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
Some weird and unusual noises from recent weeks. This music comes from a variety of places, staring off with Miminokoto from Japan and ending with Huillin from Chile. Along the way we’ll hear two bands from Sweden–Sofielund from Malmö and Entheogens from Stockholm–and Year of Taurus from Pescara, Italy, as well as Taras Bulba from Fleetwood, UK. We’ll also hear from Mt. Mountain from Perth, Australia, and four American bands: Devil’s Club (Portland, OR), Psychiatric Metaphors (New Jersey), Epic Ganesh (Tallahassee) and Over Outers (San Francisco). It’s a battle for the mind.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 01:12 Miminokoto – Mayoiga 05:45 Mt. Mountain – Aplomb 10:12 Taras Bulba – The Moon On The Tides 14:36 Year of Taurus – Fever, When I Was a Child 18:29 Devil’s Club – Wolf 22:11 Sofielund – One thing leading to the next 25:56 Psychiatric Methaphors – Body Snatchers 30:05 Enthoegens – Fire At Will 35:46 Epic Ganesh – Hare Krishna 41:32 Over Outers – Nancy Sings 2 47:58 Huillin – La verdad de la vida está en la impulsividad de la materia
This year is already starting out as strangely as the year we left behind but already some cool music has come out. This episode features garage rock and psychedelia released either late last year or in the new year. I’m warning you with peace and love… Anyway, peace and love, peace and love.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 01:37 Tomorrow Never Knows – Six Sixty Six 06:00 The Myriad Dharma – Feel The One 09:05 The Chans – Mind Sweeper 12:24 Dusty Mush – The Features of Your Mind 15:45 The Psychotic Sidewinders – Cold 19:16 Black Temple – Surrender 22:27 Cave Suns – Surt Skum 26:45 The Family Industrial Complex – (I went down to) Strawberry Fields 30:27 Dark Fog – The Contract 38:13 Narrowleaf – Howlin’ In The New Dawn 44:43 Stonegrass – Tea
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