Podcast 2023.16 Changing Colors

The fall brings nature’s psychedelic display of colors, amid worries about the future of Bandcamp. Drops in this episode are from Ken Nordine’s word-jazz meditations about colors.

time artist title
00:26 Family of Light Band Thumb
03:58 San Leo J!oy
06:60 The Albinos Bleed
11:21 Chino Burga Landing
18:39 Population II C't'au boute
22:14 The Silver Linings Cosmic Excursions
27:01 The Existential Dead TV Head
30:11 Melody Fields In Love
33:39 Fried Pipers On Slopes of Stow
36:52 Mint Field Orqu​í​dea
40:16 Studio Kosmische The Rite of Saturn

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Bandcamp is a wonderful place to discover new music. Bandcamp enables artists to make their music available for whatever they think is a reasonable price, and it allows them to connect with their fans directly. I probably visit Bandcamp every day, and it is the source of most of the music I play on Turn Me On, Dead Man. The recent sale to Songtradr is a little worrisome. As soon as they bought Bandcamp they laid off half of its workforce. Just anxiously wondering what this means for the Bandcamp community, both the artists and their fans. Are the new owners going to change the features of the site that have made it such a great place to discover music? Only time will tell.

The sale and gutting of Bandcamp have received some attention in the press. The layoffs of Bandcamp staff were reported by The Guardian, and also by Variety and Hollywood Reporter. The entertainment industry has already seen its share of upheaval, what with recent strikes by writers and actors. The Washington Post aptly summed up the events surrounding the sale of Bandcamp with Losing Bandcamp would mean losing a path into music’s future. The most throughtful piece came from Pitchfork, “Is Bandcamp as We Know It Over?. This article worries about the “enshittifcation” of a unique resource like Bandcamp when it’s sold to owners who are more concerned about shareholders’ profits than by the experience of users.

Back to the one-hour format, this episode fatures music roughly divided between the Americas and Europe. The show opens with “Thumb”, a great track by the Family of Light Band on the Sundog Sound label, followed by J!oy (the exclamation point is not a typo) by the experiemntal Italian duo San Leo. The Albinos from Houston, Texas, complete the opening set. This episode moves from catchy to captivating with a psychedelic soundscape by Chino Burga. The rest of the second set is from the Montreal-based francophone band Population II, the acid/space rock of The Silver Linings, from Malaga, Spain, and garage punk from The Existential Dead, one of the many projects of Justin H.K. on his label Dirt Witch Records. The last set features Melody Fields from Gothenburg, Sweden, Mint Field from Mexico City, an improvisational track from Fried Pipers, and an extended experiemental track from the UK band Studio Kosmische. Other than the Fried Pipers, the artists in the final set have all made appearances on earlier episodes of Turn Me On, Dead Man.

November 17, 2023

San Leo

#Instrumental #PsychedelicRock #Drone #HeavyPsych #Krautrock #Trance

San Leo is based on Emilia-Romagna, Italy. San Leo is an experimental rock duo formed in Italy in 2013. Hypnotic grooves, incendiary intensity and minimalism. Mantra-core. Trance-noise.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Aves Raras?
SL: The idea of breaking away from habits and embracing our weirdness, without too much concern for being ‘coherent’ or stick to what we did in the past. As direct musical influences, the usual ones for us: very little ‘traditional’ guitar-drums-based music, a lot of free-jazz, Miles Davis’ electric stuff from the 70s, a lot of techno-house as well as cool random stuff like Nisennenmondai, the Psychic Paramount, Neu!…
TMODM: What record changed your life?
SL: ‘Endless Summer’ by Fennesz, Fugazi’s ‘Repeater’, ‘A Love Supreme’ by John Coltrane.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
SL: Man, can’t wait for Aves Raras to be out! First of all, we’ll try to play cities we’ve never been to, and hopefully get to tour Europe a little more. Secondly, once the album will be out we’ll have more room in our creative headspace to try new things. We might experiment a little more with the ‘trance’ element, see where it takes us.

