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Kontiki Suite - “The Greatest Show on Earth” (2015) review

Kontiki Suite - The Greatest Show on Earth (2015)

The Greatest Show On Earth is Kontiki Suite’s second formal album, with some of the material being available in other places. Nevertheless, the band still manifests that early evening hippie Laurel Canyon vibe that was laid down so long ago … and coming from the UK, has been done surprising well.

JAZZ CORNER Presents: The Dave Brubeck Quartet - “Time Out” (1959)

Without a doubt Time Out, with one of the most beautiful album covers of all time, is among the most subtle and signature releases by Dave Brubeck, where the Quartet float in a cool smooth blend of West Coast jazz that stands out for several reasons. The first being that it does not rivet the listener in place, but more gives the listener a space in which to allow the music to encompass them. The second is that the album features Brubeck and his players adding their own touches to what would be considered traditional sounds, ebbing out what was important within that construct and moving it forward, where with their non-common time signatures, they deliver something the world had never experienced before.

Hund - “Is It Really What You Need” premiere

Mixing pop melodies with more experimental sounds and structures, Hund offers a dreamy melancholic indie which features harmonized guitars, strong dynamic changes and introspective lyrics.

Megaritual interview with Dale Walker

Megaritual is a solo project by Australian multi-instrumentalist Dale Walker, who is also member of Sun Of Man and Drug Cult.

The Auras - “The Auras” (2012) review

The Auras - The Auras (2012)

In consideration of the band’s catalog in general ...

Many years ago, one of the first things that drove me to cassettes was the fact that I often felt too many bands were padding their albums with filler or were at times off on musical tangents where they’d lace their albums with ‘so-called’ tripped out nonsense, that while fun for the first couple of listens, soon became tiring, boring, even embarrassing, forcing me to edit out material, often saving only the songs that road most comfortably in my back pocket.

Lexi Disques

The Brussels based Lexi Disques label is celebrating ten years of existence. Two personal favourites: the paddo one (City Hands - A Place In The World, 2014) and the dandy one (Edgar Wappenhalter - Zingt Hendrik Marsman en Karel van de Woestijne, 2012). 

The Jelly Bean Bandits interview with Michael Raab

Chuck Stewart shot. When we were told to dress for the LP cover, Bob Shad said “dress like what you would think Jelly Bean Bandits look like.” Notice Jack on the right. He is wearing what ladies of the time called a cover-up when they went to the beach in their bathing suit. And notice that Jack’s guns are around his knees. He took us out to Times Square in Manhattan 1967 to make these shots. Sure couldn’t do that nowadays.

Interview with Michael Raab of The Jelly Bean Bandits. In 1968, The Jelly Bean Bandits put out their debut LP on Mainstream Records Inc.

Healing Spells - “Past Lives” (2018) review

Healing Spells - Past Lives (Self-released, 2018)

I know, I know. You’re judging the album art. I get it. That was my first instinct too. I suppose the moral here is that a phenomenally talented musician can also be a completely inept visual artist.

Healing Spells, the solo project of a Tokyo-based producer, put out a staggeringly gorgeous EP this January. What surprises me is that it holds its own when put up against IDM masters like OneOhtrix Point Never, Dan Deacon, and Andy Stott. Spanning just five tracks, Past Lives weaves together a gleaming synthetic tapestry of future house, downtempo, and neo-psychedelia.

Spirit - “It Shall Be: The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972” (2018) review

Spirit - It Shall Be: The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972 (Esoteric Recordings, 2018)

The late 1960s and early 1970s were a most fertile time in musical history, especially in the rock genre. While many of the seminal bands came from the UK, such as The Beatles, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, there were also incredible groups who originated in the United States. One hotbed of music was on the West Coast, with centers in San Francisco and Los Angeles in particular. One of the most interesting and talented of these ensembles was the quintet known simply as Spirit. Between the years of 1968 and 1970, Spirit released four wonderful albums as well as a movie soundtrack that went unreleased at the time and some most interesting singles. Cherry Red Records, UK, has gathered these recordings as well as a 1972 album released by the band, albeit in a much different configuration, album outtakes, alternate versions, non-LP single sides and mixes done for the 1991 compilation “Time Circle”, the result being the simply sublime 5 CD box set “It Shall Be” which is reviewed here.

