Thursday, May 23, 2013


Lots of good stuff well worth investigating on this Pitchfork list of 20 Essential Music Docs, but here's what I'm recommending:

Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany (2009)

Quite nice BBC4 doc about one of my more favored genres.

There's probably more to say, but I'm still planning for this weekend...

"Phaedra" by Tangerine Dream, from Phaedra (1974)

Ahhh, here's some Tangerine Dream (#4, 1974). Have a good one!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Black Mountain Psych

Yeah, I don't shoot video at shows because I'm too busy watching the band. But I do appreciate those people who do! And one of those people has come through big time.

Goat's set was definitely the highlight of my Austin Psych Fest, being that they were my #1 of 2012 & I'd never seen them before. But Black Mountain (#6 Live, 2010) was a real close second, and someone shot most of their set!

O yeah, and Roky was real good too. And Boris. And...

"Mary Lou" live at Austin Psych Fest, 4/27/2013

Pretty epic set-opener from their most recent soundtrack album. Might as well go ahead and mention that I've run into Stephen McBean at all 3 Austin Psych Fests that I've attended so far: 3/3.

"Wucan" live at Austin Psych Fest, 4/27/2013

One of my faves there - since whenever I first discovered that album. Which is In the Future (#10, 2008), which is great. Here, have an official video, while yer at it.

"Tyrants" live at Austin Psych Fest, 4/27/2013

Super-prog, that at times comes on like bombastic Mollusk-style Ween. (That is good.) The next video has the coda, along with a full "Buried by the Blues." Nice.

[other sweet photos here]

The rain started falling during "Phosphorescent Waves," so the camera went into hiding [full studio]. I wasn't altogether with it, but I'm thinking there was another Wilderness Heart (#17, 2010) rocker played in there - maybe the title track. But not "Let Spirits Ride," which I initially mistook it for.

"No Hits" live at Austin Psych Fest, 4/27/2013

You wanna talk about epic? Check out that John Carpenter worship intro, check out that jamming. Yup, that's from the 2005 self-titled debut.

No "Druganaut" from that one, but I'm fairly sure they did perform "Queens Will Play" somewhere in there towards the end.

Thanks, Black Mountain!! Come back to Texas before another 3 years...

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Ascent - Six Organs of Admittance (#3, 2012)

I gotta move on with these Top 10 from 2012. I was floored by how much I dug this record. Some light drone-folk, some blistering guitar shredding, some pared-down tunes, some full-band... But all of it worked so well, and somehow fit together as an actual album.

Although a 3xLP vinyl retrospective of 6OA rarities did make it to #10 of 2009.

"Waswasa" from Ascent (2012)

If I don't go looking for full-album streaming, then it doesn't exist. You can get that opening rocker free on In vveirdo veritas (2012), volume 9 of our blog MP3 collections. Would it have been so inappropriate to name my own MP3 comp in the yearly top 10? So... "Waswasa" rocks out with a fury that Ben Chasney & friends don't really maintain or replicate elsewhere on this disc.

"One Thousand Birds" from Ascent (2012)

More full-bodied take on an 11-year-old freak-folk-fest. This also happened with "Close to the Sky," updated as a slow-burn jam with Comets on Fire, compared to the original version (from 2003). I didn't listen to his stuff back then, so that's pretty rad.

"Solar Ascent" from Ascent (2012)

I like that one quite a bit - kinda reminds me of Six Organs' probable influence on Barn Owl. Slow, stately, mystical, desert/space folk-drone. Last couple live (and full Glasgow show)... Show opener was this tune, I guess that's how he does it.

"Even If You Knew" from Ascent (2012)

Slowly growing epic. Also for what it's worth, I detect a hint of Jandek (#3 Live, 2009) in the recipe. Notsomuch in the cosmos-shattering ax-ploration parts, but in parts.

Haven't found the final smoke-out "Visions (from Io)." But in looking, I learned about a 2012 Three-Lobed Records RSD exclusive called Eight Trails, One Path - which includes the narcotic drone-out of "Stranded on Io." So there's some bonus 6OA from last year!

And I guess check out this Ascent-heavy 4-song live set, and/or this randomly-selected interview.

