It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine

It's Psychedelic Baby is an independent, music magazine. We are covering alternative, underground, non-commercial and non-mainstream artists in variety of shapes and genres. Exclusive interviews, reviews and articles. A place where musicians can express themselves. We serve an international readership.

Third Man Records interview with Ben Blackwell

Third Man Records was launched by Jack White in Detroit, MI in 2001, and in 2009 opened its current Nashville, TN location, which houses a record store, novelties lounge (featuring the Third Man Record Booth), label offices and distribution center, photo studio, and the world’s only live venue with direct-to-acetate recording capabilities. Third Man is an innovator in the world of vinyl records and a boundary pusher in the world of recorded music, aiming to bring tangibility and spontaneity back into the record business and issue releases that leave no doubt in the minds of listeners that music is indeed sacred.

Buddy Guy - “The Blues Is Alive and Well” (2018) review

Buddy Guy - The Blues Is Alive and Well (2018)

On The Blues Is Alive And Well Buddy Guy delivers a rather extensive collection of material, one containing fifteen tracks and clocking in at nearly sixty-five minutes of groove laden music.

Gene Clark - “Sings for You” (2018) review

Gene Clark - Sings for You (Omnivore Recordings, 2018)

To say that Gene Clark is an enigma would be an understatement, a powerful but hidden member of The Byrds, and after the Byrds crashed and burned, Clark’s solo career was sporadic at best.

Luna - “Lunafied” (2018) review

Luna - Lunafied (Run Out Groove Records, 2018)

First Time On Vinyl & First Public Release of Lunafied ...

Originally released as a download only, along with but a half dozen watermarked compact disc hard copies in 2006 from Rhino Music, the album Lunafied has finally seen the light of day, pressed to a double disc gatefold on 180g coloured vinyl.

HEKLA - “Boulevards” premiere

HEKLA - Gloomy psychedelic Doom Pop from Berlin

Led by the two dreamy vocals of the Swedish cousins Elsa and Teresa, the quartet from Berlin spans the arc from psychedelic rock with distorted guitars and flat organ riffs to melancholic avant-garde folk with intricate piano passages and hypnotic rhythms.

The Index interview

Index was a psych rock group from the Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Their debut The Black Album was released in December of 1967. This extremely rare album was limited to around 150 copies. Later they released The Red Album, which is also very rare. Their unique sound is what makes them so special. They gained a cult status among psych-garage collectors. Here’s an interview with guitarist John B. Ford and drummer Jim Valice.

Interview with Nate Hall of U.S. Christmas

Nate Hall, a mastermind behind U.S. Christmas - dark space rock collective from North Carolina. Nate has also a wonderful solo acoustic discography. 

Dave Bixby - “Ode To Quetzalcoatl” (1969) review

Dave Bixby - Ode To Quetzalcoatl (Self-released, 1969/ Reissue on Guerssen, 2018)

Originally championed in The Acid Archives, our late friend Patrick Lundborg’s essential bible of privately pressed, underground sounds of weird, Christian, avant garde, garage rock insanity (“one of the ultimate incarnations of tormented religious loner-downer folk”), Ode To Quetzalcoatl could be the result of some weird acid flashback or conversations with the risen Christ – you decide. Bixby’s just paying tribute to the spirituality that he experienced that helped him disavow drugs and produce the beautiful, peaceful music contained inside his debut album, originally recorded in a friend’s living room across three nights and self-released in 1969. Originally part of the mid-‘60s Grand Rapids (Michigan) garage and folk scene (Shillelaghs, Peter & The Prophets), Bixby struggled with LSD and other drugs du jour, before seeking a way out and finding solace in conversations with Christ-like entities. This album is his epiphany, a way, according to the excellent liner notes “to transform the instant and ineffable communications he received into something personal he could explore”.

