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“Cast Off Your Tired Old Ethics,” story about Coyote

For enthusiasts of privately pressed Southern Rock, there has been little information available about the Morganton, North Carolina based band Coyote and their 1983 LP Cast Off Your Old Tired Ethics. It’s sleazy backwoods undertone and hot lead guitar work have made it a well regarded album, with praise given in such books as the Acid Archives.

Luna - “A Sentimental Education” (2017) review

Luna - A Sentimental Education (Double Feature, 2017)

With Luna’s splendid final release Rendezvous coming out in 2004, the band subsequently went on a world tour and then disappeared into a haze of blinding snow after their final show at the Bowery, breaking the hearts of fans for whom Luna’s music has meant so much … and that was all over a decade ago.

The Liquid Sound Company interview

Liquid Sound Company was formed in 1996 by John Perez and Jason Spradlin. Perez is better known for his doom metal band Solitude Aeturnus but has also pursued a life long interest in challenging, psychedelic music. Deciding to write and then record some songs for an album on his newly formed label at the time (Brainticket Records), the Liquid Sound Company was officially born with the release of the debut album Exploring The Psychedelic in the spring of 1996. The album was also released on vinyl through the legendary Rockadelic Records at the same time. 
Years passed and a second album, Inside The Acid Temple got released in 2002. Recorded at Cedar Valley College with Dixie Witch guitarist Clayton Mills engineering and mixing. The line up had expanded and changed including David Fargason on bass. 
Several more years followed and in 2008 Perez and Spradlin recorded some new material for a new release entitled Acid Music For Acid People. This time with Mark Cook (Herd Of Instinct) on Warr guitar and Bass. Mark also mixed the material for the release.
After several years of inactivity the Liquid Sound Company finally began work on new material in 2016. A new song “Cosmic Liquid Love” was issued on Facebook and most recently the band has recorded a Black Sabbath cover, “Sleeping Village” for an upcoming tribute on Stone Groove Records.

Bruxas - “Más Profundo” (2017) review

Bruxas’ debut EP, Más Profundo, is a psychedelic romp through bewitching Balearic house music. Portuguese for witches, Bruxas is enchanting yet playful. After performing as backup artists together, Jacco Gardner and Nic Mauscoviçunited in Portugal to form Bruxas, a duo inspired by Balearic house, ‘70s funk, and Brazilian tropicália. Jacco Gardner is a Dutch multi-instrumentalist known for his baroque psych pop, in a similar style to ‘60s classics like The Zombies and Sagittarius. Nic Mauscoviç is a producer, drummer, and DJ with a fondness for Latin music and Afrobeat.

Anti-Friends David Ivar Herman Dune and Jeffrey Lewis, Part One: On Bob Dylan

© Jeffrey Lewis

I forgot to make mention of the French band Herman Dune in that article, “How I Met Anti-folk”. At first, I thought Herman Dune was one guy’s name, then I learned it was a surname, and for a few weeks, I went around telling everyone, “They’re like the Van Halen of Switzerland,” having fallen prey myself to a common misunderstanding about the outfit. In an old interview in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet Néman Herman Dune states unequivocally: “The band is French.” “Yes, the confusion about our origin is because people are good at making things up,” continues brother David Ivar Herman Dune, in the same mossy article: “And we have never fought the rumors. I lived in the U.S.A. for a while, and all of a sudden the band was American.” I thought they were Swiss because one of their albums is titled Swiss Heritage. “Coffee and Fries,” one of the songs on that disc, is one of my favorites. Another Herman Dune diamond, “Your Name/My Game”, from an album called Giant, narrating the singular experience of love from the alternating perspectives of a baboon that no one can tame, and the crowd at the game, and the scientists who feel no shame, all “shouting your name” in that way big feelings have of seeming universal to all people and places, and even how the weather feels when you’re in love, closes gracefully with David Ivar’s decision, “Let’s call it a song.” I also forgot to mention Defiance, Ohio in that article, an anti-folk band named after their hometown who came to prominence during Bush II’s tenure as a modernized form of the same energy put across by progenitors Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. They may never even have claimed anti-folk, but their souped-up acoustic approach on “Share What Ya Got” made me think of them as a likely example.

