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, October 29, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

With another bunch of CDs and vinyl appearing in our post-box, we were again spoiled with choice this week, playing amongst others, a track each from the new Carlton Melton and Magic Cat albums, a song from ex-Dolly Rocker Movement frontman Daniel Poulter’s new project, the Dandelion, as well as the A-side of Jacco Gardner’s latest single. We also finally received the long-awaited “Wizzz! Volume 1” compilation LP of French 60’s psychedelia which inspired a set of French grooviness from artists such as Les Papyvores, Jacques Dutronc and the inimitable Brigitte Bardot. However, a large hunk of the show was dedicated to the late Lou Reed – we featured songs from his Velvet Underground and solo periods plus a track from his widow, Laurie Anderson, and have included in the ‘moving pictures’ section of this blog, an hilarious TV interview in Sydney at the start of his 1974 tour here – I was fortunate enough to see him in Adelaide where he mixed with some of us in the bar during his support act, AC/DC – a memorable show!
..... and here is the playlist plus the aforementioned clips.....
Carlton Melton – Slow Wake      (“Always Even” 2013 California, USA)
the Walking Who – Have You Seen The Colours?      (“Mansions” EP 2013 Sydney, Australia)
the Towelheads – Hijacked      (“New Centre of the Universe, Vol.2” compilation 2013 Australia)
Race Horses – See No Green      (“Furniture” 2012 Cardiff, UK)
the Magic Cat – She’s Like Danger      (“For Friends Only” LP 2013 Rome, Italy)
the Smoking Trees – Entrance      (“Acetates” 2013 Los Angeles, USA)
Jacco Gardner – The End of August       (7”single 2013 Netherlands)
Lou Reed / John Cale – Hello, It’s Me      (“Songs for Drella” LP 1990 USA)
the Velvet Underground – I’m Beginning to See the Light      (“The Velvet Underground” LP 1969 New York, USA)
the Velvet Underground & Nico – All Tomorrow’s Parties      (“The Velvet Underground & Nico” LP 1967 USA)
the Velvet Underground – Sister Ray      (“White Light/White Heat” LP 1968 USA)
Lou Reed – How Do You Think It Feels?      (“Berlin” LP 1973 New York, USA)
Laurie Anderson – Example #22      (“Big Science” LP 1982 USA)
We The People – In The Past      (7”single 1966 Florida, USA)
Blues Section – Hey Hey Hey      (7”single 1967 Helsinki, Finland)
the Scantharies – Feat of Flame      (“The Scantharies” 2013 Greece)
the Stained Glass – My Buddy Sin      (7”single 1966 San Francisco, USA)
the Tuneful Trolley – Hello Love      (“Island in the Sky” LP 1969 Long Island, New York, USA)
Country Weather – Fly to New York      (recorded 1969 San Francisco, unreleased – taken from “Country Weather” double-LP 2005 USA)
the Dandelion – Pleiadian Love Vibrations      (“Strange Case of the Dandelion” 2013 Australia)
Brigitte Bardot – Comic Book      (“Bonnie & Clyde” EP 1968 France)
Christine PilzerChamps Elysées      (“Café Crême” EP 1967 France)
Jacques Dutronc – Hippie Hippie Hourrah      (“Jacques Dutronc” LP 1967 France)
William Sheller – Excitissimo      (“Erotissimo” soundtrack EP 1969 France)
Les Papyvores – Le Papyvore      (“Le Papyvore” EP 1967 France)
Les Copains – Give Your Love To Me [Come On]     (7”single 1966 Germany)
Lou Reed – Goodnight Ladies      (“Transformer” LP 1972 New York, USA)

