May 26, 2016

Daniel Grau - El Leon Bailarin (CD/LP, 1980/2016)


Daniel Grau - El Leon Bailarin (CD/LP)
File Under: Disco

Sound:
https://merlinsnoserecords.bandcamp.com/album/el-leon-bailarin-2

Cat.Nr.: DOO16002CD / DOO16002LP
Label: Oom Dooby Dochas
Formats: LP
Price: 12,99 € / 19,99 €
Barcode: 0710473604321 / 0710473604338
Releasedate: 25.07.2016

This 1980 album from Venezuela shows the typical trademarks of its creator Daniel Grau. Spaced-out disco grooves, this time even with some nifty female vocals aspirated gently upon the lightfooted waves of synthesizer melodies and pulsating rhythms. An exception is the second track „Con en cielo en tus ojos“ which is a lush and utterly relaxed floating Latin pop number with a repetitive vocal line breathing an atmosphere of peace. It is one of these positive tunes that make you feel at ease with everything in this world. There is definitely more color on this album than expected from listening to the „Disco fantasy“ record which in fact was a strong piece already. No wonder that this long out of print gem fetches prices up to 200 Euros among collectors. If you are a fan of what Donna Summer released during the same period of time and love this silky yet vivid feel of the steady pulse the rhythms offer, than you'll have to grab a copy of this beautiful reissue. This is one of these albums that should have been legendary among the dancing public in the clubs by the time of its release peppered with memorable tunes that even work well 36 years and a massive development in popular music later. Let's look behind the surface and dig out the real jewels of this genre!

Daniel Grau - Disco Fantasy (CD/LP, 1979/2016)


Daniel Grau - Disco Fantasy (CD/LP)
File Under: Disco

Sound:
https://merlinsnoserecords.bandcamp.com/album/disco-fantasy

Cat.Nr.: DOO16001CD / DOO16001LP
Label: Oom Dooby Dochas
Formats: LP
Price: 12,99 € / 19,99 €
Barcode: 0710473604307 / 0710473604314
Releasedate: 25.07.2016

This 1979 release has been the fourth solo effort of Venezuelan composer and musician Daniel Grau. The music has been settled at the pulse of its time for certain. Discofunk with a Latin melody and rhythm approach surely was the hottest thing among the dancing folks back in the day and the rather futuristical synthesizer arrangements turn these memorable tunes into a spacey and spicy affair. The sound is perfect and the performance equals its package. The compositions are quite long all in all and therefore have a hypnotical effect on the listener and dancer. The continuing pulsating groove comes in a repetitive manner creating a floating atmosphere. This record is surely a product of its era and made for disco lovers to dance on through the simmering nights, but unlike most mainstream disco albums this record opens the gate to another dimension touching the senses of everybody in reach when it gets played on the turntable. Next to the similar massive Donna Summer works like “I feel love” this is the true essence of disco music just entirely instrumental with an emphasize on synthesizer melodies instead of vocals. Drift away into your disco fantasy, folks!

Eliwagar - I Volven's Vev (LP, 2016)


Eliwagar - I Volven's Vev (LP)
File Under: Pagan Folk

Sound:

https://merlinsnoserecords.bandcamp.com/album/i-v-lvens-vev

Cat.Nr.: MN1015LP

Label: Merlins Nose Records
Formats: LP
Price: 19,99 €
Barcode: 0710473604185
Releasedate: 25.07.2016

ELIWAGAR is a pagan folk band formed in France in 2006, relocated to Norway after a couple of albums and with a fair amount of releases ever since. "I Vølven's Vev" is their eleventh full length effort. Therefore you can expect a matured songwriting culminating in anthems of extramundane beauty. The main focus lies on haunting yet memorable vocal melodies with an utterly peaceful and joyful atmosphere. Around the mystical atmosphere, Eliwagar weaves a subtle harmony network with a steady hypnotizing drive. Most of the tracks feature bewitched percussion, acoustic guitar, flute and natural sounds like the whispering wind the waves rolling on the rough Nordic shore. These are backed by the enchanting voice of Brenda Runahild, the front woman behind Eliwagar. The songs drag you into a dreamy state and make you think of druids and heathen ceremonies. This is by far one of the most outstanding gems in the pagan folk genre and on par with great acts such as fellow Norwegians WARDRUNA (despite ELIWAGAR are more melodic and dreamy), IN GOWAN RING (just with an emphasize on Norwegian folk) or FAUN. Eliwagar knows how to create a whole world of mystical sounds that unfold in front of your inner eyes and ears. Sound and performance are as brilliant as the compositions themselves. A giant masterpiece of current pagan folk music!


