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)

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