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Record Store Day ’15: Zombies, Doors, Sly

The Zombies, the Doors, Sly and the Family Stone, Captain Beefheart and Hawkwind lead the freak parade for Record Store Day 2015. Other goodies for psychedelic bin flippers include vinyl by Country Joe and the Fish, Todd Rundgren, Jeff Beck, the Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Procol Harum, Tomorrow, Sun Ra, Robert Plant, the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, the Flaming Lips and Frank Zappa. The eighth-annual event promoting indie record stores is now an unabashed celebration of the old-school vinyl format. Record Store Day is Saturday, April 18. The … [More ... ]

Daevid Allen of Gong in 1974

Daevid Allen dies; ringmaster of Gong

Daevid Allen, the whimsical visionary behind the seminal prog rock act Gong, has died. He was 77. As a bandleader in the vein of Sun Ra, George Clinton and Frank Zappa, Allen lorded over a strange and imaginative musical universe, complete with its own LSD-fueled mythologies. Gong persisted over five decades with a changing cast of musicians and under variations on the band's name such as Planet Gong. "A communal thing," Allen said. Allen, a singer and guitarist, also is known for co-founding the Soft Machine, another progressive rock … [More ... ]

David Gilmour of Pink Floyd

Gilmour powers up for album, tour

David Gilmour quickly sold out a trio of London concerts in support of his upcoming solo album, and quickly added two more. The additional shows at the Royal Albert Hall are set for Oct. 2 and 3. The concerts of Sept. 23, 24 and 25 sold out in under an hour. Those shows and other European dates (in "some of the world's most beautiful cities and venues") are in support of Gilmour's fourth solo album. Gilmour told Rolling Stone it would be an "old man's tour" and not a global affair. No U.S. dates were announced. No title or release … [More ... ]

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Garcia & Hunter enter Songwriters Hall

The Grateful Dead's primary songwriting team of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter are being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Hunter, a lyricist, had been named a member of the Grateful Dead despite not performing with the band, a testament to his importance to the psychedelic music pioneers. Garcia, who died in 1995, wrote the music for the duo's many songs. The Songwriters Hall pointed to "Casey Jones," "China Cat Sunflower," "St. Stephen" and "Truckin'." Other tracks highlighted were "Dark Star," "Friend of the Devil" and … [More ... ]

Rock guitarist Jeff Beck

A psychedelic British invasion for Q1

King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Eric Burdon, Jeff Beck and the Pretty Things put an English accent on the slate of new releases for a new year. Here's a roundup of what's coming in the realm of psychedelic music: King Crimson stormed downtown L.A. several months ago for a pair of acclaimed concerts. A live document surfaces Jan. 20 via Discipline Global Mobile. Clocking in at (a mere) 41 minutes, it includes versions of "Starless," "The Letters" and "Sailor's Tale." Robert Fripp's new lineup included a trio of drummers at stage front, with the … [More ... ]

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No. 18: Happy Trails

Bo Diddley didn't do psychedelic. Yet, somehow, the primal rock 'n' roller received credit for writing most of one of the hippie era's darkest and most imaginative … [More ... ]

Pink Floyd album "Ummagumma"

No. 22: Ummagumma

Here be dragons. Dragons, and dust from the bones of kings and traitors. Stonehenge. The funk of 4,000 years. Spacemen and madmen. Your mental movie may vary. Hear in it what you will, but English … [More ... ]

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No. 9: ‘Eight Miles High’

The song started off on familiar footing for early 1966: a killer bass line, straight out of the garage. But seconds into the Byrds' "Eight Miles High," … [More ... ]

 

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No. 90: ‘She (Will-O-the-Wind)’

Everyone knows about "Windy," but the heroine of "She (Will-O-the-Wind)" never received her due. Too bad. The Collectors' 1968 song remains a fascinating bit of psych-pop, redolent with touches of … [More ... ]

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Gong with Daevid Allen at the controls, in Manchester, England, 2010. Steve Hillage, guitar.

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