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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - “Gumboot Soup” (2017) review


King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Gumboot Soup (Flightless Records, 2017)

Keeping the promise to their fans to release five albums in 2017, the Lizards snuck this one in under the wire on New Year’s Eve! But the Lizards are not anything if not prolific – this is their 13th full length in a little over six years, so fans have a lot to chew on and newbies have a lot of catching up to do. Luckily, the band are proficient songwriters and the septet which sometimes feels more like a commune than a rock band focus on quality, not quantity. So don’t go fearing this is just a collection of B-sides and flotsam and jetsam that was scraped off the cutting room floor to meet their remit. No, this is as strong a collection as anything these space cadets have released, suggesting without any doubt that they are at the top of the Australian psych scene.

Black Elephant - “Cosmic Blues” (2018) review


Black Elephant - Cosmic Blues (Small Stone Recordings, 2018)

Third album from Italian quartet continues to mine their heavy psychedelic blues, verging at times on sludgy Sabbathian riffage. There’s no denying guitarist Alessio Caravelli’s heavy metal rawk influences, and his typically chest-pounding thunderous vocals are vintage ’70s cock-rock posturing. Grunge fanatics may hear vestiges of Soundgarden trading riffs with Hendrix and the Experience throughout ‘Helter Skelter’ (not THAT one!), while others are sure to pick up possible influences from Nick Saloman’s side-long extended Bevis Frond wankoffs.

Naxatras interview


Naxatras is a hard psychedelic rock band from Greece. Their latest album is filled with psychedelic jams. III demonstrates band’s stylistic expansion towards progressive-rock, jazz and acid-rock territories.

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Agitation Free interview with Lutz Graf-Ulbrich


Lutz Graf-Ulbrich is one of the key figures of German experimental bands. He formed Agitation Free, and also played with Ash Ra Tempel (later Ashra). He accompanied Nico on guitar at many of her subsequent concerts. Lutz wrote the song “Reich der Träume” for her, which she sang on his solo debut LP Lüül published in 1981. He is still very active and recently published an autobiography which touches his life and relationship with Nico. His music career continues.

Oh Sees - “Smote Reverser” (2018) review


Oh Sees - Smote Reverser (Castle Face, 2018) 

Yet another act hampered with a silly name (in fact, they’ve rummaged through over half a dozen variations in their two-decade career and released albums under five different names), although that doesn’t seem to have hurt them financially – Smote Reverser is their 21st album overall! Essentially a revolving door of musicians assembled to record the musings of multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist John Dwyer, Oh Sees have had a love/hate relationship even amongst their staunchest supporters, as fans come and go and argue long into the night over the numerous musical detours the band has traversed, from garage to punk to prog to psych to noise and back again, often within the same album. As such, there’s probably something here to offend or appease everyone!

Kikagaku Moyo - “Masana Temples” (2018) review


Kikagaku Moyo - Masana Temples (Guruguru Brain, 2018)

Well, you had me as soon as I popped this on and felt Kurosawa Ryu’s headswirling sitar wash over me, but ‘Entrance’ is just one of the reasons why Kikagaku Moyo are one of my favourite psychedelic bands in the world right now. Their fourth album builds on the magnificence that dripped luxuriously from last year’s Stone Garden mini-LP. Ryu’s drummer brother Go’s 8-minute centerpiece ‘Dripping Sun’ opens with a funky wah-wah workout that could just as easily have sprung from an Morricone soundtrack for one of Leone’s spaghetti western epics, but big muff fuzz pedals parade through the studio around Go’s percussive taps and tender vocals to leave us in a lazy, laidback dreamy groove. Ryu’s keyboard additions add a jazzy element I haven’t heard too much before and it’s a fine addition to their musical trip bag. By song’s end, dueling guitarists Katsurada Tomo and Popal Daoud are ripping off some might fine solos to catch us before we drift off into Never Never Land!

Are Psychedelic Casino Apps the Future of the Industry?

Psychedelic media is known for pushing the boat out. We’ve seen films, TV shows, and music that all embrace themes of intense and vivid colors and pulsing, unusual patterns and lines to provide viewers and listeners with engaging atmospheres. 


With crossovers and mashups, such as the new music from Soft Sports and the pixelated neon style of psychedelic puzzle-game Tetris Effect, this sort of media is certifiably mainstream. No longer a niche interest relegated to light shows at music festivals, psychedelic media is being embraced by more and more people. And the latest example of its growing popularity in the mainstream? It’s the increase of psychedelic casino apps. 

What Psychedelic Casino Games Are There?

While you’ve probably played traditional slot games such as fruit slot machines, you should know that there are plenty of intense, neon-themed slots to choose from as well. One of the most well-known of these is a slot called Starburst, which is set in space and sees players matching colorful symbols shaped like gems, jewels, and stars. There are five reels, three rows and 10 pay lines on offer that will help to fully engross you in the gameplay experience. Starburst is also one of the most popular slots when it comes to slots bonuses as players can get free spins specifically for this slot game. There are bonuses for deposits too as some online casinos will double what you’ve deposited, so it’s a good way to test out what sort of psychedelic slots are out there.

A similar game to this is Moon Princess, another game set in the stars. This one offers a lunar adventure, but it’s not just stars and planets here as the titular princesses have abilities too, making this a wondrous, magical and psychedelic gaming experience.

Are There Other Psychedelic Video Games?


Slots benefit from having psychedelic settings because their intense graphics help to capture players’ attention, standing out in a sea of competing slot games. But it’s not just slot titles that have embraced these colorful schemes, as virtual reality (VR) video games do it too. One such example is music rhythm action game Beat Saber, in which players swing two differently colored lightsaber-like weapons in order to smash neon-colored blocks to the beat. Another psychedelic VR game is Pixel Ripped 1989, a wacky adventure inspired by retro games. It sees players playing a game within a game as they hop between worlds and different eras of gaming - if that’s not psychedelic then we don’t know what is! The way that VR headsets put players right in the middle of the action from a first-person perspective makes it a brilliant medium for psychedelic titles.
We’re just looking at the tip of the iceberg on psychedelic gaming here. The medium is focused on graphics and atmosphere, and that means that there is a lot of potential for making psychedelic experiences. Likewise, the interactive mechanics provide players with something they can’t get even from watching an abstract film or listening to a funky piece of music.

Baby Grandmothers interview with Kenny Håkansson


Baby Grandmothers are one of the most prolific and unique psychedelic, modal, experimental power-trios to emerge out of the Scandinavian psychedelic underground-scene. Merkurius is the mind-melting new surprise album from the originators of Swedish psychedelia. The band launches into drones, avant-garde dirges, and fevered hard rockin’ wig-outs heavily overblown with jams rocketing into surreal spheres.

Farida Amadou


“Isn’t it all about revendications, fucking the system and love?”

Farida Amadou is a Liège, Belgium based bass player, most well known for being part of the punk band Cocaine Piss and for her free improv sets with Steve Noble.

The Band Whose Name Is a Symbol interview with John Westhaver


The Band Whose Name Is a Symbol are a collection of musicians from Ottawa, Canada who play some of the best improvisational, free form psychedelic music.

Velvet Elevator interview


Velvet Elevator from Wollongong, Australia recently released a heavy psychedelic album Prīncipium. It’s been one of my favorites for awhile now.

Alpha Stone - “Stereophonic Pop Art Music” premiere


Pete “Bassman” Bain, one of the founding members of the UK cult psychrock band Spacemen 3, formed Alpha Stone after Spacemen 3 and his other band The Darkside split up in the mid-nineties. In 1996 the band recorded the album ’Stereophonic Pop Art Music’  and it was released on Bomp! Records on Compact Disc. The album hasn’t had a ”proper” vinyl release until now, 2018, when Höga Nord Rekords continues their collaboration with Pete Bassman by releasing the album.

Wizard Sleeve - “Come And Go” premiere


From their first EP Special Brew, here’s the video to “Come And Go”, an epic narrative about their experiences with the society around them in Brighton. Directed and animated by Alex Kazem Malaki.

Tokyo Jazz Joints


Documenting a vanishing world of Japanese jazz culture

“Jazz and freedom go hand in hand.” – Thelonious Monk

Tokyo Jazz Joints is a documentary photography project which began to document Tokyo’s myriad jazz bars and cafes back in March 2015, with little idea of how far and wide it would eventually reach.

Alpha Omega interview


Australian space rockers Alpha Omega

Steeple Remove - “Oval-Strii” premiere


Emerging out of Rouen, a small city in the Normandy region of France, Steeple Remove burst onto the European underground in 1998 with their debut release, The Importance of Being Steeple Remove, on the cult label Sordide Sentimental (Joy Division, Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV). Fast-forward twenty years and the band have just released their fifth full-length, Vonal-Axis, on London’s Fuzz Club Records. Their finest record to date, it’s a deeply-interesting listen that journeys from woozy shoegaze drones that weigh heavy on your chest to kosmische psych-pop and dubbed-out post-punk.


