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, February 24, 2015

Technicolour Dreaming

We began with a track by the Green Telescope from the latest “Friends of the Fish” compilation put out by the wonderful Fruits de Mer label.  From thereon in, it was a mixture of new & old with familiars & obscurities of various genres loosely associated with psychedelia from all over the world... in short, the usual style of Technicolour Dreaming, with this week’s featured compilation being the Psychedelic Underground Generation series of samplers, commonly called P.U.G. and put out by a bunch of friends and musicians in Belgium sharing their latest discoveries from the huge number of new releases currently on offer. The samplers are free but you are asked to investigate the bands featured further and perhaps buy direct from those that particularly catch your fancy... most are on bandcamp so they are easily accessible. So, until next week, this is the Cat & the Brat signing off .....

..... and here is the playlist, with eye candy to occupy your mynd.....

the Green Telescope - I'm a Living Sickness [Calico Wall cover]      (recorded  1985 – taken from "Fruits de Mer Records presents ‘ Strange Fruit and Veg’ - Friends of the Fish, Promo 2" CD-compilation 2015 UK)

the Grease Arrestor - That's What's Happening, Baby      ("Volume 2" 2015 Sydney, Australia)

Crystal Jacqueline - Daisy Chains      ("Rainflower" 2015 Wales, UK)
July - Dandelion Seeds      ("July" LP 1968 UK)
Ponyface - Holly Said      ("Hypnotised" 2012 Melbourne, Australia)

Permanent Clear Light - Constant Gardener      ("Beyond these Things" 2013 Finland)
Eric Burden & the Animals - A Girl Named Sandoz       (7" single b-side [to When I Was Young] 1967 UK)
Lumerians - Murder Dubbs      ("Transmissions from Telos Vol. 111"  2015 UK)

Doctor Cosmo's Tape Lab - The Painted Bird      ("Beyond the Silver Sea" March 2015 USA)

Tom Northcott - (Who Planted Thorns In) Miss Alice's Garden?      (7" single 1967 USA)
Indian Puddin & Pipe - Hashish      ("Fifth Pipe Dream" compilation LP 1967 San Francisco, USA)
Ty Segall - Drug Mugger      ("Mr Face" double 7" EP 2015 USA)

Sky Children - Sunny Creature      ("Sky Children" 2014 Hungary)
Cool Ghouls - Orange Light      ("A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye" 2014 California, USA)
Les Big Byrd - Back to Bagarmossen      ("They Worshipped Cats" 2014 Sweden)

“Compilation of the Week”   
Psychedelic Underground Generation compilation series

the Orange Drop - She Will Get You (High)       (PUG #17)

the Money Go Round - Endless Sun      (PUG # 23)
Magic Shoppe - Midnight in the Garden of Evil      (PUG # 22)
Mr Elevator and The Brain Hotel - Are You Hypnotised?      (PUG #13)

the Watchmakers - To Be Part of You      (PUG #25)

Baywaves - Dreaming      (PUG #16)
Country Joe and the Fish - Superbird      ("Electric Music for the Mind and Body" LP 1967 USA)

the Whatt Four - Dandelion Wine      (7" single 1967 USA)
the Myrrors -   Dome House Music    ("Arena Negra" 2015 Tucson, Arizona USA)

Octopus Syng - Diamonds and Emeralds     ("Reverberating Garden no.7" LP 2014 Helisinki, Finland)

the Green Tambourine Band – Maybe The People Would Be The Times or Between Clark And Hilldale [Love cover]      (recorded 2013 USA – taken from “Forever Changing – a tribute to Love’s Forever Changes” compilation 2014 New Zealand)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Technicolour Dreaming

Combine a very hot day and car trouble... and it was a somewhat bedraggled Cat & Brat who trailed into the air-conditioned respite of the 3D studio. Not organised at the best of times, our penchant for spontaneity was truly tested, but despite a shaky start that was saved by some judicious selections from the extensive Fruits de Mer Records catalogue before we moved into tracks from a couple of our “best of...” selections from last year and on to some new releases. With some 60’s pop psych, both released and unreleased during that period, we finally led into our “Compilation of the Week”, the Chocolate Soup for Diabetics 5-CD boxset, the first three of which were initially released on vinyl between 1980 and 1983 and the final two in 2002, before the CD boxset was eventually issued in 2010, complete with an extensive and informative booklet to both let you know about the bands and details of the actual releases, not to mention the groovy pictures! Finally we finished off by playing a 60’s classic by pop-psych song-writers extraordinaire, Boyce & Hart and the latest release of sitar-drenched goodness from Kingdom of the Holy Sun... ahhh, a last blast of cool relief before heading off into the heat once more! So, until next time....
.... here is the playlist, plus some cool eye candy.....

the Luck of Eden Hall – SF Sorrow is born [Pretty Things cover]      (recorded 2011 USA – taken from “Sorrow’s Children: the songs of S.F. Sorrow” compilation LP 2012 UK)
the Seventh Ring of Saturn – 10,000 Words in a Cardboard Box [Aquarian Age cover]      (recorded 2011 USA – taken from “Keep Off The Grass” double-LP compilation 2011 UK)

Halasan Bazar and Tara King th. – Below Your Deepest Expectations      ("8" LP 2014 Denmark/France)
Trappist Afterland – The Penitent's Rail      (“Like a Beehive, the Hill Was Alive” 2013 Melbourne, Australia)
LOVEBYRD – Shot from the Sun      (“Lovebyrd” EP 2014 Germany)

Violet Swells – Here Comes Yesterday      (digi-single 2014 Tasmania)
the Dead Rocks – Surf Man      (“Surf Explosão” LP 2014 São Carlos, Brazil)
the Allah-Las – Every Girl      (7”single 2013 California, USA)

Wild Rocket – I’m Not Like Everybody Else [Ray Davies/Kinks cover]      (“Daisy Dream” LP 2015 Adelaide, Australia)

Daughters of Albion – 1968 : John Flip Lockup      (“Daughters of Albion” LP 1968 USA)

Soft Hearted Scientists – Drifting Away      (“The Slow Cyclone” 2014 Wales, UK)
Walter Ghoul’s Lavender Brigade – Mary Jane      ((recorded 1999 UK – taken from “Retrospectoscope 1967-1970” faux-60’s-anthology 2008 UK)
the Black Hollies – Paisley Pattern Ground      (“Casting Shadows” 2011 USA)
Ramses & Selket – Balloon      (“Space Hymns” LP 1971 UK)
the Monkees – I Wanna Be Free [fast version]      (recorded 1966 – taken from “Music Box” compilation 4-CD boxset 2001 USA)

Morgan Delt – Black Tuna Gang      (7”single b-side [to Barbarian Kings] 2013 California, USA)
Sir Lord von Raven – The Glass Castle      (“Please Throw Me Back in the Ocean” 2009 USA)
the Seeds – Can’t Seem to Make You Mine      (7”single 1965 Los Angeles, USA)

Front Office – Wow      (7”single 1967 San Francisco, USA)
Thomas Edisun’s Electric Light Bulb Band – Red Day      (Recorded 1967-1968 but unreleased – finally issued on “The Red Day Album” 2008 USA)
Paul Parrish – Walking in the Forest (of my Mind)      (7”single 1968 USA)

             “Compilation of the Week” 
            “ Chocolate Soup For Diabetics”  5-CD boxset

the Misunderstood – Children of the Sun      (rec. 1966 London UK – released as 7”single 1969 UK – taken from “Chocolate Soup for Diabetics” compilation 5-CD boxset 2010 UK)
Boo & the Boo Boos – Oriental Boo      (7”single b-side [to Stengun] 1967 Netherlands – taken from “Chocolate Soup for Diabetics”...)

Apple – The Otherside      (7”single b-side [to Doctor Rock] 1968 UK – taken from “Chocolate Soup for Diabetics”...)
the Rebel Rousers – As I Look      (7”single b-side [to Should I?] 1968 UK – taken from “Chocolate Soup for Diabetics”...)
Caleb – A Woman of Distinction      (7”single b-side [to Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad] 1967 UK – taken from “Chocolate Soup for Diabetics”...)
Australian Playboys – Sad      (7”single b-side [to Black Sheep R.I.P.] 1967 Australia/UK – taken from “Chocolate Soup for Diabetics”...)

