Ya Ho Wha 13

Monday, December 15

In 2007, three members of the '70s LA psychedelic religious cult Ya Ho Wha 13 recorded Sonic Portation. It is arguably the greatest reunion album ever made. These folks were followers of a curious fellow named Father Yod, a former WWII flying ace from Ohio who moved to Los Angeles, studied yoga, and founded the hip Sunset Strip vegetarian restaurant The Source. A magnetic figure, Father Yod became the spiritual leader of over 100 men and women who lived communally in a Hollywood Hills mansion practicing nearly everything under the sun including astrology, nudism, Tantrism, freemasonry, cold showers, the Qabbala, staring at the sun, natural birth, life, and death. Like all good hippies, music was emphasized, and the Ya Ho Wha 13 band recorded albums of mind-flaying improv guitar and psychedelic throbbing. Yes, it was very fucked up and they were serious about every note. Father Yod died in a hang-gliding accident in 1975 and the Ya Ho Wha 13 band dissolved until reuniting for the aforementioned Sonic Portation. These dudes in robes played as though the '80s and '90s never happened. Usually, there is nothing sadder than seeing a bunch of old hippies onstage playing music, especially if they're wearing robes. But Ya Ho Wha 13 is the lone exception -- and also the freakiest.

Mon., Dec. 15, 8 p.m., 2008

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