Posts Tagged ‘Garage Rock’

Ola’s Kool Kitchen is a show on KCLA 99.3 FM in Los Angeles, 107.5 andhow.FM, Rock Velvet Radio, Maximum Threshold Radio, Rock Radio UK, Sword Radio UK, 365 Radio Network, Jammerstream One, Kor Radio, and Firebrand Radio and you can hear more shows here Ola’s Kool Kitchen
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1. Campag Velocet-Bon Chic Bon Genre
2. Butterfly Child-Drunk on Beauty
3. Furlong-Tell Me It’s Mutual-single-self release
4. The Oceans-So Long-single-self release
5. Shadowgraphs-Scarlet Tunic-Venomous Blossoms-Golden Brown
6. The Bloods-Button Up-single-Exit Records
7. Dawn Of The Replicants-Candlefire-One Head, Two Arms, Two Legs-Eastwest
8. Callum Pitt-You’d Better Sell It While You Can-single – Kaleidoscope
9. Tilia-Black Monday-Pattern-Ambulance Recordings
10. Tim Buckley-Get On Top-Greetings From LA-Straight Records
11. Bob Dylan-All The Tired Horses-Self Portrait-Columbia
12. Alyeska-Tilt-a-Whirl-Crush-self release
13. Ed Geater-If I’m Being Honest-Unseen-Music Mandi

Ola’s Kool Kitchen is a show on KCLA 99.3 FM in Los Angeles, 107.5 andhow.FM, Rock Velvet Radio, Maximum Threshold Radio, Rock Radio UK, Sword Radio UK, 365 Radio Network, Jammerstream One, Kor Radio, and Firebrand Radio and you can hear more shows here


Show Tracklist
1. Veruca Salt-Seether
2. Adventures in Stereo-Attic Walk
3. Joel Gion-Tomorrow
4. Someone In a Tree-Blankets As Shades
5. Bad Flamingo-Valley Of Fire
6. The Fleshtones-Screaming Skull
7. DMZ-Busy Man-DMZ-Bomp!
8. Retro Kid-Kool Kids-single-self release
9. Trading Alaska – WTWCCD-We Miss You-self release
10. Eddie Jefferson-Psychedelic Sally-Body and Soul-Original Jazz Classics
11. The Daughters of Eve-He Cried-single-Spectra Sound
12. Jimmy Powell-Sugar Baby Part 2-Decca
13. Breathe Owl Breathe – Followin’ Ya- Passage of Pegasus-self release
14. Kevin Morby – I Have Been to the Mountain-Singing Saw-Dead Oceans
15. The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers-Lay Down Low-single


Ola’s Kool Kitchen is a show on Rock XS Radio, KCLA 99.3 FM in Los Angeles, 107.5 andhow.FM, Rock Velvet Radio, Maximum Threshold Radio, Rock Radio UK, Sword Radio UK and 365 Radio Network and you can hear more shows here
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1. Verbena-Shaped Like A Gun
2. Sleater-Kinney-Little Babies
3. Allah Las-Could Be You
4. The Early Years-Nocturne
5. Citrus Clouds-Imagination-Imagination-Custom Made Music
6. Delta 5-Mind Your Own Business-single-Rough Trade
7. Depeche Mode-I Feel You-Single-Mute
8. The Butchies-Your Love-Make YR Life-Yep Roc Records
9. Champanes – Daysaway (Aldous RH rework)-Daysaway-single-self release
10. Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers- Take Your Time-single-Parlophone
11. Monique Thubert-Avec Les Oreilles-single-Barclay
12. Los Pop Tops-Mamy Blue-Mamy Blue-Explosion
13. Death Cab for Cutie – Expo 86-Transatlanticism-Barsuk
14. Singing Adams-Injured Party-Everybody Friends Now-Records Records Records Records

In a year studded with all-out rock masterpieces The Stones “Aftermath”, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys “Pet Sounds”, The Beatles with “Revolver”,  and Bob Dylan’s Double album Classic “Blonde on Blonde”  a grungier rock offshoot of the genre was also reaching an apex.

