The Music Edition
GUEST EDITOR JONATHAN GALKIN / DFA
Jonathan Galkin co-founded DFA Records in 2001 with James Murphy & Tim Goldsworthy. The New York-based DFA Records has become the creative laboratory for numerous cutting-edge artists including The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem. Jonathan Galkin also serves as a Curator for MoMA PS1 Summer Warm Up Series and is a contributor to the Arkitip Magazine & Website.
For EDITION 6, the first all-music edition, Galkin collected 50 tracks that represent the kind of music played at the DFA offices, "titles that are obscure, exciting and very unexpected" says Galkin.
Amon Düül II, often considered seminal in the creation of the German rock music scene, is a rock band founded by members Chris Karrer, Dieter Serfas, Falk Rogner, John Weinzierl, and Renate Knaup. The group was formed shortly after its members met at the Amon Düül art commune in Munich. In 1969 they released their first album Phallus Dei, which consisted of the group’s live set recordings. The group tours widely throughout Germany and abroad. In November 2006, Amon Düül II's drummer tragically died.
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Annette Peacock began composing at the age of four. Her mother was a violist in the San Diego and Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestras. At 19, Annette married jazz bassist Gary Peacock who has worked with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins, and currently Keith Jarrett. At the beginning of the 60's she toured with Albert Ayler, studied Zen Macrobiotics with Michio Kushi, and was a close associate of Timothy Leary at the psychedelic center in Millbrook. In 1964, pianist Paul Bley first began featuring her avant-garde compositions - ultimately on over 60 records. At the end of the 1960s she and Bley became strongly associated with the musical possibilities of the newly-emerging synthesizer.
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British rock and roll musician Arthur Brown is most well known for his ornate, theatrical performances, along with the notable influence he's had on artists such as Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel, and Marilyn Manson. Brown began the earlier part of his life studying philosophy and law at both the University of London and the University of Reading. Within a short time, however, he started gravitating more towards music, subsequently forming the band "Blues and Brown." His single "Fire", released in 1968, ranked number one in the UK and Canada Singles chart.
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Formed by brothers Robin Batteau and David Batteau, Batteaux released one self-titled album. David also released a solo album and Robin played violin in two other bands prior to his work in Batteaux.
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Musician Bert Jansch was born in Glasglow, Scotland, in 1943. He was one of the founding members of the band Pentangle, formed in 1967. Dubbed as a leading figure in the British folk music renaissance, Jansch toured and recorded during much of the 1960s both as a solo artist and as part of Pentangle. His music is said to have influenced musicians Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Nick Drake, Fleet Foxes, and Devendra Banhart. He was honored with two Lifetime Achievement Awards at the BBC Folk Awards.
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Hailing from England, singer-songwriter Bill Fay began writing songs in the early part of the 1960s while attending school, the result of which led to a demo that caught the attention of ex-Them drummer Terry Noon. Fay went on to sign a recording contract with recording label Decca. In 1967, while under the label, he released "Some Good Advice."
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Bobby Darin was a singer and actor, born on May 14, 1936. His career as a musician initially started with a songwriting partnership with a fellow student, which then led to a contract with Decca Records. Later on, after signing over to Altantic, Darin took to writing and recording hits such as " I Found a Million Dollar Baby", and "Splish Splash". In 1959, he recorded "Dream Lover" and was soon projected into fame and financial success. In 1963, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Captain Newman. Darin died on December 20, 1973.
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Bryan Ferry is an English singer, musician, and songwriter. In November 1970, he formed the band Roxy Music, consisting mostly of friends. Their single, "Virginia Plain" placed in the UK Top 5 and many successive hits and albums soon followed. Ferry started his successful solo career in 1973 and earned a Grammy nomination in 2001.
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Born in Bahia in 1942, Caetano Veloso is a Brazilian composer, musician, writer and political activist. After moving to Salvador as a college student in the 1960s, Veloso won a contest and was signed to his first label. Due to his political views and activist songs, the young student was viewed as a threat to Brazil's military dictatorship and was sent into exile. He lived in London until his return to Brazil in 1972. His popularity rose not only in Brazil but in Israel, Greece, Portugal, France and Africa in the 1980s. Caetano Veloso has won five Latin Grammy Awards and currently lives in Brazil.
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Best known as the drummer and founding member of the Beach Boys, Dennis Wilson was born in 1944. Ironically the only surfer in the band, Wilson spearheaded the Beach Boys, who rose to fame in 1961. In 1977 he released a solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue, which won him wide critical acclaim. He passed away in 1983.
