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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Crappy Psychedelica Yahoogroup

Psychedelica Yahoogroup

Hi gang, I want to let you all know about an experience that I had on this crappy Yahoogroup recently. It's called the Psychedelica Yahoogroup. It's a small group with not many messages.

As you all know, I am running these Texas Psych and Syd Barrett blogs that are getting thousands of hits each a month. You guys see the thought that I put into these posts too. What I have been doing is using these blog posts as discussion vehicles on other groups including my own.

Like, rather than try and squeeze everything into some static "discussion" post, I create the blog post and then reference that URL in the discussion post. The blog is perfect for this because I can add pictures, video, discussion and more to this blog. I can then reference any post because each post has it's own unique URL.

So I paste the URL into the discussion board and tell people to check it out. They can check it out and then discuss that resource on their group. This works GREAT in my groups and others I belong too.

So I joined this group and... the members are a bunch of fucking babies that complained to the Group Moderator that I was "SPAMming" their group. This is a group with about a couple dozen posts a week. Their Moderator is an idiot that then threw me out of the group. Yeah, I was "SPAMming" with posts showing Arnold Layne acetates, video and lyrics.

This group is a bunch of idiots and their Moderator is an idiot too. So, OK, I went on their crappy little group and told them what a bunch of tools they really were. But if the shoe fits? Wear it man!

I am warning the fans to not bother wasting their time in this group. What a bunch of maroons!


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Trailer for Roky Erickson Dramatic Film?

Always Been Here Before

Here’s an interesting Roky Erickson related video. It appears to be the trailer for some movie. Actors are playing Roky and his mom. Who knows what this is?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Bubble Puppy - What Do You See 45 rpm

Bubble Puppy

Check out this rare single DJ promo copy pressed on green vinyl. What Do You See b/w Hurry Sundown was never released on Gathering of Promises due to struggles between International Artists and the band, who left the label before putting out a second album. According to the band, the single was poorly promoted and distributed and quickly disappeared. Hurry Sundown is an excellent, high energy track from that first album and was used for the B-side.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Roky and the Aliens - 1/30/76 Handbill

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Check out this original Captain Colourz designed handbill for a 1/30/76 Concert at the Longbranch in California featuring a concert by Roky and the Aliens along with Ruby featuring Tom Fogerty from Creedence Clearwater Revival. The handbill measures approx. 8.5 x 11 and is in beautiful near mint condition and signed by Roky Erickson.

The great Roky CD Club put out a recording of this concert. It's from an audience tape. The best part of this tape is that Billy Alienate isn't on it. This recording was prior to him joining up with Roky.

Billy wrecked a lot of good shows with his noise and fighting Roky for the lead. Imagine that! Scrawny Billy Alienate fighting Roky Erickson for who can make the biggest sound! Har! Har! Har!

Billy went on to provide great aid and comfort to the people that stole the rights to Roky Erickson's song catalog.

I have a copy of this handbill that is signed by Captain Colourz. I'll have to get Roky to sign it.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Roky Erickson - Wonder Ballroom Poster

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Check out this Roky Erickson poster for a October 29, 2008 show at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, Oregon.

The tour this gig was on:
Oct 28 2008 10:00P The Showbox Seattle, Washington
Oct 29 2008 10:00P Wonder Ballroom Portland, Oregon
Oct 31 2008 11:00P El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, California
Nov 1 2008 10:00P Great American Music Hall San Francisco, California
Nov 2 2008 10:00P Great American Music Hall San Francisco, California

Thursday, July 23, 2009

13th Floor Elevators - Scarlet And Gold (DJ Copy) 45 rpm

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Look at this white label promo copy of the 13th Floor Elevators Scarlet And Gold (bw: Livin' On) 45 rpm. I can tell you that the sound of the 45 blows away the LP version.

You no longer have to just feast your eyes on this but you can listen to it. That's because the Roky CD Club wrenched these 45's OUT of the hands of the Vinyl Fascist collectors and burned them to the CD Collection: The High Baptismal Flow aka: How Much Is That Vinyl In The Window?

LYRICS: 13th Floor Elevators – Scarlet And Gold:

He’s a king, he’s a poor boy, a coward and stranger
See him standing out there so all alone
Well I guess that he’ll keep standing there untill he’s called for
And tomorrow’s hurricanes have blown

His hate grew old, another story told
He found the place to call his own
His way was lost, his spirit was the cross
He could not make up for the loan

But many great man are returning
Back to the place where it began
And our tired eyes will cease the burning
When the devil’s bones lay parching in the sun
And the night man is waiting at the station
Gathering all the stops one by one
I suggest that you make a reservation
Before all these things are done

The fellow had the blues
His life was filled with pain
When he heard the news
His life was all in vain

Someone spread the word
His house went up in flames
They don’t even smoke
They couldn’t be to blame

All your secrets have been told
Trade in your scarlet and your gold

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

13th Floor Elevators - Radarscope, ADA 13, 45 rpm

13th floor elevators
13th floor elevators

Check out this cover and slab o' green vinyl that is the 13th Floor Elevators Radarscope, ADA 13, 45 rpm. Tracks are orginal. Published in 1966 - Radarscope ADA 13, release 1978 - Great Britain

Red Crayola / Scritti Politti Poster

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Check out this Red Crayola / Scritti Politti poster from Ratinger Hof, 4.9.79. The club - Ratinger Hof in Düsseldorf was the place to be in the late seventies in Germany. The German Punk Rock Scene happened there. Scritti and the Red Crayola toured together and took turns headlining.
During the spring of 1979, The Red Crayola and Scritti Politti played gigs together across Europe. Despite the 2 bands’ very different beginnings and career stages at that time, The Red Krayola began in Texas in 1966 as an avant-garde psychedelic group and had by then released several albums, including collaborations with Art & Language, while Scritti Politti was an upstart English post punk band with only a couple of singles released, the match was perfect.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

13th Floor Elevators - "The Finger" Poster

13th floor elevators

Check out this poster known as "The Finger". It promotes shows at the Avalon Ballroom on 2/2-4/68 with art by Victor Moscoso. It has the 13th Floor Elevators fourth billed to the Fugs, Mad River & the Electric Flag. By this time Chet Helms was wary of the 'Elevators' never ending drama and tired of Tommy Hall's rap.

It turns out Helms was correct because the 'Elevators never made this gig. This might be the gig where John Ike Walton told me that he was seated in the audience. He thought it was a trip to see his band billed on the poster while he was in the audience watching the show.

Tantric Sons Live Video - Galveston 3/4/06

Tantric Sons performing She Lives (In A Time of Her Own) at the Old Quarter Psychedelic Cafe, Galveston, Texas - March 4 2006. The Tantric Sons are connected with the Tommy Hall Schedule and play traditional psychedelic music.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

13th Floor Elevators - First Person Memories

13th floor elevators

See below two “I was there” accounts of playing gigs with the 13th Floor Elevators:

#1 Dave Dennard Remembers the 13th Floor Elevators

My band, The Novas, played a large show at Market Hall in Dallas with the 13th Floor Elevators, Preachers, Sensations, Generation X (not Billy Idol's group!), the Chaparrals, and Little Gary Ferguson. I think that this was March 25th, 1966, and I have the flyer if you want copies. Admission was $4 p/couple in advance and $5 at the door. Free cokes!

I remember watching the full Elevators set and thinking that they were really ahead of their time. For instance, the jug player was a really interesting touch and it wasn't a "folksy" approach, but rather, the jug added a driving percussive effect that was later replicated by synthesizer sequencers in 1980's records like ZZ Tops' "Legs", and others. The jug just really kicked ass and drove many of the songs...very cool. The band looked really weird (to us anyway) and we were sure that they were stoned. They looked like a local, more hippie-fied version of the Rolling Stones, and they like they hadn't bathed or gotten clean clothes in a week.

I didn't meet Roky, but we all saw each other backstage, as well as loading out. They were from the Houston area so we hadn't been introduced to them, and they looked like they might be unfriendly, so we didn't approach them to talk. It wasn't like they were the Beatles or anything...they were just another weird local band from Texas, but I liked their music live.

