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CAVALIERS-ST ( French instro-surf band 50s and 60s style)Label:BORN BAD Debut album by young French instro-surf band inspired by all the late 50's and early 60's surf/instro heros like Link Wray, Dick Dale, Trashmen (to name a few) and their stylistic methods of handling the surf guitar. CD $12 SKU:23312

GLORIAS- Goodtimes (60s garage punk covers!)Label:ATLANTIS From Switzerland comes these 'GLORIAS', who have been active since 1987 playing a firm 60's garage-punk style. This their 3rd album includes many own compositions and some excellent cover-versions of 60's classics like "S.F. Sorrow Is Born" (Pretty Things), 'Psychotic Reaction' (COUNT V), 'One Of These days' (ROOSTERS), 'Summer' (LEMON FOGG), 'Calm Me Down' (HUMAN EXPRESSION CD $12 SKU:23302

GLORIAS- HIP SHAKING BOOGIE (60s style garage)Label:ATLANTIS The Glorias are already an institution on the Basel rockscene. Since 1987 the band has consistenly delivered undiluted 60's Rock with a stimulating nerve and intensive energy not often seen in Switzerland. Unaffected by modern trends and fashions they remain faithful to their deeply original "way of rocking"! Whether they revive old sixties hits or present their own rocking creations, all this is presented live in a grand cocktail with the power of a pure TNT ! CD $12 SKU:23304

LATE, THE -SONGS FROM THE FAMILY TREE (1967 HOllies inspired) Label:WOODEN HILL Although harmony-based British soft rock act Unicorn didnt release their superb debut album, 'Uphill All The Way', until mid-1971, the core of the band had been playing together, principally as the Late, for several years. Taken from previously unreleased acetates and studio tapes, 'Songs From The Family Tree' charts the groups hitherto-undocumented progress from 1967 to 1969 as they slowly evolved from their original, Hollies-inspired psychedelic pop direction to create a more individual identity. With comprehensive liner notes, quotes and numerous photographs, 'Songs From The Family Tree' is an essential item for Unicorn fans and admirers of late Sixties British pop alike CD $17 SKU:23320

NEW CHRISTS-DIVINE RITES (Radio Birdman)Label:CITADEL The New Christs were originally formed by Radio Birdman and New Race vocalist Rob Younger after he was offered the support spot on Iggy Pop's Australian tour of 1984. The other members had played in groups such as Celibate Rifles, Lime Spiders and Hoodoo Gurus. The tour proved a success and the band stayed together, recording the two singles Like A Curse and Born Out Of Time for Sydney independent label Citadel Records.These releases gained acclaim for their tough and uncompromising nature and were soon released in Europe by French based label Sonics. With the prospect of an album deal and European tour possible, the other members however chose to return to their other band interests. Younger was left to pursue a career producing some of the finest upcoming Australian alternative bands.
In 1986 Barracudas bass player Jim Dickson returned to Australia from the UK and together with Younger started a new line-up. Featured were Charlie Owen, a gifted but as yet unknown guitarist and drummer Louis Burdett who soon left and was replaced by Nick Fisher who had previously played with Ed Kuepper and Wet Taxis. Over the next three years, the band released a series of hard hitting singles; Black Hole, Headin' South and the EP Dropping Like Flies. These new tracks were compiled under the title Divine Rites and released in Europe as a mini-album thus allowing the group to tour there for the first time.
The group then went on to record the landmark album Distemper but soon broke up, leaving Younger again with a long period of inactivity. Following the breakup all of the band's early tracks were compiled onto CD for the first time and released in 1990 under the title Divine Rites through Citadel's Germany imprint. CD $17 SKU:23317

NEW CHRISTS-DISTEMPER(members of Radio Birdman, The Beasts Of Bourbon,Barracudas and Celibate Rifles) Label:CITADEL Recorded in Sydney, Australia in 1988, The New Christs, led by Rob Younger, created this genuine, unique and extremely personal sound which afterwards has become a major influence to so many bands and artists all over the world. Featuring members of Radio Birdman, The Beasts Of Bourbon, Barracudas and Celibate Rifles CD $17 SKU:23318

