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SKY SAXON TRIBUTE @ THE ECHOPLEX

August 18th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Suddenly a new super group emerged on stage, with Djin Aquarian and Billy Corgan on bass! This was “YaHoWha 33” and suddenly the calm, meditative breather from before must have recharged his chakras! Djin rocked and cooed and smiled from behind his beard like nothing I’ve seen since the Soggy Bottom Boys appeared on screen a few years back. No hippie love jam this, unless by “jams,” you meant things to Kick Out. There was rock and sweat and vitality, screaming dudes in robes, and man, I just could not believe Sky Saxon was dead, because I felt so alive!

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THE SOURCE FAMILY ON SKY SAXON: "HE NEVER GAVE UP ON THE POSSIBILITIES THAT THINGS COULD ALWAYS BE BETTER"

June 26th, 2009 · 3 Comments

We would like to repost some words about Sky left by members of the Source Family. Sky joined the Family in the ’70s and was instrumental in bringing their music to the wider world. Some memories below: Sky Sunlight Saxon/Arelich was one of those rare beings who never had a bad word to say about anyone or anything, I kid you not! He was constant in this personality all the 30 some years I knew him. He was such a sweetie and so kind and giving. He never gave up on the possibilities that things could always be better. I am not saying he was perfect and did not have his stuff… We all do. But this one was his signature vibration. He was…

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NELS CLINE ON SKY SAXON: "MY FIRST ROCK IDOL"

June 25th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Guitarist Nels Cline (spotted most recently with Wilco) grew up in the shadow of the Seeds and Sky Saxon and later went on to perform and record with Sky himself. He takes some time today to send L.A. RECORD these thoughts: I am truly saddened to learn of the death of Sky Saxon. As a boy growing up in Los Angeles, Sky Saxon was my first rock idol of sorts. The Seeds’ music was important to me, sure, but Sky’s amazing charisma—as he appeared rather ubiquitously on TV shows like “Boss City” and “The Groovy Show” around 1966—was galvanizing. I would stare in disbelief as he—clad in shiny satin Nehru shirts bedazzled with some gaudy brooch—would gyrate around lasciviously, holding the microphone in every…

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R.I.P. SKY SAXON 1946-2009

June 25th, 2009 · 8 Comments

christine hale UPDATE: Nels Cline sends us this obituary for Sky Saxon, his “first rock idol.” UPDATE: Members of the Source Family remember Sky Sunlight Saxon, also known as Arelich. L.A. RECORD is deeply saddened to learn that Sky Saxon—mentioned only days ago in our interview with Isis Aquarian, historian of the Source Family—has passed from an as-yet-unspecified condition this morning in Austin, Texas. Saxon’s wife Sabrina reported that Sky was in critical condition yesterday and after a tense and troubled update she posted today that “Sky has passed over and YaHoWha is waiting for him at the gate. He will soon be home with his Father. I’m so sorry I couldn’t keep him here with us. More later. I’m sorry.” Our writer Jed…

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YA HO WHA 13: MAGNIFICENCE IN THE MEMORY

June 24th, 2009 · 4 Comments

My friend Witchbeam has always made me aware of obscure psychedelic music. He listens to some weird shit, man. He also plays in a noise band. He’s got this power of being able to translate this genre to a mere mortal’s ear. It’s not for everyone, but I totally get it. My memories are peppered with screaming guitar jam sessions, long hair, the Dalai Lama, the mysticism of psychedelic movies and the mainstream media’s portrayal of that lifestyle. Ya Ho Wha 13 taps right into that place.

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YA HO WHA 13: A SPACE AND TIME OUT OF THIS REALITY

June 22nd, 2009 · 3 Comments

Ya Ho Wha 13 were the band formed out of the pre-dawn practice sessions that served also as morning meditation for the Source Family, the L.A.-area religious sect that ran their own health food restaurant during the ‘70s. Drag City has collected nine unreleased songs for this month’s Magnificence in the Memory. This interview by Dan Collins.

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L.A. RECORD NEW ISSUE RELEASE PARTY TONIGHT!

June 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Hello to all! Tonight we celebrate the release of Vol. 4 Issue 4—Pasadena country singer DAVID SERBY on the cover and the much-touted NOSAJ THING decked out on the poster, and then inside you’ll find BRUCE LaBRUCE discussing love and romance and STEVE ALBINI of SHELLAC discussing fish, food and forest fires! Plus the mighty SONICS, the almost-Angeleno ART BRUT, the formidable FEMI KUTI, the unstoppable SHARON JONES (who did her interview immediately after returning from the hospital!) and the legendary LEROY SIBBLES of Studio One’s HEPTONES and much more than we could courteously insert in just one simple email! (THE SHINS, CHAIRLIFT, BUSDRIVER, HANDSOME FURS, YA HO WHA 13, THE HUNCHES discussing their last show ever, Grandaddy’s JASON LYTLE and still yet more…)…

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