POND hail from Perth, Australia, the same stomping grounds as brother band Tame Impala, who share three of the same band members. The bands also share common sonic ground—traversing the inners of contemporary psych-pop—although POND’s approach is more straight-forward and remains closer to a vintage 70′s psych sound. Tame guitarist Nick Albrook, who pens the group’s songs and takes on vocal duties, is joined by bandmate drummer Jay Watson, and Joseph Orion as well as Tame frontman Kevin Parker (on drums) for live shows. The band has three albums out (which you can purchase via iTunes) and another expected to drop in 2012. Check out the video below, which contains the song “Greens Pool” off a limited edition 7″ vinyl available through Badminton Bandit. I’ve also thrown in the video for “Annie Orangetree” to give you a better idea.
[via The Bearded Rainbow]
The version of “Bathtub Gin” performed by Phish on December 7, 1999 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine, is not one that follows the typical grain. Instead, the jam charts a course built upon a celestial, ambient undercurrent that glides beneath the minimalist playing from each of the members. It’s a lesson in patience and communication. But, what stands out most about this version, as is so often the case with Phish, is the almost impossible combination of Fishman’s calypso drum beat paired with the psychedelic direction of the jam. It’s almost soca-like, yet Fish maintains a delicate groove that carries a sense of motion, directing the band through a sort of musical journey. Atop Page’s sheets of synth-y sound, Trey adds subtle, repetitive trills that gradually build until the jam organically slips into the welcoming arms of “Simple.” Enjoy the weekend, folks.
“Bathtub Gin” > “Simple” (12/7/99)
“Midnight Siren,” the latest track from L.A. psych rockers Jeffertitti’s Nile, is another impressive nugget exhibiting the band’s knack for hazy space rock. Snarling, fuzzed-out organs and various types of analog wash lay beneath the reverb-drenched vocals of lead singer Jeffertitti Moon on this astral noise journey. The song appears on a split 7″ vinyl with Dahga Bloom available now via Volcom Records or as an MP3 via Bandcamp.
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A second song has emerged off Real Estate’s forthcoming sophomore release, Days. “Green Aisles” is the song formerly titled “Careless” and referred to by band members as “Cat Man” (don’t ask). Days is out October 18 on Domino. Also, be sure to check out the previously released “It’s Real.”
This Friday and Saturday DGB favs Superhuman Happiness will celebrate the release of The Physical EP at their BK homebase, Zebulon. Both nights will feature two sets from the band with special guests expected to appear. The Physical EP officially hits stores October 11 and marks the band’s debut for Marco Benevento’s Royal Potato Family label. If you have yet to witness this band live, I highly recommend you check this out. Hope to see you there! RSVP HERE
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This month’s hour-long psych-rock playlist curated by your humble narrator…
1. Tokyo Kid Brothers – Peace ~ Dadada
2. The Soft Machine – Joy of a Toy
3. Woodsman – Insect
4. The War on Drugs – Your Love Is Calling My Name > The Animator
5. Ducktails – Hamilton Road
6. Felt – My Darkest Light Will Shine
7. Justin O’Brien and Jake – Time Will Tell
8. Sun Araw – Lute and Lyre
9. Woods – Find Them Empty
10. Allah-Las – Long Journey
11. Jeffertitti’s Nile – Mountain Jam
12. Silver Pines – Timefather
13. Cloudland Canyon – Mothlight (pt II)
14. Moon Duo – Ripples
TONIGHT, Brooklyn psych-thrashers La Otracina team up with the similarly labeled Endless Boogie for A Psychedelic Explosion at one of my favorite spots in Williamsburg, Union Pool. Visual projections will be provided by BAMIAM.TV throughout the night along with a killer poster designed by Erin Klauk/Erinaceous Illustration. Come take part in a night of astral adventures with some of Brooklyn’s psychedelic juggernauts. See ya there. RSVP HERE
Listen to La Otracina’s 20min take on the Dead’s ““Cryptical Envelopment>Drums>The Other One>Cryptical Envelopment”.”
A few weeks ago, we shared a 15 minute Woods jam from their August 13 performance at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Today, we have three videos from that show for your viewing pleasure, courtesy of Ian Perlman. This was one of the more powerful performances I have seen this year, and, for those who were unable to attend (which I assume is most of you), these videos help to capture the energy that Woods brought to the stage that night.
Over the weekend a new track appeared on White Denim’s soundcloud page. “Hot Thought,” available for stream/download below, is a bonus cut off the band’s milestone 2011 release D (which you can purchase here). Listen to the track and check out White Denim on the road next month. In other White Denim news, the band is also prepping a new EP called Takes Place In Your Work Space, which drops October 25th, 2011 on Downtown Records. You can also pick up their new live 12″ out on on Jack White’s Third Man Records here.
MP3: “Hot Thought“
Tonight, Phish will host a benefit to help Vermont recover from the recent devastation caused by hurricane Irene. As many are aware, tonight’s show is also a major homecoming as this is Phish’s first concert in their homestate since Coventry in 2004. To accompany those heading out on the road or for those watching from home, I’ve prepared an hour long playlist of Phish jams from the state of Vermont. The intro you will hear takes a clip played at the opening of the very first show the band played with the name Phish and combines it with a segment from the Coventry soundcheck. Safe travels to all.
