:Episode One Hundred Eighty: 3.27.2020
|Chris Forsyth with Garcia Peoples||Mystic Mountain (Live)||Peoples Motel Band|
|L.A. Takedown||There Is a Drone in Griffith Park||Our Feeling Of Natural High|
|Jon Hassell||Viva Shona||Vernal Equinox|
|Irreversible Entanglements||No Más||Who Sent You?|
|The Mauskovic Dance Band||Theorie Amerikaan||Shadance Hall EP|
|Laurine Frost||Hercules Falls||Lena|
|Gilbert Cohen & Ariel Kalma||De Luscious||Head Voices|
|Higamos Hogamos presents Spacerocks||Crome Yellow||Colours EP|
|Ben Bertrand||Delayed Monologue||Manes|
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* Not on Spotify:
Nothing this week. Sometimes, they really do have it all.
Among the highlights of this week’s show:
An absolutely incredible, nearly twenty-minute long dirge by Sweden’s Kungens Män that sounds like Hawkwind if, after they had kicked out Lemmy for doing a little too much speed for their taste (there’s a great clip from the BBC Hawkwind documentary in which he says something like “I didn’t get kicked out for doing drugs. I got kicked out for doing the wrong drugs.”), they had brought in someone equally as dependent on quaaludes. Space rock at a glacial pace.
Ariel Kalma, one of my favorite avant-garde artists, teams up with Australian weirdo Gilbert Cohen to make some… 4th World IDM, is the best way I can think to describe it, I guess. It’s also quite 90s-sounding (I can easily imagine an early Friends episode in which we see Phoebe meditating in her room with this on in the background) which will either diminish or enhance your enjoyment of it, depending on how you feel about that decade (as listeners know, I am not a fan).
A track from Jon Hassell’s recently reissued debut album, Vernal Equinox, which bears more resemblance to the quieter moments on Don Cherry’s Brown Rice than to his later, slightly busier 4th World work. This minimalism, combined with ample use of reverb, gives its music a psychedelic tenor not nearly as pronounced in his subsequent material.
Plus, the Swiss, Krauty post-punk of Massicot, the electro-acoustic doom of Helen Money, and the Neil Young-ian Chris Forsyth teams up with the Grateful Dead-ian Garcia Peoples for an album of avant-freedom rock!