The Cosmic Dead- Psychonaut (2011)

Recently I came across the Cosmic Dead, a Glasgow quartet playing droney, psychedelic, instrumental space rock… Twangy guitar riffs and a deep soundscape that blends instruments and riffs into a smooth psychedelic flow. Great session music, 90%, highly recommended as a “should hear” album.


Random Downloads of Moderate Interest- Vampire Slayer- Psychic Hex (2012)

Today, is the day of Random Downloads of Moderate Interest and a “should hear” band all wrapped into one post. Electronic psychedelic-drone is about as close to an accurate tag as I can give this solo-project brainchild of someone who has evidently prescribed himself Xanax over the Internet.
A smooth soundscape effect, all electronic with kraut and space rock influences subtly heard, this is an interesting album to say the least. A “should hear” band, however bizarre I’d rate it at 88%, but defiantly worth listening to and soothing background music.


Bong- … Yet Another Dose (2013)

New Bong. Enjoy. Well sorta new. Jams that didn’t make the cut for their next album, they released these out takes last month. Either way, Bong is a new notable band out of the UK playing psychedelic stoner/drone. Absolutely killer band, great session music. I never really “got” hookah sessions until I heard this band, that’s how psych they are.
Instrumental, droning and heavy, they are one of the reasons why I want to make it to the Roadburn festival… But I also keep meaning to make it to the Emerald Cup yet never do, so I am likely just talking shit here. Anyway, I rate this release at 85%, because while good music from a great band, it is apparent that this isn’t quite perfection.

iTunes Roulette; Boris- Pink (2005)

Sorry about the lack of a post yesterday for Relationship Advice Wednesday, I got bogged down at work and didn’t have time to complete it, so it has been delayed a week. My apologies, I know everyone looks forward to my tirades on Wednesdays.
Onwards to iTunes Roulette, this week the ball lands on Boris and their album Pink. This album is on my iTunes because I got it from my friend M, and I’ve never really listened to them much for whatever reason, however, they came up on Roulette and here we are. Boris is almost unknown to me so I am relying on Wiki for information on this one.
An experimental rock/sludge/doom/drone/psychedelic that arose out of the Tokyo punk/underground scene of the early 90’s, which doesn’t do them justice, and neither do the mediocre bios on YouTube and LastFM and Bandcamp…
The best way to explain is to liken their sound to a hot-knife session during trim season, in the valley; Really good if you are in the mood for it and have nothing pressing to do with your time. If in a rush, this band with their meandering songs and a style floating across genres can be maddening, which is why I haven’t gotten into them before. In true iTunes Roulette spirit though I am starting to dig this band and rate this album at 82%



Wreck And Reference- Black Cassette (2011)

Experimental noise/doom from California with psychedelic lo fi influences, I stumbled across this on Bandcamp the other day.
This album has a rich texture and lacks the over-produced, overly clean, sterile sound that record labels generate now. Available for free via Bandcamp, this album has a quality and relaxed sound to it that one normally only hears at practice sessions. Not too experimental and not too doom this is a great release that doesn’t sit squarely in any genre. Good music for traveling and zoning out with headphones in a room full of strangers, not session music or to be listened to in rush hour traffic; it has jangly edges like hardcore and math rock and the last three seconds of the last song imply someone is a fan of screamo. But like I said, good aspects are incorperated into a very listenable album that rates an 86%.

streaming and free download on Bandcamp


Sunn O))) – Rehearsal Demo Nov 11 2011

Sunn O))) put out a new rehearsal demo last year, recorded November 11, 2011. It is their latest offering, good experimental drone/doom and of course there is the weird spoken word introduction.
And, I’m hung over as fuck, YouTube is crapping out and refusing to play this video, my computer is refusing to even acknowledge my Android and honestly I haven’t been able to listen to this demo in its entirety. However, I am assuming there is someone out there who isn’t having alcohol induced technical difficulties and would be hyped to hear this demo, thus I’m posting it anyway. Enjoy.


Sunn O)))- White 1 (2003)

200-some posts and I haven’t touched on Sunn O))) yet, which struck me as odd until I realised that I really haven’t listened to Sunn O))) much and the only albums of theirs I had gotten from M and had never really listened to them much other than on job sites with the iPod on shuffle, which is not the proper setting to enjoy drone/doom, at all.
The Sunn O))) album I picked was White1, a random selection from their mountain of work, which got an average review of 76% from six reviews on Metallum.
This sounds like a crumby introduction, but Sunn O))) is not a band that grabs the listener and the music isn’t made to be perceived that way either.
White1 is almost an hour of super heavy, low and muddy droning riffs pierced with haunting poetry/vocals/weirdness.
It takes a while to get into the mood of the album but once there this is a sick album.
The second time I listened to this I started thinking that this really was a good example of Sunn O))) because this is a mid-way point in the progression of their sound, which the reviews explain with older fans feeling shunned because they seemed to expect a simple regurgitation of older albums, and others are simply not fans of the genre, which is understandable.
This album is an excellent introduction to Sunn O))) and drone/ambient in general, which I love, but it has been an acquired taste.



Secret Birds- In Hex (2012)

Found this over at weedtemple and I’ve been bugging out listening to it at 5:00 in the morning (can’t sleep). It has a deep, rich texture that is absolutely perfect for an early morning session. It is appealing, lo-fi, psychedelic and uses synthesizers.
I am shocked to find myself saying this, but the synthesizers are used masterfully and add a lot to the sound. If you don’t believe me that it is good, check it out streaming down below.


Acid Mothers Temple- Have You Seen the Other Side of the Sky?

Acid Mothers Temple is a Japanese psychedelic rock band that has generated an enormous amount of music. Originally formed to create “extreme trip music” these guys explore territory ranging com psychedelic to drone to slightly doom influenced, different in an appealing Japanese sense of the word, this would be one for the collection, however, downloads are hard to find for this band, so this is a YouTube-only post.