Van Halen

If there was one band that served as the axis on which seventies hard rock gave way to eighties heavy metal, it was Van Halen. Arriving on the scene just as many of metal's first wave giants were running out of steam, their flashy, glamorous sound set the stage for the next decade of rock … Continue reading Van Halen

Tony Allen – N.E.P.A.

Tony Allen with Afrobeat 2000 N.E.P.A (Never Expect Power Always) Mercury: 1984 In the course of writing last week's tribute to Tony Allen, I was purposefully brief when discussing this record because I knew I'd have to return to it for a full-length feature in its own right. After all, it comes in at a … Continue reading Tony Allen – N.E.P.A.

Allied Heights

Shadez Of Colour presents Allied Heights: DJ Slye In The MixInterplanetary Transmissions 2002 Now what we're gonna do right now is go back... way back. Rewind your mind back to fall 2002: Futureform had just parted ways, with Snakes venturing into the wide open trance-states of the high desert and Slye back to the city … Continue reading Allied Heights

Ian Dury And The Blockheads

Ian Dury And The BlockheadsTop row: Chas Jankel, Mickey Gallagher, Davey Payne, Norman Watt-RoyBottom row: John Turnbull, Ian Dury and Charley Charles If there was one figure that had a vision of punk-inflected disco before anyone else, it was Ian Dury and his Blockheads. Emerging from Essex in the U.K. (where The Prodigy would later … Continue reading Ian Dury And The Blockheads

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

British Invasion 25

Ah yes, the United Kingdom. The British Invasion 25 originated from a themed event put together by Sari and Kayli, where we indulged in a smorgasbord of British cuisine and shared lists of our favorite records from the ongoing British Invasion. Rather than limiting the list to the timespan of the first British Invasion (put … Continue reading British Invasion 25

Garden Grooves 004

In the final crisp days of winter, we descended upon the weeds that had begun to take over the Gardens, encroaching on anything and everything the way only winter weeds can do. Veering from trip hop into soul/techno/jazz and then finally rock 'n roll, the soundtrack set the pace for the long project of bringing … Continue reading Garden Grooves 004

Keni Stevens – Night Moves

Keni Stevens Night Moves Ultra-Sensual Mix Elite 1985 Every now and then one stumbles upon an utterly beguiling record that somehow sounds both intimately of-its-era and utterly out of time. I'm talking about tiles like Tokyo Tower by Terranova, Marvin Gaye's Trouble Man OST and Winning by Sun Palace. Upon reflection, the 1980s seem to … Continue reading Keni Stevens – Night Moves

Students Of The Future

The Bay.. The Bowl... The Universe This time of year — when late autumn begins giving way to the dawning chill of winter — often takes me back to the year 2001, when I spent my days going to community college out in Grossmont and shelving books at the Clairemont Library to make a little money. Then, I'd spend … Continue reading Students Of The Future