October 27, 2023

Mint Field

#Alternative #Ambient #DreamPop #Krautrock #Psychedelic #Shoegaze

Mexico City’s Mint Field creates a unique blend of avant dream pop and shoegaze with some touches of trip hop that explore the nostalgia and melancholy of daily life. The band is led by Estrella del Sol and Sebastian Neyra.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Aprender a Ser?
MF: I guess we never really had a clear influence. It’s a variety of different things, it can be music that we really love or personal experiences. Aprender a Ser it’s an album about personal growth and about understanding we are acknowledging each moment we witness in life. Aprender a ser is also really influenced by creating a fusion of diferent sounds that we like and making it ours. We like to blend trip hop sounds, ambient, post rock, dream pop etc.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Estrella: A lot of records have changed my perspective of music and how I perceived it. Once I could say could be. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
Sebastian: Massive Attack – Mezzanine. Nothing ever was the same after listening to this masterpiece.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
MF: We’re planning on touring Mexico and hopefully Europe and the US. Also releasing our album in Oct and more music to come!

October 14, 2023

Melody Fields

#DreamPop #IndieRock #PsychedelicPop #PsychedelicRock #Shoegaze

Hailing from the vibrant musical enclave of Gothenburg, Sweden, Melody Fields is a band that seamlessly weaves elements of modern psychedelia and indie rock, into their captivating sonic tapestry. With a sound that pays homage to the pioneers of the psychedelic rock movement while forging a distinct path of their own, they have become a force to be reckoned with within the psychedelic scene.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on 1901?
MF: Our inspiration behind “1901” comes from themes associated with manic behavior and fixated obsessions, as well as our unrelenting pursuit of something greater. It’s almost like the deep exploration of human emotions and thoughts you might find in Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”, you know? It’s also the first time we release an album where we really try to explore the themes of spirituality, faith, trust, and strong beliefs, often intertwined with the complexities of addiction and madness, much like the complex characters you’d see in Cassavetes’ “Shadows” or Lynch’s “Twin Peaks.” So yeah, put all of that in a melting pot and you got “1901”.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
MF: Wow, this one could go on forever but just to name a new I’d say:
The Stooges – Fun House
Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives – Welcome To The Infant Freebase
TMODM: What’s next for you?
MF: We’re thrilled to share that we’ll be releasing another album on November 10th, called “1991”. This album is a continuation of “1901” and will also released by Coop Records (EU) and Nudie Records (US). We’re also busy recording fresh material for future releases, exploring different sounds and trying out new stuff. And, of course, we’re really hoping to hit the road and go on tour fairly soon. So, there’s a lot happening, and we can’t wait to see where it takes us! Our music journey continues, and we’re excited to have you along for the ride.

October 11, 2023

The Silver Linings

#AcidRock #Krautrock #PsychedelicRock #SpaceRock

The Silver Linings – TSL is an acid & space Rock band based in Malaga, southern Spain. With infinite and varied influences, from the million spheres to the psychotropic multiverse. They live and compose with the spirit set on having a good time, making fun flourish among their audience. Fleeing from the technocratic obscurantism imposed by beings of flat thinking and the underlying paranoia of perpetual suffering.
TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
TSL: Most definitely hawkwind, not just the music but the whole concept around the band.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
TSL: In the court of the crimson king
TMODM: What’s next for you?
TSL: Releasing out first LP in October with Spinda records, and then play as many gigs as possible down in Spain and Europe.