The Beatles - “The Beatles in Stereo” (2009) review

The Beatles - The Beatles in Stereo (Parlophone, 2009)

To my way of thinking, one can’t say enough about the most influential band of my life, and for anyone who doesn’t think that The Beatles have influenced their small corner of the musical universe, all I can say is, “You are deeply mistaken.”

The Rising Storm ‎- “Calm Before...” review / interview

US group The Rising Storm emanated from out of a small, but isolated scene outside of the main commercial rock circuit that was happening in and around the Boston area during the mid-sixties. The group’s main activities centred around Phillips Academy, the prep school in Andover, MA, where all six members of the group studied during the early-to-mid 1960s. The ‘Storm dug the sounds of local groups like the Rockin’ Ramrods, and the Remains - going so far as to name their embryonic group the Remnants, before hitting on the idea of a cooler, more historically poignant moniker in the Rising Storm. And, like thousands of young folks around the world at that time, they were thoroughly fascinated by the music of the Rolling Stones. 

BUNNIES - “The Problem With Link Think” premiere

BUNNIES “The Problem With Link Think” off their new album, Transportation To Mind Transformation

Sweet Thursday: The New Herman Dune

Sweet Thursday: The New Herman Dune (Video Premiere in This Article!)

David-Ivar Herman Düne is a French/Swedish citizen who began playing anti-folk in Paris at a time when no DIY scene existed, let alone any songs performed in English. With the release of 2018’s Sweet Thursday, David-Ivar is back in the driver’s seat of the musical undertaking bearing his surname, following the dissolution of Herman Düne mark one after sacrificing any profit from the aborted production Chasing Bonnie and Clyde. I first spoke with David-Ivar last just after this unfortunate turn, and he was generous enough to release the entire soundtrack free online as a gift to the world and a nice way of washing his hands of that mishap, also releasing a collection called Black Yaya that was hard to find in the U.S., some samples of which are available on YouTube. “This time I’m doing everything myself,” he says. “It’s hard, but worth it.”

From The Vault: Banchee - “Banchee” (1969)

Banchee - “Banchee” (Atlantic Records 1969)

I first became aware of Banchee in the late nineties, when hearing their song, “I Just Don't Know,” on a “Psychedelic Frequencies” compilation album. I was immediately hooked, and thrilled to the core to discover the East Coast based band had released two albums. Considering these albums are rarer than a purple poodle, they are not instantly accessible. But I eventually hit the jackpot and found and purchased both albums, which remain perennial favorites.

Céline Gillain

“I get seduced all the time and actually kind of like it.”

Video maker and performance artist Céline Gillian released her first single, a record about seduction, youth and beauty. 

Liz Brasher - “Outcast” premiere

Liz Brasher makes her own kind of southern music — one that’s caught halfway between the garage, the church, the bar, and the bedroom. She’s a soul singer. A guitar-playing rocker. A one-woman girl group. A gospel revivalist who worships at the altar of the Box Tops.

Ryan Summers - “ii” (2018) review

Ryan Summers - ii (Self-released, 2018)

Wisconsin-based electronic artist Ryan Summers recently released “ii,” a darkwave LP that explores ambient soundscapes with a wide assortment of chilling and arpeggiating synths. Summers has spent several years working in his basement studio on various group projects, and has only recently emerged as an independent creator. His sound is a charming blend of micro-tonal and lo-fi experimentation, with each track off the new album evoking its own dystopian microcosm.

Magical Beasts - “Someone To Lift The Blue” (2018) review

Magical Beasts - Someone To Lift The Blue (Self-released, 2018)

There’s a Chicago-based music group out there that isn’t interested in pushing the envelope, pioneering a new subgenre, or putting out shock value songwriting. Instead, they’ve got one priority: good, clean indie folk.

