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Beau - “When Butterflies Scream” (2017) review

Beau - When Butterflies Scream (Cherry Red Records, 2017)

The singer-songwriter Trevor Midgley, known as Beau, has aged well like all good vintage stock; still a rich, heady consistency after all these years. From a Yorkshire teen band that got a BBC session to kudos and a number one in Lebanon with John Peel’s first release on Dandelion Records in the late sixties, he has been prolific in this century with several albums in various formats by Cherry Red among others. He’s also recorded electronic music recently under the moniker Simfonica. Unusually, Beau’s high regard in folk circles has been achieved with few gigs throughout those fifty years.

All star cast of weirdos record James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake” (part two)

We’re pleased to premiere a second collection of tracks from the upcoming release of Waywords and Meansigns, an international project setting James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake to music. 

You can read more about the project, and hear our first premiere here.

Record Store Day: The War on Drugs - “Thinking of a Place” (2017) review

Record Store Day:
The War on Drugs - Thinking of a Place (Atlantic Records, 2017)

In the last eighteen months the only thing we’ve heard from War On Drugs was their addition to the Day of the Dead compilation, with the song “Touch of Gray.” Now with rumors having swirled for entirely too long, finally the heavens have parted and we’ve been treated to their new intoxicating eleven minute epic “Thinking of a Place,” delivered on a vinyl format of 5500 copies worldwide.

“Pharmacopious” (Part 1) by Jenell Kesler

The first postcard I ever received read, “Being born into the dream bears no weight.”
Those sentiments are dedicated to my husband Rob, for doing so much more than riding shotgun.

A Night Nurse Production © 2014

Others have written reports from the Innerzone, I’ve heard about them, though I’ve never read them first hand. It seems that coming back from the Innerzone requires that everything one becomes be left behind in the care of the Customs Office, and while there’s a small amount of mail out of the Innerzone, it’s terribly slow, and finding a stamp is all but impossible. It was there, while standing in line that a man in a rather expensive trench-coat took me aside for the very first time, and in the shadow of an ancient sandstone sculpture informed me that one should never write about truth. He was reading this from a folded piece of yellowed paper he kept in this pocket. This man, who for now shall remain nameless, went on to say, while rubbing the tips of his fingers across his lower lip, as if to remember the taste of something he’d once touched, that one should never write about one’s personal hallucinations either, saying that they’d be misappropriated, and could perhaps, at some point be used against one in some wayward court of law. And therein lines the dilemma, especially if one has a penchant for flight, that either hallucinations are real, and if so, hallucinations are truth, leaving reality as I’ve always felt, to be nothing more than a ride in an uphill train on lubricated rails.

Rückwater - “Bonehead” (2017) review

Rückwater Bonehead (2017) 

Hailing from Scandanvia, Rückwater’s debut EP, Bonehead, is a fantastic stoner rock EP, similar to Graveyard, but with some neopsychedelic vibes. The album kicks off with the awesome, heavy, powerful “Once More With Feeling”, it’s pure old school hard rock. Zeppelin like vocals, and grooves. The riff is so fucking massive and intense. “No Gain” has an almost a trippy punk/grunge rock vibe, fast paced, and frantic. Fantastic vocals, and frantic. “Labrynth” has a pure blues vibe. Clean, warm sounding guitars start it off. Almost an Alice In Chains vibe.

Interview with “Space Rocker” Rustic Rod Goodway about Magic Muscle, ...

Rod Goodway is without a doubt an important name in UK’s progressive rock scene. Sadly he never got lucky enough to gain sizable popularity with the labels, which didn’t understand yet, what “far out” ideas in music were all about. Rod Goodway is definitely one of the most underrated musicians and we are really happy that we sat down and discussed his story. From the start in blues oriented bands like Rod & The Sceptres, The Pack and the legendary Artwoods, to psychedelic “summer of love” projects like J.P. Sunshine and White Rabbit. Rod was also an important part of freaked-out mind mischief which culminated in group called Rustic Hinge and the Provincial Swimmers (a commune of freaks) that took considerable amount of psychedelics that got linked with their ideas of what music can sound like. After having a bit of bad luck with how the project ended, Rod moved on to form Magic Muscle, which by the end of 1972 had built a strong cult following. They were space rockers. Something similar to Hawkind. Read much more in the following interview.

