It’s taken me years to write this review for The Wall, an album from the world’s premier psychedelic band, one that was anything but sweeping in its expanse, anything but grandiose in its embrace of the cosmos, an album firmly rooted and earthbound, an album steeped in the attitudes of reactionary punk, yet dismissed by that genre as the singular band they wanted to tear down more than any other.
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Try A Little Sunshine (Grapefruit, 2018)
The popular interpretation of 1969’s musical landscape evokes a number of epochal keystones of recent collective memory. Woodstock, the Stones in Hyde Park and the Beatles performing on the rooftop at Savile Row dominate much of the pop cultural fascination surrounding the final year of this tumultuous decade. Retroactively, this appears like a climax of sorts to the psychedelic counterculture at large, a cathartic release of the seismic pressure building since 1967’s famed Summer of Love. Therefore, it’s surprising to learn that at the time, psychedelia was believed to be an already dead fad. At the Apple offices in London on September 19th, 1969, in an interview with Paul McCartney regarding the pending release of the Beatles’ eleventh album, ‘Abbey Road’, the BBC’s David Wigg provided a contemporary voice to this view. “Why did you use the lyric, ‘Turn me on’ and ‘blow my mind’? I rather felt that sounded a bit passé in 1969, cuz it’s been used so much in the past”.
Alice In Chains - Rainier Fog (BMG Rights Management LLC)
Ok, here we go. Alice In Chains. In 2018. Their first album in half a decade. It’s a bit daunting to review a group that’s had such a dramatic impact on my life, a group that seems to pull their sound up from a deep pulsating void that escapes so many artists. Their bellowing vocal harmonies ooze from the jagged lips of a rusted beer can. The notes that cascade off their guitars apprehend the authority of primordial legend. No doubt they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. But hey, I’m not writing this for them.
Manfred Mann - The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann, Mann Made, Mann Made Hits, Soul Of Mann (Umbrella Music LP/CD)
These four “artist approved” albums constitute what is the earliest chapter in the lifespan of one of the original, London-based R&B groups who began life at the dawn of the early 1960s beat boom.
We probably should have seen The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon coming, an album of thirteen well known and well loved tracks that lead singer Ian McCulloch felt needed not only to be reinterpreted but to be re-envisioned, if not outrightly reinvented. After all, on his solo album Holy Ghosts he not only revisits Echo & The Bunnymen material, but re-explores numbers from his solo catalog.
All You Need Is Fuzz (2018)
Garage bands, especially of the psychedelic variety, were a phenomenon that flourished in the 1960’s and saw a resurgence in the 1980’s. The lifespan of most was rather short, and the recorded legacies of the bands as well as their biographies have remained rather sketchy, most being superficial or rather pedestrian at best. Occasionally however, a band comes upon the scene and through sheer will, an incredible amount of work, and a true love of the music, soldiers on for a longer period of time. It is rare indeed for a band to last ten years, let alone the thirty year duration of The Marshmallow Overcoat.
As psychedelic as you can get!
Now, you know our taste in music here at It’s Psychedelic Baby, but do you have any idea what kinds of movies we like? We’ll give you a clue—the genre starts with ‘psy-,’ and, no, it’s not ‘psychological thrillers’ (good guess, though). No, we like nothing more than a good old-fashioned mind-melting psychedelic movie. Think Willy Wonka (the original, of course), but with more boat scenes.
“A cross between Dome and Roxy Music”
Matt Krefting and Scott Foust, both key figures of the Western Massachusetts underground, but from a different generation, made one record together, 2010s post punk/no wave album The Things I’ve Lost. At the time released by Entr’acte, now re-released by Feeding Tube.
New album by The Blank Tapes!
The Blank Tapes released a new album ‘Candy’ June, 2018. Matt Adams paired some of the album’s tracks with some of his favorite soft and dreamy psychedelic pop from the past and present. Stoner, beach party, California desert vibezzz.