The Laissez Fairs - “Empire Of Mars” (2018) review

The Laissez Fairs “Empire Of Mars” (RUM BAR Records, 2018)

The third album by Las Vegas psychedelic mod rockers The Laissez Fairs is truly a band effort, with vocalist/guitarist/bassist/drummer John Fallon and vocalist/12-string guitarist/keyboardist Joe Lawless contributing five tracks each to “Empire Of Mars.” Appearing on RUM BAR Records this CD release was, like its predecessor, recorded at Lawless Noise And Visions in Las Vegas, but this time produced by the band themselves.

From The Vault: Ancient Grease - “Women and Children First” (1970)

Hailing from South Wales, Ancient Grease made its way in the club circuit, making a good reputation for themselves playing covers under the name “Dust” in the late ‘60s. Shortly after having signed a deal with Mercury, they released this album, which received virtually no promotion from the label, leading the band breaking up. So, as they say, a typical early ‘70s one and done band. 

Humble Pie - “Official Bootleg Box Set 2” (2018) review

Humble Pie - Official Bootleg Box Set 2 (HNE Recordings, 2018)

Following up on 2017’s “Official Bootleg Box Set 1” drummer Jerry Shirley has compiled a five CD box set of live recordings by Humble Pie, featuring performances from 1971 through 1981. The collection begins with one of the first gigs to feature guitarist Clem Clempson and ends with a soundboard tap of the band recorded just a couple of months before the band broke up for the second time in July, 1981.

Strange Culprits - “Strange Culprits” (2018) review

Strange Culprits - Strange Culprits (Self-released, 2018)

Does heartland rock still have a home in 2018? Apparently so. The Bay Area trio, Strange Culprits, just debuted their self-titled album. It’s 8 tracks worth of saturated distortion, bluesy male vocals, and bare-bones song structures. But what the group lacks in songwriting, they make up for with well-produced rock n’ roll. So grab that red solo cup and start swaying.

Byl Zamechen interview with Khleb

Byl Zamechen are an underground trio from Ukraine. They are clearly influenced by Gong, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, Amon Düül II, Hawkwind and many other freak-out projects from the past. It was a great pleasure discovering their album стало ещё только хуже (It Just Get Worse) (Robustfellow, 2016). It’s difficult to describe their sound. Strange psychedelia with dark undertone is the blueprint of Byl Zamechen. Here’s an interview with Khleb of Byl Zamechen.

DOMADORA - “Lacuna Jam” premiere

France’s premium psychedelic jammers DOMADORA return with their long-awaited third full-length Lacuna this June 29th.

Bunny & The Invalid Singers - “Fear of The Horizon” (2018) review

Bunny & The Invalid Singers - Fear of The Horizon (Bearsuit, 2018)

An old favourite ‘round these parts, the mysterious “Bunny” has spent time in numerous projects (Idiot Half Brother, Whizz Kid, AWSTS) and has been variously backed by The Electric Horsemen and, once again, The Invalid Singers, although rumour has it the latter may be clever pseudonyms for the solo work of an enigmatic Scot from Edinburgh! Newcomers may be put off by the glitchy trappings swarming around his dreamy, meandering explorations into proggy waters (“Hol’ on, guv’ner, is my record scratched already?”), but they’ll soon become second nature and dissolve into the background the deeper you get in to the album. Opener ‘Eamon The Destroyer’ tosses kitchen sink arrangements of De Wolfe library music, metallic K.O. guitar scrapings, and skronky keyboards into a bubbling cauldron of influences that’ll leave heads scratched and lips smiling amidst sundry chin-stroking.

From The Vault: Moby Grape - “Moby Grape” (1967)

San Francisco, 1966, the Summer Of Love ... it was all of that, much more and much less. When one thinks of the music scene that flourished during that year, one usually thinks of that the artists were from the Haight Ashbury District, when in fact, most of them, nearly all who became legends, transplanted themselves to The Haight, as it was the new youth and cultural center of the universe. Groups like The Grateful Dead, Steve Miller, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Santana, Canned Heat, and others quickly established themselves and rose to the surface as spokesmen for their generation ... but truth be told, for every Jefferson Airplane or Grateful Dead, there were dozens of great bands that made little more then a ripple, like H.P. Lovecraft, Ace Of Cups and the all but forgotten Moby Grape.

