Kak – Kak (Mad About Guerssen Vinyl Reissue)

On the year of its 50th anniversary, Mad About Guerssen has released what is certainly the most definitive vinyl reissue of Kak’s legendary sole release. Born from the ashes of the equally infamous West Coast proto-punks, The Oxford Circle, Kak exhibited excellent songwriting chops that blended bucolic sun-kissed folk rock with guitar-driven acid rock. If itContinue reading “Kak – Kak (Mad About Guerssen Vinyl Reissue)”

Now Playing: Seth Applebaum and The World of Ghost Funk Orchestra

In this very special episode of Now Playing, we have an in-depth conversation with Seth Applebaum, of Ghost Funk Orchestra, about his roots, his inspirations and his creative process. We also talk about the band’s new debut full-length record, A Song for Paul, which has received a wealth of praise the world over, including beingContinue reading “Now Playing: Seth Applebaum and The World of Ghost Funk Orchestra”

September Roundup – Meadowsilver, GA-20, Abimaro & More

With summer coming to a close, we’re embarking on one of the most exciting release schedules that I’ve seen in quite sometime. Take a look at the earliest rumblings of it here… The Warp/The Weft – Dead Reckoning The Poughkeepsie prog-folk rockers have finally released the follow up to their excellent 2017 release, Mapping anContinue reading “September Roundup – Meadowsilver, GA-20, Abimaro & More”

Ikebe Shakedown – Kings Left Behind

After grooving together for a full decade, Ikebe Shakedown proves that they are not slowing down any time soon with Kings Left Behind For the uninitiated, Ikebe Shakedown is a vibrant outfit out of Brooklyn that’s known for their unique kaleidoscopic take on soulful funk, Afrobeat and skronky jazz, which they use to absolutely tearContinue reading “Ikebe Shakedown – Kings Left Behind”

Silver Machine – Lovebug

Dark-edged monochromatic neopsychedelia hasn’t been this cold and sly since the debut of The Vacant Lots. While this UK band’s sound bears some similarities to Hawkwind’s, of whom the group’s name derives from, I find their slightly industrial and minimalistic sound to be closer to the likes of The Velvet Underground and The Telescopes. TheContinue reading “Silver Machine – Lovebug”

Spindrift – Songs From The Ancient Age

Spindrift is dangling a switchblade in your face with Songs From The Ancient Age. From the dusty goth swagger of “Red Reflection” to the dangerous acid nightmares of songs like “Oblivious” and “Diamonds,” this collection documents Spindrift’s 1999-2004 transition from East Coast sonic provocateurs to LA psych specters, proving in the process that they haveContinue reading “Spindrift – Songs From The Ancient Age”

Reverends – The Disappearing Dreams of Yesterday

On The Disappearing Dreams of Yesterday, Atlanta’s Reverends blends sunny psychedelia with shoegaze’s droning iciness, which is perfectly represented by the cold and surreal album cover. Lead by Rev. Dandy Lee Strickland, the band cranks out melancholic dirges here that feel both isolated and yet also dreamy, like the after effects of a burned outContinue reading “Reverends – The Disappearing Dreams of Yesterday”

Rosenau & Sanborn – Bluebird

Chris Rosenau of Collections of Colonies of Bees and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso have welded together two vastly different musical elements and created something very fascinating and very exceptional. In a daring (and some may say even a controversial) move, the duo here combined atmospheric acoustic fingerpicking with dazed synth improvisations. While uniting aspectsContinue reading “Rosenau & Sanborn – Bluebird”

The Lark & The Loon – Homestead Hands & 2

I am reviewing The Lark and The Loon’s Homestead Hands and The Lark and The Loon 2 together, as I received them that way, but also because they were practically recorded back-to-back as well. Homestead Hands glows with a welcoming warmth like a flickering cabin fireplace. Husband and wife duo Jeff Rolfzen and Rocky Steen-Rolfzen play authenticContinue reading “The Lark & The Loon – Homestead Hands & 2”

Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin – Tenebre Soundtrack Tour

If you’re a fan of Italian prog rock or cult horror films, then the legend that is Goblin needs no introduction. For the uninitiated, Goblin is responsible for some of the most striking and incredibly memorable horror soundtracks of all time. In many cases, like with Dario Argento’s Suspiria and Profondo Rosso, the cult popularity andContinue reading “Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin – Tenebre Soundtrack Tour”