This week Arthur Radio decided to set its boat out on a southward-flowing current, with special guests Pete Vogl and Willow Gibbons (who together make the musical duo Bow Ribbons) at the helm. We bid goodbye to the stone grey waves lapping around the edges of Manhattan, passed through the tepid manatee-filled waters of Florida, and traveled onwards until we reached the hot swells surrounding the coast of Brazil. The plan was to eventually catch up with a family of Humpback whales in Ecuador, to learn of their beautiful songs and hopefully join them in chorus.
We paused to relax on a calm patch of water by the beach, where tropical birds flitted about chirping messages to one another in nearby Pepper trees. Pete took out his guitar and sat next to Willow, who stood on the deck in the sunshine, ready to sing. Closing our eyes, we listened with the sun shimmering orange on our eyelids as Willow belted out the lines, “I will spend a lifetime in space, I will make a nest in this place…”
Psychic happenings appear to be abundant on Arthur Radio…this week we focused our psychic energies on a matter that is very pressing for all of us: the future. Friends Emilie Friedlander (Visitation Rites) and McGregor (Chocolate Bobka) joined Ivy Meadows and Hairy Painter to discuss Chocolate Bobka’s forthcoming music publication The Report (which will include contributions from Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance, among and many other musician-writers). After a space-time bending hour of churchy-psych strangeness, we gathered together to play some retro-futuristic songs, dance very slowly, and attempt to visualize other realities that could have come about in 2010 if things had gone a little differently in the 80s and 90s…
Who wouldn’t benefit from a weekly two-hour dose of jangling, sunshine-inspired chords and harmonies with an undeniable undertone of the strange and slightly melancholy? Every Tuesday night from 7-9pm PST, give your mind a little vacation and listen to West Coast Fog, a California-infused folk rock and psych radio show hosted by Erik R. Bluhm (Author of piece on Little Wings and the New Energy Movement, Arthur No. 13). Or, do you want to feel like you’re driving down Highway 1 with the radio on, right now? Download archived sessions of West Coast Fog here, and listen to them anytime you like. Don’t forget your sunglasses…
Expect only the choicest nugs from the Golden State 1965-’68.
Panhandle flashes, Sunset trips, and Love-in vibes.
Byrds, Bees, Dovers, Love, East Side Kids, Ashes, Airplane, Wildflower, and all that mess.
7 to 9 pm Pacific Standard Time every Tuesday evening,
It’s easy, just go to http://www.luxuriamusic.com/ and click on “listen” in the light blue bar…
Does this fall breeze put you in the mood for some fuzz-laden psych boogie, or sweet guitar-driven crooning? If so, you’re not alone. Come join the others at Bruar Falls for some serious jams from Sadhu Sadhu, Pure Horsehair, and Smith Westerns with a live DJ set from members of Lights. Expect nothing less than outer-body sonic traveling.
Heavy Hands was originally billed for this show, but had to cancel due to sickness.
Above: The Entrance Band (pictured: Guy Blakeslee and Paz Lenchantin; not pictured: drummer Derek James) in electric power trio formation at the Arthur Magazine benefit at Cinefamily in Summer, 2007. Photo by JENNIE WARREN
Here’s the opening psych-blues jam off The Entrance Band’s loonnnnng-awaited new LP, set to finally arrive September 1, 2009 from our friends at Ecstatic Peace! Records+Tapes of Massachusetts. Tomorrow, the Entrance Band embark on a North American barhopping tour supporting Nebula. Dates here.
In a technological down-shift that will warm many an aging Deadhead’s heart, cassette tapes continue to be the medium of choice deep in the American underground. This embrace of outmoded audio technology is old news to regular readers of Bull Tongue, Byron Coley and Thurston Moore’s Arthur column — new installments of which will be featured here on the Arthur site — but even old hands can find this network of brilliant and often purposefully obscure music tricky to navigate.
Among the many resources that your contributing editor consults in searching out the latest drone and psychedelic noise releases is Expressway To My Skull, an audioblog and review site maintained by Vancouver’s Mark E. Rich. Rich is on vacation at the moment, but prior to leaving he posted Expressway’s Guide To The Cassette Underground, a handy digest of “earth psych” labels, DIY distributors and cassette-only radio shows.
You can also check out his monthly cassette review columns by clicking here. Have a nice vacation, Mark.