Hiele Martens - “Lips” (2017) review

Hiele Martens - Lips (Ultra Eczema, 2017)

Dennis Tyfus must have a short concentration span because the best Ultra Eczema releases are the single sided LPs: Marcel Van Maele, Georg Toet Smits, Blaastaal, and this one by Hiele Martens. 

Hiele Martens is the duo of Roman Hiele and Lieven Martens. The music they make together sounds pretty random at first. The same impression you got when you first listen to a Spencer Clark record: as if there’s been spreading around with the sound in a nonchalant and playful way. In Hiele Marten’s case: often ‘little sounds’, ‘small sounds’, non-sounds, maybe. Everyday sounds brought together in a non-academic way. So yes, you could see Roman Hiele and Lieven Martens as a younger version of Adam and Jonathan Bohman. Or as a double version of Idm Theft Able. Or as a duo version of Dinosaurs With Horns. That all would make sense, after a first brief listen. 

The War on Drugs - “A Deeper Understanding” (2017) review

The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic, 2017)

With summer winding down there’s nothing like something exceptional to move you into the fall, and carry a bit of that August warmth through the winter … hence the fourth album from War On Drugs A Deeper Understanding, which is a forward looking intoxicating step into the future with just enough of those elegant sonically laden guitar chords you’ve come to know and love to hold your attention as you once again get lost in the dreams of Adam Granduciel and his merry band of top notch pranksters.

The 2017 Royal Room Psychedelic Festival Day One: 1967

The 2017 Royal Room Psychedelic Festival Day One: 1967
Seattle, Thursday 6 July

John Coltrane Expression
For 2017, the Royal Room Psychedelic Festival focused on themes for each of its four days over the weekend of Thursday-Sunday July 6-9. The theme for Day One was the year 1967, the first set John Coltrane’s final album Expression. The group who performed what was perhaps Coltrane’s most adventurous studio recording consisted of players who have set the standard for creative jazz in the Northwest through painfully hard work over many years: Neil Welch – saxophones, flutes and small percussion; Dick Valentine – saxophones and flutes; Carol Levin – harp; Ryan Kotler – bass; and Gregg Keplinger – drums and small percussion.

Bad Liquor Pond - “Let the River Come” / “Electric Splash” (2009) review

Released in 2009, “Let The River Come” is the only bit of wax you’re ever going to get from the now defunct Bad Liquor Pond, which is still available on their Bandcamp shop; and vanishing quickly. With the flip side “Electric Splash” being found on their most profound album Blue Smoke Orange Sky [which is out of print], this single in many ways can be seen as a prelude to that album, and encompasses all of the hazy reverb soaked deliciousness you could possibly hope for.

Humble Pie - “Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 1” (2017) review

“A great document of a great band at its very best: LIVE”
Humble Pie “Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 1” (Cherry Red Records, 2017)

Gathered from various sources by drummer Jerry Shirley, Official Bootleg Series Box Set Volume 1 is a wonderful 3 CD collection of bootlegged recordings by one of the best bands to see live in the 1970s. To make it even more special all these recordings are taken from the band’s heyday 1972-1974 and includes tracks taken from four of their most memorable gigs. Originally formed by members coming from legendary British bands, Humble Pie was indeed a most formidable force to reckon with in concert and this, its definitive lineup, rarely, if ever, failed to impress the audience.

Heirs Of Fortune - “Circus Of Mirth” (2017) review

Heirs Of Fortune - Circus Of Mirth (Counterfeit Records, 2017)

Prior to the birth of Heirs Of Fortune, Terry Carolan (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums) and Robert Woodrich (vocals, bass) played in a pair of noted bands, Just Boys and New Movies, while Ralph Smith (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Robert Watkins (bass) were members of the equally praised Amnesia. With so much talent occupying a single space, it’s only expected Heirs Of Fortune would produce something special.

