Sun Dali (September 2017)

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I remembered a friend a few weeks ago, that I haven’t been in contact with for a long time. These days, it seems tough to be out of contact with a friend, what with social media, but some folks don’t use Twitter or Facebook. I don’t have her newest e-mail address and her phone number changes quite a bit.

I used to make mix tapes for her a long time ago, which she always enjoyed. I last made a mix for her ten years ago – a double-CD set. I thought I’d write a letter and send another one along, for old times’ sake (and she’s probably bored of the older ones by now). I really enjoyed making this one, so I decided I’d share it here.

It’s got some psychedelic space rock, indie rock, psychedelic folk, dark ambient and even a 1980s sing-along anthem! Plus, the usual film and teevee dialogue. Click on the link to listen and download.

Tracklist:

The Cosmic DeadSolar Cycle Invocation (excerpt) (2013 Paradigms Recordings)
School Of Seven BellsHalf Asleep (alternate version) (2009 Full Time Hobby Records)
Six Organs OF AdmittanceActaeon’s Fall (Against The Hounds) (2009 Drag City Records)
Unknown Mortal OrchestraSwim & Sleep (Like A Shark) (2013 Jagjaguwar Records)
Tame ImpalaMind Mischief (2012 Modular Recordings)
RadioheadHouse Of Cards (2008 XL Records)
Teeth Of The SeaSiren Spectre (Parts I & II) (2013 Rocket Recordings)
BurialCome Down To Us (excerpt) (2013 Hyperdub Records)
I ComponentiZeus (1968 Arlecchino Records)
Animal CollectiveLeaf House (2004 FatCat Records)
EngineersNew Horizons (2005 Echo Records)
Neil YoungDon’t Let It Bring You Down (live at The Cellar Door 1970) (1970/2013 Reprise Records)
SimianOrange Glow (2001 Source Records)
Soft MachinePenny Hitch (1974 CBS Records)
St VincentSurgeon (2011 4AD Records)
The WaterboysThe Whole Of The Moon (1985 Ensign/Island Records)
Dutch UnclesBellio (2013 Memphis Industries)
Drum ClubFurry Meadows (Dogstar Mix) (excerpt) (1993 Planet Dog Records)

The Kaleidophonic Stroboscope: Sun Dali (September 2017)

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Vernal Equinoxing – The Kaleidophonic Stroboscope – April 2011

Spring is here and we’re seeing off another winter (at least in the Northern Hemisphere, we are). To mark the equinox, I’ve dug into the archive folder and found a show I recorded in April 2011…six years ago. Time flies, eh? It’s not exactly all light and airy, though. You’ve got some some weird-prog, courtesy of Peter Hammill, skewed indie-pop from Stephen Malkmus, low-key folk from Laura Marling and even the De La Soul track is a cautionary tale. Still, enjoy the mix and the (hopefully) warmer days!

Tracklist:

Intro.
Kingdom Come (Arthur Brown)Spirit Of Joy (1973 Polydor Records)
Peter HammillThe Institute Of Mental Health, Burning (1975 Charisma Records)
Mercury RevDowns Are Feminine Balloons (1993 Columbia Records)
Laura MarlingDarkness Descends (2010 Virgin Records)
The Firesign TheatreRadio Hour Hour – February 15, 1970 (“23 Skid Row Intro/Cloud Ears/Uvan The Terrible/Chastushki”) (taken from the “Duke Of Madness Motors” set – 2010 Seeland Records)
The Electric BananaBlow Your Mind (recorded in 1968 – released in 1999 on Carnabeat Records)
Ash Ra TempelDer Lauf Der Giraffen (recorded in 1974 – released in 1996 on “The Private Tapes” collection – Manikin Records)
The Neon VioletsThe Search (self-released in 2011)
Stephen MalkmusKindling For The Master (2005 Matador Records)
Billie HolidaySome Other Spring (1939 Vocalion/Columbia Records)
De La Soul3 Days Later (1993 Tommy Boy Records)

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Procol Harum – “Shine On Brightly” (1968 EMI/Regal Zonophone Records)

