Bang Bang Boogaloo : Beyond Beyond is Beyond
Curated by Mike Newman of Beyond Beyond Beyond, Nights with Alice Cooper and East Village Radio, this compilation features some of the great US psychedelic rock bands of the moment. Freaky, groovy, and spaced-out, this music is cage-free, nationwide, badass rock & roll.
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Over the past couple years Woodsman has been on a vision quest of sorts. Relentlessly touring and honing a sound born in basements and warehouses sprouting from amps and speakers like lichens on the forest floor. Grounded in experimentation and inspired by the films of Stan Brakhage the band seeks to create visceral tunes born from their environment. When you’re living in a city under mountains you can feel that rhythm seeping in. The bands two drummers focus the idea leaving room for the effected sounds the bands two guitar players conjure. Constantly moving, shifting their collective consciousness toward something mutual. Satisfaction is never guaranteed only suggested and with five releases to date Woodsman leaves it up to you.
The Paperhead (formerly The Looking Glass) is a pop/psychedelic band from Nashville, Tennessee. The band members Ryan Jennings, Walker Mimms and Peter Stringer-Hye wrote and recorded their debut album in the summer of 2010 only at the age of 18. The band’s name is inspired by a lyric in “My Clown,” a song by ’60s British psych-band July. During the summer of 2011, they embarked on their first U.S. tour and have since rereleased their first cassette “Focus In On…The Looking Glass” (originally with Infinity Cat Records) on vinyl with British label Ample Play. The members are off in college right now but the band plans to record a second album in the winter and tour elsewhere in the summer.
“Buffalo Killers take aim at garage, swamp blues, ’60s psych, Canyon harmonies and Southern roots and land their prey every time. 3 is the third – and best – album from this beardy Cincinnati trio.” – Nigel Williamson / UNCUT
“Far from being a stale tribute to past glories, repeat listening reveals 3 to be one of those magical records that you start thinking is merely cool, but inexorable grow to really love.” – GUITARIST (****)
“Buffalo Killers definitely have a cool Joe Walsh/James Gang influence in their sound. I dig ‘em.” – Alice Cooper / NIGHTS WITH ALICE COOPER
Conspiracy of Owls:
“Fronted by Bobby Harlow, lead vocalist for The Go, the Detroit Garage Rock outfit that counted Jack White as a guitarist before his ascendance, Conspiracy of Owls dabbles in sounds befitting Detroit’s rich and varied history on its debut album, Ancient Robots. Incorporating everything from Space Rock atmospherics and ’60s bubblegum Pop sweetness to ’70s lysergic Rock swirl, Dub beat madness and Baroque Pop ambition, COO shimmers and sighs like an impossible focus group made up of the Beach Boys, Todd Rundgren, Spiritualized, Kula Shaker and Nada Surf trying to come up with a committee song that will faithfully represent every decade since the British Invasion.” – Brian Baker, Cincinnati City Beat
The Heavy Eyes:
Birthed out of North West Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee, The Heavy Eyes formed in the spring of 2010 by front man, Tripp Shumake and bassist, Wally Anderson. After finding drummer, Eric Garcia, the band was complete and soon they began to write music based around Mississippi blues legends, 60’s & 70’s rock n’ roll greats, and a slew of modern influences. The band describes their music as psychedelic blues rock from the delta that sounds similar to a skeleton driving a speed boat on a flaming Mississippi River headed back to 1969.
AMY ANNELLE is a modern-day songwriter whose work balances imagination with a reverence for America’s restless, divergent musical past. This unusual artist has been recording and touring for over a decade, crafting “richly textured, exotic song-worlds that bear little resemblance to standard voice-and-guitar folk songs” (Billboard). Through many seasons, across many miles,Annelle’s path has focused an elusive “American” vision and a musical identity that is equally furtive and forthright. Her seventh release, “The Cimarron Banks”, was written in the wilds of Cimarron County, Oklahoma; it was recorded in Austin, Texas and features very special guest Ian McLagan (Small Faces). In addition to her own work, Annelle has sung with folk luminaries Michael Hurley, Jandek, Bill Callahan and Peter Yarrow.
The Velcro Lewis Group
The Velcro Lewis Group are classy men who enjoy top shelf spirits and the Isley Brothers. Lawrence Peters fixes everything that Velcro Lewis breaks. Halden Spoonwood and Hawk Colman are the rhythm section that never stops. Ever. Travers Gauntt does all the guitar work and knows what he’s doing. Velcro never knows what he’s doing. Hawk sings like an angel. Lawrence sings like the oracle on the mountain. Velcro sings like a monster. Lawrence and Velcro designed and built their instruments. The other guys bought or “borrowed” theirs. Velcro is blind. Lawrence is a country singer. Halden plays three dimensional chess. Hawk is an amateur astronomer. Travers is the one in the band who works at a record store. No one in the band ever wears a watch. No one ever wears a wig-hat either, but you wouldn’t know by looking at them.