Collector’s corner: René Debot

René Debot is owning some of the most unique records ranging from obscure experimental music to underground German rock.

Do you remember your first record?

My first records was a present from my parents in 1968 together with my first record player. They were 2 singles which were in the pop charts at that time. Yes I remember exactly. It was ‘Congratulation’ from Cliff Richard which was at that moment second on the Eurovision Song Contest in London, UK. The other single I got was from Johan Stolz - ‘Concerto voor Natasha’ which was a popular song in the hit charts from Flanders.

New Moon Rising - “Bohemia Nervosa” (2014) review

New Moon Rising - Bohemia Nervosa (2014)

Literally stumbling across New Moon Rising’s song “Child Of The Moon”, I was instantly rocked back by this gracious little neo-psychedelic track filled with wasted longing and inspired couch-bound intoxication. The track is filled with lovely harmonies that are sonically interwoven with meandering guitar work that ebbs lusciously forward, where they create a superb wake & bake number that will ride effortlessly in your back pocket, a song sounding fresh, yet inspired from the late 60's & early 70’s, and at over nine minutes, will certainly give you every reason to drift.

MSB - “Nope” (2017) review

MSB - Nope (2017)

The appearance of jazz in the early 1900s – with its inconsistency-as-structure whereby uncertain melodic propositions are driven to ideal resolution via brave curiosity and explorative interest pursuing the line of inquiry and expression, with Trust or Bust and lack of ego to ensure its accuracy - might be seen as symptomatic of a societal communication breakdown, not a dysfunction but an adaptation to generalized psychoemotional fragmentation after the First World War.

Jamie & Steve - “Sub Textural” (2017) review

Jamie & Steve - Sub Textural (Loaded Goat Records 2017)

Although most people know Jamie Hoover and Steve Stoeckel as one-half of the Spongetones, they also record as a duo when not making merry as North Carolina’s noble band. After nearly forty years of performing together, it’s no surprise Jamie and Steve have developed a strong telepathic bond, and the twosome’s amazing chemistry rears its head time and time again here on their latest effort, Sub Textural. Comprised of six tracks, the disc holds steady as a solid testimony to Jamie and Steve’s multiple talents and devotion to the kind of music that has brought them ample accolades the past few decades. 

Soft as Fire in The House of Love (2016) review

“Soft as Fire in The House of Love” (Blog That Celebrates Itself, 2016)

House of Love are one of those bands who’s music entered this galaxy with nearly absolute perfection and magnificence, composed of rolling guitars that were lushly layered, balanced by hypnotic well considered lyrics and vocals delivered with an eloquent softness that hangs around the edges of each song like an early morning haze, so trying to bring something new to the table with a cover version of anything from the House of Love collection is nearly impossible. That being said, the songs laid down here have been created with loving hands and a reverence for one of the best bands too many people are not aware of.

From The Vault: The Optic Nerve - “Lotta Nerve” (1994)

A great band too many folks have never heard of ...

For more reasons than I can count, it’s nearly impossible to realize that this album burst on the scene in 1994, because for all the world, Lotta Nerve is a relentless step though a portal of time an into the atmosphere of a hazy psychedelic past.

Daybreak - “Daybreak” (1971) review

Daybreak - Daybreak (Gear Fab Records, 1971/2017)

Operating out of Pearl River, New York, Daybreak came together in 1969. The band played local gigs to enthused audiences, and wound up cutting an album. Originally released on the RPC label in 1971, “Daybreak,” produced only four hundred copies, making it an extremely rare bird. So hooray for Gear Fab Records for hunting this baby down, reissuing it and granting it the wider exposure it deserves!

