A thread for Sandy Bull

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So I got this Sandy Bull album today, E Pluribus Unum. I am listening to it AS WE SPEAK, and I think it's pretty good. I'm definitely more interested in it than I am in his earlier albums that I've heard (Fantasias and Inventions), probably because I'm a fan of fuzzy, 'psychedelic' guitar noodling. So I'm listening to this record, and I think that, wow! I wonder what other people think of this album lemme look at AMG, and I notice that Mr. Bruce Eder has awarded it an insulting "two stars" when it clearly deserved at least a 3, or 3.5, conservatively. His entire review is produced below. The best line is the last one.

Sandy Bull's third and most experimental album is his weakest, comprised of a pair of extended tracks (17-minutes and 21-minutes each) that rely on an electric guitar output split four ways, plus the oud and finger cymbals. The results sort of resemble the Paul Butterfield Blues Band's East-West, except that it's dull and enervating. The quality of Bull's playing is undeniable, and his mid-tempo ramblings on "No Deposit -- No Return Blues" sometimes threaten to become interesting, especially when it passes through a Bo Diddley-like beat for a few moments, but this is an illusion -- it never justifies its own length. "Electric Blend" is one of those ambitious psychedelic experiments with extended noodling that doesn't have much purpose except to show off Bull'd prowess. Back in 1968 when it was recorded, this probably seemed like a great idea, but it hasn't held up as well as, say, "In A Gadda Da Vida."

Pretty great. I mean, wtf? Do people like "In A Gadda Da Vida"? Is this a common thing? I always figured that song was only as good as that time on the Simpsons when Bart made the parishioners sing it in church. I dunno, man. I'm just saying, I like it better than any two Dead cuts of similar vintage.(Maybe? I'm sure there are some great bootlegs out there that stormy davis or roger adultery wants me to hear.)

But then there was this OTHER album that I saw today, too. And I listened to a side of that one and it was crazy! He was singing on a few tracks, and another of 'em sounded like a really bad joke. So I didn't get that one.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Saturday, 31 December 2005 05:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Also, I'm really into the oud jammage on E Pluribus Unum; I like the sound of the instrument, and I like the way he shifts between western & eastern playing styles. I think it's impressive, in some way.

I think academics of one stripe or another would argue that Bull's work is, in some way, colonialist. I'm not sure if that's true or not. I guess anything is true.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Saturday, 31 December 2005 05:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

that review is bullshit. i still prefer the earlier bull albums, though.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Saturday, 31 December 2005 05:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yeah, i mean the fucking butterfield blues band? c'mon. bull's WAY BETTER than the butterfield blues band.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Saturday, 31 December 2005 05:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

also
classic or dud: the notion of "purpose" in music

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Saturday, 31 December 2005 05:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i don't get how it can be an ambitious psychedelic experiment w/o having much purpose except to show muscle. although i know what he's hearing/saying anyway.

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Saturday, 31 December 2005 06:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

because it's PLEASANT TO LISSEN TO, silly... same as a pop song or an opera.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Saturday, 31 December 2005 06:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

like i said/implied, the whole notion of "purpose" is kinda suspect.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Saturday, 31 December 2005 06:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i think maybe its just his notion of purpose that is suspect. well, atleast suspect for us. but yeah, we're saying the same thing essentially. also he's all happy with in da gadda da vida. i can tell you he likes things tidy.

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Saturday, 31 December 2005 06:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

also, in general where there's noodling and experimental psychedelia isn't it all about levels of mess and tidiness in all sorts of ratios that all sorts of people will appreciate or not depending on where they are sitting. if you're going to talk about not getting it, you really should tell people where you're sitting at b/c otherwise this means nothing to me.

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Saturday, 31 December 2005 06:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i mean, i really like the record. and yeah, there's both good and bad experimental psychedelia, just like any other kinda music. But it doesn't seem to me that this particular Sandy Bull album is any-more self-induldgent or boring than something like Vision Creation Newsun or some Xenakis album. But all three of these albums were made for different audiences at different times, who obviously had different expectations.

