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

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.

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.