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!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week calls Montreal, Canada, home: Elephant Stone! Just released this past Monday, Aug. 25th, is their new long-player: The Three Poisons. Out on Hidden Pony.



Together Rishi Dhir, drummer Miles Dupire, and guitarist Gabriel Lampert, have created a mesmerizing follow-up to last year's highly acclaimed eponymous release. We're all watching/listening as the Elephant Stone Sound develops and matures. For those of you who preferred a grittier dynamic within the song structures you'll be richly rewarded on this effort. Gone are the softer, more poppier influences, instead they've opted for a harder edge to the material. Rishi's sitar playing is still at the fore and what sets them apart from so many of their peers. Loud applause from my ears. I think you'll enjoy it quite a lot. Highest recommend.





The band are about to begin a significant tour beginning this Saturday, August 30th, in their home city and taking them across Europe through the Fall: check here.

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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 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!