I just think it's weird that a guy who clearly doesn't have an affinity for the style would review the record. I dunno. Where is Ned Ragget or someone to write a better review?

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Saturday, 31 December 2005 06:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

HI DERE

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 31 December 2005 06:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

not creepy at all.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Saturday, 31 December 2005 06:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

xpost - i meant his review meant nothing to me only that i suspect he likes things tidier than i do b/c of the gadda da vida love. maybe you (or Ned) should write the review.

that sneaking up is creepy!

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Saturday, 31 December 2005 06:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'ma listen to "Electric Blend" again and see what I think. I've got the Vanguard "Essential Sandy Bull" double album and it's on there. My favorite track on it has always been his version of "Memphis, Tennessee." I think Sandy Bull rules!

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Saturday, 31 December 2005 06:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That track is great. The reviewer wanted the music to get exciting and it didn't get exciting. But it's not supposed to get exciting. I think it's a classic psychedelic wallpaper track that's actually really good musically. Good sound and really good playing.

Ian, btw, "East-West," if you've never heard it, was kind of anomaly for the Butterfield Blues Band - long modal jam track w/ gnarly Mike Bloomfield soloing. It's good.

That "Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida" line in the review is funny. "Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida" is OK, though, too.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Saturday, 31 December 2005 07:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard East-West, to be fair. I'll keep an eye open for it.

Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida honestly has no connotations for me other than the simpsons.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Saturday, 31 December 2005 07:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Sandy Bull is completely great. I just have a one-disc collection, I should get more. Has anyone heard his two later albums from the '90s?

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Saturday, 31 December 2005 07:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i djed one time at a friend's art show and gygax showed up so i threw on inna gada da vida because it was 17 minutes and i wanted to chat for a bit

jaxon (jaxon), Saturday, 31 December 2005 08:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

you shoulda just thrown on some sandy bull jam, jaxon!

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Saturday, 31 December 2005 15:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I wasn't being creepy at all, I just opened the thread and saw I was invoked!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 31 December 2005 15:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

ned, do you like sandy bull?

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Saturday, 31 December 2005 15:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I've only heard a few things but I really should investigate more. I admit that my strongest knowledge of his work is secondhand, via Flying Saucer Attack's tribute to Bull on the Harmony of the Spheres compilation.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 31 December 2005 15:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

it's actually Roy Montgomery's tribute on Harmony of The Spheres.

I bet you'd like him. Very smart. Extended/psychedelic in places. You can't really go wrong with either of his first two albums for a taste.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Saturday, 31 December 2005 15:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Ah, you're right. Confusion about Harmony participants funtime!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 31 December 2005 16:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

e pluribus unum melts 'relaxed' (read dope) 'lectric squiggle to noodly nod, oozing the gooey stuff all over the place, with neither spoon nor skeleton nor name to contain it. surely scg/nnck/wwvv sprawl put it in greater context now, but you can't spell messiah without 'mess' anyhow.

i turned some deadheads onto his choogling version of "memphis, tn" too, but "blend" with billy higgins (post-ornette's free jazz) borders on the psychic.

imbidimts, Saturday, 31 December 2005 16:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

are you ben mcosker or just aping his writing style?

ian the johnson (laurah), Sunday, 1 January 2006 02:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i like his brother - red. lol

retrokid, Sunday, 1 January 2006 07:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Gene is nailing it down TIGHT at the start of the thread. To be honest, it's all about that sound, the production from 67-ish to 75-ish that can't be recreated via digital. So you get fuz\zy sex noise insteadf.

