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 August 2013

David MayfieldI just got this album a few days ago, and it has been in the rotation every day. It is alt country, mainly, with a good rock song, and two nice intrumentals. I have no knowledge of the man, the band, or anything, I just know that I would love to see them live. 'Another Year' is my stand out track. The lyrics to that song are amazing. This is real country music, not the stuff you hear on the silly commercial channels. Just released last month.

Album of the Month July 2013

CoyoteSouth Wales band El Goodo, with their second release, Coyote. Ok, I found this disc when I was searching for music related to the Thee Oh See's new release. This is actually better than that, and that is pretty darn fine. It is music from 2009 that sounds like songs produced in the 1960's. You can hear elements of Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Steve Miller Band, Lovin' Spoonful, Tommy James, and others. I am making these comparisons in the most favorable way possible- they do not mimic these bands, they write songs that are every bit as good as songs those bands wrote. 50 minutes of music,and you will hit the replay button, guaranteed.

Album of The Month June 2013

AcetatesWell, you are going to look at this and wonder what the crap is going on, but I can say with all honesty that you will benefit from listening to this disc. And, there is a demo release that is available that I like as well, or better. That is in short supply, think about ordering it online asap. Best psych pop songs in many a year. Some good acid folk, and freak outs, too. Just listen to some samples online, give it a try. 

Album of The Month May 2013

Ghost TropicJason Molina, Ghost Tropic. 2000 release. Cannot give you any information about the details of this release. James Moore's obit on the KRUU site led me to obtain a copy of this album. It is haunting, to say the least. This album is in a category all by itself. Every once in awhile you hear something and then you say to yourself: That is unlike anything I have ever heard. Here it is. I listen to this over and over, it is thrilling, and soothing at the same time.

Album Of The Month April 2013

JaccoSometimes you just get lucky. I spend at least two hours a week on the Internet just looking for music in the psychedelic vein, or garage rock, or the Paisley Underground; You know, the usual quality stuff. This record has the most carefully crafted songs I have heard in a long time. There are 12 singles on this album. Each song is a world of it's own. It has every element of a great song present for each of the twelve. You owe it to yourself to listen to -at the very least- soundbites of this tasty little sucker. Cabinet of Curiousities by Jacco Gardner.

Album of The Month March 2013

Piece of MindI am listening to this album as I am writing this review. I got to the first song on side two and realized this was my choice. You may remember this band for a series of hits like 'See You In September', and 'I Got Rhythm'. This album they wrote and produced the songs themselves. It is a great story. I did not know it when it came out. I wish I had, it could have been a monster hit. The songs are beefier! The lyrics are insightful, the music is clever and well-written, and the whole thing rocks. I wish they would put out a CD of this. I hope someone gets the digital going on this soon.

CD Of The Month Feb. 2013

ELPEmerson, Lake, & Palmer, their self-titled release from 1970. Possibly the best year for music ever, some say. Well, this is a perfect example of how great music can be inside rock and roll. This music probably spawned countless progressive music bands. Hey, Greg Lake was in King Crimson, the man just had what it took. He and Keith Emerson tear it up for 42 minutes. Really the keys shine on this release, and there are 6 songs on the entire album, three of which are instrumentals. The single 'Lucky Man' is on here and it was a giant hit. That song put the spotlight on them, and we all liked what was illuminated. Remaster available on shoutfactory.

CD of The Month, Jan. 2013

SniderThe master storyteller returns with a fine set of songs. most of which you will not hear on ther radio unless they are heavily edited. He is passionate about his use of swear words, and he is brilliant in his turn of a phrase. This is every bit as good as Viva Satellite, my favorite album of his. You get kickin' guitar work mixed with acoustic ballads, all with the sly wit and attitude. The songs are topical and of the times, as usual. My early favorite is 'Too Soon To Tell', about - well- everything you do with your life prior to death. Also check out the hilarious 'Precious Little Miracles'.

2012 Review

Best New Albums: Richard Hawley, Standing At the Sky's Edge; Ant-Bee, Electronic Church Musik; Todd Snider, Agnostic Tales & Stoner Fables.

Be Re-Issue/Re-Master: Summer of Lust, by The Green Pajamas.

Best Song of 2012: Power Watch by The Pheromoans.

My five top purchases: The Zerfas, S/T; Exploring The Psychedelic, by Liquid Sound Company; Harpo, by Hiss Golden Messenger; Greetings From Planet Love, by The Fraternal Order of The All; Psychic Ills album Hazed Dream.

It was a very good year.

CD of The Month, 12/12

espers 2Espers Two. Espers One, The Weed Tree, and Espers Three are all worth your time if you take the time to listen. I am including this album in my list because this is the first album I obtained from this fine band. I was absolutely blown away by this music; It presents itself like it is from the distant past, from a time where a flute and a lyre meant everything to a dreary, downtrodden world. This is not happy music; it is, however, vital and compelling. Beautiful lilting vocals, haunting melodies, tension and resolution, recurring themes, yeah, it's all good.