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 few days ago the Pentagon released a report on UFOs to Congress called Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP). They went with UAP rather than UFO because of the stigma associated with UFOs. Maybe this newfound transparency will shut down conspiracy theories–or not. Anyway, this episode has 11 new psychedelic tracks, mostly by American artists and almost all released in the last couple of months.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:28 Criminals Hate Answering Machines – 20,000 Cheers For the Chain Gang 04:50 Illuminating Daydream – The Things 08:07 Electric Mindfunk – Coming Home 15:17 Venture Lift – You Changed 18:56 Drooling Clerics – Sleep For Days 22:52 The Gluts – Eat Acid See God 30:33 Cosmic Letdown – Bezumie (Demo) 35:18 Fuguers Cove – Blowdogs 37:55 Black Tempel Pyrämid – Wildlife Advisor 41:39 Dog in Confusion – Turbulent Mind 46:28 Chino Burga – Meditación
All of the tracks in this episode are cover versions or tributes. The songs are from the sixties and seventies but all of these tracks have been released in the last year or so. I asked the artists featured in this episode what their desert island disk would be. The Dust Bunnies, who cover the Beatles song Long Long Long chose the White Album, which makes sense. Other picks weren’t so close to the cover you’ll hear in this episode. Tuluum Shimmering’s version of Eight Miles High closes this episode and they selected Cornell 1964 by the Charles Mingus Sextet. Dub Wreckage, who cover the Velvet Underground, said their desert island disk would be Y by the Pop Group. And Spacelab, who cover Hawkwind couldn’t decide on a single album. They split between John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and DRI’s Dealing With It. The episode starts off with a Kiss cover from CIA Hippie Mind Control, who picked the Ramones It’s Alive as their desert island disk.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:47 CIA Hippie Mind Control – Goin’ Blind (Kiss) 05:16 Buried Feather – Earthquake (13th Floor Elevators) 10:23 Dub Wreckage – Hard Drugs (Velvet Underground) 17:39 Vapour Theories – The Big Ship (Brian Eno) 26:31 Spacelab – We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago (Hawkwind) 29:56 Dust Bunnies – L0ng L0N2 Lo25 (The Beatles) 32:47 Moon Duo – Planet Caravan (Black Sabbath) 37:12 Tuluum Shimmering – Eight Miles High (The Byrds)
This episode was initially posted on June 17, 2021. All of the tracks in this episode have been released in the last three months. The one exception is The Spacebombz track, which was on their demo released in January. The tracks in this episode are from all over the world, with bands from the US, Australia, Europe, Argentina and Japan.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:16 Magic Castles – Sunburst 04:30 ZOOID – Buy The Ticket 08:03 Spacebombz – space//today 16:11 Djinn – Sun Ooze 20:19 Apollo80 – Lung Beers 29:17 Farfisa – Out Of My Mind 33:12 The Space Huns – Lehel’s Horn 37:12 Expo Seventy – Echoes of Ether 46:28 Acid Twilight – Acid Twilight 52:00 Hibushibire – Trepanation Breakdown
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
This is episode 9 from 2021. Number 9 put me in mind of John Lennon, especially after watching a video from the excellent series You Can’t Unhear This devoted to the Beatles song “Rain.” One of the ways “Rain” was innovative was that it included a reverse vocal line, which occurs during the track’s fade out. A Japanese pressing of the Beatles LP Hey Jude included a lyric sheet that transcribed the backward vocal. It tried to make sense of the gibberish and came up with “Stare it down and nourish/what comes near you” which actually works pretty well! I thought that would be a good starting off point for this episode’s collection of recent psychedelia.
Special thanks to Justin Bendell of fuguers cove for a better set of interview questions.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:05 Broken Sky – California 03:52 Hooveriii – Shooting Star 08:01 Los Arboles – Felicidades 10:47 Fuguers Cove – The Cinnamon Trees 16:42 Gnod – They Live 26:20 Cosmic Flanders – What For 30:39 Murder Not Suicide – Would You Even Know 33:55 Shiva The Destructor – Summer of Love 41:24 Sunburned Hand of the Man – Dropped a Rock 44:39 Daily Thompson – Cosmic Cigar 56:47 TMODM – Outro
April 20th is no stranger to strangeness. There’s the whole 420 weed phenomenon, and you can Google whose birthday it is. Perhaps most important, though, is that it’s the day after Bicycle Day. A time to reflect on the growing psychedelic influence in the world.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:11 Post Hare Krishna – Post Hare Krishna 05:52 Mantras – Sunlight Swell 10:04 Karkara – Space Caravan 16:18 Clustersun – Desert Daze 23:01 Caapi – Psi-Phy Love Story 27:43 Double Suede – Abstraction of a Song 30:59 Sun Dream – Nowhere Left to Hide 34:42 Su Evets – Utsero-bune nos 40:02 Keepers of the Earth Peace Music Revolution – The Outer Zone 45:34 Zen trip – Black Tape 51:16 Shem – Night 57:01 CZLT – Junkyard (Excerpt)
Spiritual psychedelia (even if it is a punchline). The music in this episode all tends toward the spiritual. This episode leads off with “Zenith” by Avdey, a track that explores how a person can become one with the universe, followed by “By the Hand of God” by Children’s Ice Cream. The playlist concludes with “Brotherhood of Eternal Love” by Miss Lava. A few of the tracks also explore altered consciousness. Along with “Furthur Ahead” by Word of Life and “Peyote Sunrise” by Robot God is “Turn off your mind, float downstream” from Tim, where are you now? an album that commemorates the centennial of Timothy Leary’s birth.
Karl Stefanovic was one of the hosts of Today on the Australian Nine Network when he interviewed the Dalai Lama. He ill advisedly used the opportunity to tell a joke that was lost on the Dalai Lama. “The Dalai Lama walks into a pizza shop and says, ‘can you make me one with everything.'” The Dalai Lama has a good sense of humor and even if he didn’t immediately get the joke he was a good sport about, even eating a slice of pizza during a subsequent interview. Not to mention that this actually went much better than former professional wrestler and governor of Minnesota related a line from the movie Caddyshack to the Dalai Lama in cringeworthy fashion.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:08 Avdey – Zenith 05:52 Children’s Ice Cream – By the Hand of God 08:52 E.O.D. – The Sign 15:02 Sam Rosenthal & Projekt Artists – Turn off your mind, float downstream 22:48 The Confederate Dead – In Sha’ Allah 28:19 High Priestess  – GNOB 31:14 Mainliner – Blasphemy Hunter 40:30 Robot God – Peyote Sunrise 47:06 Word of Life – Furthur Ahead 54:22 Miss Lava – Brotherhood of Eternal Love