Ric Ocasek

New Wave Man It was a shame to hear about Ric Ocasek's passing last weekend. One of my earliest musical memories was seeing him in the video for Magic on MTV. I distinctly remember thinking he was the coolest guy I'd ever seen! Even watching it now, his eccentric, offbeat delivery — alternating between quirky new wave … Continue reading Ric Ocasek

Soundsystem Soul

I quietly observe standing in my space... daydreaming. I've been rolling through the Heights on a wave of rugged roots 'n future in the afterglow of the Mezzanine XXI show, not only Mezzanine itself but surrounding Massive Attack records and the productions of the greater Bristol scene, shearing into a sound often termed soundsystem soul. … Continue reading Soundsystem Soul

Mezzanine XXI

Massive Attack: 3D, Daddy G and Mushroom Vowles Last Sunday, I was lucky enough to catch Massive Attack on their Mezzanine XXI tour with my man Snakes, bringing it all back home with those trip hop vibes from the days of wayback. This tour marks the 21st anniversary of the group's monumental third album Mezzanine, … Continue reading Mezzanine XXI

Luscious Jackson

In the space between its Native Tongues-initiated Daisy Age and the creeping dread of the Wu-Tang era lie hip hop's endlessly fertile mid-period, a time when Diamond D's Digging In The Crates ethos, The Low End Theory and the rolling g-funk of Dr. Dre's The Chronic were the order of the day, taking the sound … Continue reading Luscious Jackson

Garden Grooves 005

This episode of Garden Grooves actually dates back a little bit, to the great dawn-of-summer tilling of the fields, when we were getting the Parallax Gardens back in good standing in that space between the rushes. Rather than one or two marathon sessions, this was more often than not spread out into one or two … Continue reading Garden Grooves 005

Morgan Geist – Moves

Morgan Geist Moves Environ 2002 Ever since disco's supposed death in 1980, it's consistently been one of the most vital forms of popular music. One need look no further than its various tributaries, from garage, house and techno to hip hop, electropop and RnB, for all the proof one could ask for. When the backlash … Continue reading Morgan Geist – Moves

Red Skies At Night

The Fixx live @ the Music Box 8/18/19 A couple months ago, I noticed that The Fixx were coming to San Diego to play the Music Box. Seeing as Pops had always been a fan of the group and his birthday was right on the horizon, I bought a pair of tickets to take him … Continue reading Red Skies At Night

Adam Ant

Glam punk's once and future king. The man, the myth, the legend: Adam Ant was the reason I got into music in the first place. You've heard that one before? Well, hear it again. His brand of inspired glam pop appealed to my youthful sensibilities from day one, and imbued as it was with an … Continue reading Adam Ant