KikagakuMoyo: House In The Tall Grass
We’ve spent a good bit of time so far this year traipsing around Europe finding some admittedly sick Eurojams. This week I’m heading even further eastward to Asia where there are plenty of heady tunes to be found. The first album in this round is House in the Tall Grass, the newest from RecommNed alum, KikagakuMoyo. The Japanese jammers have really come a long way since blowing me away with their last full length. This one is a psych-folk epic, with a more mature gentle touch to go along with their heavy-duty jams. The sitar is still there, but a little more in the background, accentuating an all-around excellent album. Dig it.
Acid Guru Pond: Acid Guru Pond
You might need to check my math, but if you take one group of trippy longjammers and add a second group of the same, you get something that is exponentially trippy and jammy. Well, at least that’s the way it works out on Acid Guru Pond – a collaboration between Bardo Pond and Acid Mothers Temple & Guru Guru. For the 2016 incarnation of their Record Store Release series, Bardo Pond teamed up with the Japanese psych-rock masters for a true sum-of-their-parts affair. Over five tracks (each named for a single color), the ensemble creates brain-burrowing soundscapes of drone and ethereal melodies. This is some heavy shit, so make sure you’re prepared before diving in.
KhunNarin & The Electric Phin Band: II
Finally, we find ourselves back in Thailand checking out KhunNarin & the Electric Phin Band. Narin and his collective of Thai musicians were originally kind of just discovered doing their psychedelic wedding band thing and their first Recommned’d album was a raw, what-the-hell-is-this collection of otherworldly jams that found some worldwide acclaim (or at least an NPR piece). So, the question is whether they could follow that up with something as compelling. Thankfully, their aptly named II album carries over the unique, exotic grooves of the original discovery albeit in a decidedly more polished package. With just the right balance of native and Western sounds and homemade and traditional instruments, there’s still some magic in the Electric Phin Band.
A tradition continues this June for Widespread Panic.
New Hope rockers Ween have confirmed a pair of Midwest concerts leading up to their return to Red Rocks.
British electro-funk act Jamiroquai has confirmed their first show in New York City in over 12 years.
Umphrey’s McGee closed out a two-night stand at the Crystal Ballroom by welcoming out saxophonist Russell Scott for a Herbie Hancock cover.
A series of six co-headlining shows featuring Gov’t Mule and The Avett Brothers along with opener The Magpie Salute have been confirmed.
Listen to Widespread Panic dust off a Beatles cover for the first time in over 12 years as part of their first of three shows at The Theater At MGM National Harbor.