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, July 29, 2014

Technicolour Dreaming

Some new releases, some recent favourites plus a further bunch of “classics from the past” [in our minds at least] all go towards providing the regular formula for an episode of Technicolour Dreaming, and indeed all are present and correct here this week. In particular, we were excited to find in our PO Box the long-awaited second album by the Fast Camels, “Dead Rooms and Butterfly Dreams” as it’s been quite a while since they delivered their brilliant 2007 debut “The Magic Optician”. Despite personnel changes along the way, the band has continued to play live intermittently in their native Scotland and elsewhere, but no recordings were released until now. It was definitely worth the wait though, for, like their debut, it sounds more enticing every time we spin it and we believe you’ll agree that it’s another prime slice of 21st century psych-pop. Another such delicious slice came in the form of a [very] limited CD edition of “The Soft Focus EP”, previously only available digitally on Bandcamp etc, by Tasmania’s Violet Swells. They’ve created quite a buzz with these songs, especially lead single “Jupiters Garden”, even getting a rave-up in premier UK psych magazine “Shindig!” – not bad for a young band who only had their first live show a few months ago! Also on the show, our “Band of the Week” feature saluted Australia’s late, lamented Belles Will Ring, whose three albums and assorted singles will continue to enrich our musical vistas. Throw in some Kak, Pere Ubu, Luna, Morgan Delt and a plethora of others, and that was the show. Until we meet again next week .....
..... here is the full playlist, with moving pictures..... 

the Red Crayola (with the Familiar Ugly) – Hurricane Fighter Plane / Free Form Freakout         (The Parable of Arable Land  LP 1967 Texas, USA)
Verma – The Traveller         (“Sunrunner” 2014 Chicago, USA)
the Myrrors – Solar Collector         (“Solar Collector” EP 2014 Arizona, USA)
Alpha Waves – Vampiric Vultures         (“Distopia” EP 2014 Hamburg, Germany)

Pere Ubu – Non-alignment Pact         (“The Modern Dance” LP 1978 Ohio, USA)

Night Beats – Outta Mind         (“Sonic Bloom” 2013 USA)
Luna – Superfreaky Memories         (“The Days of Our Nights” 1999 USA)
the Fast Camels – Cecilia Deal        (“Dead Rooms and Butterfly Dreams” 2014 Scotland, UK)

James McKeown & the Negative Drivers – See the Rain [Marmalade cover]         (recorded 2013 Wales, UK for “The Active Listener Record Store Day 2013” compilation 2013 New Zealand)
Violet Swells – Into the Ether         (“The Soft Focus EP 2014 Tasmania, Australia)
the Triptides – Throne of Stars         (“Colors” EP 2014 Indiana, USA)

**  BAND OF THE WEEKBelles Will Ring  **

Belles Will Ring – The River         (“Crystal Theatre” 2011 Sydney, Australia)

Belles Will Ring – Mad Love      (“Mood Patterns” 2007 Sydney, Australia)

the Velvet Underground – Venus in Furs      (“The Velvet Underground & Nico” LP 1967 New York, USA)
Kak – Trieuology      (“Kak” LP 1967 California, USA)
Kingdom of the Holy Sun – A Go Go      (“Kingdom of the Holy Sun” 2012 California, USA)

Demons of Negativity – Resurrection      (“These Dogs Live in the Garage” LP compilation 1988 Boston, USA)
the Ceyleib People – Changes      (“Tanyet” LP 1967 USA)
the Dolly Rocker Movement – What’s That Sound      (7”single 2007 Sydney, Australia)
Frumious Bandersnatch – Hearts to Cry      (“Frumious Bandersnatch” EP 1967 San Francisco, USA)

the Syssys – Jump Back      (7”single 1967 Adelaide, Australia)
unknown [possibly the Wild Colonials] – Junior Newsgirl      (acetate 1964 Australia – taken from “Devil’s Children : Vol.3” compilation 2002 Australia)
the Laughing Leaves – Tree People      (“Off Our Tree” EP 2014 Perth, Australia)
Morgan Delt – Mr Carbon Copy      (“Morgan Delt” LP 2014 California, USA)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Technicolour Dreaming

We went from Perth, Australia and Copenhagen, Denmark in 2014 back through to mid-60’s Los Angeles and many points in between on this week’s show, including new tracks from Mt Mountain, Chad & the Meatbodies, the Allah-Las and Paul Messis plus some older faves from Devo, Sun Dial and the Zombies. Our “Band of the Week” feature highlighted Finnish psychedelecists Octopus Syng who first came to our attention via songs on various Fruits de Mer label compilations and have now released their new album, “Reverberating Garden Number 7”, on Mega Dodo, another fine independent UK label. Then, topically, there were songs from both the Ukraine and Russia, by Ummagma and Polska Radio One respectively. So, until next week.....
..... here is the full playlist, with associated pics.....

Paul Revere & the Raiders – Tighter      (“Revolution!” LP 1967 USA)
Devo – Uncontrollable Urge      (“Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!” LP 1978 Akron, USA)
Allah-Las – 501-415      (“Worship the Sun” 2014 California USA)
Mystic Brew – Your Reality      (7”single 2013 Moscow, Russia)
Sultan Bathery – Fog      (“Manimal-Lingam” EP 2012 Vincenza, Italy)
the Hounds – Summertown      (7”single 1967 Sweden)
Mt Mountain – Tomorrow      (“EP” 2014 Perth, Australia)
Invisible Ships – Acid Tide      (7”single b-side [to Lucy Dream] 2014 UK)
Chad & the Meatbodies – Mountain      (split-7”single [with Ty Segall] 2014 USA)
XTC – Stupidly Happy      (“Wasp Star [Apple Venus Vol.2]” 2000 UK)
the Zombies – Time of the Season      (“Odessey & Oracle” LP 1969 UK)
Nirvana – Wings of Love      (“The Story of Simon Simopath” LP 1968 UK)
the Sunchymes – Uncle Alfred’s Slide Show      (“Let Your Free Flag Fly” 2014 UK)
Sundial – Poster Paint      (“Other Way Out” LP 1990 UK)
Polska Radio One – Time-Eternity      (“Cosmos Inside” 2014 Yekaterinburg, Russia)
Ummagma – Rotation      (mp3 single 2013 Ukraine)

                                                Band of the Week
                                                    -Octopus Syng -
Octopus Syng – Cuckoo Clock Mystery      (“Reverberating Garden Number 7” LP 2014 Finland)
 Octopus Syng – Listen to the Moths      (“The Regal Crabomorphone Annual for 2014” compilation EP 2013 UK)
Surf School Dropouts – Ebb & Flow      (mp3 demo 2014 Denmark)
Adrian Pride [aka Bernie Schwartz] – Her Name is Melody      (7”single 1966 USA)
the Luck of Eden Hall – Super Fantasamal Heroine [Wild Thing mix]      (bonus track on “Victoria Moon” 2014 USA)
Kim Fowley – Strangers from the Sky      (7”single 1967 USA)
Borderline Symphony – Night Panther      (“EP 1” 2014 Zurich Switzerland)
the Glass Family – House of Glass      (“Electric Band” LP 1967 USA)
Sagittarius – Hotel Indiscreet      (“Present Tense” LP 1967 USA)
Dodson & Fogg – All Day Long      (“Dodson & Fogg” 2012 UK)
Paul Messis – Penny Arcade      (7”single b-side [to Nightmares] 2014 UK)
the Mind Flowers – Japanese Hills      (mp3 single 2013 Copenhagen, Denmark)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Technicolour Dreaming