Noodle Vague (noodle vague), Sunday, 1 January 2006 07:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

happy new year yoo drunkfux.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Sunday, 1 January 2006 08:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

hey man, iron butterly CHANGED THE FACE OF MUSIC. i mean them and bob dylan and uh fuckin bob marley and whatever other bob you can think of. well i guess anyone that has a black-light poster of their face we can assume "changed music".

corey c (shock of daylight), Sunday, 1 January 2006 09:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

and let's face it, i haven't seen sandy's profile on no blacklight posters.

corey c (shock of daylight), Sunday, 1 January 2006 09:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I changed music a couple of hours ago when I was playing guitar.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Sunday, 1 January 2006 09:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

did they paint a neon picture of your face? they better have!

corey c (shock of daylight), Sunday, 1 January 2006 09:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
man i was all ready to gush about how good these sandy bull records are that i'm hearing for the first time, but this thread doesn't seem to be the place for it. i mean "iron butterly CHANGED THE FACE OF MUSIC" ? god i hate ilm ^,^

XD (eman), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 02:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

But Iron Butterfly helped invent long quasi-prog percussion-jam Euro disco, dude!

Sandy Bull wise it's all about "Blend." Awesome!

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 08:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Aye, Billy Higgins and Sandy Bull together is a demon combination.

'Electric Blend' / E Pluribus Unum is a far more soporific proposition, has a completely different vibe to the earlier records. It suffers a lot from bad recording, but does do great value as smacked-out drift music, kinda like Spacemen 3's sitar music. Sounds fuck all like Iron butterfly.

I really should have these albums on vinyl by now. They are surprisingly common, even here in the UK.

myopic_void (myopic_void), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 11:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Aye, Billy Higgins and Sandy Bull together is a demon combination.

'Electric Blend' / E Pluribus Unum is a far more soporific proposition, has a completely different vibe to the earlier records. It suffers a lot from bad recording, but does do great value as smacked-out drift music, kinda like Spacemen 3's sitar music. Sounds fuck all like Iron Butterfly.

I really should have these albums on vinyl by now. They are surprisingly common, even here in the UK.

myopic_void (myopic_void), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 11:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Sorry. 'Bout that. My fault - spot the difference.

myopic_void (myopic_void), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 11:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Heh heh...a guy called "myopic void" is asking US to spot a teeny-tiny insignificant difference!

Sez here that Bull/Butterfield/Butterfly ALL did wonderful things with guitars, in their own separate ways. (Plus, if "I. Ron Butterfly" were the name of an individual and not a band, then they'd all be hunkered down together in my "Bu-" section, maybe passing the pipe with Burning Spear and the Buzzcocks and Butthole Surfers.)

M. Agony Von Bontee (M. Agony Von Bontee), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Iron Butterfly's greatest contribution to the history of music was to give us 2 members of the band that gave me my sobriquet! And possibly the finest rock album of the 70s. But I'm derailing this album from its more than worthy subject again.

myopic_void (myopic_void), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Fuckin' hell. album=thread. I should go back to lurking. Or not post semi-distractedly at work.

myopic_void (myopic_void), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 13:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

After thorough listening and consideration, I am prepared to pronounce "Demolition Derby" his finest moment.

ian, Monday, 17 November 2008 17:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

Right on, dude.

Trip Maker, Monday, 17 November 2008 17:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

All I got in my pocket are two tokens and a dime, but I'm holding to the pieces of my dream.

Fox Force Five Punchline (sexyDancer), Monday, 17 November 2008 17:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sandy's daughter is a stone fox, btw.

Fox Force Five Punchline (sexyDancer), Monday, 17 November 2008 17:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

pix pls.

ian, Monday, 17 November 2008 18:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

looked, but no dice. She played taboura on stage with him towards the end there. She made a doc about her dad?

