EchoLocator

Tom Moon
Thoughts on nearly vanished sounds, spirits, ideas.
Created 08 Sep 2020
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  • errrr....Technical Difficulties....
    03 Aug 20211 day ago • < 1 min read
    Ran into some Internet-age technical difficulties today. The regular Tuesday Echo Locator will post on Wednesday. Apologies.
  • Summer Fridays!
    30 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read
    This week Universal Japan dropped a motherlode (well, 30 titles) in a new reissue series called “Brazil’s Treasured Masterpieces.” These look to be mostly straight reissues with upgraded audio. Only s...
  • Every Set Is a New Horizon
    27 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    To a clubowner or promoter, the list of tunes Lee Morgan and his quintet played over 12 sets on the weekend of July 10-12 1970 at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California might look like a challeng...
  • Playlist: Retracing Some Steps from This Week's Listening
    23 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    This playlist is an attempt to answer a question music critics get frequently: How do you organize your listening? The short answer: You don’t. Sometimes I start with a particular record or artist in ...
  • Ch-Ch-Ch-Changui!
    20 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Complain all you want about the erratic mid-fi sonic characteristics of most field recordings. Throw in some outrage and indignation (often deserved) about the exploitation of unsophisticated artists ...
  • Summer Fridays
    16 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 2
    In the last few weeks, as live music has slowly returned, I’ve heard musicians describe our current moment in different ways. We’re in a “Ramp-up period with no rules.” Or: “Extended spring training.”...
  • Summer Fridays
    16 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read
    In the last few weeks, as live music has slowly returned, I’ve heard musicians describe our current moment in different ways. We’re in a “Ramp-up period with no rules.” Or: “Extended spring training.”...
  • Summer of Still More Soul
    13 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Do you want more proof of the creative flowering that happened in pop, soul and R&B during the late 1960s and early ‘70s? As Ahmir Questlove Thompson’s documentary Summer of Soul so thrillingly affirm...
  • Playlist: Scenes from the Winding Path of Rick Laird
    09 Jul 2021 • 1 min read
    You have to marvel about the paths some people carve through a life in music. Today’s case in point: Irish bassist Rick Laird, who died on July 4 at age 80. If he’s known at all, it’s for being a foun...
  • The Art of Slow
    06 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 2 2
    She didn’t shush anyone in the bar. Didn’t have to. Shirley Horn’s music did that for her. It sounded fragile. Small. Precarious. It sparked curiosity and maybe even concern (of the “will she be able ...