Two hours of psychedelic/stoner/garage rock tracks that have all been released in 2022. The tracks in this episode come from Europe, the US and Canada, and one track from Australia, “Dark Patterns” by Night Rites. One of the most notable tracks featured in this episode is a collaborative effort between an American band, the Striped Bananas, and the Ukrainian band Nameless called “Newest Age Man”. A few weeks ago I did an episode of Turn Me On Dead Man where I focused on garage, stoner and psych bands from Ukraine, and “Newest Age Man” was released just after I posted that episode. Nameless works with the charity foundation Musicians Defend Ukraine which directly helps Ukrainian musicians and artists who joined the Ukrainian Armed Forces in response to the Russian invasion.
Another notable track in this episode is “Invisible Hammerblow” by Mienakunaru–notable because it comes from the compilation We Love You Junzo. In February Suzuki Junzo fell from a train platform in Tokyo and that resulted in some serious injuries. He’s in a rehabilitation hospital now and is unable to tour or record music. We Love You Junzo is a benefit for Suzuki Junzo to support him financially but they also call it a “giant get well card”. Mienakunaru is a collaboration between Junzo and Mike Vest with Dave Sned on drums. I played a track by Mienakunaru on an episode of Turn Me On, Dead Man last year.
The last set in this episode opens with “Montjuic” from East and West Rendezvous, a group of musicians from Edinburgh, Scotland, who played an improvisational set drawing on spiritual jazz and psychedelic rock. Listening to this got me to thinking about an experience I had recently in the parking garage of Walmart in Washington DC. My feelings about Walmart are complicated, I guess you could say. A few years ago they built four stores in DC and they’ve genuinely been positive additions to the neighborhoods they chose. Still, it’s Walmart and I probably wouldn’t go there except that my teenage daughter loves shopping there. I bought her a mirror and I was having trouble getting it into my car. If you ever happen to be in the parking garage of the Walmart on Georgia Ave in Washington, DC, one of the first things you’ll notice is that it’s really hot–I mean the ventilation must be terrible–so I’m always anxious to get out of superheated noxious Walmart fumes. I was really getting frustrated trying to get this mirror into my car and this guy just appeared out of nowhere with a clipboard. I’m not sure what he said but all I said to him was “Whatever it is I’m not interested” before noticing he was wearing a T-shirt that said “Love Thy Neighbor.” I’m usually not rude to people but I was having a difficult time. He was nice about it and went away, and, of course, I felt shitty about it after that. There’s very little chance that he would hear this, but I’m playing the track “Montjuic” by East and West Rendezvous as a sort of message of atonement to the universe for being rude to someone who probably just wanted to tell me the good news.
00:40 The Mango Furs – Seeker 04:17 Night Rites – Dark Patterns 08:33 Melting Palms – Orchard’s Lie 14:18 The Striped Bananas & Nameless – Newest Age Man 18:18 Mienakunaru – Invisible Hammerthrow 22:03 The Dry Mouths – Den-Dro Sum 25:34 Birds Flying Backwards – Surrender to The Void I, II & III 30:11 Abronia – Night Hoarders 36:10 Golomb – Western Threshold 39:55 JIRM – Liquid Covenant 46:48 Dialing In – Blooming Wire 54:54 Acid Barretts – Heartlock 57:45 Vanishing Trace – Pierce My Brain 1:02:51 Bad Liquor Pond – Painted Daisies 1:05:51 Thee Mean Reds – Vessel 1:10:58 Underground Mountains – In Search of Highs pt. 1 1:16:52 Shane Hartman – Presence 1:23:10 East and West Rendezvous – Montjuïc 1:35:43 Sendero Luminoso – Sacred Bones 1:41:30 The Spanish English Dictionary – Hard To Find 1:45:31 Floating Witch’s Head – 911 1:47:59 Omaha Haze – Snow White Ferocity, Snow White Feral City (only setuar)
This episode focuses on recent Garage rock and psychedelic music from the US and Canada. I’ve recently done a show on psychedelia in the UK and another show focusing on Australia and New Zealand. So with this episode I’ve covered all of the founding member states of the Five Eyes alliance.
I’m not exactly sure of when I became aware of the Five Eyes but it just reinforced this fear I’ve had that we’re spiraling into an Orwellian future. I read 1984 many years ago, but I’ve started to wonder if the Five Eyes alliance is Oceania–and that we’ve always been at war with Eastasia. 1984 was certainly dystopian with a steady flow of disinformation, but even so I don’t think even Orwell imagined how people would be such willing participants in the spread of disinformation.
