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 Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane - “The Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane” (2010) review

The Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane - The Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane (Pastabase, 2010)

Drawing the group’s name [though this could very well be the work of a single visionary person] from the historic psychedelic band The Jefferson Airplane, this Chilean experience, The Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane offer up a bit of 60’s hazy intoxication, but only so much as Spacemen 3 did in the 90’s, creating a new atmosphere that shares a kindred spirit for haunting musical delights, ethereal rhythmic meanderings and sonic layering that moves the music forward, though staying true to a warm scripted environment laced with a penchant for substances of the hypnotic nature.

Uffe Lorenzen - “Galmandsværk” (2017) review

Uffe Lorenzen - Galmandsværk (Bad Afro Records, 2017)

Uffe (Lorenzo Woodrose for most people) has created his first solo album. Last winter he spent 10 weeks on the island of Gomera off the coast of Africa. He rented a small apartment and spent time with his guitar, recorder and his mind.

Domboshawa interview

Anders Broström is a Swedish multi-instrumentalist. His latest album Mind Electrix consist of improvised jams for fans of lysergic space rock. Drone Rock Records released Mind Electrix on vinyl.

What do you consider to be your first real exposure to music?

I’m from a very musical home where my parents worked with music so there was always a lot of music at home, they played Beatles, the Moody Blues and Billy Joel and a lot of other of great music, but the first music that was mine own was heavy metal, 1984 was the year when I started to buy my own records, I loved Kiss, Mötley Crue, Twisted Sister, Dio, Alice Cooper, Guns N’ Roses and everything else that was happening back then.
My introduction to psychedelic music was probably in 1993 or something, I was taking drum lessons when I was younger and my parents had taped the Woodstock movie from the tv and they showed me Santana and the drum solo Michael Shrieve does in “Soul Sacrifice.” I was blown away! I watched the whole movie about 200 times and started buying records by Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Grateful Dead, Country Joe And the Fish and much more from the San Francisco scene, then from there it just grow with the English bands and Swedish bands and so forth, I loved the whole “turn on, tune in, drop out” vibe.
The band I got really hooked on was Grateful Dead, I’m a huge deadhead.
Instrumental music with a lot of jamming and improvisation is really awesome, Earthless, Phish or Ozric Tentacles, it’s all great.

Skid Row - Skid / 34 Hours (2017) review

Skid Row - Skid / 34 Hours (BGO CD1302; 38.29 / 57.33 mins)

The original Skid Row are usually called Gary Moore’s band and therefore blues, but these confuse fiction with fact. The band was actually started by bassist/vocalist Brendan ‘Brush’ Shiels, nicknamed by his previous Uptown Band’s manager because of his moustache and long hair (this was, after all, the age of clean-cut, sequined show bands in Ireland). And blues is well stirred in this heady brew of flavours. The developing late ’60s Irish rock scene boasted Taste with Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison’s Them, The Action and Granny’s Intentions (on Deram) soon followed by Thin Lizzy.

Peter J. Faber-Jonker - “The Faber Book of Ballads” (2017)

Peter J. Faber-Jonker is a Rotterdam based guitarist-songwriter well known for his contemporary classic pop-sound. The Faber Book Of Ballads is an ambitious double album! Read more about its making.

From The Vault: Caravan - “If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You” (1970)

Without a doubt, most people walked backwards to find If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You from the success Caravan had with In The Land Of Gray and Pink, with this album seeming to have gained more praise and acceptance as the years have rolled on.

Electric Wizard interview with Jus Oborn: “Wizard Bloody Wizard”

Wizard Bloody Wizard
I hope we will start a new quest for a heavier, darker, dirtier sound again... this is just the beginning. The slate is clean.

A new album by Electric Wizard. Interview with Jus Oborn about Wizard Bloody Wizard available on 17 November 2017. 

I guess Wizard Bloody Wizard is a step to the roots?