Apr 19, 2016

Trio Mandili - With Love (LP, 2015/'16)


Trio Mandili - With Love (LP)
File Under: Songwriter / Folk

Sound:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbsQJBxICN0
https://merlinsnoserecords.bandcamp.com/album/with-love


Cat.Nr.: MN1014LP

Label: Merlins Nose Records
Formats: LP
Price
: 19,99 €
Barcode: 0710473604185
Releasedate: 18.06.2016

This is the debut album of a trio of young ladies from Georgia in the Caucasus area and their story actually sounds fantastic. Being into singing folk songs and filming one day the three girls made a recording of the love song “Apareka” and that video gained them 3.000.000 views on Youtube right away. It is folk, three ladies singing to the sound of classic Eurasian stringed instruments such as the panduri and tschonguri, long necked lutes. The all acoustic instrumentation can be considered as the soil from which the voices of the three lead singers rise with the one or another instrumental line going deeper than that of course. It might sound like a miracle that this music gained so much attention in a time of flat ass streamline plastic pop but if you take a closer listen to “With love” you will realize that it does justice to its title. The melodies sung by the girls grab you by the heart immediately and fasten in your soul right away. This is some passionate brand of Eastern, Caucasian folk and has an enchanting approach within the melodies. The girls sing with a very determined expression in their performance. The TRIO MANDILI seems to be much more than just a group of young ladies playing music. There is a kind of mystical atmosphere rising from this compilation of simple love songs coming straight from the heart. The spiritual vibe shall not be underestimated here. This music will increase the frequency of your vibrancy and literally enlighten you. The compositions themselves may be rather simple as it is the fact with most classic folk tunes from allover the centuries but the emotional depth is amazing and the performance is utterly tight. You cannot get any better. If you love folk music and would like to head a bit more east to discover something fresh and exciting, this will be what you are looking for. The vocal performances belong to the most impressive I ever experienced and I have been listening to quite a bit of music over the past decades.


Jan 24, 2016

I Fenomeni - Un Vuoto Appeso (LP, 2013/'16)

I Fenomeni - Un Vuoto Appeso (LP)
File Under: Psychedelic Rock / Garage Rock

Sound:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7YNn2L7yB8
https://merlinsnoserecords.bandcamp.com/album/un-vuoto-appeso

Cat.Nr.: MN 1013

Label: Merlins Nose Records
Formats: LP
Price
: 19,99 €
Barcode: 0710473604253
Releasedate: 20.02.2016

Here we go and check some rather fresh band : I FENOMENI, formed in 2010 in Italy with the intention to create the dirtiest and most fuzzed out garage beat ever. Dirty guitar sounds and cheesy Farfisa organ lines on a solid and straightly pushing rhythmical substraction with some melodic vocals sung in Italian language are the ingredients of a joy – and colorful record that feels like a lost gem from not later than 1967. Nobody could tell this was first released in 2013 and reissued right now. Sound, interplay, melodies and spirit speak of smoky clubs with swirls of colors ornamenting the walls and acid drenched drinks being served by topless waitresses in short skirts. You find yourself back in the mid sixties when it all began and the music here brings to mind tons of popular acts from that era. Starting with the early BYRDS, moving along to the US underground heroes such as THE SEEDS, THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK, THE THIRD BARDO or the later ANIMALS and psyched out JEFFERSON AIRPLANE stuff. If you look for innovations, please stop reading and grab some modern progressive rock for your own joy but if you want to be swallowed into a tunnel of sounds and colors where you can trip easy and free, this is yours. Despite the rather short length of these acid garage beat tunes you will leave what people call reality for a while. Everything here just grabs my soul and melts it away. Memorable melodies, moody riffs and those simmering fuzzed out lead guitars get me lose my senses. This is definitely addictive stuff. If you are a fan of current acid rock like BABY WOODROSE you will not only dig but definitely worship I FENOMENI. The language is rather not important in this context as the voice alone is commanding and you understand the message without understanding the language. Beautiful and haunting. A must have for all psyche and garage freaks.

Dec 1, 2015

Uubbuurruu / El Napoleon - Swamp Ritual (LP, 2015)

Uubbuurruu / El Napoleon - Swamp Ritual (LP)
File Under: Psychedelic Rock

Sound:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdf6nn_QDWA
https://merlinsnoserecords.bandcamp.com/album/swamp-ritual


Cat.Nr.: MN 1012
Label: Merlins Nose Records
Format: LP
Price
: 19,99 €
Barcode: 0710473604208
Releasedate: 15.12.2015

Here we go for a beautiful split album by two Montreal / Canada based acts with a close connection as it seems and a common love for psychedelic sounds and space rock despite their different turns on the same thing. It is no miracle that you find UUBBUURRUU front man Joey Napoleon being in both acts. While UUBBUURRUU have chosen a rather laid back and melodic pop psyche route just with slightly more edgy guitars he kicks off into a fuzzed out acid punk inferno with EL NAPOLEON. Dark and gloomy garage beat with dirty riffs and even dirtier and simmering hot melodies is the lowest common dominator here and be sure it is you as the listener who gets dominated. This will certainly appeal to all those who still live in the yesteryear some 46 years ago when beat became rock and songs became twisted, uncontrollable freak outs due to hordes of proto punks going nuts on topics like the ongoing Vietnam War or sexual liberation. UUBBUURRUU may have the more freaked out name though. Their music consists of straight compositions with very striking melodies that may sound familiar to one somehow but really do their work to drag the listener onto a colorful trip. EL NAPOLEON on the other hand work with the same kind of firing harmonies and vocal lines but give them an extra buzz with their guitar eruptions that go further than your average sixties garage rock (which I love) and reach spheres of rage only MC 5 or THE STOOGES would have dared to touch. Eastern flavored guitar leads enhance the psychedelic mood to its maximum. All this is certainly very well played but it might not appeal to fans of clean digital sounds as the earthy and often dirty production is the icing on the cake and makes both acts come as vibrant as music can and should be. I would not mind making love to a sweet soul sister while cranking up this gem so it is really that hot and groovy. Fans of BABY WOODROSE, SPIDS NÖGENHAT, early MONSTER MAGNET and oldies like THE SEEDS, THE THIRD BARDO and tons of English pop psyche acts like TOMORROW or APPLE will enjoy this split album. Cheers to Canada, well done, boyzzz!!!!!

