January 1, 2020

The Very Best Of 2019 Part 1


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MIND BLOWN!

Happy new year! Happy new decade! 2019 was a load of shit for me, but not as bad as 2018. Here's hoping 2020 vision will restore some sort of meaning to the world. But at least there was a SHIT TON of amazing musix to be had, so...

Here it is! The Spacerock Continuum Top Ten of 2020:

Tool 'Fear Inoculum'
Is Bliss 'Strange Communication'
Black Mountain 'Destroyer'
The Spiral Electric s/t
American Football '3'
The Claypool Lennon Delirium 'South Of Reality'
Highlands 'Wish You Were'
Ride 'This Is Not A Safe Place'
Black Midi 'Schlagenheim'
Jay Som 'Anak Ko'

I've chosen 65 songs for the annual best of 2019 playlists, divided into two THREE HOUR sets for easier digestion. Songs from the albums above appear in one or the other playlist, and this is the first, for January 2020. Most of it fits the niches of psychedelic, experiMENTAL, kraut rock, post rock, stoner rock, shoegaze, dream pop etc., all under the blanket term SPACE ROCK. And, as is my wont, I included plenty of the just plain WEIRD noisy avant garde shit (witness the last three albums above, but there's MORE!), just to keep you on your toes and your head in SPACE.

DIG IT! And see you next month for Part 2!

The following tracks are included in the players below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Hey Man (Spacemen 3 cover) - Flores De Sinaloa Enter The Reverb
It's Not Me It's You - Rancho Relaxo DOOM
Belong - Is Bliss Strange Communication
Clouds Of Your Mind - The Kundalini Genie It's All In Your Head
Superbike - Jay Som Anak Ko
Taking The Bliss - Pure Pleaser Take
Faces - Cosmonauts Star 69
You're Gonna Hate What You've Done - Greet Death New Hell
Silhouettes - American Football - s/t #3
Stars Are The Light - Moon Duo Stars Are The Light
Blankenship - Diiv Deceiever
Running - Blushing - s/t
Caravan - Slow Glows Stargaze Rock N Roll
I Can't See Tomorrow - isn't When The Autumn Hides The Sun
Routine Dream - Highlands Wish You Were
Lake Placid Blue - Fleeting Joys Speeding Away To Someday
Distance Dealer - Fly Pan Am C'est Ca
Monsters Of Your Thought - The Stargazer Lilies Occabot
Oculatus Abyss - Acid Rooster - s/t
Eternal Recurrence - Ride This Is Not A Safe Place
Mary Winter - Swervedriver Future Ruins
Atomise - Temples Hot Motion
Une Lune Etrange - L'Epee Diabolique
Lions In Cages - The Prids Part Time Punks Sessions
45 And Straight - B. Hamilton Nothing And Nowhere
High Rise - Black Mountain Destroyer
3AM/100 Degrees - Lightning Dust Spectre
Rah Wah Wah - Psychic Ills Inner Journey Out
Mystic Mountain - Chris Forsyth All Time Present
Echoes (Pink Floyd cover) - Rodrigo y Gabriela Mettavolution

December 1, 2019

Trilogy Part 3


AND HELLLOOO AGAIN AGAIN SPACEROCKERS!!! As noted the last two months, this year has seen an even more massive boon of spacerock being culled into my earholes than ever before, and I need to share that with you, my faithful listeners. So over October, November, and December of this year I'ma hit you with THE TRILOGY: monthly blasts of all the goodies I've discovered. Why? Because I love you!

We've been monthly for three months now - do you think this should be a thing? It used to be, but with plenty of SPACE but very little TIME we've been reduced to quarterly. But the libraries are crammed full of spacerocky goodies and the idea of going monthly again may very well rekindle this LOVE affair. It's time, to make the TIME. And also, the month of January 2020 will feature the very BEST OF 2019, which now plays at SIX FUCKING HOURS. That's alotta spacerock! Prepare accordingly (make the TIME).

And since our motto is "not all spacerock (and not all the time)," this set, being the THIRD installment in the Trilogy, features some bona fide WEIRDNESS. Shoegaze, post rock, psychedelia, kraut rock... all the usual spacerock suspects are here, but an abundance of the abstruse permeates throughout. Some dark, some heavy, some trance-inducing, and some excellent examples of WHAT. THE. FUCK? Because, why not?

