Shawn Smith (1965-2019)

Shawn Smith (October 28, 1965 – April 3, 2019) was an American singer, songwriter and musician. He was a member of the Seattle-based alternative and indie rock bands BradSatchelPigeonhed, and The Twilight Singers, and also performed as a solo artist.

Smith cited Freddie MercuryPrince and KISS as early influences. Other influences he noted are Steven TylerBon ScottElton JohnStevie WonderIce CubeSnoop DoggAndy Wood and Chris Cornell.


No Regrets – Scott Walker (1943-2019)

Noel Scott Engel (January 9, 1943 – March 22, 2019), better known by his stage name Scott Walker, was a British-American singer-songwriter, composer and record producer who resided in England. Walker was known for his emotive baritone voice and his unorthodox stylistic path which took him from being a sophisticated teen pop icon in the 1960s to an avant-garde musician in the 21st century. Walker’s success was largely in the United Kingdom, where his first four solo albums reached the top ten. He lived in the UK from 1965 onward and became a UK citizen in 1970. Rising to fame in the mid-1960s as frontman of the pop music trio the Walker Brothers, he began a solo career with 1967’s Scott, moving toward an increasingly challenging style on late-1960s baroque pop albums such as Scott 3 and Scott 4 (both 1969). After sales of his solo work started to decrease, he reunited with the Walker Brothers in the mid-1970s. From the mid-1980s onward, Walker revived his solo career while moving in an increasingly avant-garde direction; of this period in his career, The Guardian said “imagine Andy Williams reinventing himself as Stockhausen”. Walker’s 1960s recordings were highly regarded by the 1980s UK underground music scene, and gained a cult following.
Walker continued to record until 2018. He was described by the BBC upon his death as “one of the most enigmatic and influential figures in rock history”.

Ruins of the 20th Century

This piece on Scott Walker appeared recently in the Guardian.


Has there been a pop singer more flagrantly reticent than Scott Walker? Summon the YouTube spectre of him in his 1960s pomp and you’ll discover a performer seemingly cold-stored at his very moment in the sun. He mimes his part in the Walker Brothers’ “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)” (1966) as if from some debilitating distance, and seems just shy of a fastidious shudder when co-singer John Maus goes all snake-hipped for “Land of a Thousand Dances”. A couple of years later Scott pouts, solo now, through Jacques Brel’s “Jackie” in a mocked-up bordello on, of all things, The Frankie Howerd Show. The voice soars, but the boy shivers. As he sang later, in a line much quoted in this collection of essays on his darkling oeuvre: “This is how you disappear.”

The exaltation and Icarus…

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Pioneer P-D70 CD player – 1984


Pioneer P-D70 – After the Model 1516 1980 prototype and its 4-channel surround-sound ability (backed by Philips until April 1981 but nixed by everybody else)…

After the original P-D1 in 1982, Pioneer went fully on its own with the P-D70… and sold many of them.

But upgraded it later into the P-D90 : black-faced, with an IR remote (CU-D90) and still retaining the mysterious “subcode out” connector. The latter was a Stereo Sound “Best Product” in the summer of 1984.

Among the originalities of both models : a binary digit / peak level switchable display

Among the common features : all-metal

~The Vintage Knob





Martini Ranch – Bill Paxton

Martini Ranch was a new wave band featuring Andrew Todd Rosenthal and Bill Paxton. They released two EP’s and one album on Sire Records between 1986 and 1988.




How Can the Labouring Man Find Time for Self-Culture? was produced and engineered by Devo guitarist Bob Casale and also featured drummer Alan Myers and vocalist Mark Mothersbaugh on keyboards.