Friday, February 29, 2008
FEED YOUR HEAD - Volume 1 (1993)
The first in a series of jaw dropping ambient dub compilations from pioneer techno label Planet Dog Records, which spawned such acts as Eat Static, Banco De Gaia, Astralasia, Timeshard and System 7! This chapter starts off with a soft-spoken mental monster from Astralasia! The Eat Static track is very tribal and slow, unlike a majority of their tracks, and rocks the didgeridoo like you wouldn't believe! The remix of the Banco De Gaia song is totally beautiful.
This compilation also features some great space tracks, and a track by Eat Static side-project The Ullulators! As it says in the cd inlay, "Now sit back and glisten"!!!
1. Astralasia - Twilight Whirl
2. The Drum Club - Furry Meadows (Dogstar Mix)
3. Eat Static - Kothluwalawa
4. Banco De Gaia - Qurna (Haj Ali's Birthday Mix)
5. Pressure Of Speech - Surveillance
6. Optic Eye - Blue Dreamers
7. The Knights Of The Occasional Table - Rain
8. Tuu - One Thousand Years
9. System 7 - Habibi (The Camel Mix)
10.Nodens Ictus - Plurlngrium
11.The Ullulators - "...And Hardly Any Ears!"
"To find your mind, you have to lose it first."
FEED YOUR HEAD - Volume 2 (1994)
My personal favorite of the FYH series! This is just about as deep as ambient dub gets. Every track on this one is great. The album never gets boring - which is saying a lot for an ambient dub compilation - it is always changing and is really damn intense in some points.
My favorite tracks on this compilation is "Anacoluthon", "Schmoo Dub" and "Travelling Without Moving".
**This is one of the best albums-to-have-sex-to in the world!
1. Makyo - Dakini (Sky Dancer Mix)
2. Code - Parsifal
3. Optic Eye - Anacoluthon
4. Inner Space - Warrior
5. Children Of The Bong - Symbol 1
6. The Drum Club - Boom Mantra (Sea Full Of Stars Mix)
7. Spooky - Schmoo Dub
8. Alien Progeny - Sadhana
9. Opik - Traveling Without Moving
10.Path - Pleasant (Journey)
11.Astralasia - Ignarus (Loonar Poona)
"There are things that I can do for you - beyond your wildest dreams!"
FEED YOUR HEAD: Accelerating the Alpha Rythms (1997)
Planet Dog Records kicks it up a notch in the third installment of the FYH series. This one has faster beats and a more futuristic sound, but still remains beautiful and seductive! Some fantastic stuff on this one, especially from The Starseeds, Prism, and Freed!
"Inspiration Through Music."
1. Evolver - The Journey
2. Prism - Rain
3. Solar Budd - Blue Digital
4. Fathers Of Watt - Funky Stew
5. The Starseeds - Parallel Life
6. Phreaky - Blob
7. Waterland - Waterland
8. Bolo - No Faith
9. Freed - Machine Man Part 2
10.Feel - Askari
11.The Starseeds - Heavensairportcoffeeshoprestaurant
"But he looks kind of different... his hair is short. And he reminds me of myself."
NIGHTMARES IN WAX - "Birth Of A Nation" (1981)
Another great score from E.C.R.! This is a fun little EP from Nightmares In Wax! Not Nightmares ON Wax, but Nightmares IN Wax. Haven't heard of them? Maybe you have heard of their later band, "Dead Or Alive" ("You spin me right round baby, right round like a record baby...")
This is darker and more perverted, which I think you could accurately describe as Bauhaus meets My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. If you like either one of those bands, you owe it to yourself to check this out. It's really short and well worth your time!
1. Black Leather
3. Girl Song
"And everything was focused around the tip of my dick..."
** The link is now fixed. It will take you to the correct file. Sorry to anyone who tried it and got whatever the heck file that was. I have no idea where that came from!
