"There is so much great 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 imo are absolutely great (***** = "five-stars-recordings") and that are essential listening and strongly recommended for download.

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.


IMPRESSUM: see here!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Flowers of Disgust - The Giraffe in Paris (USA 2002)

From Mexican Hat, Utah, USA, come the FLOWERS OF DISGUST (at least that's what Myspace says; Cat o' Nine Tails Media says: Shawnee Mission, KS). They play "Viking barbershop cyber-thrash" (both sources). 
Their main themes are: "loneliness, isolation, despair, monkeys, robots, bees, horses, technology, entropy, the struggle of the working class, love, etc." 
Get the picture?

"'The Giraffe in Paris' is my FAVORITE of our records. It's probably the most consistant collection of songs and is the one I usually play for people who are new to the band. It really has it all: Songs based on video games, songs about eating food, songs about horses, a 7+ minute rap song about making a huge sandwich, etc." (Danny Gibson)

This here is sheer madness - don't expect any conventional pop songs here - this stuff is DIFFERENT! Is it psychedelic? Well, I don't know. Maybe. But rather there are some traces of ZAPPA or TOM WAITS weirdness to be found (though musically most of this stuff here is quite different from F.Z.'s). Anyway: Accept no limits, I'd say! 

Great stuff - strongly recommended! And great fun to listen to!

FLOWERS OF DISGUST - The Giraffe in Paris 
(mp3 zip, 19 tracks, 70 min, 63,6 MB)
Get it here or here!

More FLOWERS OF DISGUST weirdness will follow!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Traummaschine live in London, SAT. 24th Jan. 2009 - video

The Spanish neo krautrock/experimental band TRAUMMASCHINE played in LONDON on Sat. 24th Jan. 2009. Here are some photos...

... and you can also watch part of the performance on video (Luis and Paco have sent me a link that leads to Vimeo, a video portal, documenting the band's work: combining playing krautrock ambient music and live painting). In London TRAUMMASCHINE were accompanied by GEOFF LEIGH and Colectivo "Chat Verd".

Also documented on Vimeo is a performance by the band amidst a group of kindergarden age children who are painting (under advise from ALBERTO CASTELLO) while the band improvises. Nice to watch!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Angus Tweed - The Dark Side of the Moo! (USA 1988-1994)

BRIAN ANDREW MAREK was diggin' deep in his archives - and that's what he found:

"ANGUS TWEED existed for two short spans of time (1988 through 1989 and 1993 through 1994),  went through numerous personnel changes, and never made any professional recordings. We had no particular aesthetic except to do whatever sounded like fun at the time. Some of the things that sounded like fun at the time were psychedelia, hardcore punk, prog rock, folk rock, indie rock, grunge and glam rock. The resultant melange made us unfashionable, to say the least - but we had fun.

Some of the fun got captured on four track cassette recorders. Unfortunately, the original multitracks are long lost or taped over, thus the only source for this material is contemporary mixes on ancient cassettes - and as the responsible party, I'll be the first to admit that those mixes really sucked. I've done what I can do to spruce up the sound with the tools (and more refined ears) at my disposal, but it's still a pretty lo-fi experience.

Nonetheless, I think I've put together a reasonably listenable collection of our best recordings (including a few alternate mixes and unissued recordings), sequenced into the full-length album we never got to make. Enjoy!"  (BaM)

My personal favourite track: (of course) the psychedelic long song "Autumn" (11.48) - like a crossing between MONSTER MAGNET and MOTORPSYCHO with some TERRY BROOKS guitar licks thrown in... f***ing brilliant!

Check out youtube! (Thanks to BigBadBob!)

