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.

Peter Stampfel of The Holy Modal Rounders on peyote experience


     Before Christmas, I decided I wanted to try peyote. I had been told that under its influence I would discover my patterns of self-delusion. That really sounded interesting. I was also very curious about hallucinations. I wanted some of those. So Tom and I went to the Dollar Sign, where I got seven caps, the equivalent of seven peyote buttons.The buttons were green and squat, sort of pincushion shape and around two or three inches across, give or take. They were covered with white cotton-like things that looked like the end of Q-Tips. You were supposed to remove those first.

The Next Five/Toy Factory interview with Eric Robert Olson


“There was an actual turning point from the 60’s to now, and that was in 1973 when the Teac 3340S entered the commercial market. At an affordable price, the Teac gave you the same multi-track capabilities as those four track studios of the 60’s. Another technology of the time was the Univox SR55 drum machine. Together, the Teac and drum machine started the home recording revolution - the complete self containment for songwriters of which is the norm today. One of the earliest examples of this technology is Springdale ’73.”

Eric Robert Olson was their lead vocalist and songwriter. The Next Five released three singles. Last one being under the name of Toy Factory. A must read for garage-rock fans.

Superskin


“Not using more than necessary to make something work”

Andreas Klotz makes dubby lofi electronic music as Superskin which sounds ambitious and evocative yet structured and compact. 

Your music often has a dark, kind of creepy mood. Why do you like that sound and mood? 

Well, I just like it. I like the melodies that I play to be ambiguous, evocative and kind of visual. And sometimes I like to put emotions into the music. Within that frame dark and creepy moods just have much more potential. At least for me.

From The Vault: Dr. John, The Night Tripper - Gris-Gris (1968)


“They call me Doctor John, known as the Night Tripper ...”  

Yes the Doctor is the last of the best. As I’ve said before I first encountered the Doctor on a late night Progressive Radio Station WDAS, in Philadelphia, which broadcast heady material in the early sixties for only a couple of hours each night. Can you imagine being a young teenager laying in bed, the only light coming from the back of a plastic AM/FM radio and hearing “I Walked On Gilded Splinters.” I knew my musical life was in for an adventure.

Bruce Russell interview


It’s surprisingly difficult to retain an unmusical approach to guitar playing

Bruce Russell is the anti-Guitar Hero, preferring the sounds that any ‘regular’ guitar player tries to avoid. The title of his latest LP tells you exactly what you can expect from the music on the record: Howling And Instability At High Volume Settings. It is my favourite record of 2016.

It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine upcoming issue (British Psychedelic Folk)


Next issue of Psychedelic Baby is almost ready. It will be available worldwide. More details and links to order in the following days. 

Dedicated to British underground folk boom of the late 1960s and early 1970s. There are interviews with members of Incredible String Band, Comus, Spirogyra, Fairport Convention, Fresh Maggots, Trees, COB, Magna Carta, Sunforest, Oberon, Pererin, and many others. 

Previos issues available below
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Issue 1 (Texas Psychedelic special)

The magical influence of Amanita mushroom on Christmas tradition


There is a strong affinity between the Christmas and psychedelics that is evidently demonstrated by some kind of magic mushroom which is a symbol that has adorned Christmas trees since the inception and popularization of Christmas tradition. 
Many people are completely oblivious of the psychedelic history of the Christmas tradition which is embodied by amanita muscaria. The amanita mushroom is a psychedelic plant that has been responsible for igniting many religions and esoteric practices. Needless to say that this type of fungus is extremely toxic and can be fatal for humans.
The similarities are so many that it would not be unfounded to assume the Christmas tradition was born from psychedelic origins.

Harvey Mandel - Snake Pit (2016) review


Harvey MandelSnake Pit (Tompkins Square Label, 2016)

On this, Harvey Mandel’s fourth album with ‘snake’ in the title, we find his choice of album artwork to be inspired by his sensational first outing Cristo Redentor, perhaps signifying that in a fashion, the man has come full circle … and I assure you that as the opening track ebbs into your listening space, you’re gonna feel the fabric of time shimmer.