Terry Brooks and Strange - “Treasures and Gems from the Treasure Chest Volumes 1-5” (2018) review


Terry Brooks and Strange - Treasures and Gems from the Treasure Chest Volumes 1-5
https://terrybrooksandstrange.bandcamp.com/

One of America’s great independent rock and roll guitarists, Terry Brooks has been active professionally since the early 1960s. Growing up in Ohio, he toured the US “chitlin’ circuit” in his mid-teens as the only white musician in an all-black blues band. At this time, he began developing his trademark sound that is at once formidable and spaced-out while also deeply empathetic.

Radiorgasmo - “On My Way” premiere


Radiorgasmo is the project of three Italian multi-instrumentalists now living in Berlin. Their name stands for a high diversity of genre and atmosphere so that going from one song of the band to another is like switching from one radio channel to another. This should keep the listener constantly excited and surprised - fulfilling and pleasing many parts of his musical desires..

Automatism - “From The Lake” (2018) review


Automatism - From The Lake (Tonzonen, 2018)

Debut album (not counting their eponymous track downloadable on their Bandcamp site) from the Swedish psych quartet that grew out of Kungens Män, both of whom specialize in improvised “music that plays itself without effort”. The half dozen tracks float seamlessly between lengthy jam workouts, such as the astonishing twelve and a half minute opener ‘Standing Wave’ that creates a marvelously groovy vibe, a la Spacious Mind to shorter bursts of celestial inspiration like the perfectly-titled drifters ‘At Sea’ and ‘October Swim’.

Father Murphy interview


Father Murphy is the sound of the Catholic sense of Guilt. A downward spiral aiming at the bottom of the hollow, and then digging even deeper. Through the years the band became one of the most peculiar musical entities coming out of Italy. The duo, well known for their really intense live shows, something in between a ritual and an artistic performance, furiously performed all over Europe, and toured North America. Their latest album titled Rising. A Requiem for Father Murphy was announced as their final. It was released in April 2018 by Avant! Records and Ramp Local.

Martin Prim - “Beam Me Up Please” premiere


New single by Martin Prim (former member of Swedish band Vidunder).

Frankie Teardrop Dead - “All You Need Is Love and F*cking Peace” (2018) review


Frankie Teardrop Dead - All You Need Is Love and Fucking Peace (Panther Records, 2018)

Another band in love will adopting rather silly puns for their name (cf., Dandy Warhols, Brian Jonestown Massacre, et. al.), these dreamgaze Londoners don’t actually sound like their avant garde minimalist synth forebears (for the uninitiated, they’re named after a Suicide song). They’re also more like a neighborhood collective than a band, as their ranks occasionally swell to as many as seven different members. This musical variety (congas, synth, banjo, several guitarists and a couple of percussives) helps develop their wall of shoegaze sound into an occasionally disorienting headswirling maelstrom of psychedelic sludge we love so well here at It’s Psychedelic Baby Towers!

Hasting’s Street Opera - “Summertime” premiere


Unknown until now US private pressing from 1969. Underground psychedelic electric jazzrock / improv sound with mellow folk-rock moves and homemade / basement atmosphere. 


Ross Beattie presents It’s Psychedelic Baby podcast #32 (December)


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


The Mystery Lights - Flowers In My Head, Demons In My Mind
Psychic Lemon - Hey Droog!
Psilocibina - LSD 
Ty Segall - St Stephen
Sonic Youth - Junkies Promise
Jad Fair - New Girl Can’t Help It
Sunday’s & Cybele - Unbalanced
Allen Ginsberg - Dope Fiend Blues
Frozen Planet 1969 - Encore: A Herbal Miracle 
Fungus Hill - My Delusion 
God’s Teeth & The Interstellar Tropics - Hot Cheese (Part2)
Space Debris - Music Is God
Da Captain Trips - Mother Earth
Current 93 - Bright Dead Star

Go!Zilla interview


Modern Jungle’s Prisoners is the Go!Zilla comeback album, released two years after their last Sinking In Your Sea album. It’s the beginning of a new sound adventure for these five Italians.

M.A.D. - “Eight Of Coins” premiere


Mario Barrios grew up in a family with a long history in music, a third generation guitarist he was never far from it. His passion continued throughout his life leading him to play in the bands Gantez and Avid Dancer who just recently toured the states with the band BORNS. 

