Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week comes from the west coast state of California, Dahga Bloom! Their new album, No Curtains, is out via Captcha Records, and is in process of melting turntables everywhere!



Holding back from hyperventilating on hyperbole, this thing SMOKES! Crunchy, dynamic, fuelled by gods-know-what. Or, as our great pal Mr. Atavist so aptly puts it:
" Taking the left-field uncaged fury of The Pink Fairies, The Stooges and maybe even a touch of The Deviants’ frayed spirit for good measure and stoking it with the fuel imbibed by today’s smash hit makers like White Manna, Comets on Fire, Human Eye and Destruction Unit, Dahga Bloom mix a fireball of a cocktail that goes down like gargling chrome shavings. Tastes great, sounds even fucking better. Trashy, gravelly, echo-heavy, gloriously burnt and delivered through a jet engine and cosmic vacuum, No Curtains about sucks the air out of the room from the start with Supa reaching out to shake your hand … and then pulling it out of the socket to beat you over the head with it. And you’ll take it. " (further statements here.)
For my money, the 9+ minute slash-and-burn of "Wampum/Rotted Man" lights up the inner spaces enough to see the fringes. Comes on -and sustains, its drive like The Wooden Shjips in a typhoon.


More hear. Careful with combustible or flammable material. Seriously.

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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, April 16, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! Hoping all in the Americas got to see some of the "blood moon" eclipse. And now on to our Pick: from Paris, France: Les Rivals! Their self-titled debut just came out via Mauvaise Foi Records, and Casbah Records!



Stylistically all over the map; from garage, to Brit-pop, to psychedelia, and back again. A sturdy, solid effort by a band who've clearly been at this much longer than their debut suggests. (Their Bandcamp page shows a single going back to 2010. makes more sense now, as this LP is accomplished.) Talented players who get it done wherever "it" takes us. Matt : lead voice and noisy tambourine; RV : (fuzz) guitar; Sam : (heavy) bass; Dom : (Driving) beats; and Clem :(swinging) organ. Jumping outta' the gate with the raucous "Police Station," one discerns ambition. "Glory Days," the third track could've fit on *any* Brit-pop album of the mid- to late-90s. Any of them. Would've been a winner, too. By track six, imho, they fully hit stride with the garage stomping "Take Me For A Ride"! Whoo! And from there they don't let up. "She Don't Care" is an organ-fueled whirly-gig, and the lead guitar action sizzles. It all comes to close on epic last track, the six-plus minute "Halfway There." A coup de grace, to be sure. Panache. Recommended.

Ecoutez! avec volume.





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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, April 08, 2014

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Hail Voyagers!!! Our Pick this week comes from Australia: The Love Explosion! Their new album is entitled Mood Processor and is available as a free download at their blog.



I say "their new album" but it's largely the work of one man: Tom C., of Sydney, Australia. No stranger to this blog, the band particpated in the Solstice compilation, Vol. 3, back in 2010, ans his prior album made our Best Of list in 2011. This album shows quite a lot of depth. Range, too. He is unabashed about what bands and/or listening habits are affecting the music he's itching to create. Simple stuff without being facile. Creative, sometimes crunchy, the tracks are in able hands and mind with Tom. I think your mind may like it as much as I do. Certainly worth a try.



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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, April 02, 2014

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week comes from Zaragoza, (Saragossa,) Spain: My Expansive Awareness! Their self-released EP, Uroboros, is available via Bandcamp.



Certainly a promising debut and a band to watch in the future. Six tracks spanning garage and psychedelia in equal measure, they're clearly having fun and it comes through the recording process! Recommended!Mi aerodeslizador está lleno de anguilas



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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, March 26, 2014

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week comes from the area known for its forest denizens, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. (Dennis Moore?) From Nottingham, The Cult of Dom Keller! Their newest album, The Second Bardo, is out -in "oxblood and bottle-green" vinyl, on the Cardinal Fuzz label. A reputable, discerning label, to be sure.



Full of the fire and swagger which brought so much attention to their debut just a year ago, The Second Bardo is as relentless as the spiritual states we may all have to pass through. Unlike said states, you can listen in this life and get full enjoyment from their effort. Ryan, Neil, Jason, and Joe, have drunk from the still-flowing river of that late '60s-early '70s branch where a right good pummeling jumped out of the grooves. (Thankfully they seem to have eschewed all the hair and platform shoes.) To quote a snippet of the review by Simon Delic on the Backseat Mafia site:
" ...Cult of Dom Keller has retained many of the tropes that made the first album so successful in my eyes, but has developed its music. The band sound more confident and have channelled that into a tighter set without losing the essential chaos in their music. So the elements are still all there, the mysterious nature of the vocals – imagine Ian Curtis shouting through a megaphone; the heavy (really heavy) fuzzy guitar; the swirling organ weaving its way through the songs and coming up for air every so often; and the deep bass which really pounds from the speakers as the needle digs into the vinyl."

Some sounds? Here's the album's opener:


They may be a cult we can all get behind. Church cellar 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, 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, March 18, 2014

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Brilliant Pick this week, from Rennes, France: Maria False!
Although the release is just over 12 months old, it deserves as wide an audience as possible, imho. Released last February, Artefact, find this band firing on all cylinders. Perhaps even adding additional, non-superfluous cylinders! The damned thing rattles and crushes with a fervor. I was immediately smitten. Smote.



They're a force, and certainly ones to watch. Hoping new material is being concocted in their lab'! In the interim, enjoy this sonic burst:




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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, March 12, 2014

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our choice for Pick this week calls the Gothia Fortress home, from Gothenburg, Sweden, The Movements!
They've just released Like Elephants 2, their follow-up to last year's Like Elephants 1, on Crusher Records. (And, soon, on new U.S. label, Sunrise Ocean Bender!)


Bookends of a pair, both albums work together -or apart, as intended. Going from strength to strength, Like Elephants 2 finds the band utilizing a wide palette of sonics, whether it be late '60s-early '70s hard rock or that oft-used "Laurel Canyon" vibe. As Rockfreaks-dot-net put it:
" As a whole, "Like Elephants 2" is absolutely a quality pair of headphones type of an album. The expansive space rock soundscapes and immersive psychedelia need to be experienced in a setting that allows the music to engulf its listener for best effect. I fear that a standard 2-set speaker setup won't do it, but with great headphones or with surround sound the album truly comes to life - retro fans will find loads to like here. " (More here.)
There's much to love about this effort. In some ways, in my mind, they - The Movements, are filling a void left behind by Ebbott & Co. It may be too early to call them heirs apparent, but they're on the right path.


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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!