Yeah the idea was to get back to our earliest musical influences. To get back to the core of the actual musicians that first inspired us to pick up a guitar. Hendrix, Ron Asheton, Iommi, Leigh Stephens, Jimmy Page etc. And to get back to the roots of heavy music... the blues, rock’n’roll etc.

The songs are fusion of the Stooges, Black Sabbath, early Alice Cooper, Blue Cheer and other heavy psych bands of the time. For me it’s like giving a candy to a kid, y’know? 

Haha... me too. I guess we are pretty much totally obsessed with the heavy bands from this period... all these bands created heavy rock/metal. It’s the birth place of all the music I still dig. I really hoped we could create something that was contemporaneous to all those albums... something that would stand outside of time and trends.

Stray - “Fire & Glass: The Pye Recordings 1975-1976” (2017) review

Stray - Fire & Glass: The Pye Recordings 1975-1976 (Cherry Red Records, 2017)

“Fire & Glass” is part two of the Stray saga, presented by Cherry Red Records, UK, a follow up to the 2017 four disc box set “All In Your Mind: The Transatlantic Yeas 1970-1974”, a four disc box set, which was reviewed a couple of weeks ago. This two disc, thirty five track set compiles all of the band’s recordings released by Pye Records on their Dawn imprint, home to Mungo Jerry and many other artists. Thus, “Fire & Glass” contains three LPs, a single edit, a non-LP b-side and two previously unreleased album outtakes, nearly two and a half hours of prime time rock and roll.

From The Vault: Neil Young - “After The Gold Rush” (1970)

So many of my early musical experiences were overshadowed by the War in Vietnam ... I used to envy those who discovered this album while in college, or on the road, sunk deeply into some overstuffed chair, a head full of weed, candles flickering in the darkness, wrapped in the arms of a lover or a friend. After The Gold Rush was first played for me by another Nurse who’d just returned from R&R. It was in the wee small hours of the morning, in one of many Evac Hospitals that dotted Southeast Asia, and she stood quietly, arms filled with new records, as I sat lost in needlework, patching the ripped uniforms and darning the socks of my boys. “This is for you,” I remember her saying, and I laughed seeing the album jacket, with the patches sewed onto Neil’s jeans. But the album did quickly become my personal record, especially side two, laced with lo-fi songs of distant places, double meanings, heartache, and change ... yet through it all, Neil cracked the door, leaving room for a breath of hope ... something that was in short supply in my corner of the world. 

Stack Waddy - “So Who The Hell Is Stack Waddy?” (2017) review

Stack Waddy “So Who The Hell Is Stack Waddy?” (Cherry Red Records, 2017)

Taking their name from a character in a Mad Magazine comic strip, singer John Knail, guitarist Mick Stott, bass player Stuart Banham and drummer Steve Revell formed Stack Waddy in late summer 1969 in Timperley, a suburban village, southwest of Manchester. Knail and Stott had been in a rhythm and blues band The Knails in 1965, while Stott and Banham later played in a power trio, New Religion, in 1968. Stack Waddy played the first Buxton Blues Festival, headlined by Fleetwood Mac, where they were spotted by DJ John Peel, as well as Zig Zag magazine’s Dave Neale. Taking the stage at 2 AM, the band jumped into their cover of Dale Hawkins’ “Suzie Q” impressing Peel sufficiently to sign the band to his recently created Dandelion Records label. Throughout 1969 Stack Waddy dazzled audiences with their mixture of primal rhythm and blues, drawing on the influences of Bo Diddley and Willie Dixon, and heavy psychedelic rock a la Cream and Hendrix. As with their recordings, begun in 1970, Stott’s delivery was filled with heavy doses of the overdrive on his amp/guitar combo and its raging tone was the signature of Stack Waddy’s intimidating sound, described by Zig Zag Magazine’s Dave Neale as a “lot of wonderful noise with a killer beat. They were loud and uncompromising!”

