DAVID BOWIE’S SPACE ODDITY: 40TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE!

This piece was originally published November 30th, 2009.

Major Tom Icon1969 was a banner year for momentous historical and cultural events.

This was the year of Woodstock’s “…3 Days of Peace & Music” festival, and its parallel universe/evil Captain Kirk, the Rolling Stones’ Altamont festival.

The Manson Family cult went on their murderous rampage in L.A., Nixon was elected President while the Vietnam War continued amidst home-front demonstrations and William Calley’s My Lai Massacre

The Beatles gave their last ever live performance on a rooftop and Led Zeppelin’s first album was released.

In television, The Brady BunchMonty Python’s Flying Circus and Sesame Street all premiered.

Yet, in this tumultuous year, which many saw as the end of the optimism that grew from the counter-cultural youth movement of the past decade, no greater single event optimistically captured television viewers the world over than one in particular. No other trip was quite as spectacular or fantastic as the wonder, imagination and positive vibe of where the future of civilization could be headed, then the July 11th United States’ NASA Apollo11 lunar landing in the Sea of Tranquility (or Mare Tranquillitatis if you prefer the beautifully named Latin version).

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ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN: An Intimate Evening At Great Scott

This piece was originally published October 26th, 2009

October 18, 2009.

Echo and The Bunneymen IconThings couldn’t have been more perfectly designed…seeing one of the legendary (and a favorite) post punk bands performing in Allston, MA at a tiny venue called Great Scott. Echo And The Bunnymen, in an extremely rare, intimate one-off return to playing a small room, not unlike their earliest days of performing in the clubs of Liverpool.

Little did I know that a freakish snow storm and terrifying driving experience would almost derail this grand opportunity.

Then again, it was also the perfect backdrop for seeing a band who has weathered the highs and lows of musical superstardom and continued to pilot their musical voyage through the “Seven Seas.”


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CHAINO / KAVA KON: Tiki Exotica Music’s Zombie Bamboos in the Zero Gravity Lounge

This piece was originally published August 31st, 2009

Tiki Mug #2 IconWelcome back to the second installment of The Mystery Box’s Luau Hut: My take on all things from the world of Tiki.

This week I take a look at two new album releases that are both currently residing here under the thatched roof in Tiki-ville HQ.

These albums share similar qualities of what makes Tiki so much fun—a dreamlike fantasy and make believe musical playground world that really doesn’t and never really did exist—just like the best Tiki anything.

These albums are similar enough so that they both sit side by side nicely as companion listening, yet, at the same time these recordings couldn’t be more dissimilar—each arriving from different places within Tiki music’s history.

The first album is a reissue of a 1957 release from a mysterious Tiki Exotica performer of the past named Chaino. The other album is the second release from a modern primitive Detroit duo that call themseleves Kava Kon.

Kirby Allan presents CHAINO: Eye Of The Spectre (Dionysus 2009)

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AC/DC: My Favorite Musical acts I will See Again and Again. Part 3.

This post was originally published August 24th, 2009

Happy Devil IconA few weeks ago I attended a concert by the Australian band AC/DC at Gillette Stadium, a.k.a. home to the NFL’s New England Patriots.

These days, Gillette is located within the confines of a sparkling wonder that is Patriot Place: A mega city of commerce hosting the Patriot’s Hall of Fame, restaurants and macho retail. Really, it is a man-mall of sorts, built out of the barren disrepair and lonely dust that was once the rickety wooden seat loserville known as the old Foxboro Stadium.

Appropriate venue for a band of yobs turned colossal giants that are the boys in AC/DC.

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Mark E. Smith and The Fall: My Favorite Musical Acts I Will See Again and Again. Part 1.

This piece was originally published May 18, 2009

Don’t Give Up On Live Music!

I'm A Mummy IconI’ve been going to see live music for as long as I can remember loving music. Whether it was as a kid being brought somewhere to experience the new sensation of various summertime jazz performers in the park, or later on as I ventured out to nightspots and musical gatherings on my own. I have lived music, played music, gone to support fellow comrades in sound as they too formed bands, and later helped put together a massive 3-day music festival that was beyond an incredible experience.

No matter what your particular preferred genre of sound, simply put, there is little in life that can come close to the thrill of seeing and hearing a live concert. If the concert happens to be by an artist whose music you are already familiar with and own work by, that’s a plus. For myself, there are then the wonderful few who make a return touring visit extra special and rewarding.

This is the first column for what will end up being 13 columns spread out over this year, for which I have cherry picked favorite musical acts that I really get excited about going to see over and over again in concert.

My prerequisites:
1) They are still currently making music I like and are touring live.
2) I’ve seen each more than a few times.
3) All stand out with a unique sound, presence and charisma.

Perhaps there is a chance you will have heard and love a few, or perhaps have not heard of any. Hopefully, at least one will tickle your interest enough to check out a sample or read further about them via their web site.

Fan=fanatic and I guess you could say that for each of the musical acts I will be covering, I am a fanatic and will almost always buy whatever it is that they have to sell me.

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The Fall

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DIG THE OLD NEW: THE INCREDIBLE FORGOTTEN WORLD OF 78 R.P.M. RECORDS AND SOUNDS

This piece was originally published January 26th, 2009.

Golden Queen IconVHS vs Beta? Blu-ray vs ?? Format wars have been around for a long, long time and exact dates, details and the inventors are often very difficult to pin down.

So keeping this in mind, The Mystery Box brings you a look at the format known as the 78 rpm vintage record – which prior to the dominance of vinyl 33 1/3 rpm lp’s and 45 rpm singles, was king of the record industry – followed by two essential ways to hear the strange and fascinating world that is contained on these black, shiny portals.

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