I have four different records that I am playing all the cuts from during this show. Up first is a band called The Faded Tapes. Their ten song self-titled release is available online. Up next is Prime Mover with a four song EP called 'Every Atom of My Blood'. Both of these are sort of moody indie bands, with a smattering of mainstream rock tossed in occasionally. Then its on to '& Yet & Yet' by the canadian band Do Make Say Think. If you are a fan of Marconi Union or Sigur Ros you will appreciate their subtle interweaving of elements. Lastly, Duster with a single called 'Apex, Trance-Like'. That is not a description, just the title. These are not mainstream bands, but give them a listen, there is some worthy stuff here. Cool Breeze
Of course, this picture has nothing to do with the music in the show, I just laughed out loud when I saw it so I could not resist putting it here. The 'stones' refer to The Rolling Stones, and the 'drones' refer to the type of music in some songs. If you have ever heard the album 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' you will grok the show completely. I get a major kick out of people that can bend guitar strings. I have a lot of respect for people who can put together songs like 'Soul Giver' by Opal. That, along with Spacemen 3 and The Liquid Sound Company represent the drones. The Kings of Leon, Cracker, Dead Meadow, and The Dirt Fisherman land on the stones side. Killer rock and roll, mezmerising soundscapes, and witty banter.... The G Man
Not just Dream Green, but dreaming in the classic sense of the word. Dreaming when your mind is so captivated by the thought that you enter into another reality, another flow of time even. That is the effect we are reaching for Saturday morning. I have two albums that you will be experiencing for this show. First up is 'Bones' by Gabrielle Roth & the Mirrors. See the 4/5 blog for Centripetal Sounds for the story there. I love how deep that music gets. In hour two get involved with the self titled release by Parasites of The Western World. I found this album online by searching for the band Psychic Ills, and discovering they had a playlist on a blog site that included the song 'A Rare Case of The Blues'. When I hear music like this for the first time I get all excited and email or text my son and daughter and gush... well, you know... Cool Breeze
Oh, man, I have a real soft spot in my heart for line drawings like this. Did you ever see the inner booklet of the Mountain album Nantucket Sleighride? That's what I'm talkin' about. Anyway- get to the music part, right? I am playing songs that have a seriously heavy beat, rock and roll style. Ok, I start the show with DJ Shadow doing 'Midnight In A Perfect World'. That is the only rap you are going to get, but it is a powerful song. If you remember Creedence Clearwater Revival, in hour one I am playing 'Graveyard Train'. Also Led Zeppelin with my favorite song of theirs (hah! I can't pin them down to one song!), 'You Shook Me'. Plus The Dream Syndicate and The The. Hour One, and hour two, have songs by Gabrielle Roth and The Mirrors. I heard their music in an extremely eclectic head shop in Des Moines for the first time a couple of months ago, and bought a CD on the spot. You know, the kind of place where you walk in and it smells awesome because of the herbs and incense they sell?
I make the case for S P A C E on the next Rainbow Rider. The is a good bit of silence and some intricate interplay between instruments on all these songs. Sometimes it is best to just let a riff ride on and on until its all played out. Hence 'Moonchild' by King Crimson is coming your way. Also 'Set The Controls For The Heart of The Sun' by Pink Floyd. Andy Bargerstock turned me on to the Al Gromer Khan song 'The Wayfarer', and now you will want a copy, too. In hour two hear 'Bear Melt' by the Jefferson Airplane. Plus some tunes by The Liquid Sound Company, The Sand Pebbles, Siloah, and The Eels. This would be a good time to set your alarm...Cool Breeze
Here I go again with another trickster of a show. I am playing songs from bands that are two-parters on the albums they are on. Part one will be during the first hour, and then in reverse order you will hear part two during the second hour. Centripetally speaking, of course, this is normal. I am anything but. The show begins with The Moody Blues doing 'Out and In'. So here are a few examples of two part songs you will be enjoying: "Fields of Joy' and its reprise by Lenny Kravitz. Jimi Hendrix with 'Rainy Day, Dream Away', and 'Still Raining, Still Dreaming'. I broke 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' by Pink Floyd into parts 1-5, and 6-9. Well, that's the idea, anyhow. Also have Todd Snider Peter Schilling and Emerson, Lake, & Palmer. And we all had a real good time...The G Man
I'm feeling epic for the show, feelin' it, so I have 6 songs that tip the scales at 10 minutes or more. Some pretty exciting workouts like 'Liberation' by Chicago Transit Authority, and 'Alpha Omega Apocalypse' by Bruce Palmer. In the first hour, a long jam by The Beat of the Earth, and the second hour, a long jam by The Grateful Dead. Also Leo Kottke with an interesting extended workout. Cool Breeze
Well I see that Van Dyke Parks is on the air with Mike at the one o'clock hour Thursday. So I will strictly by chance be regaling you with songs inspired by that incredible songwriter. The show starts with Amiina pulling us from the level of random collisions of atoms into... a laugher of a song by The Asteroid No. 4. The Beach Boys highlight the first hour, along with Lemon Jelly, Kevin Gordon, and Jakob Dylan. Side two opens with the b side of a Nazz 45 rpm, a rare cut by Opal, and the band Paris Working doing the song 'Sleep' with one of my favorite lines ever: "You need a blood doner, out with the old, and in with the new." Also look for REM, U2, and XTC to meddle with your aural cavity in unseen but profoundly felt ways. Last song by the Zerfas, a band you just have to hear. Their one release is radiant. Radio Active radio by The G Man.
I do not know how this happened, but for some odd reason about five of my favorite songs ended up on this one show... heh. Well, get ready for some monumentally huge tunes in my world. First up, 'Season of The Witch' by Al Kooper & Steven Stills. Then, it's on to '1983' by Jimi Hendrix. Immediately followed by 'Echoes' from Pink Floyd. Plus, two songs coming up later in the show by The Wallets and Jefferson Airplane. I also have some Doors and Led Zeppelin. The show concludes with a great song from the album 'Easter Everywhere' by The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Leave Your Body Behind. If you have to be up working, or you want to be up creating an alternate life, check this show out. Cool Breeze
Songs about thinking, and songs about thinking about thinking, and songs about thinking you are right and you're not, and songs about taking a little trip in your mind or with your mind, and songs about not thinking when maybe you would have been better served by thinking, and songs about the state of the world, and the state of your world, and the world of love, and the world outside, and the world inside, and the world as we want it not know it, and a couple of songs that allow you to stop and think. The G Man