Podcast 2022.11 Vivid Vibes

Well, COVID-19 finally got me. I managed to avoid it for more than two years but everyone in my household has gotten sick in the last couple of weeks. Our symptoms were relatively mild, I’m happy to say, but it’s still been difficult. I haven’t gotten a lot done in the past couple of weeks but I have been listening to a variety of new music. So after doing a few geographically themed episodes this one is much more spread out across the countries you would expect: the US, the UK, Australia and western Europe. This episode opens with the Cosmic Lotus, who are from Mexico City and combine members of various stoner/psychedelic bands, followed by Tombstones in their Eyes [LA], Drug Couple [NYC], and the Japanese band Dhidalah.

I have to say that all of the bands I’ve mentioned so far are candidates for my best of list at the end of this year. I don’t know if it’s all the ibuprofen I’ve been taking to deal with my COVID-19 symptoms but the music has just been sounding so great to me. Like the last couple of episodes, this one runs two full hours, and I guess that’s becoming the standard for Turn Me On, Dead Man. So much good music out there I don’t want to leave anything out. This episode is particularly varied, from the heavy psych of Ecstatic Vision, the drone of Hashishian, the garage psych of Limestone, the dub of Guitars on Drugs, the improvisational music of Black Toast and New Standards Men, to the experimentation of one of my favorites, Thee UFO. The apocalyptic drops come from the 1958 sci-fi film The Lost Missile.

00:28 The Cosmic Lotus – Lotus Devotion (Promo version)
08:17 Tombstones In Their Eyes – A Higher Place
11:22 Drug Couple – Missed Our Chance
17:27 Dhidalah – Soma
26:17 Ambassador Hazy – Modes of Transportation
30:32 Ecstatic Vision – Elusive Mojo
36:33 Foraging Badgers of the Black Forest – Vast Forest Lands
42:25 Hashishian – Let Us Reason
48:32 The Lower Depths – Trip Hazards
52:16 Boschivo – Oltre il Velo
55:43 Japanese Television – Space Fruit Vineyard
1:00:11 GDDLF – RAIIIWWAR
1:05:17 Limestoned – Sacred Key
1:08:35 Thee UFO – Impish Delight
1:14:42 Black Toast – And the Gods Just Stood There & Laughed
1:22:15 Guitars On Drugs – Trinity
1:26:29 UFO Över Lappland – Blå Vägen
1:34:05 The Telephones – Two Byrds
1:37:34 Weasel – Melt
1:40:07 New Standards Men – Spain’s First Astronaut A

The Cosmic Lotus – Lotus Devotion (Promo version) [released February 28, 2022]

The Cosmic Lotus is:
Gil Galindo – Bass
Fernando Benitez – Drums
José Luis Cigarroa – Guitar & Psychedelia
Miguel Rescalvo – Keys
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Lotus Devotion?
TCL: lotus devotion is influenced by psychedelic, progressive, krautrock and jazz fusion, from the 70s, it is a mixture of sound experimentation that came out of a jam of 4 members of different bands from Mexico. The bands are: El Brujo, The Sweet leaf, La Maquinaria del Sueño and whitecrow.
This album came out a month and a half ago and has had a good response.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
TCL: Each of the members have different musical tastes but in the end they meet each other to be able to achieve this cosmic jam.
Some of the bands we like are: Frank Zappa, Amon dull ll, Soft machine, Can, Black sabbath, The Mars Volta, Blue Cheer, to name a few.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
TCL: We hope that the EP will soon be released in CD, vinyl and cassette format with a label that wants to support our music.