Spirit interview with Mark Andes

Heart, Spirit, Firefall, Canned Heat, Stevie Nicks, Dan Fogelberg, Whitesnake, Jo Jo Gunne, Chris Hillman, Kim Carnes, John Fahey, Iain Matthews, Kelly Willis, Jim Lauderdale, Eliza Gilkyson, and Joe Walsh. . . all have relied on the brilliant musicianship of Mark Andes to punctuate their songs and elevate their musical visions to chart-topping status. He has been the rock solid support on bass guitar, songwriting and vocals for all of the above... and more.

Garm - “I” premiere

From the tweaked out wasteland of Southern California comes the schizo-tonal-musings of two sub-dimensional-fuzz-beings, Lord Salamander and Garm. Early in their embryonic development, their unnatural rhythms should be barely audible, yet, screeching through greasy layers of malignant flesh comes the stabbing flow of sonic energy. Lord Salamander rends your ego in two with its eclectic grooves while Garm drives on ceaselessly - like a dryer with a brick thrown in it till it tears itself apart. This release was recorded in Colorado and smashed onto one highly unstable slab of wax that is definitely not FDA approved.

Out on June 23 at Clydefest - pre-order your vinyl now!

Banshee interview

Psychedelic punk in its best possible shape. Here are the Banshee!

Ghostly Beard - “Inward” (2018) review

Ghostly Beard - Inward (Self-released, 2018)

Patrick Talbot, the elusive talent behind the Canadian artist Ghostly Beard, has spent the last five years releasing a variety of what he calls “emotive prog-pop.” Hopping between different palettes of sound without fear, the artist says he takes comfort in the anonymity of his musical pseudonym. Almost as a form of peaceful protest in the face of the modern world’s predominately individualistic culture, he seeks to divorce any ego from the creative process. Inward, his latest LP, surveys singer/songwriter pop, blues rock, and psychedelic folk.

Wulijimuren - “Sun of UTC+8” (2018) review

Wulijimuren - Sun of UTC+8 (Self-released, 2018) review

The NYC-based prog rock artist Wulijimuren has debuted Sun of UTC+8, a prog rock album that treats the electric guitar like a storybook. Spanning 12 tracks, it’s a testament to his love of the instrument and its vastly eclectic capabilities. Drawing on melodic tropes heard in everything from Metallica to John Mayer to Michael Jackson, it appears to subvert and decontextualize the electric guitar. And rightly so. Originally from Mongolia, Wulijimuren seeks to reinvent our cultural associations. Or, at the very least, challenge them.

You Said Strange - “Salvation Prayer” album premiere

You Said Strange come from the north-western region of Normandy in France, although if it was up to them they’d come from the States, somewhere between Texas and Cali. They’ve been growing their own Norman-spiced definition of psychedelia for a few years now, making their way on a historically busy road. Having just signed to Fuzz Club, You Said Strange are gearing up for the release of their debut full length, ‘Salvation Prayer’, out June 8th.

Bang - “Best Of Bang” (2018) review

Bang - Best Of Bang (Ripple Music, 2018)

It’s rare that a band will grab me by my throat, and insist that I listen to it. However, that exact thing happened this past April, and it is a group, a trio actually, that made the bulk of their music in the early 70’s; that groups name is Bang, and they are a phenomenal musical act!! Ripple Music recently released The Best of Bang, and I am a Ripple Music fanatic, so obviously I asked Todd Severin, who owns and runs Ripple, to send me a digital copy. 

Krankshaft - “III Mysteries” (2017) review

Krankshaft - III Mysteries (Stereo Records, 2017)

Steve Pond – guitars, keyboards, vocals
Alex Tsentides – bass, vocals
Kevin Walker – drums, vocals
Visuals by Dr. Foxon

Originally known as The Maximum Effect, Krankshaft began in 1985 as a trio featuring guitarist Steve Pond, bassist Phillip Reeves (aka Dead Fred), and drummer Mick Stupp, all three of whom were former members of space punk band Inner City Unit with saxophonist Nik Turner. After they recorded their high energy 7-inch single “Espana/The Wrecker”, Pond and Reeves were asked by the late lyricist/poet and Hawkwind vocalist Robert Calvert to be his backing band. Calvert briefly called them Krankshaft for a live performance and recording at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1986, then they changed their name back to The Maximum Effect for subsequent performances. Soon thereafter, Pond and Reeves parted ways with Calvert who died of a heart attack in 1988.

Ross Beattie presents It’s Psychedelic Baby podcast #27 (June)

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

Psychedelic Horseshit - New Wave Hippies
Nirvana - Rainbow Chaser
The Darkside - Guitar Voodoo 
Edgar Broughton Band - Psychopath 
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Silent Stream
The Bevis Frond - High In A Flat
Man - Codine
Gnod - The Mirror
The Dead C - South
Relatively Clean Rivers - A Thousand Years
Ty Segall & White Fence - Good Boy
Senyawa - Bala
Daevid Allen - The Voice Of OM
Daniel Higgs - Hoofprints On The Ceiling Of Your Mind

Humble Pie - “Back On Track” / “Live In Cleveland” (2018) review

Humble Pie - “Back On Track” / “Live In Cleveland” (HNE Recordings, 2018)

Known best as the group that brought together members of Small Faces (Steve Mariott), Spooky Tooth (Greg Ridley) and The Herd (Peter Frampton), Humble Pie formed in 1968, with Marriott and Frampton on guitars and vocals, Ridley on bass and vocals and drummer Jerry Shirley. The original band ran until 1975, with Clem Clempson of Colosseum replacing Frampton in 1971, releasing three top 40 UK LPs, one with Frampton, two with Clempson, and one top 5 UK single, their debut, the Marriott penned “Natural Born Bugie.” The band was a constant live force, and enjoyed one Top 10 and two Top 20 US albums with Clempson, as well as the legendary double LP live set “Performance Rockin’ The Fillmore” recorded with Frampton, although none of their singles charted in the US.

Admlithi - “Bats In Your Head” premiere

Armellodie Records is proud to present he debut album from Admlithi, a mystery man cutting around the Northern shores of Scotland. Having abandoned making music many years ago, it came both as a surprise and by accident that Tyrantsbegan to take shape.

Daniel Daniel interview

The Lonesome Hollow comes across like the soundtrack to some pulp novel drama, and why shouldn’t it, the songs sound as if they’ve fallen from the sky, with many of the numbers coming to life as if they’ve been lifted from some half forgotten yellowed newspaper that’s been sitting on the counter in an off the beaten path diner for longer than anyone can remember.

Wooden Shjips - “V.” (2018) review

Wooden Shjips - V. (Thrill Jockey, 2018)

Couch-bound intoxication ...
With the star filled nights of summer just around the corner, like satellites drifting effortlessly across the velvet sky, Wooden Shjips have drifted in with their most sustained luscious and intoxicating album V..

Crooked Flower - “Darkness and Light” (2018) review

Crooked FlowerDarkness and Light (Self-released, 2018)

The Bay Area outfit Crooked Flower has got the psychedelic rock formula down pat. Their recently released EP, Darkness and Light, is a guilty pleasure for any fans of wobbly bass, spacey reverb, and a lead guitar that seems to trudge through a river of glistening mud. The four-member band has the songwriting prowess of Spirit and the angst-drenched dynamism of The Breeders.

Femme Equation - “Mantra” premiere

Words by artist Felix Kiessling: I am thrilled we have embedded these beautiful noise patterns into the Femme Equation music video for the song “Mantra”. 

Benjamin Delaney Lion

Adrian Lewis with sitar (1970)

In the galaxy of UK private press LPs there are still some obscurities that are yet to get their time in the light. One such release is the excruciatingly rare album from Benjamin Delaney Lion, a folk duo who recorded a sole LP in July 1969.

