Podcast 2024.05 Effective Listening

Psychedelic music (almost) all released in 2024. New releases from Charles Moothart, Trigona, Sonic Dawn, Samsara Joyride, Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor and more.

time artist title
1:06 Charles Moothart Little Egg
4:19 Trigona Continuum
9:24 The Sonic Dawn Iron Bird
13:18 Distance Is a Way of Life The Journey (in My Own Mind)
19:21 Samsara Joyride Who Tells The Story
28:23 UNCOLA Plasma
32:22 Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor Mars to Earth
41:08 春山后潮 Spring hill Post tide Gulp down the tower of dreams
44:21 tnachouu Un Estilo De Vida
48:41 Rope Trick Neptune

Turn Me On, Dead Man 2024 Podcasts

#AcidRock #Alternative #Cosmic #DoomBlues #DreamPop #Drone #Electronica #Experimental #Fuzz #GaragePunk #GarageRock #HeavyBluesRock #HeavyPsych #IndieRock #Instrumental #Kosmische #Krautrock #Latino #Neopsychedelia #Noise #Post-punk #PostPunk #PowerPop #ProgRock #Psych #PsychRock #Psychedelic #PsychedelicDrone #PsychedelicRock #Punk #Shoegaze #Sludge #SpaceRock #Stoner #StonerRock #World

While there are several self-released tracks in the playlist, this episode includes tracks released by several independent labels: In The Red, Heavy Psych Sounds, Tonzonen, and Sello Sinfin. I’ve noticed in recent months a network of labels that work together to cover geographic areas that may not have been feasible before. The new album by Trigona is being released by Echodelick in the US, Worst Bassist in Europe, Weird Beard in the UK and the label We, Here and Now! in Canada. There are plenty of other examples of this: Cardinal Fuzz/Feeding Tube, Centripidal Force/Cardinal Fuzz/Ramble Records, Little Cloud/Up In Her Room/Infinite Spin, Echodelick/Fuzzed Up & Astromoon/Weird Beard/We, Here and Now! to name a few from recent episodes of Turn Me On, Dead Man.

I’m a little more hopeful about the future of Bandcamp as the year goes on. I’m happy to say that Bandcamp has committed to continuing Bandcamp Fridays throughout the year. They even published an article for artists on how to take full advantage of Bandcamp Friday. While Bandcamp benefits independent labels but it’s particularly valuable for artists who self-release their recordings.

