“cdog: Minneapolis has a vibrant psychedelic/space-rock/shoegaze scene that is yet to be uncovered. Bands in the scene include Flavor Crystals, Magic Castles, Panther Ray, Another Heaven, Ghostmouth, Brilliant Beast, Chatham Rise, DIIE, The Chambermaids, Good Doom, American Cream, Old Moon, Basement Apartment, Seafarer, Comets Ov Cupid, Dead Gurus, Paris 1919, Transcendental Strangers and many more.”
One of the seminal Kosmische groups from the North (Minnesota to be a little more precise) were my label mates and band mates (I have been and am currently in several projects with both Erik and Sean) Salamander.
They were the masthead of the whole scene and definitely a major inspiration. Their first album “Red Ampersand” is definitely a milestone and sounds more current then it did then. This is the title track.
The Ptolemaic Terrascope Review for Comets Ov Cupid’s “Western Lands”
We continue with another Krautish komische album, “Western Lands” byComets Ov Cupid, a space rock project by Jason Kesselring, who might have been heard with Skye Klad or The Satyrswitch. Space & kraut with some Barrett influences melt together with some intensity sometimes heard by Julian Cope. Vivid and wildly flowing space music, cosmic and psychedelic, filled with lust. Really gives the illusion of a tight, but healthy unpolished band rather than one-man’s-job. Made as a 45 minutes concept, kind of a suite in 9 parts. Beautiful package, edition limited to 175 copies. ( www.cometsovcupid.com )
Tokyo Band Suishou no Fune with Sean Connaughty and Jason Kesselring June 2012. Recorded in Minneapolis basement with sculptures by Sean Connaughty. Video by Sean Connaughty. If you look closely through the aquarium you can just barely see Pirako and Kageo playing….