CAPTAIN COMATOSE - "Going Out" (2003)
A wonderful little surprise I came across one day. I had heard the track "Price Gun Baby" on the GusGus 'Mixed Live' CD, and fell in love with it. It has a really sleazy, disco-electro sound that for some reason or another totally enamored me. I looked everywhere for the album it came from, and since it is (already) out of print, my search was turning up nothing... UNTIL - one glorious day when I was working at the local Sam Goody, somebody came in with a bunch of used CDs and DVDs to sell to the store, and lo and behold - there was Captain Comatose! I'm sure I scared the guy, because I gasped and snatched it up really quick, and even did a little celebratory dance! I'm actually pretty damn sure he thought I was a total mental case (which I'm not debating), because he even told me it was one of the worst albums he had ever heard in his life. I'm sure my bringing that up makes you want to check this out REALLY bad... LOL. But presonally, I think this album is 100% coolness! I have played this for quite a few people, and NO ONE has disliked it. The guy that sold it to the store was a metal-head heroin junkie, so he probably just didn't dig the electro scene...
I very very much recommend this album! If you like super-weird electronic "psychedelic pop" (which is what i refer to this album as), then I guarantee you will like this!
My top 4 picks on this album are "Price Gun Baby", "Mr. Monkey", "Comatose Captain" and "Baby".
1. Theme From Captain Comatose
2. Don't Come Back
3. Price Gun Baby
4. Mr. Monkey
6. Complete Gold
7. Comatose Captain (S-8 Mix)
8. Birthday Present
11.$100 (Live at Panorama Bar)
"The tag is on my ass, and I am going cheap! "
Sunday, February 24, 2008
DARSHAN - "Mind Merge" EP (1997)
An amazing single by Darshan, my favorite Flying Rhino act! An absolute blast to listen and dance to! I couldn't even begin to tell you the amount of times I've lost myself in this one! Both mind-bending and mind-blowing. When it comes to hard, swirling psytrance, I can't recommend this ENOUGH. You should definitely check this one out!!!
Side One - Mind Merge
Side Two - Ephemeral
"I want you to connect your brain to his heart."
DEATH CUBE K - "Tunnel" (1999)
Here's a horse of a different color when it comes to ambient music! This is an amazingly creepy and abstract album from one of my favorite guitarists and all-around musicians, Brian Carroll, aka BUCKETHEAD! I've seen him more times live than I have any other musician on the planet and have never been disappointed. Granted this album is the polar opposite of the stuff I've seen him play live, but that's why he's one of my favorites. He has over 30 albums, and almost all of them are completely different from each other, and 'Tunnel' is a shining example! This album is a collaboration between him and Bill Laswell.
I was going to wait until Halloweentime to post this, but my plans for my October blog are packed full (just you wait - I have some amazing treats coming in October!!!).
4. Post Mortem
6. Scalding Tank
7. Loss Leper
9. Draw 1-4
11.Depth Of The Four Horrors
Travel Through The Terror Tunnel HERE!
Saturday, February 23, 2008
MORT GARSON - "The Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds" (1967)
Here is another Mort Garson masterpiece! I honestly don't remember where I got this one, because I deleted my history bar and had only visited the blog once. So if you think this came from your blog, then let me know. If I see the blog I will remember if that's where I got it, then I will give you credit and link your page here in the post. I know I didn't get this from Egg City Radio, because this is one of the few albums of Mort Garson's they don't have.
This chill-inducing album includes spoken word horoscope forecasts for each sign of the zodiac, accompanied by Mort Garson's signature brand of awe-inspiring psychedelic moog orchestrations. I highly recommend this album, as well as "Wozard of Iz".
"Go. Be. But forget no one."
**R.I.P. Mort Garson: 7/20/24 - 1/4/08
MORT GARSON / JACQUES WILSON - "The Wozard Of Iz" (1968)
This album is one of the main reasons I started this blog in the first place. I would have posted it sooner, but I thought I would build up my page a bit before I did, because I'm afraid that anything I post after this might pale in comparison...
I picked this up from Vinnie Rattolle's Records. I think that if I tried to explain this album myself, I would'nt do it justice. So here's a review I found online (From MarkAllenCam.com):
Mort Garson was a hippie-ish electronic music scientist and guru, who specialized in the more extreme possibilities of the moog. One of his most ambitious projects was a single spoken word LP for each sign of the zodiac, set to an electronic score. He also recorded the moog album "Electronic Hair Pieces" - that one with the great cover. "The Wozard of Iz" was one of his later recordings, and was a collaboration with Jacques Wilson (who apparently wrote and conceived the project). The musical, which might have been intended to go beyond just a recorded album, is a psycho-electronic re-working of "The Wizard of Oz" that sounds like the soundtrack to the greatest LSD/freak-out/moog/synth/electronic musical that never was. This oddity is a hysterical and typical leftist/hippie commentary on the socioeconomic human condition of the average American in 1968, and uses the analogy of Dorothy taking a "trip" from Kansas for a brighter and better world where one can really be "free."
