This episode of Turn Me On, Dead Man features several recent psychedelic releases. All released in 2021 except Davi Rodriguez di Lima’s Fantasma, which is from 2020. The breaks in this episode come from the educational (maybe?) film What’s The Big Hurry? This 1974 short film was the sort of car crash gore movie they used to show in driver’s ed, only in this film the accidents are audio only. The visuals in What’s The Big Hurry? show the process of dismantling wrecked cars in a salvage yard–an interesting process but lacking the visceral impact of the human carnage-driven fare favored by driver’s ed teachers. The really interesting thing about this film nine-minute film is the electronic music score by Louis Barron. The cover is a nod to Zen Arcade.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:12 Shirese – The Glue Murder 03:50 Cult of Dom Keller – Cage The Masters 09:21 Some Pills For Ayala – Some Weed For This Samaritan 13:56 Davi Rodriguez di Lima – Fantasma 18:16 Pseudo Mind Hive – Holy River 23:27 The Silk Railroad – A Caustic Rhythm 29:10 Dark Fog – The Statue 33:21 Mdou Moctar – Chismiten 38:04 Long Slow Dissolve – Sour Bush 43:49 Andrew Thomas Jacobs – Love and LSD in the USA 48:58 Mythic Sunship – Maelstrom
Voyager 1, launched in 1977, has traveled out of the solar system but it’s still sending back data. It detected a hum in deep space–a sort of constant background noise caused by plasma waves. Voyager 1 also contains the Voyager Golden Record, which is an analog disc and it contains a broad selection of music and representative sounds from Earth. Quite a challenge for a single disc. This episode isn’t quite that ambitious. Here you will find a playlist of recent psychedelia.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:29 Thee U.F.O. – Having Faith In And Outside 04:03 Diagonal – Anticipation 08:36 Acid Rooster – Stereofuzz 13:54 Codex Serafini – Time, Change & Become 17:27 The Myriad Dharma – Love Town Singalong 20:43 Technicolor Blood – Last Night 24:55 Modern Stars – She Comes Now 27:54 MK8ULTRA – Rhythm Inside 31:27 Free Machine – Cursive Moon 35:24 Smoke Monolith – Embracing The Tide 38:51 La Otracina – Woke On Waves
Earlier this week I saw a playlist of songs that were inspired by the Doomsday Clock and I thought of The Day Called X, a 1957 documentary about Portland Oregon’s evacuation plan in the event of a nuclear attack. Not that the tracks in this episode have anything to do with nuclear war or Portland, but it just seemed to fit, although only one of the bands featured in this episode, Plankton Wat, is from Portland.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:30 Raw Optics – Aqua Mundo 04:08 The Dharmas – 1000Miles 08:27 Acid Buzz – The Mind 13:22 Babe Ruthless – The Witch King (It’s Alright) 16:18 Blakdog – Lucifer Rising 20:21 Switch Ghost – St. Arrival 24:18 Massacre at Two Pines – 6 Months (Before The Breaking Of My Heart) 28:30 Spiral Wave Nomads – Radiant Drifter 33:10 Fog Lifter – V 35:15 Plankton Wat – Modern Ruins 41:25 Papir – 20.01.2020 #3
This is episode 9 from 2021. Number 9 put me in mind of John Lennon, especially after watching a video from the excellent series You Can’t Unhear This devoted to the Beatles song “Rain.” One of the ways “Rain” was innovative was that it included a reverse vocal line, which occurs during the track’s fade out. A Japanese pressing of the Beatles LP Hey Jude included a lyric sheet that transcribed the backward vocal. It tried to make sense of the gibberish and came up with “Stare it down and nourish/what comes near you” which actually works pretty well! I thought that would be a good starting off point for this episode’s collection of recent psychedelia.
Special thanks to Justin Bendell of fuguers cove for a better set of interview questions.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:05 Broken Sky – California 03:52 Hooveriii – Shooting Star 08:01 Los Arboles – Felicidades 10:47 Fuguers Cove – The Cinnamon Trees 16:42 Gnod – They Live 26:20 Cosmic Flanders – What For 30:39 Murder Not Suicide – Would You Even Know 33:55 Shiva The Destructor – Summer of Love 41:24 Sunburned Hand of the Man – Dropped a Rock 44:39 Daily Thompson – Cosmic Cigar 56:47 TMODM – Outro
April 20th is no stranger to strangeness. There’s the whole 420 weed phenomenon, and you can Google whose birthday it is. Perhaps most important, though, is that it’s the day after Bicycle Day. A time to reflect on the growing psychedelic influence in the world.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:11 Post Hare Krishna – Post Hare Krishna 05:52 Mantras – Sunlight Swell 10:04 Karkara – Space Caravan 16:18 Clustersun – Desert Daze 23:01 Caapi – Psi-Phy Love Story 27:43 Double Suede – Abstraction of a Song 30:59 Sun Dream – Nowhere Left to Hide 34:42 Su Evets – Utsero-bune nos 40:02 Keepers of the Earth Peace Music Revolution – The Outer Zone 45:34 Zen trip – Black Tape 51:16 Shem – Night 57:01 CZLT – Junkyard (Excerpt)
New psychedelic releases from early 2021. The pandemic rages on but the great music just keeps on coming. This set features two American bands (Maestro Maya from Denton, TX, and Room Noise from Denver), two Australian bands (Grinding Eyes from Sydney and Mt. Mountain from Perth), Dope Purple from Japan, and the rest are scattered around Europe.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:06 Grinding Eyes – When The Night Falls 04:58 Peter Lawson – Take The Blame 08:34 Holy Monitor – The Sky Is Falling Down 16:35 Maestro Maya – Blast Off 23:00 Mt. Mountain – Aplomb 27:24 My Evilness – Dope Purple 34:00 Smote – Psolstice 43:00 Room Noise – The Disappearer 45:07 Become The Sky – Sleep 48:12 Saint Gallus Convention Tapes – January 1
Spiritual psychedelia (even if it is a punchline). The music in this episode all tends toward the spiritual. This episode leads off with “Zenith” by Avdey, a track that explores how a person can become one with the universe, followed by “By the Hand of God” by Children’s Ice Cream. The playlist concludes with “Brotherhood of Eternal Love” by Miss Lava. A few of the tracks also explore altered consciousness. Along with “Furthur Ahead” by Word of Life and “Peyote Sunrise” by Robot God is “Turn off your mind, float downstream” from Tim, where are you now? an album that commemorates the centennial of Timothy Leary’s birth.
Karl Stefanovic was one of the hosts of Today on the Australian Nine Network when he interviewed the Dalai Lama. He ill advisedly used the opportunity to tell a joke that was lost on the Dalai Lama. “The Dalai Lama walks into a pizza shop and says, ‘can you make me one with everything.'” The Dalai Lama has a good sense of humor and even if he didn’t immediately get the joke he was a good sport about, even eating a slice of pizza during a subsequent interview. Not to mention that this actually went much better than former professional wrestler and governor of Minnesota related a line from the movie Caddyshack to the Dalai Lama in cringeworthy fashion.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:08 Avdey – Zenith 05:52 Children’s Ice Cream – By the Hand of God 08:52 E.O.D. – The Sign 15:02 Sam Rosenthal & Projekt Artists – Turn off your mind, float downstream 22:48 The Confederate Dead – In Sha’ Allah 28:19 High Priestess  – GNOB 31:14 Mainliner – Blasphemy Hunter 40:30 Robot God – Peyote Sunrise 47:06 Word of Life – Furthur Ahead 54:22 Miss Lava – Brotherhood of Eternal Love
Reissues, Compilations & Archival Recordings Released in 2020
Labels and bands look through their back catalogs, often finding gems to reissue or to release for the first time. This episode of Turn Me On, Dead Man looks over such offerings that were released in 2020.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:06 13th Floor Elevators – Roller Coaster 06:04 Sleep Spirit – I am an art teacher… 09:39 Kawabata Makoto & The Mothers of Invasion – Fripian Flipped Over Nifty Their King’ 19:23 Honey Radar – Lilac Pharmacy 21:23 Jimi Hendrix Experience – Voodoo Child (Slight return) 27:33 Hawkwind – Space Is Deep 33:15 Bardo Pond – Adrop  45:46 Jon Hassell – Blues Nile 50:27 Mort Garson – Is He Trying to Tell Us Something 52:38 The Cynics – Hand in Hand 55:15 Mudhoney – Thirteenth Floor Opening 57:23 The Stooges – 1970 (I Feel Alright)
It’s Super Bowl Sunday and what better way to mark the occasion than with some new psychedelia? Actually only two of the bands in this episode’s playlist are from the US. Four of the bands are from the UK where, I understand, the NFL is trying to establish a foothold. So anyway, the season comes to an end but the psychedelia goes on….
00:00 Turn Me On, Dead Man – Intro 01:06 Blood Moss – Lagoon 04:12 Dreamweapon – Rites of Lunacy 09:03 The Telephones UK – Graceless Bird 13:12 Castle Club – Today 16:28 Pilot Voyager – Fuzziness 23:18 Underweight – Head Drop 28:04 Black Helium – Pink Bolt Cvlt Nation Sessions 39:44 Lumerians – Transmission Overture 51:55 Kombynat Robotron – Poldhu
Last year saw a steady stream of new 1960s garage/psych compilations. New comps fell into two categories: obscure international psychedelia or more familiar music reworked around some theme. The first set of this podcast focuses on international psychedelia, most of which are from small labels. The second set covers US and European music, with several of the tracks coming from ambitious box sets.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 02:00 I Ragazzi del Sole – Nostalgia Di Te 04:42 The Mod East – Angelita 06:43 Group Syaeed – Mosh Va Karnah 08:19 Os Litles – Maze 11:26 The Mebusas – Mr. Bull Dog 15:22 Baris Manco – Flower of Love 18:00 A. Halim & De’fictions – Kembali Lagi 21:20 Tabernash – Head Collect 24:18 Mike Batt – Fading Yellow 27:48 The Action – Look At The View 31:43 The Creation – Making Time 34:38 Dana Gillespie – Andy Warhol 37:01 Moonshine – Ring Around The Roses 41:25 Beefeaters – Night Flight 44:30 Deuter – Soham 48:00 Astral Army – Interstellar Shortwave 52:27 Carol Of Harvest – Put On Your Nightcap