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!

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. A Thousand Wild Flowers by The Sand Pebbles.

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 David 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.

Album Of The Month January 2014

JaccoA February 2013 release by Dutch multi-instrumentalist and producer Jacco Gardner, Cabinet of Curiosities. I happened on this as I was doing a music search one afternoon, generally looking for new bands that play psychedelic music. This is a new version of old-school psych. It has the kind of lyrics that set you to pondering. The music is engaging and fresh, and completely hook laden. The equipment is sixties style analog- he even uses the Mellotron that the Moody Blues used many years ago. Sounds like the best sixties pop music ever made, just like the stuff I grew up on. 

Album of The Month December 2013

Album coverDirty Streets new release, Blades of Grass. A Mississippi band that has two independant releases prior to this disc. Now hailing from Memphis and thriving there with a old time blues and boogie rock straight out of that late 60's early 70's sound. Nothing trendy here: 3 piece, some muscular harmonica, and well-crafted songs. The album I bought has a red-colored vinyl for the disc, an added bonus, in my mind. Album art is still worth the collecting, but come for the tunes if you want music you can listen to frequently and not get tired of it.

For November, November

November                         The Green Pajamas have re-released an old cassette tape of songs called November. They are referring to 1987, when they were in the studio working with producer Jack Endino, who worked with Nirvana and Soundgarden, also Seattle bands. The songs were recorded live, in one take, in front of a small but enthusiastic audience. It is very live, very raw, very energetic power pop. Quite unique in a catalogue that runs to thirty records now. Catch it from Green Monkey Records or thegreenpajamas.net. 

Album of the Month October 2013

MoondoggiesAnother Seattle band... that town has a wealth of creativity in it. I was just browsing a website that lists new music, and this jumped out at me. Brand new release, available everywhere, check out their website for samples, and a tour list. Oh yes, the music: One rock song, and the rest is nice country-tinged Americana. Great hooks, and excellent harmony vocals. The song Don't Ask Why is a great place to start if you want to know how good this music sounds. 

Album of the Month September 2013

ConcreteThis might be the album cover from Vietnam, the band. It might be called The Concrete Is Always Grayer On The Other Side Of The Street. My copy came in a brown paper bag...It may contain some offensive lyrics, I cannot even tell most of the time what it is they are singing. Not to worry, the music itself is so cool you won't even mind listening to the thing over and over again until you get the jist of them. The first song Too Tired is a great melting pot of hooky guitar lines and sexy horn work. It is worth the price of the album alone. Aside from one rocker, it is mostly post punk mixed with rural folk, if you can imagine that mixture. 2007 release.