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!

February Album of The Month

Electric LooneylandWell, this is the new Serpent Power release, Electric Looneyland. Right at the top they ask you if you have been there- a nod to Jimi Hendrix I suppose. And the back cover album art looks like something out of Captain Beyond's excellent album cover Sufficiently Breathless. But it is the music that is the reason for inclusion. If this had been made in 1967 I would not have been surprised. There are ten pop songs in the tradition of power pop bands of that era. I would reference The Lemon Pipers, Electric Prunes, Dukes of Stratosphere, and the like. All ten songs could end up on my playlists; it is that well done. My cd copy is from Skeleton Key Records.

January Album of The Month

Science FictionScience Fiction by the band Brand New. I know nothing of their other work. I heard they were breaking up. I do not usually purchase music these days without hearing it first. I saw this on so many 'best-of' lists from last year that I decided to pull the trigger. I have already played the opening track Lit Me Up on my show. Other standouts include Could Never Be Heaven, 137, Desert, and Batter Up. Alternative post rock with a nod to a Yo La Tengo sort of experimentalism. If that makes any sense to you at all. Available everywhere on every format.

The Year In Review

Here is some great music to consider. I acquired all these during 2017 and I feel like I am better off for it.

Reissues: Neil Young, Hitchhiker; Wilco, A.M.; The Creation, Action Painting.

Song of The Year: Slow Down by The Host Country. Runners up: Watching Him Fade Away by Mac DeMarco, or Freedom, by The Infamous Stringdusters.

Album of The Year: The new self-titled release by The Host Country. Honrable mention to Mac Demarco (This Old Dog), and The Paperhead (Chew).

Purchased albums produced previous years that knocked me out: Damon, Song of The Gypsy; The Excursions, S/T; The Churchills, S/T; John Lyons & The Blue Diamonds, Light In The Lowlands; ? and The Mysterians, 96 Tears; Chubby Checker, Chequered!

It was a very good year.

December Album of The Month

SpoonfulYes, this was originally released in 1965. Whether you own it already or not, you will want to give a listen to the remastered version that has recently been released. You have heard me sing the praises of the stellar job they have done on Beatles and other bands recordings. This has that same improvement in quality. The band has five originals, and numerous great covers of traditional songs. It is lean and clean and quite short compared to today's standards, but I can listen to it over again when Night Owl Blues fades out. It is nice music to get happy with...

November Album of The Month

JimiJimi Hendrix: People, Hell, and Angels. There may be some consumer fatigue with the Hendrix catalogue, but I found this release to be a breath of fresh air. There are well-covered songs on here, but the versions are gutsy and full of life. A few of these are new to me, and all of them are worth the price of admission. I have been playing Earth Blues and Easy Blues on the radio. Got this on sale at a chain bookseller store for a very good price, too. The family has done much to cement the incredible legacy of a brilliant guitarist. This one is a big plus.

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.