Friday, August 23, 2013

Cyrus Shahmir of the N.E.C.'s top 9 psychedelic sounds and visions

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM


The NEC, or Natural Extension Concept to the uninitiated, has spent the past few years and handful of LPs, tapes, and CD-rs tweaking their formula of drug- and fuzz-addled psych rock. The band's more concise tunes fall in line with the greats of minimalist, reductive rock, coupling the Stooges' monotonously primal blues rock and the Velvet Underground's proto-drone rock. Elsewhere, the NEC strays deep into extended jams that align more closely with boundless psychedelia, channeling Can's possessed, hypnotic krautrock and Pink Floyd's interstellar overdrives. Now preparing their latest LP R U GOING TO THE SHOW?, out Monday (Aug. 27) on cassette via Tripp Tapes/[OVE:EVO] and later on vinyl via Headway Recordings (release date TBA), Cyrus Shahmir (guitar/vocals) pulled back the curtain a bit to run down some of his favorite archival psych, noise, and rock moments. Check out each of the videos - along with the NEC's hallucinogenic video for "Sally," taken from the new LP - after the jump.

Les Rallizes Dénudés live (1976)
They were the best band ever and this is great proof of that. Best feedback I can think of.

Iggy Pop live in Manchester (1977)
So good. Definitely makes the case for Iggy being up at the top of the heap as far as rock 'n' roll goes. The "beat my brains with liquor and drugs" is probably one of the best rock and roll moments captured on film. One of 'em.

The Doors at the Hollywood Bowl (1968)
There's a lot of Doors bashing going around these days. I whole-heartedly disagree with the sentiment. Granted, I can see why some people don't 'get it' but its like not liking the Beatles. If you analyze the music - also in the scope of what was going on at the time - it's hard to make a case that they suck.

The Troggs live in Paris (1967)
Talk about knowing how to do it - the Troggs may be my favorite for a lot of reasons. They just kind of understood what it was all about and they totally deliver the goods musically. And they look the part and play the part. There is a version of this video with more songs.

Pink Floyd live (1967)
Gotta give it to Syd/the Floyd for this great performance. This is really good footage of a band that probably changed the minute the performance was over. Really wish there was more footage of them in this era.

Kraftwerk & Can live on German television (1970)
Soooooo good. Just imagine being in the crowd. You know none of those kids had any idea what happened to them until much later. Thank goodness someone was filming!!



The Velvet Underground "Venus in Furs" Live
This needs no description; cool footage.

Captain Beefheart on "American Bandstand"
Good old fashioned American fun.

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