Monday, December 28, 2009

Tom Thumb - The Singles: A & B Sides

Long out of print comp of everything this great Wellington garage/psych/R&B band ever recorded -- including five never previously released tracks. You can get your info fix over at Antipodean Beat,, and Mysterex.

Whatcha Gonna Do About It 
Link removed -- back in print! Get it here.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Platter-Rack Raid with the Rayders

Not sure who came first:  The Platterrack, the hottest nightspot in mid-Sixties Auckland with residencies from the La De Da's and The Music Convention, or this light-weight 1965 beat gem from Auckland's (and then Hamilton's) The Rayders. At least half of these tunes are Rayders orginals. Contains two bonus tracks -- "I Cry" sourced (with photo of 7") from the Like Dynamite to Your Brain blog and the very excellent "Working Man" from Wild Things Vol. 2 16 Monaural Blasts of Wyld Kiwi Garage Pop 1966-1968. Great little poppy example of the propensity of sixties New Zealand bands to show off their versatility by getting rid of any orginality. Not to say that this album isn't a lot of fun -- just not particularly edgy (except for "Working Man" which is shit-hot, mate).

Little Egypt [link removed -- this album is available again on iTunes and Spotify]

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Space Farm - Live

One of at least six NZ bands with the word space in their name (the others that I can think of being Space Case [eighties jazz rock], Space Waltz [Alastair Riddell as NZiggy Stardust], Space Dust [nineties munted indie psych], Bailter Space [atmospheric interference caused by too close an association to the Clean and the Gordons], and Fatal Jelly Space [Auckland band, released EP 'Hole' on Flying Nun in 1990].

Guitarist Harvey Mann, at the time considered by many the heaviest guitarist in NZ (to the extent that during his tenure in the late days of The Brew, Doug Jerebine [Jesse Harper] switched to bass so Mann could play lead) formed Space Farm after the Underdogs fell apart, before following a similar path to Jerebine and redirecting his creative energy to his Krishna devotions.

This was a legitimate CD release from the early 2000s, now deleted, as are the reissues of their studio album.

Mann is God [link removed] This link has been removed, as copies of this are still available from

Thursday, December 17, 2009

No. 8 Wire - Psychedelia Without Drugs

The existing counterculture in late-60s New Zealand listened to the likes of Radio Hauraki as the ballooning consciousnesses -- some of those balloons filled with vegetal smoke, others with lukewarm,
slightly moist, air -- of the bands in the rest of the western world set their tape-echoes and phasers to "stoned."  They crowded round the American troops coming through the ports, where they heard even dirtier rock'n'roll and R&B. Having no native New Zealand soothing herbs, some resourceful Kiwis hinted inquiries to the soldiers. Some were even lucky enough to take a taste: "Awwww... yeah? My mate's brother tried it over in Aussie, and he said it was like..." While they might not yet have the drugs, for now they could get the drug music (though some of this stuff shows that they didn't really get it). So, slightly bewildered and beer-fuddled, they followed suit. And soon they got pretty good at it.

Compiled by John Baker, this record is sometimes called the third of his 'Wild Things: Wyld Kiwi Garage' series. It certainly seems to be the rarest -- I've seen one copy other than my own, and mine is damaged. I've replaced the damaged tracks with cleaner versions where available, but tracks like "Bengal Tiger" by the Brew (with Doug Jerebine, soon to leave his name behind when departing NZ shores for the UK, cutting a tape as Jessie Harper, "Guitar Absolution in the Shade of the Midnight Sun") I've never seen anywhere else, so yr stuck with my noisy copy.

Slightly Delic [Link Removed -- this is back in print, yeah! Renamed 'Number 8 Wire: 16 Trippy New Zealand Nuggets 1967-1969' on Particles, LP or CD]