Magdalene, My Regal Zonophone
In Held ‘Twas In I

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Listen and download here: The Kaleidophonic Stroboscope – April 2011

Trippin’ At The Disco

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Hello! A new Gregorian calendar year and a brand-new mix to start off the year. Well, it’s not brand new, as I created it a few months ago – I just didn’t get a chance to upload until now. It feels like the right time, though, ‘cos let’s face it, 2016 was a bit of a bummer all around. A party mix is what’s needed for the beginning of 2017. Early last year, I read the excellent Turn The Beat Around: The Secret History Of Disco. It was recommended to me by Sam Jones (a.k.a Lesbian Horse). I started trawling YouTube, to listen to tracks mentioned in the book. I also found a message board thread about psychedelic disco tracks. Not being aware that there were disco tunes considered to be trippy, I downloaded as many as I could find and selected some for a mix. I tried to sequence the songs to sound as if a club DJ were spinning them. Hope you enjoy it – some music for your feet and for your head! You can listen to and download the mix here: The Kaleidophonic Stroboscope – Trippin’ At The Disco

Tracklist:

Donna SummerI Feel Love (Qattara Mix) (1977/2005 Casablanca Records)
Crystal GrassCrystal World (1974 Phillips Records)
KongasDr Doo Dah (1977 Crocos Records)
BohannonCome Dance With Me (1978 Mercury Records)
Classical MechanicsBlack Body Radiation (1979 Panache Records)
The Seebach BandBubble Sex (1977 EMI Records)
Dinosaur LGo Bang! (Francois K Mix) (1982 Sleeping Bag Records)
Wild FireTry Making Love (Al Kent Version) (2015 Cultures Of Soul Records – originally released in 1977 on WIRL Records)
Harry ThumannSphinx (1982 Hansa International Records)
TantraWishbone (edit) (1979 Phillips Records)
Liquid LiquidCavern (1983 99 Records)
Stanley ClarkePlay The Bass (1982 Epic Records)
Human EggLove Like This (1977 Lizard Records)
Klein & M.B.O.Dirty Talk (1982 Zanza Records)
CharlieSpacer Woman (edit) (1983 Mr. Disc Organisation Records)

Festive Tidings -December 2010

Hello again – time for another old show I dug out of the folder. This one’s from December 2010 – seeing as it’s nearly December again, I thought I’d go with it.

I got a bit festive in the start of the episode with Misty’s Big Adventure and The Steve Miller Band. After that, it’s pretty much the usual grab-bag from my collection – a bit of jazz, ambient, electronic and rock with a trip to the Vinyl Vault thrown in, too. In this show, I dusted off my copy of Led Zeppelin‘s “Physical Graffiti”, as a request.

It’s all there, folks – get amongst it! You can listen to and download it here: Kaleidophonic Stroboscope – December 2010

Tracklist:
K.S. Intro
Misty’s Big AdventureHave Yourself A Psychedelic Christmas (2004 SL Records)
The Steve Miller BandGood Morning (1970 Capitol Records)
Hariprasad ChaurasiaManzh Khamaz Teental (1995 Oriental Records)
Brian EnoHorse (2010 Warp Records)
MGMTSong For Dan Treacy (2010 Columbia Records)
The Orb & David GilmourMetallic Spheres (excerpt) (2010 Sony Music)
Ornette ColemanFocus On Sanity (1959 Atlantic Records)
Deep PurpleFlight Of The Rat (1970 Harvest/EMI Records)
Bruce HaackSong Of The Death Machine (1970 Columbia Records)

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Led ZeppelinPhysical Graffiti (1975 Swan Song/Atlantic Records)

“Kashmir”
“Black Country Woman”

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Frank ZappaPeaches En Regalia (1970 Bizarre/Straight Records)
Captain Beefheart & The Magic BandClear Spot (1972 Warner Bros. Records)
The Velvet UndergroundI’m Waiting For The Man (live – The Matrix, San Francisco – November 8, 1969) (taken from “The Quine Tapes” box set – released 2001 on Polydor Records)

