"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!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

RE-POST: 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 here.

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 or here!

Dreamtime: Centre of Mind (Video)

Great band! Great video!

Band name: Dreamtime
Track name: Centre Of Mind

Track details: 
Track 1 from our second self-released album called Sun. This track is currently streaming and available for download on our Bandcamp page. The full album will be released on our Bandcamp page this Saturday 17th November. We will be playing at Lost Race Festival, Coorparoo Bowls Club, Brisbane Australia to launch the album locally.

Band Bio:

Drifting off during extended meditative jams, the music plays through us. Inspiration comes to us through psychedelic bands from 1968 – 1971 among other places. We are mindful in creating personal journeys to help draw listeners out of their frontal lobe consciousness and into sonic fantasies. Drums – Tara Wardrop, Bass – Catherine Maddin, Guitar – Zac Anderson

Austin Psych Fest: http://www.austinpsychfest.com/

Thursday, November 8, 2012

RE-POST: Paneye - Wilt and Loom (AUSTRALIA 2009)

 "Wilt and Loom" is a fantastic record!!!

The man behind the one-man project 
PANEYE is Will Treffry, and he is from Summer Hill near Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
PANEYE's music could be described as a mixture of electronic, ambient, psych folk and indie dream pop.

Regular blog readers will certainly already be familiar with Will Treffry's music recorded under the name PANEYE as well as BRIRSTLES ON THE CARAPACE. In fact he is one of my favourite musicians featured here on HLFP. 

Dive into his dreamscapes and enjoy!

PANEYE - Wilt and Loom 
(mp3 zip, 14 tracks, 46 min, artwork incl., 66,4 MB)
Get it here or here or here!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

RE-POST: The Wig Museum - House Of Toucan (UK 2006)

Another PSYCHEDELIC GEM by an until now unknown one-man-band, called THE WIG MUSEUM, based somewhere in provincial UK. Marvin, the man behind the project, has played and recorded with various bands over the last 20 years and THE WIG MUSEUM is his solo project.
"House of Toucan" was recorded in 2006 in a humble basement studio – and is a great piece of art, believe me! There's lots of mood swings and influences range from film soundtracks/weird cinema to inner and outer space travels in the style of 70s krautrock or various psych bands of older times. The overall atmosphere is quite nightmarish, surreal in a filmic sense, reminding of horror movie soundtracks as well as of STEREOLAB harmony pieces, only to be interrupted by explosions of noises, backward loops and scary sound effects. This is PSYCHEDELIC in its true meaning: mind expanding!

"... They come surfing a mondo wave of electric piano riffs and crying trumpets, laden with phantastic sights and sinister sounds from the bendiest corners of the universe. Please feel free to enter my wigwam. Pull up a cube, slip into something more comfortable, and watch your screaming mind as it drips to the floor. Soon you may see sphericals, skyangles, triangles and evil rhomboid faces; you may hear bells, sirens, explosions and even screams – do not be alarmed. Just take a deep breath and keep repeating 'it's only The Wig Museum... only The Wig Museum... only The Wig Museum...' "

Nothing more to add. DOWNLOAD THIS TREAT!!!
Enjoy and don't forget to visit Marvin's great psychedelic blog!

THE WIG MUSEUM - House Of Toucan 
(UK 2006)
(mp3-zip, 10 tracks, 31,4 MB, art incl.)
1. Sleep
2. Night Of Shame
3. Hunchback Thrash
4. French Spy
5. Life In Bulgaria
6. Mandalay Sun
7. Theme From The Acid Killers
8. Saxon Creche
9. Secret Petal Of Fear
10. Wake up
Get it here or here or here!

RE-POST: The Vertigo Swirl (USA 2009)

BRIAN ANDREW MAREK's first release by his psychedelic project with the name THE VERTIGO SWIRL from 2009. A great album!
Grab it now, if you missed it the first time around!

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 HLFP-Sampler (# 03): 

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

Saturday, November 3, 2012

RE-POST: Cloud Nine - Evolution of a psychedelic Band (6): The Best of the ELEDIL Tapes (GER. 1991/92)

Probably the musical highlight of my little series about the German neo psychedelic band CLOUD NINE (& THE VITAMIN C)...