ON AND ONS-IT'S THE ON AND ONS CALLING (powerpop w STEMS/WIGGLES members)Label:CITADEL The ON AND ONS line-up includes guitarist Glenn Morris and his drummer brother Brian. Both are members of local Sydney outfit The Zeros and of the Paul Collins Beat live group, while Glenn is perhaps best known for his days with Kings Of The Sun and The Screaming Tribesmen. Penned by Glenn, the 11 songs on this album are firmly rooted in genuine powerpop/-rock and are characterized by great tunes and exceptional harmonies. Other players on the album are bassist Clyde Bramley (ex-Hoodoo Gurus), guitarist and keyboardist Richard Lane (ex-Stems) and guitarist Jon Roberts (ex-Barbarellas). CD $17 SKU:23315

ON AND ONS - WELCOME ABOARD (powerpop w STEMS/WIGGLES members)Label:CITADEL Welcome Aboard', the second album by these Australian garage rock/powerpoppers, is produced by band members Glenn and Clyde and mixed once again by Dennis Wilson of early '70s Australian band Khavas Jute. The album features 13 songs that follow and expand upon the guitar-driven sound of the previous disc with vocal harmonies abounding. The band is aided and abetted by a number of guests including Richard Lane (ex-Stems) on organ, and Murray Cook (ex-The Wiggles) on Fender 12 string. CD $17 SKU:23319

OTHERSIDE-IN A HAUNTED HOUSE (80s garage)Label:KNIGHTS OF FUZZ First volume in a new series 'The Knight Of Fuzz', in which the best bands of the 80's garage scene will get their full output compiled on CD. THE OTHERSIDE were pioneers of the Dutch garage scene releasing 2 (now impossible to find) EP's. Guitarist marcel kruup went on to greater things in bands like THE KLIEK and TREBLE SPANKERS. This CD collects all their released songs wiht 6 live songs added as bonus CD $17 SKU:23313

SUNFLOWERS- CASTLE SPELL(heavy psych punk shredders)Label: STOLEN BODY One can say the band is young and restless, but they bring a well thought mutated slab of paranoia filled heavy shredders, while the hazed sunset fades away in the rearview mirror, darkening the desert and filling the air with some energized psych punk auras. 'Castle Spell' is a 10-story palace, each of them with its own atmosphere, its gloomy and murderous tenants, all narrated by Carol's docile voice and Carlos's intrusive howls. CD $17 SKU:23294

A SLIGHT DISTURBANCE IN MY MIND-BRITISH PROTO-PSYCHEDELIC SOUNDS OF 1966- 3 CD BOX Label:GRAPEFRUIT Featuring 84 tracks, this compilation examines the "experimental pop" element of the British music scene with a dizzying, dazzling mix of nascent psychedelia, introspective pop and what's been retrospectively labelled freakbeat. COMP CD $38 SKU:22751

ASTONISHING SOUND SHOW STORIES-VOL 2(30-track collection of garage, psych-punk and alternative rock)Label:DIG THE FUZZ 30-track collection of garage, psych-punk and alternative rock, issued in anLTD edition of 299 CDs in a digi-gatefold sleeve with a booklet and download code. COMP CD $16 SKU:23296

LOUD PIPES & LONG BOARDS-RARE SURF, DRAG, HOT ROD MUSIC-Label:RED BARON Toes on the nose - pedal to the metal! COMP LP $25 SKU:23357

PLUNDERED, VOL. 1-THE MUMMIES UNWRAPPED PART 1 -Label:RED BARON A collection of primitive rock'n'roll that inspired The Mummies! COMP LP $25 SKU:23385

SUNLIGHT GLIDE -15 Flower Power Trippers From The 60s & 70s -Label:TAKE IT ACID IS Here's a collection of rare psychedelic/freakbeat tracks from such bands as The Kinetic, The Factory, Steerpike, State of Micky & Tommy, Cain, Nimrod and more. This is for fans of these '80s and '90s cult psych comps like the ones on Tiny Alice Records, the 'Justafixation' series, 'Voyage Through The Sugarcube' etc. Limited to 300 copies, so be fast COMP LP $24 SKU:23216

WARFARING STRANGERS-:ACID NIGHTMARES-PURPLE VINYL GATEFOLD DOUBLE Label:NUMERO UNO On neon purple vinyl. As the hippie movement hurtled towards its imminent demise, bad vibes infiltrated the rock world. Tainted LSD, loud motorcycles, and a series of brutal deaths spawned inspiration for guitar-wielding teenagers across the globe. Implementing deafening fuzz and satanic screams to create their proto-metal monstrosities, short-lived stoner bands pressed their lysergic experiments in microscopic quantities before blacking out entirely. Lifted from the ashes of the acid rock hell fire are 18 distorted tales of dope fiends, pill poppers, and the baddest of trips. This deluxe 2LP comes housed in a blacklight poster-style jacket illustrated by Benjamin Marra, replete with flocking and lysergic neon. 24 pages documenting the creeping existential dread of the hard rock underground are tucked into the gatefold pocket alongside two dead dinosaur-heavy LPs. COMP LP $38 SKU:23261

DM3 - ONE TIME TWO TIMES THREE TIMES MORE: THE BEST OF (DOM MARIANI of DATURA4)Label:CITADEL Collection of greatest 'hits' by post STEMS/SOMELOVES band DM3 as founded by Dom Mariani in the early 90's. LP $20 SKU:23316

HEMLOCK -ST (UK 1973 blues) Label:MAGIC BOX The sole LP by this UK blues rock band, originally issued in 1973, makes its welcome return to vinyl, including an insert featuring notes and images.
The group's gutsy, soulful brand of blues-rock found favour with audiences in America, where the guys supported the likes of Uriah Heep and Savoy Brown. LP $22 SKU:23354

MILKWOOD TAPESTRY - ST (1968 acid guitar ) ltd Label:EXCALIBUR Their classic self-titled 1969 LP is a journey into sea ring acid-guitar with touches of soft folky ballads, lots of heavy rock, and some mind-bending manic music that ranges in style from The Incredible String Band to Arthur Lee's Love to Jethro Tull To Fairport Convention to Sgt. Peppers. Fantastic harmonies round out this great album." Limited stock. LP $17 SKU:23260

WEDNESDAY KNIGHTS (wild organ drenched garage punk. ) 10” Label:BACK TO BEAT Limited to 400 copies on black vinyl. Fuzz, Farfisa and pissed off snotty vocals! Here's the ten-inch debut EP by The Wednesday Knights, containing five songs of wild organ drenched garage punk. Hailing from Bergen, Norway, the band draws inspiration from 60's garage rock, 80's garage-revival, rhythm'n'blues, pub rock and punk energy, and blend it all into their own dark and primitive stew. Those Scandinavians have a dark and twisted mindset, and this is Bergman goes garage punk! The EP contains three rockers, one (relatively) slow and haunting number, and one blistering instrumental. Songs about lost love, mean women and general misery. LP $17 SKU:23283

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TIMEMAZINE -#10 PLUS CD AND 7”-Label: Special 10th anniversary issue of the psychedelic fanzine about the '60s and beyond. 100 pages, A4 size (not photocopied) in hard laminated cover. All text in English. Contents: Interviews with Johnny Echols of Love, Aleck Janoulis of The Nightshadows, Astral Son, Big Foot (solo project from Dor Koren, vocalist/bassist of psychedelic band Tree from Israel) and Sir Robin & The Longbowmen (Germany), 1967-2017: Thoughts & Memories by the '60s minds, Dennis Loren: 'Dressing The Music With Graphic Designs For 50 Years', 'Summer Of Love' by Nick Kontogouris (everything you wanted to know about Hasbury & Swinging London), 67 garage-psych singles of 1967 (how psychedelia infused into garage), 67 Albums of 1967 that defined, developed and established psychedelic rock), 67 UK psych freak beat singles of 1967 (by Nick Kontogouris), the story behind 'Time Has Come Today' by The Chambers Brothers and LP/CD/EP/7" reviews. The split 7" features Vibravoid's 'TimeMazine Woman' and Echo Train's Portland 69 BOOKS & MAGS $25 SKU:19467

TIMEMAZINE -#11 PLUS CD AND 7”(Greek psych zine)-Label: The eleventh issue of this Greek psychedelic fanzine contains 100 pages (A4-not photocopied) all in English and comes in full coloured/hard laminated cover and with a 13 track free CD compilation. Contents: Danny Norton (guitarist/songwriter) of EXPEDITION TO EARTH (interview), JR Nichols (lead guitarist) of THE BEAT OF THE EARTH (interview), Mike Lassandro (drummer/vocalist) of THE TEA COMPANY (interview), Roy Blumenfeld (drummer) of THE BLUES PROJECT (interview), remembering Demian Bell (guitarist/singer) of MAYPOLE (interview), Klaus Lemur Esser (guitarist) of early AMON DUUL (interview), Support the "NOW" Underground: 5 bands-5 countries-5 interviews: DIRE WOLVES (USA), DE LORIANS (Japan), AL DOUM & THE FARYDS (Italy), ATOMIC SIMAO (Ukraine), DURY DAVA (Hellas), 68 LPs of 1968 that transformed psychedelia to psych, the influence of psychedelic concert posters on rock album cover design by Dennis Loren. Greek band of the issue: CRYSTAL THOUGHTS (interview). Ultimate '60s time songs - 'Before My Time' by THE OPEN MIND and tons of LP/CD/EP/7" reviews. CD Compilation: 01. EXPEDITION TO EARTH - Expedition To Earth 1968 02. VIBRAVOID - World Of Pain 2019 (Special TMZ Edit) (previously unreleased) 03. THE TEA COMPANY - Flowers (Edited Single Version) 1968 04. AL DOUM AND THE FARYDS - Unity Is Brotherhood 2018 05. DE LORIANS - A Ship Of Mental Health 2019 06. ATOMIC SIMAO - Chemical Time Machine 2018 07. DIRE WOLVES - Earth Rising Earth 2019 (previously unreleased) 08. DURY DAVA - Tsantiri 2017 (previously unreleased) 09. THE LOVE EXPLOSION - Anarchy! 2019 10. SILVER CLOUD EXPRESS - Postcards From Outer Space 2019 11. THE AGUILAR BLUMENFELD PROJECT - Plutonium Bob 2017 12. THE EXPEDITION - Dance Gypsy Dance 2017 13. THE QUIRK - Blame It On Yourself 2018 (previously unreleased) BOOKS & MAGS $25 SKU:22608

BABY SHAKES -CAuse a Scene(POWERPOP)Label:LIL' CHEWY Searing white-hot guitar riff, tough, danceable junkshop glam inspired melody and rhythmic drive glazed with lush, dreamy three part harmony. The band's fourth full-length album, shows what could easily be a contradiction of influences as diverse as Slade, Rubettes, Ramones, Bangles, Berry and the Beatles with increasing nerve and nuance. Baby Shakes' music and lyrics in particular manage to be brash, fun and forceful yet never compromise a soft innocence. CD $17 SKU:21806

COMPLEX- The Way We Feel (70s Uk PSYCHEDELIC pop private press )-Label:WOODEN HILL First ever Cd reissue of legendary Uk PSYCHEDELIC pop private pressing initially issued by the band in 1970 in total quantity of 99 copies. Great songs, bursts of FUZZ guitar and dominant Doors/Strawberry Alarm Clock-style organ. Original sleeve design together with extensive linernotes and photos. CD $17 SKU:23247

CONNER, GARY LEE- UNICORN CURRY (Totally psych!)Label:FORBIDDEN PLACE 2019 album by Screaming Trees guitarist Gary Lee Conner. Totally psychedelic with many sixties vibes and Screaming Trees guitar style. A mystical journey from beginning to end. A trip back in time to an English garden where technicolor flowers bloom and purple mushrooms glow in the dark. Get ready for an incredible ride to the center of your mind. Swirling guitars and echoing vocals float in the distance. Do not miss out on this collection of magical songs from this legendary and influential song writer. Limited edition of 300 copies on compact disc. Essential. CD $19 SKU:23037

DM3 - Rippled Soul (AUSTR) (power pop )- Label:CITADEL DM3's third album is arguably their best. The song writing is probably leaning more towards pop than power pop which may be the result of more co-writes than on previous albums. Mariani's guitar playing is more highlighted than in past releases and the overall sound has a great warmth and depth. Track Listing on site CD $14 SKU:13466

EDWARDS HAND-RAINSHINE (1971baroque pop post-Picadilly) Label:WOODEN HILL The first-ever issue of 'Rainshine', the semi-mythical third and final LP from post-Picadilly Line outfit Edwards Hand, recorded in early 1971 with legendary producer George Martin at the helm. Despite persistent collector-world rumours of a withdrawn or promo-only pressing on the Regal Zonophone label, the album failed to gain any kind of release - until now, that is. As can finally be heard, 'Rainshine' turns out to be a lost early '70s soft rock/baroque pop classic, with a clutch of wonderful songs ably supported by sumptuous vocal harmonies, sympathetic musicianship and some exquisite baroque pop arrangements from George Martin. Taken from the original master tapes, this long-overdue release features a beautiful 12-page booklet with lots of previously unpublished photos as well as the full story behind the LP. CD $17 SKU:23040

INSTANT FLIGHT-AROUND THE GATES OF MORNING (UK pop/rock/psych)Label:ROCK'N'RAVE INSTANT FLIGHT is one of todays greatest pop/rock/psychedelic bands in the U.K. Its not surprising they've also been picked by Legendary Arthur Brown as his backing band from time to time, whom is featured on 2 tracks on Instant Flight's first album 'Colours And Lights', recorded by Gary Ramon (Sun Dial). The band is influenced by the Doors, Pink Floyd and Jefferson Airplane. However, there is absolutely no copycat re-hashing of old songs. This band strongly stands alone in a fabulous and wondrous sound of their own, that is timeless, catchy and powerful! 'Around The Gates Of Morning' is the latest release by Instant Flight. The song-writing is of the highest quality, with impressive and majestic lyrics and excellent music arrangement. It has been difficult to sort the songs on 'Around The Gates Of Morning' because every track on the CD is equally... GREAT!!!! CD $12 SKU:23201

LAMP OF THE UNIVERSE- ACID MANTRA (70's cosmic psych Pink Floyd style)-Label:ASTRAL PROJECTIon It is a must for fans of Amon Duul II, Pink Floyd and classical raga style. The combination between the genres is well defined, providing a freak out journey throw eastern vibes. 70's cosmic psychedelic jam. CD $17 SKU:22809

MOTHER NATURE-ORANGE DAYS AND PURPLE NIGHTS (exquisite 60s baroque-pop/psych-folk)Label:WOODEN HILL Now here's an interesting CD! Active in the late '60s-early '70s, Buckinghamshire-based quartet Mother Nature released two exquisite baroque-pop/psych-folk singles. The A and B-sides of those releases are collected on this CD and are joined by some delicious -previously unheard- demo recordings. This release offers no less than 24 tracks, plus a 12-page booklet with info and rare pix. CD $17 SKU:23042

TEK,DENIZ-LOST FOR WORDS (RAdio Birdman)Label:CAREER Deniz Tek, guitarist and founding member of legendary Australian proto-punk band Radio Birdman, releases an awesome album of guitar dominated instrumentals CD $22 SKU:22645

ALACRAN -ST (1971 powerful West Coast psych/prog)Label:SOMMER Powerful hardrock with West Coast, psychedelic, prog and Latin-rock touches from Spain, released in 1971. The missing link between Los Brincos and Barrabas. 'Alacran' was the only release by this short-lived band, recorded in 1969 as a self-released edition. It was released in Spain and Brazil but despite the good reviews and interest from some record labels in the U.S.A., the band never got to play live and soon after they split. LP $25 SKU:22534

BOLDER DAMN- Mourning (60s psych Blue Cheer, MC5 style ) Label:GUERSSEN Highly recommended if you like Sabbath, Blue Cheer, Pentagram, MC5, Sainte Anthony's Fyre. Reissue of an absolute monster US hard-rock private pressing. Hailing from Florida, Bolder Damn released this beast in 1971, featuring ultra-heavy, "raw-in-your-face" sound with devastating fuzzed-out guitar, solid rhythm section and manic vocals. First discovered and reissued by the legendary Rockadelic label in 1990, the album has gained cult status among new fans of '70s proto-doom and hard-rock sounds since then. After many of years of being out of print, now here's the definitive vinyl reissue of 'Mourning', including original artwork, a fold-out insert with liner notes and an interview with singer John Anderson and rare pictures. Comes with remastered sound. LP $25 SKU:22716

CRAMPS-SONGS THE LORD TAUGHT US (DELUXE VERSION) LAST ONES!-Label:ILL EAGLE A truly amazing release from the same folk who did the 'Rock 'n'Roll Monster Bash' special edition in 2019. This is the ORIGINAL version of 'Songs The Lord Taught Us' that The Crampswanted released. It has been expertly remastered from one of only a handful of test pressing copies known to exist (all the original masters were destroyed in the Universal fire a few years back). In the late '90s, a version of this was released, taken from a second generation cassette recording and while welcome at the time, this edition is head and shoulders above the Alien Records edition in terms of sound quality, artwork and presentation! LP $25 SKU:23068

CRAMPS -ROCK N' ROLL MONSTER BASH (DE LUX VERSION of COLLECTORS HOLY GRAIL)Label:ILL EAGLE Considered to be something of a holy grail among Cramps collectors (1st press LPs go for 100+ euros). This album has been completely remastered, re-edited and now includes the 5 tracks missing from the original release giving the complete live set. A revamped sleeve (heavy weight card) using the original poster art which inspired the first release and liner notes detailing the various aspects and history of this release. An iconic and highly sought after album. This one is limited to 500 copies. LP $25 SKU:21779

DAYBREAK-ST-(rare garage psych 1971)-Label:OUT SIDER The first ever vinyl reissue of this elusive US private pressing from 1971, originally released on the legendary RPC custom label. This is a delivery of intense and crude garage-psych with echoing vocals, loud distorted guitar, fuzz bass and organ. The band recorded three killer band originals plus some insane cover versions (of songs by a.o. Steppenwolf and Neil Young) with a basement vibe not unlike Mystic Siva! This edition with remastered sound includes an insert featuring liner notes and photosLP $25 SKU:22718

JOHN THE REVELATOR- WILD BLUES (70s Dutch blues) Label:PSEUDONYM Back in 1970 the Dutch blues band John The Revelator won the prestigious Loosdrecht Jazz Concours. Record label Decca immediately offered them a recording contract, which resulted in the release of the legendary album 'Wild Blues'. It was recorded at the Phonogram studio with producer Tony Vos, who had a great track record with bands like Cuby + Blizzards, Ekseption and the Oscar Benton Blues Band. At that time John The Revelator had grown into a seven-piece band. They had just two days to record the album and one evening to mix it. Most tracks were done in two or three takes, with a bare minimum of overdubs: just vocals and horns. 'Wild Blues' has since become a highly sought-after collectors item. This deluxe 180-gram audiophile vinyl LP set presents the original album in its entirety, plus two extra songs: the instrumental 'Yeah' and the (in 1971) recorded B-side of a never released single, 'One Track Mind', all dynamically mastered from the original tapes. The gatefold sleeve features restored cover art, along with rare archival photos and liner notes. John the Revelator is still alive and kicking and has been on the road now for 45 years. They play all over Europe and toured Australia. Exclusively restored dynamic 24 bit remastering from the original master tapes - LP high quality 180 gram audiophile pressing - Original restored artwork - Deluxe 350 gram carton gatefold sleeve - Rare photos & liner notes included LP $24 SKU:23209

OZ KNOZZ -Ruff Mix( US 70s private press hard rock/prog)Label:OZONE First legit reissue of one of the best US private press hard rock/progressive rock albums of the 1970s. Formed in 1969 in Houston, TX, Oz Knozz's original crew included multi-instrumentalists Jack Alford, Bill Massey and Duane Massey. Alford left the group in 1971 and was replaced by drummer Marty Naul, while the next year the trio was joined by guitarist Richard Heath. The band had also a three-man horn section, which was dropped quite fast, although horns remained a part of the band's sound, even on their rare and epochal 1975 private press debut ''Ruff Mix,” released on the band’s own Ozone label.“Ruff Mix” mainly grooves in Hard Rock territory—the second track 'Peanut Butter Yoni' sounds a bit like Judas Priest with a proto-Metal feeling; but the album also has elements of Progressive Rock, Horn Rock and Pomp Rock. Like most bands of the era, the idea was to throw out a few different styles to see if something would stick… the theory being that a major label would hear the private album by chance and sign said band so they could open for Led Zeppelin or Foghat's next US tour… or something like that. What separates Oz Knozz from others is a strong compositional component, the band have plenty of original ideas and muster superb instrumentation. The guitar work ranges from hard and powerful to melodic and bluesy and is supported by some great keyboard, including awe-inspiring organ and synth waves. The three-part 15-minute 'Doodley Squat’ suite features heavy dual keyboard parts, crunchy guitars and expressive vocals; the result is a terrific Hard Prog track with lot of energy. For many, the standout track is the groovy and infectious horn rocker, which sounds as dated as the movement itself and easily could have been from 1969. High energy and impressive songwriting LP $28 SKU:21411

STEMS -Head’s Up (Heady mix of garage rock and power pop - Label:CITADEL Its been twenty years but The Stems are finally back with their long overdue second album, Heads Up and its almost as if they were never gone. Not only does the same line up remain but the same energy and excitement. The heady mix of garage rock and power pop makes for a fun and easily likable sound. Think The Kinks crossed with The Jam and maybe a little Velvet Underground thrown in for good measure. AUSSIE IMPORT LP $22 SKU:21809

WEED DEMON CRATER MAKER (stoner rock) GOLD VINYLLabel:ELECTRIC VALLEY Not for the faint of heart, 'Crater Maker' launches with eleven minutes of instrumental stoner rock to set the mood. By the time you get to the devastating vocals of 'Serpent Merchant' you know you're in for a rare treat. Infused with bluesy roots and defined by a search for the perfect tone, 'Crater Maker' is a sonic quest like few others. Their worship of bands like Sleep and Electric Wizard is apparent throughout, but these Columbus, Ohio doomsters are clearly in touch with another side of themselves on this record. An album that rewards multiple listens, it promises to be a worthwhile listen for doom freaks across the globe. Electric Valley Records has once more signed a winner - are you ready to join them on the journey to this riff filled land? LP $29 SKU:23208

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