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The Psychedelic Experience Presents Psychedelic Madness!

What is the Greatest Psychedelic Album of All Time? Sgt. Pepper or Pet Sounds? Disraeli Gears or Are You Experienced? Forever Changes or The Doors? You’d have to be crazy to even try to pick just one album to rise to the top of the pantheon, right? Well, we’ve gone mad, and we’re doing just that! We have compiled a list of 64 seminal psychedelic albums, and we are pitting them against each other in the ultimate Psychedelic Madness tournament! Click HERE to go to the tournament page now!

 

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Peace, Love & Posters – A Happening At Millikin University!


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If you haven’t listened to our podcast lately, you’ll have missed us hyping an exciting event coming up at Millikin University – an exhibition of authentic concert posters from the Haight Ashbury scene from the 1960s! Art Professor Ed Walker was the driving force behind bringing this exhibition to Decatur, and it has been a labor of love for him and his students over the past year. There will be over 400 original posters on display as well as an exhibition on 1960s culture. This event is a must-see for anyone living in or around Decatur! Lots of hard work from Millikin’s Art Department went into this, and we hope to see many of you at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center this Thursday January 26 from 5-7pm! And a reminder – everything on exhibition will also be for sale! Woot! Listen below to an interview we did with Professor Walker about the show, and follow the link (or click here) to check out a great article in Decatur’s Thrive Magazine for more background info on how the show came together.

Thrive Magazine Article – https://issuu.com/thrivedecatur/docs/92_january_thrive_digital/14

Here is just a smattering of some of the amazing posters that will be on display!

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The Imagery of Psych: The Photos, Album Covers and Artwork That Defined an Era

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Our Long Conversation during our September 11th show centered on the Imagery of Psychedelia. Psychedelia is such a sensory-based experience covering virtually every one of the five senses. We mostly focus on the Hearing aspect on the Psychedelic Experience, but the visual aspect of Psychedelia is an important one. During our show, we always have a lava lamp burning, and when we are at our homes having our own personal listening experiences, the lights are usually set low and the lava lamps are glowing there, as well. We have posters adorning our walls, and we are usually perusing the liner notes on the albums. We even try to incorporate a visual element with our show with our “Fauxtoshopped” (it’s really all done in Paint) posters for each episode. While the aural experience is our primary focus, the visual experience goes hand in hand with it.

Our favorite form of psychedelic imagery is, obviously, album artwork, but when talking about the imagery of psychedelia one cannot forget other forms like photography. Whether it’s concerts, festivals or even moments of the counterculture protests captured on film, some of the most iconic images of the 1960’s were captured by cameras. Concert posters were another incredible form of psychedelic artwork. Below are some of our favorite images. Feel free to comment on ours or share your own favorites.

Album Artwork

The 13th Floor Elevators - The Psychedelic Sounds Of

The 13th Floor Elevators – The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators

Cream - Disraeli Gears

Cream – Disraeli Gears

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced

The Incredible String Band - The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion

The Incredible String Band – The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion

The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle

The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle

Concert Posters

Buffalo Springfield Concert Poster

Buffalo Springfield Concert Poster

Cream Farewell Concert Poster

Cream Farewell Concert Poster

Jimi Hendrix Concert Poster

Jimi Hendrix Concert Poster

Led Zeppelin Concert Poster

Led Zeppelin Concert Poster

The Seeds Concert Poster

The Seeds Concert Poster

Photography

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Kent State

Kent State

Photo Credit: NASA/AFP/Getty Images Man Walks on the Moon

Photo Credit: NASA/AFP/Getty Images
Man Walks on the Moon

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

Woodstock

Woodstock

The Psychedelic Experience Posters

(We couldn’t resist.)

Our Favorite

Our Favorite.

An homage to Chad and Jeremy's Of Cabbages and Kings

Chad and Jeremy ain’t got nothin’ on us.

DJ Mellow Yellow is particularly proud of this one

DJ Mellow Yellow is particularly proud of this one.

Again, these are all done in paint. Be amazed

Again, these are all done in paint. Be amazed.

Our classiest work.

Our classiest work.

 

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Mad Men and the Beatles

Original Image created by TrekkerScrapbook. Visit their blog here: http://trekkerscrapbook.com/2012/05/24/how-i-created-the-evolvers-collage/

Original Image created by TrekkerScrapbook. Visit their blog here: http://trekkerscrapbook.com/2012/05/24/how-i-created-the-evolvers-collage/

 

If you’ve listened to the Psychedelic Experience, well, at all, then you know the Psych Professor and DJ Mellow Yellow are huge fans of both the Beatles and Mad Men.

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Christina Hendricks. Just because.

Because Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is also a huge Beatles fan, those two worlds often intersect. He famously paid $250,000 out of his own pocket for the rights to play “Tomorrow Never Knows” on an episode so you could say he’s almost into the Beatles as much as the Psychedelic Experience guys are into Christina Hendricks (Va-va-voom!) Even taking away Ms. Hendricks it’s still easy to see why Mad Men is so appealing to both the Psych Professor and DJ Mellow Yellow with its cool 1960s aesthetic and numerous pop culture references.

With the show approaching its final season, it is now set in the late 1960s and the psychedelic influence is in full effect. And did we mention its obsession with the Beatles? As we talked about in our July 24th show, a great article written by Dave Nemetz about Mad Men and The Beatles appeared on Yahoo back in April.

Don Draper listening to Revolver for the first time.

Don Draper listening to Revolver for the first time.

Running off the notion that Matthew Weiner is drawing inspiration for the final season of Mad Men from Abbey Road, Nemetz does his best to connect every season of the show to a Beatles album. And he does a darn good job of it. Check out the article here and let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.

Full link to article: https://tv.yahoo.com/blogs/yahoo-tv/all-you-need-is-don–how-every–mad-men–season-connects-to-a-beatles-album-025211300.html

 

 

If you haven't watched Mad Men, these beautiful people should be reason enough to start.

If you haven’t watched Mad Men, these beautiful people should be reason enough to start.

 

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