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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.

JAZZ CORNER Presents: Alessandro Brugnolini - Overground (1970)

Alessandro Brugnolini - Overground (Cinedelic Records, 1970/2008 reissue)

Originally released in 1970, this stylish and polished bit of jazz meets psych with deep funky laden grooves, and laced with dark as night solos that boarder on short exacting jams has at last been released on CD as well as a limited edition of 300 numbered copies on vinyl … and without a doubt is a sincere treat for your ears.

Jung An Tagen

Jung An Tagen © Philippe Gerlach

I don't see the need not to cover

After two hermetic tapes, Jung An Tagen breaks out with Das Fest Der Reichen, his vinyl debut on Editions Mego, which makes him continue a long tradition of experimental electronic music coming from Vienna.

JAZZ CORNER Presents: Joanne Brackeen - Aft (1979)

Joanne Brackeen - Aft (Timeless/Muse 1979)

Joanne Brackeen – Piano
Clint Houston – Acoustic Bass
Ryo Kawasaki – Guitar

1.     Haiti B
2.     Charlotte’s Dream
3.     Dreamers
4.     AFT
5.     Winter is Here
6.     Green Voices of Play Air

The former Joanne Grogan is a unique player. Using Monk and McCoy Tyner as starting points, her music has moved from early gigs with Dexter Gordon and Harold Land through work with Dave Leibman and Woody Shaw before becoming the first female Jazz Messenger and enjoying a celebrated stint with Stan Getz. In 1975 she began releasing her own recordings, and she has helped to define and redefine the piano trio since then. Aft is one of her lesser-known recordings and yet one of he most challenging and scintillating.

Mark Fry interview. Dreaming With Alice ...

Only 19-year-old Mark Fry recorded his debut album Dreaming With Alice for RCA in Italy in 1971. His album is regarded as acid folk masterpiece by many music lovers around the world. Mark Fry is still active in music by releasing other albums years later and in the meantime he's also a painter. In the following interview Ross Beattie tried to find out more about making of Dreaming With Alice.

Nudity - Is God’s Creation (2016) review

Nudity - Is God’s Creation (Cardinal Fuzz, 2016)

Like Black Sabbath crossed with Motorhead, Nudity strip all the flotsam and jetsam out of the way and head full on into insane, firecracking speed metalica territory on ‘Now I’m Resting’, the opening skronker from this compilation of headbanging lunacy original conceived and memorialised between 2005-2010. It’s more balls to the walls muthafucka when ‘This Man’ goes for the jugular with razor blades and buzzsaw guitars akimbo. Just take a deep breath and let the power wash over you.

Jeff Liberman

Chicago born Jeff Liberman is a guitar player in the best tradition of '70s guitar Gods like Hendrix, Trower, Clapton or Zappa. The perfect mix between virtuosity and feeling with a gift for brilliant songwriting. Between 1975 and 1978, Liberman self–released three albums on his own Librah label which were some of the first private pressings to gain recognition amongst psych collectors in the '80s. Guerssen reissued Jeffery LibermanSolitude Within and Synergy. Preorder available here:

Dead Sea Apes - Soy Dios (2016) review

Dead Sea Apes - Soy Dios (Sky Lantern/Cardinal Fuzz, 2016)

Dead Sea Apes are favourites around here and this reissue of their debut EP is expanded into a 4-part, 40-minute suite. It is a prime example of what gets our blood boiling and our synapses frying. Like a trawl through the vast barren desert landscapes, the track stalks into the room, looks left, looks right, and proceeds apace to bend our brains and steal our heads with searing guitar lines, throbbing bass and maniacal drums splattering our brains against the sweltering noonday sun.


Finding a tiny piece of gold in all that daily trash

An interview in English about a record in Flemish? An album about horses. With two dicks on the cover, and horses. Why not, of course.

Electric Octopus - Under a Black Moon (2016) review

Electric Octopus - Under a Black Moon (2016)

Without warning, and swinging into high gear, Electric Octopus deliver an unexpected delight of intoxicating tracks sparked with the essence of hypnotic jazz and stoner rock that ride on the distant edges of the horizon, waiting on the big ol' orange October moon to rise over the mountains, and then playing with it until it bursts into a thousands stars of shimmering delight.

LightDreams interview with Paul R. Marcano

Reaching for a higher "High Frontier" (re-purposed by Got Kinda Lost Records as bonus materials, 2016).

LightDreams is a project by Paul Marcano who managed to record several albums from the ‘70s onward using a DIY approach of home recording and mixing. Wanting to explore beyond what was going on in the mainstream at the time, he released Islands In Space on vinyl in 1981, and followed with a cassette release in 10,001 Dreams. Both releases were very hard to find and not well known at the time. Patrick Lundborg (The Acid Archives, Psychedelia) gave a rave review of Islands In Space and attracted some collector's attention worldwide. LightDreams already had a small following in Japan. Marcano's music is hard to describe, but let's say it's like cosmic waves of psychedelic and progressive rock with a home recorded vibe (which sound surprisingly good quality-wise). Got Kinda Lost Records—a subsidiary of Guerssen run by Ugly Things’ Jeremy Cargill—reissued their first album and are currently taking pre-orders for 10,001 Dreams. Read our story about the concept and production of this lost space rock relic. Space out!