Pretty Lightning - “The Rhythm Of Ooze” album premiere

Christian Berghoff and Sebastian Haas are two lifelong friends from Saarbrucken, Germany who back in 2007 formed the band Pretty Lightning. The duo tick off a long list of influences – from 60s psych and delta blues through to krautrock and drone – and the end-product is a heady dose of raw, twisted psychedelic-blues recalling an utterly visceral, mind-blowing mix of Oh Sees, Wooden Shjips and early Black Keys.

Fast forward ten years and the German two-piece have two highly-praised LPs behind them and are now gearing up for the third effort, The Rhythm Of Ooze – due for release November 10th on Fuzz Club Records. Their latest long player sees them dive even further down the rabbit-hole of stomping garage-blues rhythms and unremitting motoric drones to dizzying effects.

Deluxe vinyl: 180g coloured vinyl, gatefold sleeve and printed inner-sleeve. Limited to 100. Standard vinyl: 180g coloured vinyl and printed inner-sleeve. Limited to 400. (

An interview with Frank Maston

Frank Maston has written a soundtrack for the best movie never made. 

The songwriter, producer, and now, label head, has spent five years away from his solo project, Maston, filling his days in the Netherlands accompanying Dutch rockstar Jacco Gardner. Having always wanted to live abroad, Maston jumped at the opportunity, assimilating into the culture and slowly easing his way back into songwriting—incorporating his experiences on the road and abroad into his new work. Tulips, out October 27th on his own Phonoscope label, is a document of time spent between two worlds. Rather than trying to paste together his experiences in Holland with the life he lives in Los Angeles, Maston has created an album that is neither tethered to place nor restricted by his nomadic living situation. Instead, Maston reached for untapped influence—particularly the deep-grooving soundtracks of French and Italian cinema—to help shape Tulips. The result is a technicolor tour de force of a world unseen yet wholly imaginable. On an album of catchy pop hits, it’s Maston’s aesthetic precision that truly stands out.

Carlton Melton - “Hidden Lights” (2017) review

Carlton Melton - Hidden Lights (Agitated Records, 2017)

Carlton Melton are back with another dream drone track to start things off called “Rememory.” Almost twenty minutes of slow crawling guitars, clam drums, and a sublime bass. The guys are taking it slow. Phil Manley accompanies them on guitar. He also recorded and mixed the LP in San Francisco.

An interview with George Brigman

George Brigman started recording his first LP when he was only 18 years old. Jungle Rot is an impressive recording made by this young man. Several albums of this acid drenched boogie rock followed. Read our interview with George Brigman.

Pansies - “Cascade of Colors” album premiere

Arriving out of Salt Lake City, Utah, is the velveteen trio; Pansies. The line-up is as follows: Arash Mafi – Organ, Vocals – Former member of Rainbow Black and also a vintage fashion Designer and Jewellery maker, Victor Armaya – Guitar, Vocals, and Alex Lackey – Drums. Cascade of Colors is the debut release from the band, and is a collection of dreamy, reverb-drenched, and kaleidoscopic tracks carried by echoed guitar tones, swirly organ, and bubbling vocals.

Limited to 250 copies, the vinyl LP is available to pre-order now and will be shipping this December.


Magic realism” 

As Sourdure, Ernest Bergez makes ancient music for post-modern times. With the over 100 minutes long triple tape Mantras, Bergez made a highly esoteric journey. 

A Potpouri Of Melodies And Mayhem: Latin American And Canadian Rock, Pop, Beat, R&B, Folk, Garage, Psych And Prog 1963-1976 by Vernon Joynson


This will be our next title in the series that has already brought us Fuzz, Acid and Flowers (US psych, prog and hippie-rock 1963-1976) (2010), The Two-Volume Tapestry of Delights (UK rock, pop, beat, R&B, folk, psych and prog 1963-1976) (2014) and A Melange Of Musical Pipedreams And Pandemonium (Australian, New Zealand, African, Turkish And Middle Eastern Rock, Pop, Folk, Psych And Prog 1963-1976) (2017).