It Hugs Back - Slow Wave (2015) review


It Hugs Back - Slow Wave (2015) 

While the band It Hugs Back has never been high on my radar since I discovered them several years ago, they have never been off of my radar either … with the release of Slow Wave moving them back to within earshot.

It's Psychedelic Baby presents: Jawbones - Love Should Be, Live premiere & the European tour dates


Jawbones was started by Leonard Kaage, in late 2014, as a result of performing with and for many other bands and projects such as: The Blue Angel LoungeTess Parks and Anton NewcombeTracy Bryant and many more. Together with four other like-minded musicians Jawbones, have developed a unique personality and sound that hovers somewhere over the psychedelic scene in the late 60´s but brought to a modern perspective. Jawbones have so far supported bands like The Underground Youth, The Warlocks, The Shivas, Holy Wave, with more.

Dies Irae interview with Rainer Wahlmann


Dies Irae was a short-lived band from Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany. Started as a blues inspired band, soon to become a heavy psych band that was driven by progressive guitar and lots of crazy effects. Their political sharpened lyrics and criticism of the times brought a lot of trouble to the band. Their only release was First. In the following interview we discuss the recording process with Conny Plank, LSD-inspired lyrics, making of “Trip” footage and many more.

Neil Young - Peace Trail (2016) review


Neil Young - Peace Trail (Reprise Records, 2016)

As the second track says, “I can’t stop working …” and the man delivers yet again, finally shifting gears and getting back to his solid roots, making me feel that Indian Summer has just been extended for a couple more days with Neil Young laying out a barnstorming fury of what I can only describe as a laid back plugged-in acoustic record filled with intelligence and commentary on the social condition of this un-United States of America. As I listen I have flashes of the Jefferson Airplane clawing at the walls of the establishment, and if we ever needed anyone clawing at the walls, it’s now, though I am surprised that Neil Young is still the man dedicated to raising that fist.

Jeff Liberman - Solitude Within (1975) review


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

The second of three Liberman albums reissued by Out-Sider (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.

 Pre-orders are available at fuzzclub.com

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.

Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson


I haven’t found better things to do than to just keep going

Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson is a 39 year old Icelandic visual artist and musician who was a part of Stilluppsteypa and Evil Madness. His output as a solo artist is very divers, but has a smart form of stupidity in common.

Miaux

Hideaway, Ultra Eczema. Artwork by Dennis Tyfus.

For me music is a very private thing

Miaux is moniker of Mia Prce. She plays classical songs, ‘Krautrock’, early eighties pop and even Eurovision like anthems on a Casio synthesizer. Her second LP Hideaway is out now on Ultra Eczema.

The Soundcarriers - Entropicalia (2014) review


The SoundcarriersEntropicalia (Ghost Box, 2014)

Laced with sunshine vibes and some subversive Bossa Nova, on this The Soundcarriers fourth outing, they don’t stray far from center and from what you’ve come to love and expect from this band who slowly evolve their songs in a lovely determined manner with more than a suggested world music formate, allowing this release to come off a bit stronger, with more of a jazz attack to what’s presented. That’s not to say that The Soundcarriers have ditched their dreamy soundscape attitudes, it’s just that things are unlaced a bit more crisply, sharper, and strongly here. Yes, you can still easily hear their 60’s drenched psychedelic foundations, along with the ghostly image of Edie Sedgwick on the album jacket, seeming to be inviting you in.

The Orange Drop - Stoned in Love (2016) review


The Orange Drop - Stoned in Love (Mega Dodo Records, 2016)

Hailing from Philadelphia, the five piece neo psych experiment, Marc-Andre Basil on Guitar, Peter Stanko also on Guitar, Dave Johnson holding down the Keys, Matt Calhoun on Bass, and Anthony Bove on Drums, morph together to create a fourth dimensional experience.

