Three D Radio announcer, Megan Cat (up until recently with her husband, the late Peter Brat) lives in "The BratHaus" a rural seaside home about 100km from Adelaide on South Australia's scenic Fleurieu Peninsula.
Veteran musician Peter, and artist/musician Megan, were long-time DJs on Three D Radio 93.7fm
, Adelaide's eclectic independent music station.
Together Peter & Megan, known as "The Cat and The Brat" created this blog to allow listeners to review the playlists of their radio show, "Technicolour Dreaming" , watch clips of selected songs and simply join them in the enjoyment of their favourite music... psychedelia, 60's garage,
surf, punk/post-punk, pop, folk-rock, glam, 'Krautrock', goth, 80's electro... and much more!
But The Cat is carrying on the tradition, with guest co-presenters, and "Technicolour Dreaming" will continue in the same format, drawing from the huge "Cat & Brat" music collection, with the addition of new releases and reissues to keep things current. The Brat is hugely missed, but the show must go on, as he wanted...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

We began and ended the show this week with a couple of our favourite current bands, Gravenhurst from the UK and Moon Duo from the USA, as well as playing a pre-release copy of the new Ride Into The Sun single, taken from their upcoming mini-LP which, was produced in Melbourne by Alex Maas of the Black Angels – more news of that as it comes to hand! As always, we ventured far and wide for the programme, with tracks from Norway, Chile, the Netherlands and New Zealand amongst others plus some 60’s rarities such as the Tripsichord Music Box and the Attack. We also paid tribute to Jason Molina of Magnolia Electric Co. who passed away at a mere 39 years old – certainly an indictment of the American system of health care, or rather, the lack of it for people like musicians [though even the rich aren’t immune to its deficiencies – remember Andy Warhol being left to die neglected in a hospital corridor?] But we digress... Jason made some great music, and though it wasn’t exactly ‘psychedelic’, we felt he deserved tribute. On the lighter side, we played a version of the Woody Woodpecker song, a track from the bizarre ‘I Buried Paul: death rumour singlescompilation that was released last year and check out the Vagrants clip from the 1965 ‘Beach Party’ exploitation movie “Disk-o-Tek Holiday” – they don’t make them like that anymore! Throw in some Monkees, Toy, Donovan and other assorted goodies and it’s another edition of Technicolour Dreaming... brought to you by the Cat & the Brat on 3D Radio, Adelaide, South Australia......
..... and here is the playlist, plus some clips to watch for your delectation.....
Gravenhurst – She Dances      (‘The Western Lands’ 2007 UK)
Eternal Tapestry – When I Was In Your Mind      (‘A World Out Of Time’ 2012 USA)
Toy – Make It Mine      (‘TOY’ 2012 UK)
My Bloody Valentine – New You      (‘mbv’ 2013 UK)
Lothar & the Hand People – Woody Woodpecker        (‘Presenting... Lothar & the Hand People’ LP 1968 USA)
the Attack – Created By Clive      (7”single 1967 UK)
the Apricot – Look Out Your Window      (‘A Forestful of Threes’ 2001 Oslo. Norway)
Ride Into The Sun – Lost At Sea (a love song)      (pre-release cd-single 2013 Adelaide, Australia)
Los Beat 4 – Civilizacion      (‘Habia Una Vez’ LP 1968 Chile)
Congregacion – Quantos ave no tienen y merecen      (‘Congregacion’ LP 1972 Chile)
the Strawberry Alarm Clock – Sit With the Guru      (‘Wake Up Where You Are’ 2012 USA)
Donovan – Superlungs [version]       (recorded 1965 - unissued – taken from ‘Sunshine Superman’ CD-reissue 2011 UK)
the Black Hollies – No. 10 Girl       (‘Softly Towards the Light’ 2009 Philadelphia, USA)
the Twilights – Blue Roundabout      (‘Once Upon a Twilight’ LP 1967 Adelaide, Australia)
the Monkees – Porpoise Song      (7”single 1968 USA)
the Mystery Tour – Ballad of Paul      (7’single 1969 USA – taken from ‘I Buried Paul (the Paul McCartney Death Rumour Singles)’ compilation 2012 UK)
Magnolia Electric Co. – Leave The City      (‘What Comes After The Blues’ 2005 USA)
the Tripsichord Music Box – Times & Seasons        (recorded 1968 – released on ‘Tripsichord Music Box’ LP 1971 USA)
Modern Folk Quartet – Night Time Girl      (7”single 1966 Los Angeles, USA)
the High Dials – Fields In Glass      (‘Fields In Glass’ EP 2004 Canada)
DeWolff – Who Are You or The Magnificence Of Loving A Million Strangers      (‘Orchards/Lupine’ 2011 Netherlands)
Q65 [as Circus] – Fairytales of Truth      (7”single 1969 Netherlands)
the Vagrants – Oh Those Eyes      (7”single 1965 USA)
Wreck Small Speakers On Expensive Stereos – Rain      (7”single 1986 New Zealand)
the Higher State – It’s Not Up To You      (‘Freakout At The Gallery’ 2011 Kent, UK)
Moon Duo – Seer [Psychic Ills remix]      (‘Mazes – remixed’ 2011 USA)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

