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 50 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!

February Album of The Month

Curtis MayfieldGoing to 1970 in the way back machine here, but it is worth it. Rhino has done their usual good job of remastering an album, and adding carefully selected bonus tracks. Of course the draw here is plainly the first solo record by a man who fronted The Impressions for about 14 years. The lyrics really pack a punch. The music is nuanced, and highly infectious. I don't feel like it sounds dated at all, but I listen to a lot of music from 65-72. Revisit this one if it has fallen off your radar, also. 

The Year In Review

Here is my annual list of my favorite purchases for 2016:

Re-issues: The Turtles, Complete Singles; Jimi Hendrix, New Years At The Fillmore; Ween, God-Ween -Satan, The Oneness.

Song of The Year: In My Own Way, by Ray LaMontagne, from Ouroboros. Runners up include A Bolt From Blue by Horseback, Get To Leave by Howe Gelb, and Ra Wah Wah by Psychic Ills.

New Album of The Year: Ouroboros, by Ray LaMontagne. A close call because of the Dr. Dog album Psychedelic Swamp, and the Horseback album Dead Ringers.

Pre-2106 music purchased, and very glad of it: J.K. & Co., Suddenly One Summer (1968); Aum, Bluesvibes (1969); Bow Street Runners, S/T (1970); Panama Limited, Indian Summer(1970); Damien Jurado, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (2013).

Yes, it was a very good year. 

January Album of The Month

Phase ZeroThis is Phase Zero by Morgen Delt. The cover of the album is a good indicator of the music within. Very bright, vivid musical colors of sound. If it is possible to listen to a ray of sunshine, or see a dance like no one is watching tune, this is your next purchase. I can be listening to this in the background as I am working, and then I find myself captured by the music and gently rocking back and forth. Well, suffice it to say, a new batch of clever tunes from a time warp late sixties seer.

December Album of The Month

Green PajamasThe Green Pajamas have released To The End of The Sea on Green Monkey records. I am not going to lie to you, I love everything these folks do. This is like release #33 for Jeff Kelly and company. You will only get the full effect of the power of this music from sitting down in the sweet spot in front of your stereo and going start to finish. This picture is not the album cover, it is part of a promo. Anyhow, this is the finest pop music out there, check it out.

November Album of The Month

JK and CoSuddenly One Summer by the band J.K. & Co. This is a very laid back affair, the kind of album I can listen to anywhere, anytime. I have been spinning it in the car mostly, and playing some cuts on the radio. This is a perfect example of finding an album made in the sixties that I wish I had heard back then. It is hard to pull individual songs, because the effect of the power of the lyrics is lost unless you listen start to finish. Richly recorded, intricately made, and worth trying to find.

October Album of The Month

Psychic IllsInner Journey Out by Psychic Ills. There is a gorgeous instrumental track called Ra Wa Wa you simply must hear. Very bluesy, laid back, sleazy at times, and best listened to start to finish. I buy everything this band puts out, including the stuff you have to order on vinyl from some obscure website in order to get it. If you want to spend about 70 minutes in a wave form that puts a little smile on your face, this is for you.

T Shirt As A Fundraiser for the Station

NEW T SHIRTAs a fundraiser for the KRUU, this creme colored shirt with a deep maroon contrast is available. Contact me at centripetalsounds@gmail.com if you would like one shipped direct to your door. Medium and large cotton T unisex version.

September Album of The Month

Dead RingersHorseback has a new album out called Dead Ringers. I happened on some samples of the music on a website, and I was hooked immediately. The pace is slow to meandering, the guitar work is impeccable, and the mood is very late night. This band is moving their sound right into my wheelhouse. I can't say the sound is unique, but it is compelling, well-written and performed music.

August Record Of The Month

Society of Broken SoulsLocal Fairfield, Iowa residents by way of Seattle and two other fine bands, these experienced musicians bring a breathtaking skill set to their original songs. If you missed my show with them as guests, check the podcast out. Songs like Tired of Toein' That Line, Shape I'm In, and Wyoming capture the essence of dealing with the hand of man, as they so aptly put it. Here is an example of what the major labels need to be putting out instead of Pitbull or (fill in your pet peeve here). www.societyofbrokensouls.com. They are on the road the rest of this year so consider a live event.

July CD of The Month

HWAI am two weeks early, but I am certain of my next pick: Hard Working Americans new CD Rest In Chaos. I listened to this once, and did not think much of it. The second time through a week later, I listened to it, and then put on the headphones and listened again. The third time through I realized what I had missed by just casual listening. These songs all have a central theme, and that is the unique look at the world that Todd Snider brings. The Guy Clark cover does nothing to take the album off track. I absolutely love what these guys are laying down.