Prana Crafter is William Sol, a musical mystic who blends the raw energies of nature with guitars, synthesizers, singing bowls, and a dose of flow-consciousness.
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Chelsea Lovitt & The Boys - You Had Your Cake, So Lie in It (Fat Elvis Records, 2018)
Twangy gritty country music is seldom taken seriously, so when Chelsea Lovitt’s You Had Your Cake, So Lie In It arrived at my door, I was more than a bit rocked back with her interplay of blues and country honk. Then her wry dark offbeat in your face sense of humor filtered in, sounding for all the world as if she’d grown up with Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde quietly playing in the background.
Where and when did you grow up? Was music a big part of your family life?
Except for one psychotic year in 1972 at age of three in beautiful Lisbon during the final and perhaps most paranoid era of Jesuit-fascist Portugal’s ‘Novo Estado’, not long before the planned military ‘coup d’état’, while its bloody war in the African colonies (part of my family was still there in Angola, some fighting as captains in the army, but some even supporting the communist guerrilla, in some ways pretty much comparable with the Vietnam War, though with much less restraints regarding ‘brutalism’ required (since there was no free press and electorate to bear in mind), was at its high (or better say low?) peak.
In these digital and interconnected times, it’s very rare to find an album from the 60s-70s which hasn’t been documented or “discovered” yet. That’s the case with a mysterious demo LP titled “A Very Snug Joiner” by a band called Mad Timothy. In words of Steve Krakow (of Plastic Crimewave / Galactic Zoo): “A friend of mine found this no-jacket LP at a thrift shop, and there is ZERO information on them--no one knows anything and I’ve spoken to many collectors. Very cool sludgy Blue Cheer/Majic Ship/Mount Rushmore kind of vibe--with a few folkier tracks---it’s all pretty charmingly primitive-- I think people would want to hear this!”
Even knowing that our efforts to track down the band were fruitless, we thought that this rarity deserved to be shared with the world, so we at Out-Sider / Guerssen in collaboration with Steve’s Galactic Archive imprint, are doing a vinyl edition of the Mad Timothy demo album, hoping that any of the band members will see it and contact us.
Beachglass - And the Sunset (2018)
Beachglass have wandered back with a hazy intoxicating new single from their forthcoming new EP Sunroom Sanctuary, which will be available next month (November of 2018) for downloading.
Paul Jacobs, presently residing in Montreal Quebec, has come a long way since his original one man band days. Five years later, with a full band backing him, his live shows have grown to an explosive level. The experience is an untamed, wild and manic energy, a true purge of raw emotions. Paul writes, performs, records and mixes all the music he releases. He has released eight full length albums, numerous EP’s and singles, always accompanied by his personal animations and art work. He’s gained notoriety with the success of 2016’s Pictures, Movies & Apartments. Paul continues to grow as an artist, with Easy; and acclaimed by Iggy Pop no less, on his BBC6 music show – an album he’s jam packed with pop hooks, while maintaining his original lo-fi sound. He has relentlessly toured North America, and the U.K. and is scheduled to return to Europe this fall to promote Easy.
In this digital age, the phenomenon of the ‘b-side’ is an endangered one. All too often, the recordings which comprised the flip side of even the best selling 45rpm singles were relegated to obscurity. Oftentimes, this is fair- particularly within the confines of the 1960’s UK music scene. God knows how many half baked, rushed b-sides went out, groups being all too aware that the A-side was the moneymaker, what would gain them airplay on the pirate radio stations and perhaps win them a slot on Top of the Pops, with the B- side considered the stale space filler. I can’t even begin to count the number of songs named with variations on the obvious title ‘A Quick B’. It was, to understate enormously, often considered an afterthought. Take the Marquis of Kensington, for example, with their 1967 single, ‘The Changing of the Guard’. Here, the B-side, ‘Reverse Thrust’, was the A-side played backwards. Snap, crackle, pop, that’ll do, let’s get on with it.
The Hazytones, a trio from Montreal, have, on October 5th, and in conjunction with Ripple Music, released their newest collection of songs. II - Monarchs Of Oblivion is the first album I’ve heard from the band, and, for the sake of fresh ears, I chose to dive into it without going back to their earlier work. That being said, this is a groove filled, fuzzed out, killer record, and a great intro to the band for new listeners.