The Byrds - “Original Singles A’s & B’s 1965-1971” (2012) review

The Byrds - Original Singles A’s & B’s 1965-1971 (Columbia, 2012)

There was a time in the 1960s when US Top 40 radio and record sales were dominated by British invasion bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stone, The Kinks and The Who. The US had a few answers, but none more potent, or competent, than The Byrds, who had a string of incredible singles and classic albums, and were able to evolve with the times, from folk rock, through psychedelic rock before finally settling into the country rock genre. While never acquiring the fame of their UK contemporaries, The Byrds certainly held their own, and for a period of time were arguably the most important American band of their time.

Sam Asgari - “Good Night” premiere

In the meet between 60’s revival and experimental indie-rock we find Sam Asgari - a duo consisting of brothers Sam and Rafael. With their debut album on the way via Bergen based Tik Records, we first present the single ‘Good Night’. Written and recorded in a dark basement home studio, and handled with the magic mixing mind of Underschön studios Robert Jønnum, it has turned the perfect soundtrack for your late summer evenings. This is a meeting of Baroque orchestral music, a solid electric groove and a message as old and classic as it is true - “Love is all we need to go on”. 

Barclay James Harvest - “Barclay James Harvest” (1970) review

Barclay James Harvest - Barclay James Harvest (Esoteric Recordings, 1970/2018)

Music-finders all, how do we come to our stuff today in this new century? Much of course forms the core of our collection, as if DNA-like essence from youth. Over time this becomes shaped via nostalgia, honed by new discoveries and a wish, maybe, for a fuller picture of the time and its genre. Great stuff!

Arcadian Child - “Afterglow” (2017) review

Arcadian Child - Afterglow (Rogue Wave Records, 2018)

I am a huge fan of the most recent wave of psychedelic music that is happening across the globe. There are so many bands doing some amazing things with the genre, from Sun Voyager to Ruby the Hatchet to the subject of this review... Arcadian Child. They just recently released an album called Afterglow on the Ripple Music imprint called Rogue Wave Records, and it is absolutely phenomenal! These 8 songs move and sway, shifting with the feel of the extremely talented musicians playing the tunes they love.

Daniel Daniel - “The Lonesome Hollow” (2018) review

Daniel Daniel - The Lonesome Hollow (2018) 

The Lonesome Hollow comes across like the soundtrack to some pulp novel drama, and why shouldn’t it, the songs sound as if they’ve fallen from the sky, with many of the numbers coming to life as if they’ve been lifted from some half forgotten yellowed newspaper that’s been sitting on the counter in an off the beaten path diner for longer than anyone can remember.

The Rebels of Tijuana - “Et le blizzard s’estompe” premiere

Upcoming album Asile by The Rebels of Tijuana is probably the most soulful homage to French 60s and 70s pop you will hear this year! Over two LPs the Rebels are exploring a universe of psychedelia, folk rock, pop and Latin jazz as blue as the smoke of a Gitanes and as bright as the sun on a summer afternoon.

The Asteroid No.4 - “Collide” (2018) review

The Asteroid No.4 - Collide (13 O’Clock Records, 2018)

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been riding with Asteroid #4 for two decades now, with their new album Collide celebrating those mystic years when they first washed my Philadelphia nights with their hypnotic watercolored jangling guitar driven emancipations, then up and moved themselves to California, the land of warmth and sunshine, where here with a limited edition gatefold on clear vinyl they’ve delivered an enticing postcard, suggesting that they are very happy with their tall glasses of fresh orange juice and girls in summer dresses all year long.

Albert Mayr

“Like African drummers on whiskey”

Vienna based artist Albert Mayr made single sided LP which contains the recording of dripping water, called ‘Drop Studies’.

Mouvements - “Mouvements” (1976/2018 reissue) review

Mouvements - Mouvements (Guerssen Records, 1976/2018 reissue) 

This is the first ever reissue of a very strange and bizarre album from Switzerland. It was originally released in 1973 as a box set and sold in art galleries. Only 150 were pressed. Material was recorded by a group of jazz and avant garde musicians in 1972, including Christian Oestreicher, Jean-François Boillat, Blaise Catalá and Jerry Chardonnens.

