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!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! New week, and the new Pick is Chicago's own The Red Plastic Buddha! Their new album, Songs for Mara, is out via their own Space Cat Records label!



On this, their third album, Tim Ferguson has once again managed the miraculous: assembling yet another lineup of stellar players assisting him in his singular -and forceful, vision. On offer is twelve tracks of heady psychedelia even the most jaded among us will enjoy and appreciate for quite some time. My guarantee. Beginning with the hurricane that is "She's An Alien," through to the pulsating "Little White Pills," Tim & Co. show they're ALL in service to the song and the craft of same. The strumming Bowie-esque "Being Human" allows those of you who don't know Tim very well a glimpse of what this man is capable of, and his strength as an observer of the human condition. He knows better than most the universal laws of yin and yang and this track is a summa. In case you failed to notice on prior albums, and continuing here, Tim also believes strongly in paying homage (and the mechanical royalties) to the forefathers of psychedelia by including at least one cover version. Here he's chosen Love's "A House Is Not A Motel" and the passion shows for the original and their remake. "Cosmonaut" is as propulsive as the title suggests.





While perhaps it isn't the easiest route to creating and sharing one's vision, the ability nonetheless to assemble and reassemble people willing to assist in making it happen shows just how much Tim Ferguson's gravitational pull on good people really is. Stand up for the good guy here and try it, then buy it.

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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, July 30, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! Brighton, England, provides our Pick this week: Soft Walls! Their album, No Time, is out now via (the mighty & reliable,) Trouble In Mind Records.



From the label's press:
" Dan Reeves is a very busy guy. In addition to running his own label, Faux Discx Records and playing in the band Cold Pumas he also finds time to record songs all by his lonesome under the moniker ‘Soft Walls’. After recording and releasing the eponymous Soft Walls album in 2012, Reeves set to work again, this time with a borrowed 8-track and a vision of composing a suite of thematically interlaced tunes, resulting in his Trouble In Mind debut, "No Time".

“No Time”s ten songs are meditations on the passing of time itself and the pre-conceived notions (both external and internal) of what you can and should be doing with it. “No Time”s lyrics touch on a universal fear held by many young people heading north of their Twenties; what am I doing, and will I have enough time to do it? Reeves spent many hours writing and re-writing the album’s tunes at home and in his rehearsal space in Brighton before hitting “record” and it shows. While his debut was constructed ‘as-it-happened’ and recorded directly into his computer, “No Time”s deliberate songcraft proves just how far he’s come as a tunesmith, seamlessly aligning his pop smarts with avant-leaning psychedelic drones and a propulsive, rhythmic drive. Dreamy guitar ragas like the opening track “Won’t Remember My Name” ebb and flow seamlessly into motorik head-boppers like “Never Come Back Again” and “All The Same”, whilst pop tunes “Guided Through” and “No Time” shimmer enticingly through a foggy haze.

Mixed to perfection with likeminded independents and Hookworms mastermind, MJ in Leeds and mastered by Joe Caithness at Subsequent Mastering, these are songs to get lost in; to discover & re-discover. Don’t worry - there’s plenty of time. The first vinyl edition of “No Time” is pressed on black vinyl, & includes a printed inner sleeve & download code.

RIYL: Loop, Fresh & Onlys, Hookworms, Cave, Dirty Beaches, White Fence.

For my part, the ten tracks offer a refreshing take on all things krautrock-inspired, with a driving rhythm section, pulsing guitars, and vocals just right in the mix. Time well spent. More reviews, if you need, through Metacritic .



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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, July 23, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! New week, and with it a new Pick: White Fence! Now five albums into this project, Tim Presley, (Darker My Love,)makes a brilliant follow-up to Cyclops Reap!Titled For The Recently Found Innocent, it came out yesterday via Drag City.



Perhaps as a result of getting himself into a studio, rather than past recording efforts in more humble sonic spaces, Presley -and producer Ty Segall, have found that sweet spot for Presley's tunes to fully bloom into the magical creations they were meant to be. Mind, there's still lots of the lo-fi shambling and ramble but it's appreciated more at this dosage. Emotion-filled and full of the fire of the bands inspiring him to create music, this one has the Kinksian and Who-like all sewed up. Power surges. We reap the benefit. Recommended. Highly.