Rhythms is the debut album by Goatman, a new solo project by one of the mysterious members from the Swedish collective GOAT. Recorded in GOAT’s northern Swedish home town of Korpilombolo in late 2017 - the 6 tracks on Rhythms reveal a true collision of African Rock, Jazz, Reggae, Gospel and Psych, but all put through the famous GOAT filters. Rhythms is a very apt title for the album as each track is an exploration of the ‘groove’. From the Fela Kuti‘esqe drums and horns jam of Jaam Ak Salam, to the frantic gospel-jazz of Carry the Load. From the fuzzed Can via the ‘Bristol sound’ track of Hum Bebass Nahin, to the cinematic, Spacemen 3‘esqe drones of the album closer Baaneexu. The end result is quite an astonishing and very unique album, like what you would expect from an album made by a member of GOAT – an album that is hard to put your finger on, but one that you will keep revisiting, the more it’s sounds reveals itself. Goatman plays all the instruments on the album bar some additional drums by Hanna Östergren from fellow Swedish bands Hills and Träd, Gräs & Stenar, and an added horn section courtesy of Johan Asplund and David Byström. One of the standout highlights of the album though is the collection of great guest vocalists Goatman has enlisted. Tracks “Jaam Ak Salam” and “Aduna” feature the very special voice of Senegalese singer Seydi Mandoza. You will also hear the vocals of Swedish based singers Amanda Werne on “Carry The Load” and Amerykhan on “Hum Bebass Nahin”.
Rhythms will be released on 12th of October via Rocket Recordings.
Review, including full song explanations and band anecdotes
Dry Ice - Dry Ice (Morgan Blue Town, 2018)
Formed with the foundation of guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Paul Gardner and drummer Terry Sullivan, Dry Ice was a UK psychedelic rock band that went through three incarnations during 1969, the last of which managed to record and album worth of material and a single. The single found release in November, 1969 on IBC Records. The album tracks, however, remained unreleased for forty nine years, finally appearing on the Morgan Blue Town label, and the band’s complete recorded legacy, eleven finished masters, two demos and an alternative mix are reviewed here, along with track by track comments from songwriter Gardner and anecdotes supplied by Gardner and drummer, Terry Sullivan.
This surprisingly beneficial compound found in certain species of mushrooms has been underestimated medically for decades and now is the right time to start exploring it in all its glory.
Latest album by JJUUJJUU is called Zionic Mud. It’s available on Dine Alone. Released in a kind of unusual way, as one record of the band’s expansive, surprisingly danceable space rock and a companion release featuring alternate versions of the album tracks created by some of the band’s friends and supporters including J. Mascis, Liars, METZ, Warpaint’s Jenny Lee, and Autolux.
Limassol psych-rockers Arcadian Child have launched an airy and surreal video for their new single, and it’s now streaming on It’s Psychedelic Baby Magazine. Titled “She Flows”, it’s taken from their upcoming album “Superfonica”, which is set for a release on 23 November via Ripple Music and Rogue Wave Records.
Pre-order it: http://geni.us/superfonica
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Dead Sea Apes & Adam Stone - “Warheads” (Cardinal Fuzz, 2018)
Cardinal Fuzz favourites Dead Sea Apes are no strangers to It’s Psychedelic Baby and their latest finds them reuniting with multifaceted singer/actor/musician Adam Stone for an apocalyptic dystopian mindfuck that forges a head-on collision in your skull that’s equal parts Dead Kennedys-meet-The Fall über-punk rant (‘Inside Of Me’) and fuzzy-headed, thousand yard stares punctuated by Stone’s Speaker’s Corner soapbox ramblings. Only problem is that the two don’t often sync up (as on the two 11-minute centrepieces ‘Reduced To Zero’ and ‘Retreat To Your Bunker’) and the listener is faced with a decision – zone out to Dead Sea Apes’ heavy-lidded jamming or try and make sense of what Stone’s on about. [A lyric sheet might’ve been a good idea, although fans of Bob Calvert’s similar poetic pronouncements on all those Hawkwind albums (cf., Space Ritual) may have an advantage!]
