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, April 28, 2015

Technicolour Dreaming

There was a plethora of 1960’s goodness in this edition of Technicolour Dreaming with the centrepiece being our featured Compilation of the Week, "2131 South Michigan Avenue : 60's Garage and Psychedelia from U.S.A. and Destination Records", a double-CD from America  released in 2009 by Sundazed Records, certainly one of the leading, and most interesting, reissue labels around today. This particular compilation features a few bands you may recognise, such as the Cryan’ Shames and Park Avenue Playground, but many you probably don’t but should – for example the excellent Daughters of Eve and the Lost Agency – and that’s the fun of these type of ‘rarities’ compilations, finding great bands you’ve not heard before. Zooming to current releases, we played a tracks from the long-awaited and finally soon-to-be-released new album from Dutch psych hero, Jacco Gardner and the “Crocodilians” LP by the UK’s Moth Effect, plus recent releases from bands such as Psychic Ills, My Expansive Awareness, Vibravoid and France’s Moodoid, amongst a bunch of other delights. So, until next week.....
..... here is the playlist, complete with sundry visuals.....

Wall of Voodoo - Ring of Fire [Johnny Cash cover]      ("Wall of Voodoo" EP 1980 USA)

Moodoid [featuring Melody's Echo Chamber] - Le lac d'or       (digital single 2105 Paris, France)

Southern Gentlemen - I Want You Back Again      (7" single 1966 Adelaide, Australia)
We All Together - Tomorrow [Paul & Linda McCartney cover]      ("We All Together" LP 1972 Peru)

Psychic Ills – Come Around       (recorded 2014 USA – taken from “Psych For Sore Eyes 2” compilation 2014 Germany)
Vibravoid - Rheinflow      (7"single 2015 Dusseldorf, Germany)

My Expansive Awareness - Garage and Marijuana      ("Uroboros" 2014 Zaragoza, Spain)

the Magnetic Mind - Stay Away From The Door      (recorded London, UK for "The Active Listener Sampler 8" compilation 2013 New Zealand)

Jacco Gardener - Find Yourself      ("Hypnophobia" [pre-release] 2015 Netherlands)

Boeing Duveen and the Beautiful Soup - Jabberwock      (7" single 1968 UK)

Eternal Tapestry - When I Was In Your Mind      ("A World Out Of Time" 2012 Portland USA)

Palace of Light - Books       (7" single b-side [to Catherine] UK - 2015 reissue of 1991 release)    
the Left Banke - Shadows Breaking Over My Head      ("Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina" LP 1967 USA)

James McKeown and the Negative Drivers - I See The Rain Again [Marmalade cover]       ("Active Listener : Record Store Day 2013" compilation 2103 New Zealand)

Compilation of the Week
"2131 South Michigan Avenue : 60's Garage and Psychedelia from U.S.A. and Destination Records" – double-CD pack

the Shady Daze - I'll Make You Pay     (7”single b-side [to Love is a Beautiful Thing] 1967 USA – taken from "2131 South Michigan Avenue : 60's Garage and Psychedelia from U.S.A. and Destination Records" compilation 2009 USA - disc 1)
Lord of the Flies - You Made a Fool of Me       (7"single Indiana, USA – taken from disc 2)
the Cryan' Shames  - Ben Franklin's Almanac     (7”single b-side [to Sugar & Spice] 1966 USA taken from disc 1)

the Daughters of Eve - Help Me Boy [Animals cover]      (7”single 1967 USA – taken from disc 2)

the Lost Agency - Time to Dream      (7”single 1967 USA – taken from disc 1)
Park Avenue Playground - The Trip      (7”single b-side [to I Know] 1968 USA – taken from disc 2)

    [the Daughters of Eve Radio Spot 1967]        (taken from disc 2)

White Manna - Acid Head      ("White Manna" 2012 California, USA)

Bleeding Knees Club - It's-A-Happening [Magic Mushrooms cover]      ("Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations of the First Psychedelic Era" double-LP compilation 2012 Australia)
Traffic - Paper Sun       (7" single 1967 UK)

Moth Effect - Ghosts Afraid of the Dark      ("Crocodilians" 2015 UK)
White Noise - Black Mass: [Electric Storm in Hell]      ("An Electric Storm" 1969 UK)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Technicolour Dreaming

