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“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.

Da Captain Trips - “Adventures In The Upside Down” (2017) review

Da Captain Trips - Adventures In The Upside Down (Phonospera Records/Vincebus Eruptum, 2017)

This is the 5th release by Italian four piece instrumental band. I have not heard all their records but I loved the first one. The CD features 7 tracks starting of with “The Calm And The Storm”. This one starts slowly with some cool 2 pole resonance filter played by Bastille as the jam slowly builds up. I like the guitar line but the synth takes the lead for the first half of the song and then Cavitos takes off.

Morels interview with Dave Gibson

Stepping out from behind the hazy blue smoke curtain and dripping orange sky of his tripped out band Bad Liquor Pond, Dave Gibson heads straight into the intoxication of sunlight, where Morels’ first album Drift ebbs and flows, awash in warm breezy layered blissful stoner nods of light-handed delight.

The Pink Diamond Revue - “Go Go Girl” premiere

The Pink Diamond Revue exist in a world outside of ours; a three piece project from outer-space via Reading, they create a truly unique mixture of heady electro and vintage blues. After perfecting their experiments across the UKs seediest basement bars, the team are now ready to release ‘Go Go Girl’ unto their unsuspected public, destined to be met with envious eyes.

Strobe - “Bunker Sessions” (2017) review

Strobe - Bunker Sessions (Sulatron Records, 2017)

Strobe was a very cool UK band from the early 90s. I have all their old records so I was very interested to hear this record. This recording is from 1994, when the band had moved on from its LOOP inspired repetitive psych rock.

JD King - “Crimson Velvet Saddle Boots” premiere

JD King has released a wondrously mysterious music video/single, “Crimson Velvet Saddle Boots,” the third single off of his forthcoming album, Moon Gardens, out later this year. Prepare to be lured into the hypnotic atmosphere of this indie rock svengali as you’re greeted with his spellbinding vocals and enchanting soundscapes. The video for “Crimson Velvet Saddle Boots” is now available on YouTube while the single is streaming on all digital services worldwide.

“Crimson Velvet Saddle Boots” is originally a dream I wrote down, then I conceived a sort of odd time signature melody and rhymed the words to fit. The film reflects on the oceanic element in its vast space while also depicting the microcosms within.  

From The Vault: Sunbirds - “Sunbirds” (1971)

There was a time when Prog, or Progressive Music, had an undeniable jazz influence to it ... then it seemed to have gotten waylaid and then splintered into something so heavy my ears were no longer there for the listening. The truth of what I’ve just said is easily traceable, with drummer Klaus Weiss forming Sunbirds in 1971 with a solid and notable jazz background, having played with the likes of Johnny Griffin, Kenny Drew, Bud Powell, and Don Byas [if I’m not mistaken]. 

Øresund Space Collective - “Hallucinations Inside The Oracle” album premiere

Limited hand-numbered sets, presented in a gatefold sleeve with four inserts. This album by the highly regarded, ever-evolving project was created in November 2016. The recordings feature plenty of synths, heavy guitars, amazing sitar and very cool violin. For sure, it’s another mighty trippy affair! First time on the vinyl!

The Stevenson Ranch Davidians - “Amerikana” (2017) review

The Stevenson Ranch Davidians - Amerikana (Picture In My Ear, 2017)

Landing nearly nine years after their last outing Life & Death, the album Amerikana [another play on words for Americana] takes a decidedly more electronic and aggressive posture, seeming to put their dreamy song structure far behind them, though still deeply rooted in the realm of neo-psychedelia.

Disposición Asoleada

“Maybe Earth is not a spaceship but a galactic bird.”

Disposición Asoleada is the moniker of Brussels based (Ecuador born) banjo player David Jarrin. He recently released a beautiful single on Lexi Disques: the A-side is improvised raga, the B-side a sound collage.

Dawkins - “Ep1” (2017) review

Dawkins - Ep1 (Self-released, 2017)

Three musicians with an assemblage of trans-Atlantic correspondences have skated into our frame of view with a genre-bending novelty that can only be compared to the titans of ambient psychedelia. Dawkins is assuming their own center of gravity—with a smidgen of adorable humility, of course.

Peter Sjardin

The eccentric genius of Group 1850

Group 1850 was one adventurous rock bands of The Netherlands in the late sixties. Agemo’s Trip to Mother Earth and Paradise Now were two of the best albums ever to come out of the Dutch psychedelic era. Over the years their reputation grew, especially internationally. In the frequently changing line-ups of the band, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Peter Sjardin was the only constant factor. This is the quest for a unique talent that managed to stay a mystery for all his life.

From The Vault: Texas Fog Society - “Texas Fog Society” (1998)

Texas Fog Society - Texas Fog Society (Nasoni Records, 1998)

Coming off as a cross between more low-keyed Cream meets dreamy atmospheric Jimi Hendrix, The Texas Fog Society, on this limited edition of 500 copies, has songs such as “Voodoo Gypsy” that sonically and emotionally roll right along at a steady stoner pace, laced with effects pedals, creating a layered embodiment reminiscent of the Blues/Rock genre of the latter 60’s, delivering for the most part, music that’s suitable for an enhanced nocturnal adventure.