“Blues Rock Festival”/“Beat Club International” (1970) review

“Blues Rock Festival”/“Beat Club International” (Gear Fab Records, 1970/2017 reissue) 

Exploitation albums were the underground of the underground. Pressed in miniscule quantities on vanity labels, these offerings were so obscure that the majority of them were probably not even sold in stores, which raises a question mark, considering the forces behind the concoctions were clearly aiming to make quick couple of dollars. Aha, the smell of tax write-off fills the air! More than likely, the recordings were given to family and friends of the uncredited musicians responsible for the platters. Or they simply remained stored away in boxes, covered in dust bunnies, until years later when collectors came sniffing around, looking for long forgotten relics of the psychedelic age. 

Temples - “Volcano” (2017) review

Temples - Volcano (Fat Possum Records, 2017)

There’s no way I’m saying that the music found within the grooves of Volcano isn’t good, what I am saying is that it’s not at all what I’d expected from all the hype.

Psychedelic States: Missouri in the 60s Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 (2017) review

Psychedelic States: Missouri in the 60s Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
Various Artists, Gear Fab Records, GF-282, 2017

Following its long time tradition May 19, 2017 marked the release of the latest installment of Roger Maglio’s Gear Fab Records’ Psychedelic States series. Missouri releases of the 1960s is the topic covered this time around, with 54 tasty treats included in this most impressive collection, with a total run time of 140 minutes.

Adrian Shaw talks about Magic Muscle, Hawkwind and The Bevis Frond ...

Adrian Shaw has an absolutely incredible music career. He’s been involved with many different bands including Magic Muscle, Hawkwind and for the past 30 years with The Bevis Frond. On that note I would like to mention to check out latest Bevis Frond reissues by Fire Records.

Where and when did you grow up? Was music a big part of your family life? Did the local music scene influence you or inspire you to play music?

I moved around London quite a lot as a kid. I started off in Tottenham, then Notting Hill, Putney and then Wembley. I was born in 1947 and consequently was there at the very start of Rock and Roll. I remember hearing the likes of Elvis, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis in the 1950’s and was hooked immediately. Then the Beatles came along when I was 15 and they just blew me away.

The Aliens - “Luna” (2008) review

The Aliens - Luna (2008) 

Rising from the ashes of the Beta Band, a band eternally being discovered, rediscovered and then forgotten again, only to swing back when you expected to hear from them least. Here, The Aliens seem to sonically define themselves as something between a Twin Peaks soundtrack and that of an offhanded meeting over Quaaludes between Brian Wilson and Syd Barrett, where a fluid intoxicating viscous melodic psychic brew ebbs and flows … not forward nor back, but ever present, with each song existing in the moment of its listen, displaying a swaying hallucinatory quality, often foggy and nearly forgotten, while at other times far too real, as if the song is standing before you from out of nowhere.

Ross Beattie presents It’s Psychedelic Baby podcast #16 (July)

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

Kim Fowley - The Trip
Plastic Crimewave Sound - Another Dimension
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana 
The Master's Apprentices - Our Friend Owsley Stanley III
Orange Claw Hammer - Click Clack
Liquid Sound Company - Free
Föllakzoid & J Spaceman - Earth
Fifty Foot Hose - If Not This Time
Iasos - Rainbow Canyon
Aphrodite's Child - The Four Horsemen 
The Sunshine Fix - Future History And The Irrelevance Of Time
Roy Montgomery - Cocktails With Can
The Bevis Frond - Mediaeval Sienese Acid Blues
Bardo Pond - Mescalito Part.2

Zaharas - “Livin’ Ain’t Easy” (1978) review

I have long been a fan of Zaharas’s 1978 self-released LP Livin’ Ain’t Easy after finding it in my search for vintage North Carolina rock music online. They were from Hickory, and being a native North Carolinian I always had high hopes I would find the LP around locally as it commands hundreds of dollars in the collector’s marketplace. As luck would have it I eventually found it in a record store that didn’t know what they had.