Podcast 2022.10 Black Swan Lane / Unknown Road

I took a road trip recently and my GPS was behaving strangely. It happened a few times where my GPS was slow to identify roads I was traveling on–and I don’t mean back roads, I mean Interstate 95. I thought that was a little odd and then I noticed the street sign a short distance away from my destination: Black Swan Lane. There’s been some chatter recently about “black swan events” and it just seemed to fit somehow. A black swan event is one the is unpredictable, has far-reaching consequences, and somehow after the fact we create an explanation for it that makes it seem like it was inevitable all along. It strikes me that our world is defined increasingly by black swan events.
Even though this episode isn’t geographically defined in the way that Beyond and On The Line (in fact, most of the episodes this year) were, I’ve broken up the playlist into sets defined by geography. The first set is music from Europe, followed by a set from Latin America/Caribbean, and concluding with some tracks from the US and Canada.
The drops in this episode come from Panic in Year Zero, very much a black swan movie.

00:39 Luminous Rift – Bugs In The Module
04:31 Boar God – Birthplace
07:40 The Dharmas – 1000Miles
Europe set
14:39 Misleading – Whirlwinded
16:49 La Casa al Mare – Otherwise
23:50 SWCC Community – Dreams of Space
28:28 Vomit Heat – Dematerialize
33:05 The Moondig – gasvoor
37:20 Bity Booker – Dreaming in the Morning
40:40 Bookhouse – Eferwad y Tonnau Gwyn
Latin America/Caribbean set
43:55 The Kadeem Ward Project – Kaleidoscope (Demo)
52:12 Dorotheo – Alba Rosa
53:33 Mint Field – Contingencia
57:07 Hoja Madre – Hoja Madre III EP
1:00:20 Reverb Chamber – Let Her Burn
1:04:13 Venado Records – Jones Poison
1:08:20 Fulgor – Song
1:10:10 Skintaker – Face of Stone
1:13:32 Giant Jellyfish – Marvelous City
Northern America set
1:16:15 Su Evets – the Deering
1:44:30 The Frozen Heads – Whatever, Sky
1:54:17 Ogua – Play
1:34:35 The Sadies – Stop and Start

Luminous Rift – Bugs In The Module [from Rakete EP, released February 14, 2022]

Ian Garner explained, “Luminous Rift is my one-man band project. I live out in the sticks in Co. Galway, Ireland but I’m originally from Yorkshire, England.”
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Rakete EP?
IG: A major influence for Rakete is John Dwyer [Osees]. I’m a massive fan of his Damaged Bug solo project. His output his insane and he’s one of the greats of modern psychedelia. There’s also bands that are always in my mind: 13th Floor Elevators, The Stooges, King Crimson, Can, Public Image Limited, Black Flag, Sonic Youth and Sonny Sharock.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
IG: Tago Mago by Can changed my life. I was 18 when I first heard it. It was so futuristic and alien but made in the 70s. That blew my mind! I listened to it everyday driving to my first job as a guitar shop assistant in York, England. It opened the doors for krautrock and the weirder side of psychedelic music.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
IG: My next project is more releases on Bandcamp— I’m finishing up about 10 tracks at the moment. I’ve been exploring a more noise-rock approach to psychedelic music, think more freeform guitar freakouts similar in style to Les Rallizes Dénudés. I live in the West of Ireland and finding like-minded musicians is a challenge. But after two years in isolation I want to get out there, play live, collaborate, jam, go to gigs, re-enter the real world. 

Boar God – Birthplace [from Birthplace/Inside, released April 1, 2022]

Boar God describes their music as “otherworldly Mystical Drone-Punk from Montreal.” Boar God is Eric Bent: Guitar/vox. Sabrina Coté: Bass/backing vox. Marc Vachon: Drums.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Birthplace/Inside?
BG:
Eric- There hasn’t been a particular influence on these current songs, but more a drive to do something a bit more complex with the songwriting.
Sabrina- The music of Brutus and Savages has been a huge influence, particularly in how to further explore my bass tone and how to use my pedals.
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
BG:
Eric- Kid A by Radiohead
Sabrina- Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins
TMODM: What’s next for you?
BG: Just trying to play new shows and in the middle of looking for a new drummer. Also looking to expand our lineup with a second guitar player to take things in a more interesting direction.

The Dharmas – 1000Miles [from The Dharmas, released May 4, 2022]

TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
Dharmas: Underground records from the 80s 90s
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
Dharmas: Nevermind by nirvana was certainly a watershed to discover several other albums
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Dharmas: We are working on our debut EP.

Misleading – Whirlwinded [from Missing, released February 22, 2022]

Misleading describes their music as “sonic psych destruction”.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Missing?
Misleading: The strongest influence was the inclusion of two new members and the general likeness of creating a sound that is like going through ups and downs of a trip while on a carnival fair.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Misleading: Probably Lurar ut dig pa Prarien.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Misleading: We’re looking for playing all the next shows, including Sonicblast Festival, and creating new tunes, as we’re always doing!

La Casa al Mare – Otherwise [from Otherwise/Autumn, released February 14, 2022]
SWCC Community – Dreams of Space [from SRWW Community Album, released February 4, 2022]
Vomit Heat – Dematerialize [from Dematerialize, released May 6, 2022]

TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Dematerialize?
VH: The strongest influence on that piece I guess was my work with the band Oracles (last record: Bedroom Eyes)… as we never really broke up, but haven’t worked together for quite some time now, this feels like something that I could have written for that band. If you listen to the Bedroom Eyes record I guess the song could also make sense in that context..
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
VH: I guess there are too many.. so this is just an excerpt:
My Bloody Valentine – Ecstasy and Wine / Loveless / mbv (all three records)
Alice Coltrane & Pharoah Sanders –
Continuing the message here
Alice Coltrane & Pharoah Sanders –
Journey In Satchidananda
John Frusciante – Niandra Lades and usually just a T shirt
Velvets – White Light White Heat
Merzbow – Tauromachine
Can – Tago Mago
Talk Talk – Spirit Of Eden & Laughing Stock
TMODM: What’s next for you?
VH: Coming up next, we just have been in the studio with Transport joined by our friend/musician Julius Gabriel and are now in the editing process.. this is the first record https://anaott.bandcamp.com/album/milchreise and this the last/second release we did https://anaott.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-kraak-festival-2
I‘m also a founding member of the 8piece+ Band Nasssau and we always play a show from time to time or release something here and there: https://nasssau.bandcamp.com or https://mountwobble.bandcamp.com/album/fl-glein-fl or some videos https://m.youtube.com/results?search_query=„Nasssau“&sp=QgIIAQ%253D%253D
Vomit Heat records took their time in the past I guess, but now I have already finished half of the next record so I hope it won‘t take too long for the next vomit Heat record to be released.

The Moondig – gasvoor [from The Tent House, released February 26, 2022]

TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
Moondig: It’s the strong feeling of connection with the universe as an eternal friend we can trust, that makes us vibrate the air in moondigging patterns. When the four of us become one, it’s the moment where all worldly problems dissapear as snow before the sun, and the music takes over to tell us all we should know.
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
Moondig: I can not speak for the other guys, what record changed their lives, but what I do know is that we all love a wide range of musical styles, especially 60s & 70s rock in all its beautiful and colourful variations of eternal bliss. Our vinyl-collections are too huge, just to pick up one favourite…
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Moondig: We’ll keep on digging for new elements in the craters of the sonic moon, as a witness of the wonders of our musical nature.

Bity Booker – Dreaming in the Morning [from Dreaming in the Morning, released March 5, 2022]

TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Dreaming in the Morning?
BB: I was inspired by a kind of psychedelic dream I had about being in a meadow with my girlfriends wearing white vests in the summer breeze. I believe that the dream itself was inspired by the movie ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ (1975 Australian mystery movie).
TMODM: What record changed your life?
BB: Buffy Sainte-Marie ‘Illuminations’ 1970
It was suggested to me by my friend Sonja Kristina (Curved Air). When I listened to this album the first time I could not quite believe how beautiful it is. I have an original pressing signed by Buffy when I went to see her live at Tabernacle in London with Sonja. I had to argue with the bouncer to get it signed.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
BB: My EP launch is on 21 May in the Chapel at St Margaret’s House (Bethnal Green). Over the summer I am playing a tour with Birds and Beasts. I also need to start recording my new songs for my next release. I am planning to purchase a new tape recorder, I am currently looking them up on eBay.

