Friday, March 4, 2016

Head Medicine Weekly vol 7

Head Medicine Weekly
vol 7

sights and sounds for your eyeballs and earholes!
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The Claymation of Bruce Bickford

after posting a couple weeks ago about the animation of Chad VanGaalen, i started to think about the work of Bruce Bickford again, the legendary stop motion animator best known for his collaborations with Frank Zappa in the 1970s.  Bickford is one of the most visionary animators of all time with his metamorphosing hallucinations.  characters and settings merge, objects shrink and grow, and the cycle of birth, the struggle of life, and a gory death are a near constant theme.   i will probably post a more in-depth look at Bickford's career down the road, but until then go check out for more info, and here are some examples of his work:

parts 2 & 3 of Baby Snakes, one of his collaborations with Zappa, from 1979

the Monster Road documentary by Brett Ingram is a fascinating must-see look into this truly original talent.

Led Zeppelin in Bombay, India

ever since their beginning, Led Zeppelin held a long fascination with Indian music, and Jimmy Page in particular had an obsession with recording with local Indian musicians.  Zeppelin made several trips into India in the early 70s which finally culminated with Page and Plant's recording sessions in Bombay (now known as Mumbai) in March of 1972.  Ravi Shankar disciple Vijay Raghau Rao arranged for studio time with the Bombay Orchestra, a collection of local Bollywood musicians, at EMI Recording Studios, where versions of "Four Sticks" and "Friends" were rehearsed.   

on another trip later that year, Page and Plant wandered into the Slip Disc, a local Bombay nightclub, and jammed with the local acid rock bands to a small but raucous crowd.  the night has grown into legend to those who were there.

though heavily bootlegged over the decades, the sessions remained in Page's vault over the years and have only recently been dusted off, remastered, and officially released on the expanded Coda reissue. 

New Tunes

Black Mountain's "Florian Saucer Attack" from IV, video directed by Chad VanGaalen

Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band returns with another set of field recordings from rural Thailand on II from Innovative Leisure Records.  some of the most beautiful psychedelia around.

up and coming Japanese psych-rock heroes Kikagaku Moyo will be back with House in the Tall Grass, a new album released on May 13th by Guruguru Records.  
here is the first single, "Kogarashi."

Microscopic Creatures

odds n ends

the making of "Tomorrow Never Knows" with McCartney, Ringo, George, and George Martin

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