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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 →

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 →

Blue Cheer: Mind-Erasing Barbiturate Rock Of The Highest Pedigree

If the wild and woolly Blue Cheer’s self-titled debut were to take on physical form, it would perfectly materialize into one of those massive jugs of Boon’s Farm wine you can see being communally passed in rock festival footage from… Continue Reading →

For Lovers and Loners Only: An Exploration of Flowers, The Rolling Stones’ Most Romantic and Maligned Album

The Flowers album was for loners and lovers only. It provided a tight backdrop for a lot of decadent fantasy. —Patti Smith Long dismissed as a cash grab hodgepodge of unreleased tracks and singles hastily released to capitalize on the… Continue Reading →

Diamonds & Lice: An Exploration of “Priest = Aura”,The Church’s Undisputed Masterpiece

There is no discography as consistent, as expansive, or as exploratory as that of The Church. This is in no way meant to be a controversial statement. It isn’t a provocation. It’s just a simple fact. 34 albums deep, 867… Continue Reading →

From The Vaults: Captain Beyond’s Advanced Space Boogie Meltdown

If you’ve never heard, or heard of, Captain Beyond then you’re straight up sleep walking through life, my friend. Blooming from the ashes of Iron Butterfly in the fertile early 70s, The Captain was formed by totally groovy proto-metalers Larry… Continue Reading →

All Time Strangest Records: Oar by Alexander “Skip” Spence

Alexander “Skip” Spence had one of the most golden late ‘60s freak scene resumes that could ever be typed up. If you were a counterculture superstar recruiter of the time and this patchouli-scented cover document crossed your groovy desk you… Continue Reading →

Chanson Blues: Early Serge Gainsbourg Part 2

The first striking aspect about Serge Gainsbourg’s notoriously unheralded second album is the cover. Here sits a shockingly young and fresh-faced Serge, rocking a suit right out of an early Godard flick, fixing the camera with one of the coldest… Continue Reading →

Chanson Blues: Early Serge Gainsbourg Part 1

Of any celebrated recording artist of the past 60 years, there is no stylistic phase more neglected than Serge Gainsbourg’s first four records. This could be for a variety of reasons, each one posing as a serious stumbling block both… 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 →

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