Gin Lady - “Electric Earth” (2017) review

Gin Lady- Electric Earth (Kozmik Artifactz, 2017)

This is the fourth release by the Swedish band Gin Lady. I heard the last one and really liked it but they really hit the ball out of the park on Electric Earth! What a fucking great record! I recently received the record and my wife and I are spinning it everyday! Fantastic vocals, great songs and playing. The songs take me back to the early 1970s.

The Bleu Forest - “Ichiban - Live At Jimmie’s” (2017) review

The Bleu Forest - Ichiban - Live At Jimmie’s (Golden Pavillion/Gear Fab Records, 2017)

I’m betting most of you have heard the Bleu Forest’s A Thousand Trees Deep,” which was issued in 2016 on the Golden Pavilion label. Initially recorded in 1968, the disc duly renewed interest in the otherwise obscure Ventura County, California band. Prior to the birth of “A Thousand Trees Deep,” the Bleu Forest laid down a recording, that like “A Thousand Trees Deep,” had been hiding in the vaults for years.

Stray - “All In Your Mind: The Transatlantic Years 1970-1974” (2017) review

Stray - All In Your Mind: The Transatlantic Years 1970-1974 (Esoteric Recordings, 2017)

Formed in London in the late 1960s, Stray recorded a total of eight albums between 1970 and 1976, the first five for the Transatlantic label, and those albums and associated releases are the focus of a new four CD box set on Cherry Red Records’ Esoteric Recordings imprint. Stray comprised vocalist Steve Gadd, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Del Bromham, bassist Gary Giles and drummer Ritchie Cole. This set contains the five albums, four demos recorded for Pye Records in 1968, an outtake from the 1971 LP “Suicide,” two songs released on Transatlantic’s 1975 sampler “Tracks,” three non-LP b-sides and two single edits of album tracks, thus compiling everything Stray released on the label.

The Who - “Maximum As & Bs: The Complete Singles” (2017) review

The Who - Maximum As & Bs: The Complete Singles (2017)

More than fifty years after they hit the music scene, the newest release by The Who proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that they were masters of not only recording classic albums, such as “My Generation” (1965), “Live At Leeds” (1970) and “Who’s Next” (1971), but also immaculate singles, at a time when the music industry was driven largely by the three minute radio friendly 45. Long recognized as the “best rock ‘n’ roll band in the world”, “Maximum As & Bs” released on UMC/Polydor, Netherlands, compiles 86 tracks spread across 5 CDs, includes every UK single released on the Brunswick, Reaction, Track and Polydor labels, and serves as proof positive that The Who were also grand masters of radio friendly singles, especially in the 1960s and 1970s when this was the benchmark of a band’s abilities and the ultimate measure of their success. This massive collection includes every single by the original foursome of Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon, as well as every incarnation of the band following the 1978 death of Moon and 2002 passing of Entwistle. The reality is that the band produced six top 5 hits, fourteen top 10s, twenty top 30s and twenty two top 40s on the UK charts, very impressive by any standards!

Chameleon Treat - “Soundtrack For Silent Comedies” album premiere

Chameleon Treat is a two-piece band living in the Midwestern U.S., who bonded in college while playing in a raucous power-pop band. Both members, (singer Andrew Kruske and drummer Jacob Edwards) shared a love for undiscovered or underappreciated music, and decided to write a few extra songs in their spare time. That plan eventually evolved over a few months into a full album: Soundtrack For Silent Comedies. The group brings in numerous 60s influences and samples, and attempts to create something that simultaneously feels new, yet filled with nostalgia. Much like Spacemen 3, Primal Scream, Boredoms, or the Flaming Lips in previous years, the band attempts to take the psychedelic/experimental textures that they love and adapt them for the modern soundscape. Even the album cover is a visual representation of this blending. To make the petri dish-like image on the cover, the band bought all of the components for the often overlooked 60s art form known as liquid light. After several kinds of dyes, filters, and experiments, they ended up with an image that seemed to represent the underlying culture and influence of this particular set of songs. Recording and producing the songs on the actual record went through an incredibly similar process in terms of research and experimentation.

Ross Beattie presents It’s Psychedelic Baby podcast #20 (November)

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

Gift - Drugs
The Mystic Tide - Psychedelic Journey
Gilli Smyth - Shakti Yoni
Brainticket - Watchin' You 
The Velcro Lewis Group - The Occulus Of The Winged Man
Last Exit - Enemy Within 
White Manna - Freak 
Walter Wegmuller - Der Magier
Thee Oh Sees - The Axis
Thee Headcoatees - Ballad Of The Insolent Pup
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Fam/Famine
Carlton Melton - Hidden Lights
Charalambides - Lay Open 
Neu! - Lieber Honig

Feel free to submit your music directly to Ross for upcoming podcast at:

Soviet Hippies, an interview with film director Terje Toomistu

One of the most exciting and mind blowing documentaries. Absolutely incredible footage and story. A must!

The hippie movement that captivated hundreds of thousands of young people in the West had a profound impact on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Within the Soviet system, a colorful crowd of artists, musicians, freaks, vagabonds and other long-haired drop-outs created their own system, which connected those who believed in peace, love, and freedom for their bodies and souls.
More than 40 years later, a group of eccentric hippies from Estonia take a road trip to Moscow where the hippies still gather annually on the 1st of June for celebration that is related to the tragic event in 1971, when thousands of Soviet hippies were arrested by the KGB. The journey through time and dimensions goes deep into the psychedelic underground world in which these people strived for freedom.

Hippies meditating © Vladimir Wiedemann-Kultusfilm

Perhaps the only actually functioning system in the Soviet Union was its distinctive network of hippies. Not only did they call themselves Sistema, but this particular self-support system connecting various drop-outs across the urban underground Soviet Union formed a different kind of a hippie movement that lasted through decades. Nevertheless, to be a hippie in the Soviet Union was a serious existential choice, often with no return to ‘normal’ life. In the eyes of the KGB, the hippies were poisoned by degraded Western influences, posing a real danger to the Soviet regime and the moral construction of Homo Sovieticus.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - “Lotta Sea Lice” (2017) review

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice (Milk! Records, 2017)

My thoughts on Kurt Vile have changed over the years, and here with Courtney Barnett, I suddenly came face to face with what’s been eluding me for so long. There was a time when I considered Kurt Vile to be part of the laid-back neo-psychedelic movement, primarily from his work with Adam Granduciel of War On Drugs, but now it’s clear that Kurt Vile has developed a genre all his own, or perhaps an extension of several, because what the two of these casually thoughtful artists have given us is a new take on folk rock, except rather than being about the lyrics, as with say Simon & Garfunkel or The Byrds, is a records filled with effortless relaxation and a supernatural atmosphere that ebbs gently from your speakers, fills the room, and then lingers.

JAZZ CORNER Presents: Hudson at the Moore Theater in Seattle Thursday October 19

Supporting their new album Hudson, named for the Hudson Valley in New York State, the band under the same name made a stop at Seattle’s Moore Theater on a rainy, windy autumn evening. Featuring John Scofield – guitar; John Medeski – Hammond B3 organ, Fender Rhodes electric piano, and piano; Larry Grenadier – acoustic bass; and Jack DeJohnette – drums, all of the covers that they played were associated with the Hudson Valley stretching from Troy to Yonkers. Scofield recalled wanting to go to the Woodstock festival in 1969, but his parents wouldn’t let him because he was too young. Joking that he was only about three, in actuality he was closer to 17.

The Incredible Jimmy Smith - “Back at the Chicken Shack” (1963) review

The Incredible Jimmy Smith - Back at the Chicken Shack (Blue Note Records, 1963)

While the album cover may toss up some pastoral semblance of farm life, this 1963 classic couldn’t be further from any country flare. For a few tell-tale signs, I suggest you take a closer look at Jimmy Smith here and all his supple glory. See that silky red getup? How about those dark khakis or the slick olive green socks? If anything, those loafers oh-so-discretely snuggled into the grass should lay down a few hints for what to expect in Jimmy-territory. The sound here belongs to cavernous city bars, to that tipsy Friday night, to several dozen sweaty and gyrating socialites crammed into a rapidly shrinking studio apartment.

