Archive for 2013

Review: Magic Carpet Ride, Brain Pyramid (for It's Psychedelic Baby)

Magic Carpet Ride EP (2013)

One guitar, one bass, one drum set. The mighty power trio. Blues. Souls sold to the devil. Muddy Waters tripping so hard he still believes the world ended in 1967. Ladies and gentlemen: Brain Pyramid. Formed in November 2012, this young band from Rennes, France, released their debut EP, Magic Carpet Ride, last April with their minds stuck in the past, refusing to acknowledge the 21st century is for good, evoking Hendrix without regret.
This magic ride starts off with Bad Luck, a 5 minute explosion of acid blues that leaves no room for misunderstandings. These guys love the blues and wear nothing but bell-bottoms. The second track, Stone Woman Blues, emphasizes the idea in case you didn’t get it the first time.  Mary Jane Blues is a sweet acoustic-driven ballad with hand clapping setting the rhythm and an awesome slide work by Gaston Lainé. Cosmic 1000 Years and Electric Spell, the longest and final tracks, show a more spaced out side of Brain Pyramid. The incredibly tight rhythm section and sinuous guitar work worthy of the ancient golden days of psychedelic rock will ride you through dusty landscapes inhabited by boozy characters and sexy women willing to mislead you as soon as you drop your defenses. Watch out!
To promote their work they are heading for an Iberian Tour in September in which, according to Bapt, they have been working on for some time now and are looking forward to play outside France. “I can’t hide the fact that I’m fucking excited. We’re glad to go on the road, meet people who like our culture and music and make new friends! Let’s hope the van will hold the whole tour.” When asked about how it is to be in an acid rock band in Rennes, the band stated that only a little bunch of people come to see them regularly and that it’s an arduous task to bring more people to the shows. However, the band doesn’t throw in the towel because they know it’s just a matter of time and patience and doing what they believe in and despite the fact that the band is not even one year old yet, Brain Pyramid have already managed to share the stage with some big names in the scene, being Blues Pills the biggest one, and will soon add The Grand Astoria (December 2013) to their curriculum.

© Jerome Lancien

Approaching the end of our little chat and amid inevitable comparisons between our hometowns and countries Brain Pyramid revealed themselves clearly honored to be playing in Black Bombaim’s hometown and ready to feel the warmness of the Spanish and Portuguese audience. The engine is roaring and expectations are high on both sides. Be there. 

by Hugo Pereira
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Interview: The Vliets (for It's Psychedelic Baby)

This is an interview I did with Ty Borhnstedt from The Vliets for It’s Psychedelic Baby:

Forget about thunderous drum beats. Forget about heavy distorted guitar/bass riffs. At least for now.
The Vliets, currently working on their full length debut, drink from nowadays electronic scene as much as they do from 60s psychedelia, trapped between avant-gardism and nostalgia, meandering between Austin and Chicago. Their first release, The Vliets EP, dates back from 2011 and was followed by last year’s God’s Drug EP, having both of them revealed a very mature sound as well as a band that knows how to spice up things without overdoing it.
We wanted to know more about this promising band and so we had this little chat with Ty Bohrnstedt, The Vliets’ front man and guitarist. We talked about those commonplaces like their influences and stuff but we also had some time to discuss UFOs and God’s drug.

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New Video: Xanman, Pond

Now you can watch the official video for Xanman by Pond. The track from Hobo Rocket was released yesterday.

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Song For Today: Steamroller, Bruce Peninsula (2009)

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Song For Today: How Soon Is Now, The Smiths (1984)

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Streaming: Noctuary, The Holydrug Couple (2013)

Hailing from Santiago, Chile via Sacred Bones, The Holydrug Couple released Noctuary, a bluesy trip through summer sunsets.

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Review: On The Road, Jack Kerouac (1957)

On The Road is a novel published in 1957 written by Jack Kerouac in which youth meets adult life’s restraints, a novel about travels, a novel about the relentless search for the meaning of life.
In a postwar America these young men in their early twenties refuse to go along with the ride, they are eager to make their own discoveries, their own revolution. And yet they end up founding themselves penniless and most of the times drunk. The insistent pounding of Bebop records echoing throughout.
The writing is fast, sometimes even lunatic. It gets your heart racing. You dream of freeing yourself from whatever is holding you up. But On The Road is not about dreaming, On The Road is a mad river of reckless activity.
Jack Kerouac is Sal Paradise. And it wall begins when he heads to San Francisco with 50 dollars in his pocket.
Neal Cassidy is Dean Moriarty. And that’s when the two meet that the adventure kicks off.
Along the way there is also Old Bull Lee (William Burroughs) and Carlo Marx (Allen Ginsberg). The four columns of the Beat Generation altogether.

However, Truman Capote said: “That’s not writing, that’s typing” and he may have a point. On The Road shines as a biographic narrative but it lacks the grandeur of the great novels of the 20th century.
If you are into the whole Beat Generation thing it is a must read. If not, well, it is up to you to read or not to read.

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Song For Today: The Diamond Sea, Sonic Youth (1995)

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New Video: Giant Tortoise, Pond

Pond’s Hobo Rocket comes out on August 2nd in Australia, August 5th in Europe and August 6th in USA.
And to celebrate this good news you can download Giant Tortoise for free at


01. Whatever Happened To The Million Head Collide
02. Xanman
03. O Dharma
04. Aloneaflameaflower
05. Giant Tortoise
06. Hobo Rocket

07. Midnight Mass (At The Market Street Payphone)

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Song For Today: What's In The Ground Belongs To You, If These Trees Could Talk

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News: Tomorrow's Harvest, Boards Of Canada (2013)

After all, the cryptic rumors on a new Boards Of Canada album proved true: Tomorrow’s Harvest is due to be released on June 10 in the UK and the following day in the USA by Warp.

