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
This year is already starting out as strangely as the year we left behind but already some cool music has come out. This episode features garage rock and psychedelia released either late last year or in the new year. I’m warning you with peace and love… Anyway, peace and love, peace and love.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 01:37 Tomorrow Never Knows – Six Sixty Six 06:00 The Myriad Dharma – Feel The One 09:05 The Chans – Mind Sweeper 12:24 Dusty Mush – The Features of Your Mind 15:45 The Psychotic Sidewinders – Cold 19:16 Black Temple – Surrender 22:27 Cave Suns – Surt Skum 26:45 The Family Industrial Complex – (I went down to) Strawberry Fields 30:27 Dark Fog – The Contract 38:13 Narrowleaf – Howlin’ In The New Dawn 44:43 Stonegrass – Tea
What a strange year this has been. I’m sure we could all list several things that have been terrible, but the psychedelia released during this year continues to dazzle. Most of the tracks in this episode have been released in the final quarter of 2020, with a couple of re-releases thrown in, as well. The playlist concludes with “End of Forever” by Samsara Blues Experiment, a fitting sendoff.
00:00 TMODM – Intro 01:35 The Cosmic Rabbit Holes – The Echo Trees 05:10 Firefriend – Three-Dimensional Sound Glitch 09:25 Tambourinen – Wollensak 12:44 Self-Immolation Music – Heaven Is Real 16:52 a/lpaca – 24h a day 18:13 Hypnodrone Ensemble – Biglove 24:27 Joseph of Kirenzi – Acid Wave 30:30 The Gjlioteens – The Summer Was Gone 33:56 Upupayāma – Green Cabana 39:45 Grr Boo – This Summer’s About To Bring Me To My End (Single Version) 42:40 Experimental Psychedelic Club – Golden Teacher 52:01 Samsara Blues Experiment – End Of Forever
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