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The Ultimate Rock N Roll Vanity Project: Five Burning Questions About The Hollywood Vampires

It’s only fair that I preface this article by admitting that I’ve never listened to The Hollywood Vampires. But it’s perfectly fine because one doesn’t need to listen to The Hollywood Vampires in order to know exactly what The Hollywood… Continue Reading →

The Deceptively Smooth Soul/Psych Grooves of Feng Suave

This Dutch psych/surf/synth pop five piece lays down airy, floating grooves tied to traditional song structures and is by far our favorite new find this week. The curly-haired lead singer possesses one of those real-deal soul voices that, if used… Continue Reading →

Charles Mingus on Impulse! Records

I entered a jazz program at a small local college without having any sense of the breadth of styles and the personalities that shaped the art form.  As a bass player, I felt inclined towards Mingus at first.  But the… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 4: “The Scarecrow”

“The Scarecrow” by Pink Floyd, Released June 16th, 1967 We are four tracks deep on The Madcap Rated Series, and it pains me to say that this is the first track in Syd’s catalog that I don’t enjoy. It’s also… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 3: “See Emily Play”

“See Emily Play” by Pink Floyd, Released June 16th, 1967 Imagine for a moment that you are 19 years of age. The year is 1967 and the month is June. The first warm rays of the Summer Of Love are… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 2: “Candy And A Currant Bun”

“Candy And A Currant Bun” by Pink Floyd, Released March 10th, 1967 I know, I know, it’s tough to imagine Syd Barrett as a sexual being. This is mostly due to the press he’s received, both during his run with… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 1: “Arnold Layne”

“Arnold Layne” by Pink Floyd, Released March 10th, 1967 It makes the most crystalline type of sense that the very first recorded Syd Barrett song to reach the world from his stately, angelic brain concerned a Cambridge cross dresser stealing… Continue Reading →

Delia Derbyshire: War Sounds and Lampshades

Mixing mathematics and sound was Delia Derbyshire’s goal. This petite Englishwoman with librarian looks and otherworldly auditory abilities achieved her goal.  A true musical genius, Delia, “The Sculptress of Sound”, was the brains and the loop master of the original… Continue Reading →

George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass: The Biggest Fuck Up Of The Classic Rock Era

  We will kick things off here by stating this: George Harrison’s post-Beatles mega-opus All Things Must Pass is easily one of the greatest albums ever conceived, searching and sublime, eternally warm and glowing, a pastoral epic that deftly dodges… Continue Reading →

Smoke 2 Joints With Philly Upstarts Looseleaf

What happens when you combine a law school student who married a Quaker couple in his free time and someone who shakes his head at technology and social media? You get a damn fine band that is on the verge of… Continue Reading →

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