Tuesday, December 09, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week comes from two places: Denmark & France: Halasan Bazar & Tara King th.! Their collaborative album, 8, is out on Moon Glyph Records.



To these ears it's a perfect update of the magical collaborations between Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra, circa "Some Velvet Morning" and "Sand." If that description gets you excited check it out!



Of the collaboration and how it came about:
" February 2014 in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a sleepy mountain village in the Auvergne, and Tara King Th (FR) and Halasan Bazar (DK/NO/UK) meet for the first time, a musical blind date arranged by Steve Rosborough, boss of both bands’ Californian label Moon Glyph. Armed with an embryonic songbook of ideas exchanged over the internet, the newly formed sextet set up a makeshift studio in La Gargouille, the deliciously incongruous 70s-styled local discothèque, together with photographer/film-maker, Sébastien Tixier. Living and playing, singing, drinking and dancing together in glorious isolation amidst the snow and disco balls, the collective rapidly bond, and the stage is set for them to merge their individual brands of psychedelia - Halasan’s introspective and whimsical folk-rock and Tara King’s cinematic baroque pop - into one organic whole. They rise to the occasion, swallowing influences, expanding their palettes with open minds, maturing startlingly before our very ears. Guitars shimmer and keyboards swirl and chime to form an atmosphere of giddy intoxication, while bass and drums provide a backbone of powerfully pulsating precision. In the foreground are the stoned, melancholic vocals of Fredrick Rollum Eckoff and the seductive and nuanced tones of Béatrice Morel-Journel. The songs are a delicious variety set to life by the detailed production of Arnaud Boyer. ‘Coeurs Croisés’ and ‘Ventolin’ come from a soundtrack to a halfdreamed Nouvelle Vague tale of espionage, sex and spilled blood. ‘Rot inside’ is aching dark romance. There’s crystalline fragility on ‘Cover’, bluesy swagger on ‘Door wrap’ and plaintive, primal howl on ‘TK16 Part 2’ and ‘Beneath the Golden Tree’. ‘Below your deepest expectations’ ebbs and flows in epic style, close-to-defeat yet defiant, while the tripped-out groove of ‘Try their best’ drones hypnotically before soaring heavenwards." (by Robert McTaggart)

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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.

Note:
Adding the Pick of the Week to their show is Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio. Thanks Col Chant!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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Hail Voyagers!!! Our Pick this week come from Iceland: Singapore Sling! They've just released their seventh album, The Tower Of Foronicity, on Fuzz Club Records.



As Henrik Björnsson, main man behind the band states on With Guitars dot com: "The new songs were written and recorded at Henrik’s home studio in winter 2011/2012 and in February/March 2014. To the band’s front-man, “Foroncity” is a made up word that means “ridiculousness” and “adversity” at the same time, in other words “so much adversity that it’s just ridiculous”. “Foroncity levels have been extremely high this year” and Henrik adds: “The Tower of Foroncity is endless, it goes on and on and on, and when you think you are at the top you really are at the bottom”. Such statement is not a surprise, as it comes from the man who named his project after an obscure 90s film by Nikolai Nikoladis: a perverse and dark movie about a man who has sex with a corpse." For those who need more Surfgaze n' Psych' in their life, along with a heavy helping of the Jesus & Mary Chain sound, I highly recommend this one!





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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.

Note:
Adding the Pick of the Week to their show is Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio. Thanks Col Chant!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! We're back with another great Pick after a week's hiatus spent celebrating our sixth year on air as a radio show in addition to the blog here. I was blown away with this Pick the first, and second, time I heard it: from San Francisco, California: Cool Ghouls! Their new album, A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye, is available via Empty Cellar Records! (In vinyl as a limited run of "swirling fire"!) Beautiful!




Together members Pat Thomas, Ryan Wong, Pat McDonald, and Alex Fleshman, have built quite a powerhouse of psychedelic sounds. An embarrassment of riches are contained in the grooves, caught live-to-tape in the recording studio by Sonny Smith, (of Sonny & the Sunsets.) What Mr. Smith has done is capture a document of a band firing on all cylinders, first purring then roaring then careening. Strap in!!! This a ride you'll be glad you took. Multiple times. Highest recommend.




Note: the album is also available on cassette via those wacky guys at Burger Records.

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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.

Note:
Adding the Pick of the Week to their show is Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio. Thanks Col Chant!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week comes from Barcelona, Spain: The Outside Hours! Their new album, Gone, is available as a free download at Bandcamp.



Leaning heavily on blues-based garage and psych', the duo blasts through the ten tracks on offer with aplomb and vehement swagger. Not unlike Dan Auerbach or Ty Segall, for those who need comparisons. If this is your niche then these two have what triggers your synapses and gets the juice flowing, pineal-wise. I'm hopeful a label will start to take notice and their next recorded output will have the support they deserve. Try 'em! You've zero to lose!







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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.

Note:
Adding the Pick of the Week to their show is Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio. Thanks Col Chant!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week comes from Liverpool: The Wicked Whispers! Their debut album, Maps Of The Mystic, is out now on Electone Records.



Cut from the same cloth as Temples, Jacco Gardner, Balduin, (and the late, lamented Moles,) The Wicked Whispers create music evocative of the '60s original artyfacts era with an ease that captivates and haunts, lingering long after the music has stopped. I think any number of the eleven tracks could be slipped into a compilation of '60s pop-psych sounds and no one would question the authenticity of the sounds of that era whilst standing out amongst that crowd as one of the better tracks contained within. This eleven track assemblage is thus crowned a solid winner in an ever-crowded field of bands attempting to capture the feel of that magical era. Bravo to Mike Murphy & Company!!!

Try this:


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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.

Note:
Adding the Pick of the Week to their show is Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio. Thanks Col Chant!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! From Fort Wayne, Indiana, comes our Pick this week: Heaven's Gateway Drugs! Their new album, Apropos, is out now via their Bandcamp page.



A nine-track bolt of lightning and blue fire from an outfit which has shown consistent growth, by leaps and hookahs, with each release! From the backwards-tape opener with chiming guitar and treated vocals of "Read Between The Lines," through grand finale, (and unFCC-friendly to my chagrin,) "Fall Back Down Again", they're a band to watch. Try it!





F Y I, they'll be among a great lineup at this year's ECHO Fest in Detroit, Michigan, on Saturday, November 15th! More info' here.

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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.

Note:
Adding the Pick of the Week to their show is Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio. Thanks Col Chant!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our choice for Pick of the Week call Sydney, Australia, home: Richard In Your Mind! Their new album, Ponderosa, is out now via the Rice Is Nice label.



Offering up a fourteen-track embarrassment of riches, the band, Richard Cartwright, Conrad Greenleaf, Pat Torres, Richard Cuthbert, and Joe Muller, have conjured yet another satisfying release to add to their remarkable catalog. (In truth, one of the best albums I've heard all year is their 2007 release, The Future Prehistoric, available on Bandcamp for the "name your price" option!)On this excursion the band gives us sitar, synth's, plenty of guitar a-wobble, and impeccable percussion, saturated liberally with tongue-in-cheek humor by a band clearly having fun being. That's quite enough for me. And, I think it will be for you, too. Try some:





Highly 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, 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.

Note:
Adding the Pick of the Week to their show is Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio. Thanks Col Chant!