Brainstory - “Dreams” premiere

Brainstory’s self titled “mini-album” is a landmark for this Inland Empire born trio of jazz musicians. The Album takes listeners on a maiden voyage inward through the skies of the soul. The journey embarks its listeners through psychedelic landscapes and untouched terrains of psych-rock jazz leaving its passengers in a cathartic state of euphoria. Humanistic themes such as illusions, desires, and inner contemplation relate the listener back to his or herself in an effort to clear a path of self discovery and enlightenment. The band feels all too much that the word “psychedelic” has lost its true meaning in today’s music scene. Instead, the word suggests retro outfits and 1960s nostalgia. Brainstory wishes to remind audiences that psychedelic music is aimed at freeing the mind and soul to explore the depths of existence in this vast universe of being.

Modern Mal - “Just a Satellite” premiere

Like an oasis appearing to the lone, wearied cowboy, rebel-psych Americana group Modern Mal’s The Misanthrope Family Album dropping May 12th 2017, is the meeting of traditional country with a mirage of tropical beach-psych. 

“This song was written after star gazing one night. I saw a huge bright light in the sky, and wondered if it could be a UFO, or a planet, or a supernova, or something remarkably rare. But it turned out to be just a common satellite flare, which was kind of a let down. At the time, I found this to be relatively similar to my own self-image.
It’s about perspective. Some things can still be beautiful, even if they are a rusty man-made piece of space-debris.

Trip Hill - “Automatic Folk & Flowers” (2015) review

Trip Hill - Automatic Folk & Flowers (2015)

I’m hoping to encompass reviews for the last four outings by Trip Hill, Ten Petals of Manipura, Raining Metallic Mushroom, Lamp of the Universe and Automatic Folk & Flowers into one comprehensive discussion. While I’m most familiar with his stunning 2000 release Takes from Oblivion, which did have a few weak songs, the album was long enough that I was able to create a worthy collection [over 51 minutes] that was strong enough, psychedelically inspiring enough, and musically intoxicating enough, to send me through the rest of his material for a third time just to see if there was something that I was missing, something that may have eluded me, even a single song that I could add to my collection … though that proved not to be the case.

Cindy Lee Berryhill - “The Adventurist” (2017) review

Cindy Lee Berryhill The Adventurist (Omnivore Recordings, 2017)

Cindy Lee Berryhill hasn’t released an album since 2008’s Beloved Stranger. Since then, her spouse, Paul Williams, founder of Crawdaddy magazine, has passed away after years of gentle decline in a nursing home, their son is in 10th grade, and handy at rebuilding computers, for one thing ... times are changing so fast – whoever thought we’d elect a reality game show host (as foresworn and pre-seen by Berryhill in 1987’s “Trump”)*, but here it is, that time. Ways have changed since then for listeners, too. We’re more likely to sample and store one song at a time on our I-pads due to catchiness than savor and fully perceive entire song cycles as bodies of work, the way it always used to be done, when Paul Williams was a teen with a typewriter fired with the impulse of intelligent writing about pop music with transcendence as its perennial subject matter.

Jim Haney of Perhaps and Kamikaze Tapes

Jim Haney of Boston eclectic experimental trio Perhaps and owner of boutique cassette label Kamikaze Tapes talks about his efforts in DIY music world.

How did you first get interested in music and what were some major influences that made you start your own music?

The first CD that I bought with my own money was Meatloaf’s Bat Out Of Hell. I think I was 8 or 9. I thought the album cover looked really cool. I grew up listening to mostly classic rock like Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones. I started branching out into listening to more experimental and progressive stuff when I was a teenager. Probably the most influential albums for me were Yes, Close To The Edge and Relayer. They had absolutely everything that I had been looking for... the music was amazing, they tied the album together with concepts and had amazing artwork. Listening to early Yes records felt like watching a movie to me. Another huge influence for me was (obviously) The Grateful Dead. I used to listen to Live/Dead almost every morning before school while I had my coffee. Then of course later on I started to explore jazz/fusion stuff like Mahavishnu etc...

How I met Anti-Folk

© Jeffrey Lewis

Anti-folk is among the new breed of authentic, organic counter cultures. Some people call it acoustic punk. It wasn’t until 2004 I decided to explore the genre, having time on my hands after being released from the hospital after an unexpected skull fracture. I heard about it as an updated form of folk music whose name was coined after somebody got ousted from an ivied folk club for allegedly playing a punk song at open mic night. 

The Creation - “Action Painting” (2017) review

The Creation - Action Painting (2 CD & Book) (The Numero Group, 2017)

In their first lifetime, lasting a mere two years, 1966-1968, The Creation had nearly as many band incarnations as they did records released. Of the band’s UK singles only one managed to make the top 40, and the band’s sole LP was a 1967 German-only release. Time, however, has been very kind to the band, and their recordings are held in high regard by musicians such as Paul Weller of The Jam and fans of mod psychedelic and garage music fans worldwide and stand up quite well compared to the better known bands of these genres.

WAH - “Travellers Station” (2016) review

 WAH - Travellers Station (Assophon Records, 2016)

Travellers Station, the newest release from Seattle creative jazz duo WAH, is an album rooted in post bop jazz composition as much as in experimentation. Available on vinyl LP only, the core personnel consists of jazz and experimental music guitarist Simon Henneman and improv jazz, rhythm and blues and rock drummer Gregg Keplinger. They are also joined by several other musicians who make guest appearances on different tracks throughout the album. Dave Abramson, Henneman’s band mate in the psychedelic rock trio Diminished Men, co-produced, mixed, and played percussion.

capcap… cap - “Kerozan” premiere

Eindhoven-based capcap… cap blends new wave, postrock and triphop into one. In drawn-out compositions, the listener is taken on an audiovisual trip, supported by dark synths, driving drums repetitive guitar riffs and layered vocals. Think Sonic Youth, Portishead, The Sound, Warpaint. The band released several EP’s and debut-album Sonder.

Moniek Darge

Like picking flowers

Sacred Balinese Soundies, Mauro’s Song is the third part of a triptych that Moniek Darge started with Crete Soundies and Indian Soundies. It’s a narrative record with an intern logic. It sounds organic and coherent. The voice of the three years old Mauro makes it intimate, while the many bird sounds create space. It’s both a mystical and playful record.

The Black Angels - “Death Song” (2017) review

The Black Angels “Death Song” (Partisan Records, 2017) 

Envision lightning striking across a velvet sky, holding there momentarily, strobing, eliciting hypnotic trails within trails that rush at you, through you, bouncing off passing cosmic clouds, and are sent rushing right back through you again and again, lifting you off the ground, holding you transfixed, illuminated … and forever transformed.

All star cast of weirdos record James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake”

We’re pleased to premiere a collection of tracks from the upcoming release of Waywords and Meansigns, an international project setting James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake to music. 

Written in idiosyncratic dream-like language, Finnegans Wake may well be the world’s most psychedelic book. Terence McKenna said the book is “as close to LSD on the page as you can get.” 

Uncle Acid - “The Night Creeper” (2015) review

Uncle Acid - “The Night Creeper” (Rise Above Records, 2015)

   The Night Creeper, by Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats, is their third record, and it shows them progressing. And it’s fucking fantastic. It has the riffs and vibes of Black Sabbath, with haunting vocals, and a sense of melody that most Stoner Doom Metal bands lack. There are hooks, and dark vibes. It’s incendiary. And if anybody doubts their legitimacy, they opened for Black Sabbath on the UK leg of their last tour, which in Doom, that’s a hell of a endorsement. They don’t copy Sabbath, they put their own dark, melodic spin on the genre.

Doctors Of Madness interview with Richard Strange

Recently, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Richard Strange of the 1970s UK band the Doctors Of Madness shared his memories of the band and its place in annals of rock and roll history for It’s Psychedelic Baby Magazine readers.

Where and when did you grow up? What part did music play in your early family life?

Richard Strange: Grew up in Tooting and Brixton, South London in the 50s and 60s Youngest of 3 boys. Lower middle class family. State school - Tulse Hill Comprehensive. My oldest brother loved skiffle and rock and roll, so we heard Presley, Little Richard, Johnny Ray, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochrane and Lonnie Donegan. Also heard Trad Jazz. For my middle brother and me though, it was all about pop/rock///The Beatles, Stones, Animals, The Who, The Yardbirds, then Bob Dylan and BOOM!

Sugar Candy Mountain - “Tired” premiere

LA/Joshua Tree based Sugar Candy Mountain deliver carefully built psychedelic odes in the style of Jacco Gardner and Tame Impala. Their newest album 666 feels like something unearthed from a box of records found in your dad’s garage, glowing wistfully with vintage inspired tones, rambling organs, fuzzed out guitars, shimmering keys and sprawling drums. 