Genre - Folk + Rock Guitar-Heroics
Official -
Myspace -
Location - California, USA

Review - Filter Magazine
Download - Amazon, iTunes
Purchase - Forced Exposure

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The 3-Dimensional In-Popcycle Dream -
The Pillbugs (#8, 2003)

I gotta move on with these Top 10 from 2003. Repeat offenders all over again: #4, 2004 and #4, 2008. Many more groovy hits from the prodigious, beloved, late, lamented retro-pop ensemble. 1960s fetishism without all the laziness.

Straight outta Ohio!

"Heather (Whatever)" from The 3-Dimensional... (2003)

It gets a little more difficult (and pointless) to go on & on about some great album, when you can just stream the whole thing yourself - but that's my job. The Pillbugs made a handful of official videos, and that's one right there. Organ rattles, tambourine & handclaps, drum breaks, so forth and so on...

"Red Light Summer" from The 3-D I-P Dream (2003)

Mellow grooviness, nice little tune, animated in the style of Yellow Submarine (#6, 1969). Or as much as possible.

O yeah, this CD also came with an actual set of red/blue 3-D glasses! I think I've owned about twenty of those over my life, and this is probably the only ones left standing.

"Charlie Blue Car" from The 3-D I-P Dream (2003)

As always, I'm left with a couple of Pillbugs albums that I need to pick up - I think Buzz for Aldrin (2007) should be next. What else? Here's a label commercial with some Warholian SFX. And unofficial slideshow vid for another good track, "Liberty Town of Love."

This in-studio look shows the recording on a great one, "Girl on a Laser Beam." Free download?! Might be time for another MP3 comp.

3-Dimensional Pillbugs

Genre - Retro Psych-Pop
Official/Myspace -
Location - Toledo, OH

Review - Psyche Music
Download - Pillbugs Bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes
Purchase - Proverus

Friday, May 10, 2013

Live Teeth

I'm not sure if this will work. If not, go here here (via Rocket)... or straight to Roadburn, who has some other streams.

Anyway, that's supposed to be a 1-hour audio stream of Teeth of the Sea (#10 of 2010, #9 of 2009) playing live at Roadburn 2013!

Since that embed is not appearing in my draft preview, maybe some YouTubes?

"Swear Blind the Alsatian's Melting" - live at Roadburn, 4/20/2013


"The Reaper" - live at Roadburn, 4/20/2013

That's something all new & different - apparently from the forthcoming album later this summer. Give it a chance, swirl it around in yer skull, set the controls...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Live Goat

This was originally going to be just an overall Psych Fest update - but some people aren't posting up all their live videos yet. I know you were filming!!

Anyway, given all the stuff happening around Goat (#1, 2012), I think it warrants yet another post about them.

"Run to Your Mama" from World Music (2012)

New-ish official video (and there's even something unofficial). Maybe you missed the RSD Remixes of that song? No sweat - MP3's are available at Amazon & at Boomkat. Hell, looks like they've still got some of the 12"s over at Forced Exposure.

Obviously, Goat's been touring America recently (getting to Psych Fest...), so check some of this out:

"Goathead" - live at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 4/23/2013

Yeah, Goat in concert! How'd you like to be able to download that whole show as an authorized recording? The whole show. Thanks again, NYCtaper!

O, there's also video of the full Philadelphia, PA show at Johnny Brenda's - same basic set: Diarabi, Golden Dawn, Disco Fever, Stone Goat, Let It Bleed, Dream Building, Run To Your Mama, Goathead, Goatman, Goatlord, Det som aldrig förändras, and the encore - The Sun, The Moon.

"The Sun, The Moon" - live at Austin Psych Fest, 4/28/2013

Or check out the encore from Psych Fest, either way. Lotsa fun was had by all. Someone else shot during "Let It Bleed." The only thing I'd suggest was maybe some brighter lights for more stage action visibility, but that's a minor thing. They (both Goat and the crowd) tore it up!

Also, you might not know a couple of tunes on the setlist - I sure didn't. But "Dreambuilding" and "Stone Goat" are the double-A sides of their new/upcoming single. Stream the first (???) A-side from Pitchfork. Out already in Sweden on 12", another 2 versions are out in early June. American pre-order via Sub-Pop, and Euro pre-order via Rough Trade (on Rocket Recordings, both are 7").

Monday, May 6, 2013

Record Store Day 2013: The Apocalypse

I've done RSD round-ups last year and in 2010. Might as well do some catching up on recent events before rollin' on...

