November 1, 2021

A multicolored life

 


Rainbow hills! Whether real or imagined, it's the same. It's all in how you SEE it.

And HEAR it!

This playlist is literally multicolored, all over the board, every piece a star player in the game. We start with an unusual track on the fringes of the space rock realm... space jazz? This track is a standalone anomaly from the Lounge Lizards, denizens of the bowels of NYC, and differs from their avant garde freejazz/punk skronk by lightyears. I had to add it after reading the memoirs of their fearless leader, the illustrious wizard John Lurie. What a story, what a man, what a band! What a SONG.

We then return to our regularly scheduled programming with some down and dirty psych/blooz, with Jack Harlon And The Dead Crows (Melbourne, Australia), King Buffalo (Rochester, New York), and All Them Witches (Nashville, Tennessee).

Following that we have some modern psych par excellence with The Nova Saints (Bristol, UK), Hologram People (UK), and Upupayama (Parma, Italy).

Then maybe some motorik madness with Zement (Wurzberg, Germany) and Mugstar (Liverpool, UK)? Some gritty psych traditionalists with The Third Sound (Berlin, Germany), Dead Radio (Newcastle, Australia), and Acid Dad (Queens, New York)? Some shoegaze-adjacent jams from Chatham Rise (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and The Horrors (London, UK)?

Then off the deep end into the experimental post-punk of Liars (Australia). And we wrap up the set with some impossible to classify weirdness from Acid Baby Jesus (Athens, Greece), Domiciles (Scotland), Yoo Doo Right (Montreal, Quebec), Menk (St. Petersburg, Russia), and 3AM (Lima, Peru).

It's like a grab bag of leftover Halloween candy, close your eyes and dig in. You never know what sweet confections await you. Chances are you'll get lucky and grab the psilocybin-infused ones. Those are the BEST! And the parenthetical points of origin yet again illustrate the fact that spacerock is EVERYWHERE!

The following tracks are included in the player below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
A Paper Bag And The Sun - Lounge Lizards Voice of Chunk
The Tale Of The Magnetic Ridge - Jack Harlon And The Dead Crows The Magnetic Ridge
The Knock - King Buffalo The Burden Of Restlessness
Alabaster - All Them Witches Sleeping Through The War
The Draft - The Nova Saints Newfoundland
Pray To The Maypole Witch - The Hologram People Sacred Ritual To Unlock The Mountain Portal
The Blue Magician's Fantasy - Upupayama - s/t
Soil - Zement Rohstoff
Star Cage - Mugstar Graft
Tokoloshe - Dead Radio Callisto
RC Driver - Acid Dad - Take It From The Dead
Hummingbird - Chatham Rise Meadowsweet
Dive In - The Horrors Skying
From What The Never Was - Liars The Apple Drop
Untitled - Sisters Of Your Sunshine Vapour Spectra Spirit
Diogenes - Acid Baby Jesus Selected Recordings
Six Degrees of Separation - Domiciles This Is Not A Zen Garden
Marche De Vivants - Yoo Doo Right Don't Think You Can Escape Your Purpose
Volni - Menk Lopasti Buddy
UHF - 3AM - Transmissions

October 1, 2021

I'm back! Well, sort of...


Hello dear spacerockers. I am deeply sorry to have missed my September installment, but your fearless leader has been recuperating from a "mystery illness" (NOT Covid) and convalescing in isolation, too weak to even sit at the computer to write, much less make a mix. My condition is improving but it may be a long road. My deepest sympathies to anyone affected or afflicted by this plague - my own malaise has given me deeper perspective ("too MUCH fucking perspective") as to the world's many ills. One of our only consolations is that MUSIC will get us through. It always does. So SLOW DOWN, be mindful, appreciate what we have, and give this playlist, two months in the making, a good contemplative head spin. You'll be glad you did.

The following tracks are included in the player below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Can't Stand - 3AM UFO Blues Tapes
Cato - Mugstar Graft
At Heaven's Gate - The Third Sound - s/t
Tehb - Menk II
Maankind- The Haands We Aare The Monsters
Burning - King Buffalo The Burden Of Restlessness
Heatstroke #2 - Automatism Immersion
Make Worry For Me - Matt Sweeney and Bonnie 'Prince Billy Superwolves
Big Wheels In Shanty Town - Rain Tree Crow - s/t
A Certain Sense Of Disenchantment - Yoo Doo Right Don't Think You Can Escape Your Purpose
Lord Shiva's Mothership - The Hologram People Sacred Ritual To Unlock The Mountain Portal
Wait And See - Delving Hirschbrunnen
Sand - Zement Schleifen
Bridge Of Weird - Dead Otter Bridge Of Weird
17.01.2020 #1 - Papir Jams

August 1, 2021

Haunted Houses In The High Desert



Ever get the feeling there's a mysterious presence in your SPACE? In your house, in your room, in your bed... in your HEAD? The spirit will be benign as long as you acknowledge its presence, allow it to be a part of you, absorb its essence - this is an opportunity to align with the STARS. Don't deny it, accept it and be calm in the universe, and be at peace. The triumvirate of songs leading off this set are for YOU. Band Of Horses, The Confederate Dead, and the notorious Butthole Surfers appear to be asking the same question in their own inimitable ways.

