Podcast 2024.11 Doomsday Everywhere

Whatever existential angst you may have, the current psychedelic music in this episode’s playlist offers a (mostly) positive outlook. All music released in the spring of 2024. New releases from Black Market Karma, Honey Radar, The Resonars, DDT, Ambassador Hazy, Super-X, Mahti, Special Cases, The Mymy, Pink Elderflower Moon, LEMAT, Mu!

time artist title
0:39 Black Market Karma Oozer
4:07 Honey Radar Pink Acid Jogger
4:57 The Resonars I Lost You
9:58 DDT Clusters
13:05 Ambassador Hazy Blue Skies
16:28 Super-X 45
20:30 Mahti Brisahka
32:14 Special Cases Imposible
39:00 The Mymy Balada Air Dan Sungai
43:37 Pink Elderflower Moon Falling Apart
48:45 LEMAT Become Whole
53:59 Mu! Viva la Flor

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#Alternative #Electronica #Experimental #FreakFolk #GarageRock #IndieRock #Kentele #Krautrock #Lo-Fi #Neopsychedelia #Noise #Psych #Psychedelic #PsychedelicFolk #PsychedelicPop #PsychedelicRock #Punk #Sludge #SpaceRock #StonerRock #Trippy

About this episode’s doomsday theme, I’ve been teaching a class on population geography for 10 years now and this year I added a new unit on disasters. I’ve been reading a lot about disaster risks and why these events are more lethal in poor countries and what makes some populations more resilient than others after disaster strikes. Along the way I started reading about existential threats, particularly the book The Precipice by Toby Ord, which talks about threats that could wipe out humanity. But again, the music in this episode and psychedelic music is (mostly) positive in outlook. If you want to keep track of the existential threats to humanity, check out the Doomsday Dashboard from The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

The music in this episode comes from across the globe. The opening set is Black Market Karma, Honey Radar and The Resonars. DDT, which features members of Carlton Melton and White Manna, opens the second set, and that set closes with a track from the Finnish band Mahti. Mahti’s bandleader Hannu Saha is the director of the Finnish Folk Music Institute and artistic director of the Folk Arts Center. In the last set we’ll hear the Chilean band Special Cases, Indonesian band the Mymy and close out with two artists from Mexico: Lemat and Mu! Mu’s album is a single 37-minute track, but I’ll only be playing the closing section. The whole album is definitely worth checking out, though.

July 21, 2024

Black Market Karma

#Alternative #Electronica #Lo-Fi #Neopsychedelia #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock

Black Market Karma are psychedelic group, hailing from London and now residing on the South coast of England. They have 11 albums, all written and produced by band leader and multi-instrumentalist Stanley Belton. They have collaborated with Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3) The Telescopes, Tess Parks, Joakim Ahlund and The Underground Youth and toured with The Black Angels and The Warlocks.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Wobble?
BMK: It was inspired a lot by lo fi electronica,hip hop grooves, psychedelia and an attempt to capture the feeling of a place and time that maybe doesn’t quite exist. A feeling kind of like a nostalgia for something you haven’t actually experienced. Or maybe you have but your soul just can’t quite recall.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
BMK: Plenty of albums have changed my musical trajectory and inspired me over the years so it’s not really possible to pick one. I guess the Velvet Underground was a big one at a young age. Helped put me on the path.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
BMK: The plan is to get this new record out with Fuzz Club, tour Europe in Autumn and then drop another record after that

