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Electrick Sages - 2018 - Weapons of Mass Instruction

2018-03-09T23:49:03.029+09:00

Cranking out some sounds from the Garage:

Putin's got his missiles and we have a different sort of sonic weapon to unleash today. Dig into these twelve tracks of warped psychedelic chrome and plastic soul concocted deep in the mountains of central Japan.

As the world's getting weirder, many more of us are seeing the dream for what it is.  Break on through the illusions on this cosmic exploration of dimensional jumps, colonization, those pesky conspiracies, and inner lights.

Head on over to Bandcamp to induce the engroovied vibes.  While we do dig your support, the price is whatever.

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Or head to this link.  If you are into it, maybe have a re-visit at the Bandcamp, where we added on some videos to the package:

Electrick Sages - 2018 - Weapons of Mass Instruction



Iasos' Encyclopedia of Inter-Dimensional Music

2018-03-04T23:37:22.289+09:00

I covered some of Iasos' 70's releases a few years back.  I rated them pretty highly at the time, and I'd probably kick up the score a few notches these days.  Here are those links:

Inter-Dimensional Music
Angelic Music

They have permeated my life more and more over the years.  I've only got an 8GB iPod these days (a pink one just like Zootopia's Judy Hopps, but with an apple instead of a carrot - it used to be my wife's) and Iasos always makes the cut.

Now - the school I work at tends to play terrible pop music in the lobby.  Sometimes I sneak to the computer and switch it to something groovier.  Last week I threw in Miles Davis' "In a Silent Way" and a Bob Marley best of.  And then I thought to put in Iasos.  Y'know, something good to study too.

I found that the man has produced plenty more music all the way up to the present, and has some fantastic Youtube lectures on music to boot. The music was absolutely groovy in the lobby, and I had to contact the man himself.  He came across as a very enlightened being over email and got me set up with some of his more modern music.

You could look him up on Youtube for whatever, but I'm going to share with a full-on wealth of Atlantean vibrational tones that the man has been putting out for decades now.  There's a bit more of the digital nowadays, but if you can put the soul behind those virtual instruments, then the ends justify the means. Iasos is aurally enlightening souls and doing no harm as far as I can tell, so the digital ends can justify the absolutely engroovied ends in this case.

Now - you may think that's cool, but dear Doctor, Iasos is just recycling New Age tropes.  Let's reiterate that this guy invented most of those tropes.  If you are familiar with Jane Roberts' Seth Material, I have pretty much considered Iasos' 70's recordings as the soundtrack to that.  Now I've got more.  And so do you!

I'd head for "Essence of Lemuria" to start with, and I'm embedding that one.  Click on the banner and you can scroll down for the links to the aforementioned "Inter-Dimensional Music" or "Angelic Sound," along with plenty of other tones to vibrate the Great Pyramid.

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I went rapping about metaphysics with Iasos as well, and he directed me to the metaphysics page at his website.  It's a fun primer to head into a playground of the mind.  Again, I'm a sucker for Jane Roberts and Seth and I've handed out "The Nature of Personal Reality" to folks multiple times (most recently to dear old Dad):

Iasos' Metaphysics







Dr. Schluss Bugging the Star Trek Mission Log Podcast

2018-03-09T23:46:35.943+09:00

(image) Did I ever tell you that the Doctor is an absolute Trekkie?  I don't go to conventions or do cosplay (unless it's Spider Man), but I do watch the show in the movies on a regular basis.  I can answer most intermediate trivia questions about anything Trek.
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Anyway, I've been getting into the Mission Log podcast enough to blast a somewhat politically charged message their way a month or so ago.  They read it and answered it in depth on last week's episode starting at 27 minutes deep.  Do note that I go by "Matt" when you're in the same room.  Here's a link, although I'd personally head for my itunes, where you can also find it.

TNG Recap No. 1


And here I am as Spider Man (don't own Star Fleet digs).





