I’m really diggin’ Spotify lately. There’s so many bands to be discovered. One of my songs got on an official Spotify “freak folk” playlist and is getting quite a few listens. I will add more and more songs to this playlist as I go but feel free to add lofi psychedelic folk bands that you discover as well to the list as it is collaborative.
You can find my music at Spotify here: Jim Guittard – Spotify I’ve got eight albums up ranging from lofi psychedelic/country-folk-rock to experimental. There’s a little bit for everybody. Just recently some of my songs have been put in various commercials and trailers.
I wrote the song and recorded it around 2001 in Hollywood, California on my 4-track Tascam machine. I play a jangly rhythm Rickenbacker, drums, and lead guitar on another 12-String Rickenbacker. The piece was me trying to play jazz. Here is a video I put together from public domains clips.
You can download and listen to the song for free here:
In making the video, I found some clips that were either in the public domain or they could be used because they were uploaded as part of creative commons licensing.
The clips I used in the video are from:
1. Reg Kehoe and His Marimba Queens (ca. early 1940s)
The clip was produced as a “Soundie” which was the precursor to music videos that we all know. The 3-Minute soundies were viewed on coin-operated jukeboxes that could be found in clubs, nightclubs, restaurants, and bars.
Mills Panoram Soundie Jukebox
2. The cult classic “Reefer Madness” (1936)
The rest of the video comes from home videos from my childhood growing up in Texas in the 1970s.
Here are some paintings done by Henry McGuinn. They are quite colorful and much like the “Yellow Submarine” cartoon of the Beatles. During that time, Henry and I watched the Yellow Submarine a thousand times.
Jim with 12-String Rickenbacker and Korg
The Ragas at Topanga Beach
Jim Sleeps In Bush On PCH Near Malibu
The Car Chase
3 of Clubs in Hollywood
Jim Drinking Stout for Breakfast at Neptune’s Lounge – Topanga Canyon
Thanks Henry. The art is rad and really sums up my life in 2000. Cheers. Jim Guittard
The 1967 movie is “To Sir With Love.” I recommend it highly. It’s about a black guy (Sidney Poitier) who goes to teach English in this rough (Bulgarian like) school in the outskirts of London, England. He throws the books out the window after much trial and error. But this inexperienced teacher keeps at it. Groovy music too. Seriously.
JIM GUITTARD creates music in a documentary music style from psychedelic folk to lo-fi indie-rock. He's been putting out his brand of do it yourself little demo tapes since his college days that serve as a personal diary. Guittard has spent some time in Hollywood pounding the musical pavement. His album "Busted In Bulgaria" was recorded while he lived overseas in Bulgaria as a teacher. In 2014, Guittard has eight albums to boot that can be purchased at ITUNES.