Wednesday, August 20, 2014

-valis Pick of the Week

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!")

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.

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!

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