ANGUS TWEED - The Dark Side of the Moo! 
the best of the four track recordings 1988-94
(mp3 zip, 11 tracks, 51 min, artwork incl., 114,2 MB)
Get it here or 
here and here (in 2 parts)!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Leonel Garcia - The Black Lagoon (2009 Puerto Rico)

You all will probably know LEONEL GARCIA - at least you should. Some of his work was posted earlier on this blog, and Leonel is also featured with a fantastic psych track on the 2nd HLFP Sampler EMBRYO THOUGHTS.
This recording here comes as a big surprise - it's a lot heavier than most other records Leonel has posted on his blog in the past. He calls the "Black Lagoon" his second heavy rock album and he also says he was listening to BLACK SABBATH's "Master Of Reality" a lot in December 2008 and that it showed.
I agree - the whole album sounds like a BLACK SABBATH hommage to me; very well done, great guitar work, especially on the last, more experimental track, my favoutite one, the long song "Ritual"; great riffing all the way. The drum sound could probably be better, but then: I know how difficult it is to record a good drum sound, especially if you are recording everything by yourself, and Leonel says he didn't use a drum kit and played computer drums (Reason 4.0) instead. So don't let this stop you from downloading this heavy rock masterpiece. Also Leonel is no OZZY OSBOURNE, but that fact is surely part of the special charme of "The Black Lagoon"

I myself am also listening to SABBATH quite a lot these dark winter days - it somehow seems appropiate. And so Leonel's album comes just right in time...

LEONEL GARCIA - The Black Lagoon
(mp3 zip, 6 tracks, 38 min, artwork incl.)
Get it here or here!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Jeff Daily - Miss Cretin Prosody (EP) (USA 2009/2006, 2008)

JEFF DAILY from BARNYARD sent me his latest EP "Miss Cretin Prosody".
The title track (MCP) was recorded Dec. 2008, the remaining three tracks were recorded mid/late 2006 on cassette tape. Personal is: Jeff Daily - vocals, guitars, noise/loops; Chris Daily - backing vocals, keyboards, percussion (on # 2,3). Recorded in Austin and Grapevine, TX, USA.

The 12 min plus song MCP is a true psych monster, not too be missed! It starts rather noisy and then the bass line comes into the mix, building a solid foundation for the sound escapades going on, before again fading away...Wow - I love it!
Human Race Snooze and When Will I Learn are more 'conventional' songs (you know: with real singing and true guitar playing and so on...) and the fourth track Advert is ... well, just what it says... Great stuff! Enjoy!

You'll also find one funky song by Jeff Daily with his band BARNYARD on the latest HLFP Sampler NEW KIDS ON THE BLOG.

Don't miss the BARNYARD blog; Jeff has a new full length LP posted there titled Waiting Game Blues that you might enjoy; his brother Chris too has a new LP finished, titled More Genius By The Pound and it is also posted there and Jeff says that it "is very cool/psyched out... so yeah...". Go and check it out!

JEFF DAILY - Miss Cretin Prosody (EP)
(mp3 zip, 4 tracks, 17,1 MB, 19 min, artwork incl.)
Get it here or here!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

3rd AUX Festival in Athens, GA

Members of Elephant 6 Collective head 3rd AUX Festival - 02/21

Heather McIntosh of THE INSTRUMENTS curates 3rd AUX Festival, devoted to Athens, GA's experimental music scene.

Past years have featured members of DARK MEAT, OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL, ELF POWER, and CIRCULATORY SYSTEM. Now a third festival has been planned for Saturday, Feb. 21st, at Cine and Little Kings in Athens, Georgia, USA. Festival lineup to be announced soon.

Interpretace - zprava o slepcich (b-side)/interritual (CZCH ca. 1981)

Some more czechoslovakian avantgarde music, sent to me by INTERPRETACE member Richard Charvat.

First we have a

"rip of b side oec mc 'zprava o slepcich' (report on the activities of the blind). It is the missing piece from our conserved sound activities from the early eighties... (...)
There u'll (also) find some photos from the 80-ties." (R. C.)

Also attached is a photo from the last year from INTERPRETACE's new collaboration with a dj - re:interpretace.

In the 80ies...

Then we have a second track: "interritual".

"3rd piece by INTERPRETACE that i'll send u was recorded directly onto battery-fed recorder inside town drainage in the time of its reconstruction acoustically on violin and gusle only plus some voices circa 1981..." (R. C.)