From The Vault: The Beatles - “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967)

I love hearing people talk about Sgt. Pepper, I love the mystery that to this day, surrounds not only the music but the album artwork. I really love references to ‘Sgt. Pepper’ in other artist’s songs. I get shivers when I hear the songs “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, the “Reprise” and “A Day In The Life.” And prior to the album being released, I insisted that everyone stop dead, when the prerelease radio version was played. I was one of the first in line to buy the record, I carried the record around with me as a badge of the times, I knew all of the lyrics ... and now 50 years later, I must say that I am not at all fond of the music, nor do I think I ever was; other then the three songs I mentioned. I can not recall the last time my hand reached for the disc.

Tapiman - “Hard Drive” (2017) review

Tapiman - Hard Drive (Guerssen Records, 1971/2017)

     One of our favourite reissue labels unearths some primo 1971 home recordings from one of Spain’s heaviest power trios. Released before the following year’s eponymous debut, the album will attract completists who will want to gobble this up, as it contains almost exclusive, unreleased material. Admittedly raw, this is balls to the wall, ferocious riffing, full of Pepe Fernández’s throbbing basslines, Tapi’s metronomic drumming and barbed-wire shards of glistening guitar courtesy Miguel Ángel Núñez. ‘No Control’ would be re-recorded with a different lineup for their debut, but the original barks and screams with a heavy, bluesy swagger reminiscent of Lesley West and Mountain.

The Valkarys interview

The Valkarys is a Scottish psychedelic garage rock band who made several releases in the past few years. Their latest EP Since I Was Fifteen was released on Wrong Way Records. They are currently working on their new album. They were formed in Edinburgh and are project by Scott Dunlop, who is their major songwriter. 

The Valkarys have been around for quite some years now. You started in 2006. Were you the same trio from the beginning?

No, I started the band alone so we’re a bit different from other bands that maybe started up with a few mates. I made a conscious decision one day that I was gonna start my own band. I had some songs together so I gradually got some people involved but it was very much on my terms. Most people can’t handle that, it’s an ego thing, so we have had a lot of members over the years. Some for a long time and some not too long.

Deviant Amps - “Live at The King Arthur - Glastonbury” (2017) review

Deviant Amps “Live at The King Arthur - Glastonbury” (2017)

Founded in 1982 by Paul Woodwright, Deviant Amps are a pillar in the world of space rock and an anchor in the vital UK independent festival scene. While the band has had many fine players come and go over the years, the current lineup of Woodwright on vocals, guitar, glissando guitar, and synth; Subs playing bass and Japanese plum bottleneck glissando; and Keith Chenery playing drums has been performing since 2015.

Ross Beattie presents It’s Psychedelic Baby podcast #13 (April)

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

The Mickey Finn - Garden Of My Mind
Morgen Delt - Mssr. Monster
Spirit - Space Child
Sand Reckoner - Restless Sinner
The Telescopes - Candy Says
Bardo Pond - Under The Pines
Loren Connors - I Am Scared Of The Dark
Alice & John Coltrane - Lord Help Me To Be
Love - Mushroom Clouds
Thought Forms - The Lake
Mushroom - The Spirit
The Black Angels - Ronettes
Merzbow - Why Is The Courtesy Of The Prey Always Confused With The Courtesy Of The Hunters...Part III
The 13th Floor Elevators - Splash 1

Make sure to check artists we played: The Mickey Finn, Morgen Delt, Sand Reckoner, The TelescopesBardo Pond, Loren Connors, Thought Forms, The Black Angels, Merzbow ...

From The Vault: The Great Society With Grace Slick - “Conspicuous Only In Its Absence” (1968)

The Great Society was but a shadow of moment in time that seems to have lasted forever because of one person, and that person was Grace Slick. Taking their name from the domestic agenda of President Johnson, which resembled that of Roosevelt’s New Deal, and first used during a speech at Ohio University, the name itself had become a flashpoint during the turbulent early 60’s, reflecting new more inclusive values and attitudes. With a backstory that’s as impressive as the music, The Great Society found themselves on the verge of a record deal based solely on the strength of the then entitled song “Someone to Love,” though would be changed to “Somebody to Love” when the Jefferson Airplane recorded it, with their manager Sylvester Stewart (later known as Sly Stone) quitting after the B-Side “Free Advice” took over fifty takes for the band to deem useable. Oddly enough, The Great Society found themselves opening for the Jefferson Airplane during those early years, with Grace jumping ship to front the Airplane, recording Surrealistic Pillow, which contained the songs “White Rabbit,” along with “Somebody To Love,” and the rest has become psychedelic rock history.

