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A beginners’ guide to Peter Gabriel

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Well, it’s been a bit of a year, hasn’t it? Global pandemics, George Floyd, environmental issues, terrorism, dissatisfaction with those in charge, not least in the ongoing (it seems) fallout from the American Presidential election. None of that has stopped artists from all persuasions and genres making some fantastic music over the last 12 months. …

Over on our Spotify page, alongside all the playlists we’ve received from artists, albums of the year, our monthly playlists, psych playlists, classic DJ sets, not forgotten series and other delights (you should really check it out and follow some of them), we’ve added a new, mammoth playlist – every track currently on Spotify from …

Poisoned Electrick Head (Mk 1) were together twelve years (1986 – 1998), and probably spent ten of them in tourbuses of various types (the band officially reformed in 2009 and are now actively gigging and releasing albums). As an eight-piece touring psychedelic outfit, the choice of listening was never going to be a simple affair, …

The 10th Annual Record Store Day is nearly here and vinyl lovers country wide are chomping at the bit to get their hands on those special releases. The full list of over 500 releases can be found here, Say Psych has chosen our top five recommendations for those of a psych persuasion…     The Black Angels …

The late May Bank Holiday weekend once again see’s the psychonautic compass point to Eiger Studios, Leeds for the 5th Karma Fest. And once again, the line-up (to quote a friend) ‘is an absolute belter!’ Running right through the day, well into the night and through to the early hours of the morning, an impressive …

OK here’s the thing. I’ve never been a massive fan of live albums. I love going to gigs and I love listening to records, but records of gigs have never particularly been my bag. Until this year that is, because there have been a series of live releases this year that have just blown me …

A total mix of stuff this week. I started with a clean slate about two hours ago and have put together 15 tracks that help express how wide contemporary psychedelic music can be. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did putting it together.   Tortuga by Earthling Society Taken from the 2014 Riot …

Before we start looking forward to 2016 and all that they may bring, Backseat Mafia’s live photographers have been taking a look back at the gigs we covered in 2015 and choosing their own personal favourite photos… STEVE BARNES – DESPERATE JOURNALIST   One of our bands of the year, caught them at Crystal Bar during …

Following the overwhelming feedback from last year’s Psych Insight ‘Essential Psych‘ list, Adam Harmsworth of Drone Rock Records and myself have embarked on the mammoth task of getting a list together for 2015. Once again it has been hugely difficult to settle on a final 20 albums which are a reflection and representative of the amount of quality …

From progressive rock pioneer, to art rocker, to world music conduit, to pop star, to multi-media explorer, Peter Gabriel has covered a tremendous amount of ground in his four and a half decades in the music industry, ensuring him an unarguable place among popular music’s icons. Starting as frontman for Genesis, from 1969 onwards he …