 

Darwin’s Finches - “Yaupon Tea” premiere


With a name making reference to obscure minutia of Charles Darwin’s research regarding the adaptive evolution of birds’ beaks, one might expect a certain esoteric character to a band. And Darwin’s Finches is certainly an anomaly of its own. But that doesn’t mean that they’re not a brilliantly catchy band. In fact, Good Morning Creatures II, the trio’s third album is a tart and twangy, hook-filled 10-song batch of great rock songs that sound as if they’d evolved completely out of contact with the rest of the rock world.



Soft Sports - “Gordon” premiere


Taking inspiration from artists such as George Harrison and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Soft Sports are the answer to your psychedelic-folk dreams. The newcomers use their Americana and soul infused rock to contort their influences into something subtly psychotropic and off-beat, reviving political-folk themes for the iPod generation.

King Buffalo - “Longing To Be The Mountain” (2018) review


King Buffalo - Longing To Be The Mountain (Stickman Records, 2018)

Rochester, NY is home to many fine bands, from many genres as well. However, none have captivated me like King Buffalo does. This bands members are able to weave lush soundscapes, soundscapes that will fill your ears with wonderment, and with tranquility.

3 Games Every Psychedelic Rocker Will Love


We love music and we love games, so it made sense to try to find some of the best games that our rocking readers would love. Here are a few of the best titles we found.

Beachglass - “Sunroom Sanctuary” (2018) review


Beachglass - “Sunroom Sanctuary” (2018)

I was deeply hoping Beachglass would release Sunroom Sanctuary before the end of the year, where instead of heading off to a show, here I sit with “Hard Heart” having just wasted my soul, while “And the Sunset” finds my feet up on the ottoman refusing to move.

The Limiñanas interview


They’ve Got Trouble In Mind – An Interview with Lionel Limiñana

The Sonic Dawn interview


Copenhagen psychedelic trio The Sonic Dawn have just completed a European tour with Heavy Psych Sounds label mate and stoner rock legend Brant Bjork. They have two albums under their belt already and their latest album is on the way early next year. Everything is looking acid drenched and paisley for this great Danish band. I caught up with their drummer Jonas Waaben to ask a few questions...

The Kundalini Genie interview


Spaced out drones, druggy melodies, a hammering rhythmic section and an eccentric, high octane frontman leading the charge.

Ōgon Batto


“Accepting time as a filter”

With Hedoro, Ōgon Batto made an album with 29 synth based and Japan influenced mini dramas. 

Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor - “All is Lust” premiere


Off the heels of the creation of the most sublime, hypnotic and spacey music of the band’s career with their album Lavender Blood, the Detroit trio Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor are back with a pair of new singles and an accompanying video.

Four of the Best Games for Psychedelic Film Fans


‘Psychedelic’ is an interesting word. It means ‘mind manifesting’, and is usually associated with the zany, strange, and out of this world. An art, music, and even movie genre all of its own, it’s intended to leave your brain feeling wonderfully warped. And now it’s come to the gaming sphere, too. If you fancy some truly perception-altering play, here are four of the best games to check out.

The Chemistry Set - “Firefly” premiere


“Firefly” is a heavy psych-pop ‘instant classic’, with fuzz guitars set to 11, exceptional bass guitar, 12 string Rickenbacker rhythms, powerhouse drumming, the dirtiest Farfisa you will hear this year, juxtaposing with beautiful ethereal vocals, arabesque swirls, amazing guitar solo and the cherry on the cake - phasing on the outro! 

Telephone Exchange - “Maschinelles Lernen” premiere


Telephone Exchange didn’t just set out to create an impressive debut album. They’re a band looking to challenge this existing framework of post-punk and psychedelia to create something new. The band deftly mixes hypnotique, analog white noise and infectious Kraut-inspired grooves with a dark, almost otherworldly ambiance. This is the soundtrack to the nightmares of conventional pop music.


The album tries to transpose the most obscure aspects of human workforce and professional practice into a machine learning artifact, which is eventually able to discern between performing, thinking, and all the moral, ethical, and ontological aspects around these actions. This object of study is eventually transformed into an electronic kind of animal, doomed to respond to induced stimuli within a glazed stall. Released on Ongakubaka Records.

