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!

September Album of The Month

Dead RingersHorseback has a new album out called Dead Ringers. I happened on some samples of the music on a website, and I was hooked immediately. The pace is slow to meandering, the guitar work is impeccable, and the mood is very late night. This band is moving their sound right into my wheelhouse. I can't say the sound is unique, but it is compelling, well-written and performed music.

August Record Of The Month

Society of Broken SoulsLocal Fairfield, Iowa residents by way of Seattle and two other fine bands, these experienced musicians bring a breathtaking skill set to their original songs. If you missed my show with them as guests, check the podcast out. Songs like Tired of Toein' That Line, Shape I'm In, and Wyoming capture the essence of dealing with the hand of man, as they so aptly put it. Here is an example of what the major labels need to be putting out instead of Pitbull or (fill in your pet peeve here). www.societyofbrokensouls.com. They are on the road the rest of this year so consider a live event.

July CD of The Month

HWAI am two weeks early, but I am certain of my next pick: Hard Working Americans new CD Rest In Chaos. I listened to this once, and did not think much of it. The second time through a week later, I listened to it, and then put on the headphones and listened again. The third time through I realized what I had missed by just casual listening. These songs all have a central theme, and that is the unique look at the world that Todd Snider brings. The Guy Clark cover does nothing to take the album off track. I absolutely love what these guys are laying down.

June CD of The Month

My CD of the month is Good Times by The Monkees. It has been over forty years since they released a record. That is incredible enough. However, the music is quite good. In one sense, the disc sounds like it was made 45 years ago. The songs have that same pop freshness their old albums featured. It surprised me just how pleasant and comfortable that felt. A welcome addition to my collection of their music. Good Times

May CD of The Month

Dr DogDr. Dog: The Psychedelic Swamp. This is a 're-imagining' of their first album, somehow, someway. I am not sure that means much because this record is awesome. It will just reach out and grab you. They have a great sense of humor, but they really can write great hooks. The psych stuff is colorful and entertaining and a very small part of what is going on. 

April CD Of The Month

OuroborosRay LaMontagne. Ouroboros. <sigh> I gotta tell ya, I live for moments where I come across great music like this. My son texts me and says- hey, you HAVE to hear this song. I had already bought it the week it came out. Ray has had a string of nice albums. This is a departure, or a progression, depending on your point-of-view. If you listen to one song, you might miss how brilliant this all hangs together. 

March 2016 Album Of The Month

SF DancehallTrevor Jackson Presents Science Fiction Dancehall Classics. This is a compilation of On-U Sound Records. The two disc set ranges from a sparse and effects- laden dub sound, to post punk and industrial music. There is a major amount of experimentation going on by the artists, and generally with surprisingly good results. 2015 release. www.on-usound.com.

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.