Steely Dan

Walter Becker & Donald Fagen I grew up with this crew's music. Pops had all the albums, even Donald Fagen's solo record The Nightfly. Countdown To Ecstasy, The Royal Scam and Aja were in heavy rotation working on projects in the garage. I've still got distinct memories of Bodhisattva and Kid Charlemagne kicking off a … Continue reading Steely Dan

RAG018: Autumn 2018

Radio AG Episode 018 L.A.'s Desert OriginsAutumn 2018 Knee deep in the canyon, we pick up where we left off four years ago with the Autumn 2018 episode of Radio AG for your listening pleasure. Kicking off with a slew of rock hard canyon breaks, we shift gears from country rock into baroque pop and … Continue reading RAG018: Autumn 2018

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

Canyon Life

Ghosts of the canyon I'm forever threatening to start to leaven these monster features with more bite-sized posts and off the cuff dispatches, only to let two weeks go by before checking in with y'all. One of these days I'll have to break down and start doing just that... so consider this the first of … Continue reading Canyon Life

Love – Four Sail

Love Four Sail Elektra 1969 With this, Love's fourth album, we move deeper still into the canyon. In fact, this was actually the very last record to be cut from the original Canyon 25, not on the basis of quality but because it exists just that little bit too far inside acid rock territory to … Continue reading Love – Four Sail

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

More Canyon

The lists have arrived... Leah and Sari have uploaded their Canyon 25 lists to their respective blogs. You can catch Leah's List at her blog Leah's Thoughts and Sari's List at Musical Sauce. I don't want to give too much away, but there is a very satisfying amount of more recent material in both lists … Continue reading More Canyon

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

Two Weeks In The Canyon

The lull ends. Halfway into October, the trees still unchanging, why not descend into the canyon for a little while? I'm talking about acoustic guitars and a sometimes casual funk — where jazz is often read between the lines — Laurel Canyon, Topanga Canyon, the geology stretching down and out from the ridges on through the center of the … Continue reading Two Weeks In The Canyon