June 1, 2011
I wanna sing-ah about the moon-ah in-ah June-ah...! I wanna sing-ah about the moon-ah in-ah June-ah...! Sing a tune-ah...! To La Luna...!!! Or however that lyric goes... We all love the moon in June, but after all this crappy non-springlike terrestrial weather, I think we need some SUN!
Okay! We survived the rapture, or at least the cool kids are still here on earth, so I'm providing some more space rock for your earthly pleasures. If we all succumb to flesh-eating vampire demon zombies, at least we can have a good soundtrack, eh? This installment is meant to be a soothing balm, softer textures and motorik grooves for moving on, and getting our Circadian rhythms back on track after the big debacle of almost losing a summer due to bad weather and even badder religion. This one may even appeal to some of my more weak-hearted listeners who can't take the fever-pitched intensity of a regular SRC set. This is not intentional - I just assembled this set with my usual stream-of-consciousness approach. If I ever offend anyone's delicate sensibilities you've no one but yourself to blame.
We start with the aptly named Maserati, always reliable for sleekly designed transport, maneuverable and speedy enough to blur the landscape. Parking on the tarmac, for the next part of our journey we go airborne with Pete International Airport, the side project of Dandy Warhols guitarist Peter Holstrom. Our voyage then detours into inner space and you crank up the in-flight headphones for newcomers The Oscillation, sounding like a perfect melding of Primal Scream and Spacemen 3. Then it's back in time over desolate land and psilocybin flashbacks with The Desert Sessions, the series of on-again-off-again jams hosted and recorded by Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme, and featuring diverse guest stars from across the spectrum (his own band and members of Mondo Generator and The Eagles Of Death Metal, sure... but can you imagine Chris Goss, Alain Johannes, Mark Lanegan, Dean Ween, Twiggy Ramirez, Blag Dahlia and P. J. Harvey in the same room?).
The Solar Bears take us straight to the heart of the sun, the Lilys through fields of hallucinogenic pastoral beauty, Eine Kleine Nacht Musik on through a night journey, and Kenseth Thibideau (bassist for Rumah Sakit, Tarentel, Pinback, Three Mile Pilot, Sleeping People, et al., on his first solo venture) delivers us to an address on the moon. For more exotic addresses we can rely on Bailterspace and The Psychic Paramount.
O. G. krautrockers Faust remind us of the influence of Teutonic mindscapes on the psyche of space rock and Disappears continue the travels with a lengthy motorik passage. We get temporarily lost in the improvisational mind-fog of astral travelers Magnog, then are re-routed on our course at juggernaut velocity with Belong. Then The Church take us to the dark side with one of the most ominous tracks of their lengthy and illustrious career.
Swervedriver have always had an aspect of forward momentum, like driving a sooped-up 70s Camaro at reckless pace across the nation's highways. And Sonic Youth adopts this continued theme of movement which we have explored in this set with an epic improv they contributed to the soundtrack for a recent obscure French film, which turns out to be some of their finest work!
Quite a journey, eh? Now... we rest. Until next month... keep listening! This one should last you a while.
For you traditionalists who don't mind streaming from this site, the following tracks should appear in the player below:
The Spacerock Continuum Theme - bRambles
No More Sages - Maserati- Passages
Repeater - Pete International Airport - s/t
Telepathic Birdman - The Oscillation - Veils
Girl Boy Tom - The Desert Sessions - Desert Sessions, Vol. 1
She Was Coloured In - Lilys - She Was Coloured In
Ertrinken - Eine Kleine Nacht Musik - s/t
Moon 2 - Kenseth Thibideau - Repetition
GA9 - Bailterspace - Capsul
N6- The Psychic Paramount - II
Herbststimmung - Faust - Something Dirty
Revisiting - Disappears - Guider
Lost Landing - Magnog - s/t
Come See - Belong - Common Era
It Could Be Anyone - The Church - Magician Among the Spirits
Never Lose That Feeling/Never Learn - Swervedriver - Mezcal Head
Theme D'Alice - Sonic Youth - Simon Werner A Disparu
But don't forget, you now have the option of spacerock to go:
1. Click on the Kadoo logo instead of pushing the play button.
2. Click "download" when redirected to the Divshare site.
3. Once downloaded drag it to yer iTunes and sync it with yer pod - simple!