THE BLACK ANGELS – on casssette!

THE BLACK ANGELS - Directions To See A GhostTHE BLACK ANGELS - PassoverPsyche giants THE BLACK ANGELS have just re-issued two of their albums on Limited Edition (1500 copies) cassettes. Both ‘Directions To See A Ghost‘ and ‘Passover’ are available from the LOUD HORIZON RECORDS store. Both are sure to become collectors’ items, so go get ‘em!

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13th FLOOR ELEVATORS: The Complete Elevators’ 1A Singles Collection

13th FLOOR ELEVATORS - The Complete 1A Singles Collection

This little beauty arrived today and is available over at the LOUD HORIZON RECORDS store.

New and sealed, this is the complete Limited Edition Box Set, containing all seven of the band’s legendary 7″” vinyl singles PLUS a bonus 7″ of their pre-Elevators incarnation as The Spades. Each of the eight singles comes in a different coloured vinyl.

The singles come with their original designed labels and with large centre holes in the same fashion as the original issues.The glossy 7″ single-sized box also contains an info-packed insert.

This much sought-after set is currently going for silly-money on the likes of Discogs and other sites. Get it while you can!

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DARK HORSES

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Unfortunately, I’m going to have to miss the brilliant DARK HORSES play King Tuts in Glasgow tonight. As you can imagine, having banged on about them over two years ago, I am well gutted to say the least. But with tracks from their latest (second) album‘Hail Lucid State,’ receiving national airplay courtesy of Radio6 Music amongst others, I’m sure they’ll be back sometime in the not-too-distant future.

I’ll make sure I’m better organised then!

(You an buy a copy of their debut single ‘Radio’ over at the shop.)

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GERMAN MEASLES (of the good kind.)

VARIOUS ARTISTS - German Measles - Vol 2VARIOUS ARTISTS - German Measles - Vol 1These two little beauties have just arrived at LOUD HORIZON RECORDS.

Beat music may have been born in Britain, but it was schooled and nurtured in the dank clubs of the Reeperbahn, spawning a homegrown beat group scene that sprouted early and proliferated rapidly. By 1964, West Germany was a buzzing hive of beat music. The German record industry, which also commanded some of the best-equipped recording studios in the world, was quick to cash in on the new youth craze, churning out a steady stream of vinyl to the marketplace. Lost, forgotten, misplaced or ignored in this rash of releases was some of the most exciting rock ‘n’ roll music of the era.

On ‘German Measels‘, Cree Records / Bear Family digs deep to present some of the very best music to come out of Germany in the Sixties, some of it by fiendishly obscure groups who failed to make even the slightest dent outside of their home towns. Compiled and annotated by Mike and Anja Stax of ‘Ugly Things’ magazine, many of these tracks are seeing their first appearance on vinyl since the Sixties.

‘German Measles Vol. 1′: ‘Flames Of Love‘  (red cover) is a veritable inferno of raucous garage beat and moody punk R&B sounds with rare reelin’ and rockin’ tracks by The Blizzards, The Boots, The Pralins, Les Copains, The Starfighters, The Details and more.

Meanwhile, ‘German Measles Vol. 2′: ‘Sun Came Out At Seven‘ celebrates the beat scene’s thrilling evolution into the converging realms of Mod, harmony pop, freakbeat and the first blossoms of psychedelia, as demonstrated by mind-blowing cuts from The Petards, The Dukes, The Ones, Tony Hendrik Five, The Rags and The Chosen Few and more. Not to mention Der Hund von Baskerville, Cindy & Bert’s sensational, revved-up take on Black Sabbath’sParanoid.

Mastered from the original tapes and packaged with Bear Family‘s usual flair and style, complete with rare photos and track-by-track liner notes, ‘German Measles‘aims to spread this unique outbreak of Sixties sonic thrills to the world.

Both albums come on 180g vinyl and with gatefold sleeves.

Obscure … but quality!

 

 

 

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IT’S BACK!!

LOUD HORIZON Banner for Bandcamp

Yeah – the LOUD HORIZON blog is back!

Not in the same format as before – the blog will not as a matter of course be reviewing new music – but more in a manner of highlighting the music (principally vinyl, but also CD and cassette) that is available to buy through the related LOUD HORIZON RECORDS shop.

It’s taken ages to set up the shop, doing it on a ‘piecemeal’ basis over the past many months, but it’s now ready and test transactions have shown it to be operational at long last!

The aim is to stock ‘niche,’ products from the more ‘obscure’ end of the musical spectrum, if you like, as well as generally psych; psychedelic; 60s garage; punk; krautrock; experimental; Japanese underground; free jazz etc..

To kick things off though, and in ‘celebration’ of the site going ‘live’ there are many CDs and vinyl singles from artrock / indie / punk bands from the mid 2000s available at truly giveaway prices - from only £1 (+pp)

All products for sale, unless otherwise marked are new, most of which are sealed. Those few which aren’t were bought direct from the bands back in the day and remain unplayed. Guaranteed.

(Should there be any artists / bands / labels out there are reading this and would like to consider LOUD HORIZON RECORDS as a vehicle for selling their music, then please get in touch either via the contact form below, or by dropping an e-mail to loudhorizonrecords@gmail.com )

 

 

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THANK YOU …(and goodnight.)

Red and white.Red and white.Yup ….. that’s it – done!

Regular visitors will know that this year has been one of stop / start for LOUD HORIZON as I experimented with different things in an attempt to get the blog to where I wanted it.

But in truth, after seven years of writing, I am no longer sure of where that is / was! I really think that considering it’s a one-man-show, LOUD HORIZON has achieved all it’s ever going to. Its peaked! (Over the piece, there have been a few writers helping out, some more dependable than others …. my thanks to Kenneth John Porteous and Gary Moyes especially, but circumstances change and they moved on, as I must now do myself.)

So, in many ways reluctantly, I have decided that the blog is going on a very lo-o-o-ong hiatus. (When I win the lottery or retire – I know what will come first – I’ll definitely come back to it as I’ve loved every minute of writing about new / obscure music / bands.)

The blog itself has proved reasonably popular, rising to a ranking high of 63 in the Technorati Directory of over 13,000 music-related bogs worldwide. Generally-speaking it sat around the 200 (and better) mark, which was pretty respectable.

Quotes from the blog have been spotted in magazines; on press-releases; on album sleeves and even on a promotional video from the U.S. punk label, Epitaph!

It’s given me the opportunity to meet so many lovely people from the bands that I’ve featured both on LOUD HORIZON and ARTROCKER MAGAZINE. In fact, I can honestly say that I’ve not chatted with / interviewed any awkward types / prima-donnas at all. And when I think back to the early days and some of the cringeworthy things I asked of them, then the bands were obviously so patient with me!

It’s perhaps a little unfair to single a few bands out, but in particular the lads from BAD FOR LAZARUS were so easy to talk to; despite their on-stage antics and personas, the mighty BO NINGEN were true gentlemen; the effervescent COLLEEN CAFFEINE from Detroit punks CHOKING SUSAN was an absolute delight and ANDREA ZOLLO from the long-departed PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES was just so easy to chew the fat with. Even ERIC NALLY (Foxy Shazam) who has written songs for Meatloaf and had a bit of a ‘reputation’ was an absolute to gem and really interesting to speak with.

And of course, I really must mention the courageous POLY STYRENE (a punk idol of mine) who in spite of her ailing health and obvious discomfort, was happy to talk with me for best part of forty-five minutes.

I’m really proud to say that LOUD HORIZON was one of the first blogs / magazines to highlight the talents of several bands. Current ARTROCKER favourites THE SAVAGE NOMADS and THEATRE ROYAL were featured in the blog very early into their careers. Likewise, Irish mentalists FIGHT LIKE APES and Boston experimentalist / downbeat psych exponent, THE OCULAR AUDIO EXPERIMENT.  I was then able to get all four their first exposure in ARTROCKER. There were others, but I really need to retain a certain modicum of modesty!

All in all, contrary to some sanctimonious remarks on the blog’s Facebook page and one (unpublished!) comment on the blog itself, I feel I can take my leave safe in the knowledge that I’ve ‘done my bit,’ for ‘music,’ and the cause of ‘undiscovered’ bands and artists. Over the piece LOUD HORIZON has:

. opened its doors to numerous touring bands, providing alcohol; beds; showers; bacon butties & pizzas. Several became firm friends and returned on several occasions. (YOU SAY PARTY! And THE HOT PUPPIES in particular);

. contributed countless articles over a six year plus period to ARTROCKER MAGAZINE, affording many bands their first ‘mainstream’ coverage;

. written several thousand ‘reviews’ of new releases, helping raise (in the majority of cases!) the profile of the bands involved;

. introduced several bands to national radio stations that then played their recording(s);

. highlighted and become friends with bands from all over the world – especially Chile, Japan, Belgium, and of course USA and Canada.

Before I sign off though, I must give BIG thanks to all those who have supported LOUD HORIZON throughout the seven years or so. Obviously the bands and artists who have provided their music, much of which I still play to this day, but also to the numerous PR Companies who introduced me to much of their music in the first place. Cheers guys ‘n’ gals! It would have been a struggle without you.

But most of all, a big THANK YOU is due to all the blog visitors, many of whom I know were regulars / subscribers. 

So that’s it …. for the foreseeable future at least.

It’s been a blast.

THANK YOU & GOODNIGHT!

(There follows a small selection of some of my favourite sounds / bands that have featured on LOUD HORIZON. The second video features – @ 1:25 -well …..  let’s say no more!!)

COLIN

LOUD HORIZON

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CAVE

CAVE - 200 - November 2013Chicago psych-rockers CAVE have just completed the last leg of their USA tour, promoting their brilliant album ‘Threace.’

Formed in 2006, their influences were easily traced to the krautrock behemoths of the early Seventies – Can and Neu! amongst them. With this latest album though, whilst not dismissing their earlier inspirations, they seem to have coupled them with a bit of a Seventies Stoner vibe.

They recently took to the Chicago River, on a ‘party boat,” to blast out the songs from ‘Threace‘ one of which follows below.

And as if that wasn’t enough to convince you of this band’s pedigree, here’s another ….‘Shikaakwa.

CAVE could just be my new favourite band!

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