Podcast 2024.01 Strategies Of Moving Ahead

New psychedelic music spanning the globe in the first episode of 2024. I don’t know how it is where you are, but it’s snowy and cold over a large part of the US–not a great way to start off the new year. This may be a sign that it’s time to drop out.

time artist title
00:40 Canisbay Feel The Arrow
05:00 Arugula Be Open Now!
09:00 frances chang Spiral In Houston
14:24 Haszh Edges
16:36 Balarrasa El Futuro Era Esto
20:20 Kosmodrom Dazed In Space
28:25 PSP Social
34:05 the courts On Yr Mind
36:23 Luminous Rift Tech Duinn
41:44 The Cosmic Mirage Palabras En El Aire Sobre Ondas de Éter
48:04 The Moondig Gallium

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#4TrackRecording #AcidRaga #AcidRock #Afrobeat #Alternative #ArtRock #Beat #ContainerPop #DesertRock #Devotional #Doom #DreamPop #Experimental #FolkRock #Fuzz #GarageRock #Heavy #HeavyPsych #IndieRock #Instrumental #Krautrock #Lo-Fi #Noise #Post-punk #Post-rock #Post-shoegaze #ProgRock #Psych #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock #Shoegaze #SlackerProg #SpaceJazz #SpaceRock #Stoner #StonerRock #Surf #TheAbsolute

Now that a new year is upon us I wanted to look back over the last few years to see if a “psychedelic renaissance” is still in the zeitgeist. Looking at Google Trends an interesting trend emerges. Looking first at “psychedelic” as a search term, after a peak in 2004 psychedelic searches diminished, but in the last decade the use of the search term “psychedelic” has been steady, with noticeable peaks in each of the last two years. I started doing the Turn Me On, Dead Man podcast on December 31, 2019, so I wanted to see how things have changed since then. Searches on “psychedelic renaissance” have been increasing somewhat and the spikes from the last couple of years are evident here. Those spikes did not come from searches on psychedelic music, as interest in that topic has maintained a fairly steady pattern. Most of the recent increase in psychedelic searches have been on research and therapy using psychedelics. It’s interesting to look at where in the world searches on psychedelic drugs have been most prevalent, and Cameroon stands out in this regard. Perhaps this is because Iboga is indigenous to this area. Most of the searches on psychedelic research have come from the Anglophone world.

The music in this episode spans the globe. The opening set in this episode starts with art rock from the Niagara Region of Ontario, followed by Zamrock from Sunshine Bay, Australia, and then some trippiness from Brooklynite Frances Chang. The next set moves to Indonesia for some shoegaze from Haszh. Balarrasa are originally from Villanueva De La Serena, Spain, but are currently located in Madrid. The German band Kosmodrom and PSP Social from Tokyo. The last set starts with On Yr Mind by Chicago band the courts, before moving on to tripped out tracks from Luminous Rift from Galway, Ireland, The Cosmic Mirage from Mexico City, and The Moondig from Belgium.

The drops in this episode come from a 1971 LP called Strategies Of Moving Ahead, an album targeted at men (yes, specifically men) who want to get ahead in the business world. How do you keep ambition in balance? How do you bounce back from setbacks? How can you make the most of your promotion? All is answered in this motivational LP. Are you conditioned for success?

