Give Me a Lamp, It's Going to Be Weird: Rolling Stoner/Psych/Retro/Space Rock Thread 2018

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Let's do this.

First thing I should mention is that Tier I tickets for Psycho Las Vegas are close to selling out. That will admit you to the pre-fest pool party on Aug 16, which includes Elder, Wolves in the Throne Room, Dengue Fever, Young and in the Way, Fireball Ministry and *Toke. I got mine, this will be my first time.

New releases so far:

Weedpecker - III: Polish stoner psych, they're become more progressive along the lines of labelmates Elder.

The Citradels - God Bless: 8th album from Melbourne psych pop band. They have evolved from fuzzy drones to more meticulously arranged pop. Their entire catalog is currently available for name yr price.

Mythic Sunship - Upheaval: Just 9 months after their last album, I can never have too much of these jammy Danish space rockers plus some free jazz.

Still processing:

Other stuff to look forward to:

Witchcryer – Cry Witch (Ripple) 19-Jan
Prana Crafter – Bodhi Cheetah's Choice (Beyond Beyond Beyond) 26-Jan
Ty Segall – Freedom's Goblin (Castle Face) 26-Jan
Hookworms – Microshift (Domino) 2-Feb
Sunwatchers – Sunwatchers II (Trouble In Mind) 2-Feb
Fu Manchu – Clone Of The Universe (At the Dojo) 9-Feb
Wedge – Killing Tongue (Heavy Psych) 9-Feb
The Cops – First Offense (Artificial Head) 16-Feb
Avon – Dave's Dungeon (Heavy Psych) 23-Feb
Droid – Terrestrial Mutations (Shadow Kingdom) 23-Feb
Mamuthones – Fear On The Corner (Rocket) 23-Feb
High Reeper – High Reeper (Heavy Psych) 16-Mar

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 13 January 2018 17:05 (ten months ago) Permalink

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 13 January 2018 17:22 (ten months ago) Permalink

New Earthless in March, too.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 13 January 2018 19:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

welp, that's "luzifers ghilom" stuck in my head for the next year

Arnold Schoenberg Steals (rushomancy), Saturday, 13 January 2018 21:31 (ten months ago) Permalink

I keep forgetting to spin Mythic Sunship

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 13 January 2018 22:01 (ten months ago) Permalink

It's a good one

Dinsdale, Sunday, 14 January 2018 21:24 (ten months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

from late last year, but i can't find any mention of it anywhere:

CROSSS are one of my favorite groups. canadian sludge psych and really swell people too. their tracks on this split (starting with "cold hands") rule.

don't know much about the other group except the main guy was in built to spill.

budo jeru, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 19:32 (ten months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The very great Justin Wright, aka Expo '70, has suffered an accident that directly impacts his guitar playing ability. Please kick in via GoFundMe or via his Bandcamp -- and do check out his excellent work:

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 February 2018 05:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Great Minami Deutsch track. It seems like they've changed up their sound a bit.

jmm, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 21:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

Today is a special release day. We have the debut from doom rockers High Reeper​, who I first heard last fall and couldn't stop playing. Their long awaited official release is today. Earthless​' fourth album sees guitarist Isaiah Mitchell take on vocals like he does with his other great band, Golden Void. Swedish garage psych vets Jeremy Irons & the Ratgang Malibus shortened their name to JIRM on their fourth release. I pre-ordered the CD via Small Stone on Bandcamp cuz I knew it would be great.

Stuff I hadn't posted about yet:

Birth Of Joy - Hyper Focus: Dutch psych prog gets proggier partially in tribute to the band Focus perhaps?
Black Moth - Anatomical Venus: Third album from UK doom rockers, might be their best, need more time with it.
Elephant9 - Greatest Show On Earth: Norwegian prog/jazz fusion.
Dead Meadow - The Nothing They Need: Has some weak points, but looking forward to seeing them live again soon.
Oneida - Romance: Maybe the most experimental and diverse release of their deep catalog.
Ouzo Bazooka - Songs From 1001 Nights: Garage psych from Israel.
The Laissez Fairs - Empire Of Mars: Garage psych & power pop.