After a rough take off with an obscure Swell Maps outtake, the Deliverous Mistale (mistake?), we then launch into the HEAVENS with Sun Dial, Karkara, Purple Heart Parade, and Pretty Lightning. Then comes the inevitable come down, soothed by the ever-dependable Warlocks. Then it's time to get off yer ass and space boogie with Penza Penza, and two Loves, both Dimension and Explosion.

Then OG shoegazers Ride live up to their name and takes us on a journey on the back of The Grasshopper! And the voyage to The Outskirts Of Reality continues with Papir, Mote, Yuri Gagarin, Weites Luftmeer, and crashing back down into inner space with Dadamah. I know this playlist is a little all-over-the-place, but sometimes that's the way I like it. And the SPIRIT does too.

The following tracks are included in the player below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Is There A Ghost? - Band Of Horses Cease To Begin
I Feel It (Do You Feel It Too?) - The Confederate Dead Infinite Expansion
Who Was In My Room Last Night? - Butthole Surfers Independent Worm Saloon
Deliverous Mistale - Swell Maps Mayday Signals
Fire From Heaven - Sun Dial Mind Control
Proxima Centaury - Karkara Crystal Gazer
Lonestar - Purple Heart Parade Lonestar
Greyhound - Pretty Lightning Jangle Bowls
I'm Not Good Enough / Party Like We Used To - The Warlocks The Chain
Wunder City - Penza Penza Beware Of Penza Penza
Fire - The Love Explosion Own Your Mind Business
Outer Space - The Love Dimension Tree In The Seed
Grasshopper - Ride Grasshopper
20.01.2020 #1 - Papir Jams
Samalas - Mote Samalas
The Outskirts Of Reality - Yuri Gagarin The Outskirts Of Reality
Couche Tard - Weites Luftmeer Couch Tard
Limbo Swing - Dadamah This Is Not A Dream

July 1, 2021

Summerlong


Hello summer! Wistful for the waves of long ago, longing for the desert sea of my future. This is me. Is it you too? Journeys are coming, journeys need soundtracks, and I've got a helluva great one for YOU (as always!). This month is a headtripper for sure, featuring some of the very best (mostly) recent psych and spacerock. The mind journeys being generated during worldwide lockdown emerged with a newfound intensity in spite of, or perhaps because of, our collective pandemic blues.

And where did they come from? Denmark (the blazing jazz-inflected motorik of Mythic Sunship); Los Angeles (the proggy murmurations of Hooveriii - pronounced "Hoover-three");  Hay On Wye, UK (the driving trance of Moon Goose); Montreal (the bombastic declarations of Yoo Doo Right); London (the hypnotic postpunk of Hey Colossus); Brazil (the psychedelic explorations of White Canyon And The 5th Dimension); Poland (the kraut-influenced experimentalism of Lastryko); Finland (the manic mantras of the mighty Circle, taking us back to 1998); Portland, OR (the exotic travelogues of the EPIC Grails, circa 2007); Liverpool (the Spacemen 3 worship of Mugstar); Sweden (the prolific improv of Kungens Man); unknown (the is-it-a-German-band-from-1973-or-a-modern-forgery-of-mysterious-origin? acid rock of Golem); Dublin, Ireland (the inexplicable what-the-heck-is-this-ness of Afterwardness); and finally, also from Montreal, The Dears offer up their trademark cinematic catharsis asking the universal human question: is there really no such thing as LOVE?

I don't know why I'm so obsessed with the geographical locations of all these artists I've been exploring and curating. I mean, it's all from SPACE, right? But I guess it helps define the journey, makes it more interesting by pointing out that space is where you find it, space is EVERYWHERE, and we are not alone on this journey. So take a trip with me, won't you?

