Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Mystick Krewe of Clearlight - The Mystick Krewe of Clearlight (2000)

"The Mystick Krewe of Clearlight came together in 1996 as an instrumental side project led by guitarist Jimmy Bower and drummer Joe Lacaze of the New Orleans sludge metal group Eyehategod, along with members of Crowbar and Down. Bower and Lacaze’s inspiration from the start was to get away from the pummeling nihilistic dirge metal of Eyehategod and use their new project as an outlet for the improvisational music that they had absorbed growing up in New Orleans, whether it be jazz, soul, funk, or rock. The Krewe’s influences range from the Southern blues-rock of The Allman Brothers Band, native soul and funk legends The Meters, The Neville Brothers, and Dr. John, and, on the heavier side of things, the groove-heavy riffs of classic Deep Purple. The idea of no barriers frees up these metalheads by trade and has given them the chance to show off their musicians’ chops and indulge themselves in lengthy guitar solos and extended jams that have more in common with the festive spirit of Mardi Gras than a headbanging doom rock concert." -

Friday, February 25, 2011

La Otracina

"La Otracina was formed in Brooklyn, NY in the summer of 2003 by drummer Adam Kriney and guitarist Joshua Anzano (now of Tee Pee Records’ Titan) to explore the deepest and most surreal realms of psychedelia, prog, and krautrock, with a major emphasis on improvisational exploration and an uncompromising musical energy. While taking heavy nods from psychedelic forefathers such as Flower Travellin’ Band, Guru Guru, King Crimson, Neu!, Yes, Agitation Free, Blue Cheer, Amon Duul, etc, the music of La Otracina has also been rooted in a deep understanding, appreciation, and influence of ’60s free-jazz/improvisation, the shape-shifting wizardry of classical minimalism, and the extreme music of the Japanese noise/psych underground. La Otracina’s brew of cosmic music is a ride across the galaxy, a slice of magical lemon wedges, a rainbow of crystallized comet dust." -

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Predator Vision

"Influenced by watching the movie Predator while listening to soft rock records of Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon, and Todd Rundgren. This documents an acid- drenched jam recorded in the basement of Skylight Horizon Studio in Northampton, MA. Featuring Matt Mondanile and Ben Daly on guitars and Etienne Duguay on drums. Mixture of Neil Young amped guitar lines with krauty Guru Guru progressive feel. Definite on the beach zoner Yahowa 13 style." -

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Last Days of May

"Last Days of May plays trippy, bizarre, neo-psychedelic instrumental rock that is all about jamming, improvising, and blowing. The band's direct or indirect influences include, among others, King Crimson, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and Blue Cheer..." - AllMusic

Monday, February 21, 2011

White Hills

"With just the right blend of psychedelia and hypnotic grooves, WHITE HILLS weaves in and out of anthemic chants, deep space bleeps and other worldly madness for a mix that proves to be intoxicating. Since the release of the band’s debut CD, listeners have been praising their originality and unique brand of heavy space rock. White Hills formed out of the need to forge Space Rock into the 21st Century..." -

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Purling Hiss

Purling Hiss is the side-project of Birds of Maya's guitarist Mike Polizze. Polizze continues his job of destroying our brains but this time with adrenaline rock 'n' roll. Have you ever imagined how would sounded a mix of japanese noisy crazyness with 70's heavy rock? This band demonstrates it in form of total blowout psychedelic jams.

SubArachnoid Space

"Their music, always instrumental and often improvised, features long slow pieces of strange and obscure soundscapes in the vein of HAWKWIND's Space Ritual, but more down-tempo and evolving, with tortured spacey guitars. Their sound is very obscure and noisy, quite modern and unique, transporting you to lost and unknown galaxies to explore... An unique experience! Icy and tormented, rather dark and experimental than light and relaxing, SUBARACHNOID SPACE is highly recommended to frightening, space and psychedelic rock explorers! NB: In anatomy, the subarachnoid space is the interval in the brain between the arachnoid mater and pia mater..." - Prog Archives

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bardo Pond

"Bardo Pond’s drug-inspired music is often classified as space rock, acid rock, post-rock, shoegaze, noise or psychedelic rock. Many Bardo Pond album titles have been derived from the names of esoteric psychedelic substances. Their sound has been likened to Pink Floyd, Spacemen 3 and My Bloody Valentine. Allmusic describes Bardo Pond as having “lengthy, deliberate sound explorations filled with all the hallmarks of modern-day space rock: droning guitars, thick distortion, feedback, reverb, and washes of white noise..." -


"Alasehir is one of the many side-projects of the Bardo Pond family. This side-project consists of John Gibbons, Michael Gibbons, Clint Takeda and Michael Zangha (the first 3 members are part of Bardo Pond). Like all of Bardo Pond's side-project this is also band centered in improvisations and mind-expanding melodies. Their music can be seen as Space Rock or even Stoner Rock, but with slight Krautrock and Progressive Electronic influences as well. Alasehir is more rock oriented compared to most of their side-projects... Very groovy and out-there, Alasehir are highly recommended for fans of the Bardo Pond family as well as fans of heavy psychedelic improvisations..." - Prog Archives

