the Spot Light #405
d.d. Monday, June 17th, 2013
THUMLOCK - EMERAL LIQUID ODYSSEY (2LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT) Between 1997 and 2002 Thumlock released three albums, plus a handful of EP's and singles. Nowadays the band's output is known as some of the best fuzz/stoner/desert music ever recorded in Australia. This is a reissue of their 2000 album 'Emerald Liquid Odyssey' on delicious double vinyl. Added as a bonus you get their 1997 EP 'Dripping Silver Heat', which has never been officially released! Limited editions on 180-gram black and coloured vinyl.
LAUGHING EYE WEEPING EYE - BEWAY (LP-CD/HAIRY SPIDER LEGS) Their second album. Laughing Eye Weeping Eye transports you to another place, perhaps inside a medieval church with ghosts, gnomes, and angels, or to a magic ceremony with fire-breathing serpents. Channeling old spirits into new forms, their music expands the language of vocals, harmonium, synth, and various instruments from around the world.
GUILD OF FUNERARY VIOLINISTS - THE ART OF FUNERARY VIOLIN (LP/MISSISSIPPI) 'The Art of Funerary Violin' presents a selection of works from the great masters of Funerary Violin dating all the way back to George Babcotte's monumental Dirge, performed in 1586 for the funeral of Sir Philip Sydney. It includes works by Addleston, Meunier, Gratchenfleiss, Sudbury, Duibuisson and Eaton, covering the entire period when the Art was at the very centre of funerary ritual. The music is performed by members of the Guild Of Funerary Violinists, under the direction of Rohan Kriwaczek, and is occassionally accompanied by Tobias James on bass drum. A co-release with The Ajna Offensive.
SOMMET - SOMMET (LP/DESIRE) Sommet's first album is a great work of vintage keys with a soundtrack feel and kraut rock touches. The music reminds of Harald Grosskopf, Ricardo Donoso, Harmonia, Gavin Russom, Xander Harris and even Giorgio Moroder or Tangerine Dream. This work was released at the end of last year on CD and cassette, and now it's also available on (limited) black and white vinyl.
HEATHEN - RECOVERED (LP/NIGHT OF THE VINYL DEAD) Bay Area thrash masters Heathen can be considered as prime movers of San Francisco's thrash metal scene, along with Testament, Death Angel, Exodus and Megadeth. 'Recovered' (2004) was the band's only release that wasn't yet available on vinyl. Until now! Limited edition of 400 hand-numbered copies with a gatefold cover!
WALRUS - WALRUS (CD/ELECTRICITY) Early German electronic kraut rock seems to be in this Swedish band's collective DNA, but that is just one small part of it. The roots of their music may be firmly planted in age old psychedelic and progressive rock, but their branches reach well into the future. Going from pastoral and emotional to jugular aggression in mere seconds, the band ebbs and flows, back and forth, creating spectacular atmospheres and moods. All in all, this is superbly composed instrumental rock, made with a.o. Hammond organs, mellotrons and Wurlitzer pianos, as well as Mini Moogs, Binson tape echoes and fuzz bass.
EL CAMINO - GOLD OF THE GREAT DECEIVER (CD/NIGHT TRIPPER) El Camino's second full-length is dirty and raw, and completely oozes with malice. 'Gold Of The Great Deceiver' is a mighty heavy and seriously demented collection of sinister doom-metal.
PAULINE EN LA PLAYA - EL MUNDO SE VA A ACABAR (CD/SIESTA) The utterly tasteful 2013 album by the Latin-tinged soft pop band from Spain.
STONED JESUS - ELECTRIC MISTRESS (7"/NASONI) This single offers a new take on the band's track 'Electric Mistress' plus a sombre interpretation of a Joy Division-song. Edition of 500 singles on coloured vinyl.
60’s & 70’s & 80’s (RE-)RELEASES AND ARTISTS + OTHER OLDIES
VARIOUS - 1960S FEVER DIAMONDS, VOL. 1 & 2 (2LP+CD+CDR+DVD/FREAK OUT) An incredible double-LP set offering 80 minutes of the finest psychedelic music. This release also includes a CD with the same tracks, a CDR with all the tracks as MP3 as well as the cover artwork, and a DVD with the 30 minute film 'Be-In' by Jerry Abrams. Welcome to psych heaven! Artists include D.R. Hooker, Dragonfly, Pretty Things, Rainy Daze, The Trees, Human Expression, Dragonwyck, Maze, Jelly Bean Bandits, Buffalo Springfield, Sun Lightning Incorporated, Klaus Doldinger's Motherhood, a.m.m.