“Pharmacopious” (Part 6) by Jenell Kesler

I looked at my watch, and even though it didn’t say so, it was time to leave.  Packing didn’t take long, and as I peered into the top drawer with more caution than trepidation, I was keenly aware that my demons had multiplied during our stay.  Not only that, as I watched, they lined themselves up, slipped into their assigned bags, and were somehow not only aware, but ready to go. 

From The Vault: Mazeville Crossing - “Mazeville Crossing” (1975)

With the album jacket emblazoned with a tipped out three dimensional tic-tac-toe game and a streaking shooting star to indicate a winner, Mazeville Crossing are the duo of Scott Bruning and Cary Steinberg, who present exactly what you’d expect in the mid 70’s, at the tail end of what remained of the psychedelic age, an unpretentious and slightly unambitious take on the music of other people, along with a few original songs.

Alcatrazz - “Breaking The Heart Of The City: The Very Best Of Alcatrazz 1983-1986” (2017) review

Alcatrazz - Breaking The Heart Of The City: The Very Best Of Alcatrazz 1983-1986 (HNE Records, 2017)

A heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles in 1983 Alcatrazz is a perfect example of a band that was perhaps too good to make a big name for itself. Formed originally by ex-Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet, Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, former New England bassist Gary Shea and keyboardist Jimmy Waldo, and ex-Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr, who was quickly replaced by former Iron Butterly and Alice Cooper drummer Jan Uvenna, Alcatrazz recorded three studio albums, each with a different superstar guitarist, and one live album, between 1983 and 1986. Despite having incredible players Malmsteen, Steve Vai and Danny Johnson on lead guitar, Alcatrazz never achieved commercial success. They did, however, leave an amazing musical legacy, as evidenced by this new three CD set released by Cherry Red Records, UK, on their HNE Recordings Ltd. imprint.

Baronen & Satan - “Why Does The Blood Never Stick To Your Teeth?” premiere

The band were introduced to Dirty Water Records USA by Jim Diamond (producer of the White Stripes and The Sonics) and were signed to a recording contract in September 2017.  The band will make their Global debut with the digital single “Elisa” off their latest EP Why Does The Blood Never Stick To Your Teeth coupled with their eponymous debut LP Satan Is A Lady also on digital, set for release on Halloween day.

It’s a mystery how and why Elisa Lam died in a LA hotel back in 2013. We love a mystery and decided to make a song about it. As she was last seen in a elevator, we decided to honor her in our own way by filming a video in a creepy run down elevator. The filming went creepier than we though thou.. We hope that the ghost of Elisa Lam is proud.

From The Vault: Neil Young with Crazy Horse - “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” (1969)

Without a doubt, Neil Young’s first three albums stand as markers for which all of his music will be judged. Whether that’s a good thing or not is beside the point, because like it or not, it’s a fact, plain and simple, a sublime collection of songs, playing and musicians who all cosmically found themselves in the right place at the right time, where they created life changing enduring music that will never go out of fashion. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere is nothing short of amazing, as groundbreaking as The Beatles Revolver and Rubber Soul, and as resounding and influential as Jimi Hendrix on Electric Ladyland.

De Batteries

“We’re almost immediately happy when there’s a certain noise coming out of our machines”

Yasmin Van der Rauwelaert and Clara Lissens are De Batteries. They make post-fluxus non-music. They released 2 tapes: Elke voorkant heeft een achterkant and Für Hildegard

The Routes - “No Return” premiere

Following the “In This Perfect Hell” album (released on Groovie Records in March 2017), “Dirty Needles and Pins” (Greenway Records) is the second album release of the year by The Routes, and their sixth studio album to date. As with the last album Chris Jack plays everything with exception to the drums, which are taken care of by Jonathan Hillhouse. Keeping true to form, “Dirty Needles and Pins” sees the band depart from a completely different point from where the last album landed.