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Destroyer is Dan Bejar, of the New Pornographers, Scott Morgan, John Collins, Ted Bois, Nicholas Bragg, Tim Loewen, Fisher Rose and Joseph Shabason. Formed in 1995 in Vancouver, Destroyer began with just Dan Bejar with the release of "We'll Build Them a Golden Bridge" on Tinker. Currently signed to Merge, the band picked up a cult following with the 2001 release of "Streethawk: A Seduction."
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Born Dion Francis DiMucci in 1939 in the Bronx, Dion is a singer songwriter known for having over a dozen Top 40 hits in the late 1950s and 60s, especially "Runaround Sue" and "The Wanderer." After being part of Dion and the Belmonts, he embarked on a solo career in 1961. He was elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
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Born Donald Randolph in Orangeburg, South Carolina in 1938, Don Covay is an American rock and soul singer-songwriter. His early carer was spent in his family's gospel quartet and with the act the Rainbows, which included Marvin Gaye and Billy Steward. Covay's solo career began in 1957. His song "Pony Time" became a US #1 single, his single with the young Jimi Hendrix, "Mercy Mercy" established his blues-influenced style and "See Saw" skyrocketed him into the pop charts. His most recent album, Adlib, was released in 2000.
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Titled as the "The white Queen of Soul", Dusty Springfield was a British pop singer, among the most successful both in her time and in history. Springfield was born in West London, and joined the Lana Sisters in 1958 and then subsequently teamed up with her brother to form "The Springfields". Her hits include, "I Only Want to Be with You”, “Wishin and Hopin”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, and various other tracks that went on to top the Billboard Hot 100. She released, Dusty in memphis in 1969, the result of a move to Memphis, Tennessee to solidify her credibility as a true soul artist. To date, the album ranks among the greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone. Springfield died on March 2, 1999.
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Formed in 1991, Eg & Alice are a rock band from England. The duo's debut album, 24 Years of Hunger, was released on Warner. Members Eg White and Alice Temple also released solo work in the late 1990's. White is currently a producer and songwriter for the likes of Adele, Duffy, and Florence + The Machine.
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Flash and the Pan was formed in Australia in 1977 by Harry Vanda and George Young. Both former members of The Easybeats, the duo's self titled debut album featured the single "Walking in the Rain," which was largely successful. Their next success was "Waiting for a Train". The band was active with six albums and numerous singles until 1992.
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Formed in London 1967, Fleetwood Mac is drummer Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and John McVie. When guitarist Peter Green left the group, the band achieved a UK number one with "Albatross" in the 1960s and then moved into mainstream pop with their second album Rumors, which produced four US Top 10 singles. Rumors is the eighth highest selling album of all time. Fleetwood Mac have released 17 studio albums and Stevie Nicks recently announced they would go on tour again in 2012 with the possibility of a new album.The Music Edition, Guest Editor, Jonathan Galkin / DFA
An American singer-songwriter and founding member of The Byrds, Gene Clark was born in Tipton, Missouri in 1944. Known as The Byrd's main songwriter between 1964 and 1966, Clark signed with Columbia Records as a solo artist in 1967 and released the LP Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers. He was inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in January of 1991 and passed away later that year.
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Hall and Oates consists of members Daryl Hall and John Oates. The band's career received hallmark achievement in the late 70s through the mid 80s, exemplifying a style that fused rock and roll with rhythm and blues. The band went on to produce 34 chart topping singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Rich Girl”, “Kiss on My List”, “Private Eyes”, “Maneater”, and “Out of Touch” being their most successful. Hall and Oates continue to record and tour.
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An English musician and songwriter, Iain Matthew McDonald was born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England in 1946. Although he was briefly a member of Fairport Convention, Matthews was primarily a solo musician on Vertigo Records. He formed the band Plainsong with Elektra Records in 1972 and fronted many other bands. One of these bands, Matthews' Southern Comfort, released an album, Kind of New, in 2010. Matthews currently resides in Amsterdam.
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Musician and songwriter Jesse Winchester was born in May 17, 1944 in Bossier City, Louisiana. The early part of his career included performing at local coffee houses throughout Canada, while he was in asylum from escaping the Vietnam War draft. He began recording in 1970, and released his self-titled album under the music label Ampex. He was nominated for Best Country Male Vocalist at the Juno Awards in 1990. Winchester released his tenth album, Love Filing Station, in 2009.
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John Cale was born in Wales and is a musician, composer, singer, and record producer. He was a founding member of the rock band The Velvet Underground. He studied music at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Since leaving the band, he has released 30 albums, most notably Paris 1919, Fear, Slow Dazzle, and Helen of Troy. In 2010, he was appointed an officer of the Order of the British Empire.
