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*DECEMBER 12, 2014* As promised, here is the detailed info on Ace/Big Beat's Zakary Thaks: It's The End CD collection:

Texan '60s garage kings the Zakary Thaks finally get their due with a stunning and comprehensive set that is sourced from the original master tapes for the first time.

This youthful quintet from the gulf coast town of Corpus Christi blew away most of the competition during their 1966 and 1967 heyday,and during that time made several highly regarded punk 45s including 'Bad Girl', 'Face To Face' and 'Won't Come Back'. A later line-up made two well-regarded psych singles.

Every Thaks compilation to date has used second-generation masters, ineffective remixes and disc dubs, but the research for It's The End threw up long-hidden, punchy-sounding tape sources. We also uncovered two rip-roaring unreleased tracks from the start of the band's career. All these new discoveries allow us to present the Thaks at their speaker-shredding best.

With full co-operation of the surviving members of the band and a jam-packed booklet with detailed liner notes, It's The End closes the lidon the legacy of a major name in '60s garage rock.

*DECEMBER 4, 2014* Out soon on 7" EP by Alona's Dream Records: Originally recorded by Metamora, Illinois garage band The Wombats in 1966, these recordings represent the first tracks laid down at the legendary Golden Voice Recording Co. in the tiny village of South Pekin, IL.  Although these songs were intended for release on Golden Voice's eponymous house label, they were never issued during the band’s lifetime. They remained shelved until they were uncovered earlier this year during research into the history of the studio. In a collaboration that sees the revival of the Golden Voice record label, Alona's Dream brings these Wombats recordings to light for the first time in 48 years. This release includes extensive liner notes detailing the history of the group with rare and unseen pictures from the actual sessions.

*DECEMBER 4, 2014: Out soon on World In Sound: Long expected and now re-issued for the first time - Easy Chair's 1968 one-sided album with a running time of 20 minutes is one of the most sought-after Northwest psych-underground records of all time. Original copies have been sold for over $1,000. Correctly remembered as psychedelic rock pioneers, they crammed an amazing career into only one year of activity. Easy Chair performed with the Yardbirds, Cream and the Mothers of Invention. Their epic Westcoast blues features a unique guitar chemistry of Larson's psychedelic leads and Kirby's fluid lines and hypnotic chording. Their jam-excursions were always satisfying. They played lots of original material and it is known that a complete live-gig was recorded when Easy Chair opened for The Mothers at the Shrine Auditorium, L.A., but the tape seems to be lost (forever).

By end of 1968 they caught the attention of Zappa's crew and signed a record contract with Bizarre Records to be promoted together with Alice Cooper. Too soon then Easy Chair broke up, but together with EC's drummer Al Malosky, multi-instrumentalist Simmons recorded the Naked Angels Soundtrack (re-released by WIS in 2008). After releasing his solo album Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up in 1969, Jeff joined The Mothers. Carefully remastered from the original mastertape - you'll get definitive 1968 psychedelia with three haunting and unforgettable long songs, that have the impact of a full length album! Limited edition, handmade cover, 180g vinyl plus posters, extended liners/bio and rare memorabilia!

*DECEMBER 2, 2014* Coming in January from Sundazed (both LP and CD):

Shadows Of Kinght: Live 1966 - Besides releasing two classic longplayers and many more singles (including the smash, 'Gloria'), touring/behaving badly all across America and appearing on TV shows like Upbeat and Where The Action Is, the Shadows of Knight also ruled at suburban Chicago's hands-down hippest teen club, The Cellar. Over the decades, their Cellar performances have become the stuff of legend.

Miraculously, two reels of tape of the Shadows of Knight live on stage at the Cellar (in 1966!) were eventually uncovered by Sundazed. As early as their Gloria album debut in spring '66, the Shadows of Knight had separated themselves from the garage band pack with a heavily Chicago Blues-based, wildly rocking repertoire. Their trademark sound is on full display in this attitude-drenched, anarchic live recording from late in that exalted year.

For this expanded edition, the original sets and correct song sequence have been faithfully restored. And to top that, additional and until now completely unheard bonus material is rescued from those old reels. Specifically, added to an already scorching set are previously-unheard takes of 'Peepin' and Hidin'' (sung by blues legend Joe Kelley), 'Willie Jean' (with a vocal from drummer Tom Schiffour) and 'Any Way That You Want Me'. Equally important, the packaging now equals the musical contents thanks to an all-new, eye grabbing sleeve highlighted by John Hora's amazing original photography from '66.

Unlike their comparatively harnessed studio recordings, the Shadows of Knight are presented here raw 'n' alive, sloppy bordering on brilliant and with all the subtlety of a bulldozer. Would you want 'em any other way?

Standells: Live On Tour--1966!The Standells' amazing string of punkish, tough-guy anthems, like 'Dirty Water' and 'Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White', define the legacy of mid-sixties garage rock like nothing else. With the success of these records came '66 tours with the Rolling Stones and Beach Boys. From all reports, the Standells proved a superb live act. But for decades, their on-stage reputation rested on an earlier, Pre-Tower label live album documenting the Standells in an unrecognizably clean-cut night club incarnation. 

But there's a happy ending to this story. It turns out the Standells were in fact recorded at their peak, Live On Tour--1966! At last, here's the whole knock-out live act from the year the Standells stormed the charts. All the '66 hits are here including 'Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White', 'Why Pick On Me?' and of course, 'Dirty Water' (in tremendous versions, all of them). Fan faves are also on board, like the fuzzed-out 'Mr. Nobody' and stomping 'Why Did You Hurt Me'. Highlights also include high energy covers of 'Midnight Hour' and 'Please, Please, Please', to name just a few of these crowd-pleasers, showcasing the Standells' R&B roots updated with '66 sheen. Hearing the Standells' road-tested, extended take on 'Gloria' is not to be missed, either! 

Rescued from a professionally recorded concert at the University of Michigan, the Standells are captured in astonishingly clean sound that rivals their legendary studio recordings. This may just be the finest recorded example of vintage live '66 American garage rock. It's all here, the Standells in brilliant sound and in a superb package including rare photos and liner notes. 

Coming from Norton Records in early December: "Two garage snarlers from Sky and company make their first 45 appearance! These were issued with dubbed in applause on the LIVE AND WILD album - dig the raw undubbed studio takes!"
Shindig #44, available early December, includes an article on Neighb'rhood Child'n, among others.
It's Psychedelic Baby #1 includes articles on '60s Texas music/bands, including Powell St. John, Zakary Thaks, The Moving Sidewalks, Lemon Fog, Golden Dawn, Homer, Corpus and many more.
*NOVEMBER 19, 2014* Coming soon from Out-Sider Music: Though they only released one 45 during their existence,Children of the Mushroom epitomized the psychedelic garage sound coming out of California in the late '60s. Formed in Thousand Oaks by Jerry McMillen and Dennis Swansen, they evolved from a mid-'60s teen-beat band called The Captives. In 1967, they became Children of the Mushroom, a name which reflected their new psychedelic sound and image. The following year, they caught the attention of a couple of young producers, who signed the band for a 45 release. Recorded in 1968 for Soho Records, 'August Mademoiselle'/'You Can't Erase a Mirror' is one of the masterpieces from the first psychedelic era: feedback, fuzz, organ, and mysterious vocals. Soon after, the band incorporated a new guitar player, shortened their name to The Mushroom and started playing in a more heavy psych vein, in a similar style to Iron Butterfly. This retrospective album includes both tracks from their monster 45, with sound taken from the master recordings, plus previously unreleased tracks by The Mushroom, recorded in 1968. These are raw, lo-fi home recordings with lots of fuzz guitar and organ. It's the sound of a psychedelic band in 1968 playing free and wild, without any producer or record label executive telling them what to do. An incredible document. Remastered sound. Fold-out colour insert with liner notes, interview with the band members, and rare photos.

*NOVEMBER 10, 2014* Remember TV bandstand shows? Then you’ll love our new book! The arrival of Rock 'n' Roll music created a previously unexplored market for advertisers: the teenager. And in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Sump'n Else show was often the highlight of a teenager's day. The Sump'n Else Show is a fun, new softback book by Bud Buschardt, with his collaborator, Sam Sauls. This tabletop version is Bud's personal memories of that bygone era, which is to be respected as a music/television history book. During the TV dance craze of the mid-to-late 1960's, Bud Buschardt was unit manager-floorman-assistant director at the Dallas studio of WFAA-TV in NorthPark Center. There are pages of great old photos and lists of songs that were played on the show.

Collaborator Sam Sauls is the driving force behind the creation of the book. He believes that this piece of television history needs to be documented because his research showed that not much information is available on local television bandstand shows. Sam and Bud both desire and hope to correct some of the misinformation now on the Internet about the show.

The Sump'n Else show followed the 1964 success of WFAA-TV's Group & Chapman show, a Saturday night lip-synch show for teens and their parents that starred Dallas/Fort Worth area teenagers. The legendary show began September 6, 1965 and concluded on January 26, 1968. Sump'n Else had new music, dancing, fashions, contests, food, and "The Little Group" – a group of four girls dancing on a platform off the dance floor. Host Ron Chapman often referred to them as the "stars of the show." The original group included Calleen Anderegg, Delpha Teague, Joan Prather and Kathy Forney. This is the only book that tells the story of Ron from his beginning high school days in the entertainment business through his successes at KLIF, WFAA-TV and KVIL until his retirement from KLUV.

National guest music stars like Paul Revere and The Raiders, Herman's Hermits, The Monkees, and The Righteous Brothers made appearances on the show. Local area musicians including The 13th Floor Elevators, The Five Americans, Southwest F.O.B., The Novas, Scotty McKay, Kenny & The Kasuals, Those Guys and many more were also featured guests on Sump'n Else.

Entry Way Publishing is now pleased to accept preorders for the book and expect to be able to ship the third week of November 2014.

Ugly Things #38 - Available later this month...
Back From The Grave 9...out in December on Crypt Records!
Back From The Grave 10...out in December on Crypt Records!
From Norton Records and first time on 45...the 1964 El Paso demo of Bobby Fuller Four's 'I Fought The Law'. This will be released in conjunction with the upcoming Bobby Fuller bio by Miriam Linna. We'll post more as it becomes known in early December.
Shag: 1969 coming this month from Guerrsen.
Unsettled Society: 17 Diamond Studded Cadillacs coming this month from Guerrsen.
*OCTOBER 10, 2014* Scheduled for November release by Ace/Big Beat Records: 

America's 1960s love affair with British rock was probably never articulated better than by the original group known as Powder. Equal parts incisive melody and violent chording, and dripping pop-art flash, the dynamic 1968 recordings by this power trio from the San Francisco Peninsula have an acquired a cult notoriety since they were first uncovered two decades ago. Now with Big Beat's deluxe Ka-Pow! An Explosive Collection 1967-68, this remarkable material has been given a further, fully re-mastered, lease of life.

