Ghédalia Tazartès

Ghédalia Tazartés: At The Edge Of Perception Ever since he passed away back in February, I've wanted to discuss the late great Ghédalia Tazartés, that French sonic visionary who bridged the Electro-Acoustic experiments of Pierre Schaeffer and the dawning of the sampladelic age. However, as the days turn shorter as Autumn falls into its great … Continue reading Ghédalia Tazartès

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

Terry Riley – A Rainbow In Curved Air

Terry Riley A Rainbow In Curved Air (Columbia Masterworks: 1969) In the process of putting together that seventies list, it hit me just how many great space records, minimalist outings, electronica slates, and kosmische flights of fancy came out over the course of the decade. Not that it's particarly surprising — after all, sprawling instrumental two-trackers are … Continue reading Terry Riley – A Rainbow In Curved Air

’70s Bonus Beat: The Heartbreaking Exclusions

Just 101 more albums that were in the running... ...Barbara Mandrell’s Treat Him Right Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Jobim The Isley Brothers’ The Heat Is On Black Sabbath’s Black Sabbath Steely Dan’s Can't Buy A Thrill Eddy Grant’s Walking On Sunshine Queen’s News Of The World Chrome’s The Visitation Neu!’s Neu! '75 Yoko Ono’s Fly Blue … Continue reading ’70s Bonus Beat: The Heartbreaking Exclusions

45 From The 70s

This list came about naturally enough a couple months back, when my sister-in-law Leah decided that she'd like to do a 'top 45 of the '70s' list for her 45th birthday. Although she's Gen X to the core, the 1970s were crucial in shaping her musical tastes — which roughly put center primarily on canyon, country, and … Continue reading 45 From The 70s

Harold Budd

Harold Budd: The Atmospheric Man Though he rejected the label outright, Harold Budd was one of the towering figures of ambient music. Much like Jon Hassell, he was pulled into the orbit of Brian Eno and accordingly was understood in the popular imagination as a card-carrying member of the scene. Even if Budd was reluctant … Continue reading Harold Budd

Rammellzee vs. K-Rob – Beat Bop

Rammellzee vs. K-Rob Beat Bop (12" Single) Tartown: 1983) Put simply, the Beat Bop 12" is one of the stone tablets of hip hop. Originally released in an ultra-limited run on Tartown Records, which — paired with its skewed street-level funk and visionary, impressionistic raps — virtually guaranteed that it would quickly attain the status of hip hop holy … Continue reading Rammellzee vs. K-Rob – Beat Bop