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Pink Floyd on Spotify – the best of their singles, films and early stuff

Of course we all know that See Emily Play is one of the best singles of the 60s and that Dark Side Of The Moon still outsells just about everyone apart from One Direction. And also that Comfortably Numb and Wish You Were Here are rock classics of the highest order. But now that the entire Pink Floyd catalogue has …

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Pink Floyd finally lands on Spotify – Wish You Were Here first

There is a small but rather impressive list of bands who haven’t yet made their music available to streaming service Spotify. The Beatles top the list, alongside Led Zep and Oasis. but one band who up until now had resisted making their music available on the service have finally changed their mind. In a short period of time (hopefully, more …

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The best parody of The Smiths ever – from, err, Horrible Histories

The BBC’s Horrible Histories has had some wonderful musical parodies in the past (the theory of evolution set to Bowie’s Changes springs to mind) but this one is something else. A chronological account of the life of Charles Dickens set to the music of The Smiths. It is spot on too. The level of detail is superb, the Morrissey style …

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Kosmischer Läufer – the amazing story of East German Kraut Rock for athletes

As you all know West Germany during the 1970s was an explosion of musical creativitiy as bands like Can, Neu and Amon Duul married wonderful meandering psychedelic melodies to that very special Motorik Kraut Rock Groove. As for East Germany. Well the music soundtrack was just a little more conservative. With a totalitarian Communist government running the show and the …

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The 11 hottest new psych bands – Hidden Masters, Hounds Tooth, Magnetic Mind…

Barely a day seems to go by at the moment without some great new psych music arriving on Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube or (gosh) vinyl. So I have rounded up 10 of the best recent releases (plus one bonus one) and included videos, embeds or links if they exist. So without further ado – here you go. The Sudden Death Of …

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AshleyThe 11 hottest new psych bands – Hidden Masters, Hounds Tooth, Magnetic Mind…
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The triumphant return of The Stone Roses at La Cigale in Paris

The Stones Roses play two dates at London’s Finsbury Park this weekend. Simon Poulter got a sneak preview at La Cigale in Paris. They came from the north, they came from the south. They came for the day by Eurostar, they came for the evening by Metro. Their hair may have been greying, their kids may have been at home, …

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AshleyThe triumphant return of The Stone Roses at La Cigale in Paris
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New psych find – the excellent West Coast Gnome covers The Three O’ Clock

In my opinion one of the best records of the 1980s was The Three O’Clock’s incendiary debut EP come LP Baroque Hoedown. And that LP climaxed with one of their finest tunes – a slow burning droney slice of psych called As Real As Real . Well the band’s recent rebirth – which includes festival appearances in the US and …

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AshleyNew psych find – the excellent West Coast Gnome covers The Three O’ Clock
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Eurovision Psych Contest – vote for the continent’s best space rockers

** UPDATE Well I think I can safely declare Spain and The Chemistry Set as winners of the inagural Eurovision Psych Contest. They finished well clear of Beaulieu Porch – flying the Union Jack – in second and The Sudden Death of Stars from France who finished third just ahead of Switzerland’s Balduin. Thanks to everyone who voted. All the …

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Primal Scream – More Light review – a real return to form

Simon Poulter of What Would David Bowie Do? salutes the barnstorming return to form that is Primal Scream’s new album More Light These are bleak and desperate times, people. We know this because we keep being told they are. As if the sight of increasingly vacant high streets, lengthening dole queues, a largely old Etonian government in Britain (run by …

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The Quiet Loner’s guide to the top ten Quiet Loners

Quiet Loner is in fact the hugely talented Matt Hill who has released a series of excellent albums the latest of which, The Greedy Magicians is a passionate, politically charged suite of songs that has already got many incredible reviews. Here is his list of other Quiet Loners “He was a quiet loner who kept himself to himself”. So goes …

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Why Blur’s Modern Life Is Rubbish is one of the most special albums ever

Today we are celebrating Blur’s Modern life Is Rubbish – you’ll find out why in mo – one of the most brilliant and influential albums of the 90s. Here’s ten reasons why you should give it a spin tonight (and every night). 1 It has the most amazing image on the cover That’s The Mallard, the art deco-esque train, coughs, …

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10 reasons why you should stop being so cynical about U2

Ok, so I know that some of you rate Bono as the most annoying man on the planet, that you thought that U2′s Glasto performance sucked and that their last few albums have been a little on the dull side. Here though are 10 reasons why you should stop being so cynical about U2. 1 The debut album Boy is brilliant It is …

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10 reasons why The Byrds are the most influential rock band of all time

1 They brought Dylan to the masses And helped him on his discovery of electric music 2 They influenced The Beatles   The Fabs hero-worshiped them, and many Beatles tracks feature that trademark Byrds jangly guitar. Rubber Soul was almost a Byrds tribute album. 3 They were first to get a Psychedelic song in the charts This was a full …

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10 reasons why The Beatles were better than The Stones

1 Without The Beatles The Stones would still be playing in back street pubs in Kent The Fabs even gifted The Stones their first hit single 2 The Beatles had an amazingly consistent run of brilliant albums   The Stones’ 60s albums were a bit hit and miss. There is a reason why they got a reputation as a singles …

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10 reasons why The Rolling Stones are better than The Beatles

1 They have the coolest member of both bands Brian Jones or Ringo? There’s no contest there. 2 The Stones had an edgy dark side. The Beatles would never have released an album called Their Satanic Majesties would they? The Beatles dabbled with the counter culture in the 60s. The Stones were the counter culture 3 The Beatles gave up …

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Liverpool Sound City – Spotify playlist

If you live in or near Liverpool you are in for a treat this weekend, as from Tuesday Sound City returns. And this year the collection of bands that are playing are very impressive especially if you like your psych 60s influenced music. It seems like the whole group of Heavenly Records psych bands are playing so you can hear …

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Psych round up: Wicked Whispers, Bill Ryder Jones, Scott Walker

The Wicked Whispers were named as one of the bands to watch for in 2013 by this fella – and he strikes me as a man with excellent musical taste. So I wonder now if the Everton dressing room is resounding to the sounds of the new Wicked Whispers single Voodoo Moon. It’s another Doors meets The Zombies keyboard driven …

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The Shadow Kabinet – Nostalgia For The Future review

If you have never heard The Shadow Kabinet’s epic album Smiling Worlds Apart I suggest you do it pronto. Especially if you love The Beatles. For with tracks like Tabla Motown (a quirky sitar driven instrumental) Office Life (Lovely Rita style pop) and the title (think Harrison’s droney psych), multi-instrumentalist Steve Somerset, for he is The Shadow Kabinet created a Sgt …

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Jack White’s amazing working Record Booth – video

Record Booths, basically mini recording studios where you went in to sing your songs and came out with a newly pressed bit of vinyl, were all the rage in the 40s and 50s. These days, with cassettes and digital recording, not so much. In fact they pretty much disappeared in the 1970s, So it is so amazing that Jack White …

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A tribute to the king of album sleeve designs – Storm Thorgerson

Simon Poulter of What Would David Bowie Do? remembers a brilliant designer. If you were to ask me to make a list of the greatest albums of all time, I could start now and probably never finish. Magazines and radio stations regularly try to give it a go, but rarely come up with a top 10, top 100 or even …

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AshleyA tribute to the king of album sleeve designs – Storm Thorgerson