The record begins over a kooky electronic score, while a male voice (with a deep Brooklyn accent) intones:
"This is the story of why Dorothy began her search for the Wonderful Wozard of Iz! Or somewhere... over... what rainbow? Our Dorothy... locked into one suburban acre of negative vibrations... boxed in with a pair of authority symbols; a hypnotized aunt, and a mesmerized uncle, who had turned life off... and turned the television set... on... and on ...AND ON!!!"
Then the music builds and builds as another voice commands Dorothy:
"Congratulations Dorothy, you're about to join the ranks of other famous teenage drop-outs... like Shirley Temple, Candy, and Tallulah Bankhead!"
To which a synthesized male voice in the background repeats over and over:
"Leave the driving to us! Leave the driving to ussssss!"
...to which the voice of Dorothy makes it's first appearance and sexily coos:
"I'm out of the coffin... I'm out of the box... Kansas City isn't where it's at... it's a place where people throw rocks at dreams, and the dreams shouldn't be stoned... only the dreamer. I want to be in a place where I can see a stranger, and offer him a flower. I want that kind of power!"
And that's just in the first few minutes. The record goes on and on and on like that. Dorothy meets a bag lady "on a bus" who tries to hand her some pamphlets written by an army general from "Normalville" ... but Dorothy convinces the army general to "...trade his dog tags in for love beads..." and the lady on the bus eventually gets attacked by some "free press" pamphlets, and becomes The Wicked Old Witch in protest. Dorothy eventually decides to "...find the Great Wozard of Iz... because if I find out where the Woz was, I'd find out where it's at!" Then she gets advised by some more witches on busses to leave "Upset Strip" road in search of "the yellow green road" past the land of "surf and muscle tan" where she notes "...everyone has sunburned teeth from smiling so much." The scarecrow she eventually meets is an excessive consumer who buys too many American gas-guzzling cars and who has substituted "things" for "zing" and decides to follow Dorothy on her quest for the Wozard who can perhaps help him "think" instead of "thing." All the while, insanity-inducing electronic sounds bloop, swerve, echo and boom in the background. This LP is a (fractured) MASTERPIECE!
The rest of the album goes all over the place... using plenty of instruments and a whole chorus of vocalists. The songs sound like they could be in ANY musical... and it's a wonder that the production never made it anywhere past an LP recording. The voice of Dorothy is provided by sometime Lee Hazelwood vocalist/partner Suzie Jane Hokum. There are rumors that this woman is actually Nancy Sinatra (it certainly sounds like her)... but looking at some of the discussions about this album on the web... it looks like the verdict is still undecided as to whether it is her or not. It could be... or it may be just a vinyl compleatist nerd's urban legend.
Now I won't say any more about this great record except that you should keep an eye peeled for it... and hear it if you can. It's a total blast.
2. Leave The Driving To Us
3. Upset Strip
4. Never Follow The Yellow Green Road
5. Thing-A-Ling (Scared Crow)
6. In Man
7. Man With The Word (Lyin' Coward)
8. They're Off To Find The Wozard
9. Blue Poppy
10.I've Been Over The Rainbow
12.Killing Of The Witch
"The dreams shouldn't be stoned... Only the dreamer."
*If you like this album, be sure to check out Egg City Radio for a vast majority of Mort Garson's other albums!
Friday, February 22, 2008
BLUE PLANET CORPORATION - "Blue Planet" (1999)
Absolute electronic BLISS - that's what we have here! I love every track on this album. It's on the lighter side of psytrance: very deep and hypnotic, with really complex and futuristic sounds and melodies. If this is your cup of tea, I highly recommend this album. You'll be refilling your teacup over and over again!
Another out of print Flying Rhino masterpiece that probably won't ever be re-released... which saddens me.
7. Open Sea
Sunday, February 17, 2008
SLIDE - "Unstable" (1998)
Oh man, this album is wicked! Seriously, it is fuggin' WICKED! A hefty slice of psychedelic dancefloor insanity! Even though this album is 10 years old, it still has an amazingly futuristic sound! If you're a Psytrance junkie, then you will not be disappointed!
