Category Archives: Psychedelia

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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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND-THE VELVET UNDERGROUND.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND-THE VELVET UNDERGROUND. Following disagreements about The Velvet Underground’s future musical direction, John Cale left the group. This was almost inevitable.  For some time, John Cale and Lou Reed views about The Velvet Underground’s future differed. John Cale wanted The Velvet Underground to continue to innovate and create experimental music like White Light/White …

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STONED-A PSYCH TRIBUTE TO THE ROLLING STONES.

STONED-A PSYCH TRIBUTE TO THE ROLLING STONES. Last year, Cleopatra Records released A Psych Tribute To The Doors, where a new generation of bands covered thirteen Doors’ classics. These tracks were given a makeover by everyone from Elephant Stone, The Black Angels, Sons of Hippies, Dead Skeletons, VietNam and Geri X. The idea was simplicity …

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ZAKARY THAKS-IT’S THE END-THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION.

ZAKARY THAKS-IT’S THE END-THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION. During the sixties, garage bands sprung up all over Texas. Some recorded a handful of singles, before disappearing. Others never got that far. Most recorded just the one single, and played a handful of gigs, before calling it a day. They’re long forgotten, having played  just a walk-on part …

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TANGERINE DREAM-RUBYCON.

TANGERINE DREAM-RUBYCON. Tangerine Dream are, without doubt, the original musical chameleons. Since forming in 1967, Tangerine Dream’s music has been constantly evolving. As a result, they can never be accused of standing still. Far from it.  During the last six decades, Tangerine Dream have flitted between musical genres as they recorded over 125 studio albums. …

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SIDSEL ENDRESEN AND STIAN WESTERHUS-BONITA.

SIDSEL ENDRESEN AND STIAN WESTERHUS-BONITA. One of the most eagerly awaited albums of 2015 is Sidsel Endresen and Stian Westerhus’ sophomore album Bonita. It was released on Rune Grammofon, on 12th January 2015. Bonita was the followup to Sidsel Endresen and Stian Westerhus’ debut album Didymoi Dreams. Just like Didymoi Dreams, Bonita is another album …

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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND-WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND-WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT. It was in September 1967, that The Velvet Underground began recording their sophomore album White Light/White Heat. A lot had happened since The Velvet Underground released their debut album The Velvet Underground and Nico in March 1967. The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol had decided to go their separate ways. …

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SUPERTRAMP-CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS?

SUPERTRAMP-CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS? Very few groups are overnight successes. Most groups spend years struggling, trying to make a commercial breakthrough. Then after years of trying, success comes the way of the fortunate few. That was the case for Supertramp. It took three albums, and several changes in lineup before Supertramp made a commercial breakthrough. Supertramp’s …

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CAN-FUTURE DAYS.

CAN-FUTURE DAYS. Last year, I was fortunate enough to interview a true musical legend, Holger Czukay. He was part of Can, who were undoubtably, one of the most ambitious and innovative groups in the history of music. Their music was constantly groundbreaking. So much so, that it was always way ahead of the musical curve. …

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FAMILY-BANDSTAND.

FAMILY-BANDSTAND. By 1972, it looked as if Family were on the verge of making a breakthrough in America. Their fifth album Fearless, released in October 1971, had reached number 177 in the US Billboard 200 charts. It looked as if Family were going to be the latest British group to conquer America. That, however, wasn’t …

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