The Strawberry Jam - Jam (LP, 2007/'15)

The Strawberry Jam - Jam (LP)
File Under: Songwriter / Punk / Psychedelic Rock

Sound:
https://hayride-records.bandcamp.com/album/jam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvbMcdHAbWE


Cat.Nr.: H-10151 / H-10151-C
Label: Hayride Records
Formats: LP (Black) / LP (Red)
Price
: 19,99 € / 19,99 € (Sold Out!)
Barcode: 0710473604147 / 0710473604147
Releasedate: 25.11.2015

(The red vinyl edition is limited the 100 copies only!) THE STRAWBERRY JAM is a rather fresh UK band and this album is their debut from 2007, but you can only tell this from the rather clear basic sound. The first three songs have a quite earthy feel and go from utterly cool country garage rock hybrids to proto-punkish eruptions, all in the first ten minutes. You are tempted to put a label on this band right away, filed under garage rock music due to its lovely late 60s feeling. There is a savage lead guitar on the first few songs, making them a great joy to listen to. However, there is much more to discover. “Alice D”, “I Like You The Most” and “Alice D Reprise” take the turn from the down-to-earth, fuzzed-out US garage rock to a rather British psychedelic pop with a slightly giddy expression. You could find this kind of stuff on some early records from the London Underground and Canterbury Scene. The more laid back and folkish psychedelic sound and the weird humorous pieces stay with us for a while until THE STRAWBERRY JAM find themselves slipping through a time hole which leads from early 1967 to the summer of 1969. “I Don’t Want To Make You Mine” is a straight blues rock stomper with a typical British blues approach you would expect to hear from bands such as SAVOY BROWN or TEN YEARS AFTER. Some more beautiful hippie folk follows in its veins and an epic psychedelic pop tune ends a very colourful and captivating album. You know and hear that it is a modern day effort since this bandwidth of styles and sounds would have been a bit too far out for an original sixties audience. The step back from 1969 to 1968 on the last two tracks is definitely a great choice. The closing track "Dragon Seed" is a laid back epic with ever drifting rhythmic pulsations and a wicked swirl of sounds which, by its end, gets you lifted above all that people consider reality and frees your mind. A few moments of free form experiments close this retrospective but joyful album. From THE SEEDS to THE MC 5 to THE BEATLES to TOMORROW and TWINK and more... you'll find it all in here! This is a great soundtrack for a summer trip!

Aug 3, 2015

Aqua Nebula Oscillator - Aqua Nebula Oscillator (LP, 2008/'15)


Aqua Nebula Oscillator - Aqua Nebula Oscillator (LP)
File Under: Heavy Psychedelia / Desert Rock / Space Rock

Sound:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tM30TIh4HY
 
https://rewolfed-gloom-records.bandcamp.com/album/aqua-nebula-oscillator
Purchase:
http://stores.ebay.de/Surreal-Peppermint-Store/_i.html?...82387916


Cat.Nr.: RGR 002 / RGR 002/B
Label: Rewolfed Gloom Records
Formats: Black LP / Col. LP
Price: 19,99 € / 21,99 €
(Sold Out)
Barcode: 0710473604161
Releasedate: 01.08.2015

A song title like "Ready to fly" actually gives you all necessary information to categorize the album in your hands as psychedelic spacerock that certainly makes you recall the ancient days of the 1970s when HAWKWIND ruled and LSD was the hot shit to get up from the ground and trip through open space. "Ready to fly" is for certain one of these typical up tempo space rock songs with a straight and hypnotic beat, oscillating synthesizer lines, swishing distorted guitars and monotone chants buried under layers upon layers of echo effects. What has been great in 1972 can still capture your spirit more than forty years later. But there is more behind this album than meets the ear. It begins with a four minute long drone entitled "KA" made of sitar sounds coupled with swirling synths and strange voice samples. Next comes "Ready to fly" as the prototypical space rocker followed by "Take a long walk", which could not be more different then. Here we have folky psychedelic music that flows gently with a haunting, melancholic melody and some fine guitarleads lost in reverie. Early P.F. during their days as the hottest band in the London underground club scene in 1967 come to my mind. And we move on from here to heavily grooving yet utterly washy and simmering power rock with vocals that mill into your mind and back to these gently floating psychedelic folk with guitar sounds that feel like whale chants, swirling synthesizer noises in the back, dark and melancholic vocal harmonies. You want your space and heavy psychedelic music colorful, viola, these French trippies deliver the goods in a way that will please every acid rock fundamentalist who concentrates on the 60s and 70s scene as well as all the desert rock aficionados who were born too late for the freak outs in Swinging London back in the day. And be sure, this is much more than just a record full of music. This is the key to unlock the gate to a world of color, joy and passion where love can be felt as a physical force. The 1960s garage psyche of bands like THE THIRD BARDO, the acid outbursts of the embryonic P.F. and HAWKWIND's straight ahead space rock drive combined could hardly match with the music of their heirs.

