In between recordings for my next record (watch out cassette lovers!), DIY silkscreening of the upcoming Astroboter T-Shirts and the programming of the Astroboter Comuter Game I finally found the time to record the first “Transmissions From The Psychedelic Dungeon” episode. This is my radioshow/podcast that I’m planning to do, featuring 30 minute shows of various themes. But don’t worry, this podcast will not substitute my mixes which I would like to keep as open as possible.
You can also be part of this radioshow if you want. Every show will contain one song from a listener whom I’ll call “Gold Miner of the Show”. Each episode will contain a specific Genre/Theme and you can submit your favourite songs. I’ll pick the best fitting track and put it into the show. Here is a preview of the upcoming themes (in no particular order):
∇ Post Rock
∇ (Strange) Covers
∇ Classic Indie Rock
Please send me a Youtube link to your favourite song to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the headline “TFTPD Submission”. Please don’t send me any MP3’s. You know, they’re messing up the space & time continuum. I’m looking super forward to your sounds!
Transmissions From The Psychedelic Dungeon - Episode I
Episode I is build around music that has been on my iPod during the last months. Steady on the road, I’m listening mostly to music that is released in the present. I still don’t know if I’ll make voice overs in the upcoming shows, so I decided to write something about each track to give you an insight. You can also find the artist & shop links there, too.
1. Zomes - Night Signs (Holy Mountain)The episode starts off with “Night Signs” by Zomes. I discovered this artist via Last.fm and this was the first song I’ve heard from him. It really catched me because I’m a fan of guitar doodles & meditative, repeating patterns with a good melody. Zomes is the solo disguise of Asa Osborne and this song is taken from the selftitled album. It was released on the label Holy Mountain and I really need to dig a bit further into the label archives, because it seems like they have a lot of good weird stuff there!
Link: Zomes on Holy Mountain
2. Strawbs - Witchwood (A&M Records)This is a really cool Psychedelic Folk song by the band “Strawbs”. It is taken from their album “From The Witchwood” from 1971. I really like the atmosphere in the track. I’ve found this song in a mix by Dom Cooper, so he’s the first “Gold Miner Of The Show”.
Link: Strawbs Homepage
3. Ssaliva - Thought Has Wings (Leaving Records)This is my favourite artist and song of 2011. Really, this blew my mind right from the start when I’ve heard it during the Proton Drive on Dublab. Matthewdavid played a set there and included some stuff by Ssaliva and I couldn’t believe what I’ve heard. His style (especially this track) is so raw, tape overladen and this is a good example when the sound aesthetics & production become part of the composition. You can read more about the latest record in my past post here. If this sounds too “80’s” or Lo-Fi for you, please listen closely and tune into Ssalivas tracks.
Link: Ssaliva - Thought Has Wings on Leaving Records
4. Meaty Ogre - Holding Hands Of Time (Fieldwerk Recordings)The great thing about being part of a cool label like Switchstance Recordings is the steady discovering of music via my label mates Ancient Astronauts, Protassov and Kabanjak. Dogu from the Astros and Protassov played some tracks from the Fieldwerk Recordings label in the last Switchstance Radioshow. I got hooked by a spilt album from Meaty Ogre & CrushCon 7 called Sword. I like the chopped drums & samples in this track. All stuff is flying around, in and out. It drives me nuts (in a good way), especially when the sun is shining!
Link: Meaty Ogre & CrushCon 7 - Sword on Fieldwerk Recordings
5. Sun Araw - Deep Cover (Not Not Fun Records)Ha, Sun Araw! I always have to laugh when I hear the music and visit the bands homepage. They are pulling off their own thing, you can’t really nail them down to one genre or style. If you have some spare time, search for this band. And no, your speakers are not broken and I made no mistake in the mix of this track. Most of it was recorded just on the right channel. This really fits into the bands concept.
Link: Sun Araw Homepage
6. Buckethead - Mantaray (Meta Records)My friend Shrimpz told me about this guy Buckethead. I was familiar how he looks but realized that I don’t know any song of this man. I listened to his album Electric Tears and found this song. I’m digging it and it also brought me back to play more guitar!
Link: Buckethead Homepage
7. Aitch - Absolute Truth Is Relative Fallacy (Selfreleased)Not much to tell you now about this band, please read my interview with Aitch here on the page. I listened to them a lot these last weeks, it’s a really sympathetic band!
Link: Aitch Homepage
8. Ilya Wazuhiru - Velimirs Sea (Origami Sound)This is really a great soundscape. Once again I’ve heard it on Dublab and was so impressed about it. Ilya Wazuhiru is a musician from Moscow and makes beautiful Ambient music. I don’t know if he’s releasing music on a label, but I found this track also on a compilation from the Origami Sound label. The voice in this track is a poem by Velimir Khlebnikov and it’s fantastic how the vocal is embedded in the song. It sounds like a mystic chant. If I would run a label, Mr. Wazuhiru would be a very welcomed guest!
Link: Ilya Wazuhiru on SoundCloud
9. Icebird - Gun For Hire (RJ’s Electrical Connections)The last song is a collaboration between RJD2 & Aaron Livingston called Icebird. RJD2 was the first beat producer that I’ve heard in my life (hy hossi!) and followed his career since then. I really liked his late approaches in direction of more live recorded music (especially the Rock influenced stuff) and after hearing this track in the Switchstance Recordings office I was happy that he found his way to develop this style. The arrangement of this song is great and please tell me: “How heavy can the drums near the end get?!?”
Link: RJD2 Homepage
That’s it! I hope that you’re enjoying the transmission and send me your songs for the next episodes. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
With all the best,