It has been a minute since I last posted anything so 28 hours of drone seems fitting. A benefit show for Doctors Without Boarders played uninterrupted by fifty different acts in Minneapolis making for 28 straight hours of drone into the ultimate session album. What’s not to love about more than a day of drone? 95%.
A nice and mellow and warm Sunday. I sit here in the warm sunshine while the rest of the nation is up to their ears in snow. I honestly wonder why people live where it snows. It’s cold and heavy, who cares if it looks pretty? I love hearing people claiming to miss the changing of the seasons while wearing shorts and flip flops. That’s the same as claiming to miss gonorrhea.
It’s Not Night It’s Space is a psychedelic-space rock trio from New Perz. Excellent driving music, recommended, 86%.
Happy new year! If you’re reading this you made it though 2014, congratulations. That was a hell of a year, death of a parent and divorced, my ex-sister in law tried to burn down grandma’s house, with grandma in it (101 proof Wild Turkey). Needless to say I’m hyped it’s January and a new year. A new year with low gas prices! Three cheers for fracking! Hopefully $2.20/gallon gas prices will inspire good new music for 2015.
For the first Streaming Sunday of the year we have Dark Buddha Rising. This post started out as a shot in the dark over a month ago and has been in sitting on the back burner since. I’ve been reading about DBR everywhere lately and it seems they’re one of the most unknown-known bands at the moment. A Finnish band with virtually no information availed, they formed around 2007 and play low ambient, psychedelic/doom, with rumbling vocals combined with a notable jazz influence. And the drums. The drums are an erie and constant canvas that the songs to play against, guiding he listener through a drone/doom masterpiece, highly recommended, 90%.
Wow, what a long week. First, Monday I had to testify in a federal law suit, then Tuesday my sister in law tried to kill my mother in law (news coverage link), fortunately grandma will survive. Also, I literally blew a head gasket in my truck and learned that the proper way to load a 200 pound pig doesn’t involve kicking it.
Thankfully a new week has dawned and it’s time for another Streaming Sunday. The French symphonic black metal band, Blut Aus Nord and their latest release, Memoria Vestula III, yet again they deliver a stunning album. These guys have a well deserved reputation and this is a perfect example of why everyone raves about them, 90%.
Black Moon Circle has been coming up on the radar, frequently being mentioned around the [so called] blogosphere this year. Psychedelic rock from Norway, they have that rare combination of both a good singer and a talented band. The first song, The machine on the hill starts off with catchy vocals and reverb and Psychedelic riffs that pulls the listener into the album. Followed by Jack’s cold sweat it’s easy to see why this band has created such a buzz. Perfect background music for the Sunday session, 90%, enjoy.
Back to posting again after taking a hiatus to recoup. Today we have a fitting release for easing back into life’s routine after an enormous event. The new release by Energy 2000 is surfy, spacey, chill wave, relaxing and perfect for the lazy Sunday afternoon. They make great use of old NASA radio communications set to a chill wave/ surf/ space rock soundscape. Very cool, the first song Cocoa Beach ’62 starts with a stellar space rock riff that pulls the listener into the album and just gets better from there with a drifting soundscape set to background NASA transmissions from the 1962 Mercury-Atlas 6 mission launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
This band releases albums that I never really got until this one. I liked them, I posted about them, but I didn’t understand where they were going until this release. In a sense, this is true space rock using the actual audio of some of the first space flights with the instrumentals conveying the peaceful drifting of space. Excellent, highly recommended, 95%.
Wiki article on the Mercury Atlas 6 mission
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.
Streaming Sunday is upon us yet again, and today we have The Gorlons, fuzz rock/ indie played with a lot of energy, released earlier this year, highly recommended.
Here again for Streaming Sunday we have Energy 2000’s Karman Line Velocity introducing the genre of “Chillwave”, which is both laughable and fitting at the same time. In their Bandcamp bio they mention surf rock and the vastness of space as inspirations… Their music is great to have still ringing through your ears while sitting in gentle three foot swells just beyond the line on a lazy Sunday afternoon, watching tourists quietly waddle up and down the New Smyrna beach… Chillwave, enjoy.
This new live album by Øresund Space Collective came out a few weeks ago, mellow, relaxing, spacey… I would have thought by this time the space/jam sound would have gotten repetitive or stale, but no, ØSC delivers yet again with this album, starting out low and gradually building up momentum as it progresses. Perfect session music. Enjoy.