Tuesday, April 07, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week, from New Jersey: The Grip Weeds! Their newest album, How I Won The War, is out now on recently-revived label JEM Recordings.



At 17 tracks this new album -out today, is sure to satisfy fans both new to their sound and those who are well-acquainted with the band. As on past releases you're assured of that Grip Weeds blend of power-pop and psychedelia which is pure aural bliss to these ears. Also featured on this new release is a great cover of George Harrison's "The Inner Light," first heard as a b-side to the "Lady Madonna" Beatles single. The song is in capable hands here. Lastly, Kristin Pinell, as lead vocalist on the "Over and Over" track, is a revelation. You may hit the repeat button a few times, too!

All hail The House of Vibes!!!



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You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time, as well as Mr. Atavist's Sunrise Ocean Bender show, heard every other Thursday from 11pm to 1 am eastern, on WRIR in Richmond, VA.

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Adding the Pick of the Week to their show is Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio. Thanks Col Chant!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! From Ekaterinburg, Russia, comes our Pick this week: The Karovas Milkshake! Albert, Seva, & Nick have brought out their first full length LP, In the Shade of Purple Sun, available via their Bandcamp page.



While prior releases such as the amazing "Freakout b/w Factory" single suggest the band have a love affair for the freakbeat period of British psychedelia, those of us paying attention to their live video work know they've a far broader palate. R & B, rockabilly, and classic rock all have been taken on by this talented trio. The debut album shows those sides in full while also mining their deep love and appreciation for full-on psychedelia. выдающийся!





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You can hear the archived version of the radio show Trip Inside This House on KDHX any time you want to stream it up to two weeks past a show's original air date. GO HERE.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week comes from Leicester, England: Children of Leir! They've recently released their second long-player, II, (a/k/a horse cover,) via their Bandcamp page.



A duo consisting of Stuart Gray and Gregg Hunt, this outing sees them furthering their musical interests into virtual soundtrack, (mindtrack?,) areas. By this I mean there's a cinematic quality to the music on offer, especially in album opener "Drowning In Fear," which at nearly ten minutes gives time to develop a feel for where the pair are headed. They maintain a consistency of sound throughout the other six tracks, including previous B-side, "Children of Leir." The savvy listener will pick up on multiple genre/band cues which makes this one a worthy forty minutes again and again. Where are they taking us next?



Listen:


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You can hear the archived version of the radio show Trip Inside This House on KDHX any time you want to stream it up to two weeks past a show's original air date. GO HERE.

Friday, March 20, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers!!! Our Pick this week, from France, is: Arnold Fish! The nom de guerre of Fabien Versmessen, Arnold Fish first released In The Land Of The Elephant Blues some time last year but it's been picked up by Greek label, G.O.D. (Garden Of Dreams) Records, for proper release on CD as well as a limited run of vinyl.



Stylistically mining the same deep vein which finds Jacco Gardner, Balduin, and Dr Cosmo's Tape Lab, (all celebrated previously here,) plying: that peculiar and particular strain of English baroque psychedelia from 1968. Easily categorized as pastiche, Arnold Fish -like the others mentioned before, does so in a manner which bursts the shackling constraints of such categorization. He's serious. It shows in the sounds. It's anachronistic. But the damned thing works! From start to finish this is one hell of an album, on multiple levels. (Identify them your own self.) Me, I say: Oui! Plus, merci....écoutez:




Go FISH!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week comes from Sydney, Australia, (a veritable HOTBED of neo-psychedelia right now,): The Grease Arrestor! The quintet have just released their second long-player in a year's time, Volume Two, available via Bandcamp.



Rick, Ryan, Sam, Liz, & Josh, are out there pushing boundaries, and -I suppose, are stoned. Immaculate. At least that's what it sounds like: a band in the vortex where the conundrum of being in control and letting go collides. This isn't chaotic mind you. Not at all. There's measurement here, in their abilities to bring forth the sounds they're hearing in their heads, and the way they go about preserving it for our enjoyment. While influences abound, subtly and not so, it's ultimately OUR own listening which defines who those influences are. (It was ever thus.) Add The Grease Arrestor to a LONG list of bands to watch, now and in the future.

And, while you're in the watching mood, watch this:


...and then try this:




Brilliant.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week, no strangers to these pages -they were a Pick of the Week almost one year ago exactly, from Zaragoza, Spain: My Expansive Awareness! They've just released their self-titled album, available through Bandcamp.



The band certainly live up to their name on this eponymous release. A full-on sound storm of psychedelia from Spain, (and we need more of it!)In a year's time the quintet have aimed for the heart of the Sun and in the offing produced an album of what, to me, seems remarkable in both content and construct. The album lurches out of the gate with opener "We Are Stardust." Insistent drumming and treated vocals provide the launch pad for the intermittent guitar attacks. From there the nine remaining tracks build on said opener and treat the attentive listener to a talented band hitting their stride. Recommended!




The band will be a part of the Lisbon Psych Fest, April 10-11..!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! From Glasgow, Scotland, comes our Pick this week: The Mushroom Club! Their new release, EP2, was just set free a month ago.



Together Paul McCabe, Stevie Kearns, Blair Miller, Seb Jonsen, and Grant Cowie, have put together a 5-track head trip lasting longer than some bands' albums. I hear quite a lot of Spacemen 3 in their style, especially on the nearly-eight-minute "Dreams," and "Oh God." If that name drop gets you excited I think you'll enjoy strapping on the headphones, lighting up the hookah, and gaining admission to The Mushroom Club. (The password may be "Buckfast!")

Listen:





Best wishes to the band as they open for Dead Meadow, alongside fellow Glaswegians Cosmic Dead, in three weeks at the 02 ABC2 in Glasgow.

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You can hear the archived version of the radio show Trip Inside This House on KDHX any time you want to stream it up to two weeks past a show's original air date. GO HERE.