We are living in a time where we’re rethinking “forever wars” and that includes the war on drugs. Legalization/decriminalization drives, particularly for psychedelics, are underway in several cities and states across the US. Psychedelics are also under serious study for their mental health benefits. Alongside these developments is a resurgence of psychedelic music. The music featured in this episode comes from the US, Europe (Fairyport Convent from Poland and The Spacelords from Germany) and Latin America (Los Tabanos Experience from Chile and Khan Khan from Mexico). This episode opens with the Burning Balloons, a collaboration between Ben Bachman (High Tiny Hairs, Fuck Knights) from Minnesota and Raul Romero (The Flashback V, Psiconautes, Lola) from Barcelona.
04:22 The Burning Balloons – Drained 10:49 Fairyport Convent – Partizan Underground 17:09 Dark Fog – Floor Ceiling 22:53 Babe Ruthless – Aqua Cola 22:53 Los Tabanos Experience – The Wooden Curse 41:03 Evolfo – Zuma Loop 27:19 Khan Khan – Nubes de Mayo 27:19 Reality Cult – Close My Doors 41:03 The Electric Myrrs – Salvation (4 Miles) 41:03 The Spacelords – Liquid Sun remix
A lot of people have experienced loss in the last year. Sometimes music can help in difficult times–old favorites and new favorites. In this episode I’m going to focus on new tracks by some of the leading voices of current psychedelia (and garage rock, too) released on some of the most prominent indie labels. This episode more than most demonstrates how we’re in a psychedelic renaissance.
01:18 Meatbodies – Reach For The Sunn 06:09 Night Beats – Shadow 09:04 Goat – Queen of the Underground 14:59 New Candys – Begin Again 20:00 Ty Segall – Pictures 24:32 Acid Mothers Temple – Free Your Infinity Desire 32:09 Cosmic Dead – Crater Creator 36:25 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Butterfly 3000 39:12 Darkside – Narrow Road 43:41 Wavves – Hideaway 47:31 Six Organs of Admittance – All That They Left You 53:51 King Buffalo – Burning
A look at some of the reissues that have come out recently. The tracks in this episode come from every decade since the 1970s, but have been reissued in some form this year. Breaks come from the wonderfully awful 1976 short film Joy Ride about the dangers of trying to be a “hot shot” by stealing cars and trying to outrun the police. It’s all innocent fun until the inevitable crash.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:25 Dead Meadow – I’m Gone 05:21 Goat – Alarms 08:25 Blair1523 – Fantasy of Folk 11:25 The Mushroom Club – Heroin Picnic 17:53 Lilys – Ginger 23:12 Foot – Rupert Turdoch 26:55 Views – Say It! 31:18 Black Rainbows – Hawkdope 40:21 Acid Reich – Revenge of Tim Boo Ba 48:29 Brant Bjork – Low Desert Punk 53:12 Guru Guru – Stone In
This episode of Turn Me On, Dead Man features several recent psychedelic releases. All released in 2021 except Davi Rodriguez di Lima’s Fantasma, which is from 2020. The breaks in this episode come from the educational (maybe?) film What’s The Big Hurry? This 1974 short film was the sort of car crash gore movie they used to show in driver’s ed, only in this film the accidents are audio only. The visuals in What’s The Big Hurry? show the process of dismantling wrecked cars in a salvage yard–an interesting process but lacking the visceral impact of the human carnage-driven fare favored by driver’s ed teachers. The really interesting thing about this film nine-minute film is the electronic music score by Louis Barron. The cover is a nod to Zen Arcade.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:12 Shirese – The Glue Murder 03:50 Cult of Dom Keller – Cage The Masters 09:21 Some Pills For Ayala – Some Weed For This Samaritan 13:56 Davi Rodriguez di Lima – Fantasma 18:16 Pseudo Mind Hive – Holy River 23:27 The Silk Railroad – A Caustic Rhythm 29:10 Dark Fog – The Statue 33:21 Mdou Moctar – Chismiten 38:04 Long Slow Dissolve – Sour Bush 43:49 Andrew Thomas Jacobs – Love and LSD in the USA 48:58 Mythic Sunship – Maelstrom
Voyager 1, launched in 1977, has traveled out of the solar system but it’s still sending back data. It detected a hum in deep space–a sort of constant background noise caused by plasma waves. Voyager 1 also contains the Voyager Golden Record, which is an analog disc and it contains a broad selection of music and representative sounds from Earth. Quite a challenge for a single disc. This episode isn’t quite that ambitious. Here you will find a playlist of recent psychedelia.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:29 Thee U.F.O. – Having Faith In And Outside 04:03 Diagonal – Anticipation 08:36 Acid Rooster – Stereofuzz 13:54 Codex Serafini – Time, Change & Become 17:27 The Myriad Dharma – Love Town Singalong 20:43 Technicolor Blood – Last Night 24:55 Modern Stars – She Comes Now 27:54 MK8ULTRA – Rhythm Inside 31:27 Free Machine – Cursive Moon 35:24 Smoke Monolith – Embracing The Tide 38:51 La Otracina – Woke On Waves
