SPOTLIGHT 509

20/08/2015 16:47

Welcome to the Spot Light! Expand your mind with the latest psychedelic, prog, space rock, blues, garage, sludge, doom, experimental and jazz music!

Artwork by Erik Rovanpera

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE

 

BEGINNER'S MYND - I FOUND YOU OUT/WHEN YOU GO (7"/13 O'CLOCK)

The vinyl debut for The Beginner's Mynd picks up right where the band left off from their cassette EP on Burger Records, and presents the Washington DC-based trio in fine form. Their signature sound, which maashes Byrdsian guitar jangle with sixties UK-style psych/pop-psych in the vein of early Pink Floyd and The Factory, is on full display here. Add a few dollops of baroque psychedelia to the proceedings and presto, a top shelf two-sider for your listening pleasure!

VALENTINE, MATT - BEFORE IT'S GONE (7"/GREAT POP SUPPLEMENT)

A 7-inch from Matt Valentine, temporarily dropping the MV+EE tag for a solo on which he's joined by the likes of J. Mascis, Woods' Jeremy Earl, Magik Markers' Pete Nolan and the always great Mick Flower. This is beautiful, killer, stoned out soft psych, released as a limited one time pressing of 500 copies on tasty white wax. Comes with a cool sleeve!

ZORSE - ZORSE (7"/LUOVA)

It's a Zorse! Running right at you. They have the groove you just can't resist. Hard to label and still very coherent. Psychedelic but pop. Garage in a very neat way.

BRAIN PYRAMID - MAGNETOSPHERE (BLACK) (LP/VINCEBUS ERUPTUM)

Limited black vinyl version with insert. Only 200 hand-numbered copies made. Heavy-psych band BRAIN PYRAMID's music is an instrumental jammy mixture between Prisma Circus, Earthless and Electric Moon!

https://brainpyramid.bandcamp.com/

BUCK, PETER - WARZONE EARTH (COVER 1) (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

Steeped deep in the roots of garage rock, Peter's third solo record rolls out strong. Some dark and personal lyrics and some heavy vibes preside, but overall... it's rock and roll! Features musicians from all kinds of beloved bands and lineages (Scott McCaughey, Bill Rieflin, Kurt Bloch, Chris Slusarenko, Krist Novoselic, Jeff Tweedy, Annalisa Tornfelt, Chloe Johnson, Kristin Tornfelt...) The record comes in two editions with different covers -both designed by none other than Mingering Mike- and a liner note insert is included too.

GREY MOUSE - TWISTED TANGO (BLACK) (LP/COSMIC EYE)

GREY MOUSE is a five piece from Moscow. The music is rooted in '70s hard/psych rock, but also includes trippy Indian/Middle Eastern infused elements, enhanced by the use of instruments such as sitar, didgeridoo, jaw harp and banjo. This edition on BLACK VINYL is limited to 150 copies.

https://greymouse.bandcamp.com/

LIQUID SOUND COMPANY - INSIDE THE ACID TEMPLE (LP/NASONI)

A great reissue in trippy gatefold cover of the second album by this psychedelic rock band from Texas, featuring John Perez, Jason Spradlin, David Fargason and several guests. The sound is made up from 'all-out' SPACE ROCK, drifting layers of sound and BUZZSAW FUZZ. Limited to 300 copies on 180-GRAM splatter vinyl.

https://soundcloud.com/liquidsoundcompany

JESUFÅGLAR - MATKA AJAN RANNOILLE (CD/LUOVA)

Jesufåglar's album 'Matka Ajan Rannoille' (2010) is undoubtedly one of the best Finnish progressive rock albums of this decade. Jesufåglar carries the heritage of Scandinavian progressive music in a way that you can really be proud of it. They are a fresh dive into the nostalgic realm of the 70s progressive and fusion orientated music. It is like founding this beautiful master tape that has been lost for 40 years.

https://jesufaglar.bandcamp.com/

SPACE INVADERS - DREADNOUGHT (CD/NASONI)

After two live albums and a reduction of the line-up, the Space Invaders release a fan-tas-tic studio album. 'Dreadnought' features 80 minutes of far out, freely improvised space rock that truly puts the band on a higher -possibly interstellar!- level. With no overdubs or edits, the music is as pure and spontaneous as it gets! 'Dreadnought' contains the track 'Hexensabber', which the members dedicated to an alien who came to visit them during their stay in the studio. The alien gave the musicians the necessary inspiration for their cosmic free improvisations.

https://space-invaders.bandcamp.com/

 

PSYCH/PROG/FOLK

 

BOOMERANG - BOOMERANG (CD/WOUNDED BIRD)

In 1971 Mark Stein, keyboardist and vocalist for Vanilla Fudge, formed Boomerang. hat band made its debut with this album in 1971 on RCA Records. If you like rock music you will certainly enjoy Boomerang's lone album, which rates as a classic progressive work. Guitarist Ricky Ramirez was just 15 when he made this recording. It also features bassist Jo Casmir and James Galluzi on drums and percussion. As a bonus this CD contains the rare B-side 'Montreal Jail'.

