Hello, all, and a most happy Halloween. I figured I’d give a shout ‘n’ tout* to some of the blogs that keep me informed and fascinated and blown into the next goddamn week with psychedelic yumminess. That’s right, into the next week. I am currently in the future right now, and I can report that it’s pretty chill over here.
Enough of that. Here we go, in the totally arbitrary and frankly lazy order that the feeds are in my Google Reader:
exp etc: Not a whole lot going in the way of commentary (oftentimes you have to use a combination of the album art and the post’s tags to guess at what the album you’re downloading will sound like) but a pretty consistent flow of largely experimental psychedelia, noise, drone, jazz, and avant-garde jams. That isn’t all, not by a long shot, as they really cover all their bases.
Dr. Schluss’ Garage of Psychedelic Obscurities: A total classic, featuring witty, conversational ramblings on psychedelic music new and old (mostly old). Blessedly, Dr. Schluss avoids a lot of the barrel-scraping you find on a lot of blogs that revisit the 60s that seem to favor rarity over quality. None of that baseless snobbiness here! If he writes about it, it’s probably pretty damn good. Bonus points for the dual metrics he uses to rate albums (“Quality” and “Trip-O-Meter”).
soundweave: The blog generally focuses on post-metal and post-rock, but throws enough curveballs to keep it interesting. It’s basically the only blog I use that mines those areas, so it’s my go-to for keeping abreast there. Post frequency is down lately, but I’m not really one to complain, so…
Weed Temple: Weed Temple is my absolute jam. Jacob (aka Panzerfaust) posts primarily (but by no means exclusively) drone tapes. It’s a ridiculously rich resource for two reasons. First, you are not finding 90% of this music anywhere else, so you get a lot of absolutely left-field gems (like this brilliantly humid Ocelote Rojo record) that you wouldn’t have found any other way…unless you, too, maintain a blog focusing primarily (but by no means exclusively) on drone tapes.
Deleted Scenes,Forgotten Dreams [sic]: Thankfully, as of yesterday, they appear back after a two-month hiatus. It’s all beatless ambient drone and New Age bliss here, and the best, most comprehensive blog I’ve found that tackles that area. One minor quibble: They recommend everything as HIGHLY,HIGHLY RECOMMENDED [sic] which, like, is nice if you say that in contrast to other records, but if that’s your default comment, it’s kinda extraneous character typage, ya know? But the music on here is largely unimpeachable.
Sharing is Caring <3: Posting has currently been reduced to a trickle for the Sharing is Caring bro (lack of a consistent internet connection, apparently), which is a shame, because when his blog was kicking, it was a great catch-all resource. No real rhyme or reason to what was posted, but that was part of its necessary charm. Great for helping me break out of the psych/drone box I often find myself.
GLOWING RAW: This blog posts in batches, and when I wake up and see four unread GLOWING RAW posts, I feel like someone just showed up at my desk at work with a Taco 12-pack all just for me, you know? I feel all warm and special-like. Alex’s obsessions are minimal/dub techno & microhouse, ambient/drone, psych of all flavors and assorted other experimental genres. Though he doesn’t do much pigeonholing, he is a nearly peerless curator: Of all the blogs I follow, his is the one I trust almost instinctually.
Raven Sings the Blues: This guy posts what he likes, and he likes komische, psych folk, and garage rock. Well, two out of three ain’t bad. I scan all the posts and if I see “garage” anywhere in it I just pretend it didn’t exist, and with good reason: The other stuff he posts is largely spectacular.
WE FUCKING LOVE MUSIC: Yeah, they really do. Absolutely no genre-imposed limiting here. The last five albums posted include a popular film soundtrack, modern classical remixed by Detroit techno artists, a Ventures album, classical piano, and the Dismemberment Plan’s Emergency & I. That basically says all you need to know about this fantastic blog.
And that ought to do it! I follow a couple other magazine-type sites, but those are all the blogs. Have I missed any awesome ones? Lemme know!
*I totally thought I made this unfortunate phrase up. A Google search proves otherwise. Darn.