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

The following tracks are included in the players below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
The Point Between Heaven And Hell - Helicon Suburban Decay
Jump Jet - Ride This Is Not A Safe Place
Wavygravy - Flyying Colours EPX2
Echoes - God Is An Astronaut - s/t
One Hit Wonder - Fly Pan Am C'est Ca
Screen Man - Failure Comfort
Reggae - Black Midi Schlagenheim
Year Of The Vet - The Intelligence Un-Psychedelic In Peavey City
Pre Strike Sweep - Goggs Pre Strike Sweep
Normal People - Fucked Up Dose Your Dreams
Be Rad Tomorrow - Helms Alee Noctiluca
Longing To Be The Mountain - King Buffalo Longing To Be The Mountain
Venus - Heaters Suspended Youth
Electric - Follakzoid III
Roadhouse - Gnoomes Ngan!
Every Last Coffee Or Tea - 75 Dollar Bill I Was Real


November 1, 2019

Trilogy Part 2


"Electricity attracts devils and demons. Other instruments attract other spirits. An acoustic guitar attracts Casper. A mandolin attracts Wendy. But an electric guitar attracts Beelzebub. - Captain Beefheart

HELLLOOO AGAIN SPACEROCKERS!!! As noted last month, this year has seen an even more massive boon of spacerock being culled into my earholes than ever before, and I need to share that with you, my faithful listeners. So over October, November, and December of this year I'ma hit you with THE TRILOGY: monthly blasts of all the goodies I've discovered. Why? Because I love you!

Not to mention that the month of January 2020 will feature the very BEST OF 2019, which now plays at nearly FIVE HOURS with more to come - the year ain't even done yet. For now, dig this!

This set is the second installment in the Trilogy. From serious SIKE, to dreamy Americana, to blissful SKY GAZING (forget your shoes! leave them at the doors of perception), to dark METALlic madness, be prepared to take the trip! Because We're Gaun Tae The Moon! Lissssennnnn....

The following tracks are included in the players below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
We're Gaun Tae The Moon - Helicon Gehenna
Archangel Thunderbird (Amon Duul cover) - Ty Segall Fudge Sandwich
You're Not God's Gift (You're Just God) - The Kundalini Genie You Are The Resurrection
Found God In A Tomato - Psychedelic Porn Crumpets High Visceral Part 1
Amethyst Realm - The Claypool Lennon Delirium South Of Reality
I'm So Glad - Dead Meadow The Nothing They Need
Electric Flame - Earthless Black Heaven
Coming Down - Howlin' Rain The Alligator Bride
(Gone) 'Round The Corner - Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound Manzanita
Bullets And Rocks - Calexico Edge Of The Sun
Trailer Trash - MV & EE - Fuzzweed
Peace Out - Jay Som Anak Ko
Patron Saint - Fleeting Joys Despondent Transponder
This Is What You Wanted - Flyying Colours Mindfullness
Drive Asleep - The Stratford 4 Keep Your Crazy Head On Straight
Glimmer - Pelican What We All Come To Need
Sinaia - Russian Circles Blood Year
Descending - TOOL Fear Inoculum

 

October 1, 2019

Trilogy Part 1


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HELLLOOO SPACEROCKERS!!! It's been quite a while since I've posted monthly installments of the Spacerock Continuum, having changed to quarterly out of necessity: not enough TIME in SPACE. Certainly not for lacking great music. But this year has seen an even more massive boon of spacerock being culled into my earholes than ever before, and I need to share that with you, my faithful listeners. So over October, November, and December of this year I'ma hit you with THE TRILOGY: monthly blasts of all the goodies I've discovered. Why? Because I love you!

Not mention that the month of January 2020 will feature the very BEST OF 2019, which now plays at over 3 hours with more to come - the year ain't even done yet. For now, dig this!

This set has it all, from light to dark and everything in between, new stuff/old stuff, space, psych, shoegaze, postrock, noise rock, experiMENTAL and whatever else that has crawled into my brain recently and needs to be let out. It's a pretty fucking berserk playlist, if I do say so m'self. 25 tracks of mayhem, so PLAY IT LOUD!