The music in this episode is divided roughly evenly between the US and Canada. This episode is longer than usual because I got sidetracked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. That got me to put together an overdue episode devoted to Psychedelic Source Records. I thought they hit exactly the right tone with Mantras For Peace. Then I put together an episode of garage/psych and stoner bands from Ukraine. All the while I kept adding tracks to the playlist for this episode. Rather than break it up I thought I’d go with the episode I had originally sketched out with a set devoted to music from the US and a set of Canadian music. The styles run the range from garage punk to minimalist/ambient psychedelia.
00:39 The Living Sky – Cylinder 04:31 Slow Dawn – See-Through 07:40 Night Collectors – One Thousand Years 14:39 Shimmer Bed – Signs 16:49 Supplemental Pills – Run On 23:50 Myrrs – When You’re Here 28:28 thefamilystoned – Deaf Church Choir 33:05 Skloss – Upper Attic 37:20 Fantastic Purple Spots – Blasting Into The Sun 40:40 Magic Shoppe – I Feel High 43:55 Daemones – Refractor 49:39 Fuguers Cove – Gust 52:12 Babe Ruthless – Dog Days 53:33 Lightning – Vallejo 57:07 Deadlights – Paralyzed 1:00:20 Groop – Belly II 1:04:13 Shimmer Bed – Fine 1:10:10 John Denver Airport Conspiracy – The Big Classic 1:13:32 Omissam – Hide 1:16:15 Cosmic Drifter – Chasing Shadows 1:20:57 The Gateless Gate – Helcaraxë One 1:31:02 Lammping – Everlasting Moor 1:34:35 Blume – It’s You 1:44:30 Spheroid – Transparent Radiation
In the last few episodes I’ve been exploring psychedelia from various parts of the world. The playlist in this episode is made up of new psychedelic music from Australia and New Zealand. I’ve noticed over the last couple of years that Australia, in particular, has a thriving psychedelic scene and this episode really bears that out. Not to take anything away from New Zealand or anywhere else for that matter, it’s just that so much good music is coming out of Australia and it’s really been enjoyable corresponding with the artists.
The drops in this episode come from the 1959 movie On The Beach. In that movie a nuclear war breaks out and the only life left in the world is in Australia, but even they’re not safe from the cloud of radiation that will eventually arrive. It’s a bleak movie, and with the end of the Cold War a lot of people (myself included) thought that we had left this behind and that the risk of nuclear war was remote. The situation has certainly changed with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Things don’t seem to be going well for Putin and he’s made noises about putting Russia’s nuclear arsenal on high alert. Even before that the doomsday clock was already set at 100 seconds to midnight–the closest that its ever been–and the UN secretary general recently said “The prospect of nuclear war is now back within the realm of possibility.”
So anyway, having said that, enjoy the great music in this hour of Turn Me On, Dead Man and just think of the message in the closing frame of On The Beach that said “There is still time, brother.”
00:34 Human Rites – The Serpent and the Rainbow 05:15 Flower Children of the Apocalypse – Return To The Sun 08:00 Golden Sunbird – Voyage, Pt. 2 16:20 Frozen Planet….1969 – Glassblaster (Alternate Take) 20:14 Black Sand – Salutations To The Sun 22:57 Trigona – Petra 30:35 Sons Of Zöku – Yang Yin (Radio Edit) 34:45 Fuzz Meadows – Orange Sunshine 39:13 The Dharma Chain – Shoot Up Love 42:42 Legal Noise – Flashback 45:35 Fortress Europe & Moonflower – Organ Grinder 48:54 Robot God – Valleys of Primordia
When I started making maps of the playlists for each episode I noticed that it was fairly predictable which places would be represented in the playlist. Given the history of psychedelia and the fact that I live in the US, the anglosphere has always been well represented in the playlists for Turn Me On, Dead Man. The US, the UK, Canada and Australia have vibrant psychedelic scenes. So do many European countries, and in addition to that, I’ve had no trouble finding great garage rock and psychedelia from Latin America.
For this episode I made an effort to establish an entire playlist of bands from Asia, and in the process I discovered a lot of great music that I would have otherwise missed. In addition to the wealthier countries of the pacific rim, active scenes exist in Thailand, Indonesia, and India. When you look at the music map for this episode it makes a great arc of port cities on the oceans bordering Asia. The major exception is Solar Zero, who close out the playlist with a 17-minute jam. Solar Zero is based in Tyumen, Russia, a city east of the Ural Mountains, which historically has been considered the dividing line between Europe and Asia. Given the shit that’s happening in Ukraine right now I wanted to include these guys. I corresponded with them a little and they’re very cool. When I asked them about what’s next for them and they said “Don’t know. If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” I corresponded with them before the invasion of Ukraine which makes that answer all the more poignant.
