Thursday, September 03, 2015
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Friday, November 28, 2014
New Children of the Mushroom Album LP/CD
In 1967, they became Children Of The Mushroom, a name which reflected their new psychedelic sound and image.
The following year, they caught the attention of a couple of young producers, who signed the band for a 45 release. Recorded in 1968 for Soho Records, "August Mademoiselle" / "You can't erase a mirror", is one of the masterpieces from the first psychedelic era: feedback, fuzz, organ, mysterious vocals Soon after, the band incorporated a new guitar player, shortened their name to The Mushroom and started playing in a more heavy- psych vein, in a similar style to Iron Butterfly.
This retrospective album includes both tracks from their monster 45 with sound taken from the masters plus previously unreleased tracks by The Mushroom, recorded in 1968. These are raw, lo- fi home recordings (some of the tracks were recorded in a real garage!) with lot of fuzz guitar and organ. It's the sound of a psychedelic band in 1968 playing free and wild, without any producer or record label executive telling them what to do. An incredible document.
Remastered sound. Fold- out colour insert with liner notes / interview with the band members and rare photos / memorabilia.
Tracklist: August Mademoiselle - You Can't Erase a Mirror - Blade* - It Won't Be Enough* - Vortex* - Care For Me* - Exordium (The Mushroom Theme)*
Forced Exposure are our USA distributor
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
I was contacted recently to do a couple of audio promotions for Children of the Mushroom songs that are in Psychedelicized Radios lineup. Click the link for their Facebook page for station info...
TIMEMAZINE Volume 8 Interview
Jerry McMillen, my band mate, recently did an outstanding interview for TIMEMAZINE Magazine I believe to read it the magazine has to be purchased but a compilation CD is included that lists our song August Mademoiselle in the line up. Check their Facebook page for details.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
T.O. 1969, Wally came over to share Steppenwolf's latest release, 'Monster'-
▶ Steppenwolf - Monster - YouTube
We both were reading Hermann Hesse's 'Steppenwolf' n' sharing the music...
In '86, re-recording an ol' Steppenwolf classic, 'Born to be Wild", I was privileged to play guitar with Sky Saxon of the Seeds, vocals and Mars Bonfire, the song's tunesmith on keyboards.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Song for Our Ancestors
I was fifteen and a stranger to the 'Gun Smoke' backdrop.
There on Moorpark Rd., my folks were picking out doorknobs in the hardware section of 'Builder's Emporium' across the street from the Janss' Mall where I discovered 'The Mothers of Invention' (in a Thrifty Mart bin near the ice cream).
That late afternoon in 'Builder's', I stood over their record bin near the registers, determined to spend my burning five bucks on one of the sleeves in no alphabetical order.
Steve Miller Blues Band's ($2.99) it's cover grabbed my eye, a cool collage and hand type-
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Band Tree 5 Update
From 12;00pm to 10:00pm
Draughts Restaurant & Bar
398 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks, California 91360
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Mushroom News Clipping
Dennis's Mushroom Pendant
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Thousand Oaks Band Tree Reunion IV is finally on the books
1:00pm until 10:00pm
398 N. Moorpark Rd. Thousand Oaks, Ca. 91360
|The event will be inside but outdoor seating will be available.|
Friday, March 02, 2012
It's March... of the Ents...over snow capped Rockies
He and I printed 'PIG IRON' in '69 to distribute at TOHS; a monthly guide to concerts and reviews.
'Pygmy Productions' for concerts and cave raves... rented the CLC auditorium for a San Fernando Valley band, 'Champion' and Cast of a Thousand concert.
We wrote some tunes: 'Spill the Wine' for Brother's Keeper,
'Evasella' for Lady
'Factory Man' with Cast
'Nordic Reindeer revue' for Marut
'Spiders in Yer Chimney, (baby)' for Cast Iron Pygmies...
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Spider's in yer Chimney?
Friday, February 10, 2012
Summer of '78 I joined Wally and his new band, composed of young students of Cast.. Jeff was a new comer prodigy, playing bass, bass pedals, drums, perfect pitch n' sneers.
Marut was a live band, covering 801, 10cc and Cast live.
New songs evolved, 'All in a Breath, Rain and Wally n' eye's, 'Nordic Reindeer Revue'... any vid/recordings out there?
Thousand Oaks News Chronicle
Photo by Paul Fontana
Saturday, September 03, 2011
Sunday, July 03, 2011
makes ya wanna join a band all over again...
