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 12, 2016

Technicolour Dreaming

Serendipity is a much-touted term, but when it happens, it really makes you realise that everything (in the musical world, anyway) is connected - sorry, I'm getting all mystical here! Quite unintentionally, my serendipitous connection this week is a fellow by the name of Allan Crockford - and he pulls all the strings together by being an original member of The Prisoners, producer of the first album by fellow-Medway scenesters The Dentists, and he's currently writing and performing with The Galileo 7. All bands which I played this week, with The Galileo 7 having just released their new album "Live-O-Graphic", which was recorded in a working lithographic press (in the workshop, not the actual press itself).

I don't normally do reviews, but these "nearly live" tracks are as good as it gets - compared to "really live", that is! A stupendous amount of energy drips from every cut - a touch faster than the originals, but every bit as accomplished. The swirling organ is a highlight, along with the precise vocal harmonies and pounding, volcanic drums and bass powering it all along - if this is "nearly live", then being at an actual performance would obviously be an event that will endure in the memory, for those ever lucky enough to see the band in the flesh (sadly, the Antipodes are a touch far away for me to get to a gig in the UK). This is The Galileo 7 as you've never heard them recorded before - and as fantastic an introduction to their back-catalogue as you could ever hope to own. And so endeth my rave.

Also on the show (phew, I'm out of breath - and words), I featured the first installment of the Mega Dodo Singles Club - 2 limited-edition slices of 7 inch vinyl goodness from The Octopus Syng and The Honey Pot (the former a lovely strawberry-red colour - I do love my coloured vinyl!), complete with a membership card, colour band picture-postcards, download cards, sticker and a tiny bee! And I'm not even going to get started on the "A Seance at Syd's" hardback book and double-CD combo (also from the nice people at Mega Dodo records) - think I might leave that til next week, so I can do it justice - it's just such a lovely thing to behold!
Ok, enough of this ranting - here's the playlist, with some moving pictures.... 

Vibravoid - What You Want  ("Psychedelic Blueprints: An Introspection of the Years 2000-2013" Dusseldorf, Germany 2016)
Robyn Hitchcock - I Want You (She's So Heavy) [Beatles] (7" split single [with Terry Edwards] 2011 UK)
Night Beats - The Other Side  ("Night Beats" 2011 Seattle, Washington USA)
The Octopus Syng - Flaming [Pink Floyd]  (7" single [b-side to "Reverberating Garden No. 7" ] 2016 Finland)
The Honey Pot - Lisa Dreams  (7" single 2016 UK)
The Galileo 7 - Don't Fly Too High  ("Live-O-Graphic" 2016 UK)
King Penguin - Thoughts and Words [Byrds]  ("A Seance at Syd's" 2 x CD and Book 2015 UK)
The Dentists - Burning the Thoughts From My Skin  (7" single [b-side to "Strawberries Are Growing in My Garden (And it's Wintertime)"] 2014 re-issue, The Medway, UK)
The Luck Of Eden Hall - Another High Speed Blowout  ("The Acceleration of Time" LP [to be released 1 June 2016] Chicago USA)
The Paperhead - She is Above Me  (7" single [b-side to "Pictures of Her Demise"] 2012 Nashville USA)
The Dead Skeletons - Psycho Dead  ("Live in Berlin" 2016 Reykjavik, Iceland)
Sproatley Smith - Pixieled ("A Seance at Syd's" 2 x CD and Book 2015 UK)
Beaulieu Porch - The Colour 55 ("A Seance at Syd's" 2 x CD and Book 2015 UK)
Balduin - Everything  ("Choose Balduin" 2011 Switzerland)
Jacco Gardner - Notus  (7" single [b-side to "The End of August"] 2013 Netherlands) 
Graham Day and the Forefathers - 30-60-90  (7"single  [b-side to "Love Me Lies"] 2014 UK)
Beaulieu Porch - Keep On Screaming  ("Beaulieu Porch" 2012 UK)
Chevalier Avante Garde - Young  (7" single 2011 Montreal, Canada)
Dark Ocean Colours - When Both Our Worlds Collide  (digital single 2013 Toledo, Ohio USA)
Torpa - Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Theme  (digital single 2013 UK)
Flavor Crystals - Ivan in the Park  ("Three" 2012 Minneapolis, USA)
Forever Pavot - Christophe Colombe  ("Forever Pavot" 7" EP 2014 Paris, France)
Happy Dagger - Waves  ("Happy Dagger" EP 2014 Portland, Oregon USA)
Has A Shadow - Can't Stop the Fall  ("Sky Is Hell Black" 2013 Guadalajara, Mexico) 
MIMICO - Man from Japan  ("MIMICO" 2013 Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
New Electric Ride - Bye Bye (Baton Rouge) ("Balloon Age" 2014 London UK)
Prince Ruperts Drops - This Evening's Arms  ("Run Slow" LP 2014 Brooklyn, New York USA)
Quilt - Open Eyes  ("New Hampshire Freaks" split 10" [with MMOSS] 2013 Boston, USA)

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