Edward Van Halen – RIP Mixtape

Edward Lodewijk van Halen (January 26, 1955 – October 6, 2020) Eddie Van Halen was a Dutch-American musician, songwriter, producer, and inventor. He was the main songwriter and lead guitarist of the American rock band Van Halen, which he co-founded in 1972 with his brother, drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Mark Stone, and singer David…

Beastie Boys Mixtape

Beastie Boys were formed out of members of New York’s experimental hardcore punk band the Young Aborigines in 1978, with Michael “Mike D” Diamond as vocalist, Jeremy Shatan on bass guitar, guitarist John Berry (who died May 19, 2016, at a hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts of frontotemporal dementia) and Kate Schellenbach (currently playing with Luscious Jackson) on drums.…

Rachel’s Mixtape

Rachel’s was a collective of musicians formed in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1991. Jason Noble (who came to prominence as the guitarist and occasional singer for Rodan, a band who, like their Louisville peers Slint, stretched post-hardcore clangor to meditative locked-in instrumental lengths) played music individually after Rodan’s breakup and referred to himself as Rachel’s but then began…

Daniel Johnston (1961-2019)

Daniel Dale Johnston (January 22, 1961 – September 11, 2019) Funeral home Funeral home Goin’ to the funeral home Got me a coffin Shiny and black I’m goin’ to the funeral And I’m never comin’ back Born in California in 1961 and raised in West Virginia, Daniel Johnston became known as a songwriter after moving…

Richard Twice: A Musical Life Interrupted

Richard Atkins, the singer and songwriter of the early 70’s California psychedelic folk duo ‘Richard Twice’, was on his way to stardom and a huge success with his first debut album when he mysteriously walked away from it all. A film by Matthew SaltonThe New York Times articlerichardtwice.com