R&B: From Doo Wop to Hip Hop

Trying the capture the entire evolutionary process involved to create Hip-Hop on a two disc set just seems impossible. I don’t care if you are Columbia Records. However, Spotify keeps throwing this 39 track collection in my face. Styles and entire genres are passed over, sure, but it’s killer that I can listen to ‘Back Stabbers’…

Shinki Chen

The eminent fuckyeahologist and neurogroovtrician Benjamin Tadwater James, currently working upstate at New York’s Institute For Higher Rocking & Righteous Tunage, turned me on to this album with a scandalous wink and a YouTube link. Solid gold brothers, this hunk of wax is solid gold. Passionate without being overblown, heavy without being aggressive, classic without being…

Contemplating the Engine Room

Mike Watt‘s second solo record is a real true mother. A dense waterlogged lament that sounds like what a seafaring drunkard probably hears when we hear music. Contemplating the Engine Room is Watt’s attempt to reconcile the loss of his friend, D. Boon – while phrasing the whole story and sound of the record as taking…

Chasin’ The ‘Trane: The Impulse! Albums Vol. 1

By the time Coltrane began cutting sessions for Impulse! he was already recognized as the brilliant introvert of the new jazz. He had spent his time learning from the greats, and now he was in conversation with them. Cats like  Lester Young, and his seamless cello like approach, can be heard intertwining with the restless…