Fox Force Five Punchline (sexyDancer), Monday, 17 November 2008 19:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

tamboura

Fox Force Five Punchline (sexyDancer), Monday, 17 November 2008 19:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

we can't stop fighting now
we can't stop fighting now
we can't stop fighting now

ian, Monday, 17 November 2008 19:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

i would definitely buy all the bull albums. but yeah, get e pluribus, it's fucking great.

next stop: NOWHERE, i wanna get off (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 29 June 2009 04:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

too bad e pluribus is the only one readily available on CD. but i'm digging on this comp like crazy, wish i could find copies of "inventions" and "demolition derby".

moonship journey to baja, Monday, 29 June 2009 04:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

and yeah that review upthread is on some bullshit.

moonship journey to baja, Monday, 29 June 2009 04:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

demolition derby is just something else entirely man. god i love that record.

ian, Monday, 29 June 2009 04:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

wish i could find copies of "inventions" and "demolition derby".

― moonship journey to baja, Monday, June 29, 2009 12:21 AM

never heard those either, i just have fantasias and e pluribus and possibly the live one but i think i sold it

am0n, Monday, 29 June 2009 04:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

demolition derby is a ridic record. inventions is similar in vibe to fantasias.

ian, Monday, 29 June 2009 04:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

demo derby is not really deep into the acid raga groove, aside from a few tracks. you get sort of weird sentimental stuff like "last date" which sounds like duane eddy but is totally smokin.

"coming together (a song of peace)" is ultimate stoner feel-good hippy protest jam.

ian, Monday, 29 June 2009 04:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

hey um in reference to this:

She played taboura on stage with him towards the end there. She made a doc about her dad?

― Fox Force Five Punchline (sexyDancer), Monday, November 17, 2008 11:08 AM (7 months ago) Bookmark

see this excerpt from the comments HERE:
Cassandra said...

I am Sandy's daughter that made the film. I have recently done some new edits and started showing it around oakland/sf and am busy trying to set up some dates in other cities. let me know if you or anyone you know wants to host a night of film/music

sleeve, Monday, 29 June 2009 04:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

should i start a thread on cosmic americana music? or is there already one?

moonship journey to baja, Monday, 29 June 2009 05:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

where we talk about stuff that sounds like his version of "memphis, tn"?

moonship journey to baja, Monday, 29 June 2009 05:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah start one so I can talk about Fahey's "Fare Forward Voyagers"

sleeve, Monday, 29 June 2009 05:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I guess the doc is screening in Greenpoint tonight. Anyone going? SexyD?

ian, Monday, 23 November 2009 18:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

SB features prominently in the new Jonathan Lethem book, "Chronic City."

Dave Depper (Davey D), Monday, 23 November 2009 19:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

weird.

ian, Monday, 23 November 2009 19:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

How so? He's a character?

tylerw, Monday, 23 November 2009 19:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

shiiiiiit i wanna see that doc!!!

i agree with ian, demolition derby is my favorite.

69, Monday, 23 November 2009 19:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

dude jammin on bach is PRETTY and all... but.. demderb is just so whacky.

ian, Monday, 23 November 2009 20:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

I like it when he sings.

Trip Maker, Monday, 23 November 2009 20:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

me too. it's like he's really got the right sense of funky jabberwocky in his singing

69, Monday, 23 November 2009 21:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

So is it supposed to be a good movie or what?? I'm thinking about going...

Hatch, Monday, 23 November 2009 22:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I can't figure out if it's supposed to be good or not. The only thing I remember from the last time it came around was the opinion that "Sandy's daughter is a fox."

ian, Monday, 23 November 2009 23:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

How so? He's a character?

No, but several times in the book, one of the main characters has to get stoned and put on Sandy Bull whenever he's bidding on a mystical vase on eBay in order to... eh, just read it I suppose. :)

Dave Depper (Davey D), Monday, 23 November 2009 23:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

Sandy's daughter is a stone fox, btw.

― Fox Force Five Punchline (sexyDancer), Monday, November 17, 2008 5:36 PM (1 year ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

ian, Tuesday, 24 November 2009 00:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

jonathan lethem talks too much about music in his books! it creeps me out a little bit, like im reading nick hornby. sometimes is okay, and i understand the importance of cross-medium reference etc, but like, it all reminds me of how loud wes anderson soundtracks are.