May 3, 2024

Honey Radar

American lo-fi garage / indie rock group. Originally from Richmond, Indiana they are now based in Philadelphia, PA.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Ribbon Factory?
Honey Radar: This answer’s getting stale as we’re halfway through 2024, but it was shaped by the pandemic. We had big plans for 2020 that got crushed. I had the artwork and most of the song ideas for this album that spring, and we were going to tour Europe that summer. The whole band found other ways to be productive the past few years, but I had trouble finishing this particular album. We made a final push late last year and decided to self-release it so we could get it out fast and start over with a clean slate. For me, it’s the last piece of unfinished business from 2020.
There’s an apartment complex near my house called Ribbon Factory. I assume it’s some industrial chic marketing name. Maybe it used to be a literal ribbon factory. Anyway, I liked the words on the sign when I took walks while I was working from home. I liked the idea of ribbons of tape and putting together a record that sounds like a bunch of spliced tape from a cutting room floor put in random order. That’s why we left in a lot of long pauses and awkward transitions. It hopefully sounds like you found a reel of an album you weren’t supposed to hear. The pressing plant wrote to make sure there wasn’t something wrong with the master, and I had to tell them it’s supposed to sound like that.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Honey Radar: I can’t speak for the whole band, but when I’m asked this question, I always have to say the Monkees album Head. I heard it in first grade, and the sound collages mentally prepared me for “Revolution 9” and experimental tape music by people like John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. The Carole King songs on it primed me to get into 70s singer-songwriters later on. The Harry Nilsson song on Head led me to his solo albums. The cut-and-paste editing had a big impact on the way I made mix tapes growing up and the way I put together my own records when I got older.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Honey Radar: I mentioned we have a relatively clean slate. It feels like anything could happen. I want to record as much as humanly possible this year.

May 3, 2024

The Resonars

#GarageRock #GarageRock #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock

Psychedelic garage pop from Tucson, Arizona.
TMODM: What has had the strongest influence on your music?
Resonars: The strongest influence on Electricity Plus was whatever I was listening to during the recording. Tons of 60s psych, jazz, Laura Nyro and classical music. Perhaps not that perceptible, but I can definitely hear it seeping in.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Resonars: The record that changed my life was The Who – My Generation LP, the UK version. Got it at Blue Meanie Records in El Cajon. Did not realize until then that one could approach instruments with that much energy and physicality. Been chasing the sound ever since.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Resonars: starting to write the next one. I’d like my friends in Lenguas Largas and Class to be more involved as well. I also run a studio in Tucson called Midtown Island so what’s next literally is mixing the new Class record and continuing work on the next Cat Mountain record. That starts in about 15 minutes haha.

April 7, 2024


#Experimental #Krautrock #Psychedelic

Northern California’s DDT formed in early 2019, amid a month-long January rain. Comprised of past, present and future members of Carlton Melton and White Manna, DDT released their debut album, “Enter The Bend,” on Drone Rock Records in late 2019. Their second album, ‘Freshwater’, in the summer of 2021 and the third album ‘Sweat of The Sun’ in the spring of 2024 all on Drone Rock Records.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Sweat of the Sun?
DDT: Our last record Sweat of the Sun was recorded in the summer of 2021. It was in the last days of our residency together at 3D Light before Andy moved back to the east coast. We decided to record this record as a duo to tip our hats to the productive three years we spent as roomies. The fires, drought and hot golden days probably inspired us the most, but also the feeling of a shift or impending change in our lives. With a release date on easter of 2024 Andy really wanted to have the layout pay homage to a great psychedelic record which had been influential to us both and the imagery seem to fit the feeling of this record.
TMODM: What are your future plans for DDT?
DDM: As of now there are no plans for the future of DDT. Adam at Drone Rock Records is thinking about closing shop and this project was centered around us as roommates which we are no longer. The name of the record was inspired by the book Sweat Of The Sun, Tears Of The Moon about eight billion dollars worth of lost Incan treasure. I liked that sentiment for DDT as a lost treasure waiting to be rediscovered at some future date. At this time Andy and I are focusing our musical energy into our main project Carlton Melton but DDT may be unearthed again on a new label at some point in the future.