October 6, 2023

Population II

#ArtRock #IndieRock #ProgRock #PsychedelicRock

Population II is from Montreal, Québec. More straightforward than À la Ô Terre, its predecessor released on Castle Face Records back in 2020, Électrons libres du québec is Population II’s sophomore album. On this new effort, produced by Emmanuel Éthier, the three-piece band – made up of singer/drummer Pierre-Luc Gratton, guitarist/keyboardist Tristan Lacombe and bassist Sébastien Provençal – delivers a heavy, psychedelic rock infused with feverish funk rhythms, a hint of jazz philosophy, a burst of early punk energy, and a love of minor scales that harkens back to the roots of heavy metal.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Électrons libres du québec?
PopulationII: The La Palma volcano eruption, Quebec and ourselves (our lifes)
TMODM: What record changed your life?
PopulationII: Miles Davis Get Up With It and The Stooges Fun House
TMODM: What’s next for you?
PopulationII: Some touring ! We haven’t moved that much in our band history, for obvious reason and we’re already working on a follow Up to Électrons libres du québec.

October 6, 2023

Fried Pipers

#Ambient #Experimental #Noise #FieldRecordings #FreakFolk #Improvisation #PsychedelicFolk #Psychedelic #SpiritualJazz

From the Grove of the Golden Gate was culled from an improv session recorded outdoors on 4/20/19 on top of a massive log in a secluded area of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Two cloaked figures, ten thousand birds, saxophone, guitar, and a 2-in-1 digital tabla/tanpura. Best listened to indoors or outdoors.
Saxophone – Dustin Baxter
Guitar, digital tabla/tanpura box, artwork – Bobby Ditta
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on From the Grove of the Golden Gate?
Dustin: Brötzmann / Bennink – Schwarzwaldfahrt.. Where they’re playing in the Black Forest – love how they paint a picture of the place by moving through and playing with the natural space.
Bobby: The album cover for “The Grey Wizard Am I” by Gandalf the Grey, from 1972. I don’t like the music on this album at all, but when I was a kid I found a bootleg CD copy in a shop and this washed out image of a strange man standing alone in the woods dressed like a wizard was fascinating but very unsettling to me. This was the energy in my mind when we set out to play.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Dustin: I guess I’ll stick saxophone and say Albert Ayler – Spirits really did change my life and understanding of the ways that music can reach beyond
Bobby: Sand City by Gunn-Truscinski Duo. It totally altered my approach to guitar and introduced me to the Three Lobed Recordings catalog which is an endless inspiration.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
FP: Nothing planned yet, but there has been talk about bringing the Fried Pipers to the beach….

September 29, 2023

The Albinos

#AcidRock #Neopsychedelia #PsychedelicRock #SpaceRock

The Albinos are from Houston, Texas and they describe their music as “psychedelic spaghetti rock.”
TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
Albinos: Strongest influence has to be the first 6 Black Sabbath albums. Specifically the rhythm section. The greatest.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Albinos: Album that change my life is the first Queens of the Stoned Age album. Especially the song “Regular John”. Heavy rock, with a groove, plus those kind of soft, almost falcetto vocal melodies blend so perfectly. The pedal steel gives it that subtle western vibe too. Some of the absolute best lyrics ever written are on that album as well I think.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Albinos: Next up for The Albinos is a second two song single releasing mid November. Followed by more recording for a full length vinyl release in 2024.

September 22, 2023

The Existential Dead

#IndieRock #Punk #PsychedelicRock #StonerRock

The Existential Dead is the third project from Justin H.K. Inspired as much from doom metal like Black Sabbath and proto-punk like The Stooges as by the current Detroit punk scene. Based in Howell, Michigan.
TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
JHK: I think, maybe Humor honestly. Even in music that’s not “comedy music” I think moments of levity, both lyrically and musically, can break up some otherwise dreary subjects into something more digestible.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
JHK: Heretic Pride by The Mountain Goats. It’s probably the album that made me start paying attention to lyrics in music, and absolutely love the story driven style of John Darnielle’s lyricism. It’s ultimately what got me to start writing my own music
TMODM: What’s next for you?
JHK: I’m working on a ton right now actually. For The Existential Dead I’m trying out, what is I guess some Punk-Funk. Leaning into the silly side a bit I guess. Other than that, I’m working on a poetry and short story collection…. and expecting a child!