A brand new podcast hosted by Ross Beattie (The Night Tripper)
Earthless - Acid Crusher
Kungens Män - Centrala Mellanplanet
Primus - My Name Is Mud
The Residents - Freaky Wake
Acid Mess - El Vuelo del Cóndor
Altered Hours - Hey No Way
The Myrrors - Call For Unity
Kingdom Of The Holy Sun - Seven Orange Skies
Atavismo - Sapo Sagapo
D.R. Hooker - A Strangers Smile
Lonker See - One Eye Sees Red
Vocokesh - Eddie’s Hallucination
Astral Son - This Trip
Holy Mushroom - I Am The Darklight
The Mañana People, a chaotic mix of theremin honky tonk, zombie centric electro pop and horror spiritualized with sounds, release their new single “Anthropophagus” which they collaborated with Bonnie Prince Billy.
Seattle singer/songwriter Deb Montgomery is about to release All The Water, a chamber folk EP that sounds as contemporary as it does primordial. We’re excited to premiere “Mend,” the final track off the record, plump with tender vocals and swoon-worthy fingerpicking. Montgomery’s voice seems to swoop in and out of the foreground with a rare grace. The moments of falsetto are intimate, as if the artist is sitting right in our living room.
“Old Camera, New Film” is Junkboy’s contribution to the compilation album Music Minds. Music Minds is a 3 x CD set which aims to raise money and awareness for mental health. The compilation features many talented artists including Nik Kershaw, Paul Young’s Los Pacaminos, Phillip Rambow and many more!
Curtis Mayfield - Superfly (1972)
Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly stood at the crossroads, ushering in a new bright and infectious sound, one that was all about the ghetto, though with its groove laden background, reached out and captured the hearts and minds of white listeners during the hot summer of 1972, where the record went on to sell more than five million copies.
French krautrock-inspired electro-psych band La Femme released, “Runway,” a new track that acted as the soundtrack to fashion designer, Hedi Slimane’s latest showcase for the luxury clothing brand, CELINE. The electro-pop odyssey spans twenty minutes and is chalk full of ghostly vocals, pounding synths soaked in psychedelia and ominous voices scattered throughout.
“San Francisco’s The Imajinary Friends, mercurial pranksters of soundscape and pop, continue to turn in the unexpected with their unique brand of original and uncompromising music.”
- Pete Kember aka Sonic Boom
Initially formed by members of the original line-up of The Brian Jonestown Massacre in the Summer of 1993 with Travis Threlkel, Ricky Maymi and Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver). Later on, Matt Hollywood (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) and Tim Digulla (Tipsy). Excited about the new band, Greg Shaw of Bomp! Records cut them a check to make the record without ever hearing a note or seeing the band (who hadn’t even played live yet...(!). The Imajinary Friends debut Lunchtime In Infinity was released on Bomp! Records in 1994. Read out interview with Ricky Maymi who is currently touring with The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Magic Bus - Phillip The Egg (Back To The Garden Records, 2018)
Phillip The Egg is Magic Bus’s third full-length album release. Hailing from Totnes, Devon, they are a staple of the psychedelic/progressive rock festival scene in the UK and have received international radio and print media attention. The personnel on this album includes Paul Evans – lead vocals, guitar; Terence Waldstradt – lead guitar, vocals; Jay Darlington – keyboards, vocals; Viv Goodwin-Darke – flute, vocals; Wihil Mellorz - bass; and Connor Spring - drums.
“Just fist that chicken”
Vegetarians is a one-sided 7” which contains a phonatic imaginary language sounding like English.
I mainly know you from your performances, but recently bought a 7” from you. The Vegetarians. I’ve been listening to it, but I can hardly understand a word of it. Is it English or a phonatic imaginary language which sounds like English?
The last. I listened to a record of Bukka White long ago with a good friend of mine and this record stayed in my mind. Now and then it pops up like ghost visiting. The fact is that since quite some time I work with spirits and ghosts for specific occasions. A specific focus in that is on unknown and/or forgotten poets/poetry which finds its way in my performance series ‘And We Don’t Talk Like That’. This spirit of Bukka White is pretty relevant regarding the Vegetarians 7” you’re talking about, but is surrounded as well by many more voices. I do these runs directly as a lathe cut in my studio, which is to be seen as a performative situation. It is about getting in the right mood; being relaxed but sharp as a razorblade. I like this way of working in seances. Question finally is if it is an imaginary language. Vegetarians and their ideology lead to an amazing amount of incredible weird behavior, so imagine this man being somewhere and preaching his statement and experience to an unknown audience. You could say it is about romanticism. Foolish Schopenhauer etc. Nevertheless if you take it more political it is sheer realism.
