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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Attack of the LP's is Here!

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thirteenth floor elevators
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The new Roky CD Club release is here. This is Attack of the LP's by the 13th Floor Elevators. It's a twofer with Easter Everywhere matched with Bull of the Woods. The digital rips are taken direct from first pressing International Artists LP's. These were then cleaned by hand, no "programs" were run on them. This is the best sound yet! Hey Sumnerd! THIS is how it's done! The CD particulars are below here and the artwork is above or below this message. THIS IS THE CD OF THE SUMMNERD! I MEAN THIS IS THE CD OF THE SUMMER! LOOK FOR THE UPCOMING TREE! GET READY TO THROW ALL THOSE *OTHER* REISSUES OUT THE DOOR!

13th Floor Elevators - Attack of the LPs, 79:38

Technics SL-BD22 > Yamaha RX-V800 > AMS Tech TravelPro > Cool Edit (minor edits, custom declick) > wav > Flac Frontend > Flac (no SBE)

Easter Everywhere:

1) Slip Inside This House
2) Slide Machine
3) She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own)
4) Nobody To Love
5) Baby Blue
6) Earthquake
7) Dust
8) Levitation
9) I Had To Tell You
10) Postures (Leave Your Body Behind)

Bull Of The Woods:

11) Livin On
12) Barnyard Blues
13) Till Then
14) Never Another
15) Rose And The Thorn
16) Down By The River
17) Scarlet And Gold
18) Street Song
19) Dr. Doom
20) With You
21) May The Circle Remain Unbroken

Roky Beams Down for Lollapalooza!

It's UNOFFICIAL - but it looks like Roky is going to be at Lollapalooza 2007! Check out the link above and let us know if you've seen a schedule.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

FREE 3D MOVIE IN HOLLYWOOD TONIGHT!

My friend, Mike Alvarez, is screening his 3-D movie tonight. It's free! Some of you might know Mike as Roky Erickson's guitarist in the Demon Angel film.

Not Records Tapes
P.O. Box 29161, Los Angeles, CA 90029
E-mail: nrteg@earthlink.net website: http://www.notrecordstapes.com
Phone 323-969-8220 Fax 323-969-8230

“2324 – The Making of an Underground Rock Album” premiers in Hollywood May 26th

The Tom Koester 3D documentary about the making of the Mike Alvarez album “2324” will screen at 7:30PM, Saturday, May 26, at the legendary Hollywood establishment The Pig N Whistle. The documentary received “Honorable Mention” at The International 3D Movie Competition held May 12th in Los Angeles (note: other Koester 3D films took First and Second Place at the competition - see http://www.la3dclub.com). Koester and Alvarez will be available for a short Q&A after the over 1-hour screening.

Koester captured in 3D the essence of the 2-day recording sessions held April 23rd and April 24th of 2005 that yielded 10 songs for the Alvarez CD.

For a preview, reviews and more information about the CD and documentary, see http://www.notrecordstapes.com.

The Pig N Whistle
6714 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: 323-463-0000
http://www.pignwhistle.com

All Ages. Free Admission

Parking: Valet parking available
on McCadden (side street off
Hollywood Blvd.) Street parking
also available.

13th Floor Elevators - EE/BOTW

It's here! Taken from International Artists LP's and de-clicked by hand! Easter Everywhere is arguably the greatest psychedelic album of all time. Now combined with the 'Elevators' unfinished swan song- Bull of the Woods. All of you need to sign up for this when the tree comes around. These IA LP's are as close to the master tapes as we'll get until Mike and I do something with the Easter Everywhere master. Both albums go extremely well together. This is going to be the CD of the summer! Thanks to the Engineer who worked on this! He did everything by hand!

