The COVID-19 pandemic goes on and we are all trying to come to terms with the new normal. This episode of the Turn Me On, Dead Man podcast opens and closes with tracks from the Burger Records compilation Quarantunes: Songs From Self-Isolation. Burger Records organized this ambitious undertaking to support its artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. The label is covering all the costs and all proceeds from Quarantunes will go directly to the artists. There’s also a track from another COVID-19 benefit album, CosmoPraesidium compilation by Eiderdown Records. All proceeds from this compilation will go to food banks in Washington state, California, and New York.
COVID-19 comes out in other ways in this podcast. Kikagaku Moyo released a track earlier this month called “Ouchi Time” (“Home Time”) that I take to be a response to stay-at-home orders. Other bands, like the Watchmakers, Flowers Must Die and CCR Headcleaner used this opportunity to release recordings from years past. I asked the artists how they were faring through this time, and I got some varied responses.
Like 2020.07, this podcast features audio from Apocalypse Now. This time we hear from Dennis Hopper’s unnamed character.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 00:52 Exploding Flowers – (There’s No Arms Around) The Isolationist 02:45 The Watchmakers – Illumination 07:10 The Haze Parade – P-ills 09:27 Sky Burrow Tales – Photons 16:02 TMODM – Little Man/Great Man 17:45 Prana Crafter – Cloud Ambassador 20:15 El Viaje De Los Antiguos – Capitulo 1 24:45 The Cove – Come Down Easy 30:01 Doug Tuttle – No, No, No, No 32:07 CCR Headcleaner – Unified (Dubified) 34:39 TMODM – Dialectics 36:33 Kikagaku Koyo – Ouchi Time 40:09 Tonstartssbandht – Olde Feelings 45:14 Flowers Must Die – Funki 54:05 O.S.H. – Let’s Try To Have Good Times 56:52 TMODM – Outro
An old friend texted me “Saigon. Shit. I’m still only in Saigon.” In these strange days it seems like we’re all Capt. Willard stuck in a room in Saigon waiting for a mission. This episode of the Turn Me On, Dead Man podcast is heavy on psychedelic freakouts, thinking about Apocalypse Now while putting it together.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 01:08 Oakacetator – Open Up Your Mind 04:59 Vince Cory – Death Birth of Time 12:08 Kundalini Genie – Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind 16:59 Psychic Ills – Never Learn Not To Love 20:42 TMODM – He’s Close, Man 22:09 Frozen Planet….1969 – 900 Mile Head Rush 32:30 Dark Fog – Revird Ysatnaf Eht/The Fantasy Driver 37:14 TMODM – We’ll Go Together 38:14 Heaven’s Gateway Drugs – Sweet ‘N Low (Dub Mix) 43:51 Long Slow Dissolve – Into Darkness 56:34 oz. – Is Risen 65:21 TMODM – Outro
This edition of Turn Me On, Dead Man focuses on social distancing, our new reality in this era of COVID-19. All of the tracks in this podcast were released from mid-March through early April in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the tracks address the isolation that has come about because of the stay-at-home orders issued by the government. The artists are from a variety of countries but most are under some sort of lockdown and facing a prolonged period of limited social engagement. Some of the artists are donating the proceeds from the sale of their music to charity. Some of the artists are using this time to explore their creativity, producing extended improvisational works. Given how quickly the COVID-19 has spread throughout the world, it’s impressive how much creative work is out there already. I asked the artists where they were and what sorts of restrictions had been placed on them.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 00:47 The Marshmen (fuguers cove) – Isolation 04:32 Dry Spells – Sunbeam 06:52 TMODM – Helping Others 07:45 Gods & Punks – Transparent Chains (Acoustic) 12:00 Wooden Corpses – A Journey’s End 16:34 TMODM – Isolation 17:07 The Janitors – Isolation 23:39 Sendelica – Shared Isolation 30:45 Kanoi – A Very Unusual Ghost (Mood #2) 39:43 TMODM – Marking the Days 40:19 Merlin Ball – Virus 43:44 Ray Kosmische – Spreads Virus, Stretches Health Services & Causes Many Deaths & Losses To Commerce On This Island (LP)
The music in this edition of the Turn Me On, Dead Man podcast doesn’t reflect the current state of our world. These are not songs about pandemics, quarantines or the end of the world. As a matter of fact, most of The Corona 714 is upbeat garage rock, some power pop, and of course, a psychedelic freak-out here and there. Perhaps this is because even though these are all recent releases, the corona virus has changed the world so rapidly. I wonder if “social distancing” will become the new normal, and if we’ll ever go back to interacting with each other the way we did in the world before COVID-19.
The drops in this edition of Turn Me On, Dead Man come from The Conet Project. My obsession with following the number of coronavirus cases, and continually checking to see if we have “flattened the curve” put me in mind of the odd numeric messages captured by The Conet Project.
00:00 TMODM – Ready Ready 02:19 Dogpile – Peripheral 06:01 Gavin Watts – Apple Scruffs (George Harrison) 09:11 The Hearses – Carrier Pigeons 12:11 The Psychedelic Suns – Hide From The Sun 16:43 TMODM – Crossing The Cosmic Void 17:55 Yellow Sunshine Explosion – Air 22:28 Black Heart Death Cult – Sonic Dhoom 26:35 Concrete City – Strange Bodies 30:17 “the band whose name is a symbol” – From Dusseldorf to Cologne 36:51 New Blue – “Now I Know” 38:42 Aunt Cynthia’s Cabin – Rider In The Desert Sun (Parts I & II) 45:02 TMODM – Trip Around The World 46:17 The Artakees – Rush 49:57 Kikagaku Moyo-幾何学模様 – Gypsy Davey 53:33 Jambattista – Walker 56:16 The Flower Machine – Through a London Window 58:57 TMODM – Counting Out