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, September 30, 2014

Technicolour Dreaming

Rather than a band, we had Dutch solo performer Jacco Gardner as our “Artiste of the Week” in this edition of Technicolour Dreaming. Regular listeners will be aware that we have featured his music quite frequently since we first heard his “Clear the Air” single early last year, the song later appearing on his excellent debut album “Cabinet of Curiosities”. Whilst clearly in thrall to 60’s psychedelic pop, Jacco has managed to create his own inspired take on the genre, letting the strength of his song writing shine through – like his predecessors, he sure knows how to write a catchy pop song with twists and unexpected turns a-plenty. Wonderful music.... and his ever-growing renown is well-deserved – hopefully he’ll bring his band on tour to Australia soon! Also featured again this week was the UK record label Fruits de Mer, including tracks by FdM stalwarts such as Spain’s excellent Stay and Welsh outfit Schnauser amongst others, the two mentioned above taken from the latest promo sampler “Friends of the Fish vol. 1” which reminds us of the diversity of the label’s output and which we’ll certainly be plundering over coming months – great stuff! Also played this week were new tracks from Espectrostatic, Sky Picnic and Dodson & Fogg [featuring the Young OnesNigel Planer] plus a few ‘blasts from the past’  by the likes of the Sorrows, Holland’s After Tea, the United States of America and Peru’s We All Together doing a Badfinger cover, taken from their sole 1972 LP.

There was much more of course, as always, so until next week.....

..... here is the playlist with some associated clips, plus a short film of the famous 1964 LSD debate at MiT featuring Dr Timothy Leary.... Enjoy!  

After Tea – The Time is Nigh         (7” single b-side [to Not Just a flower in Your Hair] 1967 Netherlands)

Lumerians – Xulux         (“Transmalinnia” 2013 USA)

David Crosby – Song With No Words [Tree With No Leaves]         (”If I Could Only Remember My Name...”  LP 1971 USA)
Stay – If I Needed Someone [Beatles cover]         (“Mersey Dream” EP 2013 Spain)
Jason Crest – Black Mass         (7”single b-side [to A Place in the Sun] 1969 Kent, UK)

Espectrostatic – Escape from Witchtropolis         (“Escape from Witchtropolis” 2014 Austin, Texas, USA)
Paul Messis – Nightmares         (7”single 2014 UK)
Soft Walls – Won’t Remember My Name         (“No Time” 2014 USA)
the United States of America – The American Metaphysical Circus         (“The United States of America” LP 1968)

Schnauser – Westward Ho!         (“Where Business Meets Fashion” 2013 Wales, UK – taken from Fruits de Mer Records promo-CD compilation “friends of the fish – a first collection” 2014 UK)
Sendelica – Hard Coming Love [United States of America cover]         (recorded 2014 UK – taken from “Fruits de Mer label:‘7 and 7 Is’” vinyl 7”singles box-set 2014 UK)
Kaleidoscope – Flight From Ashiya         (7”single 1967 UK)

White Sails – The Answer         (“White Sails EP” 2013 USA/Finland)
the Californians – The Cooks of Cake and Kindness       (7”single b-side [to Mandy]1969 UK)

   ###    Artiste of the Week      Jacco Gardner    ###

Jacco Gardener – Puppets Dangling         (“Cabinet of Curiosities” 2013 Netherlands)

Jacco Gardener – End of August         (7”single 2013 Netherlands)

Jacco Gardener – Clear the Air         (“Cabinet of Curiosities” 2013 Netherlands)

Jacco Gardener – Always on My Mind [Billy Nicholls cover]         (“Trouble in Mind Records presents: Record Store Day 2013 4-Way Covers Split 7 inch” compilation EP [with Maston, MMOSS, and the Resonars] 2013 USA/Netherlands)

Skull Cave – Acid Tone      (CD-single 2014 Perth, Australia)
Miss Elm – Facebook Never Lies      (“Hybrid” EP 2014 Queensland, Australia)
New Electric Ride – The Beyond       (“Balloon Age” 2014 UK)

the Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane – Blessings from the Reptiles [Diego]      (“Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane 2010 Chile)

Maston – Strange Rituals       (“Shadows” 2014 Los Angeles, USA)
We All Together – It’s a Sin to Go Away [Badfinger cover]      (“We All Together” LP 1972 Peru)

Dodson & Fogg (feat. Nigel Planer) – Entrepreneur in the Garden      (“In A Strange Slumber” 2014 UK)

the Sorrows – You’ve Got What I Want      (7”single 1966 UK)

Sky Picnic – Upon Further Reflection       (“Her Dawn Wardrobe” 2014 Brooklyn, New York, USA)


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Technicolour Dreaming

Alongside some new releases by local Adelaide favourites Slingshot Dragster and the Dunes we also played tracks from the brand new albums from Dodson & Fogg, Ty Segall and White Fence, plus single A-sides from House of Fire and the Brian Jonestown Massacre’s ‘tambourine guy’ Joel Gion, King Penguin’s brilliant Byrds cover from Fruits de Mer’s lavish “7 & 7 Is” singles boxset, which was released this week. We also featured songs by Les Big Byrd, the Chemistry Set, Swiss psychedelecist Balduin and 60’s classics by Gary Walker & the Rain and the Millennium, as well as a previously unreleased track by the Velvet Underground, recorded in 1969 but only released in 1984 on the “VU” album. Last, but certainly not least, we celebrated Beaulieu Porch as our “Band of the Week”. Consisting of the compositions and recordings of Englishman Simon Berry, Beaulieu Porch has released two albums, an anthology and several singles, both vinyl and digital, on his own Tillsammans Records label, all of which he recently made available as free downloads on his bandcamp page. His modern, idiosyncratic take on vintage psychedelia has been hailed in magazines such as “Shindig!” and “Mojo” plus blogs like “The Active Listener” and various “Top 10 Albums of the Year” lists – not bad for a bloke recording alone in his home studio, and we are eagerly awaiting the completion of his new album which he reports is “about halfway there”. In the meantime we strongly advise downloading the back-catalogue – you won’t regret it! – and also checking out his clips on youtube, also made by him at home, a few of which we’ve posted below. So, until next week, it’s “cheerio” from the Cat and the Brat.....
..... and here’s the playlist, with aforementioned vids.....

Prince Rupert’s Drops – Plague Ride         (“Run Slow” LP 2012 New York, USA)


the Heart Snatchers – Silk         (“Fall in Toulouse” 2013 Toulouse, France)
Les Big Byrd – Back to Bargarmossen         (“They Worshipped Cats” 2014 Sweden)

the Chemistry Set – Come Kiss Me Vibrate and Smile        (7”single b-side [to Time to Breathe] 2012 UK)

Balduin – A Hope For Loving You         (“Post From Mars” 2014 Switzerland)
Joel Gion – Overthrow        (7”single 2014 USA)

West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – Help, I’m a Rock [Frank Zappa cover]         (“Part One” LP 1967 USA)
Slingshot Dragster – St Duane [Tremolo Beergut cover]         (demo 2014 Adelaide, Australia)
the Dunes – End of the Beginning         (“Bad Lands” EP 2014 Adelaide, Australia)

the Velvet Underground – Ocean         (recorded in 1969, released on “VU” LP 1984 New York, USA)
the Brian Jonestown MassacreLa Façon Dont La Machine Va Vers l'Arrière       (previously unreleased – taken from “Dead Bees Records Label Sampler No 9”  2010 Toulouse, France)


House of Fire – The Keeper of the Doors         (7”single 2014 Pennsylvania, USA)
the Millenium – 5 a.m.         (“Begin” LP 1968 USA)
Dodson and Fogg – A Sweet and Strange Surprise         (“In a Strange Slumber” 2014 UK)

  ###    BAND OF THE WEEK   Beaulieu Porch    ###

Beaulieu Porch – Laminations are Loaded      (“Beaulieu Porch” 2012 UK)

Beaulieu Porch – The View from Gainsborough      (7”single 2014 UK)

Beaulieu Porch – Greencroft Street      (“Beaulieu Porch” 2012 UK)

Beaulieu Porch – Is      (“We Are Beautiful” 2013 UK)


Tony, Caro & John – There Are No Greater Heroes      (“All On The First Day” LP 1972 UK)
White Fence – Wolf Gets Red Faced      (“For The Recently Found Innocent” 2014 California, USA)

Ty Segall – Who’s Producing You?      (“Manipulator” 2014 California, USA)
Gary Walker & the Rain – Magazine Woman      (“Album No. 1” LP 1968 Japan/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)

the Myrrors – Mind’s Eye      (“Burning Circles In The Sky” 2008 Tucson, Arizona, USA)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Technicolour Dreaming

