Friday, 14 April 2017

Vinyl Friday

Name: king gizzard and the lizard wizard
Origin: Melbourne, Australia
Album: Flying Microtonal Banana
Year: 2017
Links: Flightless, ATO
Label: Flightless, ATO




I was going to post another Swedish band today in the form of The Janitors who have just released an album this week, however I've posted quite a few from Sweden in the last few weeks so we are heading out of Europe and on to Australia to discuss a band that has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. From Melbourne I give you King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard. The name alone would make you take notice for at least a second! The album that you see before you is their current offering called Flying Microtonal Banana which was released on February  2017. It's hard to keep up with these guys as they plan to release 5 albums this year. The have one up for preorder as I speak called Murder Of The Universe which is out in June. 


Open Water


Back to their current album.....this sees the band delve into their first-ever experience in microtonal tuning, which features intervals smaller than a semitone and not found in customary Western tuning octaves. The band members were given $200 each to go off and buy instruments and turn them into microtonal instruments. Then they set about recording and album which resulted as Flying Microtonal Banana. 

If you are familiar with King Gizzard then this album doesn't stray too much away from their previous couple of albums except for the use of a turkish horn called a Zurna. 

The edition I have is the US ATO Records Highlighter Yellow Vinyl with limited edition gold-accent jacket and scratch-n-sniff sticker + zine. 


Melting


 I first came across them I stumbled across a live version of Head On /Pill. The energy they gave in that performance raised my eyebrow! That led me to buy the Float Alomg - Fill Your Lungs /Oddments double. I'm glad I bought it back then cause it goes for a fortune on Ebay and Discogs. In fact any release before that requires and extra mortgage! They have kept my pockets busy ever since!  


Head On /Pill




Friday, 7 April 2017

Vinyl Friday

Name: Julie's Haircut
Origin: Reggio Emilia, Italy
Album: Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin
Year: 2017
Links: Rocket Recordings
Label: Rocket Recordings


Julie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin


We are only just over 3 months into the new year and there seems to be an endless number of new releases this year so far. My favorite album so far is by an Italian band called Julie's Haircut. Rocket Records sent out an email to all subscribers detailing an imminent release by them. I had never heard of the band before, but was intrigued as it's being released by Rocket Records. (Note to self: always take notice of a Rocket Records release!) It had a video link to the song 'Salting Traces'. Not one to beat around the bush, I went straight in for a look! Unsurprisingly I thought it was great. With a bit of discussion amongst  psych circles, it was agreed that a preorder had to be made pronto. Thankfully I did. There were only a few left.




Julie's Haircut - Salting Traces


It's not often I buy an album on the strength of one song, but I'm glad I did. The album is mesmerizing in it's entirety.  It's one of those albums that you can play if you've had a long day and just want to chill out for the evening! Needless to say I've played it every evening for the past few weeks!
The album consists of 8 tracks and starts off with a track called 'Zukunft' which eases into a steady groove and picks up the pace as it glides through to the end. Next 'The Fire Sermon' continues in the same vein with added vocals whispering eerily into your ear to keep you on your toes. Normally I'm not one for a jazzy saxophone in a band but it works beautifully in a number of songs on the album.


Julie's Haircut - Gathering Light


On further investigation of my new favorite band, I did a bit of digging to find more about them. To my surprise they have been around since 1994 and have released several albums and numerous singles and EPs.  They are definitely on my 'to see list' at this years Liverpool Psych fest.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Split #4

Name: Shooting Guns/ Hawkeyes
Origon: Canada
Album: Brothers Of The Nod
Year: 2015
Label: Pre-Rock Records
Links: Shooting Guns Bandcamp, Hawkeyes Bandcamp

Brotherhood Of The Nod Limited to 60 copies on Blue vinyl


A number of weeks ago I posted an album by Canadian band Shooting Guns. Today I give you a split with fellow Canadians Hawkeyes. Both these bands follow in the same vain so if you liked the initial post, then this is for you. Both these bands are heading a big psych scene in Canada along with 'The Band Who's Name Is A Symbol, Moths & Locusts, Betrayers, Backhomes and The Radiation Flowers to name but a few. In fact Hawkeyes and The Radiation Flowers have a split due for release anytime now.


