News & Nuggets

*MARCH 12, 2005*  Posted to the Texas '60's Music Refugee eList: "There is a new book, 13th Floor Elevators: A Photographic History of Easter Everywhere being released at South by Southwest next week.  For those who are attending, Roky will be signing the book on Thursday, March 17 at 3:30 PM at the SXSW 2005 Tradeshow at the Austin Convention Center.  If you can't attend the book signing, the book can be purchased online.   This new book contains never seen before photos of The 13th Floor Elevators. Included are both live performance shots and photos taken in the studio during the recording of the legendary record, Easter Everywhere.  There are many rarities such as a two-page color spread of the only known photo of all five Elevators that recorded Easter Everywhere photographed together.  Also included are new interviews with Roky Erickson, Danny Thomas, a never before published mini-interview with Tommy Hall and a letter to Elevators fans from Clementine Hall.  This is a limited edition book was designed to provide the highest quality reproduction of these amazing photos.  Most of the images are 8 1/2" X 11" in size."

*MARCH 11, 2005*  Before Edward James Olmos (if you don't know the name, you know the face - he's currently starring in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) became a popular actor, he was lead singer for The Pacific Ocean, a popular '60's rock band that frequently played the famed Sunset Strip.  Coming June 1st is Walk Don't Run, a new book written by Olmos' pal (and Pacific Ocean drummer) Rusty Johnson on the successes and struggles of the band in the 1960's.  Check out the site for photos, and a sample chapter.  Looks like a very interesting read...

*MARCH 11, 2005* Here are the "Class of 2005" Hall of Fame inductees.  In Iowa, The Last Chapter, Jags, Mustangs, Senders, Truth & Janey, SOULution, Rhythm's Children, Spartans, Larry Dowd & The Rock-A-Tones, and Roarin' Red Dogs (special out of state inductees).  The cermony is scheduled for the weekend of September 3rd - 5th in Arnolds Park on West Lake Okoboji...In Minnesota: The Fendermen, Marvelous Marauders, Crow, Canoise, Castaways, and Epicureans.

*MARCH 11, 2005*  A Tribute to Steve Dodge is scheduled on Sunday, March 20th, at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix.  Dodge, who passed away last year, was a member of Phoenix band The Vibratros (and Frantics).  In addition to performances by three Vibratos, members of Phil & The Frantics, P-Nut Butter, Sonics, and The Unusual Us are all expected to attend.  And be on the lookout (via eBay) of an upcoming CD, an Epiphany release on the Mascot label: Tonight Only: Battle of the Bands between The Vibratos and P-Nut Butter (featuring the music of the two house bands that played Jack Curtis' VIP Club on 7th Street).  All profits on this release will be donated to The Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame in Steve's name.  You can check out the cover in the Release Dates section.

*MARCH 10, 2005*  It looks like the rumors were true.  The great Zakary Thaks have been added to Ponderosa Stomp #4

Scene from recently discovered Jim Morrison film
*MARCH 10, 2005* From a Brendan Farrington penned article for the Associated Press: "Before The Doors' Jim Morrison made it as a rock singer, he wanted to make films. Now, 34 years after his death, the state of Florida has found and restored what it believes to be the earliest film of Morrison, shot in the early '60s when he attended Florida State University. It was discovered when the Department of State went through 1,000 films in its archive...The clip was discovered last year among films WFSU, a PBS station operated by the university, donated to the state in 1989 and was recently posted to the state's film archive Web site after being digitally converted. It will air on VH1 this Friday....'To see that this may very well be the very first video footage of Jim Morrison just shows you we have such a rich history in our state,' said Secretary of State Glenda Hood, who said she was a Doors fan. 'Isn't it exciting to know that he is part of Florida State University history and part of Florida history and now people can experience this?'"

