MIND DE-CODER 1
Written by El on January 11, 2009
MIND DE-CODER 1
AMON DUUL 1 – LOVE IS PEACE
This track is taken from the album Paradieswarts Duul, released in 1970 as the fourth album from the politico-musical commune known as Amon Duul. This track actually turns into a massive Teutonic folk-groove that takes up the whole of side 1 of the album, but we leave it after the opening minutes as we fade gently into…
VASHTI BUNYAN – WINDOW OVER THE BAY
Taken from her album Just Another Diamond Day, released in 1969. The story goes that she wrote the songs for this album while travelling by horse and cart from London to join a commune in the Isle Of Skye. This lovely and fragile song makes me wished that I lived over a bay too.
JAN AND LORRAINE – NUMBER 33
A genuinely weird little track from the album Gypsy People, released in 1969, by the British artists Jan Hendin and Lorraine Lefevre. The rest of the album is acid-tinged folk and pop with a spooky Indian tribal influence going on underneath it all, but this particular track, possibly featuring the young daughter of one or another of them, manages to be pretty and weird and spooky all at the same time.
THE ARTIC MONKEYS – 505
From their 2007 release Favourite Worst Nightmare this is the nearest The Artic Monkeys come to psychedelia but it’s a tender, reflective sound I hope they keep exploring. They can get a bit much, otherwise.
LAVENDER DIAMOND DANCE – UNTIL IT’S TOMORROW
Speaking of things becoming a bit too much, this song is almost unbearably lovely. This is taken from the album Imagine our love, also released in 2007. Singer Becky Stark’s voice becomes the centre-piece of this beautiful song, but it can also stun at 20 paces.
THE ALIENS – SHE DON’T LOVE ME ANYMORE
Taken from one of my favourite albums of 2007, The Alien’s debut album Astronomy For Dogs, is full of psychedelic experiments put together by Beta Band co-founder Gordon Anderson, and former band members Robin Jones and John Maclean. Lovely song, this, and from what I’ve read about Gordon Anderson, all, no doubt, sadly true.
FLYING WHITE DOTS – THERE IS HOPE
The only mash-up to appear in today’s show, this mashes Mazzy Stars’ Hope Sandoval’s ghostly vocals over Primal Scream’s towering Higher Than The Sun to mesmerising effect. The album from which it’s taken, 3D, is available for free download from www.flyingwhitedots.com
JULIAN COPE – KNOW (CUT MY FRIENDS DOWN)
The mighty Julian Cope from his heathen-folk masterpiece, 1992’s Jehovakill, this track is a stark and thrilling charge to the head.
JIMI HENDRIX – 1983 (…IF A MERMAN I TURN TO BE)
This is Hendrix in truly experimental form, taken from side three of Electric Ladyland. I wish he’d lived long enough to explore this direction because he was never this psychedelic again. I let it segue into in Moon, Turn The Tides…Gently, Gently Away and lay some Bill Hick’s underneath it. As one American outlaw to another, I think they’d have got on.
BEYOND THE WIZARD’S SLEEVE – SUNDAY MORNING SUN-G
From 2007’s George, a trippy psychedelic edit by Erol Alkan that mixes very nicely into…
FINDLAY BROWN – DON’T YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU
Legend has it that teen thug Findlay planned to join the army so he could carry on fighting, until someone gave him acid and a copy of Electric Ladyland. Next thing you know he’s knocked out the beatific folk album Seperated By The Sea, from which this track is taken. A positive drug story just in case you needed one.
WAX AUDIO – IMAGINE THIS
Thought I’d better get this one in before Geroge Bush goes happily out of date. This track is taken from the album Mediacracy, released back in 2005. It is available as a free download from www.waxaudio.com.au