Labels: california rock bands 1960s
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
A Sunday's Cast of the Light of the Moon
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Well, while enjoying a little wifi time at a Ventura Starbucks I happened on this internet archived March 23rd 1968 (page28, see highlighted area) Billboard Magazine which mentions radio station KELP located in El Paso Texas. Their program music director/deejay, Charlie Russell, picked Children of the Musroom's "You Cant Erase A Mirror" for the Best Leftfiled Happening. The El Paso area is where this song took off in a regional breakout which resulted in Children of the Mushroom charting.
Billboard's own definition: Best Leftfield Pick is a record by a new artist/established artist who hasn't had a hit recently that has a chance to go all the way.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Well I haven't seen one of our 45s for sale on ebay for a while. This one seems a bit worn. How much will it sell for?
I did contact the Seller & this is his reply
YOUR THE MAN!~I wish you lived down the street for i would beg you to sign it....Oh you probably would have just talked me out of this record...how many of you guys are still around?.....Picked this up at an estate sale here in El Paso...Mil.bases everywhere so no telling where it came from....the listing originated on Craigslist....I will see this lady again I'm sure at another sale and will find out everything i can about the family but this may take time..(I wont forget)....Thank you very much for your email...Have you seen the jerry bright on line? take care.....drew
Thursday, September 03, 2009
You never know what will pop up in conversation at one of Jim Rolf's Band Tree events. Here Phil Hareff is remembering Conejo Car Wash which used to be located at 399 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Owner Hugh Holbert hired many local rock band members. Since our bands didn't generate the funds for us our job there allowed many of us to buy equipment & cars. Along with the hard work we were able to keep up with all the band & girl gossip. Oh the stories we could tell you! Any of you remember Phil's 64 red GTO?
Conejo Car Wash owner Hugh Holbert (seated left) with California Grassfield members (L to R) Rich Severson , Boyd Cannon, Pat Flynn, Colin Kyffin (seated). Boyd & Rich worked at the car was wash with many of us.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Well, Dennis looks hot & like he kinda missed so many friends at the 3rd Band Tree Reuinion. What no Children of the Mushroom! Anyway the day was a great success. Click on the photo link to see a few pics ... Hats off again to Jim Rolfe!!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Thousand Oaks Bandtree Reunion III
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Well Jim Rolfe, famous Conejo Valley guitar player/teacher, is getting the word out about BandTree lll Sunday August 30th. See the list below of the confirmed bands so far. Its not easy for many of us that live out of state to get there. I'm considering attending even though Children of the Mushroom might not play. For me its just rubbing shoulders with old friends and hearing and re living the ole stories...
All the Info can be found at the Thousand Oaks Band Tree lll Facebook event page.
Venue Address & Map
Jim Rolfe says...
Chuck Sternburg and Friends
Boa Bab Blues Band
Moore & More
Gary Meinhold and Friends
Chadwick Williams Band
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Cast of a Thousand
Arlene Kole and Family
Gossip: I found a reference on Wikipedia connecting Jim Rolfe with The Palace Guard's Emitt Rhodes. Something new in the making?
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Seems like Jon from Capital City Arts Initiative was on the Internet one day recently hunting for the right photograph for their upcoming graduation celebration mailer & chose this shot of myself & April Pierson (taken at Disneyland Grad Night 1967). The 60s things just keep popping up. Anyway who'd a thought.
Click here for their particulars on Facebook.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Yes this is the same Vox amp used by Jerry McMillen on August Mademoiselle & You Cant Erase A Mirror back in 1967. Currently owned by Gary Meinhold. Jerry made this thing scream with his Fuzzbuster.
PS - no wonder I cant hear very well today! playing drums in front of this baby...
& Yes that's Jerry in the photo at a BandTreell practice 2007.
Vox History by Jim Miller
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Children of the Mushroom's Jerry McMillen was interviewed by Spaceman, a DJ from Takilma FM this last week in Oregon. Jerry unveiled some new tunes as well as an up to date version of "The Mushroom Theme". Yes he shared a bit of the ole 60's stories too. Click here for the archived recording of the show. Jerry's interview starts approximately 30 minuets into the show.
