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

October 1, 2016

SRC October (Desert Daze Edition!)

It's October, spacerockers! That means it's time for Desert Daze music festival in loverly Joshua Tree, California. I will be there, and so will these acts, included in the playlist below:

The Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Frizzle Fry - Primus Frizzle Fry
Black Grease - The Black Angels Passover
That Girl Suicide - The Brian Jonestown Massacre Methodrone
Ain't Dumbo - Night Beats - s/t
Corkscrew Trepanation - Lumerians - s/t
Six To Let The Light Shine Through - Dead Meadow-  Warble Womb
The Dream - Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler/The Dream
Mirror Mirror - Suuns - Images Du Futur
Nothing Ever Happened - Deerhunter - Microcastle
Sun Structures - Temples - Sun Structures
It All Feels Right - Washed Out Paracosm
Still Sound - Toro Y Moi - Underneath The Pine
Kill! - The Raveonettes Pe'ahi
Fire On The Mountain (I-II-III) - Wand - Ganglion Reef
Fireball - Life CoachAlphawaves
Mountain - Meatbodies - s/t
Acetate - Metz II
Without You - LSD And The Search For God - Heaven Is A Place
Fantastic Explosion Of Time - Pond Beards, Wives, Denim
I'm In Your Mind (Parts 1-4) - King Gizzard & The Lizard I'm In Your Mind Fuzz
See No Evil - Television Marquee Moon

July 1, 2016

SRC Julyyyyyyyyyy...

Cheers to my buddy Eric and ball-busting SF rawkers The Stone Foxes (above)! Rad, or what?!?!?

It's July. It's HOT. I work WAY too much. But I'm trying to find the time to throw awesome musix atcha! So here ya go. I'm sorry for not writing descriptive text - ain't nobody got time for that - just LISTEN. And play it LLLLLOOOOOOOUUUUDDD!!! Play it like it's SUMMER.

Here's the tracks in the player below (continuous mix):

The Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
The Machine On The Hill - Black Moon Circle Andromeda
Florian Saucer Attack - Black Mountain IV
Cross The Divide - Ecstatic Vision - Sonic Praise
The Princess - Destruction Unit Eclipse
Revolution Prevail - The Asteroid #4 - The Asteroid #4
Reaper Invert - Wand-  Golem
Emergency Airlock System - Weites Luftmeer - O.S.T.
Faith - Black Lizard - Solarize
Keeping On - Carlton Melton - Always Even
Diamond Mine - Flavor Crystals - The Shimmer Of The Flavor Crystals
Vanilla - The Cosmonauts Persona Non Grata
Strange Vibrations - Rancho Relaxo - White Light Fever
White Stone - Magic Castles Sky Sounds
Hollows - Chatham Rise - s/t
Without You - LSD And The Search For God - Heaven Is A Place
Teenage Wasteland - WussyAttica
The Take - Woods - City Sun Eater In The River Of Light
Astral Plane - Golden Void - Berkana
Rama - Heron Oblivion - s/t

April 1, 2016

Levitate me!

That's right! It's Levitation time! Austin Psych Fest (now known as Levitation Festival) is coming up, the last weekend in April, and this installment of the Spacerock Continuum is dedicated to artists who will be performing. This doesn't include everybody, but it's a solid two hours of the highlights!

Here's the tracks in the player below (continuous mix):

The Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
That Girl Suicide - The Brian Jonestown Massacre Methodrone
Black Grease - The Black Angels Passover
Manipulator - Ty Segall - Manipulator
Rukma Vimana - The Asteroid #4 - s/t
Hide it... - Drinking Flowers - Sanity Restored 1972
Mutilated Lips - WeenThe Mollusk
Golden Retriever - Super Furry Animals - Phantom Power
Melody Day - Caribou Andorra
Nothing To Hide - The Allah-Las - Worship The Sun
Panda - Dungen - Ta Det Lugnt
Druganaut - Black Mountain - s/t
Marble Blues - Wall of Death Main Obsession
Pusher Man - Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats - The Night Creeper
Pink - Boris - Pink
Beneath Fields - Heron Oblivion - s/t
Leaf House - Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
The Best Day - Thurston Moore - The Best Day
Tomorrow Never Comes - Lee Ranaldo - Between The Times & The Tides
Skywood Greenback Mantra - Royal Trux - Cats And Dogs
Stoned And Starving - Parquet Courts Light Up Gold
Blood Dries Darker - Woods At Echo Lake
Lucifermandis - Boogarins - As Plantas Que Curam
I'm In Your Mind Parts 1-4 - King Gizzard And The Wizard Lizard - I'm In Your Mind Fuzz
Mirror In My Mind - Flavor Crystals The Shiver of The Flavor Crystals
Machine Gun - Slowdive - Souvlaki
No New Tale To Tell - David J And The Gentlemen Thieves - Love And Rockets

February 1, 2016

The Very Best of 2015 Part 2!

Here it is! Part Two of the very best space rock of 2015, a full three-hour playlist! So much goodness! Suck it up and let it be your soundtrack to the coming year!

