HOMEMADE LOFI PSYCH --- WHERE TO START?





"There is so much groovy music here..." WHERE TO START???

I recommend to
start with the HLFP-Samplers (especially HLFP 04).
Here you will come to know many of the bands/musicians featured in this blog. If you like what you hear, you may check out more of their music later on.
(You may also click on the picture on the sidebar and you will find the original post with download links.)

There is also a "FOCUS ON..." section. Here you will find albums that in my opinion are absolutely great (***** = "five-stars-recordings") and that are essential listening and strongly recommended for download.

Please don't send me any more music submissions

and emails until further announcement!


I TRY to RE-UP some stuff that has been down from time to

time, but I still don't have enough time to

listen to/post much new stuff.

Sorry!

IMPRESSUM: see here!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Astrosound - Welcome Back In Space (GER 2010)


ASTROSOUND is one of the many projects of German neo-krautrockers STOLLE AND MEMBER (in this case: Member), that is featured on http://emptyblaukraut.blogspot.com/.
On their blog you'll find many of their different bands and projects (all free to download) dedicated to the exploration of various forms of krautrock – from free-form-freak-out-improvisations to electronic space drones and any other style loosely associated with the term "krautrock".

STOLLE AND MEMBER are also featured on the 2nd HLFP-Sampler EMBRYO THOUGHTS, and any track from this ASTROSOUND release would surly not have been out of place on the recent HLFP-Sampler SPACE IS STILL THE PLACE.
A visit to their blog is strongly recommended!


Q: Where exactly are you from?
A: We are from Frankfurt/M Germany
Q: Do you want your real names mentioned? If so: What are your real names?
A: We are Heiko, Thomas & Member, that is reality enough ....
Q: Who involved? Who played what?
A: Heiko played Analog Synths & Drum Machines, Samples, Effects, Guitar and Voice,
Thomas played Guitar, massive various Effect Units and Voice,
Member played Analog Synths & Drum Machines, Organ, Melodica, Effects, Bass and Voice
Q: How recorded?
A: This Session was recorded on 8 Tracks via Zoom R16. Everyone Got 2 Tracks + 2 Tracks Room Sound (!) It's a spontaneous & improvised Live Session, just first takes, no overdubs. Original it was three long tracks. I mixed them and editet them into 12 pieces ...
Q: When recorded?
A: 2.9.2010 (= September 9th 2010)
Q: What's your favourite track on the album? Why?
A: Favourite Track??? Don't know... I like "In Space" because it's a short piece with nice melodica, and I like "Wir Fliegen Los" because it represents the Astrosound very well.
Q: Any more releases?
A: There is some more music of Astrosound on
and there is some music from Amphibius (Member & Thomas) on
Q: Since when does this band/project exist?
A: This Project existed from 1997 to 2000. This Trio Incarnation existed only in the Beginning in 1997. This is a Reunion Session. We want to make some more Sessions and a few gigs and then we will see if anything more will happen ...
Q: Any previous/other bands worth mentioning?
A: I met Heiko during my late times with the experimental music project "Lay De Fear". During this time I was heavily infected with electronic music and got a huge fascination to old analog synthesizers and drum machines, also in these times I slowly got infected by the TECHNO Virus and wanted to make some live Techno with old electronic equipment. I met Heiko, who was a Blues Guitar Player in these times and he had something similar in mind. In 1997 we got our first real analog synthesizers and immediately we started Astrosound together with Thomas, a friend of Heiko. Thomas, at this time got some health proplems - he could not play in smoke filled rooms and spaces there people did drugs, but Heiko and me want to play at raves, in techno clubs and parties – a drug influenced scene at that time and so Thomas quitt his job in the end of 1997 and me and Heiko did Astrosound as a duo for some time.
Q: How'd you "label" your music? (I know... nobody wants to get labeled... bla bla bla...)
A: We are too spaced out, to call our music techno, it's electronic SPACE music, very psychedelic ...
Q: What is "psychedelic music" for you?
A: Music that expands your (my) mind, the most music that is labeled "psychedelic" didn't expand my mind, but some music nobody declares as psychedelic can expand my mind. It depends on your experience and your point of view.
Q: What is your all time favourite psychedelic record?
A: CAN - Tago Mago
Q: Influences?
A: CAN, very early Popol Vuh, very early Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Cosmic Jokers, Air Liquide, E.A.R., Infinity Project, Hawkwind, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Six Organs Of Admittance ...
Q: Website, Myspace?
A:
Q: The last five records you bought/downloaded?
A: Grinderman 2
MV & EE - Bollywoe
Islaja - Keraaminen Pää
Kemialliset Ystävät - Ullakkopalo
Antony and the Johnsons - Swanlights
Q: Anything that you think is interesting, that you'd like to inform the blog readers about ...
A: Luv & Peace to everyone ... and if you got into it stay tuned on emptyblaukraut and come when we play live ....
(Interview with Member via email)

Favourite track: Welcome

ASTROSOUND: Welcome Back In Space
(GER 2010)
(mp3-zip, 12 tracks, 157 min, 363 MB, artwork incl.)
Get it here or here!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Taylor Cohan - Demo (USA 2010)

TAYLOR COHAN is one of the musicians who contributed some spacy electronic music to the last HLFP Sampler SPACE IS STILL THE PLACE (HLFP 05). - Excellent electronic ambient!