The Routes “Dirty Needles and Pins” is out November 14th on Greenway Records. Pre-Order!

From The Vault: Yesterday’s Children - “Yesterday’s Children” (1970)

Yesterday’s Children - Yesterday’s Children (Map City Records, 1970) 

Some of the best music is never heard by the mass public, and that includes this album, which holds firm as one of the greatest hard rocking efforts in history.

Sula Bassana - “Dark Days” (2012) review

Sula Bassana - Dark Days (Sulatron Records, 2012)

Sula Bassana [Dave Schmidt] does a most interesting hypnotic and almost ambient take on the genre of space rock, where here on Dark Days, more than on any other of his adventures, he has developed an ascending trajectory where he’s able to maintain a cohesive stellar direction.

Steffen Roth

“Being in verbal or nonverbal conversation is the most important thing”

My favourite solo drum records from last ten years are:

Toshiro Mimaki - Januari 22 2000 (Sloow Wax, 2014)
Eli Kezler - Catching Net (PAN, 2012)
Eric Thielemans - A Snare Is A Bell (Ultra Eczema, 2007)
Pascal Nichols - Nihilist Chakai House (Discombobulate, 2014)
Kris Vanderstraeten - Kan Da Na (Knife In The Toaster, 2015)
Will Guthrie - People Pleaser (Black Truffle, 2017)

Now you can add:

Steffen Roth - Kalbe / Milde (Ana Ott, 2017)

Clay Ravens - “All In EP” premiere

Clay Ravens are a sweat-soaked foot-stomping indie folk band from Vancouver (Canada). Founded upon the guttural, honey-smoked harmonies of their vocal blend, Clay Ravens began as a singer-songwriter folk duo between siblings Justin and Brianne Huntley Smith. Now the band has evolved to incorporate Brendan Tydall’s shredding twang electric guitar style, Matt Cook-Contois’s legendary fiddle chops, Kelsey Butkus’s technical bass skills, and Tim Lanham’s hard-hitting beats.

“We wanted to create a collection of songs that would capture the beauty in gritty Canadian stories of displacement, addiction, and friendship, using a poetic lens. What eventually became the All In EP is an intentional juxtaposition of raw folk and lush indie sounds to support the emotional dynamics of the stories we wanted to tell.”

Salvation interview with Joe Tate

One of the better psychedelic rock bands from the west coast. Salvation recorded two albums. Originally formed by singer Al Linde and guitarist Joe Tate. Bassist Artie McLean, keyboardist Art Resnick, and drummer Teddy Stewart later completed the original lineup, which at first called itself “The New Salvation Army Banned.”

“Twenty-Minute Fandangos And Forever Changes - A Rock Bazaar” (1971) book review

“Twenty-Minute Fandangos And Forever Changes - A Rock Bazaar” edited by Jonathan Eisen (Random House) 1971

I wasn’t even aware this book existed until a few months ago when spotting an original copy sitting in the bargain bins at Amoeba Records in San Francisco.

Comprised of submissions from now legendary mover and shaker writers such as Bud Scoppa, Richard Meltzer, Nick Tosches, Sandy Pearlman, Robert Abrams and of course editor Jonathan Eisen, “Twenty-Minute Fandagos And Forever Changes - A Rock Bazaar” not only covers the incredible music of the era in which the anthology was published, but also zones in on other cultural topics of the day.

Pika*Makoto at The Islington in London Saturday August 12

The initiated know that Pikacyu is the drummer for the well-known Japanese psychedelic duo Afrirampo, a band that she formed at the age of 19 with guitar player Oni. During their heyday from 2002-2010, they toured the world, worked with Yoko Ono, and collaborated with Acid Mothers Temple. It was this collaboration that led to her highly experimental work with AMT’s prolific guitarist Makoto Kawabata. Touring Europe and the UK in support of their most recent release on limited edition LP, Galaxilympics, they performed as a duet with a different improvisational approach for each show of the tour – Pikacyu on drums and vocals; Makoto playing guitar, electronics, and also singing.

