Prog River Records is releasing some very obscure, but absolutely crucial, progressive rock gems from all over the world. This particular release comes to us from Belarus, where the group, the legendary Pesniary, melded folk-rock with prog-rock weirdness and a tinge of psychedelic rock, sounding something like early Frank Zappa / Mothers of Invention at times.
Their popularity was so strong in the former Soviet Union that they were granted a shot at touring in the United States in 1976, proving to audiences that Soviet Rock was something to take seriously.
The lyrics are based on the works of Russian and Belarusian poets, including Yanka Kupala. This is quite a charming work.
Having spent a week in August during my 50th birthday celebration and being hosted by my friend, Béla, I was treated to some new Hungarian bands I had, up until this point, never heard of. One which stood out was the Hobo Blues Band.
Today’s release is a psychedelic rock experience from the masterful Kikagaku Moyo. This is mellow, relaxed, mind-expanding to a point, and incredibly drone-laden improvisation. There is a thread of early-era Pink Floyd psych and perhaps a touch of free jazz. Spacey, cosmic, and pretty near perfect.
What’s not to like about Khruangbin, who have released a series of absolutely classic psych-funk albums which reference old masters while developing a sound all their own. I came across this, their sophomore album, after watching some performances on Youtube, most notably their KEXP performance. A mellow, weird, sensual and hypnotic release.
A late night of doing paperwork for an upcoming trip to Hungary and move to Czechia brought me to this absolute gem of a folk-prog album. Yoshiko Sai released a few albums in the mid-1970s which were not well-received at the time, but listeners’ tastes have finally caught up with her mellow, trippy, slightly psychedelic songs.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.