If you haven't downloaded "zdravìme 1. Máj", the first post by INTERPRETACE, yet, you can do so here.

INTERPRETACE - zprava o slepcich (mc b-side)/interritual
(mp3- zip, 2 tracks, 49 min, 72,2 MB, art + some photos incl.)
Get it here or here!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Flow - Incubation (GR 2003)

"'THE FLOW' is a progressive/psychedelic/space rock band from Patras, Greece. They were formed in 2000 and since then they have released one album called 'Incubation' (released in 2003) and have played many concerts in Greece. Their style revolves around 60's krautrock and progressive rock of the 70's. Some of their influences are GONG, ASH RA TEMPEL, CAN, AGITATION FREE, VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR and many more. Furthermore they blend traditional folk Greek melodies played by original traditional Greek instruments such as 'daouli' (a kind of drum) and the 'flute of Pana' (ancient Greek flute). They also love blending the old sound (vintage synths) with the modern one (laptop)."
(Info by THE FLOW)

Very competent progressive rock band that clearly deserves more recognition. Rather than the above mentioned bands I hear some reflections of GENESIS and PINK FLOYD, and like with most of the better 70's prog rock bands one can also clearly detect some jazz influences. Also reminds me of the better works of  2nd generation prog bands like PORCUPINE TREE and should appeal to any serious prog fan.
(You can order original cds from here)

THE FLOW - Incubation (2003)
(mp3 zip, 12 tracks, 63 min, 57,8 MB, artwork incl.)
Get it here! or here! (easyshare still seems to have some serious problems with the download links - hope they'll get their stuff together soon!!!!)

Monday, January 19, 2009



Yes, you read right. It's already ONE YEAR. 
Exactly one year ago I started this little blog.
It was a lot of work - and a lot of fun.

Many things changed for me in this one year - first of all  there was the unbelievable wonder of the birth of my beautiful little daughter... 

My original intention to do homemade-lofi-psych was to post some weird, psychedelic stuff I and some of my friends had recorded years ago in many different bands and musical projects. Songs that were - in my opinion - too good to stay in the can and be forgotten. (You'll find more than one recording on this blog that I personally was involved in - either playing or/and recording/mixing. Guess for yourself which bands/projects that are...)

Than I had the idea to offer this blog as a platform to other bands/musicians in a similar situation who also are into non-mainstream experimental or psychedelic homemade music. And you know what?
I really was surprised how great the response was. And how GOOD the stuff actually is (for the most part) that is sent to me from all over the world.

And so the whole thing grew and grew and now it's almost beginning to become sort of a community of homemade-lofi-psych musicians and freaks - AND THAT IS REALLY A GREAT THING!

And a very special THANK YOU to those who take the time to write some comments - and sometimes even complete little reviews - on the stuff I post. (You know who you are!)
Remember: In the end that's what it's all about: communication with other like minded people...

Some more statistics
The most downloaded recordings in the first year:

And now I'd like YOU to do something for me.
- which was the favourite album you downloaded from this blog here?
- and which was your all time favourite song that you discovered through homemade-lofi-psych?

Shine On!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Orange - Industrial Acid Punk Rock (Live Bootleg 1994-96) (GER)

I already posted some material by this German psychedelic rock/grunge band, that existed between 1993 and 1997, and will do so in the future. Why? Because I really like that stuff.
ORANGE mainly played in the Rhein Main area around Frankfurt a. M. and also did some festivals/open airs in that region and also in south Germany - to mixed responses. They baffled quite a lot of people with their unique sound/style mixture (grunge, free style improvisation, krautrock, psych-folk, psychedelic rock, minimalistic avantgarde music...). ORANGE built themselves a small follower fan base with their always surprising live gigs (not a great number of people, but it was ok for a start). No two concerts were the same, and so one never knew what to expect from the band.

ORANGE also once won the second prize at some kind of "battle of the bands" contest with some hundred bands competitioning in Mainz at the OPEN OHR FESTIVAL in the final round. The interview segment (track 6) is about that competition, where ORANGE played - of all things - a shortened (!) 20 minutes version of "Neil's Elevator".