Lewis & The Strange Magics - “Evade Your Soul” album premiere

Spanish Heavy-Psych-Rockers LEWIS & THE STRANGE MAGICS are back with their second full-length! 
Evade Your Soul was released today via Soulseller Records on CD, vinyl and in digital formats. 
With this new album the band offers a heavier and more psychedelic sound, highlighting melodic songs with fuzzy riffs, crazy keys, spiritual lyrics and a lot of groove.

From The Vault: Tyrannosaurus Rex - “(A Beginning)” (1972)

Reviewing any of the early Tyrannosaurus Rex albums would essentially be reviewing all of them, say for “Unicorn” which was their most successful / commercial, and being the most highly and technically produced of all their records. I’ve chosen “A Beginning” for a number of reasons, the first being that this is my suggestion, as an introduction to the music of Tyrannosaurus Rex, the second is that the cover is so elementally in and of the moment, representing a compilation of psychedelic folk music, the likes of which the world had never seen ... and finally, this release strips away all of the material that to this day still manages to allude me, leaving you with only the cream from the early years.

Shadrock Chameleon - “Shadrock Chameleon” (1973) review

Shadrock Chameleon - Shadrock Chameleon (Out-Sider Records, 1973/2017 reissue) 

Iowa may be known for several things (farms, the American Pickers TV show, corn fields, and local artist Grant Wood’s famous American Gothic painting), but psychedelia doesn’t immediately come to mind. Back in the early ‘70s, several young musicians from various bands combined to record one of the great cult psychedelic albums of the ‘70s, Shadrack Chameleon. Released on IGL (i.e., Iowa Great Lakes) Records in a limited edition of 300, the 1973 album has intrigued collectors over the years and Guersson’s Out-Sider speciality imprint offers a remastered vinyl edition. Essentially a solo project of main songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Steve Fox, the short (six tracks in a half hour) album is a pleasant, mostly acoustic affair not unlike Neil Young’s contemporary releases (cf., Harvest).

Dantalian’s Chariot - “Chariot Rising” review

Dantalian’s Chariot - Chariot Rising (Esoteric Recordings, 2017)

Recorded fifty years ago, with only two of its ten tracks seeing release at the time, “Chariot Rising” by Dantalian’s Chariot has long been considered a classic collection of psychedelic rock. Born from the remnants of Zoot Money’s The Big Roll Band, the band included Hammond organ/Wurlitzer piano/vocalist Money, guitarist/sitarist/vocalist Andy Somers (later Summers) who became guitarist for The Police, bassist/vocalist Pat Donaldson, later of Fotheringay, and drummer/percussionist/vocalist Colin Allen, who went on to join John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers, with Money and Somers penning the bulk of the material.

Weird Dust

“Weird, loud, fast or slow”

Weird Dust released two excellent new beat and disco influenced singles this year: “The Chase” and “Aqua Velva” / “When You Were Mine”.

Michael Crabbé: The first one I released was on Knotwilg Records called “The Chase” and “These Things”, both songs are inspired by John Carpenter soundtracks and I was so happy that Johan Loones from Knotwilg Records chose these two songs as to be my first vinyl release. The artwork is done by Johann Kauth, and we screenprinted the sleeves together. 

The second one is released by Kerm, a label that already released 2 tapes of mine. On this 45” you can listen to “Aqua Velva”, a synth disco track and “When You Were Mine”, a melancholic space odyssey. The sleeve was designed screenprinted and lasercut by 1ste VERDIEP.

Papir - “V” (2017) review

Papir - V (Stickman Records, 2017)

The all instrumental rock trio from Copenhagen are back with their 5th studio album and this time it is a double LP/CD. I have been friends with the band since nearly the beginning and reviewed nearly all their records.