That's about all I remember. I'll ask my other band members from The Novas if they have recollections. THX! - - David Dennard

#2 A member of Syns / Smoke Remembers the 13th Floor Elevators

I was in a bad, called the Syns, in the Houston/Galveston area. later became the band, Smoke.

The first show we played with the 'Elevators was at a Catholic high school in Galveston.

We were the typical band of the transition time; Animals, Beatles, 'Stones... dressed in matching Beatle boots, green suede pants and silk balloon sleeve shirts.

I saw the 'Elevators set up, and looked at them and their equipment. Their equipment was trashed, but different than the usual stuff everybody played; first time I saw an echoplex. The band was not very friendly, but I did talk to Roky at bit since he seemed approachable. He said he sang lead when he remembered to. I liked him.

After we played, I went over to watch their set. In one hour, the way I looked at life changed, and the way I looked at music changed. I’m serious. I think they did most of Psychedelic Sounds plus their usual copy stuff.

When I got back on stage for the 2nd set, I told the band that was the last time I’m wearing any of this mod shit. They looked at me in such a way that I knew we were now in separate worlds.

13th Floor Elevators "Brain" Poster

13th floor elevators

Take a look at this poster known as "the Brain". Check out how the brain matter spells: POT in the center. It promotes gigs dated 12/8-10/67 at the Vulcan Gas Company by 13th Floor Elevators, Shiva's Head Band, Canadian Overflow & Swiss Movement.
This poster has some tearing along the edges but is still very valuable. These full-sized Vulcan posters were only printed in lots on 100 and so not many of them survive.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Texas Psych Blog's Manifesto

texas psych

Ahhhhhhhhhh… to blog or not to blog that is the question. Har! Har! Har! We Texas Psych fans finally have our Bully Pulpit! This blog is going to keep getting ranked and go higher and higher until it becomes the De Facto source of information on Texas Psychedelic Music.

I, Kiloh, told all my pretenders that you would be eating my dust (again). That’s because I’m smarter, faster & stronger than all o’ yew put together. Fuck, I’m just plain better. Now, I know that you all will be falling over yourselves to create your own blogs now. But that isn’t going to “do” you. What the pretenders fail to realize that this world runs on three things: 1) Gas, 2) Grass, 3) Ass. There are no free rides. This means that you gotta pay for gas or have some grass. If you have no money and no grass then you’d better be giving up that ass. Learn it fuckers. Live it.

Now, this Texas Psych blog, that OWNS the upper reaches of Google, is going to be a trooth-telling place. We’re not going to be afraid to name names and tell it like it is. This is the place where the fans can hear the trooth. It’s a last refuge.

Fans of the 13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson, Red Crayola, Golden Dawn, Lost And Found, Thursday's Children, The Rubayyat, Endle St. Cloud, Shiva's Headband, Bubble Puppy, Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top, Johnny Winter, Janis Joplin, the Black Angels, Sonobeat, International Artists, garage psych, Roky CD Club and psychedelic music in general we KNOW you’ve been lied to and mistreated. We KNOW because we’ve lived it ourselves. Why do you think we created this blog?

Look for news on the Roky CD Club here. Read album reviews. We’re gonna tell you the real skinny here. You’re not going to read any bullshit like those fuckers that fell all over themselves to proclaim what a great album Don’t Knock The Rok was when it came it. Anybody tries to put one over on the fans? They get bitch-slapped in this very blog. It’s getting thousands of hits a month too. So the underbelly of this genre of music had better watch your step because there’s a new Sheriff in town. Put that fucking tuba down and get back in line motherfucker. All of you fuckers? You know who you are. We're taking you down, all the way to Chinatown.
We’re running this show from now on…
By the way, join the discussion group linked to this blog. This is the FIRST such group of it's kind. All of the other "13th Floor Elevators" & "Texas Psych" groups are pale immitation copy groups by pretenders that joined the first group and thought that they had figured out the secret. Nah! We're still where it's happening.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Rare Vulcan Gas Company Handbill - Formerly: the Chessmen


Check out this Vulcan Gas Company handbill for a set of shows (2/28/69 & 3/1/69) by the band Texas Storm (formerly: The Chessmen) with support by the Georgetown Medical Band and the Mustangs. The psychedelic art is by Jim Franklin who went on to fame doing art for the Armadillo World Headquarters.

