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*NOVEMBER 12, 2015* Some great upcoming news from Break-A-Way Records: In addition to the upcoming Knight Riders LP, there will be a repress of the HORDE LP without the 7" of the first press. We will do a 300 copy repress with three different front covers of 100 numbered copies each. Release date will be around Christmas.

Another Vinyl LP is planned for February 2016. It's by Texas Garage band The Penthouse 5. Beside their killer 45s such as 'Bad Girl' or 'You're Gonna Make Me', the LP also features recordings by related bands such as The WORdD's punker 'Keep on Walking' and some jangly folk rockers such as 'You're Always Around' or the Penthouse 5's 'In His Shadow'. Additionally the LP has amazing unreleased demos by the Penthouse 5 such as the psychedelic 'Vertigo Blue Sometimes' and 'It's All in My Own Bizarre Dream' plus five tracks from a so-far completely unknown 1965 acetate only release. The LP comes with a bonus 7" incl. a 45 side by the The By Five's, the first band of Penthouse 5/WORdD member Jon Williams. It has the original rough and raw version of 'Keep On Walking' b/w a really tough and so far unreleased 1965 full fuzz alternate recording of the Penthouse 5's 'Bad Girl.'

Orders for Ugly Things #40 now being accepted at the Ugly Things web store. Click the cover...
*OCTOBER 22, 2015* Available November 15 from Break-A-Way Records: It rarely happens that a band who never officially released a recording makes a name for themselves through the years. The Knight Riders from Belmont, California, however, are a prime example. In 1965 they recorded nine tracks for San Francisco's Autumn Records. It took three more years until one track from that session, the self-written garage punker 'I', was released on Vault Records' San Francisco Roots compilation album. It was this particular track that kept the band on the musical map over the years as a snotty '60s punk group from the Autumn Records roster. But it takes the complete session to prove the group's brilliance. Endowed with a great melodic feel, the enthusiasm of youth and the ability to sing astounding harmony vocals, the Knight Riders blended British Invasion and sixties folk rock into amazíngly professional two-and-a-half-minute masterpieces. Over the years, one or two other tracks from the session found their way into the public domain, but the Knight Riders meanwhile grew famous amongst collectors for their rare late '60s psychedelic acetate LP recorded under the "Jungle" moniker. Represented here is the band's early roots as a young '60s garage band from the local San Francisco music scene, gifted with an unreleased musical legacy that would have made a great mid-'60s album. Here it is finally in its completeness – here are the Knight Riders.

*OCTOBER 14, 2015* Available Now! Limited Print run of 300 copies! Beyond Teenbeat Mayehm! 
  • 194 information-packed pages of new, unlisted garage/teenbeat 45s and updated group entries
  • All corrections for A to Z listings in TeenBeat Mayhem!
  • A World-wide A to Z 45rpm discography listing non-U.S.A. groups/performers with 45s issued on U.S. labels
  • A list of 400+ obscure 45s that did not qualify for either book
  • The entire ranked listing of garage-o-meter rated 45s, presented alphabetically by song title (with vote tally results depicted) and listed in ranked order, from #1 to #15,966
$35 + postage total payment cost for 1 book, including postage:
  • $40 USA
  • $51.10 Canada
  • $58.80 Europe/Australia
For two books, total costs are: USA = $75; Canada $93.35; Europe / Australia = $103.55

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*OCTOBER 14, 2015* KEYSTONE STATE ROCK - Volume 2LP - NOW 7: The follow up for Volume 1 from last year. This time we dug deeper in the outskirts of Pennsylvania in search for more cool rare garage, teenbeat and psych rarities. Most of these see the daylight for the first time since oh so many years only on this compilation. Again we included a few unreleased cool goodies as well! Cool insert with detailed linernotes. Limited edition of 500 copies - Green Vinyl. Visit here.

*OCTOBER 3, 2015* Cornerstones of Rock is a new concert series filmed in WTTW's intimate Grainger Studio where the groundbreaking music series Soundstage began more than 40 years ago. The first special in the series will bring together Chicago area's iconic rock groups of the 1960s and '70s for a once-in-a-lifetime concert special. 

Cornerstones of Rock: American Garage
WTTW's Grainger Studio, Chicago
October 16, 2015 (taping)

Cornerstones of Rock: American Garage is a nostalgic celebration of the local "garage bands" that rose to national prominence in the 1960s and '70s, and remain as favorites today with their sing-along hits. This special shines a spotlight on the local groups from the Chicago area who defined this era as they rose through the teen clubs all the way to national prominence.

Jim Peterik of The Ides of March (the house band for the evening, playing their chart-topping hit 'Vehicle') and WGN radio personality Wendy Snyder will host this historic reunion, as many original members of these popular bands return to the concert stage to play their greatest hits, including:

  • The Buckinghams – Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna with special guest and original singer Dennis Tufano ('Kind of a Drag')
  • The Cryan Shames – Tom Doody, James Fairs, and Jim "J.C. Hooke" Pilster ('Sugar and Spice')
  • The New Colony Six – Ray Graffia and Ronnie Rice ('I Will Always Think About You')
  • The Shadows of Knight – Jimy Sohns with Dennis Tufano and Ted Aliotta ('Gloria')
  • The McCoys – Rick Derringer ('Hang On Sloopy')
  • The American Breed – Gary Loizzo, Al Ciner, Chuck Colbert, Jr., and Lee Graziano ('Bend Me Shape Me')

The concert will close with two special tributes:

  • Tribute to "Get it On" by Chase – performed by The Ides of March, powered by four trumpets and an historic appearance by Chase member Dartanyan Brown
  • Tribute to the late Mitch Aliotta – featuring The Ides of March, Ted Aliotta, and all of the groups performing the legendary Chicago anthem 'Lake Shore Drive'

*OCTOBER 3, 2015* Now available for ordering, or as a free PDF download: Butthole Surfers Special! Psych Trail Mix Issue #9 - Limited print run available: $5 plus shipping ($3 shipping to U.S., $4 to Canada, $7 to U.K., anywhere else please email me for shipping price) - This issue includes loads of Butthole Surfers content including comic spread, photos, interviews and loads more! Plus; CA Quintet, Terence & Dennis McKenna, Reviews, Rants & more! Ordering and download info here.

*OCTOBER 2, 2015* Coming late November from Ace Records/Big Beat, info courtesy of Alec Palao:

• Some of the earliest and best-loved releases in Big Beat's Nuggets From The Golden State series were based around the output of top San Francisco recording facility, Golden State Recorders. The series' latest installment, Golden State Psychedelia, continues to celebrate the studio's legacy, restoring material from deleted volumes, as well as exhuming more psychedelic gems from the GSR vault.

• Aside from rare singles by the Tow-Away Zone and Seventh DawnGolden State Psychedelia is comprised wholly of material that did not see release at the time, though not for reasons of musical quality. As studio boss and producer Leo Kulka relates in the liner notes, the sheer volume of acts in the San Francisco of the era meant pitching material to labels became increasingly difficult. Nevertheless, Kulka gave bands a professional home in which to record, and the contents of Golden State Psychedelia, all recorded between 1966 and 1971, reflect the freaky, experimental flavour of the times.

• Highlights include the commercial pop-psych stylings of the Bristol Boxkite, Carnival and Ticket Agents, the punkadelic Goody Box and Immediate Family, and some outrageous studio experiments by Magician and the Gants. The package comes with the usual copious notes one expects of the Nuggets series, and will delight any aficionado of late '60s West Coast psychedelic arcane.  

*SEPTMEBER 30, 2015* The legendary Sonics are recognized as one of the hardest-hitting aggregates in rock'n'roll history. The Tacoma, Washington quintet blew the roof off the Pacific Northwest scene back in the mid-1960s with a raucous and righteous blend of vintage rock'n'roll and R&B, hot-rodded in spectacular fashion upon iconic discs such as 'The Witch' and 'Psycho.' The group's savage, visceral recorded legacy remains a benchmark in communicating the power of basic rock, and since reuniting in 2008, The Sonics have brought their pounding, uncompromising brand of garage rock to all corners of the globe.

In celebration of The Sonics' half-century as a recording act, we are proud to present this limited edition vinyl box set of their complete and essential Etiquette Records catalog. The contents of Fifty feature 34 tracks that constitute the true lexicon of Northwest garage rock, including 'The Witch,' 'Psycho,' 'Boss Hoss,' 'Strychnine,' 'Cinderella,' and 'He's Waitin'.'

Fifty is packaged in deluxe fashion as three vinyl LPs: exact replicas of the Here Are the Sonics and Boom albums, along with a third disc of rarities. The 36-page LP sized booklet features a brand new oral history by all five original Sonics members and is illustrated with over two dozen previously unpublished images from the archives of famed photographer Jini Dellaccio. Last but not least, the box includes a 18" X 24" color poster.

Fifty is thus the last word on a small yet essential part of the American rock'n'roll landscape.

Late October sees the release of Ace Records 2CD set, Jon Savage's 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded...a compilation featuring songs by The Seeds, Roosters, Strangleoves, Guys From U.N.C.L.E., Electric Prunes, 13th Floor Elevators, Love, Count Five, ? & The Mysterians, Oxford Circle, Human Expression, We The People, Blue Things and many more. The accompanying book is scheduled for April of next year.
*SEPTEMBER 17, 2015* Vicki Welch Ayo has written two recent books that should be of interest to readers:

Boys From Houston II: Deep in the Heart - The second in a series of music retrospective books, providing more rare photographs, interviews with select musicians and fans, as well as introducing a broader spectrum of relative events and happenings influenced by the music revolution of the '60s and '70s in Texas. The book primarily expands some of the intimate stories of the venues, club owners, bands and event locations in and around Texas, as well as some of the effects of the California influence on the music revolution in Texas. The series is designed to continue with the goal of recording as much musical history of the '60s and '70s in Texas as possible, as we continue to bring more geographical music locations into subsequent series.

Stacy Sutherland: Down The Rabbit Hole In Texas - In the mid-sixties some local boys, rock and rollers from rural Kerrville banded together and were joined by some hip Austin music makers to pioneer one of the first psychedelic bands of the day. Thirteenth Floor Elevators led the way in the Haight-Ashbury scene like pied pipers heralding the upcoming summer of love. Stacy Sutherland was one of those legendary boys and this is his story.

*SEPTEMBER 11, 2015* When 'Lies' exploded from AM radio speakers everywhere in 1965, listeners were caught off-guard. Who was this band that had captured Beatles’ zeitgeist and repatriated it into a charging slice of American proto-punk? Featuring an amazing vocal performance from Buddy Randell, The Knickerbockers' 'Lies' peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #1 in the hearts of new fans around world. Thanks to its inclusion in Lenny Kaye's essential Nuggets compilation, it continues to amaze and inspire subsequent generations of garage maestros everywhere.

Brothers Beau and John Charles, from Bergenfield, NJ, formed The Knickerbockers in 1962. Taking their name from Knickerbocker Road in nearby Tenafly, NJ, the band went through various lineups until vocalist/saxophonist Randell joined in 1964. Along with drummer Jimmy Walker, this is the quartet singer/songwriter Jerry Fuller ('Travelin' Man,' 'Young Girl,' 'Lady Willpower') caught at Albany, NY nightspot, the University Twist Palace. Fuller signed them to Los Angeles indie label Challenge and they recorded three albums for the label, full of self-penned classics along with carefully selected covers.

The LPs showcased the versatility of the group, forged in the live Northeast club scene. It was no accident that The Knickerbockers were chosen as the very first Sundazed Music artists in 1989. Now, 26 years later, Sundazed returns with the definitive boxed set on this vital American band. The collection includes tracks from the breadth of the band’s career, from their bar band beginnings to their forays into psychedelia. The rockers, the ballads, the breath-taking vocal ensemble numbers: they're all here. It charts the incredible evolution of the band in just three short years, painting a full portrait of the band's wide-ranging talents. 

Beyond the Challenge LP tracks and singles, the box includes material NEVER before released! Recently-discovered demos in the 4-Star Publishing vaults plus Beau Charles' personal acetates yielded a treasure trove of unheard recordings. Beau and John Charles, along with Jimmy Walker, were heavily involved in the creation of this release. The Charles brothers provided two scrapbooks kept by their late mom chronicling the band, much of which is reproduced in the lavish set booklet. For the booklet, master rock writer David Fricke penned the introductory essay and intrepid American music historian Dominic Priore contributed extensive liner notes.

Eighty tracks from a band with exactly one hit single? That's precisely what Sundazed does! Meticulously mastered from the original analog master tapes and acetates, the entire set is produced in glorious mono, including previously unheard mono mixes. Taken together, the discs and notes provide a portal back to when a three-minute single could change the world, if only temporarily. Take a step back in time and rediscover the band that launched Coxsackie's (and the world's) premier reissue label!

*SEPTEMBER 4, 2015* From Lion ProductionsExpanded deluxe edition of The Deep's one and only album, originally released in 1966 and now well-established as a psychedelic classic. One night in a darkened Philadelphia studio, The Deep (Rusty Evans, songwriting partner and producer Mark Barkan, the legendary David Bromberg, whose credits include playing with Bob Dylan and many others, plus a bevy of talented musicians) laid down tempestuous garage punkers, sweetly-twisted ballads and ambiguous weirdness, all rife with hyper-psychedelic lyrical flashes of a rolling midnight expressway through the subconscious mind. A perfect representation of the psychedelic sound: free-form poetry, infectious drum beats, fuzzed out guitar, and playfully plucked bass (and vibes and tympani and so on), swirl together, coalescing into some of the most impressive psychedelic rock you'll hear. Cuts like 'Your Choice To Choose,' sound very Seeds-like or proto-Velvet Underground, Lou Reed snarl and all; others like 'Shadows On The Wall' and 'Wake Up and Find Me' are haunting acid ballads: the whole point of the album was to thoroughly explore the hallucinatory agony and ecstasy of a 12-hour Technicolor dream... although the end result is more amphetamine edgy than acid-soaked trippy. The Deep Psychedelic Moods pre-dates its closest kindred sprit in sound and energy (albeit not subject matter): The Velvet Underground and Nico came along five months later, and the world of music shifted on its axis—but too late for The Deep.

This 3xLP release of Psychedelic Moods is taken from the original four-track master tapes. In addition to the superlative master takes, there are three sides of out-takes and alternates from the Deep original four-track session tapes. This set also marks the vinyl debut of all known recordings by Inner Sanctum (aka Hydro Pyro), another LSD trip project produced by Mark Barkan in 1966. Tip-on gatefold art has liner notes detailing the mysterious rise and fall of this New York City band. Made with full co-operation of original Deep producers, Mark Barkan and Rusty Evans. A definitive example of the psychedelic sound.

*SEPTEMBER 4, 2015* Out soon from Varese Sarbande: The Buckinghams: The Complete Singles Collections: This new Buckinghams compilation features all of their hit singles from the '60s, including their #1 pop smash 'Kind of A Drag'. In addition, the album features 'Don't You Care,' 'Mercy, Mercy Mercy' and the special radio edit of the hit 'Susan.' 2015 is the 50th anniversary of The Buckinghams, who continue to be an active touring band.

*AUGUST 26, 2015* Released by Monument Records in 1965, The Hangmen's first single 'What A Girl Can't Do' propelled the group to regional stardom, even supplanting The Beatles on the local charts. Traveling by hearse from gig to gig, The Hangmen garnered a rabid teenage following that forced their shows to be broken up by the local police on more than one occasion, even playing a private party at Robert Kennedy's home.

Direct from the ashes of D.C. favorites The Reekers, The Hangmen contained many members of the former band and relied on the songwriting talents of guitarists Tom Guernsey and George Daly just as much as the backbeat of bassist Mike West and drummer Bob Berberich. After the dissolution of The Reekers in '65, the new group sought out "that British Sound" by contacting the British Embassy directly by phone to find a lead singer! This gamble paid off by getting them in touch with lead singer Dave Ottley (actually a Scotsman), who rounded out the line-up that would be responsible for their raucous reputation.

Remastered from the original Monument tapes by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in NYC, these two tracks have NEVER sounded as good as they do here!

*AUGUST 14, 2015* If you didn't experience rock and roll in Minnesota in the 1960s, this book will make you wish you had. This behind-the-scenes, up-close-and-personal account relates how a handful of Minnesota rock bands erupted out of a small Midwest market and made it big. It was a brief, heady moment for the musicians who found themselves on a national stage, enjoying a level of success most bands only dream of.

In Everybody's Heard about the Bird, Rick Shefchik writes of that time in vivid detail. Interviews with many of the key musicians, combined with extensive research and a phenomenal cache of rare photographs, reveal how this monumental era of Minnesota rock music evolved. The chronicle begins with musicians from the 1950s and early 1960s, including Augie Garcia, Bobby Vee, The Fendermen, and Mike Waggoner and The Bops. Shefchik looks at how a local recording studio and record label, along with Minnesota radio stations, helped make their achievements possible and prepared the way for later bands to break out nationally.

Shefchik delves deeply into the Trashmen's emblematic rise to fame. A Minneapolis band that recorded a fluke novelty hit called 'Surfin' Bird' at Kay Bank Studios, the Trashmen signed with Soma Records, topped the local charts in late 1963, and were poised to top the national charts in early 1964. Hundreds of Minnesota bands took inspiration from the Trashmen's success, as teen dances with live bands flourished in clubs, ballrooms, gyms, and halls across the Upper Midwest. Here are the stories of bands like The Gestures, The Castaways, and The Underbeats, and the triumphs—and tragedies—of the most prominent Minnesota-spawned bands of the late 1960s, including Gypsy, Crow, and The Litter.

For the baby boomers who remember it and everyone else who has felt its influence, the 1960s rock-and-roll scene in Minnesota was an extraordinary period both in musical history and popular culture, and now it's captured fully in print for the first time. Everybody's Heard about the Bird celebrates how these bands found their singular sound and played for their elated audiences from the golden era to today.

Shindig Magazine hits the Big 50 (at least in number of issues...
*JULY 29, 2015* Gypsy: Rock & Roll Nomads, an Iron Tumbleweeds Production premiering in spring 2016: In 1968, The Underbeats left Minneapolis for Los Angeles and changed their name to Gypsy. Follow their rise through the L.A. club circuit, their residency at The Whisky A Go-Go and their bizarre connection to The Manson Family. Gypsy crisscrossed North America playing arenas and massive festivals. Through ups and downs they have managed to evolve into a Midwestern rock & roll mainstay. 

*JULY 27, 2015* Coming next month from Sundazed: Was there a more influential band from the West Coast's Class of '66 punks? If any convincing is required, listen no further than the Watch Band's pulverizing take on 'In the Midnight Hour.' In a tradition established with their first official single, 'Sweet Young Thing,' this outtake features an absolutely stunning rhythm track coupled with frontman Dave Aguilar's raving original vocal. Definitive! (Inexplicably, the orig. producers chose to replace Aguilar's superior vocal for the officially-released version that appeared on the group's No Way Out LP.) As for the instro outtake 'Psychedelic Trip,' by the time Aguilar added lyrics and vocal to this off-the-cuff studio jam, it had transformed into the epochal track 'No Way Out.' As the name implies, 'Psychedelic Trip' is Chocolate Watch Band at its most mind-blowing; with lead guitarist Mark Loomis instinctively taking off into the cosmic, improvisational zone. Sundazed proudly presents this jaw-dropping single-that-never-was in powerhouse mono, from the mighty, original Tower masters!

*JULY 23, 2015* Coutresy Alec PalaoLee Hazlewood's LHI flagship group, The Kitchen Cinq, had everything but one elusive factor: success.

Formed as The Illusions (and briefly The Y'alls) in Amarillo, Texas, the group blended garage punk with killer harmonies and a slight sense of the absurd. Picking up steam locally in the mid-'60s, the members started to think about cracking it on a bigger scale, and, in 1966, moved to LA. "Almost immediately upon arrival, we auditioned for Lee," says guitarist/vocalist Mark Creamer. "He said, 'Deal.'" Another of Hazlewood's coterie, Suzi Jane Hokom, was charged with producing the group, making her a de facto female pioneer in the industry.

By 1968, The Kitchen Cinq issued a total of five impressive singles and one album, Everything But. They recorded a surprisingly vast amount of material, all of which is collected here. Their version of The Beau Brummels' "Still In Love With You Baby" was a regional hit in many cities, but they were still chasing a big hit, and the L.A. dream was wearing thin. In the end, the industry burned them out: the endless gigging, the radio spots, the long journeys–including an ill-fated East Coast tour that required them to drive from L.A. to Florida in three days. "I think L.A. ate the Texas boys; I really feel that way," says guitarist/vocalist Jim Parker.

The group split in '68, and the members spread off into bands including Them, rock outfit Armageddon and, eventually, careers in studios. One–temporary member J.D. Souther–has a recurring role on the popular soap opera Nashville. The Kitchen Cinq was just a springboard for each of them, but listening to these overlooked works of beat-pop brilliance, you can't help but wonder why it didn't work out for the Texans at the time. Their songs–all of them–live on in this anthology.
  • Compilation and notes by Alec Palao
  • Includes The Kitchen Cinq's complete LHI sessions, comprising the Everything But album and non-LP singles as well as rare sides by the act's earlier incarnations as The Illusions and The Y'Alls
  • Fully remastered audio with three previously unissued cuts
  • Extensive liner notes featuring interviews with Cinq members Jim Parker, Mark Creamer, and Johnny Stark, along with manager Tom Thacker and producer Suzi Jane Hokom

Color Editions:

- 200 on Rainbow Marbled Vinyl (LITA Subscribers Exclusive Color)
- 200 on Blue Vinyl (LITA Online Preorder Edition Color)

Available now from My Mind's Eye Records, is a a vinyl release of two previously unreleased 1967 songs by Ohio group Picadilly Circus. Click on the image for information...
*JULY 16, 2015* Looks like Record Collector Magazine is getting into the vinyl business: The Seeds were the seminal '60s U.S. garage band whose influence and heft far outstrip the brief time that they spent in the charts back in 1966. Now, through the good offices of Ace Records, currently celebrating their 40th anniversary, we have slapped alternative takes of two Seeds classics, 'Satisfy You' and 'You Can't Be Trusted,' onto 350 slabs of 7" vinyl and wrapped them in a specially designed fully laminated sleeve. Always collectable, we were knocked out when we heard how good the music was and hope you are too. Celebrate one of the great U.K. labels and one of the great U.S. bands and order one today. The full story plus interview is in Record Collector Magazine's August 2015 issue.

*JULY 6, 2015* Per Sundazed, the Knickerbockers: The Challenge Recordings: Finally off to manufacturing! Four discs, 80 tracks, introduction by David Fricke and detailed liners by Domenic Priore. Fun! Exhaustive!

Out now...
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Coming early July from Guerrsen/Out-Side Records...
Coming in Autumn from Now Sound Records...
*JUNE 8, 2015* New from Maplewood Records is a reissue of the Glass Family album, including never-before-heard tracks that comprise a second disc: This double-LP comes with a gatefold sleeve featuring the original artwork on the front and back, and new artwork plus interview and biography in the inside. The first LP is a reissue of the original '67 album.The second LP offers previously uinissued recordings, with a raw sound and including an alternate take of 'House Of Glass'.

Maplewood Records is reissuing their 1968 LP Electric Band as a double LP with the second LP being called Should We Not Handle Each Other With Care.

The second LP has nine never before heard tracks that were from their original recording sessions, plus an alternate version of the single 'House of Glass'.

Both LPs stand out as two different records. Electric Band is the slickly produced record that the label requested, while Should We Not Handle Each Other With Care sounds like a tight, rock band cutting tracks fresh off of playing gigs with the likes of the Vanilla Fudge or the Grateful Dead.

Limited to 250 copies. 

*JUNE 4, 2015* Coming from Outsider/Guerssen is King Biscuit Entertainers: Unreleased Masters 1967-1970. Featuring Ray Kennedy and Roger Huycke from legendary garage band The Wilde Knights (of 'Beaver Patrol'/'Just Like Me' fame), King Biscuit Entertainers rocked the Northwest music scene between 1968 and 1971. Along with releasing a bunch of 45s for several local labels, the band home recorded a lot of stuff which never saw the light of day. This retrospective features a selection from their unreleased tape archive plus rare 45 sides, 1967-1970, including the fantastic garage-jangle 45 they recorded under the Genesis moniker. The music on this remastered LP ranges from British-influenced mod-psych to early hard-rock with stunning guitar and vocals. The raw sound and production brings to mind similar bands like Brain Police.

NEW CD versions of the BACK FROM THE GRAVE LP Volumes 1-7 in stock NOW! All Volumes re-recorded and re-mastered. Plus updated liners and extra photos and label scans. Including ALL LP cuts! Click the photo to order...
Coming soon from Windian Records, an authorized reissue of the classic Hangmen 45...
The Count 5, Fli By Nights, Seeds, Chocolate Watchband and The Deepest Blue are some of the group's whose music has been featured to date so far on NBC's Aquarius. Click the image for a page detailing the featured music broken down by episode...
*MAY 19, 2015* From Daniel Coston: We’re bringing back the 3rd Annual Charlotte '60s Rock & Roll Reunion at the Neighborhood Theatre on June 27th. Here's some info on the bands you'll see.

We're opening the show with The Mannish Boys, led by Charlotte music veteran (and NC '60s Rock & Roll book co-author) Jake Berger. Joining The Mannish Boys for their set will be Jim Charles, the man that brought the garage rock classic 'Abba' to The Paragons. Jim was the star of our first Rock & Roll Reunion, and we're bringing him back.

Next will be The Mod VI, garage rock legends from Aiken, SC. The Mod VI released two singles('What Can I Do?' and 'It's Not The Same') in 1968, both of which became regional hits, and have been compiled on many garage rock collections. This will the Mod VI's first show in Charlotte in 47 years, and promises to be a killer. 

What do you do to follow up The Mod VI? You reunite one of the Triangle's most popular rock bands for the first time in 45 years. The Bondsmen originated from Durham, and quickly became a regional powerhouse. Their cover of the Five Americans' 'I See The Light' would later become the opening track on the now legendary Tobacco A Go Go collection on NC 1960s Rock & Roll bands. Both the Bondsmen's complete original lineup, and their 1969-1970 lineup will be reuniting for their first show anywhere since those heavy days. 

Finishing out the night will be The Kinksmen. Put together by some of the Durham's best-known musicians, The Kinksmen bring the sound of the Kinks together onstage for a fun show, and a perfect way to round out the night. Daniel Coston will also MC the show, and perform with The Mannish Boys

Tickets are $15, and now available at, or at the Theatre's box office. You can also get updates at

*MAY 15, 2015* Eastside Heartbeats uses an actual event, Cannibal and The Headhunters opening for The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in 1965, to tell the largely fictional story of a young man's dreams and the vibrant East L.A. music scene of the 1960s. The full-length, rock and roll musical features a book by Tom Waldman, co-author with David Reyes of Land of a Thousand Dances: Chicano Rock and Roll from Southern California. The music is composed by hit '60s songwriter, James Holvay, best known for writing the hits for The Buckinghams ('Kind Of A Drag,' 'Don't You Care' etc.), Rudy Salas, a founding member of Tierra, known for their hit song, 'Together,' and the composer David Reyes. Waldman and Nancy Bianconi (producer of three Off Broadway musicals) are co-producers of the show, which is being presented by Casa 0101. The director is Corky Dominguez, who directed Real Women Have Curves, which premiered at Casa 0101 Theatre. 

*MAY 13, 2015* The new Ugly Things is at the printer and should be shipping out in a few weeks. Big feature stories on Brian Jones, The Clingers, and The Mickey Finn. Interviews with Chris Bailey of The Saints, Tim Warren, Ye-Ye icon Annie Philippe, Michael Des Barres of Silverhead, and Ross Wilson of The Pink Finks and Daddy Cool. Plus The Soul Vendors, The Grapes of Wrath, Kim Fowley, Chuck Berry, Cyril Jordan, David & Anthony, and more.

*MAY 12, 2015* The sold out London Dri LP on Break-A-Way Records has been pressed in a limited second pressing, and word is they are already nearly sold out again. Better act fast if you want a copy: 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. ssychedelia to Who-styled mod-pop. Finally here is the band's legacy – 11 killer tracks in their distinctive London Dri style. Comes with detailed 8-page booklet with history by Mike Dugo and pictures.

