How do you conclude a year like 2020? I’ve already posted my “Best of 2020” compilation, but I wanted to close out the year by focusing on a few record labels that had a substantial impact in 2020. In particular I wanted to focus on I Heart Noise. This episode also features tracks by Raving Pop Blast, Flower Room, Cardinal Fuzz, and Psychedelic Source Records, who managed to put out one last compilation of 2020. Happy new year, everybody. Let’s hope 2021 is better than 2020.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 01:19 Solilians – There Is No Michigan 06:06 Aydin – Cellini 09:43 Skyjelly – Seein It 15:31 William Carlos Whitten – In My Borsalino, Pointing a Revolver 18:00 Turkish Delight – Go Baby 20:17 Sawdust Caesars!! – Flower Pop Show 21:06 Matt LaJoie – Shine a Light on the Light 28:35 Lemurian Folk Songs – Disease Mind I 39:55 Alien Mustangs – Fairy Meadows 49:12 The Janitors – Through The Storm And Into Chaos 56:30 Mugstar – Deep Is The Air 58:18 Petridisch – C/D/E
One of the bright spots of this year of quarantine was that a lot of great music was released. I started the Turn Me On, Dead Man podcast just about this time last year, though I certainly had no idea what was in store for the coming year. Putting together the podcasts turned out to be a great way to use the time I had at home. At first I only contacted a couple of bands but by the time everything was shutting down I was emailing the artists as a matter of course. I was surprised how many bands offered thoughtful responses to my questions.
About my choices for the best of 2020, I actually made four lists. The first a Mixcloud compilation of some of the best tracks of 2020, followed by a list (in no particular order) of some of the best albums of 2020. After that is a list of reissues, compilations and live albums, and finally some singles and EPs–again, in no particular order.
Before I get to that, I’d just like to get one complaint off my chest. My biggest musical disappointment of the year was the delay of the Beatles Let It Be box set. In each of the last three years, Santa has brought me a wonderful Beatles box set (2017: Sgt. Pepper, 2018: The White Album, and 2019: Abbey Road). I was all set for Let It Be this year, complete with the new documentary by Peter Jackson. But like a lot of things in this past year, that didn’t happen. Instead, Apple Music issued this inexplicable little EP on Christmas day. At Home with the Beatles? WTF?
OK, with that out of the way, on with the lists. First up is my best-of-2020 compilation on Mixcloud. Most of these tracks were included on a podcast earlier in the year, but not all.
00:00 Herbcraft – Eon Rd 06:10 Firefriend – Ongoing Crash 10:18 Strange Motel – Dissonance 13:32 Tambourinen – Wollensak 16:39 The Cosmic Rabbit Holes – The Echo Trees 20:00 The Electric Myrrs – Castles in the Sand (The Adventures of Canvas Outtake) 23:23 Dark Fog – In the Background of Your Mind 25:18 Tia Carrera – Layback 32:29 Helicon – In The End 35:56 Alien Mustangs – Waiting The Dawn 40:54 Long Slow Dissolve – Into Darkness 52:44 Yuri Gagarin – The Outskirts of Reality 60:56 Spiral Wave Nomads – Ten Color Ritual 68:15 Satorinaut – Exclusive All Inclusive 82:45 Liquidacid – Karma Driving 95:05 Pilot Voyager – Tremulous
Firefriend – Fantasma
Herbcraft – Trash Heap
fuguers cove – PERFORMS The Marshmen “Live on the Fuckin’ Moon”
Alien Mustangs – Beat of the Earth
Long Slow Dissolve – Lakeside Drive
Yuri Gagarin – The Outskirts of Reality
Dark Fog – Escape Into The Psychedelic Landscape
Satorinaut – Exclusive All Inclusive
Helicon – This Can Only Lead To Chaos
Holy Wave – Interloper
Causa Sui – Szabodelico
Frozen Planet….1969 – Cold Hand of a Gambling Man
Mienakunaru – Lost Bones of the Holy Butterfly
Carlton Melton – Where This Leads
Prana Crafter – MorphoMystic
Tia Carrera – Tried and True
Reissues, Compilations & Live Albums
VA – Living on the Hill: A Danish Underground Trip 1967-1974
The Stooges – Live at Goose Lake: August 8th, 1970
Magic Shoppe – Live in London
VA – Pyramid Edits [Guersson]
13the Floor Elevators – You and I and Me
Certainly not the best Elevators record you’ll ever hear, but it’s always nice to see a new collection. Plus, the 13th Floor Elevators now have their own Bandcamp page and all proceeds will be donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Kawabata Makoto & The Mothers of Invasion – Hot Rattlesnakes
Singles & EPs
Spiral Wave Nomads – Ten Color Ritual
Kikagaku Moyo/幾何学模様 – Gypsy Davey
Comacozer – Here and Beyond split LP
Tuluum Shimmering – Eight Miles High
Melody Fields – Broken Horse EP
Strange Motel – Strange Motel EP
Communicant – She Moves The Sky
Narrowleaf – Impossible Colors
Doug Tuttle – Bruised and Bothered
Bob Dylan – Murder Most Foul
Over the years there have been several great songs focusing on the JFK assassination. This is without a doubt the most monumental of any song dedicated to this subject.