Brit-besotted brothers Rich and Tom Martin had been playing surf and garage rock in their native San Mateo since the start of the decade. Joining forces with visiting Kiwi pop star Ray Columbus in 1967, they formed the Art Collection. Later, spotted by Sonny & Cher in a Hollywood nightclub, the group was hired as accompanists for the duo's spring 1968 tour.

Now a trio and renamed Powder (as in gunpowder), the act taped an album's worth of original and highly memorable mod-rock at Gold Star in the autumn. The LP never came out, and the Martins eventually emerged on their own as Thomas & Richard Frost, scoring a minor hit in 1969 with the sunshine-pop staple 'She's Got Love'.

The earlier Powder and Art Collection material is in a powerful, feedback-strewn mode, drawing upon groups like Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and the Smoke as much as the Who and Small Faces to influence their style. Powerpop and freakbeat nuggets 'Turn Another Page', 'Gladly' and 'Magical Jack' indicate what an unusual and accomplished group Powder was.

The sonic upgrade on Ka-Pow! An Explosive Collection 1967-68 ensures the powerful, feedback-strewn sound of Powder comes to life. Several previously unissued bonus tracks include Columbus and the Art Collection's punk classic 'Kick Me'. The package features lengthy liner notes by Alec Palao and many previously unseen photos and images. With the band touring again, our vintage anthology Ka-Pow! is a perfect introduction to – or reminder of – the magic of Powder.

*OCTOBER 10, 2014* Coming in November from Ace/Vanguard:

Follow Me Down: Vanguard's Lost Psychedelic Era 1966-1970, co-produced by Vanguard staffer Stephen Brower and Birdman Records founder David Katznelson, is an 18-track compilation that encompasses hand-selected tracks from Vanguard's best "lost" records and 45s.

Many of the bands featured here only released one record, or a smattering of singles, before drifting into obscurity, while others went on to greater fame after their stint at Vanguard was done. While they are stylistically varied, there lies a common thread of musical integrity to these groups: no matter how bombastic, fuzz-soaked or outer-worldly the music may have seemed. Artists include The 31st of February who recorded one album for Vanguard Records, disbanding shortly afterwards. Drummer Butch Trucks subsequently joined the Allman Brothers as a permanent member.

Circus Maximus recorded two albums for Vanguard, each driven by the dual song-writing contributions of the band's leaders and co-founders, Bob Bruno and Jerry Jeff Walker.

The Hi-Five were regulars at the famous Café Wah, when Beatles manager Brian Epstein walked into the club and signed them to management. When Epstein died at 32, the doors that had been opened were slammed shut. It was then that Vanguard offered them a single deal, producing 'Did You Have To Rub It In?'.

*OCTOBER 10, 2014* COMING IN COLORED VINYL NEXT MONTH: FOUR-SONG EP BY G.O.D. RECORDSFrom Ruffin, North Carolina, a garage band (IV-Pack) with one rare 45 that has become legendary via various garage collections (songs 'Whatzit'/'Bootleg'). 500 were pressed but never commercially released and lost in attics and garages in 1967, with a prior (1966) ultra rare acetate (songs 'Theme'/'Love My Baby') which was cut in six copies for the band and all but one were lost. From a single copy and that only acetate we mastered and made this four-song 7" EP, two songs here heard for the first time!

*OCTOBER 9, 2014* From Numero Group: A truly underground document of the national obsession with heavy, mind-bent psychedelia. Originating in the unassuming suburb of Prairie Springs, KS, Bulbous Creation seem to have warped directly from the wrong side of the looking glass with a jabberwocky full of surreal lyrics and gratuitous guitar solos. Recorded and abandoned in the catacombs of Independence, Missouri's Cavern Sound studio in 1969, Bulbous Creation's eight-song screed invokes images of sinners, wage slaves, drugs, out of touch parents, jail, and the devil, naturally.

*OCTOBER 8,2014* Coming From Break-A-Way RecordsThe Raunch from Ossining, N.Y. were one of countless mid-sixties groups born into a healthy local garage scene, living the classic story of local bands for two years and then almost forgotten for the last five decades. In the short time of their existence, the Raunch released a legendary 7", made it with one track onto the collectable Battle Of The Bands LP on the regionally active Ren-Vell label and in 1967 recorded another until now unreleased pair of tracks. Both sides of their sole single on Bazaar Records are good examples of classic '60s garage punk. 'A Little While Back' is a crude heavy fuzz punker with a blistering guitar solo perfectly backed with 'I Say You're Wrong', a tough 'n' moody song with the classic garage girl-treats-boy-bad lyrics on the flip. While both sides of the 7" were group originals written by Sandy Katz, their LP contribution for Ren-Vell was a cover of Paul Revere & The Raiders' 'Hungry' -- played by the group in their unique "raunchy style" of course. Even more unique is the treatment the boys gave to their unreleased recordings of 'Hey Joe' and 'Tobacco Road'. Again recorded at Ren-Vell in 1967, both covers are unbelievable ultra heavy fuzz killers with a wild brand of slashing and uncompromising guitar playing. By all accounts, the studio engineer ran into the cellar to escape the loud, fuzzy noise! Despite losing several battle of the bands contests, their ultimate victory comes in the shape of this one-sided Break-A-Way release. Five tracks with the excitement and power for two LP sides, all of which are savage garage punk and once heard, unforgettable.

*OCTOBER 7, 2014* Upcoming from Guerssen: Unreleated Segments: The Story Of  My Life - Complete Recordings. Sixties punk, garage, moody sounds and proto-hard-rock of the highest order! Complete recordings (1966-1975) of this legendary band from Michigan, including their three killer 45s plus unreleased recordings and alternate takes. Master tape sound, insert with photos and liner notes.

The Unrelated Segments created some of the most celebrated garage-punk anthems of all time. Tracks like 'Cry, Cry, Cry' with its teenage-angst vocals and out of control fuzztone guitar break, 'The Story Of My Life' with that bizarre and ultra-punk bass line or the moody-punker 'It's Gonna Rain' have been included on countless garage comps (Back From The Grave, Acid Dreams, Nuggets, etc.) and have been covered by numerous bands who worship them as '60s punk Gods.

Sadly, the band never got the chance to record a full album. After three outstanding 45s, they recorded a projected fourth single that never saw the light of day, just when the band had changed its name to U.S and had started playing in a heavier vein, similar to early MC5. Soon after, the band split up and some of their members formed psych-rock band Lost Nation.

On this collection, along with their official 45s and alternate takes/rehearsals, you'll find the unreleased 45 from 1969 plus some demos recorded by an unnamed post-Unrelated Segments/Lost Nation band in 1972. An amazing find which shows the band playing pure Detroit high-energy hard rock!

Coming in December from Guerrsen Records
*OCTOBER 1, 2014* Upcoming from Rhino

Monkees fans, it's time to stop singing 'This Doesn't Seem To Be My Day.' We know you've been chomping at the bit to find out more specifics about the so-called super deluxe edition of the Monkees' self-titled debut ever since our pal Andrew Sandoval acknowledged its impending arrival during the band's official convention earlier this year, but your long wait is at an end: you're finally getting all the details on the three-disc, 100-track set.

If you've ever owned a copy of The Monkees in the past, then you’ll obviously recognize the first 24 tracks on Disc 1, a.k.a. the original mono and stereo albums, and if you've enough of a fan that you've invested in the various solo efforts by the members, then you'll also be familiar with quite a lot of Disc 3, which contains Davy's The David Jones Album (in mono and stereo) and a pair of singles along with some of Mike's early work, when he was still calling himself Michael Blessing. But don't worry, there’s plenty of stuff you haven't heard before, including mono TV versions of songs, alternate takes, remixes, rehearsals, demos, and even a pair of songs by the aforementioned Mr. Blessing that've never been released before: 'Who Do You Love' and 'Get Out of My Life Woman.'

All told, 45 out of the 100 tracks are previously-unreleased – and given how many times this album has been reissued over the years, you have to admit: that's pretty damned amazing – plus there's a full-color booklet featuring an essay and liner notes by the aforementioned Mr. SandovalDon't forget, though, that this will be a limited-edition situation, with only 4,000 individually numbered boxes being made available...

*SEPTEMBER 28, 2014* Courtesy Alec Palao, and coming soon from Ace/Big Beat Records, is It's The End - The Definitive Collection, a new Zakary Thaks compilation that collects the group's best recordings, plus alternate takes and a never-before-heard anywhere song, 'It's The End'. The jam-packed booklet also includes interviews with all band members. We'll post the official announcement as soon as it's available...

Coming soon from Moi J'Connais Records, a vinyl collection of the Velvet Illusions' singles. Special thanks to Gray Newell for the heads up...
Out now on Rockbeat Records, featuring classic garage/psych "scary" tracks by Larry & The Blue Notes, Circus, Frantics, Ebb Tides, Grim Reapers, Graveyard Five, Executioners and more. 98 tracks over three discs!
*SEPTEMBER 18, 2014* Coming soon from Break-A-Way Records, on CD and limited edition vinyl: In August 1967, London Dri entered Audio Sonic Sound Studio to record what would be their only 45-rpm single. 'Life in Your Hand', an original song written by guitarist Bruce Thomas, was backed by 'Dona, Dona', a re-working of a Jewish folk song with a new arrangement by the group. Released on the Yobo label, the two songs represented the entire released output by the Los Angeles-based combo. For years, if recalled at all, London Dri would be remembered for that lone single. Between their 1965 formation and their disbandment in 1970, however – and in between hundreds of performances and even a movie appearance – London Dri recorded several other songs. Had they been released, they would certainly have earned the group a more prominent standing today among Hollywood rock groups of the era. London Dri had it all: From garage rock to classic U.S. psychedelia to Who-styled mod-pop. Finally here is the band's legacy – 11 killer tracks in their distinctive London Dri style.

*SEPTEMBER 17, 2014* A new vinyl LP out soon! on Now Sound RecordsIt's Boss Man Volume 218 More Cool Slabs of Thumpin' 60's USA Teenbeat Garage with a Soulin' Attitude! Killer cool front sleeve done by German artist Marcel Bontempi! Full color back of the sleeve has all the labels + inside extra pic's of some bands! Cool colored vinyl too!!

