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.

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.


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)