09 March 2018

Electrick Sages - 2018 - Weapons of Mass Instruction

Cranking out some sounds from the Garage:

Putin's got his missiles and we have a different sort of sonic weapon to unleash today. Dig into these twelve tracks of warped psychedelic chrome and plastic soul concocted deep in the mountains of central Japan.

As the world's getting weirder, many more of us are seeing the dream for what it is.  Break on through the illusions on this cosmic exploration of dimensional jumps, colonization, those pesky conspiracies, and inner lights.

Head on over to Bandcamp to induce the engroovied vibes.  While we do dig your support, the price is whatever.

Or head to this link.  If you are into it, maybe have a re-visit at the Bandcamp, where we added on some videos to the package:

Electrick Sages - 2018 - Weapons of Mass Instruction

04 March 2018

Iasos' Encyclopedia of Inter-Dimensional Music

I covered some of Iasos' 70's releases a few years back.  I rated them pretty highly at the time, and I'd probably kick up the score a few notches these days.  Here are those links:

Inter-Dimensional Music
Angelic Music

They have permeated my life more and more over the years.  I've only got an 8GB iPod these days (a pink one just like Zootopia's Judy Hopps, but with an apple instead of a carrot - it used to be my wife's) and Iasos always makes the cut.

Now - the school I work at tends to play terrible pop music in the lobby.  Sometimes I sneak to the computer and switch it to something groovier.  Last week I threw in Miles Davis' "In a Silent Way" and a Bob Marley best of.  And then I thought to put in Iasos.  Y'know, something good to study too.

I found that the man has produced plenty more music all the way up to the present, and has some fantastic Youtube lectures on music to boot. The music was absolutely groovy in the lobby, and I had to contact the man himself.  He came across as a very enlightened being over email and got me set up with some of his more modern music.

You could look him up on Youtube for whatever, but I'm going to share with a full-on wealth of Atlantean vibrational tones that the man has been putting out for decades now.  There's a bit more of the digital nowadays, but if you can put the soul behind those virtual instruments, then the ends justify the means. Iasos is aurally enlightening souls and doing no harm as far as I can tell, so the digital ends can justify the absolutely engroovied ends in this case.

Now - you may think that's cool, but dear Doctor, Iasos is just recycling New Age tropes.  Let's reiterate that this guy invented most of those tropes.  If you are familiar with Jane Roberts' Seth Material, I have pretty much considered Iasos' 70's recordings as the soundtrack to that.  Now I've got more.  And so do you!

I'd head for "Essence of Lemuria" to start with, and I'm embedding that one.  Click on the banner and you can scroll down for the links to the aforementioned "Inter-Dimensional Music" or "Angelic Sound," along with plenty of other tones to vibrate the Great Pyramid.

I went rapping about metaphysics with Iasos as well, and he directed me to the metaphysics page at his website.  It's a fun primer to head into a playground of the mind.  Again, I'm a sucker for Jane Roberts and Seth and I've handed out "The Nature of Personal Reality" to folks multiple times (most recently to dear old Dad):

Iasos' Metaphysics

Dr. Schluss Bugging the Star Trek Mission Log Podcast

Did I ever tell you that the Doctor is an absolute Trekkie?  I don't go to conventions or do cosplay (unless it's Spider Man), but I do watch the show in the movies on a regular basis.  I can answer most intermediate trivia questions about anything Trek.

Anyway, I've been getting into the Mission Log podcast enough to blast a somewhat politically charged message their way a month or so ago.  They read it and answered it in depth on last week's episode starting at 27 minutes deep.  Do note that I go by "Matt" when you're in the same room.  Here's a link, although I'd personally head for my itunes, where you can also find it.

TNG Recap No. 1

And here I am as Spider Man (don't own Star Fleet digs).

25 February 2018

Electrick Sages - Telepathine Video

We're always busy making music here at the garage, and here's a fun sized bit to gnaw on.  My eight-year-old daughter always want me to play Prince in the car, and working with Curtis Mayfield's keyboardist a few months ago had me binging on Curtis.  Pour in some 8-bit psychedelia, throw in a dash of mystical politics, and you've got "Telepathine."  The album, now titled "Weapons of Mass Instruction," is due to drop on March 2nd.

