Posts Tagged ‘Psychedelica’

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Before he became Patti Smith’s bass player, Lenny Kaye compiled the 2 album set, “Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era”. Released in 1972, the two-LP set covered American garage rock and psychedelia from the years from 1965-1968, and was a major influence on punk rock. Rhino Records reissued an expanded version of the set in 1998, with 118 tracks in total. I’m profiling and rating each of these 118 tracks, working backwards.

Iowa teenager Craig Moore formed a high school band, The Pagans. The band’s bassist, he initially learned two songs – ‘Last Night’ by The Mar-Keys and ‘Steppin’ Out’ by Paul Revere and The Raiders. He added a third song to his repertoire -‘Gloria’ by Them – but inadvertently spent the first six months playing the three note riff backwards. Nicking some members from another local band, The Rogues, The Pagans changed their name to GONN. Why? Guitarist Rex Garrett’s mother didn’t approve of the name The Pagans.

As with many bands featured on Nuggets, the compilation features their signature song. The title was inspired by a 1942 mystery thriller by J. B. Priestley, The Blackout At Gretley. There’s a thrilling opening – Moore intones “The universe is permeated with the odor of kerosene” over creepy organ. The rest of the song doesn’t quite match the introduction, but it’s an enjoyable bluesy riff-rocker that recalls the mid-1960s Rolling Stones. The shaggy dog story of the lyrics is a nice touch.

GONN seemed destined to land in obscurity – a second single, ‘Doin’ Me In’, wasn’t released. They courted controversy by playing in front on a large Nazi flag, didn’t progress far beyond playing Iowa state fairs, and they broke up in 1969.

‘Blackout of Gretely’ belatedly gained a following, especially after it was featured on the CD reissue of Pebbles, Volume 1 in 1992. By the mid-1990s copies of the original single were selling for US$1,000. The band reunited in the 1990s, and recorded their only studio album, Gonn With the Wind, in 1996.

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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


Excellent tribute album with some great versions of classic Ride tracks,

The Blog That Celebrates Itself has released a fantastic tribute album to the band. You should definitely listen to this. Brazil’s Renato Malizia (of The Blog That Celebrates Itself) continually works his butt off interviewing all manner of fantastic noise makers for his site (most recently Dråpe). But he’s also posted a fun filled tribute to Ride featuring 24 bands covering the classics! ‘Leave Them All Behind’ kicks off with a collaboration between Oliver Ackermann (of A Place To Bury Strangers) and Ceremony! Plus tunes from Rev Rev Rev, Jaguwar, The Sorry Shop, Stella Diana, Lunaire and more

‘Leave Them All Behind – A Tribute to Ride’ features 24 tracks that will definitely appeal to Ride fans who liked the bands earlier recordings, there’s plenty of guitars and distortion.



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

HILLS – ” Milarepa “

Posted: December 3, 2015 in MUSIC
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The third album proper by Swedish psych-wizards Hills, or their recent live album “Live At Daemonens Port” for this list. I finally decided on Frid as “Live At…” was mainly made up of older tracks but please do try and hunt down a copy of it as you will not be disappointed. Anyway, back to “Frid”. At first, with opening track “Kollektiv”, it seems as if it’s pretty much business as usual as it effectively carries on where their previous record, the awesome “Master Sleeps”, left off (and thats certainly not a criticism by the way). However the ante is well and truly upped from second track, “National Drone”, onwards. There is a heavy Eastern influence, with sitar and drone-chants to the fore, and tracks build and build before wah-wah guitar kicks in or haunting vocals reverberate in the background. Impressed by “Master Sleeps” that I was concerned that Hills would not be able to deliver a follow up to  I should never have doubted them.

‘Diamond Waves EP’ on, Josefin Ohrn & The Liberation, a band from Sweden who have graced the stage with the likes of Goat and Les Big Byrd (as well a nomination in the Swedish Grammys). Their album ‘Horse Dance’ has been released by the veritable Rocket Recordings and is a joyous mix of influences both old and new. The intro to opener ‘Dunes‘ smacks of Suicide (the band, not the….well, you know) and evolves into a motorik stomper with some beautiful vocals from Josefin. The rest of the album follows suit, taking cues from the old (the motorik rhythms and of Can and Neu!) and more contemporary artists (the trance inducing guitar drones of Loop). Josefin’s vocals veer from the ethereal to Siouxsie-like stridency. It is a fantastic album, and one that I’m sure has passed underneath some people’s radar, which is a real shame. It is psychedelic, but not in the ‘turn the amps up to 11 and fuzz out’ manner -it has a more refinement and imagination than that; it has an elegance and a fragility that endears it to the listener. ‘Horse Dance’ can be purchased via the Rocket Bandcamp page.

lots of fuzzed up guitar and other effects: sonics that are foggy and dense. Every so often though a record comes along that is clean and clear that I just really take to my heart. Such a record has to be bloody good to drag me away from my fug-filled reverie because why would I want to move away from what I like and know I like.The latest in a very short line of albums to do this is the new release from Josefin Ohrn + The Liberation, yet another innovative ‘psych’ combo from Stockholm. While it is an album that most definitely has psychedelic leanings with its motorik beats and Canesque intensity in places, there is more than that going on here. This is also a pop album, and an album that is as cool as fuck. This is no manufactured X Factor shite, this is the real deal. ‘Horse Stories’ is an album that helps pull me out of my normal listening habits and allows me some perspective. It reminds me that there is more to ‘fuzz’, ‘drone’ and ‘psych’ while including elements of all three. It is an album of great beauty and positivity that deserves a far wider audience

Jacco Gardner performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded June 25, 2015.

Clear The Air
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Find Yourself

Jacco Gardner was born in the late 80s but sounds as though he came of age in the late 60s. It’s a very specific late 60s that he evokes on his debut album, Cabinet of Curiosities: the ornate, lushly orchestrated, psych-inflected “soft rock” or “baroque pop” of British groups such as Nirvana and the Zombies, and American bands such as the Millennium and Sagittarius. Actually, the latter pair were the project names of one man, Curt Boettcher. Boettcher was a singer, songwriter, musician and producer who took the idea of Brian Wilson at his most studio-focused and the Beatles’ own post-1966, no-touring, studio-only ethos to the extreme.

These are the models for this 24-year-old from the Netherlands: as Gardner explains, those “mostly studio projects where the songwriter or artist also took over the role of producer and could really start experimenting and work out everything they could think of themselves. Important artists/producers in this genre would be Curt Boettcher, Billy Nicholls, Syd-era Pink Floyd, the Zombies, Brian Wilson and Love.” Gardner recorded and engineered Cabinet of Curiosities at his Shadow Shoppe Studio in Holland, playing every instrument himself save the drums, having mastered recorder, clarinet, bass, guitar, keyboards and violin as a child. As an adult he also appears to have got to grips with the harpsichord, mellotron, flute and organ, because they’re all part of his chamber-pop palette.

He hasn’t just got the instrumentation and overall sound right, using all the right analogue equipment. He’s got the right voice as well.


The Citradels are a band of Melbournites who defy time and space. Sitars, handheld shakers, rattlers and rollers, open-D fuzz jams and unstoppable feedback driven 3 guitar odysseys that force unwary listeners to stare deeply into the depths of an infinite nothingness, The Citradels make some of the darkest, most intense drone music I’ve heard in a long time and make The Black Angels look like a pop group. “Droned and Rethroned” is the latest release from the Geelong five piece, drawing on all the regular spaced out influences from The Velvet Underground to the jesus and Mary Chain.

Drone music uses the interplay of different musical tones and timbres to create interesting music. In doing so, it fervently avoids things like key changes, melodic riffing or even chord changes in some instances. This means that listening to a drone album is like stepping into a black hole – the lack of chorus-verse-chorus structure makes it impossible to understand fully how long the album has been spinning. After what seemed like an hour of listening time, I realised that I had only reached track three – about 15 minutes into the album.


The band have been launching their LP relentlessly all over the east coast and have already cracked out the 12 string acoustics, the teardrops and the sitars to start production on their fourth album. If you’re into prolific psych jams, check em out and pay some money for their album


Salvador Dali Llama is a psych-pop 6-piece from Sydney that formed in 2014 over a mutual love of wizard capes and Aretha Franklin. SDL have a reputation for a face melting live set and an eclectic mish mash of dreamy psych pop, gospel soul harmonies and eyeball spinning kraut jams. Whatever your vibe, SDL will help you float upstream.