October 1, 2018

No More Bottles Of Booze On The Wall

...but plenty of great space rock on tap for this October installment, and as Ty Segall says, "Every One's A Winner" in King Tuff's "Neverending Sunlight". Even you, even me. We all tune in, turn on... and hopefully not drop out. Some American localmusix, some psych en Espanol, some vintage British shoegaze, some jammy shit, some motorik madness, some xperiMENTAL shite, some old school krautrock, some trippy hippie hopand of course the JUST PLAIN WEIRD. And you may soon be asking, as Steve Wynn of the newly reunited Dream Syndicate does (and I have been asking myself as well), "How Did I Find Myself Here?"

The following tracks are included in the playlist below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Every1's A Winner - Ty SegallFreedom's Goblin
Neverending Sunshine - King Tuff The Other
Perfume - Wand Perfume
Watch You, Watch Me - Suuns Felt
Eclipse - Wooden Shjips - V
Shakers - Vuelveteloca - Pantera
Electric Chair (Don't Sit There) - Circles Around The Sun Let It Wander
Procession For Eric - The Third Eye Foundation Wake The Dead
Old Poisons - Mogwai - Every Country's Sun
(I Don't Mean To) Wonder - Black Hearted Brother - Stars Are Our Home
Celestial - The Telescopes - As Approved By The Committee To Keep Music Evil
You Are Here - Yo La Tengo There's A Riot Going On
Cedars - Oneida Romance
Anthemic Aggressor - Thee Oh Sees Smote Reverser
Lights Flicker - Faust Fresh Air
Hallo Gallo - Helicon - Suburban Decay
How Did I Find Myself Here? - The Dream Syndicate How Did I Find Myself Here?

July 1, 2018

The Party's Over...

That's all she wrote (the writing is on the wall): no more partying for this spacerocker. But that doesn't mean the music has to end. Thankfully, the space rock doesn't stop. From trippy yet danceable experiMENTAL space-tronica, to more lighthearted garage rock and folky fare, to all-out assaultive NOISE, this July installment flows like a good party, the party to end all parties, ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES!

You want Pete Holstrom from The Dandy Warhols doing the solo trip? Tim Gane from Sterelab on an extra-band excursion? Shoegaze also-rans like Black Hearted Brother? Out of this world collaborations like art punkers Suuns meet eastern modalists Jerusalem In My Heart or psychedelic Americana spinners Woods meet Swedish postmodern acid rockers Dungen? You get the idea. And if you want to know more about the artists, and I know you do:   http://www.letmegooglethat.com/

The following tracks are included in the playlist below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Panic Blooms - Black Moth Super Rainbow Panic Blooms
Far From The Tree - Bob Moses All In All
Undone - Mu-Ziq - Challenge Me Foolish
Western Shouting - Pete International Airport - Safer With The Wolves
Malfunction - Cavern Of Antimatter Hormone Lemonade
Murderers - Collections Of Colonies Of Bees Hawaii
Stars Are Our Home - Black Hearted Brother - Stars Are Our Home
For You Too - Yo La Tengo - There's A Riot Going On
Morning Myth - Dungen/Woods - Myths
Raindrop Blue - King Tuff - The Other
Greenhouse Heat Death - King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard - Gumboot Soup
Common Trash - METZ Strange Place
Attitude - A Place To Bury Strangers Pinned
Metal - Suuns/Jerusalem In My Heart - s/t
Indigo Illusion - Sannhet - So Numb
Pink  Eclipse - Heavy Moon - s/t
Gruesome Pillow Talk - Heavy Winged Alive In My Mouth
All Tomorrow's Parties - Nico Psych Box

April 29, 2018

Oops, I did it again...!

Time flies when you're having fun... or NOT having fun. No matter what, time is our enemy. Another month has slipped by and I am finally putting up the April SRC (recently relegated to quarterly installations, down from the seeming decades of monthly... and I can't even seem to make the quarterly on time). But there is supposedly no time in SPACE, and this is spacerock. So enjoy it when it comes. It's still a labor of love for me, so I hope you enjoy it. This playlist is pretty scattershot and free associative in its arrangement, but it's still an indicator of the amazing music I have discovered recently, and curated here for YOU, my lovely spacerockers. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the artists. I've foregone the lengthy descriptive passages describing the bands as well (unless I suddenly find the time). You can also Google them here: http://lmgtfy.com/ Meanwhile, just LISTEN...