23 February 2018

Glaze of Cathexis - 2018 - Grooviest Glaze (2012 - 2016)

For better or for worse, the delirious psychedelic rocking of the Glaze of Cathexis is now in our past while we continue as the plastic soul weirdos of the Electrick Sages.  These are the tunes that folks played the most as we were "glazing" and bowing at the shines of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and Husker Du while thinking about John Lennon and R.E.M.    The results skew a bit towards the live-wire noise rock edge of the band, but head on over to the albums at http://glazeofcathexis.bandcamp.com if you need some more baladeering and ambient instrumentals.  This release does give you a full glance at our DNA, though.  The band ran for ten years, so this is the second half of the journey.  We'll hit up some of the preliminaries at another time.  "High Desert Prophecies" video is included with this download.

04 January 2018

Electrick Sages - 2018 - The Cowboy of Free Market Capitalism

Where have I been?  Listening to crateloads of funk, soul, and electric jazz.  My daughter only accepts Prince playing in the car.  So here we are - joined by Buzz Amato - a keyboard extraordinaire who played with and was musical director for Curtis Mayfield's band in the late 80's, and who has also played with groovy acts like Slave and The Three Degrees.  We've got his services on a vintage Fender Rhodes electric keyboard and Hammond organ sending the title tune into the absolute stratosphere.

"Voyage of the Celeste" is an electronic journey through digital nodes taking you to the words of our Roving Sage, Australian mystic Scott Atkinson on "Cloudland Cloudscape Vast."  Then, if you're missing the psychedelic rock tones of the Glaze of Cathexis, your desires shall be satisfied on "Cosmologic Medicine."  It was never an outtake - it just took me forever to get the guitar and vocals right, but now they are.

We're here to send Atlantean vibrational tones through your skull as we all reach for immaculate tomorrows.  Deep dive with us here as we explore the subconscious infinite with this EP and video.  Our plastic soul LP will drop down to you on February 13th.

08 October 2017

Electrick Sages -2017 - Substance of the Ceremony (video)

If you are reading this, you only have but three options:

#1 Stay F#^king asleep.

#2 Initiate yourself through years of disciplined meditation (we do not necessarily frown upon this option).

#3 Play this video and ride upon the bull with us, stampeding towards Valhallah.

30 September 2017

Glaze of Cathexis - 2017 - Dreaming of Forgotten Stars Video

We created this video for you specifically for you. I don't always like the Youtube preview thumbnails, but I like this one. If you dig it, you will want to watch the video soundtracked by our own un-Crowley-ed fusion of Buddy Holly and Joy Division.

24 September 2017

Rocket Man and the Dotards - 2017 - F#"king Up the Oldies

This is our political statement, y'all.

Yeah! Make America Great Again? 

Rocket Man and the Dotards are relocated Aussies and Yankees coming your way from the mountains of Japan to old-school rock and to F#"k the Power! 

F#"k the Power! 

Muddy Waters – Buddy Holly – Howlin’ Wolf – Eddie Cochrane – Little Richard – Chuck Berry 

You know all them. F#"k the Power! 

Donald Trump – Pepe the Frog – Kim Jong Un – Kim Jong Funn 

You know it! Yeah! F#"k the Power! 

18 September 2017

Glaze of Cathexis - 2017 - Bohemian Groovers

This is the final Glaze of Cathexis album.  We will still be making music over here at the garage, but it sounds different now and we'll be putting that out under the Electrick Sages name.  Here's our press release and the links for this one.

...are  announcing  the  release  of  their  new  album,  Bohemian  Groovers.

Ueda / Tokyo - Japan.  Roving  Sage  Media  are  thrilled  to  be  releasing  the  latest  album  from  Glaze  of  Cathexis,  titled  Bohemian  Groovers.    

What you will hear is a pulsating strain of psychedelic rock, first incubated in the Kanto Plain of Japan in 2004; now reaching its final iteration here in 2017.  Visions were seen, channels were heard – the Creators have just made a quantum bounce into a different direction:  what you get is an aural photograph of a time and place unique to them.  Glaze of Cathexis are a duo embedded in the Land of Mu doing their sterling utmost to strike the right vibration of The Gong.  Dig the “Deep Forest Bells,” riding a Pixified Jesus and Mary Chain wave of mutilation cresting on Beach Boy melodies.  Dig the alternate dimension John Lennon pulse of “Pretend That We Begin.”  Or, maybe find yourself in an earphone-to-ear performance of, what seems to be Ian Curtis and the Crickets, in “Dreaming of Forgotten Stars.”  Reverberate along to “The Holy Mountain” while surfing the psychic jetstream of Alejandro Jodorowsky.  They’ve got that something special to resonate with and the psychedelic soul to drive it all home.  Beaming out to you the Bohemian Groovers.

