Monday, November 17, 2014

Drakkar Band - Drakkar 74

Originally only released on cassette back in 1973, the "Holy Grail of Cambodian pre-Khmer Rouge psych music" is getting the vinyl treatment from Hong Kong's Metal Postcard Records. Drakkar (The Drakkar/Thra Kha/Dra Kha Band) was one of Cambodia's up-and-coming bands before communism came in and destroyed nearly a third of the country's population. Drakkar's lead singer was able to survive the work camps by playing Santana songs for the guards. A pretty incredible story. Stream the release below and head over to bandcamp to grab one of the LPs (limited to 500 copies). There's also a documentary coming in 2015 about Cambodia's rock n roll scene called "Don't Think I've Forgotten" that I can't wait to see. Watch the trailer.

- Dan

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Volage - Heart Healing

For their debut LP, Volage has traded in the fuzzy sounds of 2013's Maddie EP for much cleaner production and earnest songwriting. Their sound floats somewhere between 60s psychedelia, garage, and straight up pop punk, and they show some great range within the record's 11 tracks. There's also elements that remind me of Ty Segall's record from this year. Just a great all-around record. Pick up the LP from Howlin Banana Records.

- Dan

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sitar Outreach Ministry - Revolution in Dimension 5

Excellent transcendental noodling out of Indiana. Wander the far reaches of your mind with Sitar Outreach Ministry's 9th album, released on cassette, in limited supply, on Magnetic South. Take it for  spin below.

- Dan

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bad Axe - Coachman b/w Poor Man, Run

Hot and heavy rock n roll rippers out of early 1970s Chicago. This long-lost 7" has gotten some new love thanks to Permanent Records (and Acid Archives), and it's one of the better re-issues you'll hear this year. The b-side is streamable below, but the a-side is even more killer so you're going to have to grab a copy from Permanent Records before they run out. Only 300 pressed. 

- Dan

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wett Nurse - Hissy Fit on ONGAKUBAKA RECORDS!!!!!

YOU READ THAT RIGHT! We're extremely excited to announce that Ongakubaka is taking the big leap to small independent record label!! Our first release, of what we hope will be many future releases, is a 6 track EP from Portland's (formerly Marquette, Michigan) WETT NURSE! Hot hip-shaking garage tunes for those cold winter nights. You can stream it below and order a copy, limited to 100, via our new bandcamp page (we've also created an Ongakubaka Records Facebook page. Give that shit a like). We'll be shipping worldwide by 11/25. So support the band! Support the label! i.e please buy this so we can continue to put out more jams!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Kill West - s/t

Reverb-drenched psych garage goodness out of Buenos Aires. Came across this one earlier this year, but was happy to see a submission from them in my inbox this week. Can't turn this one up loud enough. Cassette available through Volante Discos. Highly recommended.

- Dan

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Omecs - s/t

Catchy psychedelic garage tunes out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The scene continues to grow in that city, and if I didn't know better, I'd think Grand Rapids moved to the California coast. Surf solos and hip-shaking rhythms. Hurry up, grab your girl, and get to the dance floor for this one. The cassette drops in a week on King Pizza Records, but you can stream it below in the meantime.

- Dan

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ak'chamel, The Giver of Illness - My Form Has Been Extinguished (VHS)

Texas experimental psych collective, Ak'chamel, The Give of Illness, are back with an ambitious and exciting new release. It's a 60 minute original film on VHS that they describe as a "visual/audio document following a faceless shaman who becomes engaged in a cosmic quest to incarnate the primordial spirits of destruction and chaos present in the universe from the beginning of time.", but it could be better described as an absolute mind-melt that you need to see immediately. Check out the excerpt below, and pick up a copy, limited to only 50, over at Lighten Up Sounds.

- Dan

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Heaven's Gateway Drugs - Apropos

Heaven's Gateway Drugs have a new album dropping in a few days, and it's been getting some heavy rotation over here. If you dig The Kinks, Zombies, Byrds, BJM. or Black Mountain, you'll be giving this one plenty of play as well. Stream three of the tracks now and preorder a copy over at bandcamp to be entered to win a pretty sweet t-shirt. Get on it.

- Dan

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

VIDEO: The Janitors - Here They Come

Ominous vibes out of Stockholm, Sweden. Over the last few years, The Janitors have established themselves as one of the headiest psych acts around, and the pairing of their new single and video certainly increases their potency. You can stream the rest of their newest 12" EP and pick up a copy (limited to 500) over at the Bad Afro Records bandcamp.

- Dan