Limited edition of only 500 copies - Now Sound Records - Now 6...

Coming in December via Norton Records...
*SEPTEMBER 9, 2014* Due mid-October from Break-A-Way RecordsCorpus Christie, Texas 1967 – the town is a hotbed for young music groups. One of the local bands to gain attention are The Zulus. They play local gigs, have a certain popularity and a record deal is overdue. Carl Becker, co-owner of J-Beck Records, who had already managed The Zakary Thaks, offers the band a contract for his newly established Cee-Bee Label. On Becker's suggestion, the band changes their name to Liberty Bell and in 1967 their debut 45 'The Nazz Are Blue' b/w 'Big Boss Man' gets released. The name Liberty Bell is inseparable connected with other self penned garage recordings such as 'That's How It Will Be', 'For What You Lack' and the unreleased 'I Can See'. In 1968 lead singer Ronnie Tanner leaves the band and gets replaced by former Zakary Thaks lead singer Chris Gerniottis. The change in line-up and the new spirit of the age gives a more psychedelic edge to the band's sound and leads to another load of classic Gerniottis-written recordings such as 'Reality Is The Only Answer', 'Recognition' and 'Look For Tomorrow'. For the first time in 25 years, the music of Liberty Bell is available again on vinyl. Brillant Five-Star-Texas-Garage-Punk – always and forever.

*SEPTEMBER 8, 2014* From World In Sound Records: After the remastered re-release of Mystic Siva, our re-release of Phantasia and all the other highlights of this summer, we're happy to announce the final vinyl release of Jeff Simmon's band Easy Chair for November 2014!

Easy Chair was Simmons' first band, before joining the Mothers Of Invention and co-starring in Zappa's 200 Motels. The original Easy Chair release from 1968 was a one side demo-LP of which only 100 copies were made. This is the holy grail of the lost '60s albums! Slow and haunted West Coast heavy psych at its best. These three long tunes will blow you away. Taken from the original tape and the praise of the man, Mr. Jeff Simmons, himself. Stay tuned!

*SEPTEMBER 8, 2014* Bill Gannon wrote to inform us about the 50th Reunion of The Others: The mid-'60s Rhode Island rock band The Others is getting together again for a "50th Year" reunion show at the Met. The Others recorded on the RCA and Jubilee labels, and their record 'I Can't Stand This Love Goodbye' is considered by many a garage band classic, having been included in both the Pebbles and Mindrocker anthologies. The group was one of the most prominent RI bands in the '60s, and opened for acts such as The Lovin' Spoonful, The Byrds, Eric Burdon and the Animals, and more. They will be performing their own songs, as well as '60s hits from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Lovin' Spoonful and other groups.

*SEPTEMBER 2, 2014* From Barry TashianThis month The Remains will play two concerts to celebrate their 50th Anniversary! We hope to see you at one of the shows. Come on out and help celebrate 50 years since founding of the band in Boston! Tell your friends! Here’s the info:

Friday, Sept. 26, Fairfield, CT - Stage One
For info and tickets follow this link:

Saturday, Sept. 27, Arlington, MA - The Regent Theatre  

Get Hip is reissuing Psych of The South's excellent Lost Souls Volume One on vinyl. It should be available for ordering next week. Also check eBay...
*AUGUST 24, 2014* Out now is California Nuggets: Teen Blast from the San Joaquin Valley Rock Scene (1960-1970), and excellent collection of well-known songs coupled with previously unreleased material. It's a very impressive list of bands, including cover boys The Brymers, as well as The Avengers, Jim Doval & The Gauchos, Road Runners, Cantbury Fair, Cindermen, Buddhas, Chocolate Tunnel, Stepping Stones, Crystal Image and more. Includes a 24-page booklet with photos and band bios. Released by Valley Grown Records with the involvement of most of the musicians that recorded the music. For more information, visit here.

*AUGUST 24, 2014* The Cryan' Shames' debut album, 1966's Sugar And Spice, is an exciting launch pad from the Chicago-based sextet. The set'S distinctive mix of youthful garage-rock energy, emerging pop songcraft, and well-chosen rock 'n' roll and soul covers reflects the spirit of the times and captures the sound of an ambitious band focused on reclaiming America from the British Invasion. 

In addition to the album—presented in its original MONO mix for the first time on CD—are six bonus tracks, and all are sourced from the ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES.

The deluxe, full-colour booklet also includes rare photos and extensive liner notes by music historian Scott Schinder that feature the participation of original band members. Mastered by Alan Brownstein from the original master tapes! Out October by Now Sounds...

Now available for ordering (click on the image): Tommy George of The Surf Knights contacted us to inform us about a new Texas Psych Garage CD, released in the next two weeks on the Groove Dog Label. The album contains newly recorded songs by many great '60s groups, including The Coastliners, Neal Ford & The Fanatics, The Glass Kans, The Sound Investment, and members of Thursday's Children, The Moving Sidewalks, Michael, Sixpentz, The Surf Knights, The Remaining Few, Liquid Blue, Dave Starkey V and more.
*AUGUST 6, 2014* Warner Bros., Elektra, and Atlantic Records have dug deep into their vaults to procure classic garage rock and psychedelic gems from the '60s and '70s, for Dig That Underground Sound, a 3-CD collector's compilation, available exclusively at

With this value-priced box set, you can escape into music history with cult favorites like LA rock legends Love and proto-punk pioneers The Flamin' Groovies, to truly obscure, hard-to-find tracks reminiscent of acclaimed Nuggets-style releases. You'll also get extensive liner notes on the evolution of Warner Bros. Records and many of the artists featured in this compilation.

If you love Nuggets and underground garage rock, this seminal release is a must-have for your collection.

• 3CD set of '60s/'70s Nuggets-style garage rock with 45 tracks at a nice price

Package designed by Mark London – artist that designed Rhino's LA Nuggets 4CD Box and Brian Wilson's Smile 

• Detailed liner notes provide background on some of the higher profile bands 

• Includes many rare tracks not readily available on CD; such as 'Floatin' by Vamp and 'I Want You' by The Waphphle

• Also includes classic tracks by well-known 1960s veterans such as Love, Flamin' Groovies and The Beau Brummels

• If you love Nuggets and underground garage rock, this 3-CD compilation is a must-have for your collection!

*AUGUST 5, 2014* Available as part of the Local Customs series in mid-September from Numero Group. Not quite hell, but close enough. Local Customs: Cavern Sound covers six years lost in the deranging darkness of Independence, Missouri's Pixley limestone mine, where a team of misfit engineers captured the reverberating echoes of Kansas City's rock 'n' roll blasting cap. Taped in the subterranean studio headspace of Cavern between 1967 and 1973 are previously unissued recordings by Jaded, Larry Sands & The Sound Affair, Sheriff, Mulligan, Stone Wall, Morningstar, The Montaris, and The Dantes, alongside the most explosive tracks released on KC’' Pearce, Rock, and Cave labels by the likes of The Reactions, Burlington Express, The Classmen, Fraight, American Sound Ltd., Baxter's Chat, 21st Century Sound Movement, Pretty, Tide, and A.J. Rowe.

*AUGUST 1, 2014* Next month: Shindig #42:


The early years: 1966-69

The dark side of the ultimate feel good band

20 Questions for the king of Californian harmony vocalists

The latter day LA mystic that keeps the gentle spirit alive

Inside the pioneering electronic psychedelic troupe

Plus bonus magazine REVERBERATE on Goat, Suuns, Hills, Allah Las, Teeth Of The Sea and more.
Plus exclusive FREE CD in association with Rocket Recordings

*AUGUST 1, 2014* Out now: Shindig #41:
On The Road In The Magic Bus: Post-acid, pre-Tommy – their 1968 annus horribilis

Just For Love: the story of San Francisco's pioneering acid-rockers 

Music steps outside the realms of rock

Early psychedelic soul act that should've been huge


*JULY 29, 2014* BAY CITY, MI — Nearly five decades since a group of first generation Americans recorded one of the best known and most influential songs of the 1960s in a humble, homespun studio in Bay City, the ditty is garnering recognition in its hometown.

Equal parts protopunk and garage rock anthem, Question Mark and The Mysterians' '96 Tears' is to be declared Bay City's official rock 'n' roll song by Mayor Christopher Shannon at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, at Old City Hall, 814 Saginaw St. Following the dedication, the band is expected to perform at the downtown Bay City eatery. Read more...

Left to right: Tim Fankhauser, vocal and guitar; Jerry Yada, keys and sax; Merrell Fankhauser, vocals and guitar; Art Dougall, drums; Phil Gross, bass. Per Merrell, "This all started when George Weston's daughter Carla and I found unreleased tracks in the Glenn Records archives. It was her idea to do the '60s bands reunion in Palmdale, where Beefheart and Zappa lived and first played in a band together called The Omens!" We'll post more about the unreleased recordings once the LP is ready to announce...
*JULY 22, 2014* The band was dying and knew it. Attempting to relight the fire, Little Boy Blues, the quartet that had hit with 'The Great Train Robbery' slunk back to the studio one final time, even singing of their future silence, declaring there was 'Nothing Left to Say.' Although Chicago has produced its share of rock bands over the decades, few experienced the whiplash fortunes of the Little Boy Blues, their rapid rise followed quickly by a deafening bust. They saw a studio before a stage, played their first shows with the Rolling Stones, nearly disintegrated during the recording of In The Woodland of Weir—their first and final album—and their last songs, which have remained buried until now. From Numero Group...

*JULY 18, 2014* To celebrate the digital release of Lavender Hill Express's Sonobeat catalogue, they and The Sweetarts will be performing live at the Saxon Pub in Austin from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 26!

Lavender Hill Express recorded three stereo 45-rpm singles for Sonobeat in '67 and '68. Between 1,000 and 1,500 copies of each single were pressed, and relatively few copies still exist, circulating among avid vinyl collectors worldwide. Now, more than four decades later, Sonobeat Historical Archives proudly reissues all three Lavender Hill Express Sonobeat singles on the iTunes and Amazon MP3 stores on July 22nd. 'Visions', 'Trying To Live A Life', 'Watch Out', 'Country Music's Here To Stay', 'Outside My Window', and 'Silly Rhymes' join a never-before-released bonus track from the Sonobeat archives, 'Trouble', on the album Visions. All tracks are freshly restored and remastered from high resolution digital transfers made directly from the original analog master tapes.