The Chessmen were known for playing the psychedelic, overblown sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and the Yardbirds. Jimmie Vaughan could play note-perfect versions of the day's hits. This helped make the Chessmen one of Dallas' top club and college-circuit draws.

Jimmie Vaughan once said: "I was making three hundred bucks a week, more money than my dad .... Everyone else in the band was 21, and I was this little kid with attitude and a Telecaster. I knew all the licks."

The group Texas became known for having Jimmie Vaughan's younger brother, Stevie Ray, on bass guitar. Texas Storm soon shortened their name to just: Storm.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Snot Box - Vulcan Gas Company Handbill

Vulcan Gas Company

Check out this Vulcan Gas Company handbill known as "Snot Box". It was designed by Jim Franklin to promote shows which took place in Dallas at a short lived club called The End of Cole on 9/4/69. The Club had some connection to the Vulcan Gas Company and the featured performers included Treeks, Nazz and Illinois Speed Press.

I own a copy of this handbill and it's a true work of psychedelic art. It's printed on very thin stock. My friend, Jim Franklin, is going to sign it for me.

A very famous Velvet Underground bootleg is from this venue. In 10/18-19/69, the Velvet Underground played a few dates at End of Cole Avenue in Dallas, TX and a fan who worked as a recording engineer brought a reel to reel and recorded 2 nights of their stand. Years later, some of the End of Cole Avenue's tapes were combined with recordings from 1969 shows in San Francisco for the album 1969: Velvet Underground Live, but by the time Mercury Records got their hands on the End of Cole Avenue recordings, they were several generations removed from the original source material.

Live at End Cole Ave. was mastered from the original first generation tapes of the October 10/18-19/69, End of Cole Avenue recordings, and the differences in the sound quality are dramatic; louder and clearer. Plus the absence of the blanket of hiss which has usually hovered over these performances is more than welcome; this is certainly one of the very best-sounding Velvets live recordings.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

13th Floor Elevators Sign of the Three Eyed Men - A Discourse of the Fans

Sign of the three eyed men

From: oktay gurbuz
Date: Sat, Jul 11 2009 3:47 pm
Subject: Your article about 13TH FLOOR BOX SET
"Hello ! Recently a friend of mine gave me your link about an article about the Floors boxset...and how Charly and Drummond tryied to to say how they make research and blah blah.... and in the end they rip most of their stuff from Roky cd club... Super thanks in advance. Oktay"

Thank you Mr. Gurbuz, keep forwarding this message around to your friends; let the trooth be told. Pretty soon, we will throw some of the tracks from the 13th Floor Elevators Sign of the Three Eyed Men box up on Sonic Solutions. We will compare this with the same tracks from the Roky CD Club.

If they didn’t take stuff direct from the Roky CD Club discs then they should have. It’s appalling with some tracks being drop-out ridden or from poorer sources. I thought that this box was supposed to be THE final statement on this band.

Another appalling shortcoming of this set is how they screwed up the materials that go along with it. Right now, experts are going over this material and compiling a long list of mis-labeled pictures, wrong dates and facts. On top of that there was copious use of previously published material without getting permission or even giving credit where credit is due. You’ll all be really surprised to see the pattern. This so-called “expert” on the 13th Floor Elevators really needs to get some of his facts straight.

The crying shame of all of this is that real experts on the 13th Floor Elevators: myself, Mike Jensen, Jack Ortman would have been glad to help in this endeavor. But that would have meant that certain people would have had to have given CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. They would rather cut off their nose to spite their face than do that.

Indeed, why should they share anything when they can just copy tracks from the Roky CD Club, copy stuff from Ortman’s books, copy pictures, copy everything. Then they just put their name on it and called it Rock-and-Roll. Then they don’t have to acknowledge anything. The truth of the matter is that people like Ortman were preserving stuff and carrying the torch back when these fuckers were still shitting in a diaper.