The Divine Spark: A Graham Hancock Reader: Psychedelics, Consciousness, and the Birth of Civilization (2015) review


Graham Hancock has become an active proponent of the potentially beneficial effects of psychedelics with his works centred on the nature of consciousness, as well as the powerful role of psychedelics towards the attainment of enlightenment and an acceptance of divinity.
With his book The Divine Spark: A Graham Hancock Reader: Psychedelics, Consciousness, and the Birth of Civilization, Hancock proves that not only he has been a steadfast advocate of psychedelics with some of the most intuitive and provocative essays, but he seeks to challenge the status-quo while unravelling the remarkable potential that psychedelics offer.

Bleu Forest - The story behind one of Ventura County's best local bands


The story behind one of Ventura County’s best local bands told by Michael Cullen and Jack Caviness.

​The US produced such a vast variety of garage bands that were highly influenced by major known bands of the time like The Jefferson Airplane, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Grateful Dead. Every little town in the US had been over-flooded with teenagers full of enthusiasm and ideas reflecting the electrifying times, when everything suddenly seemed to be possible. One of the better local bands that came and went with the 1960s fading into the 1970s were Ventura County’ Bleu Forest. So far only a handful of people heard of them today. Here is their story finally being told.

From The Vault: Steely Dan - Can't Buy A Thrill (1972)


The year? 1972 ...
The place? Quang Tri, Vietnam, just off Route 9 ...

The sun doesn’t so much rise in Vietnam as it’s just there, in all of it’s splendid heat and yellow glory, commanding the temperature to rise to around 98 degrees at six in the morning. Cargo choppers were already straining under the weight of their sling loads, the noise could be deafening ... I ran both hands across the top of my head, through my newly short cropped hair, and sat on the edge of my rack staring at nothing ... till my boots came into view. I’d gotten one on, then found the other had a knot in the lace ... I fooled with the knot for about five minutes before throwing it against the wall, only to have the boot bounce right back in front of me.

It's Psychedelic Baby presents: The Vacant Lots - ‘Berlin’ EP premiere


Exclusive premiere of Berlin EP by The Vacant Lots.
 Enjoy “Verschwinden”.


The American duo The Vacant Lots, release their first four track EP on A Recordings which was recorded in Anton Newcombe’s studio in Berlin. The Vacant Lots supported The Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2014. Anton Newcombe was so impressed with their sound that he offered to produce four track EP (also helping out on bass, guitar and synths).

JAZZ CORNER Presents: Clifford Brown and Max Roach - Study in Brown (1955)


With many of the original tracks, by differing members of the band, such as “Lands End,” “Sandu” and “Cherokee,” going on to become jazz standards, it’s no wonder that Study In Brown holds a near and dear place in the hearts of jazz fans across the world. In 1955, jazz was just hitting its stride, musical technology was also at its apex, and with a gathering of players such as Clifford Brown on trumpet, Harold Land laying down tenor saxophone, Richie Powell sparkling the piano, George Marrow on double bass, and the legendary Max Roach holding down the backbeat, there’s not a person walking the face of this earth who didn’t know something special had been captured on this bit of wax … and all that was gleamed simply by embracing the album jacket.

Harold Nono - Ideeit (2016) review


Harold Nono - Ideeit (Bearsuit Records, 2016)

With an eclectic ear for a variety of musical styles, Scotland’s Harold Nono has kept us guessing across his solo albums and numerous collaborations with the likes of German musician and producer, Me Raabenstien under the moniker Taub, musician/composer, Hidekazu Wakabayashi, New York-based French musician, Eric Cosentino under the moniker, Jikan Ga Nai, and as a member of Haq with Japanese electronica duo, N-qia. You can also find his recordings as a member of Whizz Kid, as well as Marco Lucchi’s enormous, two-dozen plus-strong Orchestra Eclettica E Sincretista.

