25 From 91

In a similar spirit to last year, the list crew decided to put together a chart around a specific year. Last year was my call, so I chose 1997 for its pivotal significance in my own musical life (after all, it's the year I tripped and fell into the wonderful world of beats in the … Continue reading 25 From 91

El Cajon Blvd.

On that Eastside past 70th tip... With the days getting shorter, you head out walking after work and the sun's already setting as you return. This is Earthbeat weather, locked down inna Parallax stylee, streetwise traffic set against ECM skies. Minute by minute, Prelude and West End set the tone, old 69 records spinning in … Continue reading El Cajon Blvd.

Rugged Sounds

Sons Of The Subway Walk Under A Full Moon's Light // All these rugged sounds in discordant harmony, swirling like shadows in your mind, extraterrestrial raggabeats/trip hop broken down/post punk noise/machine soul riddims, The Dust Brothers/Black Grape vision and rock 'n roll in full effect — Captain Beyond and the MC5 and The Stooges and Blue Cheer — Paul's … Continue reading Rugged Sounds

Terminal Vibration: My Machines

Extraterrestrial Raggabeats In Outer Space One thing that's become apparent as we've moved through the various stations of this whole Terminal Vibration saga is that the music grows decidedly more electronic, and more sequenced, with every passing chapter. Starting out in the largely played-on-live-instruments punk/funk/new wave mash-up of the first few segments, it ever-so-gradually transitioned … Continue reading Terminal Vibration: My Machines

Motion 002

Motion 002: Trip Into The Groove This latest Motion playlist dates back to late summer, with the tempo dropping accordingly. Still, the mix managed to hang around as the days grew shorter, its machine soul/trip hop/techno mash-up the perfect soundtrack to running at dusk as the city lights begin to switch on. As me move … Continue reading Motion 002

Terminal Vibration IX (Elevator Music)

The subject turns to techno, house and other things... The music is just like Detroit — a complete mistake. It's like George Clinton and Kraftwerk stuck in an elevator. Derrick May1a When discussing dance music — particularly of the electronic variety — the next logical step onward after electro crept out of cities like New York, Chicago and Detroit at the … Continue reading Terminal Vibration IX (Elevator Music)

Techno

The Truth I've always loved this quote from Derrick May, which is quite crisply evocative of the rich undercurrents of depth and mystery running through techno music. Actually, I'm worried I might be paraphrasing somewhat (in fact, it's rather likely, since I can't seem to find the interview I heard it in anywhere). But what … Continue reading Techno

The Parkway Bowl Disco Mix

A disco mix inspired by San Diego's bowling alleys past, present and future Back in the day, I worked at the Clairemont Library, shelving books and helping patrons. Stimulating work, to be sure. On my lunch break, and occasionally after hours, I'd walk a couple blocks over to the Sunset Bowl to grab a bite … Continue reading The Parkway Bowl Disco Mix

Soul Machine

I recall wandering the vast corridors on an indoor mall only to find a record shop nestled in one of its murky corners. Two separate instances swell from the ocean of memory to overlap: the first was some time ago in the tropics of Camuy on the north side of Puerto Rico, while the second … Continue reading Soul Machine