Swamp Sounds / Uncle Pops & The Dumbloods (2017) review

Swamp Sounds / Uncle Pops & The Dumbloods (Bearsuit Records, 2017)

The always strange and intriguing Bearsuit delivers a split release from electronic sound collagists Yuuya Kuno (Swamp Sounds) and Douglas Wallace (Uncle Pop). The former is a frenetic, white-knuckled ride through an electronic funhouse with live wires serpentining across your path at every twist and turn. ‘Skull Disco’ is sure to crowd the dancefloors, but would also be right at home soundtracking the next Xbox game sensation. As its title suggests, ‘Moon Circle’ is more ethereal and soothing – think of it as a bathroom break from the previous hi-NRG intensity, but Kuno doesn’t pull any punches with his final offering, ‘Houndstooth’, a glitchyfrightmare of a sonic assault on all senses that’ll leave you breathless (take that, Jerry Lee!)

The Jesus and Mary Chain - “Damage and Joy” (2017) review

The Jesus and Mary Chain - Damage and Joy (2017)

Over the years Jesus & Mary Chain have fallen in and out of fashion, though with the release of Damage and Joy, we find the sonic duo still rolling on and dishing out material that’s as relevant today as it ever was.  

Henry Andersen

“There is information and communities in the world which you just cannot access, and that this is OK”

Henry Andersen’s debut album Stanzas or The Law of the Good Neighbour is a record on which every word counts. It’s a list of words, read out loud.

Luna - “Penthouse” (1995) review

Luna “Penthouse” (Elektra Records/Record Store Day release, 1995/2017)

Just in time for Record Store Day 2017, Luna’s most revered and legendary album will be released as a remastered double disc vinyl set of only 3500 copies world wide. This is the album Rolling Stone Magazine listed as one of the best albums of the 1990s, saying that Luna was without a doubt the best band too many dumb-ass Americans have never heard of.

The Book Of AM album premiere

For the first time, the four parts of The Book Of AM, recorded between 1978 and 2012, are put together as one project, thanks to Open Your Eyes, Belgium’s finest purveyor of Psychedelic Rock and Acid Folk acts since 2008 and home of Cosmic Trip Machine, Will Z., Book Of AM, Meditations Overdrive, Black Moon Tape and many others...

The Book Of AM is a unique combination of recordings and artwork, a testament of the hippie scene which flourished in the Baleric islands during the 70’s. Known to record collectors and psych/folk/prog music aficionados, this multicultural project, formed in the island of Mallorca, recorded a beautiful album which has gained cult status as years passed by.

Frozen Planet... 1969 interview with Frank Attard

© Daniel Stulic

Amazing fuzzed out and completely improvisational band from Australia, Frozen Planet.... 1969 already released several albums but their latest was also issued on vinyl by HeadSpin Records. It was sold out pretty quickly and HeadSpin Records announced another run on white vinyl. Band is part of Pepper Shaker Records, run by its band’s members and their releases include lot’s of other projects  by same member, including Mother MarsThe Travelling Museum... If you’re into heavy psych sound from 1969 you’re in for a treat. 

Paul and Frank Attard had been previously playing in the stoner-doom band, Mother Mars and Lachlan Paine was playing in the Canberra heavy rock trio, Looking Glass. When did you decide that you wanted to start writing and performing your own music as a trio?

Back in 2012 we organised to jam with Lachlan who plays bass in The Looking Glass. It all started as just something we wanted to do to see what happens and we were all curious to hear how we would sound together. Our very first jam we recorded and it was eventually released as our first Self Titled album in late 2013. That jam and our music still is completely improvised so there’s never any need to write any of our music.

Bledi Boraku - “Tha” album premiere

Bledi Boraku (Bledar Boraku) is an Albanian musician and composer. He recently released a brand new album. Tha is experimental mixture of ambient and electronics. Below is an exclusive premiere of his album.

Sensations’ Fix “Vision’s Fugitives” album premiere

Sensations’ Fix and Franco Falsini stood out of the Italian prog rock scene of the 1970 with a more Avant-kraut-space sound making them an unicum in this prolific years. Vision’s Fugitives will be first time repressed since its original release in 1977 and with an entire new mix by Franco Falsini.

