Friday, February 19, 2010

TRÄD GRÄS & STENAR - Djungelns Lag 1971



Swedens Träd gräs och Stenar (trans: Trees grass and Stones) is perhaps the ultimate psychedelic underground long jam band. If you think Grateful Dead or Quicksilver are stretched out and psychedelic than these guys take things further on onto an entirly different level. Technically TGS isn't as good as perhaps GD or QMS, but when it comes to psychedelic sounds and vibe and spirtual depth (a rare commodity in rock music) these guys take no backseat to anyone. German bands were similar but the arty plastic vibe in their music hindered them from achiving this that TGS gets through. TGS has a minimalist base influenced by dudes like Terry Riley but unlike the German Psych bands these guys leaned more to SF and the long jam format and wasted Acid lead guitar vibe and this makes the TGS experience so unique. I have posted here their 2nd album Djungelns Lag (trans: law of the jungle) from 1971. It's a Lo-Fi live recording done during the bands Scandinavian tour. You get both short crude underground folk psych numbers and the bands legendery long jam psych outs that clock from 9 to 30+ minutes. Due to the extreme rareness of this album I urge all of you to actively share this to everyone who is into this vibe. Don't fear leeching etc, it's about the music. Have a trip you won't forget.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

FLÄSKET BRINNER 1971


This is a trip in wild jam based progressive Psych you won't soon forget. This is another cornerstone album when it comes to Swedish underground, real people Psych. Take Disraeli gears era Cream combine that with Grateful Deads 1968-69 era's wilder moves and include flute from Tull.. and top it off with some wild freaky jazz blow outs. This combined with that classic unique SWE hippie real people, underground vibe and you have an album that will blow ya socks off. These guys were top musicians and still they could combine that with a underground sound and vibe. Most guys like this fell victem to the high end studio progressive rock trap with plastic sounds that became the norm in the 80's, but not these guys..well their 2nd 2 Lp Fläsket 1972 is like that, the studio album atleast. The Live album is a keeper though. I've included "Grismakt"(Pig power) from that live album. Fläsket Brinner (trans: Pork is burning) first 2 tracks "Gånglåt"(trans: walking song) and "Tysta Finskan"(trans. Quiet Finnish woman) were recorded Live while they opened for Zappa. These tracks show case this bands amazing ability, passion and warm SWE psychedelic vibe in a way that will take your breath away to speak. The rest of the songs are shorter but just as good. This is a vinyl rip. There should be a Cd reissue now or a Cd boot or two. If you like this album I recommend you hear also Asoka (SWE) and Hurdy Gurdy(Den) they too played wild Hard psych like these guys. This band is another example of the greatness and uniqueness of the early 70's SWE Psych scene.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

MECKI MARK MEN 1967 (SWE)

Mecki Mark Men were Swedens first Psychedelia band and this debut album from 1967 is so psychedelic and wasted that even the hardcore of both US and German Psych bands would be green with envy. The base is jazzy avantgarde like rock with wasted out there vocals and psyched out structures combined with sitar drone. This is not garagey jingle jangle pop psych of 1967 but hardcore acid psychedelia that became more the norm in the late 60's and early 70's than in 1967. This debut album is a cornerstone of Swedish underground psychedelia. Both Mecki Bodemark (Vocals & organ) and Thomas Mera Gartz (drums, still active with Träd Gräs och Stenar) are among the founding fathers of Swedish psychelia. Enjoy this vinyl rip of Swedish Psych history. This blog will focus on underground psychelia which is both good and original.

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