Tuesday, September 15, 2009

September Update/ Housekeeping


Well before jumping into uncharted territory, we've gone ahead and resurrected all the expired links from previous threads. The following were accidentally deleted and are now back intact:

The Who - Here for More | The UNi Records Story disc 1 | Jason Penick's SMiLE | Phantom Planet - All Over Again (1) (2) | The Underage Mothers | V/A - Here in Your Bedroom (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6).

Friends, you could do worse than to check these out if you missed out on them the first time. The Who release does a tidy job of chronicling their takeover of the U.S... The UNi set is sublime 60s psych-pop and soul... Nab the SMiLE set and let me know whether or not you think it compares to your preferred mix... Phantom Planet is the most underrated power pop band of the decade-- you all missed out on them the first time around, and it is now time to GET HIP and immerse yourself in these guys for a week; they're brilliant... The Mothers of course, one of the legendary L.A. bands, and surely you're a little bit curious what led up to their big Freak Out?.. Finally, Here in Your Bedroom is here to convince you that rock 'n' roll radio from the mid-90s on didn't suck quite so bad as you remember-- take a chance on disc 1 and see if that don't make you wanna check out the rest of this set.

Up next, another new twist on an old favorite!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Uhh, Sorry!



Just an quick opportunity to say "sorry" to any of my regular visitors for not keeping this blog up to par the last month or so. Due to a mis-communication with youknowwho, a lot of the older links have gone down and I've since been getting many requests to re-post.

Please note that everything will be back up within the next few days, so please be patient. Time has been in short supply lately, but I have some more goodness lined up and ready to rain down upon the countryside very soon. But, as always, I like to encourage feedback from anybody who visits here. My goal for the Crystal Sphere was always to have it be something more than just a repository for old classic rock bands, but lately I've been at a loss for where to go next, which is why I need help from you guys. I mean do like the political stuff? the various tales from my life? Music from bands not 40 years old? Or would you rather I just post a hundred photos of Dennis Wilson for Beach Boys fans to jerk off to and hang it up for good?

I really don't mind all the leeches my hit counter tells me I have-- that's par for the course for this sort of thing-- but if half the people who just come here to check out my links and split bothered to leave a comment or some sort of feedback critical or otherwise, this whole scene would be a lot more vibrant than it currently is.


That being said: on tap will be more Monkees stuff, as well as shots from Echo and the Bunnymen, Hawkwind, T Rex and the legendary Pink Fairies. Additionally, we'll re-examine the L.A. scene of the 1960s with some *new* Sunset Sounds, and at the same time get heavy into modern rock music and some more ranting and writing from your's truly about politics, relationships and life here in the Bay Area.

Anyway, I'll get it together on my end, but feel free to leave some love in the comment boxes if you appreciate what we do here. Over and out.