Centripetal Sounds

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  • Thursday 2-5pm

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!


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. 

January Album of The Month

Phase ZeroThis is Phase Zero by Morgen Delt. The cover of the album is a good indicator of the music within. Very bright, vivid musical colors of sound. If it is possible to listen to a ray of sunshine, or see a dance like no one is watching tune, this is your next purchase. I can be listening to this in the background as I am working, and then I find myself captured by the music and gently rocking back and forth. Well, suffice it to say, a new batch of clever tunes from a time warp late sixties seer.

December Album of The Month

Green PajamasThe Green Pajamas have released To The End of The Sea on Green Monkey records. I am not going to lie to you, I love everything these folks do. This is like release #33 for Jeff Kelly and company. You will only get the full effect of the power of this music from sitting down in the sweet spot in front of your stereo and going start to finish. This picture is not the album cover, it is part of a promo. Anyhow, this is the finest pop music out there, check it out.

November Album of The Month

JK and CoSuddenly One Summer by the band J.K. & Co. This is a very laid back affair, the kind of album I can listen to anywhere, anytime. I have been spinning it in the car mostly, and playing some cuts on the radio. This is a perfect example of finding an album made in the sixties that I wish I had heard back then. It is hard to pull individual songs, because the effect of the power of the lyrics is lost unless you listen start to finish. Richly recorded, intricately made, and worth trying to find.

October Album of The Month

Psychic IllsInner Journey Out by Psychic Ills. There is a gorgeous instrumental track called Ra Wa Wa you simply must hear. Very bluesy, laid back, sleazy at times, and best listened to start to finish. I buy everything this band puts out, including the stuff you have to order on vinyl from some obscure website in order to get it. If you want to spend about 70 minutes in a wave form that puts a little smile on your face, this is for you.

T Shirt As A Fundraiser for the Station

NEW T SHIRTAs a fundraiser for the KRUU, this creme colored shirt with a deep maroon contrast is available. Contact me at centripetalsounds@gmail.com if you would like one shipped direct to your door. Medium and large cotton T unisex version.