Anyway, there were better tracks available on lots of this box; they chose not to use them. There were original photographers and authors of much of the material included in the book; they chose not to credit them. Because they did this the fans take it in the ass (again).

Not to worry, maybe after the dust settles, the Roky CD Club will take one of these box sets and swap out the inferior tracks with the superior ones. We’ll make new CD art, credit all of the photographers and writers, and put it up on bit torrent as the ULTIMATE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS STATEMENT. We have all the time in the world. We’ll call that fucking Rock-and-Roll. Let the trooth be told.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sky Saxon Was My Friend - Jack Ortman

sky saxon

Sky Saxon was my friend. He earned every right to be a rock legend, but he never acted that way. He was just as real and human as any of his fans. I first got to know him in the late 80’s through author signing parties held at my rock n’ roll bookstore in Marin County, California.

He was a pioneer of his genre. His most famous song, “Pushin’ Too Hard” is one of the all-time garage classics right up there with “Louie Louie”, “Gloria” and “You’re Gonna Miss Me”.

Back in 1965 & ’66 Sky & the Seeds ruled LA’s Sunset Strip at the Troubadour, Roxie & Rainbow Room, among other night clubs. Sky coined the term “Flower Power”. From the keyboards to the leather pants, Jim Morrison and The Doors studied Sky intensely. Jimi Hendrix picked his live act up a notch after sharing the bill with The Seeds.

American Bandstand – sure, they performed on the TV show, but they did the show as a favor to Dick Clark, not the other way around.

In 1976, Rolling Stone Magazine’s List of Top 500 Songs of all time listed four songs from The Seeds. Opening acts for Sky Saxon and The Seeds included The Kinks, Big Brother & the Holding Co, Love with Arthur Lee, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Doors, and many more. Sky collaborated with Muddy Waters on The Seeds 4th album, and Muddy called them “The American Rolling Stones”. Hell, Sky was even featured in a semi-regular role, on TV’s “The Mothers-in-Law” with Kaye Ballard & Eve Arden.

And I was so happy that he was going to be living in Austin. I had already started to introduce him to some real players here in Austin like John X. Reed, Speedy Sparks, Homer Henderson, Eve Monsees & Exiles. How perfect was the fact that his last show was Saturday night at Antone's, Austin’s famous home of the blues.

Like the old “elephant burial grounds” of the Tarzan movies, Austin seems like a magnet for dying rock stars; from Ronnie Lane of the Faces, to Buddy Miles of Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies last year. The Pretender’s guitarist James Honeyman-Scott played his last gig here. It goes all the way back to when Hank Williams and Johnny Horton both performed their last shows at Austin’s Skyline Ballroom.

Finally, it is important that I convey just how great a joy he was. Bright, fun, adventurous, talented, legendary.

Sky Saxon was the real deal. I’m going to miss my friend.

Jack Ortman, 7/8/09, Austin, Texas

Mayo Thompson - Corky's Debt To His Father

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mayo thompson

The Red Crayola were visionaries that left music behind to create their fractured sound a little removed from "Trout Mask Replica". Their moonfaced insularity made listening to them a bit taxing at times. They are the kind of band you have to be in the mood for and need to reacquaint yourself with every time you throw them into the stereo. But one does get the lingering sensation that behind all the noise and free form freak outs lies a songwriter of note. That songwriter's name is Mayo Thompson and with his sole solo record "Corky's Debt to His Father" he pretty much outdid everything the Crayola had done, albeit in a much more stripped down fashion.

This album, originally released in 1970 on the vanity "Texas Revolution" label, has its origins in the most unlikely of sources, namely the Texan psychedelic underground, overseen by the 13th Floor Elevators and their International Artists imprint. The spirit of the Red Crayola is still around, the idiosyncratic melodic twists and off kilter chord changes framed by that frail and quavering voice (Robert Wyatt similarities anyone?) are firmly present but this time the songs are indeed better and Mayo seems much more interested in performing affecting compositions than in showing off his improvisational vein. Which makes a world of difference between semi random detached experimentalism (cool in their own right, I know) and devastatingly interpreted bossa nova meets country meets folk pop songs (still ripe with an experimental edge, mind).