Track list:

01 Gemini
02 Reach for the Dead
03 White Cyclosa
04 Jacquard Causeway
05 Telepath
06 Cold Earth
07 Transmisiones Ferox
08 Sick Times
09 Collapse
10 Palace Posy
11 Split Your Infinites
12 Uritual
13 Nothing Is Real
14 Sundown
15 New Seeds
16 Come to Dust
17 Semena Mertvykh

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Nothing Is Fun, Holy Nothing (Electronic/Rock Band)

A few days ago it was said, through Everything Is Useless facebook page, that our dear friends and collaborators, Bruno Albuquerque and Pedro Rodrigues, were about to unveil the project they have been working during the last few months.
Put your best dancing shoes on and listen to it right here:

Video by Bruno Albuquerque and Pedro Rodrigues.
Pedro Rodrigues is also the singer and bass player for Holy Nothing, along with Samuel Gonçalves (guitar) and Nélson Silva (keyboards).

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Song For Today: Retreat! Retreat!, 65daysofstatic (2004)

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Primavera Psicodelico Mixtape, Dj Fitz (2013)

Enjoy Dj Fitz’s  good vibes! Listen to his most recent mixtape Primavera Psicodelico, Special Mixtape for Iberian Peninsula Tour Spring 2013.

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My God Is The Sun, Queens Of The Stoneage (2013)

Queens Of The Stone Age are back in business.
…Like Clockwork is coming out June 3rd in UK and the following day in US but the first track My God Is The Sun is already available at Go!

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Video: Onde As Nuvens Se Cruzam, Indignu (2013)

The post-rockers indignu are about to release their second album Odyssea which is scheduled to come out on April 26th.
A couple weeks ago the quintet advanced the first chapter Onde As Nuvens Se Cruzam, a seven minute journey which includes an excerpt of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa.
Watch the video below.

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Streaming: Nomad, Bombino (2013)

The acclaimed Tuareg guitarist, Bombino, released yesterday his 3rd album, Nomad, which was produced by Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys. 

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Demography, The Exploration (2013)

Shhhh… This will be our little secret, ok?
Demography is a release by the Michigan based band The Exploration which is a collection of previous demos, rarities and three previously unreleased tracks. What is so special about this release? Well, it is a cassette release only limited to 100 copies and it is available in turquoise or orange.
The Exploration plays a blend of math-rock and indie-rock and the fantastic artwork was done by their friend Errol Hoffman. Check out below.

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Video: Delta Machine, Depeche Mode (2013)

Thirteen albums released and Depeche Mode still sound like pop music needs them. Delta Machine came out on 22nd March 2013 and by now two videos were also released. The first one for the single Heaven and two days ago for the track Soothe My Soul.
And you what? You can watch them both right here. Enjoy!

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Live Performance: Sensible Soccers at Boiler Room (Red Bull Music Academy)

Sensible Soccers’ live performance at Red Bull Music Academy’s Boiler Room in Lisbon. This is great, believe me!

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News: Jason Molina

A man who departed too soon. Jason Molina left us at age 39.
And this is the only way I know of honoring him, sharing his music.

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Afraid of Heights, Wavves (streaming)

Wavves’ Afraid of Heights is coming out on March 26. However, its streaming is available by following this link. It is sounding good. Enjoy! 

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Overgrown, James Blake (2 new tracks)

There are two more tracks from James Blake’s sophomore album, Overgrown, to listen to right here.

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Escape Artist, Zoe Keating (Live Performance)

Today we celebrate the most beautiful and mysterious creature to ever walk the Earth. Happy International Women’s Day!

And what is better than a woman who plays the cello? A woman who plays a thousand cellos!

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Red + Yellow =, Denis Jones (Spotify Stream)

Denis Jones’ album Red + Yellow = is standing right there on the right side of the screen below the Google+ badge for your enjoyment.
It is like our album of the week or something. Use and abuse.

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Henry Miller (Quote On Death/Faith)

"Why do we wear out so quickly, when the elements of which we are composed are indestructible? What is it that wears out? Not that of which we are made, that is certain. We wither and fade away, we perish, because the desire to live is extinguished. And why does this most potent flame die out? For lack of faith. From the time we are born we are told that we are mortal. From the time we are able to understand words we are taught that we must kill in order to survive. In season and out we are reminded that, no matter how intelligently, reasonably or wisely we live, we shall become sick and die. We are inoculated with the idea of death almost from birth. Is it any wonder that we die?"

Plexus, Henry Miller

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Denis Jones (Songwriter/Electronic)

Last night I had the chance to see the British musician Denis Jones performing live. I did not know much about Denis or his work but I was blown away by his performance. Denis’ songs are loop based but as he proudly claims “all analog” and live, no computers involved whatsoever.
Below you can watch two quite different videos for quite different songs.

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5 Films I Have Watched Recently

Below there is a list of 5 films I have watched recently. None of them is a masterpiece although I believe they are worth watching.

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

This is undoubtedly the best from this list. Powerful and dense like thrillers should be. And Ezra Miller is great.

Django Unchained (2012)

There is nothing to say about this one that has not been said yet. Some claim it is Taratino’s best film while others are severely critical about it.

Room 666 (1982)

During Cannes 1982 Wim Wenders invited some film directors to discuss the future of cinema and made this documentary out of it.

Oslo, August 31st (2011)

Anders is about to end his rehab program. However, on the 31st of August he is allowed to leave the clinic in order to go to a job interview.

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

A film about how hard it is to be a teenager. Another one, right? At least there is Ezra Miller who is one of the most promising young actors and, may I add, the soundtrack is also quite good: Bowie, The Smiths, Sonic Youth, Cocteau Twins, etc…

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