CLOUD NINE - Official Bootleg Archives O.B.A.
Vol. 11-12
The Best of the ELEDIL Tapes
(mp3 zip of 2 CDR, 23 tracks, 158 min, art + info incl., 218 MB)

CD 1 (12-28-1991)
1. I'm Lost - 6.23
2. Rainfrontier - 2.50
3. Angel Of Mine - 5.03
4. Draw Down the Distance - 18.41
5. Empty And Cold - 9.39
6. Tracks Of My Tears - 4.46
7. Sunspots - 8.57
8. My Sunday on A Friday - 4.59
9. Call - 4.54
10. Black Queen - 12.07

CD 2 (02-22-1992)
1. Call (faded in) - 3.53
2. Walking My Road - 3.09
3. Tracks Of My Tears - 3.40
4. I Don't Care - 4.07
5. On An Ordinary Day - 6.14
6. Empty And Cold - 8.11
7. I'm Lost - 6.42
8. Death Blues - 5.25
9. (It Makes) No Difference - 3.22
10. Sunspots (Part 1) - 4.02
11. Draw Down The Distance - 12.31
12. Black Queen - 10.59
13. Der Sandmann ist tot - 6.38
Get it here (CD1) and here (CD2)!

CLOUD NINE was the sixth incarnation of CLOUD NINE & THE VITAMIN C, lasting from about June 1991 until February 1992 (the name was shortened before playing the ELEDIL gigs).

CN(VC #6) played only two live gigs, both at the small ELEDIL Club in Darmstadt, Germany, before the band broke up. Between the 1st gig there in December 1991 and the 2nd one in February 1992 lay many weeks of rehearsals and also the first (and only) "proper" recording session in a semi-professional studio (in fact held on only 2 days, recording 6 backing tracks live in the studio and some overdubs, until the band ran out of money – the mixing was never really finished and the mastertapes sadly seem lost – you may find these recordings in rough mix form here.

On these recordings here you'll find live versions of all the songs that were recorded in the studio earlier/later – and they differ very much! Just compare the live version of their psychedelic masterpiece "Draw Down The Distance" from the first gig (nearly 19 minutes spaced out jamming – b.t.w. my favourite version of that song) to the much more structured version from the 2nd ELEDIL gig (much more in the style of the studio version and much shorter).

Pete Hergo (live at the ELEDIL): g., voc.

Also of note are the relativly heavy/punk-ish sounding newer songs like "Call", "My Sunday On a Friday", "I Don't Care" or "No Difference" as well as the rearrangements of older "classics" like "Rainfrontier" or "I'm Lost" – all played pretty heavy and in strong contrast to the more psychedelic jam tracks, e.g. "Sunspots". It seems that the band, featuring the new, very competent guitar player PETE HERGO, was looking for a new direction around that time and the results sound quite promising with the newer songs showing a clear influence of bands like THE CURE ("I Don't Care"), GREEN ON RED ("Walking My Road") or even THE CHARLATANS' rave sound ("My Sunday On A Friday"). Clearly a new evolution and a welcome addition to the more Sixties oriented older CNVC sound with tracks like "I'm Lost" or "Car Car" or "Rainfrontier" (more in the mood of 60s Garage bands like THE ELECTRIC PRUNES or the acid rock of THE DOORS or early PINK FLOYD psychedelia ("Brainstorm", "Black Queen")).

Many of those songs featured here have only been played once or twice live, e.g. "Der Sandmann ist tot" (= The Sandman is dead"), a very strange song, written by keyboard player Dominik E., that wouldn't have sounded out of place in the WIM WENDERS movie "HIMMEL ÜBER BERLIN". The only CLOUD NINE song, by the way, ever sung in German...
But after that 2nd ELEDEL gig not only the sandman was dead; "Der Sandmann ist tot" was the last song the band ever played live together, afterwards the band was dead as well...

Enjoy this Requiem and check out the other posts of the CLOUD NINE series "EVOLUTION OF A PSYCHEDELIC BAND" if you like what you hear!