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

Luscious Jackson

In the space between its Native Tongues-initiated Daisy Age and the creeping dread of the Wu-Tang era lie hip hop's endlessly fertile mid-period, a time when Diamond D's Digging In The Crates ethos, The Low End Theory and the rolling g-funk of Dr. Dre's The Chronic were the order of the day, taking the sound … Continue reading Luscious Jackson

Adam Ant

Glam punk's once and future king. The man, the myth, the legend: Adam Ant was the reason I got into music in the first place. You've heard that one before? Well, hear it again. His brand of inspired glam pop appealed to my youthful sensibilities from day one, and imbued as it was with an … Continue reading Adam Ant

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

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

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

It's a 7/20 type thang Summer in full swing, electronics in the system, the bug in the bassbin. Triggered breakbeats and rhythm boxes in full effect. Theme From Hot Burst by Yage unfolds in fractals of digital color (exclusives from Earthbeat — compilations, the art form of the 21st century). Jumpin' & Pumpin' grooves rotate on spinning … Continue reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Geoffrey Oryema

Sometimes I feel I'm a nomad I was just researching some details for an upcoming feature when I happened to discover that Geoffrey Oryema has just passed away at the age of 65. It's such a shame to lose this true ambassador of Ugandan music, a man who had been through so much over the … Continue reading Geoffrey Oryema

Nothing’s Changed

Tricky live @ the Music Box 5/17/2018 After twenty years as a massive fan of the man's music, I finally caught Tricky live last Thursday at the Music Box. After work, I cruised down Harbor Drive, past Lindbergh Field and the Embarcadero toward the San Diego Harbor. I stopped off at the Fish Market to … Continue reading Nothing’s Changed

…One More Thing

A couple thoughts occurred to me over the course of last week's endeavors, including the whole Island Disco post and the trio of concerts (especially the Jarre show) that I was lucky enough to attend. These were thoughts that I didn't get a chance to work into the other pieces, even if they may have … Continue reading …One More Thing