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

Astral SonSilver Moon, by Astral Son. A 'side project' of Leonardo Soundweaver from Groningen, Holland. This is an album that is hard to pull a single track out of to play on the radio. The whole thing is one giant wonderful sound experience. It sounds like a mash of krautrock, electronica, and space psych. I am finding more and more great stuff coming out of Europe these days.

January 2016 Album of The Month

Sapphire ThinkersWell, this is a 2012 reissue of an early 1970's release by an obscure California band. That should be enough to pique your interest right there. Firstly, I do not consider this to be any more than mildly pop-psych oriented. The instrumental flourishes that accompany the songs are 'essential' I guess, but the tunes are great either way. Excellent recording, too. It is available in numerous places digitally, so give a listen.

2015 In Review

Here is my annual review of some of the music I have purchased this year:

Best Reissues: Led Zeppelin 1; The Dream Syndicate- Days of Wine and Roses; Uriah Heep- Demons & Wizards.

Best Song: #1 is Room of Strange Love by Haunted Leather. Runners Up: Tired of Toein' That Line by Society of Broken Souls; The Going Up Was Worth The Coming Down by The Black Ryder; Heavy Machinery by Ben Vaughn.

Best New Albums: Haunted Leather's Gone So Long, The Smoking Tree's TST, and David Gilmour's Rattle That Lock. 

Top 5 Pre-2015 purchases: 

The Eyes of The Beacon Street Union

The Complete Collection by The Moving Sidewalks

Crabby Appleton- S/T

Taking Northern Liberties by The 3 Four Tens

Psychedelic Essentials by The Sapphire Thinkers.

It was indeed a very good year.

December Record of The Month

Rattle That LockDavid Gilmour, ex Pink Floyd guitarist, with his latest offering Rattle That Lock. I picked up the deluxe package the other day that has the box set goodies in it- extra music, video, booklet, post card, pick. Very cool items that only help you on your way to even cooler music. This is mainstream enough that you will be able to hear samples anywhere. I appreciate his music over the years so I bought it unheard. Worth every penny.

November Record of the Month

TSTTST by The Smoking Trees. I am absolutely in love with this band, like every reviewer I have seen. Sir Psych is the brainchild behind all this, and he has spent a considerable amount of time listening to very obscure psych and pop music.This is one smooth joyride of an album. There is no place to stop, you just go start to finish right thru the album. 

October Record of the Month

The Eyes of...Ok, so this is a 1968 release. I found a digital version of this after I purchased an original MGM label record at the last convention I attended in Des Moines. After the first minute and a half into the record, it gets good- real good. The inside cover says: And there is the beauty THEY could never find... For all the pretense, and hype they tried to generate, the music is good enough to stand on its own. 

September Record of the Month

Hardest WalkThe Soledad Brothers.

The Hardest Walk.

Kickin' old school Stonesy blues and rock.

A wild ride.

August Record of the Month




the blues.

Enough said.

July Record Of The Month

Haunted LeatherOK, so, I understand your reluctance to hear about another great psychedelic record. I get it, it is not the only kind of music out there. But as it happens, I am all over stuff like this, and this is very, very good. Take the best that Psychic Ills has to offer musically, and mix in the best snarling lyrics from Anton Newcombe, and you have a perfect synopsis of these tunes. I listen to Room of Strange Love every day now. This is my idea of a good time.

June Album of The Month

No picture available of this bands new CD release, but that is OK. Pageant- Royal Blue. Just go to pageantband.com to check out the low down on their new music. I saw then live in Des Moines, talked to them afterwards and got a CD, and it was my luck that I was there that night. This CD is right in my wheelhouse. Really great songs, a few studio tricks, and a lot of heart.