Earlier this week I saw a playlist of songs that were inspired by the Doomsday Clock and I thought of The Day Called X, a 1957 documentary about Portland Oregon’s evacuation plan in the event of a nuclear attack. Not that the tracks in this episode have anything to do with nuclear war or Portland, but it just seemed to fit, although only one of the bands featured in this episode, Plankton Wat, is from Portland.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:30 Raw Optics – Aqua Mundo 04:08 The Dharmas – 1000Miles 08:27 Acid Buzz – The Mind 13:22 Babe Ruthless – The Witch King (It’s Alright) 16:18 Blakdog – Lucifer Rising 20:21 Switch Ghost – St. Arrival 24:18 Massacre at Two Pines – 6 Months (Before The Breaking Of My Heart) 28:30 Spiral Wave Nomads – Radiant Drifter 33:10 Fog Lifter – V 35:15 Plankton Wat – Modern Ruins 41:25 Papir – 20.01.2020 #3
Reissues, Compilations & Archival Recordings Released in 2020
Labels and bands look through their back catalogs, often finding gems to reissue or to release for the first time. This episode of Turn Me On, Dead Man looks over such offerings that were released in 2020.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:06 13th Floor Elevators – Roller Coaster 06:04 Sleep Spirit – I am an art teacher… 09:39 Kawabata Makoto & The Mothers of Invasion – Fripian Flipped Over Nifty Their King’ 19:23 Honey Radar – Lilac Pharmacy 21:23 Jimi Hendrix Experience – Voodoo Child (Slight return) 27:33 Hawkwind – Space Is Deep 33:15 Bardo Pond – Adrop  45:46 Jon Hassell – Blues Nile 50:27 Mort Garson – Is He Trying to Tell Us Something 52:38 The Cynics – Hand in Hand 55:15 Mudhoney – Thirteenth Floor Opening 57:23 The Stooges – 1970 (I Feel Alright)
It’s Super Bowl Sunday and what better way to mark the occasion than with some new psychedelia? Actually only two of the bands in this episode’s playlist are from the US. Four of the bands are from the UK where, I understand, the NFL is trying to establish a foothold. So anyway, the season comes to an end but the psychedelia goes on….
00:00 Turn Me On, Dead Man – Intro 01:06 Blood Moss – Lagoon 04:12 Dreamweapon – Rites of Lunacy 09:03 The Telephones UK – Graceless Bird 13:12 Castle Club – Today 16:28 Pilot Voyager – Fuzziness 23:18 Underweight – Head Drop 28:04 Black Helium – Pink Bolt Cvlt Nation Sessions 39:44 Lumerians – Transmission Overture 51:55 Kombynat Robotron – Poldhu
Last year saw a steady stream of new 1960s garage/psych compilations. New comps fell into two categories: obscure international psychedelia or more familiar music reworked around some theme. The first set of this podcast focuses on international psychedelia, most of which are from small labels. The second set covers US and European music, with several of the tracks coming from ambitious box sets.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 02:00 I Ragazzi del Sole – Nostalgia Di Te 04:42 The Mod East – Angelita 06:43 Group Syaeed – Mosh Va Karnah 08:19 Os Litles – Maze 11:26 The Mebusas – Mr. Bull Dog 15:22 Baris Manco – Flower of Love 18:00 A. Halim & De’fictions – Kembali Lagi 21:20 Tabernash – Head Collect 24:18 Mike Batt – Fading Yellow 27:48 The Action – Look At The View 31:43 The Creation – Making Time 34:38 Dana Gillespie – Andy Warhol 37:01 Moonshine – Ring Around The Roses 41:25 Beefeaters – Night Flight 44:30 Deuter – Soham 48:00 Astral Army – Interstellar Shortwave 52:27 Carol Of Harvest – Put On Your Nightcap
Some weird and unusual noises from recent weeks. This music comes from a variety of places, staring off with Miminokoto from Japan and ending with Huillin from Chile. Along the way we’ll hear two bands from Sweden–Sofielund from Malmö and Entheogens from Stockholm–and Year of Taurus from Pescara, Italy, as well as Taras Bulba from Fleetwood, UK. We’ll also hear from Mt. Mountain from Perth, Australia, and four American bands: Devil’s Club (Portland, OR), Psychiatric Metaphors (New Jersey), Epic Ganesh (Tallahassee) and Over Outers (San Francisco). It’s a battle for the mind.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 01:12 Miminokoto – Mayoiga 05:45 Mt. Mountain – Aplomb 10:12 Taras Bulba – The Moon On The Tides 14:36 Year of Taurus – Fever, When I Was a Child 18:29 Devil’s Club – Wolf 22:11 Sofielund – One thing leading to the next 25:56 Psychiatric Methaphors – Body Snatchers 30:05 Enthoegens – Fire At Will 35:46 Epic Ganesh – Hare Krishna 41:32 Over Outers – Nancy Sings 2 47:58 Huillin – La verdad de la vida está en la impulsividad de la materia