Friday, 24 February 2017

Vinyl Friday

Name: Lamagaia
Origin: Gothenburg, Sweden
Album: Self Titled
Year: 2017
Links: Bandcamp
Label: Sunrise Ocean Bender (US)/ Cardinal Fuzz (UK)


Lamagaia on pink & blue vinyl limited to 200



This week I've decided to do a post on a Swedish band as a big nod to 'The Swede'! I've no idea if he is indeed Swedish or not! That's not to take away from the huge amount of quality Psych Swedish bands out there at the moment. At this stage a lot of people may have heard of GOAT, others include Janitors, Les Big Byrd, The Orange Revival, Yuri Gagarin, Hills and  Centralstödet. I'll be talking about Centralstödet soon as they've just released a split with Myrrors which is excellent. I may even do a full series of Scandinavian bands as their are so many goods ones about at the minute. All these bands would have been hugely influenced by Träd, Gräs & Stenar, a Swedish band from the 70's.



Aurora



Onward to this week! My pick for this week is Lamagaia who have just released their second self titled album on Cardinal Fuzz/Sunrise Ocean Bender. There are only 2 songs on this album, the first 'Aurora' clocks in at 16.41 minutes and on the flip side 'Paronama Vju' clocking in at 18.55. It's not unusual that psych bands record songs of such a length. Sometimes they can go up to 30 minutes. For a song to go on for that long it needs to be really, really good to hold your attention for that long.

Their debut album Lamagaius was self released in 2015. I believe it is getting a repress this year as only 300 were pressed and snapped up quite quickly. That I will be looking forward to.


Full Album




Friday, 17 February 2017

Vinyl Friday

Name: Minami Deutsch
Origin: Tokyo, Japan
Album: Self titled
Year: 2015 (repress 2016)
Links: Bandcamp
Label: Cardinal Fuzz (repress Gurugurubrain)

Minami Deutsch - Self Titled



For this weeks Vinyl Friday post , we are heading over to Japan. I never thought for a million years that I'd be championing the great music coming out of Japan with such bands as Kikagaku Moyo, Sunday's & Cybele, Bo Ningen amungst others. I'll be talking about them at a later stage but for this week it's all about Minami Deutsch. A four piece band from Tokyo who are inspired by all things Krautrock by listening to such bands as Can and NEU! This album being their self titled debut album.



Minami Deutsch - Vocalism Ai - Forever Takemitsu


This album was originally released by Cardinal Fuzz in 2015 in a white cover as opposed to the 2016 Gurugurubrain release which was black. Gurugurubrain are a Japanese label that has some outstanding bands associated with them, bands like Kikakaku Moyo, Sunday's & Cybele, Dhidalah and Hu-Hai. 


Minami Deutsch - Sunrise, Sunset

The Gurugurubrain copy that I have is limited to 150 copies on cream vinyl. All copies have since sold out. The Cardinal Fuzz release has two extra live songs on it. It is limited to 500 copies on white vinyl and has also since sold out.

They haven't had many other releases except a split 7" single with Hog. Hopefully they will give us some new material this year with a 2 year absence. Psych bands don't don't tend to hang around.



Full Album

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Split #1

Name: Mugstar/Cosmic Dead
Album: Burning Mirror / Fuckahyoocastaluh Split
Year: 2014
Label: Evilhoodoo
Links: Bandcamp



The split single/EP/LP is something relatively new to me.  For those of you not familiar with the term, it's when a number of bands (mainly two) release a single/EP or indeed an album. Generally speaking each band have a number of their own songs on each side of a vinyl record.

It's a very good idea for a number of reasons. Firstly, the bands would have their own sets of fans and it is a good way for each band to seek out new fans. More often than not, both bands would have a similar style in music. I know I've bought LPs from the unknown band on the other side because of the effectiveness of the split.

