Hey space cadets!
Astro Al is bringing you a video fun fest preview of their upcoming release Space Outer.
What we have here is a fun filled spaced out psych video. William Shatner takes the controls of Pink Floyd!
Dig the Robot Monsters!
Check it out at: http://youtu.be/tDO9VYZw4ds
And check out all things Astro Al at: http://www.astroal.com
I love Trail Records so I'll share the interview with label co-founder Alexander Tsalikhin at the Quebec-based Profil prog rock web site. CLICK HERE to check it out. When you go there you'll see it in French. Scroll down for the English version.
Recording diary video the upcoming new Space Mirrors album, "The Other Gods" album, the second in the "Cosmic Horror" series. The current main recording line-up is: Alisa Coral (keyboards, mixing), Martyr Lucifer (Hortus Animae) on vocals, Claudio Tirincanti (Blaze Bayley) on drums, Gabriel Monticello (Spaceseed) on bass and Sparky Simmons (Acid FM) on guitars plus other notable guest musicians including Bless (Hortus Animae), Cyndee Lee Rule (Spaceseed), Dr. James Hodkinson (Shadowlight, Pre-Med), Amon 418 (Hate Profile) and special guest Nik Turner (Space Ritual, ex-Hawkwind). Artwork by Kevin Sommers. It will be released later this year via Transubstans Records.
1. Stranger in the Mirror
2. The Nameless City
4. Frozen City of Cubes and Cones
5. (The Case of) Red Hook
6. Strange High House
7. Times Unknown
8. The Other Gods
9. Doom of Sarnath
This edition is limited to 500 HAND NUMBERED copies, on high quality heavy ( 180gr.) vinyl. It comes in black (200), red (200), and splatter (100), housed in a beautiful glossy gatefold cover. Each copy comes with an insert and doorhanger. The DIE HARD / Splatter edition has some incense-sticks individually packed as addition!!
For more information visit http://www.clostridiumrecords.de
Here's a hot one for LP4 fans. Check out the download PDF link below to see how ambitious this all is. The rest is from the band's newsletter.....
Yea, for today is the official release date of The Linus Pauling Quartet's epic 3 CD Anthology & Druids and Demons Module: Assault on the Vault of the Ancient Bonglords.
The anthology is no mere 3 CD anthology sed but also a fully playable module in the style of the classic paper and pencil RPGs. Three CDs, a Module, and a 20 sided die. Limited edition of 100 physical copies and the remaining stock is available for sale on-line at ye olde CD Baby shoppe today!
THE STORY OF THE MODULE AND HOW IT CAME TO BE:
Prior to this date, only a few souls were deemed worthy and wise enough by Stephanus Finlus (the band's Level 9 Half-Elven Mage) for him to dispel the arcane lock spell set by him to protect the contents of the module. Yet, Lord Hightower, perhaps privy to dark omens or seeking his own enrichment, took umbrage at the will of the mage and sent his trusted servant, Clinton The Heiderian, to the land of Yarrl bearing with him a letter containing an urgent plea for the massive 420 page tome to be released for human scholars. In response, Finlus conferred with the Sorcerer of Sims and the High Toad Priest Council of Yarrl for much of the winter. While the council agreed with Hightower's arguments for releasing the massive 420 page tome, they remained suspicious of his aims and so High Priestess Phrowenia of Bosgin, proposed a novel solution - an enchantment that would reveal only those 28 pages deemed suitable for the commoner to most readers yet allow the remaining 392 pages to be revealed should the reader be privy to the ancient ways of the mystic and reclusive Wood Elves of Raliech,. Thwarted by this clever legerdemain, Hightower stewed in his castle, unable to unlock the full text and vowing to seek other means to attain his mysterious and well guarded ends.
Yet, it is by this turn of events that the Linus Pauling Quartet is able to bring you this module in its full form on this day. Buyers of the the limited edition set can hold the full 420 page tome in their hands while others can simply download a PDF from the band's website BUT A WORD OF WARNING - most readers will only see a mere 28 pages for the reasons explained above. Regardless of what you can or cannot see, even at the shorter 28 pages, the module is fully playable.
So grab some chips and Mountain Dew. Set up the dining room table. Pop on the three CD set (or downloaded MP3s) and get ready for the best 3CD Anthology / RPG game ever!
CD Baby Link:
Theme Song Download (not available in set):
Video to the theme song:
Link to cover image:
Track Listing (curated by Lord Hightower from the pre-Homeskool years: 1994 - 2007):
1. Linus Theme 5:49
2. Luis Black / Roll Out the Bong 10:32
3. Monkey 2:27
4. Dance of the Bug People 5:02
5. Beer, Women and Sunflower Seeds 2:47
6. Possum Love (Live) 3:13
7. Drunkest Man 6:16
8. Cole Porter 5:12
9. Cannonball 2:40
10. La Tapatia 5:23
11. Old Crow 4:32
12. 40 Oz. 3:12
13. Southern Pine 5:44
14. Hawg!!! 10:53
15. Penis Free Zone 2:23
16. Class of '85 1:50
17. Larry's Song 5:36
18. Henry Floats 3:52
19. Hendrix's Boots 5:15
20. Sunn Beta 3:45
21. Insomnia 3:36
22. Interstellar Absolute Power Bootycall Explosion 4:18
23. Brain 6:32
24. Mastodon (Dunlavy) [feat. Lp4] 2:42
25. Switzer 6:39
26. Alien Abduction 8:52
27. Waiting for the Axe to Fall 6:26
28. Hamburger Girl 3:46
29. Friendswood Development Company 6:14
30. Lost in Darkness and Distance 7:40
31. Dartania 7:01
32. Turtle Song 4:58
33. The Eye of God 2:31
34. Colour Out of Space 10:20
35. Two Artifacts 5:31
36. Rats (Live Improv) 5:52
37. Jason Bill (Live) 5:27
38. Thorn 11:15
39. Porno in the Sink (Rock Mix)
BEAUTIFUL VIDEO FROM SPANISH COMPOSER, MUSICIAN AND FANTASY ARTIST PRISCILLA HERNANDEZ
Those of you with a taste for fantasy in your musica and art really should check out the promotional video for Priscilla Hernandez's album The Underliving. CLICK HERE to view it on YouTube. And be sure to CLICK HERE to read the review I wrote last year of The Underliving, a gorgeous blend of Celtic, Goth and Symphonic Prog, AND the incredible accompanying 52 page book illustrated by Priscilla.
For more information you can visit the Priscilla Hernandez web site at: http://priscillahernandez.com
December 7, 2012, Los Angeles - Cleopatra Records is sad to pass on the news that Hawkwind guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton has passed at the too-young age of 61. Huw had been bravely battling cancer for the past several years and died peacefully at home in England with his devoted wife Marion by his side.
A self-taught guitarist with mind-bending scope and range, Huw joined Hawkwind in 1970 and immediately made his mark by contributing his unique guitar stylings on the band's groundbreaking self-titled debut album. The album is considered historic in that it was one of the first space-rock albums to be released.
Shortly thereafter, Huw left the band to embark on his own musical journey but he continued to be an integral part of the Hawkwind sound as both the occasional band member and frequent collaborator with his Hawkwind mates on numerous occasions as the years unfolded. He was on-board for the albums Live Seventy Nine, Levitation, Sonic Attack, Church Of Hawkwind, Choose Your Masques, The Chronicle of the Black Sword, The Xenon Codex and this year's Onward.
Huw also toured with Leo Sayer in the 1970s and was a founding member of the acclaimed U.K. hard rock band Widowmaker, which released two well-received albums in 1976 and '77. He was adept at playing all styles of music - from hard rock to classical to blues - performing in the various genres with seamless ease and jaw-dropping talent.
In a statement, founding Hawkwind bandmate Nik Turner said, "He was a lovely guy and a great, great guitarist. I'm really sad that he's gone. Everybody who knew Huw liked him; he touched a great many people with his playing. I will miss him."
Huw was and will always be a much-loved member of the Cleopatra Records family. He had been a significant part of a number of Cleopatra projects including working with Kinks legend Dave Davies on a track for The Black Keys tribute album Black on Blues, and with Joe Elliott, Rick Wakeman and Carmine Appice on Who Are You, an all-star tribute to The Who. Please enjoy Huw's guitar work on "Love Reign O'er Me" here: https://soundcloud.com/brosseaupr/love-reign-oer-me-feat-huw/s-e1p09
His innovative guitar work was featured on the Space Rock Invasion DVD taken from the 2011 Space Rock Invasion tour on which Huw participated, as he opened to critical applause for Nektar and Brainticket.
Cleopatra is preparing to release Huw's Rare & Unreleased Anthology in January, which will now be an amazing posthumous tribute to his work including never-before-heard solo acoustic recordings of songs later recorded by Hawkwind along with tracks from Huw's solo band.
So long Huw, may your journey from space-rock originator into an explorer of the great unknown be as interesting for you as your time on Earth was for us.
Issue #7 of Psych Trail Mix is available for free download in PDF format.
ISSUE #7 CONTENTS
Show Review: Bardo Pond - 7-20-12 Philadelphia, PA, The Rotunda
Show Review: Donovan - 10-19-12 NYC, Concert Hall
Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back - Exclusive Interview with D.A. Pennebaker
Let Every Psilocybinist Recite: The Orange Alabaster Mushroom
The Muffs: Exclusive Interview With Kim Shattuck
Psychedelic Punk Pioneers: Flipper
Welcome to Sammytown: Exclusive Interview With Sam Mcbride of FANG
Fix Me Up With Your Sweet Dose: Exclusive Interview With Don Smith of Tintern Abbey
Plus LOTS of CD, DVD, Book reviews and MORE
Download Psych Trail Mix issue #7 at: http://www.helioschrome.com/psychtrailmix.html#issue7
You can also get all previous issue on this page
Welcome to the October newsletter. Thanks to those who have written or asked about where the newsletter has been. To answer, for the last few months I have been focused on writing rehearsing and recording the new Escape Velocity CD. Finally...it is in the 3rd dimension and ready for your psychedelic listening pleasure. Here's a quick overview:
The Riffdisc Series continues with the October 2012 release of the new 8 song Cd, ESCAPE VELOCITY, the fifth and final instalment of the Riffdisc Series that began in 2005. As each release in the series focuses on a different aspect and approach to Nicks music, Escape Velocity is a hybrid recording. Nicks vocals and main guitar , with George Shiner from The Attitude on drums, were recorded live at Magnetic North Studio in Cleveland, Ohio by Chris Keffer. Chris produced Nicks releases for Delerium records in the 90s and has worked on projects with the Black Keys and Cheap Trick. At Oblivion Studio Nick recorded bass guitar, keyboards and synthesizers, super-imposing the tracks into the live takes. A final session at Magnetic North added a texture vocal track, saxaphone by Norman Tischler, and percussion by Angel Wolff. The mixing and evolution of the songs naturally flowed into the mastering sessions that developed the music from mind to perceptible manifest. 62 minutes of smokin' songs and psychedelic sounds...
1. Missing Time
3. Psychic Blues
4. Too Much To Know
5. Side Effects
6. Radiant Beings
7. Escape Velocity
8. Open Mind
GEORGE SHINER - Drums and Backing vocals. Here in one of his more lucid moments during the recording session.
NORMAN TISCHLER - Saxaphone. It was an honor to have a Cleveland award winning musician play on the song "Side Effects"
Angel Wolff - Percussion and chimes. Angel has produced the artwork for the entire Riffdisc Series and has provided endless support through out the entire project. Yes you can have another one...
NICK RIFF - Vocals, guitars, keyboards. Feeling no pain. Now if I could only remember what song we are recording...
PRODUCED BY CHRIS KEFFER. No pictures exist of the mysterious master mind who shaped the sonic sound effects for the headphone experience, and created the over all sound of the CD. Like me also an astronomy stargazer. The CD is a flowing cosmic trip with basic song structures that float off into space.
All the songs are too long to post here. There are 3 tracks in the media player at the website (CLICK HERE).
Thanks to Juergen Olbrich of Germany who now owns the complete Riffdisc Series.
ESCAPE VELOCITY will be available for full album and song downloads within the next few weeks. Stay tuned.
Individual nights £10, all weekend £25.
Featuring: Seyes (tribute band to Yes), Manning, Silver Lining Acoustic, H2, Tim Hunter and more!
CLICK HERE to check out the video on YouTube
The song is from "In Darkness They Whisper" (TRANS097) album (Transubstans Records, 2012-08-01). It is inspired by "Silver Key" short story of HP Lovecraft and it reflects the sad and dreamy mood of the main character who grows up and loses the touch with a dream world of his childhood. Imagination is replaced by the harsh reality and prosiness of life. But what is reality? How can he revive the childhood memories and enjoy the stargazing again?
Also CLICK HERE to read the album review published in Aural Innovations, which includes an interview with Alisa Coral.
