Podcast 2023.01 Never Get Out Of The Boat

A new year and a one-hour set of recent psychedelia. I asked the bands if they had any new year’s resolutions and my favorite answer was from Firefriend who said they wanted to play around the world before WW3. The tracks in this episode originate from the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, Argentina, Brazil, Finland, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

This episode also contains words of wisdom from the character of Chef in Apocalypse Now. I’ve been revisiting some of the most memorable characters from my favorite movies and Chef is definitely on that list. I don’t know why but I started thinking about Chef’s conviction to “never get out of the boat”. At first it seems like a sound strategy–his trust in Willard tells him he should stay the course. His trust is misplaced, of course, but the irony is that he’s doomed either way. I wish there were some other possible outcome for him, but he’s a fundamentally tragic figure. And all he wanted to do was to learn to fuckin’ cook!

time artist title
00:51 Die Zappa Camino en la bancarrota
06:35 Shirley & The Pyramids Sapanta Blue
09:55 Firefriend Rainbow
17:03 The Embrooks Black​-​Hatted Lady
20:42 SOMA Ch. 11
24:13 Kacimi Le Ballon Songe
27:17 Trigona Volta
33:33 Room Om Shards
38:38 Temple Fang Jerusalem
47:51 Broken Opium Table Constrictor
52:30 Dirty Shirts Heliosis Hot Spot

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Die Zappa – Camino en la bancarrota (from Cannabis Corpus In Sanctis, release date: November 1, 2022)

Trío de psicodelia de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Cannabis Corpus In Sanctis?
DZ: Definitely cannabis. Through the years we have been absorbing the culture and teaching of the peace of cannabis and it is what brought us to this record, which is the most relaxed album we have made without depriving ourselves of anything As for the sound, lyrics, music… it took us more than two years to do it but more than anything because we never force ourselves to finish it, If not, we let the moment of inspiration arrive when it has to arrive. Cannabis has already become something like religion for us.
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
DZ: many records changed our lives, but the 70’s music, the rock, krautrock, progressive rock, free rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock that influence de 70`s is our major influence.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
DZ: keep making art through music, so that the music train continues influencing people, and these people in turn make more art and keep music alive.
TMODM: Any new year’s resolutions?
DZ: 2022, another year another album released. If you end a year having made art, it’s been a good year.

Shirley & The Pyramids – Sapanta Blue (from Maid of Time, release date: January 13, 2023)

Shirley & The Pyramids are from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Maid of Time?
S&TP: The strongest influence on Maid of Time was probably The Smashing Pumpkins, as I was listening to them a lot during the writing and recording process. They’re one of my favorite bands of all time, always have been… I was also listening to a lot of DIIV and Dinosaur Jr., but I’m not sure how much that comes across. The Brian Jonestown Massacre are always a huge influence as well.
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
S&TP: The first record that comes to mind is The Velvet Underground and Nico. I know it’s not a terribly exciting answer, but it changed everything for me when I was a kid…. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine is also up there.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
S&TP: We have a few shows coming up and we plan on touring a bit this summer. We also have a whole other album nearly finished, from the same sessions as Maid of Time, which we’re hoping to release later this year.
TMODM: Any new year’s resolutions?
S&TP: No resolutions to speak of, just trying to be a good person, and trying not to drink too much booze

Firefriend – Rainbow (from Home or Exile, release date: December 16, 2022)

Firefriend are from São Paulo, Brazil. I’ve played Firefriend tracks on Turn Me On, Dead Man podcasts in the past. Home or Exile: “Selected recordings from our Rehearsals collection: fresh versions of songs we are playing this season, plus demos and improvisations for our next albums. All tracks recorded at the very garage in Sao Paulo where all our last seven albums were recorded.”
TMODM: What are you currently working on?
FF: We’re currently focusing on our upcoming UK tour, which will happen between late May and early June. It’s slowly taking shape as we are insane and totally DIY. We’re working on the setlist, booking, papers, how to pay for everything and so on. It’s a very complex puzzle, with 1000s of moving parts.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
FF: We will release two new LPs (DECREATION FACTS and CRYPTOMNESIA) in the spring!
TMODM: Any new year’s resolutions?
FF: Our resolution for 2023: We want to play around the world before WW3. 

The Embrooks – Black​-​Hatted Lady (from Black​-​Hatted Lady b​/​w In The Sky, release date: December 20, 2022)

From Bandcamp: “From moody garage to freakbeat to mod-psych, The Embrooks from Kent—the Garden of England—have been consistently delivering solid 60s-influenced material since 1996. After 4 LPs and 9 singles, they’re ready to unleash their 1st 45 for Rogue Records, recorded at their own custom-built 8-track studio, North Down Sound. Original A-side “Black-Hatted Lady” is a comment on the perils of warfare, a theme carried over onto the flipside, a cover of “In The Sky” by legendary prog-psych group, Dark.” Mole answered my questions.
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
Mole: The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Mole: More recording, hopefully some live appearances (been recently waylaid by long-term illness)
TMODM: Any new year’s resolutions?
Mole: Definitely NOT!

