Category Archives: Psychedelic Rock

The Airplane Family and Live Dead 69

I’ve become interested in the talent nucleus forged from Jefferson Airplane (The Great Society, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship) and The Grateful Dead (NRPS, Ratdog). They call themselves The Airplane Family & Friends.

The Airplane Family & Friends is the only National Touring Tribute to the music of Jefferson Airplane & “The San Francisco Sound.”

They will be celebrating Paul Kantner’s birthday March 18th and 19th at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California.

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Here is a video from The Airplane Family’s appearance at Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY.

 

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Days of Future Passed in its 50th Year

Many of the artists who are essential to my DNA music fabric will be celebrating 50th anniversaries this year. The Moody Blues announced last week that they are embarking on a Days Of Future Passed, 50th Anniversary Tour. The U.S. Tour commences on June 3rd and runs through July 23rd. They will be performing their iconic album live onstage in its entirety for the first time.

The Moody Blues forged a unique direction with the Days Of….second album. I love the risks they took incorporating a symphony with their sound. They achieved cross-over to classical, especially with the album art.  I can’t decide if this album represents psychedelic or progressive rock as a genre.

In Search of a Lost Chord is definitely psychedelic rock with the song about Timothy Leary, “Legend of a Mind” and the Moody’s experiment with LSD. The album cover represents an acid trip.

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I think I’ll spend Saturday listening to The Moody Blues on Apple Music through the SONOS Play One to overcome the dreary day.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium

I like to know what Sean Lennon is doing with his art.

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Sean Lennon’s latest collaboration is with Primus bassist and lead singer Les Claypool. They’re calling themselves The Claypool Lennon Delirium.

Their new album is a collection of trippy, psychedelic space jams called The Monolith Of Phobos (a reference to a large rock discovered on Phobos, a moon orbiting Mars).

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Track Listing:
1. The Monolith Of Phobos
2. Cricket and the Genie – Movement I, The Delirium
3. Cricket and the Genie – Movement II, Oratorio Di Cricket
4. Mr. Wright
5. Boomerang Baby
6. Breath of a Salesman
7. Captain Lariat
8. Ohmerica
9. Oxycontin Girl
10. Bubbles Burst
11. There’s No Underwear In Space

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Bubbles Burst,” offers a more personal reflection from Lennon about his memories of Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee, Bubbles. Lennon and Jackson were friends and, as a child in the mid-1980s, Lennon would hang out with Bubbles at Jackson’s Neverland ranch.

Coming Thru To You, The Live Recordings 1970 – 2004 Box Set – Arthur Lee & Love

Coming Through To You by Arthur Lee and Love is a 4CD boxset collection of rare live recordings from 1970-2004 released by RockBeat Records and produced by David Skye, with the blessing and participation of Diane Lee.

The cover artwork is designed by illustrator William Stout, internationally renowned as one of the first rock-n-roll bootleg cover artists.

Psychedelic Soul

When I think of the sub-genre Psychedelic Soul my thoughts turn to The Temptations and Norman Whitfield. The Temptations went through a four-year interval of psychedelia starting in 1968 with “Cloud Nine.  They were influenced by the phenomenal success of Sly and the Family Stone‘s “Dance To The Music“.

Psychedelic soul, sometimes known as “black rock” was a blend of psychedelic rock and soul music in the late 1960s, which paved the way for the mainstream emergence of funk music a few years later.[24]

I loved that period of music. “Ball of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)” is my favorite psychedelic soul classic. I especially like this Ultra Mix.

Cloud Nine – The Temptations (February 17, 1969)

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Psychedelic Shack – The Temptations (March 6, 1970)

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The Pink Floyd Album For The 21st Century

I can always count on Uncut Magazine to deliver the definitive progressive rock cover story. Yesterday, Pink Floyd announced to the world that they will be releasing their 15th studio recording, The Endless River, on November 10th, 2014.

Uncut Magazine followed suit today by making available the digital magazine edition of the November 2014 issue for my iPad. I’m Lovin It!

