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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week comes from Αθήνα! Circassian!
Their new album, Hantse Guashe, is out via Chaotic Synergy.



Like predecessor album, Procrastinational, this one is full of powerful jolts and bursts. They play as if their lives depended on it. Perhaps they do. Whatever the cause, we -the listeners, are the lucky ones here. The band deliver a pulse-pounding array of psychedelia & garage to satisfy virtually every fan of the genre(s). Me, I'm glad they're around. Help yourself to a copious quantity of another Greek Mystery.., then, onward to Eleusis!




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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, February 26, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! The final pick of February, the cruelest month of 'em all, (imho,) makes this miserable month bearable: from Topanga Canyon, California, Morgan Delt!
Morgan just released his debut long-player, (after a six-song cassette was released earlier last year on his own label, Inflatable Tapes,) on Trouble In Mind. (*That* label is on a ROLL!)


The self-titled debut expands to eleven tracks to satisfy and those prepared for deep inner space travels. I swear every time I hear "Beneath the Black and Purple" I'm reminded of the Byrds "Eight Miles High", squeezed into a three-minute song! As his press states, on the Trouble In Mind site:
" Morgan cites influences from Curt Boettcher to West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and rounds it out with golden age sunset stip heavies like The Byrds and Love. It ’s all in there; obsessively studied, mastered and then mutated. Side one opens with the one/two punch of ‘Make My Grey Brain Green’ and ‘Barbarian Kings’ blasting apart 40 years of pop-psych and stitching it back together in a way that is both familiar but also refreshingly new. ‘Beneath the Black and Purple’ soars with a chiming guitar grumble right out of ‘8 Miles High.’’ & “Chakra Sharks” squirms it ’s way out of the speakerslike a snake - oiled up with the stink of not only what came before, but what ’s happening NOW. The drums pound hard & heavy, while the backups “la-la-la” all over your noggin like a Frankenstein version of The Flaming Lips & Thee Oh Sees. Each track worms it ’s way into your brain and takes hold. The finale ‘Main Title Sequence’, is all Stu Phillips-worship, right out of the soundtrack to your favorite 60’s cult classic with it ’s angelic backing vocals and lilting tremolo lead but somehow still buzzes with a modern current. As Morgan so keenly described his notion on the current state of genre bending music “I think we’ve become unstuck in time and everything is going to happen all at once from now on.” " (Hmmm, the last quote lets you know he, too, is aware of Terence McKenna. RIP)
Grab your own on vinyl or CD and smoke 'em if you got 'em. It billows and wafts.




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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!