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.
Vinyl Vault Entry #9: The Glamour and Heartbreak of Amalia Mendoza's Aqui Estoy Otra Vez
"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.
Vinyl Vault Entry #8: Instrumental Grace of Explosions in the Sky's 'The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place'
The implicit ambiguity of instrumental music allows for endless interpretations and emotional reactions. For the eighth entry of the T&E vinyl vault, writer Brandon Biallas picks Explosions in the Sky's post-rock album The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place and writes about the compelling beauty he experiences with each listen.
On their 1986 compilation album, The Pink Opaque, Scottish band Cocteau Twins deliver an otherworldly sound combining elements of goth rock and ethereal wave. For the seventh entry in the vinyl vault, we spoke with our friend Molly "Mitch" Mitchell on the haunting beauty of this album, plus the importance of not dating people with shitty taste in music.