Doors, Dead, Cream debuts turn 50

1967 ushered in the psychedelic era, loudly announced by a series of historic recordings. Fifty years on, we're invited to celebrate the debut albums by the Doors, the Grateful Dead and Cream via splashy deluxe editions. Other key reissues due in the year's first quarter come from Soft Machine, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Sun Ra, the Yardbirds, Procol Harum and Pink Floyd. The Doors' debut album -- home of "Light My Fire" and "The End" -- returns March 31 in a three-CD plus LP package dubbed "The Doors: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition." The reissue features the compact disc premiere of the original mono mix, which also can be found on the box set's vinyl disc. The package includes a CD of the "The Matrix" live performance from March 1967, made up of eight songs from the debut album. … [Read more...]

Black Friday books Hendrix, Joplin

Sets from Jimi Hendrix, Big Brother, the Zombies, Frank Zappa, Ween, and Stardeath and White Dwarfs top the psychedelic menu for Record Store Day's holiday edition, 2015. Other 1960s-vibed fare for Black Friday comes from Jeff Beck, Funkadelic, the Alan Parsons Project, NRBQ, MGMT and the Kinks. Also sure to interest collectors of the era's output is the 15th anniversary release of the "High Fidelity" soundtrack. Releases are all on vinyl and are Record Store Day exclusives unless noted (top section). Jimi Hendrix: Completists welcomed the CD release in 2006 of "Burning Desire," the Dagger label's collection of "authorized bootlegs" from the master guitarist's final years. Now Sony Legacy has the expanded vinyl version, on two LPs. First 5,000 are numbered. The Hendrix tracks were … [Read more...]

Austin psyched for Impala, Lips

Tame Impala, the Flaming Lips, the Jesus and Mary Chain and Spiritualized will headline Levitation 2015 -- aka the Austin Psych Fest -- running May 8-10 in Texas. Other top acts include Primal Scream and fest founding fathers the Black Angels. Update: A 13th Floor Elevators reunion closes the festival. The nation's largest psychedelic music festival dates back to 2008. It returns for a third year to rural setting of Carson Creek Ranch, located east of town, with weekend tickets now on sale ($165). The festival was renamed in honor of some hometown heroes from the first psychedelic era: "The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends the 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration," festival organizers the Reverberation … [Read more...]

Tame Impala, Flaming Lips head East

Tame Impala and Flaming Lips are teaming up for a series of East Coast shows in the fall. The concerts, part of longer tours for both acts, bring together the highest-profile modern bands specializing in psychedelic music. New York City hosts two of the five shows. Tame Impala of Perth, Australia, describe themselves as makers of "psychedelic hypno-groove melodic rock music." The band is fronted by Kevin Parker. The second Tame Impala album, "Lonerism," was released last October. Rolling Stone dubbed it the album of the year, an honor it also bestowed on the band's "Innerspeaker" in 2011. Tame Impala's Parker (pictured, second from left) was born about the time the Flaming Lips started making records. His influences include Cream, Jefferson Airplane and Blue Cheer. The Flaming … [Read more...]

Tales of ‘Terror’ from the Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips explore their dark side with the release of "The Terror" on April 16. Frontman Wayne Coyne tells fans to brace themselves for "a bleak, disturbing record." The Lips -- the highest-profile band creating psychedelic music these days -- have released at least a dozen other albums over their 30-year history. The latest project under the Lips banner was a mostly faithful re-creation of King Crimson's 1969 stunner "In the Court of the Crimson King." The Flaming Lips and the new music are set for a big-time promo push with their appearance in a Super Bowl commercial for Hyundai. The ad features the propulsive track "Sun Blows Up Today," which is not officially on the new album. Beginning Tuesday, however, fans who preorder "The Terror" on the iTunes Store get the track as … [Read more...]

Glastonbury fest goes ‘weird, psychedelic’

The spiritual descendant of the great 1960s rock festivals, Glastonbury rises once again this week. The shadows of psychedelia lurk around every corner of the English festival, perhaps in response to critics who said bookers were ignoring underground music. Psychedelic-tinged acts at this year's Glasto include the Flaming Lips, Os Mutantes, Devendra Banhart, Curved Air and George Clinton with Parliament/Funkadelic. Psychedelic trance, electronica and '60s-style pop come from the Egg, Orbital, Dead Weather, Holy Fuck, Wax Tailor, Kissmet, Gorillz, MGMT, Egyptian Hip Hop, Grizzly Bear, lcd soundsystem and at least a dozen more (see the impressive Glastonbury artists list). That brew should address criticisms that the festival has been light on "weird psychedelic music." Sixties … [Read more...]

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