Monday, 15 October 2018

Various Artists - Halloween 2014

01 Former Selves - In Waves
02 Gal Costa - Segunda
03 The Monkees - You Just May Be the One
04 Eugene Ormandy - No. 7 'Aquarium'
05 James Blackshaw - Fantômas- Le Faux Magistrat, Pt. 2
06 Michael Stearns - As the Earth Kissed the Moon (Excerpt)
07 Kaki King - Night After Sidewalk
08 Tess Parks - Somedays
09 Francis MwaKitme - Sikepa Inongwa Mukaye
10 Ahmed Abdul-Malik - E-lail (The Night)
11 lubos Fiser - Matching Mirrors/Morgiana's Prowl
12 Ryan Mcgregor - Variation One
13 Nico - Frozen Warnings
14 Foresteppe - Sedniv

Bonus posts in time for Halloween.

Here's a mixtape, still played around this time of year, nice feel.

Bobby Beausoleil - The Lucifer Rising Suite

The Ajna Offensive 2014

Disc 1:

1 Lucifer Rising I, 1967
2 Dark Passage
3 Hellion Rebellion
4 Sleeping Dragon
5 Dance Of The Fire Demons

Disc 2:

1 Fallen Angel Blues, Pt I
2 Fallen Angel Blues, Pt II
3 Electric Blue
4 Tear It Down
5 No Going Back

Disc 3:

1 Metamorph
2 Penumbra
3 Beacon

Disc 4:

1 Motion Picture Soundtrack:Lucifer Rising, Pt I
2 Motion Picture Soundtrack:Lucifer Rising, Pt II
3 Motion Picture Soundtrack:Lucifer Rising, Pt III
4 Motion Picture Soundtrack:Lucifer Rising, Pt IV
5 Motion Picture Soundtrack:Lucifer Rising, Pt V
6 Motion Picture Soundtrack:Lucifer Rising, Pt VI

This is the full tale of the Lucifer Rising soundtrack by Bobby Beausoleil.

The first disc represents Beausoleil's first attempt at the soundtrack in 1967. Recording with The Magick Powerhouse of Oz in San Francisco, this was rejected by Kenneth Anger. World psych freak out jams played live with a Haight-Ashbury/San Francisco pysch vine.

The next two discs represent the recordings made by Beausoleil while incarcerated. Between 1976 and 1979, Beausoleil set about recording Lucifer Rising using constructed instruments via mail order and the battered old prison instruments. These recordings range from near ambient to blues to psych and back.

The final disc is a remastered version of the soundtrack. Some of the greatest dark psych ever made. The original entry on this blog can be found here.

This set was originally released as a vinyl box set in 2009.

As a side note, I purchased this box set on a trip to America a few years ago. It was in Irvington vinyl in Indiana, below this sign:

Anton LaVey - The Satanic Mass

Murgenstrumm 1968

1 The Satanic Mass
2 Prologue
3 Book Of Satan, Verse I
4 Verse II
5 Verse III
6 Verse IV
7 Verse V
8 Hymn Of The Satanic Empire, Or The Battle Hymn Of The Apocalypse

Since it's Halloween, here's an early occult artifact. Recorded live at The Church of Satan, San Francisco, Anton LaVey recites The Satanic Mass.

Originally released in 1968, this Amarillo Records CD reissue contains the bonus track 'Hymn Of The Satanic Empire, Or The Battle Hymn Of The Apocalypse'.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Ghosts Of Hobbs End - Amsterdam/America

Treehouse Orchestra Recordings. TOR58.

01 Amsterdam
02 America

The latest offering from my own label of friends and artists is a new one; Ghosts of Hobbs End is myself, Jill Wallace (Brocken Spectre) and Davis Thompson (Cat of Tomorrow, The Dead West).

This cassette release is a mix of improvised jams, radio, field recordings and drones. Recorded over the last year and a half, the final collages were performed in May and July of this year.

Artwork by Britany Gunderson.

As always, there is a free download at Bandcamp. The cassette version is available for a limited time.

Taj Mahal Travellers - Oz Days Live

Oz Records 1973

01 Oz Days Live Improvisation

As a bonus to any Taj Mahal Travellers fans out there, here is the live recording from the 1973 Various Artists album 'Oz days Live'.

The Oz Rock Cafe in Tokyo staged a benefit concert in which various Japanese underground artists performed and had the recordings make up this album.

The first two sides of this double album are straight rock 'n' roll performances from the likes of  Miyako Ochi and Acid Seven and unfortunately they're not particularly interesting. 

The Taj Mahal Travellers performance takes up side 3 and is represented here. Rougher sounding than their albums, this is a mesmerising performance, with field recordings and other instruments being as dominant as drones.

Side 4 was taken up with recordings from the Les Rallizes Dénudés performance. Next year, I shall start posting on this most intense, psychedelic and ground breaking band.

Robbie Basho - Live in Germany

Basho Productions 1983 / Grass-Tops Recordings 2016

01 Redwood Ramble
02 Fandango
03 Easter
04 Rocky Mountain Raga
05 Cathedral et Fleur de Lis
06 Chocolate Cake (Ackermann Special)
07 Silky Jane
08 The Grail & The Lotus
09 Pavan India
10 Variations on Clair de Lune
11 California Raga

This release from Basho should really be considered canon; it was distributed by Robbie himself. He sold at shows and via mail order, a practise he did a lot in later years.

Thanks again to Kyle and Grass-Tops Recordings for preserving this cassette from total obscurity.