reissued. An oddball masterpiece, lost in the 1980s — Warren Winter’s Band’s Crossbar Hotel casts a melancholy eye on the “me” […]
Hot on the heels of last year’s revelatory Eric Dolphy release, Resonance Records returns this spring with two essential sets of previously unheard jazz bliss, all presented with characteristic care and love.
For those interested in the potent alchemy that was the brew of bandleader, philosopher, player and poet, Sun Ra, filmmaker Robert Mugge’s documentary “A Joyful Noise” is essential. Released in 1980, the hour long film captures Sun Ra’s Arkestra performing in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore, along with behind the scenes footage of the players at rest, rehearsal and in interview.
Stream the film, in its entirety, below.
Over the past decade the Kiwi artist (née Connan Tant Hosford) has called California, England, and, at present, Japan home. One thing that hasn’t changed? Hosford’s singular fealty to a sound that can only be described as his own. There have been numerous imitators since, yet Mockasin’s homegrown surrealist psychedelia, and exploration thereof, has remained both constant and in flux.
Lori Felker’s documentary about no wave/space rock weirdo Von LMO is a true labor of love. Like many other music docs about obscure or forgotten acts, it began from Felker’s fandom, but unlike most of the others, this film acknowledges its subject’s faults and often even calls into question whether he’s worthy of celebration. I’m glad Felker kept going because Von LMO’s flaws are as fascinating as his strengths.
Los Angeles, lo-fi cosmic country, newcomer Aaron Beckum has the pyramids on his mind. It’s here, in a metaphysical Egypt, the crooner drowns a platitude of sorrows in terra-cotta whiskey amongst the monument’s 2.3 million stone blocks…all the while counseled and kept company by Sphinx. Naturally.
The Speed At The Heart Of The World’s Most Beautiful Soup Can, The Roar And Burn Of Chopper Wheels In Your Bedroom And The Beatles Going Very Fast: An infinitesimal scratch at the surface of speed in popular art. By Ethan P Miller (Howlin’ Rain)