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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.