Podcast 2023.08 Fear of Elevator Music

It’s never fun to be in a dental chair. To keep my mind off the unpleasantness (just waiting for my dentist to ask, “is it safe?”) I started paying attention to what song was playing on the muzak. “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love?” is now forever ruined for me. To clear my head I put together this hour of recent psychedelia.

time artist title
00:33 Hyper Tensions Upside Down
03:52 Sudden Voices Happenstance
06:38 The Savage Blush Incantations
12:19 Rough Image Useless Person
21:38 Goat Seu Sangue
25:42 Psychic Mass Devil Master
30:08 Sonic Moon Give It Time
33:60 Psychic Love Child All 6's & 7's
38:54 Los Acidos Stereolalo
46:15 Piranha Petting Zoo (Another) Murder In The Desert
50:24 Sun Brigade Brotherhood Hashish

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#Alternative #Ambient #ArtRock #ChineseUnderground #Cosmic #DesertRock #Doom #Drone #Electronica #Experimental #Fuzz #GarageRock #Improvisation #IndieRock #Krautrock #Loud #Neopsychedelia #Noise #OccultRock #Post-punk #Post-rock #Psych #Psychedelia #Psychedelic #PsychedelicFolk #PsychedelicFunk #PsychedelicPunk #PsychedelicRock #Punk #SpaceRock #Stoner #StonerRock #Surf #Synthwave

Recently I’ve had a couple of very different experiences both involving titanium implants. My daughter turned 18 and to celebrate that she decided to get her belly button pierced. and She chose a titanium ring. I gave her a ride to the tattoo parlor and the music they were playing was sort of classic rock with some metal leanings. Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” was playing as she got the piercing done, and I felt a protective parental impluse. I managed to save her the embarrassment by holding my tingue but I want to say, “Hey, be careful. That’s my daughter!”

Then, a couple days later I went to my periodontist (!) and got a titanium dental implant. I was in the chair for a long time and the music playing was your typical dental office muzak. As my periodontist was really applying the pressure I could hear a smooth jazz version of “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love?” playing, and my thought was that I’d rather be listening to Motorhead right about then. I mean, c’mon let’s get this done!

But after thinking about it I think elevator music is probably best option for me in an situation like that. After seeing A Clockwork Orange I definitely would not want to be listening to music I felt passionately about and have all those negative associations of being in a dental chair.

So as I said, to clear my head I put together this hour of recent psychedelia.

The drops in this episode come from the movie Marathon Man. It had been many years since I’d seen Marathon Man but given my recent dental experiences I kept thinking about Lawrence Olivier’s character: a dentist, a Nazi war criminal who had escaped to Uruguay after World War II. He comes out of hiding to retrieve the diamonds he had stolen during the war but he’s wary about going into the diamond district in Manhattan and being recognized. He thinks Dustin Hoffman’s character knows something and tortures him with dentistry. As I said, given my recent experience I think you can understand why this movie was on my mind.

But to take the film seriously for a moment, Marathon Man was even better than I had remembered and it actually has a great deal of relevance for our current political moment. It’s all about the struggle against fascism and the dangers of unchecked authoritarian rule. The image of marathon runners in this movie reflects how the progressive struggle against the forces of fascism is ongoing and requires vigilance. It’s a marathon, and we’re still on that path.

August 4, 2023

Sonic Moon

#DesertRock #Doom #Fuzz #Psych #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock #Stoner #StonerRock

Sonic Moon is Oliver, Emil, Niclas, Jeppe and Emil
Sonic Moon is the sound of Kevin Starrs meeting Josh Homme on an acid trip in the dark Scandinavian winter. It is heavy guitar-riffs, drowned in fuzz and delay, carried through by a swaying drum- and bass-section, complimented by a raw and melodic vocal. The lyrics consume the remaining light, and touches subjects like nihilism, sorrow and anger.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Return Without Any Memory?
SM: As a band we’ve met quite a few bumps on the road – it took us some years and a few EP’s to reach a point where we were satisfied enough with our material to put it on a full length album. It’s something we looked towards from the very beginning, it just took a while to get there! So let’s go with something as vague as ‘the journey’ being a strong influence!
TMODM: What record changed your life?
SM: It really depends on who you ask as we have quite different tastes and musical upbringings. I don’t think we could ever collectively agree on one record, so here’s a few! Deafheaven – Sunbather, Nirvana – In Utero, Kyuss – Sky Valley, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats – Blood Lust
TMODM: What’s next for you?
SM: Touring when the album is out, and hopefully some shows outside Denmark! And as we’ve been waiting for the vinyl release for close to a year we’re already well on our way with the next album.

May 3, 2023

Psychic Mass

#OccultRock #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock

Psychic rock for psychic minds. Formed 2022 in Melbourne, Australia.
Lizard: Vocals
Lang: Guitars & Bass
J.R.: Drums
with keys by Daniel Tucceri
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Arrival of the Church of Psychic Mass?
PM: Musically our influences are quite varied and include rock from the late 60s-70s, including Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Bobby Beausoleil, Black Widow, Hawkwind, early Stooges, Thin Lizzy, plus some lesser known acts like Sudden Death, Stone Axe and Astaroth. Theme wise we are influenced by various facets of underground culture plus our own personal experience
TMODM: What record changed your life?
PM: It’s hard to pin point a particular album, but the first band that turned me onto this path as a kid was Rose Tattoo, and still my favourite band today
TMODM: What’s next for you?
PM: We’ll be pushing the new EP and looking to have physical releases available for sure. We are also working on new material for a full length album

May 3, 2023

Sun Brigade

#Experimental #PsychedelicRock #Ambient #Krautrock #Loud #Noise #PsychedelicFunk #Stoner #StonerRock #Synthwave

Sun Brigade are from Tempe, Arizona. Sonoran Psych Rock, and some Funky Shoegaze, its Fugaze!
Ben Wise – The Drum Wizard @friendscallmebensir
Jonny Saillant – The Goom Groover on Bass @pijamapiyama
Brendan Grossman – The AUM on Rhythm Guitar @brendangrossmanmusic
Riley Grossman- The Soundscaper on Lead Guitar, Synthesizer, Vocals @godhead42
This audio trip is dedicated to the travels of Ronnie Bevan and the Brotherhood of Eternal Love. Friends and Family leading with consciousness and love!
TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
SB: I find most of my influence comes from Nature. I go out on on hikes and love to meditate outside. Letting the sounds flow by and listen
TMODM: What record changed your life?
SB: This one is so tough! I am going to need to pick three. Pink Floyd – Obscured by clouds, Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure – Disintegration
TMODM: What’s next for you?
SB: As of now, we are trying to play and record a lot more shows, because as a live show we do a lot of improvisation. Which has a been a lot of fun and led to growth in our abilities, after being a recording project for about 3 years.

April 21, 2023

Hyper Tensions

#GarageRock #Psychedelic #Punk #PsychedelicPunk #PsychedelicRock

High energy raw punk rock and roll with a tinge of lysergic acid diethylamide spinning around currently located in Indianapolis, Indiana
Jared Snyder – Vocals / Bass / Synth
Ryan Dunn – Vocals / Guitar
Kyle Stallings – Guitar / Keys
Josh Morrow – Drums / Percussion
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Sick Soother?
HT: When we wrote the album, we had really been diving further into krautrock records so I think musically it reflects a bit of a shift into that realm.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
HT: The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators. When our bassist/vocalist Jared and I (Ryan) started the band forever ago, this record was such a major catalyst for us to move into a more psychedelic sound and really blew our minds. It continues to be our biggest influence at all times.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
HT: We’ve got a couple new tunes about ready so we’re hoping to have a new 7” out by the end of the year with a couple of those. Also trying to play a bunch of towns we haven’t made it to before, so we’re gonna do our best to stay busy playing shows outside Indianapolis.

April 14, 2023

Psychic Love Child

#Alternative #IndieRock #Neopsychedelia #Surf #GarageRock #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock

Psychic Love Child is a 5 piece Indie Psych rock project born and bred out of Texas with love from California.
The group consists of:
Parker Hernandez – Vocals/Guitar/Keys
Marcos Mateus – Vocals/Bass/Keys
Matthew Posey – Drums/Percussion/Keys
Justin Zawiskie – Keys/Guitar/Vocals
Zach Rojas – Bass
They set out to create honest music from their love of vintage tones, soulful rhythms and melodic vocal harmonies…
TMODM: … And out of these each individually strange and unique perspectives, Psychic Love Child was born.
PLC: Biggest influence on Honey Business would probably just be an amalgamation of all our influences since this is our first full length album. It feels like a meet & greet with the fans before we start diving into to heavier concepts as we move forward with future releases.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Honey Business?
PLC: Record that changed our life would be Plantasia! 
TMODM: What record changed your life?
PLC: We’re currently writing/recording 2 new tracks to release as a split, hopefully in the next few months. We also have a ton of other songs to get ready for the next album.
What’s next for you?

