Before moving back to Toronto earlier this year, I remember scoping out the local music scene and coming across Optical Sounds—a independent Toronto label fixated on the burgeoning Great Northern psych community. It was here that I first discovered the Sun Stone Revolvers (formerly The Revolvers), a band that took little time to make their way to the top of my “list of bands to see” once I got back to my hometown. Not long after my return, I was lucky enough to catch a show put together by the good folks at Exhale Presents and to say it was a nice welcoming would be an understatement. A true rock band at the core, Sun Stone Revolvers venture through a range of sounds from spaced-out, dark-psych territory to blissed-out tribal chants to motorik, kraut-inspired grooves. And they look fucking cool doing it too. You can stream their most recent album, Spaceship X, below or purchase it on vinyl/CD via Optical Sounds.
Poster by Jessica Milton
We’re psyched to announce our next show, which features a stellar lineup including UK psych-rockers Wolf People along with Brooklyn’s Golden Animals and the newly formed Golden Grass. It all goes down on October 13 at Mercury Lounge at 8PM Eastern Standard Time. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. We’ve got a few pairs to giveaway so keep an eye on our Twitter feed.
Purchase tickets via Mercury Lounge’s website.
Toronto psychstress Tess Parks will be releasing her debut album, Blood Hot, via Creation Records founder Alan McGee’s new 359 Music on November 18. Hear the excellent first track, “Open Your Mind,” below.
Pre-order Blood Hot via iTunes.
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.
UK psych rockers New Electric Ride have released a new tune featured on their debut LP coming in early 2014 on Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. Hang on to the last days of summer with the sun-soaked “All Who You Know,” now streaming below.
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).
Download/stream our August 2013 Mix below. Thanks to RavenVal for the art!
1. The Memphis Jug Band – K.C. Moan
2. Bruce Springstten – Tate Strooper (Mau Remix)
3. Can – …And More
4. The Seeds – Now A Man
5. Temples – Shelter Song
6. Night Beats – Outta Mind
7. 13th Floor Elevators – I Had To Tell You
8. The Deviants – Child Of The Sky
9. Steve Gunn – Trailways Ramble
10. Country Joe & The Fish – Sad And Lonely Times
11. Bert Jansch – Heartbreak Hotel
12. Beacon Street Union – Mystic Mourning
13. The Sea-Ders – Thanks A Lot
14. Anonymous – Pike River
15. Jacques Dutronc – L’espace D’une Fille
16. Khánh Ly & Trịnh Công Sơn – Goi Ten Bon Mua
17. Kraftwerk – Heimatklange (The Bells Of Home)
Thanks to our good friends over at Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records for turning us onto the music of Maine psych-rock troop Coke Weed. While not an official BBIB release, the Brooklyn-based label is distributing their upcoming third album, Back to Soft, which was produced by Nick Stumpf (Cavemen, French Kicks) came out yesterday. You can stream the album in full or order the compact disc via BBIB. Vinyl will be available in early August.
Jeffrey Silverstein, A.K.A. Future Myth, of Baltimore-based psych-rock band Secret Mountains was kind enough to put together this set of tunes for us. You can hear some tracks off Secret Mountains’ excellent debut album, Rainer, on their website or purchase the digi/cassette via Friends Records.
1. Allah Las – Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind) // 2. Woodsman – Beat The Heat // 3. Cate Le Bon – Burn Until The End // 4. Angel Olsen – In The Morning 5. // Seth Olinsky – World Of Difference // 6. Count Five – Mailman // 7. Michael Hurley – I’m Worried, I’m Worried // 8. Lee Hazelwood – No Train To Stockholm // 9. The Men – I Saw Her Face // 10. Wisdom Tooth – Foul Fellow Fox // 11. White Fence – I’ll Follow You // 12. Six Organs Of Admittance – Home // 13. Chad Van Gaalen – Peace On The Rise // 14. Luke Roberts – His Song // 15. Moby Grape – Hey Grandma // 16. Ozark Mountain Daredevils – Keep On Churnin’ // 17. Eternal Tapestry – Cosmic Dream // 18. Matthew E. White – I’ll Be Home (Randy Newman) // 19. Merle Haggard – California Blues
Several months ago, one of Brooklyn’s greatest music haunts shuttered its doors after serving, for over nine years, as a home and meeting place for up-and-coming experimental artists. Countless bands will tell you they wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for Zebulon, but as gentrification goes, so did a musical landmark that will not soon be forgotten. Thanks to this new video from Brooklyn psych rockers Woodsman, which pairs audio from a show at the venue with some psychedelic visuals, you can step back inside the doors, grab an ale, and relive the magic that took place nightly on Zebulon’s stage.