 

ROCK'N'ROLL/PSYCHOBILLY

 

CRAZY CUBES - DEATH RAYS (FROM OUTER SPACE) (7"/PLAN 9 TRASH)

A cool 7-inch from Austria's prime rockabilly purveyors!

VARIOUS - SCHNITZELBILLY #1: ROCKABILLY MADE IN AUSTRIA (7"/PLAN 9 TRASH)

Four Schnitzel lovin' rockabilly acts from Austria! This 7-inch offers us a peep in the kitchens of The Rockabulls, Hemenex, Crazy Cubes and The Rioters.

RIESCO, MARCEL - A RECORD DATE WITH (LP/SLEAZY)

Marcel Riesco's voice has been compared to a young Roy Orbison for years now. Marcel has internalized Roy's music amazingly well, but he is not a tribute artist by any means, he is a die-hard fan of The Big O. SIDE A: 1. Long Time No Love 2. Because He Broke Your Heart 3. Dumbstruck 4. Fickle Heart 5. They Say 6. I've Been Draggin' Since You've Gone 7. I Wonder SIDE B: 1. Little Angel 2. Shook Up 3. Can't Forget Your Love 4. Gypsy Man 5. I Was A Fool 6. Oh Yeah 7. Under The Light Of The Blue Moon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_rDdIOXYlw

BARCELONA BIG BLUES BAND -FT. MIKE SANCHEZ- - FEATURING AGUSTIN BURRIEL (CD/SLEAZY)

Agustin Burriel a.k.a. Augie Burr is one of the best Spanish rhythm & blues and rock & roll vocalists. His outstanding voice and sassy acting has brought him all over Europe with his uncountable amount of projects on '40s and '50s sounds, with which he moves with ease from jump blues (The Big Jamboree) to doo wop (The Velvet Candles), or even Elvis style! TRACKS: 1. Teenagers 2. Be Good Or Be Gone 3. I Can't Stop It 4. Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine) 5. Sugaree

BARCELONA BIG BLUES BAND -FT. MIKE SANCHEZ- - FEATURING MYRIAM SWANSON (CD/SLEAZY)

Myriam Swanson owns one of the most nuanced and powerful voices of the contemporary rhythm'n'blues and rock & roll scene. TRACKS: 1. Down Boy Down 2. That's Why I Cry 3. Til' The Well Runs Dry 4. St. James Infirmary 5. Leave My Kitten Alone

CRAZY CUBES - MEJDCHEN AUS DEM ALL (CD/PLAN 9 TRASH)

Founded in 1994, the Crazy Cubes from Linz in Upper Austria are one of Austria's oldest still active rockabilly bands. They are successful all over Europe and notorious for their wild and frantic stage shows. Over the years, they have made a variety of radio and TV appearances, played at many major festivals and did numerous concert tours throughout Europe. So far the quartet has produced four albums -with almost exclusively self-penned songs- and contributed to countless comps.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

 

MÄSÄ - MÄ & SÄ (CD/LUOVA)

MÄSÄ is a Finnish punk band that can't be labeled as punk. They're just trying to be punk but end up playing some wicked tunes far away from the original idea. MÄSÄ makes songs about everything and anything. Potatoes, balls, clowns, cars, you name it.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

 

EGYPT - ANGELIC DARKNESS (7"/DOOMENTIA)

A side project of Janne Rudberg, Egypt recorded a 2-song demo in Sunlight Studios, leading to an album deal - but the album was never recorded. The name was an acronym for Eternity Gardens Your Psychotic Tendencies, as well as a reference to the country. This band mixed death metal with ancient Egyptian vibes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiHyQ8czAjo

NIGHTBITCH - NIGHTBITCH (10") (10"/DOOMENTIA)

NIGHTBITCH formed in New Haven, CT, in the Summer of 2009 when guitarist Ryan Adams met the acquaintance of celebrated doom metal vocalist Phil Swanson. The band, rounded out by drummer Chris Taylor and bassist Mark Eles, soon released its 'Sex And Magic' debut and traveled to Dublin to participate in the second Dublin Doom Day alongside genre legends PAGAN ALTAR. Now here's an impressive 2015 release on 10-inch vinyl, coughing up four merciless tracks.