Glaze of Cathexis are Matthew Comegys (Atlanta, USA) and Scott Atkinson (Brisbane, Australia), a collective who source and derive their creative inspiration and psycho-spiritual resonance from dwelling in Japan

And the EP that preceded the album if you missed it:

03 September 2017

Glaze of Cathexis - Deep Forest Bells video

Here is a trip for you to take.  The final psychedelically rockin' Glaze of Cathexis album, "Bohemian Groovers," will soon be coming your way soon.  Have an aural hors'd'oeuvres with this video, the sound candy-coated with Beach Boy melodies and spiked with Jesus and Mary Chain vitrol.

13 August 2017

Alan Watts - 1969 - The Flow of Zen

Alan Watts is always worth your time.  He might just enlighten you.  He is some Alan Watts to trip out to:

30 June 2017

Glaze of Cathexis - 2017 - Deep Forest Bells EP

This psychedelically rockin' (and shoegazing) EP and video clip are here to herald the final Glaze of Cathexis LP coming in August.  Join us for one more run through the Glaze's soundworld of crackling fuzz guitars, unhinged drumming, and celestially trippy lyrics from their base in the mountains of Japan.  If you are groovy enough to dig our sounds, we're not closing shop - just changing gears to the Electrick Sages project.  That is what comes out of my current workflow and it sounds different than the Glaze.

Anyway, what you are getting here is one tune from the upcoming album, an alternate take of another tune from it, and several alternates of the past.  I think the alternates are all the first versions of the songs.  I like some of them quite well.  I rerecorded Lotus Pond for the front slot on an earlier EP and decided I wanted a more driving take.  'Cadmium Glow' ended up on 'The Amorphous Infinity' LP in a slower version because this electronic drum pulsing take just didn't make sense on that album.

Join us and you may find yourselves down with our trip.

29 June 2017

David Bedford - 1972 - Nurses Song With Elephants

Quality: Image result for poop emoji out of 5
Trip-O-Meter: 5 out of 5, I guess - but it's a bad trip

Wow.  I try to avoid getting too negative here at the Garage, but this doesn't do it for me.  I thought I'd dig it.  I can get into some of the avant garde and we've got Kevin Ayers and Mike Oldfield showing up here and there, but no, just no.  It's sort of like the Red Krayola's debut album.  That one is not an easy listen,  but it's a lysergic needle through the head and when that album does coalesce into something like a song, it's intensely groovy.  This one provides wisps of pointless noise, and when those do take the form of something, I'm still annoyed.  Is it my mood?  Give me a good argument that this is not pretentious twaddle and I will dive in for another listen.  Maybe I need to start with a different album?  Otherwise, let this enter history as the day that I first googled the poo emoji.

Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - 1968 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera

Quality: 3.75 out of 5
Trip-O-Meter: 4 out of 5

This one is definitely a funn one, although it runs very hot/cold on the spectrum of taste.  Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera (I'm not typing all of that out again) walks along the razor blade between psychedelic pop and early heavy metal.  The often fall off of it, but the do maintain their balance for some tunes as well.

So, the opening is like the open track of Sgt. Pepper's if that album had been made by Steppenwolf.  This is not a compliment. But the track that the, uh, singer is introducing is actually pretty top notch.  "Mother Writes" sort of falls backwards into punk rock too early in a charmingly Hawkwind-like manner.  It takes until "Flames" for the band to light the afterburners again.  Between that we get groovy psych tunes "Long Nights of Summer" and "Reflections of a Young Man," and several other tunes that don't really work so well.  "Air" falls into the bin if sitar tunes that don't work.  The hit rate stands solid through the rest of the album, with "Talk of the Devil" making the most impression with me.  There are a slew of bonus tracks which I assume are singles, cover tunes, and a few things that sound like they were recorded sometime after the band was actually a going concern (my intuitive assumption).  It's probably not essential for the 99% - as long as we allow that the 1% are all Elmer Gantry fans.  "Raga" is exactly what it says - what the band Can would later refer to as 'an ethnological forgery."  For some reason, "Eleanor Rigby" is now a heavy metal jam.  That's probably worth hearing at least once for kitsch value if nothing else.

This album only has half an ass, but there are a few inspired moments scattered about.  Again, "Mother Writes" will knock your bobby socks off.  If it hasn't already made it to a Nuggets collection, it should have.