Wednesday, October 01, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week is more a funeral bouquet amidst a celebration they existed at all: from Bristol, England, The Moles! In March they packed it all in to become another band, leaving us with 17 tracks to celebrate and ruminate over titled And Now It's Time To Say Goodbye Again.



Stating the end on their Bandcamp page with this paragraph: "The Moles were a band from Bristol, U.K. who released one album in 2010 called 'The Future Sounds Of Ashton'. Nobody bought it. Feel free to now get it for free in the interworld... you have our blessing. It wasn't ever going to buy the baby a new cot anyway.
And now, here is 17 more tracks that got left behind for your ears... enjoy & weep with us."

So what we are gloriously (and thankfully) left with are tracks from those sessions for The Future Sounds..., or subsequent sessions for a follow-up. That nobody bought it is our own loss. Or, as Jeff Penczak wrote in his January, 2011, review for the Terrascope: "With enough ideas for three albums, The Moles have tossed the kitchen sink at the wall and leave it to you, dear listener, to salvage the wreckage. Punk…psych…metal…, it’s in there. Just dive in with the same reckless abandon that went into assembling the carnage at hand and have a damn good time."

(Full review here.)

Of The Future Sounds Of Ashton, Brin Davies has stated: "The album began as a fantasy recording project between me and Billy [Fuller] our bass player, inspired by our love of the Rubble uk psych comps. We threw the gauntlet down and set ourselves the target of writing and recording a song once a week. It was also a useful way for me to exorcise whatever ghosts I was dealing with in my job; I run a psychiatric admissions ward. We ended up doing this for a year or so until we morphed the project into a full band [....] most of the press we received focused on the 'English whimsy tag; I've always been a bit narked by this and see it as a much more neurotic affair. It's for this reason I don't feel it necessary to do the Bandcamp thing; I'm more interested in giving it a good send off." This quote from (La) Luna blog, along with what may be a still-viable link to the album, here. Spacerock Mountain also may have a viable link, here.

Here's a track I'm smitten by from this final document:


Here's the video for their track "Fuller's Dram" from The Future Sounds Of Ashton:


To quote the band: "THE MOLES have the telepathic ability to beam psychedelic music into receptive individuals frontal lobe. This music was made by utilizing this brainbeam. PRAISE THE MOLES. PRAISE THE INFINITE. PRAISE THE NEVER. PRAISE THE MOLE."

And we do...praise Brin and Billy!!! Best wishes on your new projects!

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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, September 25, 2014

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Hail Voyagers!!! New week, new Pick: from Melbourne, Australia, The Citradels! Their new album, released last week, is entitled Nepenthe and is available via their Bandcamp. (With a vinyl option, for posterity.)



The band are no strangers to these pages, having been cited as a Pick of the Week back in October of 2013 for their Our Lord's Secret Service album, as well as a Mid-Year Best of last year for their Psychotic Syndrone long-player. Suffice it to say this new one carries on in that line of Citradel Sound: a product of the talents and aspirations of the band now working even better together. If the thought of an amalgamation of the sounds of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Rolling Stones, and the Velvet Underground get your synapses firing this is a band for you. Guitar lines which haunt. Check 'em out!

The Citradels are: Thomas De Vries - Vocals, Guitar, Synth, Percussion, Organ, Mellotron; Curtis Goodfellow - Vocals, Guitar, Trumpet, Sitar, Percussion; Sam Heathcote - Bass, Synth, Percussion; Archer Moore - Organ, Marimba; Connor Tolson - Drums, Motorbike. (With vocals from Kayla Moon, on Dead Time and Tabla on Ultraviolet By Vincent Dodd.)

Watch. (Beautifully rendered, as always, by good friend blood meridian.)

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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, September 17, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! We're back with a new Pick: from Switzerland, Balduin! A one-man wunderkind from Bern, his new album, All In A Dream, is out via Sunstone Records UK.



