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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, July 17, 2007
    Galactic Zoo Dossier

    Disregard the inclement weather; summer has arrived anyway. Because the publication of issue #7 of Galactic Zoo Dossier with its accompanying cds, Teenage Meadows of Infinity (Rare Psychs and Stomps) and From the Ashes Perfect Attainment Shall Be (Modern Freaked Sounds) signals months of glorious obscure and wonderful psychedelia ahead.

    As its publicity [pdf] pronounces, Galactic Zoo Dossier is the premier hand-drawn pyschedelic dossier, a lovingly-sketched appreciation of outsider sounds embracing (among many others) Tiny Tim, The Stooges, Mungo Jerry, Julie Driscoll, and Acid Mothers Temple.

    The only pages which look remotely like they may have been anywhere near a computer are those written - in 'freehand'-type font - by Scott Wilkinson, surveying the influence of the blues on psychedelia, garage and folk-rock. And besides the 100+ paged mag and the 2 hours 35 minutes of recorded music the pack also contains 72 collectable cards each featuring a pic and brief appreciation of an underground musical great, this issue focussing on Astral Folk Goddesses including Anne Briggs, Mary Hopkin and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

    They call them trading cards, but I'm keeping mine. Pick one at random, each week, and spend the subsequent seven days researching then relishing that particular artist's doubtless awesome contribution to out-rock culture, and the summer will last all year. [Buy from Boomkat while stocks last].