Podcast 2020.20 The Last Days

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

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The Best of 2020

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


Albums

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

This pretty much says it all…

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.

Podcast 2020.19 Bogey Dope

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

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Podcast 2020.18 The Truth, Unity and Love Show: Psychedelic Source Records

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

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