Originally screened in 1968, The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda is one of the most evergreen time capsules from the apex of the psychedelic movement. Shot on 16mm and directed by poet and photographer Ira Cohen, the twenty-two minute long film showcases Cohen’s signature use of “mylar photography,” an optical technique has since become a kind of aesthetic shorthand for psychedelia; visually synonymous with the “tune in, drop out” philosophy of the hippie counterculture.
It’s back. Reverberating from the hills of Glassell Park, California, welcome to season 2 of the Aquarium Drunkard Picture Show — a half-hour audio/visual crudités featuring Terry Riley, Brigitte Fontaine, Dennis Wilson, Soft Machine, Sessa, The Monks, Julien Gasc, Arthur Brown, Tim Presley, John Andrews & The Yawns, Pink Floyd & more …
Writhing Squares—the Philadelphia based duo of Kevin Nickles and Daniel Provenzano—bely their own spartan approach on their new lp Chart For The Solution, employing bass, horns, and drum machine to intergalactic effect. The outfit brings a sprawling 70-minute affair to the table with patch-working motorik rhythms, ambient synth trances, post-punk dub, and psychedelic shredders.
Like most musicians that work in the nebulous worlds of jazz and beat music in Israel, the four members of Apifera have been crossing paths with one another for years. With Overstand, they tap into that deep sense of connection with a blend of spiritual jazz, psychedelic R&B, and J. Dilla-inspired beats.
Different doors to the same house. Via satellite, transmitting from northeast Los Angeles — the Aquarium Drunkard Show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm California time, Wednesdays.
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Pino Palladino and Blake Mills are two of the most dynamic studio wizards in music and they join us this week on Transmissions to discuss Notes With Attachments, their Impulse! Records-released collaborative long-player. Known for their individual collaborations with artists like Bob Dylan, D’Angelo, The Who, Fiona Apple, and Brittany Howard, these two go completely unexpected places as they unite for a set of jazzy instruments that blur the lines between J. Dilla flips, Cuban shuffles, and West African lock grooves.
With the release of Tale of My Lost Love, the story of Female Species—sisters Vicki and Ronni Gossett—moves out of Numero Group’s cabinet of curios and into the full retrospective treatment, and, man, do the songs and story ever warrant it. The Gossetts sound shifted through the decades, first from girl group to garage rock, then to psychedelic pop and lounge, and finally to glossy Nashville pop sheen.
Recently reissued by Feeding Tube Records, Michael Hurley’s 1984 Blue Navigator guides us to lonesome graveyards, runs with wolves, death, resurrection, and encounters with Martians. Classic Snock.
Just about a year ago, we were settling into a weird new normal of lockdowns, quarantines and social distancing. One bright spot amidst the gloom was the emergence of a new monthly holiday for music lovers — Bandcamp Friday, during which the outfit waived its usual fees and gave artists a much-needed financial boost. The tradition continues in 2021 — the next one hits on May 7.
A late career re-birth at fifty, following his break from the showbiz world, Henri Salvador found himself in self-imposed exile with his wife, working from his living room, self producing. Marginalized but free, these homespun efforts have finally been comped on Homme Studio 1969-1978, via the Paris based Born Bad Records.
Ripppper. Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs doing “Mama”, live in the studio, 1971, via Australian television’s now-defunct GTK program. Still too short at a chooglin’ 9+ minutes, rumor has it Endless Boogie have been known to take it further than Kesey’s bus.
A mighty guitar pull, hoss. Filmed in Nashville for television in 1984, we find Waylon Jennings playing host to bevy of living legends in celebration of the late Sue Brewer. Decades long de facto den mother, and champion of upcoming Music City singer-songwriters, Brewer’s 18th Avenue apartment served as a makeshift clubhouse / after-hours performance space for the scene’s burgeoning community including Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller, Harlan Howard, and Willie Nelson. To be the fly on those walls.
Filmed in 1967. Broadcast via Ce Soir On Danse, TV France–August 25, 1968. Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge, Kevin Ayers.