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[Music] The Flies – I’m Not Your Stepping Stone (1966)

I really like The Monkees. Sure, the TV show was a little corny, but the music was enjoyable. I particularly liked “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone,” which I always felt was their strongest track. I’ve heard Jimi Hendrix cover it, and of course the original done first by Paul Revere & The Raiders, and as wonderful as those were, they paled a bit to The Monkees‘ version.

The Flies, an English band, took a crack at it in 1966, and they slow it down just a touch, making the song that much more of a keeper.

Really brilliant cover.

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[Music] Subact – The Outside World

Dresden has a pretty great reputation producing rock bands, but Subact are something quite special.  Through some sort of alchemy, they have managed to blend old electronic music, modern dubstep, and have finished it off with a bit of a 70s German progressive rock vibe.  The band has been featured here before, and most certainly, they’ll be here again.

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[Music] CULT CLASSIC: FUNKADELIC-MAGGOT BRAIN. — dereksmusicblog

Cult Classic: Funkadelic-Maggot Brain. Rumour has it, that when Funkadelic recorded their career defining album, Maggot Brain, they were on one long acid trip. Members of Funkadelic had dropped some Yellow Sunshine Acid before producer George Clinton pressed the record button and ironically, the result was their finest hour, Maggot Brain. Sadly, never again, would Funkadelic reach the same […]

via CULT CLASSIC: FUNKADELIC-MAGGOT BRAIN. — dereksmusicblog

Derek’s Music Blog reviews Maggot Brain, Funkadelic’s seminal masterpiece.

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[Music] Meadowsilver – The Coronation of the Herring Queen

From the ashes of The Hare And The Moon comes Meadowsilver, at least as how I understand it.  Grey Malkin continues to be one of the leaders of psychedelic neofolk, and will eventually take his place among acts like the Legendary Pink Dots, Comus and the like.

This is way too small a taste of this new project, of course, so we wait to see what Meadowsilver will produce next.

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[Music] Pete Kosanovich – Self​-​Titled Debut Album

It’s impressive when you are so good that Dave Davies of The Kinks gives you his stamp of approval.  Pete Kosanovich gets compared to the aforementioned Kinks, Bob Dylan and other luminaries frequently, and the comparison is apt.  He only lacks a good publicist who can spread the word of his talent, which would sound perfectly in place in a collection of 60’s records.  The man’s vocals and guitar playing sound like he traveled time to shame today’s crappy ‘rock’ garbage.

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[Music] Zeresh – Farewell

My goodness!  I knew my friends in the band Zeresh had a new album out, but I wasn’t expecting an epic!  Farewell does an amazing job of combining the good elements of the early Pink Floyd sound and melds it together with neofolk.  Tamar Singer’s vocals are otherworldly, quite rich and unique in this genre.  I mean this literally!

Also, as this is considered atmospheric black metal in the genre section of the Bandcamp site, I would have expected more shrieking and screaming.  Thank God, no noise like that on this release.  It would have ruined the truly dark, foreboding vibe that Zeresh were giving to me while preparing for a long day at work.  I enjoyed this one immensely.

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[Music] THE STORY OF DAMON AND HIS PSYCHEDELIC CULT CLASSIC, SONG OF A GYPSY. — dereksmusicblog

The Story Of Damon and His Psychedelic Cult Classic, Song Of A Gypsy. For any collector of psychedelia whose fortunate enough to find a copy of Damon’s Song Of A Gypsy, it quickly becomes one of their most prized possessions. Sadly, finding an original copy of Song Of A Gypsy is another thing. It’s one of the rarest psychedelic […]

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[Music] King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Fishing For Fishes

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are an incredibly prolific band.  Every now and then, they release a crap album like Infest The Rats’ Nest, which is bad metal as far as I’m concerned.  Some of their fans like that.  Fair enough.  This album, however, shows them peaking as a band who can mix prog, psych, boogie rock and some pretty damn good, if weird, songwriting into a coherent bit of listening.  I’m happy to have this one in my collection.

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[Music] Naujawanan Baidar – Volume 1

It’s not everyday you come across Afghan experimental music recorded in the Arizona heat.  Myrrors vocalist/guitarist N.R. Safi had composed these tracks as mere impressions (expect a Volume 2 to be released shortly), but the quality of these pieces stand out.  These could hold their own with the best of 1980’s cassette culture.  A brilliant debut, though Safi is planning to do a properly recorded album sometime soon, adding to his psychedelic CV.

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[Music] Various Artists – MUSIC FROM THE SONOTON LIBRARY 1969 – 1981: RARE PSYCH, MOOGS & BRASS

As lounge music and easy listening were massive during the 1990’s, library music seems to be the rage for today.  So many labels are releasing wonderful compilations that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with what’s coming out, and what belongs on the top shelf.  Buried Treasure Records seems to have come out with the year’s best library comp, which also happens to be available on vinyl and CD.  Check out these tracks by no-name artists who deserved a better fate than to be forgotten for so long.  All the material is brilliant!