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Ty Segall – New Album / Single

I’d be remiss not to mention that the ever prolific Segall is embarking on yet another album, this one slated for early 2017. The album brings along many, though not all of the players who acted as The Muggers. Sadly missed are King Tuff and Cory Hanson, but he keeps the core of Emmett Kelley, Mikal Cronin and Charles Moothart in tact. There’s mention of some riffs that rival Slaughterhouse, but none are on display in the album’s first taste, “Orange Color Queen.” The track pulls its inspiration from a more languid side of pop folk that swims in plenty of sunset hues, driving to a stately close that’s pushing the sound much closer to Manipulator’s composed and collected odes than Emotional Mugger’s jittery fray. I’d expect any year to have no less than three albums related to Segall, John Dwyer and King Gizzard. Already got two of those boxes ticked and counting so 2017 is off running right (at least musically).


Elsewhere, Segall also slipped out a sly split single with Loch Lomond on the Dutch label Wet Bridge. The two artists each tackle a Harry Nilsson cover and Segall adds some itching weirdness to Nilsson’s “Gotta Get Up.” The man’s always had a knack for finding himself in covers and this is no different. Its a very fizzy take on the classic Schmilsson opener and works nicely as a pairing with the new track. The split single was available as a tour item but there’s still some left for lucky discoger’s out there.


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Library Reissues Series from Spettro

Italian imprint Spettro has worked with soundtrack reissues in the past but now they’ve dipped into Italy’s legendary Flipper archive of Library Music for some incredible reissues of ’60s and ’70s themes all packaged with a deft hand in sleeves that pop in color washed collage that feels ripped out of time. Can’t for the life of me find the actual designer anywhere but it mirrors a Julian House style that feels apt as a visual counterpoint for Library titles.

The collection rounds up the dreamy work of Guido Baggiani a.k.a. Ruscigan, Roberto Conrado, Antonio Scuderi & Piero Montanari’s breaks-influencing work Bass Modulations, Lino Castiglione and Paola Casa’s Morricone leaning Clouds, Massimo Catalano, Remigio Ducros & Daniela Casa’s psychedelic Idee 1 and composer Alessandro Alessandroni’s collection of religious themes. The collection can be bought as a set or individually and they’re in both colored and black editions. Its rare that pieces like this surface (each are in 500 runs, 200 color) but its even rarer that they’re put together as nicely as these editions are, packaged with numbered covers and Obi strip.



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The Caretaker – Everywhere At The End Of Time

News from The Caretaker camp brings sad word that Leyland Kirby has been diagnosed with early onset dementia. In a rather bold move Kirby has decided to embark on a documentation of the stages of his disease, releasing six works between now and March of 2019. The works are set to follow his own progression through the stages of deterioration and mirror his own dissociation with others’ sense of reality. In his own words, “The series aims to enlighten our understanding of dementia by breaking it down into a series of stages that provide a haunting guide to its progression, deterioration and disintegration and the way that people experience it according to a range of impending factors.”

Kirby has explored this subject matter before on The Caretaker’s releases, but I had no idea it was so close to home. The first installment is built similarly to many of his previous works on looped pieces of 78s and since it documents the first stage following diagnosis, the music here is fairly clear with bits of distortion and distention peeking in. The rest of the stages are sure to let Kirby’s trademarked erosion process work on the tracks. As its impossible to review something like this until its complete, we can all only listen along as Kirby works his way through this. Having seen the effects of dementia firsthand, its pretty incredible that he’s undertaken such a public project and personally I wish him well in his journey. It must be frightening, I’m sure.

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Jack Rose – VHF Reissues

There are fewer catalogs that are in dire need of a proper reissue than the work of Jack Rose. The celebrated guitarists’ untimely death left a hole in modern folk that’s been difficult to fill, but compounding the loss has been the fact that his early records, Raag Manifestos, Opium Musick and Red Horse, White Mule, have languished out of print for years. Now VHF, in collaboration with Three Lobed and Jack’s estate have worked to get these three masterworks back on vinyl. The collection is out September 23rd and each is an essential piece of his rise to prominence. There are a lot of useless reissues that clutter up the landscape these days, adorned in chromatic colors and begging for your cash, but Rose’s work, presented here simply is the kind of release that slips out quietly and is swept away by those with the clarity to pick them up.



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Premiere: Proud Parents – “Take My Hand”

Wisconsin’s Proud Parents have their hearts wrapped around a bright pop jangle and their new video for standout track “Take My Hand” from last year’s Sharen Is Karen cassette is uplifted even more by the band frolicking in a dog park with enough glee to warm every inch of your curmudgeonly soul. The band features Heather Sawyer from fellow RSTB faves The Hussy and the band shares their love of bright splashes of pop, but supplants the punk for a sunnier brand of bounce-addled jangle. Just what the week called for. The band is off on a US tour (dates below) and you can check out their Eva Marley directed video above.

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The Chills – Kaleidoscope World Reissue

The Chills are just now really getting their due. Its been a longtime coming but with a new album on Fire and some respect for backcatalog in motion (someone reissue Submarine Bells already) they seem poised to finally capture the West the way they should have all those years ago. Flying Nun is putting one of the band’s long sought after puzzle pieces back in print. By all accounts Kaleidoscope World contains the band’s most familiar track. “Pink Frost” is a post-punk mixtape staple and probably one of the entry points or one-stops for the average person’s familiarity with the band. Though not a first record proper (technically its a compilation of EPs and singles) Kaleidoscope World functions well as a document of the band’s rise and refinement into the jangle-pop heroes they’d come to be to those sifting through the right bins in the ’90s. Its great to see this one popping back up on the horizon. There are plenty of undeserving contenders plugging up the vinyl glut’s reissue pipe, so its good to see a real winner get its day in the sun again.

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Cakekitchen LP Reissues

A while back I wrote up The Cakekitchen’s indespensible, but pretty overlooked album Time Flowing Backwards. At the time the band was just finally putting their catalog up on Bandcamp and it was available digitally after some years of lapse. Today there’s some more exciting news, Dais is reissuing not only Time Flowing Backwards but also their sophomore LP World of Sand. If you’re unfamiliar with the work of Graeme Jefferies, then this is a prime opportunity to get acquainted with one of New Zealand’s great exports. The origianals appeared on vaunted labels Homestead and Flying Nun, both reasons in their own right to check into the band’s catalog. The reissues mark the band’s 25th anniversary and both have been remastered from the original tapes. More info over at Dais’s site.




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Dreamtime LP Reissues

Fans of Aussie psych can rest easier knowing that Dreamtime’s two LPs from 2011 and 2013 have found their way over to domestic shores via Captcha (US) and Cardinal Fuzz (UK). The labels are reissuing the band’s eponymous album and Sun, both of which were pressed in numbers that went quickly in their native Australia. The Brisbane band have made a name for themselves in the interim, opening for Bardo Pond, Moon Duo, Boris, Earth, King Gizzard and Earthless and hopefully this means that there might be some new music on the way shortly.

New music or no, for the stateside uninitiated this is a great chance to get acquainted with the band’s heavy, tribal pscyh. The two records show two sides of the band, their debut is built on a bed of scorched fuzz and amplifier vomit, with the bass throbbing in heatsick wobbles. They incorporate a bit of the high plains dust into their ourvre, but this one puts them squarely into the lexicon of psychedelic scorch. The follow-up is more subtle than its predecessor and more so than some of their chosen touring mates’ might lead you to believe. Sun’s brand of psych is heavy, but not crushing. They utilize mantra-like droning and dextrous guitars that explode when the fuse is lit. As a pair, the albums lift Dreamtime up as an essential South Hemi export.





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P.S.F. – Black Editions

News came down today that the vaunted P.S.F. catalog is getting a new home and some proper reissues. Anyone familiar with the Japanese psych/noise/experimental scene should be familiar with P.S.F.’s long shadow but for the uninitiated, the label was started by Hideo Ikeezumi in the ’80s in order to document music that he found interesting. Matters of genre weren’t necessarily important as long as the music was original and moving, and nothing more could ever be said of entrants into the label’s catalog.

The label’s dense catalog has been purchased by L.A. based Black Editions, run by Peter Kolovos. Along with the announcement comes news of the first batch of reissues for 2016: “definitive editions of Fushitsusha’s 2nd Live, the original version of High Rise II, the Tokyo Flashback compilation, Che Shizu’s A Journey and through special arrangement with the artist- Keiji Haino’s classic 1981 debut Watashi Dake?.” That High Rise album alone is worth the price of admission but for perspective other gems in the label’s catalog include White Heaven’s – Out, Acid Mothers’s Temple – S/T album and Mainliner’s – Imaginative Plain. Its the first time many of these will be available on vinyl and for many the first time outside of Japan at all. This comes as pretty exciting news, no doubt, to psych freaks everywhere.



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Mozes and the Firstborn – Power Ranger EP

RSTB faves Mozes and the Firstborn have been pretty quiet since their super solid 2013 eponymous LP. But it would seem that the silence is broken and hopefully its just the tip of the ‘berg for the Dutch crew. They’ve got an EP with four new tracks up for free download over at their Bandcamp this week. Still mining their same classic rock impulses, via the oversized sound of early aughts psych Juggarnauts like Soundtrack of Our Lives and building choruses on a shaggy 90’s Pavement / Pixies axis, the band’s always come off much slicker than many of their Burger brethren and better for it. Along with fellow EU garage diggers Death by Unga Bunga they’re ushering in a hard hankering over here for some big, crisp pop that worms its way into your head for days. Pick up that EP below. There are very few reasons not to. Hopin’ this leads to an album announcement on the horizon.

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