Wolverhampton based psych stalwarts Lions of Dissent are poised to release their new single ‘Honey From Hell’, the thunderous fuzz-fuelled statement of intent, with rip-roaring guitars and an impossibly infectious chorus hook. The track will be released on the bands own Lion Rebel Recordings.
A freak-out group founded in 1995 by members of the Acid Mothers Temple soul collective and led by Kawabata Makoto. Its lineup is ever-mutating.
Kamikaze Tapes is proud to present two classic AMT albums together on one awesome cassette. Limited edition of 200 worldwide.
There’s nowhere to begin with After Bathing At Baxter’s than with the cover art, where for a sixteen year old in 1967, I was completely captivated by a tri-winged San Francisco style flying house, complete with marijuana bushes peaking out of the windows, that in full colour was aimlessly winging its way over piles of black and white trash, a sea of pollution and debris, where balloons and coloured confetti (though I was informed that this was blotter acid at the time) were being dispensed over just about any anonymous city in America during the middle of the psychedelic 60’s. Of course over the years I’ve come to learn that this flying house represented the 2400 Fulton Street pad that The Jefferson Airplane called home, and oddly enough wasn’t painted in day-glow paints, but rather totally in black and white, at least from the outside.
Kingnomad - The Great Nothing (Ripple Music, 2018)
Kingnomad, a band signed to my favorite label, Ripple Music, has a new album out there called The Great Nothing. This release is six songs of killer psychedelic mastery. From the vocals, to the songwriting, to the power, everything about this album is highly enjoyable. I try my best to pick out a favorite, but that is an exercise in futility, because all of these songs swirl, rock and roll with all the power of their predecessors.
Telestrion - Blazing In The Sky (2018)
Telestrion, a stoner psych band based in Atlanta, has an album out, and it is called Blazing In The Sky. This record has psych, funk, stoner, and many other influences peppered throughout it, none of which is overused, or used badly at all.
ivoryHAUS - Clouds (Self-released, 2018)
In preparation for his debut album, set to release on September 14th, the Philadelphia producer ivoryHAUS has dropped “Clouds.” An ethereal downtempo single, the track navigates a murky array of synths, delay-soaked keyboard, drums, and bass. It’s thick with synthetic acrobatics, but the whole soundscape could not feel smoother. Even the bridge—if you can use that jargon with this kind of chillwave EDM—is satisfying but verging on subliminal. The pings of a gyrating keyboard plunge right in front of us, almost without our knowing.
Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz - Of All These Things (2018)
The Californian singer/songwriters Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz have come together to bring us Of All These Things, an indie folk album of exemplary craftsmanship. Every cut on the release is as crisp as an apple—and for good reason too, as this is only the duo’s first formal release together. The two have been collaborating as far back as 2003.
dep - We Are The Lights That Will Not Go Out (Self-released, 2018)
“I think anyone who makes anything has certain water-shed moments in their life creatively. This feels like one of mine,” reads the description for dep’s newest album, The Lights That Will Not Go Out. The artist hails from Asheville, North Carolina and fuses together a captivating concoction of post-rock and ambient electronica.
The Moldy Dogs were formed in the Fall of 1972 when Wolf Roxon met Paul Major while attending Webster College in St Louis. Wolf Roxon later on formed a lot of bands including The Tears, The Metros and Walkie Talkie and at the same time also started solo projects. He recently released Reflections From The House of Buttermilk, which I highly recommend!
Space Babies is the musical project of Rebecca and Michael Vest in collaboration with Dave Scher and John X Volaitis, spreading love and happy vibrations from Venice, California. These cosmic beings are here to reflect on all the beauty in this world with their intergalactic groove and trippy melodies. Inspired by the 60’s and 70’s psychedelia, Ancient Future, human evolution and pristine nature, their music aims to connect with the world and all that is freaky and beautiful. Combining their thoughtful lyrics and mellow sound with far out space imagery, Space Babies wants to reach out to their future tribe all around the world.
