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Friday, April 15, 2005

10 Great Psychedelic Albums.

So I here some of the kids like the psychedelic music. Let's talk a bit about that today, why don't we?

Here are 10 psychedelic albums that I have enjoyed in that manner. Please enjoy.

*special note - "psychedelic" means different things to different people. Some music some people call psychedelic I just think is mostly boring - and a lot of the music I call psychedelic people will be like "oh that's just rock music that can't be psychedelic" or some such thing. But they probably haven't done enough good drugs. And for all of the crazy different things I've heard - I still kind of think The Beatles are the most psychedelic band I've ever heard - it's important to be good - whether you're eating drugs or not. Ya dig? Anyways my loose definition of psychedelic is music that stimulates your brains a bit and maybe makes you think "hmm... wait a minute? maybe i'm not a chipmunk at all! maybe i'm actually susie jones, mistress of the endearing king of the marble people Laudner M. Dellbottoms"

***no particular order - just 10 very groovalicious psychedelic albums***

and Yes I realize I've just completely changed all of my initial formats and whatnot. I'll get back to that. what are you a cop? This is what's happening now. deal with it. I know it's going to be hard. There's therapy. Drugs. for this t y p e of thing. Also - in case you didn't know. where is that guy?

also its like when 94.9 turned country except without as much suck I hope.

1. Primal Scream - Screamadelica 1991. glorious mix of dance & rock music. "Higher Than The Sun" and "Step Inside This House" being two immediate favorites but in some ways the album really hits it's peak with the more tripped out stuff like "I'm Coming Down" and "Higher Than The Sun (Dub Symphony In Two Parts)"

2. Jonny Greenwood - Bodysong 2004. Radiohead's lead guitarist's first solo album. This album is very very very far out there. Like no other album I've heard. mad scientist music to the 9th degree HUH? This album combines strange atmospheric strings & pianos with even stranger electronics and studio manipulations. This album is so psychedelic that I can listen to it while completely sober and begin to hallucinate. It's like a journey way far off or way deep inside. Stunningly intense music once you are able to wrap your head around it (which may take a very long time.) I'm just now starting to get the beauty of the album at first just blown away by the insanity of it.

3. Frank Zappa - Uncle Meat 1969. This double album may be my favorite Frank Zappa album. The first disc I especially like, although disc 2 is great too - I've always liked Zappa's songs more than the jamming - (although if anyone can get me into jam type stuff it'd be Zappa, he was one sick bastard of a guitar player.) Favorites include track 9 from Disc 1 - "Sleeping in a Jar" , track 12 "Electric Aunt Jemima", and track 22 "Cruisin' For Burgers." Disc 2 is a song called "King Kong" broke into 7 parts. If you really want to blast off into interstellar biz this may be the disc for you. Actually listening to the album now I may have to reconsider what I said before. Disc 2 may just be more sick than disc 1.

4. Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphonies 1 through 9 1800(#1)-1824(#9). yo, check out those phat beats. Seriously listening to Beethoven (and other great classical music) can be some of the most psychedelic biz in the world. The complex beauty of the music is so completely engrossing if you are able to let yourself go into that world you may see many diagrams and glimpses of the future. One beautiful thought is to think of how you are listening to the imagination of a man from another time... I like to think about how his mind lives on now... 200 years later through the timeless beauty of his music.

5. The Beatles - Sgt Pepper 1967. Sure an obvious choice but sometimes choices are obvious for a reason, this is one of those times. I do not want to hear about how this album is overrated. You are a dick. Listen to the music. Suggested mp3s to check out if for some reason you don't already own this album "A Day In The Life", "Fixing A Hole", "Getting Better", and for something completely different "Within You Without You"

6. Pink Floyd - Piper At The Gates Of Dawn 1967. Syd Barrett is the man. Listen to "Interstellar Overdrive", "Flaming", and "Bike." then buy the album by clicking on that underlined blue Piper At The Gates Of Dawn above, thank you. This album, maybe more than any other in the history of man, captures madcap psychedelic to perfection.

7. Spiritualized - Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space 1997. Holy God do I love this album? Yes. This one is timeless to me. I've been listening to it since it came out and it's still just as amazing. Sounds that pulsate. Noise thate inspires. Beauty that transcends. Eat this album daily till your head expands 10 times it's normal size. Suggested songs to check out you are not yet convinced to buy this album - "I think I'm In Love", "All of my thoughts", and the title track.

8. Olivia Tremor Control - Dusk At Cubist Castle 1996. I just recently discovered Olivia Tremor Control. They make me want to get back into eating loads of drugs. Damn these guys are good. The amount of sonic treasures packed into their songs is unbelievable. And they manage to mix in pure sonic insanity with some beautiful Beatlesesque melodies. 27 Tracks in all, 10 of them named "Green Tyepwriters." Some suggested tracks are "No Growing" & "Holiday Surprise."

9. Radiohead - Kid A 2000. I was trippin' balls when I first heard this album. It's been almost 5 years since then, but my brain is still recovering. Check out "The National Anthem", "How To Dissapear Completely" and "Idioteque."

10. The Flaming Lips - Zaireeka 1997. Zaireeka is the Flaming Lips very experimental album which includes four different CDs which are all to be played simultaneously. You can find versions of the songs mixed together on the 'net but to get the full experience you have to track down 4 CD players or find (or make your own like I did) a DVD 5.1 version of it. Listening to a "Machine In India" when it goes into the noisy section spaced out from 4 different sound sources made my floor melt right away. No use for the floor when something like that is happening.

Speaking of Zaireeka and 5.1 mixing (The Flaming Lips have released Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots in 5.1) this is one of the more exciting (and very psychedelic) recent advances in the world of hi-fi music listening. More and more bands are releasing albums in 5.1 --- if you are interested in getting a system for playing back 5.1 audio DVDs (also great for playing movies for that home theater effect of course.) Check This Out -> Sony 5.1 System.

Oh and if you don't get what 5.1 is - it means that the music has been mixed so that it's coming out of 5 different speakers - right front & left front, center, right back & left back - along with a subwoofer (the .1) - true surround sound music. I think it's especially great for very densely mixed or atmospheric music (both things which i associate closely to the term psychedelic) - if an album has an enormous amount of parts where it feels difficult to hear them all at once - 5.1 versions really allow the sound to open up.


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