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)
 

Episode 13 - A new age for New Age? Interview with Douglas Mcgowan

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In this episode we talk to Douglas Mcgowan of Numero Group about the misunderstood genre of New Age music. Douglas is the curator of the New Age compilations, “I Am the Center” and “The Microcosm” and he also runs the successful reissue labels, Yoga Records and Ethereal Sequence, which have re-released some fantastic music over the years. New Age has been a part of psychedelic culture that we have found difficult to get a hang of and we’re therefore glad that Douglas joined this show and gave us a proper introduction to the genre. He has picked out some wonderful tunes for us in this episode and we hope you’ll enjoy this as much as we do!

Satoshi Ashikawa (1982)
-Still Space
David Casper – Crystal Waves (1984)
-Crystal Waves I
Suzanne Doucet and Christian Buehner-Transmission (1983)
-Shiva’s Dance (excerpt)
Don Slepian-Open Spaces (1980)
-Awakening (excerpt)
Swami Kriya Ramananda-Hymn To A New Age (1981)
-Hymn To A New Age (excerpt)
Joanna Brouk-Sounds of the Sea (1981)
Diving Deeper, Remembering Love
KZ Smith and Dave Erickson-Blue Skies (1985)
-Sweet Dreams

More info:

Check out this lecture about New Age music that Douglas' gave at University of Oregan, and his New Age playlist on Spotify.
 

Episode 11 - Getting Heavy With Lance Barresi, ‘70s Hard Rock and Heavy Psych

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We are proud to have Lance Barresi from Permanent Records as our special guest editor in this episode and he has put together a great tracklist for us with a lot of rare hard rock and heavy psych bands. The majority of the cuts are taken from the Brown Acid compilations, a project that he runs together with Daniel Hall of RidingEasy Records, and in April the fourth trip in the series will be released.

Since a young age, Lance has been interested in music, especially unusual and independent artists – “I've never been one to be satisfied with the status quo or mainstream culture. When I discovered punk, independent, and underground music in junior high school, I never turned back”. His interest in records led to the opening of his own record store in Chicago in 2006, which he started together with Liz Tooley, and in 2011 Permanent Records expanded to Los Angeles, where they live today. The need to stock records for the stores and his own interest in discovering new music has led to an never-ending hunt for records, and like many serious collectors he has also spent a lot of time tracking bands down that are of particular interest to him. Through the process of contacting the bands, he also got the idea to compile and license the music and this developed into the Brown Acid compilation series. In this episode we’re going to hear a few of the artists that Lance has been in contact with over the years.

Headstones (Rome, 197?)
-Carry Me On
Bad Axe (Permanent, 2014/1973)
-Coachman
Iron Knowledge (Tammy, 1972)
- Show Stopper
Crossfield (Toy, 197?)
- Take It
Grand Theft – s/t (No label, 1972)
- Scream (It's Eating Me Alive)
Factory (Oak, 1971)
- Time Machine
Chicago Triangle – Emergence (Dynamite, 1977)
- Ripped Off
Zipper – Zipper (Whizeagle, 1975)
- Rollin' and Tumblin'