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The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Who Killed Sgt Pepper

After years of hating the BJM, thinking they were total tosh, I finally gave in with 'My Bloody Underground' and thought they were pretty good. I started to see the fuss. Subsequent releases have been so so with the odd decent track here and there but let's say it's all been reasonably patchy. The opener to 'Who Killed Sgt Pepper' s...view item »

Wooden Shjips

Wooden Shjips are great. I loved that last album and so did you judging by the amount of you lot who bought it from us. I'm not gonna do a big review of this cos to me it's kind of been out, but here's Volume 1 by 'em which is essentially the free CD that came with the limited edition CD of the debut album. It's that album remastered with T...view item »

Wooden Shjips

I've been winding the artist formerly known as Phat Bjarry up about his "incurable obsession" with Wooden Shjips for ages now and the joke's worn so thin i'm able to poke my spotty arse right thjrough it. You see, as is normally the case, if he likes something, i'll insist it's cobblers. Like a retarded child. Actually don't mind 'Dos'' the new alb...view item »

Attention Please

Boris, who are well known as masters of the heavier-than-you-think-possible guitar-noise genre, are forced out of their comfort zone, quite probably by vocalist Wata's desire to branch out. As in breathy ballads and atmospherically shifting soundstages and 12-string guitars. This is a moody mostly-electric masterpiece. For the very small proport...view item »

Six Organs of Admittance
The Sun Awakens

check out the new Six Organs of Admittance album on Drag City.... more psych fun for you.... I was going to review this but after all the psych fun I've had to do my head was frazzled..... it's here and it's as good as you'd expect from that Chasny fella!.... ...view item »

Koolaid (Global Tyranny)
Koolaid (Global Tyranny)

Well, this one's madder than a box of frogs. It comes with a wildly diverse mixtape (WHICH HAVE ALL GONE NOW... SORRY!), awesomely bonkers sleeve art and a CD of the material on the LP, and even the label themselves (claim they) don't know who these guys actually are. As for that material ...view item »

The Dots And Stops
If I Look Uncomfortable, it's Only Coz I Need to DO IT!

You can barely move without bumping into a new garage rock band nowadays, and these new pretenders to the garage throne peddle messy melodic garage pop with nice thin guitar tones and great bits of loose-tight-loose tension that's very effective. The singer sounds like a cross between Edd...view item »

White Hills
Live At Roadburn 2011

Right. White Hills. We all know they fucking rule! They've got the strength and the sophistication to out-match many of their peers in the world of epic space rock. Their riffage is off the charts, right up there with The Heads, Gnod and Electric Wizard in my opinion. They also have a knac...view item »

The Soundcarriers

Bloody hell, I listened to 'Harmonium' by these about 8 times when on holiday in Scotland. My friend Cath brought two CDs for the week and proceeded to hammer the shit out of them both 24/7. I've always been impressed by how much mileage women get out of a CD they love! So therefore it's nice to have a new album to devour by them seeing as thoug...view item »

Sitar & Electronics

Cosmic psych trips abound in this electronically infused sitar classic. Okko was a well regarded virtuoso in his time and he lays it down on the Beatles' "Day In The Life", plus six of his own compositions. Although some of the grooves can become a tad repetitive, they may be just what you're searching for in this kind of record...view item »

Other Minds Meet Inner Space

Wow, some weeks the calibre of stuff we get in is amazing. Here's the new album from Edibles. They're from Portland and the press release describes them as 'trance boogie', which on one hand is pretty accurate, but also kind of makes it sound like they won't be as good as they actually are. The cover's thi...view item »

Thee American Revolution
Buddha Electrostorm

This Kentucky debut is a stunning, raw, in-your-face psychedelic guitar pop/rock explosion that combines powerful melodies with ripping, acid-drenched leads and an irreverent attitude. These psych-pop acid rockers move from druggy Mellotron pop to concrete slabs of fuzz guitar without effort. Led by Robert Schneider (...view item »

Burnt Hills
Lights Out

Burnt Hills are like the band that you should listen to when proper high. They have earth rumbling riffs and a slight leaning toward space rock. I thought they would be more psychedelic than this. They don't mess around with floaty, style ambient nonsense, or delay or “flange” ...view item »