September 15, 2023

Family of Light Band

#Neopsychedelia #Psych #PsychPop #PsychRock #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock

Family of Light Band are from Riverside, California. Somewhere between the psychedelic 60’s and the modern sounds of indie you will find Family of Light. Experimental guitar, latin percussion, and electronic ambient noise create a unique sound that can only be attributed to Family of Light.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Arms Length EP?
FoLB: strongest influence for the EP was our love for 90s shoegaze psych, post punk – grunge and 70s garage rock. The 4 of us are an influence to each other and cherish our experiences together weather ok the road, studio or juts simply hanging out.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
FoLB: there’s been many records but would definitely put a combination of Beatles- Abbey Road, Radiohead- in rainbows, Los Angeles Negros- Y Volveré, and King Crimson- In the court of the crimson king
TMODM: What’s next for you?
FoLB: next for us is to tour here in the states for this record. Also currently in the studio and almost done with our next record that will be out in 2024. Once that is out we hope to tour Europe.
The Armslength EP was put out on vinyl through Sundog Sound records and will most likely put out our next record as well.

September 1, 2023

Chino Burga

#DarkAmbient #Drone #Kosmische #Krautrock #Post-rock #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock

Chino Burga is from Cusco, Peru. Echoes, Drones and Loops.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Landing?
CB: I would say Seefeel, Flying Saucer Attack, Windy and Carl….90s early post rock
TMODM: What are you working on now?
CB: Couple of collaborations with a couple of friends and some tributes as well, for Eliane Radigue and Maryanne Amacher
TMODM: What’s next for you?
CB: Enjoy life…that’s it

August 23, 2023

Studio Kosmische

#Ambient #Drone #Experimental #Krautrock #PsychedelicRock #Soundtrack

Studio Kosmische is musician & producer Dom Keen. Saxophone by Ivan Bursov.
TMODM: What kind of gear do you use?
SK: I made a gear list recently, it’s not everything (drums kits etc not included) but tells you the many analogue instruments we use-
John Broadwood & Sons Upright Piano
Fender Rhodes Mark II Electric Piano
Vox Continental Super II Organ
Korg Polyphonic Ensemble PE1000
Skyline Orchestra Italian String Synth
Eurorack Modular System
VC340 Vocoder
Roland SH101
Roland 808
Arp Odyssey
Korg MS20
Roland SH09
Jen SX1000
Roland TR77 Rhythm Box
Roland CompuRhythm CR68
Fender Precision Bass
Kay Hollow Bodied Electric Bass 1960S
Fender Deluxe Strat Electric Guitar
Gibson SG Electric Guitar
Vox Phantom 12 String Electric
Eco Steel 12 String Acoustic
Alhambra Nylon 6 String Acoustic
Vox AC15 Valve Amp
Vox AC30 Valve Amp
Fender Tweed 5w Amp
Broadway 1960s Amp
Audio Kitchen Big Tree
Roland Space Echo RE-201
Collection of Percussion Instruments
Various Studio Outboard and Effects
TMODM: What are you working on now?
SK: We have an imagined film soundtrack for Kenneth Anger’s Lucifer Rising film coming out on Feral Child Records late October, written and recorded last year when the film’s director was still on this earth. If interested in getting a vinyl copy please join the Feral Child mailing list by contacting thegreatpopsupplement@hotmail.com as their releases tend to sell out very quickly, and this one is pretty limited so will not be for sale on my studiokosmische bandcamp. Studio Kosmische also just had some music featured on a new Netflix Series called  MADOFF: The Monster of Wall Street.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
SK: The next LP close to finishing production heavily features the avant garde saxophonist Ivan Bursov from Moscow (he also appears on both Fixed Stars and the last two Hologram People albums) and heads even deeper into the electric miles Davis and CAN / Kosmische territory that Circler of the Fixed Stars resides in.

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