Centripetal Sounds

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Welcome to Centripetal Sounds, in the Thursday afternoon slot from 2-5, with a rebroadcast Wednesday mornings 2-5 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!

October AOM

ExcursionsThe Exkursions released a no label slab of vinyl in 1971. It was later picked up and re-released on Born Twice Records in 2011. It is a bluesy rock album with some nice guitar work. Just a bit of vamping, and those songs are the best on the album. Try You and Me, or Third Eye, to get a great sample. This is the kind of music that would delight me if I walked into a watering hole and found a band there playing. It is in stereo, and it is cleanly recorded and processed, which is rare for this era. 

September Album of The Month

Host CountryThis is the cover of the new self-titled release by The Host Country. It came out Sept. 9, 2017. Full disclosure: My daughter Diana, formerly of She Swings, She Sways, and currently releasing an EP with the band Contakta, is the keys player here, and she writes and sings great songs. My personal fave is on here, Slow Down. Ty and Diana have gone from an EP of duo music, to their first release complete with extra musicians, to a full band release as we have here. The hushed vocals are here, the soaring harmonies are here, the seamless collaborative sound is present- it is a winner. Add the lyric sheet, so you can get the full effect of the poetry, and it all adds up to a fine listening experience. Vinyl, CD, digital all available now.

August Album of The Month

This Old DogMac DeMarco has a brand new release called This Old Dog. This album will likely be on my list of best albums of the year, produced in 2017. I was slightly taken aback by the polish and the maturity of these songs. But make no mistake: There is not a single note out of place. This is a finely crafted piece of work. I heard the last song on the disc ( Watching Him Fade Away) over the intercom in a store in Woodstock, Illinois, and I instantly knew I had to have the record. I have other records of his that I like, but this is my new go-to for Mac. 

July Album Of The Month

Shiva's HeadbandFirst album from 1970 by Shiva's Headband called Take Me To The Mountains. This is country-rock, with a slight tinge of late 60's psych. This was the first major label effort from a Austin, Texas band. If you enjoy the Dead or Charlie Daniels, filtered through a garage-rock sensibility like The Sir Douglas Quintet, you will enjoy this disc. They could really jam, as is evidenced by the epic song 'Hi Love' on the remastered version. Lots of cool violin, too. Available on 180 gram vinyl, and digitally. 

June Album of The Month

DamonThis is a picture of the front cover of an album from 1969 called Song of A Gypsy, by Damon. It has ten songs, lasts about 30 minutes, and it was remastered in 2009 or I may have never been able to hear it. Real laid back vocals, and killer guitar work. The guitar tone is so scrumptious it makes me want to go buy some vintage equipment. When I finally bought this I wondered why I had never seen or heard of it before, because it is that good. Favorite track: Don't You Feel Me. 

May AOTM

Saw BlackAzalea Days, by the 'band' Saw Black. I actually saw Justin Black at a house concert in Des Moines. The place is called Kitty City, and do not hesitate to go there for music. Anyway, I was struck by the amazing resemblance to Neil Young circa After The Goldrush. Of course, that is a compliment, and I mean that, but Justin may not care. His songs are strong enough that you need no comparison. Live, alone at the microphone, singing heartfelt songs, it is a wonderful experience. The album has a backing band, and production values, and it is a treat. I can listen to tunes like this over and over and over again. I really like Overhead, Drag U Down, and Stuck On Her. It's a big world out there, but this is a part of it you will want to hear.

April Album of The Month

ChewFront cover of the new album CHEW by The Paperhead. I have been playing their other albums for some time, and this one is totally different from the others. And brilliant. It is a produced set of songs, there are plenty of overdubs and introduced sounds. There is rock, country, blues, psych, male vocal, and instrumental music included. I listen to it and say, 'Oh, that was a great song, can't wait for the next tune.' Everything under five minutes, just thirteen blasts of pure listening pleasure. Nashville band, if you travel. 

March Album of The Month

Luke KingSo, if you are interested in an eclectic mix of delta blues, folk, and rock, here is an offering for you. King has found a home in New Orleans, and this music has 'that feel' that you get from hanging around there. He was married in 2013, divorced in 2015, and then this album arrived in stores. Not that it is a downer- far from it. Rather, I make this point to illustrate where the deep feelings originate, and this is an emotional set of songs. Bloodshot Records release, and they have some excellent roots rock bands these days. 

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.