New album by Boston’s Perhaps is currently being pressed over in Germany. The LP will be officially released by Riot Season Records in mid October and is a limited 300 only black vinyl edition in a high gloss finished sleeve. It’s wonderful kraut/psych/space-rock from their own little universe. NOBODY sounds like Perhaps. And that can only be a good thing!
REO Speedwagon - The Early Years 1971-1977 (HNE Recordings, 2018)
In 1966 University of Illinois students Neal Doughty and Alan Gratzer, who lived in the same dormitory, met and became friends. Gratzer was the drummer in a couple of local bands and Doughty, a keyboard player, began following one of them, sitting in occasionally. The two wanted to play music different from the typical fraternity drinking songs that other bands were playing, preferring to include songs from Hendrix, The Kinks, The Beatles and The Doors, so they decided to form a band.
Mountain - “Flowers of Evil” / “The Road Goes Ever On” (BGO Records, 2018)
Your first image of Mountain might be their natty hippy clothes ransacked from Haight Ashbury of ’Frisco fame, where the Grateful Dead, Airplane and Janis Joplin smoked in their pads, but these titans of hair and tie-dies adorned leading musicians (one a producer) on the New York rock scene. They soon went on to become dubbed, in two incarnations, as a supergroup so beloved as a term of the music press in those heady days.
Buzzsaw - From Lemon Drops to Acid Rock (Out-Sider, 2015)
The Lemon Drops were one of those 60’s pop bands that disappeared from the musical map, with nearly everyone thinking that like so many, they’d gone up in flames … when nothing could have been further from the truth. With a bit of help from the lysergic, a new vision, and a revamping of the band, the core of The Lemon Drops relocated to the west coast and re-surfaced as The Buzzsaw; a power trio featuring ex-Lemon Drops Eddie Weiss [guitar], Gray Weiss [drums], along with Rick Fertel [bass].
Founded after losing a local band-contest, German garage rock trio Bikini Beach, consisting of Nils (voc, guit), Charlotte (voc, bass) and Manu (drums), kicked quite a few asses during four tours, supporting the likes of Gurr and Corners, and releasing three LPs, proving that garage punk still has something to say.
In a desert shadow of cityscapes and Midwest dreams, three caged children found themselves in a mathematical wave of wet tar. The collision of volcano steam and needles dragging across blank stitching allowed for a moment of transcending, simple communication systems. Faintlife’s music fuses together like a spinning top floating between obstacles; gently bouncing between dilated ears and elates the inquisitive soul. The overwhelming feeling of fluid brain synapses and osmosis can be discovered with every breath and pause. It’s funny and thrilling such as a ruffled birds nest you found on the edge of adolescence.
I think most people don’t get it. I love that they picked the name of one of the greatest albums of all time. But as I’ve said before, they pay omegas their hero’s. The lovely female vocals, the tunes, the stories, they have nothing to do with the Stones. And by the way, the Stones are not the greatest band in the world, THEY just said it so much that people believed it [the Stones haven’t put out a great album since Sticky Fingers]. George Harrison said it when he was on trial ... “We pick up what we’ve learned from others, if it sounds like someone else’s music, that’s probably because I’ve built on it.”
Earlier this year Italian trio Crimen released their long-overdue debut full-length Silent Animals. After over a decade as a band, spent honing their dizzying kraut-infected psych freak-outs into a malignant beast, the self-produced album was a serious declaration of intent that left them with a firm place on the map of anyone into the dark and fuzzed-out. Already back in the studio working on new material, the band are seeing off their debut with a brand new video for the lead single “Six Weeks”.
Syn Sessions is introducing new acts who are performing at Synasthesie Festival.
LeVent are Maryna Russo (Bass) Heike Rädeker (Bass VI / Vox) Frankie Neumeier (Drums). Berlin based trio LeVent got stoned, forgot to replace their guitarist, and then kept his name anyway. Formed in August 2015, the band has kept their shit together enough to have shared the stage with a bunch of talents including Kadavar, The Underground Youth, and Die Nerven, to name a few.
