Last week, the Fader premiered the latest video from Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker and his band of Freaks. Set to the lyrically revealing “Step Right Up,” the video was filmed on location at a Phish concert on their 2013 Summer Tour (can you tell which venue?). About the location choice, Bleeker says “It is my opinion that Phish has the most enthusiastic concert-going music fans in the world. The choice to shoot this video in the parking lot of one of their shows this summer was simple. This was the only large crowd I could think of that would lovingly embrace and interact with a man in an antler helmet without a moment’s pause. ” “Step Right Up” comes off Alex Bleeker & the Freaks 2013 release How Far Away, available via the good folks at Woodsist.
Catch Alex Bleeker and the Freaks live when they perform our post-Phish late-show at Mercury Lounge on December 30.
On Sunday night, Wooden Shjips made their way through Toronto and proved once again how they’re one of the best live psych acts on the scene today. Running through material off their excellent new album, Back To Land, the group kicked into their dark-shrouded fuzz onslaught from the outset. Perhaps inspired by their frontman’s recent move to Colorado, the Shjips new material is brighter and more organic even allowing Ripley’s vocals to poke out from the haze for a few revealing moments. With video-feedback projections offered by Moon Duo’s Sanae Yamada, the venue achieved near liftoff—the crowd seemed to almost lose their sense of gravity—as the Shjips blasted through well over an hour of palpitating, bone-rattling psych.
Check our the full list of tour dates along with the video for their new album’s title track below.
Nov 13 – NYC, Mercury Lounge (w/ Cave)
Nov 14 – Brooklyn, Knitting Factory (w/ Cave)
Nov 15 – Philadelphia, Underground Arts (w/ Bardo Pond, Creepoid)
Nov 16 – Baltimore, Ottobar (w/ Purling Hiss, Arbouretum)
Quilt have released the first video off their forthcoming album Held In Spendlor, which comes out January 28, 2014 on Mexican Summer. Since the release of their debut album in the winter months of 2011, the band has gone through bit of a lineup change with the departure of founding member Taylor McVey, along with the addition of drummer John Andrews and, more recently, bassist Keven Lareau (The Migs, MMOSS). These changes seem to have led the band from it’s folksky origins toward a fuller, more energetic sound that remains decidedly Quilt-y. Watch the video below and be sure to check the band out on their current East Coast tour with labelmates Happy Jawbone Family Band (see below for dates).
Pre-order Held In Splendor via Mexican Summer.
The latest video from Olden Yolk, the solo project of Shane Butler from Quilt, finds scenes from Pascal Auber’s “La Champignonne” providing a near-perfect accompaniment to the ambling psych-folk of “Burr Oak.” You can purchase a digital copy of ”Burr Oak” / “Violet Vagaries” via Olden Yolk’s Bandcamp page
Here’s the latest video from Brooklyn’s Superhuman Happiness, who are playing our show with Os Tropies tomorrow night at The Garrison in Toronto. Our very own Bearded Rainbow will be providing the evening’s projections. RSVP for the show here. We hope to see you there!
Since forming in 2006, longtime friends Tommy Eisner and Linda Beecroft—together known as Golden Animals—have split time between their gritty Brooklyn abode and the sun-soaked lands of the California desert. Crafting songs that draw on inspirations from both of their homes—love, friendship, seclusion—they view their two bases as complementary influences, shaping their sound equally but very differently.
On September 24, Golden Animals will release their new album, Hear Eye Go, via The Reverberation Appreciation Society in conjunction with Burger Records. The album was recorded by Matt Boynton (MGMT, Kurt Vile) at Vacation Island Recordings, and by the band themselves at their own studio. Joe LaPorta (Foo Fighters, Beach House) mastered the album at The Lodge. Watch the video for “All Your Life” below.
Pre-order Here Eye Go via The Reverberation Appreciation Society.
The Night Beats embark on a Gonzo style journey down the West Coast in their latest video for “The Seven Poison Wonders.” The video finds them in the midst of an encounter with a hitchhiker who turns out to be a road-demon in disguise, presumably depicting their everyday life on the road. Directed by Brendhan Bowers, all footage was shot on 16mm colour negative film thru WA, OR, and CA state.
“The Seven Poison Wonders” comes off their excellent new album Sonic Bloom out September 24th via The Reverberation Appreciation Society and Burger Records. Preorder the album NOW. Night Beats play The Silver Dollar in Toronto on September 5, Brooklyn on November 9 and New York on November 12 (full list of dates below).
The video for “Back In The City,” the latest from LA psych juggernauts The Entrance Band, finds the group cast behind a veil of video-feedback as footage of their hometown races by as if to capture the rapid pace of city life. Taken from their new EP, Dans La Tempete, released last week on Spiritual Pajamas, “Back In The City” recalls the howling garage-rock of earlier Entrance releases, setting itself apart from the more spiritual, French-sung “Le Manque” and the transcendent instrumental “Mellow Fantastic.” While we’re unsure exactly where they’ve been all this time, it seems the city brings out a grittier side of The Entrance Band, and, for now, it’s a pleasure to have them back. Video directed by Brendan Burdzinski.
Photo credit: Andrew Dubinsky
Watch video of Woods, joined by second drummer Doc Dunn, performing “Bend Beyond” from our show at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern on July 17. Day-glo projections provided by Jason Steidman of Lightsweetcrude. Video by Ayal Senior.
