Friday, May 7, 2021

Canadian Psych Legend Bob Bryden...NEW LP 2021 and It Fucking Rules !


I discovered Canadian psych legends Christmas (Oshawa,ON) in 1978, if I remember correctly? I was stoked on the whacko cover of the bands 1st LP as I ran across it in a department store cut out bin in eastern Canada for $1.99.  Of course I bought it.  It really blew my mind as it was superbly "out there' by my then felt weed fueled if you catch my smoke ?  "Heritage" their 2nd LP,  came my way in the early 80's and seemed a powerful in yer face effort with a now 4 piece, playing more sonically HEAVY masterful psych rock, simply a blazer and a total mind fucker!  It dawned on me how surreal it seemed, that 2 -16 year old and 2- 18 year old long haired rocker's were capable of making such a well seasoned MONSTER record regarding how potent it was! ❤👽 

It still boggles my mind!  Discovering pre-Christmas; Reign Ghost (2 killer LPs) in the early 80's was also a revelatory thing as that band, was easily as great as Jefferson Airplane from the same period!  AWESOME!  Roll the hands of time to 30 some years later 2017 and Bob Bryden is in my shop Birdman Sound!  I was thrilled to say the least to meet and hang out with Bob, who was as nice a dude as you'll ever meet!  I could go on here but, the reality is that Bob is a lifer and has way more in the tank than I have talked about above...Check out a whole ton more right here if inclined, you won't be disappointed....

Bob wrote me awhile ago to tell me there's a new album coming out and in the "Chritsmas" vein!  Well I gotta say, after sitting through the test pressing twice now since yesterday, I am totally gobsmacked!  What a GREAT FUCKING RECORD!!!  Recorded in the early dayz of the pandemic last year, this is such a revelatory piece of work!  A fully realized psychedelic concept album executed with authority from a fella that still has a clear visionary approach after all these years and is not resting on any laurels whatsoever is a wonderful thing and I LOVE it!   This new trio dubbed Bob Bryden and Long Day Journey, featuring Rory Quinn and Kattie Iarocci may well have made one of the greatest and boldest musical rock statements of the millennium here in Canada and it stands easily toe to toe with anyone on the global landscape.  You can hear more and read more about it below in the following links and I URGE you to check it out!  Greatest LOVE and Respect to you Bob for sticking to your guns...simply wonderful and thank you for putting this in our lives "Love In The Atomic Age" (2 x LP set) is a KILLER!  {:>))))

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

10 Recommended Rotations From Birdman Sound's Front Desk


Beauty Hunters - Animal Magnetism (The Weird Beard)

Deep kosmische electronic vibes like a darker early Kraftwerk!  Guy Maddison from Mudhoney's side project!

Nolla - S/T  (Spiral Void)

Trio from Finland (ex Seremonia) who play a driving brand of motorik krautrock and hard psych space jams!

PAX - "May God & Your Will..."  (Munster Records)

1972 Peruvian proto-metal sonic hard psych rock MONSTER !  💣💖

Plankton Wat - "Future Times"  (Thrill Jockey)

Dewey Mahood from West Coast US psych gods Eternal Tapestry.  His new album is awesome !  All instrumental electric deep woods, cosmic, improvised psych !  

USA Mexico - "Del Rio"  (Riot Season)

Austin, TX noise rock/psych from Shit & Shine, Butthole Surfers dudes!  3rd powerful outing and smokin' tough! 👽

Terry Gross - "Soft Opening"  (Thrill Jockey)

Driving motorik psch rock lead by the ferocious guitar of Phil Manley of TRANS AM !!!  

Ambrose Slade - Ballzy  (Audio Clarity)

Pre - SLADE !!  from 1969 UK, nice repro of rare debut...awesome psych, hardrock indicating what would soon come from this legendary, long running band !  ✌❤

Barry Walker Jr. - "Shoulda Zenith"  (Holy Mountain)

Cosmic country with deep, dense ambient desert drones and tones. Pedal steel jamz that transport you to an outer realm planet that re-arranges your grey matter...cowboy hats are not safe in outer space!👽 

People - Ceremony-Buddha Meets Rock (Life Goes On)

Fantastic Japanese psych rock from 1971 with godlike guitarist Kimio Mizutani !  Ltd. much anticipated repress 2021.  ❤👽💣

Fire! - "Defeat"  (Rune Grammofon)

7th LP for this awesome Norwegian free jazz/psych power trio...always on their mark and this MONSTER is their new 2021 LP...The unmistakable sax work from the prolific and godlike Mats Gustafsson❤❤👽

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Wow ! The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol -"Unsemble" Reviewed...