This week the Cat & the Brat were pleased to welcome Douglas P. from Death In June into the 3D Radio studios as both an interviewee and a guest programmer – we realised that it has been almost 3 years since he last joined us on the show, so we had lots to talk about. He has a new album, The Snow Bunker Tapes, and has only fairly recently returned from an extended tour of Europe so these were the main focus of the interview, but as always, we ventured far and wide off-topic which made for a very interesting, and often humorous, two hour show... and the music? Well, the phrase of the afternoon was definitely ‘Totenpop’ because, as Douglas said, how ‘neo’ can ‘neo-folk’ be after more than 20 years, so a new name was needed and this was his suggestion! So, apart from the tracks we played from his new album, Douglas brought in a number of CDs by bands that had played with him during the tour and which he wanted to expose to Adelaide audiences, including Arnica, Of The Wand And The Moon, Vurgart and the Enchanted Wood, plus albums that had ‘soundtracked’ his life in-between shows and during the production of the new album, by the likes of John Cale, the Pet Shop Boys and Deep Sea Arcade as well as the new David Bowie album. A very enjoyable time was had by all and hopefully it won’t be another three years until we talk to Douglas again on-air! Of course we also slipped in a few of our faves such as Les Liminanas and Django Django and indeed ended the show with a track from DeWolff who, fingers crossed, will be speaking to us on the phone next week before they head homewards after their current Australian tour, so until then.....
..... here is the track listing from the show plus a few moving pictures for your delectation.....  
Pond – When It Explodes         (‘Beard, Wives, Denim’ 2012 Perth, Australia)
Death In June – Live at the Edge of the World         (‘Death in June DVD/CD’ [intermission music] 2012 Adelaide, Australia)
Temples – Shelter Song         (7”single 2013 UK)
Django Django – Hand of Man         (‘Django Django’ 2012 UK)
Deep Sea Arcade – If the Devil Won’t Take You         (‘Outlands’ 2012 Sydney, Australia)
Death In June – A Nausea         (‘The Snow Bunker Tapes’ 2013 Adelaide, Australia)
Spiritual Front – I Walk the (Dead) Line         (’Armageddon Gigolo’ 2006 Italy)
Pet Shop Boys – Leaving         (‘Elysium’2012 UK)
Bordel Militaire – Tidal Gin Rip         (’Bordel Militaire’ 2012 Adelaide, Australia)
Of The Wand And The Moon – The Lone Descent      (‘The Lone Descent’ 2011 Copenhagen, Denmark)
Death In June – Fire Feast      (‘The Snow Bunker Tapes’ 2013 Australia)
Arnica – Castro Arevaco      (‘Numancia’ 2010 Barcelona, Spain)
the Enchanted Wood – Death to my Neighbour      (‘Monster Parade’ 2012 Brittany, France)
Les Liminanas – Salvation      (‘Crystal Anis’ 2012 France)
Death In June – Life Under Siege      (‘The Snow Bunker Tapes’ 2013 Australia)
John Cale – Scotland Yard      (‘Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood’ 2012 UK)
Fire + Ice – Fractured Again      (‘Fractured Man’ 2012 UK)
Vurgart – A Problem Shared is a Problem Doubled      (unreleased, recorded 2012 Saarbr├╝cken, Germany)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – From The Sun      (‘Unknown Mortal Orchestra II’ 2013 New Zealand)
David Bowie – So She      (bonus track on lim. ed. version of ‘The Next Day’ 2013 UK/USA)
Death In June – Peaceful Snow      (‘The Snow Bunker Tapes’ 2013 Australia)
DeWolff – Don’t You Go Up The Sky      (‘Strange Fruit & Undiscovered Plants’ 2009 Netherlands)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