Whilst those first two Red Crayola LPs remain absolute classics in the "out-rock"/psych genre (as well as the two subsequently released efforts from the same period put out by Drag City), often forgotten or simply passed by is this once-only solo effort from 'Crayola leader, Mayo Thompson. By Corky's... time (1970), the band had fallen apart and the incredible psych/freak music scene Texas had in the '60s (with fellow gods, the 13th Floor Elevators) had pretty much ceased to exist, so Mayo went into the studio with some hot Texan session musicians to lay his heart on the line. This is the result.

Which is all well and good, because this is by far his finest work, and indeed, one of the first and finest albums in the general singer-songwriter genre. Thompson's voice oddly resembles a pitch-challenged Brian Wilson, and so does his material (note the resemblance of the last section of "Oyster Thins" to some of the more upbeat material on the Beach Boys' 1968 LP, Friends) and posture (sweetly awkward, intermittently melancholy, otherworldly rock and roll adolescent). The backing is here from Texas session pros rather than any of Thompson's slightly more renowned associates, except for on "Black Legs", a striking solo blues co written by the novelist Frederick Barthelme.

Playing it fairly straight as a country/folk disc - musically I'd say it reminds one mostly of Dylan, with a bit of Texan song-writer a la Townes Van Zandt/Guy Clarke in the mix - what really sets it apart are the truly demented lyrics and occasional unexpected swing in the rhythm. Avant-folk? Often compared to Skip Spence's "Oar" LP of the same period, there's certainly some similarities there, but mostly Corky... exists in its own universe. Mayo sounds like a man out of his time, greeting the horrible '70s with just the right level of cynicism and hope. It'd take him another twenty-odd years to really get his due in the "biz" as one of the true innovators, so wait no longer to discover all the different shades and styles of this rather unique individual. Is that "Saddlesore" 7" he did from the same period still in print? If so, investigate...

While the music is decidedly more toned down than Red Crayola efforts, it is a great deal more realized than any earlier works by Thompson’s band. Stand out tracks include Venus in the Morning, and Good Brisk Blues. Why did Thompson not crack big with this album? Lou Reed vocals, Syd Barrett sensibilities, and much better than Dylan blues, couple that with great lyrics. One of the best underground albums of all time (whatever that means).

Highlights include "Horses", an oddly romantic tune reminiscent of something on the first side of Love's Da Capo; "Oyster Thins", an epic, surprisingly touching domestic ballad reminiscent in spots of - of all things! - "Let It Be"; "Dear Betty Baby", a swaying seafaring ballad with mournful, Taps-like horns; "Around the Home", like something from an early Eno record, with a "Snow In San Anselmo"-like chorus; "Fortune", which presages the pensive country-rock of Gram Parsons's two solo LPs; "Worried Worried", like a crabwise sketch for the much later hits of Fastball; and two hysterically erotic blues that evoke bits of Blonde on Blonde.

Mayo Thompson - Cork's Debt to His Father
Released by Texas Revolution (CFS-2270) in 1970

01 - The Lesson
02 - Oyster Thins
03 - Horses
04 - Dear Betty Baby
05 - Venus In The Morning
06 - To You
07 - Fortune
08 - Black Legs
09 - Good Brisk Blues
10 - Around The Home
11 - Worried Worried

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Spades You're Gonna Miss Me & Do You Want to Dance

Spades You're Gonna Miss Me
Spades You're Gonna Miss Me

Spades You're Gonna Miss Me

Spades You're Gonna Miss Me

Check out these images of the two Spades 45's. You're Gonna Miss Me is the missing link for modern rock music. The previous 45 is of interest because it's the slab o' wax before the bolt of lightening that's the Spades You're Gonna Miss Me. See how one disc is signed by Roky himself.

