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WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . SKIP SPENCE: Oar in dark water

5 Mar 2012  |  4 min read  |  2

Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd and Roky Erickson of Thirteenth Floor Elevators don't own the category of "mad Sixties acid casualty" exclusively. Alexander Spence -- aka Skip Spence -- deserves to be entered among the "tuned in, turned on and dropped so far out he couldn't come back". In the years before he died in '99 at age 52, he had become an itinerant,... > Read more

Little Hands

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . LARAAJI: Relax, you are feeling sleepy

4 Jan 2012  |  3 min read

Rather cruelly, when the English rock writer Andy Gill reviewed the Laraaji album Days of Radiance back in 1980 he opened with "Zzzzz . . ." Fair call in some ways, but in its defense the album was the third in Brian Eno's ambient series and the second side was taken up with two long pieces entitled Meditation #1 and Meditation #2. And you could hardly expect someone who played... > Read more

Meditation #1 (extract only, from vinyl some surface pops)

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . DANIEL JOHNSTON: In a mixed up, shook up world

24 Jan 2010  |  3 min read

Being eccentric or even downright loopy has never disqualified anyone from a career in rock culture. Indeed, some would argue being slightly off-beam is a prerequisite. Rock is littered with oddballs: acid-damaged Syd Barrett, who signed out of Pink Floyd in '68 and reality shortly after; those Fleetwood Mac guitarists who went walkabout mid-career; Brian Wilson lolling on his bed for a... > Read more

Daniel Johnston: Happy Time