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Kevin Ayers 1944-2013

When we think about the psychedelic 60s we often fall back on the folk-jam stoners like The Grateful Dead, the guitar theatrics of Jimi Hendrix, and the ubiquitous “White Rabbit” of Jefferson Airplane. All of them important in their own right, and of course there are dozens of others who’ve inspired generations of musical psychonauts: Cream, Pink Floyd, The Zombies, The Beatles. But the one band that gets overlooked time and time again is Soft Machine, in my estimation one of the most important and influential of them all. Soft Machine, under the leadership of Kevin Ayers and Robert Wyatt, hammered out a grammar that innumerable musicians would be using for their own musical language. Soft Machine combined jazz and noise into a smart but heady psychedelic stew. Ayers left Soft machine in it’s early years to craft some terrific and whimsical albums that blended pop with avant garde.

From the Guardian obituary:

“I would have made a very unlikely star with a voice like mine,” he told the Guardian in 2003.

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Free Music: The Interzone Mix

Get a free mix download of the mystically eclectic music currently influencing “acid-rave sci-fi punk-funk” maestros Jamie Reynolds and Simon Taylor-Davis of the Klaxons.

From the symphonic retro sounds of David Axelrod’s “The Mental Traveler” to the psychedelic folk echoes of Robin Scott to Tito la Rosa and Jose Campo’s haunting ayahuasca icaros, Reynold’s and Taylor-Davis’s collection features the kaleidoscopic soundscapes inspiring the Klaxons’ recent work.

The Evolver Network is delighted to offer The Interzone Mix to our community as a gift, although we would like to take this opportunity to ask you to help build — and financially support — our community for a new planetary culture during our summer fundraising drive.

Our forty local Evolver Spore groups meet up in cities and towns around the world, inspiring new connectivity, creative insurrection, and projects that nurture a thriving, healthy world. Accessing the needs of their community, the Spores have cleaned up rivers and beaches, shepherded local alternative currencies and gift circles, hosted city-wide environmental festivals and healing events, kick-started permaculture gardens, orchestrated urban forestry efforts, and more.… Read the rest

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