Violet Woods – self-titled

Having debuted in late-2012 with the sublime Raw Love 7” for The Great Pop Supplement label and the dreamy download-only “Driftwood Royalty” single, it’s taken some time for the Cambridge-grown Violet Woods to fashion an album-sized release.  After two immersive sessions in the analogue Aladdin’s Cave of London’s Soup Studios during the course of … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#31 (Fuzzy Lights’ Xavier Watkins on Tago Mago)

Fuzzy Lights’ Xavier Watkins on… Can’s Tago Mago (United Artists Records, 1971) I'll always remember the first time I heard Tago Mago.  I was 15, sat in my then girlfriend's flat, trawling through her brother's LPs. He had a few other Can LPs, Soon Over Babaluma being one, but somehow the slightly Aztec-looking mushroom cloud face on the … [Read more...]

Friends of DOA – Best of 2011

Damon Krukowski (Damon & Naomi): The Beach Boys – The SMiLE Sessions My favorite release of 2011 was meant to have been released in 1967.  The Beach Boys' SMiLE is completely mad, and a delight to listen to in this new semi-coherent form. I didn't spring for the monster box set, with the 3D artwork and all the additional outtakes (which I'm … [Read more...]

Flipsides and Otherwise: FAO #13

Diversity isn’t necessarily the meaning to an artistically successful musical life. Sure, as a consuming listener gathering an eclectic sonic collection can be part of the recipe for lifelong happiness and open-mindedness. Yet within such broad libraries there should always be segregated silos for undiluted sonic-mould-setters to congeal … [Read more...]