Trilon (Michael Shrieve)

I just placed my pre-order for the Trilon (Michael Shrieve)¬†12″ white 150 gram vinyl LP. I love Micheal Shrieve’s approach to music. He is an innovative risk taker who has a keen ear for experimentation with sounds and textures.

I also want to complement Beat Hollow Records on how smooth and effortless they made that digital purchase. It was pleasing to the eyes in the transactional design. My compliments to the chefs as they are smart to use Stripe to expedite the online purchase. You can buy this limited edition (collectible) here and get a free audio casette with your purchase. Yes, you read that last sentence correctly an audio casette of Trilon ūüėČ

I am eager to spin the Trilon recording on my turntable when it becomes available in May. I plan to write more about the artists on Trilon in a future music blog post.

Trilon is: Michael Shrieve, Skerik, Reggie Watts, James Rotondi, Brad Houser, Mike Dillon, and Brian Siskind

Here is a sample of what’s in store for our senses. It’s most cool and original.

Beat Hollow Records

May I say I love the mission of the Beat Hollow Records extended team. I admire where they are focusing their collective energies. I find a microlabel company novel in a mass-market, digital age. It speaks to attention to detail.

Beat Hollow: distance; leave in the -lurch, transcend, surmount; soar (rise)

Beat Hollow Records: A new limited edition vinyl and cassette only microlabel purveying deep electronic, ambient, future jazz and postmodern dubs. Beat Hollow Records will only release limited editions and rarefied special releases. We will offer finely made and carefully cultivated records. We will not offer digital downloads, or CD’s. We simply want to put out music we love, and are inspired by, and want to release it in a meaningful way. To create artifacts, not files to skip over. Human.

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Marbles – John McLaughlin, Buddy Miles and Carlos Santana

Yesterday I wrote about The Electric Church.¬†I have been thinking more about Buddy Miles‘s discography and playing his recordings on Spotify. “Marbles” is an instrumental recording that Mr. Buddy Miles was involved with on two separate recordings.

I have a passion for the instrumental recording “Marbles” authored by John McLaughlin. Buddy Miles was the session drummer on the vinyl recording¬†Devotion¬†(Douglas Records, 9/70) which introduced “Marbles”. This instrumental is as psychedelic and trippy as the cover below.

Buddy Miles and Carlos Santana shared an affinity for John McLaughlin by performing “Marbles” together for their live concert album,¬†¬†Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live!¬†‚Äé (6/72).



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The Electric Church High Priests – Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, and Carlos Santana

Electric Church was a belief held by¬†Jimi Hendrix’s knowledge that electric music (such as Jimi’s band,¬†The Jimi Hendrix Experience¬†created) brings out emotions, feelings and ideas in people as well as fosters spiritual maturity. In an interview on the Dick Cavett Show in 1969, Cavett asked Hendrix about the Electric Church. Hendrix replied by saying that he designed his music so that it would be able to go “inside the soul of the person, and awaken some kind of thing inside, because there are so many sleeping people”. I thought it might be interesting to review¬†the three point intersection in the Electric Church shared by Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, and Carlos Santana.

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix considered “Electric Church” his religion and based his third album Electric Ladyland on that inherent belief.

When asked why he didn’t name his then-new album “Electric Church” instead of “Electric Ladyland”, Jimi said that some ladies were electric too. (then he laughed as if he were embarassed.)

Buddy Miles appeared on two songs on the Hendrix album ‚ÄúElectric Ladyland.‚ÄĚ When Hendrix disbanded the Jimi Hendrix Experience and replaced the British musicians with African-Americans, Buddy Miles joined Jimi in the Band of Gypsys along with Billy Cox on bass.

Copyright 1968 Eddie Kramer

On the last night of the 1960s, a New Year‚Äôs Eve show, they recorded Band of Gypsys, an album that included ‚ÄúThem Changes.‚ÄĚ This was the epitome of the Electric Church in the most spiritual rock hall at that time, The Fillmore East. If only the walls of that building could talk. Fortunately that concert was preserved on DVD (or YouTube I am guessing…).

Buddy Miles

The Buddy Miles Express album, Electric Church¬†was partly produced by Jimi Hendrix. ¬†It bridged the gap between the late 60s psychedelic rock scene and Miles’ R&B roots. The album Electric Church¬†had a looser, more jam-oriented vibe than the first album,¬†Expressway to Your Skull.¬†

Carlos Santana

Buddy Miles and Carlos Santana joined their talents to further grow the Electric Church as a live concert setting which became the album for Columbia Records, Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live!                 They recorded this performance in the Diamond Head Crater an inactive volcano in Hawaii. Embed from Getty Images

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Carlos Santana & Wyclef Jean Collaborate Again!

I am √ľber psyched to discover that Carlos Santana and Wyclef Jean have collaborated again to bring the world the¬†Official Anthem of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil entitled, ‚ÄúDar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)‚ÄĚ. The anthem also features Avicci and Alexandre Pires on vocals.¬†The composition comes from the writing genius of two-time Grammy-nominee Ash Pournouri.

“In Portuguese Dar Um Jeito means to find a way around obstacles and impossibilities,” said Pournouri. “With this track, we wanted to send a message of optimism and opportunity with the music and the words.”

Carlos Santana and Wyclef Jean first collaborated on the mega-hit, “Maria, Maria” with Product G&B.

Carlos Santana said of the project ‚ÄúIt is an honour to take part in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and have ‚ÄúDar um Jeito¬†(We Will Find A Way‚ÄĚ) selected as the Anthem. Along with my brothers, Wyclef, Avicii and Alexandre Pires, we look forward to performing the song in Rio de Janeiro in July and sharing this message of light and hope on the FIFA World Cup stage.‚ÄĚ

As the fourth piece to be added to the tournament‚Äôs official music programme, ‚ÄúDar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)‚ÄĚ will form part of the official 2014 FIFA World Cup‚ĄĘ Album alongside the Official Song by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte as well as the SuperSong winning track to be recorded by Ricky Martin and the Official Mascot Song which was released in 2012 by Brazilian singer Arlindo Cruz.

I can’t wait to hear ¬†the collaborative recording¬†‚ÄúDar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)‚ÄĚ in late April.

You can read more about this historic collaboration on the Official Santana News page here.

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Santana – Corazon Tour 2014

Feel the excitement! There is nothing like a Santana concert. I encourage you to navigate to the Web page to learn more about where Santana will be appearing in 2014.

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Will You Welcome From My Heart, Santana

Ten years ago I was in the midst of purchasing every album in the Santana catalogue for my music collection. It’s very rare that I collect every commercial recording by an artist. When I purchased the Santana album,¬†Milagro¬†I discovered how pivotal this recording was in Carlos Santana’s evolutionary growth.

Cover of "Milagro"

Milagro was dedicated to the lives of Bill Graham and Miles Davis, two instrumental figures to Carlos Santana.

Here is¬†Bill Graham’s introduction of Santana:

Good evening, thank you for being with us. Welcome to a very, very special¬†occasion. Some years ago some of us heard and felt a very special sound, about the joy of loving, the joy of giving and thank God it’s with us this evening. Will you welcome from my heart, Santana.


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