After last week’s 60’s-fest we thought we’d better catch up with the plethora of new music springing up around the world, though we did slip in a few older songs by the likes of Jacques Dutronc and Donovan, but mostly it was new releases, including a track from the forth-coming new album by Australia’s own King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, new singles released by the UK’s prolific State Records folks by French garage-psychsters Les Grys-Grys and Denmark’s the Youth, a new single by Triptides plus further tracks from the latest Ty Segall, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, Soft Walls and New Electric Ride offerings. Whew! So much fine new music to choose from... and then we received not one, but TWO new albums from Hawaii-via-Hollywood’s fabulous glam-psych-gothabilly outfit, the Barbarellatones, prompting us to make them the latest Technicolour DreamingBand of the Week”. Led by main songwriter, surfer Robbie Quine, and arising from 90’s outfit Sex With Lurch, the band first came to our attention in 2006 with their fantastic “Invasion of the Surf Zombies” album which blended sci-fi, glam, schlock-horror, surf, punk, psych, goth and more in a swirling mix of genres and clever, often amusing lyrics wedded to memorable hooks and lots of twang – all of our favourite things.... how could we not like it? Since then, the ever-prolific band has released a bunch of great albums, with the two we just received in the mail the most recent – if songs like “Poledancer”, “Gothabilly Gulch” and “Truckstop Angel” don’t raise a smile while you start uncontrollably dancing, well....

..... so here is the full playlist, with some moving pictures.....

Lorelle Meets the Obsolete – Sealed Scene         (“Chambers” 2014 Guadalajara, Mexico)

Ride Into the Sun – Lost Horse Valley         (”Sky Flowers” EP 2014 Adelaide, Australia)
Ty Segall – The Clock         (“Manipulator” 2014 USA)

the Flower Machine – Live Oak Road         (“Chalk Dust Dream at the Tea Cosy Mitten Company” 2004 Los Angeles USA)

the Youth – I’ll Call Your Bluff         (7”single 2014 Denmark)
Devonian Gardens – Swallow the Sun         (“Solar Shifting” 2013 Calgary, Canada)
les Grys-Grys – Hot Gully Winds         (7”single 2014 France)

Soft Walls – Never Come Back Again         (“No Time” 2014 UK)
Thee Oh Sees – Drop         (“Drop” 2014 USA)
the Throwing Muses – Fish         (“Lonely Is An Eyesore” LP compilation 1987 USA)

Allen Pound’s Get Rich – Searching in the Wilderness         (7”single 1966 UK)
Jacques Dutronc – Les Gens Sont Fous, Les Temps Sont Flous         (“Jacques Dutronc” LP 1966 France)

Triptides – Clementine         (7”single 2014, Portland, Oregon, USA)
Kikagaku Moyo – Dawn         (“Kikagaku Moyo” LP 2013 Japan)

Brain Pyramid – Cosmic 1000 Years         (“Magic Carpet Ride” 2013 Rennes, France)

Chatham Rise – Oncoming Daze         (“Chatham Rise” 2013 Minneapolis, USA)
Vibravoid – The White Ship [HP Lovecraft cover]         (7”split-single [with Drug Free Youth] 2011 Germany)

                ###   “BAND OF THE WEEK”the Barbarellatones   ###

the Barbarellatones – I had Sex with a C.H.U.D.         (“Invasion of the Surf Zombies”  2006 Hawaii, USA)
the Barbarellatones – Then the Sausage         (“Mummified” 2014 Hawaii, USA)
the Barbarellatones – Fake English Accents         (“Fake English Accents” 2014 Hawaii, USA)
the Barbarellatones – Get Your Freak On         (“The Breakup Ghost” 2009 Hawaii, USA)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Cellophane         (“I’m in your Mind Fuzz” 2014 Geelong, Australia)
Rasputin & the Mad Monks – (I Had) Too Much to Dream Last Night [Electric Prunes cover]      (acetate 1967 Massachusetts, USA – taken from “Beyond the Calico Wall” compilation 1993 USA)
New Electric Ride – Marquis de Sade      (“Balloon Age” 2014 UK)

Dodson & Fogg – Watch the Skies      (“The Call” 2013 UK – taken from “the Active Listener introduces... Dodson & Fogg” anthology 2014 New Zealand)

the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – 1906      (7”single 1967 California, USA)
By Divine Right – Past the Stars      (“Organised Accidents” 2013 Toronto, Canada)

Donovan – Sunshine Superman [long version]      (recorded 1965/66 – bonus track on 2005 re-issue of “Sunshine Superman” LP 1966 UK)