Wednesday, September 02, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick, this week, comes from Oslo, Norway: Dog Age! They've just released their new album, Swanlake Gate, via Voices of Wonder.



Veteran -and inveterate, psych-poppers Jon Anders Strand, Jørn Smedslund, Harald Beckstrøm, Øystein Jevanord, Lars Fredrik Beckstrøm, & Eystein Hopland, collectively known as Dog Age, release this new album four years after the acclaimed Reefy Seadragon. Like its predecessor the band knows their way around a tune very well indeed thank you. (What the hell else are ya' gonna' do during that nine month Winter?) While this new one certainly extends the catalog to seven, taken on its own merit outside that rich past, you'd have to say it is worthy of praise. So, let's. Lead track, "Opening Up the Park," is an almost carnivalesque Abbey Road invitation, insistent drumming pushing the pace and the right amount of efx to let you know there's nothing normal in here. Further in and the not-normal continues. Try to relax during "Sonatine"! Pure "Because" to these ears. Dog Age keeping exploring the rabbit hole and after a quarter century of digging they keep finding all manner of substances the effects of which they share, thankfully, with us. Gods bless Dog Age and the Psychedelic Beer Club!!! (Also, cover art by good friend & good guy Mick Dillingham.)



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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, August 19, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! The Pick this week calls the Motor City home, from Detroit: VSTRS! Their self-titled debut, released just last month, is available via their Bandcamp page.



Album opener, "Chambermaid," is a stomping invitation to the rest of the work; reminds me in quite a few ways of several '70s albums in its use of instrumentation and vocals to achieve anthemic heights. "Modern Times," continues course and certainly reinforces the notion the band are no novices to their instruments and what they want to do with them. Mid-way through, "Traveling" is the highlight for me. A slow-burning -and long-burning at nearly eight minutes, affair of vistas-in-the-mind creation. A band to watch. And we will.

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

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! From Dublin, Ireland, our Pick this week: Sun Mahshene! They've just let loose a new EP, When The Bomb Drops, available through their Bandcamp page.



For those who've followed Nathan Henderson's various projects over the last decade this comes as no surprise that Sun Mahshene is yet another whipsmart, menacing brace of rockers working for the common goal of delivering Henderson's vision of what music can -and should, be. As their Facebook profile states for members: Nathan Henderson (Guitars, Vocals, Noise, Everything) Live: Lydia Des Dolles (Vocals) Graham Matthews (Guitar, Noise, Feedback) Chris Keegan (Guitar, Noise, Feedback, Wah) Mark Matthews (Bass) Gordon Keenan (Bass) Mark Brennan (Bass) William O'Reilly (Drums) David Murray (Drums).
That's a lot of people in service to the music! This new EP, ahead of what we hope is a full-length long player, delivers a wallop in the title track along with two demo' tracks. The title track is the star. See and hear:



Salute Nathan's efforts and hope that long-awaited LP is delivered! GO NATHAN!

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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, August 05, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week, from San Diego, California: Wild Wild Wets! Their debut LP, 14th Floor, is out on vinyl via Big Tomato Records, and cassette via Grizzly Records & Rubber Brother.



Mike Turi - Vocals / Synth, Taejon Romanik - Guitar, Yegor Mackey - Bass, and Marco Piro - Drums, are Wild Wild Wets and the ensemble punches a hole in the cloud cover with this first effort. (We understand there's a new one being assembled at this writing!) With tracks like "Blacks Bridge," "14th Floor," and "Floating," the band are proving to be a force. Given a chance I think you'll agree.







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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 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