The following tracks are included in the playlist below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Out Of Sight - The Holydrug Couple Noctuary
The Great Chain Of Being - King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard Gumboot Soup
Blue Cloud - Wand Plum
Heaven - Nymphs - s/t
Temptation - Vim Temptation
Love Was In Me - Kim Gordon And Wild Style Lion Psych Box comp.
Space Exploration Disaster - Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony
Heavenward - Wolf Alice Visions Of A Life
Invaders Of The Heart - Jah Wobble - The Usual Suspects
Red Reflection - Spindrift - Psych Box comp.
Secret Light - The Men - Drift
Flood And Fire - Gunn-Truscinski Duo Bayhead
Ninth Configuration - Black Rebel Motorcyle Club Wrong Creatures
Medicine Cabinet - Hookworms - s/t
Rockwind - Heavy Moon - s/t
Lay Of The Land - Oneida - Romance
Famous Prophets (Stars) - Car Seat Headrest Twin Fantasy
And, Goodnight - Ty Segall Freedom's Goblin
Spacerock Continuum End Theme - bRambles

January 1, 2018

The Very Best of 2017 is finally here!

I have been remiss! No posts since last July? Well, as Steve Kilbey and Co. put it, life speeds up...

Before you know it six months have slipped by. I've gone from monthly installments, to quarterly, to almost never. Sorry, spacerockers and loyal fans (all two of you). I continue to make playlists, but actually getting them on line takes extraordinary patience due to everything from internet glitches to lack of personal time. Adulting is HARD.

Anyway... This is a FOUR-FUCKING-HOUR collection of the best psychedelic/spacerock/experiMENTAL (and even some electronica) sounds of 2017. While it was a SHITE year for most of us, politically, socially, physically, mentally... it remains a fantastic year for music.

My Top Ten, in case you wondered (but everything in the playlist is GREAT):

LCD Soundsystem "American Dream"
The Dream Syndicate "How Did I Find Myself Here"
King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard "Polygondwanaland"

Thurston Moore "Rock & Roll Consciousness"
Moon Duo "Occult Architecture" Volumes I-11
Ty Segall "Break A Guitar"
Broken Social Scene "Hug Of Thunder"
Godspeed You! Black Emperor "Luciferian Towers"
Do Make Say Think "Stubborn Persistent Illusions"
Ride "Weather Diaries"

And there's a very good chance that this may be the last entry on the Spacerock Continuum forever. Ain't nobody got time for this shit. So, dig this! Happy New Year!

The following tracks are included in the playlist below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
You Are Loved - Fourtet New Energy
Crumbling Castle - King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard Polygondwanaland
Resolution - Hookworms - s/t
Press Enter To Exit - The Horrors V
Emotional Haircut - LCD Soundsystem American Dream
Battered At a Scramble - Mogwai Every Country's Sun
Sadboy - Wolf Alice - Visions Of A Life
Sleep Well - Sannhet So Numb
Raw Materials - Metz - Strange Place
Out Of My Head - The Dream Syndicate - How Did I Find Myself Here?
Bee Karma - Wand - Plum
Animated Violence - Thee Oh Sees Orc
Currency - The Black Angels Death Song
My Eyes Out - Bardo Pond Under The Pines
Tomorrow Is Forgetting - Pontiak Dialectic Of Ignorance
Charm Assault - Ride - Weather Diaries
Star Roving - Slowdive - s/t
The Death Set - Moon Duo - Occult Architecture Vol. 1
Break A Guitar - Ty Segall - s/t
Disciples - Meatbodies Alice
Xenolith/The Anvil - Ex Eye - s/t
Resist Much, Obey Little - The Brian Jonestown Massacre Don't Get Lost
Recent History - The New Year - Snow
Chew - Acetone 1992-2001
Serve The Song - Real Estate In Mind
Gone, Gone, Gone - The Feelies - In Between
On The Move And Vanishing - Brokeback Illinois Valley River Blues
Seagull (For Chuck Berry) - Gunn-Truscinski Duo Bayhead
No Pepper For The Dustman - Kelley Stoltz - Que Aura
Love Is Love (Sun On Time) - Woods - Love Is Love
New Prague - Grails - Chalice Hymnal
The Acid Hits - Oneohtrix Point Never Good Time
You're An Art Soul - Cavern Of Antimatter Blood Drums
Rhesus Negative - Blanck Mass World Eater
Jammu - Bitchin Bajas Bajas Fresh
Floating By - Washed Out - Mister Mellow
Up All Night - The War On Drugs A Deeper Understanding
Of Fisticuffs - The Dears Times Infinity Volume 2
Vanity Pail Kids - Broken Social Scene Hug Of Thunder
And Boundless - Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions
Bosses Hang - Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian Towers
Circular (Right As Rain) - Lee Ranaldo - Electric Trim
Exalted - Thurston Moore Rock N Roll Consciousness

