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*APRIL 13, 2015* Coming the end of may from Roaratorio Records: For decades, Crystal Syphon were, at most, a footnote in the music history books: a name on posters from the psychedelic ballroom days, and a fond memory to those who'd seen the Merced, California band perform on the west coast circuit in the late 1960s. That changed with the release of Family Evil in 2012. Their debut album – evidence that the mine of hidden gems from the original psych era had not yet been picked clean – caught the ears of fans worldwide, garnering raves and equal-footing comparisons to Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, and The Byrds; the group reunited and began playing out again, with their vintage sound intact. Now, Roaratorio is proud to present Elephant Ball, a second helping of unearthed material from the band’s archives. Starting with three tracks from their earliest recording sessions under the Crystal Syphon name, in 1967 – the swaggering garage-rock miniature 'Dawn Sermon' and the folk-rock of 'For All Of My Life' and 'Tell Her For Me' – it then moves on to a Fillmore West gig from November 1969, featuring the final incarnation of the group during their original run. With the same complex harmonies, nuanced songwriting and top-drawer musicianship that won Family Evil its accolades, the half-dozen tunes range from the crunchy riffs of the title track and 'It's Winter' to the lightly jazzy 'Don't Fall Brother' and the Latin-tinged moves of 'There Is Light There.' Comes in an old-style "tip-on" jacket with a digital download.

Coming in May from Norton Records...
Coming in early April...
Shindig 47 coming soon...
*MARCH 27, 2015* Coming in June from Ben GrahamA Gathering of Promises is a history of acid rock and psychedelic music in and from the state of Texas, focusing largely on its mid-1960s origins with the 13th Floor Elevators and contemporaries such as the Golden Dawn, the Red Crayola and Bubble Puppy, and following its development to the present day and the popularity of the annual Austin Psych Fest. Grounded in a strong social, cultural and historical context, the book asks how Texas produced some of the most extreme and influential psych of any era despite a prevailing social ethos of Christian conservatism and the strictest drug laws of any American state. It looks at how this environment shaped and affected the music, alongside the Texan frontier spirit and its championing of expansion, freedom and individualism.

*MARCH 25, 2015* More GREAT releases due out March 30 on Crypt. The Tyme is a 7" single of unreleased 1967 Connecticut garage. The Squires upgrades the previous LP with eight recently unearthed tracks. Last Of The Garage Punk Unknowns (Volumes 3 and 4), as with Volumes 1 and 2, combines both sets in the CD version. Visit Crypt to place your order.

Coming in July on Gear Fab Records: Psychedelic States Florida Volume 4, featuring newly discovered and previously unreleased tracks from Rovin' Flames, Scotlind Yarde, Wrong Numbers, Stix And Stones, Bitter Ind, Certain Amount, Dickens, The Limeys and more...
*MARCH 20, 2015* Another new Ace/Big Beat update courtesy Alec Palao:

While the all-female '60s garage band is now a fully-populated and celebrated genre, there has yet to come to light a more compelling and visceral example than She. They genuinely played their own instruments, and wrote and sang striking original material and copped one hell of a bad attitude that would put most self-proclaimed rebel boy bands to shame.

Appealingly crude in their early incarnation as the Hairem, by their later years She was truly a force to be reckoned with, and are as unusual and significant as any punk band, male or female, from the golden era of the mid to late 1960s.

Big Beat's 1999 CD collection She Wants A Piece Of You debuted these remarkable young women from Sacramento, California and it has since become a firm favourite amongst girl garage cognoscenti. Now we offer a distilled album version for those lovers of the vinyl format, which offers a power-packed programme sure to make you fall in love with She all over again.

*MARCH 7, 2015* The next Ace/Big Beat Records release, courtesy Alec Palao

Texas-based Huey P. Meaux hit paydirt with Sir Doug's 'She's About A Mover' in early 1965, and the maverick producer immediately threw out a cattle call for the next bunch of teenaged longhairs who could deliver him a hit. That didn't happen, of course, but over the next few years Meaux amassed a litany of superb grass roots punk and rock’n’roll recordings, spread across his many imprints such as Tribe, Pacemaker, Pic 1, Ventural, Capri and others.

While there were occasional visitors from out of state – the Phinx from Mississippi, the Pirates from Louisiana, and of course the legendary Trashmen of Minneapolis – the bulk of Meaux's charges naturally hail from the motherlode of Texas, ground zero for the raunchiest, gnarliest '60s punk. Mostly taped at his Pasadena Sounds facility near Houston, Don't Be Bad! celebrates the Crazy Cajun's garage rock legacy.

Extensive research into the Meaux's rarely-tapped vault has resulted in a power-packed set list guaranteed to impress even the most hardened garage collector. Master tape sound on classics like Barry & Life's 'Top-Less Girl', Destiny's Children 'Fall Of The Queen' and the Passions' 'Lively One' guarantees a punchy listen, superb unreleased sides from the likes of the Driving Wheels and Sands add major appeal, and the packed booklet spills the full beans on the amazing contents. Don't Be Bad and miss this one!


*MARCH 5, 2015* Cool U.S. '68 psychedelic concept album with all the right moves: solid songwriting, refreshing harmonies, studio effects, organ, fuzz guitar, electric piano, sunshine and baroque touches…. Think: Rainy Daze, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Doors….

The Rainbow Press evolved from The Continental Divide, a college band from New York comprised of members from two previous British Invasion groups: The Group and The Specs. They were Bill Yergin on drums, Dave Troup on bass, Larry Milton on electric piano and 12- string guitar, Marc Ellis on guitar, Charlie Osborne on organ and Joe Groff on vocals. All the members sang vocal harmonies and the twin electric piano/organ action gave the band an unusual and cool sound.

In 1968, Audio Fidelity approached them and a contract was secured. The band changed their name to the more groovy sounding The Rainbow Press and sessions for their first album started at Radio City in New York. There's A War On saw the light in 1968 on the Mr. G label (the "hip" branch of Audio Fidelity) and it's hard to believe this perfectly recorded and sounding psychedelic beauty was recorded by college students! First time ever legit reissue. Remastered sound. Insert with liner notes telling the band's story for the first time. Available on Out-Sider.

*MARCH 5, 2015* Chicago, IL 1966 – The Fourbidden Pleasures, a young local group splits and Bill Gradisher (bass, vocals) along with Ed Golisch (lead guitar), Wayne Adams, Jr. (drums) and Mike Chevell (guitar) forms The Travel Agency. The hits of the day were their regular biz, but Bill Gradisher had the ambition to write a song that was like 'Louie Louie'- but with cleaner verses. 'Jailbait' was written in just a few hours and together with Ed Golisch, Bill wrote the B-side, the equally exciting trashrocker 'Hard Times'. Both songs got recorded and released at Zordan Records in the Roseland area of the south side of Chicago. Even today 'Jailbait' is one of the coolest and most sought after '60s punk-trash songs dealing with underage sex-lyrics. 'Jailbait' b/w 'Hard Times' were the bands only trax-on-wax. Upon graduation the band split in 1968 and all band members went their own ways. Avilable soon on Break-A-Way Records.

*MARCH 4, 2015* Most people were introduced to the bizarre psychedelic sound of The Monocles (later The Higher Elevation) thanks to the inclusion of the bizarre 'The Spider & The Fly' and 'The Diamond Mine' on the legendary third volume of Pebbles (the "acid-punk" volume). These youngsters from Colorado formed in 1964 and they were famous for driving to gigs in a custom Cadillac hearse. Between 1965 and 1968, they released a bunch of singles for labels s.a. Chicory, Denco, Liberty. This retrospective collection includes the best of their 45 sides, plus some tracks that are previously unreleased on vinyl. You'll find demented psychsploitation ('The Spider And The Fly', 'The Diamond Mine'), crude garage-psych, sunshine-pop and jangly folk-rock, teen garage and frat-rock, pop-psych and more. This essential LP includes an insert with detailed liner notes and rare photos. Available on vinyl from Out-Sider.

*FEBRUARY 27, 2015* The Bitter Seeds were one of the pioneering bands from the early Monterey music scene. Leaded by flashing guitar player Leonard "Pooch" Paschini, they were active from 1966 to 1970, gigging regularly at such legendary venues as Bull's Eye Tavern, Longshoreman's Hall, Matrix, Fillmore, etc., sharing stage with famous bands like Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Iron Butterfly or Steppenwolf….

In 1967, The Bitter Seeds recorded their only 45, issued under The Rock Shop name, as they wanted to avoid confusion with The Seeds. 'State Of Your Mind' b/w 'Is That Your Halo' was released on the Rowena label and it's a brutal garage psych double sider.

The following year the group recorded four studio tracks which have remained unreleased until now. These are perfect examples of the transition from R&B garage to early psychedelic sounds which many San Francisco ballroom bands experienced at the time. An exciting find for any lover of lost West Coast psychedelic sounds.

For this Bitter Seeds/Rock Shop retrospective, we've also unearthed some wild live recordings from 1966 with good sound quality. And amazing document which had been buried until now. Four-page insert with liner notes and lot of photos/memorabilia. Remastered sound.

*FEBRUARY 27, 2015* From the ashes of '60s garage band The Lemon Drops comes power trio Buzzsaw with their loud heavy psych sound. In the late '60s, The Lemon Drops, one of the finest garage psych bands from Chicago (of 'I Live In The Springtime' fame), relocated to the West Coast, where they gigged around and tried to secure a record contract. After a three-day 'strawberry acid party' at manager Dan Herron's mansion, the original band disintegrated. And that's when power trio Buzzsaw was born, featuring Eddie and Gary Weiss (both Ex-Lemon Drops) on guitar/drums respectively and Rick Fertel on bass.

Buzzsaw was the perfect vehicle for Eddie Weiss (whose use of fuzz and distortion was the trademark sound of The Lemon Drops) to push his guitar and effect pedals to the limit. The trio used to visit Starhill, Neil Young's old sawmill in La Honda, where they rehearsed and wrote songs. The photo used for the front cover on this album was taken there.

In 1971, Max Weiss (Creedence Clearwater Revival's manager) expressed interest in the band, so Buzzsaw entered Ampex Studios in San Francisco (the place where CCR had recorded 'Suzie Q') to lay down some tracks. They also recorded some material at Pacific Sound Studios. All of these recordings were produced by Roger Weiss, the original producer of The Lemon Drops and co- owner of Rembrandt Records.

Sadly, Buzzsaw only released one 45 during their short lifespan. And it was a frustrating release, as it included a recording from the Lemon Drops era on the A-side backed with a new song which didn't reflect the real sound of the band on the B-side. That 45 went nowhere, Buzzsaw split and the recordings they did at Ampex and Pacific Studios remained unreleased until 1995, when some of them were included on From Lemon Drops To Acid Rock, a Buzzsaw CD compilation by Cicadelic Records.

Our Buzzsaw double vinyl retrospective includes all the tracks from the previous From Lemon Drops To Acid Rock CD plus some amazing recently discovered acetates and unreleased master tapes. The music is orgasmic '71 heavy psych/proto grunge in the style of Hendrix and Blue Cheer with killer fuzz wah guitar and melodic vocals. Eddie's guitar sound is just insane …despite the vintage '71 date, some of his playing would not be out of place on a High Rise or Ty Segall album.

*FEBRUARY 27, 2015* Catching up on some Short Nuggets: The 13th Floor Elevators will reunite for a 50th Anniversay at this year's Austin Psych Fest (May 8-10)...Jimy Sohns and The Shadows of Knight likewise are holiding a 50th Anniversary celebration on March 14...The Strawberry Alarm Clock are performing once again at The Whisky A Go Go on March 26...The Sonics are releasing their first album, titled This Is The Sonics, since 1967 on March 31...A Chicago Music 60s Style Concert is being held for Marty Grebb at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles, IL...The Brian Wilson bio Love & Mercy opens nationwide on June 5...

Coming soon on Alona's Dream Records...
*FEBRUARY 3, 2015* Available in early March.

Shindig! No.46

THE KINKS
1966 And All That: Breaking Down In Swinging London

BLUE CHEER
San Fran’s loudest! One of the final interviews with Dickie Peterson, the original heavy metal kid

MIND GARAGE
Late '60s American act who journeyed from the psychedelic Underground to the Church

FATHER JOHN MISTY
One time Fleet Fox furthers solo career

Plus
SWAMP DOGG * RYLEY WALKER * MOON DUO * WOLF PEOPLE * JODOROWSKY

and much more!


More coolness from Crypt Records. Last Of The Garage Punk Unknowns and Ho-Dad Hootenanny Too!
Both are available as a double LP or single CD on February 9th.
Coming in April from Crypt Records...
*JANUARY 26, 2015* In the spirit of AIP's dodgy regional garage rock series Highs In The Mid Sixties comes Lows In The Mid Sixties Volume 54: Kosmic City Part 2. This set of roughhewn cobblestones was culled from the remnants of Cavern Sound—Independence, Missouri's subterranean studio of choice— and covers that thin swath of the late sixties when American teens were imitating The Beatles. All of the artists here barely mustered a session of cover tunes, much less a single, taking this compilation beyond Nuggets; These songs are gold flecks in the rustiest of mining pans. All brought to you by team Numero. Numero: We dig deeper in graveyards so you don't have to. Featured groups include The Montaris, Dearly Beloved, Here And After, Bobby & The Fantastics, Changing Times, Town Criers, Mystics and American Sound Ltd.

Coming in May 2015 from Gear Fab Records: Battle Of The Bands Volume I. From 1967, this local pressing on the Ren-Vell label showcased 12 bands from Westchester County, Just North of New York City. Performing covers plus two original of the hits of their day! A rare and vital find!
Coming in April, also from Break-A-Way Records...
*JANUARY 21, 2015* Available now 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 raunchy '60s punk.


