Here's a feelgood story for you: The troubled Texas psych legend and former 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson is back. Anyone who's seen the documentary You're Gonna Miss Me knows that this guy has not had an easy life. The image of Erickson, his hair matted and his fingernails long, cranking up several TVs and radios to top volume because the resulting ungodly din was the only way he could fall asleep-- well, he didn't exactly look like someone ready to jump back into a recording studio. So consider his return a happy surprise.Roky will be playing this Wednesday night at Houston's Continental Club, with Chase Hamblin opening.
This spring, Erickson will release True Love Cast Out All Evil, his first album of new material in 14 years. Fellow Austinites Okkervil River back him on the album, and Okkervil frontman Will Sheff serves as producer. The album includes found sound and archival recordings from the time Erickson spent confined at a hospital for the criminally insane in the early 70s. Anti- will release the LP in the U.S. on April 20, and the UK release will come on June 7 via Chemikal Underground.
Then, via the Rocket Recordings label blog, you've got some free Teeth of the Sea (#9, 2009).
NME has an "ultra ltd" compilation track for download: "Cities of Gold."
And 20 Jazz Funk Greats has a Teeth of the Sea-curated "mixtape": about halfway down here! Click "Play" to stream, or right-click Save As... the "Teeth of the Sea 20JFG mixtape" link to download.
0. Angry Bob: introAnd finally, here are some ravings from them, over at The Quietus.
1. Eroc: "Greenhouse Effect"
2. Oneida: "All Arounder"
3. Dirty Filthy Mudd: "Forest Of Black"
4. Big Business: "Another Fourth of July... Ruined"
5. Skyramps: "Flight Simulator"
6. Bongwater: "Nick Cave Dolls"
7. This Heat: "S.P.Q.R."
8. Venus Gang: "Cosmic Daddy"
9. Reichmann: "Wunderbarr"
10. Keith Fullerton Whitman: "Schnee"
11. Hygrades: "In The Jungle"
12. Crom: "The Gathering"
13. Medieval Steel: "Medieval Steel"
14. Underworld: "To Heal"