March 8, 2024

Charles Moothart

#Alternative #Fuzz #Fuzz #GarageRock #PsychRock

Charles Moothart is a Los Angeles based musician. Black Holes Don’t Choke is the first release under his proper name, but he has previously released albums under the moniker CFM (also with In The Red). He has spent the last 13 years touring in Ty Segall’s live outfit(s), as well as making records and touring with bands like Fuzz and Goggs. This new album, as well as the subtle name change, marks the start of a new chapter for the multi instrumentalist.
TMODM: I’d like to hear a little about your background. Where and when did you grow up? When did you begin playing music and what was your first instrument?
Charles: I grew up in Orange County. I played piano when I was really young but guitar was the first instrument I picked up seriously. I started playing when I was maybe 12 or so. But in middle school I started trying to write songs with friends of mine. In high school was when I started playing actual shows in LA, as well as when I started playing drums.
TMODM: What were your early influences and how have those changed over time?
Charles: I mean I would put my early influences in the times that I started playing shows like when I was 14. Obviously I listened to a ton of not so cool music before that, but when I was 14 I got really in to anarcho punk like Rudimentary Peni and Crass and Conflict. That was when I became a vegetarian and started thinking about politics, My parents liked a lot of good music … my mom got me in to the Who and my dad got me in to Black Sabbath. My sister got me in to a lot of hip hop. The Velvet Underground was a big revelation when I was 14/15 as was Iggy Pop and the Stooges. I was also very enamored by the LA scene at the time which revolved around a lot of more art/dance punk stuff going on.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Charles: Wu Tang Enter the 36 Chambers definitely brought together a lot of pieces to the puzzle. Being like 14 or 15 and hearing that for the first time … I realized my concept of music was so limited. It was the most raw and most punk record I had ever heard. But its so free and so heavy and has such a groove, I realized I had a lot to learn about the world and about music.
TMODM: You’ve collaborated with a variety of musicians, playing different instruments. What collaborations have been the most enjoyable for you and what’s your preferred instrument?
Charles: I have always enjoyed writing with Ty so Fuzz will always be my top collaboration. But playing drums in the Ty/White Fence band for the “Joy” tours was also top tier because the live experience was so fun and the crew was just all fun all the time. Guitar is my preferred instrument but playing drums is the ultimate physical expression. Especially when you get to amp up your bandmates with your physicality. It’s fun.
TMODM: In your dreams, if you could work with anyone (living or dead) who would you choose?
Charles: This might not be a very exciting answer, but I am a huge fan of Kendrick Lamar. I think his music and his thoughts and his creative personality are very important to the age we live in. I would love to make something with someone who operates on that level and has the perspective and genius that he has.
TMODM: How did you approach Black Holes Don’t Choke? Did you work with anyone else on this album or is it entirely you? Do you feel this album is closer to your own musical priorities than other records you’ve been a part of?
Charles: I recorded everything and mixed everything myself. I also play all of the instruments on the album. So it is truly all just me. I really zero’d in on some personal voicing with this album. It is the most true to myself my music has sounded to date. I feel like it marks a whole new chapter for me. The songs the singing … it just feels more personal and more realized. Sometimes it’s hard to be vulnerable and still achieve some aesthetic goal. I am excited to see how people interact with it, as well as where I take my music from here.
TMODM: You draw on a number of different influences on this album. What would you say was the strongest influence on Black Holes Don’t Choke?
Charles: The world around me. I didn’t want to feel like I was stuck in one genre. Obviously it sounds like me, there’s a lot of guitar, and it’s gritty. But The world is complex, I am complex. I wanted to feed off of that complexity and that feeling of constant evolution. Evolution within a moment. So yeah without wanting to sound overly heady about it, I was influenced mostly by what I saw going on in the world around me. At large and immediately.
TMODM: What does your music writing & recording process look like? How did using sequencers and more electronics change your creative process?
Charles: I like to mull things over for a while. Some songs I keep in my pocket for like five years before they come out somewhere. So I’m always picking up my acoustic guitar and strumming different ideas and tweaking. Eventually something feels strong enough or just feels like the right time, then I start trying to record it. Sometimes I have lyrics sometimes not. Lyrics are always second to the music, but sometimes working through a song with lyrics then opens up the idea for a different approach or a bridge or another part that wasn’t there originally. Having the sequencers just allowed me to settle in to certain ideas a little bit more. I didn’t want to lean on them too heavily so I tried to only use them when the song would truly benefit from it. But when that was the case, it allowed me to sink in to the rhythm more. To really try to create a different space with how a song feels, and in turn that could change how I played along to the song on guitar or bass or synthesizer. It just opens up a little more room for thought and breath, something you find more when you’re collaborating with someone, except you’re still alone so your’e diving in to your own thought more instead of someone else’s.
TMODM: The artwork and vinyl design for Black Holes Don’t Choke is particularly cool. Who did the artwork for this album?
Charles: Tatiana Kartomten did the cover art. I did the back and all the layout. I am very happy with how it came together it feels like the proper representation of the music.
TMODM: Other than music, what inspires you and your music?
Charles: People, life, nature. It’s cliche but it’s true. I like traveling, I like hiking, I like exploring. The world is in a really precarious place, and if you just look around you can see a ton of really inspiring things (positive and negative).
TMODM: What is your assessment of the state of the world? Are we hurtling toward a dystopian future or do you think humanity will muddle through this period? Is Black Holes Don’t Choke music for the inevitable apocalypse?
Charles: Black Holes Don’t Choke is music for now. It’s music for us to be real about the world around us and how to find strength and community in our identities and our role in these times and times to come. It’s a meditation on the bleakness of circumstances, but also a reflection on our collective ability to address so many issues we face. The world is changeable. Most people are actually very beautiful. We are so diverse and so full of character and life. We’re all so different and there’s so much to love in this world – the human world and the “natural world” alike. But yeah we’re not doing a very good job at the moment. I want to be realistic with my optimism. But I can’t give up hope because there are more people coming after me (generationally) who will have to grab the torch and keep running. So it’s really about community and respect and trying to love yourself and love people around you and project realistic positivity as well as speak candidly about serious issues in a time that is scary.
TMODM: If you could be dictator for a day, what would you do?
Charles: Deny dictatorship
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Charles: Hopefully more traveling, more music, more learning. If I can use my creativity and my expression to cause any positive growth in this world I will be satisfied.

