Alien Grays and Limpid Days: Rolling Stoner/Psych/Retro/Space Rock Thread 2017

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Don't ask me where that phrase came from. Anyway, wanted to kick it off with my latest piece for Bandcamp, because it was a profile of the Active Listener's great but now in-lower-gear blog:

https://daily.bandcamp.com/2017/01/18/the-active-listener-bog-psych-interview/

As well as an excuse to talk about his stellar Bandcamp page with all the samplers:

https://theactivelistener.bandcamp.com/music

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 20:07 (five months ago) Permalink

yeah dug that excited to check out those samplers

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 18 January 2017 20:25 (five months ago) Permalink

Some really great stuff throughout, and so much of it too -- he did a fantastic job these past few years.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 20:27 (five months ago) Permalink

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the Rats

The inarguable proof is Feed The Rats, the overwhelming first album the band have created for Rocket Recordings - equal parts righteous repetition, bludgeoning brute force and Sabbathian squalor, its alchemical charge has the power to transform bleary-eyed abandon into small-hours revelation. This three-track, forty-minute monument of chaotic catharsis captures the everything-on-eleven spirit of the band’s live manifestation whilst adding a level of finesse and texture often less easily accessible in a dangerous haze of flying hair, discarded clothes and spilt premium lager. Channeling the grimy trip hazards of Monster Magnet’s ‘Spine Of God’ through a prism of kraut-derived repetition and Part Chimp style bloodymindedness, the resulting hallucinatory vortex appears constantly on the realm of breaking point.

Dinsdale, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 21:52 (five months ago) Permalink

Ooooooohhhhhh

Drugs A. Money, Thursday, 26 January 2017 07:09 (five months ago) Permalink

Oh man that Pigs⁷ sounds good.

Has Here Lies Man been discussed? Obviously we're living in a post-Goat world now. Guitarist is a dude from Antibalas.

http://hereliesman.bandcamp.com/album/here-lies-man

And there's another song on Youtube worth checking out, "That Much Closer to Nothing."

Anthology of Literature's Finest Penis Descriptions (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 27 January 2017 09:07 (five months ago) Permalink

nice

Dinsdale, Friday, 27 January 2017 14:11 (five months ago) Permalink

This is absolutely not from 2017, but thought it might be of interest here.

From the description on Youtube:

"The earliest known case of musicians recording while under the effect of LSD from Los Angeles 1966. A pioneering aural kaleidoscope of shifting moods and complex atmospheres unlike anything done before and hardly since. Recorded at a time when psychedelic music did not yet exist as a genre. “LSD Underground 12” should rank as one of the greatest psychedelic music discoveries of the past 20 years. A pioneering acidhead sound unlike anything that came before it and hardly anything since...

Before there was psychedelic music, there was LSD Underground 12. Recorded under mysterious circumstances in Los Angeles in the Summer of 1966, this mind-blowing musical journey represents the earliest known case of musicians recording while under the effect of LSD. The result is a pioneering aural kaleidoscope of shifting moods and complex atmospheres unlike anything done before and hardly since. Recorded at a time when psychedelic music did not yet exist as a genre, it is not surprising that the music flows freely across genres, from eerie Middle Eastern desert moods and nocturnal west-coast jazz grooves into full-blown acid-rock guitar soloing, while the hallucinogenic tension is sustained and released through outbursts of piercing Avant Garde, Fluxic chaos and minimalist stasis. Sold briefly via mail-order, the 1966 record was only rumored to exist until Lysergia's recent research verified its existence. In view of its pioneering historical status and outstanding musical quality, "LSD Underground 12" should rank as one of the greatest psychedelic music discoveries of the past 20 years. A pioneering acidhead sound unlike anything that came before it and hardly anything since... a musical riddle rising from the psychedelic catacombs.

