Wednesday, July 29, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick, this week, calls Norway home: Rancho Relaxo! Their new album, White Light Fever, is out on their own Trout As Lubrication label.



No strangers to this blog, they've been in the Brain Buzzin' Best Of lists with seemingly every release they've put out. This new one merits attention on its own and stands up to the redwoods already in the discography. If anything, in my ears, they're a bit more forceful on this outing. A sprawling 15 tracks and 74 minutes, there's just enough calm in the storm to give the listener time to breathe and reflect before the next onslaught begins. Opening strongly with "Strange Vibrations," they hit full stride by track three, "Stars," and follow up through track six with unrelenting sonic bluster. By the time track 13 rolls into the headphones you'll be upright or just up....worthy and worthwhile. So say I.

Sennheisers on! Try this:




*** 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 Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week calls Manchester, England home: The Happy Fallen! Set to release an EP of four new tracks sometime next month, (with a name still to be determined,) a new track has been set free ahead of time. "Adam and Eve (feat. Monica Ward)" is a scorcher!



Ostensibly a one-man band, Neale James does it all. (We're unabashed one-man band lovers here at Trip Inside This House. See: Squires of the Subterrain, Jamie Laboz, Jacco Gardiner, etc., and so on.) Talent and vision, plus a will to make what he's hearing in his head a reality. Creator. He deserves our applause, and attention. Give him some.



Also, an older track I really enjoy:


Best wishes Neale!

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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 Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week, and no stranger to being a Pick, from Austria: Juleah! She's just released her new album, Melt Inside The Sun, on Konkord.



On this effort Juleah seems more restrained, or perhaps more in command of her Muse(s.) Simpler terms? Languidly propulsive. The title track and album opener is a virtual signifier of all that's to come, and a keeper on repeat play. (At least here.) She's in a zone throughout and it's a great zone! Also worth mentioning is "Sommertraum," a Summer dream indeed! Five minutes of pure pineal extract, given over for your own auditory pleasure. GO JULEAH!





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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 Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio

Friday, July 10, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! The Pick this week should need absolutely NO introduction: The Pretty Things!!!
Hot on the heels of the career-spanning box set, Bouquets From A Cloudy Sky, comes this surprise: The Sweet Pretty Things (are In Bed Now, Of Course,)out on Repertoire Records!!!



52 years on, line-up changes and life-as-it-happens, and Phil May and Dick Taylor are still providing us with relevant, rockin' music which has to be heard. Ably assisted by Jack Greenwood on drums, George Woosey on bass and rhythm guitar, as well as Frank Holland who supplies 2nd guitar and Mellotron, this -their twelfth studio album, and first in seven years, pulls together virtually everything we've ever loved about the band. Opener "The Same Sun" is a slice of SF Sorrow era sturm und....while their take on The Byrds' "Renaissance Fair" is given perfect Pretties treatment. Also, there's a revisiting of a May/Taylor composition dating back to '67, "Turn My Head," which finally gets proper and deserved attention. Fireproof suit not included! May all the gods bless The Pretty Things!

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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 Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! From Porto, Portugal: 10 000 Russos! Their self-titled debut LP is out now, via the always-reliable, ridiculously outstanding Fuzz Club Records. GO Casper!



The band have clearly digested the works of Neu! and others of that ilk. Together this three-piece band, Pedro Pestana, André Couto, and João Pimenta, create a maelstrom of delicious sounds to satisfy those seeking the high energy driving psychedelia. UsVsUs, the album's second track, is a perfect example:



While opener Karl Burns sets the tone for what's to come. Get stuck in this:


There's a great interview with the band from the Fuzz Club site, here, which includes a telling explanation of the band's name. As the Dayz Of Purple And Orange blog so aptly sums it up:
" This really is an immense piece of work...the imagination, the creativity and the sheer scope of the album is huge and, if given the due time and attention it deserves, will cement 10,000 Russos' place in many a 'Best Of...' list of 2015. This is the work of a band who care not a whit for genres and categories but produce the music that they want to produce; there are no sidelong glances to what other bands are doing, no 'jumping on the bandwagon'. I've made no secret of my love for many a record label on the pages of this blog: Cardinal Fuzz, Sulatron, Captcha, BBiB amongst others .....and on this, alongside the Sonic Jesus release and the 'Reverb Conspiracy' LPs, Fuzz Club are well and truly up there with the best."

Highly recommended. 10 000 Russos!

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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, June 17, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week -from the Motor City: Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor! Their new album, Desert Brain, is out -for US fans, via their Bandcamp page, and for European fans via Mongolic Records.



The band, Sean Morrow (guitar, vocals), Eric Oppitz (bass, organ), and Richard Sawoscinski (drums, percussion), allow themselves the time and space to stretch ideas out further and further, both inward and outward simultaneously. We listeners are the benefactors of this new creative effort. From their page on Mongolic:
" Their new full length recording Desert Brain not only brings Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor’s aesthetic to life, but brings to fruition years spent planning the ultimate immersive listening experience. “I think we were a bit scared to make it,” says Oppitz. “It took us much longer than a typical record of a collection of songs would have taken us.  Not only did we have to write the songs, but we had to compose the transitions between them and then think about how each song fit into the overall concept of the entire record.” Shimmering layers of sound slide and collide across Desert Brain, which was crafted to be an end-to-end experience that’s more a shifting moodscape than collection of individual songs. “Lyrically and musically, we really tried to tap into the chaos, celebration, and tragedy that has affected us over the last four years,” says Sawoscinski.  “Since our last release Spectra Spirit we’ve collectively faced marriage, eviction, success, breakups, the death of a good friend to addiction, career changes and displacement.” While the process of writing and recording a unified album like Desert Brain was challenging, the reward is a seamless, immersive journey for the listener. From the opening, flanged guitar strains of “Seventh Scene” to the juggernaut of chugging noise at the center of “What’s Your Cloud Nine 37” to the building waves of vocals, drums and tension that drive the title track, Desert Brain has texture, hypnotizing rhythm and a sonic landscape you won’t soon forget. The album, in keeping with Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor’s tradition of covering all aesthetic bases, will be released on clear and splattered blue vinyl. "



Buy!

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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, June 10, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week, from Sacramento, California: MindFlowers! (Note, this band is from California, as opposed to The Mind Flowers from Copenhagen, Denmark.) Our Pick has just released their new album, ///3, via Bandcamp.



Whilst leaning towards a more psychedelic-pop approach on most tracks, (to these ears,) the band does show occasional flashes of heavier hitting material here, too. Fans of Jacco Gardner, Temples, etc., will find a lot to like. 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.