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Noise’s Tenno LP reissued for the first time in the US.

The past ten years have been a boon for Japanese reissues — from psychedelic melters in the PSF stable to a wealth of folk and pop that’s been eking out trough various outlets of reissue gold. The folks over at Moone are adding one more lost treasure to the pile. Originally formed as Worst Noise, then shortened to Noise, the duo of Tori and Reiko Kudo released their debut ion 1980 for the legendary ALM records (Somei Satoh, Abe Kaoru). The record was mixed by fellow ALM alum GAP (Taj Mahal Travellers) and bends the psyche with a dose of doomed organ exhumations, minimal trumpet and Reiko’s forlorn vocals that seem to dredge sadness from the very depths of the soul. Just passing its 40 year mark last year, the record hasn’t been back on LP in 23 years, and never outside of its native Japan. Moone seek to right this with a new LP run of 500 that puts the experimental record back in the hands of collectors that have been eluded by this one for years. You can stream the entirety of Tenno below and pick up the vinyl issue when it lands on March 9th.


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Sounds From the Bardo Vol 2.

I introduced the first in a series from Psychelic Sangha a little while back, featuring guided meditaiton and new works from Prana Crafter. The series has a new dose of euphoric float up at their ‘camp today and its equally transportive. This time around the Misfit Seeker crew brings music from Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), bassist Jeff Hill (Steve Earle) and drummer Tony Leone (Chris Robinson Brotherhood). The meditaion is lead by cultural producer and healing artist Jessica Angima wth accompanying visuals by light show artist Bubba Ayoub. Tensions have only gotten higher since the last Psycedelic Sangha left the dock, so this comes as much appreciated. Plus, the set includes not only the guided meitation but two longform bonus jams from the trio that were recorded at Judson Memorial Church during soundcheck. Its a set full of wonder, wrapped around nodes of calm. Chances are you need this more than you know.



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Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – Rare Dreams: Solar Live 2.27.18

Man, these Bandcamp days are positively spoiling the lot of us with Chris Forsyth live releases. After packing out my list of live highlights from last year, Chris jumps off 2021 quick with another live document pressed deep into the wax that’s proving indispensable. The set here shows a ravenous lineup of his Solar Motel Band, this time in trio formation with Sunwatchers’ Peter Kerlin and Jason Robira holding down the rhythm . The set from Cafe Oto lays waste to a version of “Dreaming In The Non-Dream,” the song that’s quickly becoming the watermark of Forsyth live releases, changing colors in the light with each recording. While the full set was longer than what’s presented here, the pressing offers up another Forsyth catalog cut and then balances the boil with two Neil Young covers, letting the trio map out a fried vision of Young’s most zoned visions. If you snagged any of the live platters from last year, then it seems you’ve got a trifecta to realize with this pickup. Always recommended. Not to be missed.



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Wet Tuna – “Walk On”

Another Bandcamp Friday swings into view and that means that there’s plum opportunities to support artists directly. One of the best releases to peek out from behind the glut of Bandcamp emails every month is the Eau’d To A Fake Bookie series from Wet Tuna. The first two volumes offered some deep-set Tuna vibes and covers, giving a taste of the band’s exploratory live sets from the comfort of the couch. The band returns with yet another volume today and it’s just as humid and thick with vibrations as the last couple. The band pounds through three sweltering cuts before closing the release out with a massive, nearly 16-minute version of perennial Neil Young favorite, “Walk On.” It’s a cosmic careen into the upper headspace and I couldn’t be more excited that this one is blowing out today. Nab that sucker over at the Tuna Bandcamp.




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Pranacrafter, Erik Davis & Aubrey Nehring – Sounds from the Bardo Vol. I

Got some exciting news today of a project from spiritual-arts programming collective Psychedelic Sangha. The NYC based group has been offering meditative psychedelic experiences, sound bath transmissions, and gatherings dedicated to sharing encounters with other states of consciousness. Notably a few of their Happenings from last year featured RSTB favorites Wet Tuna, M. Geddes Gengras, Sarah Louise, and Garcia Peoples, a series I was sad to miss being too far upstate. One of the group’s key experiences in addition to the Happenings is the Bardo Bath — a guided meditation paired with live music set to vibrate the mind beyond the edges of reality. The sound baths are inspired by the 1966 recording The Psychedelic Experience, an album designed to be used as an audio guide for navigating the inner space of the bardo. The recording was created by Drs. Richard Alpert, Timothy Leary, and Ralph Metzner and has served as a talisman for many who wish to break tethers with the body and enter a pure hypnogogic state.

With in-person experiences shut down due to safety concerns, Psychedelic Sangha has devised a way to bring the Bardo to you, at home. The first in a series, Sounds from the Bardo entitled “Born in the Kali Yuga” is being released today via the group’s Bandcamp. The first Bardo features longtime RSTB favorite Prana Crafter providing the musical component, lending his own unique strain of otherworldly float create a cocoon for the listener to enter via synth drones and a languid drip of guitar, eventually bursting forth into distorted pools of ozone-fried amp fry. The guided meditation here is provided by esteemed psychedelic scholar Erik Davis, author of High Weirdness, Techgnosis, and The Visionary State among other works.