As usual, it was a veritable smorgasbord of psychedelia, new & old, which we shared with you this week, including long-time faves such as Espers, Black Box Recorder, the Sunchymes, the Loved Ones and the Twilights. An array of new tracks from the Amazing, Semool and Vibravoid rounded out the set, and of course not forgetting the delights contained within our “Compilation of the Week”! Our selection this time round was the Dirty Water series – 2010’s "Dirty Water : The Birth of Punk Attitude" and the following year’s release "Dirty Water 2 : More Birth Of Punk Attitude" a matching pair of 2-disc treats complete with sumptuous booklets. As can be seen from our selections, the tracks on this series, curated by Kris Needs, are all about the “Attitude” of the title that influenced the later Punk movement, particularly in the UK and US, and it can be seen that psychedelia played a significant role in this regard also. So until next week..... is the playlist, with some educational visuals for your perusal.....

Espers - Dead King      ("Espers II" 2006 USA)
H.P. Lovecraft - Spin Spin Spin      ("H.P.Lovecraft II" LP 1968 Chicago, USA)
Elephant Stone - Setting Sun      ("Elephant Stone" LP 2013 Montreal, Canada)
Polska Radio One - To the Delta of Aquarius      ("Cosmos Inside" 2014 Yekaterinburg, Russia)
the Sunchymes - Uncle Albert's Slide Show      ("Let Your Free Flag Fly" 2014 UK)
Semool - Essai 10      ("Essais" LP 2015 France)
the Loved Ones - Magic Box      ("Magic Box"  LP 1967 Melbourne, Australia)
Sons of Hippies -The Soft Parade      ("A Psych Tribute to the Doors" 2014 Germany)
Glass Family - Guess I'll Let You Go      (7" single b-side [to Agorn] 1968 California, USA)

Vibravoid - Raga Baya      (7" single b-side [to Rheinflow] 2015 Dusseldorf, Germany)

Twilights - Blue Roundabout      ("Once Upon a Twilight" 1968 Adelaide, Australia)
Spontaneous Generation - Up in My Mind       (7" single 1968 USA)
Prince Rupert’s Drops - Sesame Seed      ("Climbing Light" 2014 USA)
the Triptides - Moonbeams     ("Colors" EP 2014 Indiana, USA)

the Iguana - California My Way       (7" single 1968 Australia)


Compilation of the Week - "Dirty Water: The Birth of Punk Attitude" 2010 and "Dirty Water 2: More Birth Of Punk Attitude" 2011

the Seeds - Evil Hoodoo      ("The Seeds" LP 1966 Los Angeles) Vol 1 Disc 1

the Sensational Alex Harvey Band - The Hot City Symphony - Part 1: Vambo      ("The Impossible Dream" LP 1974 Scotland UK) Vol 1 Disc 2

the Human Expression - Love at Psychedelic Velocity      (7" single 1966 Los Angeles, USA) Vol 2 Disc 1
Patti Smith - Piss Factory      (7" single b-side [to Hey Joe] 1974 USA) Vol 2 Disc 1
Faust - It's A Rainy Day Sunshine Girl      ("So Far" LP 1972 Germany) Vol 2 Disc 2
the Mind Flowers - Japanese Hills      (digital single 2013 Copenhagen, Denmark)

Black Box Recorder - The School Song      ("Passionoia" 2003 UK)

the Amazing - Picture You        ("Picture You" 2015 Sweden)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Technicolour Dreaming

Our Compilation of the Week for this edition was “A Forest of Goldtops in the Land of Oz” plus its companion volume, “Datura Dreamtime”, a 2-CD series of Australian psychedelia put out in very limited numbers in 1997 and 1999 respectively. They are classed as “unofficial” releases, but most of the songs are long deleted, unknown or very rare, and though a few, by such artists as the Twilights and Bobby & Laurie were on major labels, most, for instance by Glass Web [whose bass-player, incidentally, later found some reknown as Stan Brat of Adelaide’s the Brats, the band of which this writer was also a member], were put out by small independent record companies or self-released and thus extremely hard, not to mention expensive, to find. Hence, these early compilations gave modern fans of psychedelia a chance to hear these songs, often for the first time, and to rescue them from oblivion, a job they seem to have done successfully when one looks at the growing number of such Aussie psych compilations today. Staying in that same Australian vein, we also played from the limited edition vinyl double-LP of 2013’s great “Nuggets : Antipodean Interpolations of the First Psychedelic Era” of current Australian artists playing versions of the original “Nuggets” compilation of 1972 and which features 7 more tracks than the CD version. Needless to say there was also music from diverse sources and eras such as songs by Pinkunoizu, Permanent Clear Light, the Luck of Eden Hall, Vibravoid and others as is our wont. So, until next week.....
.....  here is the playlist plus the occasional visuals..... enjoy!

New Electric Ride - Marquis De Sade      ("Balloon Age" 2014 UK)

People - I Love You [Zombies cover]      ("I Love You" LP 1968 San Jose, California USA)
Shocking Blue - Acka Raga      ("Shocking Blue" LP 1969 Sweden)

the Rolling Stones - My Obsession      ("Between the Buttons"  LP 1967 UK)
Thee Jezebels - Black Book      (7"single 2015 UK)

Rocket From the Tombs - Sonic Reducer       (recorded live 1975 Cleveland, Ohio USA –  originally unreleased; taken from "Babylon's Burning:The Rough and Ready Rise of Punk Rawk 1973-1978" boxset compilation 2007)   
Ty Segall - Love Fuzz      ("Twins" 2012 California, USA)
Melodie Nelson - Tobacco Road [Trad./Blues Magoos cover]      ("Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations of the First Psychedelic Era" double-LP 2013 Australia)
Bad//Dreems – Pushin’ Too Hard  [Seeds cover]      ("Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations of the First Psychedelic Era" double-LP 2013 Adelaide, Australia)
Pinkunoizu - Death is not a Lover     ("Free Time!" 2012 Denmark)

Permanent Clear Light - The Skies Will Fall      ("Beyond These Thngs" 2012 Finland)
Cary Grace - Cirrus Minor [Pink Floyd cover]     ("Fruits de Mer: A Temporary Lapse of Vinyl" compilation 2015 UK)
the Luck of Eden Hall - This is Strange      ("Alligators Eat Gumdrops" 2012 Chicago, USA)
Spacegarden - Blood Red Dawn of Opium   ("Psychedelica 1" compilation 2006 York, UK)
ScotDrakula - Run Run Run [Third Rail cover]      ("Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations of the First Psychedelic Era" double-LP 2013 Australia)

Compilation of the Week
"A Forest of Gold Tops in the Land of Oz" and "A Forest of Gold Tops – Vol. 2 : Datura Dreamtime"

the Proclamation - King of the Mountain     (7" single 1968, Perth, Australia – taken from “A Forest of Goldtops...” compilation 1997 Australia)
Glass Web - In a Year or So         (7" single 1971 Adelaide, Australia – taken from “A Forest of Gold Tops... vol.2 – Datura Dreamtime” compilation 1999 Australia)

Peter Tilbrook - All Mine to Play With      (7" single b-side [to Stop the Time] 1971 Adelaide, Australia – taken from “A Forest of Goldtops.....”)
Doug Ashdown - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On [version]     (7" single 1969, Australia – taken from “...vol.2 – Datura Dreamtime”)
the Vegetable Garden - Even Stevens      (7" single 1969, Perth, Australia– taken from “A Forest of Goldtops.....”)
Travis Wellington Hedge - Hey Bulldog [Beatles cover]      (7" single 1969 Adelaide, Australia – taken from “...vol.2 – Datura Dreamtime”)

Mick Harvey - Comic Strip [Gainsbourg/Bardot cover]      ("Pink Elephants" 1995 Melbourne, Australia)
Quilt - Cowboys in the Void     (“Quilt” 2013 New Hampshire, USA)
Vibravoid - Astronomy Domine [Pink Floyd cover]    ("Vibravoid 2001 – the 15th Anniversary Deluxe Edition“ 2015 Dusseldorf, Germany)

Roxy Music - Sea Breezes / Bitters End      ("Roxy Music"LP 1972 UK)