:Episode One Hundred Sixty-Seven: 12.13.2019
|Eddy Current Suppression Ring||Voices||All in Good Time|
|L'Épée||Ghost Rider||Ghost Rider (Single)|
|Hollow Ship||We Were Kings||We Were Kings (Single)|
|Buried Feather||Dreamshake||Cloudberry Dreamshake|
|Seiche||Dissonant Toys||Demo Press|
|Richard Reb'll||Reb'll Message||V/A: From These Shores|
|Denny Guy||Say You'll Be With Me||V/A: From These Shores|
|Gordon Broad||Righteous Morning||V/A: From These Shores|
|Black To Comm||États-Unis||Before After|
|Luis Fernandes||7||Seis Peças Sintetizadas|
|Serge Blenner||Phrase I||La Vogue|
|Serge Blenner||Magazin Frivole||Magazin Frivole|
|Magda Drozd||Painkiller||Songs for Plants|
|Paisiel||Limousine in the Desert||Paisiel|
|Agitation Free||Laila||Live '74: At The Cliffs of River Rhine|
|Sounds of Liberation||We'll Tell You Later||Sounds of Liberation|
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This week's show opens with Eddy Current Suppression Ring (because very literal descriptions of mundane objects is the new putting the word "black" or "wolf" in your band name; see also: Car Seat Headrest) a recent signee to neo-garage superlabel Castle Face, who come across like early AC/DC (i.e. staccato bar rock, with a singer who sounds like a less obnoxious Bon Scott) wedded to motorik, Neu!-esque drums. It's a clever merger of avant-garde and mainstream influences, a la Endless Boogie's Beefheart meets ZZ Top sound. Following this is Anton Newcombe's JAMC-y, French side project L'Épée; Afrobeat-influenced, proggy, Kraut-y rock by Hollow Ship; and the phaseriffic, Wooden Shjips-esque space rock of Buried Feather. After that is Seiche, a Chicago band whose ultra-obscure 1981 private press release of ten-years-too-late psych-prog was recently reissued by Portland's own Jackpot Records. Finally, wrapping up the first set are a trio of tracks off of From These Shores: Otherworldy Music and Far Out Sounds from Hawai'i, an amazing compilation that delivers on its title (specifically the faroutitude: dig the track by Richard Reb'll, a sermon on the power of love delivered in the dispassionate monotone of an NPR reporter, backed by an acid-fried lounge act featuring a heavily distorted, echoing organ).
The second set is where things get dark (ambient) with some moody, atmospheric sounds by Petbrick (which, if you're a fan of Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor's score to the surprisingly well-done Watchmen TV show, but wish it had a bit more early-NIN 90s industrial bite, should satisfy), Black to Comm, Luis Fernandes, and Magda Drozd. Also, providing a slight detour to the early 80s is the latter-day kosmische of Franco-German composer Serge Blenner, from his two first albums, reissued last month by German Krautrock (alte und neu) label Bureau B.
The final set opens with the Don Cherry meets Z'ev in the desert, world-influenced avant-jazz of Paisiel, continues with a track from Agitation Free's 1974 concert album At the Cliffs of River Rhine (newly reissued, and easily one of the better Krautrock live recordings), and finishes with the spiritual jazz of Sounds of Liberation (from another recently repressed disc), a group that includes Khan Jamal, of the Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble, who are responsible for what is perhaps the single most spaced-out jazz record ever outside of Sun Ra's discography.