Remains Of The Mountain-
Drums by Hawk Colman and Lawrence Peters. Lead guitar by Travers Gauntt. Moog Rogue and electric mono-chord played by Velcro Lewis. Fender bass by Halden Spoonwood. Electric Washboard by Lawrence Peters. Vocals by Velcro Lewis, Hawk Colman and Lawrence Peters.
Lead guitar, Moog Theremin, Korg Mono-Poly and Roland Juno played by Phil Hunger. Guitar played by Paul E. Rocco.
Recorded by Jeff Panall and Velcro Lewis.
Written by Lewis/Spoonwood/Colman/Peters/Rocco/Hunger
Mondo Drag is massive reverberating vocal sounds crooned over lush hot fire fuzzed trance riffs and hazy atmospheric analog FX-ed space rock ‘n’ roll melted into feedback-drenched electro-oscillating freak-out jams spliced with organ-heavy garage-punk stomp parts, dark and dreamy synth-prog buildups with folky acoustic ragas and filthy blues slides.
“Fresh & energetic, a new incarnation… Cory Berry & Zach Anderson: the former rhythm section of Radio Moscow, have something new in store for the world to hear. Think of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac having a baby with Graveyard. Driving bass lines, heavy jazzy drums, and soulful singing are tied together by the haunting beauty of a Swedish goddess, Elin Larson. Be the first of your friends to see this epic new group out of Iowa, soon to become a common name in the rock scene.”
Outrageous Cherry is a group from Detroit that looked to the Temptations’ “Psychedelic Shack” as a sort of personal manifesto, making more than 11 albums of unpredictable pop music with strange introspective lyrics, unhinged guitar solos, and no cymbals whatsoever. They strike a sometimes mesmerizing balance between well-crafted songs and crazed improvisations.
Citay began as the bedroom guitarmony project of Ezra Feinberg in the summer of 2004. That fall he moved to SF and began working with producer Tim Green (The Fucking Champs, The Melvins, Joanna Newsom) and the two recorded the self-titled debut at Tim’s Louder Studios. After its release on Important Records tours with Vetiver, The Fucking Champs, and Howlin Rain ensued, and Citay was picked up by Dead Oceans, the then-new label of the Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian family. In the fall of 2007 Citay’s second album “Llittle Kingdom” was released to rave reviews. More touring, more recording, and by early 2010 the third Citay album, “Dream Get Together,” again recorded with Tim Green at Louder Studios was released, again on Dead Oceans. This album brought the band to festival dates around the US and Europe. By the end of 2010 Ezra had relocated to Brooklyn and put together a band of powerful New York shredders ready to send his soaring harmonies into deep space. More touring and recording followed, and the band are currently working on the fourth album, again with producer Tim Green. Citay considers it an honor to be included on the Beyond Beyond is Beyond compilation.
Hopewell has been blending vintage fuzz pedal jams with their early space rock and shoegaze roots for over a decade. Their tumultuous canon is, on whole, the perfect, cinematic bridge between the epic psychedelia of ‘90s acts like Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev and the genre’s new generation, including Dungen and Serena-Maneesh. Using recordings culled from their epic three-night engagement at Truck Festival America in May 2010 and their 2009 performance at All Tomorrow’s Parties NY, their latest album, Hopewell Live Volume 1 is a snapshot of the present-day band: Atypically, Hopewell’s music becomes heavier and more abstract as the band gets older. The modern version has two drummers, often employs a choir and horns, and is infamous for bludgeoning audiences into stunned silence with its brilliantly strange and unpredictable psych-rock orchestration. Celebrating a self-made career that exploded into collaboration with super-producer Dave Fridmann, a 2001 BBC Peel Session, touring the UK’s festival circuit, opening for My Bloody Valentine & being hand picked by the Flaming Lips for All Tomorrow’s Parties.
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter:
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter follow up 2007’s critically acclaimed Like Love, Lust and the Open Halls of the Soul with Marble Son, their fourth release from Paris’s Fargo Records and the first on their own US imprint Station Grey/Thirty Tigers.
Sykes and Wandscher took on full production duties for Marble Son; recorded entirely in and around their hometown of Seattle (engineered by Mell Dettmer and mixed by Martin Fevyear). Marble Son exemplifies a band at their creative pinnacle—heavier and more complex than previous records; the music resonates among the parallel worlds of the avant-garde and the timeless. Sykes’ voice and sometimes-mystical leanings (the former described aptly by Magnet as “sounding less like a performer and more like a sage”) and her band’s incomparable musical repoire culminate in what the New York Times has described as “spellbound music, rapt in fatalism and sorrow.” Syke’s trademark thematic darkness and acclaimed songwriting have never been more present; yet Marble Son speaks of evolution, which Sykes describes as, “a sonic mirror of the most chaotic, turbulent times of our lives, where beauty triumphed, and the tears that spilled became this record”.
The record is an extension of their previous work, influenced in part by an association with the art-metal movement centered around Los Angeles label Southern Lord. This “unlikely” musical friendship between Sykes and influential underground bands SunnO))) and Boris was immortalized on the 2006 album Altar (in which Sykes sang and co-wrote the much beloved underground classic “The Sinking Belle”) culminating in a headlining performance of “Altar” at the ATP festival last summer. The band has also toured with Earth, a group commonly acknowledged as one of the major progenitors of heavy-doom (and another member of the Southern Lord roster), psych-rock maestros Black Mountain, and recently appeared at Holland’s Roadburn Festival, curated by SunnO)) themselves, last April.