Apr 10, 2015

Perry Leopold - Christian Lucifer (LP, 1973/'15)

Perry Leopold - Christian Lucifer (LP)
File Under: Psychedelic Folk / Songwriter

Sound:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju7sBKJxb7Q
Buy:
http://www.ebay.de/itm/Perry-Leopol...item2a4efc79db

Cat.Nr.: PSI 001-2
Label: PSI (Psychedelic Sounds Intl.)
Formats: LP
Price: 19,99 €

Barcode: 0710473604062
Releasedate: 10.04.2015

This album is some kind of a mystery and miracle, the latter due to the fact that except for some mixdown copies all the mastertapes have been erased for reuse soon after the recordings were finished for the studio went bankrupt and the material had been sold. In a miraculous way this album came to see the light as a reissue in 1999 and now, some forty years after the initial recording sessions, this music manages to enchant me in its entirety and I am left sedated, unable and unwilling to resist this temptation. The artist I write about here is Perry Leopold, an ambitious musician from the Philadelphia (USA) area who played in rock bands in the 60s and got to release his first acid folk masterpiece “Experiments in metaphysics” back in 1970, a rather twisted effort which strummed past the mainstream success back in its days. From 1971 to 1973 Perry worked on his opus magnum which should have been “Christian Lucifer”, an even more sophisticated and melodic album, still drenched colors man actually should not see and executed with a sense of progressiveness that was mainly associated with the rock scene in Europe. Perry Leopold created this album nearly all alone with a good hand in writing melodies of an unearthly, mythical beauty that he connected with cantilevered instrumental passages in which he piles layers of acoustic guitars, cellos, bells, strings, flutes and a few analogue keyboards and organs upon each other to achieve harmony structures of utter complexity in which the listener could get lost like he was trying to find a non existing path to escape a jungle. The whole piece of sound art, despite the overall accessible approach, bears a deeply spiritual atmosphere and sets your soul in a quiet and peaceful mood. Highly recommended to fans of progressive and symphonic folk and singer / songwriter artists of the ancient days like THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, DULCIMER and NICK DRAKE but also of contemporary psychedelic folksters like IN GOWAN RING or BIRCH BOOK.

D.R. Hooker - The Truth (CD, 1972/'15)

D.R. Hooker - The Truth (CD)
File Under: Acid Rock

Sound:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3Uit2xSZ_s
Buy:
http://www.ebay.de/itm/D-R-Hook...=item51cf39b06e

Cat.Nr.: PSI 002-1
Label: PSI (Psychedelic Sounds Intl.)
Formats: CD
Price: 11,99 €

Barcode: 0710473604123
Releasedate: 10.04.2015

If you face a „Jesus“ look-alike in a white robe with an acoustic guitar and a beard in full blossom on the cover of a record you know you’re on the trail of a real oddity, in whatever way it might be. Then you check the name and it says D.R. Hooker on the cover. Is it his name or is he a doctor who cures prostitutes, so called “hookers” ? What is this all about? With a bit of effort you may find out that this is the name of a musician from the Connecticut scene of the early 70s and that he gathered a bunch of willing hired guns around to back him up instrumentally. You will also be able to get the information that the original vinyl pressing in 1972 had only a limited run of 99 copies and is nowadays as rare as gold dust but there may have been reissues in the meantime. Well, if something like that gets reissued, it should have some kind of a fan base among collectors of 70s music and most of them go nuts for psychedelic, hardrock and progressive rock. So, can we say that this little obscurity with the utterly odd cover is some kind of the early 70s hardrock and psyche scene’s Holy Grail? There might be even more obscure records (like STONEWALL – Stoner) with print runs even lesser in size but D.R. HOOKER – The truth definitely belongs to the most iconic records in the field of US rock. Now we come to the actual musical quality of this item and despite a little rough and unpolished sound, the music is definitely intriguingly composed, well executed and backed with feelings of peace or passion, whatever song you get to listen to. The fervid opener “The sea” is one of the best examples what a brilliant composer Donald R. Hooker (there we go), singer / songwriter and hippie with a substance abuse history, really was. A pulsating rhythm made of regular drums and obsessively beaten percussions, held together by an ever pumping bass guitar, was the background for an epic, picturesque vocal melody riding on a guitar stampede with excessive leads. Next comes a gentle pop tune or a steaming funky rocker with an easy and relaxed vocal line or another quite progressively structured composition of crushing heaviness. No matter where the needle or the laser are in the groove, each note here is captivating and will inspire you down to the bare bones. Hard to compare this music but it ranges from pop psyche of the highest order in the vein of the STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK to powerful late 60s rock with a funky attitude as played by so many rockbands those days to thought provoking singer / songwriter tunes in the vein of Neil Young, Nick Drake or even Donovan Leitch with either lush or sparse arrangements. And there is way more than that. Haunting synthesizer lines on powerful guitars build an epic beginning for a fuzzed out, yet relaxed garage rocker that could be a lost outtake of a JEFFERSON AIRPLANE session with THE SEEDS. The whole album bears a homemade feeling and creates a very imaginative atmosphere. Next to the ten original tracks of “The truth” we get six of eight songs that were recorded in 1974 and been released about five years later as “Armageddon”. And all of these songs come in the same way as the ones on “The truth”. 60s psychedelia, dramatic pop, progressive power rock and great folky bits and pieces flow into each other. The result is music in full blossom, so colorful and thrilling that you will definitely give this album a heavy rotation on or in your music player.

