MAGIC MIX

psych . krautrock . prog . rock

WEEK STARTING 29 Jul

Genre pick of the week Cover of Pronounce This! by Salems Pot.
“Don't try to fight it,” the band’s motto implores, “Salems Pot has come to destroy your mind.” It’s the same kind of winking tease employed by low budget horror films of the 70s-80s that essentially dared audiences to experience what they knew they wanted, but couldn’t possibly expect.
Likewise, the new album by mysterious Swedish quintet Salem’s Pot delivers truly gritty and captivating heavy rock in high contrast technicolor: a sonic equivalent of The Last House On The Left, El Topo and Blood Feast. Similar to the way such films made up for their lack of flashy, expensive effects with dim lighting and implied violence, a hallucinogenic sense of true evil lurks in the dark corners of Salem’s Pot’s sound. Lest we forget, the band’s name itself is a pun on Stephen King’s stark, modernized vampire masterpiece.

Where previous Salems Pot releases honed doom riffs to perfection, Pronounce This! sees the band expanding its horizons to the far corners of imagination. It’s a hazy fever dream of dark, thrilling excess. It’s equal parts of The Cramps’ Psychedelic Jungle, Pentagram’s Relentless, Roky Erickson’s The Evil One and The Stooges Raw Power, as much heirs to Deep Purple as Dead Moon… metal, garage punk, acid rock and a belladonna trip gone wrong. It’s not heavy metal, this is a mutant monster that cannot be tamed.

And, perhaps as a continuation of the band’s fascination with sinful lore, Salem’s Pot never identifies its band members individually — they’re all completely anonymous without so much as a stagename. One of the biggest upgrades since the band’s 2014 RidingEasy album …Lurar ut dig pa prarien is the addition of second guitar, with the previous drummer giving up the throne for the strap and a new unnamed mystery man pounding the kit. Now, the band is freed to expand beyond the riff and get truly freaky. And with each new release, the vocals are way more snarling punk than the doom histrionics of their peers.

Album opener “Tranny Takes a Trip” kicks off with a humming modular synth drone and twin guitar throb lulling beneath a cascading haze of gurgling keyboard-through-delay-loop sounds before settling in to a stomping anthem replete with NWOBHM harmonized guitar leads. The album’s tone clearly set for the shadiest recesses of our minds, “Just For Kicks” swaggers in on a phaser-drenched single note guitar line that sets up a demented blues as the tuneful, yelping vocals expound on a penchant for chemical excess with direct honesty. A shortened edit of “The Vampire Strikes Back” was released as a single in late 2015, shorn down to the hook-laden rocker at the seven-and-a-half minute song’s core. But here you get the track’s full, sprawling glory as it staggers through a hazy, murderous leitmotif with noir-ish deliberation. “Coal Mind” is the album centerpiece at nearly 13 minutes of Hawkwind on a bad trip, drifting from space rock with an exemplary “bit of finger” to throbbing, hypnotic pulse that eventually ruptures with monolithic drop-tuned wall of guitar. “So Gone, So Dead” is a moment of respite giving nod to Gram Parsons’ lysergic western swing with funereal weight. “Desire” closes the album with epic grandeur reminiscent of Roky Erickson’s bleak murder ballad “Burn The Flames” supercharged with squealing and writhing guitars and thunderous drums.

"They used to wake up on your couch, not wanting to wake up,” the band’s brief manifesto explains. “Desperately clinging to sin, degradation, murder and substance abuse. With nothing left inside they made an attempt to tell someone about it, and the dead chuckled merrily: ‘You're not alone.’”

Beyond The Wizards Sleeve

The Soft Bounce / Third Mynd - Daniel Avery / BTU Remixes

Taken from the acclaimed debut LP 'The Soft Bounce', Phantasy is proud to present expansive remixes of two album tracks.

Daniel Avery ramps up the atmosphere of the album's title track with an airy, drifting electronic mantra, pulsing with gliding motorik propulsion perfect for late night escapades.

On the flip side, BTU, an amalgamation of Phantasy producers Babe Terror and U, take album closer 'Third Mynd' and recast it as a mind opening sixteen minute collage of found sound, drone and atmosphere, a psychedelic opus befitting Jon Savage's otherworldly speech.

Two very distinct trips into the outer reaches of electronic sound. Toto, we are not in Kansas anymore…

Barrie Cadogan has fronted Nottingham’s inspired garage-surf-soul outfit Little Barrie since 1999, and, after moving to London in 2000 to work in a Denmark Street guitar-shop, has developed a reputation as the premier go-to alt-rock guitar wing-man for the likes of Primal Scream, Johnny Marr, Morrissey, Edwyn Collins, Damo Suzuki, Paul Weller (Little Barrie were the backing band on his ’22 Dreams’ album), Spiritualized, Anton Newcombe and The Chemical Brothers, amongst many others. The Cobra Lamps is Barrie’s first solo project and the self-titled EP . Word of The Cobra Lamps reached Anton Newcombe, singer of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and owner of his own ‘A’ Recordings label. “I loved the way, not just the records he does, but the way he puts them out and the way they’re presented, the packaging and the artwork,” Barrie enthuses, and Newcombe loved his EP in return. Hence the EP’s release in July, although there are no live dates planned for The Cobra Lamps as yet. Barrie sees the project as an outlet he can dip into to indulge his more esoteric side every now and then.Checking out of his day job for a while, Barrie’s in a strange, beautiful place. And The Cobra Lamps are coiled to strike. 

Galactic Zoo Dossier

#10

    After a four year wait the world’s greatest psychedelic underground, hand-drawn pro-zine is back. Lauded by the likes of international taste-making publications everywhere, ‘Galactic Zoo Dossier’ returns with a brand new, mind-expanding issue.

    Painstakingly illustrated by Plastic Crimewave and contributors from around the globe, ‘Galactic Zoo Dossier’ are also celebrating their 20th anniversary (fifteen of which have been arm-in-arm with the forces of Drag City).

    Issue 10 of ‘Galactic Zoo Dossier’ is subtitled ‘The Interview Issue’ and features sixteen interviews with inimitable subjects such as Shirley Collins, Michael Chapman, Giorgio Gomelsky, Edgar Broughton, Arthur Brown and other legends of the blown mind.

    Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a full set of ‘Damaged Guitar Gods’ / ‘Astral Folk Maidens’ trading cards (collect them all).

    Also, this issue heralds a return to that zeitgeisty format originally included with early issues of ‘Galactic Zoo Dossier’, a mixtape, on a real live cassette, compiling totally unreleased magical sounds by Bang, Comus, Edgar Broughton, Richard Pinhas, Judy Dyble, Michael Yonkers, Red Square, Peter Daltrey and Michael Chapman, amongst others. This is the largest and most exciting issue yet.

    ‘Galactic Zoo Dossier’ has been praised in Mojo, The Wire, Spin and Pitchfork and the magazine has even branched out into the successful Galactic Zoo Disk LP reissue label.

    Available exclusively to independent retailers.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Magazine Info: Limited edition magazine and cassette.

    Mojo

    September 2016

      Bob Marley graces the cover of MOJO magazine this month, 35 years since his untimely death. 1976 is the year in focus, a momentous one for reggae that coincided with turmoil in Jamaica and ended with a brutal assassination attempt on Marley himself. Our covermount CD is also reggae-themed, with 15 tracks of JA classics from Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, Don Drummond, Jimmy Cliff and more. Also in the issue: David Bowie’s lost album sees the light, plus the magick and madness of Station To Station; how to fail in style with The Replacements; the R&B legacy of Graham Bond; Riot Grrrl remembered; UK reggae on the rise. Not to mention: The B52’s; Angel Olsen; Scotty Moore; Ramones; Jarvis Cocker’s Mindblowers; the Who, Springsteen and Beck hit the stage; Jimmy Webb’s Self Portrait and more!

      The Southern California psych scene is flourishing these days, with bands such as Earthless, Joy, Brian Ellis Group and Astra conjuring new magic from styles of bygone years. But no other band channels the colour, warmth and energy of the coastal SoCal scenery as well as San Diego's native sons Monarch. ”Two Isles”, their debut album, was recorded and produced by local glitterati Brian Ellis, adding a sense of focus and depth to the sound these guys have been developing throughout years and years of aural explorations while growing up together.

      More than anything ”Two Isles” is the perfect head trip for easy summer days - or all those other days you wish felt like those. It's full of breezy Allman Brothers guitar leads gliding effortlessly on top of gentle, and sometimes not so gentle, prog-rock structures. Even when it get's blustery and heavy there's an airy, inviting quality to Monarch's music that makes you feel all fuzzy inside. With supreme musicianship they're somehow connecting the dots between classic California rock, prog, pastoral pop and the vivid, expansiveness of early 1990s British shoegaze. Indeed these guys have created something that transcends sounding like a time capsule.

      While psychedelia might be the prism that everything is projected through, ”Two Isles” reveals the fact that this is a group of people who grew up on a wide range sounds available in the diverse San Diego scene: ambient, indie, math, jazz and whatever else was available to experience. It's about mood and texture as much as it's about the ROCK, and might just be the perfect companion for travelling somewhere, physically or mentally.


      Thee Oh Sees

      Live In San Francisco

      Perched in the belfry of The Chapel we caught thee mighty Oh Sees, alive and in their natural element, with our shutters aflutter and our
      tapes on a roll. After a short incubation period, the beast has reached full maturity and it is hideous. Over three nights they pummeled, and we’ve culled some great photographs, a wicked recording, and even a little live video action.

      Castle Face is happy to announce the first double LP in the Live in San Francisco series, presented on two discs, in a handsome double
      gatefold jacket, with live video shot by Brian Lee Hughes and his crew of merry gentlemen on an included DVD. Finally you depraved
      Oh Sees freaks have something to take home with you when you lose your shoes and your girlfriend at the show. Put it on at home and pretend to wait in line for the bathroom and it’s like you’re really there.
      The thrash, the throb, the mob is all present and pushed to the front. Dual drummers synced in each ear, Tim Hellman rounding out the
      bottom and Castle Face’s own John Dwyer up front on guitar, lasering young brains off and fomenting the crowd to a froth—it’s a great
      band, in a great room, with a great crowd and it’s cooked to perfection…

      Take a little bit of it with you this time.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xLtd LP Info: Vinyl includes DVD with live footage of the
      show.

      Includes MP3 Download Code.


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