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, December 30, 2014

Technicolour Dreaming

On this, our final show of 2014, we’d hoped to complete our “Best of the Year” picks in the categories of album, single, anthology, re-issue, compilation and boxset, which we started last week.... but because there are so many, we’ll probably be adding some more on our first show of 2015, because it truly was a great year for psychedelia. Indeed the past few years are now being hailed as “the third wave of psychedelia”, with a world-wide upsurge of young [and some not-so-young] musicians re-inventing and experimenting with their influences to make music that is all their own, not just a pale copy of the original 60’s garage/acid-punk/psych template, and a growing audience who are discovering these sounds, past and present, as witnessed by the popularity of “psych fests” around the world, while some bands such as Temples and Ty Segall [coincidentally our “Artiste of the Week”] are even gaining “mainstream” acceptance with commensurate record sales. So 2014 was an exciting year for new psychedelic music, which is reflected in the difficulty we had trying to play all of our favourites, as we mentioned at the start, because there were simply so many brilliant releases.  

So, all the best for 2015 to you from the Cat & the Brat and 3D Radio 93.7fm and let’s see if this “third psychedelic wave” continues to gather force in this coming year....

..... so here is the playlist, with some associated visuals.....

Red Plastic Buddha - Little White Pills      ("Songs for Mara" 2014 Chicago, USA)

the Rainbow Ffolly - Sun Sing      ("Sallies Forth" LP 1968 UK)
the Velvet Underground - All Tomorrow's Parties     ("The Velvet Underground and Nico" LP 1967 New York - taken from 2014 re-issue/boxset)

Psychic Ills - Come Around      ("Psych for Sore Eyes 2" compilation 2014 USA)
Sagittarius - In My Room [Brian Wilson cover]      ("The Blue Marble" LP 1969 California, USA)
Andrew Douglas Rothbard  - Indigo      ("Abandoned Meander" 2006 Canada)
the Monks - Complication      ("Black Monk Time"  LP 1966 Germany USA)

Les Big Byrd - Back to Bagarmossen      ("They Worshipped Cats" 2014 Sweden)

Marianne Faithfull - Sister Morphine     (7"single b-side [to Something Better] 1969 London, UK)
the High Dials - Our Time is Coming Soon      ("War of the Wakening Phantoms" 2005 Montreal, Canada)
Groep 1850 - Mother No-Head      (7"single 1967 Netherlands)

the Expression - Quicksand      (7"single 1970 Melbourne, Australia – taken from "Upside Down - Coloured Dreams from The Underworld Vol 1:1966 - 1970" compilation 2014 UK )
the Twilights - Time and Motion Study Man      (7"single [b-side to Young Girl] 1967 Adelaide, Australia)
Nonesuch - Ride the Wind Away     (7"single 1968 Australia – taken from "Upside Down - Coloured Dreams from The Underworld Vol 1:1966 - 1970" compilation 2014 UK)
Paul Messis - Nightmares      (7"single 2014 Kent, UK)

    ###  Artiste of the Week   TY SEGALL   ###

Ty Segall - Manipulator      ("Manipulator" 2014 California, USA)

Ty Segall - She Don't Care     ("Sleeper" 2013 California, USA)

Ty Segall and White Fence - The Black Glove/Rag      ("Hair" 2012 California, USA)
Ty Segall - Children of Paul      (“I Can't Feel It” EP 2011 USA)

Dodson and Fogg - Entrepreneur In the Garden      ("In A Strange Slumber" 2014 UK)
the Dunes - Badlands      ("Bad:Lands" EP 2014 Adelaide, Australia)

the Apricot - Aristocratic Appetite      ("A Forestful of Threes" 2011 Norway)
New Electric Ride - I Can't Help But Smile      ("Balloon Age" 2014 UK)
Halasan Bazar and Tara King th. - TK16  Part 2      ("8"  LP 2014 Denmark/France)

Balduin - Mirror, Mirror      ("All in a Dream" LP 2104 Switzerland)

the See See - As The Morning      ("Days, Nights and Late Morning Lights" anthology 2014 UK)
Lorelle Meets the Obsolete - Sealed Scene       ("Chambers" 2014 Guadalajara, Mexico)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Technicolour Dreaming

