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I like records.
I also like to write about music.
I tried it out as a career for a while, then decided I enjoyed it more as a hobby.
You can read my reviews and check out some lists of what I think is the best music HERE on discogs, and listen to my radio sets on KGNU.

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Karate Boogaloo - Hold Your Horses
submitted Karate Boogaloo - Hold Your Horses. 3 months ago
Soft Power (2) - Raw Bites
posted a review of Soft Power (2) - Raw Bites. about 1 year ago
A phenomenal follow-up to their epic sophomore LP. Astro-gogged soul-jazz in the best tradition but maintains a modern edge. Package is beautifully presented with a cover that appears screen-printed and a flawless vinyl plate within. The sound is... See full review
Barry Miles - White Heat
posted a review of Barry Miles - White Heat. about 1 year ago
I've had this in the stacks for years, but for some reason it took me a while to really dig it. I think my initial impression was that it was kind of subdued; a bit too 'clean' or something (a notion which obviously wasn't helped by the fact that the... See full review
Ocote Soul Sounds
posted a review of Ocote Soul Sounds. about 1 year ago
A top tier funk group pulling the groove from many points across the globe. The entire discography is solid and would be an excellent candidate for a reissue series. Since the labels they originally released on are all defunct now, I fear that these... See full review
Time Wharp -  Spiro World
posted a review of Time Wharp - Spiro World. about 1 year ago
Ordered mine shortly after it came out, finally arrived at my door in March of 2023. Apparently there were some setbacks at the plant, what can ya do? Worth the wait though, no doubt. What a phenomenally beautiful piece of music.
Witch / Earthless - Can't Help Doin' Wrong / Jull
posted a review of Witch / Earthless - Can't Help Doin' Wrong / Jull. about 1 year ago
"Jull" goes so hard. Witch is obviously cool but Earthless really brought it for this one and I've always considered this track to be a standout of theirs. They managed to capture the power of their 20-minute shred fests in a compact way and it... See full review
Hannibal*  And The Sunrise Orchestra - Hannibal
posted a review of Hannibal* And The Sunrise Orchestra - Hannibal. about 1 year ago
An all-time spiritual release. Hannibal proves he had the chops and the fortitude to swing with the best of them. Don't know why he doesn't get more love, this whole LP is absolutely bonkers. Remarkable playing and deep composition on all accounts,... See full review
Bobby Hutcherson - Now!
posted a review of Bobby Hutcherson - Now!. about 1 year ago
A lot of folks (some who know jazz and some who don't) will push Bitches Brew as this album that really changed jazz. They're definitely right in many respects. But what they get wrong is this idea that Miles was out there on his own doing... See full review
Phil Ranelin & Wendell Harrison / Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge - Jazz Is Dead 16
submitted Phil Ranelin & Wendell Harrison / Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge - Jazz Is Dead 16. about 1 year ago
Mort Garson - Mother Earth's Plantasia
posted a review of Mort Garson - Mother Earth's Plantasia. about 1 year ago
It certainly used to be rare. The album was very niche in its time and was initially only released in a very small edition and sold at a couple consumer retailers (not even music shops). Original vinyl copies were extremely scarce to come by, much... See full review
Bronco (13) - Bronco
posted a review of Bronco (13) - Bronco. about 1 year ago
Actually a darn fine LP of country rock syrup, full of innocent songs on simple themes. Some of them lyrically poignant, some of them verging on corny; all of them earnest. The band picks well together and you can tell they had a great time doing it.... See full review
The Mermen
posted a review of The Mermen. about 1 year ago
Some people say that the Grateful Dead are the best jamband. Others will argue that it's Phish. Then you'll even find some clueless thumbknuckles who say they don't know what a jamband is. All of them are wrong. The Mermen are the greatest jamband... See full review
Jimi Hendrix Experience* - Los Angeles Forum • April 26, 1969
posted a review of Jimi Hendrix Experience* - Los Angeles Forum • April 26, 1969. about 1 year ago
Scores all the highest marks a live album should. At this point, there's really no reason to ever pull out the old "Live at Woodstock" CD I've had since middle school. This set is far fiercer, more direct, and better recorded. Certainly sharper... See full review
Calvin Keys - Shawn-Neeq
posted a review of Calvin Keys - Shawn-Neeq. about 1 year ago
Interesting bit of historical lore: the brothers running the show at BJR did a number of innovative things on their releases. One of them was their 'double-cover' tactic. Their thinking, as the story goes, was that people flipping through record store... See full review
Vieux Farka Touré Et Khruangbin - Ali
posted a review of Vieux Farka Touré Et Khruangbin - Ali. about 1 year ago
Incredible and legendary. Hopefully you took pictures before eating, as we'll need to add tortilla chip editions to the database...
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
posted a comment on King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard. over 2 years ago
FedSpins
where would Omnium Gatherum sit on this list? thank you


Good question. I have given it some thought and added both Omnium Gatherum and Made In Timeland to the list.

