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Jeff Liberman - Solitude Within (1975) review

(Original release on Librah/1975; reissue on Out-Cast/2016)

The second of three Liberman albums reissued by Out-Cast (with liner notes from our editor) is a little more ballsy than his debut, from the ferocious bluesy stomp of ‘I Can’t Change’ and the funky ‘Rock Or Roll Me’ (note the subtle change from the expected in the title!), to the sexy strut of ‘Life Is Just A Show’, which finds Liberman in his Elvis mode, as does ‘Woman’, which might stray a tad too far into a lounge lizard routine. Although Liberman is obviously having fun with himself and his listeners.
     Still, there is time for strolling through the park or lying in the grass and staring at the clouds while listening to the crispy, jazzy licks of the evocative ‘Springtime’, and spacey, electronic interludes like ‘A Myopic Euphoria’ alter the pace and mood and inject a little fun into the set. The title track and ‘Soft and Tasty’ are both self-referential/self-explanatory instrumentals that are, indeed, quite tasty, and closer ‘Transition’ has an easy going, jazzy groove that did indeed point towards Liberman’s transition in a more jazz direction on his next album, despite the abrupt about-face midway through into roaring rock territory that also plays off the song’s title!

- Jeff Penczak
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The Magical Mystery Psychout ...A Tribute to The Beatles (2016) review

The Magical Mystery Psychout ...A Tribute to The Beatles (Cleopatra Records, 2016)

Roll up! Roll up for the magical mystery tour! Step right this way! … hear twelve up and coming psychedelic bands trip the light fantastic and dare to cover The Beatles’ 1967 sensational Magical Mystery Tour. Well that’s not quite right, there are twelve bands covering songs from The Beatles hazy psychedelic past, and some of the songs are taken from that relentless album, though it is not a cover of the album proper.

It's Psychedelic Baby presents: Singapore Sling - ‘Evil Angel’ premiere

Iceland’s Singapore Sling formed in 2000 and are seen as one of the original purveyors of the experimental neo-psychedelia people have come to love today – their influence touching nearly every fabric of the modern psych scene.

With their ninth LP Kill Kill Kill (Songs About Nothing) set for release next year via Fuzz Club Records, Henrik and co are now sharing the first single ‘Evil Angel’.

‘Evil Angel’ is a haunting and deliberately uncomfortable affair, drifting from the hazy splendour of previous releases for a more disjointed and experimental pastiche.
The track is propelled by discordant horns and a totally incessant and scuzzy bass-line that roils deep into your conscious from start to finish. Partner this with the echoing, atonal vocals of Henrik and the chugging, vapour-trail guitars and what you’ve got is Singapore Sling at their most sinister, immersive and unforgiving.

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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.