To Turn the Key In the Lock

Today, celebrating the 80th birthday of the finest and most important people’s musician of the African continent, South African composer, pianist, bandleader, educator, Abdullah ibrahim, I pull to this blog archival posts from the Mantra Modes blog. This article highlights … Continue reading

Hoon’s Muso Tunes – 2013 Top Ten Or So

John Tchicai – Tribal GhostEmmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – Old Yellow Moon Sylvia Versini Orchestra – With Mary Lou in My HeartBen Zabo – Ben ZaboMazzy Star – Seasons of Your DayLonnie Holley – Just Before MusicJulianna Barwick – NepentheLustmord … Continue reading

Rock & Pop / Non baby-boomer Division – A Few Favorites 2013

Rock & Pop – non baby-boomer division Mazzy Star – Seasons of Your Day (iTunes)Mikal Cronin – MCIINeko Case – The Worse Things Get…The Civil Wars – The Civil WarsBrandy Clark – 12 Stories (iTunes)Dawes – Stories Don’t EndKacey Musgraves … Continue reading

Rock & Pop / Old Timers’ Division – A Few Favorites – 2013

ROCK & POP Old Timers – Live The Band – Live at the Academy of Music 1971 Bill Payne‘s “Tracing Footsteps” with Dennis McNally 2013-05-17 (all shows)Grateful Dead – Dave’s Picks Vol. 7 Jimi Hendrix Experience – Miami Pop Festival (iTunes) Bonus: … Continue reading

Experitronic – A Few Favorites – 2013

Experitronic is my catch-all terms for: electronica, experimental, modern classical, ambient, noise, soundscapes, drum & bass, techno, and did I mention experimental? It names the sonic space my own music making takes place in. Experitronic new releases Julianna Barwick – … Continue reading

World – A Few Favorites 2013

Be open minded, be experimental, don’t fear…whatever you want to do, do it! – Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth World new records Jyotsna Srikanth – Call of Bangalore va – Daora – Underground Sounds of Urban Brasil (Experimedia)Nana Vasconcelos – 4 ElementosNitin … Continue reading

It’s Mostly All About Documentation

When the three volumes of Russell Sanjek’s American Popular Music and Its Business appeared in 1988, I waited for the interlibrary loan came through–I was in Vermont at the time–and then I was set for the task. I skimmed huge … Continue reading