Shooting Guns - Mega Volcano


This split sees both bands include 3 tracks each with side A blasting out tunes by Shooting Guns.  More people would be familiar with Shooting Guns having released quite a few albums whereas Hawkeyes have only released their debut called Poison Slows You Down. I believe they have an album along with the split due for release this year.


Hawkeyes - Hotter Than Ten Hundred Suns


This split has had a number of reissues due to it's popularity. My blue version is limited to 60. Apparently this version was meant to have an orange swirl in the blue but mine doesn't seem to have any. Guess that makes mine ultra rare! 

Full Album

Friday, 31 March 2017

Vinyl Friday

Name: The Orange Revival
Origin: Sweden
Album: Futurecent

Year: 2015
Links: Fuzz Club Records
Label: Fuzz Club Records

Limited to 500 copies on 180g orange vinyl


The weekend is nearly upon us which means one thing, it's time for your weekly Vinyl Friday post. This week we won't be travelling anywhere which means that this weeks band is from Sweden!! I know, I know! At this stage I could change the name of the blog to 'Turn on Your Swedish Vinyl Player' I'm posting this particular one as it arrived in the post a number of days ago, along with their reissued debut album on Fuzz Club Records. This one is on sale so I said to myself, I'll kill two birds with one stone and buy both albums! 



The Orange Revival - Saturation



The band in question is The Orange Revival. If you like Spacemen 3 and The Brian Jonestown Massacre then you will love this. I first came across this band when I was recommended a split 7" by a member of The Radiation Flowers which had The Orange Revival on the flip side. Having liked a lot of what The Radiation Flowers were putting out, I thought I'd go for it. Needless to say, I was hooked on another Swedish band!


The Orange Revival - Lying in the Sand



The title of the album is Futurecent and has a banana on the sleeve which looks similar to a couple of famous album covers. Two of note being The Velvet Underground and The Dandy Warhols - Welcome to the Monkey House which looks very similar.



The Orange Revival - Carolyn

The version I have is the transparent orange vinyl limited to 500 copies. There is also a deluxe version on transparent blue vinyl limited to 100.  Their debut album Black Smoke Rising as I mentioned earlier was reissued last week which is also very good.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Vinyl Friday

Name: Hills
Origin: Gothenburg, Sweden.
Album: Alive at Roadburn
Year: 2017
Links: Rocket Records Bandcamp
Label: Rocket Records


Hills - Alive at Roadburn limited cream & beer transparent Vinyl


My apologies folks for the lack of posts in the last couple off weeks. It's been a bit hectic. The good news is, there has been plenty of in-comings since. The first of which is the latest Rocket Records release. The band in question is one of my favorite in the past few years. The band being Hills from Sweden. It's not intentional, but a lot of the music I like at the moment are Scandinavian. There seems to be hell of a lot of good music coming from there in the past few years.


Hills - Frigörande Musik


Hills have released 2 albums this year so far. The first being a repress of their brilliant debut album on Cardinal Fuzz at the start of the year. This current offering is 'Alive at Roadburn'. You can assume this is a live album that was recorded at the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands. This festival is a kind of mecca for Psych bands, many who have released live albums too.  
                           


Hills - Och Solen Sänkte Sig Röd

Hills have released 6 albums, 3 of which are live recording so it is safe to assume that they are a quality live act. The songs on this album are loose versions of recorded songs on their other albums. Some might say the live versions are even better than the recorded ones!! The band get into a groove so much that you can hear a member say they had planned to play six tracks but can only fit four into their slot.


Full album

This is a double LP with one track on each side. The copy i have is the  limited edition colour vinyl, record 1 is solid cream and record 2 is transparent beer. When these went on preorder, they sold out in a couple of hours. I just had a look on their bandcamp page and there are 2 copies of black vinyl left. The sleeve was designed by Nik Rayne, he being the lead member of The Myrrors.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Vinyl Friday

Name: Causa Sui
Origin: Denmark
Album: Return To Sky
Year: 2016
Links: El Paraiso Records Website
Label: El Paraiso Records

Causa Sui - Return to Sky 'First Edition'

Another week has flown by, which means only one thing. It's Vinyl Friday once again!! We are back in Europe again this week with a band from Denmark. The album in question is 'Return To Sky'. The album itself was released last year. For some reason it bypassed me until this year. This is my most played album by a mile this year. It is so addictive! I can't stop playing it, and never tire of it. The band consists of 4 members and when listening to them, they sound like such a tight unit. All members willing each other on throughout.




