:Episode One-Hundred Sixteen: 08.17.2018
|Cosmic Invention||Cosmic Green||Help Your Satori Mind|
|Black Helium||Curtains At The Mausoleum||Primitive Fuck|
|The Myrrors||Note From The Underground||Borderlands|
|The Futurians||Battles||Spock Ritual|
|LFZ||Naturalistic||Name Plus Focus|
|Kungens Män||Ljupt Djud||Fuzz På Svenska|
|The Necks||Body (Excerpt)||Body|
I think I set a new mark this week for the fewest number of songs in an episode with eight! It's nothing but ten-minute-plus songstravaganzas this week (sorry Jello Biafra, I like looooooong songs)! Anyhow, things start off with a track from Cosmic Invention - a mid-90s, retro-70s, boogie-rock-ified side project of Masaki Batoh of Ghost (the Japanese psych-folk one, not the Swedish metal one) - whose one album Help Your Satori Mind just got the deluxe vinyl reissue treatment from Drag City. After that we hear from UK space rockers Black Helium, with a number from their debut album, Primitive Fuck (whose cover, as I mention during the break, reminds me of the psychedelic body-horror imagery of John Carpenter's The Thing). The set concludes with some avant-garde fusion jazz by Swiss group Mouvements, whose sole mid-70s private press LP was recently re-released.
Set the second begins with Space Program favorites The Myrrors, with a near-twenty-minute epic from their new album, Borderlands. As I mention during the break, this release seems almost like a collection of B-sides (not that those really exist any more) and outtakes from their last several records, but that I'll take their throwaway tracks over most bands' A-material. I follow this up with Dead C-gone-space-rock Kiwis The Futurians, and a track from their Star Trek/Hawkwind-referencing record, Spock Ritual.
The final set starts with Los Angeles-based analog synth aficionado LFZ, whose new album Name Plus Focus is out on the largely-garage-rock-dominated label Castle Face. So, take that, everyone who emails to tell me that synth music isn't psychedelic! In your (castle) faces! (I mean, really it's just one or two people, but still, it's a somewhat vexing sentiment). After this we hear from Swedes Kungens Män (Swedish for "Man who is a Kungens") and a track from their new album Fuzz På Svenska (which, I'm not kidding, means "Fuzz in Swedish," in Swedish. Isn't Fuzz, in Swedish, "Füzz"? The entirety of my knowledge of Swedish has been gleaned from Ikea product names, so I might be wrong), and an excerpt from Body, the new, single-song album (and you think I like long songs!) from Aussie avant-jazzists, the Necks.