We missed Minneapolis’Magic Castles when they performed at The KC Psych Fest 2014. But, thanks to a reminder from Anton Newcombe (aka Brian Jonestown Massacre), we gave them a spin and fell in love. Stream “Sky Sounds” from the album of the same name, which is out now via A Records. Sit back and let the trippy sounds wash over you and feel your mood turn to mellow.
The 2nd album in The Head’s impressive canon, was originally released on Sweet Nothing Records (SNLP007/CD) in July 2000; now, 14 years later “Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere” has been repackaged with a full compliment of bonus material from that period (7” tracks, B- sides, Mans Ruin 10” / CD tracks, Radio 1 session tracks, and compilation tracks). All the tracks have been fully re-mastered by Simon Price and Shawn Joseph.
Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere is the bands favourite album. It represents the full force of the Heads’ psychedelic pummel, their trippiest most psyche collection, brutal yet beautiful.
The Hardcover / full colour boxset is limited and numbered to 1000 copies only: it features the remastered original double album in its gatefold sleeve, the double album of extra material from the time – also in a deluxe gatefold sleeve. A single live album “bootleg” (pressed on neon yellow vinyl) from the 2000 USA tour called “California Jams”, and a 70+ minute CD of material that is previously unreleased, culled from the dozens of rehearsal / demo archival CDrs that Simon Price has from this time.
Various items of ephemera are also included in the box. a full size 8 page booklet will be inserted in album one with sleeve notes, pictures, track information, in the live album will be a full size 8 page photo /tour diary attempting to detail some of the USA 2000 tour. a huge 4 foot by 2 foot folded poster with the classic blue/red girl tshirt image, a vinyl sticker of same image, and a Download code postcard with a link to Download the two LPs as MP3. The box itself with then be wrapped in a specially printed Heads tote bag.
The 2LP version:
Black vinyl, gatefold sleeve: the album (remastered) in the format it was originally released, with full DL postcard.
The 2CD version:
Double CD, wth 12 page booklet (same as the first LP booklet), CD has the album, CD 2 has all the bonus tracks from LP two in the boxset. Wrapped in a full colour O-Card.
Via Norman Records:
Here, finally, is the long-awaited reissue of The Heads’ second album ‘Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere’, arguably the shiniest jewel in the psych-fuzz monsters’ glittering canon. They’ve gone all-out with this one, with a fancy expensive 5LP+CD box for the die-hards as well as a regular 2LP edition and a 2CD version with the album and some of the bonus stuff from the box.
The album itself is a 16-track monster which contains not only some of their heaviest, fuzziest and most psychedelic music but also some of the most varied, punctuating the driving, rumbling riff-monsters like ‘Could Be’, ‘Legovaan Satellite’ and the ear-scouringly distorted ‘Dirty Water’ with dreamy lounge-psych (‘Kraut Byrds’), understated wobbly guitar and drum shuffle in ‘Wobble’, trippy backwards tape loops on ‘My My’ and even a surprisingly Britpoppy bit of jangle’n’slice indie in the nonchalant ‘Barcoded’.
While it’s not as immediate as its predecessor ‘Relaxing With…’, ‘Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere’ sees The Heads explore their uniquely fuzzy sonic territory with a seemingly careless curiosity, conjuring up this filthy, meandering, indulgent monster of an album. It still sounds totally amazing and it comes as no surprise to me that it’s the band’s favourite of their albums. Essential stuff for fans of heavy, fuzzy psych.
We want to give thanks to Ace Records and Alec Palao for finding and putting together Detroit’s Stoney & The Jagged Edge’s album, ‘Chasing Rainbows.’ We psychedelic fans are hungry for both old and new music. Now we know (maybe) where and who Iggy Pop got his moves from.
From Alec Palao:
Stoney & the Jagged Edge started showing up at Detroit’s celebrated Grande Ballroom from February 1967. For many, they are remembered as titans of the early Detroit scene, influencing many local acts with their wild stage routines and sonic assault. Dave “Stoney” Mazur was the quintessential Detroit frontman, packing as much energy as Rob Tyner, sex appeal as Scott Richardson, soul as Scott Morgan or madness as Iggy Pop. Mazur’s cohorts, in particular adept guitarist Ira Pack, contributed the visceral soundtrack that ensured the Jagged Edge would not be quickly forgotten by all who experienced them.
After they ditched their original manager, the band signed with Jeep Holland’s A-Square Productions. The tastemaking Holland got them work beyond the teen clubs, and began work on an album to showcase the group’s original material, as thoughtful as it was powerful. The tense atmosphere on ‘Can’t Find The Key’, ‘Rainbows’ or ‘Crystal Rain’ is anything but predictable. An upward career path – blowing the Doors off the stage at Cobo Hall, for instance – was cruelly cut short by the sudden implosion of the original band in October 1968. A year later, they re-formed for a spate of shows with new personnel, but the magic was not the same.
Jeep Holland never did release the Jagged Edge recordings he produced, although he would play them enthusiastically for anyone who would listen, stating in public the group was “one of the most fertile and creative talents that Michigan has ever had”. Thus, Mazur and company became the stuff of an ever-developing legend amongst their hardcore coterie of fans and local rock aficionados. An additional repute as reprobate delinquents contributed equally to the mystique, the frisson of felony serving only to accentuate the attractiveness of these exemplary rockers.
The Chinese whispers of the Detroit rock grapevine had it that the Jagged Edge tapes had burned in a fire. Indeed, in my previous excavations of the A-Square vault, the location of these mythological recordings was a major priority, and a source proved elusive until very recently. Released as a special vinyl-only edition, “Chasing Rainbows” is an opportunity to finally hear this major missing piece in the jigsaw of vintage Detroit psychedelia. What it might lack in fidelity, it more than makes up for in sheer chaotic power. This very special package also includes a lengthy interview with Stoney Mazur and as such, is a long overdue tribute to a Detroit rock’n’roll legend.
As you get to know RWM, you will see that we are deeply into psychedelic music, be it neo, old, semi-neo, or a combination of all. Tommorrow, 2.5.14, Boston’s Quilt, will drop their new album, ‘Held in Splendor” and we are so excited. Check out the video for “Arctic Shark” below. Become a fan, if you are not already.