Billy Cobham’s Crosswinds Project at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle, Friday March 9, 2018

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle, Friday March 9, 2018

Highly influential drummer and jazz fusion pioneer Billy Cobham brought his Crosswinds Project to Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle to begin his 2018 US tour. The A-list quintet featured guitarist Fareed Haque, Paul Hanson playing bassoon and soprano saxophone, Scott Tibbs playing keyboards and electric piano, and Tim Landers – a member of Cobham’s Glass Menagerie band – playing electric bass.

Howard Chaykin’s Divided States of Hysteria

The iconic cover to Star Wars no. 1 - by Howard Chaykin, 1977

Legendary Comic Book Creator On His Controversial New Series, Politics, Love of Jazz, and the Industry Giants Who Influenced Him

The Blind Owls - “Four” EP premiere

Hidden Volume Records proudly presents the latest from The Blind Owls, a 4 song EP appropriately titled Four that recalls the amphetamine energy of Cavern-era Beatles with the best of the Mersey sound we know you dig. 

Mixed by Matt Marando (The Above/Quitty & The Don’ts), side one kicks off with the full-throttle Easybeats-lovin’ “Make Up Your Mind” dance floor filler before ceding the spotlight to the ear-worm harmonies of “I’ll Be There”. The beat continues on side two with the ringing chords of “I Know” and the one-take glory of “Alright” will have you screaming “ALRIGHT!” into your speakers. That’s what we’ve been doing since we first heard these amazing cuts.

Gunman And The Holy Ghost - “House For The Dying” EP premiere

Icelandic Berliner Hákon Aðalsteinsson guitar player for The Brian Jowntown Masscre, Tess Parks and frontman for The Third Sound is back with his new project Gunman and The Holy Ghost.

Influenced by melancholic country rock and sounds from Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave, the new EP “House For The Dying” expands on the bands previous album. Recorded at the Funkhaus studios in Berlin and featuring Joe Dilworth from Stereolab on drums, the new EP also features a remake of Jack Holmes song “Lonely,” the Led Zeppelin ingloriously used as the basis for “Dazed and Confused.”

8MM Musik
Gunman And The Holy Ghost

New tape release by Electric Wizard!

Very happy to be part of the latest Electric Wizard tape release! Released by Creep Purple Promotion. Already SOLD OUT!

Beau - “Rattle the Asylum Bars” (2018) review

Beau - Rattle the Asylum Bars (Cherry Red Records)

Almost 49 years to the day after his first recording session for John Peel’s Dandelion label that brought 1917 Revolution to the west, Russia and a hit in Lebanon, comes a download album from Cherry Red entitled Rattle The Asylum Bars. This could also be a title for the recently prolific 12-string maestro’s entire work this century. Beau has developed and woven threads from his first two albums for Dandelion around 1970 into a rich tapestry that places him among the foremost musical commentators of English life and the world today.

“Powell St. John, Sultan of Psychedelia”

Powell St. John is unquestionably one of the true founders and innovators of the acid rock sound.

Powell St. John about Sultan of Psychedelia release:

Most of the cuts on this release “Powell St. John, Sultan of Psychedelia” were recorded in 2005 in Austin at Cedar Creek Recording Studios resulting in the CD “Right Track Now”. The product was never released or promoted. Our publishing administrator met the owner of LSD Records, Steve Purdy, at a memorial service for producer Snuff Smith. She asked Steve if he knew about me, which he did, and they then decided to put out this record. Three of the tracks came from the digitally released “Women Rule” and the others are all from “Right Track Now”. “Women Rule” was a release of just me (with some exceptions), playing guitar, harmonica, and singing. I’m including some tracks below.