Electrick Sages - Telepathine Video

2018-02-25T11:25:11.342+09:00

We're always busy making music here at the garage, and here's a fun sized bit to gnaw on.  My eight-year-old daughter always want me to play Prince in the car, and working with Curtis Mayfield's keyboardist a few months ago had me binging on Curtis.  Pour in some 8-bit psychedelia, throw in a dash of mystical politics, and you've got "Telepathine."  The album, now titled "Weapons of Mass Instruction," is due to drop on March 2nd.

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Glaze of Cathexis - 2018 - Grooviest Glaze (2012 - 2016)

2018-02-26T07:46:12.150+09:00

For better or for worse, the delirious psychedelic rocking of the Glaze of Cathexis is now in our past while we continue as the plastic soul weirdos of the Electrick Sages.  These are the tunes that folks played the most as we were "glazing" and bowing at the shines of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and Husker Du while thinking about John Lennon and R.E.M.    The results skew a bit towards the live-wire noise rock edge of the band, but head on over to the albums at http://glazeofcathexis.bandcamp.com if you need some more baladeering and ambient instrumentals.  This release does give you a full glance at our DNA, though.  The band ran for ten years, so this is the second half of the journey.  We'll hit up some of the preliminaries at another time.  "High Desert Prophecies" video is included with this download.

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Electrick Sages - 2018 - The Cowboy of Free Market Capitalism

2018-01-04T09:58:35.832+09:00

(image) Where have I been?  Listening to crateloads of funk, soul, and electric jazz.  My daughter only accepts Prince playing in the car.  So here we are - joined by Buzz Amato - a keyboard extraordinaire who played with and was musical director for Curtis Mayfield's band in the late 80's, and who has also played with groovy acts like Slave and The Three Degrees.  We've got his services on a vintage Fender Rhodes electric keyboard and Hammond organ sending the title tune into the absolute stratosphere.

"Voyage of the Celeste" is an electronic journey through digital nodes taking you to the words of our Roving Sage, Australian mystic Scott Atkinson on "Cloudland Cloudscape Vast."  Then, if you're missing the psychedelic rock tones of the Glaze of Cathexis, your desires shall be satisfied on "Cosmologic Medicine."  It was never an outtake - it just took me forever to get the guitar and vocals right, but now they are.

We're here to send Atlantean vibrational tones through your skull as we all reach for immaculate tomorrows.  Deep dive with us here as we explore the subconscious infinite with this EP and video.  Our plastic soul LP will drop down to you on February 13th.

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Electrick Sages -2017 - Substance of the Ceremony (video)

2017-10-08T22:59:34.062+09:00

If you are reading this, you only have but three options:

#1 Stay F#^king asleep.

#2 Initiate yourself through years of disciplined meditation (we do not necessarily frown upon this option).

#3 Play this video and ride upon the bull with us, stampeding towards Valhallah.

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Glaze of Cathexis - 2017 - Dreaming of Forgotten Stars Video

2017-09-30T00:01:56.262+09:00

We created this video for you specifically for you. I don't always like the Youtube preview thumbnails, but I like this one. If you dig it, you will want to watch the video soundtracked by our own un-Crowley-ed fusion of Buddy Holly and Joy Division.

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Rocket Man and the Dotards - 2017 - F#"king Up the Oldies

2017-09-24T20:34:53.314+09:00

This is our political statement, y'all.Yeah! Make America Great Again? Rocket Man and the Dotards are relocated Aussies and Yankees coming your way from the mountains of Japan to old-school rock and to F#"k the Power! F#"k the Power! Muddy Waters – Buddy Holly – Howlin’ Wolf – Eddie Cochrane – Little Richard – Chuck Berry You know all them. F#"k the Power! Donald Trump – Pepe the Frog – Kim Jong Un – Kim Jong Funn You know it! Yeah! F#"k the Power!  seamless="" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=368037375/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/" style="border: 0; height: 120px; width: 100%;">F#"king Up the Oldies by Rocket Man and the Dotards[...]



Glaze of Cathexis - 2017 - Bohemian Groovers

2017-09-18T09:41:02.133+09:00

This is the final Glaze of Cathexis album.  We will still be making music over here at the garage, but it sounds different now and we'll be putting that out under the Electrick Sages name.  Here's our press release and the links for this one.GLAZE of CATHEXIS...are  announcing  the  release  of  their  new  album,  Bohemian  Groovers.Ueda / Tokyo - Japan.  Roving  Sage  Media  are  thrilled  to  be  releasing  the  latest  album  from  Glaze  of  Cathexis,  titled  Bohemian  Groovers.    What you will hear is a pulsating strain of psychedelic rock, first incubated in the Kanto Plain of Japan in 2004; now reaching its final iteration here in 2017.  Visions were seen, channels were heard – the Creators have just made a quantum bounce into a different direction:  what you get is an aural photograph of a time and place unique to them.  Glaze of Cathexis are a duo embedded in the Land of Mu doing their sterling utmost to strike the right vibration of The Gong.  Dig the “Deep Forest Bells,” riding a Pixified Jesus and Mary Chain wave of mutilation cresting on Beach Boy melodies.  Dig the alternate dimension John Lennon pulse of “Pretend That We Begin.”  Or, maybe find yourself in an earphone-to-ear performance of, what seems to be Ian Curtis and the Crickets, in “Dreaming of Forgotten Stars.”  Reverberate along to “The Holy Mountain” while surfing the psychic jetstream of Alejandro Jodorowsky.  They’ve got that something special to resonate with and the psychedelic soul to drive it all home.  Beaming out to you the Bohemian Groovers.Glaze of Cathexis are Matthew Comegys (Atlanta, USA) and Scott Atkinson (Brisbane, Australia), a collective who source and derive their creative inspiration and psycho-spiritual resonance from dwelling in Japan.  seamless="" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=2507344656/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/" style="border: 0; height: 120px; width: 100%;">Bohemian Groovers by Glaze of CathexisAnd the EP that preceded the album if you missed it: seamless="" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=4170849046/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/" style="border: 0; height: 120px; width: 100%;">Deep Forest Bells EP by Glaze of Cathexis[...]



Glaze of Cathexis - Deep Forest Bells video

2017-09-03T19:47:07.178+09:00

Here is a trip for you to take.  The final psychedelically rockin' Glaze of Cathexis album, "Bohemian Groovers," will soon be coming your way soon.  Have an aural hors'd'oeuvres with this video, the sound candy-coated with Beach Boy melodies and spiked with Jesus and Mary Chain vitrol.

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Alan Watts - 1969 - The Flow of Zen

2017-08-13T22:51:37.545+09:00

Alan Watts is always worth your time.  He might just enlighten you.  He is some Alan Watts to trip out to:

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Glaze of Cathexis - 2017 - Deep Forest Bells EP

2017-06-30T09:53:46.575+09:00

This psychedelically rockin' (and shoegazing) EP and video clip are here to herald the final Glaze of Cathexis LP coming in August.  Join us for one more run through the Glaze's soundworld of crackling fuzz guitars, unhinged drumming, and celestially trippy lyrics from their base in the mountains of Japan.  If you are groovy enough to dig our sounds, we're not closing shop - just changing gears to the Electrick Sages project.  That is what comes out of my current workflow and it sounds different than the Glaze.

Anyway, what you are getting here is one tune from the upcoming album, an alternate take of another tune from it, and several alternates of the past.  I think the alternates are all the first versions of the songs.  I like some of them quite well.  I rerecorded Lotus Pond for the front slot on an earlier EP and decided I wanted a more driving take.  'Cadmium Glow' ended up on 'The Amorphous Infinity' LP in a slower version because this electronic drum pulsing take just didn't make sense on that album.

Join us and you may find yourselves down with our trip.

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David Bedford - 1972 - Nurses Song With Elephants

2017-06-30T09:42:10.631+09:00

Quality: (image)  out of 5
Trip-O-Meter: 5 out of 5, I guess - but it's a bad trip

Wow.  I try to avoid getting too negative here at the Garage, but this doesn't do it for me.  I thought I'd dig it.  I can get into some of the avant garde and we've got Kevin Ayers and Mike Oldfield showing up here and there, but no, just no.  It's sort of like the Red Krayola's debut album.  That one is not an easy listen,  but it's a lysergic needle through the head and when that album does coalesce into something like a song, it's intensely groovy.  This one provides wisps of pointless noise, and when those do take the form of something, I'm still annoyed.  Is it my mood?  Give me a good argument that this is not pretentious twaddle and I will dive in for another listen.  Maybe I need to start with a different album?  Otherwise, let this enter history as the day that I first googled the poo emoji.



Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - 1968 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera

2017-06-30T01:14:12.088+09:00


Quality: 3.75 out of 5
Trip-O-Meter: 4 out of 5

This one is definitely a funn one, although it runs very hot/cold on the spectrum of taste.  Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera (I'm not typing all of that out again) walks along the razor blade between psychedelic pop and early heavy metal.  The often fall off of it, but the do maintain their balance for some tunes as well.

So, the opening is like the open track of Sgt. Pepper's if that album had been made by Steppenwolf.  This is not a compliment. But the track that the, uh, singer is introducing is actually pretty top notch.  "Mother Writes" sort of falls backwards into punk rock too early in a charmingly Hawkwind-like manner.  It takes until "Flames" for the band to light the afterburners again.  Between that we get groovy psych tunes "Long Nights of Summer" and "Reflections of a Young Man," and several other tunes that don't really work so well.  "Air" falls into the bin if sitar tunes that don't work.  The hit rate stands solid through the rest of the album, with "Talk of the Devil" making the most impression with me.  There are a slew of bonus tracks which I assume are singles, cover tunes, and a few things that sound like they were recorded sometime after the band was actually a going concern (my intuitive assumption).  It's probably not essential for the 99% - as long as we allow that the 1% are all Elmer Gantry fans.  "Raga" is exactly what it says - what the band Can would later refer to as 'an ethnological forgery."  For some reason, "Eleanor Rigby" is now a heavy metal jam.  That's probably worth hearing at least once for kitsch value if nothing else.

This album only has half an ass, but there are a few inspired moments scattered about.  Again, "Mother Writes" will knock your bobby socks off.  If it hasn't already made it to a Nuggets collection, it should have.



The Floor - 1967 - 12 Floor

2017-06-30T01:14:12.074+09:00

Quality: 3.75 out of 5
Trip-o-Meter: 4.25 out of 5

Once upon a time I wanted to name an indie rock band "The Red Curtains."  Y'know, in a Dukes of Stratosphere reference.  Me bandmates thought it was too non-descript, but here we've got Danish psyche-poppers "The Floor."  How deep does this rabbit-hole of strange blandness?  Do "The Socks" exist somewhere out there?  Anyway, back to "The Floor."  This is sort of a realtime Dukes of Stratosphere.  Whereas we have the members of XTC emulating the sounds of 1967 in the early 80's, The Floor did it right smack in the middle of 1967.  So, get ready to gulp down several spoonfuls of sugar on this one.

I guess "Turn It On" takes the groovy crown here.  But that's because it straight up grabs the Beatles' "Taxman" bassline.  Still, they've got the Jam's Paul Weller beat by a good baker's dozen of years on that one.  "Hey Mr. Flowermann"  comes across like flower power Spinal Tap, although I suppose the Floor aren't joking.  I mean. for the most part, everything here is gonna sound like something else.  The Moody Blues really have one straight on baroque pop album, so there is room in the universe for a tune like "Moonbeam."  The Floor does not get points for originality.  That is clear from their name.  The strength is in their execution - their is a steady hand on the tiller for production, songwriting, playing, and singing.

