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/ November 17, 2017 / Comments Off on Santiago: Walking The Voodoo Nights (1979)

Santiago: Walking The Voodoo Nights (1979)

Proof positive that maybe the Germans were on to something. In 1979, the independent German music critics’ association bestowed upon Santiago’s Walking the Voodoo Nights their highest honor, the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis. For album of the year — knee deep in the time of punk and post-punk — one wouldn’t think that such a high honor […]

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/ August 11, 2017 / Comments Off on Kunio Muramatsu: Green Water (1983)

Kunio Muramatsu: Green Water (1983)

I so had another post in mind for today, but Kunio Muramatsu’s Green Water spoke to me and said: “hold that powder for some other day, the sun’s still shining!”. From the first song on it’s not hard to see why. A flooring collection of meticulously crafted Pop songs screaming “SUMMER!” merit, at least this […]

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/ March 6, 2017 / Comments Off on Marju Kuut & Uku Kuut: Zuke (1992)

Marju Kuut & Uku Kuut: Zuke (1992)

Funk can sometimes come from the unlikeliest of places. Take for example: Hollywood. Hollywood, and America’s West Coast one could argue, has always been a haven for all sorts of groove maestros…but Tallinn, Estonia? Estonia, that’s where the creators of Zuke hail from. From an ex-Soviet country that barely has a record industry one would be hard-pressed to […]

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/ October 26, 2016 / Comments Off on Happy End: Happy End (1983)

Happy End: Happy End (1983)

What’s there to say about an unheralded classic? The origin story is already there for the taking: in 1972, fresh of recording their revolutionary Kazemachi Roman, pioneering Japanese band led by musical visionaries like Haruomi Hosono, Eiichi Ohtaki, and Shigeru Suzuki, travel to Los Angeles in hopes of recording an album more in tune with a huge source […]

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/ June 1, 2014 / Comments Off on (Album of the Month) May 2014: Ned Doheny – Separate Oceans (2014)

(Album of the Month) May 2014: Ned Doheny – Separate Oceans (2014)

My friends, this is truly the summer of Ned. Ha, who the hell is Ned Doheny and why am I making this proclamation? Well, because I’m going to clue you guys in on my favorite and perhaps the best west-coast rock/R&B artist ever…that hardly anyone has ever heard. Before that, can I just expound a […]

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/ May 30, 2014 / Comments Off on Track of the Day: May 30, 2014

Track of the Day: May 30, 2014

Man, my urge to rock out lately has been close to nil. As much as I love it, a lot of it just seems so out of place to play right now. I’ve been more into laid-back and dance oriented tunes lately. I guess, the best thing to do is roll with this urge and […]

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/ May 12, 2014 / Comments Off on Track of the Day: May 11, 2014

Track of the Day: May 11, 2014

One of my greatest pleasures in life is waking up to a cool, gentle breeze. Today has been glorious so far in that aspect. I know, I’m projecting some stasis by sticking around with breezy songs lately but eh, I’m enjoying this laid back time now and I hope these songs, if for a bit, […]

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