*JULY 8, 2014* Press Release:

LOS ANGELES, JULY 7: A long form 110+ minute documentary The Seeds: Pushin' Too Harddirected by Neil Norman for GNP Crescendo, is scheduled for debut theatrical release on August 16, 2014. The Egyptian Theater at the American Cinematheque will premiere the movie.

Using vintage footage, rare photos, memorabilia and audio, plus fresh interviews with band members and associates as well as notable fans and observers, Pushin' Too Hard relates the bizarre rage-to-riches-to-rags tale of the rock quartet who took Los Angeles by storm in the mid-60s.

The Seeds – keyboard player Daryl Hooper, guitarist Jan Savage, drummer Rick Andridge and charismatic singer Sky Saxon – were all emigres to early 1960s Hollywood. After building a crack reputation in underground clubs such as Bido Litos, the group bust out in late 1966 with the classic anthem of frustration, 'Pushin' Too Hard,' which went Top 40 nationally in early 1967.

The group enjoyed other regional hits such as 'Mr. Farmer' and 'Can't Seem To Make You Mine,' and recorded five best-selling albums for the GNP Crescendo label, but despite a huge and partisan fanbase in southern California, the Seeds could not capitalize on their initial chart success. The growing ego and drug-fueled eccentricities of frontman Saxon alienated the other members, and led to the original quartet's fracture in the summer of 1968.

After 1970, Saxon renamed himself Sunlight, embarking on a strange odyssey that took him from life as a street person in Hollywood to a commune in Hawaii. Sky returned to performing in the late 1980s and, using several different sets of musicians, performed Seeds music the world over until his untimely death in 2009.

The rote rock histories of the time routinely dismissed the Seeds as one-dimensional, but the from the late 1970s on, the group's minimalist, attitude-laden sound became a major influence upon the nascent punk rock movement, and has subsequently had a lasting impact on generations of players since. Similarly the "flower power" hype that the Seeds were saddled with in 1967 now seems less important than the pulsing, singular drive that is at the heart of their music.

The band's story is examined in detail in The Seeds: Pushin' Too Hard. All four original Seeds are represented, alongside auxiliary members, band associates, and contemporaries such as Kim Fowley, Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys and Johnny Echols of Love. Major fans like Iggy Pop and The Bangles weigh in on what The Seeds mean to them. Narration is by author Miss Pamela Des Barres

The Seeds: Pushin' Too Hard is produced and written by Alec Palao and edited by Dan Schaarschmidt. Award-winning director Norman and four-time Grammy nominee Palao have spent the past six years developing the project. The movie is accompanied by a major overhaul of the Seeds' catalog on GNP Crescendo and Ace/Big Beat Records in the UK.

An encore screening of The Seeds Pushin' Too Hard is set for the Art Theater of Long Beach on August 23 sponsored in conjunction with Third Eye Records. Further showings across the U.S. and overseas are planned for later this year.

*JUNE 25, 2014* Break-A-Way Records has announced several great upcoming releases

As far as new releases are, we did proceed well with the LONDON DRI LP. Look forward to their amazing collection of L.A. '60s psych/garage to be released ca. September/October. The LP includes their rare 45 on Yobo Records, plus a number of amazing unreleased recordings. Around the same time, we hope to come out with a 14-track vinyl collection of 45s and unreleased by Corpus Christie, TX garage band legends LIBERTY BELL.

Other plans include a 7" release by The Raunch from Ossining, N.Y., famous for their 1966 Single on their own Bazaar Records label titled  'I Say You're Wrong' b/w 'A Little While Back'. The 45 will have a cover of Paul Revere and The Raiders 'Hungry' as a bonus cut. 'Hungry' was their contribution to the Ren-Vell Battle Of The Bands LP. Another planned release comes from Chicago's Travel Agency and has their sole 1967 45 'Jailbait' b/w 'Hard Times'. As with the Raunch 45, it's going to be a 7" with picture sleeve and both are planned still to be released in 2014.

A collection of rarities from Chicago's famous Rembrandt Records should be out in early 2015.

*JUNE 25, 2014* Available now from Cicadelic Records:

The Troyes exploded onto the music scene with 'Rainbow Chaser,' a regional smash hit that climbed to number three on the Top 40 in September of 1966. Sensing a new phenomenon, famed bandleader Ray Anthony (who already had smash hits with 'Dragnet' and 'Peter Gunn') signed the group to his new rock label Space Records. His faith in the band was so great that nearly two albums worth of material were recorded at United Sound (Detroit) in 1966 and 1967. Unfortunately, only two singles were issued and the rest of the material was never released. Now for the first time ever, all twenty-four of The Troyes’ recordings are compiled on this album. The recordings range from far-out psychedelic to unhinged fuzz and farfisa garage to moody haunting sounds. Also included on this album is a detailed booklet of rare photos, radio surveys, newspaper articles, and Troyes memorabilia.

*JUNE 20, 2014* News on the next Big Beat Seeds reissue, courtesy Alec Palao:

Big Beat's Seeds campaign wraps up with a definitive anthology of their entire run of singles from 1965 to 1970, a collection that includes some of the band's best known material including 'Can't Seem To Make You Mine,' 'Mr. Farmer' and of course their lone Top 40 hit, the garage rock touchstone that is 'Pushin' Too Hard.'

• Nevertheless, the act's less successful singles such as 'Satisfy You', 'The Wind Blows Your Hair' and 'Bad Part Of Town' have become as equally renowned in the years since. And Seeds' B-sides are almost as beloved – tunes like 'Out Of The Question,' 'The Other Place' and 'Wild Blood' are all fan favourites.

• This 24-track collection is drawn from the original singles masters, which in most cases have never been available since their initial release. Most cuts feature unique mixes and/or different edits. After leaving the GNP Crescendo label in 1970, the Seeds moved to MGM for two swansong 45s, both of which are included and have never been officially issued on CD. Bonus tracks are a different vocal for 'Excuse Excuse' issued on a French EP, and the original full length, unedited version of 'Pushin' Too Hard.'

• In keeping with our deluxe reissues of the Seeds regular albums, Singles As & Bs 1965-1970 is presented in a digipak with an extensive and heavily illustrated booklet, and its release coincides with the theatrical debut of the GNP Crescendo documentary The Seeds - Pushin' Too Hard.

*JUNE 17, 2014* Short Nuggets: Be on the lookout for a new Subliminal Sounds release titled LSD Underground 12, an LP recorded in 1966 by mususicans all "under the infleunce of LSD". It was one of the last projects worjed on by Patrick Lundborg. RIP Lama...Flashback #5 will be available shortly. Featured atricles include Blossom Toes, Room, Fairport Convention and Arcadium...A new LP titled Breaking Glass: Garage Rock From Toledo, OH includes both 45 tracks by The Mods ('I Give You An Inch' and 'You've Got Another Think Coming')...

*JUNE 16, 2014* Jon Pereles of Neal Ford & The Fanatics was on a tour of Italy in late May when he was seriously injured in a bicycling accident. He suffered head trauma as well as broken ribs and sternum. He remains in a coma in a facility near Venice. Friends and family have set up a fundraiser to help pay for his medical expenses and the cost of transporting him back to the USA. Here is the link: 

If you can help in any way, please do...

The Standells Live On Tour 1966 expanded LP just announced by Sundazed! We'll post more news when it's available.
Coming soon from Sundazed, an expanded LP of the great live '66 CD!
*JUNE 7, 2014* Aficionados of 1960s psychedelic rock recognize the Freeborne's 1968 album Peak Impressions as one of the best and most collectable records in the genre. Formed in 1966 as an offshoot of two Boston-area garage bands (The Missing Links and The Indigos), the Freeborne have remained something of an enigma; avoiding both the limelight and the eventual stigma associated with the "Bosstown" fad. Their eclectic musical vision, which incorporates complex musical textures, sophisticated composition, creative studio effects, elements of jazz, rock, blues, and free-form sounds, all create a truly ambitious period piece from the turbulent day-glow sixties.

During their prolific two-year lifespan, the Freeborne performed constantly throughout the New England region and in August of 1967 opened for the Velvet Underground at the Boston Tea Party. They made the connection with local music impresario Barry Richards who secured a record deal with the New York-based Monitor label as their sole rock act. The band was booked at CBS Studio in NYC which resulted in a remarkably well-produced, ten-song audio document of their full-blown imaginative compositions—an impressive and ambitious feat for a quintet comprised of high school seniors.

While numerous unauthorized reissues of Peak Impressions have appeared over the years, this substantial upgrade is taken directly from the original mastertapes and includes six bonus and enlightening alternate mono mixes. In addition, the package concludes with three recent "Reborne" compositions from 2010 that involve three members of the original band and pay homage to the their original adventurous musical spirit. This quality 78-minute CD edition comes packaged in an informative 24-page booklet chock full of pictures, memorabilia, and liner notes by noted archivist Gary Burns culled from insightful interviews with all five members of the ensemble.

*JUNE 3, 2014* Short Nuggets: Travis Pike has a collection of newly recorded songs titled Travis Edward Pike's Tea Party Snack Platter: Fresh Recordings of Songs Once Performed By Travis Pike's Tea Party. It's a "a newly arranged and recorded album of songs composed in the late '60s and performed back then by Travis with his former Boston-based band, Travis Pike's Tea Party, and is now available at"...I'll Be Right Back After This: My Memoir by Pat O'Brien is the biography of "a skinny South Dakota kid with long hair, a rock and roll band, divorced parents and an alcoholic father. In all the familiar ways, he was on the road to nowhere until a professor, who envisioned his future as the household name he would soon become, dramatically changed his life." The group in question is Those Of Us...Another upcoming book is Hotter Than A Match Head: Life On The Run With The Lovin' Spoonful by Steve Boone. "On October 15, 1967, bass player Steve Boone took the Ed Sullivan Show stage for the final time, with his band The Lovin' Spoonful. Since forming in the basement of a Greenwich Village hotel in early 1965, Boone and his bandmates had released an astounding nine Top 20 singles, the first seven of which hit the Billboard Top 10, including the iconic Boone co-writes 'Summer In The City' and 'You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice.' Little did Steve Boone know that the path of his life and career would soon take a turn for the bizarre, one that would eventually find him looking at the world through the bars of a jail cell. From captaining a seaworthy enterprise to smuggle marijuana into the U.S. from Colombia, to a period of addiction, to the successful reformation of the band he’d helped made famous, Hotter Than a Match Head tells the story of Boone's personal journey along with that of one of the most important and enduring groups of the 1960s"...Similarly, Simon Wordworth has self-published, Do You Believe In Magic? The Story Of The Lovin' Spoonful, available as a Kindle on the look out for upcoming, separate single artist releases compiling the 45s and unreleased recordings by The TroyesLiberty Bell and Piece Kor. We'll post full details as soon as they're officially announced...Shindig #40's cover boy is Sean Bonniwell of The Music Machine...The Electric Prunes have releases WaS, featuring 15 tracks recorded live between 1966-2011...The Buckinghams have a new CD on Fuel 2000 titled FlashBack...

*MAY 28, 2014* The official trailer for the definitive documentary on the legendary 1960s garage rock band The Seeds. More at

*MAY 24, 2014* Author/musician Barry Stacks of The Grifs ('Catch A Ride') has a series of new books out about detective/'60s rock music fan Tucker Norman. In an exclusive interview, we get the lowdown on how Stacks' experiences as a member of The Grifs ties into the Tucker Norman character, as well as information on how previously unseen photos of The Grifs were located...

*MAY 19, 2014* Merrell Fankhauser contacted us to share a video from his trip to the high California Desert area finding unreleased Merrell and The Exiles and Fapardokly tapes in the Glenn Records archives that were in storage for nearly 50 years! it includes great interviews with Glen McArthur's son Mac MacArthur, Daniel Portillo, Dan Martin and John Day of The Exiles and Carla Skaggs Weston, daughter of rockabilly singer George Weston. Merrell and other Antelope Valley bands will be doing a '60s bands reunion at the Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom on July 19 at 7 p.m. This will be a night of historical music. Contact for advance tickets.

*MAY 18, 2014* Heading North a bit, Super Oldies presents Canada Rock Archives Volume #1, an overdue series of '50s, '60s and '70s rarities with the goal of preserving the musical heritage of Canada. Volume #1 includes a whopping 34 tracks from 10 artists, featuring four unreleased tracks and 80 minutes of music! All songs make their CD debut, many from master tape sources, with full color 24-page booklet packed with information and memorabilia flat packaged in a heavy vinyl jewel sleeve. Ltd. Edition Pressing. More CDs in this series coming soon!

*MAY 18, 2014* Coming in June from Break-A-Way Records, D-Men: I Wanna Shout! LP. The disc features painstakingly remastered sound and a four-page insert with rare photos from  the band's scrapbook and a detailed band history written by Joseph Tortelli. The release includes all six single sides plus eight additional unreleased songs.

Take the 14 tunes of this platter, add a band named The D-Men, and you've got a driving, shaking demonstration of U.S. mid-1960's British Invasion-influenced garage rock and roll. The D-Men are best remembered today for their minor hit success with 45s such as 'I Just Don't Care' or 'So Little Time'. Their biggest success and recognition though, came in 1967 under their new name The Fifth Estate when they charted nationwide with their baroque rock adaptation 'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead'. But it's the 1964–1966 recorded tracks on this platter which were first played to the neighbourhood kids and then to wild fans which often brought the house down. Included are 'Boom Boom,' 'Hi Heel Sneakers,' and their unreleased demo recording of The Stones' 'Empty Heart'. This punctuates its garage rock beat, with a fuzz­ing deep guitar riff and sing­ing with the sinister resentment that certifies the track as Nuggets ready. But the band had much more to provide than just cover material. With a gift for writing hooks and catchy melodies a string of excellent originals exposes the hidden side of The D-Men perfectly. 'Like I Love You' recaptures the Anglopop charms of the British Invasion, even self-consciously sprinkling Fab Four-isms. 'Don't You Know' is a song laced with the organ and guitar interplay ideally suited to take on The Animals, The Searchers, and The Dave Clark Five. More Beatlesque notions are provided in 'Love Could Show Me', 'I Just Don't Care' and 'Don't You Know', tracks that typify the group's early Merseybeat style. A long-lost punk rock gem such as 'When I'm Gone' explodes with all the subtlety of The Kingsmen's 'Long Green' mugging The Kinks' 'Till The End Of The Day', as Paul Revere and The Raiders' 'Just Like Me' gets ready to pounce. The outstanding 'So Little Time' earned meager attention beyond the regional market. In truth, it deserves a place among the great, if overlooked, slices of hard-edged East Coast folk rock. All these tracks make up a significant part of the group's legacy--a legacy that will only be complete with such recordings as 'It's Cruel', the psychedelic 'Night On Fire', and the explosive live recording of  'I Wanna Shout'. This collection has the flamable stuff of the mid-'60s beat generation--it's something the kids could shake it up to. If you didn't do it then, do it now!

*MAY 16, 2014* Live Evolution Lost: The 13th Floor Elevators Live at the Houston Music Theatre is the first ever release of the complete performance of the band's legendary show from February 18, 1967. The trailblazing 13th Floor Elevators released the first "psychedelic" rock album in America, transforming culture throughout the 1960s and beyond. This two-CD media-book edition catches the band with its classic line-up before the release of Easter Everywhere and is the only known complete recording of an Elevators' gig, and the latest to survive. Put together by band expert Paul Drummond, who also contributes extensive liner notes and mastered by Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3), this release also includes one reel unissued for over forty-five years.

*MAY 13, 2014* At the start of 1966 Dennis Johnson was playing with slot cars and building models. After discovering rock and roll, and buying his first guitar, Dennis became lead guitarist for The Moving Violation. This is the story of how a guitar changed a young man's life and led to a world of music and friendship. Available via Amazon.

*MAY 7, 2014* To celebrate the release of the second edition of There Was A Time, there will be an event at the Charlotte Museum Of History on June 12 at 6 p.m. After refreshments, book co-author Daniel Coston will talk about the music of this state during the 1960s, play records from that era, and show rare and never-before-seen photos. Book co-author Jake Berger and The Mannish Boys will then play a short set. Free admission. Co-sponsored by the Levine Museum of The New South.

*APRIL 30, 2014* Stepping outside the garage for a bit with SHA-BOOM BANG!31 powerful tracks of Vintage Arizona Doo Wop/Funk/R&B/Soul. Most tracks were recorded in Phoenix at Audio Recorders of Arizona from 1958-1971. Hard to find tracks by The Vice-Roys, The Versatiles, The Dots, Chuck Womack & The Sweet Souls, Little Worley & The Drops and so many more.  

On vinyl, many of these recordings are worth hundreds of dollars these days. Most of these tracks are released for the first time digitally. This massive comp was put together with love by Arizona music expert Johnny D. and features a 28-page bookle that includes extensive liner notes by Mr. Dan Nowicki, with stories of each track, and great pictures of the groups and labels included. This 31-song album features a great mix of all things soulful in Phoenix in the '50s-'70s. It's available on eBay.

*APRIL 24, 2014* Two upcoming releases on Now Sound Records:

KING CLAM & THE MARINE BANDWe are proud to release this EP with three cool unreleased uptempo garage-psych rockers from a band coming from Columbus, Ohio 1969! Limted edition of 300 copies. Clear blue vinyl and detailed band linernotes on the backside!

KEYSTONE STATE ROCK: This has been a long-term project in our minds and for preparation too! Acually the state of Pennsylvania has been well covered already by such labels as Distortions Records with the great Crude PA Vol. 1, 2 and 3. However the cool find of a very rare piece of classic psych by The Shillings 'Goodbye My Lady' started the idea of, "there has to be more out there!" So the search began and with the help of other die-hard collectors the result is this first volume of Keystone State Rock with more garage-psych obscurities popping up from all around the state of Pennsylvania. This compilation contains 18 cool, great swirling organ, fuzz drivin', tambourin shakin' tracks of which a few are unreleased. The edition of this record is 500 copies. Brown vinyl with a cool front and back sleeve and detailed band liner notes inside and lots of pictures and articles!

*APRIL 23, 2014* Coming soon from Sundazed:

Mike Condello did it all in four decades in the music business: serve as music director for two local Phoenix TV shows (Teen Beat and The Wallace & Ladmo Show), lead his own bands like Hub Cap and The Wheels, parody the Beatles with Commodore Condello's Salt River Navy Band, and even play with luminaries like Keith Moon, The Tubes, and Jackson Browne. In 1968, he also led his own band — which released the psychedelic masterwork Phase 1 on Scepter Records. Featuring a young Bill Spooner (pre-Tubes) on guitar, the album flows and trickles through your mind with more saturation than Lucy and her diamonds in the sky — picking up a few nuggets, boulders, and pebbles in the emergent violet haze. The phases of this pricey rarity — mastered from the original analog reels and pressed on lush 180 gram vinyl by RTI — are guaranteed to put your mind into a psychedelized headswirl trip that you’ll want to take again and again.

Sgt. Pepper taught a lot of bands to play in 1967, including New York's Paper Garden, whose absorption of the Fab Four's Summer of Love statement came out on Musicor Records the following year. What Paper Garden can't match in terms of the Beatles' sophistication they make up for in ambition, as exhibited on the harpsichord-enhanced pop genius of 'Lady's Man,' orchestrated gems like 'Way Up High,' the fuzz-pop-psych of 'I Hide,' and Eastern grooves on 'Man Do You' and 'Raining.' With influences of the early Bee Gees and Brill Building pop also shading the proceedings, the album's kaleidoscopic essence permeates every note — right down to the ultra-cool color-burst cover likely drawn under a pseudonym by Australian artist Martin Sharp of Disraeli Gears fame. That brilliant art can be viewed again in its full-size glory on this beautiful RTI 180 gram vinyl edition, mastered from the original Musicor reels by Bob Irwin.

*APRIL 23, 2014* Tom McLoughlin's reel life began in 1957 at the age of seven, making 8mm movies in the back lots of MGM studios. He was a magician during the '50s, a rock musician in the '60s (opening for groups like The Doors), a mime in the '70s (studying in Paris with Marcel Marceau), and a writer (Emmy nominated for his work with Dick Van Dyke & Company). In the 1980s, Tom fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a filmmaker. He has directed more than 40 feature film and television projects, including Friday the 13th: Jason Lives and the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated miniseries In a Child's Name. Today he continues to pursue his eclectic passions, touring worldwide as the lead singer of the rock band The Sloths while preparing for postmortem appearances at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This is the behind-the-scenes story of the strange business of creative obsession...and one man's strange idea of entertainment.

*APRIL 18, 2014* Stepping outside the garage...beow is the official trailer for Clint Eastwood's film adaption of Jersey Boys, the biography of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Even if you don't appreciate the group's sound (and...we do), the film's setting and era should be enough to warrant a viewing. The movie opens June 20.

