These days it does seem like we’re teetering on the brink of some sort of catastrophe, but every day the world lurches on. Maybe, though, we’ve already gone over the edge and we’re just watching this shitshow play out. In any case the great music just keeps coming out. This episode of the Turn Me On, Dead Man podcast features great tracks from across the industrialized world. From the US are Herbcraft (Portland, Maine), Dark Fog (Chicago) Carlton Melton (San Francisco) and a farewell track from the Suzies (Grand Rapids, Michigan). Elsewhere in the Americas are The Suuns (Montreal) and Yajaira (Santiago, Chile), and from Australia comes Los Skallywags (New South Wales). From Europe are Causa Sui (Denmark), Flying Moon in Space (Leipzig, Germany), and coming from further east are Skuma (Chelyabinsk, Russia) and Pree Tone (Kyiv, Ukraine). Closing out the set is a collaboration primarily between Mike Vest (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK) and Suzuki Junzo (Tokyo) called Mienakunaru.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 01:28 Dark Fog – In The Background Of Your Mind 03:23 Skuma (Скума) – Иза 09:46 Carlton Melton – Waylay 17:46 The Suzies – Bubble Driver 20:32 The Suuns – Death 23:24 Causa Sui – Sole Elettrico 29:00 Los Scallywags – Scattered 32:46 Yajaira – Se va la tómbola 38:00 Flying Moon In Space – The Observer (Radio Edit) 42:18 Herbcraft – III (pt. 2) 47:10 Pree Tone – Fifth O 52:21 Mienakunaru – (I) [excerpt]
This episode of Turn Me On, Dead Man features a good deal improvisational psych, with powerful tracks from Frozen Planet….1969, Population II and High Arctic, as well as atmospheric tracks from Herbcraft, Magic Cobra and Melody Fields, a little stoner/doom from Outer Head, and lo-fi guitar pop from Honey Radar. It opens with one of my all-time favorite bands, Magic Shoppe.
The title and breaks come from the 1978 Vietnam War epic The Deer Hunter. The cast of The Deer Hunter elevates what is otherwise a shallow, poorly thought out film. As Studs Turkel pointed out, “not since The Birth of a Nation has a non-Caucasian people been portrayed in so barbaric a fashion.” Still, De Niro. And even when he doesn’t make sense (“This is this”) the viewer is swept along by his intensity. “Is this what you want? Is this what you want? I love you. *click*”
00:00 TMODM – Intro 00:50 Magic Shoppe – On High Street (Live) 03:55 Herbcraft – Eon Rd 10:29 Magic Cobra – Golden Child 14:15 Frozen Planet….1969 – Rollback (Green Version) 19:15 Melody Fields – Broken Horse 22:47 Population II – Ce n’est Rêve 30:03 Honey Radar – Lilac Pharmacy 32:21 Outer Head – Left Hand Cult 38:32 High Arctic – First Trip
I recently watched In My Mind, a documentary about an interview with Patrick McGoohan conducted in 1983. The interview was for a documentary that was released the following year about the The Prisoner, which first aired on television in 1967. McGoohan was as enigmatic in the interview as the show itself and interviewer Chris Rodley wanted to revisit the interview more then 30 years later to give it a somewhat less enigmatic presentation. In My Mind had a lot of great footage and given that I revisit The Prisoner every few years (because I want information… information… information…), it was interesting to see.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 00:50 EarthOmen – Black Cloud Part I 05:42 Thee U.F.O. – Floating Eye 08:37 Spiral Wave Nomads – Ten Color Ritual 16:15 The Electric Myrrs – Witchy 20:21 black (w)hole – Psilosy 24:33 C.B. Kidd – Wishful Thinking 28:25 Sun of Man – Heavy Burn 32:45 Druggy Pizza – Radium Canyon 35:30 Burnt Hills – untitled (b3) 41:38 Minimal Bliss – Sunburst Eyes 46:50 Flying Anomaly Theorized – Fire in the Sky 54:40 EarthOmen – Black Cloud Part III 57:35 TMODM – Number 6 resigns
As the summer winds down, I’ve been listening to a lot of psychedelia. This summer has been strange but good in a lot of ways. At the top of the list is that we celebrated my son’s first birthday. He seems to enjoy it when I sing Beatles songs (even if no one else does!). But there is something I want him to know:
