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!

June Album of The Month

No picture available of this bands new CD release, but that is OK. 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. 

May Album of The Month

Wild StrawberriesEternal Tapestry has just released an album called Wild Strawberries. I have Palace Of The Night Skies, Beyond The Fourth Door, and A World Out of Time. This album is full of longer, more relaxed jams, and it is a real treat. If you have enjoyed previous work, you probably already own this. If you are new to the band, start right here. 

April Album of The Month

ChapmanIs.... The Michael Chapman release called Fully Qualified Survivor. This is a 1970 release, still available, and I will tell you why I am picking it. I just became aware of Michael as an artist, and he is still out there making music. This is a delightful set of folk songs with a bluesy tinge to some of the cuts. The electric and acoustic guitar is very tasty. Check out Stranger In The Room or Kodak Ghosts for starters. 

March Album Of The Month

Texas Road TripBen Vaughn is back with another great set of themed music. This time it is a tribute to the late great Doug Sahm. He even goes to Texas and enlists the aid of Sahms back-up band. I first heard Designs In Music thanks to DJ Rich Sims at KRUU. Now I have multiple albums by the man and I am continually thankful for hearing his music. These are his songs, but they capture the spirit of Sahm's music. His re-do of his own song Heavy Machinery is delightful. 

February Album Of The Month

NoctuaryThe Holydrug Couple. Noctuary. Which is defined as 'a record of what passes in the night'. That fits so very, very well. This is music that sounds great anytime of day, but in the night time it takes your attention and it takes you away to a real soft place. I like the sensation of floating along with the tunes, which all have a certain sameness of theme that transforms the listen into one giant track. You see this on my list of best finds from last year. It deserves more attention. 

The Best of 2014 In Music

Here is my take on the best of 2014:

Best Re-Issue: The Beatles ( The White Album) mono mix

Best Song: No Illusion by The Black Hollies. Runners up include The Host Country song A Lot of Things Are Said, What's Inside by Sloan, and The Gap Dream song 58th Street.

Best New Albums: The Host Country- Walk Away. Real Estate- Atlas. John Hiatt- Terms of My Surrender. I give a runner up nod to The Asteroid No.4 for their self-titled release.

Top 5 purchases (pre-2014 releases): Noctuary, by The Holydrug Couple. Feel Bad, by The Young Sinclairs. Think Pink, by Twink. Golden Gunn by Golden Gunn. Roger The Engineer by The Yardbirds.

It was a very good year.


Album of The Month January 2015

Real Estate AtlasNew Jersey band Real Estate, with their 2014 release Atlas. All Music states that their songs have always resided somewhere between head in the clouds lightheartedness and day-dreamy nostalgia. Well, that is a fancy way of saying that the band can write and perform songs of wonder as smooth as butter on a slice of warm bread just out of the oven. When The songs end, I immediately want to start the record over. High praise indeed. 

December 2014 CD of The Month

HiattJohn Hiatt- Terms of My Surrender. Album number 22 in a collection that spans four decades. This music is a long ways away from Pink Bedroom, or even Riding With The King. Low and languid, it just pulls you in with some unmistakable charm that can only come from blues-based music. John is a master storyteller. Brand new release on New West Records label. 

November 2014 CD of The Month

Feel BadThe Young Sinclairs album Feel Bad. I was online looking for new music and a purchased the new Allah-Las CD. A website said- well, if you like this you will enjoy The Young Sinclairs. I do. This music has The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Allah-Las, Psychic Ills, and Mazzy Star influences all over it. But do not be fooled, it is not derivative to any great extent. I can and do listen to this multiple times a week. Check them out on Bandcamp if you want further information. 

October 2014 CD of The Month

Allah LasThe Allah-Las just released an album called Worship The Sun. Extremely enjoyable set of garage rock and pop, kind of moody, and kind of old school. I love this: Three of the four members of the band were working together at Amoeba in L.A., a record store of some renown. One can imagine them being exposed to countless hours of offbeat, jangled, minor key slabs of vinyl. They capture this to perfection.