Tombstones In Their Eyes – A Higher Place [from A Higher Place, released April 26, 2022]

TMODM: What had the strongest influence on A Higher Place?
TITE: For the EP, it is a combination of all of my influences over the years, Neil Young, Pussy Galore, The Rolling Stones, Spacemen 3, Cramps, Devo, etc. Also let’s not forget depression. I write better when I’m depressed, haha. The song A Higher Place was done quickly and then chopped up a little bit by James, our NYC friend/bandmember/musical conscience. And, as with many or all of our songs, it’s just what came out that day. I never have any expectations when I sit down to write a song.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
TITE: It’s a tie between The Germs (GI) and Devo’s Duty Now For the Future, which I believe I bought on the same day and both of which blew my 15 year old mind.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
TITE: Finishing our next full length record. A Higher Place was really put to give me time to get the album finished and to help with the backlog of songs. Prior to releasing AHP, we had 29 songs mostly done, with the 6 from the EP gone, it’s now down to 23. And I haven’t written a song in months, which I think is fucking me up mentally. I’m pretty prolific.
Also to get down to practicing to be a better live band. I’ve finally got a dream lineup, so need to do the grunt work of learning my own songs.
TMODM: What makes music psychedelic? or maybe better, what about your music is psychedelic?
TITE: Good question. To me, being psychedelic means many things. Trippy, sure. Non-mainstream is another. Also to me it’s about music that may have things that are “wrong” musically, but which sound cool. It can be loud and in your face, or quiet and dreamy. And it’s almost like punk rock, in that almost anyone can do it.

Drug Couple – Missed Our Chance [from Stoned Weekend, released February 18, 2022]

Drug Couple is Miles and Becca.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Stoned Weekend?
Miles: Probably being given time and space to stretch out and record a record not in the margins of our lives.
Becca: We recorded ‘Stoned Weekend’ deep in the woods of Vermont, in our studio ‘Freelandia’ (which is in a 200 year old barn). The album is definitely influenced by that place; we wanted it to sound like where we were at when we made it.
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
Becca: Too many to say.
Miles: Quick hits in personal chronological order:
Full Moon Fever
In Utero
Vitology
Never Mind The Bullocks
Saturday Night Fever
The Score
Harvest
It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot
Velvet Underground
Slanted and Enchanted
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
69 Love Songs
Repeater
And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
Keep It Like A Secret
I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
The Lonesome Crowded West
Return To Cookie Mountain
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
De La Soul Is Dead
It’s A Shame About Ray
Spirit Of Eden
TMODM: What’s next for you?
DC: We’re currently updating Freelandia, and getting ready to record our next album. We’re also starting to make plans to build a house, so that is very exciting.

Dhidalah – Soma [from Sensoria 認識, released April 22, 2022]

TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Sensoria 認識?
Dhidalah: Twilight, Japanese Monster (YOHKAI), hallucinogens, delusions…
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Dhidalah: Sleep/Holy Mountain, Hawkwind/Space Ritual, Can/Tago Mago, Yura Yura Teikoku/Me No Car
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Dhidalah: Production of new album

Ambassador Hazy – Modes of Transportation [from The Traveler, released April 22, 2022]

TMODM: What had the strongest influence on The Traveler?
AH: I think the constraints this record was made under made it what it is. It’s really a pandemic record, made at home alone and in whatever hours I could steal for myself. I wasn’t particularly thinking of any “sound” other than I would try to start each track with a different approach, maybe change the guitar tuning, or start with a drum track or drum machine etc and then build up the track from there.
TMODM” What record changed your life?
AH: The Stooges
TMODM: What’s next for you?
AH: This week I have a new (old) record out, something done back in the late 90s early 00s with my friend Scott – Terrapin Gun -Relax Your Mind on Infinite Spin records. I mostly play accompanist here taking on all the lead guitar stuff. Scott would bring in these great songs and then we would just arrange and record them together, some with a full band but more often just the two of us and the 8 track (still what I’m using for the Hazy stuff). And the next Ambassador Hazy record is off to be mastered but given pressing delays etc right now it may be 8-10 months or a bit longer, who knows, til that one hits the street.

Ecstatic Vision – Elusive Mojo [from Elusive Mojo, released May 13, 2022]

TMODM: What had the biggest influence on Elusive Mojo?
EV: The pandemic had the strongest influence. We had more time to make a record and not rush the mix.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
EV: Hawkwind- Space Ritual – Kevin
TMODM: What’s next for you?
EV: Touring Europe now and tearing up stages.

