MAGIC MIX

psych . krautrock . prog . rock

WEEK STARTING 12 Feb

Genre pick of the week Cover of Fortress by Thee Oh Sees.

Thee Oh Sees

Fortress

    Culled from the same sessions as the mighty Mutilator Defeated At Last, the Fortress 7-inch is a heavy little bit of wax to bite into. The title track is backed by “Man in a Suitcase,” an old live favourite.

    Eight-armed, kinetic and racing ahead into distinctly dreamy and proggy territory, these two tracks are cut from nightmare cloth as only John P. Dwyer and Co. can weave, with an emphasis on the tossing and turning. A must-have addendum to Mutilator, and a lovely hors d’oeuvre to whet one’s appetite for another full-length later this year.



    Bremen

    Eclipsed

      Bremen return with a new double-LP of glacial electronics, strung-out drone-punk and smouldering space-rock minimalism, 'Eclipsed'.

      Following the release of their self-titled debut on Skrammel in 2013, the Swedish duo of Jonas Tiljander (Brainbombs) and Lanchy Orre (Brainbombs, Totalitär) joined the Blackest Ever Black fold with last year’s 'Second Launch'. If the mood of that record was brooding and stygian, its monochord intensity unfaltering, then 'Eclipsed', their equally sprawling new set, could be construed as a warmer, more dynamic and variegated offering. Perhaps. There are still passages that are heavier than a death in the family. Still a staunch obsession with the consciousness-altering power of repetition.

      The band’s points of departure are specific: a particular organ sound from J.A. Seazer 1970s recordings, the squalid alien guitar tone of Chrome, the cranked, psychic roar-out riffage of Hawkwind, the melancholic mode of Swedish jazz pianist Jan Johansson, minimalism from La Monte Young to Eleh, “cold eighties electronic sound”, and sloppy, lo-fi psychedelic rock from the likes of Pärson Sound and Träd Gräs och Stenar. Tiljander’s icily poised synth / organ drones and the grieving cosmic howl of Lanchy’s guitar dominate the landscape, but their instrumental palette has also expanded to include various percussion treatments, saxophone, strings, dissolved vocal fragments. Their exploratory jamming, overdubbing and dub-savvy mixing yields a music of unbelievable eloquence and physicality.

      'Eclipsed' is another masterpiece of black hole psychedelia from one of the greatest underground rock’n’roll units on the planet. No serious void-worshipper’s collection is right without it.

      John Cale

      Fear - White Vinyl Edition

        'Fear' (1974) was the first of three albums for Island Records, all of which were released in a period of just over a year. During this time John Cale was also producing records for other artists, working on albums such as 'Horses' by Patti Smith, one of the most influential of all proto-punk records.

        In addition to his lead vocals on 'Fear', Cale also played keyboards, guitars, viola, violin and bass, and was joined by Richard Thompson, Roxy Music’s Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera, and other artists signed to Island.

        “Gun” features an unusual two-man guitar solo from Manzanera and Eno, with the latter using a synthesizer to process the former’s guitar playing in real-time.

        Drive-By Truckers

        It's Great To Be Alive

          Drive-By Truckers present a live set recorded at The Fillmore in San Francisco, available in two editions.

          In the band’s own words: “Thrilled to announce that our long awaited live album, recorded over three nights at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco CA, will be released […]! Our long-time producer, David Barbe, acquired the necessary mobile gear to record us and flew out to San Francisco to capture our three-night stand in November of 2014. We hired some horns, sold some tickets and played three special and unique shows. From those shows we have sequenced a sort of ultimate live DBT collection, one that hopefully captures the essence of our life’s work into one cohesive whole.

          “We are releasing two versions... a shorter 13 song version called ‘This Weekend’s The Night’ which provides a Best Of version snapshot of our live show [and] also a larger 35 song box set entitled ‘It’s Great To Be Alive!’ which goes far more in-depth into the DBT catalog and history. Songs and stories spanning thirty years of Drive- By Truckers sequenced to hopefully give as close as possible document of the DBT show.”

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          LP Box Set Info: The vinyl edition comes with six mini concert posters and a bonus copy of the album across three CDs.

          FREE SHIPPING This item has FREE UK shipping!

          Drive-By Truckers

          This Weekend's The Night

            Drive-By Truckers present a live set recorded at The Fillmore in San Francisco, available in two editions.

            In the band’s own words: “Thrilled to announce that our long awaited live album, recorded over three nights at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco CA, will be released […]! Our long-time producer, David Barbe, acquired the necessary mobile gear to record us and flew out to San Francisco to capture our three-night stand in November of 2014. We hired some horns, sold some tickets and played three special and unique shows. From those shows we have sequenced a sort of ultimate live DBT collection, one that hopefully captures the essence of our life’s work into one cohesive whole.

            “We are releasing two versions... a shorter 13 song version called ‘This Weekend’s The Night’ which provides a Best Of version snapshot of our live show [and] also a larger 35 song box set entitled ‘It’s Great To Be Alive!’ which goes far more in-depth into the DBT catalog and history. Songs and stories spanning thirty years of Drive- By Truckers sequenced to hopefully give as close as possible document of the DBT show.”

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Includes MP3 Download Code.

            Golden Teacher offer new ears the opportunity to hear the Teacher's first three recording efforts on one handy compilation. Recorded between 2012 and 2013 at Glasgow's Green Door Studio through a state-funded scheme for unemployed young musicians, this release documents the six-piece's interest in the willful naïveté of late 20th century "post-" tendencies, leading France's MidiLibre to later describe Golden Teacher as "an idiot-savant prototype of dance music in the third millennium." What that basically means is Golden Teacher kicks ass! They know what makes people dance and they know how to do it. From the acid go-go of lead off track 'Rashomon' you're in for a total treat that takes in the synth funk of 'Love Rocket!', the percussive rumble of 'Double Bump', the voodoo drum machine drenched 'Like A Hawk' and the atmospheric 'Dringhouse' to name but four killer tracks on this amazing set. If you need comparisons think LCD Soundsystem, ESG, Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Pigbag, DAF, Suicide and Liquid Liquid, but also Chicago acid house, dub and leftfield techno. This is the perfect chance to get on point with one of the greatest bands around at the moment and this won't hang around for long.

            The LP presents a selection of the band's favorite tracks from these sessions. 7 tracks but with the full CD version included.

            The CD gathers all material from the three EPs, first released as OM18, OM20 and OM23 on Glasgow's Optimo Music. 12 Tracks and 60+ minutes of music.


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: The first three Golden Teacher EPs were sell-out smashers which cemented a new sound for the Glaswegian (post) punky, funky, tribal dance-troupe. Now, you lucky buggers, you have the chance to own them all in one tidy, beautifully presented package. Marvellous!

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

            “Leaving you spellbound in its androgynous vocal delivery, Spider King’s Animals is a haunting children’s march that paralyses me with each listen”
            Cedric Bixler Zavala (Mars Volta/Antemasque)

            An unknown pleasure torn out of Manchester’s lost DIY manual, this overqualified / underexposed post-punk pop pillar cast an almost invisible undetected web across the history of Manchester’s inner-city music scene which has trapped body parts of The Mothmen, Martin Hannett, Gerry And The Holograms, John Cooper Clarke, The Blue Orchids, Naffi Sandwich (The Naffis) and The Fates in its glue.

            As a central mast to 1970s / 80s Manchester’s “deserted” DIY era, spanning angular jazz funk, punk and sarcastic synth pop, Spider King has also played huge parts in Manchester’s honorary adoption of The Velvet Underground’s Nico (as her lead guitarist), fronted Martin Hannett’s first ever band and inhabits a key roll in the careers of Sad Cafe, Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias, Paul Young and AC/DC’s Mancunian debut. With dozens of self-penned songs, unreleased demos and two of the best collectable Manc punk funk 45s to grace collectors want lists it’s almost unbelievable (almost tragic) that Mike King never released a full length album… until now.

            Shot To Pieces is one of the most elusive jagged pieces of the North West’s punk funk puzzle. Recorded sporadically between 1979 and 1983 with a cast of characters from the Rabid/Absurd label family, such as behind the scenes synth wielder John Scott from Gerry And The Holograms, and producers like Laurie Latham (The Blockheads) it’s plain to see why 2016′s current music climate is the perfect time for the Spider King’s lost music to resurface. Commonly recognised by stalwarts of the era’s mutating punk/alt/indie genre as “the one that got away”, Spider King is the archetypal artist’s artist as well as the outsider’s outsider and the hardest working man in no-business who is now attracting a whole new audience of champions from bloggers, vinyl nerds and well respected contemporary musicians with his appearances on mix-tapes and various artist compilations. On hearing this essential release you could argue that these lost “spider-grams” are more relevant now than they were when those arachnophobic A&R men shooed him away over 3 decades ago. For those who ain’t afraid to get bitten say hello to the Spider King.

            Rancho Relaxo

            White Light Fever

              Founded in 2003, Norway's Rancho Relaxo known for their talent to create compelling, absorbing sound spirals that seduces you from the get-go. With their seventh album, "White Light Fever", the band once more has a thrilling adventure up their sleeve. Self-describing their music as "Neo-Psychedelic Zendom", Rancho Relaxo's highly remarkable and distinctive sound paintings breathe various influences and elements, from neo-psychedelia to space rock to folk, from shoegaze to drone to alternative.

              The amalgamation of whirring guitar riffs, psychedelic clouds, reverb-drenched streams, acoustic colours, drone-laden injections and crisp edges with sky-high, addictive melodies and an intense, often embracingly yearning atmosphere make up for an exciting journey that lets the listeners taste different cocktails. From heavy psych-rock adrenalin kicks ("Dead Space") and hot'n'dirty grooving energy pills ("If You Want To") to mid-tempo jewels with a melancholically sparkling, romantic twist ("Strange Vibrations", "Stars") to noise-pop tinted ballads with a bittersweet acoustic fragrance ("Taken") and psychedelic-driven, extraterrestrial-atmospheric soundtrack trips (“White Light”). There is a lot to discover on this passionately created, flavourful album. "White Light Fever" will be released on 180gram double vinyl, with download code.

              Sounds Like: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spacemen 3, The Jesus And Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, The Black Angels

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd LP Info: 180 gram Double Album, Heavy Weight Eco-Friendly Sleeve

              Includes MP3 Download Code.

              Salem's Pot

              Watch Me Kill You

                Much anticipated reissue of the first Riding Easy release, this is the release that started it all for RidingEasy Records and has been fetching triple digits on ebay and discogs. Well NOW you can get one for the price of a normal record. This is pre-psychedelic doom rock, for fans of Early Electric Wizard, Salems Pot are Sweden’s new wave of heavy doom. New album due real soon on Riding Easy.


                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Ltd LP Info: Ultra limited orange, purple splatter vinyl.

                Central California quartet Slow Season have a revamped version of their 2012 self-titled debut album to be released on RidingEasy Records.

                The band's sound effortlessly nods to greats of the 60s-70s like Led Zeppelin, The Who, Black Sabbath, et al, without sounding like a caricature. Rather, as one can immediately hear, this is hypnotic, heavy, and howling rock 'n' roll that defies both musical and temporal categorization.

                The Visalia, CA band - Daniel Rice (vocals, guitar), David Kent (guitar), Hayden Doyel (bass), and Cody Tarbell (drums) - scale new heights, while recognising where it all began. Having recorded both of their albums live on reel-to-reel at Tarbell's home studio, the band eschews the digital trappings of music today to give their analog sound its crackling, kinetic energy.

                "Working with the limitations of tape really pushed us to play our best," Rice says. "You have to prioritize your ideas. You can't layer too much on there. You also have to nail the takes. You don't get to go back and cut 'n' paste. You have to feel it when you're playing it. When everything comes together, it really shines because we're all playing together on tape."

                Slow Season

                Supernaut / One Way Or Another

                  Black Sabbath cover versions have to be amazing, as the originals are really hard to better…or even equal. Well shoot us down if Slow Season don’t ramp it up and drop a killer, absolutely tight and wild version of Supernaut… YEAH!!

                  This Limited edition 7” has an original “One Way of Another” on the flip..and get the bell bottoms out, we’re going loonsome for this Zep-tastic wig out… Riding Easy for President!!

                  Various Artists

                  Czech Up! Vol 1: Chain Of Fools

                    First volume of Vampisoul's new series "Czech Up!", which compiles 60s and 70s gems from the vaults of the Supraphon and Panton labels from the former Czechoslovakia.

                    Freakbeat, fuzz-soul, pop, jazz-funk, garage rock, psych… all that and more is contained within these 25 tracks, wonderfully produced and now carefully remastered, many of them never reissued before. 


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