I hope one day music historians will write and focus more on this man's musical genius, songs and records, and of course guitar playing and make only a mere mention of his mental illness and troubles. Most "sane" musicians never have the career or fan base this man has and will continue to foster-which garners admirers from around the globe, and have included members of The Beatles among other well known and talented peers. His prolific and creative output has been incredible when considering his toils. Long before I was in the band or even thought more than a few moments about that town called Tucson, I heard "Lambent Flame" being cranked in a a record store in NYC. I too was stopped in my tracks, and became an instant fan. Then, twelve years later, I was in the band, and it was one of the best times in my life, performing at SXSW with the Black Sun and Jesus. He had a huge and good heart, and I can honestly say that I had a shamanic experience playing next to Jesus at the now just a memory 7 Black Cats. I had one beer in gut, not enough to rip the cosmos, no it was Prince Master Blaster's playing that caused that rip in space and time for me. He was a fucking incredible musician, more honest and true musically then anyone I've ever known. Thank you Prince, you are now an Angel of Light. JPM
And the So What award of the year (so far) goes to...
Jesus called my old man on Saturday, saying he was suffering from a "panic attack". Hearing that he passed the day after is heartbreaking. Condolences to all who loved Jesus. Tucson has lost more than its share of local music legends.
As a post script, Carly Rae has been invited instead to perform for the Canadian Scouts - who, like most other civilized nations, do not discriminate:
I am grateful to Carly Rae, Train, and others for standing up to discrimination. It is through such actions that change happens. I hope and expect that BSA will make the right decision in May and end the ban. If not they risk continuing their trajectory towards becoming the Boy Scouts of Conservative Christians rather than the Boy Scouts of America, of all America.
Once the ban is lifted it will be a total non-issue and the fears of the right-wing will not materialize at all, just as happened with the military.
The first time I ever heard Black Sun Ensemble's music was just over 20 years ago and it stopped me in my tracks. The unique and bizarre mixture of Middle Eastern and hard rock influences were impossible for me to ignore. I was ten times as surprised to find out music this phenomenal was the product of a home town visionary. Local genius!
My condolences not only go out to his friends & family but also to the local music scene for losing a true original. A spirit like his will not die, it will simply transcend from the material world. I can picture a super group in the great beyond that includes him jammin' along with Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Cliff Burton, Bon Scott, John Bonham and/or Keith Moon.
Fall Out Boy really do suck, you know.
I will miss, Jodie Cosmo, Loki Wolfey, Funny Bunny, The Seven Headed Dragon of ?, Apollo the Destroyer, and the rest... Maybe not The Shiek so much. More than anything I will miss Jesus. He used to talk about wanting to see heaven.
Dada was Gaga
ok price are between 10 and 55 bucks and go on sale in 4 mins
Thank you. Love this collection... so wish someone would issue it on vinyl. A great album.
Billy more than sure he'll make it, keep your passion and willingness going and all roads will be yours.
Lou Reed was dealt a pretty good hand: intellect, dexterity, a fine ear for composition…but it was his passion for the game that defined him. Bluffing and posturing behind those aviator-shades, taking wild risks and talking shit to all challengers. He learned from his mentor Warhol that “cool” was the cultural equivalent of a poker-face; inscrutable to and suggesting only contempt for squares. That he fronted a transcendent collective at art-flux ground zero didn’t hurt, and when he cashed out he kept that pile of chips in front of him…
“New York” struck me as the album where Lou Reed finally laid his cards on the table. And yeah he was dealt a pretty good hand, but the “game” felt over.
This inspired a re-listen; thanks for the grist!
I dig your show Dewtron. A lot of it is stuff I would never purchase or listen to on my own, but it's far more interesting than the standard fare being offered on most other terrestrial radio. I listen to KXCI Tuesday through Saturday morning and I do enjoy most of the programs, but your show & Julio Pena's fill a void that other predictably stale Tucson radio cannot. Keep up the good work and keep things interesting by digging up more of those oddities & obscurities. Regards, DC
Being an music enthusiast doesn't necessarily mean that you have to be a snob about someone else who claims to be but doesn't meet your standards. For all we know, the writer of this piece may own a few cds or cassette tapes; maybe the stereo in her car has kickin' speakers. (I will not ever label speakers as shit kicken [sic] because that to me implies that you are a fan of Country & Western music, which for the most part I am not; especially what passes for contemporary mainstream C & W music.) Maybe she's been into music as early as she can remember.
Hell, I'm a music enthusiast and I haven't owned a turntable in over 20 years; I still purchase vinyl as collector's items though. I understand the argument supporting their better sound quality & larger artwork, but that was never enough to make me stay committed. To me, vinyl was always sort of a hassle. You couldn't play records in your car and I always worried about playing the damn things too much & possibly damaging the grooves. Plus, when all new vinyl releases became expensive, hard to find (pre-internet boom) limited-edition imports in the early '90s, it made economical as well as practical sense to switch over to the compact disc.
I myself am a snob in certain ways though. I have never downloaded a song and probably never will. If the artist cannot make the effort to release their recordings on a viable media format, then the music can't be all that great as far as I'm concerned. If I cannot hold their products in my hands, then I will not bother to spend my money on these bands!
I also find it strange that there are cassette only releases/music labels, this tells me that the people involved in this aren't too concerned that the music reach a wide audience, which should be the only goal a music artist/label should have. The artist/label may think they're making a statement about how underground, trendy and/or unconventional they are, but all I'm seeing is a group of people who are going to have trouble making even the smallest amounts of money. As an artist or label I do believe that you should never sacrifice your visions, but this concept should never apply to the format that the music is presented on. This is a very strange concept, considering these artists/labels may assume that most people who never even owned a cassette deck would all of a sudden go out and purchase one because of music they like being released as cassette only products. What's next, reel-to-reel & 8-track only releases? Cookooo!
I think it's cool that Megan is expanding her horizons by considering the purchase of music media. I would highly suggest starting with cds though if she hasn't already and I would also suggest starting with artists that have more depth and talent than (ACK!) Fall Out Boy. Okay, maybe there is a connection between that enthusiast & snob thing. Thanks for reading.
If you listen to music on your computer and car stereo only I hardly think you can call
your self a music enthusiast. Go out and buy your self a real 2 channel amp and some
shit kicken speakers and a turn table. Listen to them for 25 years, then come back and
write an article on music, other wise stop wasting our time. Thank,s Doug.
I never could dismiss "Hope Against Hope" or "Love Agenda," but, alas, space was tight. Lord, to have seen them--let alone mix 'em--live! Insanely jealous. The Suicide gig, as suspected, merely confirms Poss' greatness.
Fantastic band + fitting tribute!
What, you dismiss "Hope Against Hope" and "Love Agenda?"
Anyways, i saw the BoS a bunch of times back when, mixed 'em a few times too (talk about glorious stage volume!) and they're great. Last time I saw Robert, he was mixing front-of-house for Suicide.
Life of Pi song is very soothing and refreshing. But back in India, there is a discussion going on whether the lyrics in Tamil are original. It resembles a lot to another popular lullaby in another Indian language called MAlayalam, spoken in the state of Kerala.
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