Recommended listening!


"I am from Tallahassee, Florida. I go to FSU, I am a film student. I recorded all of my music through the built in mic on my macbook, but it does not sound that bad."


Q: When recorded?

A: Those 4 songs I sent you were recorded in the last 6 months on my laptop.

Q: Who involved? Who played what?

A: I was the only person involved, I used an Alesis Ion synthesizer and a bunch of effect pedals.

Q: Any more releases? any "official" releases (label?)?

A: I do not have any other releases.

Q: Since when does this project exist/are you into music?

A: I have been recording ambient electronic stuff for the past 8 months or so. I am also in a noise band called James Bondage.

Q: How'd you "label" your music? (I know... nobody wants to get labeled... bla bla bla...)

A: I would label my music as ambient electronic.

Q: Influences?

A: My biggest influences are probably Bjork, Animal Collective, Aphex twin, The Zombies.

Q: The last five records you bought/doenloaded?

A: The last 4 albums I downloaded are, Oddsac (Animal Collective) which has my favorite music of any of their albums. Oneohtrix Point Never (rifts), an album by Gobble Gobble, Boat Boat by Totally Nebular, and the new Women album.

Q: Website, myspace?

A: My myspace is http://www.myspace.com/taylorcohan

Q: Anything that you think is interesting, that you'd like to inform the blog readers about...

A: Um, I don't really know what else to say about myself. I am in love (with) Movies and plan to incorporate more visual shit in my upcoming songs.


http://www.myspace.com/taylorcohan


TAYLOR COHAN: Demo (USA 2010)

(mp3-zip, 4 tracks, 23 min, 30,6 MB)

Get it here or here or here!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Jewel Yen - Hall Full Of Jewelry (USA 2010)

If you downloaded the fifth homemade-lofi-psych sampler SPACE IS STILL THE PLACE (HLFP 05), you already will know JEWEL YEN.
The two long tracks featured here, entitled "Hall Full of Jewelry", are in fact a little bit more new-agey/trancey than the song on HLFP, especially the second track, "B".
Enjoy!

Q: Where exactly are you from?
A: New Orleans, LA, USA
Q: How recorded?
A: recorded HFOJ in NOLA with this one-track tape recorder that everybody's rockin nowadays, um, it's a Sony
Q: When recorded?
A: they were both recorded in Mid-July of this year (2010), "A" was on the 15th and "B" was on the 16h ... I think
Q: Who involved? Who played what?
A: it's just me playing some cheapo casio keysboardzzzzzz
Q: Any more releases?
A: got's lots of recordings/potential releases, but this is the very first of my solo work that's being shown to the masses;;;; thinkin 'bout doin some self-releasing pretty soon ... maybe/hopefully
Q: Since when does this project exist?
A: Jewel Yen since March 2010
Q: Any previous bands worth mentioning?
A: BD 4 LYFE!, and also my brothers and sisters Merril Lloyd, Inger S, Bud Powell, June Bride and Gyder Xary; also, big shout-outs to my fams Scott Warner (Fiction), Sally Video, the SHE crew, PE #1 Pockets McCoy, Martonomous, Grib Lok Click, Summer Mummy and Faculty/Mothers
Q: How'd you "label" your music? (I know... nobody wants to get labeled... bla bla bla...)
A: Trace-off/Space-off glibbers from the rust of VHS dreams, or, the theme song to the show "My Brother And Me"
Q: Influences?
A: Ferraro, Clark, Pink, Joe Knight (aka: Rangers, also featured on HLFP), Van Deuren, John Maus, Meringue, Stellar OM Source, Dolphins Into The Future (and yes, I know how much I sound like him), Iasos, Russian Tsarlag/Tsarcasm/Swamp Tease/SHV (CARLOS & ALLEY!!!), and all those early electronic/Krautrock GODZZZ
Q: The last five records you bought/downloaded?
A: Downloading suckkkzzz, don't do it;;;
Q: Website, myspace?
A:
Q: Anything that you think is interesting, that you'd like to inform the blog readers about...
A: A & B on HFOJ were done live in one take on particularly busy days which lead to quite a few occasions of I just letting the sounds run on for some repetitive times while I would answer phone calls, answer the door, help bring in groceries, tell people not to slam the door shut, etc. ... also, I'm a big fan of feedback and all that, so let I n I know what you think, my email's on my myspace, and like I mentioned be4, I gots a tons more of recordings/releases, so yeah, just let me know... stayed tuned and stay human ...