Sun Araw
Ancient Romans

Nearly didn't get enough of these to squeeze out a review so big-ups to the lads in distribution world for scraping a few up and mailing them our way. 'Ancient Romans' is the newie from Sun Araw a.k.a Cameron Stallone, everyone's favourite psychedelic tro...view item »

Roll The Dice
In Dust

The Swedish duo of Malcolm Pardon and Peder Mannerfelt dropped an amazing record for Digitalis a wee while ago and then a limited edition 12" for the Leaf label. Both records had got me quite excited to hear another and here it is. A brilliant full album for Leaf. Let's face it, Leaf have acquired some top artist...view item »


After the two-headed space-kraut mind-melt that was Frozen Geese's last vinyl outing, the band has stripped down to a duo for this latest side-project which offers here its take on more tripped-out kosmische synth worship and minimalist hypno-kraut. But o...view item »

Olympic Games

The debut album from Finnish rockers SIINAI is a sly homage to the wonder and unification that only the Olympic games can produce. The passion, the drama, the failed drug tests. Mebbe not the last part but you catch my drift. It really does remind you of Chariots Of Fire in some of it...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
The Singles Collection (1992-2011)

This has all the singles that came out before I got "turned on" to this incredible music. So this gives me a feeling of completion with the bonus that it's all remastered to the hilt. Really sounds like Anton cared what it would sound like. Buy this if you never heard BJM before because it also contains their latest single, which is incredible. ...view item »

Arthur Brown & Richard Wahnfried
Time Actor

First time around in the late 1970s, this was considered a Richard Wahnfried (aka Klaus Schulze) release but I see now it has Arthur Brown listed first as artist - which is fitting, I suppose as Brown is all over this release. There is no bonus material but this remaster is an improvement over the German issue. This is a very unique album and it...view item »

Neutral Milk Hotel
On Avery Island (2011)

It's a reissue of Neutral a Milk Hotel! buy it! Few artist can touch Jeff Mangum's ability to fuse sound and lyrical imigery, to take the listener out of where they are and put them in another world. At points it's so sad it's overpowering. At its happiest it's joyful. I always wanted to call my cat Gardenhead but my wife won so Effie it...view item »

Land Observations
Roman Roads EP

Land Observations is a new solo project exploring the possibilities of motorik rhythms and layered guitars from Appliance guitarist James Brooks. Opening track 'Viae (In C Major)' is a sterling example of how krautrock rhythms and melodies can be achieved b...view item »

AR & Machines
The Green Journey

I had no idea what this was at all but I wondered why we got so many (despite me ordering 'em a few weeks ago...) so I went and checked it out and I remembered! Recorded back in 1974 this is a reissue of some awesome lost Krautrock album and film. Apparently both Julian Cope and Brian Eno have both wetted their knickers about this release with t...view item »

Possessed By The Rise Of Magik

Ramesses mixes up a effervescent slab of sludge death/doom with their third full-length, Possessed by the Rise of Magik. This is the sort of heavy metal that can take the calm air in a room and immediately suck the life from it in short time. A few seconds into “Invisible Ritual”, and it does just that and from that point on, there's...view item »

Jackie O Motherfucker
Ballads of the Revolution

Jackie O Motherfucker, I like these sometimes but they're quite an unpredictable bunch.. Their weirdy folky bits on albums like Fig. 5 I'm particularly into but I do think they do droney psych oddness rather nicely too. Ballads of the Revolution starts off with the former, living up to its title with melancholic songs sung over quietly experimental...view item »

Count Me Out

1971 UK Incredible String Band influenced acid folk with much more commercial leanings. There is a whimsical feel with off kilter vocals and instrumentation (flute, hand drums, harmonium, etc) ala the String Band but coupled with big production Moody Blues like harmon...view item »


Disappears have been keeping themselves busy of late. It doesn't seem that long ago that debut 'Lux' dropped and since then they've released a live LP and now they're back again with a new studio LP 'Guider'. Hopefully you have some idea of what's going on with these lads by now but for the uninitiated we are talking classic psych, garage, kraut...view item »