Nov 21, 2014

Mind Garage - A Total Electric Happening (CD, 1968/2014)

Mind Garage - A Total Electric Happening (CD)
File Under: Psychedelic Rock / Hard Rock

Sound:
https://merlinsnoserecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-total-electric-happening

Cat.Nr.: MN 1011
Label: Merlins Nose Records
Format: CD
Price: 12,99 €

Barcode: 0710473604048
Releasedate: 25.11.2014

MIND GARAGE are one of those dozens of bands from the commercial bottom section of the psychedelic rock genre in the late 60s, rather unknown to the record buying audience due to the fact they came from the Christian music scene, similar to THE SEARCH PARTY with their “Montgomery chapel” album. Just a bit more professional in the sense that these guys here are real musicians with the aim to play music and not a bunch of talented people from a Christian community that puts the word of the lord into a garment of flashing and swirling acid rock. MIND GARAGE also were different to the more trippy female fronted project mentioned above. Their music was built on blues drenched yet utterly dirty and fuzzed out guitar lines, some captivating organ carpets, naughty, angry vocals and a rather possessed kind of power drumming that gave the music an irresistibly sexy groove in case they did not slow down for a mind melting trip into the colored depths of LSD based insanity. And they did all of this in the name of the lord. The sound is rough and you can hear that the band recorded each of them in one take with no overdubs but this proves how gifted with talent these guys were and how much love and effort they put into their music. And for sure the raw production makes the music feel even more gruff and honest. Beautiful garage psyche, as the band name already implicates, made for all fans of bands like THE THIRD BARDO, FRACTION, THE SEEDS, THE HEAD SHOP, HP LOVECRAFT, THE DOORS. So roll a blunt in praise of the lord and let the world feel the greatness of the holy smoke while enjoying this lovely ‘Freak-Out Rock’.


Oct 3, 2014

It's Psychedelic Baby - Issue #1 (Magazine + CD, 2014)

It's Psychedelic Baby - Issue #1 (Magazine + CD)
File Under: Psych / Prog / Garage / Acid Folk

Order:
https://merlinsnoserecords.bandcamp.com/album/issue-1

Cat.Nr.: MN1010

Label: Merlins Nose Records
Formats: Magazine + CD
Price: 13,99 €

Barcode: 2090503870949
Releasedate: 25.08.2014


130 full-colour pages, glossy sleeve, plus bonus Space Rock/Neo-Psychedelia compilation CD!
A must-have for fans of 'Shindig!', 'Flashback' or 'Ugly Things Magazine'!

Read, what Vernon Joynson has to say about it: The first Country Joe and The Fish album Electric Music For The Mind And Body is one of the very finest examples of psychedelia and when Klemen found it as a 12-year-old among a pile of his dad’s records and played it, his life changed forever. His curiosity lead him to research deeper and deeper into the whole sixties music scene. He started a blog where he discussed private pressings and over the next few years, with the help of a network of like-minded friends, the blog evolved into the fabulous online magazine that is now ‘It’s Psychedelic Baby!’. The name is perhaps a little misleading because the magazine’s scope is much wider than just psychedelia. Its scope encompasses prog-rock, jazz, blues, folk, punk, metal & avant-garde music. Indeed Klemen is a huge folk and jazz fan. Above all, the website has a special focus on obscure and rare music. At the last count this stunning site contained over 500 interviews with a very broad range of artists and people connected with the music business, as well as lots of reviews and articles. He has done so much original research, located so many forgotten artists and even helped some to find record labels. What you have in your hand is the first hard copy version of this magazine! This first edition is primarily dedicated to Texas psychedelia. The state has a very rich and diverse musical tradition, but in the sixties it produced countless tough garage-punk bands and some of the most demented acidpunk records to come out of the US in this era, as well as some seminal hippie-rock bands. Many of these were drawn to the attention of wider audiences in the subsequent years by the pioneering works of David Shutt whose ‘Journey To Tyme’ was a brilliant interpretative discographical guide to Texas 1960s punk and psychedelia and by Doug Hanners’ equally excellent magazine ‘Not Fade Away’ focusing on the Texas music scene in that era. It is largely due to them and other Texas collectors that many obscure Texas recordings of the mid to late sixties found their way onto the many various artists’ compilations of sixties punk and psychedelia that emerged in subsequent years. Now, in this new hard copy magazine, Klemen assisted by other music historians like Kevin Rathert, has traced and interviewed many more artists and the magazine contains features about Powell St. John, Zakary Thaks, The Moving Sidewalks, Lemon Fog, Golden Dawn, Homer, Corpus and many more. Be sure to read the interview with Michael Jensen (who was a member of the 13th Floor Elevators in the eighties) and shares for the very first time many stories about Roky and different meanings of some of the band’s songs. In keeping with the sheer scope of Klemen’s antenna this mag includes many other features too. He has tracked down the Zambian band WITCH and has a fascinating feature (probably the first in hard copy) about the whole seventies Zambian music scene. He’s also found Vyto (from First Chips) and there are articles on the Mexican Kaleidoscope, Bodo Molitor, Anonymous and reviews of new reissues and new psych releases. There is also a fascinating non music-related feature about "music as medicine". Read on....I promise you will not be disappointed.