The following tracks are included in the player below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Maelstrom - Mythic Sunship Wildfire
Gone - Hooveriii Water For The Frogs
Second Life - Moon Goose Source Code
The Ocelot That Lost A Lot - Yoo Doo Right Nobody Panicked And Everybody Got On
The Eyeball Dance - Hey Colossus Dances / Curses
Ouroboros - White Canyon And The 5th Dimension Spectral Illusion
Dwa - Lastryko - Tetno Pulsu
Kartano - Circle Pori
Silk Rd - Grails - Burning Off Impurities
Zeta Potential - Mugstar Graft
Raketens Vandring Over Himlen - Kungens Man Stockholm Maraton
Stellar Launch - Golem Orion Awakes
Shellakapooky - Afterwardness - s/t
There Is No Such Thing As Love - The Dears End Of A Hollywood Bedtime Story

June 1, 2021

June bloom, less doom and gloom

 


Less gloom, less doom, more BLOOM. That rainbow may have been shattered forever but the colors are still there, rearranging themselves to bring us the LIGHT. Colors bloom and show us the future, and the future is...US! We can remake out society into one of LOVE... LIGHT... FRIENDSHIP... NORMALITY... PRODUCTIVITY... ENLIGHTENMENT... and of course we'll need a soundtrack! I may have something lying around, and... oh, here it is! June is HERE!

This month's playlist is a very PROGgy affair. Cuz I live me some prog too, whatever that means. Progressive rock can be psych, space rock, acid rock, post rock... depends on the era. But most of us HEADS know what it means: trippy and heady and experiMENTAL and mofos who can really PLAY. Instrumental prowess is a hallmark of prog, but that doesn't mean technical can't be trippy as fuck!

From a TRIPLE PLAY of the mighty WEEN, to my friend's outfit Nofa Kinway (say it out loud!), we have some jammers who go above and beyond the call of duty. But that doesn't make them Rush or Yes, who, let's face it, SUCK. No, these trippers have their hearts and minds and souls in the right place, that place between reality and BEYOND.

Elder, Moon Goose, Mogwai, and King Gizzard straddle that bridge between the head and heart, the technical and the visceral, but then we go a little deeper into the psyche (emphasis on the "e"), deep into that hole in our souls with an upbeat slammer by Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (what's in a name? best album of the year so far! and I mean... King Gizzard?!?!? loads of odd names in this set),  to some tripped out drones from The Confederate Dead, White Canyon, and Black Heart Death Cult. Then Here the Captan Speaking and Tren Go! catapult us into motorik space! Keep moving, people! Never stop!

So... everything is somewhat normal for this Continuum, until... God Is An Astronaut assault us with their modern wave of blazing post rock, daring us the confront the demons within. All the practitioners of rote crescendo-core take notice! THIS is how post RAWK is done!

Then the really weird shit happens: it's a new band mysteriously called Black Country, New Road (they have a comma in their name, just Like Here (hear?) The Captain Speaking, The Captain is Dead, not just an exclamation point like Tren (train?) Go! Sound System and OrnaMENTAL, or Godspeed You! Black Emperor for that matter). I really don't know what they even are (maybe a hint of Slint? similarities with their modern peers like Black Midi?) but they trip me right the fuck out, and are the perfect segue into another triumvirate, this time from from Yoo Doo Right, a band named after a CAN song and who also confound me at every pace.

This selection is so good I had the give you three... TWICE! You decide. Alls I know is this is heady fucking shit and I wanna listen to it over and over again. I hope you do too! The colors reassemble, the birds still fly, we are not dead.

The following tracks are included in the player below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Captain Fantasy/Mutilated Lips/The Mollusk - Ween
The Rabbit Hole - Nofa Kinway The Rabbit Hole
The Mysterious Coffins Of Arthur's Seat - Moon Goose Source Code
In Procession - Elder Omens
Supposedly We Were Nightmares - Mogwai As The Love Continues
Static Electricity - King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard - L.W.
Pukebox - Psychedelic Porn Crumpets SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound
Fell In A Bad Dream - The Confederate Dead Infinite Expansion
Endless Sea - White Canyon And The 5th Dimension Spectral Illusion
Goodby Gatwick Blues - The Black Heart Death Cult Sonic Mantras
Space Race (Breaking The Atmosphere) - Tren Go! Sound System And Ornamental Assessment
Event Horizon - Here The Captain Speaking, The Captain Is Dead - s/t
Spectres - God Is An Astronaut Ghost Tapes #10
Sunglasses - Black Country, New Road For The First Time
Nobody Panicked And Everybody Got On/Distaval/Fear Of Elevators - Yoo Doo Right

May 1, 2021

May(be) is here~


MAYbe there will be live music again soon. MAYbe we can go back to living in relative harmony with one another rather than in FEAR. MAYbe we can all hug each other jump in unison together and rock in SPACE. MAYbe we won't die - MAYbe will all LIVE!

