Brooklyn psychedelic garage rock ensemble Prince Rupert’s Drops have treated us to the second track from their highly-impressive debut LP, Run Slow. “Lungs,” which premiered on Friday via the good folks at East Village Radio, opens the album with a sprawling seven-and-a-half minute jammer that sets the tone for what follows. Beginning with a Quicksilver meets Fairport guitar intro, the song cruises through the valleys of West Coast psych with guitarist/vocalist Leslie Stein’s haunting vocals sailing on the distant shores. At the midway point, the song takes a turn toward an open-ended, dual guitar jam that demonstrates the group’s knack for extended improvisational journeys.
In recent years, an increasing number of bands have begun waving the neo-krautrock flag, attempting to recreate and build upon the sounds of the genre’s forefathers like Neu!, Can, Amon Duul, Faust and so on. But few, if any, have actually received praise from said forefathers, aside from Berlin-based trio Camera who have recently been championed by Michael Rother of Neu! Formed by Franz Bargman (guitar) Timm Brockmann (synth) and Michael Drummer (drums), Camera have been dubbed the “Krautrock Guerillas” for their spontaneous concerts in public spaces like subway stations, public bathrooms and even a gatecrashing stunt at the German Film Prize after show party. They’ve shared the stage with Rother and his old comrade Dieter Moebius (Cluster, Harmonia), and just this past summer released their debut LP, Radiate, on Bureau-B Records. Download/stream album track “Ausland”—the latest “Hallogallo” tribute (yet one with a seal of approval!)—and view its official video below.
A few weeks back, we hosted our first-ever event on the Northern side of the border. The show took place at Lee’s Palace in Toronto with a killer bill that included Brooklyn acts Superhuman Happiness and Wild Sick Horses, Toronto favorites Atom and the Volumes, along with a psychedelic liquid light show courtesy of Jason Steidman. For those who were in attendance, we thank you for coming out to what was indeed a truly great night and we look forward to hosting more events in The Great North. Check out photos of the night by DGB contributor Johanna Andersson above, below and beyond as well as a great review of the evening over at Toronto-based blog Society Vernacular.
Following the release of their highly impressive new album, Bend Beyond, Woods have dropped the B-side to the sun-soaked album single “Cali in a Cup.” While much of the new album offers a more accessible, brighter side of Woods, “Give Your Light Off” turns toward the dark with a spiritual hymn that recalls early Wailers, while coasting atop a haunting undercurrent of tape effects, heavy-handed acoustic guitar strums and Peter Tosh-style wah licks. Another impressive nugget from the prolific Brooklyn outfit.
Tame Impala let their psychedelic side shine in their new video for the Lonerism track “Elephant.” Day-glo kaleidoscope visuals swirl throughout the analog synthesized video directed by artist Yoshi Sodeoka, with live footage from The Silentlights.
Back in 2007, West Coast producer/session man Jonathan Wilson contributed a version of the 80s FM radio hit “La Isla Bonita” to a Madonna tribute album, titled Through The Wilderness. While that doesn’t sound all that interesting, Wilson’s re-imagining of the tune takes the core structure of the song and throws all of it out the window. Barely clinging to the melody, Wilson refurbishes the song with his laid-back West Coast touch and a psyched-out guitar intro, which as Aquarium Drunkard points out, is quite reminiscent of the lead-in to “The Other One.” Simply put, it’s a stunningly raw take on an otherwise average tune.
The amazingly prolific San Francisco garage rock wizard Ty Segall has released a video for the song “The Hill,” featured on his forthcoming album Twins (his third this year). Directed by Segall himself and featuring Thee Oh Sees’ Brigid Dawson, the video travels through a bad VHS acid trip laced with oversized stuffed bears and just plain weird shit. Twins comes out out on October 9th via Drag City.
As summer turns to fall, Woods have graced us with the first video from their most-excellent forthcoming album Bend Beyond. Directed by Adarsha Benjamin, the video for “Cali In a Cup” was filmed on Super 8 at and around this year’s Woodsist Festival in Big Sur, CA. Check it out below and catch Woods on tour this fall.
San Francisco psych-rockers Moon Duo are releasing their new album, Circles next month. While you likely heard the album’s bong-ripper “Sleepwalker” featured on our August Mix, the song now has a video starring Montreal garage rock guru King Khan. Watch Khan lead an aerobics class while the members of Moon Duo watch over from the back of the room in the video below.
The UFO Club is a group led by The Black Angels’ Christian Bland and Night Beats’ Lee Blackwell that takes a note from each of the aforementioned groups and twists it through a hazy lens of 50s pop and 60s psychedelia. Earlier this year, they released their debut 10″ on Austin Psych Fest’s in house label in June and it sold out before it could even hit shelves. They’ve now followed up that 10″ with a proper self-titled full length that pays homage to the British psych scene of the 1960s, much of which passed through the legendary London haunt from which the group takes its name. Reverb swamped feedback and hazy Barrett-style rants soaked in mushroom tea mesh with tinny garage anthems on this 11 track masterpiece. Stream album track “July” below, realize how good it is, then buy the album here.