Foraging Badgers of the Black Forest – Vast Forest Lands [from Vast Forest Lands, released May 7, 2022]

TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Vast Forest Lands?
FBOTBF: Just being able to get together the three of us to play this kind of music was very inspirational in itself, it all came very naturally and fell in place in a nice way. Really happy about how the album turned out!
TMODM: What record changed your life?
FBOTBF: Three essential ones would be: The Beatles – “Revolver”, The Byrds – “Younger Than Yesterday” and 13th Floor Elevators – “The Psychedelic Sounds of…”
TMODM: What’s next for you?
FBOTBF: Just about to get together again during summer, hoping to be able to play some local shows and maybe record a couple of new tracks. Nothing too ambitious so to say, mostly just want to play.

Hashishian – Let Us Reason [from Hashishian, released May 20, 2022]

TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Hashishian?
Hashishian: The album/track Dopesmoker by Sleep is what inspired us to make music. Also the book Dune by Frank Herbert is a major source of inspiration. And large amounts of hash.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Hashishian: Dopesmoker
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Hashishian: We have a second album recorded which we be released some time next year. We’re continuously writing and recording with no plans of stopping anytime soon.

The Lower Depths – Trip Hazards [from Trip Hazards EP, released May 28, 2022]

TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Trip Hazards EP?
TLD: I was listening to a lot of records from 1966 and 1967 when I made Trip Hazards. Stuff like Revolver, The Monkees’ Head, Satanic Majesties, The Brogues, The Litter, Magical Mystery Tour, Traffic, Tommy James & The Shondells, Inner Mystique, The Box Tops, The Kinks. I wanted to make a pop record inspired by quaint English garage psychedelia. I like the heavy textures on those records – mellotron, acoustic guitars, hiss and double-tracked tape echo vocals, as well as lots of droning electric guitars.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
TLD: Hearing ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ when I was 14 felt like getting shot out of a cannon into a strange land. One that looked unfamiliar but felt like home. Later in my adolescence I wore out a cassette copy of Revolver. In my early 20s, I used to hide under the duvet on dull Wednesday afternoons listening to Astral Weeks, Darklands and Turn on the Bright Lights, drifting off. I hope the next record that changes my life will be short, loud and achingly cool.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
TLD: I’m going to keep making records. I’m not interested in selling them (they are on Bandcamp) but I like making them. I’m also recording my friend, Neil Matthew Fox. He’s the Fife Leonard Cohen. After that, I’m turning 30, which is a drag.

Boschivo – Oltre il Velo [from Passaggio al Bosco, released May 12, 2022]

I corresponded with Emanuele Fais, the sole member of Boschivo
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Passaggio al Bosco?
Boschivo: A psychedelic mushroom trip I had some years ago. It was a very dark time in my life, but that experience opened up a path to happiness – and to God, ultimately. Every song in the album is about the search for the Ultimate Truth.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Boschivo: “Black Ships Ate the Sky” by Current 93, both sonically and thematically speaking.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Boschivo: As Boschivo I did both neofolkish song-based albums and tribal/drone instrumental works, I’m thinking about merging those two approaches in some kind of ritualistic songwriting. Maybe expanding the noise rock influences as well.

Japanese Television – Space Fruit Vineyard [from Space Fruit Vineyard, released April 15, 2022]

TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Space Fruit Vineyard?
JT: I’d been listening to a lot of David Axelrod’s late 60s / early 70s records. No one does instrumentals quite like him. His Electric Prunes albums are magic too.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
JT: ‘Off The Bone’ by The Cramps. Opened up a whole world.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
JT: Supporting Charlie from Flamingods new band Noon Garden at Moth Club.