Boyce & Hart – I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight       (7”single 1967 USA)

Kingdom of the Holy Sun – Getting Higher      (“Return of the Sun Kings” 2014 Seattle, USA)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Technicolour Dreaming

Sometimes we just can’t resist playing the old favourites, and this was one of those weeks, with songs by the Dead Skeletons, the Monks, the Flower Machine, Kelley Stoltz and Wooden Shjips peppering the playlist (and just what is a “Kim Chee Tacothe Cat has often wondered??) Our choice for “Compilation of the Week” was similarly a particular favourite of ours, Scott Walker‘s “BoyChild : the Best of Scott Walker 1967-1970”. Strictly speaking it’s an anthology rather than a compilation, but hey, who’s making up the rules – we are! The collection in question covers Scott’s first four LPs, “Scott”, “Scott2”, “Scott3” and “Scott4” plus 1970’s “'Til the Band Comes In” and was originally released in 1990 and then re-mastered and re-released in 2000, which is the version we used. So, until the next instalment of “Technicolour Dreaming” next Tuesday.....
..... here is the playlist, with a few visual goodies, including a full episode of the 60’s TV show “Adventures in Paradise”, whose memorable ‘surf instro’ theme song has been covered by a number of bands, including Normie Rowe’s backing band, the Playboys, who included it on their 1965 LP.

Dead Skeletons - Psychodead      ("Dead Magik" 2011 Iceland)

Molting Vultures - Insane Jane      ("Drop in and Go"  2009 Adelaide, Australia)


Zakary Thaks - A Passage to India      (acetate recorded 1966, released on "Passage to India" anthology 2010 Texas, USA)
Sons of Hippies - The Soft Parade (Doors cover)      ("A Psych Tribute to the Doors" compilation 2014 Germany/USA)
H.P. Lovecraft - The White Ship      ("H.P. Lovecraft" LP 1967 Chicago, USA)
Neighb'rhood Childr'n - She's Got No Identification     ("Neighb'rhood Childr'n" LP 1968 Oregon, USA)

the Silhouettes  - All a Lie     ("Psychedelica 5" compilation 2013 UK)
the Janitors - Aside (Outside)      (recorded 2013 Sweden – taken from "Trip Inside this House, Summer Solstice Vol. VI" compilation 2013 Missouri USA)
the Flower Machine - In A Play Anyway      ("Marmoset Meadow" EP 2010 USA)
the Fallen Angels - Introspective Looking Glass     ("The Fallen Angels" LP 1967 USA)
the Monks -  I Hate You    ("Black Monk Time" LP 1966 USA/Germany)

Sheetah et les Weissmuller - Pire que le silence      ("!Hola Ye Yeah! " 2007 France)
the Cool Ghouls - Insight      ("A Swirling Fire Through the Rye" 2013 USA)
the Playboys - Adventures in Paradise [TV theme cover]      (“The Playboys” LP 1965 Australia)

                        ###Compilation of the Week###   
 BoyChild : the Best of Scott Walker 1967-1970

Scott Walker - The Plague      ("Scott 2" LP 1968 - taken from "BoyChild - The Best of Scott Walker 1967 - 70" anthology 2000 UK)

Scott Walker - Girls from the Streets ("Scott 2" LP 1968 – taken from “BoyChild” anthology)
Scott Walker - Plastic Palace People     ("Scott 2" LP 1968 – taken from “BoyChild” anthology)

Scott Walker - The Old Man's Back Again (Dedicated To The Neo-Stalinist Regime)         ("Scott 4" LP 1969 – taken from “BoyChild” anthology)
Scott Walker - Prologue      ("'Til the Band Comes In" LP 1970 – taken from “BoyChild” anthology)
Kelley Stoltz - The Kim Chee Taco Man      ("Double Exposure" 2013 USA)
Paul Parrish - Walking in the Forest (Of My Mind)      ("The Forest of My Mind" LP 1968 USA)
Sonny and the Sunsets - Alice Leaves for the Mountains      (“Talent Night at the Ashram" 2015 USA)
Wooden Shjips - Down By the Sea      ("Dos" 2009 USA)