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!

CD Of The Month, November 2012

skys edgeRichard Hawley, 2012 release 'Standing At The Sky's Edge'. I have heard a ton of new albums that have come out this year, and this one is unique. He has a baritone voice, very powerful. He kicks into songs with a straight ahead rock group backing, but there are flourishes of psychedelia mixed into the recording that give a hard edge to the music. Big sound, big guitar big big big. The man has been making albums for this decade and doing quite well, but this is in my wheel house and probably yours, too.

CD of The Month, October 2012

Ant BeeWhen I arrived at the station the other day, I found an envelope waiting for me with a CD in it- pictured at left. A man named William James had sent me a copy, unsolicited by me. I am happy to report that this is by any account I can make, a brilliant piece of work. I am always looking for, and hoping that, someone out there is still making good old fashioned psychedelic music. This band has ex Mothers of Invention members. So you get oop-shooby stuff, along with sublime chanting and vocals, stellar guitar work, and even some straight up pop songs. Really, this is the kind of album that you want to listen to start to finish, as a kind of 'experience'. Well worth seeking out,and available at all the usual places.

CD of The Month Sept. 2012

luffGreetings From Planet Love! The Fraternal Order of The All, actually Andrew Gold working at home. To great effect. This is one of those albums you love to find: every song is great. Production, vocals, music, it's all good. It actually was made this decade, but it sounds like it was made about the time Sgt. Peppers came out. Echoes of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Bob Dylan. Sound effects, backwards vocals, guitar overdubs, trippy lyrics. A distinct pleasure start to finish.

CD of The Month August 2012

CurtainsCurtains. John Frusciante. I think #6 of six albums he released one after another in 2004/2005. Mr. Tom Rue of Des Moines, Iowa, correctly pointed out to me that this Red Hot Chili Pepper band mate was making some ridiculously awesome music under his own name. This is the kind of album I LOVE to find. Intelligent lyrics, clean playing, unexpected instruments and backing vocals. so mellow, and yet I find it to be intense in execution. John says he was just laying around the house on a pillow and recording songs. He even admits that the lead guitar was plugged into the SAME AMP he was using AT THE SAME TIME. Oh, the humanity of it all!

CD Of The Month July 2010

humpPrior to this second release, the band had a minor hit on it's first album with 'Hello, Hello'. That disc was some fine garage rock. This disc is great Southern California hippie rock, with one uptempo song, 'Astronaut Food', a great rocker. Mostly, it is languid, laid back, and mellow music in the key of stone. The lyrics mean something. The music can stand alone without the singing. And with that you are two-thirds of the way to a worthy offering. The intangible here is taking the whole thing in at once, you get the distinct impression that they knew before they started it was going to roll the way it did. Its like a jigsaw puzzle when the last piece goes in. Anyway, I would love to hear their next album that never happened. If you like John Sebastians work, you will enjoy this immensely.

CD Of The Month June 2012

american WomanThe Guess Who album American Woman. Originally produced and released in 1970 on RCA Records. Giant hits on the radio with American Woman, and No Time. It goes way deeper than those worthy efforts. One of my favorite instrumentals ever is on this disc, 969(The Oldest Man). Awesome guitar solo, flute solo combination. 'Talisman' is five minutes of trippy lyrics and beautiful music that really sets the standard for psychedelic songs in the Acid folk department. Straight up rockers are the rule, but the disc ends with 'Humpty's Blues', and you could not ask for better blues guitar and harp than what is on this song. Good reissues available on CD and digital media.

CD of The Month May 2012

Led Zep 1I was looking at the list of records I have highlighted and I realized I had overlooked this to some extent. This album launched about 7000 other albums in my collection- maybe yours, too. This is a 'modern' take on the blues. The band stole every great idea from every old blues dude out there, and then amped them up to '11'. The best song is 'You Shook Me', and I am splitting hairs because the whole album is way cool. Instrumentals, killer vocals by Robert Plant, flat out awesome guitar by Jimmy Page, and enough balls to make your girlfriend blush. The band went on to record six more definitive, ground-breaking, essential albums, but none of them kicks it any harder than this release. Why don't you just go out and buy all seven at once and save yourself the trouble.

CD Of The Month April 2012

meddleMeddle. Pink Floyd. Their sixth album, released October 1971. OK, so this is the album that preceeded 'Dark Side'. I like it even better than that monumental effort because the songs are much more firmly in the realm of space rock. Side two is all 'Echoes', an absolutely fantastic song that runs 22 minutes and seems like half that length. Side one has one great floater after another, with stellar guitar work and languid vocals. Plus, you get the famous song where the dog sings along with the band: Seamus. It is not their biggest seller, not their most psychedelic, and not the first album you will buy by them. If you want to know where countless bands got their shoegazer/drone/experimental ideas, then check this out. Remastered version 2011 on EMI.

CD of the Month March 2012

DreamThe band: The Dream Syndicate.

The album: The Days of Wine and Roses.

This is some kickin' rock music. Karl Precoda on lead guitar, and he can smoke it. He went on to form the Last Days of May band. Kendra Smith on bass, also of Opal, Rainy Day, and great solo work. And then there is Steve Wynn, the consummate writer, performer, and band front man. He plays guitar on this offering, other instruments later on other fine releases. check out the songs Definately Clean, Until Lately, and the title track for a great shot of energetic music. This is not the album cover, nothing to see there, very understated, unlike the music!                                 

CD of the Month Febuary 2012

ISP1969. What a glorious year for music. Produced by the same man that did Chicago, featuring Paul Cotton,

heavily guitar driven up tempo rock

and roll. The music, the album cover,

and contents are all very creative, In

fact, the quote in my personal bio

comes from this album cover. I have

listened to this hundreds of times,

literally. Available in all formats.

Overlooked by way too many people when it was released.