Category Archives: From The Vaults

Iconic, seminal, noteworthy, or just plain interesting. Records you may have missed- or could always hear again.

Brian Eno – “Ambient 1: Music For Airports”

Music for Airports

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. It’s early 1975, and Brian Eno strains to hear the recording of 18th century harp music a friend has given him. Eno is in recovery after being hit by a car and can barely get out of bed. After putting the record on with great difficulty […]

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From The Vaults: Miles Davis – Live-Evil

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. “QUEEN ELIZABETH: Shall I be tempted of the devil thus? KING RICHARD III: Ay, if the devil tempt thee to do good.” – William Shakespeare, Richard III For Miles Davis, tension was the release. By 1970, the famously caustic Davis had grown tired of even saying […]

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Björn This Way – What Makes Sweden So Good at Making Pop Music?

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden Having lived in South Africa for a couple of years as a teenager, my memory of mid-90s culture can diverge wildly from that of my friends. Thanks to a steady diet of the European versions of VH1 and MTV, I’m clueless in conversations regarding American one-hit […]

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From The Vaults: The Monochrome Set Strange Boutique

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. If you manage to sustain a working band for any period of time, you’ll sometimes meet people who claim you are obviously influenced by an artist or band that you’ve never heard of. Occasionally, something strange and wondrous will come out of these exchanges: In researching […]

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Stations of the Crossover Artist

The highs and lows of artists who refuse to stay their lanes This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. In the liner notes to one of Miles Davis’ explosive 70s acid-funk albums, a friend of the trumpeter recalls a furious debate with a coked-out, reclusive Miles over what day of the week it […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, January 2013 | Comments closed

PIPELINE: Surf Music’s Rocky Rise, Untimely Death, and Unlikely Return

Dick Dale and his Del-Tones: Surfer's Choice

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. “Sliding a wave removes our brains out of the ordinary and slips us into the extra ordinary of being there now. No more worries about mortgages or strife of being poor or rich. When you enter the domain of an ocean cylinder, that moment, those split […]

Also posted in December 2012, Featured Stories, Guest Posts | Comments closed

From the Vaults: Shuggie Otis Inspiration Information

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. Last year, Capitol Records released Beach Boys: The Smile Sessions, an album that was once urban legend. This year, the documentary Searching For Sugar Man reintroduced the world to Rodriguez, the 1960s psych-folk superstar that never was. It’s true: people love second chances, especially when they […]

Also posted in Featured Stories, November 2012 | Comments closed

John Carpenter’s John Carpenter

“In France, I’m an auteur; in Germany, a filmmaker; in Britain; a genre film director; and, in the USA, a bum.” -John Carpenter Somewhere in between the prolific function-over-form output of b-movie legend Roger Corman and the carefully considered, macabre artistry of David Lynch, lies the work of John Carpenter. During his forty-plus years in […]

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The Best Christmas Albums In The History Of The Universe

threesuites

(Or at least, 20th Century America) Every culture that has developed far enough from the equator to take  the idea of “four seasons” seriously, has developed some kind of festival of lights. In America, perhaps moreso than anywhere else, we’ve succeeded at melting some of the best aspects of the world’s traditions into an amalgamation […]

Also posted in All Stories, December 2011, Featured Stories, Rants and Raves | Comments closed

Crate Digging: Charles Mingus Blues & Roots

BluesAndRoots

Charles Mingus’ Blues and Roots is a raw, fiery and surprising record from start to finish. Find out why it’s too often overlooked, and why it’s recommended listening every musician and fan – even those who aren’t into of jazz. By all accounts, 1959 was a pretty good year for American instrumental music. It saw the […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, November 2011 | Comments closed
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