Sep 5, 2014

Gulaab - Ritt durch den Hades (CD/LP, 1979/2014)

Gulaab - Ritt durch den Hades (CD/LP)
File Under: Psychedelic / Kraut-Folk / Kosmische Musik

Sound:
http://merlinsnoserecords.bandcamp.com/album/ritt-durch-den-hades

Cat.Nr.: MN1009 / MN1009LP
Label: Merlins Nose Records
Formats: CD / LP

Prices: 12,99 € / 19,99 € (Sold Out)
Barcode: 2090503983052 / 2090503983045
Releasedate: 10.07.2014

Ultra-rare lost psychedelic Kraut-Folk from 1979. First time on CD and LP! Taken from the original mastertapes! Gulaab means “rose” in Nepalese language. Gulaab is a German virtuoso on the acoustic guitar who has served three years as an after dinner musician in a luxury restaurant in Nepal to play for an amazing number of well known personalities of the 20th century during the early 70s. A strongly influential experience that shaped his musical expression big time but also let him become an open minded spirit. “Ritt durch den Hades” is the result of his experimentation with sounds, atmospheres and a multitude of styles in traditional music from Latin to Eastern Asian elements. It was first released in 1979, vanishing into obscurity soon after , waiting to be rediscovered by a more open minded generation of music lovers now. Traditionalists be forewarned : This mystic grail of 70s “kraut folk” stands far out from the average folk and singer / songwriter stuff combining guitar harmonies of the highest order with a cosmic drone that backs up the hypnotizing picking and trippy swirls of sounds. This album is in fact more like a musical journey than just a piece of music taking you from secret sacrificial altars in the Andes to the ceremonial places of the ancient Himalayan population with a short stopover for a little “joint venture” in the musical space centers of highly flown out German originators like ASH RA TEMPEL / Manuel Göttsching, POPUL VUH / Florian Fricke, WITTHÜSSER & WESTRUPP, BRÖSELMASCHINE, DOM or DEUTER. Now take a ride through Hades with GULAAB!



Jan 15, 2014

The Myrrors - Burning Circles In The Sky (LP, 2008/'14)

Aloha Folks!
Happy 2014! Crawled out your bed already? If not, you surely will do it now, because: We proudly present the first release on "Rewolfed Gloom Records"; THE MYRRORS! Merlins Nose' new sublabel 'Rewolfed Gloom Records' is dedicated to Heavy Psychedelia / Desert Rock / Stoner / Space Rock / Jam / Experimental etc.

The official release date is 01.01.2014 (that's today, hurray!!).
Coloured copies (limited to 100) sold out by preorders two days ago!

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The Myrrors - Burning Circles In The Sky (LP)
File Under: Heavy Psych / Desert Rock

Sound:
http://rewolfed-gloom-records.bandcamp.com/album/burning-circles-in-the-sky
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Cat.Nr.: RGR 001 / RGR 001C
Label: Rewolfed Gloom Records
Formats: LP (Black) / LP (Col.)
Price: 17,99 € (Sold Out!)/ 19,99 € (Sold Out!)
Barcode: 2090503930827 / 2090503930834
Releasedate: 01.01.2014

Comes in a 350gsm Gatefold Sleeve and on 180g vinyl! The desert lives and within it a few wild creatures, some of them are rock-musicians if it happens to work out geographically just as it does with the Phoenix / Arizona based outfit THE MYRRORS. And the desert with it's supernatural, magical atmosphere was a huge influence on the four teenagers along with all kinds of psychedelic rock, Arabian, Latin American, Turkish and Indian folk music and mind bending free-jazz. And therefore the music sounds like a journey into the deep solitude of the desert in peace with oneself but still boiling and simmering hot, engrossedly floating fraught with visions and ghostly hallucinations from a strange world., even sometimes like taking a stroll in the garden of Eden. The stereoscopic, vivid and sometimes washy sound brings a trance like mood. Desert sounds like a cricket's chirring and spiritual chants, as to be found in the long track „Mother of all living“ intensify the hypnotic effect further on. The band was formed by high school friends in 2005 recorded it's only album in 2008 with rather elementary equipment and prepared the privately released Cdr in manual labour not long before falling apart due to the usual reasons such as work and studies. The incredible success of their peace anthem „War paintings“ as Youtube clip came after the break and posthumously brought the band well deserved publicity and appreciation, what conserves their music for all fans of psychedelic desert rock and smoothes the way for a reissue in an adequate sound carrier format.