JEWEL YEN: Hall Full Of Jewelry (USA 2010)
(mp3-zip, 2 tracks, 165,8 MB, 91 min)
Get it here or here!

slushhh from VHS Dream Factory on Vimeo.

the fuschia frontier from VHS Dream Factory on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Interpretace - Chata Session 2 (CZECH 2010)

Here is an excerpt from a rehearsal session by INTERPRETACE.
Again excellent!
Read more about INTERPRETACE here.


INTERPRETACE: Chata 2 (2010)
(1 wma track, zipped; 46 min, 42,2 MB)
Get it here!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Laundryscope - Live March 2010

This here is a 70 minutes live performance by HOUSTON's drone rock/noise/experimental improv band LAUNDRYSCOPE, recorded in March 2010.

Very atmospheric, cool stuff!
Don't expect any "rock music" here!
This is, hmmm ... post rock space sound!

"We are from Houston tx, we use fake names which are Tones Montgolfier - Guitars,Touch Conners - Guitar, and Morton Hurley - Percussion, and recording embellishments. These songs are recorded on a Digital recorder. We have 2 cdrs and one cassette which is Laundryscope (the live recordings) Plus d'improvisations cdr, and Laundryscope/Gst Cassette, all these are self released in small #'s. We started this band in early 2010. We would label our music as improvisational, and we are music nerds with too many influences to mention. Our Myspace is: Myspace.com/laundryscope. We would like people to know that we don't take things too seriously we are just starting out and having fun but any support would be appreciated."


"Are y'all gonna play a song or just fuck around?"
"Play some Robin Trower!!" -
dude at ARCHIE's"

"
Man, y'all sounded like an orchestra, it was like pink floyd, man, you know?, it was nice you know but i kept wanting to hear, you know, like this voice, it was good, but you know, I just kept waiting to hear this voice, but what do I know, I'm just an old fucker" - old fucker at ARCHIE's

"
It's a miracle, my gout is cured, Thank you Laundryscope" - Mabel

(Quote from: Myspace)


LAUNDRYSCOPE: Live March 2010
(mp3-zip, 4 tracks, 72 min, 98,5 MB)
Get it here or here or here!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Visitor: Farewell Ole #542 - Tragical Misery Non-Tour (USA 2010)

Farewell Ole #542 - Tragical Misery Non-Tour
recorded live jan/feb 2010 - Decatur, Georgia
engineered by Blake Helton

"Mellotron M400 #542: My time with the old gal had come to an end and I wanted to send her off properly. So I set up a handful of dates for my favorite friends/ conspirators to come play and whomever showed up, that's what went down. Pretty much hit record and go. No discussion of key or instrumentation, just listening and unspoken dialogue. All involved are superb improvisers coming in with all kinds of influences, from free jazz to ambient to 70s prog and all points between. I only wish I had done this a long time ago! I have recorded with the melly plenty over the past 10 years, but these collaborations/explorations were particularly special to me."
(Blake Helton via email)

If you like the space excursions on HLFP 05 SPACE IS STILL THE PLACE (where one track, Cosmic Lumberjacks, from this session is featured) or you love early electronic "kosmische Musik", especially TANGERINE DREAM, CLUSTER and KLAUS SCHULZE, you should definitely give this one here a try!

Excellent space session!

Track info:

ChocoNubs/Lil Bahnhof/Woodsmen (the last track is – renamed Cosmic Lumberjacks – featured as an exclusive track on the HLFP 05 Sampler: SPACE IS STILL THE PLACE and not included here):
Blake Helton - mellotron, minimoog
Travis Thatcher - custom modular synth, korg mono/poly, percussion synth

Egyptian Licorice/Merkins Are Real:
Colin Bragg - guitar, mellotron
Ben Coleman - bass
Blake Helton - drums, mellotron
James Joyce - theremin, guitar, drums

We Also Walk Dogs/The Green Hills of Earth:
Scott Burland - theremin, laptop
Blake Helton - mellotron, minimoog

"These are all improvised, hit record and go pieces with minimal, if any editing. I'm lucky to get to play with such fine improvisors!" (B. H.)

If you like VISITOR, you should also check out RECOMPAS, Travis Thatcher's electronic/space psych project. (Travis collaborated on 3 tracks, see track info above.)


VISITOR: Farewell Ole #542 - Tragical Misery Non-Tour
(USA 2010)
(mp3-zip, 6 tracks, 96 min, 131 MB)
Get it here or here or here!