A lot of people don’t realize what’s really going on. They view life as a bunch of unconnected incidents and things. They don’t realize that there’s this, like, lattice of coincidence that lays on top of everything.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 00:44 Gloom Merchants – Kids and Their Children 05:50 Hyper Tensions – Solar Stare 07:55 TMODM – Plate o’ Shrimp 08:20 fuguers cove – Tanks/Flanks–>Bar Stool 11:01 Castle Club – Anybody Else 15:25 Excellent Skeleton – Stop Waking The Sun 25:00 TMODM – Time Machines 26:31 Prana Crafter – Chalice of the Fungal Sage 34:04 CCR Headcleaner – High Def 37:50 Martin Rude & Jakob Skøtt Duo – The Short Sun 40:22 TMODM – The More You Drive 40:42 Liquidacid – Scurry Release 46:36 White Manna – ARC 54:44 Lamp of the Universe – Beams of Ra 60:56 TMODM – One in every car
With this episode of the Turn Me On, Dead Man podcast I’m back to recent garage/psych releases. Opening this set is “Earth on the Verge of Destruction” by The Uplifting Bell Ends, which put me in mind of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 00:53 The Uplifting Bell Ends – Earth on the Verge of Destruction 04:36 TMODM – Such Power Exists? 04:57 Ringo Deathstarr – Tambourine Girl 09:34 White Hills – A Picture Unto the World 18:39 TMODM – KL93 19:01 Clavicule – Asshole 23:18 Satorinaut – Atropine II 32:54 Caroline Reza – Heart Healing 34:16 TMODM – The Robot’s on the Loose 34:46 Trip Hill – Improvisation 1 38:35 Shroom Eater – Intro/The Illusion 45:34 TMODM – Get That Message to Gort 45:59 The Writhing Squares – Sonic Control 51:57 Dope Smoker – Severn 58:12 TMODM – Gort Run Amok
The COVID-19 pandemic goes on and we are all trying to come to terms with the new normal. This episode of the Turn Me On, Dead Man podcast opens and closes with tracks from the Burger Records compilation Quarantunes: Songs From Self-Isolation. Burger Records organized this ambitious undertaking to support its artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. The label is covering all the costs and all proceeds from Quarantunes will go directly to the artists. There’s also a track from another COVID-19 benefit album, CosmoPraesidium compilation by Eiderdown Records. All proceeds from this compilation will go to food banks in Washington state, California, and New York.
COVID-19 comes out in other ways in this podcast. Kikagaku Moyo released a track earlier this month called “Ouchi Time” (“Home Time”) that I take to be a response to stay-at-home orders. Other bands, like the Watchmakers, Flowers Must Die and CCR Headcleaner used this opportunity to release recordings from years past. I asked the artists how they were faring through this time, and I got some varied responses.
Like 2020.07, this podcast features audio from Apocalypse Now. This time we hear from Dennis Hopper’s unnamed character.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 00:52 Exploding Flowers – (There’s No Arms Around) The Isolationist 02:45 The Watchmakers – Illumination 07:10 The Haze Parade – P-ills 09:27 Sky Burrow Tales – Photons 16:02 TMODM – Little Man/Great Man 17:45 Prana Crafter – Cloud Ambassador 20:15 El Viaje De Los Antiguos – Capitulo 1 24:45 The Cove – Come Down Easy 30:01 Doug Tuttle – No, No, No, No 32:07 CCR Headcleaner – Unified (Dubified) 34:39 TMODM – Dialectics 36:33 Kikagaku Koyo – Ouchi Time 40:09 Tonstartssbandht – Olde Feelings 45:14 Flowers Must Die – Funki 54:05 O.S.H. – Let’s Try To Have Good Times 56:52 TMODM – Outro
An old friend texted me “Saigon. Shit. I’m still only in Saigon.” In these strange days it seems like we’re all Capt. Willard stuck in a room in Saigon waiting for a mission. This episode of the Turn Me On, Dead Man podcast is heavy on psychedelic freakouts, thinking about Apocalypse Now while putting it together.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 01:08 Oakacetator – Open Up Your Mind 04:59 Vince Cory – Death Birth of Time 12:08 Kundalini Genie – Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind 16:59 Psychic Ills – Never Learn Not To Love 20:42 TMODM – He’s Close, Man 22:09 Frozen Planet….1969 – 900 Mile Head Rush 32:30 Dark Fog – Revird Ysatnaf Eht/The Fantasy Driver 37:14 TMODM – We’ll Go Together 38:14 Heaven’s Gateway Drugs – Sweet ‘N Low (Dub Mix) 43:51 Long Slow Dissolve – Into Darkness 56:34 oz. – Is Risen 65:21 TMODM – Outro
