The American based Important Records traffics in the general territory of purposefully obtuse rock musics. And to include the Skull Defekts isn't all too shocking. It makes sense actually. Unfortunately, apart from the Vanishing Voice disc from a few years back, I can't say that I've enjoyed any of the label's releases all too much.
The lack of acoustic recordings from this gentleman was remedied on the third volume of Imaginational Anthem series from Tompkins Square Records. While the disc wasn't a showcase for Reynolds, it sat his work next to a variety of folks playing in the same genre - Steffen Basho-Junghans for one. Again, that disc, while critically well received, found none its participants going on to make a million bucks.
Apart from all of those things, it's still a pretty good listen.
Being born to a Turkish diplomat brought Ertegün to this country. And as he grew up, he found the music of Professor Longhair, amongst others, to be sorta irresistible. To that end, he figured recording and distributing it would be not only a money maker, but a satisfying, life long, endeavor.
Detroit has graced gleeful geeks with showers of music from soul to funk to garage and punk. And somewhere in the middle is Nicodemus. A raunchy, face tattoo sporting, gnarly, long haired biker outlaw who has recorded under his name for roughly forty years - and is somehow still going - has as interesting a past as anyone else.
Moving from relatively straight ahead song structures to incorporating noise, any racket that could be devised and music from other cultures further distanced the band from their peers. It was a relatively understandable evolution after it began. While using improv - as tied to jazz as anything else in Western culture - the Sun City Girls recorded too many records to count that involved one off tracks, ideas and appropriations.
While a great deal of her recording career was given over to reworking popular songs, the selections that Franklin filled her albums with had some sort of affect on the greater culture. Even the songs that were written specifically for her have become anthems to portions of the not just the American record buying public, but international fans. She is generally recognized as the leading voice in soul music from the '60s and even if that wasn't the case a string of albums from the latter portion of the decade and the early '70s could make the argument for her.
When the group began, the mid '60s hadn't given away to the latter portion of the decade's radical politics. But since the band was based in Berekely, Ca it seemed that the ensemble were at least a step ahead of everyone else politically.
In the case of Leon Russell, he was able to wrangle most of the Rolling Stones - minus Keith Richards - a Beatle, Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker for assistance on his eponymous debut album. Of course, Russell came about befriending these folks in a very specific manner - he played on their records or toured with their bands.
Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen postulating what rock actually is.
Having been birthed from the demise of Uncle Tupelo and its sometimes traditional take on American, Wilco began in much the same manner - if not for a dash more of that old rock and roll flavor. But since the group's 1995 album A.M., it seems as if there has been a lack of consistency from this Chicago group.
In part one could place the onus of this problem on the shoulders of Jeff Tweedy and whatever personal problems he's encountered in the last fifteen to twenty years. But that would be unfair. Tweedy's a human being - even if he's one of the most well respected rock dudes still writing songs.
This may not be music, but I suppose it counts as alternative....