Juleah - “Kahlua” premiere


Blending the bluesy rock & roll of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with the shoegaze decadence of Ride and Slowdive, Juleah has found its trademark sound in sweet but sultry vocals and the depths of reverb-soaked guitars. While remaining steeped in omnipresent psych leanings, Juleah has delicately perfected the art of genre reinvention, taking heed of everything from the snarl of southern guitar riffs to the shimmer of surf rock. 

Satan’s Satyrs interview with Clayton Burgess


Wild Beyond Belief!

Upon recovering from being steamrolled over by the onslaught of Satan’s Satyrs’ new album, The Lucky Ones you’ll likely wonder just what exactly it was that hit you. A punky, sleaze rock groove (perhaps even a whiff of 70s glam) meets NWOBHM melodicfury, Blue Cheer mass and volume, and Ozzy’s dramatic charisma condensed into a sound all its own, perhaps. At its core is an unstoppable, unpretentious exorcism of rock’n’roll exuberance.

Donovan’s Brain - “Convolutions of The Brain” (2018) review


Donovan’s Brain -“Convolutions of The Brain” (Career Records, 3CD/2018)

Essential career retrospective, “Convolutions” spans 25 years, 49 tracks, and four hours of inspired insanity from the Montana mindmelters, buoyed by a bevy of unreleased tracks, film scores (!), rare compilation tracks, and live goodies (where the Brains are arguably heard to best advantage), including their rehearsals for their Terrastock 4 performance in Seattle, Washington in 2000. The Brain were always an organic, catch-as-catch-can collection of members who popped in to God’s Little Ear Acre studios in Bozeman to regroup, swap reunion stories and lay down tunes left abandoned the last time they were in town. But main Brain Ron Sanchez is also a brilliant editor who’s managed to seamlessly combine segments sometimes separated by 25 years, which also accounts for the multiple versions of old favourites.

Wuzi - “Big Noose” premiere


4-piece Leeds based Psych-Rock band Wuzi are set to release their new EP “Severed Head” this Friday (30th). To kick the campaign off they’re sharing one of the four tracks with you now, this is ‘Big Noose.’ Wuzi on Facebook

ZEMENT interview


Hypnotic grooving, instrumental ‘krautrock’ from Würzburg, Germany. Tune in and drop out! Clearly, Can is a major influence, just like Ash Ra Tempel, NEU! or Cluster, but more in the context of approach and attitude.

Stories from Bent Wind


Long regarded as the holy grail of Canadian heavy psych fuzz bombers.

Strange Milk - “Mad Cats” premiere


The story of Strange Milk began with an amazing cover of “Animal On Est Mal” applauded by Gérard Manset himself. After an eponymous debut with Le Pop Club Records in 2016, acclaimed by French critics and preceded by two EPs (Infrasonic Sunflowers in 2011 and The Odd One Out in 2012), Strange Milk seeks today to expand the psychedelic influences of its debut. The band, which is now a trio, draws from the more dissonant and vaporous sounds of the nineties, seeking to mix the Golden Age of the sixties with the roughness of alternative rock. Before the release of its second album in 2019, Strange Milk will present a brand new single titled “Mad Cats”.

Violet - “Heaven Adores You” premiere


New single “Heaven Adores You” out now via HolyHowl.


Midlands 5 piece Violet come drenched in big sounds with an indie spark, combining influences that draw from 90s Grunge to Britpop. Pedal immersed guitars entwined with intricate drums and powerful basslines come together to create a unique ethereal, yet captivating sound. The band are likened to the ambiance of Slowdive, the mystique of The Horrors and the melancholy of Suede.

4 Places That Inspired Psychedelic Films That Are Worth Visiting


The greatest psychedelic films draw their inspiration from the world around us. The stimulating visuals and mind-bending backdrops of some of the most iconic films of all time are not merely the product of a director’s imagination, rather, they are the product of the surreal world we already live in. Any person can experience the backstreets of Blade Runner or the overpowering backdrops of Metropolis if they simply follow in the footsteps of the creators. Here are four places that inspired psychedelic films that you need to visit. 

The Morning Reign interview


It does not happen very often anymore that unreleased music from 50 years ago surfaces.

This is the story of The Morning Reign, a band of young fellas who could have become famous and mentioned in the same breath as The Doors, Eric Burdon & WAR, and all the other music legends of the Garage-Rock era – if their songs had been released back in the day. Surprisingly, they have released only four 45rpm singles during their existence although they had recorded enough material for an entire album. Order your copy from Perfect Toy Records.