Thanks Spaceman! www.takilmafm.com
I heard Al Pisciotta & Dave Fontana listened in live via the Internet, cool.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Came across some cool information about a song that the famous Thousand Oaks guitar teacher Bill Eucker was credited for writing in the early 1960's called Pink Dominoes. The web site I read www.officenaps.com also spoke about a group called The Crescents featuring a lady guitarist named Chiyo from Oxnard. You can read all about it at officenaps.com
Friday, April 04, 2008
Sunday, October 07, 2007
I am a Radio DJ in and I recently got my hands on a Pebbles album featuring the Children Of The Mushroom track August Mademoiselle - WOW!
It's the only track I've heard but it is amazing and slightly sinister (which I like even more!). I was doing some research for my show and I came across your site - it's great to see that you guys are still good friends, when so many garage bands have drifted apart. I'm definitely gonna play Children Of The Mushroom on my show in the next few weeks, I'll let you know when. My show is called Rock N Roll Meltdown and it is on Sundays 4-6pm (in the UK) on subcity radio.
So many bands of the time are really hard to find out stuff about - it's great that Bandtree keeps the spirit of these bands going. People in the UK are really into garage rock there is a whole scene going on in
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that you have a fan base over here, and if you guys are ever in you would be most welcome to come on the show.
All the best .
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Children of the Mushroom band-mates Jerry McMillen & Dennis spend a moment toghether at BandTree ll. Well, it all started in 1965 so the story goes...
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Unsound Souls Featuring Gary Meinhold
What a pleasure to watch these guys play one more time. Gary Meinhold was spectacular and full of tons of energy. And Talk Talk remember that one! I visited with Gary at one of the practices. He shared about his early 1960's days with the band and the years he spent on the road. Thanks Gary for being a part of BandTreell.Gary has the red ball cap in the video. Playing with him some other famous T.O. guys , Jim Rolfe, Rich Severson, & Boyd Cannon
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
One beautiful smile that brightened up COTM's day (as well as many others) at BandTreell belonged to Marlene Allawos Hallack! She seemed to remember so much about those past days. I could see eyes light up and smiles appear on everyone she talked with. The memories were so thick you could cut em with a knife. Thanks so much, Marlene for taking the time to remind some of us about some precious times out of our Thousand Oaks band days. I always seem to feel more alive after a BandTree event. My brain was on overload at this function so Marlene I'm so sorry I wasn't very quick to remember. I did wake up the next day with a smile remembering everything. Give my love to Christy and Karen too! Thanks for being there!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Just A Small Portion Of BandTreell
Just a quick camera scan of BandTreell at setup, including a shot of Jerry McMillen playing the lead lick in You Cant Erase A Mirror. All of us missed Bob Holland's organ playing but were glad to have Larry Weisman there to fill in. It just amazes me to see how the music has brought so many people together after so many years, just powerful!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
See You There Sunday
10:45- 11:15AM Dana Bailey
11:25- 11:45 Cody Road
11:50- 12:10 Tempo Cats
12:15- 12:35 Chadwick Williams Band
12:40- 1:05 Severson/Cannon Band (feat. Bill Eucker and Dennis Tuttle)
1:10- 1:25 Children of the Mushroom
1:30- 1:50 Lady
1:55- 2:20 Unsound Souls
2:30- 2:55 Sea Cloud
3:00- 3:20 Cast
3:30- 3:50 Jonny Huck Flynn
3:55- 4:20 Santa Fe
4:25- 4:45 BluCoats
4:50- 5:10 Dave Dumille/Hayes Tribute Band
5:15- 5:35 Spider Webb & the Nightcrawlers
5:35- 5:55 Bricklayer Love Then
5:55- 6:15 Bricklayer Love Now
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Children of the Mushroom 45 Discoverd
I grew up in the 60's and have always loved the music of that era -- I heard your record about 20 years ago and thought it was incredible -- I was fortunate enough to get a copy back when it was "only" about $200 a copy !
Thanks again --
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Two Friends Meet In Las Vegas
It was so nice to meet up with Al Pisciotta at the Luxor Hotel this week. I was able to get this clip of us talking about some of our Children of the Mushroom days. Visiting with Al made realize how fortunate we all were to have been in a band together.
Friday, May 11, 2007
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Monday, April 23, 2007
Jim Rolfe and his group are planning another BandTree ll Reuinon in August. Check out Jim's new MySpace BandTree ll Site for up to date information also he as posted some great old photos of several Thousand Oaks rock bands. The only way to see the photos is to join MySpace. (above photo copied with permission from Jim Rolfe's http://www.myspace.com/tobandtree page)