10 (Or So) New Sounds for Summer

A cornucopia, a bounty, a plethora, a gallimaufry of new music from the last few months I’ve been listening to, destined to soundtrack summer. ————————- Fazerdaze: Morningside I stumbled on this one a few months ago while watching a Courtneys video on Youtube (who are responsible for another great 2017 album). Amelia Murray is Fazerdaze…

Lonnie Liston Smith and his Cosmically Echoing Hats

As I write this (though I confess that I’m typing it a couple of days later), I’m sitting at a quiet café patio table in the shade by myself, sipping on an iced coffee. It’s a warm, late spring, blue sky kinda day and I was planning on listening to Lonnie Liston Smith’s 1973 album…

Rush’s Deep Cut “Red Lenses”

Rush’s 1984 track “Red Lenses” is a textbook example of a “deep cut”: a track not well known and generally overlooked when an album first came out. Often deep cuts get their moment much later, when everyone’s tired of the hits and explores a little farther. Well, that’s not exactly the case with “Red Lenses,”…

2016: Sixteen of the Best Album Covers

From the surreal to the humorous, album cover art in 2016 was full of designs which told a story. Below are sixteen of the most evocative (in no specific order). [Click image to enlarge] Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions: Until the Hunter I like the way this image is sort of a “world within…

The Freaky Album Cover Art of Gene Brownell

A chicken in a gas mask, a pigeon in a sandwich, a purple skinned model sitting on a cliff with a guy in a diving suit behind her….you’ve probably never heard of album cover photographer/designer Gene Brownell, but for a time in the 1960s and 1970s, his otherworldly work made the neighborhood record store a…

Behind Marconi Union’s “Weightless” Video

Somehow I missed it the first time around in 2014, but a resurrected news story on “the most relaxing song ever” has been making the rounds again recently, the story appearing everywhere from Teen Vogue to Business Insider. The 8-minute song is by the band Marconi Union and was composed with the assistance of the…