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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Zakary Thaks - Complete Film

Thanks to Mike Jensen we can now enjoy the Zakary Thaks film! It was their promotional film from the '60s; the band manager made it as a tool to get gigs for the band, so fortunately we can see them live now. For years, the Patrick Lama's and Andrew Brown's of the Texas Psych Universe held this film hostage; only letting out bits.

Finally, the Roky CD Club put this out on video CD courtesy of Mike Jensen. It's now up on Youtube.

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The Outcasts 1523 Blair

The Outcasts were from the San Antonio area and were active from 1964 to 1967. They are the best known of at least ten bands sharing that name. These Outcasts were widely considered one of the best groups in the State of Texas.They were Texas State Battle of the Bands winners in 1966. This is truly an amazing feat during that peak year of garage rock fervor, considering the large number of superb bands that were active in Texas then.

Original members of the group were, Buddy Carson (Keyboards, harmonica), Rickey Wright (drums), and Denny Turner (guitar). Jim Carsten (guitar) and Jim Ryan (Bass) were added in late 1964. This was the nucleus of the group and played on all the recordings except for 1523 Blair and Smokestack Lightning II, which added Galen Niles replacing Denny Turner on guitar.

This monster, 1523 Blair, gets its' title from the address of the studio in Houston where it was recorded. Although it received regional acclaim, this psychedelic tour-de-force wasn't a hit at the time. It has gone on to receive wide critical acclaim and is now considered a Cornerstone Song of the Texas Psych genre. 1523 Blair is Texas psychedelia at its finest.

Drug and alcohol problems also contributed to the Outcasts calling it quits in 1968.

Comps that 1523 Blair is on:

1. Mayhem & Psychosis, Volume 2 (LP)
2. Teenage Shutdown, Volume 4 (LP and CD)
3. Songs We Taught The Fuzztones (LP and CD)
4. Texas Punk Groups From The Sixties, Volume 1 (LP)
5. Acid Dreams, Volume 1 (LP)
6. Acid Dreams Testament (CD)
7. The Complete Acid Dreams (box set)
8. Sixties Archives, Volume 2 (CD)
9. Ya Gotta Have Moxie!, Volume 1 (CD)

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Continental V - Wake Me Up Girl

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The Twilighters - Nothing Can Bring Me Down

The Twilighters - Nothing Can Bring Me Down. This Waco, Texas group only released this one single. Directly on the border of psych/punk and later sixties heavy rock, the Twilighters had definitely heard and been influenced by Cream/Hendrix, but manages to keep their roots in the garage sound. It's one of those 60s punk rock/psych tracks that fully justifies the rest of the genre.

This song is 2:18 of churning wah-wah, flailing motion with ugly drug paranoia; "Well my mind is so messed up, nothing can bring me down, Nothing is strong enough, to save me now...". The B side is "I Need You". It's available on a couple of hard-to-find compilations; one is "Texas Flashback, Volume 2".

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Texas Tornados playing at Sam's Burger Joint in San Antonio!

It's nice to have a little Tex Mex with your burger and fries. Sam’s Burger Joint, located at 330 Grayson, offers more than just great food. Sam's also provides some of the best live music in San Antonio, Texas. Check out these vids of the Texas Tornados!

The Texas Tornadoes are: Augie Meyers, Flaco Jimenez, Shawn Sahm, Louie Ortega, Ernie Durawa, Michael Guerra, Speedy Sparks, Nunie Rubio.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Lightning Hopkins, Shiva's Headband, Conqueroo & Rubyiat Vulcan Poster

shivas headband
shivas headband

I just won this poster at auction today! It's an original (1st print) poster from the Vulcan Gas Company. It was used to promote a series of shows featuring the legendary Lightning Hopkins, Shiva's Headband, Conqueroo & Rubiyat. Show dates were February 16-27, 1968.

This Jim Franklin design can be displayed in either direction. The artwork is nothing short of amazing and features a central image of a hotplate with the band members positioned above.

The original poster was printed on white stock and measures approximately 22⅛″ x 28¼″. I'll have to get my friends poster artist - Jim Franklin, Shiva's - Spencer Perskin, Conqueroo - Charlie Prichard & Ed Guinn to sign it. It's in MINT condition!

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sabanna Breeze - Slave (1968)

Sabanna Breeze - Slave. A plodding psych tune that seems to herald the beginning of the Josefus-type of "downer" music.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Satori - Time Machine

Cool vid, of a great song by Satori, the late, great Texas Psych band. This 45 has to be one of the rarest Texas Psych slabs o' wax out there. It went for a few hundred bucks twenty years ago.

Satori was one guy; Dennis Warkentin. He overdubbed all the instruments on the record; at least, that's the "legend." I'm sure that he didn't make any live appearances with this name. Although he played guitar with a local Houston group called the Plants...

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