Thursday, November 28, 2013
-valis Pick of the Week
Hail Voyagers! Happy Thanksgiving, too! Our Pick this week honors a compilation rather than a band: Conspiracy A-Go-Go, assembled by great friend Todd Gardner, a/k/a The Dead Man, and producer of the Live365 station Turn Me On, Dead Man, broadcasting psychedelic music 24x7.
Todd has put in a staggering amount of work on this compilation with copious liner notes and a whopping 26 bands. No small feat, believe me. To quote Todd:
" The idea to originate a compilation of new JFK songs came during the summer when I contacted a three piece band from Detroit called JFn’K. According to Jeremy Otto, “The band came together many years ago kind of haphazardly. We came together to fill a void and play a few parties. We didn’t give much thought to a name and it happened because it worked with the initials of our first names, Jeremy, Frank, and Ken. We decided to give add the n’ to in a way give it two ways to read it, give it a bit of word play. It could be “J F and K” or “JFn’K” kind of like the old Gn’Fn’R.” They had posted some releases on Bandcamp with JFK-themed cover art, including an EP entitled Back and to the Left, but they had never written and recorded a song about the JFK assassination. They suggested that they write a JFK song and I could debut it on Turn Me On, Dead Man Radio, which I thought that was a cool idea. At the same time I was corresponding with the psychedelic band Dark Fog. In an email I wondered if Dark Fog would be interested in recording a JFK song and they responded enthusiastically to the idea. It struck me that I could originate a new garage/psych compilation of JFK songs, and I read up on Creative Commons licenses. "
Stylistically the tracks range from psychedelic to garage and punk. All enjoyable, all germane to the task he set out. It's one I believe you should be aware of, hence it is our Pick of the Week. Visit his website, too!
One of my favorites from the compilation, as done by good friends The Karovas Milkshake, from Ekatarinburg, Russia:
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 Monday from 1 to 3 am eastern, on WRIR in Richmond, VA.
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!