Apparently, this one sports a reissue from a few years back which includes early renditions of a couple of Dylan's Basement Tapes songs.  Those are probably worth your ear.  As for the album proper, it is you insulin injection of psychedelic pop for the day.  You hang around sites like this and that is probably what you need, yeah?



Initiation- An Audio/Visual Third Eye Meditation

2017-03-31T22:51:28.918+09:00

I'm a happy feller.  But I've had issues with Internet connectivity and some potent issues on the homefront that have kept me away from the blog.  But I do have this for you.  It's something to watch and latch you mind to.  It's something to listen to and let it seep into your brain.  It's keyed in to have a direct conversation with your pineal gland.  Y'know, take a chance with us.

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Anyhoo, I've got a clutch of groovy albums coming your way soon.  We do what we must.



You Will Spend Your Christmas With Electrick Sages?

2016-12-22T10:26:01.955+09:00

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Andwella's Dream - 1969 - Love and Poetry

2016-12-22T10:20:42.681+09:00

(image) Quality: 3.75 out of 5
Trip-O-Meter: 3.75 out of 5

Something in the vibrational energy of psychedelic rock shifted somewhere around New Year's 1968.  Or maybe it's a more prosaic deluge of influences flowing in.  Anyway, in 1967 it seemed perfectly acceptable to put all your vim and vigor into a startling slab of psychedelic pop - big league hitters like "See Emily Play" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" typify this.  Then 1968 rolled around and suddenly you couldn't just be poppy without being relegated to the world of bubblegum.  You had to let in that early heavy metal/electric blooze crunch or get more country (folk was admittedly a key feature of prime psychedelic pop).  I guess it worked out ok for the Grateful Dead, but it counter-intuitively painted a bland streak over other acts.  Of course, I like "Who's Next," "L.A. Woman," and "Abbey Road," but I'll never dig them as much as "The Who Sell Out," "Strange Days," and "Sgt. Pepper."  That 1967 never really seemed to reemerge as far as I can tell until the late 90's, when Elephant Six made its mark.  While it was very groovy stuff, it was also far more low budget and indie.

We've got Andwella's Dream creeping out in 1969, with a foot planted in both dynamics.  Much of the songwriting does harken back to psychedelic pop, but they have the makings of a hard rock backbone (even when they are often mellow) and the vocal bombast of a Traffic-era Steve Winwood or post-"Tommy" Roger Daltrey.  If you are looking for that pop groove, "Sunday" and "High on a Mountain" do a pretty spiffy job of honing on that.  On the other side of the coin, opener "The Days Grew Longer for Love" could get tossed onto side B of Traffic's self-titled album without anyone batting much of an eye and the ballad "Andwella" actual works up a pretty heavy metal head of steam for a few moments.  "Midday Sun" gets into the softer side of Dylan.  I feel like people usually go for the nasally invasive, ranting vibe when they get Dylan-esque.  Meanwhile "Lost a Number, Found a Kite" looks like a psychedelic epic if you look at the track time, but really it's just a tune with half the time a rambling intro.

So, middle of the road?  Pretty much.  But it's got some very nice craft with groovy production and sticks its head up above the sun enough times to take notice.  Let me throw in one caveat.  If you absolutely love the first couple Traffic album and prime Procol Harem, this is directly up your alley and you will like this much more than my rating suggests.  I can see where someone would really dig all of this stuff.  I've made concerted efforts to get into that bubble understanding that there is a worthwhile headspace to work your way into, but I've found that Traffic, Procol Harem, and now Andwella's Dream only hit about half of my pleasure buttons for whatever reason.



