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In Defense of RSD

In Defense of Record Store Day   I’ll admit it: before last Saturday, I was an RSD hater. Just like some of the posts swirling around social media protesting the day as a faux, greeting card-esque holiday, I’d written it off a long while back, when I realized a line out the door of a [...]

By |2019-05-13T20:24:34+00:0005/13/2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Citing Sources with Angel Bat Dawid: Records, Chicago, & avant-garde jazz

Citing Sources with Angel Bat Dawid: Records, Chicago, & avant-garde jazz   In 2014, Angel Elmore, known creatively as Angel Bat Dawid, cashed out of an office job to pursue music full-time, diving fully into a practice that held a special place in her life for years. It was a transformative time for her, as [...]

By |2019-04-03T20:19:47+00:0004/03/2019|Blog|0 Comments

The Gow Dow Experience – Transcending Jazz

The Gow Dow Experience 73-74-75 (The Gow Dow Experience Productions) (Private Press) Released February 11, 1973   Diving into the history and context behind the incredibly rare private press recording 73-74-75, the only recording from The Gow Dow Experience, it’s difficult to judge the music as purely entertainment. That’s because this album was merely one [...]

By |2019-03-20T00:02:55+00:0003/20/2019|Blog|0 Comments


MARINERO – San Francisco/Guadalajara. Band MARINERO – San Francisco/Guadalajara. Band Marinero is the handle of San Francisco native, Jess Sylvester, whose lovesick songs have endearing touches of Latin America and soft flourishes of emotion. Despite playing in punk bands throughout his youth, he leans more Caetano Veloso than Black Flag. It [...]

By |2019-03-19T13:26:18+00:0003/19/2019|Artists|0 Comments

Diamond Ortiz turns back the clock with “Virgo Baby”

“Virgo Baby” is the 1st offering from LA funkster, Diamond Ortiz’s forthcoming LP, Certified. Diamond Ortiz returns with his signature blend of retro & future funk which emanates from his deep musical roots ranging from 50’s era R&B to lover’s rock reggae to unapologetic g-funk. “Virgo Baby” is the perfect introduction to Certified and it [...]

By |2019-03-18T14:03:14+00:0003/06/2019|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Come See About Me: Durand Jones & The Indications’ New Soul For Old Souls

By David Ma and Brandon Roos Vocalist: Durand Jones Vocalist / Drummer: Aaron Frazer Guitarist: Blake Rhein The origin story for modern soul heavyweights Durand Jones and the Indications emerged out of what can be considered divine timing. Vocalist Durand Jones is now best known for his gruff delivery and hair-raising yelps, but he arrived [...]

By |2019-03-01T20:48:20+00:0002/28/2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kamaal Williams – The Return (Black Focus Records)

Kamaal Williams – The Return Black Focus Records - 2019 While The Return may be a debut of sorts, it certainly makes reference to the sound it’s following. In November 2016, pianist and producer Kamaal Williams, an alias for Henry Wu, paired up with the vastly talented drummer Yussef Dayes as Yussef Kamaal. Their debut, [...]

By |2019-02-27T06:45:38+00:0002/27/2019|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments