Category Archives: Psychedelia

THE MAGICAL MYSTERY PSYCH-OUT-A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES.

THE MAGICAL MYSTERY PSYCH-OUT-A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES. On Saturday night, hell froze over. Hip hop “star” Kayne West took to the stage at the Glastonbury Festival. In an error strewn set, Glastonbury lost all credibility as Britain’s supposed premier music festival. To rub salt into the wound, towards the end of his “set,” West …

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MIKI CURTIS-THE FIRST EAR.

MIKI CURTIS-THE FIRST EAR.  Miki Curtis made his musical debut in 1958. Back then, the twenty year old was a rockabilly singer. This was just the beginning of Miki Curtis’ musical journey. By 1970, Miki was a member of Samurai. They released their debut eponymous album in 1970. It was well received upon its release. …

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DR JOHN THE NIGHT TRIPPER-GRIS GRIS.

DR JOHN THE NIGHT TRIPPER-GRIS GRIS. The scenario that I’m going to describe, really happened, and demonstrates that even the most experienced people in the music industry get things wrong. It was in January 1968, and Dr. John completed his debut album Gris Gris. A copy of Gris Gris was sent to Ahmet Erteghun at Atlantic …

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KANAKU Y EL TIGRE-QUEMA QUEMA QUEMA.

KANAKU Y EL TIGRE-QUEMA QUEMA QUEMA. Nearly fifty-eight years ago, on 5th September 1957, Jack Kerouac published his seminal novel, On The Road. Since then, On The Road has influenced several generations. That’s just as true today. Nico Saba and Bruno Bellatin of Kanaku y El Tigre can relate to Jack Kerouac. They describe themselves …

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SVEN GRUNBERG-HINGUS.

SVEN GRUNBERG-HINGUS. From the sixties, right through to the Berlin Wall fell on 1989, Eastern Europe was a musical hotbed. The problem was, very few in the West realised this. That, to some extent, this still the case. Most music lovers have yet to discover the music that came out of Eastern Europe during this …

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AKIRO ITO-JAPANESQUE.

AKIRO ITO-JAPANESQUE. Before Akiro Ito embarked upon a solo career in 1978, he was a member of the Far East Family Band. They were a pioneering band, who are regarded as Japan’s first progressive rock band. Keyboards dominated the Far East Family Band’s music, as they fused prog rock, psychedelia and space rock. It was …

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HOLGER CZUKAY-ELEVEN YEARS INNERSPACE.

HOLGER CZUKAY-ELEVEN YEARS INNERSPACE. The very first Record Store Day took place back in 2007. Since then, Record Store Day has become a huge event. This year, on 18th April 2015, 1,400 record shops worldwide celebrated Record Store Day. For the ninth Record Store Day, record companies across the globe released a plethora of exclusive …

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BLACK SABBATH-PARANOID.

BLACK SABBATH-PARANOID. Just seven months after Black Sabbath released their eponymous debut album in February 1970, they were back with the album that defined their career, Paranoid. It was released in September 1970 and features three Black Sabbath classics Paranoid, Iron Man and War Pigs. They’ve since become staples of Black Sabbath’s live performances. They’re …

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GONG-CAMEMBERT ELECTRIQUE (VINYL EDITION).

GONG-CAMEMBERT ELECTRIQUE (VINYL EDITION. In music, true innovators never seem to get the credit they deserve. That’s the case it seems in life and death. Especially, if the type of music they produce is shall we say leftfield. That was the case with Australian musicians Daevid Allen, who founded Gong in 1967. His death on 13th March 2015, …

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PSYCHEMAGIK PRESENTS MAGIK SUNSET-PART ONE.

PSYCHEMAGIK PRESENTS MAGIK SUNSET-PART ONE. Most people have no idea the time and effort it takes to compile a compilation. Done properly, it can be a frustrating and time consuming. The Psychemagik team realised that last year, when they started to compile Psychemagik Presents Magik Sunset-Part One, which was released on Leng Records on 27th …

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HUNTSVILLE-POND.

HUNTSVILLE-POND. Ever since 2006, Huntsville have established a reputation as one of the most innovative, inventive and imaginative bands in Europe. For the past nine years, Huntsville have been seamlessly been combining musical genres and influences. In doing so, musical boundaries are pushed to their limits, and sometimes, way beyond. Never do Huntsville play things …

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VASHTI BUNYAN-HEARTLEAP.

VASHTI BUNYAN-HEARTLEAP. It was fifty years ago, in 1965, that Vashti Bunyan’s musical career began. She looked destined for great things. Sadly, that proved not to be the case. Five years after her career began, Vashti Bunyan released her debut album Just Another Day in 1970. It failed to chart. This lead to Vashti Bunyan retiring from music. Nothing was heard …

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JOHN MARTYN-LIVE AT LEEDS (DELUXE EDITION).

JOHN MARTYN-LIVE AT LEEDS (DELUXE EDITION). In January 1975, John Martyn released his eighth studio album, Sunday’s Child. John had been away from the studio for fifteen months. His previous album, Inside Out, was released in October 1973. Since then, John had been concentrating on touring. However, in August 1974, John headed to Island Studios, …

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GORAN KAJFES SUBTROPIC ARKESTRA-THE REASON WHY VOLUME 2.

GORAN KAJFES SUBTROPIC ARKESTRA-THE REASON WHY VOLUME 2. For the last three decades, Goran Kajfeš has been a key figure in the Swedish music scene. There’s a reason for this. Goran Kajfeš has constantly been  releasing groundbreaking, genre-melting music. To do this, Goran has pushed musical boundaries to their limits, and sometimes, way beyond. That’s been …

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MOGWAI-RAVE TAPES.

MOGWAI-RAVE TAPES. With the Scottish Album Of The Year Award looming, the big question in Scottish music is, who are the contenders? This year, we’re spoiled for choice. It’s been a vintage year, or to be a accurate, fifteen month period. There’s a reason for this. The three-month extension of the eligibility window for the …

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GONG-CAMEMBERT ELECTRIQUE.

GONG-CAMEMBERT ELECTRIQUE. There aren’t many bands who have enjoyed the longevity that Gong have enjoyed. The Franco-British band were formed back in Paris, in 1967 by Daevid Allen, an Australian musician and Gilli Smyth a professor of the Sorbonne. They were joined by vocalist Ziska Baum and flautist Loren Standlee. This was the first lineup …

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THE ELECTRIC PEANUT BUTTER CO.-TRANS-ATLANTIC PSYCH CLASSICS VOLUME 1.

THE ELECTRIC PEANUT BUTTER CO.-TRANS-ATLANTIC PSYCH CLASSICS VOLUME 1. From the mid sixties, right through the early seventies was the golden age of psychedelic music. During that period, psychedelic music was King. Originally, folk rock and blues rock bands were influenced by psychedelia. Soon, psychedelia’s influence could be heard throughout music. Everything from folk, funk, …

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ARTHUR-DREAMS AND IMAGES.

ARTHUR-DREAMS AND IMAGES. The story of Arthur Lee Harper is a familiar one. He was a talented singer-songwriter who looked as if he was destined for great things. Sadly, that proved not to be the case. Arthur only ever released one album, Dreams and Images which was released on Lee Hazelwood’s LHI Records 1968.  Dreams …

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THE WOODBINE AND IVY BAND-SLEEP ON SLEEPING ON.

THE WOODBINE AND IVY BAND-SLEEP ON SLEEPING ON. Four years after releasing their eponymous debut album in 2011. The Woodbine and Ivy Band return with their new album Sleep On Sleeping On. It was released on March 9th 2015, on Static Caravan Recordings, and sees The Woodbine and Ivy Band head in a different direction …

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LOS ANGELES SOUL-KENT-MODERN’S BLACK MUSIC LEGACY.

LOS ANGELES SOUL-KENT-MODERN’S BLACK MUSIC LEGACY.  During the fifties, the Los Angeles’ based, Modern and Kent labels were two of the most successful independent record labels. Their star was definitely in the ascendancy. Modern and Kent signed some of the most successful soul, blues and R&B artists of the fifties, including John Lee Hooker, B.B. …

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