      R.I.P.   Lou Reed   1942 – 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

More new music in our letterbox again this week to share, from the 60’s psych pop sounds of England’s Flower Pot Men, Holland’s Groep 1850 and New Zealand’s Ray Woolf through to more recent releases from Colorama, the Smoking Trees and Georgiana Starlington amongst others. Of course not all was new – there were some Monkees-related songs, some Rutles and various other faves like Thee Oh Sees, Brigitte Fontaine, Sendelica and Luke Haines....
..... so here is the playlist with some filmic bonuses.....
the Flower Pot Men – Let’s Go to San Francisco (Pts. 1&2)      (7”single 1967 UK)
White Fence – White Cat      (“Cyclops Reap” 2013 USA)
Marshmellow Steamshovel – Steamshovel      (7”single b-side [to Mr Mold] 1968 USA)
the Rutles – Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik      (“Archeology” 1996 UK)
Luke Haines – Rock’n’Roll Animals      (“Rock’n’Roll Animals” 2013 UK)
the Sufis – She Said to Me      (“Inventions” 2013 Nashville, USA)
Sendelica – Not the Time for Salads      (recorded 2010 Wales, UK – from “TimeMazine Vol.7” covermount-CD compilation 2012 Greece)
Surf City – I Had the Starring Role      (“We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This” 2013 New Zealand)
the Smoking Trees – Calling      (“Acetates” 2012 California, USA)
the Nashville Ramblers – The Trains      (7”single 1986 USA)
Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound – Two Birds      (“When the Sweet Sleep Returned” 2009 USA)
Hidden Masters – Last Days of the Sun      (“Of This & Other Worlds” 2013 UK)
the Blues Magoos – There She Goes      (“Basic Blues Magoos” 1968 USA)
Groep 1850 – We Love Life (Like We Love You)      (7” single 1968 Netherlands)
We The People – Turn Off Your Crying Gun      (recorded 1967 Orlando, Florida – taken from 7”single 2008 USA)
Boyce & Hart – P.O.Box 9847      (7”single b-side [to Alice Long, you’re still my favourite girl] 1968 USA)
the Monkees – I Wanna Be Free (fast version)      (recorded 1967 – taken from “Monkees Music Box” compilation boxset 2001 USA)
Thee Oh Sees – Destroyed Fortress Reappears      (“Help” 2009 California, USA)
Ray Woolf & the Avengers – Little Things That Happen      (recorded 1967 – 7”single 2012 New Zealand)
the Wicked Whispers – Nightbird      (7”single b-side [to Voodoo Moon] 2013 UK)
Colorama – Delaware      (“Good Music” 2013 Wales, UK)
Georgiana Starlington – Moonlight      (“Paper Moon” 2013 USA)
the Peoples Temple – Blinding City      (“More For The Masses” 2012 USA)
Brigitte FontaineJe suis inadaptée      (“Brigitte Fontaine est... Folle!” LP 1968 France)
Sun Yama – Subterranean Homesick Blues [Bob Dylan cover]      (7”single 1982 USA)
Dennis Wilson – River Song      (“Pacific Ocean Blue” LP 1977 California, USA)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

From Adelaide  to Ohio, California to Copenhagen, from 1966 through to 2013 and from French pop to Swedish psych via UK glam and assorted places/times/music between, with a whole bunch of new arrivals in the Cat&BratHaus letterbox to plunder along with some old faves to rediscover, this week’s edition of Technicolour Dreaming was a wylde ride, both to deliver & to hear! Standouts were the latest Luke Haines album, a children’s adventure for adults featuring Sham69’s Jimmy Pursey as a crafty fox, Gene Vincent as a cool cat and Nick Lowe as a wise old badger – needless to say, Megan Cat picked the Gene Vincent song as one of the cuts to play from it! Then there was the excellent new psych pop album from the Sufis which has been also hogging our music machine since its arrival and keeps getting better with each listen, though it’s been vying with the Citradels’ latest  and the Tages’ 1968 “Studio” LP re-issue for the title of “king of the machine”. Then there was Adelaide’s own LeighStarDust with a 2005 track [plus a clip starring loads of our friends], which we played to celebrate her upcoming nuptials to brillig’s Denni [who just happened to produce that EP] , new releases from Melbourne’s Flyying Colours and the Ancients, plus a track from Chad & Jeremy’s 1967 psych-pop masterpiece, as well as one from Asteroid #4’s debut way back in 1997 and... and... and...
..... so here is the full playlist plus pictures for your perusal.....
Chapta – Journey to the Sun      (“Chapta One” LP 1970 New Zealand)
the Citradels – Black Holes      (“Our Lord’s Secret Service” 2013 Melbourne, Australia)
the Loose Enz – The Black Door     (7”single 1968 Pennsylvania, USA)
Bats – Listen to my Heart      (7”single 1966 South Africa)
the Asteroid #4 – No More Vitamins/Underbelly of a Mushroom      (“Introducing the Asteroid #4” 1997 Philadelphia, USA)
Luke Haines – Three Frendz/Gene Vincent      (“Rock’n’Roll Animals” 2013 UK)
Kristine Sparkle – 8 Days a Week [Beatles cover]      (7”single 1974 UK)
Jason Faulkner – The Plan      (“Can You Still Feel It?” LP 1999 USA)
LeighStarDust – They Make Good Pets (But I Don’t Have One)      (“They Make Good Pets...” EP 2005 Adelaide, Australia)
Devo – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [Rolling Stones cover]      (7”single 1978 Ohio, USA)
the Rolling Stones – Citadel      (“Their Satanic Majesties Request” LP 1967 London, UK)
Flyying Colours – Like You Said       (“Flyying Colours” EP 2013 Melbourne, Australia)
Chad & Jeremy – I’ll Get Around To It When I Can      (“Of Cabbages & Kings” LP 1967 UK)
the Aerovons – The Train      (7”single 1969 USA/UK)
White Fence – New Edinburgh Man      (“Cyclops Reap” 2013 California, USA)
Ty Segall – Thank God For Sinners      (“Twins” 2013 California, USA)
Mayfly – Secondhand Dream      (“Mayfly” LP 1973 Holland)
Surf School Dropouts – Destination Sunshine      (demo 2013 Copenhagen, Denmark)
Girls – Lust For Life      (“Album” 2009 USA)
the Sufis – The Most Peculiar Happening Cat      (“Inventions” 2013 Nashville, USA)
the Tages – To Be Free      (7”single b-side [to Fantasy Island] 1968 Sweden)
Serge Gainsbourg – Qui Est “in”, Qui Est “out”      (“Qui Est ‘In’, Qui Est ‘out’” EP 1966 France)
the Ancients – Hey Now       (“Night Bus” 2013 Australia)
Lady Strangelove – Hypnotised      (“Freakquencies” EP 2009 Adelaide, Australia)
Bronco Bullfrog – Never Been To California      (7”single b-side [to Clarifoil] 2013 UK)
Lumerians – High Frontier      (“High Frontier” 2013 USA)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Technicolour Dreaming

