When this record hit my inbox over the summer, I had no clue as to who New Planet Trampoline were or what I was about to hear.
The record starts off without answers, fading in slowly with the vague and airy mantra of “There Is Nothing More To Say,” driving it’s point home as you’re bounced pleasantly along by a Pink-Floyd shuffle. Keyboards and harmonies plunge in right after, setting the tone for the rest of the record’s late ’60s psych-pop influence. It’s an excellent homage to the sounds of that era: jangly guitars, clean leads, crafted melodies, and not too much polish. The production quality is modern, though, which adds a freshness to the old familiar sounds.
The band juggles a lot of different influences: “Grim Visions” wouldn’t be out of place on one of the old Nuggets collections. “Ex-President” and the ethereal “This Is The Morning” evoke the Byrds’ jingle-jangle pop. The energy of Arthur Lee’s later work creeps into “Confidence Man.” There are more “flashback” moments, but too many to recount here. Modern influences (grunge, namely) and elements are present as well, and New Planet Trampoline manages to navigate them and add enough twists to keep the songs from sounding dated.
I really like this record, enough that I bought the gorgeous purple double LP after the fact. New Planet Trampoline have accomplished what many try but few pull off well, lovingly incorporating vintage influences and folding them over into a new framework to make a truly original record.
You can check out “Dark Rides And Grim Visions” in all formats at New Planet Trampoline’s BandCamp page, and get news and updates on their Facebook Page.
Big thanks to Stow House Records for bringing this one into my collection!
Started off with some smooth funk and soul this week, then a little softer with blues and folk building to an aural crescendo chock full of big riffs. Fresh tunes, vintage goodies and every trick in between.
New biz from Beyond Beyond Is Beyond, Thrill Jockey, Sunrise Ocean Bender, Riding Easy Records.
Go on, now. It’s all right.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1633: Get Off
Imagine how it would feel to discover that, among your favorite late ’60s/early ’70s groups, there was a missing album? A bulletin goes out to the world that The Who, AC/DC & Led Zeppelin members formed a supergroup that made just one wicked rock record?
That didn’t really happen. But I’ll be damned if Growers of Mushroom doesn’t come close. Continue reading What’s That Sound? Leaf Hound – “Growers of Mushroom” (1971)
Albums can really stick with you. You’ll be doing something unremarkable and a few notes drift out of a passing car or from a fire escape and your memory triggers. Suddenly you’re transported back in time to a place and an emotion that you didn’t realize you’d forgotten. It’s as close to magic in the real world as I’ve experienced.
Being a child of the new millennia, some of my definitive albums date me. The White Stripes’ White Blood Cells reminds me of a stuffy apartment during a windy Colorado winter with the one I let get away. Beck’s Sea Change is a drunken summer spent sleeping rough on a leather couch, starting a new life in a new city. King Crimson’s Court of the Crimson King will always transport me stoned and exhausted after a night shift, dawn light filtering into my basement room with the feel of shag carpet on my shoulders, exhilarated by the sounds emanating from the speakers. I could go on and on, and I bet any of you could, too.
Point is, sometimes a particular album really grabs you by the guts and connects with you in a way that leaves an impression in space and time that you’ll never be able to shake. For me, the latest of these is Morgan Delt’s Phase Zero. Continue reading What’s That Sound? Morgan Delt – “Phase Zero”
Summer’s winding down, school’s back in session and I’m ready to make some noise! Lots of raucous vintage psych and classic rock this week plus all sorts of new loud stuff from all corners of my collection, including a peek at the new Brown Acid compliments of Riding Easy Records.
Attune to get back in the grind without losing your mind!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1632: Commotion
There is a huge musical movement in recent years that’s bringing back riff-based, 1970’s-style rock in a big way. It seems to have started in Europe, namely Scandinavia and other smaller pockets throughout, and is making it’s way across the United States as we speak. Heavy cock-rock guitar lines and long hair are back in, and it’s clear that many younger folks who’ve come up in the age of YouTube have been studying hard after getting a taste of their parents’ (maybe grandparents’?) old Zeppelin and Sabbath records. It’s a great thing.
Many standout bands are worth mentioning in this genre (Slow Season, Wedge, Electric Citizen, so many more) but for today let me focus on Granite City, IL rockers The Judge. They’ve been around a good while now, and their latest album is a rag-tag collection of tunes they’ve released in piecemeal over the last few years and finally put down on one cohesive record. It’s not reinventing the wheel, not even trying to. This record is a bong-fueled time machine trip into your dad’s basement circa 1971.
Continue reading What’s That Sound? The Judge – s/t
When I was a kid back in the ’80s and ’90s, my family owned one of those handheld cassette recorders with the handles. My sister and I, or sometimes friends, would record everything around us. We’d create little radio programs and skits and songs and such. It was silly and fun, full of inside jokes, the kind of thing young people did in in the safe space of close kinship. A level of comfortable where you didn’t care about what anyone thought or said, just fun for fun’s sake.