13th Floor Elevators - Easter Everywhere & Bull Of The Woods, IA Stereo LPs, 79:38
Technics SL-BD22 > Yamaha RX-V800 > AMS Tech TravelPro > Cool Edit (minor edits, custom declick) > wav > Flac Frontend > Flac (no SBE)

Easter Everywhere:
1) Slip Inside This House
2) Slide Machine
3) She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own)
4) Nobody To Love
5) Baby Blue
6) Earthquake
7) Dust
8) Levitation
9) I Had To Tell You
10) Postures (Leave Your Body Behind)

Bull Of The Woods:
11) Livin On
12) Barnyard Blues
13) Till Then
14) Never Another
15) Rose And The Thorn
16) Down By The River
17) Scarlet And Gold
18) Street Song
19) Dr. Doom
20) With You
21) May The Circle Remain Unbroken

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

New Biography of Townes Van Zandt

To Live's To Fly by John Kruth (Da Capo, 2007)

Blurbed by Sam Shepard, Steve Earle, Nancy Griffith and (!) Dan Rather, To Live's To Fly is an ambitious examination of the mystery and beauty of the life of Townes Van Zandt. Here's what one reviewer says:

"Kruth has written a solid book — though it's easy to infer from "To Live's to Fly" that he never knew Van Zandt or saw him perform live. Believe it or not, the self-confessed "Yankee Writer" has done his homework. Better yet: He presents the man truthfully, compassionately, in all his genius and gentleness, in all his sorrow and contradiction. Kruth lets us appreciate the artist who wrote like an angel, even as he shows us the gambler and alcoholic, too." - By Brad Buchholz

And, yes, both Roky and the 'Elevators are in the book.

John Kruth, singer-songwriter, poet and writer, earlier tackled the impossible with his 2000 bio of Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Check out his books and his music - he's a good one, you don't want to miss him.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Roky Robber's Roost Comes Up Short!

easter everwhere
13th floor elevators
thirteenth floor elevators Recently, the latest stooge for the Roky Robber's Roost has approached the owner of the Easter Everywhere 8-track master and tried to insinuate himself into things. He's some tool named "Paul" who's going to soon be hawking some book around that he wrote. Watch out...

But first, he came off all "wanting to do what's ""right"" for everybody". Then he tried thinly-veiled threats ominnously mentioning "Charly". Lately he is saying that he can "broker" a deal with Charly.


This guy's a tool and he's full of crap. The owner is lucky that he has Kiloh closely advising him on these matters. The price of the Easter Everywhere master is $500,000.00.

SHOW US THE MONEY! SHOW THE MONEY! SHOW MONEY OR SHADDAP!
Look, we might just release our own version of Easter Everywhere. We have the multi-track master. We'll have fun twiddling the knobs ourselves and put out the "Kiloh Mix" of Easter Everywhere. Maybe we'll call it the "kiss me while I bend over mix". Oh yes, we can do this. We know this.

Charly can't do sheeeeeeeit. And besides they're waaaaaaaay over in Ennnnnnnnnnnngland! Their "Corporate Headquarters" is a mail drop. So we're real scared of pissing them off.

Come up with the half million for the Easter master or shaddap! See pictures of the reels above.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Black Angels Carry Flame of Texas Psych



Reposted from Relix Magazine
Written by Rebecca Carter

Caverns of swirling light patterns cast flickering shadows as they envelop the band onstage. The members move hypnotically with the pulsing wall of sound they create as the frontman paces, tambourine in hand, drifting toward the microphone. The room is filled with an anxious melancholy reminiscent of the early days of The Velvet Underground, but this dark psychedelic scene is courtesy of The Black Angels.

Formed in 2004, The Black Angels are, amongst such contemporaries as Vietnam and The Secret Machines, part of a post-psychedelic revival which has become re-envisioned as the new underground. Singer Alex Maas first began playing with guitarist Christian Bland in a group called The Black and Green Scarecrows and decided to start a new band that better expressed the sound both were searching for. Together with drummer Stephanie Bailey, keyboard player Kyle Hunt, organist Jennifer Raines and bass player Nate Ryan, The Black Angels were formed. Drawing inspiration from a ranges of sources, including Pink Floyd, The Doors, Clinic and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels grew out of the Austin, Texas rock scene. Once associated with the rawer side of country, the Austin scene has evolved into a launching pad for artists of all genres.

