With the release of the 1991 album Doctor Head's World Tower, alternative rock group Flipper's Guitar introduced a wholly original sound to the burgeoning music scene in Japan, and even created a new genre dubbed "Shibuya-Kei". For this entry in the Vinyl Vault, we spoke with our friend and zine artist Randy Asakura about the history, influence and legacy of this seminal, yet underappreciated, album.
For Bailey Moses, records are more than just a medium to listen to music, but a means for endless creative expression. With her lathe cut project, Hocus Bogus, she has made upcycled records out of VHS tapes, flowers, food, and just about anything you could imagine. We had a quick chat with Bailey on how she got started in the lathe community, and how she continually tests the limits of what a record can be.
According to David Mittleman, host of the all vinyl, free format radio show Observations of Deviance on KXCI, Dogon A.D. is an absolute essential for any free jazz lover. "It brilliantly combines the most forward looking avant-garde jazz with gut-bucket funk like no other album before or since." In this vinyl vault, David talks to us about Julius Hemphill's extraordinary band, the various re-releases, and the Dogon creation myth that inspired it all.
For Marcos Trujillo, vinyl collection is more than a hobby, but a way to support the artists they love. "When I think about buying records from Arizona bands or trans/queer artists it feels like collecting and honoring a piece of history and communal contribution, a documentation of other peoples self-expression." For the tenth entry in the T&E vinyl vault, we talked with our friend Marcos on the repress of LA punk band The Distillers' Coral Fang with the original, explicit artwork, the romantic and raw energy on the album, as well as their overall collection and intention behind each purpose.
"Bolero music is very bittersweet," says T&E reader Danie Enriquez, "it touches on the best parts of living and the worst." While reflecting on the glamour and raw emotionality of Amalia Mendoza's music, Danie shares a story of how bolero music sparked a beautiful love story between her grandparents, and how that legacy is reflected in Mendoza's 1971 Aqui Estoy Otra Vez.
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