Sunday, February 19, 2012

Left Hand Monkey Wrench: A Burnt Psych Tribute to the Grateful Dead (Prophase Music)

Prophase Music is stoked to announce the release of the long rumored, eagerly awaited Left Hand Monkey Wrench: A Burnt Psych Tribute to the Grateful Dead.

Five plus years in the making, this 3LP and 2CD collect some of the world’s best underground psychedelic artists paying respect to the original acid band. From well known names to downright obscurities, each song resonates with the sort of individualised psychedelia the Dead brought to their own cover songs.

Pressed on red, white and blue vinyl with artwork from Birds of Maya’s Jason Killinger and curated by Nice Pooper Fanzine, Left Hand Monkey Wrench is uh, tripped out! Coming in 2012!

Philly/NYC instrumental trio the Notekillers turn in a blazing guitar heavy take on one of the Dead’s early originals with “Cream Puff War.”

Georgia by way of Philly mod rockers Photon Band twist “He’s Gone” into a bouncy sunny psych jam

Genre defying Aleister X walks out of the club and down “Shakedown Street.”

Iowa’s Mondo Drag visit the vaults for a watery perfect take on “Rosemary”

The lush Lehigh Valley organic sound of We Have Heaven swells and envelopes “China Cat Sunflower”

Chicago psych punks Plastic Crimewave Sound meet up with the ultimate paint peeling improv guitar hippie, Djin Aquarian of the Father Yod "thing" for “Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)”

Mellow down with the tri state area easiness of Twin Atlas as they make “The Wheel” all blurry.

Raunch the hell out with Philadelphia’s Birds of Maya on their ultra jam of the ultra Bobby “The Music Never Stopped”

Ethan Miller (Howlin Rain/Comets on Fire) crafts a slowed down epic out of “Til the Morning Comes”

Washington DC/Saturn’s Dark Sea Dream bleed “Fire on the Mountain” to the very essence of the riff and things turn utterly beautiful.

Japan’s psych heroes Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno make the sun come up in the West with a long, gorgeous take on “Eyes of the World”

Like a Fox hail from Philadelphia and turn “Cosmic Charlie” into a sound soaked shift changing blast from the noise pop future.

And what Grateful Dead tribute album would be complete with out a drum break? Kohoutek’s Nathan Bowles & Scott Verastro blast out and off with a “Drums” that will keep you twirling.

Croatia’s Seven that Spells rockets off with a precision take on “The Eleven”

Pouring High Water, a mysterious project from Japan turns in a slow motion drone epic with “Franklin’s Tower”

From NYC, La Otracina take “The Other One” into a tripped out metal prog war!

Things finish up with a smiling, life affirming take on “Ripple” from Baltimore’s Mopar Mountain Daredevils

Coming soon... stay tuned...

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Wooo hooo!Acid Mothers Temple Spring 2012 USA and Canada Tour dates... Not sure what the "last tour" part means, but I am super stoked that Tabata is now a full time member of the Melting Paraiso and will be playing guitar on this tour!!


Apr. 06 Dallas TX @ The Prophet Bar
Apr. 07 Kansas City MO @ The Riot Room
Apr. 08 Denver CO @ Larimer Lounge
Apr. 09 Salt Lake City UT @ Urban Lounge
Apr. 11 Tucson AZ @ Club Congress
Apr. 12 San Diego CA @ Soda Bar
Apr. 13 Los Angeles CA @ Echo
Apr. 14 San Francisco @ Bottom Of The Hill
Apr. 16 Portland OR @ Holocene
Apr. 17 Seattle WA @ The Tractor Tavern
Apr. 18 Vancouver BC @ The media Club
Apr. 21 Minneapolis MN @ 7th Street Entry
Apr. 22 Madison WI @ The Frequency
Apr. 23 Chicago IL @ Empty Bottle
Apr. 24 Cleveland Heights OH @ Grog Shop
Apr. 25 Detroit MI @ Magic Stick
Apr. 26 Toronto ON @ The Garrison
Apr. 27 Montreal QC @ Il Motore
Apr. 28 Allston MA @ Great Scott
Apr. 30 Brooklyn NY @ Knitting Factory
May. 01 New York NY @ Mercury Lounge
May. 02 Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda's
May. 03 Baltimore MD @ Ottobar
May. 04 Washington DC @ Red Palace
May. 05 Chapel Hill NC @ Local 506
May. 06 West Columbia SC @ New Brookland Tavern
May. 07 Atlanta GA @ Drunken Unicorn
May. 08 Birmingham AL @ Bottletree
May. 09 New Orleans LA @ One Eyed Jacks
May. 10 Houston TX @ Fitzgerald's
May. 11 San Antonio TX @ The Korova
May. 12 Austin TX @ The Mohawk

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. are
Tsuyama Atsushi : bass, voice, cosmic joker
Higashi Hiroshi : synthesizers, dancin'king
Shimura Koji : drums latino cool
Tabata Mitsuru : guitar, guitar synthesizer, maratab
Kawabata Makoto : guitar, speed guru
Justin "God" Waters : god