Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Enigma


Michael Cretu made a big splash with Enigma's debut. You kind of either love and devour this stuff or hate it and see it as new agey, pretentious fluff. I think he's done a great job of keeping it going while also making it fresh, unlike, say, Mike Oldfield or Jean Michel Jarre.


Monday, March 20, 2017

brian eno : ambient


Brian Eno's ambient works are some of my favorite albums. In particular, The Pearl and Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror, both with Harold Budd; and Apollo with Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Young Gods


One of the first bands to make "rock" music with samplers. They made great use, in particular, of a Guns N Roses riff. But it never turned them into a one-trick pony. The music is powerful, yet expansive and very organic. Great stuff.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Steve Kilbey


Steve Kilbey has been incredibly prolific over his career. He has more albums solo or with a collaborator than with main band, The Church. And unlike so many other artists who are prolific only because they don't seem to have a filter, Kilbey's work is incredibly consistent. He's got all his stuff on his Bandcamp page, so dig in.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Jesus And Mary Chain


I actually was never too keen on JAMC's debut, Psychocandy. I kind of blame it for all the crappy indie bands who thought they, too, could be edgy if they simply threw feedback all over their records. But Darklands I think still stands up pretty well, as do Automatic, Honey's Dead and the underrated Munki.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Bad Religion



More SoCal punk rock, from another venerable institution. Smart lyrics, fast tempos, and some of the greatest harmonizing this side of the Beach Boys.

Monday, March 13, 2017

DMode - The Albums


I never considered myself a huge Depeche Mode fan until one day I looked at my music collection and realized how much of their music I owned. They were huge here in So Cal, probably right behind U2 and REM in popularity.

Any decent record store always had import copies of their first 5 albums because the US versions were so horribly mastered they were shrill and metallic sounding. So, I've tried to assemble the best sounding versions of each that I've found.

Their Remaster campaign ticked off everyone when it turned out that in the US, the regular old versions were coupled with a DVD which contained the remasters. The UK and European versions attempted to copy protect the discs, but rendered them unplayable on most computers and many audio systems. In short, their catalog is beyond screwed and for no good reason.

One day I'll get around to posting all the singles.