Monthly Archives: March 2017

(March 28, 2017): Alela Diane – The Ocean

From the 2009 album, To Be Still.  Along with Terry Riley, Diane hails from Nevada City, CA (like her contemporary Joanna Newson).  This was her first label release (Rough Trade), produced by her Dad.  As Caroline Sullivan points out, “[n]early … Continue reading

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Before and After Chuck Berry (NYT)

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(March 27, 2017): The Alley Cats – Too Much Junk

From the 1980 10″ single, Too Much Junk / Night Along the Blvd.  As the Alley Cats, Dianne Chai, Randy Stodola and John McCarthy, were a three piece late 1970s punk band from Lomita, CA, as suburb of Los Angeles. … Continue reading

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(March 26, 2017): Tom Russell – The Ballad of Edward Abbey and Benediction: Edward Abbey

A compilation from the 2004 album, Indians Cowboys Horses Dogs, and the 2005 album, Hotwalker. Clearly Russell had Abbey on his mind in the mid-2000s.  The first item is a song by Russell about missing Abbey’s presence in the world.  … Continue reading

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(March 25, 2017): Aaron Copland – Prairie Journal

From the 1994 album, Copland: Music for Films.  One of many Leonard Slatkin’s “American series” releases on BMG/RCA while still Music Director of SLSO. As Steve Schwarz writes: Prairie Journal” has a curious history. Copland originally titled the work “Radio … Continue reading

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(March 24, 2017): Bob Dylan – Desolation Row

From the 1965 album, Highway 61 Revisited.  Not much to say, except one of the best albums of all time.

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(March 23, 2017): Sweathog – Hallelujah

The title track from the 1972 album, Hallelujah.  This was the band’s second and last outing.  So far as I can tell this was the end of the musical pedigree of all four band members – Lenny Goldsmith, Bob Morris, … Continue reading

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