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.


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.


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

Friday, 17 February 2017

Vinyl Friday

Name: Minami Deutsch
Origin: Tokyo, Japan
Album: Self titled
Year: 2015 (repress 2016)
Links: Bandcamp
Label: Cardinal Fuzz (repress Gurugurubrain)

Minami Deutsch - Self Titled

For this weeks Vinyl Friday post , we are heading over to Japan. I never thought for a million years that I'd be championing the great music coming out of Japan with such bands as Kikagaku Moyo, Sunday's & Cybele, Bo Ningen amungst others. I'll be talking about them at a later stage but for this week it's all about Minami Deutsch. A four piece band from Tokyo who are inspired by all things Krautrock by listening to such bands as Can and NEU! This album being their self titled debut album.

Minami Deutsch - Vocalism Ai - Forever Takemitsu

This album was originally released by Cardinal Fuzz in 2015 in a white cover as opposed to the 2016 Gurugurubrain release which was black. Gurugurubrain are a Japanese label that has some outstanding bands associated with them, bands like Kikakaku Moyo, Sunday's & Cybele, Dhidalah and Hu-Hai. 

Minami Deutsch - Sunrise, Sunset

The Gurugurubrain copy that I have is limited to 150 copies on cream vinyl. All copies have since sold out. The Cardinal Fuzz release has two extra live songs on it. It is limited to 500 copies on white vinyl and has also since sold out.

They haven't had many other releases except a split 7" single with Hog. Hopefully they will give us some new material this year with a 2 year absence. Psych bands don't don't tend to hang around.

Full Album

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Split #1

Name: Mugstar/Cosmic Dead
Album: Burning Mirror / Fuckahyoocastaluh Split
Year: 2014
Label: Evilhoodoo
Links: Bandcamp

The split single/EP/LP is something relatively new to me.  For those of you not familiar with the term, it's when a number of bands (mainly two) release a single/EP or indeed an album. Generally speaking each band have a number of their own songs on each side of a vinyl record.

It's a very good idea for a number of reasons. Firstly, the bands would have their own sets of fans and it is a good way for each band to seek out new fans. More often than not, both bands would have a similar style in music. I know I've bought LPs from the unknown band on the other side because of the effectiveness of the split.

 Secondly, unless you are signed to a major label, which most bands in the universe aren't, then  they have to cough up the money themselves to release an album/LP. I'm guessing most bands wouldn't have that kinda cash to burn so it spreads the cost of releasing an EP/LP in half for both bands.

Plenty of people will tell you that the bands only use material that is left over from recording an album or EP themselves. i.e. The songs being of an inferior quality. Well, I can tell you any Split I've bought are top notch, so don't let that stop you!

The Cosmic Dead-Fukahyoocastulah

The first split I'm going to share with you is one that was recommended to me. Up until then I didn't have a split in my collection so I asked a couple of like minded people if they could recommend one. This is what they came up with! Mugstar / Cosmic Dead ‎– Burning Mirror / Fuckahyoocastaluh. I have to say it blew my mind. I hadn't anything in my collection by either band and have since bought a number of releases by both.

Full album

It is released on Evilhoodoo Records in a limited edition of 1000 copies in official Evil Hoodoo hand-made cotton sleeve (if bought direct from them) 600 on black vinyl and 400 on ox-blood-red vinyl. Both these bands will feature on Vinyl Friday in the weeks to come.

As you can see the sleeve is a mock of a very well known album cover, can you name it?

Friday, 10 February 2017

Vinyl Friday

Name: Kill West
Origin: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Album: Smoke Beach
Year: 2015
Links: Bandcamp
Label: Echo Beach Records

Clear vinyl with Smoke Limited to 200

Yes folks, it's that time of the week you've all been waiting for!! Vinyl Friday is back, sharing a tasty slab of wax and the music ain't so bad either! This week I'm going to go for an Argentinian band that Robster over at Is This The Life? spoke about on his world musical journey around the world. The band in question is Kill West. The band consists of 5 members who love all things reverb. Actually, in my opinion they sound like a stoned version of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Nothing wrong with that I say! Others describe them resting alongside the Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.

