Japan – Adolescent Sex

Japan Adolescent Sex Ariola Hansa 1978 You must've known this one was coming! I can think of no album that more perfectly encapsulates the entire slow-dissolving red light sleazy glamour of gutter funk disco than Japan's debut album. Lumped in at the time with the tail end of glam rock — which was by then well past … Continue reading Japan – Adolescent Sex

Sun-Glazed Solina

ARP Solina String Ensemble A sound as indelible as the 303 or the electric guitar. While we're on the topic of gutbucket dancefloor funk, time well spent down at the red light disco, it's as good a time as any to sing the praises of that little magic box: the ARP Solina String Ensemble. Oftentimes … Continue reading Sun-Glazed Solina

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

The Prodigy

Liam Howlett, Maxim Reality, Leeroy Thornhill and Keith Flint: The Original Techno Punks Amid a rash of recent untimely deaths to hit the music world, the passing of the great Keith Flint was perhaps the most unexpected. For one, he was a generation younger than figures like Scott Walker, Ranking Roger and Mark Hollis, coming … Continue reading The Prodigy

RAG019: Winter 2019

Radio AG Episode 019: Living In The FloodWinter 2019 The roots of this mix go back a few years, when I began mapping out an Autumn entry of Radio AG to close out the first year of seasonal episodes. Needless to say, fate had other plans, and the last few years took me in other … Continue reading RAG019: Winter 2019

Geology 35

A study of routes beneath the canyon in 35 records Now we go Into The Mystic as Van Morrison might say, venturing beyond the cozy climes of Laurel Canyon and assorted outposts into the realm of the metaphysical(!). That's right, now it's time for a little (psycho)geography lesson delving into the sounds beneath the sound. … Continue reading Geology 35

Chris Hillman

The heartbeat of the canyon In putting together The Canyon 25, I went back and listened to a bunch of my favorite records from in and around that scene. In the process, it quickly became clearer than ever how quietly important Chris Hillman's contribution had been to the whole scene's development, not only as a … Continue reading Chris Hillman

The Canyon 25

A selection of records from the Canyonand some that sound like they could have been! Music from the canyon played a large part in my musical youth by virtue of my Dad's formidable record collection. I remember hearing things like the Eagles, James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg and Loggins & Messina — alongside canyon-adjacent figures like Jim Croce, … Continue reading The Canyon 25

Funkadelic – The Electric Spanking Of War Babies

Funkadelic The Electric Spanking Of War Babies Warner Bros. 1981 Funk. The term has been rinsed thoroughly through the years — applied and mis-applied all over the shop on a seemingly loop — but at the end of the day, what is it really? The groove, hitting on the one, interlocking parts of a rhythm, all of them cycling … Continue reading Funkadelic – The Electric Spanking Of War Babies