Woodsman hit the road next week for a string of dates where there’ll be hawking a reissued version of their album Collages (originally released on Mexican Summer in 2009) both digitally and as a tour-only cassette. Full list of dates here.
There aren’t too many bands still holding onto the spirit of old, gritty New York as much as Endless Boogie. And there’s even fewer still making new music. The the ever more vanilla ways of rock these days just doesn’t seem to churn them out the way they used to. But there are, of course, exceptions.
Formed in 1997 by a group of Matador Records employees and a professional record collector, Endless Boogie honed their craft for years before first appearing on stage in 2001 as an opener for Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus. Since then, they’ve gone on to play some smaller tours, but mostly stick to playing shows around New York and Brooklyn—and only when they’re invited. Their music follows a simple formula–four bars of some blues rock riff repeatedly hammered into oblivion at the hands of guitarists Paul “Top Dollar” Major and Jesper Eklow–but it’s in this simplicity that the Boogie finds its magic. Like the repetitive ways of krautrock, the Boogie’s blues riffs expand into transportive journeys that can make an hour of droning rock seem like a few minutes.
On February 19 the group will release their third long player, Long Island, recorded this past summer in Brooklyn. Listen to “Taking out the Trash” below.
Pre-order the record via No Quarter.
[Art by Sean Metcalf]
Greetings friends and fellow travelers. As the year comes to a close, we find ourselves looking back on all the great music that came out of 2012. This year offered much hope for the future, including the emergence of folk singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt; Swedish music collective GOAT; Southern England’s Beaulieu Porch; and new Brooklyn based label Beyond Beyond is Beyond, who brought us the debut album from Prince Rupert’s Drops. This was another exceptional year for new releases and we’re psyched to present to you our picks for the best albums of 2012. Tell us about your favorite albums of 2012 in the comments section below.
Following 2011′s release on Burger Records, New Hampshire-based psych band MMOSS have returned with a new album, titled Only Children, released earlier this week on Trouble in Mind. Only Children is a more cohesive sampling of the talents of these woodland folk and their lengthy kraut-inspired sound quests, filled with shimmering vocal harmonies and astral excursions. Below you can hear the lead track “Spoiled Sun” or check out the full album on Bandcamp.
Order Only Children from Trouble in Mind.
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.
Greetings friends! It’s been a somewhat longer than planned time since new words and sounds have graced this page. But fear not, for this playlist holds many of the songs that have been circulating through the listening station of your humble editor of late. As some of you may know, we were graced with the opportunity to head down to Austin Psych Fest this year and discover lots of great new artists. Some of these acts are featured on this playlist including the woodland folk MMOSS, the Tuareg Jimi Hendrix Bombino along with the throwback Texas rockers The Golden Dawn. Lots of great stuff. Thanks to our friend Mike Newman from Beyond Beyond is Beyond for introducing us to the sounds of Foxygen and lots more. And lastly, thanks to the incredibly talented Johanna Andersson for providing this month’s art. Enjoy.
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1. The Black Angels – Entrance Song (Rain Dance Version)
2. MMOSS – Kitty Sorrow
3. Bombino – Tar Hani
4. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – The Clouds Are Lies
5. Blues Control – Love’s A Rondo
6. Ween – Buckingham Green
7. Ty Segall & White Fence – Time
8. The Spyrals – Lonely Eyes
9. White Fence – Take Away Life’s Endless Take
10. Woods – Wind Was The Wine
11. MV & EE – Common Ground
12. Kensington Market – I Would Be The One
13. Richard Hell – I’m Your Man
14. Foxygen – Make It Known
15. We All Together – We Live Too Fast
16. The Golden Dawn – This Way Please
Watch Woods explore a lengthy “I Was Gone” from their performance at the Storm King Arts Center in New Windsor, NY on May 6.
