:Episode Seventy-Seven: 10.6.2017
|Loop||Sunburst (Peel Session)||Wolf Flow|
|Acid Baby Jesus||Me & Panormita||Lilac Days|
|Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith||A Kid||The Kid|
|Richard Horowitz||Eros Never Stops Dreaming||Eros In Arabia|
|Mdou Moctar||Sousoume Tamachek||Sousoume Tamachek|
|Carla Dal Forno||We Shouldn't Have To Wait||The Garden EP|
|Acid Mothers Temple||Anthem Of The Space (Part I)||Anthem Of The Space|
|Moebius Story Leidecker||Block Blow||Familiar|
|Svarte Greiner||The Boat Was My Friend||Knive|
|German Oak||Bear Song||Down In The Bunker|
|Shooting Guns||Flavour Country||Flavour Country|
We start the show off this week with the song Sunburst, by Loop, my favorite band of the shoegaze era (sorry, My Bloody Valentine), in honor of the fact that, per weather forecasts, this weekend will see the last burst of sun here in the Pacific Northwest before we settle in for our annual nine month rainy season (or, rather, drizzly season). We also hear, in the first set, from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, native of Washington state's Orcas Island, and her latest album of synthesizer stylings performed on a Buchla, the much, much less-well-known rival to Moog (I highly recommend the documentary "I Dream of Wires" for a thorough rundown on the Moog/Buchla competition of the late 60s).
The middle set is largely taken up by side one of the recently reissued Anthem of the Space, an album-length song by Acid Mothers Temple, who I still enjoy in spite of their reputation as being "entry-level" psych. They are the band that, to my mind, comes closest to carrying the torch of Kings of the Space-Rock Freakout borne previously by Hawkwind (who... are kinda, sorta, technically still in existence, but in that prolonged, depressing, "we'll keep at it until every original member is dead" senescence that seemingly every single band that started in the 60s is going through. Didn't think the Temptations or Three Dog Night existed anymore? Check the listings for your local casino).
Finally, we end with German Oak, and their one and only album Down In The Bunker, a Krautrock obscurity that I've wanted to play on the show for some time, but have refrained from due to its tendency to be misinterpreted as pro-Nazi. It's a concept album about the rise and fall of the Third Reich, which, save for the song titles (e.g. "Swastika Rising," "The Third Reich," "Shadows of War") and a few samples of Hitler speaking, you'd never know, since it's entirely instrumental. Anyhow, for its most recent reissue, the songs have all been retitled ("The Third Reich" is now "Bear Song", for instance - the band also claims, in the liner notes, that the whole story-of-the-Nazis framework was created by the label as a marketing ploy), so hopefully it can be appreciated for what it is: an extended, lo-fi proto-boogie-rock jam session, and not pro-Hitler agitprop.