*APRIL 18, 2014* The Purple Haze Archives has a great interview with buddy Daniel Hortter of The Yellow Payges. You can download/listen to it here.

Join Daniel Hortter lead singer of first generation garage rock pioneers The Yellow Payges as he discusses the band's history and their reunion 42 years later! The Yellow Payges released one classic album, titled Volume 1, and many, many singles. Included in their line-up was one Teddy Rooney, son of the late great Mickey.

*APRIL 17, 2014* Out now on Guerssen: From raw basement garage pop to jangly teen- beat and moody ballads, The Fantastic Dee- Jays sole album from 1966 is without doubt the kingpin of all the local private garage albums from the U.S. A lost-in-time '66 capsule full of pure, innocent vocals, 12-string Rickenbacker guitars and crashing drums. File next to Rising Storm and The Bachs. …First ever straight reissue of the original album, master tape sound, insert with notes by their mentor Terry Lee and lots of cool photos.

*APRIL 17, 2014* Short Nuggets: Ugly Things #37 will be available next month. Featured articles include The Pretty Things, Thursday's Children, The Haunted, Blue Cheer and Rainy Daze and more...Shindig #39 will also be available next month. Featured articles include The End, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Nymbus and more...Timemazine Volume #8 will also be available soon. Featured articles include Larry Tamblyn/Standells, Mind Garage, Children Of The Mushroom, Gandalf and more, and comes with a free CD featuring unreleased recordings...Guerssen Records has announced several exciting upcoming releases, including Uther Pendragon, Rainbow Press, Children Of The Mushoom, We The People/American Zoo, Thomas Edisun's Electric Light Bulb Band, Monocles/Higher Elevation, Front Page Review and The Damnation Of Adam Blessing...This weekend the OMCA launches an interactive exhibition Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records. Grammy-nominated reissue producer, writer, and archivist Alec Palao will play and talk about records from his collection. His guests: collector and record dealer Barry Wickham, an authority on garage rock and owner of one of the most extensive 45 collections in the world, and Mike Schulman, deejay, collector, and owner of respected local indie label Slumberland Records. The event is Saturday, April 19, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

*APRIL 2, 2014* The birth of folk rock comes to life in Wounds to Bind: A Memoir of the Folk Rock RevolutionJerry Burgan's unforgettable memoir of the pre-psychedelic 1960s. As a naive folksinger from Pomona, California, Burgan would find himself thrust in his teenage years to the forefront of the counterculture and its aftermath. The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Bo Diddley, Otis Redding, The Righteous Brothers, The Ohio Players, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Herman's Hermits, Judy Henske, Barry McGuire, and the Kingston Trio all make appearances in this tale told by the cofounder of We Five, the San Francisco electro-folk ensemble that soared to the top of the charts with its recording of the million-selling 'You Were On My Mind.' In the vanguard of what came to be known as folk rock, Burgan and his lifelong friend Mike Stewart embarked on a road they thought well paved by the latter's older brother and Kingston Trio member, John Stewart. Little did Burgan realize that they would join the rest of their generation in an ecstatic, sometimes tortured journey of invention and disillusion.

With a foreword by Canadian folk legend Sylvia TysonWounds to Bind will reward not only folk revival fans and aficionados of the counterculture music scene, but anyone who came of age musically between 1950 and 1975. Burgan's story bears witness to an eclectic and hopeful convergence in American history—that missing link between the folk and rock eras—when Bob Dylan and Sammy Davis, Jr., were played on the same radio station in the same hour. Chronicling the human realignments, triumphs and tragedies that followed, Burgan tracks down the demons that drove the genius of We Five cofounder Mike Stewart and sheds light on the forty-year enigma of what became of We Five's reclusive lead singer, Beverly Bivens, who anticipated Grace Slick, Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks.

*APRIL 2, 2014* Lysergic Sound Distributors, Tucson, Arizona announces the first ever fully authorized, licensed, restored, and remastered reissue of the legendary Graveyard Five 45, featuring 'The Graveyard Theme' b/w 'The Marble Orchard'. This 45 is one of the true "holy grails" of the garage rock collector world and number 11 on the G100 Collectible U.S. Garage 45 List. Truly, one of the rarest 45s in the world, there are only a handful of original copies known to exist and they have sold for more than $4,500 when they’ve come on the market.

The Graveyard Five (the band claimed they got their name from a Ouija board session) hailed from Lakeport, California and gigged all around the East Bay. The band was comprised of four musicians but appeared onstage with a coffin, which they considered the fifth member of the group! After winning a battle of the bands contest, the band was awarded a contract with local producer Stan Sweeney, which resulted in the now-legendary single being released on his Stanco label in September 1968.

The A-side of the single, 'The Graveyard Theme', an exercise in fuzz guitar excess, was inspired by the Ouija board session in which the band derived it's name. The legend goes, members of the band sat down at a Ouija board, turned off all the lights, their hands got cold and they heard someone walking outside the window in the gravel. There was no one there! After that, the "Graveyard Five" came to life.

The B-side of the single, the fuzz guitar soaked reverb-laden monster, 'The Marble Orchard', was written in Lakeport's Hartley Cemetery by lead guitarist Louie Shriner and bassist Steve Kuppinger. The song starts off with the thump of a panic stricken heartbeat and then proceeds to tell the true tale of a creepy, wet October night the duo spent in the cemetery where they were convinced they saw something move from behind a tombstone and then heard "a wolfpack howl."

If the circumstances and subject matter of these songs isn't enough to scare the socks off of you, the recording studio where these songs were recorded was supposedly haunted by a spectre that provided guest background vocals in the form of a growling noise that's clearly audible near the end of 'The Marble Orchard.'

A true masterpiece of '60s U.S. garage rock that’s finally available as a reissue after more than 45 years.

*MARCH 28, 2014* Out next week from Lion Productions:

Dick Wagner and his guitar: The Frost. Ursa Major. Lou Reed's 'Rock 'n' Roll Animal'. Alice Cooper's 'Welcome to My Nightmare'. Kiss. Aerosmith. Peter Gabriel. Wagner's contribution to rock 'n' roll is immense. And it all started a little bit north of Detroit with The Bossmen. In just three years (1964-67), The Bossmen amassed an impressive run of no less than eight regional number one singles. When you listen to these eighteen original compositions you can sense the long hours and the countless amount of blood, sweat and tears that went into creating them. Whether it's a stinging guitar solo (the sonic blast of an intro on 'Sunshine' comes to mind), a regal four-part vocal harmony or a soaring arrangement, each tune bears the distinct early characteristics of the "Wagner" sound that would later bring him success on a global scale and write him into the annals of rock ‘n' roll history.

• Liner notes by Dick Wagner + reflections on The Bossmen by Bo White and Ryan Sparks
• Massive color booklet with rare photos
• Limited to 500 copies

*MARCH 28, 2014* Coming soon from Break-A-Way Records is the CD version of the Syndicate LP: The story of The Syndicate runs along similar lines to countless other rock'n'roll bands in the mid-sixties. They got together to have fun, made some noise on the local teen scene, recorded a couple of singles, made a vain grasp for the brass ring, then vanished into thin air—all within the space of two magical years: 1965 and 1966. What makes The Syndicate special, though, is those two hard-to-find singles. 'My Baby's Barefoot' and 'The Egyptian Thing', both released in 1965 are two of the most savage, hot-wired blasts of Punk R&B mayhem ever etched into wax, while the flipside of 'The Egyptian Thing,' 'She Haunts You' showed the group were equally adept at moody, minor-key material. The Egyptian Thing album presents the band's four As and Bs alongside four unreleased, same-calibre tracks from the same period, and an earlier 45 by The Ris-Kays featuring Syndicate front man Bill Rash. An in-depth insert written by Ugly Things' Mike Stax with a cache of photos compiles the legacy of a band, whose 45s are among the top wanted items in their genre, making this release the ultimate Syndicate collection and an unforgettable garage punk adventure.

*MARCH 25, 2014* Coming end of April from Real Gone Music:

The tangled history of the Ohio Express is difficult to unwind, but the one constant in the band's chronology are the guiding hands of legendary bubblegum/garage producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeffrey Katz, whose Super K Productions were behind hits by everybody from the Shadows of Knight to the 1910 Fruitgum Company to the Music Explosion. With regard to the Ohio Express, their first hit ('Beg, Borrow and Steal') was actually a song recorded by another band: the Rare Breed, who recorded it for Attack Records in 1966. The Cameo label then re-mixed and released the song, which went to #29 on the 1967 charts but they had no band to promote it, as the Rare Breed had left Super K Productions, never to record again! So, a Springfield, Ohio band named Sir Timothy & the Royals was hired to tour and to lay down more tracks under the Ohio Express name, some with them and some with a house band fronted by Royals/Express vocalist Dale Powers, with two songs ('I Find I Think of You' and the unreleased 'Life Is a Mystery') written/co-written by none other than a young Joe Walsh! Now, for the first time, ABKCO and Real Gone Music have assembled ALL the tracks recorded by this legendary bubblegum band for the Cameo label, including the entire Beg, Borrow and Steal album, four single sides and two unreleased tracks. ABKCO's Grammy-winning engineer Teri Landi has lovingly compiled all 17 songs from the original analog tapes; Jim Allen provides the liner notes. A must for '60s bubblegum and garage fans!

*MARCH 21, 2014* From Daniel Coston: Announcing the release of the second edition of There Was A Time: Rock & Roll In The 1960s In Charlotte, And North Carolina. Now with more interviews, more photos, a new design, and a more complete story of the music and people that defined what Rock & Roll was in North Carolina during the 1960s.

We have not one, but two big events to celebrate the new edition's release:

June 12 - Charlotte Museum Of History, 6 p.m. Co-author Daniel Coston will present a talk about the music of North Carolina during the 1960s, and show many rare and never-before-seen photos from that time. The evening will conclude with a short set by co-author Jacob "Jake" Berger and The Mannish Boys. Free admission.

June 21 - Neighborhood Theatre, 8 p.m. The second annual Charlotte '60s reunion show. With The Young Ages, Good Bad & The Ugly (GBU), Mannish Boys, and one more awesome band to be announced soon. Tickets are $15, and will be available in advance, or at the door. 

Copies of There Was A Time will be available at both events. Look for event pages for both events on Facebook soon, and check out, or for more info.

