Boston psych-folk trio Quilt have unveiled the second tune off their forthcoming album, Held In Splendor, out January 28 via Mexican Summer. Hear the raved-up “Tired & Buttered” below and be sure to check out their upcoming tour dates as well.
(Poster by Jessica Milton)
We’re teaming up with our pals at Popgun Booking to bring you this most-excellent show, happening on November 5 at Glasslands. All three bands are great so be sure to arrive early. Show starts at 8:30. Tickets are $10. Purchase tickets here.
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
As many of you know, Dog Gone Presents moved headquarters from New York to Toronto earlier this year. Having been here for several months now, we’ve had a good amount of time to survey the local music scene and one of our greatest discoveries is a local psych rock band called Milk Lines.
Interestingly enough, it was actually in New York that we were first introduced to the band’s guitarist/vocalist Jeff Clarke, who was on tour with Acid Baby Jesus at the time leading his other Montreal-based group Hell Shovel (he also formerly played in Montreal’s Demonclaws). After that show, I was so impressed with Hell Shovel that I decided to reach out to try and connect when we both made it back to the other side of the border. When I finally got in touch with Jeff several months later, he told me to come check out a new band band he had formed now that he was living in Toronto. My first impression was that this band is good. Really good—like Toronto’s answer to White Fence. My second was that Jeff has monster hands that seem to claw at the guitar ala Neil Young. They’ve (the band, not the hands) got the garage-y rawness of Hell Shovel with the added female vocal edge of Emily Frances that recalls a less polished, slightly darker Quilt. Throw it all together with a bit of country twang and you have Milk Lines. Listen to their only recording, taped live at one of their recent shows, below.
Stay tuned for a Dog Gone Presents announcement bearing their name in the coming days!
First conceived in the summer of 2008 as the home recording project of five childhood friends from Miami, Lil Daggers have risen from the bedroom to shared stages with Swans and more recently The Growlers and Royal Baths. Mining the well of reverb-laden, darker-edged psych, the band’s sound offers a stark contrast to the vibe of the sunny, beach-side city they call home. Following a series of 7”s, and an LP for limitedfanfare records, Lil Daggers have now teamed up with our pals at Beyond Beyond is Beyond for a new EP, No Pizza No Peace, to be released on cassette September 10. Listen to “After the Flood” and watch the video for “Jazz Tom” below.
The story of Sunforest begins in 1969, when three American friends–Terry Tucker, Erika Eigen and Freya Hogue–set course for London in hopes of becoming pop singers. Almost immediately after their arrival, they were spotted drinking tea in a local cafe by legendary U.K. producer Vic Coppersmith-Heaven and were ushered into a studio to record a demo that very night. Just weeks later, they recorded their first and only album, Sound of Sunforest, a collection of psych-folk songs released on Decca Records that same year. The record sold very few copies and, not long after its release, the group permanently disbanded. An interesting factoid about this album, however, is that while working on A Clockwork Orange, director Stanley Kubrick heard the album and asked the band to re-record two songs, “Overture to the Sun” and “I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper,” for the soundtrack.
Quilt’s new video for the song “Open Eyes” was shot and filmed on 16mm B&W film by producers/directors Kim and Luis Arnias. Watch it below and pick up The New Hampshire Freaks split with MMOSS via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records.
Watch Yellowbirds perform a few tracks at off their forthcoming album, Songs from the Vanished Frontier, out May 28 on Royal Potato Family. Thanks to the good folks at BreakThru Radio for the viddy.
Behind a nondescript East Williamsburg tenement at 229 Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn, NY lies Woods‘ home, recording studio, creative refuge and beloved shithole–Rear House. But after 10 long years the band will say farewell to the former live-in practice space turned ramshackle recording studio, which has also housed bands like Real Estate, Ducktails, The Babies and other members of the Woodsist family. To mark the occasion, Woods are releasing a new single on July 9 featuring a cover of The Kinks’ tune “Gods’ Children,” along with a re-recorded version of “Be All Easy.” “God’s Children” comes from the soundtrack to the 1971 British film Percy, while “Be All Be Easy,” originally from 2011′s Sun and Shade, was re-recorded to capture the live form the song has taken since it’s original release. Both are the first to feature new drummer, Aaron Neveu, formerly of Mmoss.
Woods hits the road next month for a tour that includes stops with Parquet Courts and Alex Bleeker & the Freaks. Full dates below.
The Auras hail from the suburban areas of Toronto where they exist as part of the expansive family of bands who wave the Optical Sounds flag. Steeped in the shoegazy side of the psych world, The Auras recall a brighter MBV meets BJM meets Spacemen 3 kind of a sound. Call it what you will. These guys are one of Toronto’s most exciting acts right now and they’ve just recently released an EP which you can pick up via Bandcamp. Listen to album track “Desert Dream (Nothing Is Real)” below.