WILD GONERS - HERE WE ARE... 20TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY (CD/SLEAZY) Rock on and roll along with The Wild Goners, who celebrate their 20th anniversary with this red hot 40-track CD.
KAMA LOKA - KAMA LOKA (CD/TRANSUBSTANS) A mixture of Swedish and Danish musicians, including Aron, Anders Groen from Baby Woodrose and Tobias Petterson from SKL. They entered the well known Silence Studio as Kama Loka and recorded this beautiful album of progressive folkrock, hugely influenced by Scandinavian heroes s.a. Kebnekajse, Alrune Rod and Arbete & Fritid. Expect complex songwriting and instruments ranging from Hammond organ and fuzz guitar to fiddle, flute and hurdy gurdy.
RIC' & THE ROCKS - LET IT BURN (CD/SLEAZY) Twelve slices of authentic sounding rockabilly, recorded in glorious mono on vintage analogue equipment. Utterly wild at heart, Ric'& The Rocks 'Let It Burn' with all the passion they have.
SHOCK TREATMENT - ANTOLOGIA: 1990-1999 (3CD/NO TOMORROW) An awesome career overview of this important Spanish punk-rock/-pop group, operating under the influence of The Ramones and '80s heroes Los Nikis and Los Vegetales. This triple-CD includes their albums 'Shock Treatment', 'Punk Party' and 'Operacion Dragon' with all three replica sleeves, and 5 previously unreleased recordings.
DIE TODLICHE DORIS - STOPP (12"/SQUOODGE) A luxurious collectors edition of 333 copies on 12-inch vinyl. This release comes in a thick cardboard sleeve with 3mm spine, including a full colour 20-page booklet, stamped with three different rubber stamps, and hand numbered and signed by Wolfgang Muller. Three tracks!
FLAMINGO TOURS - RHYTHM BLUES/FEMALE ROCKIN' (7"/SLEAZY) The sons of female arm wrestler Serena Flaming were separated during childhood. Recently they reunited and named themselves after a Californian travel agency. Which makes sense, since their holy mission is to travel the world and remind the people of the true meaning, the power and the very essence of the blues. This 7-inch release is a small but tasteful contribution to that mission.
60’s & 70’s & 80’s (RE-)RELEASES AND ARTISTS + OTHER OLDIES
THIRSTY MOON - THIRSTY MOON (LP-CD/LONGHAIR) and THIRSTY MOON - YOU'LL NEVER COME BACK (LP-CD/LONGHAIR) Remastered reissues of two excellent German progressive rock LP's on the famous Brain imprint, dating from 1972 and 1973. On their first album Thirsty Moon's characteristics included the massive use of percussion and electric piano in dynamic arrangements, fullm of heavy guitar riffs and also showcasing traces of jazz. Their second LP took the band's acidy style and approach a step further, resulting in a genuine master piece. Both LP's come with reproduced artwork, include a bonus track and also offer relevant information and rare pix. Nice!
OPEN SORE - LIVE BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT (CD/ONLY FIT FOR THE BIN) We know it's ridiculous, but one of the most legendary bands ever to play the famous Roxy Club, we're talking 35 years ago(!), never released an album or even a single. They never even set foot in a recording studio and disbanded soon after they played their stunning shows. Two of the members then joined Tubeway Army and no one thought they'd ever hear from Open Sore again. Wrong! Coz' now Open Sore finally release their debut album, recorded live in 2009, when the reunited band supported The Fall (as special guests) at The Windsor Theatre Royal. This notable album features 10 live tracks from that night. The sound quality is superb, and for the collectors among us there are two tracks from an old rehearsal tape, dating from 1977.
BLEAK HOUSE - BLEAK HOUSE (2LP+2X7"/HIGH ROLLER) A spectacular release consisting of a double-LP and two(!) bonus 7-inches. Bleak House was a NWOBHM band from St. Albans, formed in 1972. Though Bleak House didn't exactly get the recognition they deserved back in the day, the band's reputation grew through the years. The music is pressed on black vinyl, presented in a gatefold sleeve and also offers a 2-dided poster and an 8-page booklet. Essential for all fans of the NWOBHM-era!
Apart from the Bleak House 2LP + 2x7" release (see above), HIGH ROLLER RECORDS are planning to put out a number of other note worthy releases as well. These include a 7-inch single by TRAP ('Assassinations'), the album (CD and LP) 'Wild Racer' by AXXION (with former members of Skull Fist and Midnight Malice), the debut album 'Mark Of The Beast' by SIGN OF THE JACKAL (classic heavy metal rooted in Italian horror movies and soundtracks, on CD and LP) and a s/t CD of recordings from DIAMOND LIL, who were an early NWOBHM band from Essex.
