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Wand gets two album in Best of Psych 2015 critics' list

In 2015, Los Angeles’ Wand have been a force to be reckon with, releasing two LPs in quick succession that sound like a (modernized) museum of psychedelia, and alternatively tackle the genre’s many faces: from garage-psych (Self Hypnosis) to drone rock (The Unexplored Map), from Early Pink Floyd (Reaper Invert) to… later Pink Floyd (Melted Rope). A true encyclopedia of psych! The trio managed to land both records in this critic's score list of the best 10 psychedelic albums of 2015, preceding acts like Ty Segall and King Gizzard - now, that's something to tell your grandchildren about!

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YEOMANS - LIVE AT THE BOVINE!

By definition Yeomans were attendants in a royal household...until now when Yeomas became one of my favorite rock bands in the GTA. They have top notch garage surf vibes. Influenced by The 13th Floor Elevators for sure and as far as more modern bands go I would compare them to the Allah La’s out of California. They have an EP available that was released in 2014. The opening track “Big Bikes” has some beautifully reverbed vocals and excellent surf guitar solos. “Elijah” takes you on a chilled out adventure to a beach....back in the 60‘s. Very nice psycadellia comin from this 3 piece. They even throw an instrumental at you just to make sure you’re awake. Easily one of the best EP’s I’ve heard in a while. It’s worth spending money on. You can choose the price on their bandcamp page. Catch them live on Saturday at Bovine Sex Club with Flamingo Báy and Wine Lips. - Kris Gies





The Cuckoos Channel the Classic Era of Psych Music to a Tee on "Stranger in Your Eyes"

Morrison has risen- This is a natural thought progression upon hearing Ken Frost, lead singer of the Austin 60’s psych trio The Cuckoos, sing for the first time. Frost has a dead-on Lizard King baritone but, rather than run from comparisons to the Doors, the Cuckoos embrace it, own it, and then make it their own. The trio’s magnetism, mature sound, and youthful precociousness (Frost is the oldest in the group at 19) mean that there are many more doors of perception for these Moog-mavens to open. Here's track “Stranger in Your Eyes” from their upcoming spring full-length release that offers a tantalizing organ sound straight from 1967. The dark psych groove perfectly coalesces with Frost’s intoxicating throwback vocals for a track that's about as close as we're ever going to get to a new classic Doors track, do listen below, flower children of 2016. The Cuckoos are also a nominee for ‘Artist of the Year’ in the psych category and would love your vote, so check the polls to the right if you want to help the guys out.

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Lee Ackerley
@slackerleemusic

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Cross Record is at the Top of Their Dark Experimental Music Game with New "Wabi Sabi"

Cross Record is an airy, sophisticated and sometimes creepy indie folkish duo that writes, records and lives out at a parcel of gorgeous Texas Hill Country land known as Moon Phase Ranch. With equal parts technical, atypical instrumentals from Dan Duszynski and the ghostliest, lovely and philosophical vocals from wife Emily Cross, Cross Record will play well with the folk/psych indie lovers out there, as well as those into that whole witchy thing going on right now. Recent release Wabi Sabi has the two at their best yet, with building cerebral tracks that are as deep-thought provoking as they are beautifully spacious and emotionally gripping. Catch a two-track preview of Wabi Sabi here, including the modern stormy day folk song “Steady Waves,” and check out the poignant minimalist and symbolic prettiness of the music video for second single “High Rise” below. It'll get your spine tingling, and your mind soaring over a gloomy, picturesque Texas countryscape.

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Los Angeles Police Department combats the anxieties of love on "Hard"

I find quite apropos that we're getting such a sublime track about contemplating courtship on this pre-Valentine's day weekend. The latest by Los Angeles Police Department, "Hard", the nom de plume of Ryan Pollie, was written in a period where Pollie was ruminating on what it means to be in love,especially when things are starting to get serious: how can it possibly be going so well, and when will it all turn bad. He's addressing a very legitimate fear, though as he asserts himself in the song's chamber arrangements, the best (and only way) to get through it is to try to set aside the psychological anguish and focus on what's going well. 

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