From Isolation records UK... Reviews January - March 2021

"Music of the Pandemic. It's going to go down in history as a particular genre and a bloody fascinating one at that. It was so interesting last year to see how the albums being released reflected the times: many of them were downbeat, doomy and pessimistic; some were wildly escapist and fantastic; a few bands even carried on as if nothing was happening. TBWNIAS's Unsemble will undoubtedly come to be considered as one of the more esoteric offerings from the crisis; a collection of sounds that reflect beautifully the destruction wrought on society by the COVID plague, emerging as disjointed and harrowing as would any album recorded in six different locations by different members of the band as they went into hiding between March and April 2020. The first four tracks here (all are titled 'Unsemble') stem from a seven minute drum onslaught recorded by John Westhaver on an Android phone to which each member of the band added their own contributions with whatever recording equipment they could lay their hands on. The resultant 'Unsemble I' was then remixed by guitarist Bill Guerrero into 'Unsemble II', 'Unsemble III' and 'Unsemble IV'. The initial recording and the drum track were then sent to Christopher Laramee (Wasted Cathedral) to be used as a basis for an original piece of work for collaboration, and from this emerged 'Unsemble V'. The result is an intriguing collision of ideas in sound. The opening salvo of 'Unsemble I' is smothered freeform jazz, desperately attempting to emerge into the light and pretty much failing. It's a bloody marvellous eight minutes for those of us who like some disconnection and deconstruction in our listening, and the other four tracks are as gloriously incoherent. 'Unsemble II' is disassembled rock, interpersed with random dialogue that gives it a human face despite all of the voices being overwhelmed by waves of crushing sound. The guitars that howl at the end are particularly effective. 'Unsemble III' beats away blankly until it knocks itself unconcious, while 'Unsemble IV' grinds, rattles and mourns whilst it hammers at your brain. 'Unsemble V' is particularly disturbing as dystopian commentaries are overlaid on music that is twisted into random waves of threatening sound. This is great work. You won't find a better half an hour that serves as a dairy for the year of lockdown. After appearing as a cassette last year on Misophonia, a vinyl version has now been produced by Cardinal Fuzz in a limited run of just 150 in a heavy matt card sleeve. Move heaven and earth to get hold of one."

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

A Baker's Dozen...Highly Recommended LPs: 1st Quarter 2021

Nashville Ambient Ensemble "Cerulean" LP (Centripetal Force Records)

Gerycz / Powers / Rolin "Beacon" LP (Centripetal Force / Cardinal Fuzz)

"Bodkin"  (The Weird Beard)

Tren Go! Sound System "Assessment" (Dirty Filthy)

Sky Furrows  "S/T"  (self released)

Dreamweapon "Rites Of Lunacy" (Cardinal Fuzz / Little Cloud)

Sex Tide "Ohio"  (Feeding Tube)

Jac Berrocal / David Fenech / Vincent Epplay "Exterior Lux" (Akuphone)

The Mirrors "Lost 3rd Album" (Cardinal Fuzz / Feeding Tube)

Mainliner "Dual Myths"  (Riot Season)

Andromelos2 "Electric Reincarnation"  (Bam Balam)

Richard "Heldon" Pinhas "Quentin Compson"  (Bam Balam)

Ambassador Hazy "Glacial Erratics"  (self released)

Monday, March 29, 2021

Easter Weekend Pop Up !


Tons of new arrivals...fully curated for over 3 dull moments! 👽

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Incoming LP from The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol

Next week we receive the much anticipated vinyl version of the TBWNIS -"Unsemble" LP which was originally released in spring of 2020 on cassette by UK label Misophonia Records.  The vinyl pressing of 150 copies on Cardinal Fuzz Records UK, sold out on pre-order from source in less than 24 hours !!💕  The LP version was mastered by Chris Hardman and features different cover art by Brett Savage!  Birdman Sound will have 20 copies available for sale and this LP will not be repressed!  Check it out at the link below...TBWNIS as you've never heard them before...👽