Have a listen to our March Guest Mix curated by talented photographer/astral traveler Johanna Andersson. Download or stream it below.
01. Fear Itself – Lazarus
02. Roky Erickson – Two Headed Dog
03. Jex Thoth – Nothing Left to Die
04. Blonde on Blonde – Spinning Wheel
05. Aphrodite’s Child – The Beast
06. Comus – Song to Comus
07. Atomic Rooster – Nobody Else
08. The Moody Blues – Legend of a Mind
09. Edgar Broughton Band – Hotel Room
10. Flower Travellin’ Band – Satori Pt. 2
11. Zager & Evans – In the Year 2525
12. Red Dirt – Brain Worker
13. Speed, Glue & Shinki – Don’t Say No
14. Wolf People – Silbury Sands
15. Nico – The Fairest of the Seasons
Since their formation in 2005, Woods have continued to build on their unique brand of creepish campfire folk. What began as mostly as a bedroom project for lead singer Jeremy Earl to work on his songwriting has now evolved into a powerful force that helms much of the East Coast psych movement. And with each new release, Woods have, for lack of a better way of putting it, gotten better.
2009′s Songs of Shame brought the group out of Earl’s bedroom and into the light with stellar songwriting on songs like “Rain On” and extended jam cuts like “September with Pete.” Then in 2010 came the impressive At Echo Lake followed by last year’s Sun & Shade (featured on our list of top albums from 2011), which showcased Woods’ best collection of songs to date. That progression has now continued with the release of a new split LP with noisesmiths Amps for Christ, which comes out May 1 on vinyl and April 17 on CD via Shrimper. Two tracks from that collaborative LP have now been made available, and are streaming below. The first, “Wind Was the Wine” falls in line with the campfire creepishness side of the band, while “From Oatmeal to Buttermilk”—a collaborative track with Amps for Christ—showcases the group’s experimental side.
Mp3: “Wind Was the Wine”
Just over a year ago, I came across a series of demos by a band called Cranium Pie. Hailing from Wiltshire, England, the group has been putting out singles on various independent UK labels since 2006, until finally, they released their first full-length LP, Mechanisms Pt. 1 , in the fall of 2011 via Fruits De Mer. After every one of those LPs sold-out, it took me some time to acquire the music. But I’ve finally managed hear it, and I can report to all of you that this is an album you must seek out.
Recalling the likes of Barrett-era Floyd with a dose of Hawkwind, Cranium Pie travels the zoned-out side of the progressive psych rock realm. The band is a five piece, with membership consisting of Robe Appleton (keyboards, vocals), Tim Bray (vocals, theremin, electronics, percussion), Dan Herra (guitars, vocals), Steve Meadows (bass) and Julian Smith (drums). Throughout this concept album, the listener journeys through many zones on a far-reaching sound quest filled with tripped-out narratives, graceful acoustic fingerpicking, prog guitar riffs, extended organ solos and charging space rock.
You can check out album track “Rememberrr” below or head to Cranium Pie’s website where you can now download the album.
We are proud to announce our biggest event to date! On February 17, Dog Gone Blog will team up with Bowery Presents for a late show at New York City’s Mercury Lounge. The evening will feature performances from two of the finest Brooklyn acts on the scene today. Woodsman will kick off the night with an improvisational sound quest before Yellowbirds take the stage for their first NYC-area performance in several months. These two bands have been featured quite prominently on the pages of this site in the past year and we are extremely excited to present this stellar bill in one of New York’s best venues. Doors open at 1030PM. Tickets are $10. Head to Mercury Lounge’s official site for more info and ticketing details (tickets are on sale now). Listen to a track from each band below. We hope to see many of you at the show!
Check out the new Jeffertitti’s Nile video for “Midnight Siren.” The band is also currently preparing to embark on a West Coast tour, the dates of which can be seen below. Don’t miss their live show!
