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Les Rallizes Dénudés: Hijacked Planes, Vanished Members, and the Red Army Blues

There was an intricate network of thousands of radicalized, trippy bands spread across the globe like an acid-drenched spider web in the ’60s and early ’70s, but none went as far out as Japan’s reclusive noise rock/terrorist organization Les Rallizes… Continue Reading →

The Record Company: Music For Divorcees

“We are the Record Company. We play Rock n Roll.” How do you not want to tune in to listen? Chris Vos’ booming voice and innovative guitar playing and lyrics like “East side thriller killer / Roll bones drop stones raw… Continue Reading →

The Kurt Factor: Jealous Of The Birds & Courtney Barnett

2018 is a proving to be a stellar year for female artists and musicians. I am particularly moved by two of the innovative ladies with stellar records out this year, one whom is an Australian you may know well and… Continue Reading →

The Official Most Fucked Up Band Of All Time: Roky Erickson & The Missing Links

If asked to name the most dangerous, depraved, socially maladjusted band of all time, most nerds will inevitably point right to everyone’s favorite ancient-church-torching, bandmate-murdering  gaggle of Norwegian Viking wannabes: Mayhem. Others will mention the black magic dabbling, statutory rape… Continue Reading →

The Layla Curse: How Eric Clapton’s Masterpiece Is Responsible For Parentacide, Dead Guitar Heroes, Failed Kidneys, Bad Shorts, And Even Disco

You’ve heard the song at least 102,697 times. It’s been blasting from the FM Classic Rock stations at every jobsite you’ve ever walked past. A limp acoustic version haunted your MTV childhood. It’s lush piano outro soundtracked several of the… Continue Reading →

Yes, Rick James and Neil Young Were Once In A Band Together

“I’m Rick James, bitch. And I was once in a band with Neil Young.” Nobody could blame you if you’ve never heard of the Mynah Birds. Over four scattershot years in the mid-’60s this obscure Toronto garage tribe managed only… Continue Reading →

Navigating Electric Miles’ Live Recordings (1969-1975) – Live-Evil

A bit of a paradox here… Despite the title, not necessarily a “live” album, with half the tracks recorded directly in the Columbia studio, and the remaining tunes being spliced together from different performances, recorded December 1970 at DC’s The… Continue Reading →

Navigating Electric Miles’ Live Recordings (1969-1975) – Agharta and Pangaea

Sly Stone may have been this funky, but he was never this heavy. Bass and drums… Tight! Hard! Guitar and percussion… laying down a heavy groove, just right above. Yamaha organ… Ok, most that is just plain weird. Sax… mother… Continue Reading →

Navigating Electric Miles’ Live Recordings (1969-1975) – Bitches Brew Live

Is it the appropriation and re-appropriation of black and white culture, back and forth, until we’re given something uniquely colorblind?  

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