Catch 'em if you can:
07-24 Los Angeles, CA- Echo =
07-25 Los Angeles, CA- Echo #
08-05 Big Sur, CA- Henry Miller Library / Woodsist Fest %
10-13 Brooklyn, NY- Baby’s All Right
10-14 Allston, MA- Great Scott ^*
10-15 Montreal, QC- Il Motore *
10-16 Toronto, ON- The Garrison *
10-17 Cleveland, OH- Happy Dog *
10-18 Chicago, IL- Subterranean *
10-19 Buffalo, NY- Tralf Music Hall *
10-20 Baltimore, MD- The Metro Gallery *
10-21 Philadelphia, PA- Underground Arts *
10-23 Kingston, NY – BSP Lounge !

* = King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
^ = Juan Wauters
% = Woodsist Festival with Woods, Angel Olsen, Skygreen Leopards, Kevin Morby
# = w/ Tomorrows Tulips, Cold Beat
= = w/ Dream Boys, Abigails

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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, July 16, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week comes from "The Queen of Watering Places," a/k/a Brighthelmstone, a/k/a Brighton, England: Nightworkers! Their album, Sleep Generation, is out now and available via Bandcamp.




Nightworkers are: Jack Moullin - Vocals / Guitar / Percussion; Rowan Reddington - Guitar / Bass / Vocals / Sitar; Mitch Turner - Bass / Guitar / Vocals; Joe Haberfield- Keys / Synth / Vocals; Jonny Ross - Drums / Vocals / Percussion.

The album, Sleep Generation, begins with martial drumming and flurried guitar for "Wake Up #88." Then it brings the storm of psychedelic efx, tasteful, not overdone. Anthemic. Forceful. And that's just the opener. The harmonica opening of "Daydreamer," provides a wail amidst the hand-clapping mantra riding the interspersed guitar sonics and another clear winner of a track. In truth, the album in some wise reminds me of the best parts of House of Love: talent galore and sonic surprises aplenty. To wit, "Just Like Everyone Else." Put this on the Fontana debut, (a/k/a "The Butterfly album,") and no one would be the wiser methinks. I like their style. I think you will, too!




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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, July 08, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! We turn to Stockholm, Sweden, for our Pick this week: The Flight Reaction! Their self-titled debut album is out today via 13 O'Clock Records.



It comes as no surprise, to me, a group of veterans comprised of former members of The Maggots, The Giljoteens, and Les Artefacts, unleash their formidable and muscular chops and create a pulse-pounding garage rockin' psychedelic classic. Yes, a classic. One which, imho, will stand the test of time and twenty years hence still be heralded as a brilliant example of the genre. A veritable feast for "Coolest Song In The World"-type DJs. My favorite? The Nuggets-esque "Slide Away" with its eastern motifs and understated fuzz guitar buzz, not to mention lyrics showing veteran skill. Again, everything on here is amazingly crafted and a masterpiece of the genre. Highest recommend! The Flight Reaction are: Måns P Månsson - guitar, vocals; Sebastian Braun - guitar, vocals; Mats Bigrell - drums; Aron Erstorp - bass, vocals. Get it!




Pre-orders are now available for the Flight Reaction's debut album! The album includes a download code, and the first 100 copies of the album will include a special limited editon 11" x 17" poster! The first 100 copies will strictly be available here and through the band only. First come, first served on these, so don't wait too long as there have already been a number of inquiries about the album! Here is the pre-order info:
PRE-ORDER INFORMATION FOR THE FLIGHT REACTION DEBUT LP (13OC-017)

If you are interested in pre-ordering the debut album from the Flight Reaction, please send an e-mail message here:13oclockrecords@gmail.com with "FLIGHT REACTION PRE-ORDER" in the subject header line of your e-mail, and the form of payment you wish to use to pay for the record (Paypal, check or money order). The sale price for the record is $13.00 plus shipping. Please see the following shipping prices below to find the correct shipping cost to your part of the world. Once your payment is received, you will receive a confirmation e-mail stating that your order has been confirmed. In order to insure that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to purchase one of the first 100 copies of the record, limit one copy per customer please!

Shipping prices for one album:

U.S. media mail - $4.00

U.S. priority mail - $9.50

Canada - $11.75

Mexico - $16.00

U.K., Europe, anywhere else in the world - $19.00

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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!