Saturday, July 12, 2014

Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket - In a Dutch Haze (2014)


"Backed by the best rhythm section in today’s adventurous rock world — Mario Rubalcaba and Mike Eginton from Earthless — the quartet stormed the stage for what would become an incredible one-time happening, leading to almost a full hour of some of the most mind-bending heavy psych imaginable. The epic jam session gave birth to shredding psychedelia and hard rock blues underpinned by the muscular rhythmic sensibilities of kraut-rock and the unbridled energy of 70′s guitar rock. The formidable foundation laid by drummer Rubalcaba became a jumping off point for Mascis, Clise and Eighton to explore their inner cosmoi for consciousness-expanding riffs and music-induced psychedelic experiences..." - Roadburn

Papir Meets Electric Moon - The Papermoon Sessions (2013)


"Led by Sula Bassana‘s (Dave Schmidt‘s) fuzzed-out, heavy guitar explorations, Electric Moon weave pure-psychedelia, dub, doom, krautrock and drone into kosmische improvisations via a myriad of intergalactic riffs, stellar effects and deep-space transmissions. The overall vibe of their epic but hypnotic freak-outs can be utterly mesmerizing or darker than the depths of the most monstrous of black holes, but all the while remaining deeply psychedelic. Sounding vital and fresh, Papir‘s cutting-edge take on psychedelica doesn’t hark back to a bygone era, but voyages through lush valleys of atmospheric soundscapes into peaks of wah wah driven, explosive guitar solos, all propelled by jazz-inflicted motorik grooves that serve to give the louder parts more impact. The band’s use of balance and structure, freedom and power, heaviness and laid back atmospheres comes to full fruition on their latest album, the terrific III, out on Causa Sui‘s adventurous El Paraiso label, and puts Papir squarely in the vanguard of the booming European psychedelic rock scene, along with Electric Moon..." - Roadburn 

Agusa - Hogtid (2014)


"Love psychedelic guitar textures and vintage styled prog-rock organ freakouts? Of course you do. Well, do yourself a favor and be sure to check out this debut release from Sweden's Agusa, titled Högtid, out soon from the folks at Transubstans Records. This is authentic sounding early '70s prog/psych/krautock inspired stuff...so much so that you'd swear it was recorded in 1971. The band lists their influences as Kebnekajse, Amon Düül II, and Colosseum , which you can totally hear, but they have also added their own spin on the vintage sounding modern prog sound. Featuring members of Sveriges Kommuner & Landsting, Kama Loka and Hoofoot, Agusa weave plenty of swirling organ, jagged guitar, and nimble rhythms throughout this stirring collection of songs. It's all instrumental, so don't be put off by the Swedish song titles, and it's all glorious stuff..." - Sea of Tranquility

Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles - Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live! (1972)


"There's the early-'70s-style instrumental modal rock of "Marbles," with Carlos lightly shifting his wah pedal to lend a phased voice to his searing solo. The already classic "Evil Ways" is played up-tempo, with a horn section gusting in on the tune's syncopated organ hits and raucous, jazzy solos by sax player Hadley Caliman and trumpeter Luis Gasca. "Them Changes" is also a bit faster and funkier than its original recording, done by Jimi Hendrix and his Band of Gypsys at the Fillmore. With this updated rendition taking place less than two years after Hendrix' passing, there's a poignancy to when Buddy Miles sings so fervently to the crowd, "Say yeah, if you've been goin' through a hell of a lot of changes!!" Recorded at the site of a volcanic crater, LIVE teams the blazing Carlos Santana and his post-Woodstock band with the righteous drummer/singer Buddy Miles (of BAND OF GYPSYS fame). This sunny, outdoors 1972 concert in Hawaii finds the guitarist doing some of his funkiest playing, with added six-string help from Neal Schon. Miles offers plenty of his signature soul-drenched vocals, and Robert Hogins' Hammond organ combines with the rhythm section to produce Latin grooves almost mighty enough to trigger an eruption." - CD Universe

Eric Clapton & Carlos Santana - Live Jam (1974)


Rare 24 minute live jam played by guitar gods Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana.

McChurch Soundroom - Delusion (1971)


"MCCHURCH SOUNDROOM is an eclectic psych free blues rock ensemble that has closed relationships with krautrock (in particular with the heavy, stoned jazzy sound of Nosferatu) but also with folkish bands from England (Jethro Tull first era...). Their original LP "Delusison" was released in 1971 on the legendary Pilz label (Popol Vuh, Wallenstein, Witthuser & Westrupp...). This psych folk underground act is now cult." - Prog Archives

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Psicomagia - Psicomagia (2013)


"Landing in the era of 1968-1970 when Soft Machine, Magma, The Miles Davis Group, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Tony Williams Lifetime and many other were innovating the foundational basis to the 70′s rich fusion movements, Psicomagia bleeds with heart wrenching layers of amplified progressive psychedelia... Psicomagia in easily one of the best progressive rock albums to come out in years, if not decades and we are really astonished at how much better the album gets with every new listen. Progressive rock music has always remained vibrant in rock culture and Psicomagia has really taken the sub genre to new heights with their debut album..." - Sound Colour Vibration

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