If you’re anything like us, this is exactly what you need in your life today. “Chenagh le Blues” by Algerian rock outfit Abranis comes off Sublime Frequencies’ new compilation of 1970s Algerian Folk and Pop, which you should pick up right now.
“From the heavier rock and psychedelic sounds of Rachid & Fethi, Les Djinns and Les Abranis, to the haunting folk music of Kri Kri and Djamel Allem and the film soundtrack moods of Ahmed Malek, 1970s Algerian Folk & Pop documents a key period in the modern musical renaissance of a nation in transition. Most of these tracks are from 45 rpm singles, the key format during the early 1970s before the cassette took over as the medium of choice. Western musical influences can be heard throughout this extremely diverse record, yet there is an undeniable Algerian sense of sadness contained here within a more tolerant space in time between two of the country’s most significant historical periods; National Independence from France and the darker times of a brutal civil war yet to come.”
Living in New York City certainly has its benefits and drawbacks. Whether those come in the form of readily available bagel spots, high rent costs, or underground hair/nail salons operating in the apartment next door to you (a benefit to some, a drawback to others), there’s an infinite number of things that make you want to stick around, and just as many that make you want to pack up the U-Haul and get outta town in a moments notice. But something that you won’t find anywhere else, and will forever remain a part of New York’s fabric, are bands like Prince Rupert’s Drops.
Typically, these bands don’t stray too far from home and if you happen to live outside the New York locale there’s a good chance they’ve flown passed your radar. This sort of musical anomaly applies to bands like Endless Boogie, Invisible Familiars, and a whole legion of artists that exist largely within the confines of New York.
Prince Rupert’s Drops much anticipated sophomore LP, Climbing Light, is out this week on Beyond Beyond is Beyond. Fans of riff-heavy ’60s psych with a touch of British folk are sure to enjoy the array of sounds crafted by this eclectic musical collective. Have a listen to “Follow Me,” the album’s stunning folk-rocker that finds vocalist Leslie Stein channeling Fairport-era Sandy Denny.
Purchase Climbing Light from the good folks at Beyond Beyond is Beyond.
Prince Rupert’s Drops – “Follow Me”
Sam Cohen is, without a doubt, one of the most talented guitarists on the scene today. Just last week, he disbanded his much loved Yellowbirds project with a final show at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn. This week, he returns to the fold with a new solo number titled after the Kelper space observatory launched by NASA to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.
Sam Cohen’s solo debut comes out in early 2015 via Easy Sound.
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.