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From '50s NYC clubland, a Yma Sumac-inspired version of "Babalu" by jazz/calypso singer Phyllis Branch.
The radio showThe show is Lost Frequencies. Every Monday night from 9pm to 11pm (CST) on Marfa Public Radio I explore the atmospheric side of post-War music: bop & vocals, soul/R&B heartbreak, exotica & soundtrack moods, Latin jazz, oddball instrumentals, honky-tonk ballads, early electronics - even some dreamy '60s psychedelic pop. Tune in at Marfa Public Radio or at KRTS 93.5fm.
Category Archives: Psychedelic/Pop
The second installment of the Office Naps mix. More of my favorite ‘60s soft psychedelics and electronic pop. Office Naps Mix Spring 2007 Millennium, Prelude (7”, Columbia) Appletree Theatre, Hightower Square (7”, Verve Forecast) Joyride, Childhood’s End (Friend Sound, RCA) … Continue reading
Three Kandy-Kolored Klassics from the golden age of the psychedelic exploitation cash-in. Psychedelia was in full, gaudy blossom in 1967, and Los Angeles, entertainment engine of the solar system, was right there to capitalize. These particular instrumentals weren’t made for … Continue reading
Dreamy pop psychedelia, soundtrack gadgetry, and ’60s electronics: my version of the holidays. Merry Mix-mas! Office Naps Mix 2006 Johnny Harris Orchestra, Footprints on the Moon (7″, Warner Brothers) Scott Walker, It’s Raining Today (Scott 3, Smash) West Minist’r, Carnival … Continue reading
Various soft-lit psychedelic images – incense, forests, clouds, flowers, rain, flowers in the rain, to name a few – got tossed around pretty indiscriminately in the pop music charts for a few precious years, thanks in part to West Coast … Continue reading
No clever themes unite this week’s 1960’s psychedelic pop selections. Beyond being unapologetically British, that is. 1. Phil Cordell, Red Lady (Janus)Phil Cordell was a British folk-popster & songwriter who found greater (or, rather, relatively greater) fame in the 70’s … Continue reading
In that weird gray zone where American popular taste comingled with “ethnic” music, anything – even sitars – could happen. It may have been the Beatles who introduced it to the popular consciousness, but it took the muscle of the … Continue reading
Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco in the 1960s weren’t the sole province of psychedelic pop. This week we pack for the long trek to the psychedelic hinterlands. 1. Jazz Bend Me Blues Band, Lady Weaver (Algar) Things were different … Continue reading
1. Tomorrow’s World, When It’s All Over (Era) A California unknown. The vocal arrangements here are reminiscent of those of Curt Boettcher – the influential studio whiz behind West Coast pop productions by the Association, Sagittarius, Millennium and many others. … Continue reading