:Episode One Hundred Sixty-Three: 11.8.2019
|Anunnaki||Procession||Immanentize the Eschaton|
|La Grande Armée||La Tripa Intergalactica||La Grande Armée|
|Psychic Lemon||Dark Matter||Freak Mammal|
|Have A Nice Life||Lords of Tresserhorn||Sea of Worry|
|Abronia||Wound Site||The Whole of Each Eye|
|Tapan meets Generation Taragalte||Hyatti||Atlas|
|Jay Glass Dubs||The Controversial Control||Nyx EP|
|Land of Kush||Broken Maqams||Sand Enigma|
|Rich Ruth||Carrying It Around||Calming Signals|
|Vernal Equinox||New Found World||New Found World|
|Tears|Ov||I Stand on the Cable||A Hopeless Place|
|The Hers||Everyone Gets Everything He Wants||Tough Cunt|
|Shit & Shine||No No No No [NOTE: Song gets cut off]||NO NO NO NO|
Listen on Spotify
* Not on Spotify:
Anunnaki - Procession
La Grande Armée - La Tripa Intergalactica
Among the highlights of this week's show:
[IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to technical issues at the station, the show cuts off halfway through the final song on the playlist]
An opening set of decidedly metal-leaning acts (a few years ago, there was an article in Vice in which the author played a bunch of contemporary psychedelic rock bands for his Boomer parents and their response was "why is it all so heavy? this is just metal", so depending on your perspective, I guess, it's all metal-leaning). This includes British Columbia's own Anunnaki, who give Om a run for their money as a two-man drone unit (which would be a Grammy category, if I had a say in how they were run), and Chile's La Grande Armée with some classic stoner metal riffage (neither of which are on Spotify - see the usual note below for links to their respective Bandcamp pages, however). Also featured are Psychic Lemon, who deliver some instrumental, Hawkwindian space rock, and Have a Nice Life, with some lo-fi doomgaze.
A middle avant-garde/world/what-have-you set that leads with a track from the new album by local (that being Portland, OR) Morricone-esque soundscapers Abronia (for which they will be hosting a release party at Mississippi Studios in a couple of weeks). As well, for whatever reason, I chanced upon a number of Middle Eastern/Saharan African-influenced bands while assembling this week's playlist, which includes: Tapan meets Generation Taragalte, a truly impressive collaboration between a Serbian avant-electronic group and a Tuareg guitar band; Land of Kush (which ranks up there with Bongzilla in terms of band names that let your audience know what substances you prefer), a twelve-person mini-orchestra (orchestrina?) that delivers dizzyingly complex prog epics; and Giraffe, with a minimalist take on Agitation Free-style world-influenced Krautrock.
A final (truncated, due to technical difficulties, as mentioned above) set of electronic and electronic-adjacent sounds that includes the compelling neo-prog of Rich Ruth, the circa-80s, Tangerine Dream-ish sounds of Vernal Equinox (the track I played wouldn't have sounded out of place on the most recent season of Stranger Things, a testament to how faithful to the era its music composers are), and Texas oddballs Shit & Shine mashing up a hilarious prank call to a debt-relief agency with minimalist techno.