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

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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

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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

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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!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! From Londinium comes our Pick this week: The Chemistry Set! Fresh off their inclusion, (as if they'd be denied!,) in Fruits de Mer's box set homage to Love, the guys continue their upward trajectory into mental inner space with a new 7" EP titled Elapsed Memories, out November 22nd.



At three tracks there's no room for half-measures, nor do they give it. This EP once again confirms the band's dedication to the genre of psychedelia and their talents and ability to create it. A-side, the title track, is a five-plus minute graduate course in craft. The B-side is no slouch either! "A Cure For The Inflicted Afflicted" explodes out of the gate and is a relentless slice of freakbeat, (and my favorite of the three.) The B-side also offers a cover of the Jimi Hendrix track "Love Or Confusion." They choose the "make it our own" route, versus rote replay, and it's another winner.
Proof?



You don't have to teach old dogs new tricks, sometimes you just need to let the dog show you his BIG BAG of tricks. Hail The Chemistry Set!!! (And Fruits de Mer, who continues to boggle and blow minds with their impeccable taste!

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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 08, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week comes from the FAR north. Korpilombolo, Sweden, to be exact. It's Goat! Their new album, Commune, is out via Sub Pop.



As Sub Pop says of the band, and the new album:
"Ultimately, it is GOAT’s music that speaks the most about them, and, on their second album, Commune, GOAT deliver a heavy dose of acidic grooves, hypnotic incantations, and serpentine guitar lines, building on the much-lauded sound of World Music to explore new territories. Starting with the layered percussive groove, Eastern guitar flourishes, and convoking vocals of “Talk To God”, Commune re-establishes the trance-inducing rhythms and exotic blaze of guitar that characterized World Music. That spellbound pulse delves into darker and more propulsive territories on “Words” and “Goatslaves”, while “Goatchild” veers towards the transcendental pop of ‘60s Bay Area rock. The vintage psychedelic vibe permeates through songs like “The Light Within” and “To Travel The Path Unknown”—tracks that suggest that these rural Swedes operate on the same wavelength as the Turkish psych-folkies recently rediscovered by reissue labels like Finders Keepers. Commune reaches its apex when GOAT’s hymnal invocations meet a heavy dose of proto-metal fuzz on “Hide From The Sun” and “Gathering of Ancient Tribes”." I found the album to be not only an extension of their wild and wildly successful debut, but also an advance on their abilities within a recording studio. Kudos to the engineer(s)for giving their sound more depth and breadth than previously realized. The proof is in the grooves!




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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!