Deep Sea Arcade - Outlands (2012) review


Deep Sea Arcade - Outlands (Ivy League, 2012)

Having lived through the 60s, and having experienced all it was and wasn’t, often gives me pause when I hear bands today who are so deeply drawn to those heady times, the sounds, the atmosphere, and the attitude. Then when I kick back and listen to what groups such as Deep Sea Arcade bring to the table, I’m instantly able to put my finger right on the map and say, “Ahhhh, this is what they’ve been listening to, this is what’s scattered their brains, and this, this is what rings true in their ears.”

Three Man Army - Three Man Army / Three Man Army Two (2016) review


Three Man ArmyThree Man Army / Three Man Army Two (BGO Records)

Some bands had cult status in their time and some have retained it ever since, even if they played together only for a short period. Later estimates may be a little skewed, absurd or merely confused. Clearing up the minefield: Three Man Army were a guitar-orientated power trio featuring the respected Gurvitz brothers Paul and Adrian, who sometimes used the surname Curtis (their father changed to this name post-divorce).

Paul Marcano and LightDreams - 10,001 Dreams (1982/2016) review


Paul Marcano and LightDreams10,001 Dreams (Got Kinda Lost Records, 2016)

Reissue of the 1982 self-released cassette from Canadian musician Marcano and like-minded psychonauts. Marcano was also a talented painter who painted (or projected – the photos in the booklet are a little dazed and confused) marijuana leaves on his body, as well as took a fancy to face painting and other sidelines that expressed his psychedelic inner self.

Spencer Davis Group - Taking Out Time: Complete Recordings 1967-1969 (2016) review


At Last, The Spencer Davis Group Mk. II Complete 
"Taking Out Time: Complete Recordings 1967-1969 (RPM Records, 2016)

March 1, 1967 the Spencer Davis Group is riding high with "I'm A Man" in the UK Top 10 and "Gimme Some Lovin'" in the US Top 10. The group's outlook was rosy to say the least, having just been named the UK's "Top R & B Group" over The Rolling Stones by New Music Express.

Steve Hillage interview


Steve Hillage is one of the greatest guitarist of past decades. His involvement in psychedelic and progressive music is enormous. His music career started in a band called Uriel when he was still very young. In the late 1960s he was part of anonymous project called Arzachel, releasing an album in 1969, which is considered as one of the best psychedelic rock albums coming from UK. In the 1970s, still in his early twenties, he formed a progressive band Khan and released Space Shanty (1972). He also collaborated with Kevin Ayers and soon joined forces with Gong. While he was still in Gong family, he was also active as a solo artist and his debut Fish Rising came out in 1975, soon followed by many solo efforts. From 1990s on, System 7 is his main driving force.
Madfish Records released a very special box set with most of his music included. We discussed with its content creator, Sub. Capt. Hillage.

Ross Beattie presents It's Psychedelic Baby podcast #8 (November)



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

Halloween special Electric Wizard interview


We have a very special Halloween surprise for you guys. Dig into brand new interview with Jus Oborn of Electric Wizard. Recently they announced to release their new album and we were able to talk with Jus about recording it. It’s fully analog recorded with their latest lineup which at the same time works as a brand new start of the band. It won’t be a typical Electric Wizard album but something a bit different, even from their latest one Time To Die.
For those interested in reading more about Electric Wizard head on to two previous interviews I conducted with Jus Oborn and also check a very special podcast we made some time ago.

Interview (2013)
Interview (2014)
Acid Nightmare Playlist


Time To Die was your latest album. You had lots of legal problems which hopefully are now a thing of the past. How are you satisfied with the album itself?

Hopefully... but you know bad luck seems to haunt us. Though I will say when people use a lawyer to attack us, instead of talking, then nobody fuckin wins... except the fucking lawyers.
Yeah we are still really pleased with the album tho. I think it is our darkest LP... it really has this suicidal, nihilistic vibe. I guess its a hard listen and was maybe too heavy for some people but it really was where our heads were at. I think all of our albums are a reflection and a document of our current obsessions and state of mind... music is still a release for us and a way to express ourselves.