The following tracks are included in the players below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Serpientes - Vuelveteloca Pantera
Kill Switch - Ride This Is Not A Safe Place
It's Tomorrow Now - Flyying Colours Mindfullness
Drinking Of You - Helicon - s/t
Drop - The Oscillation Wasted Space
Early In The Morning - Heliotropes A Constant Sea
16 Psyche - Chelsea Wolfe Hiss Spun
Sirens - Cellar Doors - s/t
Into The Great Wide Open (Tom Petty cover) - Elephant Stone Acid Killed My Rock 'N' Roll
War Feathers - Shuteyeunison Our Future Selves
Falling In - January I Heard Myself In You
Fall - Is Bliss Strange Communication
From What Is Said To When It's Read - Bark Psychosis Codename Dustsucker
Harmed - Film School Early Films
Earth Moon Transit - Duster Capsule Losing Contact
Stars - Hum You'd Prefer An Astronaut
Chloroform - Nothing - Whirr/Nothing split
Strawberry Wine (MBV cover) - Pia Fraus Silmi Island
San Cristobal De Las Casas - Swirlies They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days In The Glittering World Of The Salons
Breathe Bullets Which Taste Like Pure Fruit - Jaguwar I
The Angels Cannot See You Now - Fleeting Joys Occult Radiance
Crushing - Tennis System P A I N
Up And Atom - Astronoid Air
Starla - The Smashing Pumpkins Pisces Iscariot




July 1, 2019

Lay Back In The Sun


Hello again, and happy summer, spacerockers! I've been thinking a lot about TIME lately. Seems I've got nothing but time during these long hot summer daze, so I took the time... and culled another two-hour playlist from the countless hours I've spent listening to and perusing and digging and curating and compiling and arranging and rearranging countless hours of stellar musix from the spacetime continuum... er, SpaceROCK Continuum. From some recent discoveries from unlikely places abroad (hello Mint Field from Mexico hello Gnoomes from Russia hello Kikagaku Moyo from Japan hello Psychedelic Porn Crumpets from New Zealand!) to some tracks by my friends' bands (hello Spiral Electric hello Fellow Robot!) and some tracks by friends-of-friends' bands (hello Warlocks hello Black Mountain!) to some songs that just feel like old friends (As in the summery songs that wrap up the set, and... David Crosby?!?!? Yep, a timeless classic I recently came across.). So I hope YOU will take the time to lay back in the sun and enjoy these songs of summer.

The following tracks are included in the playlist below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Ella Se Queda - Mint Field Mientras Esperas
How Do You Feel Now? - Gnoomes MU!
Marbles - The Spiral Electric The Spiral Electric
So What? - Fellow Robot - single
It's Hopeless - The Warlocks Mean Machine Music
Wonder - Wand Laughing Matter
Licensed To Drive - Black Mountain - Destroyer
Marigold - Flamingods - Levitation
Rushing The Acid Frat - Stephen Malkmus - Groove Denied
Cornflake - Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - High Visceral Part 1
Dusty - Cave Allways
NY Money - White Denim Side Effects
Can't Find My Heart - Broken Social Scene Let's Try The After (Vol. 2)
Return, Return Again - Do Make Say Think Stubborn Persistent Illusions
Gatherings - Kikagaku Moyo - Masana Temple
Kinski 101 - Kinski Accustomed To Your Face
New Familiar - Steve Gunn The Unseen In Between
All Time - January I Heard Myself In You
Higher Than The Sun - Primal Scream - Screamadelica
Lay Back In The Sun - Spiritualized Pure Phase
Cowboy Movie - David Crosby If I Could Only Remember My Name

April 1, 2019

Back in the 94952!


Not that my earthly address matters, but my anchor is now tethered to a rural spot northwest of downtown Petaluma, back in my hometown again, but my head and heart (and ears) are still in SPACE. This here's the April installment of the Spacerock Continuum, a mix of recent and past psychedelic weirdness which I offer YOU as brain candy. Spacey sonix are not just tasty treats, but nourishment for the soul, and LAWD knows we can use more of that. Oh, did I mention I saw Spiritualized (again) last night? Like going to church...
    

