“1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be)” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience

Jimi Hendrix’s mystery is something not quite capture-able as an iconographic or intellectual thing.  Even knowing some of the details of his background — from his emergence on the chitlin circuit to his being shepherded to London by Chas Chandler — doesn’t explain the lightning the man conjured.  The scant year and a half that Hendrix … Continue reading “1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be)” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience

“The Creator has a master plan,” by Pharaoh Sanders

A deep blues, a call to enlightenment, a psychedelic spiritual of epic proportions, Pharaoh Sanders’ “The Creator has a master plan” rings with a disciplined clarity one might expect from a former John Coltrane collaborator and acolyte of spiritual jazz.  But if Sanders extends the Coltrane legacy to this recording, he also pushes open new doors, … Continue reading “The Creator has a master plan,” by Pharaoh Sanders

“Winter Song” by Screaming Trees and “Whirling Dervish” by Thin White Rope

Years before the hybrid of classic rock and distorted garage psychedelia and punk became the legendary  Grunge that vanquished the Hair Metal Dragon in the early 1990s, Screaming Trees and Thin White Rope plied their trade in relative obscurity and penury.  Even as “punk broke” in America and they were afforded greater opportunity for exposure, … Continue reading “Winter Song” by Screaming Trees and “Whirling Dervish” by Thin White Rope