Wednesday, July 30, 2014

-valis Pick of the Week



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!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! New week, and with it a new Pick: White Fence! Now five albums into this project, Tim Presley, (Darker My Love,)makes a brilliant follow-up to Cyclops Reap!Titled For The Recently Found Innocent, it came out yesterday via Drag City.



Perhaps as a result of getting himself into a studio, rather than past recording efforts in more humble sonic spaces, Presley -and producer Ty Segall, have found that sweet spot for Presley's tunes to fully bloom into the magical creations they were meant to be. Mind, there's still lots of the lo-fi shambling and ramble but it's appreciated more at this dosage. Emotion-filled and full of the fire of the bands inspiring him to create music, this one has the Kinksian and Who-like all sewed up. Power surges. We reap the benefit. Recommended. Highly.


Catch 'em if you can:
07-24 Los Angeles, CA- Echo =
07-25 Los Angeles, CA- Echo #
08-05 Big Sur, CA- Henry Miller Library / Woodsist Fest %
10-13 Brooklyn, NY- Baby’s All Right
10-14 Allston, MA- Great Scott ^*
10-15 Montreal, QC- Il Motore *
10-16 Toronto, ON- The Garrison *
10-17 Cleveland, OH- Happy Dog *
10-18 Chicago, IL- Subterranean *
10-19 Buffalo, NY- Tralf Music Hall *
10-20 Baltimore, MD- The Metro Gallery *
10-21 Philadelphia, PA- Underground Arts *
10-23 Kingston, NY – BSP Lounge !

* = King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
^ = Juan Wauters
% = Woodsist Festival with Woods, Angel Olsen, Skygreen Leopards, Kevin Morby
# = w/ Tomorrows Tulips, Cold Beat
= = w/ Dream Boys, Abigails

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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 16, 2014

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week comes from "The Queen of Watering Places," a/k/a Brighthelmstone, a/k/a Brighton, England: Nightworkers! Their album, Sleep Generation, is out now and available via Bandcamp.




Nightworkers are: Jack Moullin - Vocals / Guitar / Percussion; Rowan Reddington - Guitar / Bass / Vocals / Sitar; Mitch Turner - Bass / Guitar / Vocals; Joe Haberfield- Keys / Synth / Vocals; Jonny Ross - Drums / Vocals / Percussion.

The album, Sleep Generation, begins with martial drumming and flurried guitar for "Wake Up #88." Then it brings the storm of psychedelic efx, tasteful, not overdone. Anthemic. Forceful. And that's just the opener. The harmonica opening of "Daydreamer," provides a wail amidst the hand-clapping mantra riding the interspersed guitar sonics and another clear winner of a track. In truth, the album in some wise reminds me of the best parts of House of Love: talent galore and sonic surprises aplenty. To wit, "Just Like Everyone Else." Put this on the Fontana debut, (a/k/a "The Butterfly album,") and no one would be the wiser methinks. I like their style. I think you will, too!




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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, July 08, 2014

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! We turn to Stockholm, Sweden, for our Pick this week: The Flight Reaction! Their self-titled debut album is out today via 13 O'Clock Records.



It comes as no surprise, to me, a group of veterans comprised of former members of The Maggots, The Giljoteens, and Les Artefacts, unleash their formidable and muscular chops and create a pulse-pounding garage rockin' psychedelic classic. Yes, a classic. One which, imho, will stand the test of time and twenty years hence still be heralded as a brilliant example of the genre. A veritable feast for "Coolest Song In The World"-type DJs. My favorite? The Nuggets-esque "Slide Away" with its eastern motifs and understated fuzz guitar buzz, not to mention lyrics showing veteran skill. Again, everything on here is amazingly crafted and a masterpiece of the genre. Highest recommend! The Flight Reaction are: Måns P Månsson - guitar, vocals; Sebastian Braun - guitar, vocals; Mats Bigrell - drums; Aron Erstorp - bass, vocals. Get it!




Pre-orders are now available for the Flight Reaction's debut album! The album includes a download code, and the first 100 copies of the album will include a special limited editon 11" x 17" poster! The first 100 copies will strictly be available here and through the band only. First come, first served on these, so don't wait too long as there have already been a number of inquiries about the album! Here is the pre-order info:
PRE-ORDER INFORMATION FOR THE FLIGHT REACTION DEBUT LP (13OC-017)

If you are interested in pre-ordering the debut album from the Flight Reaction, please send an e-mail message here:13oclockrecords@gmail.com with "FLIGHT REACTION PRE-ORDER" in the subject header line of your e-mail, and the form of payment you wish to use to pay for the record (Paypal, check or money order). The sale price for the record is $13.00 plus shipping. Please see the following shipping prices below to find the correct shipping cost to your part of the world. Once your payment is received, you will receive a confirmation e-mail stating that your order has been confirmed. In order to insure that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to purchase one of the first 100 copies of the record, limit one copy per customer please!

