:Episode One-Hundred Nine: 06.22.2018
|The Heads||Spliff Riff (Conga'd Out)||rkt!|
|International Harvester||I Mourn You||Sov Gott Rose-Marie|
|Jaye Jayle||As Soon As Night||No Trail and Other Unholy Paths|
|Brian Case||Undone||Plays Paradise Artificial|
|Lay Llamas||Chronicles From The Fourth Planet||Thuban|
|Culto Al Qondor||Martillo||Templos|
|Here Lies Man||Hell (Wooly Tail)||You Will Know Nothing|
|Francis Bebey||New Track||African Electronic Music (1975-1982)|
|Cosmic Ground||Greasy||Cosmic Ground IV|
|Marcus Fischer & Simon Scott||Ferns||Shape Memory|
This week's show begins with tracks from two reissue compilations, namely "rkt!", which includes all of the late-90s Rocket Recordings singles and EPs released by UK space rock legends The Heads, and "Remains," a five-LP box that contains the albums "Sov Gott Rose-Marie" by International Harvester, "Hemåt" by Harvester, and three LPs of unreleased material by... I would say "both" bands, but it's really a Jefferson Starship/Starship type thing, where it's essentially the same group with a slightly different moniker (the same musicians went on to form Träd, Gräs Och Stenar). Also in the first set is some Nick Cave-esque country gothic from Jaye Jayle, some minimalist weirdness from Brian Case, and a bit of Morricone-influenced folksy-rock from Italy's Lay Llamas.
In the middle set is the Andean-folk-tinged space-drone of Peru's Culto Al Qondor, some recently unearthed analog synth-heavy psych-funk by Argentina's Cusares, some fuzzed out Afrobeat by L.A.'s Here Lies Man, and a classic cut from African outsider music legend Francis Bebey.
I kick off the last set with a new song from my favorite neo-Kosmische artist, Cosmic Ground, taken from his recently released fourth album, the creatively titled "Cosmic Ground IV" (hey, if it worked for Led Zeppelin...). This is followed by the avant-garde instrumental stylings of Arp, the post-post-rock sounds of Australia's Tangents (recommended if you like fellow Aussies The Necks) and some minimal, jazz-adjacent weirdness from Slowdive's drummer, Simon Scott, from an album he recorded in Portland with Marcus Fischer during Slowdive's fall 2018 North American tour.