Orbital + David Gray = warmth in an alien world

Soundtrack in my head: Orbital, "Illuminate" I never followed Orbital's career that closely. The electronic dance music band, consisting of brothers Phil and Paul Hartnell, have put together quite an extensive catalog of music over the last quarter century. I have a  compilation of their releases called Orbital 20.  Their music is sometimes harsh and … Continue reading Orbital + David Gray = warmth in an alien world

New Wave was not meant to be played on a punk tape

Soundtrack in my head: Missing Persons: "Mental Hopscotch" CBGB club facade, Bowery St, New York City. Photograph by Adam Di Carlo, taken 10/1/2005. Image uploaded to Wikipedia by the author. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In my pre-teens and early teens, the word "New Wave" was thrown around a lot.  I remember a radio commercial for Maxell … Continue reading New Wave was not meant to be played on a punk tape

Quilt–a psychedelic folk-rock patchwork minus the cliche

Soundtrack in my head: Quilt, "Arctic Shark" I stumbled upon the band Quilt on while following the Mexican Summer YouTube channel. I like a lot of music that has been released through the Mexican Summer label.  Psychedelic rock has been very influential in my musical tastes.  The genre reached a peak the year I was … Continue reading Quilt–a psychedelic folk-rock patchwork minus the cliche

Pete Seeger–a class act and a reason not to paddle faster when hearing banjos

Photo credit by Do Kwan Come gather 'round, club kids and pay ye attention. There's someone you should know about. A piece of history died earlier this week. Someone as controversial as any rapper or rock star, yet someone with immense influence on musicians even today. I'm talkin' Pete Seeger. Pete Seeger was a political … Continue reading Pete Seeger–a class act and a reason not to paddle faster when hearing banjos