A veteran musician, (recording material since 2001 if I'm correct,) who's clearly unafraid to wear his influences on his sleeve. The new album provides 16 tracks worthy of our attention most of which are in the psych-pop vein. (He's cut from much the same cloth as another one-man show: Jacco Gardner. I hope Balduin attracts a similar amount of attention.) Perhaps most telling, to me, is the choice of cover he's gone with on this outing, "Which Dreamed It," by Boeing Duveen & The Beautiful Soup. Not the first time he's covered them. An EP released back in January of this year had him try on their "Jabberwock" for size. It fit.

If whimsy and brighter hues of the sound palette read as tempting I recommend Balduin.



Watch!

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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, September 03, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! New week, new Pick: from Salvador, Brazil, Van der Vous! Their new album La Fuga, is out via Bandcamp.



Like fellow Brazilians Boogarins, Van der Vous consistently show their appreciation for the tricks and sounds of long-ago, AND their record collections may be bigger than their neighboring fellow psych' n' rollers! They certainly have a swagger about them and it comes through the music, loud and clear. While adding nothing new to the genre we love so much it's difficult -for me, not to appreciate and indeed applaud, the effort. Try the jangle and punch of opener "What You Need":



Or, "I Get High", remixed from an earlier single release:


I have high hopes for the future of this band. I hope you do, too. GO Van der Vous!

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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, August 27, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week calls Montreal, Canada, home: Elephant Stone! Just released this past Monday, Aug. 25th, is their new long-player: The Three Poisons. Out on Hidden Pony.



Together Rishi Dhir, drummer Miles Dupire, and guitarist Gabriel Lampert, have created a mesmerizing follow-up to last year's highly acclaimed eponymous release. We're all watching/listening as the Elephant Stone Sound develops and matures. For those of you who preferred a grittier dynamic within the song structures you'll be richly rewarded on this effort. Gone are the softer, more poppier influences, instead they've opted for a harder edge to the material. Rishi's sitar playing is still at the fore and what sets them apart from so many of their peers. Loud applause from my ears. I think you'll enjoy it quite a lot. Highest recommend.





The band are about to begin a significant tour beginning this Saturday, August 30th, in their home city and taking them across Europe through the Fall: check 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, August 20, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week comes from Los Angeles: the Electric Prunes! Delivering their fourth album of the new century, (!), with WaS!



As lead singer James Lowe says: "Mark Tulin and I were collecting ideas and songs for our last adventure when he went through the door. I am not sure he is really gone because I hear his voice as clearly as if he were standing beside me. Usually Mark and I would send each other song ideas back and forth until we had the rough story line and music in hand, then we would meet and pound everything into submission."
Also: "There is a fine line between "IS " and "WAS". If what you did is more important than what you are doing, you WAS. One moment you is and then you was. Somehow 1967 doesn't seem much different from today; tastes change but I think people are always on the lookout for some fresh ideas from the "is" that makes them remember the "was".
So take a ride with us as you listen to our new album, with a bit of the unreleased, a bit of the new, and as always, a fully Electric sonic journey 'round the universe through time and space, with WaS."

For me the album is yet another assertive statement and the perfect follow-up to '06's Feedback. Full of fire and fuzz, the Prunes show the energy of bands one-third their age with a panache which only comes from the roads traveled by men their own age. I first listened to the CD on a long drive last week and caught myself saying "wow!" during nearly every song. (A lot easier to remember what tracks I wanted to air on the radio show when it becomes "all of 'em!")



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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, August 13, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! From Melbourne, Australia, comes our Pick this week: The Baudelaires! They've recently released their debut EP, Be A Baudelaire!, themselves via Bandcamp.



(At six tracks it's as long as some full length releases.)Opener "Dream Salts" sets the stage for what's to come: woozy guitar, nonchalant vocals, and bright percussion. Put me in mind of early Ocean Blue. "Love Ain't Gone" continues the sonics of the opener with a BJM-esque approach. While wearing their influences way out atop their sleeves the EP offers worthy reward for listeners and is a welcome addition to the growing number of bands popping up mining this rich vein of rock.





The Baudelaires are: Grischa Zahren, Ben Reid, Blair Wittstadt, and Ryan Wittstadt. "Music fathoms the sky." -Baudelaire


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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!