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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 →

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 →

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