:Episode One Hundred Sixty-Eight: 12.20.2019
|Von Himmel||Space Mantra||Von Himmel|
|Heldon||Toward the Red Line||Un Rêve Sans Conséquence Spéciale|
|White Hills||They've Got Blood Like You've Got Blood||No Game To Play|
|Lamp of the Universe||Heru VI||Heru|
|Kousokuya||Untitled||First Live 1979 Kichijoji Minor|
|Secret Pyramid||Milk + Honey||Ghosts EP|
|RST||High Path||Tomorrow's Void|
|The Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble||Inner Peace||Drumdance to the Motherland|
|Phil Ranelin & Tribe||Vibes From The Tribe||V/A: Message From the Tribe: Tribe Records 1972-76|
|Tribe||Beneficent||V/A: Message From the Tribe: Tribe Records 1972-76|
|Marcus Belgrave||Space Odyssey||V/A: Message From the Tribe: Tribe Records 1972-76|
* Not on Spotify:
Everything! You're going to have to actually listen to the show recording, I'm afraid.
[Note: There are far more than the usual number of technical glitches in this week's show, including a long gap in the first twenty minutes due to an internet outage, spotty audio quality due to a cable that needs replacing, and some spontaneous jumping between songs due to an aged CD player (feel free to make a donation to the station's PayPal account, by the way). Sounds great, right! Not only that, but there's no Spotify playlist this week since nothing I played is on there. But what are you going to do? Just read the capsule and find other, better sources to listen to whatever artist piques your interest? Ha! Just try!]
This week's show opens with Von Himmel, a 2000s-era space rock band that included as a member Rafi Bookstaber, whose absolutely lovely Late Summer I've played several times before (oh, and actually, the show opens with about a minute of Von Himmel and then 12 minutes of silence, but I'll just pretend that didn't happen, which is how we deal with most problems in this country these days anyhow). Following this is French Krautrock (so... Frogrock, I guess, in keeping with the mild ethnic slur + "rock" naming template) legends Heldon with a track from their latter, more proggy period, and then wrapping the first set is a drum-heavy freakout from White Hills' first EP.
The second set starts with Lamp of the Universe, who I suspect, like me, thought upon hearing the Beatles' Love You To for the first time "why can't there just be a whole album of this?" (and who pulled it off better than Lord Sitar). After that is noisy 80s Japanese no-wavers Kousokuya, the ultra-blown-out doomgaze of The Goslings (from Not Not Fun, back before they became an electronic-centric label), the gauzy ambient drone of Secret Pyramid (now that's a cool band name, kids), and the somewhere between Sunn O))) and Expo 70 metallic drone of RST.
The final set is nothing but [hepcat voice] jaaaaahhhuzzzz, daddy-o! And I'm not talking about the kind from Utah, you dig? [/enough hepcat voice] As teased last week, when I played Sounds of Liberation, a band featuring the great vibraphonist Khan Jamal, this week we hear a track from The Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble's Drumdance to the Motherland, one of the single greatest psychedelic jazz albums ever. Then, ending the show are three songs off of Message From The Tribe, a compilation drawn from the mid-70s output of Tribe Records, a Detroit avant-jazz label.