Causa Sui - Dust Meridian


El Paraiso is run by Jonas Munk & Jakob Skøtt in Denmark. Both these are members of this band but there are many bands on the label as well. Another one of my favorite bands on this label is Papir. If you get a chance, check them out. Who knows, they might even feature in an up and coming post!

One of the cool things about this label is, all the artwork for all the albums released by all the bands is done by Jakob Skøtt himself. Another good reason to collect from this label with each album being a work of art (besides the music, that is!)



Causa Sui - Mondo Buzzo


No fancy editions on this album, just straight black vinyl. Although it has a sticker on the front saying 'First Edition'. I'm afraid the vinyl version has sold out only recently so if your looking for a copy Discogs I'm sure have a few on sale.

A couple of weeks ago a preorder went up for the release of a Live boxset which includes a 3 lp and limited 10". I thought about it for a while, trying to hold off! it was a lot of money for a single release. In the end I couldn't resist. My will power is rubbish! You only live once, right?? Just as well I suppose as they sold out in extra quick time. That's the thing about a lot of the psych bands. they are pressed in such small quantities that if you don't buy from the preorder, you run the risk of selling out very quickly. The live boxset is due in the middle of March. 


Full Album

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Split #3

Name: Gnod / White Hills‎
Album: Gnod Drop Out With White Hills II
Year: 2010
Label: Rocket Records
Links: Gnod Bandcamp Rocket Recordings Bandcamp


2015 re-pressing of 500 copies


I'm not a big fan of GNOD at all! I guess that's not the start of this weeks Split #3 post you were looking for but there is White Hills to throw into the mix as well. This weeks split is not really a split but a collaboration between two bands. They both went into the studio (not necessarily together!) and bashed out a stunning album called  GNOD Drop Out With White Hills II.

This album has been on my want list for sometime and I managed to nab myself a copy in January. It is a double containing 8 songs. Each one brilliant in a different way from the next. I don't know what it is about Gnod on their own that doesn't appeal to me, but the blend of both these bands together gives for a very balanced album.


Run-a-Round


The opening track on the albums is ‘Run-A-Round’, which is a fluid Motorik drive with calming vocals from Dave W (from White Hills). There is a fan made clip on YouTube where somebody has sound-tracked their rainy nighttime journey down a motorway with the musical soundscape of ‘Run-A-Round’in the background. It is strangely fitting, and to my mind at least, very Gnod. Pun intended!

Title Track - Drop Out


The beautiful artwork on the sleeve is done by Johnny O Rocket. He has also done other artwork for both these bands along with The Heads, Acid Mothers Temple, Mudhoney, Serpentina Satelite and many more.

 This Pink sleeve version is a repress. The original sleeve was without the pink art added. The first pink re-press was in 2013 with pink vinyl. The pink copy I have is a 2015 re-press on white vinyl limited to 500. There was also a  2011 yellow version of the pink style on yellow translucent vinyl. Get whatever copy you can cause they are hard to come by!!



Full Album



Friday, 3 March 2017

Vinyl Friday

Name: The Myrrors
Origin: Tucson, Arizona, US
Album: Entranced Earth
Year: 2016
Links: Bandcamp
Label: Beyond, Beyond Is Beyond Records


Limited to 450 copies on "charred copper" vinyl


As promised on my last post on the split, Vinyl Friday's post this week is by The Myrrors. They are a modern day psychedelic band. Their music is trippy, dreamy psychedelia with excellent fuzz guitars and a host of other instruments in the mix. It also has a native American vibe to it as well, which gives it an overall mystical sound. I suppose the fact that they are from the desert of Arizona, it inspires them to have this kinda open wide expansive sound. If you look at their album artwork, it always has these sandy, brown orange colours that you would also associate with the desert. Another feature you will always hear on a Myrrors album is the sound of crickets at night time which also gives a feel of hot humid nights in the desert.  