July 16, 2017

It's the July edition of the SRC! It's so July, it's almost August!

Delayed as ever. Life speeds up. There's some pretty serious shit on here. Enjoy.

The following tracks are included in the playlist below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
We've Fucked This Up - Pontiak Dialect Of Ignorance
Comanche Song - The Black Angels Death Song
Seraph - Helicon Quiet Please - Psychedelic Treatment in Progress
Dance Alone - The Warlocks Songs From The Pale Eclipse
Open Minds Now Close - The Brian Jonestown Massacre Don't Get Lost
Outside - Leaf - Nothing Seems Real
In My Pocket - Temples - Volcano
The Beast - The New Year The Beast
Darling - Real Estate - In Mind
Tomorrow Today - The Feelies - The Good Earth
Kisses In Your Eyes - Trementina - Almost Reach The Sun
Time In The Machine - Black Hearted Brother - Stars Are Our Home
Spring Is In The Air - Woods Love Is Love
The Boat Is In The Barn - Grandaddy - Last Place
Silent Treatment - Blanck Mass World Eater
Horripilation - Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions
Colossus Of Roads - Brokeback Brokeback And The Black Rock
Turn On - Thurston Moore Rock And Roll Consciousness
Spacerock Continuum End Theme - bRambles

April 1, 2017

SRC April 2017

Just a quick word splatter about this quarter's SRC: Th' Faith Healers were a beloved British noise-motorik outfit from the early days of Matador Records who evolved into the subsequent Quickspace. Brooklyn spazz-experiMENTALists Oneida have umpteen billion songs just like this one. Meatbodies are modern garage saviors along with Ty Segall, Fuzz, Thee Oh Sees, etc. Guitar/drums duo Japandroids excel at anthemic post-hardcore math rock. Oh, did I mention Ty Segal? Yeah. Aussies King Gizzard plan to put out THREE albums this year, each with its own "concept" (this one being microtonalism and supposedly played on specially-designed guitars). Prolific much? Norwegians Rancho Relaxo have mastered every sub-genre of psychedelic tropes and put their own stamp on it. The Warlocks are an LA collective that have been around forever and always been consistent (and no they're not the early incarnations of the Velvet Underground or the Grateful Dead, despite sharing the same name). A.R. Kane + 14 Iced Bears = quintessential but obscure British shoegazers. Now some healthy nepotism: Michael And The Machines are my buddy Michael Padilla's Nevada City latest venture, the Spiral Electric are my buddy Clay Andrews' SF psych monsters, Jah Wobble And Keith Levene are the bassist and guitarist, respectively, from the original Public Image Ltd. (no, I don't know them, but this is a Beatles cover, of all things!), and the Len Brown Society is my old band from Oakland/SF/Long Beach CA (I played bass). The next three acts feature strong women singers/frontpersons, a current fetish of mine: Cincy's Wussy, the Brits known as Wolf Alice, and young LA upstarts Nightmare Air. All three are EPIC live. Then we have some experiMENTAL electronica-esque tracks from the mighty Mogwai and subversive Radian, not to mention not one but TWO Led Zep tributes from the singular DJ Spooky. All wrapped up with some truly outsider art from Tarantel's Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. So suck it up, spacerockers! It's what for breakfast!