But there's no MAYbe in the music. There's no doubt that the spacerock continuum CONTINUES to flow with abundance. New discoveries of old music, new music generated under lockdown, the music is eternal. And I have a particular fondness for the euphoric rising drone explosion inherent in some psych and space rock that I can only think of calling the "Ecstatic Hey" (as opposed to the "Monolithic Undertow" explored in a recent book of the same name). As in the cathartic "heeeeeeyyyyyy...!" build up that elevates a song skyward. Hard to describe, but you'll know it instantly and inherently when you hear it. Consider the opening songs by the late great (and mostly unsung) Weekend, and by Mogwai, Hooveriii (pronounced Hoover 3), Astronoid (not so much in this cover song but in many of their others), and even the proggier dynamics of Amplifier, who are a recent strangely obscure discovery of mine. Among many others - Jane's Addiction, Smashing Pumpkins, many post rock bands, and even the heavenly psychedelia of relatively unknowns Yume Bitsu - it can be vocal, instrumental, or both. Listen, dig, and explore, and see if you get what I mean.

In this playlist list we also have some surprising shifts in sound, from the unusually psychedelic guitar workouts of Lou Barlow's (Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, etc.) "NEW" Folk Implosion, incendiary jamming from the usually subdued freak-folky Devendra Banhart, and a dub-cum-noise freakout by postrock balladeers The Dears.

We have more dub/psych from the Berliners Camera, Saharan motifs from prolific Aussies King Gizzard, blazing motorik psych from Chileans Astromelia, tribal experiMENTALism from Londoners Gum Takes Tooth, dark drone from Portuguese 10,000 Russos and The Oscillation from the UK, psychedelic space exploration from Valencians Here The Captain Speaking, Arcane Allies (also Berliners), and Moon Goose from Hay On Wye UK, culminating in the kind of heady improvs that Swedes Kungens Man proliferate. I sincerely hope you enjoy the JOURNEY. May-be?

The following tracks are included in the player below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Coma Summer - Weekend Sports
Ceiling Granny - Mogwai As The Love Continues
Bird On A Wire - Hooveriii - s/t
Only Shallow (My Bloody Valentine cover) - Astronoid - single
Airborne - Amplifier - s/t
Brand Of Skin - The New Folk Implosion - s/t
Rats - Devendra Banhart What Will We Be
Postcard From Purgatory - The Dears No Cities Left
Bajo La Sombra - Astromelia - s/t
Alar Alar - Camera Prosthuman
Ataraxia - King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard L.W.
The Arrow - Gum Takes Tooth Arrow
UsVsUs - 10,000 Russos - s/t
Truth In Reverse - The Oscillation Monographic
Lithium Sturm - Here The Captain Speaking, The Captain Is Dead Flux Capacitor
State Of Hypnosis - Arcane Allies Saraswati
Fist Fight At The Bingo - Moon Goose Source Code
Third War Three - Kungens Man Branna Tid

April 1, 2021

Ain't no foolin'...!

Sometimes space rock isn't all about the SPACE, as in outer space, but the space between.

The space between worlds, the space between our ears, the space between fantasy and reality (whatever that is). Sometimes it's earthly, existing in mystical woods like the Japanese firefly forest pictured above, the vast oceanic vistas of my beloved Pacific, or the cosmic expanses of the ancient desert stonework in my soon-to-be permanent home of Joshua Tree in the California Mojave (don't worry, I'll still be blogcasting no matter where I lay my weary head). And now that I'm fully vaccinated who knows where we'll go?!?!?

So SPACE ME! And remember, it's still space rock, whether it's the psych-y explorations of the James Gang in the 70s or the House of Love in the 80s or Baliterpace in the 90s. Whether it's the 21st century shoegaze of Nothing or the berserk psych frenzy of Slift. Whether it's the kraut drone of Finland's mighty Circle or Japan's Minami Deutsch. Or the psych-en-espanol of Los Acidos or Lorelle Meets The Obsolete. Or the gorgeous experiMENTAL post rock of Verstarker or Lastryko. Or the psychAmericana of Tulsa Drone or Jackie O-Motherfucker.

Say it with me: It's. All. Space. Rock!!!

The following tracks are included in the player below:

Spacerock Continuum Intro - bRambles
Turn To Stone - The James Gang The Best Of...
Cruel - The House Of Love Babe Rainbow
Bernie Sanders - Nothing The Great Dismal
Trapezohedron - Slift La Planete Inexploree
Scoop - Circle Meronia
El Habla - Los Acidos - s/t
What's Holding You? - Lorelle Meets The Obsolete Chambers
Now - Adama Ganga
No Heaven Like Hell - The December Sound The Silver Album
Pyre - Servo Alien
D Thing - Bailterspace Wammo
Trenker - Verstarker Mehrwerk III
Limbo - Lastryko Limbo
Futsu Ni Ikirenai - Minami Deutsch - s/t
Long Way Back - The Janitors Drone Head
Closer To The Sun - Lammping Bad Boys Of Comedy
Monongahela - Tulsa Drone Songs From A Mean Season
Radiating - Jackie-O Motherfucker Bloom