Steve Gunn, having already secured a pair of spots on our year’s best of list with his Golden Gunn LP and the solo effort Time Off, makes a run at a hat trick with a third release this year recorded together with Pelt‘s Mike Gangloff. The album was recorded in the spring months of this year at the remote farmhouse of noted roots-music engineer Joseph Dejarnette (Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bruce Greene, Curtis Eller). There, in the tiny community of Topeka set in the countryside of Floyd County, Virginia, Gunn and Gangloff spent an entire night improvising with six-and 12-string guitars, a banjo, along with traditional Indian instruments like gongs, tanpura, singing bowls, and a shruti box. The result was an intense night of improvisation captured on the forthcoming release Melodies for a Savage Fix. You can hear one of the tracks, titled “Worry Past Worry,” below.
Purchase Melodies for a Savage Fix on regular or red vinyl from the good folks at Important Records.
Have a listen to this month’s mix, available to stream or download below.
01. Woodsman – Healthy Life
02. The Entrance Band – Fine Flow
03. Morgan Delt – Beneath The Black And Purple
04. White Fence – To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley
05. The Velvet Underground – Lady Godiva’s Operation
06. Quilt – Arctic Shark
07. Doug Tuttle – Turn This Love
08. Speed, Glue & Shinki – Don’t Say No
09. Amen Dunes – Ethio Song II
10. Grateful Dead – Early Morning Rain (11/3/65)
11. The Bethlehem Exit – Walk Me Out (Morning Dew)
12. The Resonars – Marina
13. Hellshovel – Summer’s Over
14. The Candymen – I’ve Lost My Mind
15. Jonathan Rado – Hand In Mine
16. Wooden Shjips – Ruins
17. Bombino – Amidinine
18. The Gaslamp Killer – Nissim feat. Amir Yaghmai
19. Endless Boogie – The Artemus Ward
20. Our Solar System – Merkurius
A couple weeks back, Anna Mayberry—of Toronto sludge-punk band HSY—put out a solo three track EP under the name ANAMAI. Stepping out from the murk of her other project, this new avenue finds Mayberry softly crooning over sparse psychedelic atmospheres–ones that would find themselves right at home alongside those of MV & EE and their extended family of bands. You can stream the entire EP below or purchase the MP3s here. Cassettes are available at select record stores around Toronto.
I was rather pleased to receive word from Woodsman guitarist Trevor Peterson last week, informing me of the completion of their new album and its forthcoming release in early 2014. It’s been almost three years since the Brooklyn-via-Denver trio put out their 2011 Rare Forms LP, an album that saw the group diverting from their instrumental path toward a more stoned-out, vocal-driven sound. But over the course of a handful of EPs since then, Woodsman gradually rerouted their musical course back to the cosmically transcendent soundscapes that began their humble beginnings. That vision is fully realized on the new, appropriately self-titled LP from which you can hear the first track, “Healthy Life,” below.
Woodsman is out on February 4 via Trevor Peterson’s own Fire Talk Records.
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.
Stream or download our seasonal Halloween Mix below.
(Art by Sean Metcalf)
1. The Shaggs – It’s Halloween
2. Woods – Gypsy Hand
3. Edgar Broughton Band – Evil
4. Randy Holden – Between Time
5. Crow – Busy Day
6. Endless Boogie – The Savagist
7. Fuzz – What’s In my Head
8. Night Beats – As You Want
9. The Entrance Band – Spider
10. Buffy Saint Marie – The Vampire
11. Lou Reed – Halloween Parade
12. The Dream Syndicate – Halloween
13. Fear Itself – Lazarus
“Spider,” the second track to come off The Entrance Band’s forthcoming Face the Sun LP, was presumably written before the band member’s collective journey towards sobriety. Singer Guy Blakeslee tells the drugged-out tale of his interaction with a particular spider, as sparse nylon-stringed guitar dances atop a Southwestern-style rhythm and an eery harpsichord lurks in the outer reaches. While much of the album’s lyrical content deals with the actual transformation from dark to light, this song seems to take place before the journey had ever begun.
Poster by Jessica Milton
For our next show, we’re teaming up with our old pals at Embrace Presents and our new found friends at Justshows.com for this sure-to-be-excellent night of music featuring Dutch psych-pop artist Jacco Gardner, Slim Twig, Other Colors and The Taste! It’s all happening on October 22 at the Garrison in Toronto.
Advance tickets ($8.50) available at Rotate This, Soundscapes & via Embrace.
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.
It’s been four years since The Entrance Band released a new album unto the world, and during that time much has changed with its three members. From personal struggles to spiritual transformations, during the time between albums guitarist Guy Blakeslee, bassist Paz Lenchantin and drummer Derek James journeyed through the depths of the dark, only to reach the surface with a brighter and more inspired outlook than ever before. That process, along with all its joys and hardships, is documented on their forthcoming album, Face the Sun, which comes out on November 19 via new Brooklyn label Beyond Beyond is Beyond. You can hear the scorching first tune, “Fire Eyes,” below.
Pre-order the long-awaited Face the Sun via BBIB.
Dutch psych-pop artist Jacco Gardner is releasing a new 7″, featuring a pair of new songs, on September 24 via Trouble in Mind. You can hear one of the tracks, “The End of August,” below. Additionally, will be co-presenting Mr. Gardner when he comes through Toronto with Baltimore’s Other Colors and The Taste on October 22 so keep an eye out for ticket contests in the coming weeks.
Pre-order a copy of 7″ from the good people at Trouble in Mind.
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.
From Canada’s prairie region hail Calgary, Albert’s Devionian Gardens—the latest addition to the already-stacked Beyond Beyond is Beyond roster. Formerly named Deadhorse, the group exudes a powerfully eclectic interplay between its members including hoodoo guitar master Danny Vescarelli, hand instrument mage Jennifer Crighton, paisley child Marie Sulkowski, tonal shaman Ryan Bourne and rarified pattern master Melissa McWilliams. Like their label brethren, Devonian show many faces throughout the album as they traverse through West Coast inspired psych-folk, raved-up blues rock and arena-size psych jams that venture into deep space–sometimes within a single song (“Night Beams”). For their forthcoming album, Solar Shifting, the group ventured to the secluded forests of Nova Scotia where they recorded along with analog wizard Jay Crocker. Solar Shifting, the second full-length album by Devonian Gardens, comes out October 1st via Beyond Beyond is Beyond.
Our Solar System is a newly formed 10 piece musical collective—featuring members of Dungen, Life on Earth!, The Amazing, Me and My Kites and more—in which each musician represents an element of our solar system, whether it be a planet, an astroid belt or Pluto. Illustrating a journey through space, each planet was described in a few keywords, a fusion of the members’ mutual associations based on emotion and poetry rather than science. These keywords thus became the score they’ve been working on since.
On October 29, the good people at Beyond Beyond is Beyond will release Our Solar System’s debut album, Vårt Solsystem, recorded live one hot summer afternoon in the amphitheater at Raven mountain in Vårberg, and one cold November night at a magical party in an old movie theater in Kärrtorp. Each song is also named after an element in our solar system—many of the Swedish titles share the same spelling as their English equivalents, while others like “Asteroidbältet” aren’t too hard to decipher—drawing comparison to Miles Davis’ far out sonic journeys on Bitches Brew, as well as Alice Coltrane, Acid Mothers Temple, and Can.
Our Solar System is a community without a leader, a floating crowd of people, where everyone who wants to be part of creating within these cosmic frames are welcome. The dream is to one day see representatives of Our Solar System around the world, illustrating the concept in all the arts in all kinds of contexts for all kinds of audiences. Only your imagination sets the limits!
Listen to the first track (or planet), “Mars,” below.
Named after a street in their hometown of Boston, The Beacon Street Union was a 60s psych group that existed around the same time as the other “Bosstown” sound groups like Ultimate Spinach and Orpheus. Formed in 1966, the group went on to record two albums, The Eye of the Beacon Street Union and The Clown Died in Marvin Gardens, but split shortly after due to the lack of attention the albums received. Following the band’s dissolution, three of the members went on to record a further album as Eagle, while a fourth became a country singer in the Sour Mash Boys. Several readers have asked me about these guys since I included one of their tracks on this month’s DGP Mix, so here’s a couple more for those of you who were inquiring.
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!
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.
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)
Montibus Communitas hail from the Peruvian city of Lima, situated in the valleys between the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers. Translated in English as ‘Mountain Community,’ the group largely exists as a spiritual collective, creating devotional music to their natural surroundings since 2010. They recently released a collection of four extended instrumental journeys, titled ‘Hacia aquellos bosques de inmensidad’, tracked live in the studio and written as they were interpreted. You can hear the first piece, “Hanan Pacha,” below.
Purchase the LP via Trouble in Mind.
It’s been a while since we heard something new from one of today’s best psych bands, the Night Beats, who’s members we last saw dressed in sloppy drag roving around the fields of Austin Psych Fest. Several months before that, they were pooling sweat and handing out mushrooms from the stage at the Knit. Well, these Austin-based lads that tap into that city’s psychedelic past better than perhaps any other, are back with a new record entitled Sonic Bloom. Recorded in a Tacoma, WA warehouse, the album, which perfectly captures the Beats at their drugged-fueled, raved-up best, is set for release on September 24 via the Reverberation Appreciation Society in conjunction with Burger Records. The first track, “Outta Mind,” is now streaming below. You can, listen below.
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.