Satan's Pilgrims - Psychsploitation (2009/2013)

Aloha Folks! After some months of silence we are back with a terrific LP! All you 60's Garage-Punkers, levitating Psychedelic-Hippies and ultra cool Instro-Surf-Rockers, get ready for the soundtrack of your retro-hut! It's a "Psychsploitation"! It's gonna blow your mind and shake your body!




Satan's Pilgrims ‎- Psychsploitation (LP)
File Under: Garage / Psych / Instro


Sound: https://merlinsnoserecords.bandcamp.com/album/psychsploitation
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Cat.Nr.: MN 1008
Label: Merlins Nose Records
Formats: LP (Black) / LP (Col.)
Price: 19,99 € / 21,99 € (Sold Out)
Barcode: 2090503854413 / 2090503854420
Releasedate: 30.08.13

DELUXE REISSUE ON 180G VINYL AND WITH HEAVY SLEEVE! LIMITED TO 400 BLACK COPIES AND 100 BLACK-BLUE SPLATTERED VINYL COPIES! Chapter 24 (Sutra for a Psychedelic Punk-Out): Psychedelic! Surf! Pastiche! Washout! Once the buzzwords of a new tribalism for the more culturally adventurous of the baby boom generation, today such utterances have become somewhat jaundiced. And yet here we are, discussing Psychsploitation, the new album by Satan's Pilgrims, who've unabashedly transformed their signature surf sound into a dialoguefree sequence of mind-altering soundscapes meant to stone you. (That is a recommendation.) Psychsploitation is, of course, knowingly tongue-in-cheek. The kind of in-joke that makes you forget all about such high-minded psychedelic acts as the Grateful Dead and pine for the days of more immediate shit like Davie Allan's theme from The Wild Angels, space-rock records by the Spotniks, Mike Curb's Mary Jane soundtrack, the Rolling Stones' Her Satanic Majesties Request and Ananda Shankar's breakout sitar album from 1969.


In Gowan Ring - The Glinting Spade (1999/'12)


In Gowan Ring - The Glinting Spade (CD/LP)
File Under: Psych Folk / Drone / Songwriter / Neo-Folk

Sound:
http://merlinsnoserecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-glinting-spade
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Cat.Nr.: MN 1007
Label: Merlins Nose Records
Formats: CD / LP (Black) / LP (Col.)
Price: 12,99 € / 22,99 € (Sold Out) / 24,99 € (Sold Out)
Barcode: 2090503760387 / 2090503760394
Releasedate: 15.04.2013

CD: 6-Panel Digisleeve with Goldprinting & booklet!
LP: DELUXE EDITION! Heavy Carton Sleeve, 180g Virgin Vinyl! Black Vinyl edition is limited too 400, the coloured version is limited to 100!

No Overdubs or synthetic sounds were used for this album. 
Everything you’ll hear on this album got recorded with physical vocals and instruments only.
Long time out-of-print and highly demanded album, finally available again 

with new artwork by Kiryk Drewinski and new mastering by Eroc!

 People have visions, grown and evolved in the world within to be transcended into the world outside. IN GOWAN RING is the vision of the American musician Bobin Eirth aka B'ee. It shows a man on his journey, incarnating the music of his soul. B'ee creates a truly vivid organism of sound which becomes outlined more an more during the creative process. Next to the folk traditions of the western world B'ee has studied different music from many cultures to explore all similarities and differences and to make it all become part of his inner vision. His works arise from the depths of his soul. This explains why he just created three albums within the first ten years of his career. The third album „The glinting spade“ was awakened between 1997 and 1999 during a period of complete isolation and the detection of new musical influences with a childlike passion. No big surprise that this music is a rather intimate affair. B'ee's compositions are captured and detained by him and his fellow musicians partly with regular, partly with unique instruments that were created just for those recordings. The spiritual mood of the songs gets driven by enchanting melodies and quite often ends up in rather mystifying kaleidoscopes of sound. B'ee adds fresh inspiration and creativity to the tradition of the great ancestors of psychedelic folk and singer / songwriter of the 60s and 70s just like Donovan, Perry Leopold, Nick Drake or Exuma. It is a blessing for all music lovers that this long out of print record now receives it’s well deserved reissue on vinyl and CD.

Our friend Klemen recently did an interview with B'ee. You can find it here:
http://psychedelicbaby.blogspot.com/2013/03/in-gowan-ring-interview.html

Birch Book - B'ee's sideproject - will be featured in the soundtrack of the upcoming otherwordly
documentary "The Fairy Trail". The Trailer can be watched at: www.fairytrail.tumblr.com

Arrowwood - Beautiful Grave (CD/LP, 2012)


Arrowwood - Beautiful Grave (CD/LP)
File Under: Psych Folk / Pagan Folk / Neo-Folk

Sound:
http://merlinsnoserecords.bandcamp.com/album/beautiful-grave
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Cat.Nr.: MN 1006
Label: Merlins Nose Records
Formats: CD / LP (Black) / LP (Col.) (Sold Out!)
Price: 12,99 € / 22,99 € / 24,99 €
Barcode: 2090503760363 / 2090503760370
Releasedate: 15.04.2013

CD: Jewelcase with 12-page booklet.
LP: DELUXE EDITION! Heavy Carton Sleeve, 180g Virgin Vinyl! Black 
Vinyl edition is limited too 400, the coloured version is limited to 100!

