Episode 6 - Suicide On the Hillside, Downer Tunes From the ’60s and ’70s Underground

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In this episode we’re going to focus on the downer/loner folk and singer-songwriter music of the late ‘60s to early ‘70s with an emphasis on the downer aspects. Therefore, we've tried to pick the most haunting songs, which reflects the artists most dark and tortured feeling. Human suffering has always been an inspiration for great art and many of the artists in this episode made music for therapeutic reasons as a way to cure their troubled souls or as in the case with Bob Desper, to help others in their despair. With the selection of this episode we also wanted to highlight both the reflective side, which deals with mankind’s miseries at large but also the more common introspective and self-centered side, which leans more towards the self-abusive and suicidal feelings.

As usual we included some of the true classics of the downer style but also some less discussed artists and one odd choice with Shaun Harris, who is usually not associated with this style of music.  

Dave Bixby – Ode to Quetzalcoatl (No label, 1969)
-Drug Song
Michael Lloyd Lipitz (JMC, 1973)
-Search For Youth
Richard Kneeland-Present Your Errors (Gothic, 1976)
-Present Your Errors
Shaun Harris-s/t (Capitol, 1973)
-I’ll Cry Out
Bob Desper-New Sound (Rose City Sound, 1974)
-To a Friend of Mine
Bill Clint-The Crying of a Generation (Joint Artists, 1975)
-Angels Don’t Need Friends

For a podcast interview with Dave Bixby please have a look at the EIS webpage. 
 

Episode 5 - Melodic Midwest, Late '70s Psych From the Lowland States

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It’s time again to return to Midwestern United States with a second episode of local/private press psychedelia from this region. We have already dedicated one episode in season 1 to Midwest, in which we included some of the finest artists of the psychedelic era, e.g. Zerfas and Wizards From Kansas. This time we have chosen to focus on the late ‘70s psych and it’s going to be a lot of melodic guitars, rural vibes and stoned grooves in this episode. To us the Midwest is one of the greatest regions in the US for '70s local/private press psychedelia and is perhaps only matched by the West Pacific (including the hippie states of California and Hawaii). It’s astonishing how so many of the top private press records that came out from the Midwest, like Anonymous and Rick Saucedo, if just mentioning the ones included in this episode. The reason to this is unknown to us but could it be the regions geographical displacement to the major labels in New York and Los Angeles with little chance of being discovered as a small band resulting in the release of the music on local labels or as private presses instead? 

Except Anonymous and Rick Saucedo we also tried to add some lesser known bands in this episode, like Windwords and Clockwork, which we hope you will enjoy as much. 

Rick Saucedo – Heaven Was Blue (Reality 1978)
-In My Mind
Windwords-Shootin’ the Breeze (WW 1979)
-Wisdom
Ray Harlowe and Gyp Fox-First Rays (Waterwheel 1978)
-Gettin’ Keyed
Anonymous-Inside the Shadow (A Major label, 1976/1981)
-Baby Come Risin’
Clockwork-Clockwork (Greene Bottle, 1973)
-Country Side Woman

 

For interviews with Windwords and Anonymous done by Patrick Lundborg, please have a look at the Lysergia webpage and for Klemen Breznikar’s interview with Ron Matelic from Anonymous go to It’s Psychedelic Baby

Episode 4 - Dreamers, Unicorns and Tao Riders, Psychedelia in the 1980s

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It's fascinating how the psychedelic ‘60s lingered on in the private/local recordings and how some artists continued on the psychedelic path long after mainstream popular culture had lost its interest. In this episode we highlight some of the fine psychedelic artists of the early 1980s, which is when many scholars consider the first psychedelic era to end. These artists are still part of the same psychedelic culture with a shared musical vision and aesthetics as earlier psychedelic artists but without any of the intentional revival and neo-psych moves that started to appear in the middle of the decade. The originality of the early ‘80s psychedelic artists comes from the merging of the late ‘60s songwriting with the instrumentations and expressions of the ‘80s to create something very unique and genuine. 

No matter when it was recorded we think that the open-minded listener (which we know that you are) will enjoy the timeless psychedelic quality of the music in this episode. 

Doc Holiday-Lady Free (no label, 1980)
-(I Dreamed) I Went Sailing Last Night
T Kail-Somewhere, Sometime (Jade 1980)
-Peace of Mind
Carl Erdmann-Bizzarophytes (no label 1980)
-Turritella Flats
Johnny Blackburn & Mary Lauren-Echoes of Love’s Reality (Wind’s Eye Music 1981)
-Beautiful Dreamer
Steve Linnegar’s Snakeshed-Classic Epics (Snake 1982)
-Desert