folk rock


V.20 No.2 | 1/13/2011

Music

U.F.O.

Musician disappears in the desert; 35 years later his masterpiece is reissued

Jim Sullivan was an American musician who in 1975 left his wife and son on the West Coast, striking out for Nashville to find success. He didn’t make it there, though—his car was found abandoned and motel room unused outside of Santa Rosa, N.M. In ‘69 Sullivan had released U.F.O., an album backed by the acclaimed Wrecking Crew—session musicians employed by Phil Spector on numerous hit songs. Sullivan and his psych-folk-rock masterpiece went mostly unnoticed until late last year when crate-diggin’ reissue label Light In The Attic rereleased U.F.O. NPR’s “All Things Considered” did a story on the album—listen here. Find out more about Sullivan, listen to audio samples or buy the record here.

V.20 No.1 | 1/6/2011
Jerry DeCicca (left) and two other Black Swans lounge stoically.
Keith Hanlon

Spotlight

The Black Swans

Ohio folk rock band has New Mexico roots

Ten years ago Jerry DeCicca, guitarist and vocalist for The Black Swans, was living in Albuquerque. Here he quietly managed Relapse Records, a short-lived UNM-area store sandwiched between McDonald’s and the Yale Blood Plasma donor center.

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