I personally was saddened by the iconic producer/engineer/mastermind's recent passing not only because I kind of bonded with him during our two interviews together, but also because his sonic fingerprints are all over so much of the music I grew up on.
I started this series to shine a light on some stellar records from the '90s, now that enough time has passed to get some perspective. These are in no order but eventually this will make a great long list.
By year's end they had cracked the top twenty on the British charts with their first single and they had a second one on deck. Not bad for a group who had started the year off with little more than a local following in Liverpool and Hamburg, and was shuffling drummers like Spinal Tap.
The Zombies, one of the most influential bands to hit the U.S. during the British Invasion of the 1960's, made multiple appearances at this year's South By Southwest music conference, and by many accounts, stole the conference outright.
Bob Dylan was smart enough to pull out an electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 and "rocktify" his folk music. Now, Jason Garriotte appears to be following in the steps of Dylan by reaching a different type of folk and changing the aspects of the experience.
Imagine a record store that stocks only The White Album. This month in Soho, it exists. "We Buy White Albums," an installation at the Recess Gallery by Rutherford Chang, displays 700 of Chang's own White Albums on its walls.
If you happened to walk down a quiet Soho street in the last several weeks, you may have noticed what seemed to be a pop-up record store with an electric red sign proclaiming "We Buy White Albums." Inside is a very special world.
At least the notion of authenticity is out there. It means we are looking for what we want to be true. That authenticity, however we define it, is important to us. It demonstrates a shift from earlier in the decade, at the tail end of an era.