ACROSTICHON - ENGRAVED IN BLACK (LP/DOOMENTIA)

Finally a reissue of the classic 1993 debut album from this old school classic death metal band from Tilburg, Holland. 'Engraved In Black' was recorded in March 1992 with producer Colin Richardson.

APHONIC THRENODY - WHEN DEATH COMES (2LP) (LP/DOOMENTIA)

'When Death Comes' is the first full-length by Aphonic Threnody, following the first EP 'First Funeral' and the split albums 'Immortal In Death' and 'Of Graves, Of Worms And Epitaphs'. It's also the last album recorded by the band before Kostas (Pantheist, Landskap, Wijlen Wij - RIP) left. Other musicians who contributed to this album are Greg Chandler (Esoteric) and Josh Moran (Vacant Eyes), both on guitars, and David Unsaved (Ennui/Necropoli) on backing vocals.

https://aphonicthrenody.bandcamp.com/

EVANGELIST - DOOMINICANES (LP/DOOMENTIA)

On vinyl, this is the 2013 full-lenghth from this terrific traditional doom band from Poland. The sound is massive, dark and brooding and features epic vocals and huge riffs.

https://evangelistdoom.bandcamp.com/

GOYA/WOUNDED GIANT - NO PLACE IN THE SKY/ROOM OF THE TORCH (LP/STB)

A split release on STB Records from Phoenix's doom giants Goya, and Seattle-based psychedelic warriors Wounded Giant. Three songs strong, this is some of the sludgiest shit to find its way to my ears in a while. Goya tears through side A with 'No Place In The Sky'; a thirteen-minute leviathan. Wounded Giant contributes the other two skull-punching tracks to the split (which was specifically mastered for a vinyl pressing), 'The Room Of The Torch' and an anthem that should only be listened to with your best battle jacket on. This is the second pressing of the awesome Goya/Wounded Giant split LP. This time around it's pressed on 180-GRAM opaque purple vinyl and packaged in a high quality gatefold jacket! Limited to 300 copies.

GRIME - (BLACK) CIRCLE OF MOLESTERS (LP/ARGENTO)

Edition of 200 copies on 180 gram black vinyl, presented in a full-color gatefold sleeve with lyric insert. Amsterdam-based Argento Records' first title is 'Circle Of Molesters', the second LP from Trieste, Italy's corrosive sludge quartet GRIME. Their sound is rooted into rotten burial grounds and their songs are the sound of a decaying swamp filled with trash. Their slow and heavy groove is filthy and vicious, guitar riffs are sharp and covered with rust, drums and bass hit with the unstoppable power of a mud avalanche. And their only goal is bringing destruction to a town near you. Following the release of their independent debut EP in 2011 and their dominating 2013-released debut LP 'Deteriorate' (Forcefield Records/Mordgrimm), GRIME oozes forth with their most brutalizing display of gutter-born, diseased sludge metal yet with 'Circle Of Molesters'. Like a volcano rupturing megatons of rotting flesh, for nearly forty minutes the band's gnarly scourge will suck you into the darkest depths of suffocating death, yet all the while taking their petulant tonal attack to new heights, integrating more body-mangling dynamics than ever. Bringing this auditory destruction to life, the band enlisted the recording and mixing work of sound engineer Lorenzo Stecconi (Ufomammut, Amen Ra, Zu) and final mastering duties to Brad Boatright (Sleep, Corrosion Of Conformity, Nails) at Audiosiege, both factors helping shape every bit of the band's tonal wrath to thundering clarity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f49AW7IOM8

 

POP/ROCK

 

BRINSLEY SCHWARZ - LIVE FAVOURITES (LP/MEGA DODO)

Brinsley Schwarz released a string of great pub rock albums in the early 1970s, but never achieved the success they deserved. Recognition came after the band split up, with Nick Lowe and Ian Gomm both scoring UK and US hits and Bob Andrews and Brinsley Schwarz joining Graham Parker & The Rumour. 'Live Favourites' was recorded just after the band recorded its Dave Edmunds produced swansong 'New Favourites'. This is the first time this concert has been released on vinyl. It's been newly edited and mastered and is available in a limited run of 250 copies on 180-gram vinyl. TRACKS: A1. Country Girl A2. Hooked On Love A3. Trying To Live My Life Without You A4. Small Town Big City A5. Honky Tonk A6. Peace, Love and Understanding A7. It's Been So Long B1. Private Number B2. Happy Doing What We're Doing B3. Surrender To The Rhythm B4. You're So Fine B5. Hip City B6. Ju Ju Man

 

INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT

 

HIJOKAIDAN - EMERGENCY STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN (+CD) (LP/COLD SPRING)

