Finally getting around to appreciating Curt Boettcher. This 3-disc set is a pretty overwhelming entry point, but if you want to immerse yourself in expertly crafted psychedelic pop, look no further. Courtesy of the endless Zamboni archives.
The mysterious Imagene Peise Atlas Eets Christmas LP. Credited to an 18 year old Iraqi jazz virtuoso who committed suicide in ‘78, though the quintet of piano, string synth, sitar and tambura is rumored to be the work of a more contemporary source.
A couple of new tracks have since been “discovered” since the Atlas Eets LP was released a few years back.
I usually steer clear of new stuff here at the Heat Warps, but Wolf People, holy wow. Some people hear a heavy debt to Fairport Convention or Jethro Tull but aside from some occasional flute, I don’t. Excellent modern psych in the Dungen vein. Their new LP, Steeple, has been on the stereo all week though I always drop the needle on the above instrumental, “Morning Born.” Killer stuff.
I’m not sure how this McCartney collaboration missed my radar. The Lost Turntable has the finer details (and the entire project available for download), but it’s essentially a career spanning remix LP comprised almost entirely of Paul’s original multi-tracks. Yeah, sounds iffy, but it’s actually quite awesome. Check out “Long Haired Lady (Reprise)” above.
Mad props to the gris-gris king on his induction into the R&R hall of fame. Alongside Alice Cooper, Darlene Love and Tom Waits he’s in damn good company this year. Gris-Gris is easily a favorite, but Babylon is right up there. Give it a shot if you haven’t already.
I was in the mood for this one this morning, so it’s back on the turntable. Though I love Dennis’ lead vocals and the oddly dominant Moog bass, it’s a constant struggle to determine if the great tracks (“I’ll Bet He’s Nice,” “Let Us Go On This Way”) justify putting up with the horrible ones (“Honkin’ Down the Highway,” “Johnny Carson”). What do you think? And if you don’t have it in your collection, decide for yourself.
These guys have been treating their fans to demos, live tracks and miscellanea on a monthly basis over at their website for a good two or three years. And though the band is now selling a collection of those tunes (cleaned up and mastered, I’m sure), at a length of 10 songs it’s really just scratching the surface of what they’ve posted over the years. Luckily, someone has posted the entire 26-song motherload of previously available downloads over at the band’s official message board (which I’ll assume makes it acceptable to repost here). Part Un, Part Deux.