The Echocentrics – Don Alejo

The Echocentrics is a new project from Austin-based Grammy award winning producer Adrian Quesada, a member of Grupo Fantasma, and one of the minds behind bands like Ocote Soul Sounds, and Brownout. Teaming up with Argentinean singer Natalia Clavier and Brazil-based Tita Lima, he has carved out a southern-fried, laid back, and psychedelic-tinged album to be released in late spring 2011.

Quesada plays an interesting cross-cultural game of musical ping pong mixing multiple languages (songs are sung in a mix of English, Portuguese and Spanish) and influences from the likes of Tim Maia and Rita Lee, Serge Gainsbourg, and David Axelrod. Buckets of spring reverb, huge doses of psyched out farfisa and electric harpsichord, and super-heavy drums back soulful vocals. Quesada recalls classic American funk and low-rider soul, but shades everything with a South American twist. As the Austinist blog said, this is “World music for people who tend to blanch at the very idea of it, maybe.” At times The Sunseekers album sounds like the lost Morricone soundtrack to a sun scorched Tarantino movie scene that’s dosed in peyote. But the album also reaches breezier heights as Quesada weaves in exotic elements of Afrobeat, Latin funk, and Brazilian folk.

Krokodil – The Psychedelic Tapes 1972 Full Album

First release of this collection of demos and live materieal from this legendary band from Switzerland, best known for their opus An Invisible World Revealed. “1970-1972 were the psychedelic years of the Krokodil from Switzerland. During this period the band recorded a lot of magical songs both live and in the studio which are now after more than thirty years released for the first time. 1970-1972 were the psychedelic years of the mighty Krokodil from Switzerland who made the stunning psychedelic kraut rock album “An Invisible World Revealed”.
During this early period the band recorded a lot of magical songs both live (3 tracks) and in the studio (5 tracks) which are now after more than 30 years are released here on CD. Long trippy space rock with a West Coast/Kraut Rock edge, feature fluid acid guitar work, flute and effects. The CD includes a great version of “Pharoah Sanders “The Creator Has a Mater Plan” plus other gems.

01 (00:00) The Creator Has A Master Plan (1970)
02 (09:26) Stehaufmädchen Part 1 (1970)
03 (10:36) Marzipan (Live) (1972)
04 (18:43) Stehaufmädchen Part 2 (1970)
05 (19:50) You’re Still A Part Of Me (Live) (1972)
06 (25:40) Stehaufmädchen Part 3 (1970)
07 (26:50) Odyssey In Om (Live) (1972)
08 (57:24) Raga (1971)

Line Up:
Bass, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Vocals — Terry Stevens (2)
Drums, Congas, Vocals — Düde Dürst
Electric Guitar, Sitar, Bass, Vocals — Walty Anselmo
Harmonica [Mouthharp], Flute, Percussion, Vocals — Mojo Weideli
Violin, Organ [Farfisa], Recorder, Vocals — Hardy Hepp (tracks: 1, 2, 4, 6)
Remastered: Pirmin Weder (2013)

The Glendoras – By your tail

Ok, throwing in one more tune from my past.. This is By your tail with The Glendoras. We recorded this song in 1999. For a short while I lived in my moms house, she had moved out and was about to sell the house, and I was looking for a flat. Since my mom had moved, there were almost no furnitures in the house, so we moved in all our equipment, plus Göran’s recording gear, and “built” ourselves a “studio” there. The Farfisa got one bedroom, the drums another bedroom. The bass amp was placed in the kitchen, while we took turns with the guitars in the hallway. The mixer and recorder ended up in the living room. It took us a few days, but eventually we got about ten songs recorded. By your tail was one of them. I came up with the music and lyrics, obsessed by Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman in Batman Returns and influenced by Night of the sadist. The song turned out pretty good I think. I love Patrik’s psychedelic organ solo, and the rest of his playing for that matter!

Line up:
Magnus Renström – Vocals and rhythm guitar
Teresa Smedberg – Drums
Rickard Westman – Bass
Patrik Leiderth – Farfisa organ
Mathias Westerlund – Lead guitar and backing vocals

Music & lyrics: Mathias Westerlund

Recorded by: Göran Thungström, Sundsvall, Sweden 1999

The Jars ELECTRIC 3rd RAIL Live at the MABUHAY June 1981

One of The JARS earliest original compositions, the studio version of this was on the B-side of the START RITE NOW single on Subterranean. Mik says this is a true story. Mik Dow (Beltainn) guitar and scary vocals, Gary Nervo on Farfisa, Armin Hammer (True Margrit) on bass, The Rev. Marc Time on drums and Michael Montalo (Red Meat), guitar. Performance recorded June 27, 1981 at the legendary Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco.