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 29, 2015

Technicolour Dreaming

Well, this has got to be (nearly) a first for Technicolour Dreaming - a video clip for every single song … well, there were two bands that I couldn’t find a clip for, but that’s pretty good! 
This week there were two brand, spanking new releases to play tracks from - Sydney’s The Dandelion, with the their wonderfully named “Seeds, Flowers and the Magical Powers of the Dandelion”, which sounds as good as the title is long; and a great new Mega Dodo release from Lisbon band Beautify Junkyards, whose CD “The Beast Shouted Love” was recorded outside for the large part, and this is definitely reflected in the mood that they have managed to create - great summer listening! And this show is dedicated to Peter Brat, who would have been celebrating his birthday today - so enjoy!

Judy Carne - Sock It To Me     (7” single 1968 UK)

Travis Wellington Hedge - Hey Bulldog     (7" single 1969 Adelaide, Australia)

House of Nimrod - Slightly Delic     (7" single, 1967 New Zealand )

The Monks - I Hate You     ("Black Monk Time" LP 1966 Germany/USA)

FireFriend - Loveage Moondream     ("Psychedelic Underground Generation #24" compilation Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Lothar and the Hand People - Machines     ("Presenting Lothar and the Hand People" LP 1968 New York, USA)

Les Big Byrd - Tinnitus Aetérnum     ("They Worshipped Cats"  2014 Sweden)

The Dandelion - Spring Dance     ("Seeds, Flowers and the Magical Powers of The Dandelion" 2015 Sydney, Australia)

Beautify Junkyards - Technicolour Hexagon     ("The Beast Shouted Love" 2015 Lisbon, Portugal)

Borderline Symphony - Il Camaleonte     ("EP 1"  2014 Zurich, Switzerland)

Bee Gees - I Close My Eyes     ("Bee Gees 1st" LP 1967 Australia)

Gary Walker and the Rain - Magazine Woman     ("Album No.1" LP 1968 USA)

Belles Will Ring - And Jesus Said Unto Me     ("Mood Patterns" 2007, Sydney, Australia)

Flyying Colours-  I Don't Want to Let You Down     ("ROYGBIV" 2015 Melbourne, Australia)

Standells - Dirty Water     (7” single 1966 Los Angeles, USA)

Faust - Just a Second     ("Faust IV" LP 1973 Germany)

Hurdy Gurdy - Peaceful Open Space     (“Hurdy Gurdy” LP 1971 Denmark)

Big Jim Sullivan - Tallyman     (“Sitar Beat” LP 1967 USA)

The Karovas Milkshake - Do You Wanna Eat Me/Godiva     ("Trip Inside this House - Summer Solstice VI“ 2013  Ekaterinburg, Russia)

The December Sound - Drone Refusenik     (“The Silver Album”  2007 Boston, Massachusetts, United States

DrAlienSmith - Lynchpin     ("Phosphorous" 2015 Perth, Australia)

The Creeping Bam - Don't Get High     (CD single 2015 Melbourne, Australia)

Frida - Slowly     (CD single 2015 Melbourne, Australia)

Shy Limbs - Reputation     (7” single 1969 UK)

Aquarian Age - 10,000 Words in a Cardboard Box     (7” single 1968 UK)

The Higher State - The Electric Cowboy     ("Darker by the Day" 2009, Kent UK)

The Thanes - Chinese Rapture     ("Let All The Poisons That Lurk In The Mud Hatch Out" Adelaide, Australia 2014)

and an extra clip for your enjoyment - the Monks doing “The Monk Chant”, live in 1966 Germany

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Technicolour Dreaming

A diverse range of bands from round the world - Chile, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia and the Netherlands - found their way onto the Technicolour Dreaming playlist this week, but then again, that’s nothing unusual! This was really a show of old favourites, both Harry’s and The Cat’s, and one of those particular favourites is Adelaide stalwarts, the Molting Vultures, who are playing one of their infrequent gigs at the Grace Emily this Saturday night 26th September, and bringing with them Melbourne’s rock’n’roll garage swamp-meisters Red Motors, - so don’t miss it!!

so… here’s the playlist, with a stack of videos for good measure!

The Zoot - Eleanor Rigby (Beatles)     (7" single 1967 Adelaide, Australia)

Gravenhurst - She Dances     ("The Western Lands" 2007 UK)

Polska Radio One - Time - Eternity     ("Cosmos Inside" 2014  Yekaterinburg, Russia)

The Holydrug Couple - Paisley     ("Noctuary" 2013 Chile)

Les Big Byrd - Back to Bagarmossen     ("They Worshiped Cats" 2014 Sweden)

Espectrostatic - Escape from Witchtropolis      ("Escape From Witchtropolis" 2014 Austin, Texas USA)

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

Balduin - Mirror Mirror     ("All in a Dream" 2014 Switzerland)

The Luck of Eden Hall - Dandy Horse     ("Victoria Moon" 2013 Chicago, USA) 

Front Office  - Wow     (7” single b-side [to ”Girl”] 1967 San Jose, California, USA)

Crystal Chandlier - Suicidal Flowers     (7” single b-side [to “Your Land of Love”] 1969 USA)

The Gothic Archies - Crows     ("The Tragic Treasury - Songs from a Series of Unfortunate Events" 2006 Los Angeles, USA)

De Wolff - Don't You Go Up In The Sky     (“Strange Fruits and Undiscovered Plants” 2009 Netherlands )

Molting Vultures - Hang Up     ("Get a Grip”  2007 Adelaide, Australia)

Fuzztones - I Gotta Way With Girls     (released in 2007, New York USA; taken from “He put the Bomp! In the Bomp” compilation)

Von Bondies - Take a Heart     ("Raw & Rare" 2003 Detroit USA)

Blues Magoos - (we aint got) Nothing Yet     (“Psychedelic Lollipop” 1966 New York, USA)

Dirtbombs - Chains of Love     ("Ultraglide in Black” 2001 Detroit, Michigan USA)

Richard in Your Mind - Creation     ("My Volcano" 2010 Sydney, Australia)

Higher State - The Gypsies Graveyard     (“Freakout at the Gallery" 2011 Folkestone, Kent, UK)

Facetime - Channel Love     ("New Centre of the Universe #1” compilation 2012 Geelong, Australia)

Murlocs - Bogan Grove     (“Teepee EP” 2012 Melbourne, Australia)

King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard - Trench Foot     ("New Centre of the Universe #1” 2012 Melbourne, Australia)

Brian Jonestown Massacre - Oh Lord     ("Tepid Peppermint Wonderland")

Mesa Cosa - Day of the Dead     ("Infernal Cakewalk")

House of Fire - Walking Along The Sun     (“House of Fire“ 2008 USA)

Black Angels - Mission District     (“ Directions to See a Ghost” 2008 Austin, Texas USA)

Chemical Brothers -  The Private Psychedelic Reel     (“The Private Psychedelic Reel" 2007 UK)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Technicolour Dreaming

I don’t know whether I was thinking on a subconscious level about Australia’s change of Prime Minister the previous evening, when making musical selections for the show, but the tracks by Scott Walker, The Lovetones, Jason Crest and Halasan Bazar & Tara King th. all seemed to fit the feel of the moment! I played a couple of recent Adelaide releases - Black Coral, whose EP, “The Big Nothing” came out in August, and the very new, very exclusive “Ya Dig?” EP by Snobby Oxalis; plus a good assortment of Melbourne bands featured also - Murlocs, Witch Hats, and the inimitable King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.  A great melody has always been a Technicolour Dreaming favourite, with tracks from The Left Banke, The Turtles, The Monkees  and The Story UK and Quilt all fitting the bill nicely, and proving that there are still bands today carrying on the tradition. Speaking of The Turtles, I’ve included a clip from the trailer of “Guide for the Married Man”, their second foray into the land of movie music, the first being a track for the 1966 movie “Out of Sight” a spoof of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." - look it up, it’s so bad it’s good!   

…so here’s the playlist for the show, with (a hell of a lot of) associated visuals…

The Lovetones - Genius     ("Meditations" 2006 Australia)

The Story UK - A Stone's Throw Away     ("A Joy Ride on Memory Lane" 2011 UK)

Scott Walker - The Old Man's Back Again [Dedicated to the Neo-Stalinist Regime]     ("Scott 4" LP 1969 UK)

Jason Crest - Black Mass     ( 7” single b-side [to “A Place in the Sun”] 1969 UK)

Snobby Oxalis - Kings of Seaford     ("Ya Dig? EP 2015 Adelaide, Australia)

Octopus Syng - It's Not a Coincidence     ("Reverberating Garden Number 7" 2014 Finland)

Black Coral - Chemical Reasoning     ("Big Nothing" EP 2015 Adelaide, Australia)

Halasan Bazar and Tara King th. - Below Your Deepest Expectations     ("8" 2014 Denmark/France)

The Turtles - Guide for the Married Man   (7” single 1967 USA)

and the trailer for the movie:

Sons of Hippies - The Soft Parade [the Doors]     ("A Psych Tribute to the Doors" 2014 Germany)

The Turtles - Chevrolet Camaro Commercial     ("Save the Turtles - Greatest Hits" compilation 2009 USA)

The Left Banke - Shadows Breaking Over my Head     (“Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina” LP 1967 USA)

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Paper Mache     (“Paper Mache Dream Balloon” LP 2015 Melbourne, Australia)

Lumerians - Burning Mirrors      (“Transmalinnia” 2011 Oakland, California USA)

Thee Oh Sees - Palace Doctor     (“Mutilator Defeated at Last” 2015 San Francisco, USA)

The Greek Theatre - Frozen Highway     (“Lost Out At Sea” LP 2014 UK)

Quilt - Eye of the Pearl     (“Held in Splendour” 2014 Boston USA)

July - The Way     (7” single b-side [to “Hello, Who’s There?” 1968 Ealing, London UK)

Momus - Poison boy friend     (7single b-side [to “Right Hand Heart” 1988 Scotland, UK)

The Mystery Trend - Johnny Was a Good Boy     (7” single 1967 USA)

Terry Manning - Guess Things Happen That Way      (“Home Sweet Home” LP 1967 USA)

The Monkees - Daily Nightly [alternative version]     (“Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd” LP  1967 USA)

Witch Hats - Slow Eyes     (“Pleasure Syndrome” 2011 Melbourne, Australia)

Peanut Butter Conspiracy - It's a Happening Thing     (“The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Is Spreading” LP 1967  California USA)

Daddy Dewdrop - March of the White Corpuscles     (7” single 1972 Los Angeles, USA)

Murlocs - Control Freak     (“Loopholes”  2014 Melbourne, Australia)

New Dream - You've Got That Certain Style     (7” single b-side [to “Catchin’ Up On Fun”] 1969 Australia)

Blair Smith - Echoes     (7” single b-side [to “Vision of Molly”] 1968 USA)

Strawberry Alarm Clock - The Worlds on Fire     (“Incense and Peppermints” LP 1967 Los Angeles, USA)

And an extra clip, cos I felt like it!

The Story UK - Standing in the Rain  ("A Joy Ride on Memory Lane" 2011 UK) 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Technicolour Dreaming

And after an absence of nearly 3 months, The Cat finally returns to the airwaves, though without husband and partner-in-music, Peter Brat, who tragically passed away in July. All those who knew The Brat, whether personally, or by association with Three D Radio’s “Technicolour Dreaming”, “Obscured by …”, or his musical career, will surely agree that his death is great loss to music of all kinds, and especially his particular love, anything that could remotely be construed as psychedelic

Hats off to Harry and Michael Hunter, who have been keeping the Technicolour Dreaming driver’s seat warm this past couple of months & doing a fine job- the show must go on!

Needless to say, the “comeback show” featured many Cat and Brat faves from round the world, including The Fast Camels, Jim Noir, Nick Nicely, Thee Oh Sees, Vibravoid and Dolly Rocker Movement from the past decade, Roxy Music and Brian Eno from the 70’s, and many more. Particularly exciting is the news that Moon Duo will finally be playing in Adelaide in November, after their disappointing cancellation as the support for John Spencer Blues Explosion a while back. Hopefully an interview with Riley and Sanae is in the works when they get here - fingers crossed !

So …. until next week, here is the playlist plus associated visuals..... including footage of The Pretty Things performing “SF Sorrow” for the first time in its entirety, at Abbey Road Studios in 1998.

The Atlantics - Take A Trip     (“Collectibles” 2011 Australia)

High Learys - Letter to Alice     (CD single, 2015 Perth, Australia)

Fast Camels - 50 Things on your Mind     ("The Magic Optician" 2007 Glasgow, UK)

Nick Nicely - 49 Cigars     ("49 Cigars" EP 2015 UK)

Toy - Conductor      ("Join the Dots” 2013 UK)

The Moles - We are the Moles (pt 1)      (7" single 1968 UK)
Sand Pebbles - Elephant Gun      ("Atlantis Regrets Nothing" 2006 Australia)

Roxy Music - Out of the Blue     ("Country Life” LP 1974 UK)

Jim Noir - The Cheese of Jim's Command     ("Jimmy's Show" 2012 UK)

Halasan Bazar - Scroll Down     ("How to be Ever Happy" 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark)

The Mystic Tide - Psychedelic Journey Part 1     (7" single b-side [to "Frustration"] 1967 New York, USA)

Moon Duo - Slow Down Low     ("Shadow of the Sun” 2014 USA)

Dolly Rocker Movement - The Only One     ("Our Days Mind the Tyme" 2009 Australia) 

The Seed Coat - She was Happy     (“Adolescence” 2014 Stockholm, Sweden) 

Brian Eno - Dead Finks Don't Talk     ("Here Come the Warm Jets” LP  1973 UK)

July - Friendly Man     ("July" LP 1968 UK)

Pretty Things - SF Sorrow is Born     ("SF Sorrow" LP 1968 UK)

Baby Woodrose - Nothing is Real     ("Third Eye Surgery" 2012 Denmark)

Vibravoid - The White Ship  [HP Lovecraft]     ("Stepping Stone” 7” EP 2015 Dusseldorf, Germany)    
Galileo 7 - You're Not Dreaming     ("False Memory Lane" 2014 UK)

The Dead Heir - Wolves At my Door     (CD Single 2015 Melbourne, Australia)

The Who - Armenia City in the Sky     (“The Who Sell Out" LP 1967 UK)

Thee Oh Sees - Sticky Hulks     ("Mutilator Defeated at Last" 2015 USA)

And as an extra bit of eye candy, The Pretty Things performing their 1968 LP “SF Sorrow” in it’s entirety, at Abbey Road Studios in 1998, narrated by Arthur Brown -