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Posts tagged ‘The Cusp’

Do K-Tel #6: Rock 80 (1980)

June 19th, 2017

As my collection of K-Tel compilations began to grow, I realized my old assortment of platters included one of the label’s most celebrated releases. Rock 80 was a two-time hand-me-down. An older cousin passed it on to a tween-age Maura, who in turn handed it off to me during the early days of our relationship. […]

My next K-Tel acquisition followed right on the heels of Chart Action ’83, as it is inextricably linked with that seminal compilation in the twisted corridors of childhood memory. I wrote about Radio Active not too long ago, with a focus on how a specific half-forgotten track on the comp managed to blindside me with […]

Stop and spin

May 25th, 2016

The fuzzy transition zones between popcultural epochs tend to be rich in bizarre experimental oddities. The “old” isn’t quite ready to give up the ghost, dosage while the “new” is still too amorphous and unproven to qualify as a true status quo. Popcult trends are essentially consumer trends, case with their temporal arcs pinned to […]

Song for Sunday #148

August 16th, 2015

Amii Stewart – Knock on Wood The Cusp in all its jumbled glory.

Pick your future past

April 9th, 2015

1970s retrofuture or 1980s retrofuture? Rollerball or Blade Runner? Orange plastic or neon-illuminated chrome? Corporate Syd Mead or Hollywood Syd mead? It’s a tough call to make, advice as my formative years were evenly split between the two aesthetics and I love both equally. So instead of making an impossible choice between Brunner’s and Gibson’s […]

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