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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 »

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
Vol.1

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 »

Jackie O Motherfucker
Earth Sound System

One of the longest standing members of the freak-folk scene that bloomed in the early part of the noughties, JOMF give us a somewhat varied offering on this 6 track LP on the Fire label. 'In The Willow' is a gentle and soothing track featuring Tom Greenwood's distinctive drawl that paints a picture of a late summer's evening lazing on the porch ...view item »

Wooden Shjips
Dos

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 »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Aufheben

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 »

White Hills
H-p1

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 »

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 »

Mugstar
Axis

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 »

Majeure
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 »

Diva
Moon Moods

This is the new album from Diva Dompe (ex-Black Black and Pocahaunted). Its a mish mash of skewed R’n’B and failed dancefloor classics recorded in a wholly cu...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 »

Ufomammut
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 »

Moon Duo
Circles

Moon Duo have long since shaken off the pesky “side-project” tag that plagues anybody who’s in another more famous band, and are here dropping their third full-length LP and s...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
Ascent

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 »

Weekends
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 »

Glacial
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
Klopfzeichen

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 »

Kluster
Zwei Osterei

Personally, this is my favourite album by Kluster. Although I prefer the later material done by Moebius and Roedelius as Cluster, as well as solo Conrad Schnitzler, this record still has its appeal. The three musicians, with the help of producer Conny Plank, make improvised in...view item »

Jaill
Traps

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 »

Melvins
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
RTZ

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 »

Spiritualized
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
Aureola

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
TFT

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 »

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
Celeste

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 »

Okko
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 »

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 »

3eese
3eese

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 »

Siinai
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 »

Ramesses
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 »

Moonkyte
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
Guider

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 »

Faust
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 »

Masahiko Satoh And The Soundbreakers
Amalgamation

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
Buffalo

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 »

Roedelius
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 »

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