*JANUARY 20, 2015* Available now: Calling From A Star: The Merrell Fankhauser StoryMerrell Fankhauser has led one of the most diverse and interesting careers in music. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and moved to California when he was 13 years old. Merrell went on to become one of the innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock. His travels from Hollywood to his 15-year jungle experience on the island of Maui have been documented in numerous music books and magazines in the United States and Europe. Merrell has gained legendary international status throughout the field of rock music; his credits include over 250 songs published and released. He is a multi-talented singer/songwriter and unique guitar player whose sound has delighted listeners for over 35 years. This extraordinary book tells a unique story of one of the founding fathers of surf rock, who went on to play in a succession of progressive and psychedelic bands and to meet some of the greatest names in the business, including Captain Beefheart, Randy California, The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean.... and there is even a run in with the notorious Manson family.

*JANUARY 16, 2015* Out now on DVD is Jimi: All Is By My Side: OutKast's André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this revealing biopic from Academy Award-winning writer-director John Ridley (12 Years A Slave). Covering a year in Hendrix's life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York's Cheetah Club to making his mark in London's music scene up until his Monterey Pop triumph, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend.

*JANUARY 12, 2015* The Arizona music scene during the sixties can easily be likened to its desert surroundings: The monotony of average and sometimes even good bands writing less than good and even average songs. Then one day you hear a band that knocks you out. Those are the kinds of bands that I had the opportunity to discover and produce that suddenly emerged out of garages and other little holes in walls wherever they could find a place to converge and create their music. I now have the honor and the privilege to present to you the bands that I think are Arizona's best garage bands from 1967 to 1970. --Hadley Murrell 

At an age when most of us were just listening to music, Hadley Murrell got involved. At 14 he started playing drums with The Carnations, and went on to work in radio, as well promoting shows and other live events. Much of what he made went towards studio time to produce the music heard in this collection. Often garage rock is under produced to its detriment. That's not the case here. And unlike many garage rock sides, Hadley took his performers into the studio prepared and ready to lay down tracks as hot as the Arizona desert. In addition to music that captures a moment in time, the release features a 20-page booklet filled with the story of each of the groups included here along with period photography, show flyers and more. Bands include The Carvelles, Bliss, The Sect, Noble & The Matadors, The Jokers and The Carnations.

*JANUARY 12, 2015* Larry J. Dunlop has written a series of books detailing his time as a member of Stark Naked & The Car ThievesThings We Lost in the Night (TWLitN) — Fifty years ago, a young singer in a vocal group in the Midwest finds himself unexpectedly thrust into the chaos of San Francisco's historical musical and cultural revolution. He leads the group's struggle to form a band, then survive the rough east bay dive bars, and on to success in a mob-operated nightclub at the pinnacle of San Francisco's North Beach nightlife. But not without personal sacrifice. Larry loses the girl he's loved since high school in a family power struggle that leaves his wife and sons behind.

In Hollywood the band finds celebrity managers, star-studded clubs, Sunset Boulevard recording sessions. In Las Vegas, they open mega-casino, Caesars Palace's new lounge, followed by a magical engagement in Hawaii where danger lurks just beneath the exotic beauty of the islands. Immersed in island magic, a near death experience and a dramatic night of love and romance, are burned into memory. He is compelled to confront sex traffickers, and he and his friends learn firsthand of the horrors of the Vietnam War. As the band seeks elusive fame in their recording career, success continues in the Las Vegas resort hotels, and Larry's chance at a forever-marriage blooms; it seems nothing can stop Stark Naked and The Car Thieves' ascent to the top. But, when the crisis comes, it is sudden and catastrophic. He must try to save his dream marriage, his band — even his life and sanity before the music ends forever.

Shindig #45, available late January, includes an article on Powder, among others.
Flashback Magazine #6 will be available in February. Click the image for more details.
*JANUARY 1, 2015* Strange Land Strange People: Psychedelic Garage & Heavy Psych From The Golden Voice Label. If you think that all the cool and obscure U.S. garage-psych 45s have been already exhumed, please listen to this! Golden Voice was a custom label and state-of-the art studio based in Pekin, Illinois. In the 1960s-1970s, countless garage bands from the area recorded there, releasing custom-made 45s in very limited quantities. This vibrating scene had not been documented, 'til the release of this 15-track compilation. The music here is prime cut hard psychedelia, punk-a-delic sounds and proto hard-rock from the late '60s-early '70s with lot of fuzz-wah guitars, groovy organs and effects. All tracks are taken from obscure 45s and previously unreleased master tapes. Featured groups include Suburban 9 To 5AbaddonGidian's BibleSouled OutBlue IceRed Hot RiderForest City SoundBuster BrowsNorth Bridge Company, and The Rubber Band.