Category Archives: Music

Where Fans of Rare Retro Soul Get Their Groove on

Every Wednesday at Botanica, Matt Weingarden, center, the host of “Downtown Soulville,” a radio show on WFMU, plays music from his personal collection of 45s. “Matt Weingarden was running late. Clutching a box of records, he asked the couple in … Continue reading

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White Noise

“‘They were totally useless,’ David Vorhaus says, remembering the initial reaction from Island Records to his album . ‘This guy skims through bits of it. Oh, I don’t understand this album. I don’t think you can have any publicity budget … Continue reading

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David Tudor

David Tudor at the performance table, Merce Cunningham Dance Company “In August 1952, when John Cage premiered his landmark composition 4’33”, the guy who sat at the piano occasionally turning a page but never hitting any keys was David Tudor. … Continue reading

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Forever Changes – Love (1967)

“Forever Changes is the third studio album by the American rock band Love, released by Elektra Records in November 1967. It was the final album recorded by the original band lineup; after its completion, Bryan Maclean left the group acrimoniously … Continue reading

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The Wrecking Crew

“The Wrecking Crew was a loose collective of session musicians based in Los Angeles whose services were employed for thousands of studio recordings in the 1960s and 1970s, including several hundred Top 40 hits. The musicians were not publicly recognized … Continue reading

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Three Leonard Cohen Animations

“… The gravel-voiced singer-songwriter accumulated hundreds of nicknames over a career spanning more than half a century. He wasn’t thrilled by some of them, remarking to the BBC, ‘You get tired, over the years, hearing that you’re the champion of gloom.’ … Continue reading

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White Room – Cream, The Who – I Can’t Explain, Them – Baby Please Don’t Go, The Honeycombs – Have I the Right, John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom, The Hollies – Bus Stop, The Monkees – Daydream Believer, Eric Burdon & The Animals – San Franciscan Nights

“‘White Room’ is a song by British rock band Cream, composed by bassist Jack Bruce with lyrics by poet Pete Brown. They recorded it for the studio half of the 1968 double album Wheels of Fire. In September, a shorter … Continue reading

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Experimental Music Cage and Beyond – Michael Nyman (1972)

“… Nyman is a composer directly influenced by, and practicing within the culture of late twentieth century minimalist music. Nyman’s career is laden with examples of working with filmmakers on soundtracks [especially Peter Greenaway] to create a symbiosis of moving … Continue reading

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Nico – Chelsea Girls (1967)

“Although Chelsea Girl (1967) was the first long-player from the German-born Christa Päffgen, it was not her debut solo effort. Prior to becoming involved with the Velvet Underground and while under the direction of Andrew Loog Oldham, Nico issued an … Continue reading

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John Wesley Harding – Bob Dylan (1967)

“John Wesley Harding is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on December 27, 1967, by Columbia Records. Produced by Bob Johnston, the album marked Dylan’s return to semi-acoustic instrumentation and folk-influenced songwriting after three albums of … Continue reading

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