Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


"Hills formed as a 3-piece aiming to make music that focuses on the groove/sounds and rhythm instead of the lyrics/message and classical songwriting structures. To create a meditative space heavily dependent on improvisation. To create a feeling but not necessarily to explain it through words. Influenced by everything from the early experimentation of John Coltrane via the repetitiveness of Velvet Underground, Krautrock / Psych in general and the grimness of early black/ death metal bands such as Hellhammer and punk. Hills try to keep it honest, analog and raw in the very best way they can..." -

Agitation Free

"A classic of the German space genre. Their current music is a combination of Progressive Rock and New Instrumental Music, with touches of Jazz and passages dedicated to an experimentation near to Ambient. Their originality was due to the blend electronic and repetitive musics with a lot of ethnic elements from North Africa, India, etc. Very much like your early ASH RA TEMPEL, GURU GURU type bands except with a cultural influence..." - Prog Archives

Can - Live (1971-1977)

"The album contains several tracks created through instantaneous free improvisation that did thus not appear on any of Can's studio albums..." - Wikipedia

Monday, March 28, 2011

Pyramid - Pyramid (1976)

"German acid rock project. The obscure and underrated “Dawn Defender” from 1976 is constantly mysterious, abstract and experimental, delivering interlocking electronic soundscapes punctuated by electric guitar manipulations and echoing effects. The album was originally released Tony Robinson for Pyramid label. A serious “kosmische” krautrock manifestation, a perfect & strange dreamy-like musical journey throw ultra psych textures. Pretty closed to the Cosmic Jokers (first) and A.R & the machines..." -

Golem - Orion Awakes (1973)

"An obscure instrumental Krautrock band from the 70s. Ecclectic, psychedelic epic rock with lot of Hammond organs, heavy drums and jamming guitars. Their album Orion Awakes (1973) belongs to Pyramid Records archives. Amazing, catchy improvised free spacey rockin’ trip that can reminds the best efforts delivered by early Pink Floyd, Gila, Dies Irae, Jane..." -

Sunday, March 27, 2011


"Instrumental improv spacerock extravaganza that can stand proudly alongside better-known works by Ash Ra Tempel, Pink Floyd or Amon Düül II... Gila could jam out the blues with the best of them, but they never found the success that eluded them..." -

Friday, March 25, 2011

Dark - The Jam (1975)

"Crafting a musical skeleton that has as much in common with British folk as it does with West Coast jam bands, DARK wouldn't be unlike a lot of other psychedelic bands in the late sixties/early seventies. What made them different was one thing: a solid understanding of fuzzy guitar. Rather than merely using the fuzzbox to show off, DARK incorporated it into the build of their songs, laying it across moody, heavy tracks that approached sprawling..." - Prog Archives

San Francisco's Shiver - Shiver (1972)

"Basically, San Francisco’s Shiver were a bunch of hard-rocking hippie freaks, brought together by a Texas-bred drummer who moved to San Francisco to take up where his obvious heroes Blue Cheer left off... Shiver played “heavy psychedelic rock” at its most primal — no overdubs, raw as hell..." -

Jokers - Jokers (1972)

"Hailing from Tehran, Iran, the JOKERS were arguably Iran’s heaviest underground rock group during the early 70’s. Having visited the UK for a short period, Vaheed, the lead singer and guitarist of JOKERS returned to Iran with new ideas and influences. After hearing groups like MC 5 & Cream, the JOKERS decided to pursue this type of sound, and subsequently recorded a heavy psychedelic blues album in a garage circa 1972 using nothing more then a reel to reel and two microphones. Filled with heavy fuzz, loud wah guitars and screaming vocals, the album sounds unlike any rock artifact unearthed from Iran so far..." -

Thursday, March 24, 2011


"...full of l-o-n-g jams that bring to mind such wild ones as German Oak, Magic Muscle and foggy dreams of The Stooges moonlighting as a Hawkwind tribute band during the off season. Zodiacs burn a heavy trail to the days when outlaw biker clubs roasted and consumed whole horses in celebration of the wild life..." -

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Julie Mittens

"Primarily inspired by the free improvisation scene of the ’60s, the Julie Mittens are fundamentally a rock power trio with little to no interest in playing rock music. The tracks are live-in-the-studio improvisations named after the date they were recorded and ranging in length from nine-and-a-half to just over 22 minutes. Guitarist Aart-Jan Schakenbos favors extended drones, often exploring all the harmonic possibilities of a single note for several minutes at a time..." -

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Beiruth - Horizonte de Sucesos (2009)

"Tracking down the almost erased paths that walked the KrautRockers, the PhycheRavers and the Hippy Travellers in the Seventies, they fall into a no-song instant and continuous extemporization, when nothing repeats, assuming all the satisfaction and risks. You never play/listen again that you’d played/listened the last time… Mix their old Rock instruments with new (and not so new) audio generators and start to play with some regularity checking amazed that in every line that they open, there are some more… To infinity and beyond. Ball of Probability, Folk of Chaos, Space Boogie, Magik Mother Invocation, Infinity Loop, the Music of Spheres to heat and burn your mind… " -

Blandbladen - I Grevens Tid (2003)

"Bland Bladen are a psychedelic/space rock band that likes to jam and will appeal to fans of Hidria Spacefolk and Ozric Tentacles..." - Prog Archives

Koi Pond - So Higher (2012)

So Higher (2012)

