A quadruple shot of garage pop, with the emphasis leaning on melody this week; capping the post off with one of NY's premiere proto-prog bands. The jukebox plays on!

[MP3] A Passing Fancy - I'm Losing Tonight
Great song from this Canadian group that fizzled after only one album. This track was a regional hit but from the propulsive drumbeat and shuffle beat guitar this could have been much bigger. Melodic garage from the North at its finest.

[MP3] The Montanas - That's When Happiness Begins
This is becoming one of my favorite lost gems of late. Don't know much about the Montanas other than they released a few singles on Pye in the 60's but this tracks makes any surrounding information irrelevant. A catchy chorus and alternating bright upbeat guitar and snarling fuzz with soaring harmonies and hooks that you can shout along to. This is what made the 60's great!

[MP3] Music Emporium - Nam Myo Renge Kyo
This is a collectors band that has gotten some more recognition following the reissue of their sole album but for most this SoCal psych band would fall on deaf ears. Great organ driven West Coast psych with a spooky and incoherent chorus that could only be a product of the late 60's.

[MP3] Lothar and the Hand People - Sister Lonely
A later period track from the band with the best psych era name ever! The band's first album and early singles garner more attention mostly due to the inclusion of a Theremin on most songs, but this track off of Space Hymn breaks their usually light mood and gets into some excellent psych-tinged blues. Long live Lothar!

[MP3] Odyssey - Angel Dust
Searing late 60's psych from this New York band who relied on heavy fuzz and an Organ sound that heralded the rising of prog. This one is a true dose of psych excess as the driving track gives way to an extended drum solo that gives way to a bass workout! Seriously when was the last time a band laid a superfluous drum solo into a track today? A classic nonetheless.
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posted by dissensous at 9:51:00 AM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice, very nice. I'd already heard that Montanas song because it was on the iTunes garage rock playlist, amazing song. All round great this week. Keep it up

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That passing fancy song has the nastiest guitar lick... awesome stuff!

12:50 PM  

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