Category Archives: Psychedelia

ADMIRAL FALLOW-TINY REWARDS-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

ADMIRAL FALLOW-TINY REWARDS-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. Often, the hardest thing about forming a new band is coming up with a name. It can be a long and tortuous process. Especially, in the internet age. A new band have to ensure the dot com address hasn’t been taken. If it has, it’s a case of starting the process …

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GET ME HOME FOR TEA-RARE PSYCHEDELIC ROCK FROM THE UK.

GET ME HOME FOR TEA-RARE PSYCHEDELIC ROCK FROM THE UK. This year, more than any other, Record Store Day seemed to divide the opinion of record buyers. There were a number of reasons for this.  Partly, it was because many veteran record buyers felt Record Store Day was being hijacked by the major labels. Their …

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LANIAKEA-A POT OF POWDERED NETTLES.

LANIAKEA-A POT OF POWDERED NETTLES. It was Charlie Rich who once famously sang: “who knows what goes on behind closed doors?” Everyone has probably thought that, as they make their way across an unfamiliar city. Often though, the weary traveller won’t even see the doors. Instead, doors are hidden away by privet hedges. Privacy in …

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CAUSA SUI-RETURN TO SKY-VINYL EDITON.

CAUSA SUI-RETURN TO SKY-VINYL EDITON. Nowadays, not many groups manage to release eleven albums in eleven years. Instead, they spend two or three years ‘perfecting’ their future Magnus Opus. It’s changed days indeed.  Back in the early seventies, bands were often contracted to release two album each year. Groups like Yes rose to the challenge, …

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MOGWAI-ATOMIC- VINYL EDITION.

MOGWAI-ATOMIC- VINYL EDITION. Glasgow-based post rock pioneers Mogwai, are no strangers to the world of soundtracks. They’ve previously released three soundtracks in the last ten years. The first was Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait in October 2006. Just a month later, Mogwai released the soundtrack to The Fountain in November 2006. After releasing two soundtracks …

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MACARTHUR-MACARTHUR.

MACARTHUR-MACARTHUR. Having completed a tour of duty with the United States Marine Corp, Ben MacArthur returned home to Sagina, Michigan in 1977. When Ben returned home, jobs were few and far between, and it looked as if a recession was about to hit the rustbelt. It was hardly the welcome home he had envisaged. The …

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NUGGETS-HALLUCINATIONS: PSYCHEDELIC POP NUGGETS FROM THE WEA VAULTS.

NUGGETS-HALLUCINATIONS: PSYCHEDELIC POP NUGGETS FROM THE WEA VAULTS. For many record collectors, Record Store Day is regarded as one of the most important days in the record collecting year. There’s a sense of anticipation about the day from weeks in advance. This begins the moment the list of Record Store Day releases is published. Record …

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RED SQUARE-RARE AND LOST 70S RECORDINGS.

RED SQUARE-RARE AND LOST 70S RECORDINGS. Far too often, innovative music falls to find the audience it deserves. Instead, it’s enjoyed by a small, discerning and appreciative audience. These musical connoisseurs recognise the importance of music that could, and should, influence another generation of musicians. Sadly, all too often this doesn’t happen.  To rub salt …

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KLAUS SCHULZE-IRRLICHT.

KLAUS SCHULZE-IRRLICHT. In 1969, Berlin’s vibrant musical scene was thriving. At the heart of Berlin’s music scene was the Zodiak Free Arts Lab. It was the cultural centre of the city. This was where some of Germany’s top bands took their tentative steps towards greatness. However, the Zodiak Free Arts Lab was also a meeting …

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DALINDEO-SLAVIC SOULS.

DALINDEO-SLAVIC SOULS. The Dalindèo story started back in 2003. That’s when composer and guitarist, Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen, decided to found Dalindèo. They were no ordinary band. Instead, Dalindèo decided to recruit some of Finland’s top jazz musicians. Joining him in the rhythm section were drummer Jaska Lukkarinen and Pekka Lehti on double bass. They were …

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HOUSE OF NOT-THE WALKABOUT OF A. NEXTER NIODE- PART TWO-SEXUS,

HOUSE OF NOT-THE WALKABOUT OF A. NEXTER NIODE- PART TWO-SEXUS, For many people, the golden age of the concept album was the seventies. It seemed that every self respecting rock band had to release a concept album. This was almost a musical rite of passage. However, rock’s royalty weren’t content to release just one concept …

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MOGWAI-ATOMIC.

MOGWAI-ATOMIC. Glasgow-based post rock pioneers Mogwai, are no strangers to the world of soundtracks. They’ve previously released three soundtracks in the last ten years. The first was Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait in October 2006. Just a month later, Mogwai released the soundtrack to The Fountain in November 2006. After releasing two soundtracks in the …

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SULA BASSANA-SHIPWRECKED-VINYL EDITION.

SULA BASSANA-SHIPWRECKED-VINYL EDITION. Nowadays, most musicians are content to release an album every year or two. It’s a far cry from the sixties and seventies when bands would regularly release two albums a year. That most people thought, was a thing of the past. However, it’s not. Dave Schmidt is proof of this. His three …

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BLACK MOON CIRCLE-SEA OF CLOUDS.

BLACK MOON CIRCLE-SEA OF CLOUDS. Last year, I described Norwegian space rock pioneers, Black Moon Circle as one of the rising stars of the Norwegian music scene. Since then, Black Moon Circle’s star has been in the ascendancy. Their third album, The Studio Jams Volume I: Yellow Nebula In The Sky was released to widespread …

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YURI GAGARIN-AT THE CENTER OF ALL INFINITY-VINYL EDITION.

YURI GAGARIN-AT THE CENTER OF ALL INFINITY-VINYL EDITION. Since the dawn of the internet age, the way music has been made, released and consumed has been totally transformed. For unsigned bands this has been a game-changer. Yuri Gagarin are proof of this. Swedish space rockers Yuri Gagarin were formed in Gothenburg, in early 2012. For …

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CAUSA SUI-RETURN TO SKY.

CAUSA SUI-RETURN TO SKY. Nowadays, not many groups manage to release eleven albums in eleven years. Instead, they spend two or three years ‘perfecting’ their future Magnus Opus. It’s changed days indeed.  Back in the early seventies, bands were often contracted to release two album each year. Groups like Yes rose to the challenge, and …

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THE PRISONERS-THE WISEMISERDEMELZA.

THE PRISONERS-THE WISEMISERDEMELZA. Musical history is littered with groups whose report card said could have done better. This includes The Prisoners, who were formed in Rochester, Kent in 1980, and released four albums, before splitting up in 1986. However, things could’ve been very different for The Prisoners. That’s if The Prisoners hadn’t been determined to …

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THE CHARLATANS-THE LIMIT OF THE MARVELLOUS-VINYL EDITION.

THE CHARLATANS-THE LIMIT OF THE MARVELLOUS-VINYL EDITION. Between 1964 and 1969, The Charlatans’ star shawn bright.  However, The Charlatans were larger than life mavericks. They dressed like 19th Century outlaws, and embraced the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. L.S.D. and pot were part of The Charlatans’ diet. It fuelled The Charlatans as they took San Francisco …

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CIRCLES-CIRCLES AND MORE CIRCLES.

CIRCLES-CIRCLES AND MORE CIRCLES. Between 1969 and 1977, German music was thriving. In towns and cities, new groups were being formed. Many of these bands eschewed the Anglo-American, jazz-blues tradition, and decided to plough their own musical furrow. What followed, was a musical revolution…Krautrock.  The Krautrock era lasted for eight years, and nowadays, is regarded …

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CLEAR LIGHT-CLEAR LIGHT.

CLEAR LIGHT-CLEAR LIGHT. There aren’t many record labels that are founded in a college dorm. However, that’s where the Elektra Records story began in 1950. Jac Holman and  Paul Rickol were students at the prestigious and exclusive St. John’s College, in Santa Fe. They decided to form a record label, and agreed to invest $300 …

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