Beaches & Canyons
Beaches & Canyons

Black Dice

Beaches & Canyons

2002

Alternative/Indie Rock

In the short time between forming in 1998 and the release of their first proper album four years later, Black Dice had transformed from a violent hardcore band into an experimental noise act and then into something gentler and more psychedelic. This trippy double album channeled synth exploration, drum circles, circuit bending electronics and cathartic noise energy, and set the pace for entire sects of indie rock for years to come.

- Fred Thomas

Reefer Songs: Original Jazz & Blues Vocals
Reefer Songs: Original Jazz & Blues Vocals

Various Artists

Reefer Songs: Original Jazz & Blues Vocals

1989

Acoustic Blues

This LP was the very first release by the Stash label and, as with its first dozen or so collections, it features vintage material that deals with illicit subject matter. Many of the best marijuana and drug-based recordings are on this set, which includes performances by Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Sidney Bechet, and Chick Webb.

- Scott Yanow