A podcast exploring the world of psychedelic and esoteric music


  • Music in Isolation

    Music in Isolation

    23/04/2020 Duración: 01h04min

    Although we officially called it a quit with our 80th episode last summer, we’re back with a one-off episode for all of you who are in a lockdown/quarantine or to everyone who just wants to hear some new music. This episode presents records acquired since the last show and includes a mixed bag of communal folk (Huckle), lounge (Eddie Suzuki), Exotica (Dennise Norwood), Swedish progg (Rabatt and Kvartetten som sprängde) and more. We’re also happy to include the great track “Blanket Fog Descends” from Sven Wunder’s forthcoming album, “Wabi Sabi”. Don’t sleep on this one as it will go quickly. We hope you are all doing well during these crazy times and that the selection can bring some enjoyment while maintaining social distancing. Stay safe everyone! More information on Sven Wunder and Wabi Sabi can be found on Huckle - Upon a Once Time (Homespun, 1974) -Get Down Trúbrot (Parlophone, 1970) -Ég sé það Jim Thompson II and Preflyte – Message at 33 1/3 (Sky Light Records, 1979) -Eternal Light

  • Natural Highs Mixtape

    Natural Highs Mixtape

    28/12/2019 Duración: 59min

    A mix of back-to-nature folk, eastern-tinged psych and acoustic improvisations. “Nature’s beauty is so astonishing, makes you want to be around it all the time, you know it’s even been known to make people high” – Jerry and Nancy Stevens   Tracklist: Children of One - Eastern Cloth (Real Records, 1969) Arbete och Fritid - Fantasins Lov (MNW, 1977) Big Lost Rainbow - Ocean (Big Lost, 1973) Huckle - Hello Sunshine (Homespun, 1974) Brent Titcomb - Falling Star (CBC, 1975) Becky Ryan - Pirate (Blossom Records, 1977) Magic Carpet - Alan’s Christmas Card (Mushroom, 1972) Caroline Peyton - Light-Years (Bar-B-Q Records, 1977) David Fishel - Faces to Match the Weather (Kateye Records, 1976) Jerry and Nancy Stevens - Stranded (Troll Records, 1976) Michael Styers - Pan’s Door (No label, 1980) Bob Alster - Hardwood Flats (No label, 1983) Chris Madsen - Sand and Foam (No label, 1983) Expanding Circle - Cova Kom (No label, 1980) Carl Erdmann - Within (No label, 1980) JB Sky-Blue Into Blue (Gypsy-Child Records, 1977) Scotti

  • Full Circle - An Interview with Paul Major

    Full Circle - An Interview with Paul Major

    28/06/2019 Duración: 01h26min

    We are honored to have Paul Major with us for the 80th and final episode of Arkivet. Paul has been one of the most influential persons for this podcast as the guru of obscure psychedelic and private press records. In order to have a collector scene, context and coherency are key elements and Paul was one of the first to see the connections and to link private press and real people records to the canon of psychedelic music. Therefore, it is no surprise that many of the records he discovered are true classics and in this episode we play some of the records Paul discovered, and hear him telling the stories of how he found them. We also listen to a few records that are unknown to Paul but that we hope would fit his taste and his well-traveled ears. We couldn’t think of a better way to end this podcast, which has been running for over 6 years and almost 80 hours of recorded material, then to do it together with Paul. We want to thank all of you that have listened to our ramblings and that have participated, in one

  • Westcoast Jams

    Westcoast Jams

    08/06/2019 Duración: 59min

    Here we engulf ourselves in some westcoast jams, with bands that doesn’t necessarily have to come from the west coast but all playing that laid-back breezy Californian vibe. Among the highlights of the show is the extremely rare self-titled mini-album by Al Manfredi, which he pressed in about 100 copies for demo purposes and with only very few known to exist today. Also the highly acclaimed Kristyl album is worthy a mention, as it is not only a solid album but one of the true classics in the private press world and discovered already in the ´80s by the legendary Paul Major. Furthermore, we want to highlight the underrated debut of Help Yourself, which in our opinion, is one of the best westcoast-sounding albums from the UK. With that said, we hope you will enjoy our selection of (mostly) 7 minutes westcoast jams. Al Manfredi-s/t (Band n’ Vocal, 1973) -Blue Gold Help Yourself-s/t (Liberty, 1971)     -Old Man Snakegrinder-And the shredded Fieldmice (Alligator Shoes, 1977)   -Love Junkie Turnquist Remedy-Iowa By

  • Swedish Psychedelic Music Part 2

    Swedish Psychedelic Music Part 2

    16/05/2019 Duración: 01h01min

    We seldom highlight music from our home country but in this episode we turn the spotlight on some Swedish underground and psychedelic bands. In the episode we listen to some of the most obscure bands of the Swedish underground, like Paul Edoh’s Class Breakers, which only release was a test pressing with just a few copies made, but we also play well established acts, such as Nature and Mecki Mark Men. To add some confusion, we also throw in a Finnish band, Cirius, and the reason for the inclusion is that they do a little-known but great version of Bosses Låt (originally recorded by the Swedish band Fläsket Brinner). On top of this, we also listen to some contemporary Swedish progressive music with Pocket-Size and the track Clairvoyant from their new album Immortality (released in December 2018). Raunchy (Scam records, 1975) -Flygmaskinen Nature-Earthmover (Sonet, 1974) -Mystery Brew Paul Edoh’s Class Breakers (No label/test pressing, 1970) -It’s Raining Mecki Mark Men (Philips, 1967) -Midnight Land Cirius-Ciri

  • Late Night Vibes

    Late Night Vibes

    30/04/2019 Duración: 41min

    In this episode we go into a late-night mood with some nocturnal psychedelic and private press records. For many of the artists featured in this episode the information is scarce and most of them are still flying under-the-radar, so we hope to shed some light on these great records and hopefully you’ll find something new and interesting that you have not heard before. Jazz Bend Me Blues Band (Algar, 1967/68) -Lady Weaver Moonlyte – Better Late Than Never… (Astro Records, 1974) -Magic Stencils Jimmy Thompson (Dek Records, 1969) -In My Dreams Last of the Unknowns (Thundermen, ?) -1, 2 Many X´s Ben Bogaardt – s/t (Can-Aussie Distributors, 1971) -U.F.O. Tim Callander – Future (IJCM, 1979)    -Headin’ To Redwood Thanks to Aaron Dunn for help with background info on the Brothers Bogaardt.

  • Not Your Average Joe

    Not Your Average Joe

    24/02/2019 Duración: 01h13min

    We have put together an eclectic mix of unique artistic expressions in this show. The tracks doesn’t follow a specific genre but all are from the parallel universe of privately pressed music. For the episode we’ve also been in contact with Garrett Schroeder who helped us to fill in some gaps regarding his debut album “Lack of Sleep”. We end this episode with Thunder Tillman and the great track Condor Sunflower from their long-awaited new EP. David S Mull (Alpine Records, 197?) -Far From Home Garrett Schroeder – Lack of Sleep (Earth Records, 1979) -Maze of Dreams Del Buckingham-No Gimmicks (Genera, 1974) -Wrong Is Right Ingegärd Nordell – Känsla (Retone, 1973) -Vart Steg Du Tar Warhorse – Seduction (No label, 1979) -She Looks So Good Michael Kamper – s/t (No label, ?)   -The White Haired Lady Steve Akin (Ash Records, 1970) -I’m Trippin’ Alone Thanks to Jonathan Kirby of Numero Group and Garrett Schroeder for helping us with background info for the episode. 

  • The Perennial Philosophy Mix

    The Perennial Philosophy Mix

    14/02/2019 Duración: 01h04min

    A new mix of folk, spiritual psych and post-hippie mindsets. Aldous Huxley – Excerpt from Visionary Experience Vol. II Sounds of Salvation – Love III Hosanna – Why Are Thou Disquieted? Brent Titcomb – Tibetan Bells Murari – The One Who Loves Me Best The Two Rivers! – Cast Out From the Castle Dennis Loren – Let Go Michael Cassidy – There Is a Light Michael McGrath – The Awakened Severance and Cassidy – Feather In the Wind Bob Patterson – Bed of Roses Patterson and Pults – Loneliness Is Only In Your Own Mind  Don Ebbett – Fire In the Sky Windwords – Take Me Away Ebbanflo – The Unicorn Song Demi Heure – Clochers et Maisons Garrett Schroeder – Maze of Dreams

  •  Mystery Jukebox with Jens Unosson

    Mystery Jukebox with Jens Unosson

    16/01/2019 Duración: 01h22min

    In this episode we introduce a new concept for the podcast and we call it the Mystery Jukebox. The idea is simple, we let a collector or listener send us a secret playlist, which we have no pre-knowledge about and let the selector take us on a journey to the unknown. After we have listened and discussed each of the track the artist identity will be revealed for us and you. For the first episode in this series Jens Unosson have selected 11 tracks for us. Jens is a long-time collector and psychedelic scholar from the deep forest of Northern Sweden. When he’s not tending to his farm he runs an on-line webpage, beautifullies, where you can find weird and esoteric records for sale. As this is a secret playlist we will not disclose Jens´ selection by writing it out beforehand and ruin all the fun for you guys and girls. Hope you’ll like it!

  • Cosmic American Music Part 2

    Cosmic American Music Part 2

    02/12/2018 Duración: 01h16min

    Here we return yet again to the concept of Cosmic American Music, as we didn’t have the time to play you all of the tracks in part 1. In this second part, we mix lesser-known records with some true classics as well as revisiting a few artists that we have already listened to in pervious episodes. We also highlight two great new acts, James Matthew VII and Dalton Correction. James Matthew VII will have his debut LP “Cosmic Folk Ballads” released next year and we listen to his composition “Stoned When I Pray”, while Dalton Correction put out their debut in 2017 on Possible Records, and from that one we play “Yarará”. JB Sky-Reach for the Sky (Gypsy Child Records, 1977) -Lonesome Cowboys Euphoria – A Gift From Euphoria (Capitol, 1969) -Sweet Fanny Adams Bob Patterson (R.D.P, 1971)    -Darlin’ Good Girl Alexander “Skip” Spence-Oar (Columbia, 1969)  -Broken Heart Scotti-For Friends (Strawberry, 1974) -Brand New Day Cambridge-Share A Song (Green Dolphin, 1977) -Share A Song Mark and Suzann Farmer – We’ve Been There

  • Its Completely Hypnotic

    It's Completely Hypnotic

    05/11/2018 Duración: 01h37min

    We’re thrilled to finally have our friend Anders Alexander with us on the show. Anders is a record collector and dealer from Southern Sweden (now living in Stockholm) who’s been hunting records since the 80s. Nowadays he sells records under the name Vinylkatten at record fairs and in his own pop-up record store. For the show, he brought an eclectic mix of records, ranging from under-the-radar gems and dollar-bin alerts to psych grails, and we promise an episode filled with psychedelic saxophones, cocaine flutes (Anders favorite instrument), troglodyte rock and hypnotic vibes. Bob Seger System (Capitol, 1968) -Death Row Adam (Mala, 1966) -Eve The Facedancers-s/t (Paramount, 1972)    -Dreamer’s Lullabye Baris Manco (Türküola, 1972)    -Ölum Allahin Emri Wizz Jones-Right On (CBS, 1972)    -One Grain of Sand Amazing Friendly Apple (Decca, 1969)    -Magician Joseph-Stoned Age Man (Scepter, 1970) -I Ain’t Fattenin’ No More Frogs For Snakes The Electric Toilet-In the Hands of Karma (Nasco, 1970) -Within Your State o

  • Lets Get Personal

    Let's Get Personal

    08/10/2018 Duración: 01h23min

    We’ve been doing this podcast for over five years now and recorded 70 episodes, including 23 interviews with other collectors and musicians. Over the years some have asked us about how we got into collecting records, so in this episode we’re going to tell you about our personal musical journeys and how we got deeper into the psychedelic rabbit hole. The records in this episode represent a development in terms of taste or collecting and while my selection is all about the psych classics, Viktor throws in a wild bunch of songs. MC5 – Kick Out the Jams (Elektra, 1969) -Ramblin’ Rose Dantalian’s Chariot (Columbia, 1967) -The Madman Running Through the Fields Tom Waits – Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards (Anti-, 2006) -Two Sisters West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – Part One (Reprise, 1967) -Leiyla King Khan & the BBQ Show (Goner, 2005) -Waddlin’ Around Mu – s/t (RTV, 1971) -Blue Form Gandalf – s/t (Capitol, 1969) -Me About You Frank Ocean (Blonded, 2018) -Moon River Darius – s/t (Chartmaker, 1968)

  • Cosmic American Music Part 1

    Cosmic American Music Part 1

    14/08/2018 Duración: 01h01min

    Inspired by Numero Group’s compilation Cosmic American Music we felt we wanted to do a take on that theme. However, as neither of us have so much country records in our collections this episode turned out to be a little bit more eclectic with songs inspired by American roots music in general, so it will be some country-tinged tracks but also blues and folk. As we had more tunes lined up than we could squeeze into this episode we will return with a part 2 of this theme. Featured in this episode is also two contemporary artists, Part-Time Lover and Evan Haywood, as we continue with our new segment of playing modern music. Part-Time Lover will release an EP in October on Blue Arrow Records in Cleveland and included here is one of the tracks, “Magic Child”. Evan Haywood is just finishing up his second album “Perfumed Gardens” and we play “Ashes of Oblivion” from the LP. George Law – s/t (Bongwater Records, 1977) -Clouded Mind  Drendall, Thrower and Friends – Papa Never Let Me Sing the Blues (Deacon Productions,

  • DJ-set with Paul Major

    DJ-set with Paul Major

    13/08/2018 Duración: 02h04min

    This is part of a DJ-set that we did together with Paul Major at Geronimo's FGT in Stockholm, July 2018. Darius - I Feel the Need to Carry On St John Green - Canyon Woman Daisy Chain - All Because of You Anonymous - Who’s Been Foolin’? Jade Stone and Luv - Reality Marcus - Sweet Inspiration New Dawn - Life Goes On Peter Grudzien - The Unicorn Dark - Maypole Jeff Liberman - Phenaphen no. 3 Last Call of Shiloh - Marriage Supper of the Lamb Help - Life Worth Living Relatively Clean Rivers - A Thousand Years Snakegrinder - Love Junkie Tripsichord - Fly Baby Bent Wind - Riverside Creation of Sunlight - David D.R. Hooker - This Thing Stonewall - Outer Spaced Travis - Lovin You’ Majic Ship - Life’s Lonely Road Zerfas - You Never Win Erik - Rebel Woman The Red House - Mary Anne Conception - Babylon Frank Monroe - Looking At You Village STOP - Vibration Clap - Out of the Shadows Steve Morgen - Beggin’ Your Pardon (Miss Joan)

  • News From the Singles Department Part 2

    News From the Singles Department Part 2

    20/07/2018 Duración: 01h37s

    Here we continue to explore some great psych 45s (press here for part 1). The focus in Part 1 was more on heavy psych and hard rock while in this epsiode we listen to some classic psych and folk-psych sounding singles. We also do a follow-up on Conception (which we included in Part 1) as we been in contact with more people involved in the band and we now have a more complete history of the group. In this episode we also introduce a new segment to the podcast where we highlight some newly released tracks and first out is the band Salt Lick with their heavy sounding Doctor (of Love).  The Red House (Big K, 1969) -Mary Anne Simple Simon and the Piemen (Regency, 1967) -People of Time Plastic Cloud (Allied, 1968) -Shadows of Your Mind Conception (Perfection, 1969) -The Game David Santo (Phoenix, 1968) -Rising of Scorpio Yankee Dollar (Dot, 1969) -Reflection of a Shattered Mind Gerry Pond (Reprise, 1966) -The Sometime Girl Two Rivers! (Manfred Janssen/Jim Vautour) (CBC, 197?) -Sweet Harmony For more info on Salt L

  • Interview with Lance Barresi

    Interview with Lance Barresi

    24/05/2018 Duración: 01h15min

    We’re so glad to have Lance Barresi of Permanent Records joining the show again. Last time we spoke was more than a year ago and a lot has happen since. In this episode we focus on the newly released “Sixth Trip” of the Brown Acid Compilation Series and we listen to five tracks from this volume. Lance also gives us a first listen to a track for the “Seventh Trip”, which will be out on Halloween this year. We also listen to Spiny Norman - a band featured on the second Brown Acid volume but which a full length album of unreleased material was released by RidingEasy Records earlier this year. Besides that we also discuss record collecting in general and the future of vinyl.  Truth & Janey (Sound Communications, 1972) -Midnight Horseman West Minist’r (Magic Records, 1971) -My Life Flight (Blecman Records, 1974) -Luvin’, Huggin’, and More Purgatory (Not on Label, 1970) -Polar Expedition Zendik (Pslhrtz, 1970) -Is There No Peace Summit (North Room Records, 1969) -The Darkness Spiny Normen (RidingEasy Record, 20