 Secondly, unless you are signed to a major label, which most bands in the universe aren't, then  they have to cough up the money themselves to release an album/LP. I'm guessing most bands wouldn't have that kinda cash to burn so it spreads the cost of releasing an EP/LP in half for both bands.

Plenty of people will tell you that the bands only use material that is left over from recording an album or EP themselves. i.e. The songs being of an inferior quality. Well, I can tell you any Split I've bought are top notch, so don't let that stop you!



The Cosmic Dead-Fukahyoocastulah

The first split I'm going to share with you is one that was recommended to me. Up until then I didn't have a split in my collection so I asked a couple of like minded people if they could recommend one. This is what they came up with! Mugstar / Cosmic Dead ‎– Burning Mirror / Fuckahyoocastaluh. I have to say it blew my mind. I hadn't anything in my collection by either band and have since bought a number of releases by both.




Full album

It is released on Evilhoodoo Records in a limited edition of 1000 copies in official Evil Hoodoo hand-made cotton sleeve (if bought direct from them) 600 on black vinyl and 400 on ox-blood-red vinyl. Both these bands will feature on Vinyl Friday in the weeks to come.

As you can see the sleeve is a mock of a very well known album cover, can you name it?








Friday, 10 February 2017

Vinyl Friday

Name: Kill West
Origin: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Album: Smoke Beach
Year: 2015
Links: Bandcamp
Label: Echo Beach Records

Clear vinyl with Smoke Limited to 200



Yes folks, it's that time of the week you've all been waiting for!! Vinyl Friday is back, sharing a tasty slab of wax and the music ain't so bad either! This week I'm going to go for an Argentinian band that Robster over at Is This The Life? spoke about on his world musical journey around the world. The band in question is Kill West. The band consists of 5 members who love all things reverb. Actually, in my opinion they sound like a stoned version of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Nothing wrong with that I say! Others describe them resting alongside the Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.

Kill West - Neon Cross


They released their first EP on the debut release of Drone Rock Records in 2014. This was released to critical acclaim through all psych circles. Kill West wanted to release their debut album with them as well but DRR felt they didn't want their first two releases to be by the same band. The band decided to go with Echo Drug Records instead. The debut album "Smoke Beach" was released in 2015. For me, this was my favorite album of that year.

Kill West - Signs


Kill West recently released another EP with Drone Rock Record called "Raw Desire", which I highly recommend. I anticipate there will be a follow up to their debut to be released this year and a possible European tour.

Kill West - Smoke Beach (full Album)

Friday, 3 February 2017

Vinyl Friday

Name: Shooting Guns
Origin: Saskatoon, Canada
Album: Born To Deal In Magic 1952​-​1976
Year: 2011 (Reissue 2016)
Links: Bandcamp
Label: Teargas Recording Tree (Reissue Cardinal Fuzz/Captcha Record)

Oxblood with black swirl vinyl

This weeks Vinyl Friday post features one of a number of great bands coming out of Canada at the moment, bands such as The Band Who's Name Is A SymbolHawkeyes and Moths & Locusts to name but a few. All of which will feature at some stage in the future. The band in question for today's post is Shooting Guns which rests beautifully in between the other bands mentioned. The album in question is Born To Deal In Magic 1952​-​1976. This debut album was originally recorded in 2011 but the vinyl copy I have is a 2016 reissue from the  Cardinal Fuzz/Captcha Record labels.



Shooting Guns - Harmonic Stepphenwolf



For people like me who are relatively new to the whole psychedelic scene, reissues give me a chance to delve into Shooting Guns earlier works and see how they have developed as a band. Like a lot of instrumental bands, the songs are often improvised. Not with this band! It is very measured in it's song structure. For example in the opening track "Harmonic Stepphenwolf". The song starts off with a guitar riff and continues throughout. It builds with intermittent layering of sound effects, be it with additional guitars, synth loop effects or a change of pace etc. Shooting Guns have mastered this technique to perfection throughout. Each song crafted entirely differently which gives for a complete album. This is one of those albums were you will find yourself nodding your head, foot tapping, or like me, both!! 



Born To Deal In Magic 1952​-​1976 (Full album)











Friday, 27 January 2017

Vinyl Friday

Name: White Hills
Origin: New York USA
Album: No Game To Play
Year: 2003 (Reissue 2016)
Links: Bandcamp
Label: White Hills Music (Reissue 300 Mics)







Yes folks it's Friday, which means it's the beginning of the weekend. What better way to start the weekend than give my turntable a spin. Hopefully, every Friday I'll post a random album, tell you a bit about it and post a Youtube clip. Then it's up to you to tell me what you think. Hopefully you'll find something along the way to tickle your musical fancy! This topic shall be called "Vinyl Friday" forever more!

First up is an album called 'No Game to Play' by White Hills who are a Psych band hailing from New York. This slab of colored vinyl is limited to 200. There are also 800 on black vinyl. 




Before I bought this LP, the only other White Hills album I had was the s/t from 2010. I loved it! So when I heard they were releasing their debut 'No Game to Play' on vinyl, I jumped at the chance. It was a surprise to me that Dave W Recorded this album by himself before Ego Sensation came on board. The album starts off with what sounds like an Arab boy belting out a chant which eases nicely into a wonderful baseline that continues throughout the song. Dave layers the rest of the song with a repetitive chorus and fuzzed up guitars. The end melts effortlessly into the second song 'Above All' and straight into the epic 8 minutes spaced out synth soundscape of 'They've got Blood Like You've got Blood'. It picks up the pace again with 'coming For You' like a rocket being cast into orbit! The following couple of songs give a sense of being in outer space drifting into the unknown. This album sounds very much like a soundtrack to a film I'd very much like to watch!

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Browsing





 It's been about 30 years since I've been in a shop browsing for LPs. Usually in those days I knew what I was going into the shop to buy, having saved up my pocket money for a number of weeks! I'd always have a good browse, but it would drive me mad because I'd have to wait a number of weeks before I'd have enough money to buy another. I'd build up a 'want list' in my head of my future purchases. I'd agonize for weeks about which LP would make it to the top of that list. It was a vicious circle that went on for years!




I forgot how cool it is to go into a record shop and browse away for an hour and see what gems I could find. More often than not, I'd find about 10 Lps I wanted. I'd pick about 3 or 4 of those and hide the rest in the hope they will be there the next time I pay a visit!! Well, that's the romantic way of doing it! Soultrader (the shop below) was the first 2nd hand record shop I found with my new found love for all things round and plastic! I happened upon it when I was visiting the in-laws in Co. Carlow. Unfortunately it has since closed it's doors, but while it was there, it was a joy to visit. The people running it were great too. I'd always spend ages talking to them about what I'd be looking for or get recommendations from them.

You could tell I was a little ring rusty with browsing through records. The people beside me could flick through a stack in seconds.

 I suppose with Ireland being so small, the turnover of records in 2nd hand shops is small, hence, every time you go into the 2nd hand shops the records are the same and not much new stock would have arrived. There are not many to choose from so you could leave for a couple of months before going back.





The first 3 records I bought in this shop were:
1) Slowdive - Holding Our Breath
2) Pale Saints - The Comforts Of Madness
3) Into Paradise - Churchtown.




I'll be honest and say, I knew of all 3 of these bands from back in the day, knew a song or two by them, but that was it, I guess I never got round to them. Slowdive, I'd been listening a lot before getting my hands on the EP. Since that purchase I've become a big fan and bought the other albums and EPs. Was delighted to hear that they'd reformed. It seems my timing was great. They released a new song last week which I highly recommend.


Slowdive - Shine


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As I mentioned, I'd heard of The Pale Saints mainly from their song 'Sight Of You'. I even recognized the sleeve of this brilliant album 'The Comforts Of Madness'. When I bought this album, I took a slight risk, but it was recommended to me by the guy in the shop. I'm glad I did! Remember folks, always listen to the guy in the record shop! They know their shit!


The Pale Saints - Sight Of You

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This is an album I was always curious about. Back in the early 90's, record labels were snapping up Irish bands on the back of the global success of U2. I remember distinctly advertisements of this album on the back of Irish music magazine Hot Press. I'm a sucker for good cover art and I always loved this one. Strangely, like the other albums, I never got to own them. When listening to this, it brings me right back to the early 90's with that distinctive guitar sound. It so happens I grew up about 2 miles away from where the band were from and the title of this album 'Churchtown'. 





Into Paradise - Burns My Skin






Friday, 20 January 2017

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

As I sit here writing this post to you I'm listening to The Brian Jonestown Massacre's brilliant album Spacegirl & Other Favourites so I thought I'd write a post while I'm at it!




Since I started buying vinyl again, there is one band that I can't get enough of. I had heard of the name before but always left them on the back burner in the hope that one day I might give them a go. Somebody must have been listening to me because they came to me in the form of a theme tune to Boardwalk Empire. I'm not one to sit down to a box set like a lot of people do these days but I gave this series a go and quite enjoyed it. What did stand out for me though was the theme tune. I instantly liked it and googled to see who it was. Low and behold, it was said band, "The Brian Jonestown Massacre". I went onto Youtube to locate the song 'Straight Up And Down' taken from their 1996 album Take it From The Man! I gave the whole album a listen and instantly fell in love with them.



Not long after I bought 3 albums from A Records. I was in look, as most of their back catalog had been reissued. Having said that, their back catalog  is ginormous! Where does one start with a band who releases nearly 2 albums every year for 20 years! I had to have Take it from the Man! I also bought 'Their Satanic Majesties Second Request'. I loved the take on the title of The Rolling Stones album, 'Their Santanic Majesties Request'. The third album I bought was 'Methodrone'. In the reviews it described the album as a Shoegaze classic! I thought to myself, yep that's for me!


Another stroke of luck around that time was they were on tour and they were heading to Dublin. Needless to say I purchased 2 tickets to see them straight way. I was blown away by them. Yeah, Anton Newcome throws the odd mickey fit. For me, it just added to the charm. I remember he started a song 3 times and had a strop with the rest of the band for not playing a particular song correctly!

I saw them for the second time last summer. They done an incredible 2-3 hour set. Not many bands doing that these days. They have a new album up for preorder at the moment. Best search behind the seats of the couch for a few quid for pay for that one!


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

A musical journey



Apparently I've been away from you for almost 2 years! Can't believe it's been that long! Family life changed with the arrival of my second daughter. This left me with not a lot of extra time to have fun with this blog! A lot of blogs around seemed to be doing more than enough to keep everybody happy with musical nuggets past and present. My musical hat goes off to you all!

A lot has changed in those 2 years I've been away, including my musical tastes. Things started changing when I got a present of a turntable at Christmas 2 years ago . I never had a huge record collection to start with but enough for me to make the trip up into the attic to see what was salvageable. Turns out everything seemed to be in working order. It was then I got the love for playing vinyl again! You can't beat the ritual of  taking the record out of it's sleeve and again out of the inner, minding not to touch my grubby, sweaty fingers off the grooves. Spinning it around to see which side is Side A and then placing it carefully on the platter! Turning on to either 33 or 45 rpm depending whether you are playing an album, single or indeed an EP! Then gently lifting the the arm and moving it across to the edge of the record. The best bit comes next! Move the arm lever down so the stylus gently caresses the record. If it's an old record you might hear a little crackling to start with and then BOOM!

One day it came to me. It was staring me in the face. My blogs name is 'Turn On Your Record Player'! Why don't I take you with me on my musical journey and lets see where it takes us. I have bought over 200 albums in the past two years so I've a lot to stories to share. Most of these albums you may never of heard before (more in posts to come), so my hope is that you will find something you like. Either that or I have a shit taste in music!