‘LSD Underground 12’ is a vinyl LP collection of rare lysergic tracks that were recorded in Los Angeles during the summer of 1966. A Precursor to the psychedelic movement, ‘LSD Underground 12’ documents the earliest case of music being recorded by people under the kaleidoscopic effect of LSD, and it’s predictably mind-bending. It's ventured deeper into obscurity since its brief initial release, but with the help of Lysergia’s extensive research, it is now getting the deluxe treatment it deserves. With its pioneering historical status, ‘LSD Underground 12’ s a must-have for any psychedelia fanatic."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz5zZPWHqKg

I would compare it to very early Kraftwerk / Organisation and The White Noise, but with some guitars with heavy reverb there in the mix too. Very hard to verify anything about it, it may be a hoax, but it's interesting nonetheless.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Saturday, 28 January 2017 23:09 (five months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Trailer for the new Elder album Reflections of a Floating World (out in June)

https://youtu.be/YZ-UhptGOa8

Dinsdale, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:56 (four months ago) Permalink

Last year but... why isn't everyone talking about these weirdos?

http://thenetherlands1.bandcamp.com/album/audubon

Sounds like early Shudder To Think playing doom. Super weird vocals, bass replaced with seethingly distorted synthbass.

I cut this hair, I wash this hair, I mess this hair up (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 23 February 2017 03:33 (four months ago) Permalink

Thanks to Ned for getting this started. Psyched to see a release date for Elder. Something to look forward to.

I think if at least one person would have mentioned Audubon, more would have done so, it's awesome.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 23 February 2017 03:53 (four months ago) Permalink

It is. I need more mutated stoner/doom, I think.

I cut this hair, I wash this hair, I mess this hair up (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 23 February 2017 06:33 (four months ago) Permalink

Friday was a pretty big day for releases:

Spidergawd - IV: Norwegian hard rock/heavy psych with connections to Motorpsycho. The vinyl (w/ CD) package is pricey, so I just bought the FLAC from 7digital.
John Hoyles - Night Flight: Former guitarist for Witchcraft and Troubled Horse, currently in Spiders, this one is a bit different, more like British post-pub power pop circa 1976-78, including a Larry Wallis (Pink Fairies) cover from when he was house producer at Stiff records.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana: Aussie garage psych freakster bros supposedly have four more albums coming this year. Bring 'em!
Eat Lights Become Lights - Nature Reserve: New electro kosmische from UK group, check out if you like Moon Duo.
Sundays & Cybele - Chaos & Systems: Japanese psych prog and space rock.
All Them Witches - Sleeping Through The War: Quickly evolving from their jammy heavy blues psych roots into unknown territory.
Shadow Band - Wilderness Of Love: Debut album of folky psych noir.
My Sleeping Karma - Mela Ananda - Live: Nice live set from Austrian heavy psych explorers
Kingnomad - Mapping The Inner Void: Swedish stoner/psych/doom.

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 26 February 2017 17:19 (four months ago) Permalink

I sampled a couple of those and the one I really like is Sundays & Cybele. Nice mellow psych stuff.

jmm, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 16:17 (three months ago) Permalink

Yes, excellent band for sure. The newest wave of Japanese psych has been top notch.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 17:19 (three months ago) Permalink

Anything you would recommend? I'm enjoying Kikagaku Moyo too. Not sure what else is part of the newest wave.

jmm, Thursday, 2 March 2017 22:29 (three months ago) Permalink

They're the cream of the crop for sure -- basically explore anything in their label family trees/bands they play with. Some of the newer players involved with the Silence have separate acts too.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 March 2017 22:30 (three months ago) Permalink

Digging the John Hoyles record. Definitely only fits in this thread under the "Retro" heading, but I love that transitional pub/punk sound.

I cut this hair, I wash this hair, I mess this hair up (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 5 March 2017 02:17 (three months ago) Permalink

new ELDER!

i think i said it over in the metal thread but i'll say it any time i can: the show i saw of theirs last fall was absolutely fucking JAW-DROPPING...

alpine static, Sunday, 5 March 2017 07:14 (three months ago) Permalink

basically explore anything in their label family trees/bands they play with.

Thanks for this. I am finding some very interesting stuff on Guruguru Brain. The motorik band Minami Deutsch is especially great.

jmm, Sunday, 5 March 2017 16:36 (three months ago) Permalink

I heard this today through the Active Listener blog. It's really great. Gentle Swedish psych with lovely vocal harmonies and a beautiful warm sound.

