Rolling Stoner/Psych 2020

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I just posted in another old psych pop thread that I hadn't had time to keep up here for the past year because of additional burden at work, family with health, and spending a bit of extra time and effort to freshen up my site. I figured someone would have taken this over last year, sorry I couldn't do that for you all. Those who want to keep up with my non-ILM posts can sign up -- I'm currently having a drawing on Feb 15 with four winners: Spotify Premium, Bandcamp gift card, grab bag from Dr. Fester's Bucket O' Nasties, and Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee headphones. I think I can at least get this going again.

Winter Psych Rundown

Inject some swirling psychedelic colour into your grey, bleak winter with The Fast Camels, The Greek Theatre, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Green Ray, Skeleton Goode, Keys, James McArthur And The Head Gardeners, Fred Deakin (The Lasters), Magic Shoppe, The Stargazer Lillies, Ancient River, Mr. Elevator, Elephant Stone, Eyelids, Shadow Show, Tame Impala, The Sonic Dawn, and Rosalie Cunningham!

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 1 February 2020 15:52 (two months ago) link

January Doom Charts


I didn't vote this month as I was more focused on my psych pop piece, but would have voted for Elden, Isles Of Mars, Acid Mammoth and Ryte. Still catching up with most of these. Been digging The Hypnagogics, Mount Hush, Tombstone Eyes, Fostermother, Gypsybyrd, Pastor, Cobra Thief, Big Scenic Nowhere, Goatriders, Lowrider, UUBBUURRUU.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 3 February 2020 17:09 (one month ago) link

I'm really enjoying the new Lonker See album Hamza: jazzy psych-rock not unlike Mythic Sunship's recent output, with some dreamy vocal passages that remind me of Jessica Bailiff

nothing in the dialog (unregistered), Saturday, 8 February 2020 03:46 (one month ago) link

We Here Now – The Chikipunk Years EP (Elektrohasch/Homemade Gifts)
We Here Now are a multinational band consisting of Indrayudh Shome from Philadelphia via India, Hong Kong and Singapore, guitarist Pedro ‘Sozinho’ Salvador (from Brazilian band Necro) and drummer Panchito El Sofista of Peruvian psych band Montibus Communitas. Shome served as vocalist and guitarist in stoner doom Queen Elephantine since 2006, and is also a filmmaker. All three members contribute vocals.

Their Bandcamp site reads, “For fans of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, GOAT, Thee Oh Sees, Altin Gün, Ty Segall.” While global garage psych is a useful umbrella, there’s so much more going on. I hear some Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band (who the band nods to with the passage, "emanating fast n’ bulbous sounds"), Talking Heads & Brian Eno's experiments fusing William Burrough’s cut-up techniques, post-punk and Afrobeat in My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (1981), even Adrian Belew era King Crimson prog.

More global psych.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 10 February 2020 00:02 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Elephant Stone – Hollow (Fuzz Club) Feb 14
The first of an exciting series of major anticipated psych pop albums this year, as previewed in the Winter Psych Rundown, this Montreal band lead by sitar-wielding Rishi Dhir tackles an ambitious sci-fi dystopian concept, resulting in possibly the best of their six albums so far.

Shadow Show – Silhouettes (Burger) Feb 14
Amazing debut from Detroit garage psych trio who formed as teens. This Detroit garage psych trio of women have perked up ears starting back in 2018 with pre-album single releases of “The Machine,” “Glass Eye” and “Shadow Box.” It’s a captivating mix of 60s girl group harmonies and spindly, jangly guitars. While the rich history of Detroit garage psych is a key element, I also hear some UK post-punk along the lines of early Raincoats, Liliput and Mo-Dettes.

Lowrider – Refractions (Blues Funderal) Feb 21 – Noted as a key band in the initial wave of stoner rock that rolled through Europe like a tank in 1998-2001, I mentioned in my Stoner Rock Primer that it was a damn shame Lowrider never recorded a follow-up to their classic Ode To Io (2000). Well, 20 years later they finally did. Of course it’s much different than the early 2000s, when I thought, there should be more stoner rock. Since then there have been literally thousands of albums released in that genre. Try keeping up with every album in Doom Charts, and you’ll feel the fatigue. So while the massive glut of releases sort of dilutes my delight, they’re still a great band, and a welcome addition to the pigpile.