The 2015 studio album from the legendary Japanoise act Hijokaidan. The set contains a luxurious 12-inch picture disc (with download code) and CD and both formats have completely different audio! The picture disc is a studio album offering four slabs of unique sounds that only Hijokaidan can provide, performed by the full line-up of Jojo Hiroshige, T. Mikawa, Junko and Futoshi Okano. The CD was recorded Live at Uplink, Shibuya, on 20th May, 2014 with Jojo Hiroshige (synthesizer), T. Mikawa (electronics), Junko (screaming) and live at Chikusa-za, Nagoya, on 21st December, 2014 with Jojo Hiroshige (electric guitar), T. Mikawa (electronics), Junko (screaming) and Futoshi Okano on drums. Limited to only 750 units!

https://soundcloud.com/coldspring/hijokaidan-emergency-stairway-3

 

EXPERIMENTAL/SOUND ART

 

POLGAR, EVA -& SANDOR VALY- - DIE TOTENINSEL (CD/EKTRO)

A noteworthy release of Sándor Vály's fictional reconstruction of the lost opera 'Die Toteninsel'. Collaborating with pianist and composer Eva Polgár, Vály explores the meanings embedded in the libretto published in the aftermath of World War I in 1919. The original score for Karl Georg Zwerenz's (1874-1933) libretto was composed by Jenö Zádor (1894-1977). The opera was performed just once. After its premiere at the Hungarian Royal Opera House in 1928, Zádor's score disappeared without a trace. In the hands of Vály and Polgár, the multifaceted libretto and the lost music lends itself to Dadaist interpretation. Their minimalist and avant-garde take on the text reflects the misunderstandings, mishearings, accents and lingual distortions that are characteristic of our day and age. Vály and Polgár add a new link to the continuum of interpretations that have stemmed from the painting that was admired by the likes of Freud, Lenin, Dalí and Hitler. The CD includes a 100-page booklet.

STOREY, ROBIN/RAPOON - A PALE BLUE DOOR (+BOOK) (CD/SOLEILMOON)

Robin Storey, best known for his musical avatar Rapoon, has written his first book, a 68-page short story about a group of characters navigating an unfamiliar and changing world. 'A Pale Blue Door' takes place in the past, the present and the future, and may involve time travel. The people in the story try to live their lives as good as they can, but a mysterious spaceman floats in and out of view, affecting them in different ways. 'A Pale Blue Door' is a tightly written, well paced tale that reveals its secrets slowly. Robin Storey's prose is concise and economical, engaging and seductive. The book begs to be read again and again. Accompanying the book is a 60-minute Rapoon CD, also titled 'A Pale Blue Door'. The compositions utilise recordings of stars, manned space missions, radio signals and emissions made available through NASA's official website. There are also field recordings made on the marshlands of the Solway Firth in Cumberland.

 

WORLD MUSIC/ETHNIC

 

KOSTIS, A. - THE JAIL'S FINE SCHOOL (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

The first ever vinyl collection of the legendary Kostis, the most enigmatic of all Greek rebetika artists of the early 1930s. Truly unique guitar duets and black-humor prose chronicling the hash dens, prison culture and pickpockets of old Athens. Virtuosic fingerpicking of Near-Eastern modes at the dawn of rebetika, when the bouzouki was yet to become supreme. Recorded under a pseudonym for export to the Greeks living in America, it stands as an enduring mystery and the high standard for a once subversive art form. This release includes Greek and English lyrics, extensive liner notes by Tony Klein and many previously unpublished photographs.

 

JAZZ/AVANT GARDE

 

AIRTO - RETURN TO FOREVER (CD/WOUNDED BIRD)

Featuring beautiful melodies and strong improvisations from Joe Farrell, 'Return To Forever' highlights the best music that Airto has to offer. The Brazilian influences of Flora Purim's voice and Airto Moreira's percussion meld tastefully. Stanley Clarke's bass adds tasteful accents to this elegant music. This album also features Chick Corea, Hubert Laws, Ron Carter, Keith Jarrett and George Benson. You're really going to get a bang for your buck on this one!

COBHAM, BILLY - B.C. (CD/WOUNDED BIRD)

Fans of Billy Cobham have been screaming for 'B.C.' to make its worldwide CD debut. This album, which features Ernie Watts and Bobby Lyle, was originally released in 1979 on vinyl. As a bonus, the CD-reissue features the extended version of the song 'What Is Your Fantasy'.

CORYELL, LARRY -& STEVE KHAN- - TWO FOR THE ROAD (CD/WOUNDED BIRD)

Larry Coryell and Steve Khan are two of the most noted guitarists in fusion-jazz. Making its CD debut now, the album was originally released on vinyl in 1977. This live CD features Larry and Steve playing acoustic guitars.

 

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