On July 26, 1972, the Grateful Dead performed the second of two shows at Portland, Oregon’s Paramount Theater. Coming just a week after Pigpen’s permanent departure from the band, the Dead were undergoing a series of major changes that would forever alter their sound. While Keith had been on board for nearly a year at this point, it was during this time that he was forced to step to the forefront, allowing him to become a greater part of the mould. This period marked the early stages of the transitional phase that propelled the band’s sound in a jazzier, more melodic direction—a sound that came into full view one year later on Wake of the Flood. The colossal “Dark Star” from this night finds the Dead in patient form, delicately exploring a 30 minute astral vision quest before drifting into the comforting arms of “Comes a Time.” I bid you safe travels.
A couple weeks back, Woods made their way across the bridge for a Woodsist family gathering at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom. The highlight of the night came during a 15 minute jam tucked into the dark psych drones of “Bend Beyond” with Matt Mondanile (Real Estate/Ducktails) sitting in on drums. Here’s the recording, captured by NYC Taper.
You may have heard Woodsman featured in previous playlists on this blog. But, if not, its time you heard from this Denver/Brooklyn psych quartet. Over the past few years, the group has made waves on the psych scene with five studio releases and a relentless touring schedule. Their organic, mostly instrumental, tunes often unfold like musical journeys with propulsive, loopy drones and reverb-drenched guitar wails. Below, hear the first track, “Tone Cloak,” off Woodsman’s Mystic Places EP out October 25on guitarist Trevor Peterson’s Fire Talk Records. Woodsman is now on tour and will play NYC’s Cakeshop with Alex Bleeker and the Freaks on Thursday.
For today, I’m honored to present to you a special Krautrock playlist curated by my good friend Mike Newman from Beyond Beyond is Beyond. You can hear more from Mr. Newman by tuning into his radio show every Thursday from 12-2PM on East Village Radio.
From Mike Newman: Hey there! I was excited when DGB asked me to assemble a playlist a of some of my favorite Krautrock jams. So here we go! Well, first of all, I think people have different ideas of what Krautrock is. To some it is simply rock made by Germans in the late 60s and 70s. To others it comes more down to style: the motorik drumming, the nod to experimental electronic music, the ambient textures, the avant garde. And some that prescribe to the latter, don’t even consider being German a crucial element, so long as it checks out in the other categories. I like the jumble. The uncertainty. The gummi distinctions. What I’ve got here for you today is some of my favorite Kraut rock. Dig it…
01 Exmagma – Box 25 02 Can – Mother Sky 03 Amon Duul II – A Morning Excuse 04 Kraan – Andy Nogger 05 Faust – Flashback Caruso 06 Hairy Chapter – Illusions 07 Andy Goldner – Full Moon 08 Ashra – Oasis 09 Frumpy – I’m afraid, Big Moon 10 Cluster – Zum Wohl 11 Birth Control – We All Thought We Knew 12 Epitaph – Big City 13 Lake – Scoobie Doobies 14 Popol Vuh – Get Up 15 Niagara – Bones 16 Scorpions – It All Depends 17 Kin Ping Meh – My Future 18 Agitation Free – Atlantic Overcrossing 19 Kraftwerk – Autobahn
After many e-mails and requests, I finally managed to bring acoustic legend Bert Jansch to the Relix offices for an interview/performance. While Bert was in town opening for Neil Young, he graced us with his presence and performed two of his classic arrangements. Below, you can check out the first video of Bert performing the British folk classic “Rosemary Lane.” Hope you enjoy as much as I do.
Watch Bert perform “Rosemary Lane” over at Relix.com.
On September 13, San Francisco based outfit Barn Owl will release a new full length called Lost in the Glare on Thrill Jockey. Below, you can stream/download “Turiya,” a four minute, desert-psych drone included on the new LP. Also check out the previously released “Shadowland.”