*MAY 8, 2015* Coming in June from Ace Records: Big Beat makes a long overdue foray back into the copious vaults of maverick pop personage Gary S. Paxton, this time focusing on late '60s production pop. The workaholic engineer/arranger/producer left a tremendous cache of such material in his vault, all bearing his unique and idiosyncratic trademark of quality.

The compilation Happy Lovin' Time celebrates this overlooked aspect of Paxton's capabilities, with a remarkable selection of his production work in the genre between 1966 and 1970. Most tracks employ the same crack session team that appeared on Paxton-engineered hits by the Association, Tommy Roe and others and some feature familiar names. Among Paxton's collaborators was popmeister Curt Boettcher, who is showcased on here on two rare demos. Paxton also produced the influential vocal quartet the Four Freshmen, dragging them into the '60s with records such as the groovy 'Nowhere To Go.'

The producer's secret weapon in the later 1960s was writer Kenny Johnson, who contributed a wealth of strong material to visiting acts including the Canadian groups the Jay Bees, New Wing and Privilege, as well as his own recordings under such various guises as the Bogart Cult, Homogenized Dirt and Bakersfield Poppy Pickers.

Detailed liner notes by compiler Alec Palao explain the manner in which much of the contents came to be recorded, and overall, Happy Lovin' Time is a fun-filled, eminently listenable package that will delight any fan of '60s sunshine pop.

*MAY 8, 2015* Coming in June from Ace Records: With the 50th anniversary of the American band the Charlatans' debut  this summer, Big Beat are celebrating with this carefully conceived deluxe vinyl edition of the original line-up’s best recordings, The Limit Of The Marvelous.

The iconic quintet are widely acknowledged with kickstarting the San Francisco 1960s renaissance. The Charlatans presented a blend of Americana-infused popular styles, encompassing country, swing, bluegrass, '50s rock'n'roll and olde English folk. The band's image radiated class that few of their hirsute, tie-dyed peers matched.

The Limit Of The Marvelous distils the best cuts from Big Beat's essential Amazing Charlatans CD to approximate the long-player the group should have issued at their peak in 1966. It juxtaposes idiosyncratic folk-rock 'Codine Blues' and 'Alabama Bound' with dustbowl-dry originals from the pen of guitarist/drummer Dan Hicks, including the first recording of his signature number 'How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away'.

Housed in a Globe Propaganda-approved sleeve complete with copious illustrations of this most photogenic of outfits, The Limit Of The Marvelous is a fitting reminder in their anniversary year of the continuing magic of the CharlatansA 180g coloured vinyl release.

*MAY 4, 2015* Due out in November, and written by Sarah HillSan Francisco and the Long 60s tells the fascinating story of the legacy of popular music in San Francisco between the years 1965-69. It is also a chronicle of the impact this brief cultural flowering has continued to have in the city - and more widely in American culture - right up to the present day. The aim of San Francisco and the Long 60s is to question the standard historical narrative of the time, situating the local popular music of the 1960s in the city's contemporary artistic and literary cultures: at once visionary and hallucinatory, experimental and traditional, singular and universal. These qualities defined the aesthetic experience of the local culture in the 1960s, and continue to inform the cultural and social life of the Bay Area even fifty years later.

The brief period 1965-69 marks the emergence of the psychedelic counterculture in the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood, the development of a local musical 'sound' into a mainstream international 'style', the mythologizing of the Haight-Ashbury as the destination for 'seekers' in the Summer of Love, and the ultimate dispersal of the original hippie community to outlying counties in the greater Bay Area and beyond. San Francisco and the Long 60s charts this period with the references to received historical accounts of the time, the musical, visual and literary communications from the counterculture, and retrospective glances from members of the 1960s Haight community via extensive first-hand interviews.

There has been a lot of news and changes on the Shindig Magazine front lately, but it's great to know Jon and Andy are soldiering on. Click the cover to be directed to the new Facebook page, where you can read the latest details and assure that you're reading and supporting the Shindig we all know and love...
*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.

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*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

1966 And All That: Breaking Down In Swinging London

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

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

One time Fleet Fox furthers solo career


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.