Aktor – Placebo (Ektro/Full Contact) Feb 24
Less a supergroup than a reunion of metal heroes in the Hall of Valhalla, Aktor is Chicago’s Chris Black (High Spirits, Dawnbringer and many more) and Finland’s Jussi Lehtisalo (Circle, Pharaoh Overlord) and Circle stickman Tomi Leppänen. Their first collaborations “I Am The Psychic Wars” (2013) and Paranoia (2015) set the template, synth-laden AOR that combines early 80s Blue Öyster Cult, Aldo Nova and Canadian tech-prog Saga with late period Hawkwind and some German kosmische. The latest sports shinier production, reflecting the combined experience of this power trio and Placebo preens like it knows it. Did the world need this? It’s super fun, so yes it did.

Helicon – This Can Only Lead To Chaos (Fuzz Club) Jan 24
This East Kilbride, UK psych noir band has three albums and seven EPs since 2010. Veering between raga rock and space rock, their new album drifts into shoegaze territory, with their signature dark, moody touch.

Lonker See – Hamza (Antena Krzyku) Feb 7
Polish band has been exploring space rock, post-rock, psych and jazz fusion since 2015. Their latest is also their jazziest and most ambitious, though I could do without the horrible tones they slapped on the end

The Third Mind – The Third Mind (Yep Roc) Feb 14
The Blasters’ Dave Alvin formed this supergroup with members of Camper Van Beethoven (Victor Krummenacher and David Immerglück), and guests Jesse Sykes and DJ Bonebrake (X) to do some extended psychedelic blues jams. CVB’s Jonathan Segal directed their videos. It’s mostly covers, including Fred Neil’s “Dolphins” as re-envisioned by Tim Buckley, Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s “East West,” Alice Coltrane’s “Journey in Satchidananda,” and the late Roky Erickson’s “Reverberation.

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 29 February 2020 13:47 (one month ago) link

Thanks! I need to check those first two Aktor albums too!

doktor forstus (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 1 March 2020 03:33 (one month ago) link

omfg Youtube just suggested SLIFT out of nowhere and, well


there's an album too

strangely hookworm but they manage ream shoegaze poetry (imago), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 00:31 (four weeks ago) link

Wow uh this is fantastic! I'm tempted to buy the album from bandcamp just on the strength of that KEXP session

doktor forstus (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 13:27 (four weeks ago) link

The album is absolutely incredible too. France has come to save spacerock

strangely hookworm but they manage ream shoegaze poetry (imago), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 15:37 (four weeks ago) link

Bought the SLIFT album btw. Ppl are sleeping on this. Has the potential to be the new Psychocandy with the way it draws from/together 6 decades of rock vocabulary to such loud and cathartic ends. Except it's way better than Psychocandy, bcz in lieu of having only mere fetishes like the JAMC, SLIFT, have actual IDEAS...!

doktor forstus (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 9 March 2020 12:20 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

this new King Buffalo record is awesome. Real mix of styles ... Second track sounds like Screaming Trees, I mean it could be a track off 'Dust'.. Other stuff has the obvious Sleep influence but that is never a bad thing. Lots of cool twin guitar parts at times (even though i think they are a 3 piece}. And one cool track that kind of jumps on this AOR resurgence a la Aktor

And Greek Theatre absolutely fucking rules

Chief Kyiv, Thursday, 26 March 2020 07:46 (six days ago) link

Slift absolutely pwns, I wish they'd sing in French tho.

coco vide (pomenitul), Thursday, 26 March 2020 14:18 (six days ago) link

Could have used a bit of trimming tbf (yes, I know you're not supposed to say this about ROCK in SPACE).

coco vide (pomenitul), Thursday, 26 March 2020 14:52 (six days ago) link

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