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

’70s Bonus Beat: The Heartbreaking Exclusions

Just 101 more albums that were in the running... ...Barbara Mandrell’s Treat Him Right Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Jobim The Isley Brothers’ The Heat Is On Black Sabbath’s Black Sabbath Steely Dan’s Can't Buy A Thrill Eddy Grant’s Walking On Sunshine Queen’s News Of The World Chrome’s The Visitation Neu!’s Neu! '75 Yoko Ono’s Fly Blue … Continue reading ’70s Bonus Beat: The Heartbreaking Exclusions

Garden Grooves 007

Cresting into the dawning days of springtime, the last frost retreats into the shadows and the culling of the winter weeds. A towering stack of records nestled under the marquee, waiting in the cool of the morning shade, ready to accompany the landscape/ing as the lingering cold slowly recedes beneath the warm rays of the … Continue reading Garden Grooves 007

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

Bomb The Bass – Clear

Bomb The Bass Clear 4th & Broadway 1995 I think it's time to discuss the philosophy of hip hop blues as it relates to Terminal Vibration. Prime trip hop, in other words. Aside from Tricky's debut, I can think of no record that embodies this outlook more than Bomb The Bass' third album, Clear. Squaring … Continue reading Bomb The Bass – Clear