Thursday, May 21, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week calls Florence, Italy, home: Plastic Man! Their debut album, Don't Look At The Moon, is out now on Black Candy Records.



From their press release:
"Plastic Man are an Italian garage psych band formed in 2012. Influenced by beat, psychedelic, nuggets compilations and late 60's music in general, the trio from Florence (Raffaele - guitar and lead vocals, Diletta - bass guitar and backing vocals, Fabio - drums) mixes retrò and modern styles producing songs with a neo-psychedelic flavour. Their music involves also other elements like acid rock, rockabilly, surf, progressive, garage punk and stoner. The effects on voice and guitar, such as tremolo, fuzz, delay and reverb, reveal their aim: reproducing a fresh, natural, genuine and up-to-date garage psych sound. Plastic Man's first release is a 4 track EP in vinyl produced by Misty Lane (November 2013). After over a year of live shows in Italy and a tour in France (April 2014), the band's debut album ("Don't Look At The Moon") was released on 9 March 2015 on Black Candy Records."

I found the descriptions of their sound to be quite accurate. Most of all this debut long player shows a band having fun and letting it rip. "Rolling Machine" may be the best illustration of this ethos pervading the album.


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For a good time: try Plastic Man!

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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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week, from the Wiltshire area of England: Cranium Pie! Their latest effort, (already sold out!,) is titled Mechanisms, Part 2, is out as a double LP by those finely-attuned & crazy folks at Fruits de Mer!



Still available digitally via the band's own Bandcamp page, we find on offer 15 tracks of weird, wild, and ultimately wonderful space-prog-psych, wheren our protagonists live up to the "Moonrakers" appellation. Good friend and prog savant Jerry Kranitz, of Aural Innovations, starts off describing it thusly: "It took nearly four years but Cranium Pie have finally released the follow up to 2011’s fantastic Mechanisms Part 1. Mechanisms Part 2 is a 2-LP set with a single approximately 19 minute track on each side. Though untitled, each side has distinguishable segments, though they typically flow fairly seamlessly from one to the next. But titles mean little here as the whole is like a tour de force of Prog-Psych-Kosmiche Rock circa 1969-73. Follow along as I stream of conscious describe this 4 sided experience and you’ll get a flavor for what Mechanisms Part 2 is about… " (REad the rest here.)

Or, Oregano Rathbone's concise head-nailing: ""a roiling soundwave that conjoins Caravan/Egg organ textures with cabalistic, linear grooves straight from the Neu! road map. Cranium Pie exist in the magical interstice between psych and prog, so you’ll search in vain for the intemperate showing-off of the latter while basking in the polychromatic flashes of the former" (Record Collector)

Here's a track to enjoy as a taste:



Brilliant!

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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, May 05, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! The Pick this week calls Humboldt, California, home: White Manna! They're about to release their fourth LP, Pan, from May 21st to June 1, depending on format. Available in the US via Captcha Records, and in Europe by Cardinal Fuzz.



Seven tracks and 44 minutes of pure pummeling joy. They've clearly accessed the local cash crop to take us to Aldebaran. And leave us there. We are stoned immaculate. As Cardinal Fuzz puts it:
"Pan is the next logical step for White Manna, as tracks flow from guitar blasting amplifier destroying worship to super-cosmische space rock epics and then comes back for more ferocious Stooges pounding fuzzed up Hawkwind inspired freak flag waving wildness. Inspired by the Northern Californian landscape, the natural mystic of Pan is informed by, as guitarist David Johnson states, “…the trees, beaches, and open spaces where we live are all integral parts of our approach to music.” The album recording was dialled in at the Compound Manila and laid to tape at Lucky Cat Recording by the legendary Phil Manley. The psychedelic mazes on the cover art are brought to you by the amazing, AP Shrewsbury. Pan is an album of a band at the height of their game."

They'll be opening skulls at this weekend's Levitation Fest, playing Friday, May 8th, at 4:15pm.
Smoke 'em if you got '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!

Friday, May 01, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! (Apologies for the tardiness of the post.)Our Pick this week: Helsinki's Black Lizard! Their new album, Solarize, is out via Soliti.



Joni Seppänen, Paltsa-Kai Salama, Onni Nieminen and Lauri Lyytinen, recapture -or continue, the swagger and venom of their 2013 debut, (which included one of my personal favorite tracks of the year: "Fucking Up",) by giving us a veritable hornet's nest of stinging tracks on this effort. Beginning with "Everything And Nothing," on through to the finale, "Shine High," the album is laden with spot-the-influence brilliance, imho. I hear Stones-like blues on "Helpless," and Screamadelica-era Primals on the aforementioned closer. Perhaps a pinch of what makes Singapore Sling so infectious, too...try it. Recommended. Highly.





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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 22, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Back again with a worthy Pick: from Vista, California: Amerikan Bear! Their self-titled EP, released just before the new year, has been heating up the Sennheisers for over a week now since I first heard it. (Better late than never!)Self-released, it's available via their Bandcamp page.



It's damnably easy to state, once again, that their music is a throwback to the original '60s era. Very easy. And yet it fits as a descriptor to a fine point. Lead singer Amerikan Bear sounds for all the world like the second coming of Roky himself! Give "In My Dreams" a roll and tell me I'm wrong:



Clearly they're firing on all cylinders for this release, ergo worthy of your time and attention. The band are also gearing up for an appearance at this year's Levitation Festival, (formerly known as the Austin Psych Fest.) The band have set up a Go Fund Me page for assistance in costs. Give if you can. I surmise they put on a hell of a live show!



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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 07, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week, from New Jersey: The Grip Weeds! Their newest album, How I Won The War, is out now on recently-revived label JEM Recordings.



At 17 tracks this new album -out today, is sure to satisfy fans both new to their sound and those who are well-acquainted with the band. As on past releases you're assured of that Grip Weeds blend of power-pop and psychedelia which is pure aural bliss to these ears. Also featured on this new release is a great cover of George Harrison's "The Inner Light," first heard as a b-side to the "Lady Madonna" Beatles single. The song is in capable hands here. Lastly, Kristin Pinell, as lead vocalist on the "Over and Over" track, is a revelation. You may hit the repeat button a few times, too!

All hail The House of Vibes!!!



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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 01, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! From Ekaterinburg, Russia, comes our Pick this week: The Karovas Milkshake! Albert, Seva, & Nick have brought out their first full length LP, In the Shade of Purple Sun, available via their Bandcamp page.



While prior releases such as the amazing "Freakout b/w Factory" single suggest the band have a love affair for the freakbeat period of British psychedelia, those of us paying attention to their live video work know they've a far broader palate. R & B, rockabilly, and classic rock all have been taken on by this talented trio. The debut album shows those sides in full while also mining their deep love and appreciation for full-on psychedelia. выдающийся!





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