April 4, 2008

Okay, we're back!

No theme this time, just a random assortment of tunes representing the spectrum of spacerock, chosen and sequenced for maximum listening pleasure. We start with some blissed-out Pacific Northwest artists, from Portland's sadly defunct Yume Bitsu, to their spinoff collaboration with members of Landing heavily-conceptualized as Surface of Eceyon, to their homegirl Honey Owen's enthralling Valet (look for her video at the bottom of this post!), to former Yume Bitser Franz Pritchard's solo work as Version (keep an eye out next time for White Rainbow, featuring his Yume co-conspirator Adam Forkner, who also plays with the aforementioned Eceyon gang), to Seattle's Voyager One's take on Spacemen 3-inspired rawk. A foray north of the border for Canada's finest including Valley of the Giants (a supergroup featuring members of Montreal's postrock elite), The Besnard Lakes and Sam (Osama) Shalabi's Shalabi Effect. A quick side trip to Norway for Salvatore's tribal stomp and down to Belgium for the strangest-ever nonamerican New Weird Americana from Ignatz. We then venture into a somewhat motorik set from artists both new and old, San Francisco's Tussle and Wooden Shjips, krautrock OGs Can (with Malcolm Mooney's stream-of-consciousness vocal ranting, straight outta 1969!), and the mighty motorik triple-threat of Trans Am, The Turing Machine and Quickspace, followed by the "8-bit shoegaze" of the Depreciation Guild. Then things get weird, with the loopier side of psychedelia from Black Moth Super Rainbow, Animal Collective, and a kraut-psych gem from 1972 by Guru Guru. Whew! That should keep you busy for a bit! Expect another installment sooner than later - we've got to make up for lost time!

The following tracks should appear in the player below:

Song One - Yume Bitsu - Golden Vessyl of Sound
The Open Sea - Surface of Eceyon - The King Beneath the Mountain
Kehaar - Valet - Naked Acid
Come Out (K-Hole Version) - Version - Comeoutoshowdem
Asleep In A Stereo Field - Voyager One - From the New Nation of Long Shadows
Westworld - Valley of the Giants - s/t
Devastation - The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse
Imps - The Shalabi Effect - Pink Abyss
Roots and Weather - Salvatore - Luxus
The Dreams - Ignatz - II
Kindermusik - Tussle - Telescope Mind
Father Cannot Yell - Can - Monster Movie
Losin' Time - Wooden Shjips - s/t
Cologne - Trans Am - Surrender to the Night
Bleach It Black - The Turing Machine - Zwei
Coca Lola - Quickspace - Precious Falling
Digital Solace - The Depreciation Guild - In Her Gentle Jaws
Sun Lips - Black Moth Super Rainbow - Dandelion Gum
Peacebone - Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
Oxymoron - Guru Guru - Kanguru

Valet - "Kehaar" Live 2-19-08 in Atlanta @ drunken unicorn from analogmonkey.tv on Vimeo.