Feat. Kim Larson (aka "Of The Wand & The Moon") and Pythagumus Marshall (from "Novemthree")!
Mixed & Mastered by Eroc! With mystical nature-photos licensed from Florent &
Maxime Courty and great artwork-layout by Kiryk Drewinski!


Sometimes music tells you more about its creator than he himself could ever do. Chelsea Robb, born in Albion, now residing in the mystical north west of the USA already fits well with the image of an incarnated elementary spirit from her whole appearance and has opened the gates to the magical kingdom in a musical way. Gentle, ethereal and sometimes even ghostly haunting sounds, created on all acoustic instruments such as flute, hurdy gurdy, reed organ and several stringed instruments apart from the classic acoustic guitar build the fruitful soil for a mystifying vocal performance by Ms. Robb who also perfectly performs in a duet with an even more powerful male voice courtesy of NOVEMTHREE mastermind Pythagumus Marshall. An enchanting swarm of different rattles, timbers, bells and rainmakers comes buzzing around the melody patterns, only scarcely driven by an occasional hypnotical beat of a hand drum. The surreal beauty of this second full length album by the project under conduction of Chelsea Robb knows to enchant the listener every second and to tickle his senses. This way even soft, calm and dreamy music can be utterly exciting. The spell of the magic kingdom works well into our dimension through the music of ARROWWOOD.

Jan 14, 2014

Jahrtal - Reprisen & Instrumentalstuecke (CD-R, 2009/'11)



Jahrtal - Reprisen & Instrumentalstuecke (CD-R)
File Under: Drone / Psych Folk

Sound:
http://merlinsnoserecords.bandcamp.com/album/reprisen-instrumentalstuecke
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Cat.Nr.: MN 1005
Label: Merlins Nose Records
Formats: CD-R
Price: 7,99 € (Sold Out)
Barcode: N/A
Releasedate: 15.11.2011

Limited CD-R Edition on Merlins Nose Records! Rerelease of the now rare cassette by Sloow Tapes, that was limited to 70 copies. Imagine yourself leaving your hut in the valley early in the morning and go for a walk along overgrown trails to the mountains. Feeling the heartiness of Gaia below your feet and all around you, feel the mist, which clears and opens your mind... hear the trees, whispering you the tale that is protecting you... Tranquil melodies and exotic instrumentation are echoing peacefully from mountains and woods. Jahrtal is an experience of it's own kind. It's like a heartily lysergic lullaby...

Paths of Prakriti - Axis Mundi (CD, 2011)


Paths of Prakriti - Axis Mundi (CD)
File Under: Folk-Rock / Songwriter / Psych


Sound: http://merlinsnoserecords.bandcamp.com/album/axis-mundi
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Cat.Nr.: MN 1004
Label: Merlins Nose Records
Formats: CD
Price: 9,99 €
Barcode: 2090503546424
Releasedate: 05.09.2011

A wafting, glowing cloud, which glitters multicoloured encases you softly. Inside of that cloud you are floating gently around on the wonderful sounds of PATHS OF PRAKRITI across endless open countrysides and dazzling blue oceans. PATHS OF PRAKRITI are founded in the beginning of the summer 2006 in Trondheim, Norway. Basically AXIS MUNDI is the work of Jon Reier Sylte between 2009 and 2011. Jon has written all the songs, produced and recorded them, and is responsible for most of the vocals and instruments. The instrumentation of as a trio working PATHS OF PRAKRITI varies and depends on the song.The ghost of the 60s is prevalent and the recording technique sounds knowingly as if this album is straight out of that time. Bewitching arranged songs with great attention to detail and ecstasizeing gimmicks which never get lost, but are always placed carefully at the right moments, complete the songs artistically. A lovely positive and refreshing slow-going, partially even salving album, with which it is possible to have a pleasant rest from the daily routine. It is not only an album which is perfect for active listening, where there is so much to discover, but also exciting inspiring. PATHS OF PRAKRITIs AXIS MUNDI is different and in spite of its musically catenations to the past it is extremely up to date. Even more it is an album of which we need many more these days. No artificial, flat and polished songs, but deepness and authenticity represent the focal point. (by Missu for Zygmatron)

Last Hippie Standing (DVD, 2000/11)


Last Hippie Standing (DVD)
File Under: Documentary

Trailer:



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Cat.Nr.: MN 1003
Label: Merlins Nose Records
Formats: DVD
Price: 13,99 €
Barcode: 2090503546400
Releasedate: 05.09.2011

Documentary about the hippie trail to India and the movement in Goa. Including previously unreleased super8-material of Goa in the early seventies. «In the late sixties and early seventies all these young people in their twenties decided that they had to go to India. It was so magical, it was so mystical, it was so spiritual. So people from all over the world, from Europe, from South America, the United States and Japan all of a sudden decided that this was the place we had to be. And so we all just went.» ~Swami William