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Guitarist and singer John Martyn was born in New Malden, England. His 40-year music career included countless collaborations with artists such as Eric Clapton and David Gilmour. His sound was often classed as a fusion of folk, jazz, rock and blues. Martyn passed away in January 29, 2009.The Music Edition, Guest Editor, Jonathan Galkin / DFA
John Stewart was an American singer-songwriter , primarily known for his influence on the folk music of the 60s. He joined the group Kingston Trio in 1961, which mixed musical influences from calypso, pop, and folk. The group earned a gold record for "Tim Dooley". After leaving The Kingston Trio, Stewart went on to have a successful career, primarily as a songwriter. He passed away on Januart 18, 2008.
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American singer-songwriter Judee Sill was born in October 7, 1944 in Oakland, California. Under the Asylum music label, she released her eponymous album Judee Sill and the album Heart Food. Sill's lyrical inspiration drew from Christian stories of rapture and redemption. Sill passed away in 1979.
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Coined as the Dark Prince of Reggae, Keith Hudson was born in 1946 in Kingston, Jamaica. Hudson grew to prominence as a reggae artist and record producer, as well stylistically laying the foundations for the Dub movement. Hudson died in 1984.
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Leonard Cohen is a Canadian musician and poet, born on September 21, 1934. Both his writings and music revolve around ideas of religion, isolation, sexuality, and relationships. He was inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2011, he began working on his album, "Old Ideas".
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Born on September 27, 1950 in West Ham, London, Linda Lewis was a prominent vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist. Her five-octave range allowed for an impressive variety in her singing. Lewis' singles "Rock-a-Doodle-Doo" and "Sideway Shuffle" gave her instant success both in Britain and overseas. Lewis has done background vocals for various musicians and singers, including David Bowie, Al Kooper, Cat Stevens, and Rod Stewart.
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Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray, Jr., born in 1929 was an American rock guitarist, songwriter and occasional singer. Wray was noted for pioneering a new sound for electric guitars, as exemplified in his hit 1958 instrumental "Rumble", by Link Wray and his Ray Men, which pioneered an overdriven, distorted electric guitar sound. He also is attributed to inventing the power chord, the major modus operandi of the modern rock guitarist, and in doing so fathering, or making possible, punk and heavy rock. He passed away in 2005.
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Manfred Mann was a British band in the 1960s, consisting of Manfred Mann, Tom McGuinness, Mike Hugg, Mike Vickers, and Paul Jones. They were the first south-of-England-based group to top the US Billboard Hot 100 during the British Invasion from 1964-66. Successful tracks include "5-4-3-2-1" and covers of The Exciters' "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" and The Shirelles' "Sha La La".
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A Brazilian singer, songwriter and record producer, Marcos Valle was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1943. Valle is one of the most important and popular performers in the history of Brazilian pop, beginning his musical career at the early age of 19 after being named Brazil's leading Composer of the Year. His 1968 Verve debut, Samba '68, is known as a Brazilian classic. His most recent works are the 2010 album Estátican and a collaboration for the Red Hot Organization's most recent charitable album, "Red Hot+Rio 2" in 2011.
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Michael Chapman was born in 1941 in Yorkshire, England. Interestingly enough Chapman was an art and photography teacher prior to delving into a music career full time. He premiered in the 1967's London and Cornwall folk music circuits. In 1969, in collaboration with John Martyn and Roy Harper, Chapman released his first album Rainmaker under the music label Harvest. Chapman would go on to produce 29 more albums, with varying assemblages of folk and jazz. He continues to perform throughout the UK.
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Mike Cooper was born in England in 1942 and has been producing music for 40 years. In 1969 he released the LP "Oh Really!?" on Pye Records, garnering the title of one of the best acoustic blues albums of the period. Since then Copper has collaborated with many artists and released many works in a multitude of genres. He currently continues to play and sing acoustic music as well as improvising solo and with other musicians.
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Milton Nascimento was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1942. A prominent Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist, Nascimento is famous for his falsetto and tonal range with highly acclaimed tunes such as "Maria, Maria", "Canção da América", "Tracessia", "Bailes de Vita" and “Coração de Estudante". His international success came with his appearance on Wayne Shorter's album Native Dancer in 1974. He has worked with the likes of Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, Herbie Hancock, Peter Gabriel and Duran Duran. He is currently collaborating with Jason Mraz.
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Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist born in 1933 in North Carolina. Despite the financial hardships of life for her family in the south, Simone took an early interest in music, taking piano lessons from the age of three. She attended Juilliard School of Music. Simone's style was often classed as having influences from gospel, pop, and classical music. She passed away in 2003.
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Oneohtrix Point Never is the artist name of Brooklyn-based experimental musician Daniel Lopatin. Lopatin creates much of his music through the use of vintage synthesizers and released his album Returnal in 2010. In May of 2011, Lopatin performed at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival.
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Peter Ivers was born in Illinois and raised in Brookline, Massachusetts and had a tremendous talent on the harmonica. He studied classical languages at Harvard University and then chose a career in music. His first album, Knight of the Blue Communion, featured Yolande Baven and was released on Epic in 1969. Take It Out On Me, his second album on Epic, featured a Marvin Gaye cover, Ain't That Peculia, that briefly entered the Top 100 Singles Billboard charts in 1971. Peter signed with Warner Bros, for his next two albums. For the David Lynch Film, Eraserhead, Ivers wrote "In Heaven (The Lady in the Radiator Song)," which became the most popular composition of the soundtrack. He died in 1983.
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The pop rock band from Newcastle, England, Prefab Sprout, became famous in the 1980's with eight of their albums reaching the Top 40 UK Albums Chart. Members included Wendy Smith, Feona Attwood, Neil Conti, Michael Salmon, and current members Paddy and Martin McAloon. Their work has been released under Kitchenware and EMI Liberty in the UK and Epic in the US. The band released their most recent album in 2001, though their official site closed in 2004.
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An eclectic voice combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae and blues, Robert Allen Palmer was born January 19, 1949 in Batley, Yorkshire. The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter found success in both his solo career and with the act, Power Station, which featured members of Duran Duran. He is most known for the popular music videos for "Simply Irresistible" and "Addicted to Love" by Terence Donovan. He was signed on Island Records during his early solo career and later moved to EMI in 1988. He passed away in 2003.
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Born Noel Scott Engel in Hamilton, Ohio in 1943, Scott Walker is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He was a member of The Walker Brothers with John Maus and Gary Leeds, founded in LA in 1964. Scott Walker was also known for his solo work. Walker lived and released most of his albums out of the UK beginning in 1965. He began recording his most recent album in 2011 and is composing an opera to be performed in 2012.
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An American artist and musician born in 1976 in New Haven, Connecticut, Blanck went to Rhode Island School of Design, where he received his BFA in Painting. A member of the experimental electronica group, Black Dice, along with Bjorn Copeland, Hisham Bharoocha and Eric Copeland, he launched his solo career in 2010 with the release of Alibi Coast on Rare Book Room Records. His most recent single, "THUNDER" is available on Make Mine Records.
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Terry Reid was born in 1949 in Huntingdon, England. He is a vocalist and guitarist, who performed and toured with bands such as Cream, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Rolling Stones, and Fleetwood Max. His music has been covered by bands such as "Bang, Bang You're Terry Reid (1968)" and "The Hand Don't Fit The Glove (1985)".
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Formed in LA in 1971, The Eagles are Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and previously Randy Meisner, Bernie Leadon, Don Felder. The band has five number one singles, six Grammys, five American Music Awards and six number one albums. The Eagles broke up in 1980 after much success and reunited in 1994.
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The Floaters was formed in 1976 with singers James Mitchell, Paul Mitchell, Larry Cunningham, Charles Clark, and Ralph Mitchell. Many of the band members grew up in the same housing project on Detroit’s Eastside. Their one major hit was “Float On” and the group remained active for several years.
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Formed in 1962, the Rolling Stones are an English rock band, comprised of members Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. First gaining popularity in Europe, the band eventually went on to tour in various other countries. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, further cementing their place in the history of rock music. The band ranked 10th on the 2008 "Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists". The band continues to tour around the world.
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Tim Buckley was an American singer-songwriter and father to Jeff Buckley. His music changed considerably throughout his career, shifting from mainly folk-inspired to jazz, psychedelia, funk, soul, and avant-garde. He died in 1975.
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Vince Martin is an American folk singer and songwriter. He became widely known following his 1957 single, "Cindy, Oh Cindy". He collaborated with fellow musicians Fred Neil, John Sebastian, and Felix Pappalardi. In 1969, he released the album, If the Jasmine Don't Get You... the Bay Breeze Will, and subsequently his eponymous album, Vince Martin, in 1973.
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Born in 1945, Walter Franco is a Brazilian singer and composer. His album "Revolver" made Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 100 list for Brazilian albums.
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Japanese-born artist, musician, and activist Yoko Ono was born in February 18, 1944. In the early part of the 1950s, she along with her family moved to New York City. Ono subsequently enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College. It was at this point that Ono began expressing her ideas as an artist. In 1966, while previewing her own art show in London, she met Beatles band member John Lennon and the pair soon married. Ono is also known for philanthropic contributions and initiatives towards the arts, peace, and AIDS.
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This song is a collaboration between Congolese singer Bony Bikaye, Algerian-French composer Hector Zazou and mad scientist CY1. Many of the audio components used in creating the track were the result of deliberate real time mixing. The album was well received and continues to be a gold standard of modern African experimental music.
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