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    Posted: December 14 2015 at 11:37
Don't recall how I bumped into this web site but it's very interesting and has a nice page on obscure psych pop and rock,...
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 18 2015 at 09:32
^ Listened to The Mighty Few on you tube.....liked it and I'm surprised these guys aren't on PA yet. They sound similar to Motorpsycho in many ways ....excellent blend of styles: stoner rock, prog, some jazz, etc ...quite a bit of interesting things going on here. And two epically long songs on the album.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 18 2015 at 04:52
Check this band. Heavy psych prog Wink

http://thegrandastoria.bandcamp.com/album/the-mighty-few

If Pink Floyd and The Mars Volta had a baby, and that baby grew up listening to heavy metal and punk, and then formed a rock band, that band would be The Grand Astoria​. Speaking of the Mars Volta, Kamille Sharapodinov reminds me of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez in terms of both his creativity and the frequency with which he produces truly new music. 
If you are really paying attention you will not be able to turn this masterpiece off, and will have to agree that although there is no proper category for this music, it is undeniably heavy. The Grand Astoria has Led-Zeppelin-like importance for me in terms of how they have altered my perspective on heavy music, and I consider them one of the best rock bands of all time. Here is “Curse of the Ninth”, a tribute to the myth that a classical music composer’s ninth symphony would end up being their last - HEAVY METAL TEXTBOOKS BLOGSPOT 

St Petersburg, Russia may not be the first place you think of when considering fuzzed out, psychedelic, prog rock bands but after hearing The Grand Astoria‘s new album, The Mighty Few, it may be the only place you’ll go looking. You may also consider throwing particular genre descriptions to the wind too as although The Grand Astoria cover the descriptors set out above, they also blend in an awful lot more. In fact, if you listen hard enough you may even hear the kitchen sink banging about. 
At two songs long you may also feel a little short-changed but again there’s no need to worry. The album still runs in at little under an hour, which may cause alarm bells for those of a punkier disposition or fear the long haul. This is no exercise in restraint and patience though and these two songs include a sum of parts which would constitute many bands double albums. There are more ideas floating around than in here than in a years worth of White Album’s, and probably much more fun too. 
We’re not going to try and describe the two songs on offer here as that would take away half the fun and amazement. Needless to say you can expect to veer from straight ahead fuzz filled rock to wonky jazz in little under a couple of minutes before shooting off into some crazy acapella vocals bounced around the aforementioned kitchen sink which rattles away keeping an ever steady rhythmic pulse. 

What is perhaps most intriguing is that this is The Grand Astoria’s sixth release and judging from the sheer amount of energy and joy they pump into their music, you can only imagine what drives them in their pursuit of creating something truly original. You could argue that in they are like an over-exciting puppy in their need to please and impress, but that would be casually brushing aside the excellent musicianship throughout this album. That is the product of experience and one that makes you want to hunt down their back catalogue. 
So while the eyes of the world look at Russia for different reasons these days, maybe it’s time we looked to a side which believes in creation. One can imagine that working as a band is somewhat different than in the Western world but one thing remains and that is passion which The Grand Astoria have in bucketloads. The album may be one crazy, mixed up ride and test more conservative minded listeners, but to those with an open mind, their world becomes an appealing invitation. - ECHOES AND DUST 

This might very well be a personal candidate for 2015 album of the year. The Mighty Few is the sixth album from this large scale ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia. Reviewing this is like describing the indescribable. The album consists of two verrrrry long tracks. The band touches on 70s retro hard rock, psych, metal, prog rock, avant garde jazz - that's within each track. Stylistically they keep shifting and it all melds together very coherently which will become jaw dropping when you hear them pull it off. The band cites Pink Floyd and Mars Volta as influences. Sure but also toss in a ton of other bands like Magma and Weather Report. Instrumentation includes guitars, keys, flute, clarinet, sax, percussion, and drums. Oh yeah - vocals are in english and are great! A total ripper from beginning to end. Buy or die! - LASER CD DISTRO 






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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 17 2015 at 14:43
^ that's definitely psychedelic........ Floydian in many places.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 17 2015 at 13:41
No synth pop here, Doc.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 14 2015 at 12:26
^Good pick Doc. An oldie but goodie.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 14 2015 at 09:45
When it comes to psych pop rock.....one of my favorites who never really gets mentioned enough.
Surreal as it gets with great melodies. (Saw him 3 times in the old days in Chicago.)
 
 
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 13 2015 at 16:12
Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Originally posted by SteveG SteveG wrote:

Tame Impala's new album Currents mixes psych pop with new wave and dance music on this pop concoction. And it's additive! Kevin Parkers high vocals grate after awhile but I dig the wall of synths. It reminds me of Tame Impala mixed with Ultravox and Tears For Fears.

Hmm...don't really hear much psych pop there, but mostly 80's synth dance pop. No new ground being broken there.
I like Ultravox far better than that . Can't say I was ever a fan of Tears For Fears though they did do the nice single now and then.
You're correct Doc. I was referring to the album as a whole but had a hard time copying it  and only got this lead off track. And it is a pop confection in every sense of the term.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 13 2015 at 16:03
Originally posted by SteveG SteveG wrote:

Tame Impala's new album Currents mixes psych pop with new wave and dance music on this pop concoction. And it's additive! Kevin Parkers high vocals grate after awhile but I dig the wall of synths. It reminds me of Tame Impala mixed with Ultravox and Tears For Fears.

Hmm...don't really hear much psych pop there, but mostly 80's synth dance pop. No new ground being broken there.
I like Ultravox far better than that . Can't say I was ever a fan of Tears For Fears though they did do the nice single now and then.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 13 2015 at 15:45
Tame Impala's new album Currents mixes psych pop with new wave and dance music on this pop concoction. And it's additive! Kevin Parkers high vocals grate after awhile but I dig the wall of synths. It reminds me of Tame Impala mixed with Ultravox and Tears For Fears.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2015 at 14:47
From the 2013 Flaming Lips EP Peace Sword.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2015 at 12:41
Finally the Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid 1983-1988
Finally The Punk Rockers are Taking Acid: The Flaming Lips 1983-1988. Rykodisc Limited edition 3CD compilation 2002.

 

"Finally the Punk Rockers are taking Acid"  (now out of print) is a triple CD set released on the heels of the Lips mega hit Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots in 2002, featuring the Flaming Lips' self-titled EP and their first three LP's ("Hear It Is", "Oh My Gawd!!!", and "Telepathic Surgery"), plus some bonus tracks (demos/covers/etc). The premise of this collection and special extensive liner notes is to clarify, frankly, that LSD use was the Lips key factor in adding psychedelic touches to their earlier more hardcore sounding punk based guitar rock, something that they humorlessly tried to hide from the hardcore punk scene at that time, because acid use was looked down on by the punks as a hippie-ism, and punks hated hippies. Even future member and multi instrumentalist Steven Drozd adds commentary on why he sought out the Lips and recalls his own prog/new wave background and his listening experiences to these early Lips records while tripping.  

The early Lips' songs  are hit or miss. If you're only familiar with "The Soft Bulletin" or "Yoshimi" era Lips, this will be a shock. If your familiar with the heavy acid tinged psych rock of "In A Priest Driven Ambulance", imagine that material but more toned down in guitar distortion. That's a good description of The Flaming Lips' early material. Like the title suggests, rooted in punk rock, and glossed over in a druggy, psychedelic haze.

The EP features Wayne Coyne's brother on lead vocals (he left shortly afterwards). Songs like "Scratchin' at the Door" meander left and write without any real melody. It sure is an interesting listen though.

That applies to 1986's "Hear It Is" as well. Highlights include "With You" (power ballad + screeching guitar noise), "Jesus Shootin' Heroin" (scariest song ever), "Trains, Brains & Rain" (which has a genuine pop hook), and "Godzilla Flick" (a mournful accoustic ballad).

1987's "Oh My Gawd!!!" is probably the most accessible album on here. Some of the more memorable moments include: "Everythings Explodin" (a noisy assault), "Maximum Dream for Evil Knievel" (a trippy, Pink Floyd like dirge), "The Ceiling is Bendin" (a delicious slice of warped psychedelia), "Thanks To You" (which borrows from Led Zeppelin's "Thank You", which is actually covered later in the set), and "Love Yer Brain" (a mid-tempo ballad which culminates in a destroyed piano and a loop from "Tomorrow Never Knows").

1988's "Telepathic Surgery" is the most sprawling and difficult of the three. But there's some good stuff to be found; "Chrome-Plated Suicide" (a pop song that borrows heavily from "Sweet Child O' Mine"), "Right Now" (raucous fun), "Miracle on 42nd Street", "Begs & Achin" (more racuous fun), "Shaved Gorilla" (which sounds like The Cure in a twisted sort of way), and the totally bizarre "UFO Story".

This early material is light years away from the Lips recent explorations into Popol Vuh like krautrock, but unabashedly shows that the Flaming Lips were, and still are a authentic psychedelic rock band, and also why.  



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 08 2015 at 09:02
You Cant Use My Name The RSVP PPX Sessions
Jimi Hendrix: Curtis Knight and The Squire. You Cant Use My Name. The PPX sessions.
 
Unlike the above noted Live At The Galaxy from Iron Butterfly, I can offer no caveats in regards to purchasing this "officially sanctioned" offering of inferior recordings of Jimi Hendrix  ghost guesting on tracks recorded by the lack luster Curtis Knight And The Squires, and were issued with objections, naturally, from Hendrix. The simple fact is that Hendrix signed a contract with PPX Records that he conveniently forgot about after making it big with Are You Experienced? This started a 40 year long protracted legal action against PPX Records from Hendrix's estate. The estate won and we now have "authorized" acess to these recordings which were a joke when they were first released by PPX Records 45 years ago.
 
Oh, I do have one caveat: Buyer Beware. And WHF?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 08 2015 at 08:43
Live At The Galaxy 1967
Iron Butterfly: Live At The Galaxy 1967. Purple Pyramid Records.
 
As KingCrInuYasha alluded to in a previous post, Live At The Galaxy 1967 is an amateur recording of Iron Butterfly that documents a great early concert but suffers from a lousy sound mix. The venue reportedly did not have a house PA system, so that the band's vocals were reportedly amplified through a bass speaker cabinet. As a former live sound engineer, this seemed liked hype to me, until I actually heard the barely audible and distorted vocals on this CD.
 
The performance includes six songs that would eventually end up on the Iron Butterfly's debut album Heavy and features the shouting Iggy Pop style vocals of the group's short lived lead singer Darryl Deloach. This version of Iron Butterfly also includes Heavy's guitarist Danny Weis, who is quite formidable, as he's actually a more technical and fluid player than the more melodic Erick Braun, who replaced him for the band's smash fellow up smash  album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vidda.  Keyboardist Doug Ingle is also part of the first Iron Butterfly incarnation and is the vocalist on about a third of the songs that were penned by him like Heavy's lead off track Obsession and the evergreen Heavy album closer Iron Butterfly Theme, as well as three songs that would later end up on the Ball album.
 
To me, the three Ball tunes Real Fright (sung be Deloach with a jerky arrangement), Filled With Fear and even a pedestrian performance of the soulful Lonely Boy, are the cream that rises to the top of this set, as they lean more towards pure Psychedelic Rock and, hence, Proto Prog, as opposed to many of the Proto Punk offerings penned by Deloach and Weis, such as Gentle Is It May Seem, which ended up on the debut album Heavy.
 
Again, this CD is a wonderful historical document for fans of Psych Rock and Iron Butterfly, but the audio quality is anathema for audiophiles. 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 07 2015 at 14:13
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I think a vocals/guitar/bass/drums version like the one in that video would have fit the album better, but the orchestrated one that made it to the album is pretty good as well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 07 2015 at 13:14
Used to play this album to death back in the day......
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 07 2015 at 12:56
A few more  old obscure favorites ...........
 
 
 
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 06 2015 at 21:33
I also prefer Ball over Heavy but as always it's a matter of taste. I still have my original vinyl of the first 4 , and have a nice 'best of' on cd.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 06 2015 at 12:39
^Fair enough. Heavy is probably Butterfly's second best album, IMO. As you suggested, it's much less polished musically and sonically, which obviously means a lot to me. But if you really dig it over Ball, that's fine with me. Big smile
 
Now if we could only get some long time fan to get Heavy remastered also. (Ahem, Ahem.)


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 06 2015 at 12:32
Nice. It's about time it got back on CD.

I think the first two songs ("In Th Time Of Our Lives", "Soul Experience") and the last two ("Filled With Fear", "Belda Beast") are the best ones. I prefer the early versions of "Real Fright" (particularity the one from Live At The Galaxy 1967) where they sounded like a lighter version of The Stooges. Still, this one and Galaxy I'm going to get immediately.

As for your claim that Ball is their best record, I have to disagree. That honor goes to this one:


It's a somewhat different lineup than the one in  In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida and Ball - only Ingle and Bushy would remain - and the band isn't quite as polished, leaning a bit more towards garage rock, especially with Darryl DeLoach's singing on some of the tracks. Nonetheless, it's a fine start - especially with the "Iron Butterfly Theme", "Possession", "Unconscious Power", "So-Lo" (one of the more underrated IB songs) and "Fields Of Sun". 

Forgive me for more or less ripping off your review, Steve, but I think a lot what you said about Ball I think could easily be said about Heavy. Still, if you liked In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida and Ball, chances are you'll find this one to be just as enjoyable.
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