The following tracks are included in the playlist below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Don't Jones Me - Th' Faith Healers - Lido
The Lobbalong Song - Quickspace The Death Of Quickspace
Captain Bo Dignifies The Allegations With A Response - Oneida Secret Wars
Creature Feature - Meatbodies Alice
Arc of Bar - Japandroids Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
Warm Hands - Ty Segall - s/t
Sleep Drifter - King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana
Dead Space - Rancho Relaxo - White Light Fever
Only You - The Warlocks - Songs From The Pale Eclipse
When You're Sad - A.R. Kane - 69
Falling Backwards - 14 Iced Bears - Hold On Inside
Get Over Yourself - Michael And The Machines Mantras And Melodramas
Loose Ends - The Spiral Electric Ask The Sky
Within You Without You - Jah Wobble And Keith Levene Yin And Yang
Song For Sam - The Len Brown Society It Wasn't The Smoothest Time
Pizza King - Wussy - Strawberry
Giant Peach - Wolf Alice My Love Is Cool
Escape - Nightmare Air High In The Lasers
Tzar - Mogwai Atomic
Pickup Pickout - Radian On Dark Silent Off
Dazed And Confused Dub/No Quarter Dub - DJ Spooky - The Secret Song
Love's Refrain - Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - In Summer

January 1, 2017

The Very Best of 2016 (now with more words, and a marathon-length playlist!)

This is it! This is what you've been waiting for! Now that the Spacerock Continuum has gone from monthly to quarterly you've been deprived of new music, all apologies. Well, rejoice, spacerockers! This here's four hours of musix that will do your head, heart and soul right for the new year, tracks from the very best space rock, psychedelic, and experimental albums of 2016. So dig in and DIG IT!

The mighty Vancouver psych veterans Black Mountain returned for their fourth album, which is every bit as good as their rest. Primus' Les Claypool teamed up with Sean Lennon (most recently seen with his own project, the psychedelic Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger) for a match made in space rock heaven, the Claypool Lennon Delirium. Torontoan dark prog-metallists Blood Ceremony evoke early Black Sabbath if they were fronted by a female singer-flautist. San Francisco supergroup Heron Oblivion (featuring members of Comets On Fire, Howlin' Rain, Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound, and Espers) sound a bit like all of those groups if they had spent a week on mushrooms at a country retreat listening to classic British psych-folk. The costumed Swedish pagan cultists Goat returned with more Goat fetishism and tribal ritual music. More Swedes made the playlist courtesy of illustrious black metal turned prog rockers Opeth. And continuing the (post) metal theme, Russian Circles put out one of the best collections of their career.

Modern psychedelia was represented by young bands like LA's Drinking Flowers and SF's The Spiral Electric. O.G. industrial avant-rockers Psychic TV took and unlikely turn with a four-song but lengthy EP which found them dabbling in unusual (for them) sounds from vintage Madchester to a Nilsson cover (included here). Speaking of Madchester, the horribly-named but good-timey New Yorkers Dinowalrus evoke the smiley-faced dance-psych of Primal Scream and their ilk. The peace-and-love beautiful people in Quilt continue to bring us back to Haight Ashbury's Summer Of Love. Veterans of the Montreal post rock scene, The Besnard Lakes put yet another album of beatific postcards from the beyond. French psychsters Wall Of Death sound just the opposite of their name, unless death is as ecstatic as their music. And SF's own newgazers Diiv just keep getting better with each release.

All three hailing from the UK, Eagulls channel early Cure when their material was much darker and less comical, Greys explore heavy psych with a touch of Killing Joke or perhaps Amphetamine Reptile bands thrown in, and The Cult Of Dom Keller continue to make ears bleed with a wall of guitars and pummeling rhythms. The Americans simply known as Nothing explore the darker side of shoegaze, while Russians Pinkshinyultrablast continue to enthrall with the more ethereal (think Cocteau Twins) yet no less noisy side for the best album of the year. And SFers LSD And The Search For God virtually define the term bliss pop.

