John Weed

“Ladies and Gentlemen, the greatest rock ’n' roll band in the world, the Rolling Stones!” So start about half a dozen Stones bootlegs I own. I always cringe ever so slightly every time I hear it. Although I believe it...

New Monsters

Point Cloud is the latest release from the New Monsters. Their third outing takes the listener on a fantastic voyage to the edge of jazz space—influenced by and in homage to the great Eric Dolphy. Point Cloud feature...

Ryan Choi

Three Dancers is the debut release from composer Ryan Choi. The album derives its title from Pablo Picasso’s painting, Les Trois Danseuses, and features three intensely kinetic and intricate compositions that draw as m...

Emily XYZ

I left upstate New York at 18 still thinking Robin Trower and the Marshall Tucker Band were music.  Until fall 1976, when I came across Punk magazine #3 (the Joey Ramone cover) in Boston.  It was like some message inside m...

The Editors

Three Times Bad, an Oakland-based alt-roots sextet, aims to channel the powerful energy of dirty stringbands like Uncle Dave Macon, Blue Ridge Highballers, and Mississippi Sheiks who plucked, picked, popped, sawed, and thrum...

Mark Howell

One fall night in the 1980s I went to the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson opera Einstein on the Beach. After taking a seat in the balcony a part of me began fighting Michel Riseman's relentless ostinatos. Over and over and over t...

Timber

Here's a gem that just resurfaced, a video of the complete performance by Timber live at Brownies, NYC, June 1, 1995. https://youtu.be/mRPQfvsUuq4 0:00 Let It Down 5:10 Jam/Belay That 10:47 Anti-Mother-In-Law Ca...

Robert C. Hardin

The experience of bliss means different things to different people. For this frustratingly former arranger and studio keyboard player, euphoria is conditioned by the search for perfect sounds. To me, bliss means the slow...