*MARCH 9, 2005*  Alec Palao kindly provided some information on his latest projects.  Coming real soon from Big Beat are the two newest Nuggets From The Golden State titles: "THE PEANUT BUTTER CONSPIRACY - SPREADING FROM THE ASHES due on Big Beat for April...Traces the development of this consummate West Coast group from their folk rock roots as The Ashes in 1965, through to a remarkably prolific peak in 1967, when the band's songwriting team was producing far more material than could fit onto their regular releases. 26 tracks recorded 1965-1967 and all new to CD, including 19 previously unissued....THE CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND - MELTS IN YOUR BRAIN, NOT ON YOUR WRIST due on Big Beat for May...Comprehensive 2-CD survey of the San Jose garage kings career 1965-1967, featuring every track the band released/recorded in upgraded sound quality and with several alternate/unissued versions. The 2-CD compilation is neatly divided between the 'real' Watchband and the 'studio' Watchband, to finally explain the mystery behind those later album cuts. Deluxe booklet with mostly unseen photos and comments from all the band members and producer Ed Cobb....Finally...THE BEAU BRUMMELS - MAGIC HOLLOW release probably in April or May (not on Ace/Big Beat, rather Rhino Handmade).   Magic Hollow's producers - and major Brummels fans - Alec Palao and Andrew Sandoval have left no stone unturned in making this lavish and exhaustive 4-CD anthology the last word on the Beau Brummels' legacy. Across 113 tracks, it traces the original group's career via hit singles, album tracks, B-sides and other rarities, from their very first studio demos, pre-Autumn Records, in 1964, to outtakes from the acts final acclaimed long-player, 1968's Bradley's Barn. Indeed, a full 42 cuts are unissued, many from the later Warner Brothers era, when the Brummels recorded a tremendous amount of stellar material that never saw the light of day. The music is accompanied by an extensive chronology and music guide by Alec Palao, assembled with the full co-operation of the band and their associates, in addition to many rare and unpublished photos from the archive."

*MARCH 5, 2005*  Oldies.com is advertising a Cameo Parkway Story (1957-1967)  4-CD Box Set scheduled for release on May 3rd by ABCKO.  Artists of interest include The GTOs, Terry Knight & The Pack, ? & The Mysterians, Ohio Express, Bob Seger & The Last Heard, and The Rationals.  Hopefully this opens the doors to complete retrospectives on the above (and other) groups.

*MARCH 4, 2005*  The online edition of the Albuquerque Tribune features an excellent interview with the Lance Monthly's Dick StewartKing Richard & The Knights, and the '60's Albuquerque scene in general.  Written by Ollie Reed, Jr., the article is great reading...

*FEBRUARY 28, 2005* Sundazed's April reissues include the promised CD reissues, with bonus tracks, of three Davie Allan & The Arrows LPs: Apache '65, Blues Theme, and The Cycle-Delic Sounds Of.  All three are mastered from the original Tower label mono masters, and include comprehensive liner notes, rare photos, and interviews with Davie.  Also slated for April is The Byrds: Another Dimension, a collection of "unheard recordings and alternate versions of recordings from the legendary 5D sessions."  Available on limited edition deluxe gatefold double 10" 33 1/3 vinyl, the release will contain photos from the transcription of The Byrds press conference circa 1966, featuring Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Byrds publicist Derek Taylor.

*FEBRUARY 28, 2005*  Michael Greisman of Cicadelic Records provided additional information on the in-development Blue Things boxed set: "I count about thirty plus previously unreleased masters/songs/takes, which would include source masters for previous material that was on acetate only.  That includes all eight Damon acetate sides of the band as The Blueboys, the previously unreleased 1965-1966 Audio House session masters , I Can't Have Yesterday Audio House rehearsal tape, etc.  There (will) also be many previously unseen photos."

*FEBRUARY 27, 2005*  Some independent CD releases to look foward to and coming in the next few months - and all being assembled by members of the bands - include: Four More (Jerry Chandler and the group responsible for the classic Problem Child has several unreleased recordings from '66 and '67.  The band is also preparing an official website in which to make the CDs available); The Tears (RT Salazar's great Bay area group is compiling an Anthology including unreleased recordings as well as a single by The Oxford Circle that he and his brother Bob provided backing vocals for); and The D-Men / Fifth Estate (Ken "Furvus" Evans is preparing two different CDs: a "Best of" and an entire CD of previously unheard performances recorded live by the band that hit it big with Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead).  We'll provide all the information needed in order to purchase copies as soon as the details have been finalized.

Upcoming Seeds Gig in Asbury Park, New Jersey

*REVIEW* In our Feature Films Cameos section you'll find a listing for ONCE UPON A COFFEEHOUSE, an obscure 1964 film that featured an appearance by The GoldeBriars. It was with great surprise, then, when we were contacted by Dottie Holmberg-Waddell, a founding member of The GoldeBriars. Dottie has completed an eBook detailing her two year stint (1963-1965) in the 1960's folk-rock group, and was kind enough to send us a copy. Titled Whatever Happened To Jezebel?, the eBook is an incredibly complete and thorough history of the band. Fondly remembered today by collectors of 1960's "sunshine" or "harmony" pop, The GoldeBriars consisted of Dottie, sister Sherie, Ron Neilsen and Curt Boetcher whom, of course, would practically revolutionize the "sunshine pop" genre through his later work with The Millenium, The Ballroom, and Sagittarius. Since the disc focuses primarily and largely on the short two year period that the group was in existence, there is plenty of space to include scores of photos (personal and publicity, performance and behind the scenes), newspaper articles, clippings, and song lyrics and - if that wasn't enough - Hopscotch, a 1966 solo effort that was not included on Sometimes Happy Times, Sundazed's CD compilation of Dottie's '60's recordings. Told in loving detail, the story recounts the highs and the lows of life with the band (which at one time also included Ron Edgar, who would leave their ranks to join Sean Bonniwell and Keith Olsen, Sheri's husband!, in The Music Machine) and, quite interestingly, includes several "fast forward" trivia items...Dottie's current comments about events told from today's perspective. Collectors and historians will no doubt revel in the information provided regarding the band's unreleased third LP (as well as info on their two released Epic LPs) and filmography buffs will be intrigued to learn that they were slated for appearances on SHINDIG, HULLABALOO, and THE SAM RIDDLE SHOW (though it's not clear whether they actually performed). In fact, the highlight of the entire presentation, in our opinion, has to be the 1964 performance clip of The GoldeBriar's performing Saro Jane on ABC-TV's HOOTENANNY! Though The GoldeBriars' were miles from the garage band sound that we all know and love, we confidentally recommend this eBook to all collectors and fans of 1960's pop and rock music. We wish that similar books were available on more bands of the 1960's music scene. To order the story of the band whose sound Mama Cass admitted to stealing, check out Dottie's website. DVD copies of ONCE UPON A COFFEEHOUSE are also available for sale via the site.

*COMING SOON!*  Despite rumors indicating that The Ikon Records Story will be an Ace/Big Beat release, it is still scheduled for release by Frantic Records.  Compiler Joey D. (along with Alec Palao) informed us that "we just located Eirik Wangberg (Ikon engineer  for Oxford Circle, New Breed, Public Nuisance, Peace Pipe, etc.) and he is transferring more unreleased Ikon tapes  '65-'66, so keep your fingers crossed that it'll be more killer stuff! We should have the transfers in the next two weeks...so we'll just have to kick off more marginal stuff on the CD if the recordings are great. We can only fit 60 songs on two CDs, but we have around 80-90 songs total. I'll probably offer the leftovers on a CD-R for cheap in the back of the Ikon booklet (which will be 28-pages and in full color).  We are leasing 28 of the tracks to Tim Warren and he'll be putting out a double gatefold LP on Crypt Records. It'll come out at the same time."  We'll of course keep you posted on the progress.  It's only January...but this is quickly shaping up as the release of 2005...

*FEBRUARY 26, 2005*  Steve Kuppinger of The Graveyard Five (Marble Orchard) provided us an update on a new band he is forming.  Tentatively named The Nature of the Beast, the group is "practicing Pink Floyd, Joe Walsh, Black Sabbath, Bad Finger, and all the old Graveyard Five songs.  The new lead player for The Nature Of The Beast is so much better the Louis Shriner that it still shocks me to hear him. His name is Dan Templeton.  He was our young roadie for the old band, and is Dave the drummer's brother.  As I wrote most of the lyrics for all the old songs, we can play all of them with no problem of being sued...I have changed some of the lyrics, but all in all they are the same songs and we will be playing all of them when we hit the road - including Stay By My Grave, which was on a master but never released.  I have changed the name to Stay By My Side.  We practice every Saturday, and this band - as the old band did - has it's own sound. If our music gets out, it is going to change the whole music scene.  I think what the bands today have forgotten is they are not playing rock and roll, we are going to bring rock and roll back into the music scene."  Amen...

*FEBRUARY 25, 2005* Ponderosa Stomp #4 is scheduled for April 27th and April 27th at the Rock'n Bowl in New Orleans and will again feature an appearance by The Bad Roads.  Other acts of interest slated to appear include Link Wray, Roy Head, Arch Hall, Jr. and Nokie Edwards of The Ventures.

*FEBRUARY 22, 2005*  You're Gonna Miss Me, a documentary on Roky Erickson of The 13th Floor Elevators, will be screened at the South By Southwest Film Festival in mid-March.  Directed by Keven McAlester, the film features contributions from RokyEvelyn Erickson, Sumner Erickson and special appearances by Billy Gibbons, Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Byron Coley, and Gibby Haynes.  The synopsis? "Outside Austin, Texas, a 53-year-old man sits in an apartment listening to four radios, three televisions, a radio scanner, and a Casio electric piano. At the same time. Loudly. His hair is matted and he has a notarized document on the wall declaring himself an alien. Thirty years earlier, Roger Kynard 'Roky' Erickson was a rock-and-roll icon: A manic white-blues singer fronted The 13th Floor Elevators, a band considered by many to be the creators of psychedelic music."