69, Tuesday, 24 November 2009 00:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

going to this:

Monday, March 28 · 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Pleasant St. Theater

Amherst Cinema


Intro by the filmmaker, Sandy Bull's daughter KC Bull. Reading by Byron Coley live music by Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, and Bill Nace.

scott seward, Tuesday, 15 March 2011 01:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

she's a fox -- and a really sweet person ime.

sarahel, Tuesday, 15 March 2011 01:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Just saw that Drag City's going to release a circa 1976 live show this March.

http://www.dragcity.com/products/sandy-bull-and-the-rhythm-ace-live-1976

city worker, Friday, 10 February 2012 16:33 (six years ago) Permalink

awesome. i love drag city these days, more than ever.

one dis leads to another (ian), Friday, 10 February 2012 17:16 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

ha, just came to post about that. was frantically searching for live bootlegs of sandy and saw this
http://www.dragcity.com/system/uploads/files/273/news.jpg
can't wait! been reading chronic city finally, sandy bull content is an interesting detail.

tylerw, Thursday, 1 March 2012 22:40 (six years ago) Permalink

very cool! i was just watching that clip on your blog!

nerve_pylon, Thursday, 1 March 2012 22:42 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, i'd like to see that whole doc, even tho it seems like it might be a lot of talking head action. are there interviews with sandy in it? or is it just wavy gravy.

tylerw, Thursday, 1 March 2012 22:43 (six years ago) Permalink

Sandy's daughter is a stone fox, btw.

― Fox Force Five Punchline (sexyDancer), Monday, November 17, 2008 5:36 PM (1 year ago)

― ian, Tuesday, November 24, 2009 12:31 AM (2 years ago)

the late great, Thursday, 1 March 2012 23:16 (six years ago) Permalink

ha, is she?
good genes i guess. think this was the cover of teenbeat at some point.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/49/126545147_c51530fd09.jpg

tylerw, Thursday, 1 March 2012 23:19 (six years ago) Permalink

here's an mp3 from the drag city thang. sounds pretty rad, actually
http://www.dragcity.com/system/tracks/downloads/5358/original/1-01_Oud_Edit_.mp3

tylerw, Friday, 2 March 2012 16:31 (six years ago) Permalink

listening to e pluribus unum right now, so classic. sandy bull rules.

tylerw, Friday, 2 March 2012 16:53 (six years ago) Permalink

sooo this new live thing RULES. seriously great stuff, sandy jamming with a drum machine. much better than that matrix show released a few years back (which has its moments but is also a mess). even the groovy tune sandy sings on is nice, shoulda been a hit!

tylerw, Tuesday, 6 March 2012 23:51 (six years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

should i start a thread on cosmic americana music? or is there already one?

― moonship journey to baja, Monday, June 29, 2009 1:05 AM (3 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

where we talk about stuff that sounds like his version of "memphis, tn"?

― moonship journey to baja, Monday, June 29, 2009 1:06 AM (3 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah start one so I can talk about Fahey's "Fare Forward Voyagers"

― sleeve, Monday, June 29, 2009

just by chance, i happened to pick up Inventions and Fare Forward Voyagers at the same time, just the other day! i haven't put anything else on the turntable since, i'm obsessed. i didn't know anything about sandy bull, tbh. barely recognized his name. whatever genre he might sort of fit into - cosmic americana? - is part of yet another giant gap in my musical knowledge. i just saw the Vanguard <Stereolab> logo, a rad looking fuzzed out dude with a squirrel on his head on the back, billy higgins (fuck YEAH) on drums, and decided to go for it. "Blend II" is something else, but his take on "Memphis, Tennessee" is the one that blows me away. Higgins is on the drums, of course, but otherwise it's just Bull accompanying himself. He recorded the underlying bass and rhythm guitar parts and then overdubs a smokey psych guitar lead in and around the simple vamps. the result reminds me of the vibe of Mulatu Astatke's recording of "Tezeta (Nostalgia)".

anyway, as part of my continued effort to slow the fuck down, i'm resisting the urge to check out his other stuff, at least for a while. Inventions is robust enough to reward dozens of listens, and that's enough for now.