What a strange year this has been. I’m sure we could all list several things that have been terrible, but the psychedelia released during this year continues to dazzle. Most of the tracks in this episode have been released in the final quarter of 2020, with a couple of re-releases thrown in, as well. The playlist concludes with “End of Forever” by Samsara Blues Experiment, a fitting sendoff.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 01:35 The Cosmic Rabbit Holes – The Echo Trees 05:10 Firefriend – Three-Dimensional Sound Glitch 09:25 Tambourinen – Wollensak 12:44 Self-Immolation Music – Heaven Is Real 16:52 a/lpaca – 24h a day 18:13 Hypnodrone Ensemble – Biglove 24:27 Joseph of Kirenzi – Acid Wave 30:30 The Gjlioteens – The Summer Was Gone 33:56 Upupayāma – Green Cabana 39:45 Grr Boo – This Summer’s About To Bring Me To My End (Single Version) 42:40 Experimental Psychedelic Club – Golden Teacher 52:01 Samsara Blues Experiment – End Of Forever
One of the best discoveries of the year for me has been Psychedelic Source Records. Over the course of the year, I’ve featured tracks by Satorinaut, Lemurian Folk Songs, Pilot Voyager and Liquidacid, all affiliated with Psychedelic Source Records, a music collective of bands that share members and jam together. Located primarily in Páty, Hungary, Psychedelic Source Records has been prolific of late, with each of the artists releasing multiple albums in recent months. Psychedelic Source Records have made all of these recordings available at name your price on Bandcamp. Below you will find a linked word cloud with several of the artists and albums from Psychedelic Source Records, as well as an interview I did by email recently with Bence Ambrus.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 01:32 psychedelic source records – Only the Song II 10:23 Satorinaut – Medieval Gran Tourismo 22:00 Bence Ambrus – We Are All Around 27:38 Liquidacid – Dimeshift 37:25 Pilot Voyager – Melted Lights 43:17 Rawna – Third Eye of the Sun 51:00 Lemurian Folk Songs – La Caleta
These days it does seem like we’re teetering on the brink of some sort of catastrophe, but every day the world lurches on. Maybe, though, we’ve already gone over the edge and we’re just watching this shitshow play out. In any case the great music just keeps coming out. This episode of the Turn Me On, Dead Man podcast features great tracks from across the industrialized world. From the US are Herbcraft (Portland, Maine), Dark Fog (Chicago) Carlton Melton (San Francisco) and a farewell track from the Suzies (Grand Rapids, Michigan). Elsewhere in the Americas are The Suuns (Montreal) and Yajaira (Santiago, Chile), and from Australia comes Los Skallywags (New South Wales). From Europe are Causa Sui (Denmark), Flying Moon in Space (Leipzig, Germany), and coming from further east are Skuma (Chelyabinsk, Russia) and Pree Tone (Kyiv, Ukraine). Closing out the set is a collaboration primarily between Mike Vest (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK) and Suzuki Junzo (Tokyo) called Mienakunaru.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 01:28 Dark Fog – In The Background Of Your Mind 03:23 Skuma (Скума) – Иза 09:46 Carlton Melton – Waylay 17:46 The Suzies – Bubble Driver 20:32 The Suuns – Death 23:24 Causa Sui – Sole Elettrico 29:00 Los Scallywags – Scattered 32:46 Yajaira – Se va la tómbola 38:00 Flying Moon In Space – The Observer (Radio Edit) 42:18 Herbcraft – III (pt. 2) 47:10 Pree Tone – Fifth O 52:21 Mienakunaru – (I) [excerpt]
This episode of Turn Me On, Dead Man features a good deal improvisational psych, with powerful tracks from Frozen Planet….1969, Population II and High Arctic, as well as atmospheric tracks from Herbcraft, Magic Cobra and Melody Fields, a little stoner/doom from Outer Head, and lo-fi guitar pop from Honey Radar. It opens with one of my all-time favorite bands, Magic Shoppe.
The title and breaks come from the 1978 Vietnam War epic The Deer Hunter. The cast of The Deer Hunter elevates what is otherwise a shallow, poorly thought out film. As Studs Turkel pointed out, “not since The Birth of a Nation has a non-Caucasian people been portrayed in so barbaric a fashion.” Still, De Niro. And even when he doesn’t make sense (“This is this”) the viewer is swept along by his intensity. “Is this what you want? Is this what you want? I love you. *click*”
00:00 TMODM – Intro 00:50 Magic Shoppe – On High Street (Live) 03:55 Herbcraft – Eon Rd 10:29 Magic Cobra – Golden Child 14:15 Frozen Planet….1969 – Rollback (Green Version) 19:15 Melody Fields – Broken Horse 22:47 Population II – Ce n’est Rêve 30:03 Honey Radar – Lilac Pharmacy 32:21 Outer Head – Left Hand Cult 38:32 High Arctic – First Trip
I recently watched In My Mind, a documentary about an interview with Patrick McGoohan conducted in 1983. The interview was for a documentary that was released the following year about the The Prisoner, which first aired on television in 1967. McGoohan was as enigmatic in the interview as the show itself and interviewer Chris Rodley wanted to revisit the interview more then 30 years later to give it a somewhat less enigmatic presentation. In My Mind had a lot of great footage and given that I revisit The Prisoner every few years (because I want information… information… information…), it was interesting to see.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 00:50 EarthOmen – Black Cloud Part I 05:42 Thee U.F.O. – Floating Eye 08:37 Spiral Wave Nomads – Ten Color Ritual 16:15 The Electric Myrrs – Witchy 20:21 black (w)hole – Psilosy 24:33 C.B. Kidd – Wishful Thinking 28:25 Sun of Man – Heavy Burn 32:45 Druggy Pizza – Radium Canyon 35:30 Burnt Hills – untitled (b3) 41:38 Minimal Bliss – Sunburst Eyes 46:50 Flying Anomaly Theorized – Fire in the Sky 54:40 EarthOmen – Black Cloud Part III 57:35 TMODM – Number 6 resigns
As the summer winds down, I’ve been listening to a lot of psychedelia. This summer has been strange but good in a lot of ways. At the top of the list is that we celebrated my son’s first birthday. He seems to enjoy it when I sing Beatles songs (even if no one else does!). But there is something I want him to know:
A lot of people don’t realize what’s really going on. They view life as a bunch of unconnected incidents and things. They don’t realize that there’s this, like, lattice of coincidence that lays on top of everything.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 00:44 Gloom Merchants – Kids and Their Children 05:50 Hyper Tensions – Solar Stare 07:55 TMODM – Plate o’ Shrimp 08:20 fuguers cove – Tanks/Flanks–>Bar Stool 11:01 Castle Club – Anybody Else 15:25 Excellent Skeleton – Stop Waking The Sun 25:00 TMODM – Time Machines 26:31 Prana Crafter – Chalice of the Fungal Sage 34:04 CCR Headcleaner – High Def 37:50 Martin Rude & Jakob Skøtt Duo – The Short Sun 40:22 TMODM – The More You Drive 40:42 Liquidacid – Scurry Release 46:36 White Manna – ARC 54:44 Lamp of the Universe – Beams of Ra 60:56 TMODM – One in every car
With this episode of the Turn Me On, Dead Man podcast I’m back to recent garage/psych releases. Opening this set is “Earth on the Verge of Destruction” by The Uplifting Bell Ends, which put me in mind of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 00:53 The Uplifting Bell Ends – Earth on the Verge of Destruction 04:36 TMODM – Such Power Exists? 04:57 Ringo Deathstarr – Tambourine Girl 09:34 White Hills – A Picture Unto the World 18:39 TMODM – KL93 19:01 Clavicule – Asshole 23:18 Satorinaut – Atropine II 32:54 Caroline Reza – Heart Healing 34:16 TMODM – The Robot’s on the Loose 34:46 Trip Hill – Improvisation 1 38:35 Shroom Eater – Intro/The Illusion 45:34 TMODM – Get That Message to Gort 45:59 The Writhing Squares – Sonic Control 51:57 Dope Smoker – Severn 58:12 TMODM – Gort Run Amok
This show is a departure from the usual recent garage rock and paychedelic releases because this episode is entirely made up of parodies done in character. The title of this episode is “These Go To 11” and that, of course, comes from the mock documentary This Is Spinal Tap, a parody heavy metal band. Some of the parodies in this episode are genre parodies, but most are parodies of artists doing unexpected covers.