Ballistic electrofuckers Holy Fuck continue to assault the senses, and abstruse eclecticists Radiohead continue to confound the synapses. In addition to Les and Sean (see above), a couple more supergroups and spinoffs were a delight in 2016: Minor Victories answers the question of what would happen if Stuart from Mogwai collaborated with Rachel from Slowdive (a major victory), and Cavern Of Anti-Matter allows Stereolab's Tim Gane space for some electronic yet no less motorik exploration. The hyper-prolific Thee Oh Sees reinvented themselves yet again with a new two-drummer lineup, a slight departure in sound, and two full lengths last year. Harkening back to song-driven classic indie rock, the underdogs in Wussy have just enough of a trippy edge to be included here, as does Car Seat Headrest, essentially a young millennial named Will Toledo getting his Pavement on. And veteran garage rocker Ty Segall consistently amazes, say no more.

Aussie psychedelic spazz-motorik rockers King Gizzard added yet another classic to their catalog. Purling Hiss is the juggernaut outfit showcasing the guitar pyrotechnics of one Mike Polizze, who put out the best work of his career last year. Woods augmented their ramshackle psych-folk with a horn section and dub reggae riddims to fantastic effect. William Tyler continues channeling the mostly solo-acoustic guitar explorations of John Fahey while sounding entirely unique, and similar guitar savant Chris Forsyth took them to a full musician lineup with his second outing with the Solar Motel Band. British post rockers Yndi Halda forged a unique mold for their masterful yet understated debut album. And perennial postpunk godfather Michael Gira released another epic-length masterpiece with his ever evolving Swans.

Phew! That's a helluva lotta music (four hours worth posted here, in fact). Take it in chunks, if you must, or sequester yourself away for a lengthy rollercoaster ride into 2017. And if I must, and I MUST, here I post my choices for the Top Ten albums of 2016 (although if you asked again later it would probably change)- seek them out:

1. Pinkshinyultrablast - Grandfeathered
2. Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial
3. Wussy - Forever Sounds
4. Woods - Sun City Eater In The River Of Light
5. King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity
6. Yndi Halda - Under Summer
7. The Claypool Lennon Delirium - Monolith of Phobos
8. The Cult Of Dom Keller - Goodbye To The Light
9. Chris Forsyth And The Solar Motel Band - The Rarity Of Experience
10. Dinowalrus - Fairweather

The following tracks are included in the playlist below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Mothers Of The Sun - Black Mountain IV
Cricket And The Genie - The Claypool Lennon Delirium Monolith Of Phobos
The Devil's Widow - Blood Ceremony Lord Of Misrule
Oriar - Heron Oblivion - s/t
Goatfuzz - Goat - Requiem
Sorceress - Opeth-  Sorceress
Mota - Russian Circles - Guidance
New Swirled Order - Drinking Flowers - New Swirled Order
Ghost In The Machine - The Spiral Electric - Ask The Sky
Jump Into The Fire - Psychic TVAlienist
Tides - Dinowalrus Fairweather
Passersby - Quilt Plaza
Golden Lion - The Besnard Lakes A Coliseum Complex Museum
Loveland - Wall Of Death - Loveland
Dopamine - Diiv Is The Is Are
Euphoria - Eagulls Ullages
Sorcerer - Greys Outer Heaven
Astrum Argenteum - The Cult Of Dom Keller - Goodbye To The Light
A.C.D. (Abcessive Compulsive Disorder) - Nothing - Tired Of Tomorrow
Glow Vastly - Pinkshinyultrablast Grandfeathered
Without You - LSD And The Search For God - Heaven Is A Place
Xed Eyes- Holy Fuck Congrats
Ful Stop - Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Give Up The Ghost - Minor Victories - s/t
Hi-Hats Bring The Hiss - Cavern Of Anti-Matter - Void Beats/Invocation Trex
Jammed Entrance - Thee Oh Sees A Weird Exits
Dropping Houses - Wussy Forever Sounds
The Ballad Of The Costa Concordia - Car Seat Headrest Teens Of Denial
Californian Hills - Ty Segall  Emotional Mugger
Gamma Knife- King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard Nonagon Infinity
Teddy's Servo Motors - Purling Hiss High Bias
Sun City Creeps - Woods Sun City Eater In The River Of Light
Gone Clear - William Tyler Modern Country
High Castle Rock - Chris Forsyth And The Solar Motel Band - The Rarity Of Experience
Golden Threads From The Sun - Yndi Halda Under Summer
The Glowing Man - Swans The Glowing Man
Spacerock Continuum End Theme - bRambles