Ross Beattie presents It’s Psychedelic Baby podcast #25 (April)

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

C.A. Quintet - Underground Music
The Cosmic Dead - Anatta
Froth - Lost My Mind
No Strange - Martian Manhunter
Catfish - Catfish, Get High, Get Naked, Get Down
The Heliocentrics - The History Of LSD
Gibby Haynes - Horse Named George
Taman Shud - Trench Arcana
The Murlocs - Space Cadet
Dufus - Bareley Holding 
Efrim Manuel Menuck - Black Flags Ov Thee Holy Sonne
Renaldo & The Loaf - Dying Inside
Attic Abasement - Opium Eyes
Stephen Martin - Monkey Demon

From The South / The Newsletters interview

I discovered Conor Hutchinson’s band From The South completely by accident, when a green vinyl copy of “Cool, Cool Memories” showed up at my door with an unsigned note that read, “You don’t yet realize how much you’re going to love this album.” With that being said, I highly recommend you slip into this release.

Melody Fields - “Melody Fields” (2018) review

Melody Fields - Melody Fields (Kommun 2, 2018)

If you were like me, discovering the Melody Fields by way of their first single “Morning Sun” in 2017, you know I was highly anticipating the release of this self titled album, which was delivered on delicious red and black splattered vinyl, where the band attempt to weave together jangling guitars, three part harmonized vocals while lacing it all together with oriental influences to bring about a hypnotic psychedelic effect, though conceptually the music doesn’t actually come off as smooth and flowing as I’d personally hoped. And on that note, I must say that I guarantee most people will be much more delighted with this release as a whole, as I’ve come to accept that my tastes tend to run more concurrent with the slow channeled waters of deeply laid back couch-bound intoxication.

The Brotherhood Of Peace interview

The Brotherhood Of Peace was a Mount Airy, North Carolina-based rock group from the 1970s that had a lone LP out on the private Avanti label called “Cuttin’ Loose” released in 1976. They played everything from hard rock to dance tunes, power ballads, southern rock and power-pop. Their LP was recorded by Don Dixon and Robert Kirkland of Arrogance, and recently I was lucky enough to score a copy at a local record store. I figured I’d try and track down the band to find out more information and found Dennis Tolbert, their guitarist and singer, who still plays live with his Dennis Tolbert Band. He was glad to talk about his time in Brotherhood Of Peace.

Kip Nelson - “Found Out” premiere

Kip Nelson is a fresh songwriter out of Santa Barbara making chilled out, indie-psych tunes. 

Forest Ray - “Laughing” premiere

Forest Ray experiments in the analog and psychedelic. Their progressively vintage sound will have you spiralling back to the 1960s and beyond in a whirlwind of fuzz wound like a Roland Space Echo. Garage punk and psych with tinges of post-punk and drone rock recorded on an 8 track reel to reel. Started in San Luis Obispo, CA by Peter Sumic and Robby Porovich and currently based in Seattle. Their first record, Musical Witchcraft, was released October 28th, 2016 on 180g vinyl.

Edgar Winter - “Tell Me In A Whisper, The Solo Albums 1970-1981” (2018) review

Edgar Winter - Tell Me In A Whisper, The Solo Albums 1970-1981 (Cherry Red Records, 2018)

Born in Texas in 1946, two years after his famous brother and blues guitar legend Johnny, Edgar Winter first began performing with his elder sibling in the 1960s, but since 1970 has been a successful solo artist in his own right. Cherry Red Records, UK, has compiled and released the musical legacy of Edgar Winter from 1970 through 1981 in the form of two box sets.

Fourth Dimension (4D) - “Millennial Kingdom Vol. 2” (2018) review

Fourth Dimension (4D) – Millennial Kingdom Vol. 2 (Dankradio, 2017) 

Fourth Dimension (4D) has put out a new collection of jazzy progressive rock featuring the artist’s hard edge drumming and rampant soloing. Jody Giachello, the man behind Fourth Dimension (4D), has performed with acts like HAIM and toured internationally. There’s no doubt he’s a force of nature on drums. The new LP is certainly a bit lofty in its artwork and title, Millennial Kingdom Vol. 2, but proves to be an engaging listen for anyone wondering what might happen if Herbie Hancock had ever collaborated with John Bonham.