Omnium felt especially hard to place. It offers a... See full review
Anna Fox Rochinski* - Cherry
posted a review of Anna Fox Rochinski* - Cherry. over 2 years ago
The band Quilt (2) will go down as an understated gem of the 2010s. And though they haven’t broken up officially, the respective brain children of the group have each been working on side projects for the last few years. My favorite of the bunch was... See full review
Akron/Family
posted a review of Akron/Family. over 2 years ago
There was a time when naive but tremendously creative kids from New York City would come together and form musical groups. They didn’t have a plan or a goal or a brand. They signaled their own sense of quaint eccentricity with names like The Books and... See full review
We Here Now - The Chikipunk Years
posted a comment on We Here Now - The Chikipunk Years. over 2 years ago
Yeah MAJOR POTENTIAL HERE and I would love to see a full album drop. I really hope the band is cooking something up behind the scenes cuz this stuff is way too potent to let waft into obscurity.
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Start A People
posted a comment on Black Moth Super Rainbow - Start A People. over 2 years ago
Hey can someone please reply to this comment when the news breaks about a vinyl release? I get tired checking their website every 9 months for the last 18 years.
MV & EE
posted a comment on MV & EE. over 3 years ago
Okay, someone has to have figured this out by now... What are the best entry points for this ridiculously indulgent discography? I got into them about ten years ago and did a fair bit of exploring. My tastes followed the cleaner scent of their "major... See full review
BadBadNotGood - Talk Memory
posted a comment on BadBadNotGood - Talk Memory. over 3 years ago
Yeah, a "reset" might be a good way of putting it. By the way, anyone feeling engaged by this dialogue would do well to explore the material of that 'recently departed' member. His name is Matthew Tavares and his 2021 album Danica is a remarkable... See full review
Rainbow Kitten Surprise - How To: Friend, Love, Freefall
posted a comment on Rainbow Kitten Surprise - How To: Friend, Love, Freefall. over 3 years ago
The very simple answer to this question is that they are on a major label. Major labels oftentimes manage their properties (a business term for "artists") in ways that don't make sense. At the current moment, their primary objective is to direct as... See full review
Faust - Faust
posted a comment on Faust - Faust. over 3 years ago
Completely agree with you. That said, "Faust IV" from 1973 is up there among the finest Kraut ever recorded. If you only seek out one... that's the one.
Devendra Banhart, Noah Georgeson - Refuge
posted a review of Devendra Banhart, Noah Georgeson - Refuge. over 3 years ago
I know Devendra is a versatile artist. But if you told me he teamed up with another longtime collaborator and was about to release an album's worth of material from an entirely uncharacteristic genre, this would be about the last thing I'd have... See full review
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
posted a comment on King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard. over 3 years ago
jdkuberka84
Why should it matter whether it's "white" boys or any other kind of boys?


Because I am a suburban white boy and the things that our cohort tends to obsess over are oftentimes pretty lame. Lol. But thanks for your concern.
The Books
posted a review of The Books. over 3 years ago
On the eve of the 21st Century, Paul De Jong and Nick Zammuto met in New York City. They started hanging out and quickly realized they both shared a unique approach to music. Thankfully for the children of the future, they had the good sense to start... See full review
Antonio Carlos & Jocafi* - Mudei De Idéia
posted a review of Antonio Carlos & Jocafi* - Mudei De Idéia. over 3 years ago
Superb debut from the Brazilian duo. Right up there with the works of Marcos Valle, Caetano Veloso and Jorge Ben. Fun mix of traditional samba, MPB and light sprinkles of fuzz for an accessible psychedelic atmosphere. Love the pure joy that is evident... See full review
Mt. Mountain - Centre
posted a review of Mt. Mountain - Centre. over 3 years ago
It's possible that Kikagaku Moyo is going to sneak in a surprise album release before the end of the year. But in the absence of that hypothetical event, this is probably the top guitar-based psych-rock of 2021. Mt. Mountain does it right. I wish... See full review
Michael Chapman (2) - Rainmaker
posted a review of Michael Chapman (2) - Rainmaker. over 3 years ago
In the Summer of 1965, electric instrumentation entered folk music via three separate avenues: Fred Neil, The Byrds, and Bob Dylan. People played around with the augmented style for a couple years, and then somewhere between 1969 and 1971, it was... See full review
Greentea Peng - Man Made
posted a review of Greentea Peng - Man Made. over 3 years ago
GTP has crafted a new punk rock anthem for the 2020s. Amidst the frenzied mania of a global pandemic, a crew of bohemian city kids took a trip to a makeshift studio tucked into the greenery of England's Southlands to commune with nature, and a... See full review
Abdullah Ibrahim / Dollar Brand - The Journey
posted a review of Abdullah Ibrahim / Dollar Brand - The Journey. over 3 years ago
So you know those million-dollar Strata East/Tribe/Nimbus rarities that you pine so dearly for? Put an ear on this and you'll wonder why the hell people dropping such crazy money on Mtume Umoja and Shamek Farrah when they could hear "The Hajj" for... See full review
Hailu Mergia & The Walias Band* - Tezeta
posted a review of Hailu Mergia & The Walias Band* - Tezeta. over 3 years ago
Euphoric; determined; ebullient; effervescent; uplifting; pure. In a word, it's perfect.
John Fahey - America
posted a review of John Fahey - America. over 3 years ago
The birth, death, and epitome and the American Primitive genre. The Swan Song. The piece de resistance. The "Led Zeppelin IV" of fingerstyle guitar music.
John Fahey - America
posted a comment on John Fahey - America. over 3 years ago
I have had these same thoughts. My current theory is that Kottke's "6 and 12" album actually DIDN'T come out in 1969 (or '68, as I've seen listed as well). The places on the web that state that are all just repeating bad information. The reason you've... See full review
Danalogue (2) X Alabaster DePlume - I Was Not Sleeping
posted a comment on Danalogue (2) X Alabaster DePlume - I Was Not Sleeping. over 3 years ago
I felt the same way you did, then... And I feel the same way you feel, now.
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
posted a comment on King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard. over 3 years ago
PS, if any youngsters want to see a non-authoritative list of ranked albums, click here :)
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
posted a review of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard. over 3 years ago
Hype usually turns me off. Hoards of suburban white boys nerding out over something to the degree that there are entire message boards, fansites, bootleg merch, and astronomical prices for one-hour-old "collectibles" doesn't typically draw me in. I'm... See full review
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard - L​.​W.
posted a review of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard - L​.​W.. over 3 years ago
Hype usually turns me off. Hoards of suburban white boys nerding out over something to the degree that there are entire message boards, fansites, bootleg merch, and astronomical prices for one-hour-old "collectibles" doesn't typically draw me in. I'm... See full review
Vinyl Williams - Azure
posted a review of Vinyl Williams - Azure. over 3 years ago
Another effervescent slice of shimmering textures and swirling melodies from the singular Vinyl Williams. Though other musicians sometimes appear on his records, the material on Azure is almost entirely a solo outing. Despite what feel like... See full review
Ghost Funk Orchestra - An Ode To Escapism
posted a comment on Ghost Funk Orchestra - An Ode To Escapism. over 3 years ago
TheRetroman68
Of course it's a matter of taste and mine is as relevant or as irrelevant as yours.

Part of me totally agrees with you, and I appreciate your comment. Art is obviously subjective and not quantifiable.

But I really think... See full review
Skinshape - Arrogance is the Death of Men
submitted Skinshape - Arrogance is the Death of Men. over 4 years ago
Ghost Funk Orchestra - An Ode To Escapism
posted a review of Ghost Funk Orchestra - An Ode To Escapism. over 4 years ago
Overall, it's another fantastic set of songs by the Ghost Funk Orchestra. A timely concept album about our various methods and habits around escapism and how we sometimes prefer different realities than the ones in which we live. Containing only three... See full review
Various - Smokin Soul Power
posted a review of Various - Smokin Soul Power. over 4 years ago
HOLY SMOKING SOUL! This pupper's got it all... Rare grooves! Chunky licks! No cover! Dubious legality!

...Yes, it's true that not much is known about this little compilation (I was the one who added it to the database six years ago, and not much has... See full review
Soft Power (2) - Brink Of Extinction
posted a review of Soft Power (2) - Brink Of Extinction. over 4 years ago
"Soft Power" is a term put forth in response to the rise of atomic energy in the 1970s. Corresponding with the advent of the environmental movement, this concept acknowledged the need for a different kind of approach to progress. Nuclear was... See full review
O Bando - O Bando
posted a review of O Bando - O Bando. over 4 years ago
This album is a smashing hit and a clear standout even when weighed against the staggering vibrancy of the Brazilian music scene at this time. Another discogs reviewer mentions bands like CTA and Blood Sweat & Tears, and though I've never made that... See full review
The Light Of Saba - The Light Of Saba
posted a comment on The Light Of Saba - The Light Of Saba. over 4 years ago
He actually makes note of each of these artists (and many others) in an interview with Honest Jon's back in 2002. I'm not aware if it can be found online, but it's a really great read if you ever come up on it. He describes how he grew up playing... See full review
Hills (2) - Master Sleeps
posted a comment on Hills (2) - Master Sleeps. over 4 years ago
Have loved this album since it came out. Anyone want to sell me a copy, or perhaps do a trade? I promise I'm a real head just like you!
Amon Düül II - Yeti
posted a review of Amon Düül II - Yeti. over 4 years ago
Truly one of the greatest psychedelic behemoths of all time. Sometimes you realize an album gets weaker as you grow out of teenage naïvety. Riffs you thought were the meanest lose their punch. Concepts that used to keep you up all night gain a layer... See full review
The Doors - The Soft Parade / Stripped
posted a review of The Doors - The Soft Parade / Stripped. over 4 years ago
Man these RSD releases are really scraping the bottom of the barrel... An album of dubiously explained "Doors Only" mixes, which were already issued last year as the 'bonus' material for the 50th Anniversary package, given their own special release... See full review