Not only are a growing number turning to psychedelic assisted therapy, particularly as the pandemic has exacerbated a mental health crisis, but studies are showing that psychedelics may have other benefits, as well. A study published in Nature finds that psychedelic use is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes. A study also found that magic mushrooms enhance our emotional reaction to music.
Seattle, as well as three cities in California, have recently decriminalized psychedelic drugs. The city council of Santa Cruz, however, voted to recriminalize peyote. They did this on behalf of Native Americans who use peyote in religious rituals. With use of peyote spreading, the move to recriminalize peyote is to protect “individuals who cultivate entheogens for use in religious, spiritual, healing, or personal growth practices.” Still, the psychedelic reform movement is expanding and Denver, a city that has already decriminalized magic mushrooms, is exploring further easing their restrictions in a couple of years.
And then there’s the music. Psychedelic music has never really gone away but the recent past has seen a steady stream of great psych, as this episode demonstrates.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 00:45 The Oscillation – Forever Knowing 08:43 Swan Faucet – Wandering 14:56 Turn Me On Dead Man – Break 16:26 DDT – Set Alight 19:53 Dislocated Flowers – Temple 24:47 The Buzzards of Fuzz – Lonely In Space (Slight Return) 30:36 Andrew Thomas Jacobs – Parum Luceat 34:26 Mystery Egg – Gate Shrouded In Time 39:40 Wine Lips – Eyes 40:58 Apex Ten – Orbiting Jupiter (Extended Version) 52:30 Zodiac Rippers – Morningstar
Back with another collection of recent psychedelia, ranging from stoner to psychedelic pop. There have been a couple of interesting items about psychedelic music in the past few days: In Dublin, the inaugural Stratospheres Psych night took place at The Grand Social on Sept. 25th, featuring some of Ireland’s best psych rock acts: Sun Mahshene, Tuath and Thee UFO. Stolen Body Records announced the dates for Astral Festival VII, April 30/May 1, 2022 at Strange Brew in Bristol. Australia has a thriving psychedelic scene, and Adelaide’s CityMag ran an article “Introducing Mystique Records: Founded by musician Harry Taylor, Mystique Records aims to bring Adelaide’s thriving psychedelic music scene out from the underground.”
00:27 Vulcanodon Phazer – Lemurian Thunder 07:10 Ogua – Iyan 12:39 Jeffrey Alexander & The Heavy Lidders – Beowulf’s Trip 18:49 Mort Rose – On part au soleil 23:06 Scatter Light – Leave Some Room Inside Your Mind 26:40 Psyconauts – Breathe The Love 31:24 Saucer Eyes – Out Of Vision 35:11 Acid Magus – Rituals 41:47 Black Magick Marching Band – Big Dead Everything 44:39 Su Evets – Arc Awakening 52:12 Maragda – Hermit
We are living in a time where we’re rethinking “forever wars” and that includes the war on drugs. Legalization/decriminalization drives, particularly for psychedelics, are underway in several cities and states across the US. Psychedelics are also under serious study for their mental health benefits. Alongside these developments is a resurgence of psychedelic music. The music featured in this episode comes from the US, Europe (Fairyport Convent from Poland and The Spacelords from Germany) and Latin America (Los Tabanos Experience from Chile and Khan Khan from Mexico). This episode opens with the Burning Balloons, a collaboration between Ben Bachman (High Tiny Hairs, Fuck Knights) from Minnesota and Raul Romero (The Flashback V, Psiconautes, Lola) from Barcelona.
04:22 The Burning Balloons – Drained 10:49 Fairyport Convent – Partizan Underground 17:09 Dark Fog – Floor Ceiling 22:53 Babe Ruthless – Aqua Cola 22:53 Los Tabanos Experience – The Wooden Curse 41:03 Evolfo – Zuma Loop 27:19 Khan Khan – Nubes de Mayo 27:19 Reality Cult – Close My Doors 41:03 The Electric Myrrs – Salvation (4 Miles) 41:03 The Spacelords – Liquid Sun remix
Time keeps marching on and it’s the end of the summer. The music of the summer will continue to reverberate, though. This episode features some pre-releases by The Venus Overload, the Kundalini Genie, Tibetan Miracle Seeds, and 10 000 Russos, and a host of tracks released throughout the summer.
00:21 The Kundalini Genie – Half In, Half Out 03:28 Tibetan Miracle Seeds – Boa Constrictor 08:14 Comet Control – Secret Life 11:44 Drowning Effect – Bright Lights 14:45 10 000 Russos – A House Full of Garbage 19:32 Bad Psychic – Man In Bed 22:40 Menk – Eyes (Глаза) 30:00 Wheels – Badlands 34:41 The Dolphins – Die in California 39:21 The Venus Overload – TSW (Canto XIII) 43:28 Temporal Marauder – State of the Station 48:40 Maha Sohona – Leaves
A look at current psychedelia and a look back at life during wartime. A few more releases from prominent labels this time around. This episode opens with The Mountain Movers on the Trouble In Mind label, with tracks from Axis: Sova and Birds of Maya on Drag City as well as The Holy Family on Rocket Recordings. The artists in this episode come from the UK (The Holy Family and Longheads), Canada (Dark Bird and Dr. Joy), Australia (The Dharma Chain) and the rest from the US.
