black (w)hole are an Austrian drone-psych band who are covering similar ground to Masaki Batoh’s legendary group Ghost. Don’t think that this is their only influence, however. One can hear shards of Blue Cheer, The Melvins, and other Japanese psych bands like High Rise and White Heaven. This is well-recorded, powerful, and drone-laden enough to let your mind melt for a few moments. Recommended.
[Music] Sarolta Zalatnay – Hadd Mondjam El
How on Earth did I manage to miss Sarolta Zalatnay? She’s the Hungarian Janis Joplin, only funkier to my ears. She had the sound and the look to be an international star, but never quite pulled it off, unfortunately.
[Music] Various Artists: The Blog That Celebrates Itself: Girl Groups – The Underground Versions
The Blog That Celebrates Itself (TBTCI) has become one of my go-to labels for great covers of indie and post-punk music done in a style not unlike shoegaze music. This one is a gem because the theme is girl groups, and each of these Brazilian unknowns does a stand-up job reworking the originals into something quite modern-sounding,
[Music] Kikagaku Moyo – Forest of Lost Children (2018 Reissue Pre-Order)
Japanese band Kikagaku Moyo have become my favorite modern psych band. Though this particular release came out in 2014, it has now been reissued on vinyl. The band carry the tradition of bands like Ghost and and perhaps The Flower Travellin’ Band.
[Music] King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland
Australia’s King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard cross all sorts of genres so heavily that they are nearly impossible to categorize. The band move around easily in alternative music, psychedelic rock, prog, surf (not as weird as it sounds, to be honest) and garage rock.
This album is a freebie, and, as it turns out, one of their best works. Give it a listen and be converted.
[Music] The Rich History—and Present—of Latin American Prog
Noah Berlatsky of Bandcamp Daily gives a decent retrospective on some of the great progressive and psychedelic bands which came out of South America during the 1970s, though, sadly, the Mellow Records contributions seem to be permanently deleted, which is a shame.
[Music] Nawksh – Mythic Tales of Tomorrow II
Nawksh are a psychedelic rock band out of Karachi, Pakistan, and seem to fit perfectly onto the Guruguru Brain roster of freakish electro-psych.
[Music] Los York’s – Los York’s ’69
Peru had their version of the Kinks during the middle-to-late 1960s. Los York’s are given the reissue treatment thanks to Peru’s reissue label repsychled.
[Music] The Monks: Hear a recently rediscovered song by the avant-garage punk 60s legends!
Vice’s Dangerous Minds proves to be the only credible thing worth viewing, especially when it comes to finding counter-culture music gems like this.
Go here to listen to The Monks in rare form.
[Music] John Cale Announces 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Velvet Underground & Nico
It’s amazing to think that this album, which sold pitifully when it was first released, influenced almost everyone who bought it to form a band, so the legend goes. I’m very happy to hear John Cale himself had a hand in preparing this seminal release by The Velvet Underground & Nico. I simply hope the remastering is good.