Garden Grooves 009

Closing down the summer with another episode of Garden Grooves, this one isn't the result of a long weekend of landscaping but instead parsed out in fragments over the last three or four months. But if you keep track... well, it's cheap blog material, isn't it? So, in the spirit of Smirkoff, We Have Explosive, … Continue reading Garden Grooves 009

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

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

Daft Punk

Daft Punk: The Dons of French Disco Just the other day, the rumors began circulating that Daft Punk had parted ways, and shortly after it was confirmed. I guess I'd always assumed that they would just go on forever, two robots unfurling wave after wave of digital disco into perpetuity. They'd certainly been a reliable … Continue reading Daft Punk

Clark – Lofthouse

Clark Lofthouse (Planet E: 1995) The further the mid-nineties get to be in the proverbial rear view mirror, the more it seems like a golden era for a particular type of techno record, a type of record tucked away in a certain corner of the genre, a corner that's quite possibly my absolute favorite sliver … Continue reading Clark – Lofthouse

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

Silver Apples

Silver Apples: Machines In Glorious Motion The original oscillator man Simeon Coxe died earlier this week, the man who was one half of legendary electronic duo Silver Apples, a duo that conjured up a working sketch of the future way back in the late 1960s. Their debut album appeared in 1968, its strange combination of … Continue reading Silver Apples

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk: At the way station to the future With Florian Schneider’s passing this spring, one of the great institutions of modern music was laid to rest. Kraftwerk’s reputation truly precedes them, to the point that introductions are hardly even necessary at this point. Suffice it to say that the group took all of early krautrock's … Continue reading Kraftwerk