Rough Church - “Bully My Heart” premiere

 “Bully My Heart” premiere from their latest Queen’s Sacrifice.

Electric Jaguar Baby - “Moonshiner” EP premiere

After releasing a 1st EP in 2016 which was warmly welcomed by French and foreign critics, the band left their garage and trampled stages with their boots across France then Europe with bands like Yeti Lane, Charle’s Howl, Astrodome and Death Valley Girls.

Mark Fry - “Dreaming With Alice” (1972) review

Mark Fry “Dreaming With Alice” (Merlins Nose Records reissue, 1972/2017)

This album has been quite an obscurity already by the time of its release. Recorded by 19 year old Mark Fry for an Italian sub label of RCA it presented a beautifully naive kind of psychedelic folk similar to what The Incredible String Band laid down at the same time just a bit more straight forwarded. 

Cosmic Fall interview

© Sergey Gdanian

Whatever fell from the cosmic sky, it landed in our home town Berlin. And is ready to take your mind on a beautiful journey. Bringing Earthless-level heavy psych into the local scene! Taking you into the endless universe, the lonely desert and the depth of the ocean as relaxing sounds and moody melodies will go along with you on this journey. Do you smell it? It's time for another take off!

Ertlif - “Ertlif​.​.​. Plus” & “Relics From The Past” premiere

Debut album from 1972 by Ertlif, one of the leading Swiss progressive / psychedelic bands from the 1970s. Now expanded to a double set, including a whole extra album of previously unreleased homemade recordings from 1971 plus a rare compilation only track from 1973. UK sounding doomy & atmospheric psychedelic hard-rock and proto-prog sounds with lot of Hammond organ, hard guitar, occasional Mellotron and English vocals.

From The Vault: Bob Dylan - “Bob Dylan” (1962)

Dear Mom & Dad,

Got myself a record deal with Columbia, it ain’t all that much, but it will help payin’ the rent, and you needn’t worry about me eating. Things are goin’ pretty good these days. New York seemed big at first, but it’s really just a bunch of small towns all strung out together. Woody and I have been spending alot of time together, he really digs my tunes. I’m enclosing a copy of my record for you, though there’s no need for you to play it, just thought you’d like the picture is all. Bob

The Liquid Sound Company - “Acid Music For Acid People” (2011) review

The Liquid Sound Company “Acid Music For Acid People” (Nasoni Records/Rockadrome, 2011)

There is something about third albums that show the pinnacle of a band’s talent. Tom Petty had Damn The Torpedoes, Bruce Springsteen had Born To Run, and Liquid Sound Company has Acid Music For Acid People. Most disciples of the psychedelic music of the late 1960’s try to emulate that sound, and often fail to present something new. Liquid Sound Company continues to showcase new and exciting ways to push the cosmic boundaries of music.

Comacozer interview

Formed in 2013, Sydney-based trio Comacozer is an instrumental heavy psychedelic space rock band. They released two albums on HeadSpin Records so far and are working on their third. Here’s our interview with their guitarist, Rick Burke.

Comacozer is a few years old project. How did you guys come together and what is the concept behind the band?

I Rick (guitars) came across Andrew (drums) from an online music blog. We got talking about having a jam and what kind of music we wanted to make. From the first jam we had together we clicked pretty magically & knew we were on the same page musically, he brought in Rich (bass) to our next jam, which instantly just worked and completed the formula. The concept of this band was to cross our influences, making dark, psychedelic music with a doom/stoner vibe, most importantly to get together jam and have fun.

Lorelle Meets the Obsolete - “Balance” (2016) review

The Emancipation of Lushness ...
With a convergence of differing musical styles Lorean Quintanill and Alberto Gonzalez have engaged in a soundscape of sorts that is not only suitable for a more cosmopolitan flavor, but for an expression that reflects those same values, with lyrics that shimmer, delivered in both English and Spanish.


“The most radical poetic grip on the subconscious”

Huellkurven is an online sound poetry magazine and a series of events dedicated to sound poetry, poésie sonore, lautpoesie, noise poetry, sound-text composition, auditive poesie and audio poetry. They’re based in Vienna and released five excellent magazines/compilations by now.

From The Vault: The Allman Brothers Band - “At Fillmore East” (1971)

Aside for the music ... this album holds profound memories for me. First I was at the Fillmore when these recordings were laid down, and what a super charged night that was ... truly an event to be remembered and talked about for years.