Various Artists – Cologne Curiosities: The Unknown Krautrock Underground 1972-1976 (2016) review


Various Artists – Cologne Curiosities: The Unknown Krautrock Underground 1972-1976 (Mental Experience, 2016)

The liner notes to these curiosities are almost as confusing as the songs themselves. For starters, their author, Alan Freeman, co-owner of Leicester’s Ultima Thuma record shoppe and co-author of one of the Krautrock bibles, The Crack In The Cosmic Egg begins by giving us the history of a mythological German label from the 70s that allegedly released rare albums by the likes of Cosmic Corridors, Galactic Explorers, and Golem – none of whom, by the way, are included in this compilation. He then goes on to regale us with the story of one Tony Robinson, a former engineer at the legendary WDR electronic recording studio. He also worked at Dierks Studios, home to the recording of many Krautrock classics.

David Bowie - ★ [Blackstar] (2016) review


David Bowie - ★ [Blackstar] (2016)

Having heard Blackstar prior to its public release, I felt that I should wait a respectable amount of time before sitting down and consciously attending to both my memories of David Bowie and his music, music that came out at a seminal period of my life.  Needless to say, I’ve had an on again off again relationship with Bowie, feeling that nearly every album released by him has been a challenge, other than Ziggy Stardust, where he managed to pull one single thematic idea together, worked around it, and presented the world with an unshakable concept, and brilliant production of pure rock n’ roll at it’s very best.

Desert Daze and the High Desert


The cancellation of Levitation/Austin Psych Fest back in May left many people with an empty void that could only be filled with another major festival of equal greatness. One such event was announced shortly thereafter – The fifth installment of the Desert Daze Festival to be held over three days in October in the town of Joshua Tree in California’s Yucca Valley in the Mojave Desert. Even many of the performers would be the same as those that had been scheduled in Austin months before: The Black Angels, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard as well as many performers from past APF shows – overall, a great lineup. It was well worth having to fly from Austin to Los Angeles and drive from Los Angeles through the scenic high desert out to Joshua Tree; an area best known as the birthing ground of the Desert Scene and associated with famous desert rock bands such as Masters of Reality, Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Fu Manchu, Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man, and many other side projects and cross collaborations between these and other musicians that found sanctuary in the desert.

It's Psychedelic Baby presents: Narcosatanicos - Body Cults (2016) premiere


Narcosatanicos is a noise rock group from Aarhus, Denmark. Formed in early 2012, the cacophonous sextet draws on various influences from late 60’s proto-punk and krautrock to more recent variants of aggressive music. Body Cults is their second album and it is due out November 4th on Bad Afro Records.

JAZZ CORNER Presents: Cel Overberghe


“The older I get, the more critical I become”

Belgian free jazz saxophonist Cel Overberghe plays with his son and played with his brother in law Fred Van Hove. And at the age of 79, he made his debut as a poet. But he's still most well known as a painter.

OSR Tapes


OSR is a not-for-profit music label that started in 2007, operating for years in Brattleboro, Vermont and later moving to Brooklyn, New York in 2013, that released a wonderful variety of obscure music that either would be left forgotten, or stay covered with dust.

Jorge Antunes – Musica Electronica (1975) review


Jorge Antunes – Musica Electronica (Originally released on Mangione Edition in 1975; reissue on Mental Experience via Guerssen Records, 2016)

Antunes saved these recordings from the original magnetic tapes he recorded over 50 years ago. He carefully reconstructed the music for release in 1975 and at the time it was the first electroacoustic album ever released in Brasil. This reissue makes these important historical recordings available to a wider audience, with some politically sensitive material that was excised from the original recordings reinstated. The tracks can be appreciated both as experimental, minimalist drones or soothing, ambient messages from outer space. Either way, detailed liner notes explain the recording process and inspiration behind each recordings. The multipart opening suite was inspired by Vassili Vassilikos, author of the political thriller, Z, and finds Antunes building tension as he traverses through various sound frequencies. This may appeal more to academics, as there is really no “song” here to speak of, although the sounds he experiments with are very emotional.