Archive for the 'Wax Wonders' Category

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Happy 75th to a poet, a rock ‘n roll icon, a folk sensation, and a living legend. Stop and take a moment to fathom that number; 75 years. Bob Dylan has spent 54 of those on earth as a recording artist. He was at the forefront of the NYC folk scene, marched on Washington for […]

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

A cornerstone of psychedelic music, 1968’s Anthem Of The Sun has long been unfairly brushed off by critics and heads alike. While the group were unhappy with their studio debut (the garage-y, fun, tuneful and downright speedy The Grateful Dead, 1967), they pulled out all the stops for their second release, pushing the patience of […]

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

In the mid ’70s, to western ears, records rarely arrived more exotic than these Moroccan beauties featuring organist Abdou El Omari. Combining rock / funk / progressive jazz and (very psychedelic) Moroccan melodies, these are the types of records that get collectors salivating, opening their wallets deep to capture a piece of El Omari’s Moroccan […]

Monday, February 8th, 2016

It’s kind of hard to fathom that, at one time, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were a band that a lucky punter could see in a small club. Fortunately, Shelter Records had the foresight to record the group on a night when they were most definitely ‘on’, back in December 1976 at Paul’s Mall, Boston. […]

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

During a period when the Kinks commercial stock was at a particular low ebb, both Ray and Dave Davies were experiencing songwriting and performing peaks that, while appreciated early on by a core group of kult fans, saw greater acknowledgment with time influencing several generations of artists and writers. While Dave’s “Death Of A Clown” […]

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

A soul classic, the most famous recording of “I Don’t Need No Doctor” was cut by Ray Charles, and later, by many a rock & roller (Humble Pie and Chocolate Watchband being two notable examples). The track was penned by the NYC based songwriting team of Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson and Jo Armstead (one native New […]

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Manu Dibango will forever be known as the artist behind the 1972 worldwide smash “Soul Makossa“, but his career spans much deeper than that one immortal track. This Cameroon-born sax man has released nearly 60 albums and 80 singles since 1961, and only a handful of those have seen US release. Throughout his career, Dibango […]

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Unlike many bands that sprouted out of the DIY ethos set into motion by the release of Black Flag’s Nervous Breakdown 7” in 1978, Sonic Youth were a few years into their long, influential run by the time that their first 7” was released in 1984 (“Death Valley ’69”). While both sides of the “Death […]

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

In honor of The Rain Parade appearing in Los Angeles last week, here’s where it all began; 33 years ago at 45 RPM. In the early 1980’s the Los Angeles music scene was a place of diametric opposites. The punk scene had become its own form of conformity, while the last gasp of the bloated, […]