Tobogganing On Topographic Oceans

It was a warm autumn afternoon that I stumbled into the rambling topography of a murky ocean replete with Mayan pyramids, fish swimming in mid-air, and a four part suite about…um, something to do with Hinduism. I was still in my teens, a new student at the University of Florida, and it was the first…

Similar Ingredients [#8] – The Doors / The James Gang

=”My Wild Love” (by The Doors) 1968 = =”I’d Rather Be Alone With You” (by The James Gang) 1973= These two songs share a similar frame – a similar “bone structure”, as it were.   The melody sounds sort of timeless, like it could be based on an old folk song.   The James Gang take…

“From Vienna With Jazz!” by Friedrich Gulda

There’s a lot of seriousness in the art of jazz record covers.  Some beautiful works, no doubt, but when weighed against rock or pop, I’d venture to say there aren’t as many humorous and funny album covers. That’s why, while leafing through a book collection of the best jazz record covers of the last 40…

The Moon Hangs in Black: A Halloween Selection

A new compilation/mix up at Mixcloud in honor of Halloween. A little horror, a little humor. Tracklist: 1. Sanctum Sanctorum (The Damned) 2. (Ballad of) The Hip Death Goddess (Ultimate Spinach) 3. Boris the Spider (The Who) 4. Not to Touch the Earth (The Doors) 5. Brimstone in a Barren Land (Danielle Dax) 6. Outside…