"Koi Pond is epic all on its own. Volcano is all about cosmic grooves, deep often minimal, endless repetitions that slowly evolve into more psyched out blissed out trances. Roper and Arons tight rhythmic foundations create the perfect backdrop for Vogal’s synth improvisations. This is a meditative listen that never gets old, it just keeps grooving on and on forever. Like Neu covering Dark Magus in a Tibetan Monastery." -

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Silver Bullets

"...kraut-funk, coned-out drone rock, and assorted experiments with space and time. Wade through bluesy head-nodders, Italian fuzz contests, interplanetary bleeps and blips, and liberated dance songs for anti-environments..." -

Moon Phantoms - Moon Phantoms (2009)

"Moon Phantoms is a collaboration between the bands Bardo Pond and Suishou No Fune from Japan. This record (Self-Titled) came about as most of these collaboration records do by two bands doing a tour together, hitting it off and deciding it would be fun to record a session together." -

Flower-Corsano Duo

"Powerhouse hook-up between Mick Flower of Vibracathedral Orchestra and free drummer Chris Corsano. Flower plays a Japan Banjo here, an instrument that’s somewhere between a lap steel and a sitar, with swallowing drones giving way to shredding single note lead work while Corsano speed-thinks his way out of his own skin..." -

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Transitional Phase - Transitional Phase (2007)

"The jams recorded here range from the first phase’s free-wheeling deep psychedelia and subterranean sonics to the quiet horror-filmisms of the second phase and the third phase’s experimental rock, taking cues from the motorik voyages of Neu! and the guitar-laced epics of Ash Ra Tempel as well as the fuzz-drenched sounds of cohorts Bardo Pond and Comets on Fire..." -

Sunday, March 13, 2011


"Galacticka plays waste of space rock. This state of [of the art] groovy apocalyptic audiowaste is achieved by combining classic space rock elements with dark psychedelic sounds and monotonous stoner themes. If the overall sound of Galacticka remains undefined in subjective audiospace, it must be heard in the far reaches of the brain. That IS the point of Galacticka. Use in high dosage levels and let yourself remain in waste of space." - MySpace

Friday, March 11, 2011

Tolmunud Mesipuu

"Tolmunud Mesipuu means “A dusty beehive”. There are three of them in the band, and speaking of alien languages, such as Estonian, you won’t hear it much at their show. It is purely instrumental music. For some, it is simply mental. TM’s critically acclaimed debut album paints a hypnotic, dissonant and manic landscape – it might as well be forgotten 70’s cult trash movie, which people watch just for the soundtrack." - MySpace

The Bakerton Group

"The Bakerton Group is a side project of the rock band Clutch, comprised of Tim Sult, Jean-Paul Gaster, Dan Maines and Neil Fallon. Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars) handles the organ duties on their newest recording, El Rojo. The band is completely instrumental and their recorded songs are very similar to the extended jams they do in a live setting..." -

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

High Rise

"Psychedelic acid rock-band from Japan. High Rise is an explosive power trio comprised of bassist/vocalist asahito nanjo (南条麻人), guitarist Munehiro Narita, and a succession of drummers that has included Yuro Ujiie and Pill in the past and free-improv veteran Shoji Hano at present. High Rise mixes the jazz-influenced improvising of Cream with the brutal amphetamine-inspired rock of Blue Cheer. Narita is one of rock’s unsung guitar players, and his dexterous fingering incites eruptions of pure electric joy in his listeners. The other players are equally stunning in their total commitment to this high energy music that features the freedom of jazz and the power of rock..." -

Friday, March 4, 2011


"Psychedelic acid noise-band from Tokyo. Trio composed of Asahito Nanjo, Kawabata Makoto and Koji Shimura. Terminally fuzzed-out and distorted, earth moving riffage and shrieking, eviscerating extended solos with sheer brute force." -

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Eternal Tapestry

"A lysergic dose of head-trippy, fuzzed out amplifier destruction. Ooooozing walls of blasting fuzz guitar, head-nodding grooves covered in tar and filth.... Krauty, spaced-out, bluesy improv that hits hard. In the same vein as Parson Sound or Can, these guys have really nailed the art of weaving improv in and out of catchy riffs, really sweet..." - MySpace


"Chicago’s coolest new kid on the psych-rock-block brings us a cassetteful of drugged-out atmospheres, scattered with proggy guitar grooves and meandering femme vocals, tense drone and a bit of synth thrown in for good measure. Their influences are all over the place, and they make for one fucking solid product: Try slowing down the bass grooves of Suicide, add two parts Wooden Shjips’ repetitiveness, three parts Black Sabbath darkness, one part horror soundtrack a la Goblin, three parts stoner metal-era Boris, four parts Neu krautscapes, and you’re getting warmer to Verma..." -

Ici Maintenants - Space and Time (2003)

"ICI MAINTENANTS was the name chosen for a one-off project that took place at the Summer Solstice in Glastonbury in 2001. There former Here & Now members Kif Kif le Batter (drums, vocals), Twink el Toes-Malone (synths, keyboards) and Steffe Sharp de Strings (guitar, vocals) hooked up with Tim Flatus (bass) and played a totally improvised set at the Glastonbury Assembly Rooms, in a manner pretty similar to what often was done at the Free Festival's of the 70's..." - Prog Archives

Interkosmos - Interkosmos (2009)

"INTERKOSMOS are another Sula Bassana side project which formed in early 2008. According to the band name they call themselves the new intergalactic psychedelic space jam band... INTERKOSMOS meet from time to time to participate on festivals without having a very solid structure. The project have produced one eponymous album in 2009 which is full of spacey improviations headed by Ceballos' fantastic guitar work..." - Prog Archives

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