Before moving back to Toronto earlier this year, I remember scoping out the local music scene and coming across Optical Sounds—a independent Toronto label fixated on the burgeoning Great Northern psych community. It was here that I first discovered the Sun Stone Revolvers (formerly The Revolvers), a band that took little time to make their way to the top of my “list of bands to see” once I got back to my hometown. Not long after my return, I was lucky enough to catch a show put together by the good folks at Exhale Presents and to say it was a nice welcoming would be an understatement. A true rock band at the core, Sun Stone Revolvers venture through a range of sounds from spaced-out, dark-psych territory to blissed-out tribal chants to motorik, kraut-inspired grooves. And they look fucking cool doing it too. You can stream their most recent album, Spaceship X, below or purchase it on vinyl/CD via Optical Sounds.
Poster by Jessica Milton
We’re psyched to announce our next show, which features a stellar lineup including UK psych-rockers Wolf People along with Brooklyn’s Golden Animals and the newly formed Golden Grass. It all goes down on October 13 at Mercury Lounge at 8PM Eastern Standard Time. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. We’ve got a few pairs to giveaway so keep an eye on our Twitter feed.
Purchase tickets via Mercury Lounge’s website.
Since forming in 2006, longtime friends Tommy Eisner and Linda Beecroft—together known as Golden Animals—have split time between their gritty Brooklyn abode and the sun-soaked lands of the California desert. Crafting songs that draw on inspirations from both of their homes—love, friendship, seclusion—they view their two bases as complementary influences, shaping their sound equally but very differently.
On September 24, Golden Animals will release their new album, Hear Eye Go, via The Reverberation Appreciation Society in conjunction with Burger Records. The album was recorded by Matt Boynton (MGMT, Kurt Vile) at Vacation Island Recordings, and by the band themselves at their own studio. Joe LaPorta (Foo Fighters, Beach House) mastered the album at The Lodge. Watch the video for “All Your Life” below.
Pre-order Here Eye Go via The Reverberation Appreciation Society.
The Night Beats embark on a Gonzo style journey down the West Coast in their latest video for “The Seven Poison Wonders.” The video finds them in the midst of an encounter with a hitchhiker who turns out to be a road-demon in disguise, presumably depicting their everyday life on the road. Directed by Brendhan Bowers, all footage was shot on 16mm colour negative film thru WA, OR, and CA state.
“The Seven Poison Wonders” comes off their excellent new album Sonic Bloom out September 24th via The Reverberation Appreciation Society and Burger Records. Preorder the album NOW. Night Beats play The Silver Dollar in Toronto on September 5, Brooklyn on November 9 and New York on November 12 (full list of dates below).
Download/stream our August 2013 Mix below. Thanks to RavenVal for the art!
1. The Memphis Jug Band – K.C. Moan
2. Bruce Springstten – Tate Strooper (Mau Remix)
3. Can – …And More
4. The Seeds – Now A Man
5. Temples – Shelter Song
6. Night Beats – Outta Mind
7. 13th Floor Elevators – I Had To Tell You
8. The Deviants – Child Of The Sky
9. Steve Gunn – Trailways Ramble
10. Country Joe & The Fish – Sad And Lonely Times
11. Bert Jansch – Heartbreak Hotel
12. Beacon Street Union – Mystic Mourning
13. The Sea-Ders – Thanks A Lot
14. Anonymous – Pike River
15. Jacques Dutronc – L’espace D’une Fille
16. Khánh Ly & Trịnh Công Sơn – Goi Ten Bon Mua
17. Kraftwerk – Heimatklange (The Bells Of Home)
Thanks to our good friends over at Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records for turning us onto the music of Maine psych-rock troop Coke Weed. While not an official BBIB release, the Brooklyn-based label is distributing their upcoming third album, Back to Soft, which was produced by Nick Stumpf (Cavemen, French Kicks) came out yesterday. You can stream the album in full or order the compact disc via BBIB. Vinyl will be available in early August.
Jeffrey Silverstein, A.K.A. Future Myth, of Baltimore-based psych-rock band Secret Mountains was kind enough to put together this set of tunes for us. You can hear some tracks off Secret Mountains’ excellent debut album, Rainer, on their website or purchase the digi/cassette via Friends Records.
1. Allah Las – Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind) // 2. Woodsman – Beat The Heat // 3. Cate Le Bon – Burn Until The End // 4. Angel Olsen – In The Morning 5. // Seth Olinsky – World Of Difference // 6. Count Five – Mailman // 7. Michael Hurley – I’m Worried, I’m Worried // 8. Lee Hazelwood – No Train To Stockholm // 9. The Men – I Saw Her Face // 10. Wisdom Tooth – Foul Fellow Fox // 11. White Fence – I’ll Follow You // 12. Six Organs Of Admittance – Home // 13. Chad Van Gaalen – Peace On The Rise // 14. Luke Roberts – His Song // 15. Moby Grape – Hey Grandma // 16. Ozark Mountain Daredevils – Keep On Churnin’ // 17. Eternal Tapestry – Cosmic Dream // 18. Matthew E. White – I’ll Be Home (Randy Newman) // 19. Merle Haggard – California Blues
Several months ago, one of Brooklyn’s greatest music haunts shuttered its doors after serving, for over nine years, as a home and meeting place for up-and-coming experimental artists. Countless bands will tell you they wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for Zebulon, but as gentrification goes, so did a musical landmark that will not soon be forgotten. Thanks to this new video from Brooklyn psych rockers Woodsman, which pairs audio from a show at the venue with some psychedelic visuals, you can step back inside the doors, grab an ale, and relive the magic that took place nightly on Zebulon’s stage.
Woodsman hit the road next week for a string of dates where there’ll be hawking a reissued version of their album Collages (originally released on Mexican Summer in 2009) both digitally and as a tour-only cassette. Full list of dates here.