Iconic California psychedelic-punk legends THE CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND are touring to celebrate the release of their new album (soon to released by Dirty Water Records), led by founding and current members, vocalist David Aguilar and guitarist Tim Abbott, plus Gary Andrijasevich on drums. Second generation fans, guitarist Derek See and bassist Alec Palao (Grammy-nominated producer/ historian ), bring their enthusiasm and love for the music to the table to help weave their sound which both faithfully recreates the sonic energy and tone of the original recordings, as well as giving a rare edge to ￼new material that is a logical progression to the bands legacy
Documented as influencing legendary bands far and wide within the psych, garage, and punk scene for the past 50 years, their live performances sizzle with the same outrageous audacity of the late 60s scene they helped usher into the San Francisco Bay area ballroom scene. The group was also seen as featured bands in the 1967 cult films Riot on the Sunset Strip and The Love-Ins, and their powerful stage presence continues to the present day in a timeless stage show which is oozing electric cool-aid energy.
The band will be hitting the road in 2019 in support of their new album This Is My Voice with a string of shows next weeked in San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. Are YOU gonna be there?
A brilliant show, with guests Emma Tricca and Cobalt Chapel. Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills and Thomas Patterson man the music, pose the questions and all have a grand time
WCPAEB into Soundcarriers ‘Harmonium’
Great Society ‘Free Advice’
Jefferson Airplane ‘Come Up The Years’
Oxford Circle ‘Foolish Woman’
The Mystery Trend ‘Johnny Was A Good Boy’
Stained Glass ‘A Scene In Between’
Neighb’rhood Children ‘Long Years In Space’
The Storybook ‘Pretty Song from Psych Out’
Blue Cheer ‘Out Of Focus’
Big Brother & The Holding Company ‘Oh Sweet Mary’
Kak ‘Everything’s Changing’
Moby Grape ‘Seeeing’
Joy Of Cooking ‘Did You Go Downtown’
Tripsichord Music Box ‘We Have Passed’
Janko Nilovic ‘Xenos Cosmos’
Zimpel/ Zolek ‘Elytra’
Emma Tricca & Cobalt Chapel ‘Winter My Dear’
Cobalt Chapel ‘Who Are The Strange (Variant)’
Cobalt Chapel ‘Black Eyes
Emma Tricca ‘Julian’s Wings’
Daniel Romano ‘All The Reaching Trims’
The Human Beinz ‘Nobody But Me’
Julie Felix ‘Snakeskin’
The Kinks ‘Last Of The Steam Powered trains’ (Live at The Julie Felix Show, Jan 7 1969)
Steve Mason ‘Stars Around My Heart’
Joel Sarakula ‘Baltic Jam’
Fickle Pickle ‘Let Me Be The One’
Here’s some heavy Italian psychedelic doom intro stuff to sit in with the weather. Vinyl release, this Friday. (November 16th)
The first ever vinyl release of the band’s instrumental debut from 2007 after the last two critically acclaimed studio albums: Terra 42 (2014) and Paradox Hourglass (2017).
The album was recorded live during two concerts when the band’s name was still Loosin’O’Frequencies (formed in 1996, produced by the Guru of Doom Paul Chain) and marked as the official change of the band to “instrumentals”. During 2008 the album started to circulate in the underground with enthusiastic reviews from small blogs to site as Roadburn, Aural Innovation, Bad Acid, The Sludgelord and also magazines as Decibel Magazine.
Jon, Thomas and Paul return to Soho Radio for another corking show based on the latest issue
WCPAEB intro into The Last Heard ‘East Side Sound’ (Instrumental)
Greenslade ‘What Are You Doin To Me’’
TOY ‘Sequence One’
Schizo Fun Addict ‘Voltage Alert’
The Free Design ‘Mccarren Airport’
Stephen Steinbrink ‘You Could Always Leave’
Paint ‘Moldy Man’
The Peawees ‘A Reason Why’
More Kicks ‘ What A Mess You Make’
The Ar-Kaics ‘ Sick & Tired’
The Green Pajamas ‘Walking In The Rain’
Pat Thomas ‘Reflection Chamber’
Episode Six ‘Morning Dew’
Trane ‘Mansion Of Cards’
Jethro Tull ‘ Sunshine Day’
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats ‘Stranger Tonight’
Ty Segall ‘St Stephen’
The Move ‘Message From The Country’
Bev Bevan ‘Let There Be Drums’
Gloria ‘Dancehall No. 3’
The Soundcarriers ‘Waves’
The Ace Of Cups ‘Medley (The Hermit / The Flame Still Burns / Gold and Green / Living in the Country)
David Crosby ‘What Are Their Names’
David Crosby ‘The Wall Song’
Matthews Southern Comfort ‘Woodstock’
The Bonzo Dog Band ‘Fresh Wound’
ZZ Top ‘Salt Lick’
ZZ Top ‘Just Got Paid’
The Moving Sidewalks ‘Every Night A New Surprise’
MELANIE XULU runs through a fantastic day at the Betsey…
Entering through the doors of The Betsey Trotwood, I was immediately consumed by a sea of double denim, paisley and velvet. Over the sound of happy chattering and clinking glasses, autumnal folk and psych sounds played through the speakers. Artificial autumn leaves and fairylights were draped across side boards and found hanging from chandeliers across the three flours of the characterful Victorian pub, all the more emphasising the Betsey’s rustic charm and folksy quirkiness.
The autumnal all-dayer boasted a mixture of folk, psychedelia, jingle-jangle and country from 3pm-1am, holding host to an impressive line-up of bands and musicians including Italian folkstress Emma Tricca, fresh from her European tour with legendary Pink Floyd founding member Nick Mason, Wolf People bassist Dan Davies, Swedish Grammy nominated alt-country singersongwriter Christian Kjellvander, Welsh multi-instrumentalist Gwenifer Raymond, as well as, San Antonio Kid, Bob Of The Tops, Robert Chaney, The BV’s, and of course, cosmic country quintet, The Hanging Stars.
The DJs carefully maintained the blissful autumnal mood throughout the fayre, spinning seasonal folk, psych and country songs by the bar of the Betsey, including Shindig!’s own Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills who set the tone of the evening perfectly.
Stand out act of the evening had to be Gwenifer Raymond, the Welsh musician brought the American South to Clerkenwell, playing a tempestuous set of instrumental tracks alternating between guitar and banjo, from ‘Sometimes There’s Blood’ and ‘Requiem For John Fahey’ to the manic “Bleeding Finger Blues”, all of which can be found on her outstanding debut album, ‘You Never Were Much Of A Dancer’. Raymond, an accomplished adapter of the distinctive American primitive guitar style developed by Fahey, left the crowd in a stunned silence.
Co-hosts, The Hanging Stars, who started the day off with an acoustic set, finished the fayre off with a set in the basement. Betsey’s Autumn Fayre was an international coming together of fans of cosmic country, acid folk, and psychedelia. I can only hope the seasons roll around quickly and the autumn fayre returns once again next year.
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