The Soulbenders - Hey Joe / I Can’t Believe in Love (1967)
Tracking the number of covers for the musical standard “Hey Joe,” made famous by Jimi Hendrix, though penned and registered for a copyright by Billy Roberts back in 1962, with the earliest known recording of the song being laid down by the garage band The Leaves in 1966, yet still, others claim that Dino Valenti gets the credit, who also went by the name Jesse Farrow and Chester Powers, and was a founding member of Quicksilver Messenger Service.
Soviet Hippies is a documentary film about counterculture movement in Soviet Union. It’s a wonderful in-depth view behind the Iron Curtain and youth’s mindset. There are some newly discovered film footage that completely mesmerized my experience of watching the documentary. As a big music enthusiast I was really curious about music, as documentary also released its soundtrack on vinyl.
In December 1968, a young Californian musician walked out of a Nashville recording studio for the last time. Having applied the finishing touches, the slight 22-year-old’s first and final solo album would be released the following year to near-silence. One of many low-budget, quick-fix LPs released in the dying days of the 1960s, it even went on to the rather embarrassing feat of being (for some time) the worst-selling LP in Columbia Records history.
The Countdown 5 - Complete Recordings 1965-1969 (Gear Fab Records, 2018)
Members of the Galveston Bay, Texas’ rock scene of the middle to late 1960’s, The Countdown 5 were part owners of the renowned Houston recording studio Andrus Productions, where producer Walter Andrus recorded many bands, including the 13th Floor Elevators and Fever Tree. While the group never got the big break to record an LP, they did manage to release several singles on a variety of labels, and while none hit big in the US, years later the group did learn that one of their singles had actually topped the charts in Germany for a short period of time. Finally, nearly fifty years after the band called it quits, their entire recorded legacy has been compiled on a two CD collection by Gear Fab Records, and quite a treat it is.
It’s Psychedelic Baby Magazine interview with Alan Munson and Sundazed Music
Alan Munson - “One Man’s Journey”
Alan Munson - “One Man’s Journey”
Sundazed / Modern Harmonic Records
Nashville TN - New York NY
Sundazed Music/ Modern Harmonic Records has assembled, produced and recently released a 2018 compilation album of Alan Munson’s music, titled “One Man’s Journey”.
Gyasi - “Peacock Fantasies” (Escaped Peacock Records, 2018)
What would happen if the psychedelic guitars of Traffic’s “Mr. Fantasy” met glam-rock … with the answer bing Peacock Fantasies by Gyasi, a relentless well written well delivered and well produced record you shouldn’t miss, one laced with mystery and swagger.
Manchester’s Purple Heart Parade are set to unleash their expansive second EP!
‘Lonestar EP’ is a sonic delight that revels in all things psychedelic, from 60s garage to 90s shoegaze, and recalls the likes of Spiritualized, Black Angels and Stone Roses. Reverb laden guitars are used to create an engulfing sea of feedback that washes over smooth melodies and slacker beats, while intense vocals are soaked in dreamlike effects that soar over effortless instrumentation.
Nyl’s 1976 sole release is curiously still very much under the radar despite it being one of the most intriguing French psychedelic/prog albums from the 70’s. The music is highly creative and energetic with a definite space-rock feel in the style of Hawkwind, but also reminiscent of Amon Düül II and Agitation Free. Michel Peteau’s guitar is the driving force around which all other elements create a whirlwind of sonic psychedelic infusion veering between loud psychedelia and irreverent pulsating rock groove “a la” Gong. Features Ariel Kalma (flute and sax), as well as Janick Top (From Magma) and Bernard Lavialle (from Ame Son). Originally released on Richard Pinhas Urus Records. Golden Pavilion Records reissued the album in high quality heavy paste-on gatefold cover, limited to 500 copies in black vinyl and 100 in coloured vinyl.
Ten Years After - Live at the Fillmore East 1970 (Pledge Music, 2018)
Another vinyl experience that shouldn’t be missed …
Ten Years After were relentless, proving for all time that they were perhaps the most wondrous live band walking the planet, with this being their fourth, and best, live outing in what was then a rather short career.