Rick Derringer - “Joy Ride: Solo Albums 1973-1980 (2017) review

Rick Derringer - Joy Ride: Solo Albums 1973-1980 (HNE Recordings, 2017)

First finding success in 1965, at age 17, as a member of The McCoys, with their smash hit “Hang On Sloopy,” (which was a #1 hit on the Billboard charts) Rick Derringer followed this by stints in Johnny Winter And, recording two albums with the group, and Edgar Winter’s White Trash, appearing on the live album “Roadwork” which included a guest appearance by Johnny Winter. By 1973 Derringer was well established as part of the rock music scene, and released a total of eight albums between 1973 and 1980, four with the band which bore his surname, and four solo efforts.  “Joy Ride,” released on Cherry Red Records’ HNE imprint, compiles the four solo albums, supplemented by six single sides, including five presented in their mono versions.

Al Di Meola at The Neptune in Seattle September 12

A native of New Jersey, guitarist Al Di Meola began his recording career at the age of 19 while studying at Berkeley School of Music. The story goes that in 1974, Chick Corea was seeking a replacement for Bill Connors in his groundbreaking fusion band Return To Forever. After he received a cassette of Di Meola’s playing, Corea was so impressed that he subsequently hired him following an audition. Return To Forever disbanded in 1976, and Di Meola began his highly successful solo career. His second LP as a leader, 1977’s Elegant Gypsy, received a gold record award, and he soon became known as one of the world’s most talented guitar players. The personnel for this tour, celebrating Elegant Gypsy’s 40th Anniversary, featured Di Meola – acoustic and electric guitars; Phil Magallanes – keyboards; Evan Garr – violin; Elias Tona – bass; Gumbi Ortiz – percussion; and Luis Alicea – drums.

Frozen Planet....1969 - “From The Centre Of A Parallel Universe” (2017) review

Frozen Planet....1969 - From The Centre Of A Parallel Universe (Pepper Shaker Records/HeadSpin Records, 2017)

Frozen Planet....1969 are back with their 3rd release and 2nd this year. The band really is on a roll and this one sounds like it could have been recorded at the same session as the band’s last record. I had this cranked up while sitting out on the patio staring out to the mountains and forest and was taken on a real journey. The bass sound is fantastic on the record and some amazing lines and grooves that give guitarist, Frank, a lot of space to do his thing!

Arp - “The Soft Wave” (2010) review

Arp - The Soft Wave (Smalltown Supersound, 2010)

Alexis Georgopoulos’s prolific artistic career spans numerous musical groups, multimedia curations, and cultural writings. He is both the remixer and the remixed, the performer and the choreographer. As his second release under the moniker Arp, we step into a flooding gorge of analog synths. Pools of ecstasy, dysphoria, anda romantic hunger for something grander begin to collect around our ankles and rise up. Any classical analysis of technique would yield little value. Verging on cinematic, the record thumps. We thump back.

Frank Sabbath - “Are You Waiting ?” album premiere & interview

With their third album Are You Waiting ? the French psychedelic jokesters Frank Sabbath present a concentrate of their composition style in four songs, ranging from high energy psychedelic rock, to progressive doom-laden melodies, and trippy atmospheric soundscapes.

Zombie Girlfriend - “Echo Echo” premiere

Self-proclaimed Hungarian ‘dream punk’ band Zombie Girlfriend writes dreamy reverb-drenched garage pop songs with lush euphoric instrumentation and witty, Stephin Merritt-esque vocal sensibilities. Their music is like an ecstatic rush of adrenaline, a gentle wave of guitars washing over honey-sweet melodies, creating kaleidoscopic, psychedelic pop songs about longing. After a 4-year hiatus the band will release their new LP Wind early next Spring.

“Ever since I was a teenager I’ve had this idea of an album that is full of beautiful, almost church-like harmonies buried deep within a swirl of distorted, reverb-drenched guitars, like running through a vast green field in a thunderstorm. I think Echo Echo is the song that comes closest to making this fantasy real.”

The 17th Pygmy - “Ballade of Tristram’s Last Harping” (2007) review

The 17th Pygmy - Ballade of Tristram’s Last Harping (Trakwerx, 2007)

I think that over the years, for better or worse, I’ve become more selective in the music that resonates with me, and the music I keep. I find that even if I own a CD that I will create a CD-R with only the songs on it that flower for me. This attitude in no way diminishes the quality of an album, it simply means that for whatever reason, there are often one or more songs that I choose not to listen to, and with that in mind, allow me to say what a wondrous pleasure it’s been to lay wasted with The 17th Pygmy.

