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The Vacant Lots - “Endless Night” (2017) review

The Vacant Lots - Endless Night (Metropolis Records, 2017)

In every sense of the word, there is a duality to Endless Night, both in its approach and delivery, where The Vacant Lots examine a world that is both ethereal and concrete, a mix of poetic electronic psych meets the sinister synth of dancehall intoxication, delivered like a blast of air from an opened backstage door on a cool night, swirling with the intensity of St. Elmo’s Fire, while riding on a current of dizzying guitars that weave their way down darkened streets, causing those on the eleventh floor to pull back their curtains in wonder.

The Greek Theatre - “Broken Circle” (2017) review / interview

The Greek Theatre - Broken Circle (Sugarbush Records)

After only a few plays it’s pretty clear that the Greek Theatre’s brand new LP for the Sugarbush label, Broken Circle, with its dramatic arcs of windswept cool, amid a kind of twilight pervasiveness that surrounds the welter of dream/reverie soundscapes, proves itself another worthy collection of imaginative, pastoral-baked psychedelia from these Swedish questors of the modern mystic.

Tom Armstrong - “The Sky Is An Empty Eye” album premiere

Rare Private-Press LP reissued for the first time on LP/CD/digital

Tompkins Square’s recent double-LP, Imaginational Anthem vol. 8: The Private Press, shed light on forgotten, impossibly rare guitar recordings spanning several decades. Tom Armstrong’s The Sky Is An Empty Eye is the first of several reissues planned by Tompkins Square of full albums by artists featured on IA8. 

Armstrong’s self-released LP from 1987 sports blissed out acoustic numbers like the one featured on IA8, along with some electric workouts and even a deep psych vocal tune.

Jacqueline Taieb interview

Jacqueline Taieb is Tunisian born singer and songwriter. In the 1960s she recorded lot’s of Yé-Yé material and recently her most praised EP was reissued by Merlins Nose Records. In the following interview we discussed her recollections.

Peter Ablinger

“To bring the hidden part to the foreground”

Wachstum und Massenmord, Peter Ablinger’s ‘rehearsal piece’, is now released as part of Kommissar Hjuler’s Fluxus +/- serie, on Ablinger’s suggestion, in combination with Bill Dietz and Sven-Åke Johansson.  

Jane Weaver Announces UK and Ireland Oct/Nov Tour Dates & Reveals “Modern Kosmology” In The Studio Video

Alone in a home-spun cocoon with a metronomic heartbeat and the phasing voice of her former and future selves, Jane Weaver is preparing for the launch of her new album Modern Kosmology (out May 19th) and sees her on an extensive tour across the UK and Ireland through October and November.

With her first single ‘Slow Motion’ hitting 6music’s playlist this week, the cosmic Weaver reveals an in the studio video featuring Jane’s Roland string synth and Korg Poly Ensemble Pand which sees the musician discussing her artistic development since 2014’s The Silver Globe.

Loud and Proud: The Best Heavy Psychedelic Rock Albums Ever!

Chapter 1: “Drive It” by Lincoln Street Exit 
(Mainstream 1970/Flawed Gems 2010)

Originally formed in 1964 by four Native Americans of the Sioux tribe, Lincoln Street Exit had lost one member, to death, by the time they began recording in 1966 at which point the group consisted of Michael Martin on lead vocals and lead guitar; R.C. Gariss on second lead guitar; Mac Suazo on bass; and Lee Heres on drums. Over the next six years Lincoln Street Exit would release a handful of singles, an EP and an immaculately heavy psychedelic rock LP. Luckily for music fans, Flawed Gems Records, Sweden, gathered together the complete works of the band for its 2010 unofficial reissue of Drive It.

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 ...