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!

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!