First up: an old-school reproduction of the Pink Floyd "See Emily Play" single...

"See Emily Play" by Pink Floyd, from 1967 single

With "The Scarecrow" as the b-side. I used to love my Relics (1971) cassette when I was a young man. Who doesn't like the Syd Floyd? Probably plenty of people, I suppose... GEAR!

"Kings of Speed" by Hawkwind, from 1975 single

Another reproduction - the a-side with lyrics by Michael Moorcock. The b-side is "Motorhead," from Lemmy before he left Hawkwind to form his new band, named after this tune.

"Amusement" by Hüsker Dü, from 1981 single

This one's kind of a repro-plus... "Amusement" / "Statues" was the first thing out by Hüsker Dü, but this is a 2x7" with bonus early outtakes, like the punky "Writer's Cramp" and classic "Let's Go Die." The post-hardcore power-pop Hüsker was one of my top faves in high school, but the pre-hardcore post-punk Hüsker was also quite intriguing (though very short-lived). Ahhh, just check out the whole thing together.

Yeah, we're still only on the 7"s - uhhh, also got the Cheech & Chong "Earache My Eye" single!

"No Fun" by The Black Keys, from Side-by-Side single

Continuing RSD series from Warner Bros. of an original classic & someone new covering the same song. This one is originally a Stooges tune, obviously from their debut (#4, 1969).

There was also a Mystery 7", which was Side-by-Side-by-Side. The Grateful Dead doing possibly this version of "Aiko Aiko" (as the kids used to spell it). On the b-side, Dr. John breaks it down with his own style of "Iko Iko" - which was way-back-when a Dixie Cups song (also on the 7").

"Drive-In Saturday" by David Bowie, from Aladdin Sane (1973)

Yep, got some Bowie. A "Drive-In Saturday" picture-disc 7", and also something from the new record: "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" b/w "Where Are We Now?" (double official videos!).

Also, "Mine Mine Mind" & "Bloody Hammer" from the legend, Roky Erickson!! A double dose from The Evil One (1980)... and that's about all for the 7"s.

"Azamane Tiliade" by Bombino, from Nomad (2013)

I did get a 10" of that song, from the great new album by Bombino (another Psych Fest alum), with the non-album b-side "Si Chilan."

"Food for Clouds" by Brian Jonestown Massacre, from RSD-EP

Another Psych Fester(s), The BJTM with 3 new ones via 12" transmission. It begins with "Fist Full of Bees," and the b-side is "Everything Fades to White."

"Promised Land" by Grateful Dead, from Rare Cuts & Oddities 1966 (2013)

In addition to the Mystery 7", the Dead dropped a 2xLP of primordial jams from the golden year of '66. By the way, that's a Chuck Berry cover - and apparently the only known recording of Garcia singing it. (Bobby Weir sang it through almost the entire history of the band.)

Steve Moore Theme From Horror Business by DeathWaltzRecs

Death Waltz Records had a few nice things out. Got the Steve Moore "Horror Business" 12" EP-single-whatever. Check out this link for the entire soundtrack. They had another 12" from Antoni Maiovvi like this. And some TV themesong 7"s, of which I only saw one: with "Star Trek" / "Lost In Space."

"One More Night" by Stephen Malmus, from Ege Bamyasi cover

How could I forget? SM with a full-album cover of Can's Ege Bamyasi (#4, 1972)! Here's live video of "Pinch/Soup" as well. Okay, and also audio-only "Vitamin C."

"Run To Your Mama" by Goat, remixed by Tom Furse & Teeth Of The Sea, from Run To Your Mama Remixes: Volume 1, Side B (2013)

Got Volume 1 (side A) at old reliable Sound Exchange on RSD. And finally got Volume 2 at the Goat merch table at Austin Psych Fest!

"Jacknuggeted" by Caribou, from Up in Flames (2003)

And finally, Sound Exchange also had a late addition: ltd-ed (600), color-vinyl pressings of the first three Caribou albums - of which I got the last two: Up in Flames (#1, 2003, "red-flamed") and The Milk of Human Kindness (2005, orange). So that was a nice surprise - and well worth owning on wax.

Black vinyl editions out today, and all of them include a CD as well. Guess I need to start tracking down all of those exclusive non-album b-sides sometime.