*MARCH 10, 2014* Coming in April from Real Gone Music:
They are on the short list of the heaviest bands ever to hit the charts, which they did eight times. They are also quite possibly the greatest cover band of all time, with their version of the Supremes 'You Keep Me Hangin' On' easily among the most inventive covers ever recorded. And they are the missing link between psychedelia and heavy metal. They are Vanilla Fudge, and this 19-track collection is the first dedicated to their classic singles for the Atco label, all here in their (mostly mono) original single versions, over half of which have never been reissued. Composed of organist Mark Stein, guitarist Vince Martell, and the superstar rhythm section of bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice (who went on to form Cactus and play with Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, etc.), Vanilla Fudge teamed with legendary producer Shadow Morton (Shangri-Las, New York Dolls) to record their first three albums and about half the singles on this set, including 'You Keep Me Hangin' On', 'Season of the Witch Parts 1 & 2', 'Take Me for a Little While' and 'Where Is My Mind'. Vanilla Fudge: The Complete Atco Singles continues the story from there with the singles taken from the band's epic, self-produced album Near the Beginning featuring their fantastic cover of Lee Hazlewood's 'Some Velvet Morning' and from their last album for Atco, Rock & Roll, recorded while the band was headlining a tour with Led Zeppelin. Also included are the two single sides ( 'Mystery'/'The Stranger') from their 1984 comeback, and, as a bonus, the DJ promo edit of 'Some Velvet Morning'. With track-by-track liner notes from all four members of the band, great photos, and remastering by Mike Milchner at SonicVision, Vanilla Fudge: The Complete Atco Singles represents the finest single-CD distillation of the Vanilla Fudge discography yet assembled.

*MARCH 8, 2014* Press Release: AUSTIN'S '60S MUSIC SCENE COMES BACK TO LIFE WITH DIGITAL RERELEASE - The single that launched Austin's Sonobeat Records in 1967 returns

AUSTIN, TEXAS, March 10, 2014 - Austin's Sonobeat Records (1967-1976) was an integral seed of the Central Texas music revolution that began in the mid-'60s. Sonobeat's prodigious output introduced Johnny WinterEric JohnsonRusty WierThe Afro-Caravan, and dozens of other luminary Texas musicians to the world, but its commercial single and album releases have been out of print since the mid-'70s. That now changes. On March 11, 2014, Sonobeat Historical Archives digitally rereleases Sonobeat Records' first 45 RPM single, 'A Picture of Me' and 'Without You' by The Sweetarts, one of Austin's most popular '60s rock bands. The Sweetarts' single launched fledgling Sonobeat in summer 1967, the first in a series of stereo singles and albums featuring top Central Texas musicians, singers, and songwriters released by the label during the formative years of Austin's now world-renowned music scene. Sitting dormant on deteriorating magnetic tape for more than 46 years after its original vinyl release, Sonobeat Historical Archives has digitally restored and remastered the Sweetarts' single from the original session masters. On March 11th, the digital rerelease will be available on the iTunes Store and AmazonMP3 Store as individual tracks or as the EP Austin, TX 1967. In the coming months, Sonobeat Historical Archives will digitally restore, remaster, and rerelease additional material from the Sonobeat Records vault, including singles by Lavender Hill Express (featuring Austin icon Rusty Wier), ConquerooPlymouth Rock, Mariani (featuring another Austin icon, Eric Johnson), Wali and The Afro-Caravan, and rockabilly legend Ray Campi.

*MARCH 7. 2014* News on the next Big Beat Records release, courtesy Alec Palao:

Big Beats excavations of Jeep Holland's A-Square imprint continue with the exciting discovery of a true Detroit holy grail – the long-lost session by Stoney & The Jagged Edge, one of the premier attractions at the Grande Ballroom during the halcyon "high energy" days of the late 1960s.

• Contemporaries of the MC5 and Stooges, the Edge were equally as cutting edge, with a wild stage presence and notorious, enigmatic frontman in Dave "Stoney" Mazar. The quartet burned briefly but fiercely between early 1967 and late 1968, leaving only some indelible memories with the few that witnessed them in action, and one six-track studio session supervised by Holland at Detroit's United Sound, which in the ensuing decades was believed lost.

• Now that a source has surfaced, the world can hear what it missed – prime vintage psychedelia, with the power and punk edge that only Detroit can provide. Cuts like 'Rainbows', 'Can't Find The Key' and 'Crystal Rain' fully justify the Jagged Edge's legend, and this special vinyl-only release is cause for vintage psych fans everywhere to celebrate. The package comes with a lengthy interview where Stoney spills the beans on this outrageous outfit.

*MARCH 5, 2014* The supplement to Paul Bezanker's Connecticut Rocks! book is now available for ordering.
Connecticut Rocks! and Supplement to Connecticut Rocks! cover a good selection of garage bands, including:  Barry & Remains, Blue Beats, The Bone, Bram Rigg Set, The Bridge, The Cadaver, Chosen Few, Cirkyt, Tommy Dae & High Tensions, Delta, Double Naught Spys, East Coast Journeymen, Eastern Alliance, Joey Gee & The Come-Ons, George's Boys, Hangmen of Fairfield County, The Insane, The Instincts, Lively Ones, Madhatters, The Mojos, The Shags, and many more!

  • Over 250 pages!
  • Over 350 new entries for Connecticut artists and Connecticut-based labels from 1950s to 1995 and beyond!
  • Over 380 updated discographies and biographies from Connecticut Rocks!
  • Forewords by Nay Nassar, Cliff Edwards, Country Paul Payton, Robb Warner!
  • Up-To-Date Price Guide of Connecticut Records Worth $25 & Over!
  • Record Dating Guide for CCS Record Numbers!
  • How to Date RITE Pressings!
  • Discographies set up as checklists for collectors!
Contact Paul directly for ordering information.

*MARCH 4, 2014* Coming from Now Sounds at the end of mono for the first time:

The Cryan' Shames' second album, 1967's A Scratch In The Sky, is an unsung gem of that heady musical era. The set's distinctive mix of youthful garage-rock energy, sophisticated psychedelic-pop songcraft and forward-thinking studio experimentation reflects the spirit of the times and captures the sound of an ambitious band of young perfectionists (already regional stars in their hometown of Chicago) making a quantum creative leap into exciting new territory. 

On A Scratch In The Sky, The Cryan' Shames trade in the familiar rock 'n' roll and soul covers that dominated their first album for a set of haunting, emotionally resonant, and experimental original compositions (plus a transcendent reading of the Carole King/Gerry Goffin-penned Drifters classic 'Up on the Roof') that are bolstered by adventurous soundscapes.

In addition to the album—presented in its original mono mix for the first time on CD—two non-LP singles and five single versions are included, and all are sourced from the original master tapes.

The deluxe, full-colour booklet also includes rare photos and extensive liner notes by music historian Scott Schinder that feature the participation of original band members. Mastered by Alan Brownstein from the original master tapes! 

*FEBRUARY 26, 2014* There's a nice online article in the Washington Post by John Kelly detailing the 1964 rise of The Aristocrats, seven Arlington, VA teens who formed a band during the early stages of Beatlemania.

"At the height of Aristocratsoma-n­ia — during the 'Search for America's Answer to the Beatles' battle of the bands — Skeeter Boswell stepped back from the microphone at the Washington Coliseum, turned to Vaughan Howard and said, 'We're bringing the f---ing house down.'

And they were. The Aristocrats — seven Arlington teenagers — had the place in a frenzy. There was no doubt they would be declared the winners of the Oct. 10, 1964, contest..." Read more...

*FEBRUARY 25, 2014* Thanks to Gray Newell for the tip...The Peanut Butter Conspiracy is self-releasing a CD of rare/unreleased recordings, all featuring the vocals of Barbara (Sandy) RobinsonBarbara (Sandy) Robison is at last featured on every song in this Peanut Butter Conspiracy release. The recordings date from 1966 through 1970. Five of them have never been previously released, two are from rare movie soundtracks, and five are hand-picked from previous PBC releases. There has always been consensus from their fans that Barbara possessed the most beautiful voice of the 1960's rock and roll era. This release is for those who have always wanted and now can hear more of her warm, soulful voice.

*FEBRUARY 2014* Sundazed have announced their Record Store Day exclusives, and three are of primary interest:

The Standells are one of the most successful of all garage rock bands, with their signature song 'Dirty Water' having been a huge nationwide hit in the sultry summer of 1966! True fathers of punk rock, they were touring later that year to support the success of their hit record when they were professionally captured on tape opening up for The Beach Boys at a University of Michigan performance as they served up a raucous, raw live helping of their most famous record—now featured on this limited edition that puts you as close to a mid-'60s frat fuzz party as you can get! 'Dirty Water' is a tireless anthem, a song for the hip-and-happening whose legacy shines in this rare recording. Also includes 'Twitchin',' a previously unissued 1963 instrumental from the group's earliest days, predating their first record. Plus, recollections about both recordings from original member Larry Tamblyn, housed in a picture sleeve featuring rare photos that evokes the look and feel of 1966. Live and raw energy from the legendary Standells—on clear vinyl!

When The Beach Boys fired their manager-father Murry Wilson in 1964, he recruited a young group—The Sunrays—to mentor as he had his own children. The 'Rays took on sun, fun and girls in songs like 'I Live For the Sun' and 'Andrea'—heavily influenced by Brian Wilson's rich, intricate production work for The Beach Boys—which became huge regional hits. As a thank you, The Sunrays wrote and recorded 'Our Leader' for Murry, a heartfelt tribute to one of rock music's most storied personalities. Presented to Wilson on Christmas Eve 1965, the track is as polished and produced as any of the group's released records, and even features the mixed time signatures and a cappella sections that Brian would explore in depth the following year with Smile! Plus, 'Won’t You Tell Me' is the classic lost recording from the Wilson circle, a demo for a song Murry had written for his sons, featuring members of The Sunrays and The Wrecking Crew—along with assistance from Dennis Wilson—emulating the Beach Boys sound and achieving something as complex and moving as anything on the group's greatest album of the period, Sunflower. Neither track was originally issued, and both appear here on vinyl for the first time. Also features rare photos and an insert with notes by original Sunrays member Rick Henn. The sunny and soulful sounds of The Sunrays!