*FEBRUARY 22, 2005*  According to a post by Sean Bonniwell to his e-group, "It was my pleasure to speak with Ron Edgar recently.  He passed along a rumor given to him by Mark Landon a few days ago. It seems Art LaBoe and Brian Ross are developing a double CD release of Music Machine outtakes which will include 'in session' comments and studio conversations...this is all that's known at this time. Updates will be forthcoming as info is received."  We'll print the updates when Sean relays them on...

*FEBRUARY 22, 2005* Mojo Magazine's February "Special" is devoted to Pschedelic Music, and promises to be the "ulitmate guide to the music that blew our minds."  The issue features articles on cover boy Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Who, The Beatles, Cream, The Kinks, The Grateful Dead, The Small Faces.  With unseen photos, new interviews, and eyewitness accounts it could be worth checking out.

*FEBRUARY 19, 2005* We've just been informed that Sky Saxon & The Seeds' Euopean Tour has been pushed back until June, 2005.  We'll provide updates as they become available.

*FEBRUARY 18, 2005* Another new website to check the progess on is devoted to the Sunset Strip.  Coming in Spring, the site promises "the ultimate in multimedia - featuring webcasts, radio, exclusive archive footage, photo & art galleries, merchandise, and daily global updates from the entertainment world."  The coolest feature, however, is suppsed to allow the visitor a virtual walk down the strip - and the ability to select a club, an era (1960's for example) and the band that is performing.  We're not sure which clubs or groups will be represented, but we'll provide updates as we receive them.

*FEBRUARY 17, 2005*  A new website is now online for the in-development book, Playin' The Peninsula: Garage and Teen Center Bands of the I-4 Corridor by Susie Martin-Rott.  According to the site, "The I-4 Corridor is a loose term to distinguish the areas from Daytona to St Pete/Clearwater" (Florida).  If you were in a band that played along the I-4 Corridor from roughly '65-'72 - or know somebody else who was - get in touch with Susie at the website and have your/their information documented.

*FEBRUARY 11, 2005*  A couple of noteworthy releases that are in preparation but that we don't yet have final details for include a "complete" Blue Things box set on Cicadelic Records.  Mike Chapman of The Blue Things is now involved, and the set promises plenty of alternate takes, different mixes, and possibly more unreleased songs not found previously on Cicadelic's earlier Blue Things sets.  And scheduled for March release (on Big Beat?) is a two-CD set of the "complete" Chocolate Watchband (1965-1967), reportedly including previously unreleased material.  Tentative title is Melts In Your Brain...Not In Your Wrist.  As soon as we receive more definitive info on either release we'll be sure to print it.

*FEBRUARY 3, 2005*  In addition to The Uglies reunion (see poster above), the Norwich Bulletin reports that the Municipal meetings Great Garage Band Reunion is set for February 12th at the Laurel House Restaurant in Dayville, CT.  All proceeds will benefit the hospital's Deary Memorial Cancer Fund.  The garage band in question was "originally formed in 1964 and was known as The Continentals. It later changed to The Rogues. While college and the Vietnam War broke up the band in 1966, four of its original members recently reunited and are joined by nine friends to create the new band."  You can read more here.

*JANUARY 29, 2005* Roctober #39 features an excellent interview by John Battles with Justin Pomeroy, Mike Peterson, and Alex Wald of Chicago's Dirty Wurds (Why).  The interview touches upon the band's blues influences, the clubs they played, other Chicago groups, their high school performance being cut short by the principal (with reproductions of newpapers articles of the time), and several other interesting highpoints and is accompanied by some nice photos.  Well worth seeking out...

*JANUARY 26, 2005*  Andy Patterson and Dave Strickland have just launched a website devoted to Georgia's Bushmen.  It's not 100% complete yet, but it promises to be a thorough and excellent source of information on the band.  There are already some great photos added, and some good trivia on the group.  There will also be an "Other Bands" page that will feature stories and photos of Strange Bedfellows from Albany, The Roemans, Candymen, Eddie Middleton from Macon (released a 45 called the Waffle House Shuffle), Doodle Faulk, Mouse and The Boys, Illusions, Tropics, Nightcrawlers, Dalton Gang and others.

*JANUARY 26, 2005*  Mouse and The Boys will play one more public reunion concert and dance next July 30th in Jacksonville. Tickets will go on sale next month and will be available online and by credit card payment.  The tickets will be sold on a first come/first served basis and another sellout is expected. Check out the band's website beginning in February for complete information.

*JANUARY 25, 2005* We've received word that Sky 'Sunlight' Saxon and The Seeds are gearing up for a Spring tour of Europe.  Prior to that, however, the band will make several domestic appearances, including at The Casbah in San Diego on February 3rd; at The Warepad in San Francisco on February 4th; and in Bakersfield on February 5th.  In addition, they'll close out the month with appearances in New Jersey on the 26th (at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, New Jersey at 10:00PM) and in New York at The Knitting Factory on February 27th.  Tentative plans for the European tour call for shows in March and April in probably England (Birmingham), France, Germany, and Ireland/Scotland - all in support of the group's very well received (including a rave review by Lenny Helsing in Shindig) recent CD release, Red Planet. For  more information, visit Sky's personal website or the band's website.  You can also sample some songs from the CD on the Rock3 Radio Network (search in "Classic Rock").

*JANUARY 17, 2005*  North-of-the-border garage fans take note:  Superoldies.com is now accepting pre-orders for their Eagle Records Collection (limited edition of 500 CDs):  "Through exclusive arrangement with Eagle Records co-founder Wes Nowosad, Super Oldies proudly presents the long awaited legit CD release of a complete compilation of Winnipeg’s rockinest groups from the 1960s."  Some highlights: "First ever complete collection of the various rock groups that recorded for the Eagle Records label of Winnipeg, Manitoba...80 minutes of digitally remastered music featuring transfers from the 7˝ and 15 ips master tapes...Contains tracks that were not previously on the Voxx LP from 1983...Six-page booklet packed with comprehensive notes, discography, updated group info and rare photos...The clarity of these songs is spectacular, and considering the condition of the master tapes (not good) this will be the last time such a collection of these tracks will be released."  Featured groups include The Quid, Satan & The D-Men, The Shondels, The Shags, The Trippers, The Pallbearers, Good Fortune, and Gettysbyrg Address.  The CD will sell for $12.00 U.S. funds (plus $2.00 postage) and the release date is March 1st.

*JANUARY 14, 2005*  The three night Le Beat Bespoke will be held over Easter weekend at The Rocket in London.  Legendary acts scheduled to appear include Love (with Arthur Lee and origianl guitarist Johnny Echols), The Chocolate Watchband, and The Yardbirds and favorites The Fuzztones, Loons (with Mike Stax), Thee Exciters, Buff Medways, and more.  Click here for more information and to view the complete program.

*JANUARY 11, 2005*  Rev-Ola has January 31st slated for H.P. Lovecraft: Dreams In The Witch House, a CD containing the band's complete recordings - including the radio edit of The White Ship and the "phased to the max" single mix of Keeper Of The Keys.  The package promises unseen photos, interviews with band members, and reprints of psychedelic posters.

*JANUARY 8, 2005*  SHINDIG #7, featuring Grapefruit, The Ace Of Cups, The Mike Stuart Span, The Thunderbolts, New Buffalo Springfield, The Yellow Payges, The Yellow Balloon, Freakrock, The Barracudas, John Carter's 'Mythological Sunday' and more  is also scheduled to be printed later this month.  And the CD We Set The Scene: The Gospel According to Shindig!, 24 Choice Cuts 1966-1974 ,compiled by SHINDIG colleagues Andy Morten and Jon 'Mojo' Mills, hits the stores on January 24th.  Visit the Shindig website for more information.
*JANUARY 6, 2005* MISTY LANE #19 is now scheduled to be published later this month.  The 150 page issue will be jam packed with articles and interviews with numerous '60's garage and psych bands, including Richard & The Young Lions, The Blazers, The Soup Greens, The Limits, The Legions, 13th Floor Elevators, Preachers, Monuments, Mouse & The Boys, Purple Gang, King's Ransom, Euphoria's Id, and more.  Also included will be a CD featuring the music of many of the above bands, and others.  Visit Misty Lane's website for more information.

*JANUARY 3, 2005* John Orlich of The Stuart Avery Assemblage is preparing a CD worth of the band's unreleased recordings and will be offering it for sale shortly.  Part of the "second-tier" of Detroit rock bands of the 1960's (you can read an interview with John in January's Lance Monthly), The Stuart Avery Assemblage formed in 1967 and later recorded an LP.  The CD consists of basement recordings and studio outtakes, and will retail for $15.00.  You can email John directly for ordering instructions or for additional information.