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HM's Look at Psychedelic Folk

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Acid-folk sounds like an oxymoron. As John Oliver would ask, “how is this a thing?” It certainly wasn't something Peter, Paul & Mary, The Kingston Trio, or Burl Ives could have envisioned, even if someone slipped a loaded sugar-cube into their tea. But it's really not that bizarre when looked at in the context of its times.

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I Know What I Like...and I Like What I Know--a Short Musical Trip!

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Seems to be a line from a song by the Big Bopper or was it Genesis ?  My earliest musical influences in the world of music were the musical likes of my mother and my older brothers. My young ears picked up on Perry Como, The Hi-Los, Dinah Shore, Nat King Cole, and many others.  Elvis was always a huge influence in any home in the late 1950s but I paid attention when my brother became obsessed with Buddy Holly after his tragic death. I suppose it was cultish in a way.

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A New Look Through The Doors

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This is an intriguing albeit baffling idea, a psychedelic tribute cd of Door's tunes performed by current generation neo-psychedelic bands. The Doors were true innovators. No one sounded like The Doors although plenty have imitated them since.... Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cult, Joy Division, The Nails and Nick Cave spring to mind. But while The Doors played their own distinct version of boozy, bluesy, drug-addled rock, they weren't a psychedelic band. Baudelaire, Brecht and the same old time blues-men who inspired The Beatles and Rolling Stones (Dixon, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf) are chief shaman, Jim Morrison and the band's guiding spirits and mentors. 

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Ought to Know Christmas Albums, 2014

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A few of our top five ought-to know-Christmas albums for 2014 are actually from this year and—as often is the case—Christmas releases can also be called weird Christmas releases as well, or just weird releases in some cases. Case in point would be Bob Dylan’s 2009 release, Christmas in the Heart; it’s a strange experience. It’s not bad; it’s just weird, though it’s also weird to hear Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon behind one of the best Christmas albums of the last few years.

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