Favorite albums of 2016
Music in 2016 was amazing! It was an exciting year for the psych scene where reverb soaked guitars with vintage sounds in mainstream music. The underground bands are getting bigger and their tours are getting more crowded. The trend of American psych bands having great tours in Europe continues as even smaller bands are now playing their music abroad.
The Biggest success for the psych scene was Desert Daze Music Festival in Joshua Tree California. It showcased 88 bands many from the west coast, specifically L.A. The list of bands was amazing including Thee Oh Sees, Black Angels, Godspeed You Black emperor, Television, L.A. Witch, La Luz, Night Beats, Brain Jonestown Massacre and many more. It was a multimedia art festival with a emphasis on great music for music lovers. Everyone is looking forward to next year.
On the downside of the scene is Levitation, formerly known as Austin Psych Fest was cancelled due to weather. The organization has announced no Levitation 2017; big time loss for this music community.
Lets dive into the music that spent the most time on my record player.
Allah-Las – Calico Review
Woods – Sun Eater in The River of Light
Night Beats – Who Sold My Generation
Thee Oh Sees- An Odd Entrances
Bombino – Azel
Heaters – Baptisita
Dead Coast – Shambolic
Heron Oblivion – Self-titled
Night Beats – Fuzz Club Live Sessions Vol. 1
David Bowie – BlackStar
L.A. Witch – Brian 7”
Steve Gunn – Eyes on the Lines
Acid Mother Temple and the Cosmic Inferno – Anthem of the Space
Suicide – Self-titled (reissue)
Acid Guru Pond
Thee Oh Sees – Live in San Fransisco
TAU – Tau Tau Tau
Our Solar System – In Time
Myrrors – Entranced Earth
Thee oh Sees – Weird Exits
Marissa Nadler – Strangers
Eerie Wanda – Hum
Favorite labels of 2017:
Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records
Sacred Bones Records
Fuzz Club Records
Sky Lantern Records
Cardinal Fuzz Records
Written by: Temple Rose
Temple Rose is a professional writer and musician in the band Black Satori (https://blacksatori.wordpress.com). He also blogs at https://psychrock.wordpress.com, https://transpersonalspirit.wordpress.com. He writes about music, science, psychology, yoga and holistic health; currently writing for a Minneapolis based essential oil company.