Jeffertitti’s Nile West Coast Tour Dates:
02/17 – The Troubadour , Hollywood CA
02/18 – The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz CA
02/19 – Thee Parkside, San Francisco CA
02/20 – The Void, Portland OR
02/21 – The Comet Tavern, Seattle WA
02/22 – Valentines, Portland OR
02/23 – The Knockout, San Francisco CA
02/24 – Casa Zimbabwe, Berkeley CA
02/25 – Zoeys Cafe, Ventura CA
Also check out this live footage from a recent Moon Block Party.
For our first post of 2012, we’re happy to share this new video from one of our favorite Brooklyn psych rock outfits, Woodsman. The song featured is the lead track off the group’s Mystic Places EP, which made our top albums of 2011. Check out the video below and if you haven’t already, pick up the EP via the group’s own Fire Talk Records.
[Art by Sean Metcalf]
The following is a list of albums that we found to be particularly engaging this year.
The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient [Secretly Canadian]
After The War on Drugs released their debut LP, Wagonwheel Blues, in 2008, lead Druggie Adam Granduciel retired to his Philly home to experiment with samples and recording techniques. Several years later, that process spawned Slave Ambient, which combines a distinctive blend of psychedelic Americana guitar rock with celestial ambient textures that flow throughout the album in a droning undercurrent. While many bands have struggled to bring their experimental side into the studio setting, The Drugs have done exactly that with Slave Ambient. On tracks like the sprawling ambient outro “The Animator,” this experimental side comes into full view and hints at the complexity involved in the sonic layering within these songs.
“Come To The City”
Woods – Sun & Shade [Woodsist]
With each new release, Woods continue to evolve and impress. As with 2009′s Songs of Shame and 2010′s At Echo Lake, the group continues their trajectory toward a more song-oriented approach on their sixth LP, while still encompassing their creep side through extended jams like the nod to Neu!’s Hallogallo, “Out of the Eye” and spiritual sound quests like “Sol y Sombra.” Lead singer Jeremy Earl’s falsetto tone sounds slightly more polished, however, his Shagg’s style guitar work is still delectably off-kilter. This release shows major step in the group’s songwriting abilities, with many of the songs ranking alongside their best.
“Any Other Day”
Pure X – Pleasure [Acephale]
The debut full length release from Austin’s Pure X has made a profound effect on me throughout the year. You know how, sometimes, upon first hearing an album, it forever reminds you of that period of time? Well, for me, that’s the case with this one and last Winter. I played it endlessly and with each listen I discovered something new. Every one of the stoned-out songs is a sprawling trip through through mimimalist, seemingly-nonexistent melodies that thrive on the textured reverb-drenched squalls of sound as well as singer Nate Grace’s nuanced vocal approach. It’s a listening experience that requires headphones and a ready mind.
Real Estate – Days [Domino]
On Real Estate’s sophomore LP, the New Jersey suburbanites move past the lo fi surf pop heard on their debut, into a territory that is decidedly their own. The combination of dueling guitars blend together like those of Verlaine and Lloyd on many songs like “Easy” and “Green Aisles,” while others show lead singer Martin Courtney’s progression as a songwriter highly capable of evoking images from one’s adolescent years. It’s an album everyone can like, and based on it’s recent success, it seems that most people do.
Quilt – S/T [Mexican Summer]
The debut LP from Boston’s Quilt is a recent discovery that quickly made its mark on my list of favorites. The group dabbles in a wide range of sounds that channel everyone from the Airplane to The Incredible String Band and other west coast 60s psych acts to Raga to British folk influences like The Pentangle and many others. Songs “Rabid Love” and “The Silver Stairs of Ketchikan” even recall a less eerie Woods, taking on a similar minimalist freak folk approach led by the choir-like vocals of Anna Fox Rochinski. The album, produced and engineered by Apollo Sunshine’s Jesse Gallagher, is the result of a series of extended experimental jams and free form songwriting. Many of the songs take on mantra-like form, with repetitive chants and Eastern melodies that guide the listener through dreamy, transcendent sound quests.
“Cowboys In The Void”
White Denim – D [Downtown]
On D, White Denim moves in a more progressive direction. The album’s complex arrangements and near-perfect vocal harmonies showcase the group’s impressive chops and their continually evolving songwriting approach. While D is certainly White Denim’s best effort to date, it only begins to hint at the potential they can still reach.
Gillian Welch – Harrow & The Harvest [Acony]
Gillian Welch and David Rawling’s highly anticipated new release finally made its way to our ears this year, proving that the wait was all worth while. The songs hearken back to a past time, keeping alive a style of music that has seemingly packed up and gone, while still sounding fresh and current.
“The Way It Goes”
Woodsman – Mystic Places [Fire Talk]
On Mystic Places (the only EP to make this list), Woodsman successfully capture their more experimental side with a series of organic, mostly instrumental, tunes that travel through loop-heavy drones and propulsive zoned-out drum beats. Combine all of that with VHS-ripped vocal segments and the group’s nack for kraut-inspired improv and you have one of the finest psych-rock releases of the year.
Twerps – S/T [Underwater Peoples]
The debut full-length release from Melbourne, Austrailia’s Twerps is a welcome extension to the wave of jangly, surf pop flooding onto the scene in recent years. Separating themselves from the pack with the raw, matter-of-fact lead vocals of frontman Marty Frawley, the group channels 80s Flying Nun artists like the Clean, while also nodding to 90s lo fi acts. It’s as though punk sensibilities have combined with those of the pop world to help this seemingly tossed-off effort sound so cohesive and compelling. Most of the album’s warm pop numbers are driven by treble-heavy, Tom Verlaine style guitar riffs and simple, catchy hooks (“Dreaming,” “This Guy,”), while others (“Bring Me Down”) strip all of that away, exposing a far more melancholic side of Twerps’ sound. Both sides come together with the anthemic final track “Coast to Coast,” where Frawley proclaims “The sun’s in my eye, and I’ve never felt so high,” a fair declaration to close out one of 2011’s finest efforts.
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo [Matador]
Smoke Ring for My Halo is Kurt Vile’s fourth and finest LP to date. On this one, the Philadelphia-native steps into a more polished zone, continuing to build upon his unique mix of twangy finger-picked ballads and fuzz-heavy guitar rock anthems.
Yellowbirds – The Color [Royal Potato Family]
The debut solo release from Apollo Sunshine’s Sam Cohen is a highly impressive effort from start to finish. Over the course of 11 tracks, Cohen guides us through a calming psychedelic journey that begins with the very first note of “The Rest of My Life.” Much of the album evokes a throwback 60′s psych sound, but with the addition of an arsenal of effects and an auto-harp, a fresh wave rushes through each song. Cohen’s approach to his solos shines a light on his Berkelee schooling, setting him in place among the top guitarists on the scene today.
“Our Good Days Are Gone”
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges [Constellation]
New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges is the second solo album from Montreal-based saxophone virtuoso Colin Stetson. Using mainly his saxophone, and recording many of the tracks live, Stetson builds lush soundscapes that recall the likes of nothing you’ve ever heard before. While many adventures of this type often come off as failed, free-form sonic experiments, New History is compelling and highly musical throughout.
Sun Araw – Ancient Romans [Drag City / Sun Ark]
Sun Araw’s double LP Ancient Romans, is probably the most accessible grouping of songs in the Los Angeles artist’s cannon. This one isn’t for everyone, but if you can wrap your head around the odd times and complex sound textures that guide this adventure, then you may discover the true genius behind the loop master’s art. Another one that rarely left the vicinity of my turntable this year.
Amen Dunes – Through Donkey Jaw [Sacred Bones]
Through Donkey Jaw is the second full-length release from Damon McMahon’s Amen Dunes project. Meditative, hazy guitar lines and McMahon’s floaty vocals guide the songs through minimalist psych excursions. A highly transcendent listening experience.
Megafaun – S/T [Hometapes]
The fourth full length from Durham, NC’s Megafaun, largely explores the more rugged, American side of the their rural sound. While the self-titled album is largely accessible, it also leans toward their experimental side with tracks like “These Words” and “Serene Return.” One of the year’s most stunningly beautiful releases.
Peaking Lights – 936 [Not Not Fun]
Madison, Wisconsin’s Peaking Lights are a married couple who’s music sounds like Tom Tom Club on a boatload of acid. Infusing dub-style grooves with psychy sounds and effects, 936 is, simply put, a danceable astral adventure.
“All The Sun That Shines”
Tinariwen – Tasilli [Anti-]
Recorded in a remote section of the South Eastern Algerian desert, Tassili, Tinariwen’s fifth studio release, sets a different course than previous efforts. On the long player, the group strips down their sound—trading Stratocasters for acoustics, employing the use of un-amplified percussion—and, for the first time, invites a few notable outsiders to appear. Guests include Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, who ventured to the desert to record with the band, in addition to Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Returning to the their beginnings, Tassili recreates the origins of Tinariwen’s music—acoustic songs performed by an open fire, much like the refugee camps where they originated.
“Tenere Taqqim Tossam”
Panda Bear – Tomboy [Paw Tracks]
Four years after the release of the Noah Lennox’s groundbreaking album Person Pitch, came the release of the more conventional and structured effort Tomboy. Lennox continues to churn out blissful psychedelia with modern Brian Wilson-style vocal harmonies, although in a more simplistic fashion that shows a progression in his approach to sampling and looping techniques. Deserving of many listens.
Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread [Drag City]
On Goodbye Bread, Ty Segall steps into the singer-songwriter shoes with an album full of Lennon-esque vocals and crashing, fuzzed-out guitar riffs. Another great guitar-rock album from 2011.
“I Can’t Feel It”
Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler/The Dream [In the Red]
At this point I’m pretty tired of writing about albums, but this one happens to be my favorite garage rock album, in a large sea of them, to come out of 2011. Let’s leave it at that.
Best New Release From The Past:
The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions
Best Live Releases:
Miles Davis – The Bootleg Series, Volume 1: Live in Europe 1967
Grateful Dead – Europe 72 Vol. II
Phish – Hampton/Winston-Salem ’97
Frank Zappa – Live at Carnegie Hall
The Paperhead – S/T
Middle Brother – S/T
The Barr Brothers – S/T [featured on last year's list]
The Feelies – Here Before
Wilco – The Whole Love
Bonnie Prince Billy – Wolfroy Goes To Town
MV & EE – Country Stash
Bon Iver – S/T
Beyondo – Free The Twin
Ducktails – Aracade Dynamics III
Stephen Malkmus- Mirror Traffic
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
Julian Lynch – Terra
Rangers – Pan Am Stories
Wooden Shjips – West
[Photo by John Ruscher]
In the spring of 1968, when Bill Graham’s Fillmore East opened its doors in the East Village of Manhattan, a man named Joshua White was chosen as one of the resident visual artists to conduct liquid light shows behind the venue’s musical acts. White and his team became known as the Joshua Light Show, going on to collaborate with artists such as Frank Zappa, the Grateful Dead, The Who, Jefferson Airplane and Jimi Hendrix. Since then, they have continued to operate, only after the closing of the Fillmore and a shift from the ’60s counterculture, their focus turned more toward television, museum and classical exhibits.
But in recent years, psychedelic visual effects have seemingly found their way back to the musical stage. Video projection artists are now commonplace at DIY venues, and, for many bands, light shows and visual effects are an integral part of their performance.
So it’s not surprising that Mr. White and his team have also found their way back into certain corners of the musical world, even if these are extremely seldom occurrences. In 2009, the Joshua Light Show resurfaced for a rare collaborative performance with indie legends Yo La Tengo at New York’s Roseland Ballroom, and then in 2010 declared a four night residency at the Abrons Arts Center in the Lower East Side with different artists each night (one early and one late show. Fillmore style).
On the second of these nights, Brooklyn psych folk outfit Woods performed the late set with the Light Show’s swirling meld of color behind them. NYC taper was on hand to capture an excellent recording of the show, which has since become one of the more sought after tapes in the Woods live catalog. Fueled by the energy of the light show, the band stretched out their songs even further on this night, offering good reason as to why they had been chosen for this rare show by the legendary Joshua Light Show. Below, listen to two of the songs from the show or head to NYC Taper’s site to download the full performance.
Download Link: Woods 2010-05-13 Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY
[Art by Jeremy Earl]