April 14, 2023


#Electronica #Alternative #PsychedelicFolk #Psychedelic

In October last year, Swedish collective Goat surprised the world with the release of an unexpected new album – the twisted psychedelic funk of ‘Oh Death’.
Rave reviews and radio airplay followed, but it wasn’t only the journalists who got hot under the collar with Goats return. As soon as the album hit the airwaves, we received several requests from trusted friends of Rocket to ask if they could create a remix of one of ‘Oh Death’s’ tracks.
So what we have here, is a five track EP called ‘Seu Sangue’ that contains four exclusive remixes and a brand new, unreleased Goat track.
The EP starts off with the ‘12” Extended Remix’ of lead single from ‘Oh Death’, ‘Under No Nation’. The remix has been created by MIEN’s John Mark Lapham, with help from the incredibly talented Thor Harris on extra percussion!
Next up is Rocket remixer faithful, Shit & Shine remixing the second single from ‘Oh Death’ the tribal rhythm driven track of ‘Do The Dance’. Sonic Boom was the first person to ask if they could remix a track off of ‘Oh Death’, and he dived straight for the album’s opener, the fuzz heavy ‘Soon You Die’ – which is the third track on the EP.
The last remix is by Marlene Ribeiro (Gnod) who’s latest album ‘Toquei No Sol’ was released in January this year. Marlene takes the track ‘Remind Yourself’ and turns it into an organic, techno raga.
And finally, the EP is finished by a brand new track, the title track ‘Seu Sangue’ the EP’s title track is a beautiful, four minute, ‘folk drone’ hymn.

April 14, 2023

Sudden Voices

#Alternative #ArtRock #Experimental #IndieRock #Krautrock #Post-punk #Post-rock #Psych #Psychedelic

London-based purveyors of voices, grooves and drones.
Sudden Voices is a project led by Ben Morris, who is returning to music after a hiatus of more than fifteen years. Ben previously served time in Union Wireless, a London-based post\kraut\experimental-rock band who meandered their way through the late 1990s with a constantly evolving line-up of musicians.
A couple of albums were recorded, the first at London’s renowned analogue paradise Toe Rag Studios, the second with Toby Robinson (CAN, Derek Bailey, etc). Both albums were released by Elefant Records, kindly reviewed in the music press of the day, and maybe even listened to by a few people. It was hard to tell back then.
By the early 2000s real life intervened and they had gone their separate ways, some to musical destinations as diverse as noise poetry-mongers Map 71 and folk-rock unit-shifters Bellowhead, others to “proper jobs” and overwhelmed parenthood.
Despite this Ben didn’t completely abandon music and spent many of the intervening years tinkering with vintage organs and singing in choirs. This informs much of the work on Sudden Voices, where chanted vocals fight for attention with repetitive grooves and acoustic instruments, combining into a warm, organic psychedelia.
Songs are written through improvisation with a fixed set of instruments, helping to give the songs an experimental feel without sacrificing a melodic edge or sense of coherence. Influences range from the metronomic groove of krautrock, through to the space jazz of “Bitches Brew”, via a clear fondness for Suicide, Talk Talk, and the Fall. The results are shot through with a DIY work ethic and low-fi sensibility, as well as an ear for a good tune. 
TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
SV: Improvised music that still has a groove to it. German bands like CAN and Neu! are an obvious touch point, but I’m also into a lot of space\psych jazz (Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders Alice Coltrane).
TMODM: What brought you back to recording music after your hiatus?
SV: I missed having a creative practice. The act of making music is such a buzz – I really missed that thrill of creating something from nothing. I was also curious about how much technology has changed things. It’s a LOT easier to make music than it used to be, but just as hard to get people to listen to it! Making records was always a fraught process back in the day as there was never enough money. Studio time is pretty much unlimited now.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
SV: Listening to “Hex Enduction Hour” by the Fall changed things for me when I was about 13. It was a “gateway drug” for pretty much everything interesting I’ve been into since then… noise, experimental, avant garde, jazz, you name it – the Fall were my way in.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
SV: I’m currently working on the next Sudden Voices record. So far it’s shaping up to be more overtly experimental and a little more adventurous in terms of structure.

