Swan Fungus | Private Press
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Private Press

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    August 19, 2010

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    “Widely cited as one of the most important private press releases in all 1970s psychedelia, D.R. Hooker’s The Truth might actually be one of those obscure lost gems that’s worth the customarily inordinate amount of interest such period pieces are afforded. “D.R. Hooker was a man slightly askew with his time: from the robes he wears on the cover to the quasi mystical […]

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    August 13, 2010

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    This is another lost private-press gem, from a Texas singer/songwriter who is remembered for “looping, melodically through often surrealist lyrics with a strong Tim Buckley influence.” Another description drops the always-intriguing “downer” folk tag on this record, calling it “stark, edgy real-people loner vibe, reverb, acoustic instrumentation, occasional hand percussion, piano, harmonica, as that off-the-chain Texas feel that approaches solo Roky Erickson territory.” […]

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    August 12, 2010

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    The following review is taken from The Lama Reviews “Founded in 1971 by a couple of guys formerly with ABC/Dunhill, Tumbleweed Records went on to see some success with Danny Holien in 1972 and Michael Stanley’s debut LP in 1973. Judging by the talent roster the label was geared towards the rural rock solo artist and singer/songwriter style that was popular at the […]

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    July 21, 2010

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    There are exactly 18 results for a Google search of the combined terms “Tim Green” and “Music Of the Skies.” I’d say that makes this a relatively unknown album by Internet standards. Perfect for tonight’s installment of Treasures Of The Collector’s Slum! Music of The Skies was released in 1981 by the unknown songwriter Tim Green on a private label called Good Boy. […]

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    July 15, 2010

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    Here’s a phenomenal, classic private press LP that has been on my “want” list for some time now. I bought a really nice hand-numbered unofficial European re-issue last year at the WFMU Record Fair from the godfather of private press records, Paul Major. If you are searching for a real-deal re-issue, The brilliant minds at Guerssen have since re-issued the quintessential UFO-inspired masterpiece, […]

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    February 13, 2010

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    My first exposure to Yonkers came in my early music journalism days in college, when Sub Pop sent me a re-issue of the cult-classic LP Microminiature Love. This was back in, what, 2003? I wasn’t even 20 years old at the time, so it sounded like some of the most demented psychedelic music I had ever heard. Hell, I imagine those that heard […]

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    January 26, 2010

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    In the same vein as Todd’s With Love…From Me To You comes Rick Grossman and his Hot Romance LP. In fact, one might wonder — upon comparing the artwork for both albums — if these two gentleman are indeed one in the same. This 1978 private press album has a kind of cosmic sunshine pop feel to it. His vocal style and forced […]

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    January 23, 2010

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    Back in July of 2009 I wrote, “This is it. This is the holy grail. I’ve made it my business to seek out someone with a copy of this album to provide me with a recording I can share with you all. I know two or three off the top of my head, but this thing is…it’s pretty scarce, to say the least. […]

  • August 21, 2009

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    This one is…it’s just awesome. Look at that cover and tell me you wouldn’t empty your wallet to hear what the hell was stored in the grooves of this record. Pure gold, right? Albums like With Love…From Me To You are why I’ve so deeply fallen in love with “real people” records. The masterminds might not be the most masterful, the songwriting might […]

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    January 23, 2008

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    “This extremely obscure, self-released 1971 LP checks out pretty well, on paper: it was a one-off record of tragic love songs done in late ’60s psych pop style written and recorded by a teenager from Cyprus recently relocated to New York City. Heck, Middle Eastern psych, we can’t get enough! But when we actually heard it, at first it was a little hard […]