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
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
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
Turn Me On, Dead Man podcast 2020.03 Somebody’s Controlling The Vibes on Mixcloud includes garage rock and psychedelic tracks released (or re-released) from late January to early February. The title of the podcast, as well as the breaks used throughout the hour, are from the outlaw biker/horror movie Werewolves On Wheels .
00:00 TMODM – Intro 01:08 Capricorn One – Hey Garcon 04:57 Mouse – Electric Face 09:11 Ozo – Saturn 13:56 TMODM – The Truth 15:25 Lenny Kaye & The Fleshtones – Lost on Xandu 18:00 Crushing Yellow Sun – The Bomber 21:48 No Glitter – SUB 24:15 Van der Vous – Cuidad Del Sol 28:18 TMODM – Protect Us From Your Evil 29:32 Lemurian Folk Songs – Logos 37:55 Wolf Tape – Wreckage 41:01 Dead Sea Apes – Night Lands 54:19 TMODM – Outro