Garage rock, which has existed since rock & roll’s advent, and will probably always exist, had exactly one year when it was a national driving force. Meaning, when you could be a teenager living under your parents’ roof, team up with some of your friends and force your way into a trend that had hit-making ramifications.

The Shadows of Knight, a band from Chicago, helped get everything rolling with their cover of Them’s “Gloria,” a hit at the end of 1965. even today, if you hear a version of the song on the radio, it’s probably the Knights version, which led to the band cutting their first long-player in March 1966, a shot heard round the carport world.

The album, of course, was named for its big hit, and Gloria was as apt a garage-rock tutorial as you’ll find.  Strangely charming, earnest and sounding not as old as they wished themselves to be, the Shadows of Knight

But pretty much just for a year. Psychedelia and hippie-dom killed off the toughs, you might say, and though garage-band careers could persist into 1967 and beyond, there was nothing like that kind of initial fervor of 1966.  Here are 10 other great garage LPs and tracks you need to check out now,.

The Sonics, Boom

Seattle’s proto-punkers were the loudest of the garage bands, and those most in thrall to distortion – to an almost erotic degree. The lyrics, too, could get a bit Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, so you wonder just what the hell they were reading. The version of Marvin Gaye’s “Hitch-Hike” out bad-asses the Stones’, whereas band original “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” is like the rock & roll version of a horrifying B film featuring a cameo from the Devil himself.

The Barbarians, Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl

Ah, a garage band from the brine-clotted peninsula of Cape Cod, complete with a drummer, in Victor “Moulty” Molton, who had a hook for a hand – a misfortune the band cashed in on by having him sing a ballad of his real-life left hand’s downfall. The title track of their debut was a hilarious take on gender which would horrify the Internet-scouring militants of today ever in search of things to be offended by, but better still is “Linguica,” a greasy slab of surf-infused bonhomie that has some real instrumental aplomb to it.

The Leaves, Hey Joe

California’s the Leaves went through the garage-folk route. Quite the cool little hybrid. The title track was a grassier version, you might say, than something like Hendrix’s take on the standard later in the year, but rare was the garage band who would tackle Dylan, and tackle Dylan well, as the Leaves did with “Love Minus Zero/No Limit,” a single commonly appended to the original LP as a bonus track. Their cover of Arthur Alexander’s “You Better Move On” is Deep South American rhythm & blues, via English Northern soul, flecked with let’s-cut-class California sunshine.

The Music Machine, (Turn On) the Music Machine

Some songs, the Who’s Leeds version of “My Generation,” just make you say, “what the fuck was that?” the first time you hear them. Sean Bonniwell’s “Talk Talk,” from this Los.Angeles. band’s debut, is one of those songs. These guys come off as total nutters at times. Like on a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Cherry, Cherry,” or a version of the Beatles’ “Taxman” that sounds like the original has been forced to take Valium and then get stomped on by a group of nascent L.A. art punks.

Question Mark and the Mysterians, 96 Tears

Hailing from Saginaw, Michigan, Rudy Martinez, lead singer of this group of organ-loving oddities, claimed to be from Mars, but if you were from Mars, would you really write a song, in the title track, which inverts the 69 sexual position and turns it into a symbol for teenage heartbreak? Who knows. These Tex-Mexers were pretty foul, but sufficiently adept that they could handle a blues like T-Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday,” which betters the Them version. And hey, “96 Tears” hit Number One on the charts, which was quite the notch for the garage scene.

The Standells, Dirty Water

The title cut off the Standells‘ debut album was a catchy-as-hell . Never mind that the this L.A. band hadn’t been east of the Mississippi. The song also offers a cautionary tale: It can be easy, with a garage band known for a huge hit, to think they had nothing else. This LP, though, is loaded with irascible, edgy cuts, like the blue-balls lament that is “Little Sally Tease,” and the strangely heart-rending “Why Did You Hurt Me?”

Count Five, Psychotic Reaction

If you know this San Jose band, you might know the essay Rolling Stones Lester Bangs wrote positively drooling over the album, which got him so excited he made up a bunch more Count Five LPs that didn’t exist. The Count Five – who wore Bela Lugosi-style Dracula capes – had a touch of the Zombies about them, and some similar melodic and rhythmic panache, albeit with less flexible grooves. This record is catchy as hell, with a couple Who covers, but more highlights in terms of originals. The hit title track borrows the rave-up gambit from the Yardbirds’ “I’m a Man” but opener “Double-Decker Bus” is the real rabble-rouser. Again, the American guitar-wielding teens of 1966 loved British stuff. And the reconceptualization of everyday British imagery could be pretty heady in its new seedy American digs.

The Remains, Don’t Look Back

So this Boston boys, and Boston boys who could play. Barry Tashian and the Remains were musicians first, garage-band dudes second. The title track of this album is to this band as “Paranoid Android” was to Radiohead. Multi-part, it was the coolest vamp groove you will ever hear, with percussive guitar effects and Tashian’s vocal skipping over the beat, it is one of the great rock & roll cuts of its decade. These guys opened for the Beatles on the latter’s final American tour, and with Tashian originals like “Thank You” and “Time of Day,” they should have been set for super status,

The Blues Magoos, Psychedelic Lollipop

No garage band, back then or since, ever came up with a better, more saucily absurd album title than Psychedelic Lollipop. These Bronx kids had a hit with “We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet,” a stompy organ-based number, but they were perhaps the most versatile of the first-wave garage groups. Their cover of James Brown’s “I’ll Go Crazy” is tighter than tight, whereas the Magoos’ take on “Tobacco Road” foreshadows metal’s birth more convincingly than anything else in the garage canon.

The Clefs of Lavender Hill, Stop! Get a Ticket

So this sister and brother outfit from Florida didn’t have an album, but this track from a compilation of their 1966 recordings, is a true garage cornucopia of sorts. The name is, of course, deliberately English-inflected, but that kind of invention – or reinvention – is what garage bands are all about. Maybe you can’t be everything you wish to be, but you can pretend and push, and doing so will get you at least part of the way there. The title track is a sophisticated outlay of melodies that are almost floral in their overtones, with a clever bass-drum part where a chorus would usually pop in. “First Tell Me Why”  in the Floridian sunshine, and “One More Time,” which might be one of the best things any garage band ever did, is a massive, bass-powered, hand-clappy song with a giant beat that makes you want to lower your shoulder and power through a wall.


Australian Garage rockers White Bleaches have just dropped their new single ‘New Age’ and it’s a fuzzy psych rock pearler. Ragged whirling guitar, chugging drum lines and reverb filled vocals these guys are the epitome of what’s so great about local Aussie psych right now.

Recorded by Stu Mackenzie in an old shipping container on a farm out the back of Winchelsea, ‘New Age’ sees the guys straddle the line of producing new forward thinking dream psych rock while still paying homage to their garage roots.

To celebrate the release of the single, the band will be playing a new shows around Melbourne, Australia in the coming weeks as well as a slot at Lawsfest Festival in November.

Melbourne five piece The Murlocs are in the midst of perhaps their biggest year yet. From the earlier release of their breakthrough single “Adolescence”, the band toured the country, bringing their bluesy-psych rock tunes with them.  Admittedly, I listened because of their connections with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, but from the first song I heard any comparison in my mind was dismissed immediately.

The band have supported Ty SegallMac DeMarco and of course their brethern King Gizz, and their live show has grown into an all out jam you can’t help but dance to. From their earnest and relatable lyrics, blues sensibilities and lead singer Ambrose Kenny-Smith’s attention grabbing voice and second to none harmonica skills, they have quickly become a force to be reckoned with in Australia, and one of my favourite bands to try and catch live.