The 1966 debut by the Minneapolis-based Litter! 'Action Woman' and 'A Legal Matter' are stomping, searing '60s sides—an unstoppable collection of snotty vocals and fuzzy guitar lines. The Litter become a determined collective mind on these performances, and the result is a coupling that stands side-by-side with other iconic recordings of the era, like 'Sweet Young Thing' and 'You're Gonna Miss Me.' Even the tambourine and maracas have loud and clear attitude that few other records can match! The original Scotty 45 is a cornerstone of any serious 1960s record collection, and now is reproduced in this lovingly created edition that features a Scotty Records-styled sleeve with a rare vintage group photo and notes by TeenBeat Mayhem! author Mike Markesich. 'Action Woman' is a flawless hallmark performance, and 'A Legal Matter' takes the Who's music from the Mod clubs into the suburban garage with jet fuel-powered tempo and aggression. With in-the-studio presence and clarity taken from the original masters, this is the sound of garage rock maturing into psychedelia—prime, postured and pulsating!

*FEBRUARY 19, 2014* Shindig #38 will be available end of March:

Linda Perhacs
The Surprise Return Of Acid-Folk's Mystery Lady

John McLaughlin
The pioneering guitarist's early years, from Georgie Fame to Miles Davis, revisited

Nigel Waymouth
On Granny Takes A Trip, Hapshash & The Coloured Coat and the art of being avant-garde

Reborn '70s hard rockers who influenced a generation of psychedelic guitar bands

Teenage acid-freakout music from '60s San Francisco 

*FEBRUARY 14, 2014* What Ever Happened to the Rubber Band? by Doc Knoll is now available as a Kindle download. "Glory days are hard to forget. In our case The Rubber Band was just a bunch of kids that had potential to become teen idols and Decca Records also thought of us as rising stars. However, something is always bound to pop out of nowhere and change the situation. 

This book deals with the founding of The Rubber Band and the people of the band who ventured into the world to seek their fortunes. I just happen to know more of my personal history so the book follows the timeline of my life. The book is interesting reading with some interesting stories thrown in that may leave you thinking of what may have been…"

Just announced by Gear Fab: Psychedelic States: Maryland In The '60's Volume 1. More great unreleased and un-comped fuzzed out garage monsters!
*FEBRUARY 5, 2014* It's Bushmenmania! The Jefferson Herald spotlight's one of Iowa's earlist Beatles-inspired groups:

They had the right boots — Cuban-heeled, with sharp-pointed toes. They had the right suit jackets — collarless, and all made to match. And, they had the right hair — until high school principal Frank Linduska sent them all packing to the barbershop.

With Beatlemania rapidly unfolding in 1964, The Bushmen looked to grab a piece of the action right here in Jefferson. The local band went on to represent Jefferson and Greene County across the state at teen hops and on TV and radio. It's now been 50 years since The Beatles invaded America, inspiring hundreds, if not thousands, of impressionable teens to take up guitars and drums.

In the Feb. 6 issue of The Jefferson Herald, The Bushmen recall their brief but memorable reign as Jefferson’s Fab Four.

Click here to listen to the band's 1966 farewell concert...

*FEBRUARY 2, 2014* From Andrew Sandoval:

"For the last few years I have been working on co-writing and co-producing a feature length documentary about Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, Boyce & Hart: The Guys Who Wrote 'Em. It features new, exclusive interviews with Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork (among others) as well as a ton of unpublished photos and home movies. In fact, it is entirely made up of vintage footage, which makes it an even more unique and enjoyable film. It is the result of so much teamwork and generosity from so many people; I am so grateful for everyone's help and very pleased to see that it is finally ready to be screened.

In order to get all of the footage, music and publishing licensed for mass public consumption, we are holding a fund raising, sneak preview of the film in Brooklyn at the Bell House on March 16th.

Bobby Hart (who narrates the film), the director Rachel Lichtman and myself will be there in person for a Q&A and we have invited some special guests too. As many of you know, we will also be at the Monkees Convention on Friday and Saturday. I look forward to seeing a bunch of my east coast pals in March! Here we come."

*JANUARY 22, 2014* Coming in early March from Real Gone MusicThe Grass Roots were, without a doubt, one of the great singles bands of the '60s and early '70s. So, why hasn t a collection of their complete, original Dunhill/ABC hit singles ever been released? Well, there's the little matter of the original mono master tapes. There are various stories about what happened, including one with Dunhill head Jay Lasker pitching all the label's multi-track recordings and mono masters after having deemed them obsolete. And so the classic hit singles by The Grass Roots have for the most part only surfaced in their stereo album versions on the various anthologies of the band. But when the going gets tough for a reissue label, Real Gone Music gets going. After a worldwide search for the best sources available, we are thrilled to announce that we have rounded up all two dozen Dunhill/ABC hit singles (including the censored and uncensored versions of 'Let's Live for Today' and their biggest smash, 'Midnight Confessions') and put them together into one AMAZING-sounding package! Indeed, this collection offers the truest essence of the band those hook-filled singles in that glorious, original mono sound mixed and mastered to punch through '60s and '70s AM radio. And, by covering the years 1965 to 1973, The Grass Roots: The Complete Original Dunhill/ABC Hit Singles also provides a fantastic overview of the group's tangled history and many line-ups all meticulously explained by Ed Osborne's liner notes with late lead singer Rob Grill the closest to a career-long member (their first two singles featured Bill Fulton on vocals). It's the Grass Roots collection that we've ALL been waiting for, yours from Real Gone!'

*JANUARY 18, 2014* The second JuJus LP on Ray Hummel III Records is now available for ordering. It contains several completely unreleased tracks from Ray Hummel's master tape collection, as well as no less than eight more single tracks! The sound quality and pressing is highly professional. A good number of the songs are still totally unreleased, and only the musical BEST versions of the songs were included. There exists up to 10 different versions of some of the songs on Ray's tapes that were recorded at different places. Cover artwork was completed by Darren Merinuk.
The LP will retail for at EUR 15.99 & EUR 6.50 for shipping. To order one copy just send an email to: featheredapplerecords@balcab.chIt will wholesale for at a low EUR 8 and shipping to the shops and distributors.

*JANUARY 17, 2014* The Music Machine are one of the most respected and best loved American bands of the 1960s, renowned for their powerful sonic assault and intelligently crafted repertoire. Big Beat's Ultimate Turn On compilation from 2006 anthologised the monochromatically-garbed combo's hit 'Talk Talk' era, and now we turn our focus to the latter half of the Music Machine's career.

The Bonniwell Music Machine was originally released in early 1968 and consisted of outtakes and single sides by the original Music Machine, along with newer recordings featuring the band's second line-up: both incarnations headed by charismatic singer, songwriter and rock savant Sean Bonniwell. Now with this deluxe 2CD expanded reissue, the original album is augmented by further non-LP single sides and outtakes, and a whole second disc of vintage Music Machine rarities, drawn from the untapped tape collection of the late Sean Bonniwell.

While the improved sound quality of the Warner Brothers sides supersedes previous reissues of this material, it is the unissued material that will surprise and delight Music Machine fans, featuring as it does a rash of previously unknown songs. Many of these are heard as Bonniwell's home demos, acoustic in nature but captivating nonetheless.

The original band's first recordings (as The Ragamuffins), along with unreleased studio and rehearsal takes by the second line-up, and a jam-packed, detail-filled booklet, all contribute to making Big Beat's The Bonniwell Music Machine an exhaustive and definitive celebration of The Music Machine, truly a band amongst bands.

*JANUARY 13, 2014* Short Nuggets: The next Ace/Big Beat Records release (after January's Seeds' Raw & Alive), scheduled for February, is The Bonniwell Music Machine album, with unreleased bonus material...Garden Of Dreams (G.O.D.) Records in Greece is preparing a vinyl compilation of Virginia '60s groups, including Stones Unturned, The Individuals and The IV Pack...Windian Records is preparing a vinyl compilation of Capitol Rock, featuring '60s groups from Washington, D.C....Lost Sounds Montana Compilation Record #1 will be a double album issued to all supporters of the group's IndieGoGo campaign. Bands include The Night Raiders, Missing Lynx, Initial Shock, Chosen Few, Frantics, Rotations, Wanderers, Gross National Product and more. Current local area musicians will also perform songs from the compilation at The Palace Sound in Missoula on February 1...We'll print more information on all these upcoming releases as details become available...

*JANUARY 13, 2014* Out soon: The music scene in Austin is known the world over, but it can place a considerable portion of its roots in a little-known but prolific indie label: Sonobeat Records. A small, independent label founded by father-and-son duo Bill Josey Sr. and Bill Josey Jr., Sonobeat set the stage for the Capital City's musical legacy. The label's brief but powerful tenure produced an enormous amount of music and directly preceded the progressive country movement and the proliferation of a music scene that would earn Austin the nickname of "Live Music Capital of the World." Musician and author Ricky Stein explores the roots of Austin's contemporary music history through the story of one small but essential label.

*JANUARY 6, 2014* Brian Jenkins has started a Facebook page for the '60s Garage Rock: David and Goliath Project, a "collective mission to get the National Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame & Museum in Cleveland, Ohio to create a (temporary) exhibit for '60s garage rock."  Per Brian:

Hello all '60s Garage Rock friends, fans, artists (past and present), and collectors! Here is the current email address for Howard Kramer at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum. Please email him and express to him your opinion about why '60s garage rock should be represented via exhibit in the Hall. Each email counts! Here 'tis:

Please take a minute or two to support this very worthy cause...

*January 2, 2014* News on the next Ace/Big Beat Seeds reissue, courtesy as always Alec Palao and due end of month:

• Raw & Alive – The Seeds In Concert may just possibly be the greatest "live" album that never was. Released in 1968 towards the end of the original quartet's career, the album was an attempt to deliver on vinyl the live frenzy that these garage legends were notorious for in person.

• The album is highly regarded by Seeds aficionados, containing as it does exciting versions of band classics like 'No Escape' and  'Up In Her Room,' as well as superlative new originals such as the punkoid 'Satisfy You' -  the latter a clear return to form after the flowery Future long-player. But most are unaware that the performances were actually cut live in the studio, with applause added afterward for release. On this deluxe edition of Raw & Alive, for the first time, both dubbed and undubbed versions of the album are included.

• The original album premise was for a Seeds concert to be taped in front of a fan club audience at Western Studios, but the results were deemed unsatisfactory at the time. The second disc of our deluxe reissue features this initial February 1968 performance, which forty-five years later, sounds just fine. It also boasts rare "live" versions of tunes such as 'Fallin'', 'A Faded Picture' and the previously unheard song 'Hubbly Bubbly Love.'

• As with all the Big Beat Seeds reissues, Raw & Alive is presented as a gatefold 2CD digipak and includes with a hefty booklet, heavily illustrated with examples of 1967-era Seedsmania.