Here on Technicolour Dreaming our mantra is “psych, surf, pop, punk … and more” (the latter being a useful term that covers all bases!), though at times it can be a tough ask to cram in all the songs that we want to play. So little time, with so much amazing music from ‘round the world to play – 2 hours a week is never enough! For example, speaking of amazing music, we debuted a demo track from Copenhagen’s Surf School Dropouts, featuring their trademark soaring Beach-Boy-esque harmonies and slick pop-surf smarts; the guys are hoping that this track will be featured on their forthcoming album, which is planned for release early next year. We had plenty to plunder from Australia too, including a very cool new album from Melbourne’s the Citradels, the solo LP by Matthew J. Tow of the Lovetones, a single from the Ancients and the debut EP from Adelaide’s Olly Holmes plus another track from Volume 2 of Anti-Fade Records’ “New Centre of the Universe” compilation series. Then, from elsewhere in the world, there were songs from the brilliant new records by Cate Le Bon, the Wicked Whispers and Surf City, plus of course, another track from our favourite album of the moment – “The High Frontier” by California’s Lumerians – and lots more! But as we said earlier, there is never enough time to play everything, though of course there is always next week.....
..... but here is this week’s playlist with attendant visuals.....
Sula Bassana – Departure      (“Dark Days” 2012 Germany)
the Black Angels – You On The Run      (“Directions to See a Ghost” 2008 Texas, USA)
Donovan – The Fat Angel      (“Sunshine Superman” LP 1966 UK)
Surf School Dropouts – California      (demo 2013 Copenhagen, Denmark)
Park Avenue Playground – The Trip      (7”single b-side [to I Know] 1967 USA)
Napoleon XIV – I’m In Love With My Little Red Tricycle      (“They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Ha!” LP 1966 USA)
the Scantharies – Advance! Warning!      (“The Scantharies” 2012 Greece)
Eternal Tapestry – Alone Against Tomorrow      (“A World Out of Time” 2012 USA)
Thee Spivs – Safety Pin Stuck in my Heart [Patrik Fitzgerald cover]      (7”single b-side [to Flickin’ V’s] 2012 UK)
Olly Holmes – Bury Me With My Guitar      (“The Whiskey Barrel” EP 2013 Adelaide, Australia)
the Sulphur Lights – Kill Everyone      (“New Centre of the Universe, Vol.2” compilation 2013 Australia)
Wire – 12XU      (“Pink Flag” LP 1977 UK)
Singapore Sling – The Nothing Inside      (“Never Forever” 2012 Iceland)
Surf City – Oceanic Graphs of the Wilderness      (“We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This” 2013 New Zealand)
Anton Barbeau & the Three Minute Tease – When I Was 46 (in the Year 13)      (“The League of Psychedelic Gentlemen” split-EP 2013 UK)
the Ancients – Molokai      (CD-single 2013 Melbourne, Australia)
the Jim Jones Revue – It’s Gotta Be About Me      (“The Savage Heart” 2012 UK)
Pete Dello & Friends – A Good Song      (“Into Your Ears” LP 1971 UK)
Brian Jonestown Massacre – Stairway to the Best Party      (“Aufheben” 2012 USA/Iceland)
the KVB – Velveteen       (“Psychedelica 5” compilation 2013 UK)
the Citradels – Manson’s Love Club      (bonus track on “Our Lord’s Secret Service” 2013 Melbourne, Australia)
the Wicked Whispers – Voodoo Moon      (7”single 2013 Liverpool, UK)
No Thee No Ess – Collapsing Realities      (7”single 2013 Wales, UK)
Paul Messis & Jessica Winter – As Nightmares Turn to Dreams      (7”single b-side [to Sunflower] 2012 UK)
Cate Le Bon – Are You With Me Now?      (“Mug Museum” 2013 Wales, UK)
Lumerians – Koman Tong      (“The High Frontier” 2013 Oakland, USA)
Chorus Reverendus – Dans Son Euphorie      (“Ne Poussez Pas Mémé Dans Les Orties” EP 1967 France – taken from “Wizzz! Psychorama Français 1966-70, Vol.2” compilation 2008 France)
Matthew J. Tow – Seven Days      (“The Way Of Things” 2013 Australia)