Articles tagged psychedelia

15 Sep 2016 // 2:15 AM

Morgan Delt: Phase Zero

Delt sounds like a vinyl LP left out in the LA sun, with the melted wax frozen into a popsicle that melts perfectly while you eat it.

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The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Fifty years on, Pet Sounds is still celebrated.

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Various Artists: Another Splash of Colour: New Psychedelia in Britain 1980-1985 (take 2)

This is a thorough, satisfying, and surprisingly scholarly cross-section of British New Psych in the early '80s.

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Paper Your Walls With Rock’s Most Beloved, Most Surprising Poster Artist, Todd Slater

There were two people whose music poster hobbies interested me in graduate school. One of them was a local guitarist who did the publicity flyers

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11 Jun 2015 // 2:05 AM

Polar Bear: Same As You

Polar Bear return with a tense but accessible album.

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Destruction Unit: Deep Trip

Whether by the boost of certain chemicals or the by the grace of living near a bleak terrain, Destruction Unit means it. They play from the abyss, and reach out to pull you in beside their queasy, addled, bleary, fuzzy selves.

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Aquarius Rotten: The Japanese Jimi Hendrix and More, Part 1

The heavy rock superstars of the late '60s and early '70s who inspired and nurtured metal's burgeoning years are all well known. However, there are innumerable more obscure or unheralded groups that fortified the heavy metal machine too, and many are infinitely more interesting than their more famous brethren.

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The Heliocentrics: 13 Degrees of Reality

13 Degrees of Reality is a cerebral and ambitious album that greatly benefits from stylistic non-conformity.

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The Highest Order: If It’s Real

If It’s Real is monumental in size and scope, and it reaches out and grabs you by your rhinestone-studded Nudie Suit and wrestles you to the ground.

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Thee Oh Sees: Floating Coffin

On their 15th album, Thee Oh Sees remind us that garage rock isn't the narrow sound we make it out to be.

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Trembling Bells: The Constant Pageant

This is the strongest collection Trembling Bells have yet put out. The band sound assertive and in complete control of their strange aesthetic; they've also produced some mightily catchy and haunting songs.

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9 Mar 2011 // 9:56 PM

WITCH: Introduction

Something about WITCH seems to have excited record collectors outside of Zambia, but in a world where rareness, exoticism, and commodity fetishism become peculiarly intertwined, one hopes that it is more than just the rarity of the commodity that is being valued.

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Various Artists: Mixed Up Minds: Obscure Rock and Pop from the British Isles

Culled from a time when psychedelic pop was already passé, this 20-song set provides listeners with a pedestrian yet charming set of obscuros.

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9 Nov 2010 // 6:00 AM

Botany: Feeling Today

Botany offers a glimpse of the beats that lie ahead on an experimental and nostalgic EP.

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Woodsman’s “When the Morning Comes” (MP3 / video / tour)

The Denver quartet has a penchant for freaking all of us out pretty good.

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Brad Laner: Natural Selections

Textured and ambitious, Natural Selections is a fine work of modern psychedelic pop.

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Toro Y Moi: Causers of This

There isn't anything about Causers of This that suggests a limit to Toro Y Moi's propensity to experiment, and this is always a good thing.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong. Artists as various as Roky Erickson, Brian Wilson and Shuggie Otis prove there are second acts in American popular music.

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The Lava Children:The Lava Children EP

Children shouldn't play with fire, but lava is apparently awesome for burgeoning creativity in the retro rock realm.

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23 Sep 2007 // 11:06 PM

The Dragons: BFI

A rare lost gem thankfully resurrected, perfect for the headphones and the stereo stack.

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