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Essential Records: The Tony Williams Lifetime, "Emergency!"

Posted by Rick Frystak, November 23, 2014 02:57pm | Post a Comment

They say music can be life-changing. I’ll buy that. Probably the most important and profound post-Beatles record in my Jazz life, or even my musical, personal and business life (you’ll see), was Emergency! by the The Tony Willams Lifetime. That’s a big sentence for an LP fiend like me. ONE record led by a drummer did all that? To me, Jazz is a huge, beautiful expression of the American Classical music, no small accomplishment in the last 100 years with everything out there. And I remember as if was yesterday how this record came to change my life.

In high school and later I was in a bluesy, Procol Harum-meets-Jefferson Airplane-style outfit called Moonfleet, after the film. We had the town and the era by the ear, so naturally we were asked to play our own Senior Picnic close to graduation at Westchester High School (still there), near the beach in L.A. I had played drums at another Senior picnic and I knew the picnics were free-for–all's in those days. We were excited to blow our fellow student’s minds, with coffins and dancers and fiery  entertainment, with myself on guitar then.

As per our gig deal, the school had hired a PA system for our show. The day came and we pulled in for a sound check with our equipment. What the hell? It’s a flat bed truck set up on the Jr. Varsity lawn!! With nice club-PA speakers! Loud!! With audio guys that knew what they were doing!! We had a big stage with good sound. But, hey, that music, coming over the system?

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Even More One Album Wonders

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 28, 2014 12:11pm | Post a Comment
The vinyl LP was introduced by Columbia Records in 1948 but the 45 inch single remained the primary market for the music industry until the dawn of the album era, which began in the mid-1960s. During that period, for any number of reasons, many fine musical acts released only one studio album -- Perfect for completists on a budget! Here's Part III of a look at some of my favorite "one album wonders."



MARGO GURYAN - TAKE A PICTURE (1968)

Margo Guryan - Take a Picture
Margo Guryan was born in Far Rockaway, New York in 1937. Her first credit as a recorded songwriter was for a Chris Connor single in 1958. Over the years, many artists have recorded her compositions although “Sunday Mornin’” and “Think of Rain” are probably her most-recorded songs.

New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 08/14/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 10, 2009 03:32pm | Post a Comment
 

New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming This Weekend:

Cinderella Ltd
EPHEMERIS EP 12"
ARPIAR006

Fresh off the label headed by RARESH and RHADOO comes this techno chugger EP. The first track hits like a techno track, but is mellowed by an almost lullaby in the background. On the flip is a loopy house cut, begging to be toyed with and layered...a groover!    


Kenny Larkin

SKETCHES EP-SHLOMI ABER 12"
BAO018

KENNY & SHLOMI ABER both drop a mix of "SKETCHES." KENNY's is pure techno, with amazing drum progressions and a hypnotic lead that spans 10 minutes of funk. ABER's version is tougher with a phat bassline, a jazzy rhythm, and a snare infused shuffle.
    

Fort Knox Five RADIO FREE DC RMX #8 12" FKX021

Le Professeur Inlassable AKILEUS 7" IN101  

Lorett Fleur YOUR BEST FRIEND 7" FVR030

Time & Space Machine CHILDREN 7" TIRK047   

Justice THE CROSS DLP BEC5772110

Justice D.A.N.C.E. 12" BEC5772071

Justice D.A.N.C.E. REMIXES 12" BEC5772130

Justice DVNO REMIXES 12" BEC5772317

Justice PHANTOM II 12" BEC5772169

Justice vs Simian WE ARE YOUR REMIX 12" TENTDJ505

New House/Disco 12"s Coming This Weekend:

A Mountain Of One

BONES EP 12"
AMR06

The first single to be lifted from their album INSITUTE OF JOY, this is a groovy indie meets leftfield dance EP with a strong vocal from ZEBEN and two remixes (in addition to the original) from NY's HOUSE OF HOUSE and WAY OF ANCIENTS (aka THOMAS BULLOCK of MAP OF AFRICA, RUB-N-TUG).

Vertical Tones & Horizontal Noise

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 5, 2007 01:25pm | Post a Comment

Andrew Meecham
is The Emperor Machine, one of the best producers working in electronic music at the moment. A soundclash between influences as diverse as Can, early Human League, Hawkwind, George Clinton and Kraftwerk, Meecham's Krautrock-Disco bubbles and squeaks with analogue rock intensity while remaning funky enough to get your groove on.

Meecham started out in seminal 90's house/rave group Bizarre Inc. alongside Carl Tuner and Dean Meredith. They had a string of hits including "Playing With Knives" and "I'm Gonna Get You", both of which charted in the UK (the former hit #3, the latter #4) as well as the US (#47), and both are considered "club classics".

"Playing With Knives":


"I'm Gonna Get You" (one of my personal favorites):



After their second album, 1996's Surprise, was commercially disappointing, Bizarre Inc. disappeared until 1999, when Meredith and Meecham resurfaced with Steve "Fella" Kotey as Chicken Lips. Since then, it's been full steam ahead, with the boys finding a home at DC Recordings (scheduled to have its own Technophilia post anytime soon) as Big Two Hundred, aka "the dark side of Chicken Lips", and two side projects: Meredith as White Light Circus and Meecham as TEM.