See you in Vermont!
2. Wilson > Peaches en Regalia (9/13/88)
3. David Bowie (2/3/91)
4. Clod (8/29/87)
5. Tweezer > Walk Away (7/22/93)
6. Divided Sky (11/19/92)
7. Harry Hood (8/21/87)
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been championing The War on Drugs‘ new longplayer Slave Ambient as one of the top albums of the year. In a previous post, I mentioned the Drugs’ deep sonic textures that play off the title “Slave Ambient”—a 13 minute ambient jam that is sampled beneath many of the tracks—providing the album with its spacey underpinnings. In the coming weeks, those ambient tracks will be put on display on Side 2 of a new limited edition cassette (Side 1 features the LP) via Mirror Universe Tapes. Below, you can stream/download the first jam off Side 2.
MP3: “Snake Tongues“
Following a string of joint dates on the West Coast, lo-fi guru R. Stevie Moore and neo-glam rocker Ariel Pink team up on a new collaborative tune called “Dutch Me.” The song, which you can stream/download below, is expected to appear on an upcoming release titled Ku Klux Glam.
On August 19, this blog hosted its first official event with performances from Minerva Lions, Jeffertitti’s Nile and a superjam featuring members of Superhuman Happiness. Below are some pictures from the Jeffertitti’s Nile set, taken by local photographer Johnny Maroney.
For the past week, Woods and Kurt Vile have been on tour together in Europe. At each of these shows, a limited Woodsist 7″ is being sold containing a new song from both Mr. Vile and Woods. Over at Pitchfork, you can listen to a song off Woods’ half of that 7″ called “Skull,” which is also the name of singer/guitarist Jeremy Earl’s art book. Click here to listen to “Skull.” Also, check out a song off Vile’s half of the EP called “In/Out Blues” via Disco Naivete.
For the past week, Woods and Kurt Vile have been on tour together in Europe. At each of these shows, a limited Woodsist 7″ is being sold containing a new song from both Mr. Vile and Woods. Over at Pitchfork, you can listen to a song off Woods’ half of that 7″ called “Skull,” which is also the name of singer/guitarist Jeremy Earl’s art book.
Click here to listen to “Skull.”
Also, check out a song off Vile’s half of the EP called “In/Out Blues” via Disco Naivete.
Yesterday, a new track emerged off Kurt Vile’s forthcoming So Outta Reach EP. The EP contains 5 new originals recorded during the Smoke Ring For My Halo sessions in addition to a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Downbound Train.” So Outta Reach comes out November 8 on Matador.
This Sunday and Monday, the Moon Block Party returns with a gathering of local psych artists and musicians to celebrate the labor day weekend. The event is taking place at Dillon’s Roadhouse in Palm Springs, CA, featuring performances by Jeffertitti’s Nile, Lumerians, Strangers Family Band, War Drum and many more. Music and art installations kick off at 1PM on Saturday and will carry through into the early hours of Monday. Tom Child (LA Record) will be displaying live visual projections while Kylie Knight and Carlos Munoz of the Coachella Art Studios will provide arts & crafts activities. If you live in the area I highly recommend checking out this event.
Full Lineup and details
SEPTEMBER 4 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 AM
DAY 1 @ DILLON’S ROADHOUSE in PALM SPRINGS
J E F F E R T I T T I ‘ s N I L E + LUMERIANS + ASTEROID #4 + STRANGERS FAMILY BAND + DAHGA BLOOM (dj set) + WAR DRUM + THE LOVELY BAD THINGS + BUFFALO ELECTRIC + AHKIYYINI + GOTHIC TROPIC + BLAC JESUS & THE EXPERIMENTALISTS + DJ DUSTO HONEYSUCKLE III + more TBA shortly
STAY THE NIGHT @ MOTEL 6 ($60 rooms) and come to day 2!
GIVE EM A CALL (760) 251-1425
SEPTEMBER 5 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 AM
DAY 2 @ DILLON’S ROADHOUSE in PALM SPRINGS
J E F F E R T I T T I ‘ s N I L E + RACHEL FANNAN + COSMONAUTS + STRANGERS FAMILY BAND + ASTEROID #4 + DEAP VALLY + SPIRIT VINE + BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES + DJ DUSTO HONEYSUCKLE III + more TBA shortly
$5.00 each day | $7.00 – 2 day passes! | ALL AGES UNTIL 10:00 PM | 21 + AFTER 10:00 PM
During the time between Miles Davis’ ’68 Bitches Brew sessions and the Jack Johnson sessions in ’70, Miles entered the studio to record a take on CSN’s “Guinnevere.” Featured on the 1979 anthology Circle in the Round, and again on the Complete Bitches Brew Sessions, this cover finds Miles and company stretching the classic ballad out over an 18 minute electrified, fusion journey. The track features sitar master Ravi Shankar adding his signature Indian drone while Miles lays down unmistakable Bitches-era riffs atop.