Z S, Monday, 14 January 2013 16:22 (five years ago) Permalink

i mean how can you pass this up

http://i47.tinypic.com/2m5igzb.jpg

Z S, Monday, 14 January 2013 16:28 (five years ago) Permalink

he's the best! definitely times where i want to listen to sandy bull and sandy bull only. will reiterate my endorsement of that live record put out last year, it is killer.

tylerw, Monday, 14 January 2013 16:30 (five years ago) Permalink

xpost threads about cosmic American music? Ah, yeah! You might wanta start with these--sorry if links don't work

Takoma's one-offs and obscurities (started by JacobSanders on board I Love Music on Jun 15, 2011)

Laser Pace - Granfalloon (Takoma - 1974) Wow! (started by scott seward on board I Love Music on Nov 6, 2007)

Revolt of the ILX Brigade: New Post-Fahey Folk For PPL that post in the Takoma & Tompkin's Square Threads (started by Andrew WKRP (upper mississippi sh@kedown) on board I Love Music on

dow, Monday, 14 January 2013 17:04 (five years ago) Permalink

which bach bouree opens the live at the matrix album? anybody know?

Crackle Box, Thursday, 17 January 2013 10:55 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

After thorough listening and consideration, I am prepared to pronounce "Demolition Derby" his finest moment.

― ian, Monday, November 17, 2008 12:18 PM (5 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

cool! just found this record (sans cover) for $5. sounds dope.

mizzell, Sunday, 20 April 2014 21:45 (four years ago) Permalink

I was listening to E Pluribus Unum yesterday, and I am prepared to pronounce it his finest moment.

tylerw, Monday, 21 April 2014 17:23 (four years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

listened to the live valentines day thing today - some of it is a mess, but some of it is so good. the electric blends = c o s m i c

tylerw, Friday, 30 January 2015 18:19 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

definitely times where i want to listen to sandy bull and sandy bull only.

Tonight was one of those times for me. I put the "Reinventions" comp on (from Spotify), and when "Blend" got going my wife was like, this is amazing, who IS this? Guy was great.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 11 February 2018 04:46 (ten months ago) Permalink

inventions was the first sandy bull i heard, and it still remains my go-to for him. the 20 minutes of "blend" fly by, every single time, and his "memphis, tn" somehow sounds appropriate in just about any listening situtation.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 11 February 2018 05:20 (ten months ago) Permalink

actually...the "blend" i know is "blend II" from inventions. i'm not sure i've heard the "blend" on the comp! i'll check it out, stat

Karl Malone, Sunday, 11 February 2018 05:21 (ten months ago) Permalink

He was somewhat prominent in the recent Jann Wenner biography--Wenner listened to his music a lot before Rolling Stone was launched, and Wenner's wife Jane had a long involvement with him. Got me to download "Blend," which is nice.

clemenza, Sunday, 11 February 2018 15:33 (ten months ago) Permalink

"coming together (a song of peace)" is ultimate stoner feel-good hippy protest jam.

― ian, Sunday, June 28, 2009 11:46 PM (eight years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

budo jeru, Sunday, 11 February 2018 22:01 (ten months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Does anyone rate his later records, specifically 1991's Vehicles? I ask because this clip from around the time period (and similarly accompanied by Aiyb Dieng) is amazing, and there's a radio show from around this time floating around too that is really good

And I guess KC's documentary about her dad never did get a wide theatrical (or DVD) release, huh? Would love to see it.

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 21:38 (eight months ago) Permalink


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