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.

The Rolling Stones - “On Air” (2017) review


The Rolling Stones - On Air (Universal, 2017)

Surprised I was by last year’s release by The Rolling Stones, a return to their roots with the album Blue & Lonesome, and since they’ve never a band who was shy to capitalize on anything left over, even from the cutting room floor, here we are, presented with On Air, revealing a look at the band through their 1960’s BBC radio sessions.

The Yardbirds - “Yardbirds ‘68” (2017) review


The Yardbirds - Yardbirds ‘68 (Jimmy Page Records, 2017)

Nearly fifty years after the band called it quits, the mythical, often bootlegged, 30 May 1968 live performance of The Yardbirds at the Anderson Theater in New York City, originally released by Epic Records in 1971 as “Live Yardbirds (Featuring Jimmy Page) finally sees proper reissue as half of the 2 LP or 2 CD set “Yardbirds ’68.” The other half of the release are the fabled, never previously officially released “studio sketches” recorded by the band during the same period, consisting of eight tracks ranging in quality from near finished master takes to bare bone instrumental scratch tracks. 

The Complete Monterey Pop Festival


The Complete Monterey Pop Festival (Criterion Collection Blu Ray/DVD 2017)

Readers of this website likely don’t need to be told what the Monterey Pop Festival is. The three-day musical extravaganza that ushered in the Summer of Love is considered by many music heads to still be the most memorable event of its kind. Papa John Phillips, Lou Adler and other festival organizers were after nothing less than including a vast, diverse collection of performers who, all put together, summed up the finest in psychedelic rock, blues, folk, pop, soul, raga, etc. etc. of the heady times. It’s easy to think of some acts who weren’t on the bill that would have made it better – Love, Judee Sill, and James Brown come immediately to this writer’s mind – but it’s hard to find fault with the roster of acts that were on hand.

An Interview With Andy Aldridge


Creator of the Site: A Head Full Of Wishes

Jenell: Dearest readers, I’ve always felt that Galaxie 500 represented the first successful take on the neo-psychedelic sound, and to that end tonight I have the great pleasure of sitting down with Andy Aldridge, a low-keyed obsessive fan and founder of the site A Head Full Of Wishes, a labor of love, which is a fount of information regarding Galaxie 500, Luna, Dean & Britta along with Damon & Naomi … Andy, thank you for taking the time to let me bend your ear … and I must say, this is the first time I’ve ever interviewed anyone when we were both wearing the same T-shirt.

Andy: You’re very welcome Jenell, there’s not much I like talking about more than things related to A Head Full of Wishes so thanks so much for giving me the chance!

“Rock Covers” by Robbie Busch, Jonathan Kirby and Ed Julius Weidermann (2014) review


“Rock Covers” by Robbie Busch, Jonathan Kirby and Ed Julius Weidermann (Taschen 2014)

Measuring 550 pages in length, “Rock Covers” is a hardbound coffee-table sized book containing photographs of oodles upon oodles of album jackets.

Arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the band or performer, the titanic  tome offers a mix of popular recordings and unbelievable obscurities from all over world. Placed alongside the eye-popping snapshots is information identifying the act, as well as the year the album was released and the label it appeared on. Credit is further given to the folks who designed the sleeves and took the pictures. Quotes from  musicians, photographers and graphic artists involved in the discs are also frequently presented.

Billy And The Kids - “The Two Singles 1965-67” reissue


Billy And The Kids - The Two Singles 1965-67 (Julian Records/Feathered Apple)

Here are the kids from East Wenatchee (WA), who recorded two fabulous 45s on the Julian label. If you are unfamiliar with the ‘Back From the Grave’ LP series, the B-side of their first single, ‘Say You Love Me’ will knock your socks off. It’s the first effort recorded by these junior high school musicians, aged between 12 and 13-years-old! It’s got everything you would expect; a solid drum beat, desperate teenage love-type lyrics with high-pitched screams and a great guitar solo.

The Telescopes - “You Can't Reach What You Hunger” + “Something in My Brain”


The session was recorded at Tapetown Studios in Aarhus, Denmark in November. The band was touring Europe and because of Copenhagen Psych Fest being cancelled they had a day available before playing Tusindfryd in Aalborg.
The organisation Across The Floor arranged a gig at the Tapetown X facilities and the next morning before departing for Aalborg the band did the session.


The Live at Tapetown series is an alternative take on the likes of KEXP live. Bands that swing by is mostly on their European tours and come by the studio for an hour or two between gigs.

Interview with psychedelic artist John Hurford


“I’m influenced by music - it takes me to a place I need to be when I’m painting.”

John Hurford was born on a farm in Devon in 1948 and began painting soon after he left school in 1964. Self-taught and with no formal training, he quickly became one of the real forces behind the British psychedelic art movement. He contribute to all three of the most influential and important underground publications of the 1960s - OZ Magazine, International Times and Gandalf’s Garden.

Varkenshond


“Pan-ethnic ritual improvisation”

Hargawaan Por Shail by Varkenshond is a beautiful, mystical record of improvisations based on structures and tunes from different parts of the world, released by the always excellent Aguirre Records

Air Formation - Vanishing Act premiere


After 2015’s triumphant return with the ‘Were We Ever Here’ EP, Brighton shoegaze luminaries Air Formation, are set to release their fourth long-player ‘Near Miss’, on March 2nd via the UK’s premiere psych label, Club AC30


“For the video we worked with renowned Lewes based visual creator Chris Tomsett aka INNERSTRINGS. At various locations in and around Brighton INNERSTRINGS combined light, shade and everyday concrete structures together with mind bending effects to create a visual head rush that encapsulates the sound of ‘Vanishing Act’ perfectly.”


Helicon - “Helicon” album premiere


Glasgow’s Helicon have been staples of the UK’s underground rock scene since they formed back in 2009 and from then they’ve gone on to release eight EPs, tour Europe several times and share the stage with everyone from the likes of Wooden Shjips, The Warlocks and Dead Skeletons. Picking up an ever-growing reputation along the way the band are now finally set to release their long-overdue self-titled debut LP on Fuzz Club on December 8th.


Exploring themes of love and loss, drugs and drink, religion and politics, and life and death, Helicon’s new album is a collection of sprawling and expansive Eastern-sounding psych-rock.

Vinyl purchase link: https://fuzzclub.com/products/pre-order-helicon-st-album
Digital purchase link: https://fuzzclub.bandcamp.com/album/helicon