Drums Off Chaos & Jens-Uwe Beyer
Drums Off Chaos & Jens-Uwe Beyer

Really enjoyed this Magazine series so far. The 'Cologne Tapes' super group affair was a particularly appealing listen and from what I've heard so far this collaboration between Drums Off Chaos & Jens-Uwe Beyer is another winner. Drums of Chaos is a loose collective of percussionists founded by Jaki Liebezeit of CAN and this is their first p...view item »

Something Dirty

They have been making music as long as Phil here has been breathing. What an extraordinary career Faust have had. It takes something special to be 40 years into your life span and to still be producing music as edgy and vital as this. This faction of Faust consists of two original members plus bizarrely the singer out of Gallon Drunk (!?) and an...view item »

Phil Manley
Life Coach

Phil Manley is an awesome guitar player. You know dis. The man (ley) has paid his dues to the underground music community tenfold with bands like Golden, Trans Am, The Fucking Champs and Oneida plus he now engineers for a living so he's passing on his skills to a new generation of musicians! Aw bless! I'm surprised it's taken him this long t...view item »

The Phoenix Foundation

Fuck, this is mellow as. Not one to lift your flagging insomniac mind-body (dis)construct in the mid-afternoon but quite nice nonetheless with its gently driving, lightly psych-prog flavoured indie pop-rock shizzle. I feel like I used too many hyphens there but never-mind. It's a sunny-sounding (COCK!), expansively produced record from start to ...view item »

Selbstportrait I

These Easter Island head albums Selbs 1 and 2 remind me of nights with wine and smoke in hand. Digging the subtle pleasures of the tunes. The music is electronic but much more human and organic than today's stuff. I would say it's almost classical. I love Computer World by Kraftwerk also but this is very different to that. Like all great music i...view item »

NEU! ´86

Hmm.. I'm going into this one with a bit of trepidation given what I've heard of Neu!'s post-'75 material in the past and the incredibly acrimonious history of these tracks.. As far as I know this stuff was previously only available on the Neu! 4 bootleg which Michael Rother had always bitterly disowned and this is the first time it's come o...view item »

Second Family Band
Good Blood

Man these are tasty. The sleeves are well nice. The artwork is done by the chap who did the drawings on the 2 Brethren of the Free Spirit albums (Wouter Van Haelemeesch). Anyway I'd not heard of The Second Family Band before now but after a quick look into their history I can see they formed from the ashes of Davenport and they've released about...view item »

Sekkutsu Jean + Kawabata Makoto
Sekkutsu Jean + Kawabata Makoto

Looks to be another one of the many side-projects of Acid Mothers Temple's head honcho, guitarist Kawabata Makoto. Best described as noise-metal. Might be too noisy for some. Couple of these tracks I thought that had managed to stand out from the rest were the jamming "Werghsukaxgh", the sort of Gong-ish "Vokkoshemmra", the frantic "Aathychkiwzhi" ...view item »

Six Organs of Admittance
Shelter From The Ash

I quite like some of the Six organs of Admittance stuff though I find it a bit hit and miss. The last couple of albums didn't do much for me but this new one titled' Shelter From The Ash' (reportedly something to do with the outrageous smoking ban in England) is more the kind of Six Organs gear I dig. I prefer the opium den style meanderings rather...view item »

Wenn Der Sudwind Weht

I like what I've heard of this artist. This one was made at about the same time as "Lustwandel", another very good album which I recommend, and it's a nice contrast to that one. While "Lustwandel" is more piano-driven and has a feel of melancholy to it, "WDSW" is very cheerful and synth-dominated. It's like a cross between early Tangerine Dream ...view item »

Dream Get Together

Dream Get Together is not simply another California daydream, it knows where it wants to take you, and it blossoms without the need for magical substances to bring out its hidden magical imagery. This is a very precise, harmonised and well considered piece of music that shoots hazy ribbons of distortion through the air that are counterbalanced b...view item »


I'm genuinely not really sure what I'm supposed to tell you about Dopesmoker that you don't already know. Sleep's magnum opus was recorded way back in the mid-'90s with me...view item »