March 8, 2024


#Instrumental #Krautrock #Psych #PsychedelicRock #SpaceRock

Trigona is from Queensland, Australia. Psych rock recordings featuring lots of fuzz, delay, swirly effects and that motorik beat all the kids are talking about.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Isosphere?
Trigona: One of the strongest influences on Isophase was Acid Mothers Temple. It certainly was on Continuum that’s for sure.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Trigona: just finished up recording a track with IO Audio Recordings. We have a split vinyl coming out in the middle of 2024 so we decided to have a go at recording a track together as well. It’s turned out great, so we’ll be able to release that digitally or as a bonus download when the vinyl comes out. Exciting times.

May 10, 2024

The Sonic Dawn

#AcidRock #HeavyPsych #ProgRock #PsychedelicRock #Sludge #Stoner

Acid rock from Copenhagen. On Heavy Psych Sounds Records.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Phantom?
TSD: The album is strongly inspired by the world around us, which seems to be headed into a bad way. War is back on the agenda again, and the willingness to blindly accept it and fabricate bombs and bullets seems crazy to me. And then you put increasing global inequality and the collapse of the ecosystem and climate on top of that…
But also, we’re a rock band that’s just been cornered for a long time due to Covid lockdowns etc. We really feel a strong pull to get out and play some rock music for people. Compared to our previous albums, Phantom is less convoluted and more raw and powerful.
TMODM: What are you working on now?
TSD: Financial recovery haha 😂 It’s not an easy time to make good sounding productions and press them on crisp vinyl. We really appreciate people who support us with preorder via thesonicdawn.bandcamp.com. It means that we can spend less time at work and more in rehearsal.
Speaking of rehearsal, that’s exactly what we’re focusing on now. We want to be able to present these songs best possible to people, so we rehearse like crazy at the moment!
TMODM: What’s next for you?
TSD: Touring! We really long to get back on the road and play live. Plans are being made, but not much is concrete yet. We play a release show in Copenhagen on May 24th. But hopefully we’ll play both some festivals this summer and longer tours in the fall. I urge anyone who would like to book us to just get in touch.

February 16, 2024

Distance Is a Way of Life

#Alternative #DreamPop #Drone #IndieRock #Instrumental #Krautrock #PowerPop #PowerPop #Psychedelic #PsychedelicDrone #PsychedelicRock #Shoegaze #SpaceRock

