The Electric Rubicon #4: Hiroyuki Usui

In this episode, the podcast shifts to a new, more concise format as I explore the history and music of Hiroyuki Usui. Usui was an early member of Fushitsusha (with Keiji Haino), Ghost, Marble Sheep, and others. Usui probably isn’t a household name for most listeners, but you can be sure he’s been a pivotal undercurrent in the Japanese experimental underground for almost 50 years. Hiroyuki … Continue reading The Electric Rubicon #4: Hiroyuki Usui

The Electric Rubicon #3: Time-Lag Records

Time-Lag Records is one of the best labels of all-time for my money. If you have any interest in free, psychedelic music you’ve likely crossed paths with something the label put out at some point or another. The likes of Six Organs of Admittance, Charalambides, and MV & EE all had early releases on Time-Lag and some of those records remain among their best work … Continue reading The Electric Rubicon #3: Time-Lag Records

The Electric Rubicon #2: Gold Leaf Branches

I did not expect to be posting a second episode of The Electric Rubicon so quickly, but sometimes serendipitous things happen. On Saturday I was doing some research/digging for another future episode and remembered the three Elephant Micah CDRs that Time-Lag released back the mid-2000s. That, in turn, reminded me of the song he gave me for Gold Leaf Branches, a massive 3CD compilation I released on Digitalis in 2005. Continue reading The Electric Rubicon #2: Gold Leaf Branches

The Electric Rubicon #1: Abdul Wadud

The Electric Rubicon is a project I’ve been thinking about for a while now, but it was only in the last few months that I got a clearer picture of how I wanted to pull it together. Basically this is going to be a regular (my goal is once-per-month!) show where each episode is focused on a single band, artist, or label and I spend some time digging into their history and importance and, more generally, what it is that makes them special. The main thing, though, is an excuse to pull out some killer tunes that most people have never heard, or at least haven’t heard in a while. Continue reading The Electric Rubicon #1: Abdul Wadud