Roger McNamee, Moonalice

Yesterday I had the rare opportunity to share an open, frank discussion, one hippie music technologist to another with Roger McNamee of Moonalice.

I am writing an article about Moonalice that will include that interview for their Infinity Music Hall concert which takes place on Thursday July 31, 2014.

I looking forward to saying hello to Roger and the band, then watching them do their magic that evening.

Here is a video clip of Moonalice to tide us over until then 😉

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, World Tour, 1967-2014

The music of Dave Mason has floated in and out of my consciousness since 1967. My introduction to Dave Mason began with Traffic’s second album, Traffic. I became infatuated with English cottages and the structure of well written jams.

After Dave Mason left Traffic the second time, he took a journeyman’s path to Southern California recording a great solo album Alone Together in the process. I own the marble swirl vinyl edition.

He also recorded a wonderful collaboration with Cass Elliott that is now “out of print”, Dave Mason & Cass Elliott.

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, World Tour is coming to Hamden, Connecticut on Friday August 1. It is a free outdoor concert. If you are in the area you won’t want to miss it.

The “Traffic Jam” concerts will feature hits and deep album cuts from 1967’s Mr. Fantasy and 1968’s Traffic albums and additional Traffic jams plus new material and a selection of classic DAVE MASON music.

Grateful Dead – Spring 1990 (The Other One) Box

The vaults of the Grateful Dead bring forth many wonderful, sonic treasures. The latest music data mining to reach the surface is Spring 1990 (The Other One), a 23 disc box set, available on September 9, 2014.

The box set chronicles eight complete concerts from the group’s three-week 25th anniversary tour of North America. The price tag for this box is $239.98, too rich for my blood.

I am more inclined to order the 3 CD box,  Wake Up to Find Out 3/29/90 at $29.98. Wake Up To Find Out is the official début of one of the most sought-after shows in the Dead canon: the March 29, 1990 show at Nassau Coliseum, where Grammy®-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis sat in with the group. It has the sought after Marsalis jam with The Dead, “Estimated Prophet”.

I love the artwork for both box set editions. Pre-orders are now available on the Dead’s website.

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Moonalice, 420 Gathering of the Tribe 2014

I want to share some vital information with my readers about a band I really care about and have always felt a close synergy with, Moonalice

Moonalice plays psychedelic roots-rock. They have a tremendous command of technology especially with how they use the Web to give interactive concert experiences.

Their single “It’s 4:20 Somewhere” has been downloaded over 4.6 million times!!! http://www.moonalice.com/song/its-420-somewhere.

What I love the most about Moonalice is how they mesh poster art with their shows. I belong to TRPS, The Rock Poster Society and I have several rock posters that adorn my walls at home. I even have a Moonalice poster in my collection from The Gathering of The Vibes.

Moonalice published on YouTube last week a very cool video that gives you a tremendous sense of how Moonalice publishes art and music for everyone’s appreciation. ‘Moonalice 420 Gathering of the Tribe 2014’ is a short film by the inimitable Jay Blakesberg and Alex Fischer featuring Moonalice posters, select artists and their inspiration.

As luck would have it Moonalice is going to be in my neck of the woods, Connecticut. They will be appearing at one of our favorite venues Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Ct. on July 31st.

I urge you to come out and see them perform. You can always count on a free poster of the event by the end of the evening 🙂

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Moonalice Is:

John Molo: Drums, Vocals. (Bruce Hornsby & The Range, John Fogerty, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Other Ones, David Nelson Band).

Barry Sless: Lead Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Bass. (Phil Lesh & Friends, David Nelson Band, Kingfish, Cowboy Jazz).

Roger McNamee: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Bass. (Guff, The Engineers, Random Axes, Flying Other Brothers)

Pete Sears: Bass, Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals (Sam Gopal Dream, Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship, Jerry Garcia, Hot Tuna, John Lee Hooker, David Nelson Band, Phil Lesh & Friends).

Big Steve Parish: Road Scholar/Medicine Man/Storyteller. (Grateful Dead crew for 26 years, co-founder of Jerry Garcia Band)

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