A solo project formed by Cristian Ekman in 2005 and based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Mostly acoustic power pop – but also influenced by (and traces of) shoegaze, ’60s psychedelia and jangle, ’90s indie rock, krautrock, space rock, dream pop, noisy drones, ambient music and even hardcore punk and sludge metal.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on The Journey?
DIAWOL: The songs are influenced by the neo-psychedelic explosion from the 1990’s and shoegaze from the same era. Inspired by bands like The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Spiritualized, Ride, Lilys and My Bloody Valentine.
The Journey is about different journeys through life – in your own mind, dreams, inbetween dreams and reality, the past and the present.
A big influence in many of my songs is Twin Peaks (The TV series, not the band 😉)
TMODM: What record changed your life?
DIAWOL: Nevermind by Nirvana.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
DIAWOL: To release a lot of new songs/ep’s/albums. I have recorded 30+ new songs, just need to pen down the lyrics on some of them. Many of my songs are instrumental, like my krautrock ep ”An Illuminated Shadow”. I record songs in a lot of different genres, but all are guitar based.

February 23, 2024

Samsara Joyride

#DoomBlues #HeavyBluesRock #HeavyPsych #PsychedelicRock #StonerRock

Samsara Joyride are based in Vienna. Shaped around guitar driven melodies and stirring rhythms, Samsara Joyride’s sound is a smooth blend of mesmerising riffs, intense guitar solos and striking vocals. The genre is best described as Blues Rock, implementing strong psychedelic elements and a desert (Rock) vibe. Florian Miehe – Vocals/Guitar Daniel Batliner – Bass Andi Mittermühler – Drums Michael Haumner – Guitar
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on The Subtle & The Dense?
Florian: It’s kinda hard to pinpoint what our influences are because the four of us can hardly agree on a single band we all love equally – maybe that’s why we sound so diverse. Personally, I would especially mention classics like The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Danzig, but also more current bands like Tool, All Them Witches or Color Haze. For Michael the influences are more based on individual guitarists who have had a strong impact on his development, and less on the band. These definitely include: Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Kirk Hammet, Joe Satriani and Jeff Beck.
Andi: My personal influences vary greatly, I also listen to a lot of music in my private life that you can’t actually listen to, like noise or jazz. But when it comes to rock, my influences are more in the area of Neil Young or Grateful Dead. When your father listens to this music a lot, it’s difficult not to enjoy it at some point. Logically, as a drummer, the connection to Tool will be established at some point, so Danny Carey cannot be left out as an inspiration.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Florian: That would be Nirvana’s “Nevermind”, cause it really opened me up to the whole world of Rock ‘n’ Roll music when I was 12 years old. My parents also listened to Nirvana a lot. I remember my Mom was crying when Kurt Cobain’s death was announced on TV even though I was still very small.
Andi: “Dark Side Of The Moon” by Pink Floyd. I never listened to this album until it was nearly too late… everybody already knew it, everybody was talking about it but I was never even really interested in the album or the band as a matter of fact … but when I finally did, it really changed my way of listening to music!
Daniel: I spent my teenage years listening mostly to Grunge and Punk. When I discovered Sublime’s “40oz to Freedom”, I was fascinated to see many different musical styles/genres being performed by one band. It definitely opened my horizon, I started looking for interesting bits and pieces in places I wouldn’t even have thought of before.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
SJ: We are currently in the process of organizing a tour with another band from our label called “Tonzonen Roadshow” in the summer, but everything is still in the process. There are also ideas floating around for a few new songs. Let’s see…

March 1, 2024


#Punk #GarageRock #GaragePunk #GarageRock #Psych #PsychedelicRock

Uncola is from Toronto, Ontario. I corresponded with lead vocalist Baylee Bonnell.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Desolate?
UNCOLA: The strongest influence on “Desolate” was likely a combination of personal experiences, societal issues, and artistic inspiration, all merging to create a compelling narrative about alien abduction, domestic abuse, and rebellion against societal norms.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
UNCOLA: The record that changed my life is “Good Bad Not Evil” by the Black Lips. Its playful attitude, rawness, and catchy hooks deeply resonated with me, influencing my musical style and outlook on creativity.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
UNCOLA: We plan to promote the EP, play some hometown shows, and hopefully expand our reach by bringing our sound to other places.