As the project has attempted to subvert the traditional approach to the concept of sound baths in their residency so far, the home version continues that tradition, providing more than one way for the artist to experience the piece. Each piece in the series will also come along with a visual companion that allows the listener an alternative to the traditional eyed-closed Bardo experience, a nod to the group’s immersive light shows in their Happenings series. This first installment comes with hypnotic visuals by Aubrey Nehring that can alter the Bardo experience. Having listened through “Born in the Kali Yuga,” the series lives up to the high expectations placed on such amazing collaborators. As the group profess themselves — “Enter the psychedelic realm of the Misfit Seeker — welcome, friends.”


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Beautify Junkyards enter Cosmorama

Another entrancing addition to the Ghost Box catalog lands next month. Lisbon’s Beautify Junkyards have been tumbling down a vortex of Portuguese and Brazilian folk laced with ‘60s psychedelics for the last few years and this taste of their upcoming Cosmorama finds them lost even further in the music box dreampop fever dream that they’ve carved out throughout their catalog. In the past the band has brought on guests like Espers’ Helena Espvall and this time around they add Nina Miranda (Smoke City), Alison Bryce (Lake Ruth) and harpist Eduardo Raon to the mix. Fans of Broadcast, Badge Époque Ensemble, or other similarly minded Ghost Box vibrations from Soundcarriers and Hintemass should be right at home on this one. The new LP is out January 15th, wrapped in a choice Julian House sleeve and preceded by a fitting promo reel in the same style, also by House. Check it out above.



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Kikagaku Moyo kick off Live at Levitation LP series

Levitation has long been a destination festival for excellent psych acts and it should have been no surprise that it served as one of the entry points for Kikagaku Moyo into American hearts. One of the band’s first shows was at the festival in 2014 and they returned again much higher up the bill in 2019. The band’s performances at both with grace the inaugural edition of the Live at Levitation series issued through the festival’s label arm, The Reverberation Appreciation Society. Both sides are heavy reminders of why the band is excellent in the studio, but also an animal on the stage. The energy that they bring to their first set helps cement them as heirs to the PSF legacy in the new age and the label’s got it up on ltd vinyl with a t-shirt in tow. Check out a video of the band performing “Smoke & Mirrors” at the fest in 2014. It’s been a good run on live albums of late and this official boot is a pretty essential extension of the current crop.

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Woods release archival collection Reflections Vol. 1

More Bandcamp goodness today with a new collection of archival material from Woods. Dubbed Reflections Vol. 1 (which bodes well for a volume 2), the comp picks up unreleased tracks, refined demos and live material that showcases the band’s tender folk. The collection includes a track recorded spontaneously on the roadside in the Arizona desert, a previously unreleased live jam from the band’s stint at Party in the Pines, put on by Mexican Summer, and a Brian Jonestown Massacre cover. The material’s quality feels far from b-sides and throwaway tracks, giving the collection the feel of an alternate reality album of Woods tracks that somehow went missing. Check out “Midnight Moment” below which was recorded during the sessions for With Light and With Love and finished this year in their home studio.


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Dire Wolves – The Compleat Trancing Master

Another Bandcamp Friday pick here rounds up a huge collection of rarities from Dire Wolves. Their releases are notoriously hard to keep up with, between live tapes, full LPs, lathe cuts, and cassettes, but they help out with a wealth of seldom heard fodder here. The band’s long been known for their live prowess and this comp culls together 172 minutes of live and rare compilation cuts that don’t make the rounds too often. It’s a lot to wrap your head around, but well worth a deep dive to let this one seep into your skin over the next couple of days. The band throws in covers of The Clean and Faust, along with a ton of unheard gems that are sure to please the Wolves fans out there. Hard to pick a favorite from this bunch but check out “Spyhopping” below.

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Wet Tuna – Eau’d To a Fake Bookie, Vol. 2

Hey whaddaya know it’s another Bandcamp Friday — no fees and no holding back. I’m going to run through a few releases worth your hard earned cash today and I’m going to star with the Tuna we all know and love. Seems quite a few no fee days have brought with it a new batch from Wet Tuna and they’re all essential. This one’s tagged as a follow-up to their July EP Eau’d To A Fake Bookie and Vol. 2 lays into some deep, damp vibes that feel just as necessary hiding out in September as they did in the heatwave summer of this cursed year. Matt n’ Pat dial in the dub-dripped haze and hold steady before they land in a goo n’ blues territory further on. At this point I shouldn’t have to convince any heads to hook up with a new Tuna offering, just putting out there on a day of good will. Check out “Deal > Dealin’” below.




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