I've been on a Spacemen 3 bender as of late. What deeply entrancing, beautiful, and spaced-out music they made in the 1980s and early 1990s. ("Taking drugs to make music to take drugs to.") I've gotten an even better appreciation of them as I've dug into their musical influences, from the Staple Singers and Sun Ra to Mississippi hill country blues and, of course, 1960s psych. Read more about their influences here. This morning I got my fix from this track, "Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here)," from their fourth and final studio LP, 1991's "Recurring." By this point, founders Peter "Sonic Boom" Kember and Jason "J. Spaceman" Pierce were on the outs, and the album is mostly divided between them. ("Big City" is a Kember track.) Of course, outside of Spacemen 3, Kember recorded as E.A.R. and Spectrum while Pierce went on to form Spiritualized.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end. The last recorders were sold in 2002. ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge]
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