Solid meat 'n' potatoes stoner/doom. This is what the Doom Charts folks like most: My $5/mo Ripple subscription has been well worth it if you like this stuff:

Crypt Trip - Rootstock
Ozone Mama - Cosmos Calling
Blackwulf - Sinister Sides
The Watchers - Black Abyss

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 16 March 2018 14:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

I reviewed the new Earthless. I thought I would hate it (short songs, vocals); I didn't.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 13:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

Great review! I love a good guitar jam, but Earthless has bored me to tears in past shows, so I've always preferred Golden Void. Needless to say I like this direction.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 13:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

It's funny; I love their live albums, but I don't think I'd want to actually be at one of their shows. I listen to them on my iPod while walking around and doing stuff.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 13:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

The Earthless sounds like it was recorded in a practice studio but brings the riffs, nice.

big C (calstars), Thursday, 22 March 2018 22:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

Earthless was good last night. No talk box though. :(

However, the new songs hem them in live. The structure required seemed to keep them all in a box. When they let go on older tunes they were the Earthless I love.

Kikagaku Moyo were excellent as always, though the crowd didn't warm to their folkier stuff at all.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 23 March 2018 16:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

I missed the Earthless/Kikagaku show sadly.

A guest writer contributed these:

Birth Of Joy - Hyper Focus vs. Elephant9 - Greatest Show On Earth

Black Moth - Anatomical Venus vs. JIRM - Surge Ex Monumentis

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 16:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
Time to die.”
(Roy Batty, Bladerunner)

I'm also digging:

Messa - Feast For Water: Lots of talk of jazz influence on their second album, but it's VERY subtle. Great album though.

Black Salvation - Uncertainty Is Bliss: German heavy psych touched by space/kosmische madness.

Merlin - The Wizard: This band is getting more interesting with every album, heavy psych with prog leanings. On Easter they reissued a remaster of 2014 album Christ Killer for FREE for a limited time via their Bandcamp page!

Spiders - Killer Machine: On third album, the garage glam force is strong, but there's also vocal melodies that Lady GaGa would pay big bucks for. Seriously!

Blackwater Holylight - Blackwater Holylight: Interesting new group of women from Portland stewed an enticing brew of ethereal doom psych.

Khan- Vale: Solid Australian stoner psych.

The Golden Grass- Absolutely: On their third album they've kind of stepped backwards from psych prog to more blues rock, which is great for fans of Radio Moscow.

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 7 April 2018 16:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

new mind over mirrors is immense

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 15:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

yeah, good call

calstars, Friday, 13 April 2018 02:32 (seven months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

The Third Sound - All Tomorrow's Shadows: Third album from Italian psych noir band based in Germany.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 11 May 2018 16:10 (six months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Really enjoying the Big Kizz "Music is Magic" album. Members of Graveyard, Witchcraft, and Lady Banana (who I've never heard) doing catchy heavy power-pop. It's fun and rocks.

my dreams in the hell-pits (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 26 May 2018 23:32 (six months ago) Permalink

For the ... three people on earth who enjoyed the John Hoyles album it's got him and kind of sounds like it.

my dreams in the hell-pits (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 26 May 2018 23:32 (six months ago) Permalink

Will check that shit, thAnks got the heads up

calstars, Saturday, 26 May 2018 23:51 (six months ago) Permalink

Don’t know who Hoyles is but graveyard + pop= I’m there

calstars, Saturday, 26 May 2018 23:58 (six months ago) Permalink

Fuck I mean witchcraft

calstars, Saturday, 26 May 2018 23:58 (six months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

This is a way out there one

funzone76, Friday, 22 June 2018 01:26 (five months ago) Permalink

Is that Circle-related?

my dreams in the hell-pits (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 22 June 2018 02:07 (five months ago) Permalink

No idea, found it on my Spotify recommends.

Mysterious psych band on a small label.

funzone76, Friday, 22 June 2018 02:10 (five months ago) Permalink

It's cool, thanks for posting it!

my dreams in the hell-pits (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 22 June 2018 04:21 (five months ago) Permalink

Listening to the new Graveyard album has become a daily routine now. Sucks that they're not on bandcamp though, I don't want to buy it from iTunes or Amazon.

Dinsdale, Thursday, 28 June 2018 20:28 (five months ago) Permalink

Liking this very much.

Mostly heavy blues / psych with garage punk overloaded vocals and tape echo guitar. They do a sort of rap thing on one song, does that make it retro nu-metal?

The name's a bit LOL (Blue Veins) but why not I guess.

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Monday, 9 July 2018 07:18 (five months ago) Permalink

Lucifer - Lucifer II: I've been anticipating this, great psych noir, fat juicy bass tones. Weakest spot is their cover of the Stones' "Dancing With Mr. D." On a single b-side they covered the Scorpions' "Evening Wind" from 1975. Wish that were included on the album instead.