Whilst the Murlocs were on their Adolescence tour, the quintet dropped in at our Bedlam Records to do a live take of the track, and now have the first look at that performance! Considering they’re now taking a bit of time off until the end of the year after performing at each leg of King Gizzard’s Gizzfest, the live video is even more special.  jump on their album Loopholes out now and keep your eyes firmly fixed on The Murlocs – I am predicting even bigger things to come!


“Pills” appears on White Reaper’s debut full-length album, White Reaper Does It Again. The garage rock outfit White Reaper has built a reputation this year with their unhinged sound. Their recently released album, White Reaper Does It Again, solidified the punks as a turbulent force of guitars and otherworldly keyboards. Now they’re giving a visual accompaniment to their brilliant madness with the music video for “Pills”.

“So basically Tony [Esposito] is an escapee of a mental institution and he’s gone too long without his pills,” the band explains of the video . “He sustained head injuries, crashed a pool party, and dug a huge hole — all in a day’s work. The video was at first inspired by a few different horror movies but it turned out to be more like a mix of Encino Man / CKY2K than anything else.”

According to directors Cooper Burton and Eli Kleinsmith, the shooting was just as turbulent as the finished product, adding, “We all got a little sick making the video you’re about to see. Shooting provided an outlet for sadism; luckily, Tony, the lead singer, was a total masochist. We made him spit up bile, faceplant a plate of scrambled eggs (multiple times) — he even dug his own grave.”

While full of gruesome antics, the video balances it all out with campy fun. The band traverses with Esposito as he moves aimlessly through diners and fields of flowers, wearing bloody bandages the entire time. Throughout, the video also cuts to scenes of the band playing with pills coming out of their mouths and covering their instruments. It’s enough to make the likes of Sam Raimi and Wes Craven proud.

White Reaper Does It Again cover art


The Reverb Conspiracy Volume II brings together 16 of Europe’s most interesting emerging psych bands in a scene that is quickly gathering momentum around the world.
The album will be released November 23rd. Pre-order now available.
Label: Fuzz Club Records and The Reverberation Appreciation Society.


podcast 276 from Russia with love! Featuring Yes Sunshine., Celestial Bums and EchoCosmic!

1.Chinese Whispers by Melys
2.Just Don’t Try by Witch Hazel
3.No No No by Yes Sunshine
4.Magnolias (I See Them Everywhere) by Celestial Bums
5.Stay (Stripped) by EchoCosmic
6.Big Time by Rudi
7.Babylon’s Burning by Ruts
8.Sweet Harmony by The Beloved
9.Your Woman by White Town
10.That’s My Girl by Dee Clark
11.Peace Frog by The Doors
12.Adventures In Paradise by Minnie Ripperton
13.Feathers by The Twilight Singers
14.Substance by Girls


podcast 274 is here like a warm sunbeam of audio goodness you can bask in. Featuring Gulp, Black Lizard, Sui Zhenand SKIES! If you dig it, please share it, love it and let people know its out there!

Show Tracklist 274
1. Geneva-Dollars In The Heavens-single-Nude
2. The Gerbils-Sunshine Soul-Are You Sleepy-Hidden Agenda
3. The Thanes- Dishin’ The Dirt- Dishin’ The Dirt-Dirty Water Records
4. Gulp-Game Love-single-Sonic Cathedral
5. Black Lizard-Everything and Nothing-Solarize-Soliti
6. Parachute Men-Leeds Station-single-Fire
7. Close Lobsters-Going To Heaven To See If It Rains-single-Fire
8. Sui Zhen-Take It All Back-Secretly Susan-Two Bright Lakes
9. Skies-Call For My Heart-Skies-Young Muscle
10. Sinn Sisamouth-Under the Sound of Rain- Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll-Dust To Digital
11. Los Tijuana Fives -Mi Auto Puedes Manejar- Los Nuggetz- 60’s Garage and Psych From Latin America Disc 3-Rockbeat Records
12. Bo Diddley-I Don’t Like You- The Black Gladiator-Checker
13. Jim O’Rourke -All Your Love-Simple Songs-Drag City
14. Wolf Alice-Bros- My Love Is Cool-Dirty Hit