SOMA – Ch. 11 (from SHIVA / SHAKTI, release date: November 4, 2022)

SOMA are from New Jersey
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on SHIVA / SHAKTI?
SOMA: friendship
TMODM: What record changed your life?
SOMA: Cro Mags: Age of Quarrel
TMODM: What’s next for you?
SOMA: more music
TMODM: Any new year’s resolutions?
SOMA: continue to develop ourselves spiritually, individually and collectively as a band

Kacimi – Le Ballon Songe (from Le Ballon Songe, release date: November 25, 2022)

From Bandcamp: “”Le Ballon Songe” and its lascivious rhythm, invite us to reverie. On contemplative poetry by Romano Bianchi, “Le Ballon Songe” evaporates on a moist and electric groove reminding us of the swampy playgrounds of Crazy Horse or of a seventies Gainsbourg in search of futuristic pop. Laurent Blot offers a cartoon clip (episode 2 of the series), where Kacimi and his band La Mécréance, like the last pop rampart before the end of the world..”
TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
Kacimi: Rock, soul, folk and jazz from the sixties and seventies. With the time a lot of film music from that time.
TMODM: Which record changed your life?
Kacimi: Melody Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Kacimi: The release of a new album “Couronne d’Ephémères” on January 20th.
TMODM: Any new year’s resolutions?
Kacimi: … More music ?

Trigona – Volta (from Echo Tide, release date: December 19, 2022)

From Bandcamp: “Psych rock recordings featuring lots of fuzz, delay, swirly effects and that motorik beat all the kids are talking about.”
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Trigona: I finished the next Trigona record a few months back and hopefully it’ll come out later in 2023.
TMODM: What are you currently working on?
Trigona: Recently I’ve been recording more songs and jams during the holidays. Experimenting with new guitar pedals and generally having a nice relaxing time.
TMODM: Any new year’s resolutions?
Trigona: I’m not big on resolutions but I’ve been thinking lately that I’d like to spend a bit more time using and understanding synths. I can get some sounds out of them but I have no idea what’s going on so I’d like to get a bit more confident using them.

Room Om – Shards (from Steam Pan Industrial Estate Inner Elevations, release date: November 24, 2022)

Room Om is from Jyväskylä, Finland. Ronnie Goodman: Bass J Casanova: Drums Sol Catch 616: Vocals Adam Gestalt: Guitars Sum O Rampage: Guitars
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Steam Pan Industrial Estate Inner Elevations?
RO: biggest influences for room om for me is lots of finnish stuff like xysma, mana mana, psychoplasma type stuff and then lots shoegazing like swervedriver and mbv type stuff have inspired
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
RO: hard to say we listen lots of different music.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
RO: We are going to make a full length in spring.

Temple Fang – Jerusalem (from Jerusalem​/​The Bridge, release date: November 29, 2022)

Temple Fang is from Amsterdam: Dennis Duijnhouwer: Vox, Bass Jevin de Groot: Vox, Guitar Ivy van der Veer: Guitar, Piano Egon Loosveldt: Drums

Dennis answered my questions.
TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
TF: I’d say for this band actual psychedelics, I’ve been working with a shaman from South America for a number of years doing ayahuasca ceremonies. The moment we started TF, me and Jevin (guitar+vox) had just done our first ceremony together and it blew the doors right open, it had a huge influence on the way we perceived the world and thus on making music. We’ve been on this path ever since.
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
TF: For me it was Jimi Hendrix-Cry of Love, his first posthumously released album. My aunt Yvon gave it to me when I was around 7 or 8, I remember sitting on my knees in front of the speakers, totally mesmerised by the sounds on this album.

It’s my favorite record to this day, I still hear new things in it even though I’ve listened to it thousands of times.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
TF: We’ve just finished our next record, which is coming out in Spring 2023 and have started writing the next one, really excited to see where that’s gonna take us.

We’ve got a few months off before we start a European tour which will take us from Milan to Oslo.
TMODM: Any new year’s resolutions?
TF: Same as last year or the year before, find a deeper commitment to music and life in general and embrace change as much as possible.

Broken Opium Table – Constrictor (from This Machine., release date: December 2, 2022)

From Bandcamp: “Experimental artist and poet. Noise and confusion. Revolution Now.”
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on This Machine.?
BOT: In my very lofi recording set up the idea behind This Machine was to try and bring a bigger guitar sound that suited the song and my next album.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
BOT: There have been so many albums that have changed my life or the way I listen to music but saying that when I was around ten years of age I found some tapes that turned the worm. 1. The Velvet Underground and Nico. 2. Transformer – Lou Reed. 3. Rock n Roll Animal – Lou Reed and the Doors greatest hits.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
BOT: Next up for the broken opium table is finishing writing album number four and to release as much as I can.
TMODM: Any new year’s resolutions?
BOT: That works as my New Year resolution too. Make more music. Get better at producing my music.

Dirty Shirts – Heliosis Hot Spot (from Heliosis Hot Spot, release date: December 14, 2022)

Recorded at the dog house between July and October 2022 Ben – drums (right), baritone guitar (right), keys, shakers Matt – drums (left) Carter – guitar, bass, baritone guitar (left), keys, shakers, cover photo
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Heliosis Hot Spot
DS: Musically, dub reggae had a strong influence with its focus on heavy bass and hypnotic drums and effects. But generally, just jamming together and improvising has had the biggest influence since there’s almost no preparation or discussion before we start recording, aside from which instruments we might use.
TMODM: What record changed your lives?
Carter – Karma by Pharoah Sanders
Matt – Who Told You To Think??!!?? by Milo
Ben – God Ween Satan by Ween
TMODM: What’s next for you?
DS: We definitely plan on releasing more jam albums as Dirty Shirts throughout 2023 alongside some other concurrent music projects we have coming out on Dog Medicine Records
TMODM: Any new year’s resolutions?
DS: One goal we have for this year is to hopefully start playing some live shows around the Bay Area/Northern California and start developing our live performing skills, as well as an audience.

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