Category Archives: psychedelic

Review: Blue Cheer – What Doesn’t Kill You…

Label: Rainman Records Released: August 21, 2007 Most people probably fall into one of two camps regarding their expectations for Blue Cheer’s latest album, What Doesn’t Kill You: One group expects this album, featuring 2/3 of the Vincebus Eruptum lineup, to be an amazing return to past form, proving that Blue Cheer is as vital today amongst their stoner rock… Read more »

Review: St Phillip’s Escalator – Endless Trip

Label: Living Eye Released: 2006 Being a revivalist is a difficult task. How do you stay true to the past yet make it relevant in the present? The simple answer is…you rock! St Phillip’s Escalator does just that. There is no question where the heart of this Rochester, NY trio lies. St Phillip’s Escalator brings 60s garage rock to you… Read more »

Cool cover of Pink Floyd’s “Bike”

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I found this link in a comment over at Imagine Echoes. A band called Mason Proper covered Pink Floyd’s cult classic “Bike.” Whether you love or hate the cover, it does do everything that a cover should. It’s true enough to the original that the song is recognizable, yet the band clearly stamps it as their own. You can download… Read more »

Review: Various Artists – Love is the Song We Sing

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Label: Rhino Released: September 18, 2007 There are a few points in rock n roll time and space where everything just comes together and something new is born. Memphis in the mid-50s gave us rock n roll. New York in the mid-70s gave us punk. Seattle in the early 90s gave us grunge. All of these local scenes were the… Read more »

Contest: Win a copy of the new two disc version of Pink Floyd’s Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Over the years, Pink Floyd has done several entire movie soundtracks. Obviously, The Wall is one, but there were two others earlier in their career. Be the first to name the films as well as the Floyd albums that contain their soundtracks and I’ll send you a copy of the CD in the mail! Don’t put your answer in the… Read more »

Review: Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn (40th Anniversary Edition)

Label: Capitol-EMI (2 CD and 3 CD) Released: September 4, 2007 (originally released August 5, 1967) Piper at the Gates of Dawn is almost universally accepted as a great album. Certainly, “Astronomy Domine” is amazing in its own right. The three group compositions in the middle of the album are good, though somewhat underdeveloped, indicators of where Pink Floyd would… Read more »

Review: Sly and the Family Stone – Greatest Hits

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Label: Epic/Legacy Released: 1970 (reissued August 28, 2007) Released in 1970 to fill the gap between Stand! and There’s a Riot Goin’ On, Sly and the Family Stone’s Greatest Hits compiles many of the top tracks from the band’s early years. While every song on this album is also contained on the later Anthology release along with selections from their… Read more »

Review: Chesterfield Kings – Psychedelic Sunrise

Label: Wicked Cool Records Release Date: September 18, 2007 The Chesterfield Kings get frequent comparisons to the Stones in their mid-60s prime. It’s pretty accurate, because the they’re a better Stones than the Stones have been in over 30 years. But it’s also only a piece of the picture, because there are plenty of Stones knock-offs, but the Chesterfield Kings… Read more »

Myspace: Birds of Maya

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In response to Myspace’s generic “sounds like” field, Birds of Maya state that they sound like “like a gg allin demo played through a megaphone.” It’s a fair description and it’s certainly colorful, but it leaves out an awful lot. If they really sounded like dear-departed GG, I wouldn’t be writing about them. They are loud and they are chaotic,… Read more »

Review: Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound – Ekranoplan

Label: Tee Pee Records Released: March 20, 2007 I don’t take drugs and because of that, I believe I am much more discerning about my psychedelic music. It isn’t an accompaniment to my trip, it is my trip. From the space rock explosion that opens Ekranoplan, across its mind-altering landscapes and through its soul-inflected finale, this is a tour de… Read more »