psychedelic and avant-garde music from the 1960s to the present
psychedelic and avant-garde music from the 1960s to the present
psychedelic and avant-garde music from the 1960s to the present
psychedelic and avant-garde music from the 1960s to the present
psychedelic and avant-garde music from the 1960s to the present
psychedelic and avant-garde music from the 1960s to the present
psychedelic and avant-garde music from the 1960s to the present
psychedelic and avant-garde music from the 1960s to the present
psychedelic and avant-garde music from the 1960s to the present
psychedelic and avant-garde music from the 1960s to the present
psychedelic and avant-garde music from the 1960s to the present

:Episode One Hundred Ninety-Eight: 8.21.2020

Artist Title Album
The Switching YardEndless FeverBrent
SpaceslugSpaceRunnerReign of the Orion
Lamp of the UniverseBeams of RaDead Shrine
This HeatHorizontal HoldThis Heat
Gunther W├╝sthoffAlien CrosstalkTotal Digital
J. Zunz33:33Hibiscus
Spiral GalaxyTragique MechaniqueSpiral Galaxy
Byard LancasterDrummers from IbadanV/A: Soul Love Now: The Black Fire Records Story 1975-1993
Young MarcoKalapa GardenBahasa
OkkoPointed Sails On GangesSitar & Electronics
Joseph AllredAeolianOn Whatever Ground
Dallas Acid (ft. Laraaji, Ariel Kalma & Bill Callahan)Peace IBubble Club, Vol. 1
Less BellsBroochMourning Jewelry
Masayoshi Fujita & Jan JelinekWaltz (a Lonely Crowd)Bird, Lake, Objects
Markus FloatsAndThird Album
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The Switching Yard - Endless Fever
The Lamp of the Universe - Beams of Ra
Spiral Galaxy - Tragique Mechanique

Description

Among the highlights of this week's show:

As someone who came of age in that decade, I think I can state fairly assuredly that there is something ineffably 90s about Brent, the latest album from Saskatoon, Canada's only band (I mean, I'd assume), The Switching Yard. It's not just the cover art, either, a blurry photo (a staple of 90s indie records) decorated with an MS Paint signature/doodle. I think it's the sort of "end of history" survey of styles so common at that time: a little garage rock, a little space rock, a little shoegaze. There are even a few "skits," (one of which cleverly mashes up Cheech and Chong's "Dave" routine with 2001: A Space Odyssey) which were more a 90s hip-hop thing, but whatever.

Hibiscus, the second album by J. Zunz (aka Lorena Quintanilla of Mexican psych duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete) which, if I didn't know better, could easily believe was a lost avant-garde minimal-wave album from the early 80s. But not the mechanical, herky-jerky synth-punk exemplified by Bureau B's Sowas Von Egal series. More the dubbed-out, space-y meanderings of Pop Group/Slits supergroup New Age Steppers.

Three sleepy-eyed titans of ambience - Laraaji, Ariel Kalma, and Bill Callahan - join with Texas ASMR-core trio Dallas Acid for the first single from a collaborative album they're calling The Bubble Club, Vol. 1. There are a few other notables from the ambient/avant-garde world involved (including members of the Pixies and Gang Gang Dance) and all proceeds from its sale (you name your price on their Bandcamp page) go to charity. It's our era's answer to the Concert for Bangladesh, I guess.

Plus, the potentially Star Wars-referencing Spaceslug with some proggy stoner metal, the sitar-rock of New Zealand's Lamp of the Universe, the Kraut-y strangeness of Spiral Galaxy, and the MIDI-fied minimalism of Montreal's Markus Floats.