Sundial is the band, and the name of the game is 'Reflecter'. The deluxe edition is front and center for the show. You heard a tantalizing bit at the end of last weeks show, tonight the whole enchilada. This is a 2010 release of a two disc set that includes the Reflecter CD, the 'Fazer" EP, plus bonus tracks, outtakes, demos, and live tracks. My favorite cut is actually the last song of the morning. They included the song that they built strictly for opening live shows, and it is a hodge podge, and a treat. Reflection: The return of the rays of the sun. The transference of an excitement from one nerve fibre to another by means of the nerve cells. Sounds like another ride..... Cool Breeze
It appears as though every so often I am bound to develop a show that is very personal to me. In the general scheme of things, this one is right up near the top. Every song for this show contains some lyric that speaks directly to my experience of living, working, playing, relaxing, studying, relating, or contemplating. When I hear the phrase, "I'd like you to know, that four in the morning my world is very still", I can relate to that deeply transcendant moment of summertime first light. And then there is the proverbial: "work will set you free." We will start with The Beatles of course, since 'A Day In The Life' triggered this whole happening. Then through Paul Kantner, Captain Beefheart, Jethro Tull, Johnny Rivers, and Cracker, before ending with an Eric Whitacre song about sleep. I am channelling the spirit of one man's daily rock and roll for all you consumers of quality music out there. enjoy. The G Man
I had an idea that I wanted to put together a show with some sitar music as a base. As I was leafing through my record collection I spotted my copy of 'Maharishi Mahesh Yogi', and old Liberty label release where he speaks about love and the untapped source of power that lies within. Background music on sitar by Amiya Das Gupta! So we have that going for us. In addition, I have a couple of songs by The Moody Blues. Plus John McLaughlin inside the group Shakti doing 'Lotus Feet', and Paul Winter from his 'Icarus' release. Also Kaleidoscope, Brian Auger, Al Gromer Khan, Tonto's Expanding Headband, and Sundial, among others. More talk than usual, but not by the Breeze.....
OTBT stuff, as the man used to say on radio station KFMH, Muscatine Iowa. Last week was an overview of the Progression programs, this week it's counterpart from the same era. Off The Beaten Track had the same edge to it, the same outside the box thinking, and the same creative spirit. Every genre you can imagine is represented here, and again we see bands performing that just faded away into the good night mixed with eventual "stars of the radio". Look for Brian Eno, New Order, and The Smiths. You may be familiar with Japan and Shriekback. You might be hearing from people such as The Hellbillies, The Dills, American Taboo, or Cathedral of Tears for the first time. Scratchy old records played through the airwaves onto a cassette tape that got digitally transferred to a laptop from an old Panasonic RS-TS272. Hard to ignore, impossible to duplicate, guaranteed to thrill..... think 'the only government'... The G Man.
Right after the 3 AM bell, you will hear George Harrisons first album in all its glory. Two cuts, each full side length. It is called 'Electronic Music', from 1968. I am not sure, but it seems like it would have been cutting edge then, considering it sounds that way NOW. Hee. In the 2 O'Clock hour, I am featuring an album called 'Birds' by a band called Trace. Bought this album from a used store in West Des Moines. when I listened to it I discovered that it sounded a lot like ELP mixed with an orchestra. Pretty cool stuff, if you ask me. The other song in hour one worth mentioning: 'Cute', by The Rascals, from their Freedom Suite release. They would go on to record a lot more music like this song. Nightime music for discriminating palates... Cool Breeze
Let me introduce myself. I am The G Man, the Only Government you will ever need on Planet Rock & Roll. This show is the beginning of a massive amount of proof of that statement! By 'Overture' I mean that I have assembled a two-hour show that has elements of each of the next 6 shows. By 'Progression', I am referring to the radio program that originated on KUNI FM out of Cedar Falls, IA, back in the late 70's and 80's. At the time, I had a stereo receiver that had quite a good range of signal capture. So, I recorded music off of the radio onto 90 minute cassettes, and played them back later when I was driving around and working outside. To say that these tapes are priceless is to diminish their worth, somehow. Some of the music on those tapes is by bands that later became famous. A lot of the music is by bands you have never heard of, and will never hear from again. That is the amazing part. They have been painstakingly transferred to digital form. I have about 6 shows worth of music. These are rough recordings, and crystal clear recordings mixed together.
One way or another, the albums playing the overnight show this week are borne from down home situations, like any good garage rock. First is 'Psychedelic Lollipop' by The Blues Magoos. Ten snarly, crafty tunes from the sixties. Then we go to the self-titled first release by Now Playing, just released last year. One man band work on straight up rock & roll tunes. Side two starts with another 2010 release, 'Bees In Your Bed Bad' by Sigourney Reverb. No, they come from Seattle. Lotta punk mixed into their mix. Finally, The Host Country chimes in with their 'EP' release from last year. Very nice home-spun tunage with thoughtful lyrics and kickin' fingerstyle guitar. Had to leave off the one song with the epithet included. Enjoy. Cool Breeze
Oh, happy day, the time has arrived for another show. Two hours to cover all the ground necessary to get you moving towards the center of everything- or, at least the hole in the middle of the record...I have extra time during the winter to uncover new music, so the show is loaded with 'discoveries'. Topical music from Andrew Younge, Goldrush, The Head and The Heart, and DJ Shadow. Blues and country tunes from Farmageddon Records for a mini set. Some psychedelia from The Lolliopop Shoppe, Psychic Ills, The Faded Tapes, Parton kooper Planatarium, and Duster. Plus some good old mainstream rock from regional bands around the USA. LA, Detroit, Twin cities, Chicago, you know. You will be smiling too, after hearing all this great stuff. The G Man
Given the predicted single digit temperature overnight tonight, this music comes at just the right time. My CD spotlight is 'Warm Sounds From A Cold Town' by Miss Bliss. A 1998 release from Dexter, Michigan. Look it up. I found this in my mailbox one day upon arriving home from work. I sat down out on my back patio with an appetizer plate, an adult beverage, and a nice little hickory fire. I put the earphones in and watched the sun go down. It was a magical experience. Now after that, I am playing some music by bands that are in the same vein as this music. We will hear cuts by Spacemen 3, Wooden Shjips, Tame Impala, and David Gilmour, among others. A second hour treat is Quest For Fire doing a song called 'Greatest Hits By God'. Tune in! Warm Breeze
A Little cross-talk here between Centripetal Sounds and The Rainbow Rider has resulted in a show that spilled over the rainbow onto the 2 PM Thursday floor. A rather large spill, I might add. Like the youngster to the left, I feel kind of like I am getting caught with the goods. Now if you like slow developing songs where the band takes a theme to excess, you are in the right place today. Glass: Music in Similar Motion is an extremely subtle take on musical progression. Oh, Shadie by The Warlocks is a painstakingly slow to develop guitar freak out. Two songs by Charalambides are like doing a slow motion dive into a big fluffy cloud. I even have a three song mini set from Porcupine Tree from their Signify release. The up-tempo heavier side will be represented by Flower Travellin Band, Uriah Heep, Sleepy Sun, and Brother JT. JT is in there so you do not lose your sense of humor about things. No, really. (This is the 'beyond' part!) The G Man