The Wild Adventures of the Strange Man - Interview with Michal Hasek

This is an interview with the Canadian singer-songwriter Michal Hasek, who did several privately pressed albums and performed all over Canada and the US during the ‘70s and ‘80s. In this interview, he share some of the stories from his time as a traveling musician, including hanging out with Alan Watts at the Ottumwa Heights Catholic College and being kicked off stage by Janis Joplin.

Michal was born in Czechoslovakia in 1946. Not long after, his family fled from the Soviet Union and after a few years living in various countries they eventually settled down in Canada. As a teenager in Toronto in the ´60s, he found himself in the midst of the current folk boom and he soon become part of the community of aspiring musicians hanging out in the hip neighborhood of Yorkville. He started playing coffeehouses and bars all over Canada as well as doing several tours in the Midwest. In 1974 his first album was released on his own imprint, Naja, which received some airplay and was later distributed by A&M (check out Acid Archives for a review of the album). He continued to play throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s and privately released two more albums, The Radio Play in 1978 and Night Fear in 1989.

We wish to thank Aaron Dunn for helping us get in contact with Michal, David Brown for kind permission to use some of his photos and Nathan Wisnicki for helping out with the recording.

Michal Hasek - s/t (1974) 
-Naja (intro tune)
-Strange Man
-Kick'N The Ass - Amchitka    
Alan Watts - This Is It (1962)
-Love You
Michal Hasek with Sundog - The Radio Play (1978)
-The Radio Play
Michal Hasek - Night Fear (1989)
-Night Fear (second version)
Michal Hasek
-Northern Lights (bonus material to the CD version of his debut, recorded in the early ‘70s)
Michal Hasek - Hasek (compilation)
-Nottawasaga (recorded in the early ‘70s)

As We Travel Mixtape – Hippie Anthems and Lysergic Manifestations


We’ve put together a new mix of mind-manifesting music, including some singer-songwriter tunes, communal folk, hippie idealism and plenty of hand drums. You can also listen to the mix on our soundcloud page. 

Thrower, Spillane and McFarland – Crow (Ranger, 1973)
F.B. Worster – Autumn’s Child (MPI, 1974)
Turid –Stjärnor och Änglar (Silence, 1975)
Cymbeline – Sixth Image (Green Light, 1971)
Bob McBride – 90 Degrees on the Moon (Capitol, 1973)
Peter Kelley – I Been Told (Sire, 1971)
Ptarmigan – Go Dancing (Columbia, 1974)
Lila – Beneath The Sky (Lila, 1978)
Shawi – Un Air De Printemps (Intervalle, 1981)
Om Shanti – We Are Home (Solace, 1977)
Kevin Vicalvi – Another Day, Another Time (Starizon Studio, 1974)
Kold Duc – Evil Woman (Vat, 197?)
John Braheny – Don't Cry For Me (Pete, 1968)
Rex Holman – Debbie (Pentagram, 1970)
Jerry Merrick – Please Clear the Air (Mercury, 1969)
John Berberian – The Fuzz (Excerpt) (Verve Forecast, 1969)

Episode 15 - More than Motown, The Private Press Sound of Michigan


Our friend Rodney Pate sits in with us on this episode to talk about Michigan area bands from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Rod is a DJ and collector from Ann Arbor Michigan, and has been focusing on collecting local private press records. He also has his own radio show, Right On Radio at the long running freeform radio station WCBN based at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he plays an all-analog show of obscure psychedelia and conducts interviews with artists from the area. For this episode, Rod has selected some of the lesser-known bands he has encountered over the years and it’s going to be a varied show - ranging from heavy psych and garage to real people music and folk.

Beau Biens (Malibu, 1967)
-Time Passed
Glass Sun Band (Sound Patterns, 1972)
-Silence In the Morning
Jef Fisk & Tom Shader--For Sam (Bird Productions, 1976)
Bob Boden-Rick Hamming (Silver Circle, 1978)
-Home Wrecker
Rick and J.B.-Wake Up and Smell the Coffee… (DGA, 1977)
-(You Keep Me) Satisfied
Pat’s People-Silver Rain Afar (197?)
-December Sequel
Peter Stark-Mushroom Country (Montage, 1976)
-Many Times
Stoney and the Jagged Edge-Chasing Rainbows (Big Beat, 1968/2014)
Bob Cameron-Home-Style Stone Soup comp. (Sweetwax, 1974)
-Four in the Morning