June 7, 2024

Ambassador Hazy

#GarageRock #Lo-Fi #PsychedelicFolk #PsychedelicRock

Ambassador Hazy is a solo recording project by Sterling DeWeese who was previously in a slew of obscure bands including Heavy Hands, Dirty Rainbow, Terrapin Gun, Madison Electric and Black Fantastic. Based in Beacon, New York.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Leaving Here?
Ambassador Hazy: Musically I was partly thinking along the lines of Muddy Waters – Electric Mud – at least for a song like Blue Skies, the fuzz, the spatial quality and the acidic vibe. To that end I might have been microdosing acid during recording a lot of the songs on this record. I wanted it to have that sort of liquid and loose feel and I’m pretty happy with what ended up on tape.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Ambassador Hazy: I’m currently trying to schedule more time to continue work on recording a new Terrapin Gun record. This is a recording project I started with my friend Scott in the late 90s while I was living in Boston, it’s mostly Scott’s tunes with me adding colors on guitar and production. We put out a record in 2022 (https://infinitespinrecords.bandcamp.com/album/relax-your-mind) that was a compilation of all the best stuff we did back in the day. Getting that out into the world got me excited about that music again, I have always loved Scott’s writing, so we decided to get back together and work on new material. So far we have 2 songs in the can and are hoping to add a few more to the stack over the next few months and go from there till we have enough stuff to do another LP. It’s fun for me to do something collaborative after really focusing on the sort of one man band approach I have been taking with Ambassador Hazy. I am also slowly working on new Hazy material too though things are not as prolific right now as they were during the recording of Leaving Here.

May 10, 2024


#Experimental #Punk #GarageRock #GarageRock #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock #Punk

Super-X are from Melbourne, Australia. Harrison (HO) and George (GO) answered my questions together
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Paradise?
HO: We’ve always had proto-punk (Stooges) and psych rock (Spacemen 3) as our key touchstones, but we branched out a bit further on this record. I was listening to a lot of classic rock – especially the Replacements and Bruce Springsteen. Bruce is the master at portraying characters embodying flawed masculinity, which I tried to emulate on this record. The Replacements have that perfect balance between pop hooks, melody and punk energy and rawness. Again that’s something i was trying to implement on this record – there’s definitely more use of melody than our last record.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
GO: When I had just become a teenager in the early-mid 2000’s I would often go to record shops and buy cd’s simply based on how cool the cover looked (this was before streaming etc), I’d been introduced to classic acts like nirvana, qotsa, and the stooges by family members but I was yet to discover the underground, this led me to the self titled debut album by New Zealand’s Die! Die! Die! I thought it looked cool. It was produced by Steve Albini and was one of those pinnacle moments that really speaks to you. It’s an incredible minimalist, angst filled punk album that verges on hardcore and driving drum and bass rhythms with shouty vocals centred around adolescence and political issues. It was all I cared about for many years! It also led me to discovering so many fine other acts from NZ, (this was the days of MySpace) like the mint chicks, Bailter space, and the whole flying nun roster. Whilst in Australia I found bands like bird blobs, witch hats, beaches, circle pit playing locally. Discovering Die! Die! Die! led me to these bands. Standout tracks from the album ‘Out of the blue’ & ‘Ashtray! ashtray!’, their latter albums are fantastic as well and well worth checking out.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
GO: Following the LP coming out may 10th we’re launching it at Cactus Room (Cactus Records HQ) in Melbourne on may 18th with Dilemmas and The Brakes. We’re all very excited to have it out in the world! It’s been 4 years since our debut LP came out in 2020 during the whole covid era, so it’s been a long time between drinks. We’ve also started working on some new material we’d love to record by the end of the year, it feels like a continuation on where paradise left off, it’s sounding swampy and sort of shoegazey and wild.

May 10, 2024


#Experimental #Kentele #Noise #Psych #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock #Sludge

Mahti are a Finnish four-piece group presenting a unique mixture of ambient-rock, electronic music and traditional Finnish-Karelian music. I corresponded with Hannu Saha, kantele player.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Musiikki 3?
Mahti: There is many kind of influences on Musiikki 3. For me as a kantele player it is ancient Finnish-Carelian music traditions. I have as my instrument 5-stringh kantele, which is the oldest instrumental tradition in our culture. Old Kalevala style music was like a stream of notes, and you have a lot of possibilities to improvise, to create the music at the spot. Another very important influence was the co-operation with Richard Dawson and Sally Pilkington. It was really to make music together with those wonderful musicians.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Mahti: Many Finnish traditional ones, but as a teenager I made acquintance with those pioneers in the field of minimalism. It was great to notice that f.ex. A Rainbow in Curved Air or In C by Terry Riley were a lot like our oldest ancient kantele traditions. Yes, we have minimalism base in our tradition.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Mahti: We make more music with Mahti, and I have also my folk music group Salamakannel (Lightning Kantele), wihich will make a new record coming out in October.

May 1, 2024

Special Cases

#Alternative #IndieRock #PsychedelicRock #IndieRock #Neopsychedelia #Noise #SpaceRock

Special Cases is a band with members of Föllakzoid and Chicos de Nazca. Santiago, Chile.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on 6?
Special Cases: Our influences comes from art, poetry and films we love. Diego Hernández played on ‘Album Name’ and did the painting, lyrics comes a from Thurston Moore’s and Kim Gordon work on SY and overall vibes strongly from David Lynch films. Personally, I have a great appreciation for Jason Spaceman and all he did on Spiritualized, where our song Believe comes from.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Special Cases: The most significative to all of us, probably Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Special Cases: Vinyl is on the way, do a release show and play live the most we can!

May 10, 2024

The Mymy

#GarageRock #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock #Trippy

The Mymy are based in Cirebon, Indonesia.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Balada Pulau Parang?
The Mymy: We got influence from multiple band, i love pink floyd, my friends love wolfmother, led zeppelin, the beatles and many others, so we’re doing multiple workshop to make a balada pulau parang
TMODM: What record changed your life?
The Mymy: When king gizzard released 5 album in 2017, they changed me a lot in music
TMODM: What’s next for you?
The Mymy: We’re in progress to release something maybe 2-3 months from now, and maybe a mini tour.

May 17, 2024

Pink Elderflower Moon

#Alternative #Alternative #Psychedelic #PsychedelicRock

Pink Elderflower Moon are based in Brighton And Hove, UK. I corresponded with Josh Bingham.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Falling Apart?
JB: The strongest influence on Falling Apart isn’t musically but more family related. The song is a letter to him after ending up in hospital for a drug overdose. Thankfully he is ok. This song means a lot to me. Musically I would say the two main influences are The Verve & Brian Jonestown Massacre.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
JB: A record that shifted something in me, was Bravery, Repetition and Noise by The Brian Jonestown Massacre. When I came across BJM for the first time the music I listened to after that completely shifted. I love that record. The song from that album ‘Open Heart Surgery’ always takes me on a journey when I listen to it.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
JB: Next for the project is the release of our album. This gets released start of May. A 14 track double disc gatefold vinyl. It’s looking amazing and I can’t wait to share it with the world. Following from that I will be recording album two in August, which I’m very excited for.

April 5, 2024


#FreakFolk #PsychedelicFolk #PsychedelicPop #PsychedelicRock

Psychedelic/Folk/Pop based in Guadalajara, Mexico. ANTON_ vocals, guitars, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, orchestral and sample editing. DAMIÁN_ beats, synthesizers, sound effects and sample editing. LORI_ cello.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Yūgen?
LEMAT: 1. The idea of making an album with an aesthetic identity (sonically) throughout.
2. The pandemic (isolation/distance).
3. My brother Damián with whom I made this album (he is the electronic producer and main collaborator on Yūgen).
TMODM: What record changed your life?
LEMAT: Portishead – Roseland Live NYC
TMODM: What’s next for you?
LEMAT: I will finish and (eventually) release an album that was recently recorded with the band: it’s a re-imagined, live-in-studio version of Yūgen with a mini documentary of it; also releasing another single from the later Yūgen (electronic) sessions that didn’t make it into the album and likely, more video/s; play live as much as possible while I work on the next album projects with my friends. Endless joy.

April 20, 2024


#Experimental #Krautrock #PsychedelicRock #SpaceRock #StonerRock

Mu! is psychedelic rock band from Merida, Yucatàn, Mexico. Emilio Berny…Bajo Fabrizio Avila… Bateria Jose Antonio Hdz. E…. Guitarra/synths Neyiff Cruz…. Espiritu
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Viva La Flor?
Mu: The strongest influence is the life itself, but musically, would be 70’s krautrock bands like can. Gurú gurú and neu!, and stoner bands like earthless, Boris and sleep
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Mu: there are many records lifechangings, but we can Say that Piper at they gates of down, ney! and beatles discography just to mention a few of them
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Mu: we are actually recording our next álbum called “planeta mu” and we want to make some shows in CDMX and Mérida our Hometown

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