BIG PINK have announced a next wave of CD-reissues of interesting '70s titles. The plans include 'The New Hovering Dog' ('72) by British musician B.J. COLE, the 1970 s/t album by BANDOLERO (psych-rock from Puerto Rico), 'Unlock Your Feelings' from Colorado's acidy folk-rocker SCOTT KEY, the sole album ('Stained Glass', 1974) by UK folk-rock unit OPEN ROAD, and 'Appaloosa Rider' (1973) by US swamp rocker BOB PICKERING.
MISSISSIPPI RECORDS owner Eric Isaacsson currently is touring this part of the planet to treat European audiences on his awesome and adventurous DJ-sets. This evening (June 17th) you can catch him at work in Brussels (Galleries) and on July 10th he'll visit the Melkweg in Amsterdam. To get an impression:
SELECTED PRESS QUOTES
APE MACHINE - MANGLED BY THE MACHINE (LP-CD/RIPPLE MUSIC) reviewed by Tom De Smet for RockTribune (translated excerpt) ...a band to keep an eye on in the forthcoming years.
TAIPUVA LUOTISUORA - 8 (LP/NORDIC NOTES) reviewed by André de Waal for IO Pages (translated excerpt) Their fourth album, that gets more powerful with each spin. And those are, as you know, the best records!
HOFFMAN'S BICYCLE - AN INDIAN SUMMER DANCE (CD/RAGA-SAGA) reviewed by Rich Deakin for Shindig! (excerpt) It's as much a journey into the heart of psychedelic darkness as it is enlightenment.
GREG 'STACKHOUSE' PREVOST - MISSISSIPPI MURDERER (LP-CD/MEAN DISPOSITION) reviewed by Prikkie for FileUnder (translated excerpt) One shouldn't try to re-invent the blues, one should play it with lots of emotion. And that's exactly what Prevost does on 'Mississippi Murderer'.
HENRY GIRLS - DECEMBER MOON (CD-LP/NORDIC NOTES) reviewed by Koos Gijsman for Heaven (translated excerpt) A very original rendition of Elvis Costello's 'Watching The Detectives' is the icing on the tasty cake.
60’s & 70’s & 80’s (RE-)RELEASES AND ARTISTS + OTHER OLDIES
SUPERSISTER - LONG LIVE SUPERSISTER! (2LP/PSEUDONYM) reviewed by René van Kaam for Platenblad (translated excerpt) A fantastic release from the Pseudonym label!
FLEUR DE LYS - YOU'VE GOT TO EARN IT (LP-CD/ACID JAZZ) reviewed by DubbelMono for FileUnder (translated excerpt) ...they played freakbeat, as well as raw bluesrock and stiff white man's soul, all within a couple of years...
GROUP 1850 - PARADISE NOW (LP/PSEUDONYM) reviewed by Menno von Brucken Fock for IO Pages (translated excerpt) 'Paradise Now' kicks off with experimental, threatening organ sounds, followed by a mixture of early Pink Floyd, Velvet Underground and White Rabbit-era Jefferson Airplane.
HELL PREACHERS INC./UGLY CUSTARD - SUPREME PSYCHEDELIC UNDERGROUND/PSI (CD/GEAR FAB) reviewed by Richard Allen for Shindig! (excerpt) Two essential progsploitation artefacts.
KING AYISOBA (MAKKUM) June 17: Brussels, B (LAC) / July 7: Amsterdam, NL (Oosterpark Festival)
ZEA (MAKKUM) June 17: Brussels, B (LAC)
A-BONES (NORTON) June 19: Amsterdam, NL (Paradiso) / June 20: Groningen, NL (Vera)
MONSTERS (VOODOO RHYTHM) July 13: La Louvière, B (Power Festival)
GEORGIO 'THE DOVE' VALENTINO (GET HIP, S.R.) July 18: Amsterdam, NL (Barco) / July 19: Groningen, NL (Simplon)
EXCITEMENTS (PENNIMAN) July 19: Peer, B (Rhythm & Blues Festival)
PUSSYWARMERS (VOODOO RHYTHM) July 26: Kortrijk, B (Pits) / July 27: Leeuwarden, NL (Welcome To The Village) / July 28: -daytime- Den Haag, NL (Summertime Festival) -evening- Apeldoorn, NL (Gigant Café)
MAMA ROSIN (VOODOO RHYTHM, MOI J'CONNAIS) August 2: Namur/Namen, B (Esperanzah fest.)
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