Main Street Gospel:
The Main Street Gospel is a Columbus, Ohio based band who mix psych-infused classic rock with dusty country vibes and dirt-stained blues. The band was born in 2005, when Barry Dean–former tambourine shaker for the Brian Jonestown Massacre–began writing songs with longtime friend Ryan Ida. Together with Evangelos Arakas on guitar and Christian Pierce on drums the band has a strong sense of understanding and respect for the true roots of rock n’ roll. Their sound recalls elements of folk giants CSNY and Neil Young, while at the same time retaining the modern aesthetics of revivalists like The Black Keys.
To date, The Main Street Gospel have played several shows with like-minded bands such as Dead Meadow, Naam, Mondo Drag, Hopewell, Floorian and fellow Ohioans Buffalo Killers.
In early 2008, the trio mobilized themselves to Akron Analog Studio in Akron, Ohio to record what would become the band’s first 7″ single. ‘All Your Love Is Gone’ b/w ‘Who Shot You Down’ was recorded and engineered by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, whose influence certainly resonates. While the songs are decidedly stripped-down in essence, they still manage to accomplish a big, layered sonic delivery.
The Main Street Gospel’s debut album is 11 tracks of cool, driving rock n’ roll titled Love Will Have Her Revenge and is available now on Tee Pee Records, sure to please bluesy alternative country, classic rock, and psych fans.
Bizi Gara is Baptiste Ibar’s music project which he records, performs and produces in various home studios. The live band is a thrilling take on the recordings performed by KaiWei Hsu – bass, Noah Plotkin – Drums, Micheal Didonna – Keys, and Baptiste – vocal/guitar.
Brooklyn Raga Association:
Formed in 2008 while playing on the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, MATT ROBSON and DAVE ARLINGTON honed their craft combining traditional elements of Indian Raga with the street sense of New York City originally under the name DUTCH EAST INDIA COMPANY. Spawned from a healthy obsession with music, musicians, and instruments from around the world, the group was later joined by master Indian percussionist DAVID FREEMAN, who recorded quite a bit of the soundtrack music to the Mike Myers film The Love Guru (2008). As the incense fills the room, Brooklyn Raga Association takes a leap from the conventional model, as they seek to cast a new mold and create music that brings cultures together.
“Formed in the summer of 2010, Minerva Lions is a Brooklyn-based psych-folk band led by frontman Jared Samuel. Filled out by Grey McMurray (electric guitar, backing vocals), Joseph McCaffrey (bass, backing vocals) and Tim Kuhl (drums), the group takes their name from the back of a vintage letterman jacket. The Lions’ sound is an eclectic brand of melancholic folk, blending layers of acoustic and electric guitars, swells of atmospheric pedal steel and sparse percussion with Samuel’s enchanting vocal delivery. Their debut EP Great Strides, Priestess & Queen came out in 2011.” – Sam Davis, Dog Gone Blog
Since the release of Jeffertitti’s Nile’s Hypnotic River of Sound EP, the band has been kept busy on the road with invitations from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Entrance Band, Lumerians, Wooden Shjips, Howlin’ Rain, Lightning in a Bottle Festival, Escalator Fest, Frisco Freakout III, among other festivals. Subsequently, Relix Magazine, Tom Tom, OC Weekly, LA Record, L’Officiel (France), and Doingbird (Australia) have all taken notice of the sonic vibration of Jeffertitti’s Nile.
While the band prepares a new full-length album, Volcom Records has released “Midnight Siren”, a split 7″ vinyl with local brethren, Dahga Bloom.
The Zabalas is a collaboration of Argentinian singer Flor Zabala and New York producer David Pattillo. After a chance meeting at a Wanda Jackson revival show in April 2011, the two began recording and exploring the musical worlds of late 70’s NY punk, and 60’s psychedelia in Pattillo’s NYC studio. Flor’s vocals have been compared to Patti Smith, Lene Lovich, and PJ Harvey. Pattillo’s guitar ranges from crunchy bluesy riffs to dreamy beds of feedback. He is also known for fronting The Dead Exs a garage blues duo. The Zabalas 6 song EP is slated for release in February 2012.
Combining influences from worldwide underground psychedelia (German, Japanese, Brazilian, Turkish, African) as well as traditional devotional music and American rock & roll, Portland, Maine’s Herbcraft utilizes a philosophy of improvisation and repetition in an attempt to attain higher and heavier musical vibrations. Their first record, Herbcraft Discovers the Bitter Water of Agartha, was released in June 2010 to general acclaim, and was quickly followed up earlier this summer with the Ashram to the Stars LP, both released by Woodsist sister-label Hello Sunshine. In its short existence, the band has shared stages with Woods, MV & EE, Barn Owl, Ducktails, Spectre Folk, Kuupuu, Big Troubles, Plankton Wat, and many others. They are currently at work on recording their third LP.