This actually comes from a Transient Records promo copy I picked up in some record shop. I had been looking for this for quite a while, so I was really excited to buy it. I love the cover art too! The orange sky reminds me of the movie 'Night Of The Comet'. I couldn't find the cover art for the promo copy online (my scanner's broken), which is almost identical to this one, but the Slide logo is different. But the one I posted is MUCH cooler anyway. :-)
1. Unobtanium (Dirty Angels Edit)
3. Radiation 3
5. White Knight
7. The Predator
9. The Zinc-Plated Goddess
"Year of the city 2274"
CHRISTOPHER KELLY - "Bloodletting" (1997)
I was going to post this on Valentine's Day, but I was too busy wallowing in my own self pity... ;-)
So here you go - one of my favorite b-horror/romance movies of all time, with much of the same cast of the previous Tempe soundtrack I posted, "Polymorph", including James L. Edwards, Ariauna Albright, and Sasha Graham. This one also features two of my favorites, Scooter McCrae and Tina Krause.
I guess the making of this movie was ten times worse than Hell, for many reasons, and it ended a lot of close personal friendships. Which really sucks, but the good thing is that you really can't tell in their performances. Everyone did a really great job. Tina Krause was even sick with pneumonia when she was filming her scenes, but you couldn't really tell. It might have even added to her character.
Here's the film's synopsis from the Tempe website:
SYNOPSIS: Serena Stalin wanted to learn from the best. So she tracked down Butch Harlow, one of the world's most notorious serial killers, and blackmailed him into teaching her the fine art of murder. Now, as the lessons begin, as the teacher and his bloodthirsty student leave a trail of horribly mutilated victims in their wake, they are about to uncover the horrible secrets that bind them together, the unspeakable passion that forces them to kill, over and over again...
Once again, this is a really good soundtrack. It has the same feel as the movie, and is never boring. I think you will like this one. I have also included the original screenplay.
"I've Killed Before..."
MATTHEW JASON WALSH - "Polymorph" (1996)
This score is from the sci-fi horror spoof, "Polymorph", from one of my favorite film labels, Tempe Video. This film stars B-horror veterans James L. Edwards, Ariauna Albright, Sasha Graham and Pete Jacelone. Here's the film's synopsis, taken from the Tempe website:
SYNOPSIS: Called deep into the forest to help search for a fallen meteorite, a group of interns instead discover an isolated cabin with a dead body inside — and a lethal gang of drug-runners there to protect their investment. But the dead body has risen again, and it holds a dark secret that will soon reveal itself...
Little do they know, the meteorite has brought with it an organism that can emulate anything it comes into contact with. Soon, their transportation is cut off...nobody knows exactly who’s who...and no one is quite sure how to kill something that they can’t even find!
The score is pretty cool. It ranges from funny to spacey, from cheesy to serious. I like it a lot, it has a neat variety on it, and it keeps the feelings from the film's scenes. There's 40 tracks in all, so I am not going to list them all on here. They are all labeled correctly in the zip file, and numbered.
"This has all the believability of a Mentos commercial!"
THE PINK DELICATES - "Roxanna" (2002)
Not only the best Seduction Cinema score out there, but one of the coolest film scores I have ever heard. I don't want to build it up too much by saying that though... it just really fit my tastes in music! Trippy, psychedelic instrumental rock that stands on its own as a really good album! The Pink Delicates are: Kevin Neblung on guitar and bass, and John Fedele on drums and organ.
The movie, starring Misty Mundae, Josh Robinson (Blood For The Muse), Syn DeVil, and Darian Caine, is another dark'n'stark sexy remake of the ultra-erotic softcore 1970 grindhouse classic from Nick Philips.
1. Roxanna Theme
4. Twist Turn
6. My End
"Has your dick gotten that bored that I have to f*ck this chick?"
Saturday, February 16, 2008
TIM TOMORROWS - "Lustful Addiction" (2002)
Another Seduction Cinema score, this time from one of my favorite SC films, 'Lustful Addiction', written, directed and starring the one and only Misty Mundae (aka Erin Brown). Co-starring Ruby LaRocca and Darian Caine, this is a gritty, psychedelic, twisted, and yes - even incredibly sexy remake of the 1969 Nick Philips grindhouse classic of the same name.
