17 Sep 2014

In the Cockpit With Rocket Recordings – a psych symposium at Liverpool Psych Fest

Not only are we curating 'Transmissions from the Outer Realms' at Liverpool Psych Fest. John, Chris and Jimmy from Teeth of the Sea are also taking part in a 'psych symposium' on the Saturday of the festival.

The details of this discussion are as follows:

In the Cockpit With Rocket Recordings / 1.30PM
Rocket Recordings land their ‘Transmissions From The Outer Realms’ curation at Liverpool Psych Fest this year, but have been releasing psych-infused outsider music since their unlikely inception in 1998. With releases by the likes of Teeth Of The Sea, Gnod, Cherrystones, The Heads, Shit & Shine and Goat peppering their 15 year history, what is it that makes label bosses Chris Reeder and Johnny O keep going? What is it about the perilous nature of issuing marvellous head music that makes them tick? And, from an artist’s perspective, what is the experience of being part of the dysfunctional Rocket family really like?

For this session, Rocket Recording’s Chris Reeder and Johnny O will be joined by Teeth Of The Sea’s Jimmy Martin, hoping to navigate the label’s past and give us an insight into Rocket’s future.

Christopher Torpey (Bido Lito! Magazine) - Chair
Chris Reeder (Rocket Recordings)
Johnny O (Rocket Recordings) 
Jimmy Martin (Teeth Of The Sea)

We will no doubt be extremely hungover , so if you want to hear some mumblings about Rocket, come along.

Not only that Nicola from Lay Llamas wil be involved in another discussion about the current Italian occults psych scene entitled:

Dark Arts Of The Eternal City / 4.30 pm
Joseph Stannard (The Wire) - chair 
Nicola Giunta (Lay Llamas)

In the meantime, read what the Quietus have to say about it here: The Quietus


What Does Psychedelia Mean In 2014? By John Doran (The Quietus) featuring Rocket bands.

Optrex For Your Third Eye: What Does Psychedelia Mean In 2014? 

John Doran from The Quietus wonders if there are any rules as to what makes a modern song psychedelic, or is it simply in the (third) eye of the beholder? 

With Spotify list of mind-warping office favourites from the history of The Quietus featuring Rocket's own GNOD/White Hills 'Drop out' and Teeth of the Sea 'A.C.R.O.N.Y.M'.

Read the whole thing here


15 Sep 2014

First Listen: GOAT, ‘Commune’ on NPR Music

First Listen: GOAT, ‘Commune’ on NPR Music

'If someone said that the band GOAT took its name from the initials for "Get Out A Tambourine," it'd be easy to believe. The Swedish collective makes irresistible trance/dance music that doubles as hypnotic hippie hoodoo. GOAT captures the spirit of the '60s in its guitar meanderings and acid tones; its rhythms feel inspired by rave culture and electronic music, but are made with hands instead of machines. Oh, and the band members wear masks, hit cowbells, and sing in unison a lot.'

'Commune, GOAT's second album, balances all that joy with the darkness of krautrock: The band Can and its minimalist excursions come to mind, but then there are also moments that would fit comfortably as an artifact from the first psychedelic era circa 1968. The song titles onCommune ("Talk To God," "Goatchild," "Goatslaves," "Gathering Of Ancient Tribes") tell a story, even when it's hard to make out the words. Throughout, the album's strong, clear vibe positively calls out for listeners to don face paint and grab a cowbell — or even a tambourine.'

You can listen to the whole album here: www.npr.org


Stuart Maconie's Freakier Zone discusses Anthroprophh’s new album ‘Outside the Circle’ on BBC6 Music

Stuart Maconie’s Freakzone show discusses some of the best forthcoming releases in experimental music with Radio 3's Nick Luscombe and Justin Watson from Front & Follow.  

A track from Anthroprophh’s new album ‘Outside the Circle’ features on their roundtable discussion.

Listen here


Anthroprophh – Outside the Circle is released today

The new album by Anthroprophh 'Outside the Circle’ (Launch071) is available worldwide from today.


Agitation Free///Pekka Airaksinen///Airway///Albrecht/d///Alcatraz

Times have changed since the days when arcane aural wisdom was passed down from disciple to disciple by word of mouth, in dusty record stores littered with inexpensive stacks of second-hand wax and via late-night post-pub sessions in which eager obscurists would brandish their latest esoteric discoveries through a booze and smoke-addled haze. The 'Nurse With Wound list' may have been replaced in popular consciousness by a binary blizzard of Spotify playlists and MP3 files. Yet the idealistic vision of the true psychedelic obsessive still stands proud, a monolith impervious to all adversity and compromise. 

The Deep Freeze Mice////Dharma Quintet///Dies Irae///Dome///Doo-Dooettes

Moreover, in an era where the word 'psych' itself is fast being overused to the point of meaninglessness, there are certain seers who can always be relied upon to brandish an artistic insight into third-eye salvation that departs from its obsessive origins to offer trashed transcendence above and beyond the physical form. One such is Paul 'Prof' Allen, the mastermind of Anthroprophh, whose second album 'Outside The Circle' is a dizzying psychic voyage that exists in, around and at all points of the eternal amplified axe-worship continuum.

Heratius///Hero///Juan Hidalgo///Hugh Hopper///Horde Catalytique Pour La Fin///Horrific Child

Anthroprophh began in earnest after 'Prof's departure from Bristolian cult The Heads, in whose auspices he had made a number of head-spinning records that surfed a haphazard psychic spiral from an overflowing ashtray to the stars. Yet 'Outside The Circle', the second album from the trio he formed with the Big Naturals duo of Gareth Turner and Jesse Webb, sees him steadfastly affirming his own wayward path through a vivid aural terrain of garage-birthed gnarl, FX pedal euphoria and inhospitable drone-vortexes. At times startling, at others darkly comic, and at all times assaulting the unsuspecting freak unawares, it's a treasure trove of titanic wig-outand blissful trance states.

Maschine Nr. 9///Mate and Vallancien///Costin Miereanu///Min Bul///Mnemonists

Whilst 'Outside The Circle' bears a plentiful amount of stylistic hallmarks gleaned from 'Prof's years inhabiting the record-racks and small-hours listening sessions of yore himself, its inherent beauty centres on the fact that this is no slavish retrogressive pastiche, and no tribute to glories past, rather the sound of an irreverent master bearing down on enlightenment anew. From the sci-fi doom-out of the appropriately-titled 'Space Box Zonk Machine' to the unnerving primitive electronica of 'Gottmelt', and from the kraut-fried whirl-y-gig of the title track via the deadpan Deviants-style 'Dead Man On The Scene' to the early-Monster Magnet-damaged finale 'See', no sacred stone is left unturned here. Yet at all times 'Prof''s guitar rages through the ether, all banshee howls and fiery tumult; a kaleidoscopic union between Helios Creed and the Velvet Underground of 'I Heard Her Call My Name'.

Secret Oyster///Seeselberg///Selten Gehörte Musik///Semool///Sonny Sharrock

'Outside The Circle' resides at a moment whereby fifty years of psychedelic culture and esoteric art messily collide and morph into an ornery and intimidating new elixir. Moreover, with 'Prof's credentials bolstered by the force of his band, and the sheer wealth of imagination he deploys in unassuming fashion readily apparent, this latest missive is manna for freaks of every stripe. From Terry-Nutkins-alikes to fresh-faced ingenues, few can remain impervious to this peerless display of frontier-destroying, mind-melting malevolence.

Ladies and gentlemen, witness a new monolith.

Ya Ho Wha 13///La Monte Young///Frank Zappa///ZNR///Zweistein


12 Sep 2014

Introducing Goatology – A member of the collective discusses the meaning of Goat

It´s very seldom a member of the collective communicate in any other way than through music but in the upcoming chronicle Goatology we will dive deeper in the mysteries behind Goat, we present to you Goatology pt.1 - enjoy!

Preorder one of our special bundles of the new album here: Commune


11 Sep 2014

The Quietus stream Anthroprophh 'Outside the Circle'

The good people at the The Quietus have been kind enough to stream the forthcoming Anthroprophh 'Outside the Circle' album in it's entirety.

The album will be released on the 15th September in all good record shops and the vinyl version comes in as an amazing limited grey vinyl gatefold with insert.

Anthroprophh will be playing the Liverpool Psych Festival and Paul from the band will be back with The Heads for their residency at Roadburn 2015

Listen to The Quietus stream here