This live collection here features the more experimental pieces of the band with the flashlight on ORANGE's most avantgarde project, the minimalistic track "Rockwork Orange", that followed an acid punk version of "Magic Spell" (read more about the history and the many variations of that song here).

This version of "Rockwork Orange" is a composite version from two different gigs, with the long middle section coming from the debut performance of "Rockwork Orange" from Frankfurt's "Dreikönigskeller". After 40 minutes the tape run out, while the song lasted for over 60 minutes. The story goes like this:

"In the 'Dreikönigskeller' we first played a normal set with some more or less simple rock songs and then wanted to end the gig with our minimalistic piece 'Rockwork Orange'. The original idea was to play the same riff over and over again until everybody in the audience left the room or the power was cut off by the club owner - however long that might take. But most of the people in the audience really got into us and were digging what we were doing - you can hear some ecstatic screams every 15 minutes or so from some guys in the audience - and the club owner also liked what we did and even contributed on the mixing desk adding spontaniously some effects. So it all ended that we played the same riff for over 60 minutes until we called it quitts... It was indeed a very special experience for both, audience and band. Very trance like and very far out." (Mike S. 2009)

"Rockwork Orange" was played live on view occasions, but never that long again and more often in a more 'traditional' way with the guitar doing some noise solo instead of monotoniously repeating the same riff over and over again.

"He Came To Me One Morning" was improvised on the spot and is a good example of the more free style jamming ORANGE.

"25 Ways" and "Yawning" are some kind of organized improvisations, more in song format.

More ORANGE stuff is still available for download.

ORANGE - Industrial Acid Punk Rock (Live Bootleg 1994-98)
(mp3 zip, 6 tracks, 73 min, 99,6 MB, artwork for slimcase incl.)
1. 25 Ways - 4.38
2. Magic Spell - 4.38 ->
3. Rockwork Orange (Composite Version) - 44.49
4. Yawning - 8.44
5. He Came To Me One Morning (Jam) - 7.39
6. SWF 3 Radio Interview (incl. fragments of Neil's Elevator) - 1.49
Get it here or here!
New links November 2012.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Wolf Burn - Nature Sounds (USA 2008)

From Southern California comes WOLF BURN, a one man project offering "experimental pop music" for your listening pleasure. All songs were written and recorded by the man himself in his bedroom.

"WOLF BURN is a compilation of experimental pop songs that attempt to convey a feeling, an emotion, a story. Not everything comes neatly packaged and sugar-coated. There is a large DIY approach to WOLF BURN, and though it is simply pop music, it has lo-fi and psychedelic aspects to it. The equipment used for this project ranges, and there is often experimentation with different instruments, sounds, and noises..." (W. B.)

Great work! And I disagree: This is (for the most part) not just simply pop music. Reminds me of different electronic/psychedelic pop bands like A. R. KANE (especially the voice), MINA, TO ROCOCO ROT etc.
All the songs are very well written and performed (though the guitar sounds sometimes slightly out of tune to these ears, but that could be just the effect pedals...).
I love the over all homemade DIY feeling, and I'd surely like to hear more of this.

Personal favourite tracks: the title track "Nature Sounds" and "AUDIO/VIDEO/DISCO".

WOLF BURN - Nature Sounds
(mp3 zip, 6 tracks, 24 min, 51,4 MB)
Get it here or here!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bill Rogers - In The Land Of The Pleasure Seekers (USA 2008)

In October I posted a song collection by this very talented song writer/musician named BILL ROGERS, who is also featured with one great neo psych track ("When The Clock Strikes 13") on the last homemade-lofi-psych Sampler NEW KIDS ON THE BLOG (HLFP 03). Here is a complete album, called "In The Land Of The Pleasure Seekers", that Bill recorded last year.

"The 3 'B's' - BYRDS, BEATLES, and BEACH BOYS are the bedrock influence for me." (B. R.)

My personal favourites are: "Leave It", "He" and "Raga Mind-Meld".

Read more about BILL ROGERS in the info of the old post or on his Myspace page.