 We began the show this week with a track from DeWolff who are currently touring Australia, though sadly they are not coming to Adelaide.  But if you’re in the eastern states go to see them, as reports say their live show is brilliant. From there we again ventured into the psychedelic and the obscure (and the not-so-obscure) with tracks from Germany’s Sula Bassana, Italy’s the Strange Flowers, Japan’s the Plastics and England’s Toy plus some Nico, Dave Davies and Espers as well as a track from the wonderfully named Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s debut LP, which was named as Shindig! magazine’s 2012 “Album of the Year”. There were some psych/folk variations from Espers and from the extremely rare album by Englishman Mark Fry, recorded in Italy in 1972, as well as some sheer poetry from John Cooper Clarke. We finished with another in our series of ‘suites’, this time from the self-titled 1968 LP by the United States of America, but prior to that we played a ‘taster’ [and have included a clip] from the soon-to-be-released album, “the Snow Bunker Tapes” by Death in June, as a means of announcing that Douglas P. will be our guest in the studio next week, the 19th of March, talking about the new album and his recent tour, as well as guest-DJing with us – so tune in again next week!
.... so here is the playlist, with a few pictures to watch.....
DeWolff – Fever      (‘Orchards/Lupine’ 2011 Netherlands)
Black Cab – Ghost Anthems      (‘Call Signs’ 2009 Australia)

Psychodelicacy – The Elephant Has a Delicate Brain      (‘Psychodelicacy’ 2013 Adelaide, Australia)

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell – Mark of the Beast      (‘Don’t Hear It... Fear It!’ 2012 UK)

the Plastics – Last Train to Clarkesville [Monkees cover]      (7”single 1979 Japan)
John Cooper Clarke – Beasley Street      (‘Snap, Crackle & Bop’ 1980 UK)
the Saffron – Vision is a Lonely Word      (provenance unknown – taken from Vol. 5 of ‘Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers’ boxset  2011 UK)
Nico – Purple Lips      (‘Drama of Exile’ LP 1981 UK)
Gary Walker & the Rain – The View      (‘Album No.1’ LP 1968 Japan)
the Byrds – Mind Gardens      (‘Younger Than Yesterday’ LP 1967 USA)
Mark Fry – The Witch      (‘Dreaming with Alice’ LP 1972 Italy/UK)
Espers – That Which Darkly Thrives      (‘Espers 111’ 2009 Philadelphia, USA)
the Girls At Dawn – That Girl Belongs To Yesterday [Rolling Stones cover]      (7”split-single [with the Gaye Blades] 2007 USA)
Bokaj Retsiem – I’m So Afraid      (‘Psychedelic Underground’ LP 1968 Germany)
Red Riders – Slide In Next To Me      (7”single 2006 Melbourne, Australia)
Galileo 7 – Anne Hedonia      (‘Staring at the Sound’ LP 2012 UK)

Sula Bassana – Baby Blues Shuffle in D major [Pink Floyd cover]      (‘Dreamers’ 2002 Germany)
the Strange Flowers – Rainpogamoonsister      (‘The Imaginary Space Travel of the Naked Monkeys’ 2007 Italy)
Toy – Lose My Way       (‘TOY’ 2013 UK)
All Night Radio – All Night Radio      (12”single 2003 USA)
the Black Angels – Better Off Alone      (‘Passover’ 2006 Austin, Texas, USA)

Crystal Chandelier – Suicidal Flowers      (7”single 1969 USA)

Death In June – Life Under Siege      (‘The Snow Bunker Tapes’ LP 2013 Adelaide, Australia)


Bernard Chabert – Olga Selzer      (7”single [late 60’s?] France)

Dave Davies – Creeping Jean [unreleased stereo version]        (rec. 1969 – taken from ‘Hidden Treasures’ anthology 2011 UK)

the United States of America – The American Way of Love [suite]      (‘The United States of America’ LP 1968 New York, USA)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

It’s been a while since we played a song-suite, so the five tracks that compose the opus that is ‘In Held Twas I’ from Procol Harum’s second album seemed to fit the bill. From there it was off on a trip through eras and locales, fed by more of the goodies that have appeared in our post-box recently, plus a few old favourites like the Twilights, Eno and Jacques Dutronc. Highlights included songs from the debut album by Dean Allen Foyd, the Citradels, Beaulieau Porch and local heroes the Systemaddicts, as well as from older albums by Sweden’s the Works and criminally neglected 60’s L.A. garage-girls the Daisy Chain, plus a cool version of D.A.F.’s “Der Mussolini” by Green Hornet and a classic from nick nicely. Throw in the Wondermints, Jeff Duff, the Millennium and loads more and it’s another episode done and dusted by the Cat and the Brat.....
..... and here is the playlist.....
Procol HarumIn Held Twas I [suite]      (‘Shine On Brightly’ LP 1968 UK)
the WondermintsTruth or Consequences      (‘Kaleidoscopin’: Exploring Prisms of the Past’ anthology 2009 USA)
the Systemaddicts Sad Dark Eyes [Loved Ones cover]      (‘Do You Really Want My Love?’ 2013 Adelaide, Australia)
Jeff DuffZiggy Stardust [Bowie cover]      (‘Fragile Spaceman’ 2011 Australia)
Psychic IllsMind Daze      (‘Hazed Dream’ 2011 USA)
nick nicelyHilly Fields [1892]      (7”single 1982 – taken from ‘Psychotropia’ anthology 2010 UK)
the Seeds – I Can’t Seem to Make You Mine      (7”single 1965 Los Angeles, USA – taken from reissue of 1966 debut LP ‘The Seeds’ 2013 USA)
the WorksI Saw The Ocean      (‘The Works’ 2005 Sweden)
Dean Allen FoydQueen Machine      (‘The Sounds Can Be So Cruel’ 2012 Germany)
the Works  Not The Same      (‘The Works’ 2005 Sweden)
the Rolling StonesMy Obsession      (‘Between the Buttons’ LP 1967 UK)
the TwilightsComin’ On Down      (7”single b-side [to Tell Me Goodbye] 1968 Adelaide, Australia)
the MillenniumTo Claudia on Thursday      (‘Begin’ LP 1968 California, USA)
the Beacon Street UnionThe Clown Died In Marvin Gardens      (‘The Clown Died In Marvin Gardens’ LP 1968 Boston, USA)
the Daisy ChainZzotto      (‘Straight or Lame’ LP 1967 Los Angeles, USA)
the DoorsWishful Sinful      (‘The Soft Parade’ LP 1968 USA)
the GosteleradioCrimean War Song      (‘Great Deeds Against the Dead’ 2010 Melbourne, Australia)
Beaulieu PorchLaminations are Loaded      (‘Beaulieu Porch’ 2012 UK)
the Strawberry Alarm ClockRainy Day Mushroom Pillow      (‘Psych-Out’ soundtrack LP 1968 USA)
the CitradelsLet’s Do the Mindwarp Again      (‘Psychotic Syndrone’ 2013 Melbourne, Australia)
fellBeacon      (‘Incoherent Lullabies’ 2009 Sydney, Australia)
Green HornetDer Mussolini [D.A.F. cover]      (‘So Much To Give’ 2007 Groningen, Netherlands – taken from ‘Little Next Big Things - Subroutine Records’ compilation 2006 Netherlands)
Roxy MusicThe Bob [medley]      (‘Roxy Music’ LP 1972 UK)
EnoDriving Me Backwards      (‘Here Come the Warm Jets’ LP 1973 UK)
Jacques Dutroncet Moi et Moi et Moi      (‘Jacques Dutronc’ LP 1966 France)
Christine PilzerAh Hem Ho Hu Err      (7”single 1967 France)
SullivanHashish Faction      (7”single 1966 France)
the Bee GeesCoalman [demo 1966]      (‘Morning of my Life: 1965-1966’ anthology 2013 Australia)