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The Madcap Rated, 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 →

The Harmonizing Goth Soul Of Hestina

The art of harmonizing is no easy feat. Sisters can do it. Brothers too. But the ones who are simply friends with a symbiotic union that flow together? Well that’s just supernatural right there. And now we can add the… Continue Reading →

Brit Pop Gets Woke With She Drew The Gun

Louisa Roach fronts She Drew the Gun with high reserves of maturity and poise. I haven’t seen such a composed front woman in a while, and it’s definitely refreshing. Describing her style as “Northern Queer Trash”, Roach’s influences range from… Continue Reading →

All Time Strangest Records: Cromagnon, Orgasm

If anyone happened to be curious where both industrial and black metal were born, all they would need to do is trace the dim light path from the ancient black star that was “Caledonia”, the first track off Cromagnon’s straight… Continue Reading →

Losing In Style With Bully

She’s a little bit Carrie Brownstein and a little bit Kelly Deal, only with with flowing blonde hair that emits a sens of Nordic self confidence. She oozes cool without telling you she knows she is cool. I sincerely doubt… Continue Reading →

Sweet Spirit: Bowl Cut Desperados

It’s been at least a decade since a band straight outta’ Austin caught my attention. Then along came Sweet Spirit. No, Sweet Spirit is not an essay-penning pseudo-Pavement just dying to be noticed on Instagram by Car Seat Headrest.  This… Continue Reading →

Grace Vonderkuhn: A Brash Outlier In A Shrugging Indie World

These days I’ve been bumping a lot of Grace Vonderkuhn. Grace comes swinging right out of the gate with a very real sense of self-confidence and a refreshingly brash attitude. I like a chick with attitude as long as she… Continue Reading →

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