00:19 Pale Blue Sound – Just Like a Dream 03:58 ZeitGeistS – Juvenile 08:00 The Dude of Stratosphear – Dharma Wheel 13:32 Hebi Katana – Running in My Vein 17:11 Spacedays – Lucy’s Space Garden 22:13 Solid Liqui – Combo Miss 25:19 Kinder Bloomen – Brainless The Third, On A Cloudy Mission 29:51 落差草原 WWWW / Prairie WWWW – 轉來 Tńg-Lâi 35:48 Candydrain – Temptations 39:27 Jash Jhaveri – They Might Have Killed Me Back In Egypt 42:30 Bardia Haddad – Chaos as the Storm Tears it into Shreds 50:52 Solar Zero – Transcontinental Bus
This episode focuses on psychedelia coming out of the various parts of the United Kingdom. The UK has long been at the forefront of psychedelic music with several key British bands among its originators. The musical styles in this episode run the range from pop to drones to soundscapes.
00:26 The Lee Rudes – Insignificant Man 06:16 The Lunar Fog Occult – Seaglass 09:09 The Web of Lies – Best Friend 12:33 Artifacts & Uranium – Dive Bomber 17:42 Melodrome Man – The Dead Planet 20:55 Permanent Rain – Street Song 24:27 The Galileo 7 – The man who wasn’t there 27:26 Necessary Animals – In The Twilight 31:19 My Opal Garden – Mind Wandering 35:19 Deep Hum – Thoughts of Cats 44:05 Organs – Furious Return 53:50 Empty House – Zanshin
Trainspotting has taken on a narcotic connotation because of the 1996 film directed by Danny Boyle, based on the novel by Irvine Welsh. Although that story was not about psychedelics, the film has its share of hallucinatory moments, the sequel less so. About the music in this episode, the playlist features psychedelia that starts out more in the hallucinatory vein but then becomes more meditative. Check out the music map below. A good illustration of how psychedelia has become a worldwide phenomenon. This episode features artists from the US, Canada, the UK, Norway, Israel, Guatemala, and closes out with a soundscape from Peruvian artist Chino Burga.
The title of this episode is from something my two-year-old and I have been doing recently. We’ve been going to an overpass nearby and wait for trains to pass. I’d never thought of myself as a trainspotter but I guess I’ve had a fascination since my childhood days staying at my grandparents’ home. Their house was about 100 yards from train tracks and I vividly recall the booming sound of the freight trains on summer nights when all the windows were open. So anyway, where my son and I go there are two sets of tracks, one for the DC metro trains, which comes above ground where we are, and one for the intercity trains. It’s always a jolt when we get the metro drivers to honk the horn.
00:19 Self-Immolation Music – Anhedonia 03:30 Helicon – Freakquency 07:46 The Orange Dots – Lost A Dream 12:29 A Crone’s Orchard – Worms 19:23 Solipsisme – Chimiosynthèse 23:31 The Midnight Vein – The Link 29:05 Carlton Melton – Hazel Heat 34:29 Ouzo Bazooka – Monsters 40:25 The Soundcarriers – Falling Back 44:02 The Groovy Nobody – Elevated 47:39 Baghdad Battery – Days Gone By 53:11 Chino Burga – Quien Como Dios
The movie Soylent Green was released in 1973 and offers a dystopian view of the future, set in our current year, 2022. (Spoilers ahead) In Soylent Green’s vision of 2022, the world is overpopulated with a permanent heat wave from greenhouse gases. The Soylent company controls the food supply and they start producing a “miracle food” that they claim is made from plankton but as Charlton Heston discovers, it’s really made from human beings. In other words things get so bad by 2022 that cannibalism becomes the order of the day. As Tony Sokol points out in Den of Geek, Soylent Green did anticipate some of the darker features of our current world: face coverings, meat substitutes, climate change. Cannibalism, though? I don’t know, we’re not quite there yet but who knows? Anyway, in our timeline 2022 is already starting off with great psychedelia. All of the tracks in this episode have been released in the last month.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 00:19 Solilians – Old Schmeckled Hen 06:13 Lamp of the Universe – Return as Light 10:49 Clyde Von Klaus – Concede 13:40 Turn Me On Dead Man – Break 15:12 Ogua – Waves 24:03 Waylon Thornton – Blown Princes 26:11 Barbican Estate – The Divine Image 31:01 Elephant Stone – La fusée du chagrin 34:40 Los Árboles – Bebe Jesús 38:55 Thee Tabs – Carrier Pigeons 41:27 Parker Sprout – Milk in the Sun 44:02 Monte Meteoro – Contra 50:41 Aeon – Five 53:23 io audio recordings – Awaiting The Elliptical Drift
I’ve already posted my “best of 2021” lists and podcasts. As 2021 comes to an end, I’m including a couple of recordings that made on my “best of” list.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 00:25 White Manna – Light Cones 06:04 The Myrrs – Buggy Chawnker 08:03 Dislocated Flowers – Renaissance Three Two Zero 14:00 Magoodin – Prisma 16:20 Melt Plastic Group – The Birdman Explodes 21:33 StarBath – StarBath Jam 1 27:54 ST 37 – Over and Over Again 33:08 Den Osynliga Manteln – Vortexlöpare 39:17 Moshi Moshi and the Moist Boys – Fluorescent Eye Part 1 43:03 Sonic Delays – Coast 46:44 Frozen Planet…. 1969 – Diamond Dust
It’s that time of year where we look back, take stock of everything that occurred during the year and try to make sense of it. I’m looking back on a year of loss–my mother died during the summer and my grandparents’ old house where I spent much of my childhood was destroyed in a fire. As if that weren’t enough, I lost two teeth (!) in 2021. Like 2020, though, music was a particularly bright spot in an otherwise challenging year.