Here's the tracks in the player below (continuous mix):

The Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Peasantry or 'Light! Inside Of Light!' - Godspeed You! Black Emperor Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress
Peaking Duck - Carlton Melton Out To Sea
Pan - White Manna Pan
Don't Kill The Vibe - Ecstatic Vision Sonic Praise
Salvation - Destruction Unit - Negative Feedback Resistor
Crusher - Kylesa - Exhausting Fire
Pusher Man - Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats - The Night Creeper
The Beacon - Golden Void Berkana
Mirror In My Mind - Flavor Crystals - The Shiver Of The Flavor Crystals
Wilding - Moon Duo - Shadow Of The Sun
Heavy Metal Suicide - Ringo Deathstar Pure Mood
Crybaby Demon - Crocodiles Boys
Perfect Dope - Black Lizard - Solarize
I'm Crying - Rancho Relaxo - White Light Fever
Self Hypnosis In Three Days - Wand - Golem
Zond - Pond - Man It Feels Like Space Again
Puzzles - Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
Lonely Steel Sheet Flyer - King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard - Quarters
Slab Of Butter (Scorpion) - Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz - s/t
Bunker Buster - Viet Cong - s/t
Deeper - The Soft Moon Deeper
Old Girl - Algiers - s/t
Web - Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last
20th Century Boy - Ty Segall Ty Rex
Say Hello - Fuzz II
The Day Nico Died - Driftwood Pyre - s/t
Faith Healer - Gateway Drugs - Magick Spells
Pretty Pimpin' - Kurt Vile B'lieve I'm Goin' Down
Qalgebra - Hagerty-Toth Band Qalgebra
Wild Strawberries - Eternal Tapestry - Wild Strawberries

January 1, 2016

The Very Best of 2015!

A nice comment on a previous SRC playlist just came to my attention: "I love this, a legal wake and bake for those not in the legalized states!"

So. Can you believe another year has gone by?!?!? Can you believe the amazing amount of space rock that came out last year?!?!? Can you say...

 THE TOP TEN of 2015?!?!?

1. pinkshinyultrablast ~ "Everything Else Matters"
2. Flavor Crystals ~ "The Shiver of The Flavor Crystals"
3. Wand ~ "Golem"
4. Pond ~ "Man It Feels Like Space Again"
5. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard ~ "Quarters"
6. Rancho Relaxo ~ "White Light Fever"
7. Ringo Deathstar ~ "Pure Mood"
8. Driftwood Pyre ~ s/t
9. Swervedriver ~ " I Wasn't Born To Lose You" / Cheatahs ~ "Mythologies" (shoegaze tie!)
10. Föllakzoid ~ "III" / Weites Luftmeer ~ "O.S.T." (motorik tie!)

And so much more! I've compiled two playlists clocking in at FIVE AND A HALF HOURS of incredible musix. This is INSTALLMENT NUMBER ONE (number two next month!), and contains a continuous mix of the following tracks (see Mixcloud and Soundcloud players below):

The Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
No Cave - Maserati Rehumanizer
Electric - Follakzoid III
The Field's Crawling - Weites Luftmeer O.S.T.
Straight - A Place To Bury Strangers Transfixiation
Remember Nothing - No Joy - More Faithful
Minions - Torche - Restarter
Acetate - Metz - II
Red Queen Arms Race - Swervedriver I Wasn't Born To Lose You
Murasaki - Cheatahs - Mythologies
Neshel - Vaadat Charagim - Sinking As A Stone
Glitter - Pinkshinyultrablast Everything Else Matters
Seventh Moon - The Black Ryder The Door Behind The Door
Transformation - Valet - Nature
Sparks - Beach House - Depression Cherry
California Nights - Best Coast - California Nights
Take Care - Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
The Giving In - The Velvet Teen - All Is Illusory
You Satellite - Wilco - Star Wars
Irreal - Disappears - Irreal
Mr. Noah - Panda Bear Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
Stone Fist - Health Death Magic
Ha Howa Ha Howa - Sexwitch - Sexwitch
Mind On Fire - Dan Deacon - Glass Riffer
Non-Violence - Battles La Di Da Di
Dead Format - Blanck Mass Dumb Flesh
Ton 01 - Karamika - s/t
The Spacerock Continuum End Theme - bRambles

October 1, 2015

Spacerock for breakfast!

Spread THAT on yer toast!

And what better way to wake up (and bake up) than with this decidedly HEAVY and SPACEY playlist. Sometimes they just come together that way. This one's like strongass coffee spiked with psilocybin! 

This installment of the Spacerock Continuum contains a continuous mix of the following tracks (see Mixcloud and Soundcloud players below):

The Spacerock Continuum Theme - bRambles
Astral Plane Parts 1-3 - Ecstatic Vision Sonic Praise
Ancient Astronauts - The Holy Mountain Ancient Astronauts
Vow - Naam Vow
Acid Head - White Manna - s/t
Smell of Physiqal - Sungod - Contackt
Duck and Clover - Pond - Frond 
9 - Follakzoid - II
Back Of Your Mind - Asteroid #4 - s/t
11:32 - Sleepy Sun - Maui Tears
Guitar Voodoo - The Darkside - All That Noise
Pseudoephedrina - FoneZ - Adhesivo De Contacto Espacial
Grass - The Black Ryder Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride
Starting Over - LSD And The Search For God - s/t
Homage - Causa Sui - Euphorie Tide
The Ballad Of Freer Hollow - Chris Forsyth And The Solar Motel Band - Intensity Ghost
Dream Team - Mark McGuire - A Young Person's Guide To Mark McGuire
The End - Daniel Lanois - Flesh And Machine