The Myrrors - Liberty Is In The Streets


Entranced Earth according to Discogs, is their third album, although I would include Solar Collector as a full length rather than an EP. If you think this album is to your taste, the other two albums are also excellent (Arena Negra and especially Burning Circles In The Sky) I'm sure Burning Circles In The Sky will be posted sometime soon as it is magnificent. To give you some idea, it has been reissued a number of times due to it's popularity.


The Myrrors - Entranced Earth





Limited to 450 copies on "charred copper" vinyl. Also comes in black vinyl (Not sure of the quantities). I believe their is a new album due this year also. They are quite a prolific band with a number of releases every year. All killer and no filler which is music to my ears!!

Full Album

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Split #2

Name: The Myrrors / Centralstödet ‎
Album: Ljudkamrater
Year: 2017
Label: Cardinal Fuzz (UK), Sky Lantern Records (US)
Links: Cardinal Fuzz Bandcamp , Sky Lantern Bandcamp

Black & cream edition of 150 copies.



I wanted to do a vinyl Friday post on The Myrrors before I posted this split but I couldn't wait until next Friday before I posted something by them! Who knows, maybe I'll do both in the one week by posting them next Friday too! They are a band worthy of a double post. This was only released a number of weeks ago, so it is on heavy rotation at the moment. When buying this split I knew The Myrrors but only heard of Centralstödet so it was a good opportunity to get a first impression of what they sounded like. What I did know about them was they are from Denmark. Yet another Scandinavian band in the long line of brilliant bands from that region. Unfortunately YouTube doesn't have any of the 3 tracks posted for this split, so here is something else to wet your appetite!

Centralstödet - Monokelklåda


Now back to The Myrrors! I can't rate these highly enough. Their sound is very much from the hot desert of Arizona.  I'm not going to go much into them as they will feature on Vinyl Friday soooon! One of the cool features of The Myrrors side is it has a locked groove at the end. For those of you who, like me, never heard of a locked groove, it is a continuous loop of music the length of one full rotation of the record. Normally a record has a silent groove at the end.To be honest I never even noticed it!

This split is a joint collaboration between two labels Cardinal Fuzz and Sky Lantern Records (which is run by a member of The Myrrors) The Black and cream version I have here is limited to 150 copies. The black version is limited to 350. There are 3 tracks by Centralstödet and 2 by The Myrrors.

The Myrrors - Rayuela



Friday, 24 February 2017

Vinyl Friday

Name: Lamagaia
Origin: Gothenburg, Sweden
Album: Self Titled
Year: 2017
Links: Bandcamp
Label: Sunrise Ocean Bender (US)/ Cardinal Fuzz (UK)


Lamagaia on pink & blue vinyl limited to 200



This week I've decided to do a post on a Swedish band as a big nod to 'The Swede'! I've no idea if he is indeed Swedish or not! That's not to take away from the huge amount of quality Psych Swedish bands out there at the moment. At this stage a lot of people may have heard of GOAT, others include Janitors, Les Big Byrd, The Orange Revival, Yuri Gagarin, Hills and  Centralstödet. I'll be talking about Centralstödet soon as they've just released a split with Myrrors which is excellent. I may even do a full series of Scandinavian bands as their are so many goods ones about at the minute. All these bands would have been hugely influenced by Träd, Gräs & Stenar, a Swedish band from the 70's.



Aurora



Onward to this week! My pick for this week is Lamagaia who have just released their second self titled album on Cardinal Fuzz/Sunrise Ocean Bender. There are only 2 songs on this album, the first 'Aurora' clocks in at 16.41 minutes and on the flip side 'Paronama Vju' clocking in at 18.55. It's not unusual that psych bands record songs of such a length. Sometimes they can go up to 30 minutes. For a song to go on for that long it needs to be really, really good to hold your attention for that long.

Their debut album Lamagaius was self released in 2015. I believe it is getting a repress this year as only 300 were pressed and snapped up quite quickly. That I will be looking forward to.


Full Album