PLEASE SUPPORT THE ARTIST: You can buy some of Bill's recordings here at CD Baby.

BILL ROGERS - In The Land Of The Pleasure Seekers
(mp3 zip, 14 tracks, 69,3 MB, 52 min, artwork incl.)
Get it here or here!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Microgramma Medium Extended - 'abc' (GER 2002-2005)

Another exclusive homemade-lofi-psych post: MICROGRAMMA MEDIUM EXTENDED: 'abc' (ausgewählte aufnahmen 2002-2005). A compilation of important songs from different sessions and collaborations between 2002 and 2005. You all will surely know the MME track from the 3rd Homemade Lofi Psych Sampler NEW KIDS ON THE BLOG. On 'abc' you can hear another version of that song, the "piano version" of "triste".
Once again this MME release shows clear traces of the more electronically oriented 70s krautrock bands like NEU or KRAFTWERK, but also of avantgarde rockers FAUST. Enjoy!

(mp3 zip, 23 tracks, 98,8 MB, 73 min, artwork incl.)
Get it here or here.

The Köln live CDR from MME is still available for download here.
MME are back again with new material, don't forget to check it out on Myspace.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Interpretace - Zdravíme 1. Máj (CZCH 1980)

This was sent to me by Richard Charvat.

"... recording made by me and my friend in time of labor day celebration in czechoslovakian town liberec 1980. (...)
INTERPRETACE was recently posted on mutant sounds and so exists mc on oec label http://www.discogs.com/release/497058 "

We are talking about great improvised experimental music here, not too far away from early 80s industrial sounds coming from the USA or UK.

Thanks for sharing those historical recordings, Richard!


INTERPRETACE - Zdravíme 1. Máj (1980)
(mp3-zip, 1 track, 25 min, 45,3 MB)
Get it here or here!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Golden Boots - Coyote Deathbed Surprize/EV (USA 2008)

Cover from GOLDEN BOOT's 2008 vinyl release

"GOLDEN BOOTS is an alt-alt country band from the American Southwest 
(m-f: Tucson, Arizona, USA), home to open spaces, Roy Rogers, and the Hydrogen Bomb. We've been around for seven years, the first four years can be summed up by two suitcases overflowing with strings of primitive lo-fi four track tapes and a handful of performances shifting around a hodgepodge of instruments.
Me (= Dimitri Manos) and the other 'boot' Ryan Eggleston met after a pancake breakfast in 2001 and decided to embark on a song writing screed that culminated in the first collection of recordings ambitiously entitled 'Super Gold'..." (info by D. M.)

Some of their tracks (like "Ancient Buried City" or  "Ghost Machine") do in fact remind me of the good ol' CHARLATANS, others (like e.g. "Days are Night") even of the FLAMING LIPS, especially the singing voice... Anyway: well worth a listen, very talented guys with some sort of special humor...

Their "Coyote Deathbed Surprize/EV" vinyl LP, released by Olympia, WA based People in a Position to Know Records in very limited quantities, features a color swirled side A playing from the middle of the record out and a double grooved side B (like the Monty Python "three-sided record").


GOLDEN BOOTS - Coyote Deathbed Surprize/EV (excerpt only)
(mp3 zip, 6 tracks (from 9) 46,8 MB)
Get it here or here 
or buy the complete set with bonus material here.

"Their warped and fractured mixture of psychedelic rock, folk and country has drawn comparisons to ALEX CHILTON, THE INTERNATIONAL SUBMARINE BAND, BECK, and THE MONKEES."


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The GoodLuck Boys - The Gift of Time (JP 2008)

Another very interesting band, this time from Kichijoji, Japan - here are: THE GOODLUCK BOYS.

"Enter the world of Ritualistic World Freak Punk Experimental Psychedelic Avant Folk MUSIC.
A collective of some of Tokyo areas strangest and most dangerous musicians, artists and nothing beings.
Some of them are native to the country and some are criminal expats with an overflowing stream of creative energy and a taste for sacrifice.
They have been related to FATHER YOD's YA HO WAH 13 and FELA KUTI, not for their music, but for their cult-like self-created communities involving artistic and rebellious expression mixed with tribal sexual activities." (TGLB info)

"An adventurous four piece band that combine elements of abstraction yet very accessible songs in a variety of styles to deep and concentrated improvisation and game pieces.
Instruments include an accordion, acoustic guitar, vocals, bass, drum kit, effects, homemade instruments and a huge collection of percussion from all over the world.
All members have played in a good number of bands throughout America, Scotland and Japan. Now together as THE GOODLUCK BOYS they draw huge crowds around their performances within Tokyo. Our shows have been praised as 'psychedelic rituals from an exotic world.'" (info from TGLB web page)

Pretty good description, I'd say.
My personal favourite tracks: "Shadows 1" and "Conversation Of The Crows".

THE GOLDENLUCK BOYS - The Gift Of Time (2008)
(mp3 zip, 11 tracks, 58,8 MB, 43 min)
Get it here (links are dead - RE-UP by request).

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Glaze of Cathexis - Cloud Machine (USA 2009)

Another new release from Dr. Schluss' Psychedelic Garage: the more rock oriented musical project of Dr. Schluss - GLAZE OF CATHEXIS.
Sorry, no review, for lack of time. Read more about the album on the Dr.'s own blog.

GLAZE OF CATHEXIS - Cloud Machine (2009)
(mp3 zip, 11 tracks, 73,8 MB, 40 min, artwork incl.)
Get it here or here.

Damaged Tape - Psychedelic Anthropology (US 2009)

A new high quality work by Dr. Schluss's DAMAGED TAPE.
Since I don't have much time, I won't review it. Feel free to do so in the comment section. 
Read more about the concept of this album at the psychedelic obscurities blog.

DAMAGED TAPE - Psychedelic Anthropology (2009)
(mp3 zip, 9 tracks, 94,3 MB, 47 min., artwork incl.)
Get it here or here.

Now that I've found the time for repeated listening a small review:
Nice work, very listenable. I especially like the "House of Turkish Delights" track as well as the vocoder sounds and the spoken word passages (though the 2nd track is a little bit too much dancefloor for me).
All things considered I'd say: solid work, but I'd love to hear some more adventurous, experimental, some more "far out" parts - a little bit too much "mainstream" for my taste... But don't get me wrong, I still like that music a lot. And very nice artwork and a good production b.t.w.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Vertigo Swirl (USA 2009)

BRIAN ANDREW MAREK has started a new psychedelic project with the name THE VERTIGO SWIRL. This here comes brand new, and what a great album it is!

BaM: "Well, here it is - the first product of my new psychedelic project, THE VERTIGO SWIRL. Three songs and two instrumentals, all recorded by my lonesome in December and these first days of January. Thank you to Mike Floyd and all the artists on the homemade lofi psych blog for inspiring me to get off my butt and do some new experimental recordings."

The three tracks in song format presented here are nice explorations in psych pop, but the real treat are the two instrumental tracks: "Baited Breath" is a very far out soundscape psych song complete with backward guitars and sitar like sounds that (except for the drum sound) could easily come from a 1967 album. This is the kind of song I could listen endlessly... The second instrumental track, the title song "The Vertigo Swirl", is another, more krauty, psychedelic masterpiece, that comes along as a mixture of the echo-ey guitar sounds of early 70s experimental German guitar player ACHIM REICHEL ("Die grüne Reise") or MANUEL GÖTTSCHING's mid-70s ASH RA ("Inventions for Electric Guitar") and CAPTAIN BEEFHEART's early rhythmic experimentations ("Mirror Man Sessions"). With 22.47 minutes not one second too long! GREAT!

All we can say is: Wham bam, thank you BaM!

You'll also find one very psychedelic track by BRIAN ANDREW on the latest HLFP-Sampler (# 03): "NEW KIDS ON THE BLOG".

The Vertigo Swirl (2009)
(mp3-zip, 5 tracks, 93.1 MB, 43 min, artwork incl.)
Get it here or here or here!
(New links November 2012)