Yes, it's April 2019, spring has sprung, and the space rock continues! But all those pretty flowers will one day wither and die. This set is fraught with pathos and ennui, perhaps inspired by the collective unconscious of humanity today. Blooming after a dig into the fertile yet murky soil of modern electronics, exploding with life, then falling meteorically into the abyss of the unknown, post rock style. Dark, one may say. Consider it a sign o' the times.

The following tracks are included in the playlist below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Alle Sauvage - Beak III
Neckbone - Eric Copeland Goofballs
Chimes Broken - Holy Fuck Congrats
Black Sabbath - Venetian Snares - single
Wo-tan - Tosca Going Going Going
You Were Never Here - The Telescopes - Exploding Head Syndrome
Mother Vim - Larsen Of Grog Vim
Desire - Talk Talk Spirit Of Eden
Remember Me Young - Broken Social Scene - Let's Try The After (Vol. 1)
Dawn (Making An Effort) - The Breeders - All Nerve
Step Into The Light - Archers Of Loaf - Vee Vee
Back To Earth - Parquet Courts Wide Awake
If You Don't Like It (Get The Fuck Out) - Spindrift The West
Death March - Algiers The Underside Of Power
Power Child - Night Beats Who Sold My Generation?
Nobody Home - Dead Meadow - The Nothing They Need
Sun Shivers - King Buffalo Longing To Be The Mountain
Crave - Sleepy Sun Private Tales
Monolith - Heaters Suspended Youth
Burnt Out Star - Pond - Tasmania
Future Ruins - Swervedriver Future Ruins
Meet Us Where The Night Ends - Mono Nowhere Now Here

January 1, 2019



Welcome to the new year of our overlords 2019, from me, BeeDub, in my recently adopted new home town of Cotati, CA  aka "the hub of Sonoma County"... get it? It's shaped like a space station! And welcome to this quarter's installment: THE VERY BEST OF 2018! Before we get to the songs, how's about the obligatory TOP TEN LIST:

1. Spiritualized - And Then Nothing Hurt
2. Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy
3. 
Post-Animal - When I Think of You In A Castle
4. Mt. Mountain - Golden Rise
5. Träden/Träd Gräs Och Stenar - Träden
6. Dead Meadow - The Nothing They Need
7. King Buffalo - Longing To Be The Mountain
8. King Tuff - The Other
9. Ty Segall - Fudge Sandwich
10. Fucked Up - Dose Your Dreams

The above list barely touches on some of the best releases of last year, so I compiled a THREE HOUR playlist that spans the gamut. Some fantastic music came out in 2018, as it does every year in the realm of Space Rock, Psychedelia, Garage, Post Rock, ExperiMENTAL Musix, and all things weird and wonderful. Crazy sounds to prevent us from going crazy, no?

The following tracks are included in the playlist below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Bum - Kraus - Path
The Morning After - Spiritualized And Nothing Hurt
Shiny One - Belly - Dove
Perfume - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Perfume
No Bridge Left Unburned - The Spiral Electric - single
The Sound - True Primitives - Revolutions
Ouverture - The Limiñanas Shadow People
The Blood That Runs The Border - The Myrrors - Borderlands
Ad Astra - Heaters Suspended Youth
Kung Karlsson - Träden and Träd Gräs Och Stenar - Träden
Staring At The Sun - Wooden Shjips V
Dripping Sun - Kikagaku Moyo Masana Temples
Silver Trash - Lumerians Call Of The Void
Ullswater - Hookworms - Microshift
Like A Motherless Child - Moby - Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt
Brean Down - Beak III
Major League Chemicals - Unknown Mortal Orchestra Sex And Food
Mardi Gras Beads - Parquet Courts Wide Awake!
The Loner - Ty Segall Fudge Sandwich
Ultra Violet - King Tuff - The Other
Gelatin Mode - Post Animal - When I Think Of You In A Castle
The Gift - Wand Perfume
Last Peace - Thee Oh Sees Smote Reverser
Reputation - Oneida Romance
Morning Song - King Buffalo - Longing To Be The Mountain
Cathedral - Mt. Mountain Golden Rise
The Light - Dead Meadow The Nothing They Need
Giza Butler - Sleep The Sciences
Accelerate - Fucked Up Dose Your Dreams
Beach Life-In-Death - Car Seat Headrest Twin Fantasy