As for my choices for the best of 2021, I made three lists. The first a Mixcloud compilation of some of the best tracks of 2021, followed by a list (in no particular order) of some of the best albums of 2021, and finally some singles and EPs that I managed to list in alphabetical order.
Last year I also posted a list of notable reissues but I didn’t try to keep up on all the reissues that were released in 2021. I was just happy to finally have The Beatles Let It Be box set, and to finally see the Peter Jackson documentary, Get Back. Really fun to watch.
I’d just like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the artists for providing the world with such wonderful music. My picks for the best tracks of 2021:
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 00:29 The Dharma Chain – So You Wanna Be A Spaceman? 07:03 Mt. Mountain – Aplomb 11:31 Meatbodies – Reach For The Sun 16:22 The Mountain Movers – I Wanna See The Sun 19:21 Thee U.F.O. – Putrefied Block 22:28 Dope Smoker – NASDAQ 27:09 Grinding Eyes – When The Night Falls 31:01 The Holy Family – Inward Turning Suns 37:05 The Myrrs – Buggy Chawnker 39:11 The Slow Voyage – Expansion 43:14 Magic Castles – Sunburst 46:29 Chainsaw Rainbow – blonde with dark roots 50:05 Mantras – Sunlight Swell 53:54 Ogua – Iyan 59:17 Swan Faucet – Wandering 1:05:48 Raw Optics – Aqua Mundo 1:08:04 The Sonic Splits – Like the Steady Flowing of a Stream 1:12:42 Cheval Sombre – Althea 1:20:22 Hooveriii – Shooting Star 1:24:24 Firefriend – Poison Tree 1:29:41 Comet Control – Secret Life 1:36:37 Shirese – The Glue Murder 1:38:54 Broken Sky – California 1:41:41 Goat – Queen of the Underground 1:47:36 Chino Burga – Meditación
As we enter the season of advent, Reality Sandwich outlines the shamanic origins of Christmas. One type of mushroom, Amanita muscaria, has some interesting similarities to Christmas imagery. In our times mushrooms are “finally having a moment,” according to Lucy Jones in The Guardian, and illustrator Brian Blomerth celebrates the history of mushroom lore in a new book.
A number of states (Florida and California among them), as well as the city of Toronto, are discussing or moving forward with legislation to decriminalize psychedelics. The website MDLinx cites “breaking the psychedelic ceiling” as one of the top medical breakthroughs of 2021. Discussions at the Wonderland psychedelic conference were optimistic that psychedelics are to be the next big development in mental health treatment, and the Australian ABC podcast All in the Mind devoted a recent episode to “Psychedelics for mental illness.” Even though barriers against using psychedelics for treating mental health disorders are still substantial, the market for these drugs could be huge. Some worry, however, that if legal psychedelics are dominated by big pharma, it could enrich large corporations rather than a broader community benefitting from these developments.
The music in this episode ranges from psychfolk to lo-fi garage to experimental psych and concludes with an extended jam by Wizard Beast. One of my standard questions for the artists is “What record changed your life?” I’ve been impressed with the wide range of influences the artists cite, but The Velvet Underground and Nico gets mentioned quite often. Here it takes on new meaning through the lens of “Cold Equations”.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 00:38 Thee U.F.O. – Putrefied Block 03:46 Pancho and the Wizards – Dog With two Masters 07:02 Meatbodies – Reach For The Sun 13:33 Cheval Sombre – Althea 21:14 The Yellow Blackness – Gift of Illusion 24:37 Constant Smiles – Run To Stay 27:07 Sons of Zoku – Lovers Trance 34:40 Anti-Corn League – Let Me Begin 37:25 Alice Tambourine Lover – Forse Non Sei Tu 41:54 Wizard Beast – Pathways of the Magical Mind part 1