Kiloh Smith's Cat, Skip, Relaxing & Listening to the Grateful Dead

Kiloh Smith’s cat, Skip, doing what he loves best; lying in his bed and listening to music. Skip likes the Grateful Dead, 13th Floor Elevators & Pink Floyd.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Roky Erickson Video! Lovejoy's 15th Anniversary

GREAT, GREAT vid of Roky Erickson live at Lovejoy’s 15th Anniversary! Lovejoy's is a smokey dive. It's a dive and pre dates most of the other dives in downtown Austin. It's the perfect place for Roky Erickson to wail out! Two Headed Dog, Creature with the Atom Brain, Don’t Shake Me Lucifer & Starry Eyes live!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Fever Tree Rising Video

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Fever Tree Rising video. This is Dennis Keller with some new players. Friends tell me that this is a great band worth checking out. It’s too band Michael Knust isn’t here.

Doug Sahm Video: In the Recording Studio

Doug Sahm in the studio working on what was to be his last album.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Roky Erickson Bootlegs - Review of Roky CD Club #47

roky erickson bootlegs Photo Credit: Ron Baker

I’ve finished listening to the new Roky CD Club release - #47. I must say that I really, really like it. It hasn’t left my CD player for long for a week. The quality of this recording is low-gen audience. It sounds like a copy off the master; which is what it probably is. There are three songs in the beginning where Roky seems to be playing for somebody. He also has fun with the wording of the songs sometimes.

The real gem here is the 1976-01-12, Sleeping Lady Cafe, Fairfax, CA recording. This sounds like an intimate setting with Roky appearing very relaxed. He does some songs that don’t seem to appear on any other recordings. He’s also “working up” many songs that became standards for him. Sometimes he fumbles the words but it’s OK.

What’s cool is that he does an acoustic version of Two Headed Dog off the Mars 45! He practically spits out the lyrics. Instead of a full electric band wailing along behind him he’s solo acoustic. It’s pretty cool.

Roky Erickson bootlegs don’t really get any better than this. Thank God for the Roky CD Club! And the folks that want to hoard this music will be in for a big surprise sometime. The Roky CD Club is getting ready to gear up!

Listen, this disc might still be available on the tree. See the information below. Go for it. Get this! No fucktards wanted though.


unknown Gen Aud Recording on TDK D * C120 cassette > Sony TC-KA1ESA Tape Deck (Dolby Off) > Adcom GFP-565 Preamp > Prodigy HD2 Soundcard > Cool Edit Pro (EQ, minor edits) > Flac Frontend 6 > FLAC (no SBE)

Roky Erickson - ?, Private Session, Aud, 18:45
1) Cold Night For Alligators
2) /Bloody Hammer
3) The Damned Thing

Roky Erickson - 1976-01-12, Sleeping Lady Cafe, Fairfax, CA, Aud,
4) I'm Gonna Free Her
5) Hide Behind The Sun (Dedicated To Brian Jones)
6) When You Get Delighted
7) Two Headed Dog
8) Mine Mine Mind
9) The Wind & More
10) Wake Up To Rock 'N Roll
11) Bermuda
12) Don't Shake Me Lucifer
13) Splash 1
14) I Had To Tell You
15) Starry Eyes
16) Maybe Baby
17) You're The One
18) Spanning Your Theory (Alien I Creator)
19) Birds'd Crash (It's Gonna Last)
20) May The Circle Remain Unbroken
21) Hardest Working Alien Around?
22) The Interpreter
23) Ooh My Soul
24) White Faces

Total 75:07


All small cuts throughout recording were on source tape.

Private Session: Acoustic / solo.

Sleeping Lady Cafe: Acoustic / solo. A somewhat distant audience recording with, at times, fairly prominent audience / background noise; at times dull, at others shrill.

If you would like a copy of this fine disc to trade with your friends you must be able to do the following:

1) Play well with others.

2) Work in flac files and copy a disc flawlessly.

3) Be a Branch or Leaf. If you Branch it means you are willing to be assigned a few leafs to trade with. If you Leaf it means you will trade with an assigned Branch.

4) If you would like, you can download this directly from the server, registration is free.

5) If you want Branch, reply to this e-mail bearmelt1@snet.net with ONLY country of origin in subject, I do not want any other info please.

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