This score is from Tim Tommorows, who worked a lot with Seduction Cinema/E.I. Independent Cinema - not only musically, but as an actor too, with roles in movies like Spiderbabe, Lord of the G-Strings, Gladiator Eroticvs, and The Girl Who Shagged Me. But, um... don't let that dissuade you from checking this out, because musically, this guy is fantastic! Also features Dane Johnson on slide guitar and organ, and John Fedele (another S.C. favorite) on drums!
1. Lustful Addiction Theme
2. Acoustic Interlude #1
3. Red, Hot & Rollin'
4. Acoustic Interlude #2
5. The Coming Days Of Winter
6. In The Morning
7. Big Sky
8. Big Sky (Vocal Version)
9. In The Morning (Vocal Version)
10.The Coming Days Of Winter (Vocal Version)
11.Red, Hot & Rollin' (Vocal Version)
"I'm not using my body now, so you can play with it, if you want to..."
DON MIKE - "Dr. Jekyll & Mistress Hyde" (2004)
Here's a really cool score from the Seduction Cinema film, 'Dr. Jekyll & Mistress Hyde'. This is one of the darker, artsier films from SC, from director Anthony Marsiglia (Lust For Dracula, Sin Sisters, Chantal). The film is sort of a psycho-sexual acid trip version of Jekyll, which despite the copious amounts of nudity and lesbian sex, follows the original story line surprisingly well. Shades of David Lynch's "Mulholland Dr." can be found, as well as amazing cinematography and this really cool soundtrack from musician Don Mike.
A neat-o score that I've listened to quite a few times.
1. Main Theme
2. The Interview Show
4. Injection (version 1)
5. Euphoria Takes Effect
6. The Doctor's Dream
8. Injection (version 2)
9. Heidi Emerges
10.Something's Come Over You (feat. Kamio Speedwagon)
12.The Red Carpet
14.Mistress And Maid
15.The Seduction Of The Master
16.Did You Ever Love Me
17.Something's Come Over You (Nymphomania Mix)
18.Something's Come Over You (Instrumental Version)
"Everything seems different now, something's come over you."
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
SANDMAN - Witchcraft" (1998)
Here's an amazing piece from the Psytrance time capsule! This album from the now defunct Matsuri Productions (another legendary Goa/Psy label that died way too soon!) incorporates dark psychedelic trance with industrial, with some absolutely killer audio clips from films and television. I didn't really appreciate this too much when it first came out, because I was way too closed-minded at the time, and was into only one form of electronic music. But after it had been a few years, and my musical tastes had vastly expanded, I dusted this off and listened to it again, and it has grown to become one of my all-time favorite psy albums, because it is just so damn original and clever!
1. Perfect Stranger
2. Flight Or Fight
3. Turtle Beach
4. Ghostrider (Time Tunnel Mix)
6. Nostradamus (The Prophecy Mix)
7. Bad News (New Way)
8. Mushroom Symphony
"He said it looked like a cross between an insect and his worst nightmare."
Monday, February 11, 2008
THE GREEN NUNS OF THE REVOLUTION - "Rock Bitch Mafia" (1997)
I know it seems like I have a whacked-out obsession for Flying Rhino Records, and the reason for that is simple. I DO.
Here's the incredibly sought-after Goa Trance album from 1997, from master geniuses Dick Trevor, Neil Cowley and Matt Coldrick. This album has been long-out-of-print, and will probably never be re-released. This is definitive Goa here. Old school and crazy trippy!
1. Cor! (Unreleased Edit)
2. Thunder Thighs
5. Ring Of Fire
7. Rock Bitch
8. Atomic Armadillo (The Fluffening)
"All right Space Cadets! Prepare to hurtle through the cosmos!"
Sunday, February 10, 2008
TECHNOSSOMY - "Synthetic Flesh" (1997)
Here's another really rare, out-of-print gem from Flying Rhino Records! Very trippy, with quite a range of moods! From legendary Goa/Psytrance producers James Monro and Matt Evans. Also note that that cover looks like a big fractal vagina...
Play loud and move hard!
3. Kozmotron (parts 1 and 2)
4. Synthetic Flesh
7. Pleiadian Landing
8. Elektron Bender
Click Here To Begin The Flight!