Record Machine: “Time of the Season” by The Zombies

My first thought when playing this 1968 single is that the A-side and the B-side almost sound like two different bands. The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” is a well-known, somewhat moody song, and the flip, “Friends of Mine,” could be mistaken for a twee modern band.

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Record Machine: “Falling Down (A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding in Your Mind)” by Oasis and Amorphous Androgynous

With this week marking the 20th anniversary of Oasis’ Definitely Maybe arriving in the world, I needed even less minimal encouragement to talk once more about the band. Because I do not own that outstanding album on vinyl, and because I’d need a book-length space (á la 33 1/3 Books) to fully articulate my thoughts, instead let’s turn our attention to Oasis’ last single, this surreal Amorphous Androgynous remix of the Noel Gallagher-sung “Falling Down.”

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Record Machine: “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon & Garfunkel

One of my earliest musical memories was when I discovered that songs could be about more than the writer’s direct experience. Music could exist as part of a greater artistic picture, with each portion enhancing the other to make an amazing whole. I learned how songs could inspire artists who were not musicians, and how that would later impact what I wanted to do with my life.

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