:Episode One Hundred Seventy-Eight: 3.6.2020
|Yuri Gagarin||Oneironaut||The Outskirts of Reality|
|Hazemaze||Shadow In The Night||Hymns Of The Damned|
|Giöbia||Far Behind||Plasmatic Idol|
|The Lavender Flu||Barbarian Dust||Barbarian Dust|
|Islet||Good Grief||Good Grief (Single)|
|Franck Dervieux||Concerto Pour Des Mondes Disparus||Dimension 'M'|
|African Head Charge||Dervish Chant||Songs Of Praise|
|Matao||Turkish Delight||Turkish Delight|
|Inoyama Land||Collecting Net||Danzindan-Pojidon|
|Electric Sewer Age||Chebo||Contemplating Nothingness|
|Holden & Zimpel||Wednesday||Long Weekend EP|
|Celia Hollander||Spared Time||Recent Futures|
|Ceramic Hello||Geometry||The Absence Of A Canary|
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OZO - Nuclear Fuel
Opening this week's show is some blown-out, Hawkwindian space rock courtesy of Sweden's Yuri Gagarin (named, of course, for the first human to manage to get the hell off this rock... although he foolishly chose to return), with a track named "Oneironaut", a word that means "one who travels through dreams" (and which I've never encountered before, despite doing the NYT Crossword, that font of arcane vocabulary, every day for the past fifteen years). After this is the Uncle Acid/Witchcraft-esque Sabbath worship of Hazemaze, the retro-modern Europrog of Italy's Giöbia, and the avant-garage of Portland's own Lavender Flu. Then, wrapping up the set are Islet, whose spaced-out art rock I enjoy in spite of it reminding me of Radiohead.
A few episodes ago, I mentioned that I will generally play anything that reminds me of The Stooges' Funhouse, and I make good on that vow with the track that leads the middle set, a scorching, sax-heavy slab of improvised rock from the UK's OZO. Following this is the inventive, French-Canadian 70s prog of Franck Dervieux, some 90s-era African Head Charge (whose latter-day career has been anthologized in the form of a new box set), and the minimal jazz-funk of Turkey's Matao.
The final set starts with an absolutely lovely electronic sound sketch by longtime Einstürzende Neubauten percussionist Rudolf Moser, followed by Japanese avant-garde legends Inoyama Land, whose 1983 classic Danzindan-Pojidon has recently been reissued by WRWTFWW. Next is the woozy, slightly-askew electro-pop of Electric Sewer Age, one of umpteen-zillion Coil side projects, the Harmonia-ish (Harmonic?), jazzy, instrumental Krautrock of Holden & Zimpel (another ambient duo that includes a clarinet player, a la Aidan Baker and Gareth Davis), and the West Coast, analog ambience of L.A.'s Celia Hollander. Then, closing the show out is the shuffling, buzzing, early-80s minimal-wave of Canadians Ceramic Hello.