Mark Fry’s 1972 psych-folk masterpiece Dreaming With Alice has been getting a lot of play around these parts of late. Recorded in Rome over a three-day period in the summer of ’71, but never properly released unto the world, the physical LP is extremely rare with copies fetching for much as $4K. Throughout the album, songs weave in and out of short, reappearing dream state segments that venture through the visions of Fry’s highly psychedelic dream with Alice—a reference to the Louis Carroll’s Alice Through The Looking Glass. Here we share with you the dark, Eastern-tinged acid-folk number, “The Witch.” Do enjoy, friends.
Mark Fry ∆ “The Witch”
(stream the full album here)
collage by Mariano Peccinetti
Songs For The Autumn Months
01. Appletree Theatre ∆ ‘E’ Train
02. Lazy Smoke ∆ Under Skies
03. The Association ∆ The Time It Is Today
04. Frummox ∆ There You Go
05. Brewer & Shipley ∆ Keeper of the Keys
06. Jackson C. Scott ∆ Milk and Honey
07. Pelt ∆ Sunflower River Blues (Fahey)
08. Wool ∆ If They Left Us Alone
09. Cartoone ∆ Knick Knack Man
10. Sandy Salisbury ∆ Butter Me Over With Cinnamon Sugar
11. Cartoone ∆ Reflections of a Common Theme
12. Roger McGuinn ∆ Time Cube
13. Peter Walker ∆ Rainy Day Raga
14. Lula Côrtes e Zé Ramalho ∆ Água: Regato Da Montanha
15. Prince Rupert’s Drops ∆ Follow Me
Friday, November 21, Dog Gone and Just Shows join forces to bring you Montreal’s sitar-wielding psychnaughts Elephant Stone alongside the garage-stompin’ noise of The Blind Shake from Minneapolis. Filling out the bill are local Optical Sounds labelmates The Auras and B-17. It all goes down at The Silver Dollar shortly after 9PM.
$8 advance tickets are available at Rotate This, Soundscapes & Ticketfly.
(poster by Jess Milton)
For their latest offering, the good folks at Singles Club—Brooklyn’s quarterly subscription-based record club and digital music journal—present a brand new track from our brothers in Woodsman. Recorded live to tape, “Further” captures the feel of Woodsman’s extended on-stage explorations and demonstrates the band’s adept ability at layering spacey, transcendent instrumental kosmische. Along with the music, Singles Club have also assembled a stunning digital journal that offers insight into how the song was forged and the band’s creation process. Have a listen to the track below and head over to Singles Club to sign up for your subscription.
Back in 2009, writer David Keenan coined the term “hypnagogic pop” to describe a new generation of experimental lo-fi musicians channeling the sounds of ’80s pop radio, New Wave, New Age and synth-driven VHS soundtracks into a form of neo-psychedelic music. Zones, the solo project of artist/musician Derek McKeon, is one of Toronto’s finest studies into that unique school of music. Crafting hazey, sun soaked psych melodies that coast through warbling dub and kraut grooves, McKeon’s music in Zones calls to mind a melding of early Ducktails and the twisted dub of Sun Araw. Much like his own art, McKeon’s music is a collage of psychedelic tropicalia.
Have a listen to Real Time, the debut release from Zones, which came out earlier this year on Heretical Objects. Zones plays the Holodeck at The Drake Underground alongside Doomsquad and Petra Glynt this Saturday as part of Nuit Blanche.
Brooklyn folk singer Natalie Mering, alias Weyes Blood, returns October 21 with a new album for Mexican Summer titled The Innocents. Listen to her new song, “Some Winters,” below.
On October 18th, Dog Gone Presents Chicago psych band Secret Colors with The Auras and Sunshine & The Blue Moon at Magpie Taproom. Projections will be provided by Laura-Lynn Petrick. Tickets are $5/PWYC at the door.
Back in March, Quilt headed down to the desert town of Marfa, Texas to perform at Mexican Summer’s inaugural festival gathering. While in town, the Bostonian quartet made their way over to a small recording studio located near the nearby Chinati Arts Foundation. It was here that Quilt performed an extended four-song suite depicting their more exploratory live persona. Tune in and stick around for the 26 minute “Milo” that closes out the tape.
Anna Mayberry put out one of our favorite releases of 2013 with a self-titled EP under her solo moniker Anamai. Ahead of her short run of tour dates kicking off tomorrow night in Ottawa, Anna has shared with us the wintery video for our favourite track on the EP, “Altar Coals.” Be sure to catch Anamai if she’s playing in your locale, and if you haven’t already, pick up the EP from Buzz Records.
San Francisco-based producer Al Lover has made a name for himself over the past several years by melding the sounds of psychedelic rock with narcotic, hypnogogic beats. On “Super Strength (Power Plants),” the first single off his new album Sacred Drugs, he teams up with the venerable Morgan Delt to create a drugged-out wash of guitar and organ samples that pulsate beneath Delt’s hazy vocal drawl. Have a listen below.
Sacred Drugs comes out October 1 on vinyl via Psych Army and cassette via Crash Symbols.