Electrick Sages

2016-12-02T01:05:08.101+09:00

Let me set it down straight for you.  We are not looking for wealth, although a bit of coin would obviously be nice.  We are certainly not looking for fame.  That doesn't look like a nice paradigm.  We are looking for your ears, though.  We are trying to speak to your soul, that etheric energy that you can feel when you pay attention to those breaths in and out.These  are  the  sounds  of  the  Electrick  Sages.  The  sound  is  electronically-infused  art  rock  with  echoes  of  plastic  soul  Bowie,  post-punk  Joy Division,  and  Berlin  School  drones.  The  purpose  is  to  assist  You  in  your  conscious  evolution.  Maybe  you  are  starting  on  your  way  to  seeing  the  true  fabric  of  reality.  Maybe  you  have  already  awakened.  This  is  music  to  engroovy  your  spirit.Who  are  we?  An  American  and  an  Australian – we  are  both  living  in  Japan.  We  have  taken  up  a  position  outside  the  bubble  and  are  bringing  back  insights.  Who  were  we?  We  were  Glaze  of  Cathexis,  and  brought  you  visionary  psychedelic  rock.  We  were  Damaged  Tape - warping  electronic  sound  to  enlightening  vibrations.  And  now,  we  want  to  vibrate  higher  and  bring  you  along  with  us.  We  are  the  Electrick  Sages.  We  are  going  to  take  you  higher.We  are  not  priests  or  cult leaders – we  extol  no  religion.  We  are  not  psychics – we  know  not  what  the  future  brings,  only  the  present.  We  are  not  philosophers – we  have  moved  past  that,  into  pure  feeling.  This  is  the  satori  experience  of  "one  hand  clapping."  And,  we  are  not  charlatans – we  are  abstract  but  bring  to  you  truth  as  we  feel  it.  We  are  sages – we  are  musical  seers,  peering  into  the  prismatic  abyss  and  reporting  back  to  you  exactly  what  you  need  to  know.This  is  not  religion.  This  is  not  a  cult.  This  is  a  pure  expression  of  Spirit,  taking  you  past  the  coarse  physical  plane  and  launching  you  off  into  the  refined  astral.  Trip  with  us.  Spread  the  word  on  the  Electrick  Sages.Here are the sounds to take in.  The most obvious move is a move to out Bandcamp site: seamless="" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album[...]



The Ceyleib People - 1967 - Tanyet

2016-11-27T23:43:45.400+09:00

Quality: 3.75 out of 5
Trip-O-Meter: 4.5 out of 5

First off - this is not a good headphones album.  It tosses entire tracks from left to right in the stereo spectrum.  I am listening on headphones and the effect is pissing me off.  Just make it true mono and end my day, please.  Maybe you've got some software to collapse it own your own.  Do it.  This absolutely needs to be a mono album as opposed to immaculately stoned, yet idiotic stereo.

On to the good news.  This is a full out trippy stumble though inspired raga rock, inflected by the vibrations of a professional studio.  Professionals do appear.  Ry Cooder is blasting his guitar through several of the sections and Larry Knetchel is on keyboards.  I'm going to be honest - I don't really know who Knetchel is, but I do recall seeing his name in a lot of places.  I have, like, ten Cooder albums on CD and I'm pretty sure a listened to a few of them at least one time.  But that doesn't matter.  When you listen to Ceyleib People, you are listening to fantastic raga rock instrumentals inscrutably thrown out into either stereo channel - one at a time for 90% of the time.  Allmusic Guide suggests that there are tracks here, but I've got it all lumped into four sections that will engroovy you one at a time.

This is very cool stuff, mixed in the worst way possible.  I would raise the quality half a point if you just collapsed it all into a single channel.  Sometimes mono needs to be king and this is exhibit A.  Otherwise, kudos to the Ceyleib People.



