Oakland’s psychedelic savant, Greg Ashley, has gone through a tremulous year.
Gentrification sent an eviction notice to the doors of his Creamery Analog studio — where he produced such acts as The Dutchess and the Duke, TV Ghost, Case Studies and The Mantles over almost a decade-long residence. After a spiritual retreat to Texas, Ashley reemerged in the Bay to begin work on a new studio, inhabiting a church just blocks from his former location.
In celebration of this transcendence, Bad Diet is releasing two archival nuggets that exhibit Greg Ashley’s genius, described by VICE as, “a true psychedelic visionary, maybe the greatest of his generation.”
“Living Underground” is a slip inside the peak years of Ashley’s widely-lauded act, The Gris Gris. Recorded in 2005, the lost gem’s haunting vocals and pounding back beat combine in a ritual resurrecting the band’s finest offerings. It also grounds The Gris Gris’ stake as progenitors of the Bay Area’s contemporary psych and garage scenes.
“Psychopathia Homosexualis” provides a glamorous look into the heart of Sir Lord Von Raven, Ashley’s Oakland supergroup with Eric Von Raven (Time Flys), Josh Miller (Wrong Words) and the late, great Jay Bronzini. It was recorded live at the Creamery in 2010.
In recent years, Greg has released a split LP and Adult Swim single with guru King Khan, and dropped a handful of solo efforts on Chicago’s Trouble In Mind Records. We hope he continues to thrive despite his recent setbacks…our altar will make sure of it.
IRONIC FACT: Greg’s eviction-issuing landlord was named “Art Music Center, LLC.”