It was Bastille Day this week, so we played a set featuring a selection of French artists, from the 60’s to now, ranging from Philippe Nicaud to Blondi’s Salvation, to honour “La Révolution française” and, well, because we like French psychedelia and any excuse to play some more will be taken! Also today we premiered our new “Band of the Week” feature, where we will be playing a few songs from whoever has taken our fancy in the lead-up to the show... it could be an older band or, probably more often, a current band or artist who has grabbed our attention, such as our debut selection, Los Angeles’ Mystic Braves, whose new “Desert Island” album has hardly been off our stereo since it arrived! If you like catchy, reverb-rich garage-psych [with great 60’s organ washes!] we think you’ll agree that it’s a winner! Also on the show were new singles from TD fave Beaulieu Porch and the UK’s Invisible Ships, plus, from local heroes Brillig, a new 3-track single which at last includes their version of the classic “Bang Bang”, a show-stopper in their live set for many years but never before available on record – brilliant! And if you are in Adelaide, Brillig are launching it this Sunday, the 20th of July, at the Grace Emily Hotel – the place to be this weekend! Of course there was much more, including cuts from the Triptides, Brazil’s Felipe Arcazas and the latest Brian Jonestown Massacre release, before finishing with a long track, a collaboration between MMOSS and Quilt, to bid you “adieu” until next week.....
..... so here is the playlist, with pictures.....
Beaulieu Porch – Carmelite Divine      (mp3 single 2014 UK)
Dark Ocean Colors – When Both Our Worlds Collide      (“Close Enough to See” 2013 USA)
Felipe Arcazas – Carl Sagan      (“Felipe Arcazas/Vintage Cucumber” split-EP 2014 Brazil/Germany)
the Penny Arkade – Not The Freeze      (recorded 1967 Los Angeles [produced by Mike Nesmith] but unreleased until Sundazed Records collated - “Not the Freeze” anthology 2004 USA)
OPMC – Love Song For Diane      (“Product of Pisces & Capricorn” LP 1971 Netherlands)
the Steppes – 1812 Overture [Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky cover]     (“Alive Alive Oh!” LP 1991 USA)

Band of the WeekMystic Braves [Los Angeles, USA]

Mystic Braves – Born Without a Heart      (“Desert Island” 2014 USA)
Mystic Braves – Bright Blue Day Haze      (“Desert Island” 2014 USA)
Maston – Tell Donna      (“Trouble In Mind : Live in Liverpool” label-sampler compilation 2013 USA/UK)
Crystal Jacqueline – Light Is Love      (“Sun Arise” 2014 Wales, UK)
Peter Howell & John Ferdinando – Jabberwocky      (“Alice Through The Looking Glass” LP 1969 UK)

Brillig – Bang Bang [Sonny Bono/Cher cover]      (“Crew of the Damned” EP 2014 Adelaide, Australia)
Christie Laume – Rouge-Rouge      (“Pas de Nouvelles” EP 1967 France)
Blondi’s Salvation – Everything Comes to an End      (”Songs of the New World Order” EP 2012 Nantes, France)
les Gypsys – Proletaire      (7”single 1967 France)
les Limiñanas – Crystal Anis      (“Crystal Anis” 2012 Perpignan, France)
Philippe Nicaud – Bonne Nuit Chuck      (“Erotico.…Nicaud“ EP 1970 France)
the Triptides – Colors       (“Colors“ EP 2014 Indiana, USA)
the Brian Jonestown Massacre – Nightbird      (“Revelations” 2014 Germany/USA)
the Sunchymes – While My Guitar Gently Weeps [Beatles cover]      (mp3 2014 UK)
Seventh Ring of Saturn – 10,000 Words in a Cardboard Box [Twink/Aquarian Age cover]      (recorded 2011 USA – taken from “Keep Off The Grass” compilation 2011 UK)
Invisible Ships – Lucy Dream      (7”single 2014 UK)
MMOSS & Quilt – Sandy      (“New Hampshire Freaks” split-EP 2013 California, USA)