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It’s a record that “sounds like an AI supercomputer trying to create a ‘70s rock record… Narrated by a drunk boy who’s just come back from tour.” That’s how Perth’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are pitching “Shyga! The Sunlight Mound” – an album title best bellowed out loud in your silliest Mighty Boosh voice.

Shyga! is an atomic blast of a listening experience, featuring some of the band’s fastest, loudest material yet. With enough juice to power a rocket, the ripping lead singles, ‘Tally-Ho’ and ‘Mr. Prism’, gave a good indication of what to expect, and came bundled with mind-melting Claymation videos.

If you dug those high-octane nuggets, you’ll be pleased to know the rest of Shyga! scales similar heights of speedy sonic insanity, evoking the strung out chaos of a week-long bender fuelled by boozy hijinks, debauchery, and – to use the band’s own euphemism – “chemical enthusiasm”. The explosively creative SHYGA! is their fourth album in nearly as many years for the Porn Crumpets, who have consistently delivered on the expectations that their brilliantly ridiculous band name has set.

Their ambitious two-part debut “High Visceral” (released back-to-back in 2016 and 2017) almost immediately established their sound, all tie-dyed riffs that looked back to ‘60s psychedelia but injected with the frenetic garage rock crunch of early Tame Impala, Pond, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Carving up house parties and venues along the way, they cultivated a bulletproof rep as one of Perth’s gnarliest rock shows.

In recent years, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets buzz from out West went national, and then global, allowing the band to spread their headbanging spectacle to Europe, the UK, and Japan. It was in that Groundhog Day blur of touring life – all celebratory late nights and headache-grey-tour-bus mornings – that Shyga! The Sunlight Mound began to take shape.

Forced off the road by the COVID-19 pandemic, Jack McEwan – the singer, shredder, and creative engine of the wild Psychedelic Porn Crumpets locomotive – used the extended off-cycle period to reflect and rejuvenate. That’s the obvious starting point for countless rock records, but where Shyga! immediately distinguishes itself is in rather than slowing down and ruminating on the bizarre reality of touring life, it attempts to sonically recreate its intensity. The blistering energy “reflects the madness, crazy midweek adventures, highs and physical lows of touring,” Jack explains, “an album where every song is adding to a bender,” and paced like a punishing tour schedule, where moments to come up for air are rare and brief.

Blink and you’ll miss it Jack notes on the relatively calm opener ‘Big Dijon’, foreshadowing the scorching pace to come in the 40-min listen before the track detonates into ‘Tally-Ho’.

‘I’m getting used to waking up and feeling rough’ he sings between the squiggled guitar-monies of ‘Tripolosaur’, while ‘Pukebox’ is about “getting home from tour and trying to piece together what happened; it’s all a foggy, hazy memory.” .Rather than glorifying their debauchery, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets aren’t above taking the piss out of themselves. ‘The Terrors’ acknowledges that what goes up must come crashing down, with a battering wall of guitars breaking only for a descending melodic chorus that arrives like a comforting rush of endorphins amidst a hangover.

From the surging ‘Mr. Prism’ to the galloping rhythms of ‘Mundungus’ (honestly, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets should win some kind of trophy for naming things) Shyga! is like a runaway rollercoaster, where it often feels like the only thing keeping these songs from going off the rails is to maintain a breakneck forward momentum. It’s a helluva lotta fun, but it can also be exhausting.

There’s no doubting that Shyga! is Psychedelic Porn Crumpets’ most intense release yet. There’s no room for the lengthy, progressive tendencies of High Visceral, paring back the spacier, experimental moments of 2019’s And Now For The Whatchamacallit in favour of the full-throttle nuttiness of setlist favourites like ‘Social Candy’ and ‘Ergophobia’.  

The turn to one lightning-paced belter after another might disappoint fans of the trippier parts of the band’s catalogue, and the way the ‘week-long bender’ concept functions can sometimes make Shyga! feel like one big blur. The mid-section especially risks sounding like too much of the same. But even though it functions like one, epic-sized 40-minute jam, there are dynamics to be found. Warm Melotron and warped string and flute patches occasionally bubble to the surface between the heaving wall of riffs and drums, and the band’s trademark sense of playful humour not only separates them from your standard issue guitar band but finds them pulling absurdist inspiration from the most unlikely of places.

The crunchy jangle of ‘Hats Off To The Green Bins’ channels the dread of cleaning up for a rental inspection, and ‘Sawtooth Monkfish’ is dotted with the vintage sounds of retro Japanese arcade games. “Pretty much a homage to all the pinball we were playing while touring around America,” Jack notes.

‘Mango Terrarium’ sounds like The Beatles had survived the ‘60s and became a ‘70s hard blues band, and the title describes what Jack’s home studio looked like, strewn with empty bottles after he became obsessed with Mango-infused beer. (“My brother described it as what a bee would taste when it extracts nectar from a flower.”)

It may have a penchant for the ridiculous, but the album’s craft is dead serious. They know how to offer an exhilarating album experience, and you can tell Jack paid a lot of attention to the album’s structure and sequencing. “There’s a lot of intentional[ly] shorter tracks on the record, aiming to boost the song following directly after to maintain that feeling of constantly moving forward and upward.”

There’s a method to the ‘Everything Up to 11’ madness, and after all the face-melting fretwork and hectic energy, Shyga! actually ends on a wholesome note. ‘Every old man tells me the same, live while you’re young and enjoy each day’ Jack wistfully intones over the frazzled plucking of closing track ‘The Tally of Gurney Gridman’.

It may not be breaking new ground but “SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound” proves that Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have flair and imagination to spare. It’s arguably their most daring, cohesive set yet and definitely Australia’s first great psych-rock saga of 2021.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets Shyga! The Sunlight Mound”  is out 5th February.

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If you had to name just one band that this year has made you miss witnessing on the live stage, it would have to be Western Australia’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. 

Hope everyone’s chirping as loud as the hundreds of migrating parrots who’ve become fond of the trees outside my window, from 6am to 6pm, sqwarking all sorts of jumbo. But, they sound happy, which makes me happy, and on the plus side I’ve been lucky enough to start every morning with rainbow lorikeet on toast, little bit of salt and pepper, avo, poached egg, delicious.

But back to music, actually before that… Do you think that some people get synesthesia and instead of seeing colours they have the ability to taste different foods? Or smell popcorn? Like I was thinking Radiohead would be a pack of wine gums in a freshly cut field whereas chemical brothers smells like a Tom Yum soup but tastes like that crackling soda pop lolly thing, remember the one you dip into the sherbet?

Anyway, childhood reminiscing aside. We’ve got a new single out called “Mr.Prism” which will hopefully be the answer to all your questions. *no parrots were harmed in the making of this email.

Arguably one of the most impressive bands you’ll see on a live stage anywhere, the group have been hard at work dishing out blistering tracks at every turn. Earlier this month, they emerged from lockdowns armed with ‘Mr. Prism’, their first new track since the release of ‘Mundungus’ last year. As singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jack McEwan explained at the time, the new tune was inspired by a rather rough experience while on the road.

“After our last tour of Europe I had a plethora of reasons to see a doctor,” McEwan explained. “First, he thought I had tonsillitis, so prescribed me penicillin, which didn’t help at all. I did Falls Festival over New Year’s and barely got through – turns out I had pneumonia. While it remains to be seen whether or not we’ll be receiving new music in the near future, the group are however set to hit the road again soon, performing a run of socially-distanced WA shows next month, before joining Ocean Alley on their Aussie tour next year.

Band Members:
Jack McEwan,
Luke Parish,
Danny Caddy,
Luke Reynolds,
Christopher Young

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are pretty much unlike any other band out there. A truly unique live proposition, their other-worldly psychedelia is melded into some startling shapes on incoming album ‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’.

Due out on May 31st, the record is previewed with bold new cut ‘Bill’s Mandolin’, the title (and concept) seemingly sparked by an object gifted to singer Jack McEwan before the band’s last European tour. Jack McEwan: “I wanted to write an ‘Ode To Bill’ and the travels with the mandolin that summed up the tour and sounded as chaotic as the adventures that ensued…”The video traces a ghostly path to an abandoned castle, where the titular mandolin is magically reconfigured into a sword.

‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’ will be released on May 31st.

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets may have the greatest band name of all time, but beyond that they’re also pretty damn good at throwing down some impressive guitar work. This seven minute long masterpiece opens slowly and hypnotically with some crisp, easy listening chords.

This track reaches absolute climax around minute four and stays strong for the remainder – they’ll have you holding on from note to note. The squeaky clean and ever-evolving riff work here is guaranteed to command your complete attention from start to finish.

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First rule of band names: make sure your name doesn’t contain the genre of music you play. The band’s colossal, eccentric pop/rock sound is undeniably psychedelic and it’s kind of cheesy to have the genre explicitly in the title. After giving them a pass for a corny, playfully ridiculous name, you can let yourself wander in their magical, sweeping soundscapes. Singles like “Social Candy” and “Marmalade March” invoke equal amounts of high-spirited fun and virtuoso musicianship. Listening to their music requires listeners to abandon their inhibitions and embark on whatever gleaming psych-pop joyride they offer. Their sound is accessible and melodious enough to appeal to pop/rock fans while their musical proficiency and wacky euphoria will also gel with diehard psych fans.

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Band Members
Jack McEwan,
Luke Parish,
Danny Caddy,
Luke Reynolds

These guys seem to be getting everywhere these days and they totally deserve it. This album has many strong points and things that set itself apart from others in their genre. Having burst onto the scene in their homeland, releasing their first two LPs to widespread national acclaim, alongside supports with Royal Blood, Dune Rats and Black Mountain, the band have developed a staunch grassroots following with their captivating blend of psychedelia. The albums are fuzzy, heavy and echoes in your cranium with every beat. An epic detour of neon flavoured noise grows to entangle your dissolving brain. Savagely mutant energies bubble through the air. Your body is out of reach, turning itself into a sponge as your mind floats towards another dimension.

I had trouble writing this review because I was too wrapped up in listening to this album on repeat. Absolutely fantastic!

The quartet have delivered an entrancing video for Cornflake, discussing their ideas in detail: “Existence is a strange concept so we wanted to create an animation that explores the idea of how weird life is. Even after all the soul-searching, religious preaching and spiritual journeys there is not one answer to anything”. “The video salutes to the song perfectly, venting more energy, colour and strangeness that leaves most people perplexed. It’s sometimes hard to grasp we’re one of a billion grains of rice in a huge sushi roll; the video reinstates that awareness, so stop worrying and do something you care about before the aliens invade”.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets is Jack McEwan (lead vocals, guitar), Luke Parish (guitar), Danny Caddy (drums), Luke Reynolds (bass).

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High Visceral {Part 2} also contains some interesting new ventures in rhythm and melody. The rhythm interaction between the percussion and guitars in “Move” are pleasant to the ears. “Move” also contains a riff-reference to previous track “Gurzle”, a nice touch for the progressiveness of the album that makes it all feel a little more intertwined.

There are also some really interesting influences apparent on the album that come as a pleasant surprise.“Coffee”, a smooth relaxing track that goes down well with your morning cuppa, oozes with influence from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The last half of the track also contains some incredibly colourful synthesizers that reminded me of those found on Tame Impala’s Lonerism. The closing track, “November”, also warmly reminded me of riffs played by the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.

“Dependant on Mary” has a poppy riff that will be getting plays at house parties across Australia. The second act of the track breaks down into a slower descent into the cosmos, but before you doze off into space the track crawls back up to pace with your head banging again.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets describe themselves on their Unearthed page as “Space Fuzz”. That description applies more than ever to High Visceral {Part 2}. Some tracks will have you feeling as if you are indeed floating through space. “Coffee”, as I mentioned before, and more-so in It’s Not Safe to Leave this House.

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets songs are filled with long, hypnotising riffs that lock you in with your jaw drooling as if something just hit your serotonin receptors”. I still strongly stand by that statement, and having those tunes refined in the studio with extra polish is an excellent final touch.

Released April 14th, 2018

Recorded & Produced by Psychedelic Porn Crumpets 
Drums Recorded by Dave Parkin at Blackbird Studios

Artwork by Zouassi

Ben Caddy – Violins/Viola
(All String Compositions)
Jon Tooby – Cello
(First Light Move, Coffee, Mary
Safe House, November)
Jamie Canny – Saxophone (Gurzle)
Zoe Gol – Vocals (Move)
Chris Young – Piano/Synth
(Dependant on Mary)

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Have you picked out your favourites to win the Mercury Prize tonight ,can’t wait to find out who’s bagged it. (i reckon there’s a 3-way fight in the shop between Nadine Shah, Sons of Kemet & King Krule coming out on top)

Christine & the Queens’ follow-up is another masterful pop record that once more marries slick electro pop production with Letissier’s equally stylish & emotive vocals. there are two separate english & french language versions. both are included on the 2cd & in the limited 4lp box set, which also includes exclusive posters. back in the land of england (via germany in the 70’s), beak> have crafted yet another superb record that marries the motorik world of their heroes with an addictive pop songwriting persuasion. across the pond,

Jordan lee’s Mutual Benefit project has thoroughly charmed us with his latest record of lush alt-folk compositions. the album is the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day, or for listening to on a relaxing sunday morning, especially on limited, soothing blue vinyl. the most explosive release of the week must be the Blinders, whose huxley & orwell-worshipping album takes the catchy pizzazz of the arctic monkeys’ heaviest material & adds an extra layer of distorted punk attitude that’ll be an instant hit for fans of idles & shame.

Also worth knowing about: Suede return in sweeping, cinematic form, which can be yours on limited exclusive blue vinyl & as the most deluxe-y boxset you ever saw; Prince’s pre-‘purple rain’ studio session is an emotionally stirring, intimate recording that feels as if we’re hearing his true self, completely unguarded – there’s a deluxe version including a hardback book of liner notes from his studio engineer & previously unseen photos;

Conor O’Brien’s Villagers project is his most approachable to date & the deluxe version includes a red 10” with two bonus tracks;  Lala lala’s gorgeous album of wounded, jangly guitar songwriting will enamour fans of snail mail & soccer mommy; Lonnie Holly’s deeply spiritual new record’s the Field’s cosmic, ambient techno has melted the hearts of nigh on everyone who’s heard it; & the simple beauty of Mountain Man’s vocal harmony-driven album – their first in 8 years – is utterly beguiling & on clear vinyl.

There are some humdinger reissues too: all three Mc5 albums are collected on multi-coloured vinyl (red, white & blue) in one fancy boxset; there’s a heap of new Felt reissues; & Ramones‘ 4th record gets a more “punk” remaster, plus a load of bonus tracks & a live performance, exclusive to the deluxe version.

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Christine and the Queens – Chris

Billingual, compelling upbeat second from modern day pop star Christine and the Queens. Titled Chris the album is released as double CD and vinyl versions, as well as limited edition boxset, There are two versions of the album; one sung exclusively in English and one sung exclusively in French. Each track has earworm irresistibility with losing any edge. The album celebrates her polysexual desire, without sidelining her emotional pain, It’s a lean, thrilling muscular set from a real talent that sits next to Michael Jackson, Madonna, Chic and Peter Gabriel.

2CD – Double CD in 3-panel softpack with 28-page stapled booklet. Contains English and french Versions of the album.

2LP – Double French Version. Double Black Vinyl with discobag inner-sleeves in gatefold sleeve. 30x60cm French version poster. French CD version included.

2LP+ – Double English Version. Double Black Vinyl with discobag inner-sleeves in gatefold sleeve. 30x60cm English version poster. English CD version included.

4LP – Limited Boxset. 2LP and CD French Edition and 2LP and CD English Edition. Limited numbered edition (10 000 copies worldwide). Contains:

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Black Honey  –  Black Honey

Bursting out of the ether in 2014 with their squalling guitars, vivid colours and cinematic vignettes, there’s no other British band out there quite like Black Honey. Having spent the last four years perfecting the indie game, everything you think you know about them and their unique surrealist world is about to be wonderfully shaken up as they prepare to release their hugely anticipated debut album. With contradiction at every turn, it’s an album that celebrates being human, in all its different forms and by doing so, will touch the hearts of everyone that hears it. We’ve already heard Bad Friends earlier this year, but with the exception of 2016’s Hello, Today (the track that saw the band become a household name at Radio 1), and the 2017 closer Dig, the album is made up of entirely new music with 9 brand new songs on offer. Album opener I Only Hurts The Ones I Love is a fascinating Garbage-flavoured meander that sets the tone for the record brilliantly. From there, there’s stone cold classic Wasting Time, Lana Del Ray nodding slow-burner Blue Romanceand disco-pop Trojan horse Midnight – to name just a few. However, across the entirety of the record, you can always feel the bare bones of front lady Izzy B Phillips diary scribbles are just around the corner as the varying tracks switch between chart-headed bangers and scuzzy, industrial David Lynch inspired strangeness.

It’s the weird and wonderful mind of Philipps – her lovable but villainous, Milky-Bar-kid- meets-Debbie Harry persona – that you find very much at the heart of Black Honey. An open sufferer of both dyslexia and ADHD, she’s a huge advocate for self-expression without limit and has relied hugely on her band – Tom Dewhurst (drums), Tom Taylor (bass) and Chris Ostler (guitar) – to channel everything that comes from her obsessive and dizzyingly creative head and bottle it into music. The album as a result is ultimately a collage of chaos, shot straight at the heart – honest, inspiring and deeply infectious.

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – High Visceral Part 1 and Part 2

A limited edition repressing of High Visceral Part One and Part Two. Having burst onto the scene in their homeland, releasing their first two LPs to widespread national acclaim, alongside supports with Royal Blood, Dune Rats and Black Mountain, the band have developed a staunch grassroots following with their captivating blend of psychedelia. The albums are fuzzy, heavy and echoes in your cranium with every beat. An epic detour of neon flavoured noise grows to entangle your dissolving brain. Savagely mutant energies bubble through the air. Your body is out of reach, turning itself into a sponge as your mind floats towards another dimension.

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Villagers  –  The Art of Pretending to Swim

On O’Brien’s fourth studio album, he excels at creating feverish moods while writing effortlessly accessible tunes, making it the perfect entry point for newcomers and raising the bar for what old fans should expect of him.

This record reconnects with the multi-faceted approach of ‘Becoming a Jackal’ and ‘Awayland’, while adding a new-found soulfulness, rhythmic nous and dazzling panoply of sonic detail, both analogue and digital. balanced with subtle aspects and lyrical themes that embrace existential fears and hopes in this desperate, technologically-centred dystopian age, this is his most brilliantly realised album to date. “Conor O’Brien dials down the intensity. the listener reaps the rewards” 4/5 – mojo. ***the deluxe lp exclusively includes a red vinyl 10” of a 12-minute version of ‘ada’ and b-side ‘this is the art of pretending to swim

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Mountain Man  – Magic Ship

Mountain Man did not intend to disappear for the better part of a decade, or to take eight years to release its second album, Magic Ship. But for a trio of devoted friends for whom music has always seemed so effortless and graceful, that’s simply how life went. The wondrous Magic Ship a magnetic fourteen-song reflection on the joys, follies, and oddities of existence—was well worth the wait. Magic Ship is a captivating album: The stunning Boat, where cooing harmonies frame Sauser-Monnig like drapes around a sunny window, sees a world of possibility in a little vessel along the riverbanks. The dashing AGT finds inspiration in flower blooms and bumble bees, discovering in the sights of nature a pure self-reliance. The magnetic Rang Tang Ring Toon celebrates a night spent hosting friends, sharing beans and music, and a skinny dip under the stars. There is sincerity and humour, depth and mirth, all rendered with three voices that have never been more connected. These songs distill eight years of experience between Made the Harbor and now—of sights seen, pleasures had, feelings hurt, forgiveness extended. These tunes are wise and tender, open and honest. Magic Ship conveys absolute warmth—like a snowbound afternoon spent indoors, passing a bottle of brown liquor between friends while putting old favourites on the turntable, or a long summer evening spent lounging beneath a shade tree, swapping stories and sharing laughs until the sun has vanished. after an eight year gap, these three young women return with a sophomore fortified by a deeper friendship, their harmonies sounding all the warmer and sweeter for it.

There is sincerity and humour, depth and mirth, all rendered with three voices that have never been more connected. fans of deep throat choir, trembling bells and lankum should check this out!

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Lala Lala  –

Lillie West is a songwriter who finds strength in vulnerability, through bracing hooks, sharp lyrics, and songs drenched in a profound, dreamy ambience ffo snail mail, mattiel, and tomberlin.

the 24-year-old songwriter and guitarist illustrates a nuanced look on her own adulthood – her fraught insecurity, struggles with addiction, and the loss of several people close to her. across the album’s 12 tracks, west carefully examines the skeletons in her closet asking herself agonizing questions about her life with a clever and hopeful curiosity. this mixture of melancholy and hope describes the tone of this album perfectly. it’s the kind of album to bolster your good times whilst softening the downs. “lala lala’s music is like watching an open wound being stitched up—jarring and healing”

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Mutual Benefit -Thunder Follows the Light

Mutual Benefit, the songwriting outlet for multi-instrumentalist and producer Jordan Lee releases a new album Thunder Follows The Light via Transgressive Records. Following his last outing, 2016’s acclaimed Skip A Sinking Stone, Lee marks his return with a patient and prismatic collection of songs accrued over the past two years. Lee — who grew up in Ohio and is currently based in New York — has crafted pop experiments for almost a decade, blending orchestral instrumentation and ambient electronic sounds. His new album features an array of friends and many returning collaborators. New History is the album’s truest folk song, with twangy harmonica and slide guitar. Its inspiration came to him while spending time in the economically depressed area of Ohio where his parents grew up. Storm Cellar Heart, is an ode to taking shelter and the fraught impulse to hide from the loudness of the outside world. It’s more of a long question than an answer: “Is it storms that help make the heart grow?”

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The Myrrors  –  Fuzz club Session

Complete with the band’s signature meandering violins, droning vocals and sprawling instrumentation, this live recording allows the tracks to take on an even more alluring and  hypnotic form.

The Myrrors are a mythical force in contemporary psychedelia and one of fuzz club’s most celebrated bands. the Arizona band’s fuzz club session is comprised of three utterly bewitching tracks that invoke images of the sandy plains of the sonoran desert which they call home, yet also draped in an influence of traditional eastern psychedelia

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Suede  –  The Blue Hour

After the critical and commercial success of the top 10 album – Night Thoughts (2016) Suede return with their stunning new album The Blue Hour. Brett and co amp up the melodrama with an anthemic record of widescreen balladry, augmented by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

This album was produced by Alan Moulder and Suede, and shares the same line-up as 1996’s ‘coming up’ – vocals by Brett Anderson, guitars by Richard Oakes, bass by Mat Osman, drums by Simon Gilbert, synthesisers and piano by Neil Codling. ***the super duper deluxe box set contains includes a specially mastered instrumental, a dvd featuring album commentary from the band and Alan Moulder, plus a never-before-seen video for ‘Don’t Be Afraid if Nobody Loves You’, an exclusive bonus track – ‘Manipulation’ – on 7” vinyl, lyric sheets and a collection of art cards. plenty to be getting on with!***

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Prince  –  Piano and Microphone 1983

hearing this legendary figure peacefully tinkering away on a humble cassette recording, we’re struck more than ever by the raw talent that would eternally be right at his fingertips.

The nine track, 35-minute album features a previously unreleased home studio cassette recording of Prince at his piano captured in 1983. the rehearsal provides a rare, intimate glimpse into his creative process as he worked through songs including “17 days” & “Purple Rain” (neither to be released until 1984), a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case Of You”, “Strange Relationship” (not released until 1987 on ‘Sign O’ the Times’), & “International Lover”. the album also includes a rare recording of “Mary Don’t You Weep”, which many will have heard playing during the end credits of ‘Blackkklansman’. “the whole thing feels – thrillingly, poignantly – like you’re in the room with him” 4/5 – mojo. ***the deluxe edition includes a 12” booklet featuring brand new liner notes written by Prince’s then engineer Don Batts, as well as candid shots of prince & never before seen photos.

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Ramones  –  Road to Ruin 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Limited Copies of the deluxe editon come with 13’ x 13” print of the Holmstrom drawing from the front cover of the album, 11×17″ poster and a postcard. The Ramones released the band’s fourth studio album, Road To Ruin, 40 years ago this September. Dee Dee, Joey, and Johnny were joined for the first time by drummer Marky Ramone, who replaced founding member Tommy Ramone, who’d left to do more producing and writing for the band. It was also the album that introduced a nation of pinheads to the all-time Ramones’ classic I Wanna Be Sedated. To celebrate the milestone, the band release two versions on September 21st, a day before the anniversary of the album’s original release on September 22, 1978 – a 3CD/1LP 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition and a newly remastered 1CD version of the original album.

3CD – The first disc of the Road To Ruin: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition features a remastered version of the original stereo mix for Road To Ruin and a new 2018 40th Anniversary Road Revisited mix created by Stasium, who strips off the original record’s commercial gloss and restores the album to its punk rock core. Stasium’s new mix is also featured on the 180-gram LP that accompanies this deluxe edition. The second disc offers up over twenty unreleased recordings, including rough mixes for every album track, starkly different alternate takes of two songs, and two unreleased outtakes: I Walk Out and S.L.U.G. – unfinished during the original recording sessions in 1978, and completed by Stasium for this anniversary release. Other highlights include three different versions of I Wanna Be Sedated, including the Ramones-on-45-Mega-Mix! released in 1988 as part of the campaign for the Ramones Mania compilation, as well as acoustic versions ofQuestioningly, Needles And Pins, and Don’t Come Close. The final disc has a previously unreleased recording of the band’s entire 1979 New Year’s Eve concert, which was mixed live by Stasium, and broadcast on WNEW-FM. Recorded in New York City at The Palladium, with audio sourced from Tommy Ramone’s original cassette of the console recording, it features blistering performances of Blitzkrieg Bop, Rockaway Beach, and Sheena Is A Punk Rocker, along with several songs from Road To Ruin: I Don’t Want You, I Wanna Be SedatedandI Wanted Everything.

TOTAL ASSAULT: 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION

MC5  –  Total Assault

For the 50th anniversary of the band’s incendiary debut, ‘Kick Out the Jams’, this limited edition collection features all 3 of the band’s albums with new art and previously unseen photographs.

Mc5 only released three albums, but they were ferocious, adventurous, and confrontational enough to secure the group’s place as one of the greatest rock ’n’ roll bands ever. the music on ‘total assault’ shows why the Mc5 is held is such high regard today with indelible tracks like “kick out the jams,” “human being lawnmower” and “sister anne.”

That’s quite enough of that. come back next week for some live action from nick cave, pixies’ ‘come on pilgrim’ & ‘surfer rosa’ 30th anniversary celebrations, & new music from mudhoney & marissa nadler. that’s just the start of it!

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First rule of band names: make sure your name doesn’t contain the genre of music you play. The band’s colossal, eccentric pop/rock sound is undeniably psychedelic and it’s kind of cheesy to have the genre explicitly in the title. After giving them a pass for a corny, playfully ridiculous name, you can let yourself wander in their magical, sweeping soundscapes. Singles like “Social Candy” and “Marmalade March” invoke equal amounts of high-spirited fun and virtuoso musicianship. Listening to their music requires listeners to abandon their inhibitions and embark on whatever gleaming psych-pop joyride they offer. Their sound is accessible and melodious enough to appeal to pop/rock fans while their musical proficiency and wacky euphoria will also gel with diehard psych fans.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets could be Australia’s next great psych band with trippy mission statement ‘Cornflake’

If there’s one thing that Australia’s good at, it’s producing brilliant psych bands with very stupid names. From Methyl Ethel to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, via the semi-questionable Tame Impala, the two go hand in glove.

The next pretenders to the crown come in the form of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. Also ridiculous name and thus, predictably, but also very good band.

Though ‘Cornflake’ was actually given a low-key release over the pond a while ago, it’s now been given an all-guns-blazing reboot, complete with suitably acid-trip visuals by way of a proper introduction on these shores.

Full of big, overblown riffs and heady, woozy interludes, it’s both everything you want from a psych band and brilliantly worthy of a second piece of the pie.

Watch ‘Cornflake’ below and catch the band at their inaugural UK shows this autumn

Limited Edition High Visceral Pt 1 & Pt 2 Double Gatefold Vinyl – released 10th September 2018.

As well as being announced as the latest signing on the 123 Agency roster, Perth outfit Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have confirmed they’ll wrap up 2017 with a massive headline tour of Australia. Shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Byron Bay this December, the four-piece will also perform at their own-curated event, Dr Noggin-Floggin & The Cosmic Toothbrush, featuring a string of local acts such as The Southern River Band, FOAM, Kitchen People, Great Gable and Demon Days.

Perth has a ridiculous amount of local talent that putting on a ‘psych’ gig felt like we would be leaving out the strong character and diversity of the Perth music scene,” the band said. “The idea of the festival was to showcase the vibrance of Perth and invite the listener into a broader range of music they may not usually go out and see.”

Meanwhile, acts such as Hideous Sun Demon, Elegant Shiva and Somnium will open at the headline shows.

To coincide with the tour announce, the Crumpets have also dropped new track, Little Moon; the first single from their forthcoming B-side vinyl, High Visceral, due out on 8th December.

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