Nov 18, 2014

Order Yours Now!

This Just In:

Forced Exposure, the distributor of the new Children Of The Mushroom LP and CD, are now taking pre-orders. Release date for the album is set for December 3rd.

Click here to visit the site.

Here's the write-up:

"Though they only released one 45 during their existence, Children of the Mushroom epitomized the psychedelic garage sound coming out of California in the late '60s. Formed in Thousand Oaks by Jerry McMillen and Dennis Swanson, they evolved from a mid-'60s teen-beat band called The Captives. In 1967, they became Children of the Mushroom, a name which reflected their new psychedelic sound and image. The following year, they caught the attention of a couple of young producers, who signed the band for a 45 release. Recorded in 1968 for Soho Records, August Mademoiselle/You Can't Erase a Mirror is one of the masterpieces from the first psychedelic era: feedback, fuzz, organ, and mysterious vocals. Soon after, the band incorporated a new guitar player, shortened their name to The Mushroom and started playing in a more heavy psych vein, in a similar style to Iron Butterfly. This retrospective album includes both tracks from their monster 45, with sound taken from the master recordings, plus previously unreleased tracks by The Mushroom, recorded in 1968. These are raw, lo-fi home recordings with lots of fuzz guitar and organ. It's the sound of a psychedelic band in 1968 playing free and wild, without any producer or record label executive telling them what to do. An incredible document. Remastered sound. Fold-out colour insert with liner notes, interview with the band members, and rare photos."

Thanks to Dennis Swanson (COTM drummer) for this news!

Nov 17, 2014

Keeping in Touch

Now that winter is closing in on us (maybe our Tri-Counties will be blessed with a little rain...PLEASE?), I want to remind you to visit The CGCD Webpage for info and pix on all of your favorite bands. There's a lot of stuff over there, but I can always use more!

Also, don't forget to send in your upcoming gigs information. The Gigs Page gets a little lonely and I know a lot of your guys are still out there making the music happen!

Meanwhile, here's a pic Wade Johnson (BluCoats) posted of Gary Plyly's house ("Jam Central"), taken in February 1972. And guess what? I'm in the pic. You can barely see me in my pale green shirt. (Click to enlarge.) From left to right: Patrick Van Auken, Charity Carter, SK Waller, (unknown), Larry Wiseman, Gary Plyly, (unknown). If you know those other two guys' names, please leave them in a comment.

Stay warm and keep on keepin' on!