#Neopsychedelia #GarageRock #Psych #Psychedelic

Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, Detroit-based psych power trio, are set to release their 6th album, “Nocturnal Train to Mars.” With haunting melodies and hypnotic atmospheres, they’ve maintained their original trio lineup, touring with acts like The Black Angels, crafting music featured in “Shameless” and “Windwalkers.” As torchbearers of sonic exploration, they promise a cosmic musical journey.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Nocturnal Train to Mars?
SoYSV: Death, Wine, Worms and flowers.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
SoYSV: A Wizard A True Star by Todd Rungren.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
SoYSV: We are supporting the Dandy Warhols on a three week tour which starts Monday, along with a new video.

#PostPunk #World #Noise #PsychedelicRock

春山后潮 Spring hill Post tide is from Wuhan, China.In a variety of pseudo-postmodernist buildings, a wall of noise is built with strongly distorted and dense feedback and experimental stereo sound, and the music is deeply influenced by the aesthetic concepts of Ash Ra Tempel and Ozric Tentacles.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Devouring the palace of Luna (喰月汉宫)?
SHPT: The influence of some science fiction film and television works, such as Stargate, Stalker, and Solaris, their dangerous, dark space travel and beautiful, fantastic space music aesthetic concepts have given us a lot of creative inspiration and rich musical aesthetic imagination, after all, human beings are always full of interest in the universe.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
SHPT:《Ash Ra Tempel》
TMODM: What’s next for you?
SHPT: We haven‘t lost our sense of the universe, and we are still using our imagination to make music, which is a very fortunate thing,With psychedelic music and rock music, we move deeper into the universe of ”Spring hill Post tide“ of imagery, The band has been more determined in exploring instrumental experimentation.

January 18, 2024


#Alternative #Electronica #Alternative #GaragePunk #GarageRock #Latino #Post-punk #Psychedelic

tnachouu (Tomás Mosqueira) is on the Sello Sinfin label, based in Santiago, Chile.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Violencia Contra Violencia (EP)?
tnachouu: The strongest influence on Violencia Contra Violencia was the pandemic and that fact that we had to stay inside, which had a degree of freedom for me because I could dedicate more of my time to creating and recording music. Nevertheless, the fact that we had to stay inside after a very important social uprising in Chile on october 2019, felt like a fire was quickly being extinguished.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
tnachouu: I don’t know if it exactly changed my life but I enjoyed a lot La Floripondio’s “Gimansia Para Momias” , which was released in 2017. It was great seeing that a band that started in the 90s was being modern and still very relevant with their unique touch.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
tnachouu: I am currently mixing a new album, which is quite different from what I have done in the past. It started as an instrumental (funk) album but I doubt it will stay like that. I hope to have many guests on it.

February 1, 2024

Rope Trick

#Experimental #Psych #Punk #Cosmic #Kosmische #Krautrock #Noise #SpaceRock

Rope Trick are from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Experimental psych rock duo. Indy Shome on guitar and vocals and Nate Totushek on drums.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Red Tide?
RT: These 2 tracks are ‘tide’ to each other in many ways. Sonically they emerged from the same set of experiments, and even conceptually I think they become responses to each other, which makes it a great album to play on endless loop. There’s a circulatory–maybe even respiratory–nature to it, as there is to most things. Red Tide was formed from this primordial oscillation, and is therefore an expression of it.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
RT: I heard the Beatles Revolver when I was 5 or 6 years old and it was my first gateway to all sorts of weirdo music, but it has also changed my life probably 2-3 more times since I was too small to make the record skip while headbanging to it. It’s punchy, funny, and deeply spiritual–a psychedelic trip for all ages. Highly recommended.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
RT: We have a couple juicy secrets in the crock pot, which should be just about ready to fall off the bone by the time this round of touring is up. Aside from putting together a full length Rope Trick, we have a more improvisational spinoff project called Trashish, as well as mixing it up with Philly’s vibrant and weird music scene.

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