Wednesday, July 01, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! From Porto, Portugal: 10 000 Russos! Their self-titled debut LP is out now, via the always-reliable, ridiculously outstanding Fuzz Club Records. GO Casper!



The band have clearly digested the works of Neu! and others of that ilk. Together this three-piece band, Pedro Pestana, André Couto, and João Pimenta, create a maelstrom of delicious sounds to satisfy those seeking the high energy driving psychedelia. UsVsUs, the album's second track, is a perfect example:



While opener Karl Burns sets the tone for what's to come. Get stuck in this:


There's a great interview with the band from the Fuzz Club site, here, which includes a telling explanation of the band's name. As the Dayz Of Purple And Orange blog so aptly sums it up:
" This really is an immense piece of work...the imagination, the creativity and the sheer scope of the album is huge and, if given the due time and attention it deserves, will cement 10,000 Russos' place in many a 'Best Of...' list of 2015. This is the work of a band who care not a whit for genres and categories but produce the music that they want to produce; there are no sidelong glances to what other bands are doing, no 'jumping on the bandwagon'. I've made no secret of my love for many a record label on the pages of this blog: Cardinal Fuzz, Sulatron, Captcha, BBiB amongst others .....and on this, alongside the Sonic Jesus release and the 'Reverb Conspiracy' LPs, Fuzz Club are well and truly up there with the best."

Highly recommended. 10 000 Russos!

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You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week -from the Motor City: Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor! Their new album, Desert Brain, is out -for US fans, via their Bandcamp page, and for European fans via Mongolic Records.



The band, Sean Morrow (guitar, vocals), Eric Oppitz (bass, organ), and Richard Sawoscinski (drums, percussion), allow themselves the time and space to stretch ideas out further and further, both inward and outward simultaneously. We listeners are the benefactors of this new creative effort. From their page on Mongolic:
" Their new full length recording Desert Brain not only brings Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor’s aesthetic to life, but brings to fruition years spent planning the ultimate immersive listening experience. “I think we were a bit scared to make it,” says Oppitz. “It took us much longer than a typical record of a collection of songs would have taken us.  Not only did we have to write the songs, but we had to compose the transitions between them and then think about how each song fit into the overall concept of the entire record.” Shimmering layers of sound slide and collide across Desert Brain, which was crafted to be an end-to-end experience that’s more a shifting moodscape than collection of individual songs. “Lyrically and musically, we really tried to tap into the chaos, celebration, and tragedy that has affected us over the last four years,” says Sawoscinski.  “Since our last release Spectra Spirit we’ve collectively faced marriage, eviction, success, breakups, the death of a good friend to addiction, career changes and displacement.” While the process of writing and recording a unified album like Desert Brain was challenging, the reward is a seamless, immersive journey for the listener. From the opening, flanged guitar strains of “Seventh Scene” to the juggernaut of chugging noise at the center of “What’s Your Cloud Nine 37” to the building waves of vocals, drums and tension that drive the title track, Desert Brain has texture, hypnotizing rhythm and a sonic landscape you won’t soon forget. The album, in keeping with Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor’s tradition of covering all aesthetic bases, will be released on clear and splattered blue vinyl. "



Buy!

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You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week, from Sacramento, California: MindFlowers! (Note, this band is from California, as opposed to The Mind Flowers from Copenhagen, Denmark.) Our Pick has just released their new album, ///3, via Bandcamp.



Whilst leaning towards a more psychedelic-pop approach on most tracks, (to these ears,) the band does show occasional flashes of heavier hitting material here, too. Fans of Jacco Gardner, Temples, etc., will find a lot to like. Recommended.



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You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week, from Saarbrücken, Germany: Pretty Lightning! The duo of Sebastian Haas and Christian Berghoff have just released their second album, (and first in three years,) A Magic Lane Of Light And Rain, via the always-reliable Cardinal Fuzz and Sound Effect Records.



While the press pack notes: “a throbbing delta blues psychedelic gloop that collides with the communal vibe of some of their Krautrock forefathers.” I'm going to only half-agree; the description might've fit the debut -and it does, this new effort brings a bit more city to their music, and with a style and panache all their own. Several tracks have that swagger and pulsating rhythm akin to The Doors, Primal Scream, and Ty Segall-like stomp-around. I would go so far as to say that half this new album wouldn't have -couldn't have, been made at the time of the debut, three years ago. Growth is good. Even the Delta is growing. This one has a bit of the Rhine, Elbe, and Spree, to it. Bottom line: it's a keeper and -as a step further in the pair's future, I like where they're going. A lot.





Also, Pretty Lightning will be taking the stage at the Eindhoven Psych Lab this weekend, June 5 & 6!

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You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week comes from the storm-beaten Ft. Worth, Texas: The Cush! They've released their fourth LP, Transcendental Heatwave, on Follyphone Records.



Ten tracks of scorching sonics, many reviewers have picked up on the motorik drive at the heart of the album, nowhere more clearly -to me, than on "Highway Brain," a Moon Duo-esque slice of brilliance in an album full of it. "Broken Radio" comes across as anthemic, (and has garnered phone calls whenever I've aired it on the radio show.) The husband-wife duo at the core of the band, Burette and Gabrielle, aided by Josh Daugherty & Todd Harwell, satisfy a lot of different tastes on this one. As our good friend and highly perceptive primate Ryan at Revolt of the Apes sums it up:
" There’s a vitality, imagination and undeniable spirit of motion throughout “Transcendental Heat Wave,” a powerful sense of escape velocity that allows the album to unfold something like a perfectly planned road trip. Allusions to driving color the album – references to being on the road, behind the wheel and just a few transcendental car-lengths away from whatever elements of control and paranoia happen to be flashing their brights at you in this very moment. “Transcendental Heat Wave”? Yeah. We could use a lift. " Indeed.



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You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week calls Florence, Italy, home: Plastic Man! Their debut album, Don't Look At The Moon, is out now on Black Candy Records.



From their press release:
"Plastic Man are an Italian garage psych band formed in 2012. Influenced by beat, psychedelic, nuggets compilations and late 60's music in general, the trio from Florence (Raffaele - guitar and lead vocals, Diletta - bass guitar and backing vocals, Fabio - drums) mixes retrò and modern styles producing songs with a neo-psychedelic flavour. Their music involves also other elements like acid rock, rockabilly, surf, progressive, garage punk and stoner. The effects on voice and guitar, such as tremolo, fuzz, delay and reverb, reveal their aim: reproducing a fresh, natural, genuine and up-to-date garage psych sound. Plastic Man's first release is a 4 track EP in vinyl produced by Misty Lane (November 2013). After over a year of live shows in Italy and a tour in France (April 2014), the band's debut album ("Don't Look At The Moon") was released on 9 March 2015 on Black Candy Records."

I found the descriptions of their sound to be quite accurate. Most of all this debut long player shows a band having fun and letting it rip. "Rolling Machine" may be the best illustration of this ethos pervading the album.


Also try:


For a good time: try Plastic Man!

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You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week, from the Wiltshire area of England: Cranium Pie! Their latest effort, (already sold out!,) is titled Mechanisms, Part 2, is out as a double LP by those finely-attuned & crazy folks at Fruits de Mer!



Still available digitally via the band's own Bandcamp page, we find on offer 15 tracks of weird, wild, and ultimately wonderful space-prog-psych, wheren our protagonists live up to the "Moonrakers" appellation. Good friend and prog savant Jerry Kranitz, of Aural Innovations, starts off describing it thusly: "It took nearly four years but Cranium Pie have finally released the follow up to 2011’s fantastic Mechanisms Part 1. Mechanisms Part 2 is a 2-LP set with a single approximately 19 minute track on each side. Though untitled, each side has distinguishable segments, though they typically flow fairly seamlessly from one to the next. But titles mean little here as the whole is like a tour de force of Prog-Psych-Kosmiche Rock circa 1969-73. Follow along as I stream of conscious describe this 4 sided experience and you’ll get a flavor for what Mechanisms Part 2 is about… " (REad the rest here.)

Or, Oregano Rathbone's concise head-nailing: ""a roiling soundwave that conjoins Caravan/Egg organ textures with cabalistic, linear grooves straight from the Neu! road map. Cranium Pie exist in the magical interstice between psych and prog, so you’ll search in vain for the intemperate showing-off of the latter while basking in the polychromatic flashes of the former" (Record Collector)

Here's a track to enjoy as a taste:



Brilliant!

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You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time, as well as Mr. Atavist's Sunrise Ocean Bender show, heard every other Thursday from 11pm to 1 am eastern, on WRIR in Richmond, VA.

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