The Plastic Cloud have much going for them, so considering the band just one of so many softer rock outfits from the mid 60’s would be a mistake. With but a solitary album for the group to be remembered by, they gracefully bridged that gap between folk rock, garage and psychedelic far better than The Byrds, whom they were deeply influenced by.
Sixto Rodriguez’s amazing story was brought to the world’s attention in the 2012 Oscar-winning documentary Searching For Sugar Man. This talented musician, whose two sublime early ‘70s psychedelic folk albums--Cold Fact, and Coming From Reality--failed to make him a household name in America, stopped making music professionally and spent the next several decades of his life doing intense manual labor in Detroit, Michigan.
Astrodome is a four piece instrumental band from Porto, Portugal. I really loved their debut and have been waiting quite a long time for this one to arrive. The vinyl is still not out (a long story) but the digital version and cassettes are!
For the uninitiated, Marc Jonson is a hugely gifted US singer, instrumentalist, producer and performer originating from the town of Merrick, New York, and whose 1972 album for Vanguard, Years, whilst having remained a secret listening experience across decades for the few who knew of its existence, has proven to be something of an undiscovered beauty, or as I should now say a rediscovered beauty.
Atlantis Airport 1982 is an album that synthesizes realism and fantasy. Written and recorded in Los Angeles on analog and digital instruments it tells the story of a city that paralleled ours. “Atlantis”, the first track, introduces us to the atmospheres of Atlantis and the second track, “Airport”, merges our worlds. The third and final track, “1982”, is the soundtrack to a video game based on the story of Romeo and Juliette, or as it is known in Atlantis, Jeromeo and Juliette.
The year was 1968, incense was burning in every teen’s bedroom and even those such as me, who couldn’t play a musical note, carried around a green tambourine (acquaint yourself with the song “Green Tambourine” by The Lemon Pipers). AM radio still had their ‘standards & practices’ clauses, so when the folk duo Friend & Love delivered this sonically harmonic song, a number as enticing as Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)”, they jumped on it, pushing the song to the number ten Billboard slot that year.
Tashi Dorji is a celebrated free-form/improvisational guitarist. Born and raised in Bhutan, but transplanted to Ashville, NC in the early 2000’s. He is a musical force that is in a caliber of his own. The amount of originality in his playing could have only been summoned when one is forced to confront limitations and raise a big middle finger to the ‘status quo’.
One of the rarely lauded treats of mass media is that different cultural genres can be explored and experienced simultaneously. Watching the T.V. series Damnation I was struck by the song ‘Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Keep My Body Down)’: must be 50s blues or a modern souped-up version by such as The North Mississippi Allstars, maybe even Tame Impala? Nope. Gander my shock when I found it was by…a Swedish one-man band living in Paris! Of course, most of us well know that Scandinavia generally has much at the cutting edge of cross-cultural music, but also a one-man band sounding part Tom Waits, Capt. Beefheart, and John Lee Hooker sharing amps with Canned Heat!
For me, the cover says it all, what could be more psychedelic then the entire band looking off into the distance and one member turning just as the picture is being taken, to look you right in your dialated eyes ... as if knowing that you were looking [listening] was more important than what was drawing the band’s attention.
The rock genre is one of the most interesting ones in music history because it stretches over so many decades and involves so many different characters, bands, and different takes on the genre. When a single genre of music forms an umbrella under which you can rightly put Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix at the same time, you’re working with a lot of material. And sadly, rock has been around long enough that some of its most prominent contributors have long since passed - most of them well before their time. In this piece I want to take a look at a few of those rock stars, and specifically at the ones who’ve proven to have lasting influence over the genre even after death.
There are those living on the dark side of the moon who are gonna claim that Lazer Guided Melodies is far superior than anything materialized by Spacemen 3 and have obviously not considered All That Noise by The Darkside. And while this may be debatable, let me take the easy way out and say, ”Why shouldn’t it be better? Lessons were learned, stratospheres were explored, and like any good drug, once one knows the limitations, developing a more rich body of work while expanding on familiar concepts is exactly what an artist is supposed to do.”