Chicago siblings White Mystery always remind me of times like that, simpler times before the internet was ubiquitous when you could make something for an audience of two and that was enough. I’ve always found their songs to be filled to the brim with reckless energy, sonic adventures that drag you flailing into a fuzz-soaked fantasy world of the White’s creation. Proclamations of fierce individuality and unflagging loyalty swirl together with apocalyptic imagery and wild stories. All the while, it’s delivered tongue in cheek, never allowing the listener to take it too seriously. It’s always a hell of a ride.
Continue reading What’s That Sound? White Mystery – “Outta Control”
Anyone in psychedelic music circles these days will tell you, there’s plenty of fuzz to go around. Surf riffs drenched in shaky distortion, wobbly keyboard licks and distorted vocal yelps are becoming commonplace, and personally I love it. But as has happened with past music trends from punk to grunge to you name it, standing out from the crowd while indulging in the genre du jour isn’t always easy.
These guys the Harlequins may have a shot at it, though. On their first full LP, “One With You”, the Cincinnati three-piece has crafted a solid garage-pop trip that grabs you quick and keeps you floating.
Continue reading What’s That Sound? The Harlequins – “One With You”
So much music and so little time! Since we have an extra day in our weekend here in the U.S. I thought a three hour special was in order. Focusing on mostly rock, with a special emphasis on new stuff from my favorite labels. Along with the normal vintage fare, look out for treats from the Beyond Beyond Is Beyond, Stickman, Dizzybird, Stolen Body, Magnetic Eye, and Riding Easy imprints. Covering all angles from breezy to heavy, it’s the perfect soundtrack for the discerning rocker basking in backyard leisure. Have a great weekend, enjoy and share!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1631: Coming Your Way
Happy Labor day to all my friends in the U.S. Enjoy your weekend and if you get a chance between barbecues, check out my five favorites from my collection in September.
Be safe! Have fun!
Computers make life easier until they don’t, man. As I slowly salvaged my digital music collection and battled an endless stream of nihilistic ants (they don’t care about food, they just wander around) I managed to throw together this set of slow funk, classic garage and ’70s rock, along with some new psych and soul for flavor.
A soundtrack in solidarity, pushing through the end of summer together. Thanks for hanging in with me!
Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1630: Wild Machines
Nine weeks! Nine weeks it’s been since I’ve been live in the studio, but it was just like riding a bike. A glitchy, overheated bike. But familiar, and fun, and good to be live with you all again.
Started out mellow and vintage with classic tracks and a nod to the late, great vibist Bobby Hutcherson. Then moved into modern with new Kikagaku Moyo, Amerikan Bear, Adrien Younge and some Os Noctambulos (a suggestion from my pal Poppa Horton.)
In the second hour it gets meatier, with a few releases from Riding Easy Records (Slow Season, Electric Citizen, Salem’s Pot) mixed with vintage rockers. There’s even some White Mystery, Blondie, and Heaters in there, just to cover all the bases.
All in all, a great way to spend my morning and I hope a great listen whenever/wherever/whomever you are. Have a great week and make sure to hit up the replay every Tuesday on AffinityRadio.net!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1629: Get A Grip On Yourself
I recorded this as a response to my old friend Chris over at EATVINYL (see his original vid athttps://youtu.be/qY1A5IvIeYk and follow him on Instagram @EatVinyl)
He shared his top 5 favorite at the moment, and so here I am sharing mine in return. We’ve been friends for over 20 years and our musical tastes meet and diverge in interesting places. Look out for more collaborations coming soon!
Those three words describe this week in NYC in a nutshell. Heat index was sitting at 105 degrees before noon and the power at the BBOX studios went out halfway through the show! I had the show together ahead of time, powered through, and have a great mix of vintage and modern psych, rock and funk perfect for blasting out a car window or fire escape.
On second thought, maybe keep the windows closed and the air up.
Keep cool, people! Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1628: Hot, Funky, & Sweaty
Well, here we are. Both major parties have their nominees and I think the nation is a little depressed about it’s choices. An air of divisiveness is seeping in everywhere, and people are anxious and afraid. In other words, this election is no fun at all.
You know what is fun? This list of tunes. I’m determined that no matter what direction we move in here in the States that I’m not gonna panic or let it overwhelm me. All sorts of new and vintage tracks on deck to help out with that, including new releases from the Riding Easy and Beyond Beyond is Beyond imprints.
Fear is the mind killer, it’s said, so let’s rock out and drown out FEAR with NOISE.
Hang in there, we’re gonna be okay.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1627: The Fear