Now listen ... the Allman Brothers are really good, make no mistake about it, and they certainly put out an awful lot of quality material after this release ... but Live At The Fillmore East was recorded during their height, when everything clicked night after night after night. The band had that ‘spark,’ that ‘something’ that people always refer to, there was a joy in their playing, there was a joy in their performing ... and live was the way to hear this band first and foremost. They mixed and meshed Blues with Rock, flavoring it all with a nice southern funk. The extended jams are relentless, capturing a moment that still feels like it’s hanging in the air. This album was the ‘climax,’ the ‘peak,’ this was the best part of the trip. 

From The Vault: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - “Déjà vu” (1970)

These were the times, and these are the stories of those times ...

While the first Crosby, Stills and Nash album was a sensational hit, there were many who were hoping that both the vocals and guitar work of Neil Young would bring a darker mystery to this outing, rather than the sublime sweetness from the CS&N album. And while Neil did a masterful job, he wasn’t able to overshadow his numerous band mates, to convince them into changing the style and tenor that they and the record industry were not willing to step away from, hence we would not get super group songs in the style of “Down By The River” or “When You Dance.” The track “Country Girl” gave me great hope that the production might swing into high gear with Young at the helm, creating a complexity that only he can bring to the table, yet even that paled in comparison to his solo projects.

It’s Psychedelic Baby presents: Jesus on Heroine - “Musasabi” premiere

Hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark eclectic rock band Jesus On Heroine evolve around dreamy psychedelia, noise-rock and drone-based shoegaze. The group released their debut album entitled Tremolo Eastern Salvation in 2013 and now the time has come for the release of the video of the first single “Musasabi” of the second album Ardhanarishvara

Electric Octopus - “Smokyhead” (2017) review

Electric Octopus - Smokyhead (2017)

Lingering ...
Electric Octopus are back with a bright bit of intoxication, one that sounds very clear crisp and centered, riding on a lazy meandering current of spacious unconcern … not so much going through the motions, simply emotionally easy, with a heartfelt sense of hushed tender afterglow satisfaction.

Renaldo & The Loaf interview

One of the most unique musicians of the last few decades decided to release an unexpected album after almost 30 years of hibernation. Since the late 1970s they released some of the most unique and exceptional music with albums like Play Struvé & SneffSongs for Swinging LarvaeArabic YodellingThe Elbow Is Taboo and they also collaborated with The Residents on Title in LimboKlanggalerie recently issued their brand new album Gurdy Hurding and they also pleasantly surprised us with reissuing all of their catalogue in wonderful quality. 

Gurdy Hurding is exceptional work and I was lucky enough to interview both, Brian “Renaldo” Poole and David “Ted The Loaf” Janssen, not just about their latest album, but we covered their whole career.

How did the concept of “Renaldo & The Loaf” come to realisation?

There was a long gestation period before what eventually became RATL. We met at school around 1969 – we found we shared a mutual love of Tyrannosaurus Rex (not T Rex, which didn’t exist at the time). We actually encountered each other in the art room, we were both drawing Tyrannosaurus Rex inspired pieces and so we struck up a conversation.
From the beginning we were interested in writing our own songs and recording them. The influence of Tyrannosaurus Rex probably convinced us to stay as just a duo – something that has remained throughout. 
Other things we were listening to at the time included The Incredible String Band, Third Ear Band, Pink Floyd, King Crimson and quite a lot of folk music. 
We did play 3 gigs in that early phase, around 1972. Those gigs were very small gatherings, maybe 25 people at most, held at a local youth club. The first was very Tyrannosaurus Rex influenced, us sitting on the floor with guitars and bongo drums - the second a little more experimental and improvised and the third, the strangest of the three. For the third gig we had a ring modulator and used a backing tape on one song - this song was called “Island” which had nothing to do with the King Crimson track, but did involve some backwards singing.

From The Vault: The Jimi Hendrix Experience - “Are You Experienced?” (1967)

Arguably this is one of the finest first albums to have ever come down the pike, an album that’s not only matched by its originality, its contribution to the music scene, but for its innovation and style. Are You Experienced? broke all of the molds, yet for the most part remained true to the radio formatted times of the day, with only “Third Stone From The Sun” venturing in at close to the seven minute mark, and like planets alining, foreshadowing things about to come.