One album wonders: Blue Phantom’s Distortions

BLUE PHANTOM'S DISTORTIONS (1971) During the Album Era (mid 1960s-mid 2000s), the LP was the dominant form of recorded music expression and consumption. Some bands recorded just one album during their time and, whether popular or not, they are the so-called one album wonders. ***** Blue Phantom were an instrumental group (or project) who released one album, Distortions, in 1972. … Continue reading One album wonders: Blue Phantom’s Distortions

One album wonders: The United States of America’s The United States of America

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (recorded 1967, released 1968) During the Album Era (mid 1960s-mid 2000s), the LP was the dominant form of recorded music expression and consumption. Some bands recorded just one album during their time and, whether popular or not, they are the so-called one album wonders. ***** The focus … Continue reading One album wonders: The United States of America’s The United States of America

One album wonders: John’s Children’s Orgasm

[A version of this article originally appeared at the Amoeblog] JOHN'S CHILDREN - ORGASM (recorded 1967, released 1971) Today the band John's Children, when remembered at all, are best remembered for two things: one, for having briefly included within their ranks a pre-T. Rex Marc Bolan and two, for their calculatedly outrageousness and provocative live performances. Both overshadow the fact … Continue reading One album wonders: John’s Children’s Orgasm

Shifters and sugarcubes — Happy Bicycle Day!

With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sense and sensibility in transportation. Today marks the day that Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann discovered the properties of LSD, on 16 April 1943, and rode his bike home. THE DISCOVERY OF LSD Albert Hofmann … Continue reading Shifters and sugarcubes — Happy Bicycle Day!