This edition of Turn Me On, Dead Man focuses on social distancing, our new reality in this era of COVID-19. All of the tracks in this podcast were released from mid-March through early April in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the tracks address the isolation that has come about because of the stay-at-home orders issued by the government. The artists are from a variety of countries but most are under some sort of lockdown and facing a prolonged period of limited social engagement. Some of the artists are donating the proceeds from the sale of their music to charity. Some of the artists are using this time to explore their creativity, producing extended improvisational works. Given how quickly the COVID-19 has spread throughout the world, it’s impressive how much creative work is out there already. I asked the artists where they were and what sorts of restrictions had been placed on them.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 00:47 The Marshmen (fuguers cove) – Isolation 04:32 Dry Spells – Sunbeam 06:52 TMODM – Helping Others 07:45 Gods & Punks – Transparent Chains (Acoustic) 12:00 Wooden Corpses – A Journey’s End 16:34 TMODM – Isolation 17:07 The Janitors – Isolation 23:39 Sendelica – Shared Isolation 30:45 Kanoi – A Very Unusual Ghost (Mood #2) 39:43 TMODM – Marking the Days 40:19 Merlin Ball – Virus 43:44 Ray Kosmische – Spreads Virus, Stretches Health Services & Causes Many Deaths & Losses To Commerce On This Island (LP)
The music in this edition of the Turn Me On, Dead Man podcast doesn’t reflect the current state of our world. These are not songs about pandemics, quarantines or the end of the world. As a matter of fact, most of The Corona 714 is upbeat garage rock, some power pop, and of course, a psychedelic freak-out here and there. Perhaps this is because even though these are all recent releases, the corona virus has changed the world so rapidly. I wonder if “social distancing” will become the new normal, and if we’ll ever go back to interacting with each other the way we did in the world before COVID-19.
The drops in this edition of Turn Me On, Dead Man come from The Conet Project. My obsession with following the number of coronavirus cases, and continually checking to see if we have “flattened the curve” put me in mind of the odd numeric messages captured by The Conet Project.
00:00 TMODM – Ready Ready 02:19 Dogpile – Peripheral 06:01 Gavin Watts – Apple Scruffs (George Harrison) 09:11 The Hearses – Carrier Pigeons 12:11 The Psychedelic Suns – Hide From The Sun 16:43 TMODM – Crossing The Cosmic Void 17:55 Yellow Sunshine Explosion – Air 22:28 Black Heart Death Cult – Sonic Dhoom 26:35 Concrete City – Strange Bodies 30:17 “the band whose name is a symbol” – From Dusseldorf to Cologne 36:51 New Blue – “Now I Know” 38:42 Aunt Cynthia’s Cabin – Rider In The Desert Sun (Parts I & II) 45:02 TMODM – Trip Around The World 46:17 The Artakees – Rush 49:57 Kikagaku Moyo-幾何学模様 – Gypsy Davey 53:33 Jambattista – Walker 56:16 The Flower Machine – Through a London Window 58:57 TMODM – Counting Out
This episode of Turn Me On, Dead Man focuses on recent extended psychedelic tracks, heavy on improvisation. I asked the bands about their creative process, so check out their answers below. The drops in this episode come from Terrence Malick’s 1998 film Thin Red Line.
00:00 TMODM – The Other Side of the Dark Waters 00:33 Dark Fog – Black Candle/Eldnac Kcalb 10:00 Melt Plastic Group – Return Of The Turkey (Edit) 14:10 TMODM – This Great Evil 15:46 Dire Wolves – Deep Sunrise Energy 23:54 Elkhorn – Electric One (Part C) 29:28 TMODM – Each Like a Coal Drawn From the Fire 31:05 The Spacelords – Spaceflowers 44:30 Kanaan – Urgent Excursions To The Tundrasphere 58:42 TMODM – All Things Shining