Oil – Slight Of Hand

I've long been fascinated by a certain type of record, where a very particular confluence of sounds and factors intersect to produce an unlikely minor masterpiece that sounds like little else around. Typically, there's some collision of the synthetic and organic involved... although sometimes one side fills in for the other. The rhythm might be … Continue reading Oil – Slight Of Hand

In Dust We Trust

The Beta Band roam the dusted plains. As they say over on Wikipedia, “This article is a stub,” just a place to get down a concept while it's still fresh in my mind (after all, that's how Terminal Vibration started out in the first place). As you've probably noticed, I've been hinting around the concept … Continue reading In Dust We Trust

ZZ Top

ZZ Top: I've always wanted to do a little break out on ZZ Top’s '70s records, in fact, I had a partially sketched-out piece from a few years back that I dusted off for reference tonight. I'd been saving it for when I finally caught them live, since I always thought I'd get a chance … Continue reading ZZ Top

Rattlesnake Shake

Crashing back to earth — so there's a way back after all — spiral strains of Wilmot echo through the valley, The Sabres Of Paradise in full flame and lost in elemental motion. Enter stage left it's “Thomas The Fib”, sauntering right out the room into the sun-glazed cascade of high noon, Trainspotting rifles and For A Few Dollars … Continue reading Rattlesnake Shake

Biz Markie

Biz Markie: More Than Just A Friend So sad to hear the news of Biz Markie’s passing, after struggling with health troubles of a few years now. He hadn't recorded an album since 2003’s Weekend Warrior, but there was something about knowing he could pop up anywhere — as he often would throughout the intervening years — that was … Continue reading Biz Markie

Breakbeat Manalishi

“The Soft Parade has now begun.” In the long, cool wash into the century's turn, the tides shifted and the futurist obsessions flipped to the retro rollercoaster, the valoriziation of the vintage. Suddenly, the old was new again, and nothing was cooler. It's tempting to lay it all at the feet of sampladelia: with everyone … Continue reading Breakbeat Manalishi

Tonto’s Expanding Head Band

Tonto's Expanding Head Band: Machine Soul Pioneers In a year that's taken many of the greats from us, we've lost a true innovator of electronic music, Malcolm Cecil. Along with partner-in-crime Robert Margouleff, he formed Tonto's Expanding Head Band, the duo that did as much as anyone to bring electronic music crashing into the mainstream, … Continue reading Tonto’s Expanding Head Band