April 7, 2023

Rough Image

#ChineseUnderground #Cosmic #Drone #Experimental #Noise #Krautrock #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock

Formed in 2016 in Jilin, Changchun, Rough Image is a three-piece instrumental rock band from northeast China, with solid skills and influences from Krautrock, psychedelic rock, noise, and experimental music. All of their current recordings come from rehearsal improvisations and live concerts. Zoning out and imagination are what they are seeking in their improvised session. Meaningless and aimless, they are in love with the rough, fuzzy, spontaneous, and free sound.
The occasional state of mind cannot be replicated. Such a feeling is difficult to be recorded in a professional studio, so the band hasn’t released any official studio album. This double CD is the first physical album since the beginning of the band, a selection of fleeting moments from the past few years. This release is not their original intention, but let these recordings be the memoirs of the band, maybe they will come back with a studio album in the near future.
I corresponded with Hao and he explained that they don’t speak English so this interview was done through translation software.
TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
RI: The three of us have always been players in another pop rock band before, and there have always been a lot of musical influences. Metal, pop, folk, hard rock… but it was around 2015 that we were introduced to German krautrock, a genre we had never been exposed to before, and it made us feel that it wasn’t a certain style of music, but a way of approaching music.
TMODM: How does the place you live–your city, landscape, music scene–feed into the music you make?
RI: We live in a place that has changed radically as we have grown up, both socio-economically and in terms of ideas and culture, etc. And our personal thoughts and emotions are not a stable state over time, always changing with time and events. This unstable state drives us to want to find an outlet through music, rather than trying to integrate life into music.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
RI: As I said before, it all started when I was introduced to krautrock. If I had to pick one album, it would be Ashra’s ‘New Age Of Earth’. We were keen to take the music out of real life and just exist in each of our imaginations.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
RI: More rehearsals, more gigs.

April 1, 2023

Piranha Petting Zoo

#DesertRock #Improvisation #PsychedelicRock #Stoner #StonerRock

Broadcasting from the Island of Lost Musicians, Piranha Petting Zoo is an improvisational collective that records in Overbrook, West Philly and is part of the Scribble Scrab Sounds family of artists.
Music: Jeff Grimes (bass), Adrian Rosario (guitar), Leif Carney (guitar), Bubby Hughes (drums & percussion), Steve Levandoski (drums & percussion)

March 30, 2023

The Savage Blush

#DesertRock #GarageRock #Neopsychedelia #Psychedelic #Surf

Denver based The Savage Blush is a psychedelic rock band, projecting reverb-washed atmospheres of phaser modulated melodies, punchy rock rhythms, and vocals that soar and echo throughout. The band creates a sound that blends the familiar textures and dynamic structures of bands such as The Animals, The Doors, and Jefferson Airplane, with the ethereal spaces and darker fuzzed out psych rock of the present age.
Rebecca Williams – Guitar, Vox
Joshua Williams – Drums, Percussion
Michael Jennings – Bass
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Ether Dome?
TSB: Ether Dome was really meant to be a conceptual journey recorded onto tape before transferring to digital for vox and overdubs in the hopes of accomplishing the feel that we were lucky to be able to capture. It flows from a more 60’s garage sound to a more 70’s inspired “metal” Sabbath sound, to more modern garage psych. Then loops back to a slow almost shoegaze sound at the end. It’s a journey through all of the emotions and feelings and fears we have as humans.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Rebecca: A record that changed my life was not necessarily a record, but a bunch of songs and bands I’d never heard of that a friend of mine put on a flash drive for me years ago. Among them was a Japanese band called Les Rallizes Désnudés. At the time what they were doing blew my mind.
Joshua: not a specific album, but the first time I heard Zeppelin.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
TSB: Next for us is touring. That will happen in the next few months. We also have some songs written recently that we really love and will most likely record and put out as singles.

February 10, 2023

Los Acidos

#GarageRock #Neopsychedelia #Psychedelia #SpaceRock

Cuarteto de rock y roll psicodélico. Al otro lado
TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
LA: we could say lsd
TMODM: What record changed your life?
LA: their satanic majestic request by the rolling stones
TMODM: What’s next for you?
LA: tour, make more records and do a live session

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