Starless & Bible Black
Shape of the Shape

Did they get their name from the Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood” or did they just skip to the sixth King Crimson album? It doesn’t matter. Anyone who likes folk-tinged indie or indie-tinged folk will undoubtedly love “Your Majesty Man”. A he and she or him and her singing together, melodically in perfe...view item »

The Mars Volta

Well whaddya know, it's the actual real Mars Volta with their new album Octahedron. I'm having to review this quickly because I think it's making everyone else suicidal.. Well, everyone except Phil who whispered to me that he was quite enjoying it then told me not to tell anyone.. I think I might've just broken a sacred bond of trust. I can to...view item »

Jardin Au Fou

Roedelius. That's the Cluster man that is. Hans Joachim's 'Jardin Au Fou' LP from 1979 is reissued on vinyl & CD thru Bureau this week and it's a mostly pleasant excursion through Satie-esque piano vignettes topped with sweet nostalgic synth flourishes, Terry Riley style minimal electric piano stuff, playful classical rock, absorbing birdsong drape...view item »

Your Ear Knows Future

I had no idea what to write about this new Baikonour CD on Melodic. It's called 'Your Ear Knows Future' and now I'm stuck about what to write. All I can think of is Pink Floyd and prog. There's a lot of prog about these days... prog and synth. I'm not mad keen on either to be honest. Maybe in another dimension or in years to come I'll get it. There...view item »

Christina Carter
Original Darkness

Fresh from her Scorces stuff we have Christina Carter who ploughs the fields of my ears with an enchanted combine harvester that's got 'Original Darkness' written on the side in blue biro. This combine harvester is white by the way, like it's just about to go off and get married but before it does it just wants one last whiff of freedom, one l...view item »

Omar Rodriguez Lopez And Jeremy Michael Ward
Omar A Rodriguez Lopez and Jeremy Michael Ward

This could very well be catalogued as a classical music album purely because of its remarkable similarities in sound to early electronic music. This is true electronic noise composition done by two very good musicians. There is no rocking guitar or memorable melodies on this album, and it is an album purely for those who want to hear everything Oma...view item »

Irmin Schmidt And Kumo
Axolotl Eyes

'Axolotl Eyes' is more accessible than I had expected - in other words, it's not as weird as one might have thought it might be. Tracks here that prove this over-seventy (now) player can still put some worthy music out some forty plus years after he first began are "Kick On The Flood", the eight-minute title cut "Axolotl Eyes", "Etruriz Waltz" a...view item »

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
Unconditionally Guaranteed

You don't get many Beefheart t-shirts on the market, and those you do see tend to stick to the obvious album covers and photos, so it's interesting to see a t-shirt based on a replica of the tour crew t-shirts on Beefheart's 1974 "tragic band" tour, where his Magic Band resigned the week before the tour and he had to take a bunch of session musi...view item »

Wellwater Conspiracy
Wellwater Conspiracy

I generally like music that is in the but I'm not sure what this is. The vocals are not clean enough. Either the singer is not very strong or there is too much emphasis on effects. Either way, the vocals strike me wrong. I also think the music is all over the place. There's definitely some interesting songs and quality music, but it seems to lac...view item »

Mercury Rev
The Secret Migration

This is music that should be taken on its own merits and not compared with previous Mercury Rev albums. If one can get past the differences between this effort and earlier efforts by Mercury Rev, the high quality of this musical experience will transport the listener to a place of optimism, magic and light. For me, this album evokes more emotion...view item »

The Maggot

This release is packed with what the Melvins are quite adept at: Variety. From the chilled zen of the Fleetwood Mac cover "The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)" to the scraping bray of "Manky", no two songs are indistinguishable from each other. All the previously mentioned tracks are highlights, and are equally as powerful as less f...view item »

The Bootlicker

One of The Melvins' better and weirder albums but the psych influence tends to be exaggerated (not nearly as psychedelic as I was expecting) and though part of the point of this album is they're consciously not going balls out with the rockage, I can't help waiting for the music to explode into sonic fury and it never does. It mostly produces an...view item »

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