An Unfortunate Announcement

My dad passed away the other day, a very sad event., I miss him dearly. Taking a brief hiatus from posting, time to gather my thoughts, get the inevitable affairs taken care of and time to recuperate. Dead Meadow’s Old Growth is one of my all time favorite albums and I’ve found myself listening to Between Me And The Ground a lot lately. The lyrics aren’t printed and the listener has to hear the song multiple times to get the gist of it, but it is a psychedelic classic, one of those albums that can easily be left on repeat for days, 99%, enjoy.

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Polska Radio One- Волга (2014)

When the Russians aren’t downing those pesky passenger jets they’re making some pretty dope psychedelic/experimental rock. Polska Radio One’s single, Волга, is solid, and the sound doesn’t stick to any one genre, drifting in a dreamy state around fuzz and shoegaze sounds as well. And, they pull it off beautifully. Each time I listen to this pair of songs I hear more and more. 90% and highly recommended.

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Random Tag Game; Agitated Radio Pilot- The Ebb and Flow of Moonlit Grass (2010)

Agitated Radio Pilot’s The Ebb and Flow of Moonlit Grass… Ok, wow. “Mind-fuck” is the term that describes this album. It’s all over the place taking the listener on a rambling but interesting and relaxing trip. A project that flirts the boarders of psychedelic and ambient and lo fi, I listened to this album almost nonstop for three days after I downloaded it, defiantly a Random Tag winner.
Agitated Radio Pilot is the creation of an Irishman named David Colohan who has been in a bunch of bands that I’ve not heard of but am defiantly going to check out, like Holt, United Bible Studies and The Magical Folk of the Faraway Tree. This songs in this album were written about dude’s time spent backpacking around Australia and the instruments include clap sticks, 5 string banjo, mringdam, lap steel guitar, Hmong tuen flute and mandocello, which are blend together into a relaxed, chill album. Mellow mood music, perfect for the gravity session on a sweltering afternoon, 91%.
And yes, I’ve been slacking again. This last week has been pretty busy and so Relationship Advice and Black Metal Wednesday has been delayed, but will be back next week.

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DJ Johnny Peel and The Peel Sessions

Happy New Year, the first post of 2014 is starting a new category exploring the Peel Sessions.
DJ Peel was a British disc jockey that was influential in a large number of bands gaining populaity by exposing them to a national/ global audience by way of his radio show (Wiki). The truth of the matter is that I only knew about him because of Dead Meadow’s Peel session album, but as I began composing this post it kept getting delayed because of the massive amount of music associated with him. From the late 70’s through the 2000’s he was one of the most influential people in music, recording bands [normally] in a four song session. I’ll delve deep into DJ Peels work in future posts, but until then here are three Peel Sessions, enjoy.

Dead Meadow, Indian Bones, Peel Sessions

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Tools You Can Trust, Peel Session

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Half Man Half Biscuit Peel session

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre Peel session

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List of Peel Sessions

another article on Peel

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Old Testament

Here we have a new and relatively unknown band, Old Testament, a stoner/psychedelic/indie rock band out of LA with Dead Meadow’s vocalist/guitarist, Jason Simon. While not as refined an act, they are definatly talented and these are good session songs.
Their cover of Dollar Bill Blues is easily my favorite of the three songs they’ve released this year. An interesting mix of new and old sounds, and a definite must hear for Dead Meadow fans, I’m looking forward to hearing more music from them, 85%.

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Yo La Tengo- I’m Not Afraid of You and I’ll Beat Your Ass (2006)

A random tag must have attracted me to this band, because it has sat on the back burner for over a month, this album has two jam-session songs and easiest to describe as shoe-gaze/psychedelic jam-type band.
Listening to this I am amazed that I had never heard of these guys before, and while the influences of The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead are heard, but not dominant. Quite a good album, 88%, recommended.

Wiki article

iTunes (sorry, couldn’t find a free download)

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