Half Human - “Panorama” premiere

Brooklyn post-punk group Half Human are releasing their first full-length record Positive Image through label and press Specious Arts. The LP follows their debut 7” record. On Positive Image the band moves the focus more towards vocals while still following its path of sonic and structural experimentation. While songs like “The Bell” and “Harbinger” suggest the angular and brooding sides of post-punk respectively, the band also creates complex textures using layered instruments and collaged found sounds.

Luna - “Lunafield”

Run Out Groove Records has a monthly poll which allows us to choose an album that they will then press in a limited run. For May’s vote they are throwing Luna’s Lunafied into the ring. Head over to Run Out Groove to vote to get a double LP release of some of the finest covers ever recorded!

Igor Wakhevitch interview

The neckless is the thread, the unity. Let’s say, the line, the trajectory. Unity. I am the neckless and my albums are the pearls! My god. But each pearl is different, their aspect is different. It’s not the same pearl repeated each time. What makes the beauty of a neckless is all these elements put together. My neckless is not yet completed.

Igor Wakhevitch started his career as a brilliant classical pianist and was the pupil of the great french composer Olivier Messiaen at the “Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse” in Paris, the most prestigious music school of France.

Próxima Parada - “Desert Bloom II” premiere

From the moment the beautifully crafted, perfectly toned guitar notes enter your ear drum, you may immediately be brought to a place of such legendary California bands such as Circles Around the Sun, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Beachwood Sparks and even The Grateful Dead. 

One element to this track the sets the band apart is the soulful almost ancient sound vocals of frontman Nick Larson. The sound of his voice feels like it’s plucked from the Topanga Canyon era David Crosby recording sessions. “Desert Bloom II” is synced harmoniously with footage from the powerful documentary Where There Once Was Water. The footage shot by Brittany Anzel App takes you through a vivid California landscape and explores the wonders of the great state of California. We hope to hear much more in the future from this intensely talented San Luis Obispo band. Check out their album on Spotify.

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Sherpa The Tiger - Great Vowel Shift premiere

Sherpa The Tiger are a brand-new band hailing from Lviv, Ukraine. With an arsenal of decrepit Soviet synthesisers, the four-piece combine a love of minimalist ambient music and the kosmische grooves that came pumping out of Eastern Europe in the 60s/70s.

There are two sides to Sherpa The Tiger, there are the dancy groove-ridden cuts that channel the funkier repetitions of CAN’s Future Days LP, held together and propelled by a jagged drumbeat that Jaki Liebezeit would surely be proud of. And then there are the more stripped-back moments, which see cosmic, ambient deconstructions that could easily have found themselves on the score of some kind of 80s crime-thriller set against the neon-lit backdrop of Miami.

King Ropes - “Green Wolverine” (2018) review

King Ropes - Green Wolverine (Self-released, 2018) review

Dave Hollier left his hometown of Bozeman, Montana to move to Brooklyn, NY. His life was just starting. It was the 1980s—New York was sweaty, loud, and ferociously teeming with big dreams. It was here that the Hollier began taking influence from greats like The Pixies, Tom Petty, Kraftwerk, and Tom Waits.

Patrick Grant - “A Sequence of Waves (Twelve Stories and a Dream)” interview

Patrick Grant - A Sequence of Waves (Twelve Stories and a Dream) (Peppergreen Media, 2017) 

The NYC-based composer and performer Patrick Grant has had a long and gleaming career that continues on with his newest release, A Sequence of Waves (Twelve Stories and a Dream). The album is a refined collection of genre-bending and experimental tracks that many critics struggle to pin down. Stumbling into post-minimalism, modern classical, prog rock, and post-rock territory, the album wears many masks. And for good reason, given Grant’s accomplished background.

The Laissez Fairs - “Target On My Back” (2017) review

The Laissez Fairs - Target On My Back (Birs Recordings, 2017)

A wonderful psychedelic mod rock band from Las Vegas, NV, The Laissez Fairs, namely John Fallon and Joe Lawless, follow up to their 2016 self-titled debut release with this ten track slab of gorgeous tunes on the Birs Recordings label. The album is comprised of nine band originals and a wonderful cover of The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s “Nightbird” all performed with zest and incredible enthusiasm.