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Flashlite #274

Larry RamosToday’s show is dedicated to Larry Ramos, the singer who was a part of The Association, starting with their third album Insight Out. He passed away last week. We remember him with two tunes, but we also celebrate some new music as well. We introduce The Record Company, a band from Los Angeles. On the other band, in Brooklyn NYC we have a new really fun band called Screamin’ Rebel Angels. Greg Oblivian’s Reigning Sound have a new single. Los Puchos is a new name from Phoenix AZ. They put their music out exclusively on cassette tapes. Tame Impala have a new live LP. We also check out two recent LPs by Brimstone Howl. They were a great band from Omaha who broke up some 7 years ago, but before they split, they recorded two albums. One back home in Omaha and the other one in Detroit with Jim Diamond. Those albums were shelved and waited until recently only to show up in limited edition vinyl. John Ziegler, vocalist from that band also has a new band called The Lupines.

J Henry Burnett – Sliding By;
The Record Company – Baby I’m Broken;
Screamin’ Rebel Angels – Saved;
Elkie Brooks – Saved;
Oblivians – Pinball King;
Reigning Sound – Falling Rain;
Denney And The Jets – Darlin’;
Mississippi John Hurt – Here I Am, Oh Send Me (Blues Alphabet);
Brimstone Howl – Crosswind;
Brimstone Howl – Nothing New Under The Sun;
The Lupines – Maria (Where’s Yr Man);
Lawson And Four More – Halfway Down The Stairs;
Trashed Romeos- Halfway Down The Stairs;
Todd Rundgren – I Saw the Light;
Los Puchos – Sophie;
The Association – Are You Ready;
The Association – Like Always;
Natural Child – Train Coming Round The Bend (Live in CLE)
Tame Impala – Desire Be, Desire Go.

Flashlite #228

PondWe start off today with Pond – a band from Australia with ties to Tame Impala. We continue with another song from the Pop Depression compilation album Pesme ispod pokrivaca, this time it’s ŽeneKese from Belgrade with their version of the Hüsker Dü classic Flexible Flier. Then we check out the new albums for Willie Nile and Queens of The Stone Age. We also have Neko Case as a guest singer on the new musical written by Stephen King, T Bone Burnett And John Mellencamp. Finally, we introduce the new duet from Belgium Iris and the Deadly Flowers, which consists of a 16 year old girl and her father.

Dancing Hoods – Impossible Years;
Pond – Hey Joe;
Pond – Fantastic Explosion Of Time;
Tame Impala – Elephant;
Hüsker Dü – Flexible Flyer;
ZeneKese – Supersonicne sanke;
Willie Nile – Welcome to my Head;
Willie Nile – This Is Our Time;
Cobra Verde – Was It Good (Live in CLE);
Queens of The Stone Age – If I Had A Tail;
My Boddy Moose – Lack Of Imagination;
Neko Case – That’s Who I Am;
The Band of Blacky Ranchette – Getting It Made;
The Stan McMahon Band – Crystal;
Iris and the Deadly Flowers – Stop Me;
Turf War – 100 Years.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Eyes Like The Sky

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Eyes Like The SkyWhile Tame Impala is becoming one of the most popular bands in the world at the moment, there are also other bands, making up together a very strong and promising new psychedelic and garage rock scene over in Australia. We learned this fact last year thorough a very interesting tribute to the legendary Nuggets. A number of young Australian rockers covered each one song from the original Nuggets for its fortieth anniversary and the result was the new compilation record known as Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations of the First Psychedelic Era. One of the central roles on that compilation record was a seven-piece with a silly band name King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard who covered Open My Eyes by The Nazz. They also have a new record out called Eyes Like The Sky, which is a topic of today’s review.

I know very little about King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. The photographs of the band clearly shows that they are quite young and a few texts mention that they come from Melbourne. Sound-wise, it appears that they are very imaginative and very competent musicians. The record that we are reviewing today has been posted on their band camp page for some time now and the vinyl record release is scheduled for April this year in Australia.

The record is a concept effort centered around a wild west tale in the USA, set right after the civil war. My perception that the record works as some kind of a soundtrack to an imaginary western or a novel or maybe even a comic book. Western imagery is obviously close to the spaghetti westerns but another close comparison is what one can find for instance in the Italian series of graphic novels about Ken Parker, created by Berardi and Milazzo, and it covers about the same historical period.

Gunshots, galloping horses, barking dogs, blacksmith tools and native American chants are all worked well into the larger musical picture. But what really works amazingly well on this record is the narration, here performed by the Australian singer and songwriter Broderick Smith who also wrote the actual story so effectively dramatized musically by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Mr. Smith does the narration in a flawless American accent, despite being an Englishman who moved with parents to Australia at a very young age.

The story is short and moves quickly, but there are a lot of memorably poetic moments which are often accentuated by the musical dramatization of the band. Check these lines out: “One thing a white man should never do is move towards an Apache, because you can never get there. How do you catch dust in the wind?”

Broderick Smith is virtually unknown outside his country, but hw is fairly famous in his homeland. Multi-talented, he had an early success with rock bands Carson and The Dingos in the early seventies and more recently, he has a steady acting career on Australian television. It would be interesting to find out how this collaboration came about, but the news from Australia are coming very slowly.

The whole package is a nail-baiting drama that flows like a great rock record, despite the novelty feel to it. Well done lads!

First published on rockxs.com.

Flashlite #207

King Gizzard and The Lizard WizardToday we explore connections of the new Australian psychedelic rock scene with Todd Rundgren. Tame Impala is a new band from over there that a lot of people were excited about last year. Their album Lonerism ended up on many year end lists right at the top positions. They even collaborated with Todd Rungren on one track and they covered the opening tune on his 70s masterpiece A Wizard A True Star. Another band, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard also showed up recently covering Todd’s song Open My Eyes, which he put out with his band Nazz on the famous Nuggets compilation. Also from Australia, we have a long time Evan Dando’s collaborator Tom Morgan with the new LP. London band The Barracudas, who had a minor surf hit in 1980 are back with a cool new 45. Also, we introduce Cleveland band Wolly Bullies in our Live in CLE segment.

Ian Hunter – Saint;
Spencer P. Jones and the Nothing Butts – Conditions Apply;
Tom Morgan – Taste for Blood;
Smudge – Divan;
Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams;
Tame Impala – International Feel;
Todd Rundgren – Tic Tic Tic You Need Your Head Rock’n’roll Pussy;
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – High Hopes Low;
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Open My Eyes;
Nazz – Open My Eyes;
Paul Revere and The Raiders – Hungry;
Wooly Bullies – Out Of My Head (Live in CLE);
Natural Child – Rock Bottom;
The Barracudas – Summer fun;
The Barracudas – God Bless the 45;
Jonathan Richman – Government Center;
Paul Kelly – To Her Door;
Paul Kelly – Cold As Canada;
The Windbreakers – I Thought You Knew.