LSD Pond - LSD Pond (2008)

"Live improvisation collaboration between Bardo Pond, LSD March & Kawaguchi Masami’s New Rock Syndicate during their US tour in 2006." -

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Baikal - Baikal (2007)

"Baikal is a new burner from Bardo Pond brothers John & Michael Gibbons along with fellow Bardo Pond members Clint Takeda and Jason Kourkonis. This time they ventured down the route of heavy free-improvisation and a Last Exit style hard rock approach coupled with a hard psych bend. With two tracks each weighing in at over 30 minutes in length it’s clear that Baikal is a deep voyage underseas with yet another Bardo Pond sideproject featuring Bardo brothers John & Michael Gibbons as your tour guide." -

Friday, February 11, 2011

Swamp Sessions - Swamp Sessions Vol. 1 (2006)

Side-project from members of Colour Haze. Colour Haze fans will definitely appreciate this album. This is even more experimental, long improvised music played in altered state of mind.

Birds of Maya

"Birds of Maya did what countless garage rock geeks try and fail at: dust off 1968 and bring it back to life without making it look like museum piece. Bringing on the best of 60s power trios like Hendrix and Cream, a whiff of Blue Cheer’s bongwater, Black Sabbath’s bass heavy paranoia, and Stooges bum-out, they were sloppy in all the right places. The jamming never got tired and held everyone’s raptattention..." -

Green Milk From the Planet Orange - City Calls Revolution (2005)

"Jam sessions musically oriented at playing progressive rock with the emphasis on psychedelic and space... GREEN MILK FROM THE PLANET ORANGE offers excellent space and heavy psychedelic rock and can be rated on the same level as other Japanese acts like 'Acid Mothers Temple' and 'Flower Travelin' Band'." - Prog Archives

Sonic Flower - Sonic Flower (2003)

"A side project of Japanese Band Church of Misery. Formed in Tokyo, their music is a mixture of psychadelic groove, funk, and doom metal. Music influenced by Cactus, Grand Funk Railroad, Mountain, Sir Load Baltimore, Captain Beyond, Meaters, Graham Central Station, Funkadelic..." -

Colour Haze

"Hailing from Munich, they follow in the tradition of other classic rock trios such as Cream, Grand Funk Railroad and The Jimi Hendrix Experience... Initially, the band seemed to be strongly influenced by the sounds of Black Sabbath... This style later evolved into an unmistakably dry, bass-laden soundscape. Characteristic of this phase is Kogleks’ continual guitar playing between trance-like bass rhythms... further develop this style with longer, more complex song structures, and increasingly strong jam and jazz elements. The results of these experiments were, in part, ridiculously long, complex, and self-referential 20-minute songs..." -

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


"Michigan free-rock band, founded in 1992 and active until 1999, with a brief reunion in 2002 to promote a special 10-year commemorative box set edition of their CD on Enterruption, “Freedom’s just another word for never getting paid.” Messy, abrasive, loose and at their best transcendent, Gravitar forged an improv-driven path between heavy rock touchstones like the Melvins, Sabbath and Unsane with out-jazz, space rock and psychedelic noise." -

Hash Jar Tempo

"In case you hadn’t figured it out yourself, Hash Jar Tempo takes its name from the 70s Kraut rock group Ash Ra Temple. Pretty funny, huh? This pretty much sums up the band: take that Kraut sound and bring it to the future under the guise of epic-length drone, and you have Hash Jar Tempo. Despite the Hash part of the name, the music is not necessarily drug-influenced, but rather, just like with those old Germans, “the drug was the music.” In other words, Hash Jar Tempo is less about seeing where altered states can take you, and more about creating those altered states..." -

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Tivol - Early Teeth (2005)

"While the “free folk” music boom from Finland has recently grabbed the ears of many of this planet’s less ape-eared, Holy Mountain is more than pleased to extend a hand to the darker— not to mention-more rocking— side of this contemporaneous scene. Tivol plays a throbbing, violent and aggressive strain of acid rock that has nothing to do with subtlety. Their already hypnotic material is further enhanced by screamed vocals that do not seem to emanate from this earth." -

Friday, February 4, 2011


"Monkey3 are a psychedelic rock band from Lausanne, Switzerland, that is similar in style to bands like Beaver, latter day Celestial Season, Pink Floyd and especially 35007. They rely on hypnotic riffs and repetitive nature of music. In live situation this is all enhanced by light shows and by projecting images and snippets from movies on to the stage or a backdrop." -

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ulaan Khol

"A project by guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Steven R. Smith. Throughout his career as a solo artist, and through membership with the celebrated ensembles Thuja and Mirza, Steven R. Smith has had a hand in creating some of the most compelling and singular instrumental psychedelic music of the past ten years... As Ulaan Khol, Smith digs in deep with a palette of drums/guitar/organ to craft a monolithic & expansive free form, feedback-heavy atmospheric din that bonds the disparate realms of Fushitsusha and High Rise with Popul Vuh and Flying Saucer Attack..." -

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