GDDLF – RAIIIWWAR [from RAIIIWWAR, released April 13, 2022]
Limestoned – Sacred Key [from Limestoned EP, released May 14, 2022]

TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Limestoned EP?
Denver: Lyric-wise the music was influenced by the various emotions we come to experience through life as we grow especially from teenager to adult. There’s a lot of talk on love, anger and especially anxiety. Instrumental-wise there is a wide range of sounds influenced by different genres and artists. The whole EP includes influence from 60’s psychedelia, electronic synth pop, stoner rock, punk and also hardcore.
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
Harvey: Gish – Smashing Pumpkins
Kyle: Ten – Pearl Jam
Denver: Computer World – Kraftwerk
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Denver: We’re all very excited for the future and what’s to come. Playing shows and working on new music is our main focus at the moment and after 2 strange years of various lockdowns and restrictions in Melbourne we’ve never been more pumped to be out there doing what we love.

Thee UFO – Impish Delight [from Impish Delight, releases June 6, 2022]

TMODM: What makes music psychedelic? Or maybe better, what about your music is psychedelic?
TheeUFO: Probably my excessive use of echoes, delays and nonsensical lyrics. I’ve always enjoyed odd things especially in music, psychedelic music has that in spades.
The term psychedelic is a bit diluted; in some ways it’s latched onto psych pop from the late sixties (which I love), but the most psychedelic bands to me (from that time) are United States of American, Silver Apples, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and Ultimate Spinach, some pushing boundaries more than others but all uniquely odd and amazing in their own ways.
For me psychedelic is a blanket term for something that seems out of this world, I’m interested in making music that has otherworldly qualities but still maintains its earthliness.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
TheeUFO: We have a 7inch coming out this month on https://fuzzedupastromoonrecords.bandcamp.com and I’m just about to finish our new album which will be out in September, It’s alot heavier than our last. 

Black Toast – And the Gods Just Stood There & Laughed [from And the Gods Just Stood There & Laughed (Rehearsal Mix), released April 28, 2022]

TMODM: What had the strongest influence on And the Gods Just Stood There & Laughed?
BT: Bands like The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Black Sabbath, as well as jam bands like the Grateful Dead and noise-makers like below-era King Crimson.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
BT: Too many to name, but for Black Toast, probably Live Cream Vol 1
TMODM: What’s next for you?
BT: We’re finishing the mixes on our first studio recording that we intend to have pressed on vinyl.
TMODM: What makes music psychedelic? or maybe better, what about your music is psychedelic?
BT: I think psychedelic music is more than about the drugs ( though they play a role); it’s about taking the listener on a journey.
What makes Black Toast particularly psychedelic is that through the creation of totally spontaneous improvised music, the band takes the same journey into the unknown as the audience.

Guitars On Drugs – Trinity [from Dubfuzz, released April 18, 2022]

TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Dubfuzz?
The biggest influences on this album were probably Public Image and the later Clash albums.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
GOD: The first album that blew me away was Aladdin Sane by Bowie.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
GOD: Not sure what’s next but I did enjoy doing spy themes, might wander down that way again. 

UFO Över Lappland – Blå Vägen [from Spökraketer, released April 29, 2022]

TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Spökraketer?
UOL: The strongest influence on Spökraketer, well, our way to create music is to jam in the rehearsal place, and then we keep parts we like and put them together, but we also speak a lot about the music as pictures, for example the song Blå Vägen, is clearly inspired by driving at Blå Vägen (a road in Northern Sweden, that stretches from the coastland were we live and up to the mountains in Swedish Lappland, I drive this road a couple of times a year, and this song is really “car driving music for winter nights” Musically we have always been influenced from a big variety of genres and bands, personal I listen a lot to instrumental music, both postrock and electronic minimal music, but also rock like Motörhead, Hawkwind and other such rock.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
UOL: Many records changed my direction of musical listening, but if I had to choose one it would be Godspeed you black emperor – lift your skinny fists like antennas to heaven
What’s next for you?
Well, right now we don’t live at the same place, but some of us makes some music with a new band, me and Christer (on bass) has solo projects that were working on, but we hope that we will get time and possibility to work on some new music together and maybe do some live shows in a future not too far.
TMODM: What makes music psychedelic? or maybe better, what about your music is psychedelic?
UOL: Haha, well, it’s kind of hard to know, but I think that in our music we focus more on repetition and on building up landscapes of sound, and for us we really paint pictures with our music and we hope that others also can see it that way, if that’s making it psychedelic I’m not really sure about, but we see and hear lots of people that are trying to describe our music that uses poetry and pictures to describe our music, and too us that’s some kind of proof that our music creates pictures in other peoples minds too.

