27 Oct

WARNING: You should be aware of the following opportunities to enjoy some great music!

Let’s start with that bewitching group of L.A. locos, THE WARLOCKS. Out this week on Zap Banana Records is a re-release of the band’s debut EP from 2001, and the “Rise & Fall” LP from 2001 – now combined on a double-disc set that also includes eight – count ’em! – eight unreleased bonus tracks. But before you get eight miles high on this news, take a ride over to The Warlocks’ page on Bandcamp for a free download of three tracks – one of the unreleased and two remastered. Your mirror might not explode, but your head will.

Not to be outdone (and to be fair, not in any sort of competition, anyway), the Richmond, VA (by way of GA) gem of a band known to the world over as THE DIAMOND CENTER recently recorded a live session for the mighty Daytrotter, which – like all Daytrotter sessions – is yours to download and enjoy for nothing, nada, zippo, zero, zilch (and if you have an iPhone, you owe it to yourself to download and install the Daytrotter app – also free). I feel comfortable saying this is the most inexpensive way to enjoy a diamond. More than that, I feel comfortable saying that The Diamond Center’s session is beautiful, understated and haunting but still propulsive – the perfect accompaniment to a drive through the October night, music spilling out of your window in serenade to a low hanging moon, resting in the sky like … yes, a diamond.

Moving all the way from the East coast to the West … treat your eyeballs and earholes to a taste of Midday Veil. On the heels of the recently concluded “Escalator Fest II” – curated by the good folks over at Portable Shrines – and in anticipation of their upcoming release, “Eyes All Around,” (out soon on Translinguistic Other and – SPOLIER ALERT! – it’s a stunner), here’s a video shot by the Seattle Rock Guy of Midday Veil performing “Asymptote (Part 2).” Try not to be hypnotized. Actually – don’t try. Let yourself go …

And … why not? … treat yourself to a glimpse of the force of nature that is California’s JEFFERTITTI’S NILE as well, also from Seattle Rock Guy’s “Escalator Fest II” footage, also with a new release you need to score (the incredible “Hypnotic River of Sound”), also hypnotizing … all SO hypnotizing.

More on these bands – and many more – coming up soon on “Revolt of the Apes.” Until then … the rock and/or roll book learnin’ club is ON.

Reading is FUN-da-MENTAL ...

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE – “God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot”



  1. mr. atavist October 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    How is that Syd book?


    • thedooner October 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

      So far, so good. So good! I hope to finish it up this weekend. Halloween seems appropriate …

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