  • News From the Singles Department

    News From the Singles Department

    04/05/2018 Duración: 01h01s

    This episode doesn’t follow a particular theme but instead focus around some recently acquired 45s. Although the theme is not clear it turned out to be a pretty heavy episode with some hard rock-sounding tunes, like Babylon, Rebel Woman and Lovin’ You (which was recently included on the Brown Acid compilation series). Other highlights includes a nice version of The United States of America’s Coming Down, done by an unknown band, which only known recording is an acetate we recently came across.  Special for this episode is that we also had the pleasure to interview Sid Bradley from the band Erik, who shed some light on this little-known group for us, which cut two great 45s in the early 70s. For this episode we have also talked to Charlie Day, who played in Conception, and John Lally from Travis, and they revealed some interesting facts about their groups and the recordings they made. We also wish to thank Lance Barresi from Permanent Records, who helped us get in contact with John Lally. Travis (Starshine Pro

  • Interview with Reine Fiske

    Interview with Reine Fiske

    23/03/2018 Duración: 01h30min

    Reine Fiske is well-known as a musician in various bands and musical constellations, most notable as the guitarist of Dungen, Träden and The Amazing. Besides his own musicianship, Reine has long been a devoted record collector with an impressive collection of experimental, psychedelic and progressive music. In this episode, he plays some incredible rare and extraordinary records for us, such as Christian Yoga Church, one of finest psychedelic commune recordings ever made, as well as an acetate copy of Mandrake Memorial’s Medium with a different mix on several of the songs. Reine has also been involved in several reissue projects, including the 3 LP box-set of Pärson Sound, the band that later evolved into Träd, gräs och stenar. Here we listen to their composition Tio Minuter (Ten Minutes), which was originally recorded for Swedish radio in 1967. We also listen to the “dark and epic” music of Jake Holmes and Radiomöbel as well as some fine Turkish psychedelic folk by Ersen. With that said, we hope you’ll enjoy

  • Whats the Concept?

    What's the Concept?

    31/01/2018 Duración: 01h03min

    The concept album format really started to evolve during the psychedelic era of the late ‘60s, and reached its height in the progressive scene of the early ‘70s, where the album became the main artistic expression. Here, we highlight some unusual concept and context-based albums, with some concept ideas being stranger than others. We hope you find the selection interesting and that you seek out some of these albums to listen to them as a whole (to fully grasp the meaning of the concept!). A New Place To Live-s/t (Mandala, 1972) -The Moon Tune Mandrake Memorial-Puzzle (Poppy, 1970) -Earthfriend Dr Z-Three Parts To My Soul (Spiritus, Manes et Umbra) (Vertigo, 1971) -Evil Woman’s Manly Child Dreamies-Auralgraphic Entertainment (Stone Theater. 1974) -Excerpt from Program Ten Robert Callender-Le Musée de L'Impressionnisme (Phillips, 1975) - Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec Jimmie Haskell-California ’99 (ABC, 1971) -Jessica Stone

  • Psych Records on a Shoestring

    Psych Records on a Shoestring

    10/01/2018 Duración: 54min

    We’re continuing our series of episodes of cheap quality records. In this episode, we’re mainly focusing on psych 45s but we also included a few full length LPs, which all coast around $10 and are easy to find. As usual, the bulk of the artists are from the US but we also mix it up with some affordable Italian prog and Swedish progg. We hope that some of these record are new to you and something that you look for next time you're out digging. Scorpion (American Recording Company, 1973) -I’m Only Human The Tow-Away Zone (Epic, 1968) -Shabd* Dennis Stoner-s/t (Vantage, 1971) -Lost Along the Highway Dalton, James and Sutton (RCA, 1972) -Esatoria Tritons (Barclay, 1973) -Drifter Thomas Wiehe-Drömskugga (Silence, 1974) -Raga vid de relativas nollpunkt Jordan (Golden Chariot, 1974) -Do You Know What It’s Like *We're discussing the meaning of the word "Shabd" during the episode but without reaching a conclusion. After a quick google we realized that "Shabd" means "word" or "sound" in Hindi.

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