Cosmic traveller Djin Aquarian is channelling Father Yod’s spirit in Plastic Crimewave Sound.
PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE SOUND featuring DJIN AQUARIAN with MONDO DRAG at Sneaky Dee’s (431 College), Saturday (November 15). $8. 416-603-3090.
Few zines cover the crazy music exploits of longhair freaks - both strung-out guitar gods and angelic-voiced folk femme fatales - in as visually stimulating a way as Galactic Zoo Dossier, hand-drawn and edited by Steve Krakow, who also fronts his own psychedelic amp-melters, Plastic Crimewave Sound, between issues.
When Krakow interviewed legendary Yahowha 13 guitarist Djin Aquarian, he convinced him to pick up his axe and take a trip with Plastic Crimewave Sound for a few dates.
Aquarian began playing blues-tinged folk music in Chicago clubs during the late 60s before going off to join Father Yod and his Source Family in California. So his return to the Windy City to join Plastic Crimewave Sound completes a cycle of sorts.
"It was definitely a full-circle thing to come back to Chicago after spending 40 years in the desert and see Barack Obama's victory speech at Grant Park and experience that outpouring of good will," says Aquarian. "The last time I was here, I saw the brutality of the Democratic National Convention in 68, and I left for the West Coast shortly after. It really is amazing when you think about it - fascism at one end and
social democracy at the other."
Aquarian credits the publication last year of The Source: The Untold Story Of Father Yod, Yahowha 13 And The Source Family (Process) for the growing interest in Yahowha 13's improvisational psych rock and the mysterious spiritual commune from which the group sprang. The book was written by Electricity Aquarian and Isis Aquarian, one of Father Yod's numerous wives and the Source Family's Keeper of Records.
Not that Djin is endorsing the book wholeheartedly. He's got a right to be disappointed with the way the music gets short shrift in the book's sordid account. The reason most people are interested in the Source Family is because of Yahowha 13's off-the-hook recordings.
"I don't think what was written in that book did the Family justice. It didn't explain enough about our spiritual mission and the whole vision of the Family, which coincides with a lot of what's starting to happen now - a greater sense of community, healthier living and a connectedness with nature. There was far too much about the personalities, the drama, the sex and everything else. Even though Yahowha 13 is on the cover, only six pages in the whole book deal with the group."
We haven't heard the last of Yahowha 13. Aquarian has reunited with Sunflower and Octavius Aquarian for the new Sonic Portation disc just released on the Prophase label, which shows they can still kick out the jams even without Father Yod's direction. They're also planning a tour.
"I'm on a cosmic journey, letting the spirit direct my footsteps as I see the spirit moving through the heart centre of other people affiliated with us through the music. I just feel honoured to still be alive and able to play it."
Yahowha 13 guitarist Djin Aquarian explains what happened to him and the Source Family after they moved to Hawaii and Father Yod died in a tragic hang gliding accident.