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, August 26, 2014

Technicolour Dreaming

It was the Radiothon ’14 edition of Technicolour Dreaming this week – chaos abounded with the phones ringing, the picking and organising of ‘bribe-to-subscribe’ giveaways, subscribers coming into the station, payments being made, volunteers running about and, unusually for us, lots of air-breaks and chatter and.... did I mention chaos? But it was all in a good cause – our annual Radiothon where we ask listeners to help keep us on-air by becoming valued 3D Radio subscribers! We won’t go into all the details – you can go to the 3D Radio website here and see how to pay [yes we do PayPal], the form to fill out, what you get for your bucks [including this year’s DepthCharge CD compilation which ONLY subscribers are given] and details of the major prizes you are in the running for when you do subscribe - all for the low price of $60.... it doesn’t matter if you live in Adelaide or Athens, the USA or Uruguay, anyone can be a 3D Radio subscriber and help us keep this unique music community radio station broadcasting every day of every week, and of course letting us, the Cat and the Brat, play all the wonderfully diverse psychedelia [and associated obscurities] that we love to share with you every Tuesday afternoon on this show. Normal broadcasting will resume next week of course [whew!] but in the meantime.... dig deep, go to the 3DRadio website and SUBSCRIBE people!
..... anyway, here are all the tracks we played during the show, with some nice pictures ta boot.....

the Green Tambourine Band – Aum [Part A]      (“...Let Yourself Be / AUM” double-LP 2013 Edinburgh, Scotland)

the Beatles – I Am The Walrus      (“Magical Mystery Tour” double-EP 1967 UK)
the Electric Prunes – I Had Too Much To Dream [Last Night]      (7”single 1966 USA)
Holy Wave – Night Tripper      (“Relax” 2013 USA)

Kelley Stoltz – All That Jazz [Echo & the Bunnymen cover]      (“Crockodials” 2002 USA)
Robyn Hitchcock – The Ghost In You [Psychedelic Furs cover]      (“The Man Upstairs” 2014 UK)
Les Big Byrd – Indus Waves / Tinitus Aeternum      (“They Worshipped Cats” 2014 Sweden)

Dean Allen Foyd – Please, Pleaze Me      (“The Sounds Can Be So Cruel” 2012 Sweden)

Love – 7 and 7 Is      (7”single 1966 Los Angeles, USA)
the Sand Pebbles – Sunshine to Burn [Long Grass cover]      (“Tomorrow Is Today : a tribute to the Australian Psychedelic Scene 1966-70” compilation 2007 Australia)

the Chemistry Set – A House Is Not A Motel [Love cover]      (recorded 2014 UK – taken from “Fruits de Mer label:‘7 and 7 Is’” vinyl 7”singles box-set 2014 UK)


Tara King Th. – Magnetic Bounds      (“Uncoloured Past [Part 1 & 11]” cassette 2012 Lyons, France)

Jeff St John & the Id – Eastern Dream      (7”single b-side [to Black Girl] 1966 Sydney, Australia)
Mt Mountain – She Runs       (“EP” 2014 Perth, Australia)
Invisible Ships – Lucy Dream      (mp3 single 2013 Faversham, UK)

            ###  “BAND of the WEEK”Soft Hearted Scientists  ###

Soft Hearted Scientists – The A470 Song      (“Take Time to Wonder in a Whirling World” 2007 Wales, UK)

Soft Hearted Scientists – Robots Remember      ([from the pre-release of] “The Slow Cyclone” 2014 Wales, UK)
Soft Hearted Scientists – The Trees Don’t Seem To Know Its September      (“Wandermoon” 2011 Wales, UK)

Soft Hearted Scientists – Seeing      (“False Lights” 2013 Wales, UK)

Oak Apple Day plus the Deadly Pair – Moon Shot      (7”single b-side [to Let’s Do It On The Moon] 1969 Australia)

New Electric Ride – All Who You Know      (mp3 single 2014 UK)

the Fast Camels – Kelvin      (“Deadrooms and Butterfly Dreams” 2014 Scotland, UK)
the Sunchymes – Free Rider      (“Shifting Sands” 2009 UK)
Morgan Delt – Backwards Bird Inc      (“Morgan Delt” 2013 California, USA)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Technicolour Dreaming

There were lots of “cover versions” on the show this week, including ones by bands such as MMOSS, Pesky Gee and the Scientists, to celebrate the arrival of the promo-CDs for the Fruits de Mer Records upcoming ‘September Collection’, centring on their “7 & 7 Is” boxset of seven vinyl 7”singles, featuring current bands each doing ‘covers’ of their favourite songs by a particular US 60’s band. For example, we played one side of the single by King Penguin who chose a pair of songs by the Byrds, and another by the Chemistry Set, who picked Love to cover – we’ll be playing further selections over coming weeks [for more details about upcoming releases check out the FdM website here] Another part of the new collection is the debut single release of SimonesMajic Ship” which we also played – it’s previously only been available on limited edition LPs so hopefully this great song will gain wider exposure now as a single. Amongst other releases we were pleased to be able to share was “Balloon Age” by New Electric Ride, a young UK band who are currently doing a major UK & European tour and getting great reviews in the process. The album is “on high rotation” in our house, as is the brilliant “We Worshipped Cats” LP by Swedish psychedelecists Les Big Byrd – both are serious contenders for “Best Album of 2014”! Another contender, and a welcome surprise in the P.O. box, was a pre-release copy of the latest Soft Hearted Scientists album “The Slow Cyclone”, which is due for release at the end of September; this Welsh band are a “Cat & Brat all-time fave” and yet they just keep getting better and better, so have a listen to them – you won’t be disappointed! Then there was this edition’s “Band of the Week” – the Red Plastic Buddha – who hail from Chicago in the US and who have been making great music for nearly ten years, with their latest LP, “Songs For Mara”, about to be released and hopefully gaining them new fans – one of the tracks we featured, “Little White Pills” is easily one of the catchiest songs we’ve heard all year and features Curvey [from fellow Chicagoans, the Luck of Eden Hall] guesting on guitar – great stuff! And don’t forget that next week is our annual “Radiothon” so please open your hearts and wallets and help support 3D Radio [and, of course, our show Technicolour Dreaming] by subscribing to this great all-volunteer community music radio station – we’ve got a sort of “best of...” show planned for you plus some cool giveaways as “bribes to subscribe”, so until then.....
..... here is the full playlist, plus assorted visuals.....

the Psychedelic  Furs – India         (“The Psychedelic Furs” LP 1980 UK)

Sky Picnic – Upon Further Reflection        (“Her Dawn Wardrobe” 2014 USA)
Simones – Majic Ship         (recorded & released for Balloon Ride[private-press-LP 1999 Purple Phrogg Records USA] – re-issued as 7”single 2014 UK)
Quilt – Milo         (“Quilt” 2011 USA)

Fogbound – Whispering Corridors         (7”single 2014 Spain)

the Fast Camels – Penny Pinching Debt Collector         (“Deadrooms and Butterfly Dreams” 2014 Scotland, UK)
White Fence – Fear         (“For the Recently Found Innocent” 2014 USA)
King Penguin – 5D (Fifth Dimension) [Byrds cover]         (recorded 2014 New York, USA – taken from “Fruits de Mer label:‘7 and 7 Is’” vinyl 7”singles box-set 2014 UK)
the Gaye Blades – Ruby Tuesday [Rolling Stones cover]         (7”split-single [with the Girls at Dawn] 2010 New York, USA)
Violet Swells – Miracles of a Clockwork Kingdom         (“The Soft Focus EP” 2014 Tasmania, Australia)
the Scientists – You Only Live Twice [John Barry(James Bond theme) / Nancy Sinatra cover]         (orig. 7”single 1985 Perth, Australia - taken from "Weird Love" LP 1986 Australia)
Soft Hearted Scientists – Drifting Away         (“The Slow Cyclone” 2014 Wales, UK)
MMOSS – Cathy’s Clown [Everly Brothers cover]         (“Trouble In Mind Record Store Day 2013 Covers Split-EP” compilation EP 2013 USA)

Les Big Byrd – They Worshipped Cats         (They Worshipped Cats” 2014 Sweden)
the Chemistry Set – Live and Let Live [Love cover]        (recorded 2014 UK – taken from “Fruits de Mer label:‘7 and 7 Is’” vinyl 7”singles box-set 2014 UK)
Paul Messis – Nightmares         (7”single 2014 UK)

Jason Crest – Teagarden Lane         (recorded 1968 UK, unreleased – taken from “Love, Poetry and Revolution: A Journey Through the British Psychedelic and Underground Scenes 1966-72” compilation boxset 2013 UK)
New Electric Ride – Ode to a Bumblebee / Here Comes the Bloom        (“Balloon Age” 2014 UK)
Pesky Gee – Where Is my Mind? [Vanilla Fudge cover]         (7”single 1969 UK)
the Black Angels – The Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street         (“Clear Lake Forest” EP 2014 USA)

        #   BAND OF THE WEEK      the Red Plastic Buddha   #

the Red Plastic Buddha – Daisy Love         (“All Out Revolution” 2011 Chicago, USA)

the Red Plastic Buddha – Little White Pills      (“Songs For Mara” 2014 USA)

the Red Plastic Buddha – I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) [Electric Prunes cover]      (“All Out Revolution” 2011 USA)
the Byrds – Why?      (7”single 1966 USA – taken from “the Byrds : There Is A Season” cd/DVD anthology boxset 2006 USA)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Technicolour Dreaming