Joakim Granlund - Kontraboken (SWED 2010)






Kontraboken is melodies gathered from 3 different projects by JOAKIM GRANLUND: SOARING SKYLARK, AALTO and URBERGET.

The URBERGET tracks are more in an ambient/experimental rock style, while AALTO is more experimental with a slight acoustic/folk touch, and SOARING SKYLARK could best be described as electronic ambient music.
Amazing stuff - well worth checking out.

Some more info by/about JOAKIM GRANLUND:
First of all: Joakim Granlund. Librarian. Sound Collector. Vocalist of the old death / thrash band Leukemia. Sometimes you have to let the sounds play their own lives.
Soaring Skylark was the beginning of creating own tones. With the minidisc and resolve audio tracks and created a CD-R with the name Open Air Sleep (Barrskogen oo1). Available here: http://www.archive.org/details/SoaringSkylark-OpenAirSleepbarrOo1_893

aalto is a part of Patrik Hörberg hut project. Patrik lives like in the hut. Several exhibitions have been organized where huts his is the primary. For 2 of the exhibitions aalto has composed melodic huts.

Urberget, the current. The coarse. It's the loudest. A cassette release of Ingen Våg. Upcoming is a triple split cassette with Solo Archivist and Folkfrakt. Also on Ingen Våg. A couple of tapes left. 6$

Links:
(download more aalto music here)
urberget741@gmail.com

buy Kontraboken as cd-r for 5$

Q: Where exactly are you from?
A: THE DEEP WOODS OF SWEDEN.
Q: Do you want your real name mentioned? If so: What is your real name?
A: MY REAL NAME IS JOAKIM GRANLUND AND IT COULD BE MENTIONED
Q: How recorded?
A: I WISH THAT I COULD SAY SOMETHING IN A VINTAGESTYLE BUT THE BORING ANSWER IS THAT I USE THE INSTRUMENTS I COULD FIND AND RECORD THEM IN AUDACITY AND IN SOME STRANGE WAY IT TURNS TO MUSIC
Q: When recorded?
A: THE SOARING SKYLARK-TRACKS RECORDED 06-88 IF I REMEMBER CORRECT. THE AALTO-TRACKS ARE DATED 2009 6. URBERGET IS THE FRESHEST THING AND IS RECORDED 2009-2010
Q: Who involved? Who played what?
A: ME, ONLY ME
Q: Any more releases? Any "official" releases (label?)?
A: THE AALTO-TUNES WERE MADE FOR AN EXHIBITION BY SWEDISH ARTIST PATRIK HÖRBERG AND ARE RELEASED WITH A SIGNED BOARD. REALLY NICE ONE I MUST SAY. SOARING SKYLARK RELEASED A CD-R ON NETLABEL BARRSKOGEN, NAMED OPEN AIR SLEEP. TAPELABEL INGEN VÅG RELEASED URBERGET-URBERGET.
Q: Since when does this project exist/are you into music?
A: I'VE ALWAYS BEEN INTO MUSIC IN SOME WAY, BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I REALLY CREATE WHAT I WANT WITHOUT OTHER PEOPLE INVOLVED.
Q: Any previous bands worth mentioning?
A: OLD DEATHTRASH-BAND LEUKEMIA WHICH RELEASED 2 ALBUMS IN THE 90´S AND DUTCH LABEL VIC RECORDS IS PLANNING A RELEASE OF AN ALBUM CALLED LOVE, RECORDED 1994.
Q: How'd you "label" your music? (I know... nobody wants to get labeled... bla bla bla...)
A: INSTRUMENTAL GOTHIC POP WITH FOLK INFLUENCES
Q: Influences?
A: SWEDISH AUTHOR VERNER BOSTRÖM, DUCKTAILS, NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL, FLORIAN SCHNEIDER.
Q: Website, myspace
A:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TVQUBYB2 (alt. download link on megaupload)
Q: Anything that you think is interesting, that you'd like to inform the blog readers about...
A: NOT REALLY. I JUST HOPE THAT THEY DOWNLOAD THE MUSIC AND PLEASE RESPOND IF THEY´VE GOT THE TIME.

JOAKIM GRANLUND: Kontraboken (SWED 2010)
(mp3-zip, 21 tracks, 78 min, 164,6 MB)
Urberget::
Nunnan i Vadstena
Det lyser i tider och tid
Headless goat
Hospitalet
20 47
Logaritmisk skala
Senare samma natt
Skuldbegrepp
Skogens bakficka
Äldre konst

aalto::
Nyromantik
Vindfällen hade sågats till brädor
Fadersfigur
Ett hus som är både ute och inne
Funkis
Kojan & slottet

Soaring Skylark::
Kaikessa hiljaisuudessa [i det tysta]
Bälta
Letter to the woods
Hem till magugnsskogen
Dick Bengtsson

Get it here or here!