It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine

It's Psychedelic Baby is an independent, music magazine. We are covering alternative, underground, non-commercial and non-mainstream artists in variety of shapes and genres. Exclusive interviews, reviews and articles. A place where musicians can express themselves. We serve an international readership.

Annie & The Station Orchestra – Bingo Halls (2016) review

Annie & The Station OrchestraBingo Halls (Bearsuit Records, 2016)

Strange name for a guy, one Chas Kinnis, who apparently took his nom de group from a track on the Bunny & The Invalid Singers album (also on Bearsuit). Perhaps Annie, Bunny, and Chas are three sides of the same alternative universe Kinnis inhabits. In any event, this follow-up to the split he released earlier this year with Ippu Mitsui runs roughshod through his collection of electronic instruments with varying degrees of noise, experimentation, and melodicism. Perky proggy syncopated motifs run through ‘Time’, with perhaps a little Herbie Hancock-styled funk tossed in for fun and games – the whistling that morphs into meowing cats is fun, too! And that’s been Kinnis’ modus operandi for most of his material that I’ve heard: kitchen sink arrangements and about-faces that combine multiple genres and styles into the same track, never allowing the listener to get comfortable or complacent. It’s usually not an easy listening experience, but always a rewarding one.

Simfonica - Song of the Volcanoes (2016) review

Beau-tiful Explorations In Another Dimension
Simfonica: Song of the Volcanoes (Cathedral Transmissions 2016; 48.47)

Released on a Friday sold out by Monday: not bad for a musician performing for a change under his own name rather than a forty-year pseudonym! The genre is very different, but there are elements of the earlier time in that it is a trip in wide scope due to style and textures.

Bob Dylan - The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert! (2016) review

Bob Dylan - The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert! (Columbia, 2016)

In 1966 Bob Dylan knew that he was completely stepping out of the folk flavors that gave him a foot in door, allowing him to venture into the fledgling folk-rock era, where with Blonde On Blonde he would flatten the world under the weight of his hazy, nearly psychedelic presentation, that still today, remains to most fans as his most potent, productive, and magical album. In that same year he and his hired guns turned their eyes east and headed across the pond into Beatle-land, where standing behind an American flag, he let the world know where the magical mystery tour really began.

Ross Beattie presents It's Psychedelic Baby podcast #9 (December)

A brand new podcast hosted by Ross Beattie (The Night Tripper)

Dragonfly - Celestial Empire
Björn Famne - Vampire 
Eternal Tapestry - Mountain Primrose 
Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Nuclear War 
Country Joe & The Fish - Death Sound
White Manna - Deathless Guru 
Kikagaku Moyo - Silver Owl
Hal Blaine - Hallucinations (April)
Finch - A Bridge To Alice
Ty Segall - I Got Stoned
Yeti Lane - Sway
Goat - Goatlord/Det Som Aldrig Forandras/Diarabi
Krokodil - Blue Flashing Circle
Saddar Bazaar - Mi'Rifa

The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome (2016) review

The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome (Polydor, 2016)

Beginning their career as young bluesmen back in the 60’s, The Rolling Stones have finally, and I mean finally returned to those earthy roots, along with the sound that returned America to its roots during those early years. Blue & Lonesome is filled with insinuatingly hot liquid lyrics, matched only by an equal amount of guitar affection, sounding effortless and spontaneous as they roll through numbers by their early heroes.

It's Psychedelic Baby presents: No Clear Mind - ‘Makena’ album premiere

No Clear Mind is a Greek band based between Athens and London. Their music traverses the wider spectre of rock, with heavy influences from genres such as ambient and psychedelic dream pop. They have released two full length albums, toured different countries in Europe and gained followers from all around the world, while Makena is their third full length LP coming out on December 1st, 2016.

Delmark Records interview with founder Robert G. Koester

Robert G. Koester founded one of the most influential labels for Jazz and Blues. Delmark Records released a ton of amazing artists and are still active after so many years. Mr. Koester shared with us his story.

Where does your love towards jazz music originate from? What were some of the musicians you first experienced and found them more interesting and different?

There wasn’t much jazz where I was born in Wichita, Kansas, but I managed to hear an Eddie Condon show on a network not carried in Wichita from a station in Oklahoma. But I possibly first got interested in jazz when my folks moved into Dad’s father’s house where there was a large 78 collection consisting mostly of classical music. One of the DJ’s on local KAKE played some jazz (“No Nam Jive” by Glan Gray’s band.) Bear in mind that big band swing was the pop music of my teen years. The first live jazz I heard was a local band but I think I managed to hear KC tenor man Tommy Douglas once or twice. Julia Lee was one of my favourites (got me into blues) but my parents wouldn’t let me go see her or Jay McShann when they came to town. I didn’t know about the Monday Night black bands at the Blue Moon or I might have made that.

Reigning Sound - Shattered (2014) review

Reigning Sound - Shattered (Merge Records, 2014)

Make no mistake about it, Shattered is nearly an entirely different record when compared to other albums by Reigning Sound. Fist and not least important is the presentation of nearly an entirely new lineup … with this limber crew allowing for a smoother more flowing sound, one that hangs together a bit more loosely, one with an undefined funky side that instantly brings to mind the earthy era of Stax Record productions.

Juan Trip' - Fireplace (2008) review

Juan Trip’ - Fireplace (Citizen Records, 2008)

If you’re an armchair traveler, or a real traveler for that matter, sitting there at a window seat, watching the world pass you by, or perhaps you’re passing the world by … then Juan Trip’ is the perfect traveling companion, as his music is more a series of projects, or soundtracks to a film that was never made, laced with visionary impressions that are here, and then just as quickly gone. His music hangs onto your window like frost as you pass through the chilled mountains, and floats like heatwaves as you roll on through the desert, while adding a new dimension as the setting sun blossoms across the sky, colouring the clouds with shades of pink, orange, yellow, and deep purple.

The Peanut Butter Conspiracy interview with Alan Brackett

Out-Sider Music will be releasing Alan Brackett’s material written during his years with The Peanut Butter Conspiracy. While the band was slowly becoming more well known, Brackett privately recorded some very interesting songs that will be released for the very first time. Material was recorded in DIY spirit, using Teac A1200 and doing lots of recording “experimentation”.

Jeff Liberman - Jeffery Liberman (1975) review

(Original release on Librah/1975; reissued by Out-Sider/2016)

Our esteemed editor has written the liner notes to the reissue of Liberman’s debut album, so I turn your attention there for all the details. I will just add that Liberman’s deep voice delivers his emotional, autobiographical lyrics with such conviction that you can almost feel the pain, sorrow, and nostalgic longing for kinder, gentler times (the album was originally recorded 40 years ago) flowing out of every track. ‘Evanescent’ was inspired by Carlos Santana and allows Liberman to show off his nimble fingers and rapid scale progressions, and if you close your eyes and listen closely, you can easily appreciate his affection for Santana’s own flashy guitar runs.