Children - 1968 - Rebirth

2016-11-27T23:40:23.955+09:00

Quality: 4 out of 5
Trip-O-Meter: 4 out of 5

What do we get here?  We get a very groovy sunshine pop disc and the story behind it.  The Children is a cosmic collision between a couple of West Texas acid rock bands, The Stoics and The Argyles.  This particular compilation bring you the garage stomping sound of both, an intermediary of The Mind's Eye, and the walking through the flowers, tripping out on Donovan and the Zombies vibrations of the titular band here.

Let's cut straight to the marrow.  I dig the two tunes by The Stoics.  They have a wildly spiraling, scream and guitar shout that compares to nothing else but fellow Texans, the 13th Floor Elevators.  The Argyles comparatively suck, frat rocking like the Kingsmen and the Trashmen.  It's not the worst pedigree, but Roky Erickson of the Elevators may not approve (or not!).  So then there is the main event.  After the psychedelically violent kick in that spot between your brows of the Stoics and somewhat of the Argyles and the Mind's Eye, you are now tripping in a meadow of fairies with Children.  It's not bad, but it is a shock.  Isolated on it's own, you are now looking at a Sgt. Pepper reflected surface that flows through California syrup and strings - the hybrid band had in fact relocated to that state.  "I Got Involved" probably perverts the twee side of the Kinks a bit too much, but most of the other tracks give you a finger-picked pattern of laid back psychedelic grooviness.  "Pictoral" ups the stakes a bit, but it is still dreamy and doesn't plow the icepick in your head the way those first couple Stoic tracks do.

You don't just get an album here, you get a little aural biopic.  Children are pretty groovy on their own, and will appeal to those of you with sunshine ears and baroque thoughts.  But dammit!  Those first few tracks!  It's a tease that I would love to fall deeper into.  But y'know, we get what we get with this reality in the end.  This may well appeal to your reality.



Electrick Sages - Hemlock Butterfly (video)

2016-11-26T00:07:09.554+09:00

The Electrick Sages have arrived to explore the labyrinth behind the door of reality.  Our previous project, the Glaze of Cathexis, were simply looking at that door.  You have been bamboozled and you can see it.  We are speaking to your vibrations, and we try to dig it in the grooviest way possible.  This is our mission,  The album will show up on December 5th.  For now - get into evolution - and dive into this video of Hemlock Butterfly.  The video transmutes the vibes of Stan Brakhage and Kenneth Anger.  The sound runs on through the line connecting David Bowie with Joy Division.  The lyrics bounce off of some of those pesky conspiracy theories that drive you to wear a tinfoil hat.  But that is just a vocabulary.  The goal is to wake you up, and open your eyes to the fractal reality that surrounds you.

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Zanov - 1982 - In Course of Time / Moebius

2016-11-01T09:29:21.226+09:00

Quality: 4.25 out of 5
Trip-O-Meter: 4.5 out of 5

Could I find any information about Zanov?  No, I could not.  Admittedly, I didn't look that hard.  Y'know, by 1982 Tangerine Dream were skirting off to higher budget pastures where they were carting around the brand-spanking new digital synths.  Zanov was not.  Zanov was carting around analog weirdness to bring on full Berlin school flavor.  And that is what you get with Zanov.  Any questions?

Bloody 'ell.  I usually rant about specific tracks right about now, but it seems kind of pointless. These are Berlin school sequences with Berlin school leads tacked on top of them.  You maybe know the Berlin school, but if you don't it is trancey analog synths with heavy sequencing,  You are getting a textbook definition with the Zanov recordings.  Even more so than that which Kraftwerk or Tangerine Dream stumbled into.

Zanov would have been a perfectly welcome addition to the City of the Domes in Logan's Run.  Assuming he wasn't too old.  I just don't know what to expect with the personal history of Zanov.  Maybe 'he' is a band.  Just listen to it already.



The Doctor Trips Through Okinawa (Miyako-Jima)

2016-10-29T23:10:27.574+09:00

There are a few new albums if you scroll down (and a few more coming), but first you deal with these images from my mandatory trip to Okinawa.  This is a perk of my cash-paying job.[...]