Floorian is proud to announce that our new album - Cosmosaic - will officially be released Tuesday, July 24. Here's a blurb:
Following a rapturous excursion on their first west coast tour, Floorian returns with their third album, Cosmosaic. Once hailed as "America's new kings of psychedelic overdose!" by the late Greg Shaw (esteemed Bomp! Records founder and rock fanzine pioneer), Floorian continues their quest to confirm such lavish praise with yet another healthy dose of the darkly melodic outrock for which they live. Cosmosaic heightens the quintet's ever-expanding schematic palette, exploring melody vs. noise, nature vs. machine, mind vs. matter and past vs. future while exuding their signature melange of eerie atmospherics, seething guitar maelstroms, blackened blue lullabies and myriad hypnotic sorcery. A soundtrack for peaceful nightmares. Haunting serenity. Ominous tranquility. Elegant, yet... threatening. Or whatever you wanna call it. New Floorian. Cosmosaic. Drop in, drone on, space out....
And don't miss our CD release show at the Rumba Cafe on Saturday, July 28 (Columbus, Ohio) with Psychic Wheels and The Evolution Control Committee!
Keep Music Evil...
PROGDAY FESTIVAL 2012
The 18th edition of the world's longest running progressive rock festival, ProgDay, is pleased to announce the first contributors to its 2012 eight band lineup:
Accordo Dei Contrari (Italy), whose first album, Kinesis (AltrOck 2007), became critically acclaimed and won the Progaward for the best Italian album of progressive rock in 2007. Last year's "Kublai" made many "Best of 2011" progressive rock lists. This year the Italian band perform their Canterbury magic for the first time in the United States at ProgDay 2012.
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic (US), a four-piece electric music ensemble exploring and expanding the boundaries of contemporary music. Birdsongs has released eleven CDs of original material for the Rykodisc, Cuneiform, NEARfest, Ace of Hearts, and PEL labels. The group has extensively toured the US, Canada, and Europe in their three-decades of activity.
Join us for another great weekend of the best in progressive music!
UPDATE: PROGDAY 2012: Jack Dupon Cancels, Karcius Confirms!
JACK DUPON has unfortunately cancelled their North American tour, which means that they will not be able to perform at ProgDay this year, however KARCIUS from Montreal has confirmed for ProgDay 2012.
"Karcius has to be one of the most exciting prog-jazz bands around in the current times: the sound that this ensemble from the French Canada offers to the listener is fresh and powerful, showing off its legendary influences yet shouting out its crucial modernity." - Cesar Inca, Progarchives
Founded in 2001, Montreal's Karcius has developed an international reputation for their three instrumental releases. On their third album, Episodes, the band redefined their sound and brought new colors and complexity into the mix, authenticating their need to re-envision themselves musically and professionally. On their fourth and most recent release, The First Day, KARCIUS once again evolved - this time with the addition of vocals. Placed somewhere between Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd, this is an exciting time for the band as they explore the new possibilities created by once again re-inventing themselves.
Returning from a two week European tour, ProgDay is pleased to host KARCIUS for this exclusive US appearance.
KARCIUS will join Accordo Dei Contrari (Italy) and Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic (US) at ProgDay 2012, the 18th edition of the longest running progressive rock festival in the world. ProgDay 2012 will take place on Saturday, September 1st, and Sunday, September 2nd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more information, and to hear music from this year's bands, please visit us at http://www.progday.net.
Space Mirrors - In Darkness They Whisper (TRANS097)
Release Date: 2012-08-01-2012
International Space Rock/Metal collective Space Mirrors was founded in 2002 by Russian multi-instrumentalist and producer Alisa Coral. Since that time Space Mirrors released three albums and featured many talented musicians from all over the world. Space Mirrors music is often inspired by Sci-Fi, alien conspiracies and esoteric topics. In 2011 Alisa Coral started composing the new album, called "In Darkness They Whisper". The songs of the new album are inspired by the metaphysical, cosmological and occult concepts developed by H.P. Lovecraft in his stories. The music combines elements from heavy and melodic space rock to epic/prog metal. It has more focus on delivering fine crafted tunes but not forgetting initial space rock fundament. Artwork is once again created by Kevin Sommers. The new line-up includes musicians from Russia, Italy, UK, USA and Denmark, including the legendary Nik Turner (sax, flute) and Alan Davey (bass) of Hawkwind fame, the space/prog rock virtuoso Cyndee Lee Rule (Spaceseed, Osiris the Rebirth) on violin, on guitar Massimo Arke of Opposite Sides & Hortus Animae, Fabio "Amon 418" Bartolini of Hate Profile & Hortus Animae, John Pack and Allen Welty-Green of the known American space rock band Spaceseed, Sparky Simmons (Acid FM), Bjorn Jeppesen a synth player well known for his electronic music Nattefrost project, and Martyr Lucifer (Hortus Animae) on vocals. The influences and stories of Lovecraft reveals itself on this album in a haunting suite of 8 acts; Chambers of Azatoth, Through The Dream Lands, From Dylath-Leen to the Dark Side Of The Moon, Moon Battle Of Cats, To Ngranek, Face Of God, Leng/The Crawling Chaos, and finally, Morning In Marvellous City! The album will be released on Transubstans Records in the beginning of August, 2012!