01:19 The Mountain Movers – I Wanna See The Sun 04:22 The Dharma Chain – So You Wanna Be A Spaceman? 10:49 The Holy Family – Inward Turning Suns 17:09 Axis: Sova – Fractal USA 22:53 Dopesoul – Karma Kaze 27:19 Dark Bird – Out Of Line 32:14 Dr. Joy – Signed, The Body Electric 37:47 Playing With Circles – Page 63 41:03 Birds of Maya – Please Come In 48:00 Longheads – One and a Half Each
A lot of people have experienced loss in the last year. Sometimes music can help in difficult times–old favorites and new favorites. In this episode I’m going to focus on new tracks by some of the leading voices of current psychedelia (and garage rock, too) released on some of the most prominent indie labels. This episode more than most demonstrates how we’re in a psychedelic renaissance.
01:18 Meatbodies – Reach For The Sunn 06:09 Night Beats – Shadow 09:04 Goat – Queen of the Underground 14:59 New Candys – Begin Again 20:00 Ty Segall – Pictures 24:32 Acid Mothers Temple – Free Your Infinity Desire 32:09 Cosmic Dead – Crater Creator 36:25 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Butterfly 3000 39:12 Darkside – Narrow Road 43:41 Wavves – Hideaway 47:31 Six Organs of Admittance – All That They Left You 53:51 King Buffalo – Burning
A look at some of the reissues that have come out recently. The tracks in this episode come from every decade since the 1970s, but have been reissued in some form this year. Breaks come from the wonderfully awful 1976 short film Joy Ride about the dangers of trying to be a “hot shot” by stealing cars and trying to outrun the police. It’s all innocent fun until the inevitable crash.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:25 Dead Meadow – I’m Gone 05:21 Goat – Alarms 08:25 Blair1523 – Fantasy of Folk 11:25 The Mushroom Club – Heroin Picnic 17:53 Lilys – Ginger 23:12 Foot – Rupert Turdoch 26:55 Views – Say It! 31:18 Black Rainbows – Hawkdope 40:21 Acid Reich – Revenge of Tim Boo Ba 48:29 Brant Bjork – Low Desert Punk 53:12 Guru Guru – Stone In
A few days ago the Pentagon released a report on UFOs to Congress called Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP). They went with UAP rather than UFO because of the stigma associated with UFOs. Maybe this newfound transparency will shut down conspiracy theories–or not. Anyway, this episode has 11 new psychedelic tracks, mostly by American artists and almost all released in the last couple of months.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:28 Criminals Hate Answering Machines – 20,000 Cheers For the Chain Gang 04:50 Illuminating Daydream – The Things 08:07 Electric Mindfunk – Coming Home 15:17 Venture Lift – You Changed 18:56 Drooling Clerics – Sleep For Days 22:52 The Gluts – Eat Acid See God 30:33 Cosmic Letdown – Bezumie (Demo) 35:18 Fuguers Cove – Blowdogs 37:55 Black Tempel Pyrämid – Wildlife Advisor 41:39 Dog in Confusion – Turbulent Mind 46:28 Chino Burga – Meditación
All of the tracks in this episode are cover versions or tributes. The songs are from the sixties and seventies but all of these tracks have been released in the last year or so. I asked the artists featured in this episode what their desert island disk would be. The Dust Bunnies, who cover the Beatles song Long Long Long chose the White Album, which makes sense. Other picks weren’t so close to the cover you’ll hear in this episode. Tuluum Shimmering’s version of Eight Miles High closes this episode and they selected Cornell 1964 by the Charles Mingus Sextet. Dub Wreckage, who cover the Velvet Underground, said their desert island disk would be Y by the Pop Group. And Spacelab, who cover Hawkwind couldn’t decide on a single album. They split between John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and DRI’s Dealing With It. The episode starts off with a Kiss cover from CIA Hippie Mind Control, who picked the Ramones It’s Alive as their desert island disk.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:47 CIA Hippie Mind Control – Goin’ Blind (Kiss) 05:16 Buried Feather – Earthquake (13th Floor Elevators) 10:23 Dub Wreckage – Hard Drugs (Velvet Underground) 17:39 Vapour Theories – The Big Ship (Brian Eno) 26:31 Spacelab – We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago (Hawkwind) 29:56 Dust Bunnies – L0ng L0N2 Lo25 (The Beatles) 32:47 Moon Duo – Planet Caravan (Black Sabbath) 37:12 Tuluum Shimmering – Eight Miles High (The Byrds)
This episode was initially posted on June 17, 2021. All of the tracks in this episode have been released in the last three months. The one exception is The Spacebombz track, which was on their demo released in January. The tracks in this episode are from all over the world, with bands from the US, Australia, Europe, Argentina and Japan.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:16 Magic Castles – Sunburst 04:30 ZOOID – Buy The Ticket 08:03 Spacebombz – space//today 16:11 Djinn – Sun Ooze 20:19 Apollo80 – Lung Beers 29:17 Farfisa – Out Of My Mind 33:12 The Space Huns – Lehel’s Horn 37:12 Expo Seventy – Echoes of Ether 46:28 Acid Twilight – Acid Twilight 52:00 Hibushibire – Trepanation Breakdown