Sunday, April 18, 2021

NATURALLY WEIRD



The platypus is one of the most unusual creatures in the animal kingdom. Platypuses (which is the correct plural form, not "platypi") have a paddle-shaped tail like a beaver; a sleek, furry body like an otter; and a flat bill and webbed feet like a duck. In fact, the first time a platypus was brought from Australia to Britain, people couldn't believe that it was a real animal. They thought that a trickster had sewn two animals together, according to the BBC.

Platypuses are among the few venomous mammals. Males have a spur on the back of their hind feet that is connected to a venom-secreting gland. More venom is secreted during mating season, leading researchers to think that the spurs and venom help males compete for mates, according to the Australian Platypus Conservatory. The venom is not life threatening to humans, but it can cause severe swelling and "excruciating pain." 


Size & appearance

A typical platypus is 15 inches (38 centimeters) from its head to the end of its rump. Its tail adds an additional 5 inches (13 cm) to the animal's length. An individual weighs about 3 lbs. (1.4 kg), though platypuses that live in colder climates are bigger than those living in warmer areas, according to the Australian Platypus Conservatory. 


Scientists have found fossils that suggest that ancient platypuses where twice as large as the modern variety, at 3.3 feet (1 meter) long.



Platypuses have dense, thick fur that helps them stay warm underwater. Most of the fur is dark brown, except for a patch of lighter fur near each eye, and lighter-colored fur on the underside.


Their front feet have extra skin that acts like a paddle when the animals are swimming. When platypuses are on land, their webbing retracts, making the claws more pronounced. The animals walk awkwardly on their knuckles to protect the webbing.


The bill of a platypus, sometimes called a duck-billed platypus, has a smooth texture that feels like suede. It is also flexible and rubbery. The skin of the bill holds thousands of receptors that help the platypus navigate underwater and detect movement of potential food, such as shrimp.


All of the monotremes, or egg-laying mammals such as the platypus and echidna, lost their stomachs during the course of evolution.


All of the monotremes, or egg-laying mammals such as the platypus and echidna, lost their stomachs during the course of evolution.


Platypuses live in only one, small area of the world. These creatures make their homes in the freshwater areas that flow throughout the island of Tasmania and the eastern and southeastern coast of Australia. While they are in the water a lot, they will also waddle onto the riverbanks to dig burrows with their claws. These burrows are tunnels that have rooms or chambers. Platypuses also live under rock ledges, roots or debris.


Though they exist on only one side of one continent, platypuses weather many climate extremes. They have been found in plateaus, lowlands, tropical rainforests, and the cold mountains of Tasmania and the Australian Alps. Their waterproof, thick fur keeps platypuses warm in chilly temperatures, and their big tails store extra fat for energy.

Platypuses usually spend their time hunting for food, and a hunt can last 10 to 12 hours. They are most active during nighttime and dusk, because they are nocturnal. This means they sleep during the day. When not hunting, they stay in their burrows.

Platypuses are carnivorous, which means they eat meat but not plants. They hunt for their food in the water where they live. As they swim, they try to detect food along the muddy bottom of the river, stream, pond or lake using their sensitive bills. When platypuses find something interesting, like shellfish, insects, larvae or worms, they scoop it up in their bills, store it in their cheek pouches and swim to the surface. Since they only have grinding plates and no teeth, platypuses use any gravel or dirt they scooped up while on the bottom of the waterbed to mash their food into digestible pieces. ost mammals give birth to live young. Platypuses, however, lay eggs. They are a species of primitive mammals called monotremes. Echidnas, or spiny anteaters, are the only other mammals that lay eggs.

When the female platypus is ready to have her young, she will burrow down inside the ground on the riverbank and seal herself into one of her tunnel rooms. Then, she will lay one or two eggs and place them between her rump and her tail to keep them warm. After about 10 days, the eggs hatch and the little, bean-sized babies will nurse for three to four months. Around the time of weaning, baby platypuses can swim on their own

Platypuses are not endangered. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the animals as a "Least Concern," though the organization admits it has no idea how large or small the platypus population may be. This is due, primarily, to lack of worldwide research and data on the species.

Other facts

Platypuses swim with their front feet and steer with their tails and back feet. They have waterproof fur, skin that covers their ears and eyes, and noses that seal shut to protect the animals while they are underwater. Though platypuses are made for the water, they can't stay completely submerged. They can only stay underwater for 30 to 140 seconds.

Platypus' skeletons resemble those of reptiles. They both have pectoral girdles and splayed legs.

These short creatures are much better at moving through water than across land. They use 30 percent more energy walking across land than swimming through the water, according to the Australian Museum of History. 


 

Sunday, April 11, 2021

CLASSIC PRUNETWANG



One last round of the Prunes. This is a 24hr Deja Vu comp that let's you indulge in tracks from the bands first two LP's   24tracks and you get the extra cover created by none other than myself from several years ago  Back when I had energy to be more creative.




            

 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

PRUNETWANG 4 -WaS


And now an interplanetary message from James Lowe of the Electric Prunes…

“The Electric Prunes invite you, our closest friends, to a new adventure! WaS. That WaS the Electric Prunes! It has been a long journey here and we have waited till the planetary alignment was correct for a new release. The lunar eclipse signaled the start of something, tho no one is sure exactly what? We offer WaS as the saucer to fast forward you to the cosmic finish.

There is a fine line between ‘IS’ and ‘WAS’. If what you did is more important than what you are doing, you WAS. One moment you is and then you was. Somehow 1967 doesn’t seem much different from today; tastes change but I think people are always on the lookout for some fresh ideas from the ‘is’ that makes them remember the ‘was’.

Mark Tulin and I were collecting ideas and songs for our last adventure when he went through the door. I am not sure he is really gone because I hear his voice as clearly as if he were standing beside me. Usually, Mark and I would send each other song ideas back and forth until we had the rough story line and music in hand, then we would meet and pound everything into submission. This CD is a collection of those final ideas and messages between us and that is all we set out to present here; but a funny thing happened on the way to the recording studio. A new idea emerged behind a gig in Tokyo in an unusual snowstorm, and then someone sneezed on a girl in the subway, and a frozen winter chilled the planet; suddenly there were new thoughts, fresh ideas and new places to sketch our story in song. Everyone in the band felt it. Like a blast of energy. The ‘was’ became ‘is’.

The Electric Prunes have always been a little on the outside. Maybe it was the name? Maybe the music? In all, we have released 8 actual album offerings from the band (there are a few pretenders from the record company that we discount). Our legitimate recordings represent our thinking and, in some cases, lack of thinking. We were never mainstream enough to fret over what went on the records; witnessed by some of the goofy cuts we have released, we were just happy to be able to record our thoughts. It seems fitting that we release this 9th offering with the same abandon. This is a garage band and is not meant to be taken seriously. The music here is from all layers of the band from 1966 to 2014. This is a cool album, maybe the last we will ask you to support. But we do hope you will post it on the web and dance to it in the moonlight on 11! There is even a music video by the band for TOKYO floating around! Please bring your friends because the band wants to go out and play live one more time and we need you for that. Tell your local club to invite us. We will come…. We WaS but we still Is ….”

The 15-track CD features a throwback version of “Smokestack Lightning” from 2000 that was the band’s reunion call-to-arms with Ken Williams on lead guitar, Quint back up on drums, Mark Tulin on bass and an occasional harmonica by James Lowe. Original noise! There is also a live version of “Bullet Thru The Backseat” from a night in Bristol England featuring Williams, Lowe, Tulin, Dooley, more original fare.

That leaves 13 original new songs to be explored. “Earwash” for the initiated!

‘WaS’ – Track List

1) Smokestack Lightning
2) TOKYO
3) Beauty Queen
4) Like Getting High
5) The Girl Who Crashed My Dream
6) Frozen Winter
7) Circles
8) Between The Cracks
9) Blue Sky / Red Dress
10) Love Fade Away
11) Bullet Thru The Backseat
12) Adoration Stuck
13) Hollywood Hype
14) Don’t Sneeze On Me
15) Oh My My

Featuring:
James Lowe – vocals, guitar, harmonica, autoharp
Mark Tullin – vocals, bass, guitar, organ, piano
Steve Kara – guitar, vocals
Jay Dean – guitar, vocals
Ken Eros – guitar, ebow, mellotron
Ken Williams – guitar
Cameron Lowe – organ
Walter Garces – drums
Joe Dooley – drums
Bubu Bop – drums
Quint – drums


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Friday, April 9, 2021

PRUNETWANG 3 - FEEDBACK



Fans of classic garage rock and psychedelia were pleasantly surprised when the Electric Prunes began playing live shows again in the new century, showing that they were still a force to be reckoned with, but what was all the more startling is that they cut a solid new album in 2001, Artifact, and two equally impressive sets have followed. 2006's Feedback is a tougher and harder-rocking album than the trippy 2004 concept album California, and the opening track, "Hello Out There," captures the Prunes on-stage gloriously raving up and ranting like a band half their age. In many respects, Feedback recalls the material the Prunes recorded on their first two albums back in 1967, though with somewhat more ambitious arrangements and lyrics that more openly confront the constant war between the straight world and the more enlightened minority. ("Flying Blind," however, seems like a veiled attack on the producers and songwriters who swiped the group's identity after their run of hits had dried up.) Guitarists Ken Williams and Mark Tulin can still produce the same fuzzed-out and shimmering noise they generated back in the day (and they get some additional guitar assistance from Moby Grape axeman Peter Lewis), and vocalist James Lowe may sound older but if anything he's even more opinionated and engaged than he was in the '60s, and "I'll Give You Feedback," "Morphine Drip," and "African Bees" shows that he's matured without losing touch with his inner tripped-out teenager. Don't call Feedback a comeback -- this album shows the Electric Prunes have picked up where they left off with the same talent and years of additional experience, and it's wild, intriguing stuff.
An  All Music review



Hello Out There 4:25
Circus Freak 5:05
Flying Blind 3:18
I'll Give You Feedback 5:16
Innerlight Transcendence 4:15
Morphine Drip 3:54
Tulip Between The Eyes 3:43
African Bees 5:01
Batch Of Violins 4:52
Itzomad



 

PRUNETWANG 2-CALIFORNIA



How could the revitalized and reborn Electric Prunes possibly top their unlikely comeback album Artifact (2002)? You know, the one they recorded after being apart for 30 years? Well, now you know, in case you already didn't. If you missed that album get it, and by the way, pick up their latest effort California while you're at it, its just as good if not better than the last outing. They have found their sea legs again and are sailing on smooth waters once again, traveling straight ahead. Yup, prune twang is back in full bloom ready for you're consumption. The Electric Prunes are Mark Tulin, James Lowe, Ken Williams, Joe Dooley and Mark Moulin.

I think it's obvious-there are few bands that can pull off what they did two years ago, never mind come back a few short years later and do it again, and even better. You have the "period" artwork to set the mood before you give this CD a spin. The guitars that are transformed into prunes for just the right twang, with crackling voltage all around them seemingly bursting right out at you from inside the picture, which makes it a unique and very prune twang experience (a secret language only understood by a few).  Artwork is very important, particularly with rock-garage-psychedelic music like this. Anyone that is familiar with 60's culture and what it was like back then will tell you, this band is spot on in every aspect. Their DVD Rewired gave you a good idea that their abilities performing live have not diminished, and the track "Rewired" reminds you of from whence they came... they are here to stay, rewired and ready to go!

"Pacific Ocean Blue" is my favorite tune lyrically and musically, Lowe sings about all the answers you ever wanted are found in a Brian Wilson song, brilliant. There is no doubt in my mind, this is blues-rock-garage soaked twang is at its best on this recording. I cannot think of one band that plays this type of music better, and you know why? Because there is only one Electric Prunes, just like there is only one Beatles or Rolling Stones, they stand alone as true rock granddads without anyone around that can hold a candle to them.

"Running With Scissors," don't try this at home, is a great tune full of zingers and one-liners that stop your brain waves and make you think for a minute. It's a given that the music is always good, correction, great. "I'll Drag You Home" was another track that I could not get enough of, tongue in cheek humor with great guitar licks, umm twang I should say. Peter Lewis (Moby Grape) was on hand in the studio to make this a special event for the boys, he is a good friend of the band and his guest appearance only adds to the mix more guitar wizardry. In fact, "49 Songs" is about a situation with Peter. A young lad asked him how to play the guitar, he then told him to go learn 49 songs. There is more to the story than that, but that is the premise of the song. Lewis proves to be indispensable on lead guitar on this recording; his experience and talent surely serve as one of many sources of energy and inspiration for the full time band members. Check out "The Rickenbacker 12 String," which features Lewis, it is an amazing piece of work.

These guys are so humble that they listed only the guest musicians in the credits, how about that? I think they deserve all the credit possible for being such a great band and wonderful group of individuals. Quality people and quality music, it goes together well. Make sure you get some prune twang and catch them on their Undone tour this year. This is a Limited Edition so grab one while they last, they are bound to disappear quickly.

Review By Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

Sideshow Charade 3:41
49 Songs 3:46
        I Never Knew What You Wanted 3:37
Makin' Some Noise 3:11
Pacific Ocean Blue 4:59
I'll Drag You Home 2:42
Rosy Made Me Crazy 3:55
Transient Absolution 3:58
Tidal Wave 4:51
Rewired 3:51
Running With Scissors 4:34
The Rickenbacker 12 String 4:34
Cinema Verite' 7:24
Untitled Track   1:56




 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

PRUNETWANG 1 - ARTIFACT


Artifact is an album by The Electric Prunes, self-released in 2001It was their first studio album since 1969.

The album is said to be the "real third" album by the band since past efforts did not include material by the actual group. The sleeve notes state that it "was the album we never got to make." It is a return to most of the band's original sixties lineup.

In 1967, The Electric Prunes achieved worldwide fame for their psychedelic hit song "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)" and to a lesser extent its follow up "Get Me to the World on Time." The band is also recognized for the song "Kyrie Eleison," from their third album Mass in F Minor, which was featured on the soundtrack of Easy Rider — however that third album was mainly a project by composer David Axelrod, initiating a period in which the band had little control over their music, and proved to be the undoing of the original band. By the fourth album Release of an Oath (another Axelrod progect) all of the original members had split and producer Dave Hassinger had assembled a new lineup of musicians using the Electric Prunes name, who recorded one more album in 1969 as "The New Improved Electric Prunes." In 1999 the original band reformed, and by 2001 they had resumed recording and touring and remained active until 2011, when original bassist Mark Tulin died. After a brief hiatus, the band has since re-emerged with successful dates in Italy and Sicily in July 2013, with plans to play in Japan in February 2014.

"Lost Dream" (James Lowe, Mark Tulin) – 5:02
"7 and 7 Is" (Arthur Lee) – 3:15
"Big Stick" (Lowe, Tulin) – 2:56
"The Dream I Had Last Night" (Randy Newman) – 4:12
"Bullet Thru the Backseat" (Lowe, Tulin) – 5:15
"Phone Won't Ring" (Lowe, Tulin) – 4:53
"All About Wires" (Lowe, Tulin) – 6:03
"Devil's Candy" (Lowe, Tulin) – 2:47
"Analog Life" (Harris, Smith) – 4:35
"Mujo 22" – 8:09
"Castaway" (Lowe, Tulin) – 6:14
"Le Fire" – 3:17
"Halloween Ending" – 1:03
"Hard Time" (Lowe, Tulin) – 5:32
"Slobodon" – 4:30



Personnel

Electric Prunes
James Lowe – vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
Ken Williams – lead guitar
Mark Moulin – lead guitar
Mark Tulin – bass
Cameron Lowe – keyboards
Joe Dooley – drums





                                                               




                                                      






Wednesday, April 7, 2021

FRANKFURT 72




Recorded Live At Jahrhundert Halle, Frankfurt, West Germany, 26th April 1972

Mr. Charlie
He’s Gone
Black Throated Wind
Chinatown Shuffle
Loser
Beat It On Down The Line
You Win Again
Good Lovin’
Dire Wolf
Casey Jones
El Paso
Tennessee Jed
Greatest Story Ever Told
Two Souls In Communion




 


 

KOZMIC BLUES


01  mournin' blues - nitty gritty dirt band
02  lonesome whitle blues - chicken shack
03  brickyard blues - frankie miller
04  roadhouse blues - doors
05  butty-s blurs - colosseum
06  death spound blues - country joe & the fish
07  dubuque blues - association
08  i'm a bluesman = nick gravenites
09  bullen street blues - brunnig- hall sunflower blues band
10  blues(listening) - enemys
11  a'int nobody got the blues - joy of cooking
12  44 blues - jimmy carl black 
13  turkih tram conductor - move
14  up downhearted blues - shiva's headband
15  mini skirt blues - flower children
16  broken hearted blues - t rex
17  40 days blues - gold
18  early one morning nlues - black sabbath
19  california state correctional blues - quicksiver messenger service
20  a shot of rhythm and blues - liverpool five
21  steel rail blues - spanky & our gang
22  gray prison blues - lovin' spoonful
23  catfish blues - canned heat
24  99 year blues - hot tuna

 





 

 

Monday, April 5, 2021

SUNDROPS


01  sun arise - rolf harris
02  sunrise - jefferson starship
03  the sun also rises - fever tree
04  waiting for the sun - doors
05  here comes sunshine - grateful dead
06  sunshine is too long - mystic siva
07  look into the sun - jethro tull
08  yellow sun - jim capaldi
09  who loves the sun - velvet underground
10  paper sun - traffic
11  sun arise - alice cooper
12  children of the sun - billy thorpe
13  i live for the sun - sunrays
14  california sun - rivieras
15  summer sunset - sugar cube blues band
16  here comes the sun - beatles
17  sunrise - uriah heep
18  sunshine - country joe mcdonald
19  english sunset - moody blues
20  next plane to the sun - west coast pop art experimental band
21  into the sun - grand funk railroad
22  where's the sun - fresh blueberry pancake
23  a walk in the sun - turtles
24  do you remember the sun? - it's a beautiful day




  

                                                 


 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

INSTRA - MENTALS 25



01  captain coconut - jimi hendrix
02  car radio - ronnie lane & ron wood
03  sloop john b - beach boys
04  black movies - six feet under
05  little green thing - kingsmen
06  wives and lovers - toots theiemens
07  loquismo - henry vestine
08  mandolinia - ronnie montrose
09  fat mama - herbie hancock
10  clapping - animals
11  hidden depth - peter green
12  galaxie guitar - robert gretch
13  las boogie = henry vestine
14  san-ho-zay - chicken shack
15  more soul than soulful - barry goldberg blues band
16  electronics - flying guitars
17  wierdhouse - nigel olsen's rum orchestra
18  within you and without you - high life
19  adventures of a young organ = ten years after
20  turn on song - counts
21  a-200  - drrp purple
22  camel back - a.b.skye
23  moanin -  bunnys
24  greensleeves - jeff beck





 

Sunday, February 28, 2021

PSYCHEDELIC FOLKER


Donovan Phillips Leitch (born 10 May 1946) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelic rock, and world music (notably calypso). He has lived in Scotland, Hertfordshire (England), London, California, and since at least 2008 in County Cork, Ireland, with his family.Emerging from the British folk scene, Donovan reached fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with live performances on the pop TV series Ready Steady Go!.

Having signed with Pye Records in 1965, he recorded singles and two albums in the folk vein for Hickory Records (US company), after which he signed to CBS/Epic Records in the US – the first signing by the company's new vice-president Clive Davis – and became more successful internationally. He began a long and successful collaboration with leading British independent record producer Mickie Most, scoring multiple hit singles and albums in the UK, US, and other countries.

His most successful singles were the early UK hits "Catch the Wind", "Colours" and "Universal Soldier" in 1965, the last written by Buffy Sainte-Marie. In September 1966 "Sunshine Superman" topped America's Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week and went to number two in Britain, followed by "Mellow Yellow" at US No. 2 in December 1966, then 1968's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" in the Top 5 in both countries, then "Atlantis", which reached US No. 7 in May 1969.

He became a friend of pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones and the Beatles. He taught John Lennon a finger-picking guitar style in 1968 that Lennon employed in "Dear Prudence", "Julia", "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" and other songs Donovan's commercial fortunes waned after parting with Most in 1969, and he left the industry for a time.

Donovan continued to perform and record sporadically in the 1970s and 1980s. His musical style and hippie image were scorned by critics, especially after punk rock. His performing and recording became sporadic until a revival in the 1990s with the emergence of Britain's rave scene. He recorded the 1996 album Sutras with producer Rick Rubin and in 2004 made a new album, Beat Cafe. Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014.



01  universal soldier
02  colours
03  catch the wind
04  sunshine superman
05  there is a mountain
06  season of the witch
07  the trip
08  mellow yellow
09  the fat angel
10  to susan on the west coast waiting
11  wear your love like heaven
12  hurdy gurdy man
13  lalena
14  atlantis
15  jennifer juniper
16  episte to dippy
17  cosmic wheels
18  museum
19  oh gosh
20  local boy chops wood
21  living for the love light
22  lady of the stars
23  rock and roll souljer
24  riki tiki tavi