Posts Tagged ‘psych’

Obscurity Points // Trad, Gras & Stenar

April 27th, 2016 | Features | 0 Comments

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Admittedly, this blog is quickly becoming exclusively about curious stuff I see at Academy Records in Greenpoint. Trad, Gras & Stenar (Trees, Grass & Stone) is no exception. I saw the anthology for their 70s live albums Djungelns Lag and Mors Mors on the shelf and thought “that looks interesting…” And here we are.

Trad, Gras & Stenar are a Swedish progg rock band from the late 60s/early 70s. They were known for their live show, which had a lot of interesting audience participation stuff. That’s pretty irrelevant for us now listening to their recordings, but luckily they were also known for solid jams, and those you can hear on the recordings (which are also on Spotify). If you’ve ever listened to Dungen (or more likely their semi-copycats Tame Impala), this is one of the bands those guys are imitating. It’s earthy, mysterious, a bit mystical – real old school psychedelia.

The musicians in TGS were ‘men about town’ and played in a bunch of other respected Swedish bands from the period, including Parson Sound and (International) Harvester. As I’m quickly learning, the Swedish underground prog and psych scenes from the period were really something special, so those are all names worth checking out. And if you’ve got any recommendations of underground Swedish psychedelic bands from the 60s/70s that I should look into, let me know in the comments.

Grounders

May 21st, 2015 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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I used to do shows with Grounders back in Toronto when I lived there. They were good. They had that sparkly psych sound then too, but it sounds like it’s really gotten the big widescreen treatment on their self-titled new album. Enlisting Dave Newfeld (the mad genius best known for producing Broken Social Scene‘s You Forgot It In People and Broken Social Scene) to touch up the songs probably played a part in that.

Kiss Me Sunset

September 26th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Montreal psych-kraut-rockers Kiss Me Sunset put out a pretty badass four-song EP last last month called Moonshine Bowling. Made nice use of the Wes Anderson font.

Happy Dagger

August 28th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 1 Comment

Happy Dagger is the euphoric bedroom-recording project of Portland’s Jesse Robertson, who, it seems, is a big fan of psych bands like Tame Impala and Dungen. His self-titled EP has a bit of a goofy cover, but the music’s legit.

Kyle Bauder

August 27th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Alberta’s Kyle Bauder recently made himself an album called Caution! Curve with some cool, psychedelic sounds on it. It’s sort of a fan-boy album, with a RAM-like charm…