Escape to clarity and inspiration with the luminous collective energies beaming from this diverse, mostly-psych live mix brought to us by Jay Babcock, former founder, editor and publisher of Arthur Magazine (2002-2014). Arthur catalogued contemporary gonzo and counterculture music, and put on hip events around LA, focusing on artists from the indie, psych rock, acid folk, post rock and noise scenes.
On this one-hour mix from 2004 — Arthur’s heyday — Babcock blessed dublab with an extensive display of stoney psych sounds, spiked with the spirituality of Alice Coltrane, hard funk of George Clinton, aerial androgyny of Antony Hegarty and peace mantras of Ravi Shankar. Enjoy below.
Alice Coltrane – Spiritual Eternal
Mercury Rev – Secret for a Song
Funakadelic – I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody’s Got a Thing
The Kills – No Wow
Kasabian – Test Transmission
The Soundtrack of Our Lives – Heading for a Breakdown
Six Organs of Admittance – Eighth Cognition / All You’ve Left
Marissa Nadler – Fifty Five Falls
Antony and the Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone
Halcyon Daze – The Dust Rings of Epimetheus
Spiritualized – Sad Days Lonely Nights
Julian Cope – Double Vegetation
M. Ward – You Still Believe in Me
Ravi Shankar – Shanti Mantra