February 16, 2024

frances chang

#Devotional #ContainerPop #SlackerProg #TheAbsolute

Psychedelic Anxiety, as a mood, goes something like this: overwhelming, existential, vertigoic. It arises when we can no longer hide from ourselves, when we’ve ignored too many signals, when we stare into the void. This metaphysical unease also serves as the title for Brooklyn-based musician Frances Chang’s second album, and as a feeling it’s present throughout, charged by all things occultish.
TMODM: What had the stongest infleunce on Psychedelic Anxiety?
FC: The strongest influence on Psychedelic Anxiety was a pervasive and unsettled existential feeling. In terms of music, at the time I was listening to a lot of Prefab Sprout and Terry Riley. Actually most of my music consumption was happening in the live arena and at the time I was hanging out a lot at a shipping container near myrtle broadway (brooklyn, ny). So the extremely eclectic mix of music there must have infiltrated as I recorded these songs. I honestly have no idea what influenced this music, and people often ask me what influenced my spoken word tracks. I started listening to Laurie Anderson long after I had the urge to express myself by speaking poetry over music. Although actually things that come to mind are songs like “The Gift” by the Velvet Underground and “Good Morning Captain” by Slint.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
FC: I listened a lot to “Tender Buttons” by Broadcast and “Transformer” by Lou Reed growing up. I remember that when I first heard Animal Collective felt like it changed something! Also “The Redeemer” by Dean Blunt had a big effect on me. Also John Lennon beatles songs. Oh, definitely when I first heard Joy Division. “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” by Neil Young. Also a cd a friend burned me of like 28 of Andrea Schiavelli’s songs in 2012, I think under the name Polyester Raincoat at the time? Also hearing Mike Naideau’s music for the first time. Also “Vulnicura” by Bjork. Also hearing Aphex Twin for the first time. And James Ferraro’s “Human Story 3”.
Also, “Pet Sounds” by the Beach Boys. Can’t leave that off in good faith!
Oh I also can’t leave off hearing the song “Wuthering Heights” by Kate Bush, and later the album “Hounds of Love”.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
FC: I am desperately trying to carve out the alone time I need to work on mining my next body of work. I also have some experimental film/video projects that I’d like to finish. But this year will probably involve a lot of touring. I also had the opportunity to score a film this past year and I’m hoping to dive deeper into scoring the moving image.

January 12, 2024

the courts

#Alternative #DreamPop #IndieRock #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock #Shoegaze

the courts is a place. Chicago, IL.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on is a place?
TC: We all listen to so much and have such diverse tastes so it’s hard to point to one influence. We usually end up saying albums like TRU by ovlov and Deceiver by DIIV.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
TC: This one’s tough, there’s so many records that have had a profound impact on us but ill have to try and speak for all of us. I know that pink moon by nick drake had an intense impact on all of us individually.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
TC: Moon

January 10, 2024


#Doom #GarageRock #IndieRock #Post-punk #PsychedelicRock

Balarrasa is the project led by multi-instrumentalist Chema Castaño, an Extremadura native living in Madrid who has been active since 2020, having published several EPs and singles to date. Chema is an inveterate autodidact who has taken his sound proposal towards an experimentation where pop , crystalline melodies and noise merge in a swing of emotions.
The duo is complemented by Álvaro Vidal , who accompanies Chema live on electric bass. Balarrasa swim against the current and are not satisfied with being pigeonholed into a specific genre. Pop? Noise? Lo-fi? Shoegaze? Post punk? What else will it matter? The important thing happens in the dungeons. Enter Balarrasa.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on El futuro era esto (EP)?
Balarrasa: Right now I’m listening a lot of spanish actual music like Depresión sonora, Roldán, Gúdar, Estrella Fugaz, El último vecino… but since I’m a child I’ve listened a lot of foreing music from the 80’s and 90’s. I can feel some of those influences in my work. My last EP, ‘El futuro era esto’ is recorded with Paco Loco, one of the most important producer from the 90’s spanish indie. We wanted to get ‘the Bends‘ and ‘Pablo honey’ sound from Radiohead or something close to My bloody valentine or even Nirvana. I think it didnt happen, we were not even close but i want to believe that some of those references are there.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Balarrasa: I can’t choose one. I have had several stages in my life. Ones of the first artist i loved were bands as nirvana, the smashing pumpkins, joy division, placebo, paviment, dinosaur jr, weezers or Radiohead… those artists made me create the taste, the knowledge of what good music is for me. those are my origins and my references.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Balarrasa: Now I’m compossing and recording some ideas that will form my next work. I dont know What will it be yet, i hope to get 9 or 10 songs and publish my first LP. But is true that i would need some help from any label or distributor. Meanwhile i am searching for gigs Wherever they take me to show my last EP and my new band, a quartet.