“We were playing around town like once or twice a month,” explains Maas. “Austin has so much music you can play two or three times a month there and it doesn’t really hurt you. There’s just so much going on.” After developing a following in Austin, The Black Angels decided it was time to tour and, following the release of an EP and European single, their first album Passover debuted, appropriately, in April of 2006.

Passover’s echoing vocals and trippy instrumentation capture a somber tone. “There’s definitely the idea of fear and paranoia… I don’t know where that came from,” laughs Maas. “My parents grew up in the Cold War so that was just a theme throughout the house: fear of nuclear attack or fear of God’s hand striking you down.”

But Passover is not entirely despondent and, in true psychedelic form, the themes of alienation are more of a dramatic device. And they work—drawing the listener in and creating something rare in the current soundscape: an album that is best appreciated when heard from beginning to end.

Much like The Black Angels’ predecessors of the ‘60s, the band mixes the raw qualities of Delta blues with droning experimentation, most notably on the songs “Manipulation” and “Bloodhounds on My Trail.” The standout track, “The First Vietnamese War,” which was also released as a single, begs the question: Why would a band that already evokes so much of the 1960s’ spirit go so far as to write a song about the Vietnam War, especially when current times provide plenty of fodder for antiwar material?

Although songs like “Young Men Dead” and “Call to Arms” share similar themes with “The First Vietnamese War,” Maas is quick to dismiss any labeling of The Black Angels as a political band. “There’s a need to call out political wrongs, there’s never been a bad time to do that,” he explains. “But that’s not what I’m trying to say. Escape through music is what it is, escape in a meditative kind of way.”

A “meditative escape” is perhaps the best way to describe and experience The Black Angels, both on record and in concert. Live, the band seems to reach a communal zone that extends to the audience. “The more I hear the music, the more I get off,” says Maas. “It’s kind of a spiritual thing I get into, not to sound all hippy about it or anything.”

The band recently wrapped up a tour of North America and Europe with The Black Keys and has made appearances at the Sasquatch Music Festival, Austin City Limits and is set to play this year’s Bonnaroo. Yet despite its busy touring schedule, the band has found time to record tracks for a followup album.

“There’s some stuff on the new album that’s similar to Passover, similar themes,” Maas confesses. “Its different music… but still feels to me like Black Angels’ songs.”

By taking all of the elements that defined the experimental rock of the ‘60s and giving it a new voice applicable to this generation, The Black Angels are reinvigorating a scene that was due for a renewal.

“There are other bands that are doing what we’re doing, or in a similar vein as us,” explains Maas. “If those sort of bands could get together and make some sort of change in music, that would be awesome.”

Friday, May 4, 2007

You're Gonna Miss Me @ Coachella '07

Not the best quality, but it's the first video from the 4/28 show in Indio, CA.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

UNCUT review of Roky at Coachella '07

From UNCUT

"Best bit of what’s been a truly brilliant day? Easy. Roky Erickson & The Explosives in the Gobi Tent. I mean, really, I had no idea just how amazing this man was. I’d read all the stuff about how great Texan psychedelic punk pioneers13th Floor Elevators were back in the daze and how Roky gobbled acid or something till they locked him away and did the Cuckoo’s Nest electrode brain-frying thing to him so I guess I was expecting a reanimated corpse.
What we got though, was this perpetually chewing, grinning werewolf, maggot pale and howling that he’d discovered the doorway to Hades as an awesomely screwed-down-tight band brought the brimstone to the Elevators’ ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’, a ‘Starry Eyes’ that would not have disgraced Neil Young, a terrifying ‘Don’t Shake Me Lucifer’ and barroom howl-at-the mooners ‘Red Temple Prayer’ (C’mon, how often do you get to scream along to song about working in the Kremlin with a two-headed dog?) and ‘Cold Night For Alligators’.
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"The Gobi was transformed into a scene from the Titty Twister as Roky took crackling lead guitar for ‘The Beast Is Coming’. Man, it was like Tom Fogerty singing the Book Of Revelations while Buddy Guy flayed the strings. Grown men wept. I shit you not. One of those gigs that makes you glad you lived to see it. The tent wasn’t that full and there were a number of disciples with their phones aloft so I’d check Youtube if you’d don’t believe me."