Hayato Takeuchi - “EP” (2017) review

Hayato Takeuchi - EP (Bearsuit Records, 2017)

Tokyo-based, multi-instrumentalist Hayato has previously released material under the name Bubbly Folks, and a self-titled album (L.S.F.) appeared in 2013 on the Japanese Cafeo label. Bearsuit Records completists may recognize him from his eclectically weird, guitar plucking-and-sound effects-ridden contribution to Bearsuit’s Tomato Sauce Lasers, Sausage Lassos compilation a few years back. This half-hour mini LP (or EP, as the title suggests) is full of bouncy electronic beats, hypnotic pulses, and post-rocky treated guitars that will please all ends of the adventurous rock spectrum. Opener ‘Etude g-12’ steals a few notes from the Steven Reich playbook with its incessant, repetitive rhythms bodyswerving around treated guitar strokings that sound not unlike The Durutti Column goes krautrock!

Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor - “Rainbow Scarecrow” premiere

After they almost died while flying back from their first European tour, members of Detroit trio Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor got off the plane feeling weirdly transcendent. Terrifying as the flight might have been, it led to the creation of some of the most sublime, hypnotic and spacey music of the band’s career.

“This is the first video we shot and edited entirely ourselves. We had a vision, some borrowed gear, and some locations so we got together one day and knocked out all the shots. The video is a prequel to the “See You In the Mourning” video which overall is a metaphor for addiction and mortality. We are attempting to put a spotlight on the trappings of social paradigms that martyr and admire artists that struggle with addiction. Especially when that struggle has a tragic resolution.”

Simfonica - “Letters In Time” (2017) review

Simfonica - Letters In Time (TM Studios TMS001)

Just released is a fascinating new audio DVD by Trevor Midgley, known to John Peel and Dandelion record fans as Beau and before that on the BBC as one of The Raiders. This new release of electronic music as Simfonica follows last year’s Song Of The Volcanoes on Cathedral Transmissions, which soon sold out though still available in download format.

Ross Beattie presents It’s Psychedelic Baby podcast #19 (October)

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

Jarvis Street Revue - Magic Man
Flying Saucer Attack - Space (1999)
Gnod - Bodies For Money
Al Lover - The Orange Dot
The Velvet Illusions - Acid Head
Throbbing Gristle - Six Six Sixties
Sonny Sharrock - Peanut
Andy Hawkins - River Blindness 
The Ceyleib Trust - Changes (Tygstl)
François Bayle - It
The United States Of America - The American Way Of Love 
Joseph Shabason - Belching Smoke
Hawkwind - The Watcher
Daniel Higgs - Track 2

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

Lewis & The Strange Magics - “Ugly Face” premiere

Spanish Heavy-Psych-Rockers LEWIS & THE STRANGE MAGICS are back with their second full-length! 
Evade Your Soul will be released on 20th October 2017 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.

Loudhailer Electric Company interview

Loudhailer Electric Company photo by Paul Newbon 

Original psychedelic sounds featuring members of seminal cult bands Red Guitars, Dead Fingers Talk and The Planet Wilson.

Kozfest 2017 Day Three: Soft Machine

Soft Machine began in 1966 in Canterbury, England, cofounded by Daevid Allen, Mike Ratledge, Kevin Ayers and Robert Wyatt. One of the earliest prog/jazz-rock bands consisting of founding members of the legendary Canterbury progressive rock scene, Soft Machine has had more than 20 different lineups and three spinoffs each with different variations of the original name. As well as having distinguished solo careers, its former members have worked with and formed such bands as Gong, Fairport Convention, The Police, and Tempest. With the exception of the highly accomplished Theo Travis, who replaced the late Elton Dean in 2006 playing saxophones and flute, their gig at Kozfest brought together members of the classic mid-1970s lineup including John Etheridge – guitar, Roy Babbington – bass, and John Marshall – drums.

Chris Spedding - “The RAK Years” (2017) review

Chris Spedding “The RAK Years” (7T/s Records, 2017)

When one thinks of session musicians, guitarists in particular, Chris Spedding is one of the first to come to mind, and for very good reason. Spedding was voted second in the “Best Jazz Guitarist” category of Melody Maker’s 1970 Reader’s Poll, an accolade he would achieve a couple of years running, due to his work with artists such as Pete Brown And His Battered Ornaments, who played a psychedelic fusion of rock and roll and jazz, vibraphonist Frank Ricotti, as part of the Frank Ricotti Quartet, and Cream member Jack Bruce on his Top Ten charting solo album “Songs For A Tailor.”

Rancho Bizzarro album premiere

Italian Stoner Rockers RANCHO BIZZARRO, the new project by Izio Orsini, who after his debut “Weedooism” with the name BANTORIAK (new album due later in 2018), took the decision to start a new band. RANCHO BIZZARRO is an Instrumental four-piece formed by two guitars (Matteo Micheli and Marco Gambicorti), bass (Izio Orsini) and drums (Federico Melosi), with a clear Stoner Desert Rock influence. The original idea takes form from jams run into the rehearsals room, then rearranged in studio where the sound gets a typical ’70 attitude. Be prepared for a stunning album to be released by Fall 2017, with influences from Brant Bjork, MC5, Black Sabbath.

RANCHO BIZZARRO debut will be released by ARGONAUTA Records in CD/DD and available from October 6th, 2017. Orders run here: