What’s That Sound? Drakkar Nowhere – s/t

It’s no secret that Brooklyn-based psych label Beyond Beyond Is Beyond is one of my absolute favorites. ¬†After stumbling upon¬†the radio show of the same name on EVR (now on Viva Radio) a few years ago I’m not ashamed to say ¬†I was smitten. ¬†There have been few labels whose output has turned me on as consistently as BBiB. ¬†It’s remarkable, and a testament to the sharp ears of label bosses Mike & Dom.

Their latest release, the hilariously named Drakkar Nowhere’s self-titled debut, keeps that trend going. ¬†It’s a¬†breezy culmination of varied vintage influences and tight, melodic song arrangements spiced with modern pop touches. Continue reading “What’s That Sound? Drakkar Nowhere – s/t”

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What’s That Sound? – New Planet Trampoline – “Dark Rides & Grim Visions”

When this record hit my inbox over the summer, I had no clue as to who New Planet Trampoline were or what I was about to hear.

The record starts off without answers, fading in slowly with the¬†vague and airy mantra of “There Is Nothing More To Say,” driving it’s point home as you’re bounced pleasantly along by¬†a Pink-Floyd shuffle. ¬†Keyboards and harmonies plunge in right after, setting the tone for the rest of the record’s late ’60s psych-pop influence. Continue reading “What’s That Sound? – New Planet Trampoline – “Dark Rides & Grim Visions””

What’s That Sound? Leaf Hound – “Growers of Mushroom” (1971)

Imagine how it would feel to discover that, among your favorite late ’60s/early ’70s groups, there was a missing album? ¬†A bulletin goes out to the world that The Who, AC/DC & Led Zeppelin members formed a supergroup that made just one wicked rock record?

That didn’t really happen. ¬†But I’ll be damned if¬†Growers of Mushroom doesn’t come close. Continue reading “What’s That Sound? Leaf Hound – “Growers of Mushroom” (1971)”

What’s That Sound? Morgan Delt – “Phase Zero”

Albums can really stick with you. ¬†You’ll be doing something unremarkable and a few notes drift out of a passing car or from a fire escape and your memory triggers. ¬†Suddenly you’re transported back in time to a place and an emotion that you didn’t realize you’d forgotten. ¬†It’s as close to magic in the real world as I’ve experienced. Continue reading “What’s That Sound? Morgan Delt – “Phase Zero””

What’s That Sound? The Judge – s/t

There is a huge musical movement in recent years that’s bringing back riff-based, 1970’s-style rock in a big way. ¬†It seems to have started in Europe, namely¬†Scandinavia and other smaller pockets throughout, and is making it’s way across the United States as we speak. ¬†Heavy cock-rock guitar lines¬†and long hair are back in, and it’s clear that many younger folks who’ve¬†come up in the age of YouTube have been studying hard after getting a taste of their parents’ (maybe grandparents’?) old Zeppelin and Sabbath records. ¬†It’s a great thing. Continue reading “What’s That Sound? The Judge – s/t”

What’s That Sound? White Mystery – “Outta Control”

When I was a kid back in the ’80s and ’90s, my family owned one of those handheld cassette recorders with the handles. ¬†My sister and I, or sometimes friends, would record everything around us. ¬†We’d create little radio programs and skits and songs and such. ¬†It was silly and fun, full of inside jokes, the kind of thing young people did in in the safe space of close kinship. ¬†A level of comfortable where you didn’t care about what anyone thought or said, just fun for fun’s sake. Continue reading “What’s That Sound? White Mystery – “Outta Control””

What’s That Sound? The Harlequins – “One With You”

Anyone in psychedelic music circles these days will tell you, there’s plenty of fuzz to go around. ¬†Surf riffs drenched in shaky distortion, wobbly keyboard licks and distorted vocal yelps are becoming commonplace, and personally I love it. ¬†But as has happened with¬†past music trends from punk to grunge to you name it, standing out from the crowd while indulging in the genre¬†du jour¬†isn’t always easy. Continue reading “What’s That Sound? The Harlequins – “One With You””

What’s That Sound? Kaleidoscope – “Bernice” (1970)

The American band Kaleidoscope was formed in southern California in 1966 and quickly became a fan favorite in the psychedelic scene due to their unique instrumentation and wild studio techniques. ¬†After three unique and acclaimed albums and a popular live career the band released their final album “Bernice” in 1970 on Epic Records. Continue reading “What’s That Sound? Kaleidoscope – “Bernice” (1970)”

Aphrodite’s Child: New Greek Heroes

AphroditesChild09BAphrodite’s Child was a band that I discovered as I do a lot of music. ¬†Accidentally.

A group from Greece, they were a heavy dose of psychedelic with a hint of Greek traditional folk in the melodies. ¬†Their international fame was limited, but¬†they became a sensation in Paris with a handful of early singles in the late ’60s, and went on to sell around 20 million albums in about 4 years. Continue reading “Aphrodite’s Child: New Greek Heroes”

Alexander “Skip” Spence: Never The Same

Alexander “Skip” Spence’s mercurial contributions to the musical treasure trove of the late ’60s easily rival those of other legends of the era such as Janis Joplin or Jim Morrison. ¬†As with those artists his best creative efforts ended with the decade, but Spence survived the ’60s only¬†to fade from the limelight. Continue reading “Alexander “Skip” Spence: Never The Same”

Robert Fripp & Brian Eno: 40+ years without pussyfooting.

It took me a long time to appreciate Brian Eno. As a punk-rock loving teen myself, his ambient work just didn’t initially connect with me and I was completely ignorant as to his amazing production resume. My narrow mind was finally blown watching Velvet Goldmine, as the opening credits blared the wild layered guitar of “Needle In A Camel’s Eye.” It was a start. Continue reading “Robert Fripp & Brian Eno: 40+ years without pussyfooting.”

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