Here’s a new video by Chilean psych band The Holdydrug Couple, off their new album Noctuary out now on Sacred Bones. They play our show tonight at Mercury Lounge alongside fellow countrymen Follakzoid and Brooklyn’s La Big Vic. Watch the video for the Tame Impala-esque jammer “Follow Your Way” below.
For those who want to take part in this year’s Canadian Music Week, we’ve handpicked a selection of shows to help you navigate through all the indie soot. If you’re willing to do a bit of traveling, there’s plenty to offer in the way of psych and garage. Here are this year’s nominees.
Ragga sitar psych
Thursday — The Garrison 1030PM
Wednesday — The Garrison 11PM (Crunchy Frog Showcase)
Thursday — Brooklynn 9PM
Japanese Americana folk
Wednesday — Clinton’s @ 8PM (Japan Nite)
Montreal space voyagers
Friday — Lee’s Palace 1230AM
Montreal-based minimalist, experimental, sound collage duo
Friday — Silver Dollar 9PM
The BB Guns
Bubble-gum Toronto garage pop produced by Fucked Up’s Brian Borcherdt
Friday — Silver Dollar 2AM
Throwback ’60s inspired instrumental surf rock
Friday — Supermarket 2AM
Castle If & Cell Memory
New age-y Canadian Kraut
Saturday — Comfort Zone 10PM
East Coast garage rock
Saturday — Parts & Labour 1230AM
New wave steeped in hollow, jangling synths
Thursday — Silver Dollar 12AM
Friday — Silver Dollar 1AM
Saturday — Silver Dollar 12AM
Toronto space rockers on Optical Sounds
Saturday — Silver Dollar 2AM
’60s garage psych
Sunday — Annex Live 11PM
Deep Space Cowboys
Dark, experimental psych
Sunday — Annex Live 11PM
Captain Marryat were a ’70s psych-prog band from Glasgow, Scotland, named after the 19th Century mariner and novelist Captain Frederick Marryat. In 1974, the group released a tiny pressing (200 copies) of their demo album on the Thor Label and sold it exclusively at their gigs around Scotland and its bordering towns. Having initially entered the studio with the intention of cutting only one track, the five-piece band wound up recording five tracks along with an improvised jam, titled “Dance of Thor.” With a sound that drew on the searing leads of Uriah Heep and the fuzzed out journeys of Deep Purple, Captain Marryatt attracted a sizeable following on the pub circuit. But, as the story goes time and time again, bigger labels like EMI and Chrysalis showed little interest, and the group vanished into obscurity some years after the demo’s release. Due to the limited pressing, the album later became an extreme rarity, eventually going for as much as £3,000 on eBay. However, in 2010 Shadoks reissued the original tracks with permission from the band, making this lost psych-prog classic available for all to hear.
While Alex Bleeker spends his days as the bassist in popular indie rock band Real Estate, he also moonlights as the guitarist and frontman in his own band, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, which takes more from Crazy Horse, the Grateful Dead and Little Wings than The Feelies or Yo La Tengo. Over the past several years, Bleeker has performed sporadic shows in New York and Brooklyn either solo or with a rotating cast of musicians that has, at times, included members of Real Estate. During that time he also released a 7″ and an EP on Underwater Peoples, and will now release his debut full-length, titled How Far Away, on Woodsist in the Spring of this year. Stream “Don’t Look Down,” the lead track on the album, below.
How Far Away comes out May 28 on Woodsist.
Catch Alex Bleeker and the Freaks alongside Quilt and Weyes Blood at our show this Sunday at Glasslands Gallery. RSVP.
The longest track on Pines, the new album by Finland’s Kiki Pau, is the sequel title track “Pines II Makumatka,” which clocks in at just over 15 minutes. The title loosely translates to “Pines II Taste Trip,” and sees the band making its most boundless excursion, through an improvised journey very reminiscent of “Dark Star.” The song unfolds much like a story, entering first through soaring coastal terrain before departing for Eastern dessert bazaars with jangly Arabian percussion and flutes, tripping through vast space and finally crash landing at a Finnish prog show.
Pines, which was mixed by Dungen’s Gustav Ejstes, is out today on beautiful translucent green vinyl via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records.
In a 1968 interview, John Lennon named The Appletree Theatre’s concept masterpiece Playback as one of his favorite new albums at the time. It’s not surprising, as much of the album taps directly into that same style of twisted sunshine pop that we love dear ol’ John for. You can be sure that if that interview had taken place in the age of the internet, Playback would likely have been eaten up by millions. But how many fans actually came across that interview? Probably not too many. Like many of the great albums of that era, the album was a commercial failure, and following its release founding members Terry and John Boylan went off to become session musicians. Playback is a concept album, divided into three acts, an overture, and an epilogue, that sounds as though its rolling through the radio dial in a late 60s episode of the Twilight Zone. The album moves between full songs and snippest of music that range from sunshine pop to jazz, to soul, all sewn together with a series of strange vocal narratives. It’s an album that demands to be listened to as a whole, and those who do will enjoy a rather interesting trip.
Sidenote: Woods covered The Appletree Theatre’s “Who Do I Think I Am” on their 2011 album Sun & Shade.
If you’re into the whimsy throwback sounds of bands like Foxygen, then your ears will likely bask in the the oft-similar, lo fi psych of the Happy Jawbone Family Band. Ramshackle rock I guess you could call it. It’s like if fuckin’ Mick had been more like fuckin’ Keith, you know? Rock solid fuckers these here fellas are. Here’s “Fistful of Butter” off their new album Tastes the Broom, out January 29th on Mexican Summer.
As we prepare to venture to the great northern lands of Sweden in just one week’s time, we’ve decided to share this astral journey by Swedish prog rock band Kaipa. “Inget Nytt Under Solen” is the title track of the band’s 1976 sophomore album, which translates to “Nothing New Under the Sun,” from the much-quoted bible verse “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”
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Imagine the ideal soundtrack to one of those retro 70s surf films shot on an old Super 8. What you conjure up will likely sound something like Austin-based psych band Holy Wave. Just listen to the jam “Albuquerque Freakout”, which takes on that classic wobbly Texas psych sound with layers of surf riffs, tambourines and howling echoes beneath the stoney vocal lines. This imagery carries throughout Holy Wave’s Evil Hits, out now on Burger Records, with vinyl coming February 2013 in conjunction with the Reverberation Appreciation Society. The release compiles 5 tracks from their 2011 release Knife Hits with 5 tracks from this year’s The Evil Has Landed EP. Picture those gnarly waves and tune in.
Holy Wave – “Albuquerque Freakout”
Also check out the song in the recent trailer for the 2012 Austin Psych Fest concert film below.
We first came across the name Tjutjuna when they released their split tour cassette with Woodsman in the spring of 2011. But for unexplainable reasons, the challenging name slipped our minds and may have fallen into the abyss were it not for the keen ears of DGB contributor Johanna Andersson and our good pal Marc “Mike” Norman “Newman.” The group charts a similar neo-kraut course as labelmates Woodsman, with droning, transportive sound odysseys, totemic drum circles and shimmering guitars. Earlier this week, they released their new cassingle, “Desert Song” b/w “Schulze and Shaffner” on Fire Talk and you can now hear/download both tracks below. Also be sure to check out Tjutjuna’s recent Beyond Beyond is Beyond session on East Village Radio.
Purchase the cassette single via Fire Talk.
Here’s the latest video from Ty Segall & White Fence’s session at Room 205.
Los Angeles-based psych band The Allah Las have released a video for the song “Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind).” The track comes off a new 45″ backed by the instrumental, “Sacred Sands.” You can pick up a copy now via Innovative Leisure.
Hair, The forthcoming collaborative LP from Ty Segall and Tim Presley’s White Fence is one that has been receiving a great deal of play around here as of late. Combining two heroes of the contemporary garage rock world, the album transports us back in time with retro fuzzed guitar freak outs, muddy, distorted vocals, and catchy psych trips aplenty. The pair recently stopped by Room 205 to record live session and you can now check out two of the videos below. Hair comes out on April 26 via Drag City. You’ll want to pick up a copy of this one.
“I Am Not A Game”
For the past 13 years, percussionist Craig Myers has been exploring the world of West African music, venturing to places like Mali, Senegal, Guinea and The Ivory Coast in search of his sound. Performing on a traditional African West instrument called the Kamel N’goni, Myers plays with Afro-inspired Brooklyn band Rubblebucket, as well as in Phish bass player Mike Gordon’s solo group. But recently, the percussion virtuoso has also turned his attention to a new seven-piece ensemble called Barika (pronounced body-kah), hailing from Burlington, VT. Inspired by the sounds of Mali’s Wassoulou region, the groups churns out psychy poly-rhythmic afro-grooves driven by Myers playing on the Kamel N’goni. It is difficult to describe the otherworldly sounds Myers conjures from the traditional African harp, but, at times, it sounds as though he has an entire African tribe playing along with him. Remember, the group’s debut album and the result of two-years of experiments and recording sessions, is now available from their website.