As promised earlier, here’s a healthy dose of classic mind-bending psych/weird-rock courtesy of Captain Beefheart (Wiki, pictured left) aka Don Van Vilet and Roky Erickson (Wiki, pictured right), the Austinite 60s psychedelic icon who fronted the 13th Floor Elevators (Wiki).
Mildly related anecdote: I actually got turned onto this whole genre when I started getting mentored in tuba performance and music theory by Sumner Erickson (Roky’s brother, also pictured right), a renowned musician and former principal tuba of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Roky’s story of recovery is phenomenal and a testament to his brother’s love, dedication and tenacity. As well as the support of many other rock notables including the ever out-spoke Henry Rollins. I highly recommend you check out his documentary, You’re Gonna Miss Me.
Check after the jump for the absolutely insane video for “Ice Cream for Crow” and a few epic Roky performance clips.
Enjoy the MP3s, culled from the 2xCD Roky Anthology I Have Always Been Here Before, the 13th Floor Elevators Last Concert Live CD, the Roky Tribute Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye and Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica and Ice Cream for Crow.