His Name is Alive - “Black Wings” (2018) review

His Name is Alive - Black Wings (HHBTM Records, 2018)

Between the late 1980s and the present, Michigan’s His Name is Alive has unleashed a dizzying number of releases in an impressively vast array of musical styles. The band, with its ever-revolving cast of members who have always been grounded by founder and mainstay Warren Defever, has done eerie dream pop, pop-soul hybrids, straight soul, free jazz, noise experiments, spacey heavy rock, and more. Put together a compilation of their material that’s pulled from various eras and albums and play it for someone who’s not familiar with them, then watch that person’s jaw drop when you tell them it’s all one band.

From The Vault: The Church - “Priest = Aura” (1992)

Hypnotic, surreal, moody, self reflective, intense, psychedelic, a sound track of sorts, way too long, excessive filler ... all these statements could easily describe the release of Priest = Aura by The Church, and in the end, no matter what one can say for or against this album, there are enough strong songs to make it a fine outing.

Lee Van Cleef interview

Heavy trio from Naples. Enjoy heavy improvised jams from their Holy Smoke album.

The Conqueroo interview with Bob Brown

Austin, Texas’s Conqueroo band called it a day in San Francisco in 1969. Alongside the likes of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Shiva’s Headband, Bubble Puppy, The Golden Dawn and Janis Joplin, the Conqueroo were pioneers of the Texas 60s psychedelic scene and mainstays of the now legendary Vulcan Gas Co, an outpost of wild music, longhair energy, communal spirit and pioneering arts that was continually in the firing line of the Austin police department. Its first art director was Gilbert Shelton who would go on to fame and fortune with his universally loved Fat Freddy’s Cat and the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers cartoon strips. You can find out more in Scott Conn’s fine doc, Dirt Road to Psychedelia: Austin Texas during the 1960s.

Lamp of the Universe - “Hidden Knowledge” (2016) review

Lamp of the Universe - Hidden Knowledge (Clostridium Records, 2016)

Very similar albums, yet with hidden gems ...

Being a child of the psychedelic 60’s, there’s no way I could have avoided the sitar and the musical influences that revolved around it, where majestic songs where laced with those hypnotic sounds, causing many of us to reach out for more, with visions of being swept away into an ethereally delightful atmosphere of blissed out wonder.

Edgar Winter - “I’ve Got News For You” (2018) review

Edgar Winter - I’ve Got News For You (Cherry Red Records, 2018)

Known best as the brother of blues guitar legend Johnny Winter, for a period in the 1970s Edgar Winter was one of rock music’s brightest stars, first with his band White Trash and later with The Edgar Winter Group. Between 1971 and 1977 Edgar released three albums with each band, resulting in three top twenty five albums and three top thirty five singles. With “I’ve Got News For You” Cherry Red Records, UK, compiles these six albums, supplemented by twenty eight bonus tracks, a total of ninety spread across the six discs, and documenting this spectacular period in the career of this talented multi-instrumentalist. 

Hermitess - “Animal Heart” premiere

A sonic journey that features the harp and a circle women's voices supported by a cast of eclectic collaborators, Hermitess is an inquisitive, contrary, wounded, wise and ever dreaming incantation.

Margo Guryan interview

Margo Guryan recorded a now legendary album Take A Picture in 1968. Her story doesn’t end up there. In the following interview we are going to take you to the world of jazz and her prominent involvement with some of the greatest musicians of our time.

The Hanging Stars - “Golden Vanity” / “Floodbound” (2015) review

The Hanging Stars - Golden Vanity / Floodbound (The Great Pop Supplement, 2015)

When this single arrived at my door I was rather stuck by the sincerity and hazed splendor of the neo-psychedelic jangle pop held within these groves, riding on smooth currents and delivering easy laidback intoxication. So I was eager to hear more, especially when I discovered that there were two formal albums to be had.

Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, & John Jorgenson

( l to r: John Jorgenson, Chris Hillman) 
© Pam Baumgardner

Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, & John Jorgenson
@ The Lobero Theatre,Santa Barbara, CA., February 16

Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, and John Jorgenson--backed by upright bassist Mark Fain -- gave an outstanding performance at the Lobero Theatre on Friday, February 16th in a benefit concert for victims of the Thomas Fire and Mudslide, which recently tragically impacted the communities of both Ventura County and Santa Barbara County in California. 

Heaven - “All Love Is Blue” (2018) review

Heaven - All Love Is Blue (Little Cloud Records, 2018)

As with All Love Is Blue, Heaven’s first album Telepathic Love also featured the word ‘love’ prominently in the title, causing me to wonder if there’s a theme being developed. Nevertheless, I found the first album to come across rather hauntingly mystified, as if it were hiding, requiring one to search it out, and feeling rather special with the vinyl tucked under my arm as I strolled down the sidewalk, oblivious to everyone, though with everyone taking note of me.

Television Personalities - “Beautiful Despair” (2018) review

Television Personalities - Beautiful Despair (Fire Records, 2018)

With Beautiful Despair the world now has what is essentially a brand new Television Personalities album bestowed upon them; alas these are not brand new, current recordings, but rather they are a bunch of incredible, hitherto unheard cuts and come as something of a revelation (especially to long-time appreciators of the group) for these long lost recordings were created back in 1990 at the then London flat-dwelling of bassist / vocalist / multi-instrumentalist ideas man and producer Jowe Head. This album not only contains a batch of the demo ideas that would see the light of day on the group’s next official album, also released on Fire here in the UK, and on Seed in USA, the sprawling double album set Closer To God which saw the TVPs widen their scope and their audience demographic, whilst keeping their art, humour, pathos and intellect truly intact, right at the core of their musical business.

Aritomo interview

Aritomo is a Japanese singer/songwriter. He released quite a lot of LPs so far. All of the music of Aritomo is recorded analog. He never uses digital. Aritomo’s music hardly resembles any other folk music, but rather is a sort of experimental progressive folk rock.

Zuma Birds - “Contact Light” (2017) review

Zuma Birds - Contact Light (2017)
Zuma Birds are a new trio from Madrid lead by guitarist and vocalist, Shakin’ Dave. The band’s main inspiration are the great bands of the 60’s and 70’s... Neil Young, Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, etc. ... with their own twist. Dave has a very special tenor voice.

Werner Herzog: Sound & Vision

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht--screening and Q & A
Hollywood Berlin: Exiles and Immigrants @ UCSB Pollock Theater 

Visionary German director Werner Herzog was present at UCSB’s Pollock Theater on Thursday, October 12, for a post-screening discussion of his 1979 art house film Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht, moderated by Professor of Film and Media Studies Patrice Petro. Considered an homage to F. W. Murnau’s 1922 Weimar era silent film classic Nosferatu (itself based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel), Herzog’s iteration of Nosferatu stars Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula, Bruno Ganz as Jonathan Harker, Isabelle Adjani as Lucky Harker, and Roland Topor as Renfield; with a film score by Popol Vuh. The film incorporates elements of fairy tale, myth, humor, horror, and eroticism--with many tableaus strikingly shot by cinematographer Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein; as well as a riviting opening sequence--filmed by Herzog--juxtaposing a bat in flight superimposed over mummies from Guanajuato, Mexico.

Ty Segall - “Ty Rex” (2015) review

Ty Segall - Ty Rex (Goner Records, 2015)

Ty Rex combines Ty Segall’s six-song Ty Rex 12” EP and two-song Ty Rex II 7” EP (originally Record Store Day releases which paid tribute to the magnificence of Mark Bolan and his legacy from both his early folk-hippie duo Tyrannosaurus Rex and his later glam rock band T. Rex incarnations) and tacks on a new cover of the 1973 non-album single “20th Century Boy.”