December 30, 2023

Luminous Rift

#Fuzz #HeavyPsych #Instrumental #Lo-Fi #PsychedelicRock #SpaceRock #4TrackRecording

Luminous Rift is from Galway, Ireland.
TMODM: What are you working on now?
LR: At this moment I am writing/demoing music and ideas for future releases in 2024.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
LR: So this last year of putting out music on bandcamp, I was really trying to define what Luminous Rift is as a project musically. I’ve tried my hand at a few different approaches within the psychedelic genre and a lot of the stuff dated back to the pandemic times in terms of what I was writing/where my head was at. Going forward I feel like this last EP is a bit of line drawn as to what my future approach to Luminous Rift will be. I want to move away from the more riffy/solo guitar stuff as there are many, many bands that just do it better than I ever could and pursue a more noisey/caustic/darker/experimental type of psych rock. The type of psychedelia I like to listen to/make is more bad trip at Altamont than Wavy Gravy at Woodstock, so I’m working towards trying to capture that sound.
TMODM: Now that it’s a new year, are you optimistic or pessimistic about 2024?
LR: That’s a hard one to answer in the sense that personally I’m optimistic, musically I’m optimistic. 2023 was amazing for me — realizing how healthy the underground music scene is and getting to connect with really cool like-minded people. Guitar music is far from dead and I feel a great sense of community. On the other hand, the world outside looks pretty bleak. I guess I have a yearning to reflect that in my music, to use music to try and understand that darkness whilst personally being optimistic for the future.

December 30, 2023


#ArtRock #Experimental #FolkRock #PsychedelicRock

Canisbay are from Ontario. Niagara based art rock.
Jeff MacKinnon- vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards
Gawain Arseneault- drums
Steve Tkachuk- whistles (Canis Major)
Luna- vocals (A Slice Of The Moonlit Sky)
11111234 (eleven eleven twelve thirty four) is Canisbay’s third full length album. To be continued on “Woodland Creatures” in 2024.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on 11111234?
CB: Some of themes on this album are good fortune, wildlife, nature, and the connection between all living things, and their surroundings. There is an endless source of inspiration existing in the wilderness. The songwriting process is a personal one, as well an often times mystifying one.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
DB: Abbey Road by The Beatles.
Hearing this one early was an important experience. The album is versatile, and adventurous, in addition to having a cohesion that’s able to take the listener on a memorable journey.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
CB: The next move will be recording our follow up album. It will be called Woodland Creatures. The album will contain nature field recording in the music, as well as continuing the theme of wildlife, wilderness, and personal experience. Some of the material is written, some of it I have yet to write. The plan is to have it ready for the Autumn.

December 28, 2023

The Cosmic Mirage

#Experimental #AcidRock #Krautrock #ProgRock #SpaceJazz

The Moondig are based in Belgium.
On its voyage
of discovery,
The Moondig intercepts
musical messages that interconnect
the various spaces
of the free mind.
Timo Jacobs: Drums, vocals & samples
Tom Bessemans: Fender Rhodes & Organ
Tim Nonneman: Guitar
Erik Heyns: Guitar
Dirk Reyners: Tenor Saxophone
Jan Vermeulen: Bass
TMODM: What are you working on now?
TM: As you may have noticed, we are in the process of searching and digging on the Moon, the elements of the periodic table (formerly ‘the table of Mendeliev’) one by one. We can then use these to further develop and help shape our lunar base. The atomic number of Gallium is 31.
The next element on the table is Germanium. Germanium is a chemical element with the symbol Ge and atomic number 32. It is a fairly hard grayish-white metalloid belonging to the carbon group. Pure germanium is a semiconductor. So our next mission with The Moondig will be to go digging/delving this element.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
TM: Meanwhile, drummer Timo and myself (Tom) are also working on other musical projects with which we regularly make and release albums (myaelin, SCHiM, Mona Vie, …) But we only do that during our stay here on Earth.

