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Tarentel live at Terrastock 4

Tarentel live at Terrastock 4

Show playlist is here.

Out of all these bands in the so called post-rock genre, Tarentel are definitely one of the best. It would be difficult for me to explain how their music is like, since I have only really listened to two of their records: their 1999 debut “From Bone to Satellite”, and their collection of singles “Ephemera”. Both are stellar. I opened my show this morning with the first track of their first record, a 12 minute hypnotic drone featuring a twangy spaghetti-western style guitar. Worth checking out for sure.

Another standout out band from today’s show is Agitation Free, a 70s German experimental rock band. Definitely one of the best prog bands I’ve heard in a while. I played an Acid Mother’s Temple song too. These guys are out of their fucking mind. They’re a Japanese experimental rock/commune that has featured more than 40 members. Its core member however, is Makoto Kawabata, a very talented and extremely technical electric guitar player. I saw them play live at the Bottom of the Hill a few months ago and they were STUNNING. Ok another song I liked from today’s show was Circle’s Jaljet from the record Forest. So these guys are supposed to be mixing heavy metal and krautrock and they’re pretty damn good. The song I played however, sounded more like Can rather than anything else. Make sure to check out their sister project Pharaoh Overlord too. Excellent stoner rock. Oh yeah, I also discovered this band called the Warlocks (but I’m sure this is old news to a lot of people). Weird mixture of psychedelia and indie rock a la Spacemen 3 and Jesus and Mary Chain. Good stuff.

Finally I changed tempo again towards the end and played a little punk followed by some Johnny Cash and some reggae. I guess the standout track here was by this little Croatian band called Satan Panonski. Crazy Croats! This was sent to KZSU by our friend from Slusaj Najglasnije (translation: Listen Loudest). Wow! The cdr’s that he sends us tend to be very interesting to say the least!

Funkadelics Maggot Brain Cover

Funkadelic's Maggot Brain Cover

Show playlist is here.

Ok, I know most people hate to admit their ignorance and this is generally true for me too. However, I will be honest. I have not really listened to Funkadelic, and up to the best of my knowledge, they play funky music that makes people want to shake their ass and that’s about it. It turns out I am pretty wrong. Take Maggot Brain for example. What a record! Amazing mix of so many genres: hard rock, funk, sould, gospel, psychedelia… And especially what a bitching guitar solo in the title track by Eddie Hazel. The CD liner notes say that George Clinton told him to play the first half as if he heard his mother had just died and play the second half as if he then heard that she was still alive. I guess that pretty much explains it. Definitely one of the best old records I have heard in a while.

Ok, what else did I play today? There’s Novalis, an impressive German prog band that was in KZSU’s a-file about a year ago. Their song Impressionen, is just pure epic classically inspired bliss. I also played Bay Area locals Wooden Shjips. Tasty noisy drones and psychedelia. I will try and catch them live on December 12th at the Independent. I also really liked this Montreal-based experimental trio called Exhaust, featuring members of Godspeed, as well as this Berlin post-rock trio called To Rococo Rot. Weird stuff but still enjoyable…

I then got a bit into reggae and world music. I hadn’t done so for a while. I often forget how much effort some DJs at the station put into getting the a-file full of good stuff from all over the world. I would definitely recommend the collection Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples, another excellent record by the Numero Group. Also worth of note is Tony Allen’s (Fela Kuti’s drummer) Afro Disco Beat, which is a reissue of his first four solo records.

Another switch at the end got me playing some less energetic stuff: John Fahey and his absolutely gorgeous guitar work, a strange psychedelic folk artist called Joseph Davancens, as well alt-country band 16 Horsepower. I closed the set with Goblin, the highly influential Italian horror film soundtrack band.

Grails and Silver Apples tour the US on November 2008

Grails and Silver Apples tour the US on November 2008

Show playlist is here.

There was only one thing in my head as I woke up this morning: I hate waking up at 5:30 a.m. Well you see, it’s a good time for a show in the sense that you get a lot of commuters to listen to you. It’s really bad though if you love sleeping, and I am one of those people.

Having said that, there was also the added problem that I had not prepared at all for the show. So I just put on one of my favorite records of 2008, Grails“Take Refuge in Clean Living”. Grails are an amazingly prolific instrumental rock band from Portland, Oregon, and this record clocking at around 32 minutes is easily their most accessible and at the same time inspired moment. Taking a lot of ideas from middle eastern and oriental music and blending them with some ideas from the so called post-rock genre, Grails manage to create epic and atmospheric songs of the finest quality. Make sure to check them out if they tour near you. They are currently touring with Silver Apples.

Alright, what else was good today? I really, really like the Replikas from Turkey. Talk about psych rock and oriental melodies… These guys are the real thing! A listener called up and told me about this local Bay Area band called the Interstellar Grains. Highly recommended space rock. The best music to feed your mind on. What else… We currently have a record by this band called Irata, from Greensboro North Carolina. Excellent stuff. These guys love Pink Floyd, especially the David Gilmour style guitars, so check them out if you are fans of this genre. And then of course there’s Dead Meadow… Now these guys worship Black Sabbath and give a whole new meaning to the words stoner metal… Towards the end I switched gears a bit and started playing some punky stuff. Aside from Gang of Four and the New York Dolls, I also played this band called the Airfix Kits, a local band from Oakland. Excellent high energy punk taking a lot from the late 70s early 80s post-punk movement. I got to see them live…

I was thinking to myself aloud for a while, wondering what really is the reason that prog and postrock utilizes so many oriental melodies. A listener called up and explained to me that it has to do with the use of musical modes in oriental music, which makes their melodies sound less repetitive. I don’t really understand much about music (other than what I like or dislike), so any comments or ideas about this would be appreciated…