Here’s the show for October 17, featuring The Monks, Sagittarius, The Soft Machine, and Norwegian stargazers Dream
Here’s the show for October 17, featuring The Monks, Sagittarius, The Soft Machine, and Norwegian stargazers Dream
Howdy y’all. Sorry about the lack of updates, unfortunately I have to prioritize college in front of college radio. That, compounded with the fact that getting a show recording uploaded is about as easy as solving the Da Vinci code, has led to a seemingly lazy dj. But wait no longer: I’m here now, and am about to drop a psych-folk bomb on you, so that has to count for something!
Here’s a little diddy by a local folk-rocker from the 70’s, Robert Lester Folsom. His sole album, Music and Dreams, was recently reissued on Mexican Summer records. From an interview by Paste Magazine:
Robert Lester Folsom of Jacksonville, Fla. did the whole rock star thing. He worked in a record store, played a few shows and even recorded a full-length called Music and Dreams in a professional studio in Atlanta. But then he, like so many greats before him, retired his dreams when he had a family and secured a “real job” painting houses.
“[It was] something with more of a steady income,” Folsom says. “I feel guilty to say that. But, you know, I like painting.”
That was 26 years ago.
Folsom continued to implement his innocuous vocals and Neil Young-esque guitar work here and there in the Jacksonville area via just-for-fun cover bands and church groups. It wasn’t until a guy in California found his stuff online and got him in touch with Mexican Summer that things changed.
The label re-released Music and Dreams, which originally pressed only 1,000 copies in 1978, on vinyl. The re-emergence of Folsom’s honest ditties earned him attention from another fan of summery strums: Panda Bear. “I had to call my friend and ask him, ‘Who is this Animal Collective?’ He told me and was like, ‘Panda Bear mentioned you?’ I said, ‘That’s what I heard.’”
Folsom said the shout-out left him feeling super flattered and a little embarrassed. “I wish I could say I knew who they were before they mentioned me but I’d never heard of them ‘til then,” he says.
Hello friends. My name is Dylan, aka DJ Friedmann ~*~ThA JeWeLa~*~, and I enjoy music. I know that sounded like a 12 step program declaration, but my love for music is truly an addiction. Thank G*d the benevolent overlords of WUOG have given me an outlet to both feed my addiction and bring in music converts from across the greater athens area (and if you’re one of the 3 people who read this blog, potentially beyond!). Fate has now brought me to Sundialing, where I intend to bathe you in rays of sunshine and fill your mouths with bubblegum pop. I hope you like Bubblicious.
A special shoutout to long time DJ Zan who nurtured this show as if it were his own foster child for 3 (!) years, and did a darn good job to boot. Hopefully I can continue to blaze lysergic trails of psychedelia in the semesters to come.
Primarily I intend to use this blog as a supplement to the show, filled with inane youtube links and maybe a witty caption or two. What separates this blog from, say, the forwarded cat videos you get from your mom, is that (hopefully) you won’t have the urge to delete them right away. Plus, if we ever get the show recordings to work consistently again, you can put me on your iDevice and have my smooth voice reverberate through your eardrums 24/7.
Ok, actual content starts here:
I have no doubt in my mind that everyone at some point in their life has heard a piece by Los Angeles session musicians The Wrecking Crew. For 20 years they were the premier backing band for every who’s who of music’s who-dom: Bing Crosby, The Partridge Family, The Mamas & The Papas, and most notably, responsible for producer Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound,” seen prominently in the Beach Boys album, Pet Sounds.
Here’s a couple of selections from some lesser-known acts that benefited immensely from having The Wrecking Crew pull the strings in the background, creating a sound that is still fresh today:
“In March 1975, Jim Sullivan mysteriously disappeared outside Santa Rosa, New Mexico. His VW bug was found abandoned, his motel room untouched. Some think he got lost in the desert. Some think he fell foul of a local family with alleged mafia ties. Some think he was abducted by aliens.
By coincidence – or perhaps not – Jim’s 1969 debut album was titled U.F.O.
A seventh son, Jim Sullivan was a West Coast should-have-been, an Irish-American former high school quarterback whose gift for storytelling earned him cult status in the Malibu bar where he performed nightly. Sullivan was always on the edge of fame; hanging out with movie stars like Harry Dean Stanton, performing on the Jose Feliciano show, even stealing a cameo in the ultimate hippie movie, Easy Rider.
Friend and actor Al Dobbs thought he could change all that, and founded a label – Monnie Records – to release Jim’s album, enlisting the assistance of Phil Spector’s legendary sessioneers The Wrecking Crew to do so. That’s Don Randi, Earl Palmer and Jimmy Bond you can hear, the latter also acting as producer and arranger. ”
“J.J. LIGHT was actually Jim ‘James’ Stallings, who played bass with the Sir Douglas Quintet from Mendocino onwards. The status of his 1969 LP, produced by Bob Markley of the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band (WCPAEB), has always been a little murky, the main reason being that it was never released in the US. The title track, however, was a sizeable hit through much of Europe, South America and beyond and the LP was issued in several countries. As the title suggests, it has an American Indian theme – Jim was of Navajo descent – and like XIT and Jim Pepper’s Witchi-Tai-To provides an interesting example of the much over-looked cross-over of this ethnic group into the musical mainstream.
Coming to LA from his native New Mexico at the start of the decade, Stallings recorded a doo-wop 45 for Paxley, the label legendary scenester Kim Fowley shared with Gary Paxton. Fowley introduced him to Bob Markley when the latter was playing bongos in a pizza restaurant. Bob would, of course, go on to be the controlling force in the WCPAEB, but in the meantime he and Jim came up with the concept for `JJ Light’ through which Markley encouraged Stallings to connect with his Navajo routes. The result was the song Heya and the subsequent album.
The recordings involved many of the usual session crew – Jim Gordon, Early Palmer, Joe Osbourne and Larry Knechtel – but also lead guitarists Ron Morgan (from the WCPAEB) and Gary Rowles. ”
Wicked broadcast from Monday, March 15, 20TEN. The featured band of the week is WHITE FENCE (above), a cool dude from L.A., Cali. by the name of Tim Presley. WHITE FENCE’s song “Be Right To” off his upcoming debut album is featured as the fourth song of the broadcast. WHITE FENCE is a great Psych-Pop/ Garage/ Lo-Fi’ed out one man project that brings together 60s sunny pop, through the likes of the Mamas and Papas, Syd Barrett, the Byrds, and some great trashy throwback FUZZZ. Also a full time member of the Austin, TX band THE STRANGE BOYS, Tim’s newest self-titled album “WHITE FENCE” will be released on the Brooklyn based WOODSIST record label in late April. The rest of the playlist features Caribou, some ‘78 Garage-Punk, modern Garage-Punk, and 60s Psych-Pop. Check the comments tab below for the playlist from March 15, 20TEN.
Awesome Spring Break show from when I stayed home in Athens, GA on March 8th, 20TEN. The first and featured track of the broadcast is by Pill Wonder and called “Gone to the Market” off the Jungle/Surf EP (or Pill Wonder EP) that recently came out in 20TEN. Pill Wonder (above) is Will Murder, from Seattle. He creates great lo-fi psych inflected Brian Wilson pop with lots of interesting instrumentation. Rest of the playlist features great 60s Garage tunes and lots of contemporary heavy Garage-Punk you’ve grown to love on Sundialing. Start the playlist about 30 min in because I was blocked out of the station for a while… Check the comments tab below for the playlist from March 8th.
Very diverse playlist featuring some current Psych, Lo-Fi, Electronic, Garage-Punk Fuzzed out Pop you’ve grown to love on Sundialing, the best in Psych-Pop/Garage-Rock. Featured band of the week is Les Problemes, a French ‘65 Garage-Punk band full of FUZZZZZZ. Their song “Je Ne Vois Rien” is featured as the 9th song of the broadcast and appeared on their ‘65 EP “Je Ne Vois Rien.” Start the broadcast around 10 or 15 min in due to one of us DJs runnin late. See you next week Sundialers. Keep the FUZZZ rockin’. Playlist for March 1st found under the comments tab below.
Psychedelic broadcast from February 22nd, 10! Features diverse sounds from Garage to Garage-Punk and some straight up 60s Psych-Pop. Group featured for this week is The Hex Dispensers (above), band from Austin, TX. They have come out with two LPs, the second one being “Winchester Mystery House” and the first one a self-titled debut. I played their song “Tentacles” from their 2007 self-titled debut, which is featured as the fourth song of the broadcast, and includes some heavy garage-punk chords. Playlist from the 22nd can be found under the comments tab below.
Great music from February 15th, 10! NERVE CITY. is the featured band of the week. NERVE CITY., Richmond, Virginian native, is a one-man psych-drugged out noise-pop band who creates great music all the time. SERIOUSLY, this guy is putting out 7″ more than the amount of girls Tiger Woodz committed adultery with on his wife. NERVE CITY.’s song “Disaster” if featured as the second song of the broadcast from his newest album recently released in Twenty-Ten, which is entitled “NERVE CITY. Recordings: 2008-2009.” I (DJ ZAN) took the first hour followed up by DJ WILL with the last.
Playlist from the show on the 15th can be found by clicking the comments section below.
Great broadcast from Monday, February 8th, ‘10! Features the band of the week, The Curiously Strong Peppermints, a current band hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota with their song “George Bush,” which is the first song off the broadcast. Their album “Endless Fields of Poppy” is absolutely great. Fantastic Psych-Pop / Noise-Pop similar to the Elephant 6 collective. First half of the broadcast features largely Psych-Pop and then Psych-Electro-Pop, with the last half centering on blistering Garage Rock from the 60s onwards.
Playlist from the broadcast is under the comments section below.
Entertaining broadcast I did (DJ Zan) by myself on Blank Generation’s show Wednesday, February 3rd. Blank Generation’s a cool show that DJ Will normally does that encompasses 60s, 70s experimental music and 80s Hardcore. Because I don’t listen to enough 80s stuff that isn’t anything other than really Garage rock/punk I included some more current Hardcore/Garage-Punk bands. So I would consider this show jam packed full of 60s Garage/ 70s Prog/Psych rock/ 70s Synth-Pop / and current Garage-Punk/Psych-Pop. A current band featured within the first hour of the broadcast is Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, from New Jersey, WISC. Kind of a supergroup really, Julian Lynch is also featured on lead shredding guitar, their self-titled album recently came out just a few months ago. Side B is featured and runs for 11 minutes as a Classic rock revivalism jam session.
The other highlight that corresponds more to a Blank Generation type of artist is the Krautrockin’ Germans, Kraftwerk. Their highly influential song for all things Electronic, “Metal on Metal”, from their ‘77 album “Trans-Europe Express” is featured within the first hour of music too.