One of the more profound conclusions I've arrived at over the last several years involves acknowledging the hyper-potency emanating forth from works of art heavily influenced by various, yet seemingly disparate, spiritual disciplines. Rather than relying on a single monotheistic dogma, I've found that taking in the writings of say, Grant Morrison, or the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky -- which draw their inspiration from a tireless study of both ancient and new age concepts -- actually transforms my psychic reality in a surprisingly coherent manner that I once thought unimaginable. It's as if by triangulating data about exotic states of consciousness and reconfiguring them as entertainment, the artist is tapping into common and objective truths about the cerebral multiverse which possess the ability to impregnate my psyche with the ability to boldly transcend consensus reality.

Which brings me to Midday Veil's brilliant and much-anticipated studio full-length LP (well, as a full band anyway), Eyes All Around, which has a title and album art that pays tribute to The Thousand-Eyed God Within experience, which is one of the most commonly reported of psychedelic hallucinations. Since so many people, including myself, have experienced such eerily similar ecstatic visions over the last several thousand years, at what point do we, as a culture, have to acknowledge that they fall far beyond the veil of subjective hallucination? These are all pertinent questions, as our species rockets toward what Terrence Mckenna referred to as, "the great singularity," with an increasingly ferocious rapidity.

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Jupe Jupe's Invaders is a fun dance album that would appeal to anyone that loves the '80s and throbbing beats. There's a very strong '80s sound, especially in the first half of the album, which has heavy Depeche Mode stylings, including low, moody vocals....

I'm not sure anyone's writing shit about the dizzying spiritual discontent of the information/overpopulation age quite as effectively as Black Mountain's Stephen McBean. Dude just sounds like he's so far out there he couldn't give a fuck, and maybe that's something people should latch onto. Sure there's a frightening new display of tragicomedy lurking around ever corner these days, but you've got to maintain; you've just got to freaking maintain. Count back from ten slowly. We've got electric guitars; we've got vintage synths. We've got videos about psychic witches. Ride the wave. Everything's going to be okay.

Thanks, bro. I was really starting to lose it there with all this economic disaster warmongering bullshit. Now I'm back in a good place. The blues heal, I think I see what you're saying.

 

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This year's Bumbershoot may have been a bit smaller, rainier, and less musically-sophisticated than it usually is, but that doesn't mean there weren't some amazing performances. Here are some of the best from this year's lineup.

 

Baroness

While Mastodon may get all the grandiose hype for their concept albums about a plot that makes David Lynch's films look like a childrens' films, the real American metal torch is being silently carried by Baroness... or... less silently and more in a mind-blowing, aggressively gorgeous style. Blue Record received a ton of acclaim, which all justified. And Baroness, like all good metal bands, are able to take the intensity of the studio and ratchet it up on the live stage to absurd proportions. In a festival that tends to lack the noise, Baroness brought it -- and then some -- in a masterful, technical fury that is currently unmatched on the national stage.

A festival that manages to bring in quality folk, bluegrass, alt-country, and indie rock bands without feeling blown-out, over-run, and over-saturated. dr. dog Dr. Dog seem to be constantly, eternally on tour, and their spirited jams are easy pop jams to enjoy when...

chbp picks for friday, july 23rd holy fuck Weirdo, beat-driven noise from Nova Scotia. Unexpected great dance music. -KC MAIN STAGE @ 9:15PM shabazz palaces Intelligent rap featuring Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler of Digable Planets' fame, that breaks the standard rap mold and...