It's Psychedelic Baby presents: Chickn - Chickn album premiere

Chickn - Chickn album premiere (Inner Ear Records)

Chickn is a modular music band formed during the Christmas holidays of 2012 in Athens, Greece. Bringing together an assemblage of musicians whose primary work has been influenced by Eastern Mediterranean music, psyched-out space-rock and early progressive rock. 

Angelos Krallis (vocals, guitars, lute, tsambouna, udu) grew up in Kos island, a Greek paradise close to the Anatolian coast of Turkey and hooked up with local musicians. Evangelos Aslanides (drums, percussion, djembe, darbuka, bendir) and Pantelis Karasevdas (drums, percussion, congas, djembe) coming from Exarchia, music scene of Athens. The  main  pillars  of  Chickn's  music  is  improvisation,  as well  as  their  tendency  to  embrace  the unexpected. They  have  developed  a  large  body  of  artists that  they  work  with  and  as  a  result their liquid line-up gets temporarily solidified by their current expressive needs. 

Chicken's debut, self-titled, LP will be out 10/10/16 on Inner Ear Records. This is a radio zapping on a 68-minute car drive. This is a field unfolding in front of your very eyes and at the same time a call of wandering. This is an attempt of some people to invent themselves through playing. This is Jetztzeit rock. A sound conceived as jump in the free sky of history. 

The album was composed by the Athens-based trio in Athens and Valencia from fragments of many years during the period 2014-2015. It was recorded from July to October 2015 in Sonic Playground Studio and in Iraklis Vlachakis' home in Athens. The album was produced by Chickn and Nikos Triantafyllou and it was mastered by Alan Douches in West West Side Studios in New York. 

Ultimate Painting - Dusk (2016) review

Ultimate Painting - Dusk (Trouble In Mind, 2016)

Floating in on a hazy warm subtle breeze, the songs from Dusk move as effortlessly as the bits of dust splintered by the afternoon sunlight, dancing around me like audible hallucinations that have momentarily captured a transparent form, and then are just as quickly, wisped away.

The album arrived like a postcard from the ether, just as October was inching its way into my being, with afternoon shadows stretching out into an undefined vastness. Dusk is by no means a stylistic edition to what the band has previously laid down, Dusk is a slow ebbing adventure of intoxicating fluid movements, simplistic jangling guitars and woozy lysergic lyrics that hint at a historic past, yet refuse to be recognized, leaving me to suggest that this may very well be Ultimate Painting’s finest hour of sleepy psych that will enter your brain and never leave … a stoner’s delight, an effortless climax, a disembodied breath in your ear, filled with half remembered low sung memories that may or may not have ever existed.

Dusk is a curious journey into an atmosphere of stillness, one that will define a time and place in your life, one that you’ll return to again and again, if for no other reason than to recapture the moment you first heard these songs, and to remember the feel of the person you laid next to as this album wove its way into your soul.

- Jenell Kesler
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Ross Beattie presents It's Psychedelic Baby podcast #7 (October)

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

Allen Smithee - LSD 25
Love - Seven And Seven Is
Acid Baby Jesus - Ayahuasca Blues (Unmanned Drone)
Jefferson Airplane - The Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil
Keith Jarrett - Mortgage On My Soul (Wah Wah) 
Sundae Times - Psychedelic Dream
Don 'Sugarcane' Harris - Where's My Sunshine 
The Pretty Things - L.S.D
Tamam Shud - Mr Strange
Carlton Melton - Out To Sea
Siena Root - We, We Are Them
The Blue Angel Lounge - LSD And The Search For God
The Stooges - L.A Blues
Spiritualized - Cop Shoot Cop...

Ross Beattie - Poet, hermit, professional drop out - Originally from London now lives in the Highlands of Scotland and produces independent radio programs and podcasts as The Night Tripper.

More details on his shows can be found by visiting the Too Rare To Die Facebook page. (Check his latest).

It's Psychedelic Baby presents: Timothy Eerie - ”Back Burning Boy” premiere

Back burning boy is the 2nd single from Timothy Eerie's debut EP Hetereochromia coming out October 22nd. Heterochromia consists of 4 songs that have gone through numerous reincarnations and took a years worth of experimentation to lock down the most delicious sonic recipe in which to record the songs as authentically as possible. Capturing the essence of these songs has been as blissful as it has been miserable but it has already proven to have been one of the most cathartic and rewarding experiences. I've accessed an infinite amount of sacred knowledge throughout this project and can't wait to continue applying these tools. I only hope they bring others a similar feeling of connection that I feel to the songs.

Casey Jarret - Guitar, vocals, tambourine
Kaci Jo - background vocals
Daniel Heitz - Guitar
Michael Scitney - Drums
Michael Gass - Keys
Evan Wagner - Bass

EP cover (Design by Sapphire Servellon) & stuff: