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Oh yes, the music gods are smiling on me this morning. Not everyone in this office is a fan of the ol’ psych-rock/jazz crossover business but I love this stuff. I’ve not encountered California’s Psicomagia before but right from the start these guys are hitting all my pleasure buttons. The basic line-up seems to revolve around T...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Here's a re-issue of the Brian Jonestown Massacre's 12th album released in 2012. Recorded in Germany and featuring original member Matt Hollywood alongside former Spacemen 3 member Will Carruthers , this is a varied album mixing up their signature psych rock with Eastern influences and songs sung in Finnish.&nbs...view item »


Cave’s last album ‘Neverendless’ was an instant classic here at Norman Towers, a rare case of a record coming out that pretty much everyone in the office buys for themselves. It’s nice to see that Cooper Crain & co are still chugging away with this new arrival ‘Threace’ on ...view item »

The Sufis

Not since “Start” by The Jam has the bass line to The Beatles “Taxman” so obviously stolen as on “All Of The Time”, the opening track of The Sufis “Inventions” album. Although this is a more wonky, broken take on it. The album is steep...view item »

White Hills

From the relatively subtle to the ear shattering, it's White Hills' turn to have a go at being reviewed. These guys are well space rock. They fly through different dimensions on a spaceship made from RIFFS. They also have enough going for them that the quieter moments seem to be as important as the pummeling parts. The quieter moments are ...view item »

LA Machine
Phases & Repetition

I don’t hear phaser on drums as often as I’d like. I don’t know why it’s not common practice ‘cause it sounds sick. ‘Phases & Repetition’ starts with phased drums and a dub heavy Can groove possessing with it the promise of a classic from the outset. LA Machine don’t e...view item »


This record seems to have been played quite a lot in our office over the last couple of weeks. I don’t know if it’s that lots of people independently wanted to check it out or if there’s a secret stoner rock fiend (besides myself) in the office, or if it’s just because the pounding riffage and shameless weed rock cliches ...view item »

Ramble Tamble
Secret Museum of Kind Men Vol. 2 (Epirus / Tunisia)

Here’s the latest installment in Casual Acid Tea’s ‘Secret History of Kind Men’ series, which sees modern bands reinterpreting songs from the classic historical compilation series ‘The Secret History of Mankind’ in their own style. This time round it’s the turn...view item »

Crystal Antlers
Nothing Is Real

I’ve got a lot of time for Crystal Antlers. Their first couple of LPs on Touch and Go and Recreation Ltd both went down a treat and now we’ve got this new one in our office with the group apparently now stripped back to a thr...view item »

Released By The Movement

Welsh quartet Islet are back with another album of strange experimental lo-fi pop with a deeply psychedelic, hypnotic bent. Last year’s debut album ‘Illuminated People’ was very enjoyable so I’m happy to give this one a go. My first impression is that this is a more fractured, twisted take on l...view item »

White Manna
Dune Worship

Strangely enough I actually saw White Manna just three or four nights ago at Leedsverpool Psychfest Leeds at the Brudenell on Sunday that had all the Psychfest bands playing. Anyway, I was pretty faded and it was about midnight and I totally tranced out to these guys, who play a fairly traditional and formulai...view item »

The Peoples Temple
More For The Masses

Sounding not unlike a Rolling Stones who have grown up solely on The White Stripes and Beck, the opening title track here blasts in with a guttural scream, riffs churn eff...view item »

Carlton Melton
Always Even

Cosmic rock’s prolific bong voyagers Carlton Melton are back once again this week with yet another full-length offering of hypno-drones deep space whooshes and bobbling repeato riffs. In case you’re unfamiliar with this lot by now, they specialise in a head-nodding soup of astral drones and krauty...view item »

Dustin Wong
Mediation Of Ecstatic Energy

Dustin Wong is a lad who has been declared a ‘genius’ on these very pages. I wouldn’t go quite as far as that but what I would say is that he certainly knows his way around a loop pedal. His expertise manifests itself into a kind of jittery electronica that ocassionally strays into some...view item »

13th Floor Elevators
Bull Of The Woods

The material here speaks for itself. While it's true that this doesn't have the cohesion that 'Easter Everywhere' does, there are some good reasons: the Elevators were descending when this LP was made, Roky was in Rusk State Mental Hospital, and so it consists of outtakes from the Easter Everywhere LP (with only 2 or 3 cuts with ...view item »

White Sails
Laguna Sunrise

From Fruits de Mer's Regal Crabomophone label somes this great record from Mellow Drunk's Leigh Gregory with Ville and Jaakko Vilpponen - White Sails - with two track from the duo and a couple of covers of Black Sabbath which are as far from the original as one could possibly get. 7” vinyl, just the way you love it....view item »


This is the second album by Simon Price better known as one of the men in The Heads, a hugely popular group amongst you lot, our beloved consumers. This is nothing like his parent band but is just as valid in its own understated way. He purveys a brand of very organic, home produced ambient music which has a very ...view item »

Eat Lights Become Lights
Heavy Electrics

Londoners Eat Lights Become Lights are back with another album. Dave said last year’s debut ‘Autonomia’ “wears its krautrock influences on its face” and the same can be said for this one, with Ne...view item »

Ragnaraak / Chrome

More HoZac goodness on this here 7”, this time from Verma, who I hadn’t heard before. It’s kind of got a kraut-goth thing going on with echoed and muffled Zola Jesus hollers, repeato bassline and sheet-metal guitars hovering dizzily over it all. The A side is a pretty...view item »

Eat Lights Become Lights
Modular Living

Eat Lights Become Lights have been working away for years at their krautrock/post-rock/electronica hybrid with consistently decent results, and their persistence has been rewarded as their last LP sold out pretty sharpish and this new one has got a vinyl pressing on ...view item »

Thomas Dinger
Für Mich

The late Dinger brothers made a significant impact on music in the latter part of the 20th century, with the timeless music they made in Klaus’s Neu and Thomas’s La Dusseldorf sure to remain influential for many years to come. Thomas himself only made one solo album, &lsqu...view item »

Grumbling Fur

So this is the third installment of the ongoing collaboration between Alexander Tucker and Daniel O’Sullivan (Guapo, Ulver etc) and...hang on ...ok I’m back, now armed with a chocolate digestive, or more accurately a sl...view item »

Ian Skelly
Cut From A Star

Well, much like Erland and the Carnival and Skelly's own original priority, The Coral, 'Cut From a Star's' vibe centres on the late ‘60s as a minefield of inspiration. That the birth of the ‘70s was s...view item »

Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin’s self-titled solo debut was one of those albums that took a while to creep up on me. What was initially just another innocuous indie-pop record has turned into a much-loved favourite with its mix of ‘90s power pop and ‘60s psychedelia. Cronin has an ability to write carefree, i...view item »

Rose Windows
The Sun Dogs

Sub Pop’s newest signing Rose Windows with their debut album ‘The Sun Dogs’, a record that’s steeped in the classic psychedelic rock sound of the ‘60s and ‘70s, with the warbling Hammond organ tones of The Doors and the distorted cru...view item »

Melt Yourself Down

Tuning into ‘Later with Jools Holland’ this week propensibly to watch the mesmerising Low, I sat through some hit and miss stuff but was struck by this group who resembled Pigbag. I couldn’t decide if it was a brilliant post-punk take on afro beat or a load of self indulgent twaddle. They f...view item »

The Handsome Family

Husband and wife duo Brett & Rennie Sparks aka The Handsome Family have been making mournful, melancholic yet beautiful music for twenty-one years now. “Wilderness” is their ninth studio album. “Wilderness” is a concept album about nature (really?) with every track nam...view item »

In Guards We Trust

A great set of songs with a great vocalist to boot. The beginning of "I Know It's You" sounds like a Passion Pit song remixed with mainly guitars instead of synths, the vocals make me think of what MGMT might have sounded like if they decided to rock out (check out the guitar break on that song). On another note, the track order leaves a little ...view item »

Captain Beefheart
Frank Freeman’s Dance Club

Yet another sub-standard bootleg release from Ozit to avoid at all costs! This time they seem to have lifted some of the audio from the official (but out of print) Grow Fins boxset yet inexplicably added some other tracks that are not only NOT from the Frank Freeman's 1968 gig, but also, not even from 1968! As always the artwork is shocking and ...view item »


Thomas Klein, as well as being the drummer in the excellent Kreidler, is the main man in Solyst and must still dine out on the fact that he got awarded our coveted Album of the Week with his previous self titled offering. From the looks of things this album carries on from where the last one left off. Natura...view item »

Life Coach

The indefatigable Phil Manley is back under his Life Coach guise, and this time he’s got a sticksman - none other than Mars Volta/Fucking Am/Golden boy Jon Theodore! Anywa...view item »

The Peoples Temple
Live At Third Man

I like People’s Temple. On their two albums so far they’ve managed to knock out a disarmingly vital mixture of ‘60s garage rock and r’n’b for a sound that’s like Ty Segall knocking out some pepped up ...view item »

Steve Mason
Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time

This is my favourite record of 2013 and I listened to it non-stop most of the Summer. When a lot of people I know went crazy in the heat and bad luck of last year, this record kept me sane. The album works as a whole with some tunes being variations: using reprises and (dub style) 'versions'. Binding it altogether is ...view item »

The Astral Body Electric

We’ve got two records in from the reliable Woodsist imprint this week. One’s a taut bit of power-pop from The Woolen Men and the other is this languid honk on the cosmic hippie psych lifepipe that is Herbcraft. It&rsq...view item »

The Saint James Society
Bab(a/y)lon Rising

Here’s an LP from a Texan “psych rock gang” (quoth the press release) who play a self-described “Pentecostal Desert Glam” (caps their own). In case you’re wondering, this means some kind of cross between Echo & The Bunnymen, Kin...view item »

Omar Rodriguez Lopez
Octopus Kool Aid

With the demise of the Mars Volta on everyone’s lips, the ever prolific O-Rod drops his latest solo LP this week, with his cousin Marcel handling drums and programming and Butcherette Teri Gender-Bender (also of his...view item »

Spectral Park
Spectral Park

Spectral Park is the alias of Southampton’s Luke Donovan, who here dishes out a debut LP of energetic sampledelic psych-pop which, says the press release, was “literally sourced from a box of records the Southampton multi-instrumentalist found on a walk by a council block’s curbside garbage”. That old art-from-trash chest...view item »

White Hills
Abstractions & Mutations

This is the first vinyl pressing of what started life as a tour CDr way back in 2007 when White Hills came over here with Dogntank while honcho Dave W was in the early stages of transforming the band from a solo studio project to the heavy cosmic psych...view item »

Ben Nash
The Mineral Victim

After a lengthy silence, Chora’s Ben Nash came back recently with an album made entirely on his computer, and now here’s another one which seems to have been made with a combination of computer and guitar, c...view item »

Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-68

Nuggets: A Classic Collection From the Psychedelic Sixties has a lot to like on it. This is a weird assortment of tracks, but they are unified in that each features a simple "hook" or distinctive and elemental riff. There is a minimum of "production" on most of these records; the band plays, the tape rolls, and that's that. Just about every trac...view item »

The Velvet Underground
La Cave 1968

John Cale had just left the Velvets in a state of confusion and despair, being that he was responsible for much of the band's most challenging and impressive work curving around people's idea of punk. La Cave 1968 sees newcomer Doug Yule in the early stages of his tenure with the band -- at the time ...view item »

Eternal Tapestry
A World Out Of Time

I cannot recall when I last heard Eternal Tapestry but I’m sure they were a great deal heavier, sludge-droney and mind-churning than this latest for Thrill Jockey suggests. Maybe I’m thinking of early Cav...view item »

Black White White Light
Infrared Daylight

Phil said that these lot are supposed to sound like Spacemen 3 but come across a bit more REM. I see what he’s saying. The opening track sounds like the type of bands who, in the late ‘80s, heard the REM ...view item »

Melody's Echo Chamber
Melody's Echo Chamber

Tame Impala are everywhere at the moment. The Guardian last week told me they were the best band I’d never heard. But I had heard them and so had loads of other people. Don’t tell me what I have and haven’t heard. ...view item »

Amon Duul
Live In Munchen, Germany 17/11/69

I'm fairly certain that this is actually a bootleg of the Amon Duul LP "Collapsing Singvogel and Ruckwarts",. Since that LP was famously culled from a monster jam session (along with 3 other LPs), I suppose it is technically Live in Munchen... but there is no crowd noise, and the ,music has clearly been edited. Th...view item »


Mike was shocked the other day when I told him I had never seen Mugstar live. That is if you can imagine Mike actually registering anything as horrifying as shock. I think all of us here'd be quite disturbed to see his sleepy smiley face transmit such a con...view item »

Solar Maximum

Always makes me giggle this music, mainly due to the fact it's really audacious and very slightly preposterous. Cosmic ‘70s disco strut, cruising sci-fi bliss-scapes and progressive synth rock of the highest quality from this one half of Zombi that ain...view item »

My Disco
Wrapped Coast

‘Little Joy’ from these guys was one of my favourites when it came out. It didn’t even get reviewed here (not enough hours in the day!) which is a shame cos they’re a top band. T...view item »

Carlton Melton
Photos of Photos

Carlton Melton are a band whose releases I almost invariably enjoy, with a mixture of deep, dark riffing and detailed psychedelic chuntering creating an uniquely meditative stoner vibe which falls somewhere between the riff-mongering of the likes of ...view item »

Land Observations
Roman Roads IV XI

Think Durrutti Column, think Eno, think ambient lush and textured guitar tones in the major key, think kosmiche, think soothing mental spaces. If those thoughts are appealing to you then you should get involved with this lovely offering from Land Observations. Listening to it again today on a bright winters morning it was wonderfully evocative a...view item »

ORO – Opus Alter

As its title suggests, "Oro: Opus Alter" is the second installment of a major work that began with "Oro: Opus Primum" and which revolves around the transformation of gold (itself a metaphor) into something much greater and which could be used for both tremendous good or unspeakable evil. If the music has direction and focus, they tend to come mo...view item »

Arc In Round
Arc In Round

I’d heard bits and pieces about this lot from various sources and that name caught my eye being a quite obvious Disco Inferno reference. I had, however been useless enough to be completely unable to get round to checking  them out...u...view item »

Flavor Crystals
On Plastic

Now our Mike said these lot are “Shit, like a stoner rock Stone Roses”. Now, I’m usually respectful of his opinions but in this case he’s Mr. Wrong with stupid trousers on and his ass is a-hangin’ out. Then again that was the latest album he heard from these guys.....On this 2005 ...view item »

Six Organs of Admittance

Not so keen on the more electric psych-shredding style Chasny often adopts on this new album, I much preferred the dark spooky psych-folk of earlier albums such as ‘Dark Noontide’ than the sound of endless wailing wah-rrrraaahhh guitar. Some of the folksier subtleties that chime prettily between this arrogant loudhailer posturing are...view item »

Strange Cultures

Now, we’re a bit late on these babies here, having just picked them up direct from the band on their first trip to the UK. I’m mad psyched to get my hands on it though, since I’ve been rocking these tracks for a while via the medium of Soundcloud and dying to get hold ...view item »

On Jones Beach

Three drones in a row for me today! Aren’t I the lucky one? The drones on this record here have been constructed by some pretty illustrious names, though, with Kiwi bagpipe hero David Watson bagging his pipes, ...view item »


Kluster is Cluster in an early form, with Conrad Schnitzler joining the Dieter Moebius / Hans-Joachim Roedelius duo we know so well. Klopfzeichen was their first release, and it presents a pretty stark experimentalism, unafraid to lean into the abstract. Intoned German ...view item »


Geoff “Portishead” Barrow of Portishead fame has been a busy lad lately, what with his massive hip-hop Quakers thing and his synthy Dredd-fest...view item »


For today's reviewing session we're without internet so I am having to write these reviews based entirely on the music, without the aid of any supplementary handy facts to pad things out. Here's a new one from the increasingly unpredictable Sub ...view item »

Whole Voyald Infinite Light
Circumambulations Parts 1 & 2

This one here is the first ever vinyl release from Winebox Press, best known for their tapes in fancy handmade wooden packaging. On this one Whole Voyald Infinite Light knock out two fuzzy dual-guitar stoner jams....view item »

El Doom & The Born Electric
El Doom & The Born Electric

For some reason Phil doesn't often get us to review records on Rune Grammofon if Jim O'Rourke's not on them, which seems like a missed opportunity to me because their output, while not always being a comfortable listen, has really established a scene of accomplished and experimental music...view item »

Freak Puke

This Melvins album isn’t really a Melvins album. Only it is. It’s not business as usual, though, as this time around they’re stripped down to a three-piece with Buzzo and Crover joined by ...view item »

Six Organs of Admittance

I've wanted to seriously check Six Organs of Admittance for a while now. To drown out the boss muttering curses about our supposedly slack warehouse pulling prowess & general incompetence about town, I've placed our aged, dilapidated headphones on my fatted head to indulge myself in RTZ, a lavish reissue of his 4 track demos and obscure excursi...view item »

Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Think you know what to expect from Spiritualized by now? Well, you'd be right! Yup, the English band with the American spelling are back with a new platter of their ambitious indie-psych-pop-gospel-drug music packed with 11 cuts that sound jus...view item »

Hush Arbors / Arbouretum

Here we have Keith Wood on the first side with five tracks of his blend of folk and psychedelic rock. Acoustic guitar is twinned with slightly fuzzed electric guitar and steady drums that are the backbone to his ghostly tales, occasional rock outs and smatterings of melancholy. All songs...view item »

That Fucking Tank

That Fucking Tank have always been a reliable source of audio entertainment. Their shows are consistently a pleasure to attend and the three LP's that preceded 'TFT' are some of the finest ROCK rekkids committed to tape in the modern (and depressingly digital) age. After a phenomenal amou...view item »

Six Organs of Admittance
Luminous Night

Six Organs of Admittance have 'Luminous Night' out on Drag City. When we first played this I was quite surprised as what I was hearing was somewhat unexpected. It's a dark albat kind of treads new territory for the artist. Randall Dunn is on production duties and he's worked with Sunn O)), Sun City Girls and Earth. He's captured the sound really we...view item »

Girls Names
Dead To Me

So here's a supernaturally buzzing ghost-pop band from Belfast, olde Northern Ireland! I'm quite simply obsessed with this album & keep listening to the bastard thing slavishly, seemingly caught up in a delirious trance of heady nostalgia. But these cats is also minty fresh with the finest killer hooks & a casual effortlessness that is q...view item »

Howlin Rain
The Russian Wilds

Apparently this band was formed out of the embers of Comets On Fire, who I have a big soft spot for, but this is the first thing I've heard of theirs so it was initially hard to stomach when this album started belting out the kind of cod '70s rock that had both Phil and Business Lady reac...view item »

Leave No Star Unturned: Cambridge January 1972

An important archival live recording from early 1972, a period of few live examples (bootleg or official). "Doremi" classic personnel lineup (w/Ollis not King). Lots of psychedelic jamming with Turner honking away, Detmar & Dikmik atmospherics, Calvert poetic space interludes, Brock heavy guitar riffing. The mixing & mastering engineers ...view item »

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