Cleveland native Gabe Fulvimar, alias Gap Dream, has released a new video for the stoner anthem “Chill Spot.” Directed by Jack Sample, the video radiates with Fulvimar’s chill-dude vibe, as he seeks out a spot to bask in said vibes
Catch Gap Dream (along with Growlers, Pangea, and the Cosmonauts) on the Burgerama Caravan of Stars Tour 2013 at Lee’s Palace in Toronto on September 30.
Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile returns to his childhood neighborhood of Ridgewood, NJ in the video for “Under Cover,” featured on his latest album The Flower Lane. Our sources tell us that Mr. Mondanile is currently taking some time away from Brooklyn to work on more solo recordings and revisit his sense of boyish wonderment. Members of the extended Real Estate family appear in the video, which seems like a rational cost-saving decision on their part. The Felt connection is more prominent than ever on this one.
Oakland’s Lumerians have released a video for the song “Dogon Genesis,” a cut of space void psych from their upcoming album, The High Frontier. The track, laden with dubbed out tape effects and buzzing drone, falls right in line with the theme of the album, which is named after Gerard K. O’Neil’s 1976 book on space exploration.
You can pick up The High Frontier on June 10 (Europe) Aug 6 (North America) on Partisan Records.
It’s been some time since we’ve heard from Blues Control, but just as summer greets us, they’ve released a beautiful new video for the song “Open Air,” off 2012′s Valley Tangents. Directed by Tara Sinn (who also directed the video for “Love’s A Rondo”), the video creates a pastoral-like terrain, communicating the song’s ambient qualities, which slowly builds aurally and visually with footage that becomes progressively more experimental as it approaches its denouement.
Here’s a new video from Brooklyn psych voyagers Cut Keys. A little story behind the video:
We travelled down to Atlanta over the weekend for 3 sleepless nights of cigarettes, dead squirrels, and music video shooting. Everyone got a bit delirious in the wee hours, and the paint gently burned our faces (see above photo).
Sink into this soaring guitar jammer from these Bushwick friends.
The Entrance Band have unveiled their a new video for their new French tune “Le Manque,” featured on their forthcoming album album, Dans La Tempete, set for release in June. Film by Paz Lenchantin, collages by Guy Blakeslee.
Read our recent interview with The Entrance Band’s Guy Blakeslee here.
While making a recent trip through Philadelphia, our friends in Quilt stopped by Mostly Books to film a session with Out of Town Films. In an open room tucked away in the back of the store, the band performed a version of the new song “Secondary Swan” alongside their friends in The Black Magic Family on banjo and flute. Watch below.
Quilt performs at the upcoming DGB show at Glasslands on February 17 with Alex Bleeker and the Freaks and Weyes Blood. RSVP here.
Here’s the invisible-man themed video for “Ich Werde Sehen”, the new single from Moon Duo, which is a German version of “I Can See” from their latest album Circles. Directed by Jovan Arsenic.
Since 2001, Los Angeles-based musicians Sir Psych and L.A AL have been making and recording 60s-inspired psych and garage rock. Originally part the five member group The Clerk Two Project, the duo’s collaborations continued over the past 11 years, eventually forming what is now The Smoking Trees. Reminiscent of 60s acts like the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and some of their contemporaries, The Smoking Trees take us on a day-glo trip back to that era with their new album, Acetates, now available via Colour Tree Records. Watch the video for album track “In Another Land” and then head over to Bandcamp to stream or purchase the album in full.
Check back in the coming days to read an extended conversation with The Smoking Trees.
The good folks at Thrill Jockey have passed along the latest video from Portland psych ensemble Eternal Tapestry. Accompanying new song “Apocalypse Dream,” the video—a near virtual psychedelic Sega Genesis trip—was crafted by guitarist Nick Bindeman from live footage of the band shot by Anton Long and other sci-fi imagery. Eternal Tapestry’s forthcoming album, A World Out of Time, comes out November 13th on Thrill Jockey and it’s full of jams.
Pre-order the album via Thrill Jockey.
Since our return from the Austin Psych Fest in April of this year, talk of the 2013 APF has been a frequent discussion topic around these parts. This year’s APF featured over 50 bands from all walks of the psych genre, including Brian Jonestown Massacre, Woods, The Black Angels, Wooden Shjips, The Entrance Band, Quilt, Golden Dawn, Peaking Lights, Dead Meadow and many more. Set across two adjacent venues—with a courtyard/hippy bazaar between—attendees could easily navigate between the shows to check out at least part each band. The experience was truly magical and we will most certainly be in attendance for the sixth annual Austin Psych Fest, set to take place April 26-28, 2013.
For those who unable to attend the 2012 Austin Psych Fest, here’s a short video recap of the festival created by Calvin Miller to give you an idea of the overall vibe. For those of you who lucky enough to make it, relive the memories and we’ll see you next year in Austin.
The Entrance Band have released a video for the new tune “Mellow Fantastic.” The song—accompanied by a short surf film, shot in southern California on Super8 by bassist Paz Lenchantin—is, as the title suggests, a superbly mellow, futuristic stoner jam that coasts along like a transcendent waterfall of sound, like a rider cruising the waves off the sun soaked shores of Topanga.
Melbourne, Australian jangle rockers The Twerps have put out a new video for their latest single “Work It Out.” It’s a simple video. One that involves a bare room, the band members, and their instruments. And a dog. But as with last year’s highly-impressive self-titled effort from the Aussie outfit, the music is what attracts here. The single is out digitally now and will be out on vinyl on October 23rd via Chapter Music / Underwater Peoples.
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.