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!

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.

Album of the Month September 2014

Thru Me AgainThis is the album cover for an album called Thru Me Again by La Hell Gang. They are from Chile. This is their second major release. This album is on this list because I just listened to it for the first time, and it knocked my socks off. When I am around home, and not putting shows together, I am listening to exactly this type of music. Straight up rock and roll with a slight psych edge to it. Give the samples online a try, you will like it.

album of The Month August 2014

Wooden HeadThe Proper Ornaments new album is called Wooden Head. Just released on July 8. I have seen a description of this music that includes phrases like 'mildly narcotic' and 'quietly organic'. They have some lo-fi tricks up their sleeves, but mainly when I listen to this I hear echoes of The Beatles. Pulling an individual song out is hard to do, as it just flows from start to finish. If you like melody in your music, this is for you. 

Album of The Month July 2014

The Host Country Walk AwayBrand new release by The Host Country called Walk Away. Private label CD available on Itunes, and from the band. Ty Wistrand and Diana Garles write songs that evoke the deepest of emotions of the human experience without resorting to cliche. Each song takes you to a different but special little corner of our world. Challenging lyrics, hooks on every cut, great finger-picking guitar, and harmony vocals that make your heart ache. Yeah, it's that good, all of it, and you will want a few copies for your friends. www.thehostcountry.com. 

Album of the Month June 2014

Sound MirrorSound Mirror, by Syd Arthur. 2014 release: In fact, I have only listened to this CD three times, but I can assure you it is worthy of this list. I did not 'get it' on the first pass, but the second time I was amazed at how the whole thing fit together so perfectly. It has a fine pop base with a sort of British sensibility to the psych flourishes. Their second LP, on Harvest. 

Album of the Month May 2014

Sand PebblesI listened to this CD the other day and remembered why I was so darn excited about it when I bought it. Most of it is straight up rock, with a slightly heavy edge to it. The rest of it is real cool psych music. Check out Red, Orange, Purple, and Blue or their tribute song Black Sun Ensemble. Originally released in 2009. 

Album Of The Month April 2014

Golden Gunn album coverYou have heard this new collaboration between Steve Gunn and Hiss Golden Messenger being played on Fringe Toast and Centripetal Sounds. This is one of those albums that you have to play again the very first time you hear it. The first few songs are strung together like beads on a necklace. Once they get into a groove they pull out every slippery vamp known to man. Low on vocals and high on tone. Available as an online download as well as conventional ways. 

Album of the Month March 2014

Dead Mans BandHere is an interesting take on the blues. Band has a very strong female vocal lead. The straight up blues numbers are full of interesting guitar licks. They get a bit spacey at times, on a couple of numbers, and that is not a criticism. The vamping is down and dirty. The whole album flows along, and as I listened the first time, I kept thinking I was hearing the best song, and then the next song would come along and destroy that notion. Greek band, find them on bandcamp. Vol. II is also out. Dead Man's Band.

Album Of The Month February 2014

Bardo StoryCrazy album cover, and crazy good music inside. Like last months offering, this is solidly in the psychedelic vein. There are instrumentals, and songs with chanting but no words, and then there are vocals with otherworldly concepts, and even some nice pop songs. All in about 40 minutes time. Lots of places to hear sound samples all over the Internet. Try House of Leaves, Pondering, or Further Outro. This new wave of psych music is exciting.

2013 Review

G ManMy review of the best of 2013 goes like this:

Re-Issue of The Year: Moondance, by Van Morrison. Runner-Up: Then Play On by Fleetwood Mac.

Best Song: Another Year by The James Mayfield Parade. Runners-Up: Walkin' With A Woman by Rose Windows; Lookout by James Hunter; On An Afternoon by The Smoking Trees; Little Jane by Jacco Gardner.

Best New Albums: Good Man Down by The David Mayfield Parade; Cabinet of Curiosities by Jacco Gardner; Acetates by The Smoking Trees. Runner-Up was Kurt Vile's Wakin On A Pretty Daze.

Top Five Purchases(Pre-2013): Introspection- A Faine Jade Recital by Faine Jade(1968); Coyote by El Goodo(2009); Are You In Or Out? by The Growlers(2009); Ghost Tropic by Jason Molina(2000); Person Pitch by Panda Bear(2007). First runner-up was Mountain Bus by Mountain Bus(1971).

It was a very good year.