13 From The 13th Floor | 7.13.21

13 From The 13th Floor | 7.13.21

by Rob Fitzpatrick on July 13, 2021
13 From The 13th Floor | 7.13.21

Jake Garcia of The Black Angels explores the sounds and history of the golden era of 1960s psych and rock & roll in 13 FROM THE 13TH FLOOR!

Stained Glass - A Scene in Between
Middle-Eastern influenced sounds from this San Jose, California 60’s garage group. This might have been what they thought “stained glass” actually sounded like?

Muddy Waters - Tom Cat
Fantastic! Muddy gets psychedelic and fuzzed out on his 5th record “Electric Mud” circa 1968. The backing band was a group called “Rotary Connection.” I was first drawn to this sound in 1996 when some old heads were blasting this from a record store out into the streets in Philadelphia, PA.

Hunger - Mind Machine
A fun psychedelic gem from Portland, Oregon circa 1968. The group relocated to LA and frequented the Sunset Strip where they gained a following from opening for The Doors and many others.

Animated Egg - Sock it My Way
Far-out sounds from this studio only Los Angeles, CA group circa 1967. The extreme guitars are really something special here. I discovered this record at one of our local record stores “End of an Ear” years ago; a really great record store to shop at next time you are here in Austin, Texas. Check them out!

Bubble Puppy - Hot Smoke and Sassafras
A group originally San Antonio, Texas that moved to Austin circa 1969. They were on the same label as The 13th Floor Elevators and gained a top 20 hit from this song making them the most successful band to ever be on “International Artists.”The band got their name from Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” and they would later become another fantastic group called “Demian.”

International Harvester - There Is No Other Place
A sinister riff that hammers all the way through to the end by this killer Swedish group circa 1969. They were influenced by minimalist composer Terry Riley and practiced repetitiveness, loops and drones in their music. In addition to music, the band was involved with Happenings, art and theater as part of a larger group collective. They often invited their audience to join on stage and collaborate with them.

Amanaz - Easy Street
The name of the song says it all! An easy, steady groove by fantastic Zambia group Amanaz circa 1975.

Kollektiv - Rambo Zambo
A wildly unique and talented improvisational German group that set out to experiment and push musical boundaries to the limits! and they recorded with home-made instruments! They toured all over Europe in a VW bus for 3 years before recording this on Brain Records in 1973.

Jean Pierre Mirouze - Sexopolis
Groovy French psychedelic lounge music circa 1971. Before July 2010 only the 45 of this track was available until someone found the acetate to the original soundtrack in a Parisian Dump! It’s now been released on Born Bad Records out of Paris. Unbelievable story that they saved this incredible music from the trash!

Eire Apparent - Morning Glory
The Irish band that Jimi Hendrix chose to produce and we can tell. He even played guitar on the track and they grew their hair out and dressed to look just like him. Released on Buddha Records in 1969, it’s a great record!

Guru Guru - Electric Junk
A psychedelic scorcher from a German group that ran in the same circles as “Can” and “Amon Duul” circa 1971. These guys were just incredible players and they once lived in a commune together where they spent their time experimenting with hallucinogens and jamming their music. I also dig their first record “UFO” a lot!

The Soft Machine - Hope For Happiness
A supergroup from Canterbury, UK who were the very first in their region to have a psychedelic sound. Sharing the same management as Jimi Hendrix, the band supported the Jimi Jendrix Experience’s North America tour throughout 1968. The band got their name “The Soft Machine” from a William S. Burroughs novel.

The Velvet Underground - Sister Ray
I can never get enough of this! At 17 minutes 29 seconds it’s the longest Velvet Underground song recorded. I’ve recently heard the isolated Lou Reed guitar track and it blew my mind!

Thanks for listening , until next time..
- Jake


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