On this, our penultimate show for 2014, we played some of our picks for “Song of the Year”, including HaleiwaWall of Blue Sky”, Heaven’s Gateway DrugsApropos”, Beaulieu PorchView from Gainsborough”, Violet SwellsJupiter’s Garden”, Groovy UnclePersuaded” and the Chemistry Set’s wonderful “Elapsed Memories”, plus tracks from our “Album of the Year” selections by artists such as Quilt, Octopus Syng, Lola Colt, the Paperhead and, of course, Temples great “Sun Structures” LP. We also played a track from our “Best Boxset” pick – the fabulous Fruits de Mer label:‘7 and 7 Is’vinyl box-set of seven multi-coloured vinyl 7” singles, collected in a beautifully presented box – for us, it wins hands down, though the “Postcards from the Deep” boxset of flexi-discs with accompanying postcards, also from the Fruits de Mer label, was a close second! Then there was our “Band of the Week” – Ireland’s brilliant Pugwash, whose songs have been played on this show since we discovered them back in 2005 with their fantastic “Jollity” album, and who are, co-incidentally, one of our picks for “Retrospective Anthology of the Year” with their new  A Rose in a Garden of Weeds compilation. And then of course, there were a bunch of past faves we wanted to play, such as Chad & Jeremy, Jacco Gardner, the Rolling Stones, the Seeds, etc. etc. simply because we could. So tune into 3D Radio next week for the second part of our end-of-year retrospective, but in the meantime......
...... here is this week’s playlist, with accompanying eye-candy to peruse, including a “blog-only” clip of Pugwash playing the Beatles’ “This Boy”..... enjoy!

Haleiwa - Wall of Blue Sky      (7"single 2014 UK)
Lola Colt - Away from the Water      ("Away from the Water" 2014 UK)

the Mothers of Invention - Help, I'm A Rock      ("Freak Out" 1966 USA)
Chad and Jeremy - Rest in Peace      ("Of Cabbages and Kings" LP 1967 UK/USA)
Jacco Gardner - You Really Got a Hold on Me (Smokey Robinson/Beatles cover)     (recorded 2013 Netherlands – from "Mojo: We're With the Beatles" cover-mount compilation 2013 UK)

King Penguin - She Don't Care About Time (Byrds cover)      (7”single 2014 UK – taken from “Fruits de Mer label:‘7 and 7 Is’” vinyl 7”singles box-set 2014 UK)

Quilt - Mary Mountain   ("Held In Splendour" 2014 USA) 
Los Tones - Ghost      ("Psychotropic"  2014 Sydney, Australia)
Rolling Stones - My Obsession      ("Between the Buttons" 1967 UK)

the D-Coys - Bad Times      (7"single 1966 Adelaide, Australia)
the Paperhead - Nasty Girl     ("Africa Avenue" 2014 USA)

   ### "Band of the Week"     PUGWASH  ###
Pugwash - It’s Nice to be Nice ("Jollity" 2005 Ireland)

Pugwash - Answers on a Postcard ("Olympus Sound" 2011 Ireland)

Pugwash - Heal Me      (7" single [b-side to Answers on a Postcard] 2012 Ireland – taken from “A Rose in a Garden of Weeds” anthology 2014 USA)

Pugwash - Apples      ("Almanac" 2002 Ireland)

Groovy Uncle - Persuaded      ("Persuaded" 2014 Wales, UK)
Heaven's Gateway Drugs - Apropos      ("Apropos" 2014 Fort Worth, Indiana, USA)
Beaulieu Porch - View from Gainsborough [extended Summer Psych Remix]      (7"single 2014 UK)

Temples - Keep In the Dark      ("Sun Structures" 2014 Kettering, UK)

the Chemistry Set - Elapsed Memories      ("Elapsed Memories" EP 2014 UK)
Octopus Syng - It's No Concidence      ("Reverberating Garden Number 7" 2014 Finland)
Violet Swells - Jupiter's Garden      ("The Soft Focus" EP 2014 Tasmania, Australia)

the Night Beats - H Bomb [Al Lover remix]      ("Trouble in Mind Presents: Liverpool Psychfest 2013" 2014 USA)
the Seeds - Mr Farmer      (7"single 1967 Los Angeles, USA)