December 19, 2023

PSP Social

#Alternative #PsychedelicRock

PSP Social is from Tokyo, Japan. On the Esperkick label. Abala (bass and vocals) answered my questions.
TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
PSPS: There are many influences on our music, but the most important one is the music of Pink Floyd. The most important one is the music of Pink Floyd, especially from “Meddle” to “The Wall”.
We are also influenced by Krautrock such as CAN and NEU!, and Japanese music such as Klan Aileen. In addition to psychedelic music, we are also greatly influenced by alternative rock such as bloodthirsty butchers.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
PSPS: Our lives are constantly changing and being influenced by a lot of music, but the most important of these changes are the ones that are most important to us. But if we had to name the most important change, it would be when we heard “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” and “Tago Mago”.
The impact of hearing them as a student (though I may not have realized it at the time) is immeasurable.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
PSPS: We are currently working on a 5-song album, which should be finished by February. We are currently working on a five-song album and hope to have it finished by February, and hope to begin work on two more albums during the course of this year.
One of the two albums we are working on will contain a huge song, over 50 minutes long, which has already been performed live and is available on YouTube for you to listen to.

December 15, 2023


#Alternative #DesertRock #Heavy #HeavyPsych #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock #Stoner #StonerRock

Kosmodrom are from Germany.
Matthias Fischer, Guitar
Timo Schraml, Guitar
Stephan Hechtifischer Bass
Felix Ga”aartner, Drums
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Welcome To Reality?
Kosmodrom: The only goal with the new album was to give space to the music and make it sound big. We never really say that it has to sound like this or that band. We do what feels good to us. And in the end, cool riffs and good melodies have to be found. That’s it.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Kosmodrom: i can only speak for myself…..Bands: GOAT (all albums), Sgt.Sunshine (black hole), All them Witches ( many albums), Led Zeppelin (many albums).
When it comes to groove, you can’t get past Pantera either.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Kosmodrom: this year 2024 we want to be a little more live and bring them music out into the world. We look forward to seeing you!

December 7, 2023


#Afrobeat #Beat #GarageRock #Psych #Psychedelic #Surf

Arugula are from Sunshine Coast, Australia. Garage/psych from Meanjin/Gubbi Gubbi Country. I corresponded with Aidan (Band leader/main songwriter).
TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
Arugula: The strongest influence on the music I write is usually my emotional state hahah whether I’m feeling in love, heartbroken, happy or sad. I also take a lot of influence from the music that i obsessively listen to which usually is from the 60s or 70s, or at least music that has a 60s or 70s quality to it
TMODM: What record changed your life?
lachlan s {drummer} Grace – Jeff Buckley and Five leaves left – Nick Drake
Annie {bass and vocals} – Hi how are you by Daniel Johnston, niandra lades & usually just a t-shirt
lachlan {guitar and vocals} – Disintegration – The Cure
Phoenix {keys} – Good Morning – Shadowcross.
Aidan {guitar and vocals} – The Velvet Underground – S/T, DIIV – oshin and BJM – Give it Back
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Arugula: We’re playing heap of local shows around Brisbane early this year, in between them we’ll try record a few of our newer song and hopefully later this year tour them in some new locations.

October 8, 2023


#Alternative #Fuzz #Noise #Post-rock #Post-shoegaze #Shoegaze

Haszh are a band from Yogyakarta, Indonesia playing alternative rock, etc.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Sit Tied And Sees?
Haszh: The EP mostly narrates the songwriter’s personal experiences, addressing how they cope with anxiety and many aspects that seem futile.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Haszh: There are some local recordings from Indonesia like Grief – Collapse and Milkbox – Barefood that opened my eyes to the alternative music scene, and later on, Guilty of Everything – Nothing was highly inspiring for the type of music we play.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Haszh: We are currently working on new material to eventually release a split album with several bands. Additionally, we are solidifying content for the upcoming EP/album.

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