LISTEN TO THIS: THE ORKUSTRA – ADVENTURES IN EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRIC ORCHESTRA FROM THE SF PSYCHEDELIC UNDERGROUND

The man above, he looks creepy right?  Right.  Bobby Beausoleil might be known to you as a one time associate of convicted cult leader and mass murderer Charles Manson as well as the murderer of Gary Hinman.  Creepy.

Not so creepy?  Bobby Beausoleil was also a talented musician who for a short lived time lead The Orkustra, a psychedelic blast that swept through the Haight-Ashbury region of SF in the late 1960s.  Now, due to the disbandment of the, er, band, and Beausoleil’s enraged killing of a man over a supposed drug deal gone sour, the band never made it past the demo, noodling stage.

Luckily for us the good folk at Mexican Summer (an up and coming label with bands like Washed Out and Real Estate under their belt) have collected the loose smattering of strange and amazing haze that is The Orkustra on to one disc, and hot damn if it isn’t worth a listen.

Check out the music, and the full(er) story at Raven Sings The Blues.