The quest for the Holy Grail is dwarfed only by Larry Bain's search for his rubber chicken. As bass and keyboard player in freak rock band Ozone, Larry battles the daily hazards of staying sane on tour with a gathering of crazed musicians, deranged fans, freaked out road crews, psychotic lawyers, twisted managers and the memory of the band's dead singer. Cutting a swathe of sonic destruction across the UK, Europe and America, the quest for the rubber chicken is joined by drug dealer Steppenwolf and DJ Cotton Dave as the tour heads for Apocalypse in Los Angeles, where the coveted latex fowl will reveal its secret.
Total Pages: 413
Published: 8 June 2012
CLICK HERE for more information and to order
The Hawklords laid down the final drum tracks for their brand new studio album (the first for 34 years!) entitled, " We Are One" at The Music Complex Studios, in London on May 1st and 2nd. The 15 songs are sounding really fantastic and the band is electrified with the results...
Comprising all brand new material, the album features key former Hawkwind personnel: the legendary synth man Harvey Bainbridge, keyboard wizard Steve Swindells, the rocking guitar of Jerry Richards, punk poet Ron Tree on vocals, the barnstorming bass of Adrian Shaw, plus Dave Pearce from The Bevis Frond on drums. The album also features two poems, set to music, by our friend, the poet, John Constable AKA John Crow. Many thanks to Mr Crow for his insightful contribution.
The album "We Are One" is released September 2012 in time for the bands' European & UK tour dates and will be available exclusively from email@example.com
Watch this space for more updates...
SPACE ROCK CON 2012
SEPT 14-15 2012
LIVE AT THE CULMAN CIVIC CENTER
After a few years of hiatus, the show is back in it's original location and will be a 2 day festival for all the space rockers and music lovers to come and hang out. In addition, we'll be having a gaming room for the RPG/Video gamers as well.
Here's who and what's playing:
ONE EYED BISHOPS
HART DEER/NIGHT OF DARL SOUL
NIXON FOR XMAS
BROTHER CLOUD AND THE SCARECROW
AND MORE TO COME
BOOKINGS IS NOW OPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ANY BANDS,MUSICIANS,PERFORMERS ETC WOULD LIKE TO COME DOWN AND PLAY, CONTACT ME BELOW
I DO NEED VENDORS, MYSTICS, AND FORTUNETELLERS!!! ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SELL THEIR STUFF PLEASE CONTACT ME BELOW
AND FINALLY I DO NEED SPONSORS AND GAMERS WHO WANT TO RUN THEIR GAMES: CONTACT ME BELOW
FOR FB PAGE (AND STILL WORKING ON IT) GO TO WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/SPACEROCKCON
CONTACT CARLO ROBERT DESHOUTEN ON FACEBOOK(YOU MAY HAVE TO USE SEARCH)
OR EMAIL STRANGEMAGE01@HOTMAIL.COM
OR CALL CARLO 256-736-8778
So we dug ourselves into a recording hole and then started digging to get out... and now we've emerged!
Here are 3 things of note:
1. Floorian will be touring the west coast in May. Here are the confirmed dates:
Saturday, May 5 - San Diego - Til Two Club
Tuesday, May 8 - San Francisco - The Knockout
Thursday, May 10 - Sacramento - Old Ironsides
Saturday, May 12 - Seattle - The Rat and Raven
We're hoping to add a few more dates... stay tuned.
2. Our 3rd album, "Cosmosaic", will be released in late May. An official release date will be announced next month.
3. We're more social! If you call sitting at a computer being social? Like us on Facebook, hate us on Twitter, or be totally indifferent on our YouTube channel. Go to floorian.com and click the links on our home page... or just hang out at floorian.com, everything you need to know, and some things you don't, are all there.
As always, thanks for your interest in our music!
Keep music evil.
The Light From Dead Stars by Stephen Jansen & Harvey Bainbridge (ex Hawkwind, Hawklords) will be on sale first week of May 2012 as a kindle download or hard copy.
Purchase details to follow.
An interview at Edge Hill Uni to promote the book can be seen on You Tube by searching Harvey Bainbridge & Stephen Jansen.