The Greek Theatre - Broken Circle
https://thegreektheatre1.bandcamp.com/album/broken-circle

jmm, Thursday, 9 March 2017 21:27 (three months ago) Permalink

New Kikagaku Moyo EP announced:

https://gurugurubrain.bandcamp.com/album/stone-garden

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 18:12 (three months ago) Permalink

That first track "In a Coil" is pretty cool.

jmm, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:08 (three months ago) Permalink

Coming soon:

Troubled Horse - Revolution On Repeat (Rise Above) Mar 31
Dead Sea Apes - Sixth Side Of The Pentagon (Sky Lantern/Cardinal Fuzz) Apr 3
https://skylanternrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sixth-side-of-the-pentagon
10,000 Russos - Distress Distress (Fuzz Club) Apr 7
Ecstatic Vision - Raw Rock Fury (Relapse) Apr 7
https://ecstaticvision.bandcamp.com/album/raw-rock-fury
Royal Thunder - Wick (Spinefarm) Apr 7
Elkhorn - The Black River (Debacle) Apr 14
The Janitors - Horn Ur Marken (Sky Lantern/Cardinal Fuzz) Apr 24
https://skylanternrecords.bandcamp.com/album/horn-ur-marken
Mt. Mountain - Dust (Sky Lantern/Cardinal Fuzz) Apr 24
https://skylanternrecords.bandcamp.com/album/dust

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:13 (three months ago) Permalink

Was going to post about Mt. Mountain -- went ahead and got their entire discography. (It's quite cheap on Bandcamp!)

https://mtmountain.bandcamp.com/

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:17 (three months ago) Permalink

Coming not-so-soon:

UFOMAMMUT ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM "8" INCOMING SEPTEMBER 22ND VIA NEUROT

Dinsdale, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:24 (three months ago) Permalink

It's been noted above, but the new All Them Witches is beyond great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTl_Pn6OqWw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58BsI4PC1Lg

van smack, Sunday, 26 March 2017 16:57 (three months ago) Permalink

I forgot to mention this but ST 37 just put out a best of. You can buy it on bandcamp.

https://st37.bandcamp.com/album/fuck-you-you-rule-st-37s-greatest-hits

the rockists' red glare (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:54 (three months ago) Permalink

Yup, great stuff -- handy way to get to know their work.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:57 (three months ago) Permalink

Quick note that English guitar guy Mike Vest, of Haikai No Ku and a slew of other projects, has made something like 51 albums available for the equivalent of $30:

https://visualvolume-mikevest.bandcamp.com/

If you need a starting point, try this album:

https://visualvolume-mikevest.bandcamp.com/album/superior-venus

Both the full long cuts there give you an idea of what's up -- loud, great, heavy as hell psych/drone hooks. And you can buy the full discography from there.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 14 April 2017 13:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Meanwhile, metal/drone crossover here but Northumbria are quite good, and I interviewed/wrote about 'em

https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/northumbria-translate-the-harshness-of-the-canadian-arctic-into-instrumental-bliss

Ned Raggett, Friday, 14 April 2017 16:07 (two months ago) Permalink

that is some serious "Cos You Got Green Hair" shit

bought 2 raris, went to chili's (crüt), Thursday, 20 April 2017 01:05 (two months ago) Permalink

oh wow i just happened to find out this is coming out tomorrow, and also just realized tomorrow is 4/20: https://follakzoid.bandcamp.com/album/london-sessions

bought 2 raris, went to chili's (crüt), Thursday, 20 April 2017 01:13 (two months ago) Permalink

Listening to a stream of the Elder album, LuRVE...

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 24 April 2017 20:00 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Not enough people checking out this single by Brussels group Phoenician Drive AFAICT.

https://phoeniciandrive.bandcamp.com/album/two-coins

Noel Emits, Saturday, 17 June 2017 09:04 (one week ago) Permalink

That's pretty cool stuff.

the evening redness at the injection site (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 18 June 2017 09:22 (one week ago) Permalink

Just found out that Monster Magnet's Superjudge, Dopes to Infinity, Powertrip and God Says No were all reissued last year as 2CD sets full of B-sides, live tracks, BBC sessions, etc. I immediately bought all four on eBay for under $50, with free shipping. I haven't thought about MM in a while, but Wyndorf is one of American rock's most underrated lyricists, and those albums (Superjudge and Dopes in particular) are all-time.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 18 June 2017 16:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Damn, I'll have to keep an eye out for those.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 18 June 2017 16:58 (one week ago) Permalink

They're UK imports on Spinefarm.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 18 June 2017 17:05 (one week ago) Permalink

After being a fan of Wo Fat for over a decade, they are finally playing Chicago tomorrow.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 19 June 2017 05:16 (one week ago) Permalink


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