"Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"
Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” leaps, or rather drifts, into that temporal breach between sacred and profane, and becomes thereby perhaps the most reverent of godless American ballads.
When the Bridegroom Comes radio mix
An hour-long mix of West Coast Jesus Movement music I made for Aquarium Drunkard.
The Psychospiritual Legacy of the Beatles
A conversation between me, Anderson Todd, and Rebel Wisdom's David Fuller about nostalgia, analog tech, nostalgia, surveillance, and why the Beatles still fascinate.
Now Let Us Praise Dopesmoker
With “Dopesmoker,” Sleep sealed the tomb of an entire genre.
Trans Millenia Consort
The real rock dog stars: Sonic Youth in the era of Daydream Nation
Out Come the Freaks
Probably the first heathen listeners to cotton on to Jesus music were the psych collectors, who recognized that some Jesus music was not only heavily distorted but kicked much lysergic ass.
This is a holy music made with a mad hippie love infused with the same DIY impatience that secretly links the beats and the freaks and the punks.
Neither relaxing or particularly “haunting”, these alien vocalizations reward close listening.
Lost Shadows: In Defense of the Soul
A review of Sub Rosa's recent rerelease of David Toop's strange and powerful Yanomami recordings
Jordan de la Sierra
A review of the recent reissue of a remarkable minimalist New Age recording from 1977.
Don't Mind if I Do
Waxing and waning on Joanna Newsom's Have One on Me
Ligeti's Requiem Mass
A cosmic mindbend at the symphony
The End of the Ring
The close of Seattle's Ring cycle
Heady reflections on Seattle's Ring