Ric Ocasek

New Wave Man It was a shame to hear about Ric Ocasek's passing last weekend. One of my earliest musical memories was seeing him in the video for Magic on MTV. I distinctly remember thinking he was the coolest guy I'd ever seen! Even watching it now, his eccentric, offbeat delivery — alternating between quirky new wave … Continue reading Ric Ocasek

Red Skies At Night

The Fixx live @ the Music Box 8/18/19 A couple months ago, I noticed that The Fixx were coming to San Diego to play the Music Box. Seeing as Pops had always been a fan of the group and his birthday was right on the horizon, I bought a pair of tickets to take him … Continue reading Red Skies At Night

Digital Justice

Programmer's Revenge Anyone who's heard Stacey Pullen's DJ-Kicks is already familiar with the greatness of Digital Justice. Theme From 'It's All Gone Pear Shaped' features into the climax of that mix in a crucial way, building on the cruise control digital funk of R-Tyme's R-Theme and cascading into a stunning crescendo of swirling synth architecture, … Continue reading Digital Justice

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

Motion 003

Motion 003: It's The Terminal Junction The latest Motion playlist is actually an adaptation of the original Motion mix from a few years ago. I'd forgotten all about the O.G. outing before stumbling upon it about a week ago, and the general mood has fit the current drift of the Heights perfectly. All I did … Continue reading Motion 003

Jamie Principle

The bad boy of Chicago house The early years of house music in the mid-eighties turned up a whole brace of memorable figures, from Larry Heard and the soulful ruminations he unveiled as Mr. Fingers (which drew up the blueprints for deep house) to Farley Keith and his raw jack trax (which laid the foundations … Continue reading Jamie Principle

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

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