Jack Ellister In Session

Psych wizard Jack Ellister joins host Jason Barnard in the studio to present the second Strange Brew Session with exclusive material and tracks that shaped his career. 1. Jack Ellister – Awake (Strange Brew Exclusive, 2014) 2. Tomorrow – My White Bicycle (Single A-side, Parlophone, 1967) 3. The Hollies – Bus Stop (Single A-side, Parlophone, 1966) 4. Jimi […]

Allan Clarke – Would You Believe?

Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 19:24 | Category : Hollies
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As the lead singer of one of the greatest bands of all time, The Hollies, Allan Clarke sang and, in many cases,  wrote the songs that defined the sixties and seventies. However, he also carved out a critically acclaimed solo career and his new ‘Sideshow’ solo collection repackages many of those great recordings. It’s clear that to fully appreciate […]

Thomas Edisun’s Electric Light Bulb Band – The Red Day Album – Vinyl

Monday, 16 June 2014, 19:45 | Category : News
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By Jason Barnard Earlier this year I heard one of the great long lost recordings of the sixties – Thomas Edisun’s Electric Light Bulb Band – The Red Day Album. It now sees a vinyl release on rather splendid Guerssen label who originally discovered it. The recordings for ‘The Red Day Album’ were recorded over one weekend […]

Carl Douglas – Stampeding the Mod Scene – Part 1

Monday, 9 June 2014, 19:54 | Category : Articles
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Forty years ago this summer, Pye Records issued Carl Douglas’s disco anthem “Kung Fu Fighting” to an unsuspecting public. Shipped just as the chopsocky film craze was taking hold, the Jamaican singer’s best known recording initially struggled for airplay. However, by the tail end of 1974, the single had stormed to the top of the […]

Hi Fiction Science – Curious Yellow

Saturday, 7 June 2014, 12:51 | Category : Reviews
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Esoteric Recordings  Review by Jason Barnard  With an arresting front cover Hi Fiction Science’s second album ‘Curious Yellow’ instantly intrigues but nonetheless its contents take much longer to digest revealing hidden pleasures.  Like my favourite artists, Hi Fiction Science, draw from elements from the past (krautrock, psych, electronic) but create new, vibrant sounds to move […]

Octopus Syng – Reverberating Garden Number 7

Saturday, 7 June 2014, 11:54 | Category : Reviews
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(Mega Dodo) Review by Jason Banard Led by Jaire Pätäri, Finland’s Octopus Syng have been releasing psych-themed wonders for about 10 years and have recently released the new album, Reverberating Garden Number 7.  The whole long player has a retro psych sound with its’ excellent tracks well worth seeking out. Bringing some Jefferson Airplane sensibility […]