Jack Harlon & The Dead Crows - Hymns: From Bendigo, Australia, I've been playing this repeatedly all weekend. It's taking a bit to work out what genre tags to apply, so far I have Blues Rock, Garage Doom and Psych Noir. It seems to tell a sort of psych doom spaghetti Western noir. Yas!

Kingnomad - The Great Nothing: Solid Swedish doom psych

Ancient Lights - Ancient Lights: UK psych/space rock

Bongripper - Terminal: First album in 4 years, gold standard sludge/doom metal.

Keef Duster - Keef Duster: Newcomers from Denver, psych rock with wailing female vocals, has potential.

Yawning Man - The Revolt Against Tired Noises: Kind of a dumb album name, but will as original desert rock architects, they get a pass. Pretty low key.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 9 July 2018 18:02 (five months ago) Permalink

New Tajak sounding face-meltingly promising (only one song so far)

Paul Reverse and the rediaRs (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 16 July 2018 04:01 (four months ago) Permalink

Xp I'm feeling Buh Records a lot lately; give Liquidarlo Celuloide a listen sometime GP2

bedraggled vorticist (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 20 July 2018 09:43 (four months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Now this is one helluva neglected thread! I hadn't been on ILM much til the year-end list shenanigans, but I'd thought at least a couple folks would post!

Just out on Friday, Fester's Lucky 13 contender, Mansion - First Death of the Lutheran. I last wrote about them in my 2015 Psych Noir piece, when the Finnish Kartanoist cult band had a stunning progression of four EPs. They shared The Devil’s Blood's seriousness in their spiritual interests (though in this case not Satanic), and psych prog sonics with Jess and the Ancient Ones. Their long-awaited full length album feels like the culmination not only of an artistic arc, but a dramatic end world scenario. Someday aliens will find this album amidst the rubble and wonder what the hell those humans did to themselves.

Check out JJ's interview with the band.

"The whole album seems to lead to “First Death.” Did you know in writing that song that it would be the finale? What is happening there to summarize the album?

As soon as the song was starting to find its form we knew that it would be the finale. In ”First Death” we simply state that there is a difference between us and you. We will be saved and you will burn in the everlasting fires of hell while we bathe in glory in the Kingdom of Heaven by His side. Pretty much what we want to say with the whole album...

...We have live sermons and festivals booked for 2019. Book us. Today!

Merry Christmas!"

lol |

During the year-end list frenzy, I've also tried to keep up with the new releases. I was offline on a volunteer trip at an animal sanctuary for the past week, but I did listen to everything through my sad little Kindle Fire speaker on Spotify (forgot to pack my JBL bluetooth speaker).

Vanishing Kids - Creation: Migrated from Madison to Portland. Guitarist Jason Hartman has served with Jex Thoth. Their 5th album since 2003 adds bits of prog and shoegaze into their doom psych. After listening to bullshit from the lists like The 1975 and Ariana Grande, this is restorative.

Steeple Remove - Vonal-Axis: This long-running band from France have experimented with psychedelic space rock since 1997, and mix in some post-punk and shoegaze on their 6th and most accomplished album.

Amgala Temple - Invisible Airships: Norwegian psych prog jazz fusion.

Orango - Evergreens: Norwegian blues/hard rock.

Pharaoh Overlord - Zero: Finnish psych/kosmische, there's a great thread devoted to them here. This seems to have been overlooked by everyone.

DMBQ - Keeenly: Japanese garage doom psych/noise, I need to hear more of their back catalog!

The Heavy Crown - Reign On: Belgian proto-metal/stoner psych.

Rifflord - 7 Cremation Ground / Mediation: Basic riffy stoner rock, but well done.

Holy Grove - Holy Grove II: Just another doom album? My doom charts colleagues lost their shit over this, so it's worth exploring.

HUATA - Lux Initiatrix Terrae: French stoner doom.

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 9 December 2018 17:48 (four hours ago) Permalink

I think Zero got a mention somewhere.

There's even been another Pharaoh Overlord since - a live album with a guest drummer and Tomi and another guy on analogue aynths and it's really really good. Some tracks from the Circle album with added vocals from Janne Westerlund.

The First (Noel Emits), Sunday, 9 December 2018 17:56 (four hours ago) Permalink

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