We began this week with a 2011 track by Jackie Paper [aka Josh Dowell from Philadelphia in the USA], an artist we’d not heard of before but discovered, like many others, through the always intriguing “Active Listener Sampler” series of free compilations emanating from New Zealand via Bandcamp – as we’ve mentioned previously, it’s a great way to find “new favourite bands”! Also featured this week were tracks from new releases by Mexico’s Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, California’s White Manna and Adelaide favourites, the Byzantines, soon to head off on their debut European tour which they’ve heralded by releasing a free digital demo single – hopefully we’ll have their guitarist Rhys on the show as guest-programmer/interviewee to share more details before they leave. Next, our selection for “Band of the Week” in this edition was Chicago’s the Luck of Eden Hall, who have won our hearts over the past few years with their uber-catchy take on modern psychedelic garage pop via their contributions to the Fruits de Mer Records series of releases, not to mention their brilliant albums, the latest of which, “Victoria Moon”, has just been released on groovy purple vinyl – LoEH... we salute you! We also peered into the past with a listen to 60’s singles by the likes of the Ivy League, the State of Mickey and Tommy and the Starfires, plus an obscurity by the Easybeats [who do have a 6-CD boxset of their albums despite our earlier statements to the contrary – our thanks to several listeners who gave us that info!] as well as another in that weird sub-genre of songs which emanated [primarily in the US] in the wake of those bizarre “Paul McCartney Is Dead” rumours in 1968/1969. Finally, we ended with The End and part one of the title track from their sole LP, the 1969 Bill Wyman-produced “Introspection”.  So until next time.....

..... here is the full playlist, plus a few dollops of eye-candy......

Jackie Paper – All Is All      (recorded 2011 Philadelphia, USA – taken from “The Active Listener Psychedelic Sampler : vol. 9” compilation 2013 New Zealand)
White Manna – Hassan       (“Come Down Safari” 2014 California, USA)
Lamposts – Melodramatics      (“...Adolt Cartoon” 2013 USA)
the State of Mickey and Tommy – With Love From 1 to 5      (7”single 1967 UK/France)
Robyn Hitchcock – The Crystal Ship [Doors cover]      (“The Man Upstairs” 2014 UK)
the Byzantines – I’m going to change the world      (mp3 2014 Adelaide, Australia)
Balduin – My Love Soon      (recorded 2012 – taken from “Post From Mars” 2014 Switzerland)
Jacco Gardner – Always On My Mind [Billy Nichols cover]      (“Trouble In Mind Record Store Day 2013 Covers Split-EP” compilation EP 2013 USA)
Hindenburg Lyon – Eden      (recorded 1967 – taken from “Acid & Flowers” compilation 1996 USA)
the Walking Who – Walrus      (mp3 demo 2014 Sydney, Australia)
the Starfires – There’s Still Time       (7”single 1966 USA)
the Mystery Tour – The Ballad of Paul      (7”single 1968 USA – taken from “I Buried Paul – the Paul McCartney Death Rumour Singles” compilation 2012 USA)
the Easybeats – All Gone Boy      (“Easyfever Vol.2” EP 1968 Australia)
Maston – I Go To Sleep [Ray Davies/Kinks cover]      (“Trouble In Mind Record Store Day 2013 Covers Split-EP” compilation EP 2013 USA)
Kelley Stoltz – I Am Your Singer [McCartney cover]      (rec. 2014 USA – taken from “Mojo: Songs in the Key of Paul” magazine-covermount-CD compilation 2014 UK)
Toy – Too Far Gone To Know      (“Join the Dots” 2013 UK)
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – What’s Holding You      (“Chambers” LP 2014 Guadalajara, Mexico)

            ***   “BAND OF THE WEEK”THE LUCK OF EDEN HALL   ***

the Luck of Eden Hall – High Heeled Flippers      (“Alligators Eat Gumdrops” 2012 Chicago, USA)
the Luck of Eden Hall – A Carney’s Delirium       (“The Active Listener presents.... Greatest Hits Vol.1” compilation 2014 USA/NZ)
the Luck of Eden Hall – Everybody’s Got Something to Hide (Except for Me and My Monkey) [Beatles cover]      (“Fruits de Mer presents : The White E.P.” double 7”vinyl EP compilation 2012 UK)
Anna Karina – Roller Girl      (7”single France 1967)
the Fast Camels – Camera Assassin      (“Deadrooms & Butterfly Dreams” 2014 Scotland, UK)
the Yardbirds – Glimpses      (“Little Games” LP 1968 UK)
the Carnaby – Jump & Dance      (7”single 1965 UK)
the Ivy League – My World Fell Down [Sagittarius cover]      (7”single 1966 UK)
the Dials – Bluebell Line      (“End of the Pier” 2013 UK)
the End – Introspection (Part 1)      (“Introspection” LP 1969 UK)