Kill West - Neon Cross

They released their first EP on the debut release of Drone Rock Records in 2014. This was released to critical acclaim through all psych circles. Kill West wanted to release their debut album with them as well but DRR felt they didn't want their first two releases to be by the same band. The band decided to go with Echo Drug Records instead. The debut album "Smoke Beach" was released in 2015. For me, this was my favorite album of that year.

Kill West - Signs

Kill West recently released another EP with Drone Rock Record called "Raw Desire", which I highly recommend. I anticipate there will be a follow up to their debut to be released this year and a possible European tour.

Kill West - Smoke Beach (full Album)

Friday, 3 February 2017

Vinyl Friday

Name: Shooting Guns
Origin: Saskatoon, Canada
Album: Born To Deal In Magic 1952​-​1976
Year: 2011 (Reissue 2016)
Links: Bandcamp
Label: Teargas Recording Tree (Reissue Cardinal Fuzz/Captcha Record)

Oxblood with black swirl vinyl

This weeks Vinyl Friday post features one of a number of great bands coming out of Canada at the moment, bands such as The Band Who's Name Is A SymbolHawkeyes and Moths & Locusts to name but a few. All of which will feature at some stage in the future. The band in question for today's post is Shooting Guns which rests beautifully in between the other bands mentioned. The album in question is Born To Deal In Magic 1952​-​1976. This debut album was originally recorded in 2011 but the vinyl copy I have is a 2016 reissue from the  Cardinal Fuzz/Captcha Record labels.

Shooting Guns - Harmonic Stepphenwolf

For people like me who are relatively new to the whole psychedelic scene, reissues give me a chance to delve into Shooting Guns earlier works and see how they have developed as a band. Like a lot of instrumental bands, the songs are often improvised. Not with this band! It is very measured in it's song structure. For example in the opening track "Harmonic Stepphenwolf". The song starts off with a guitar riff and continues throughout. It builds with intermittent layering of sound effects, be it with additional guitars, synth loop effects or a change of pace etc. Shooting Guns have mastered this technique to perfection throughout. Each song crafted entirely differently which gives for a complete album. This is one of those albums were you will find yourself nodding your head, foot tapping, or like me, both!! 

Born To Deal In Magic 1952​-​1976 (Full album)

Friday, 27 January 2017

Vinyl Friday

Name: White Hills
Origin: New York USA
Album: No Game To Play
Year: 2003 (Reissue 2016)
Links: Bandcamp
Label: White Hills Music (Reissue 300 Mics)

Yes folks it's Friday, which means it's the beginning of the weekend. What better way to start the weekend than give my turntable a spin. Hopefully, every Friday I'll post a random album, tell you a bit about it and post a Youtube clip. Then it's up to you to tell me what you think. Hopefully you'll find something along the way to tickle your musical fancy! This topic shall be called "Vinyl Friday" forever more!

First up is an album called 'No Game to Play' by White Hills who are a Psych band hailing from New York. This slab of colored vinyl is limited to 200. There are also 800 on black vinyl. 

Before I bought this LP, the only other White Hills album I had was the s/t from 2010. I loved it! So when I heard they were releasing their debut 'No Game to Play' on vinyl, I jumped at the chance. It was a surprise to me that Dave W Recorded this album by himself before Ego Sensation came on board. The album starts off with what sounds like an Arab boy belting out a chant which eases nicely into a wonderful baseline that continues throughout the song. Dave layers the rest of the song with a repetitive chorus and fuzzed up guitars. The end melts effortlessly into the second song 'Above All' and straight into the epic 8 minutes spaced out synth soundscape of 'They've got Blood Like You've got Blood'. It picks up the pace again with 'coming For You' like a rocket being cast into orbit! The following couple of songs give a sense of being in outer space drifting into the unknown. This album sounds very much like a soundtrack to a film I'd very much like to watch!