Atomic Vulture - Stone of the Fifth Sun (2018)
Hey, guys, it’s me again, TC Mayhem, bringing you another review; a review of an instrumental group named Atomic Vulture. This Belgian trio churns out riff after riff of sweet stoner space rock. Their newest album, released this past May, is called Stone Of The Fifth Sun, and it is 5 tracks of swirling, atmospheric, and heavy riffing awesomeness.
Woolly Wolstenholme (& Maestoso) - Strange Worlds: A Collection 1980-2010 (Esoteric Recordings, 2018)
Born in 1947, Woolly Wolstenholme helped found UK progressive rock band Barclay James Harvest. Wolstenholme taught himself keyboards, first mellotron, then organ, piano and synthesizer. With influences ranging from Love and Vanilla Fudge through Mahler to UK and Radiohead, he stayed with Barclay James Harvest until 1979. Over the next thirty years, Wolstenholme would record six albums, five with of them with his band Maestoso. These six albums, supplemented by bonus tracks as well as a complete disc of demos and song fragments have been compiled by Cherry Red Records’ Esoteric Recording imprint and are presented in the massive seven disc comprehensive collection “Strange Worlds” which takes its name from a tune found on Wolstenholme’s final, 2007 LP “Caterwauling.”
The sun-gods have answered our prayers and London based trio Los Bitchos are back bang on time for the summer season with another balmy piece of instrumental psychedelic-cumbia. ‘Bugs Bunny’ will arrive on 9th August on Strong Island Recordings via a limited run of high quality 7” lathe-cut vinyl complete with a special greetings holiday postcard made by the band.
“Monitors, chinos and sangria”
I read somewhere that Stilluppsteypa’s Jolanda Beach is late-night Calypso music. Well, you could also call it hangover music, I guess. Anyway, there’s new Stilluppsteypa album, right? Still crazy after all these years. Oops, a bit of Paul Simon slipped in. Sorry about that. 14 years... ‘Don’t Call It A Comeback’ LL Cool J would say. Yeah, LL Cool J, that sounds better...
Israel Nash - Lifted (2018)
Despite being laced with Brian Wilson inspired harmonies and bigger than life symphonic enhancements, Nash seems to be channeling the spirit of Neil Young in Young’s most fragile of moments … where unto that end, Nash is resident, if not outrightly determined to establish qualities that soar with enlightenment through a clear crisp blue sky.
“Sweetheart of the Rodeo” 50th Anniversary Concert: Featuring Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives @ Ace Hotel, Los Angeles - July 24, 2018
Though technically not billed as a Byrds reunion concert, I’m of the opinion that when a minimum of two founding members of The Byrds congregate to play classic Byrds songs together in front of a live audience--it’s a Byrds reunion concert! And so, the opening night of the “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” 50th Anniversary tour at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles did not disappoint, as original Byrds Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, joined by outstanding country artists Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, did more than justice to the landmark 1968 album which heralded country rock music as a vital new genre rich with possibilities, lead to the formation of The Flying Burrito Brothers, and cemented the late great Gram Parsons’ reputation as a maverick talent to be reckoned with.
Crooked Flower - Blooming: The Light Rail Sessions (Self-released, 2018)
The West Coast rock group Crooked Flower is back with a new LP, this time featuring seven tracks worth of live studio performances. The six-member group doesn’t wait long before launching into their trademark psychedelia full throttle. With their wah-wah pedals secured, delay on high, and jazzy keyboarding, the release carves a spacious sonic playground amongst the syrupy distortion.
Healing Spells - Sanctuary (Self-released, 2018)
Healing Spells is back with an EP chock full of extraordinarily breathtaking IDM. There’s bits of Oneohtrix Point Never, Dan Deacon, and Björk wrapped up in this one. Mutilated sound bites seem to erupt and collapse from all corners of the periphery. Melodies pop in and out of existence like subatomic particles. And yet its miraculously not atonal. Rather than crumbling into noisey neo-psychedelia, each track remains a labyrinth of harmonies.