Ya Ho Wha 13, Ga'an, Singleman Affair, Daughters of the Sun, Great Society Mind Destroyers, Plastic Boner Band Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., July 9, 9 p.m. 2009

Psychedelic bands that try to re-create the heady vibe of the Age of Aquarius are a dime a dozen, but living links to that era—musicians who’ve never dropped the thread—are absolute treasures. Ya Ho Wha 13 was a loose ensemble formed in the early 70s by members of the Source Family, a benign but intense Los Angeles commune led by a man calling himself Father Yod (and later Ya Ho Wha); they sold their records through the vegetarian restaurant the commune ran in Hollywood. Father Yod’s preachings—which informed the chanting and hollering he did on the group’s albums—were an inspired mishmash of tantra, kabbalah, esoteric Christianity, and, well, uncut hairy-hippie mysticism. The music was generally cut in one take, with no rehearsals or overdubs, after marathon wee-hours meditation sessions; the band supposedly recorded around 70 albums’ worth of material, but released only nine LPs during Father Yod’s lifetime. (He was killed in a hang-gliding accident in ’75, leaving behind 13 grieving wives and a Rolls-Royce.) After the Family dispersed in ’77, the core members—bassist Sunflower Aquarian, drummer Octavius Aquarian, and guitarist Djin Aquarian—stayed in touch, and a couple years ago they started playing again, releasing a new album called Sonic Portation (Prophase) in 2008 and assisting Drag City with a curated compilation called Magnificence in the Memory that came out last month. Ga’an, the Singleman Affair, the Daughters of the Sun, and the Great Society Mind Destroyers open; the Plastic Boner Band plays a side-stage set after Ga’an. —Monica Kendrick

Read an interview with Djin Aquarian and Source Family historian Isis Aquarian, conducted by Steve Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave), here.

Price: $15

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