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Operation Mindblow, Earthless, Astra, Joy: The Casbah

Dust off the bong, hippie.

Tonight’s psychedelic freak out at the Casbah showcases local psych-rock from Astra, Joy, and what will likely be the only show in town this year from instrumental paisley-pickers Earthless.

Liquid projection duo Operation Mindblow has provided backdrops for acts such as Best Coast, the Loons, Red Octopus, Trap Gold, the Fairmounts, and the Kabbs.

“Our goal is to make super-rad visuals without using any video or digital stuff,” Ake Arndt told the Reader in February. “Just to keep it fun and interesting and do weird shit.”

Liquid light shows were pioneered around 1966 in the U.S. by artists including Glen McKay (who projected for Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead) and the Brotherhood of Light (the Doors, Traffic, the Who). Around the same time, U.K. artists Mike Leonard (Pink Floyd) and Mark Boyle (Soft Machine, Jimi Hendrix) devised their own methods of projection at London’s underground UFO Club.

Operation Mindblow is reviving and expanding on these artists’ techniques, employing dyes, oil, water, layered picture frames, and custom contraptions made from fans and aquarium pumps. Following in the footsteps of Boyle, who integrated amoebas, paramecium, larvae, sperm, and wasps in his art, Operation Mindblow often incorporates brine shrimp (or Sea-Monkeys) in their projections.

“You kind of get obsessed when you get into it,” says Josh Bohannon. “Anything you can think of can be applied. There aren’t books about it or anything, so you have to figure out everything for yourself. It’s a lot of experimentation, a lot of fun.”

Nine tonight - Ten bones.

The Casbah – Middletown - 2501 Kettner Boulevard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL6c5ii0Cao

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Dust off the bong, hippie.

Tonight’s psychedelic freak out at the Casbah showcases local psych-rock from Astra, Joy, and what will likely be the only show in town this year from instrumental paisley-pickers Earthless.

Liquid projection duo Operation Mindblow has provided backdrops for acts such as Best Coast, the Loons, Red Octopus, Trap Gold, the Fairmounts, and the Kabbs.

“Our goal is to make super-rad visuals without using any video or digital stuff,” Ake Arndt told the Reader in February. “Just to keep it fun and interesting and do weird shit.”

Liquid light shows were pioneered around 1966 in the U.S. by artists including Glen McKay (who projected for Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead) and the Brotherhood of Light (the Doors, Traffic, the Who). Around the same time, U.K. artists Mike Leonard (Pink Floyd) and Mark Boyle (Soft Machine, Jimi Hendrix) devised their own methods of projection at London’s underground UFO Club.

Operation Mindblow is reviving and expanding on these artists’ techniques, employing dyes, oil, water, layered picture frames, and custom contraptions made from fans and aquarium pumps. Following in the footsteps of Boyle, who integrated amoebas, paramecium, larvae, sperm, and wasps in his art, Operation Mindblow often incorporates brine shrimp (or Sea-Monkeys) in their projections.

“You kind of get obsessed when you get into it,” says Josh Bohannon. “Anything you can think of can be applied. There aren’t books about it or anything, so you have to figure out everything for yourself. It’s a lot of experimentation, a lot of fun.”

Nine tonight - Ten bones.

The Casbah – Middletown - 2501 Kettner Boulevard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL6c5ii0Cao

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