#229 – self-titled by Tomorrow

Though they have been nearly forgotten by history, Tomorrow were considered one of the first-generation figureheads of the British psychedelic music scene, along with the Soft Machine and Pink Floyd.  In the long run, the most notable thing about Tomorrow is that their guitarist was Steve Howe, the six-string wizard of Yes and Asia whoContinue reading “#229 – self-titled by Tomorrow”

#225 – Bundles by Soft Machine

I just did a shallow dive into the history of Soft Machine, after discovering them on a Spotify progressive rock playlist.  Turns out the album I chose to start with, their eighth, which features their most played song, is the first offering of a very different lineup with a different feel and style to goContinue reading “#225 – Bundles by Soft Machine”

#222 – Giants of All Sizes by Elbow

Though I was not aware of Elbow before this album was recommended to me, the content of it was clearly inspired by some pretty dark experiences.  After a very small amount of research, it seems that that was indeed the case.  Not only did the band lose three people that they were very close toContinue reading “#222 – Giants of All Sizes by Elbow”

#217 – Muchacho by Phosphorescent

I heard about this band from the compilation album Day of the Dead, which features over seventy covers of Grateful Dead songs by various modern artists.  Phosphorescent’s contribution was an excellent version of “Standing on the Moon,” which is one of my favorites in the Dead catalog.  Even if you are not a fan, it’sContinue reading “#217 – Muchacho by Phosphorescent”

#215 – Wrecking Ball by Emmylou Harris

I know I say it every time I pick a country album, but they are far too rare in my genre mixture.  I am, however, familiar with a decent amount of Ms. Harris’ body of work, not least of which was her stint as a backup singer for the great Gram Parsons, who is probablyContinue reading “#215 – Wrecking Ball by Emmylou Harris”

#211 – I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight by Richard & Linda Thompson

As we excessively slowly head towards another lockdown in California, it’s time to reflect on how we each responded to the first lockdown and try to do better for ourselves this time around.  Now that the situation is familiar to us, the enemies are boredom and despair, and this voyage of musical discovery that weContinue reading “#211 – I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight by Richard & Linda Thompson”

#210 – Bursting At The Seam by Strawbs

I’ve never heard of these guys before, but I was immediately intrigued by both their music and their story.  They are basically the real life Spinal Tap.  By that, I don’t mean that they are comedic, but more that they were quite genre-fluid.  Originally a bluegrass band, they morphed into a folk act, then moreContinue reading “#210 – Bursting At The Seam by Strawbs”

#204 – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? by Fantastic Negrito

Hope everybody is having a great Thanksgiving – as great as possible under the circumstances, anyway.  I know thinks are looking kind of bleak these days, but we also have potentially positive things on the horizon, which is what I am trying to focus on.  Let’s all be safe and responsible for each other’s sakeContinue reading “#204 – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? by Fantastic Negrito”

#202 – 69 Love Songs by the Magnetic Fields

Today’s selection has taught me to read the album stats before making my choice.  This is a fun and fascinating album, but I did not notice that it actually contains 69 songs and runs almost three hours until I was about a third of the way through.  Luckily, I hadn’t followed my usual formula ofContinue reading “#202 – 69 Love Songs by the Magnetic Fields”

#197 – Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse

My selections have been going this way organically, so it seems right to lean into it.  There have been many artists over the years that I have chosen not to listen to purely because friends have been so obsessed and insistent.  It’s petty, I know, and the stupid thing is that I frequently end upContinue reading “#197 – Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse”