40 Years Of An American Prayer And Jim Morrison’s Lost Paris Tapes

Across the days that marked the overlap from the 1960s to the 1970s Jim Morrison recorded the poetry readings that would eventually be featured on the 1978 release An American Prayer. This year we’re celebrating 40 years since the album’s 1978 debut, but the project has always been a difficult one for fans of the [...]

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Let’s Dance at 35

I was traveling in the West last week when I came across this article about music producer Nile Rodgers, David Bowie and their classic 1980s project Let’s Dance. Bowie’s birthday was on January 8 — the singer-songwriter would have been 71 — and Rodgers marked the occasion by unearthing an unreleased demo version of the [...]

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Cassette Cobain

In the early 1990′s Nirvana made a massive impact on popular music, and the band’s influence seems even more impressive when remembering that they only released three studio albums. Of course, like most artists, their official output is only part of the story of the band’s production. And fans like me are always on the [...]

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Darkness at 40

It’s a new year with a number of birthdays, anniversaries and notable dates to ponder. Yesterday we celebrated Elvis Presley’s birthday and today we’re noting that Bruce Springsteen’s 1978 guitar opus, Darkness on the Edge of Town, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018. There will likely be more noise about the album when its [...]

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Video Killed The Bard

Came across this lollipop culture candy the other day and wanted to share here. I hope the new year is as absurd and unexpected as this. Here’s the set-up from Open Culture… When it comes to music however, 80s retro tends to confine themselves to early hip and hop and electro, the synthpop of Gary [...]

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New Wave Airplane

Last week I finally got around to posting about Jean-Luc Godard’s 87th birthday, and today Open Culture reminded me how rich the master’s collection of odds-and-ends shorts and clips can be. In 1968, Godard shot Jefferson Airplane performing live on a rooftop in Manhattan. Godard’s film features a performance of “The House at Pooneil Corners,” [...]

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Fa Ra Ra Ra Ra

It’s only the 13th of December, but it felt like Christmas came early when I stumbled upon this Bandcamp guide to the Sun Ra selections that are available on the site. I had no idea there were so many Sun Ra albums available to stream and download through the independent music hub that many of [...]

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Reeling in Ronson

Between 1969 and 1970 David Bowie and his producer Tony Visconti began searching for a distictive guitar player who could match their creativity in the studio as well as play a magnetic foil to Bowie live on stage. The new documentary Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story takes viewers back to the Swinging London of [...]

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Merry McChristmas

If you’re a reader of this blog you know that I’m fascinated by the occult and the darker sides of the paranormal. I love the skanky, gritty American cinema of the 1970s, and I’m enamored with the disturbing art of painters like Bosch and Bacon. That said, I’m a sucker for Christmastime. I love everything [...]

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Hunters Meadow

Hey y’all. I’m off to Phoenix, AZ in the morning, but first I wanted to announce that my newest single is out today. “Hunters Meadow” is a song inspired by an actual street name in my East Nashville neighborhood. A few months ago I’d been talking with a friend who is working with an artist [...]

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