Centripetal Sounds

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Welcome to Centripetal Sounds, in the Thursday afternoon slot from 2-4, with a rebroadcast Wednesday mornings 2-4 AM. I am your host, Gary Garles, the G Man, the only government you will ever need on Planet Rock and Roll. We spin back through the last 40 years of music and linger on the most creative songs we can find. Songs with freedom, passion, and fun written all over them. Requests are always welcome, I have amassed a collection of thousands of lp's, cd's, cassettes, and brown paper bags. I will highlight the best of the best, and include bands every week you have never heard or heard of. Requests may be made at centripetalsounds@gmail.com. Lets go!

album of The Month August 2014

Wooden HeadThe Proper Ornaments new album is called Wooden Head. Just released on July 8. I have seen a description of this music that includes phrases like 'mildly narcotic' and 'quietly organic'. They have some lo-fi tricks up their sleeves, but mainly when I listen to this I hear echoes of The Beatles. Pulling an individual song out is hard to do, as it just flows from start to finish. If you like melody in your music, this is for you. 

Album of The Month July 2014

The Host Country Walk AwayBrand new release by The Host Country called Walk Away. Private label CD available on Itunes, and from the band. Ty Wistrand and Diana Garles write songs that evoke the deepest of emotions of the human experience without resorting to cliche. Each song takes you to a different but special little corner of our world. Challenging lyrics, hooks on every cut, great finger-picking guitar, and harmony vocals that make your heart ache. Yeah, it's that good, all of it, and you will want a few copies for your friends. www.thehostcountry.com. 

Album of the Month June 2014

Sound MirrorSound Mirror, by Syd Arthur. 2014 release: In fact, I have only listened to this CD three times, but I can assure you it is worthy of this list. I did not 'get it' on the first pass, but the second time I was amazed at how the whole thing fit together so perfectly. It has a fine pop base with a sort of British sensibility to the psych flourishes. Their second LP, on Harvest. 

Album of the Month May 2014

Sand PebblesI listened to this CD the other day and remembered why I was so darn excited about it when I bought it. Most of it is straight up rock, with a slightly heavy edge to it. The rest of it is real cool psych music. Check out Red, Orange, Purple, and Blue or their tribute song Black Sun Ensemble. Originally released in 2009. 

Album Of The Month April 2014

Golden Gunn album coverYou have heard this new collaboration between Steve Gunn and Hiss Golden Messenger being played on Fringe Toast and Centripetal Sounds. This is one of those albums that you have to play again the very first time you hear it. The first few songs are strung together like beads on a necklace. Once they get into a groove they pull out every slippery vamp known to man. Low on vocals and high on tone. Available as an online download as well as conventional ways. 

Album of the Month March 2014

Dead Mans BandHere is an interesting take on the blues. Band has a very strong female vocal lead. The straight up blues numbers are full of interesting guitar licks. They get a bit spacey at times, on a couple of numbers, and that is not a criticism. The vamping is down and dirty. The whole album flows along, and as I listened the first time, I kept thinking I was hearing the best song, and then the next song would come along and destroy that notion. Greek band, find them on bandcamp. Vol. II is also out. Dead Man's Band.

Album Of The Month February 2014

Bardo StoryCrazy album cover, and crazy good music inside. Like last months offering, this is solidly in the psychedelic vein. There are instrumentals, and songs with chanting but no words, and then there are vocals with otherworldly concepts, and even some nice pop songs. All in about 40 minutes time. Lots of places to hear sound samples all over the Internet. Try House of Leaves, Pondering, or Further Outro. This new wave of psych music is exciting.

2013 Review

G ManMy review of the best of 2013 goes like this:

Re-Issue of The Year: Moondance, by Van Morrison. Runner-Up: Then Play On by Fleetwood Mac.

Best Song: Another Year by The James Mayfield Parade. Runners-Up: Walkin' With A Woman by Rose Windows; Lookout by James Hunter; On An Afternoon by The Smoking Trees; Little Jane by Jacco Gardner.

Best New Albums: Good Man Down by The David Mayfield Parade; Cabinet of Curiosities by Jacco Gardner; Acetates by The Smoking Trees. Runner-Up was Kurt Vile's Wakin On A Pretty Daze.

Top Five Purchases(Pre-2013): Introspection- A Faine Jade Recital by Faine Jade(1968); Coyote by El Goodo(2009); Are You In Or Out? by The Growlers(2009); Ghost Tropic by Jason Molina(2000); Person Pitch by Panda Bear(2007). First runner-up was Mountain Bus by Mountain Bus(1971).

It was a very good year.

Album Of The Month January 2014

JaccoA February 2013 release by Dutch multi-instrumentalist and producer Jacco Gardner, Cabinet of Curiosities. I happened on this as I was doing a music search one afternoon, generally looking for new bands that play psychedelic music. This is a new version of old-school psych. It has the kind of lyrics that set you to pondering. The music is engaging and fresh, and completely hook laden. The equipment is sixties style analog- he even uses the Mellotron that the Moody Blues used many years ago. Sounds like the best sixties pop music ever made, just like the stuff I grew up on. 

Album of The Month December 2013

Album coverDirty Streets new release, Blades of Grass. A Mississippi band that has two independant releases prior to this disc. Now hailing from Memphis and thriving there with a old time blues and boogie rock straight out of that late 60's early 70's sound. Nothing trendy here: 3 piece, some muscular harmonica, and well-crafted songs. The album I bought has a red-colored vinyl for the disc, an added bonus, in my mind. Album art is still worth the collecting, but come for the tunes if you want music you can listen to frequently and not get tired of it.