MAGIC MIX

psych . krautrock . prog . rock

WEEK STARTING 19 Apr

Genre pick of the week Cover of Cowgirl In Sweden by Cowgirl In Sweden.

Cowgirl In Sweden

Cowgirl In Sweden

    No press release, no photos, no clues.

    A stark typographic album cover with minimal information.

    Twelve tracks spanning two sides of heavyweight vinyl.

    “A desert pop masterpiece for the modern audiophile.”

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Laura says: This private press of 300 copies from Manchester based Cowgirl In Sweden is shrouded in mystery. Obviously the nod to Lee Hazlewood gives some clue as to the direction of the sound; there's a definite 60's vibe and the sun-dappled sweet melancholy conjures up images of hazy summer days. (You can almost see the Super8 film footage shot on the Champs-Élysées that would accompany it.) If dreamy, psych-tinged pop is your thing, then don't snooze on this.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd LP Info: Private press 180gsm vinyl.
    Strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide.

    Centrum

    För Meditation

      “The mantra that you’re given in Transcendental Meditation you keep to yourself. The reason being, true happiness is not out there, true happiness lies within” - so states David Lynch, a vocal proponent of this art on a twice-daily basis since 1973. It’s a maxim that holds true to Sweden’s Centrum, whose Rocket Recordings debut forms no less than a mysterious yet meaningful voyage into inner space. Indeed, on ‘För Meditation’ these sometime members of Hills and Weary Nous explore a soundworld that demonstrates all too adeptly that true heaviness of intent need not be the preserve of demonic riffs and highly cranked amps.

      Weaving a dense and beguiling tapestry of drone-based hypnosis, mantric vocal chants and ritualistic folk along with field recordings from a trip the members made to India, this band also inadvertently plots our a map from the experimental music of the early-‘70s to the present, alighting on a myriad touchstones on the way. Yet tempting through it may be to place ‘För Meditation’ amidst the uniquely Swedish lineage of primal and arcadian Psychedelia that began with artists like Arbete Och Fritid, Träd, Gras och Stenar and International Harvester, the band are keen to emphasise that inspiration arrives at Centrum from all quarters. “From Pandit Pran Nath to Trees, from Velvet Underground to Popol Vuh, anything and everything. So lay down relax, turn off your phone and let Centrum be your guide! 

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Limited red vinyl LP.

      The Comet Is Coming

      Channel The Spirits


        “Great fire will fall from the sky, the cause will appear both stupefying and marvellous. Very soon after, the earth will tremble. ” The arrival of The Comet as prophesised by Nostradamus. And the earth did tremble.

        Our saviours Danalogue The Conqueror , Betamax Killer (both Soccer96 ) and King Shabaka (Sons Of Kemet, The Ancestors ) bestowed upon us their debut album Channel The Spirits on April 1st 2016 CE. From simpler times, this was a prophetic document. A celeb ration. The beginning of the end.

        For those recent converts, here is Channel The Spirits (Special Edition) . Here is the universe in a microcosm; the life-force distilled down to its raw essence : sex and dancing. Here is a package that includes the debut Prophecy EP from 2015CE. Here are three previously unheard tracks: the fabled Ancient Tapes.



        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Ltd LP Info: Black vinyl repress.

        2xDeluxe CD Info: SPECIAL EDITION 2CD VERSION OF ACCLAIMED, MERCURY SHORTLISTED ALBUM.

        Cramps

        Trash Is Neat #5: The Band That Time Forgot

          Ultra limited repress of one of the rarest Cramps albums with 3 additional tracks including a second, little known version of 'The Band That Time Forgot' and revised artworks. This originally came out about 8-9 years ago on a pressing of 250 copies and features some of the rarest tracks that the Cramps performed. Original copies of this (when they appear) usually sell in the 75-100 euro range.

          Please

          Circus Days

            A collection of recordings, previously unreleased, by this late 60’s British psychedelic band fronted by Peter Dunton, who later went on to form the legendary band T2. This release follows on from their superb 1968-1969 and Seeing Stars albums.

            Circus Days can easily be filed next to the likes of Blossom Toes, Forever Amber, Tomorrow, July and Odessey And Oracle by The Zombies. It contains such highlights as the original 1969 demo version of "Morning", later to appear on T2’s It’ll All Work Out in Boomland album. There are also some earlier demos including the classic "Gently As You Feel" and "To Dream" - a track that features additional female vocals. It also includes other previously unissued gems that will fit very well next to your collection of Please, Neon Pearl and T2 records! 

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Ltd LP Info: Limited edition of 500 copies.

            Terry Riley

            A Rainbow In Curved Air

              Keyboard virtuoso Terry Riley started experimenting with different instruments in the ‘50s. One of his electronic music landmarks is his third album A Rainbow in Curved Air. Through the use of overdubbing, he recorded all the instruments to feature on the title track. The composition consists of three movements, each representing another part of his musical influences. As the song progresses, its structure goes through frequent changes. It’s an colorful, psychedelic, atmospheric and revolutionary song. The second track consists of a loop of saxophones and is the dreamy and calm opposite of the title track. Fans of electronic music, such as Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze, would love this record. Taking inspiration from Hindustani classical music and jazz techniques, Riley’s masterpiece influenced many musicians, from the likes of Brian Eno to Emeralds.

              A Rainbow in Curved Air 50th anniversary limited edition is available as 500 individually numbered copies on transparent vinyl.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Coloured LP Info: Transparent vinyl

              The Rolling Stones

              Honk

                Honk collects 36 essential Stones’ tracks – including eight Top 10 singles, “Brown Sugar”, “Tumbling Dice”, “Angie”, “It’s Only Rock And Roll (But I Like It)”, “Fool To Cry”, “Miss You”, “Emotional Rescue” and “Start Me Up”. Bringing the band’s story up to date, Honk also contains hit single “Doom & Gloom” – recorded in 2012 – as well as “Just Your Fool”, “Ride ‘Em Down” and “Hate To See You Go” from the band’s 2016’s Grammy Award-winning, No 1 album, Blue & Lonesome. 

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                3xLP Info: Triple LP on heavyweight black vinyl.

                Alexander "skip" Spence

                I Want A Rock & Roll Band / I Got A Lot To Say / Mary Jane

                  Skip leaves his hotel. Its a cold day in Nashville, climbing to only 43 F in the afternoon. It may be Sunday, but on this day a 22-year-old musician is working at Columbia Recording Studios. Over the past few days, hes recorded a slew of new songs and today will be no different. On December 7, 1968, Skip Spence will record no less than 8 different songs. He has only 3 more days left to finish the album. It's been fast and furious and its also been tough, recording every instrument on every track, layer after layer, song after song, overdub after overdub.

                  In a sense, Skip is now a one-man rock & roll band. A few months ago, he was in a band, but now hes on a different path. On one of today's tracks, he opens with a low growl, "I want a rock & roll band." He then sighs, perhaps wishing he didn't have to do it all himself. After repeating the phrase, he adds, "One that spits fire and chews blood!" Skip was in that sort of band just a few months earlier the talented but jinxed Moby Grape. It's like he was writing a note to himself, thinking about his old band, thinking about himself as a band, and perhaps thinking about other bands as well. Maybe he was also writing a reply to the Byrds, who once sang, "So you want to be a rock & roll star." Like the Byrds, Skip was grounded in folk music. Twenty months ago, Moby Grape opened for the Byrds at the Fillmore and Winterland in San Francisco. They’d rehearsed tirelessly for days-on-end beforehand. But Skip doesn't want to go back to his past. "I don't want the Fillmore," he roars, "I want a rock & roll plan."

                  While his future may be unclear, Skip is on a mission to record everything he has in his body & soul. For a part of that Sunday so long ago, that included, "I Want a Rock & Roll Band” a song that features so many of Skips hallmarks, wit, spontaneity, wordplay, a mixture of intricate & percussive guitar, verve, & a beautiful falsetto. It's a rollicking snapshot of where Skip Spence was at, smack dab in the middle of his Oar sessions one cold Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee.

                  Ugly Things

                  Issue #50 - Spring 2019

                    We have some exceptional cover stories for this one, including the tragic mystery story of the Lost & Found from California, an expansive interview with writer/musician/archivist Lenny Kaye (Nuggets, Patti Smith Group), beat group maniacs the Renegades, and girl garage group the Debutantes. Other interviews include glam rock hero Alan Merrill (Vodka Collins, Arrows) and Mike Tingley, who tells the story behind his sought-after 1968 baroque pop album The Abstract Prince. Plus Bob Mosley of Moby Grape, Dutch beat punks the Selfkick and Dat En Wat, Howlin’ Wolf, the Doors’ Waiting For the Sun, the Pretty Things’ Last Stand, and Cyril Jordan explaining folk-rock in his imitable style. Not to forget our popular review sections covering the latest reissues and rock-related books.



                    Various Artists

                    Buzzsaw Joint Cut 5 - Sophisticated Savage

                      Buzzsaw Joint was born of a club offering Londoners the chance to revel in the sounds of good ol trashy rock n roll in all its vintage vinyl forms. Club top-cat, Fritz, then took the primitive Buzzsaw sounds online with a series of savage Mixcloud mixes created by record fiends from all over the globe. Now, the high-octane energy of Buzzsaw Joint has manifested into the physical form with a run of compilations on Stag-O-Lee Records. Get your ears around the wild n weird sounds of the extraordinary and inimitable Buzzsaw Joint! Bill Springer, The Demons, Jimmy Uke & His Islanders, Herb Zane and lots more. 

                      Various Artists

                      Keb Darge & Sounds That Swing Presents The Rockabilly Crown Jewels

                        Here we have the very first, 100% rockabilly compilation to be minted by the Juke Box Music Factory. And what a compilation! Crafted by a true 45-tour aficionado, a lover of rhythm, of authentic sounds, and – most importantly – of quality music. None other than His Highness, Keb Darge!

                        After seducing us in the mid ‘90s with his trailblazing “Legendary Deep Funk” and “Funk Spectrum”, followed by his 2010 curveball “Legendary Rockin R’n’B”, the ever impeccably coiffed DJ delved body and soul into the origins of rockabilly. The revelation occurred in Japan (where else!), where following his little lady into a club, Darge was knocked over (albeit belatedly) by the “Rockabilly Boogie” of Johnny Burnette. Sayonara Northern Soul, so long rare funk. Keb duly rolled up his sleeves and made up for lost time, churning out 5 furious volumes for his “Legendary Wild Rockers” series.

                        A stampeding collection corralled in collaboration with Little Edith (the little lady in question). Today, Keb Darge forsakes his traditional partner, BBE, to offer our friend El Vidocq the perfect rockabilly selection. This time produced with his old bud Neil Scott (first-rate collector of Rockabilly, met at a Camden market and owner of the record shop “Rock That Swing”), “The Rockabilly Crown Jewels” is every bit as juicy as Keb’s previous salvos. Indeed, this compilation comprises only the choicest morsels. Thanks, Keb!

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

                        Various Artists

                        Songs From Satan's Jukebox Vol. 2

                          Hell-O my satanic friends! Do not listen to the evil biblical propaganda from above because you are undoubtedly worthy enough, daring enough, and ready for a second insane stroll through the devil's carnival. For a sinful walk through this hellish fair! You feel seedy enough to secure a second devilish ticket for my fiendish ghost train! Escape your boringly sizzling purgatory and come, hurry up and step in, come aboard, take a seat, because I’m the only one who really knows how to have a hell of a time. Satanic rites from the likes of Gene Vincent, Lefty Frizzell, Roy Acuff, The Louvin Brothers and more. 

                          Various Artists

                          Songs From Satan's Jukebox Volume 1&2

                            Who the hell is the devil? As we all know, God (that old slowcoach) is commonly known and allowed to have but one name (or none). As his everlasting arch-enemy, however, of my names there are plenty: Allow me to introduce myself: Satan from Arabia! Devil, El Diablo, fiend, deuce, Old Nick, the one that bedevils everything- these are only a few of my names in Western cultures! Lucifer - the one who brings the light- or, as seen through the eyes of my grumbling competition, the one who was exiled from the light! Beelzebub, Azrael. I hereby present you a small selection of satanic songs and maleficient melodies from my infernal jukebox. Let me seduce you! 

                            Various Artists

                            Twisted Tales: From The Vinyl Wasteland Vol. 4 - Hippie In A Blunder

                              Remastered DMM vinyl cut
                              Lovingly restored artwork & hi-grade printing
                              Quality vinyl pressing made in Germany

                              Produced by Mark Lee Allen and Micha Gottschalk
                              Based on a concept by Mark Lee Allen
                              Introduction & liner notes by Mack Stevens
                              Short story by Avery Powell
                              Artwork & hand-lettering by Olaf Jens.


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