Songs in the Key of Z is the title of a book and two compilation albums created by Irwin Chusid in 2000. You can listen to Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 1 and Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 2 here. The albums contain a fine selection of songs by "outsider musicians." Similar to "outsider art," Chusid defines "outsider music" as "crackpot and visionary music, where all trails lead essentially one place: over the edge." There's some pretty out-there stuff on these albums, and I can't get enough of it. Songs in the Key of Z has popularized a handful of obscure musicians to a wider audience, such as Daniel Johnston, Joe Meek, Jandek and Wesley Willis.
I was turned on to the genre-splicing British music collective Sault in the Summer of 2020 during the protests against police violence that were organized across the globe. Particularly the joint "Wildfires" from the June 2020 release, "Untitled (Black Is)." Different rhythmed heartbeats, woven with the total capacity of the snare drum and a humbly… READ THE REST
The great Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac songwriter and keyboardist, died today at age 79. I'm a lifelong fan of Fleetwood Mac's California cocaine trilogy of Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, and Tusk LPs that included greatest hits written by McVie like "Say You Love Me," "Over My Head," "Don't Stop," "You Make Loving Fun," "Songbird," and "Think… READ THE REST
Mark Shreeve, an English modular synth master who made electronic music for decades, died recently at 65. He's one of those composers whose work you've certainly heard—he worked often with other stars and his library music was regularly used by major broadcasters for segues and BGM—whose own albums (solo and with/as Redshift) are a world… READ THE REST
Sometimes, the holidays sneak up on us. You have to buy someone a present, but you don't know what to get them — and of course, there's the fear it won't show up on time to be under the tree Christmas morning. That's why our Last Chance sale is an excellent opportunity. It provides great… READ THE REST
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We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. It's time for some holiday shopping, and if you're not doing it online, you'll be, well, in line. Since there aren't many folks who find hanging out at big box stores… READ THE REST