The Telephones – Two Byrds [from Prosaic Turbulence, releases June 24, 2022]

TMODM: What had the biggest influence on Prosaic Turbulence?
Telephones: That is quite a big question, because a lot happened between the idea to make an album and the final album. I’ll try and answer succinctly:
A. Time.. and what that is..?
B. The covid pandemic ( massively changed how we wrote/ rehearsed / recorded : three studios, three engineers ( including our own Lee Horsley)
The rehearsals- ‘socially distanced’ in my shed!
C. This is hard to describe…
social and psychic dissonance – caused by the negative impact of having to live with and spend too much time dealing with computers & technology (in every aspect of our lives.. ).. and then not having enough time or mental ( after work / transport/ travel) to interact with real things .. important things .. nature and human beings.. we’re not designed to be plugged in to a computer 12 hours a day.
Ironically, for a lot of people there was a bit of a break from all that with the first lockdown..
not me unfortunately..
had to graft right through it.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Telephones: Three Records that had a big impact on us / we’re live changing / game changing:
Jim: Axis Bold As Love: Jim Hendrix
Andy: The Beatles 1967-1970 ( The Blue Album)
Bobby: ( Couldn’t pick one out,
I know he loves Led Zeppelin,
Frank Zapp, The Doors and Neil Young.
So I’ll pick ‘After The Goldrush’ – Neil Young.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Telephones: Lots of gigs over the summer, including our album release part 8th of July at Dubrek, Derby ( Free entry), 18th Dream of Dr Sardonicous @ The Cellar Bar, Cardigan – Mid Wales, and our very own Dionysus festival 1st Oct 2022 at the Royal Oak in Ockbrook, Derbyshire ( would you like to come / get involved – can sort out something out!?) all links are on the Facebook page.
And..
Another album.
We’ve already got bags of material, we just need time to nail it/ rehearse it. And make a plan…

Weasel – Melt [released April 25, 2022]
New Standards Men – Spain’s First Astronaut A [from Spain’s First Astronaut, released June 4, 2021]

TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Spain’s First Astronaut?
NSM: The biggest influence on that track, and really that whole record, was just us going into the session and recording it with zero pressure or expectations on ourselves and allowing the music to happen in an organic way. We both have our own language when it comes to playing, and that, mixed with the environment (Flat Black Studios) created a space for us to really open up to each other musically in a way that to that point hadn’t yet occurred. So, other than staying out of our own ways we decided to let songs build and expand however long they needed to and trusted each other to come in and out of things whenever necessary.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Drew: Though there have been a few life-changers, I’ll go with Earth – Hex; Or Printing In The Infernal Method, as that record really opened up for me the concept of songs/music that feels as though it’s can (and does) move in these slowly changing, evolving, organic waves and/or cycles.
Jeremy: I could probably go on all day about life changing albums. That being said, there is a comp that came out in the mid-‘90s called Macro Dub Infection Vol. 1 that just absolutely scrambled my brain in the best way. It sort of taught me how music can fold in on itself and create new forms without being hemmed in by conventions or verses and choruses.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
NSM: The next couple New Standards Men releases are done and we’re just waiting for both to be announced and pressed, with one potentially coming out by the end of the year and the other being roughly slated for early 2023. Along with all that, we are focused on trying to play as much as time and our crazy lives allow.

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