Bookhouse – Eferwad y Tonnau Gwyn [from Eferwad y Tonnau Gwyn, released December 16, 2021]
The Kadeem Ward Project – Kaleidoscope (Demo) [released March 31, 2022]

TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
KWP:
Dre Delano – I would say its a couple of things and not one thing. GOD for giving me the gift, my parents hereditary wise for passing on such a gift, my passion for it because all i have known is music from my mother’s belly till now having been submerged in it, and purpose being a major factor in terms of the fact that I literally see music as a Universal Language of life and all its different aspects that make up life and so i approach it that way. I am not religious, but i do believe in The Almighty or Creator nah mean?… and despite my not needing everyone i work with to have the same perspectives on such, like any other profession, in order for us to achieve greatness, and despite me not seeing the need to be in certain boxes many persons believe i need to be in, musically and in terms of how i use such a gift and see God being part of the ingredient mix, influence wise on my musical pursuits.
Bradley Florent – I think knowing the need for music and even my love for music. Especially knowing the long lasting effects of music . I started playing music at 17, which influence by my older brother.
Kadeem Ward – With all honest Magick. I base my compositions and musical expressions around the Spiritual Realm, or what I identify with as the Astral Realm. I’ve been practicing Magick now for 11 years. The first three years were fueled by Orthodox/Traditional Magick through a guise called ‘Exu Capa Preta’, found in the Afro-Brazilian spiritual practice known as Quimbanda. After that I’ve been exploring spirituality in a more primitive, Unorthodox way; through auditory induced meditation. Psychedelic drugs played a very important role also, as they allowed me to expand my consciousness and reach higher states of awareness that stimulated my musical expressions.
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
KWP:
Dre Delano – Geeezz…..every record changes my life actually because i see life as a Collage of things and every part being necessary to my becoming who i destined to be the not so nice experiences and so music also expresses and communicated such also. But one that comes most to my mind right now is U2 live at Slane Castle. It truly showed a band from basically and unexpected place…Irish…impacting the world in many different ways to a legendary level like i never seen before. Rock Star. It truly inspired me along with being entertaining. It was a show i watched.
Bradley Florent – Would have to say radiohead
Kadeem Ward – I can go all over the world with that question. From ‘Casus Luciferi’ by Watain, ‘Reinkaos’ by Dissection, Fela Kuti’s ‘Live In Amsterdam’, the Jaco Pastorius s/t debut & Jimi Hendrix’ ‘Live At Woodstock’; but the life changing one was actually ‘Nevermind’ by Nirvana. I got my first guitar effects pedal, a Boss DS-1, because of that album. If it weren’t for Kurt Cobain, I probably wouldn’t have ventured into the world of guitar pedals at the age of 16, but instead much later down in my life.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
KWP:
Dre Delano – Whats next for me? Well as a saxophonist, both soloist, and session artist, i have alot of a plans and hope to be seen as a legendary international recording artist that impacted and entertained and inspired many in my own way ultimately. But right now obviously the Kadeem Ward Project is whats next for me and doing something new and awesome and unique like people have never experienced in our journey together as Artists.
Bradley Florent – Whats next for me?: well hopefully the person directing the questionaire would invite us for some gigs. But, currently working wid a band and also slowly working on my own material. I soon to record as much as i can and release. Yeh, to connect wid different musicians and keep jamming wid passion and experience bliss. Thank you!
Kadeem Ward – I honestly have no idea. I’m broke. I do what to record a 6th studio album. It’s going to be entitled ‘Gods Must Be Crazy’ and will be 3 discs in playback duration. I’m a labourer for a construction firm. I’m sticking to that for the time being because Barbados isn’t a place for ‘original’ and ‘die hard’ Rock n Roll music to flourish without kissing ass.
Would be nice if Rihanna gave a helping hand… If you hear from Rihanna, let her know that we’re willing to sign to Westbury Road Entertainment!
; -)

Dorotheo – Alba Rosa [released June 13, 2021]
Mint Field – Contingencia [from Levitation Sessions, released April 15, 2022]

TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
MF: We have many influences on our music! But the largest part of our influences come from the music that we listen to everyday. The music that we listen to at our homes, to the music that we listen to with friends and music in parties.
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
MF: Beach House – Bloom. just turned 10 years, and in reality all of Beach House records have changed our lives in a positive way. Perfect from head to toes.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
MF: We recorded an album last summer in CDMX and we are finishing mixing the record. It is most likely that we will release some new singles before the year ends. Hopefully an early release next year for our new album!

Hoja Madre – Hoja Madre III EP [from Abrigame, released December 10, 2021]

TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
HM: For our latest EP (Hoja Madre III), Paul Bracamonte – our guitarist and main songwriter – has been heavily influenced by the music of Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Boogarins has also been a notable source of inspiration for some of the tracks we recorded last year. In order to arrange some vocal harmonies, we listened to a lot of Beatles and Paul McCartney.
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
HM: It really goes down to a matter of personal taste, since each member has a different music background. For instance, Paul’s choice leans towards Tame Impala’s “Innerspeaker”. Laida Montero (vocals) is a huge fan of Slayer’s “Reign In Blood”.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
HM: We’re currently wrapping up production for a live session… hopefully for the second half of the year; and we expect to begin writing our first proper LP aiming for a 2023 release. We’ll see how it turns out.

Reverb Chamber – Let Her Burn [from Live in Meiz, released March 3, 2022]

I corresponded with Majo, the lead singer, composer, guitarist and director of Reverb Chamber.
TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
RC: My strongest influence is Pink Floyd (I hope it shows haha), and Soda Stereo. In other important influences I would include: Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, The Beatles, Hendrix, All them Witches and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Also my music and lyrics are influenced by the injustice and rage I felt during a very dark time of my life. Every song is a learnt lesson that I keep singing so I can keep going. Also a very important part is defending women’s dignity and strength, which is poorly spoken here in Peru (better than in the past now, but there’s a long way to go)
TMODM: What record changed your life?
RC: Definitely The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. I was moved to tears the first time that I listened to it, and I knew that I wanted to make music for the rest of my life, whatever it took
Revolver by the Beatles also changed my perspective in music, Dynamo by Soda Stereo and Multi Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
(In my influences i forgot to include Radiohead)
TMDOM: What’s next for you?
RC: We are currently working on our LP Album, with our producer, called “Analog Signal”, hopefully realising it next month. It will be a 7 track album with 2 hidden tracks, including Let her burn as opening, with a choral intro, a sequence made with a Moog and experimental sounds called “Flowers of Redemption”.
In a few days we will announce it publicly with the art of the album and more info 🙂

Venado Records – Jones Poison [from Soldado Inmortal, released March 6, 2022]
Fulgor – Song [from Exit Limbo, released January 28, 2022]
Skintaker – Face of Stone [from Face of Stone, released February 24, 2022]

TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on Face Of Stone?
ST: Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Deftones, King Crimson were the main influences when composing Face of Stone
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
ST: Time & Space – Turnstile
In utero – Nirvana
Nevermind – Nirvana
Dark side of the moon – Pink Floyd
Revolver – The Beatles
TMODM: What’s next for you?
ST: Our vision for the future is to continue making the music that we like, enjoying the process. We want our sound to cross all borders and thus reach many people.

Giant Jellyfish – Marvelous City [from Dark Dharma, released February 22, 2022]

TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on Dark Dharma?
GJ: Musically? Black Sabbath! And also soooo many old and new stuff, that we don’t even have enough lifetime to name them all.
All the rest? Reality. The weight of the past years to everyone and the unfair way it approaches each one, and some trips in between, of course…
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
GJ: Hard one… and even harder because we all have some different tastes and paths, but, well… considering our age and when we started to enjoy music, maybe “In Utero” by Nirvana and “Chaos A.D.” by Sepultura.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
GJ: Go ahead. Play gigs, make new songs, new records and new friends.

Su Evets – The Deering [from Bermuda, released May 1, 2022]

TMODM: What was the strongest influence on Bermuda?
SE: I’ve always been influenced by the mysterious, and what legend is more mysterious than the Bermuda triangle? When I was a kid my grandmother had this really weird book about some of the occurrences and I guess it just kind of stuck with me. This is the first record where I did some of the drum programming first and then sent it to Steve. So just playing with my synths the feel of the record took a real aquatic turn and it all just developed from that.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
SE: What’s next? We were actually able to hook up in real life for 4 days in February 2022 and we recorded enough stuff for 3 albums and we were already in the middle of another few pieces that were being developed remotely so we should have some surprises near the end of summer.

The Frozen Heads – Whatever, Sky [from Live at Bohemian Grove, released February 5, 2022]

TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Bohemian Grove?
FH: The main factors contributing to Live at Bohemian grove would be two things; compositional- time was a factor. The clock was ticking and we were pretty gung ho on doing the RPM challenge, so we basically wrote and recorded all the music in about four hours. Lyrically, it was hard to stay away from the (sur)reality of this off kilter dystopian clown world timeline we currently find ourselves in.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
J’s pick: Skinny Puppy- Last Rights
Goki’s pick: Helloween- keeper of the seven keys
Justin’s pick: Mathematicians- level 1
TMODM: What’s next for you?
FH: we’re currently working on our next album, probably gonna play a few shows, and just keep on churning out new tunes. There’s a lot of creativity happening within the band at the moment so we gotta grab the udders and milk away.

Ogua – Play [from The Interdimensional Cassette, released April 19, 2022]
The Sadies – Stop and Start [from Colder Streams, releases July 22, 2022]

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