Shipping prices for one album:

U.S. media mail - $4.00

U.S. priority mail - $9.50

Canada - $11.75

Mexico - $16.00

U.K., Europe, anywhere else in the world - $19.00

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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, July 01, 2014

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Back with a new Pick of the Week after a brief hiatus to allow the Summer Solstice compilation its day in the Sun. So, our Pick this week, from Glasgow, Scotland: Dr Cosmo's Tape Lab! Comprised of duo Joe Kane and Stu Kidd, their new album, entitled Ever-Evolving Lounge, was unleashed upon an unsuspecting planet yesterday, (officially,) June 30th.



Both accomplished veteran musicians, Joe & Stu have concocted a psychedelic-pop gem with much to recommend! From the dead-on High Llamas-esque "Trading Time," to the everything-we've-got hijinks of "Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?" to the backwards looping mystery that is "The Secret Of The Tibetan Grapefruit Is..?" you'll have a blast listening to this one! Virtually guaranteed, says me. A pair of fungis to be with. It's always great to see a new Joe Kane concoction. Always.





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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!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Psychedelic Psolstice, the Pseventh!



Hail Voyagers, and Happy Solstice!

"Because the world is round it turns me on..."

We've traveled around the bright Orb yet again and rejoice at the season now upon us. So let us celebrate this superior of all season's, (imho, of course,) with yet another psychedelic soundtrack for those hazy, crazy daze!
This year ten bands brought forth a new exclusive track to fulfill your desire for original hallucinatory concoctions. Five different countries. Three continents. One tiny island. I salute their efforts in service to psychedelia!I hope you do, too. To give of their time and talents is no small achievement. Reach out, in your own way, to the bands and let them know it means something. Or, leave a comment here and I'll make sure it gets posted.

Without further ado, let's meet the bands:

01. Uberfuzz - (England) - Let's Take The Tor
Veteran psychedelic maestro Paul LeKeux kicks off this seventh volume with a whip-smart, acid-tinged ode.

02. The Happy Fallen - (England) - Lost And Found
Another one-man band, Neale James, offers up a glimpse at what it looks like 2,000 Lightyears from home.

03. My Expansive Awareness - (Spain) - Lysergic Waltz
Wild, wobbly, and weird, the Spaniards are in full stride across the Universe.
04. Celestial Bums - (Spain) - Magnolias (I See Them Everywhere)
More Spanish madness, with Magnolias! Lyrics:
I saw the white moon from the top of the roof and the desert finally cheered up.
What is night for other beings is the day for the Goddes so come on and celebrate it with us.
Trip inside this house x3

Like that coast to coast road trip that I made back six years, all my senses woke up for her.
She was bright and white and sweet and she smelled like vanilla and right now I just see her everywhere.

Trip inside this house x3

05. Frantic Chant - (Scotland) - Broken Biscuit Head
Scotlanders busting bread, and brains. All's right with our world.They're not high enough.

06. Ontopsych - (USA) - Prayer
The youngest of the bunch proves the kids are alright.

07. Rob Clarke & The Wooltones - (England) - Ambrosine
Swaggering and simmering sunshiney girl daydreams.



08. The Solar System - (USA) - Chalk In The Air
Chris Oliver & Co. bring some Detroit to the party!

09. The Dead-End Alley band - (Peru) - Devil's Mask
Something's brewing in South America, where they know from hallucinogens!Nazca?

10. The Red Plastic Buddha - (USA) - Trip Inside This House
Ferguson and his collection of madcaps laughing close the volume in full flyte, Psycago style.

10 tracks, 41 minutes. Plenty to sate the appetite and celebrate the full return of the Sun to its rightful spot. Have at it, here. (I will upload to SoundCloud, too. Later this week.)Happy Solstice friends!!!

*** Special thanks to our friend Joel Ward for the artwork! For those of you who remember the halcyon days of U-Spaces he's responsible for many of the covers and tracklist trays you've enjoyed all these years. Joel is also responsible for the artwork on Volume 2. We're honored and humbled to have him back. A tip o' the helmet!

May you meet your own girl with kaleidoscope eyes who serves you peachfish and whipped cream some sunny Summer afternoon! -valis

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

-valis Pick of the Week



Hail Voyagers! Our final pick of Spring, 2014! Fitting then our Pick comes from the land of rain. And more rain on top of the rain: from Edinburgh, Scotland, Frantic Chant! Their new album, Ride It Like A Shark, is out now via their own Dogs Got A Bone label.



Surprising, to me, this group just continues to pump out a quality listening experience as much as they pump out copious quantities of same! This new album, which I believe is their seventh, offers up -for the adventurous among us, another solid psychedelic smorgasbord full of the sounds and touchstones we know and love best about this our favorite genre. Thirteen tracks of pure pineal, or if you prefer: tracks to wiggle your Shatner's Bassoon. (I also recommend you go back and obtain the rest of the catalog. It's for your own good.) How about this? Give "The March of the Electric Hands" a listen:



A salute and tip o' the helmet to Darren, Stazy, Nick, and Col! Keep 'em coming, please!

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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!