Tune In, Turn On, Freak Out…

The next episode of The Stroboscope is a mix I created about three years ago and posted to Mixcloud. I meant to post a regular series on Mixcloud, but it didn’t happen. Unfortunately, I deleted the master file, thinking I’d be able to download it back from Mixcloud if I needed it. That’s not the case, so I’ve got to leave it there for the time being. It’s O.K., though, you can play it as many times as you like – you just can’t download it, which is a shame. I promise you’ll be able to download the next one. I’m still working on it, but I hope to have it ready in a few weeks. This one’s a bit short – about 60 minutes long, but it’s a good’un. A mix of psychedelia, jazz and dark ambient, with some spoken word bits sprinkled in for your entertainment. Hope you enjoy it!

TRACKLIST:

Intro.
Unknown Mortal OrchestraFaded In The Morning (edit) (Jagjaguwar Records)
It’s A Beautiful DayBombay Calling (Columbia Records)
Rahsaan Roland KirkHigh-Heeled Sneakers (edit) (Atlantic Records)
Eire ApparentThe Clown (Track Records)
KrokodilOdyssey In Om (edit) (United Artists Records)
Voice Of EyeTransmission (Cyclotron Industries)
Sun DialApollo (Beggars Banquet Records)
BrainticketPlaces Of Light (Bellaphon Records)
CardiacsPiffol Four Times (edit) (Alphabet Business Concern)
The TemptationsCloud Nine (Motown/Tamla Records)
Tranquility BassWe All Want To Be Free (Ultramarine Mix) (Astralwerks Records)
Amon Duul IIWie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Strasse (United Artists Records)
DonovanThe Observation (Pye/Epic Records)
DungenDet Du Tanker Idag Ar Du I Morgon (Subliminal Sounds)
Dino ValentiTime (Columbia Records)

Welcome Back, My Friends…

The Kaleidophonic Stroboscope is being switched on again! It’s been roughly four years since I created the last episode. Since then, I’ve only created one mix with the K.S. moniker, that I put on Mixcloud.

For those not in the know – the K.S. started as a demo mix for a possible radio show. I shopped it around to a couple of local radio stations, but they weren’t really interested in hosting the show. I decided to turn it into a podcast, which I ran monthly (or nearly) from 2008 to 2012. I meant to have a six-month break, but as sometimes happens, it was much longer.

The format was similar to a traditional radio show, where I would choose tracks, play a few, then talk about them. I would also have a section called ‘The Vinyl Vault’, where I would play a couple of tunes from an LP in my collection. This time around, I may stick with that format, or just create mixes with none of my dulcet tones in between the tracks. It’ll just depend what I’ve got time for.

My main influences for the podcast are The Greatest Show From Earth, a college-radio show broadcast on WWUH, in Hartford, Connecticut. I used to listen to the show regularly, in the 1990s and early 2000s. I believe it’s still a going concern and you can listen to it online. The other influence is the series of mixes called The Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble, created by The Future Sound Of London/Amorphous Androgynous. They were played on various radio stations in the UK from 1997 to 2009 – I managed to find most of them online, as ‘bootlegs’. There were also a few double-disc official versions released, but I prefer the radio ones – they have film dialogue and tracks that would take a long time and a lot more money to clear for use. I should also mention The Billboard Guide To Progressive Music by Bradley Smith, which turned me onto loads of bands and artists that I wouldn’t have known about. The late 90s Borders music crew I worked with (in Manchester, Conn.) also broadened my knowledge, so respect out to them, too.

To get the show rolling again – here’s an old episode, which is labelled ‘Show No. 8’, from early 2009, if I recall correctly. It’s a timely one, as it’s an ‘Election Special’. I’ll be working on a new mix, so enjoy this in the meantime. The track-listing is below.

K.S. Intro.
Alice CooperElected (Warner Bros. Records)
ParliamentChocolate City (Casablanca Records)
Matching MoleStarting In The Middle Of The Day, We Can Drink Our Politics Away (CBS Records)
Mick FarrenTrouble Coming Every Day (Logo Records)
Stevie WonderBig Brother (Motown Records)
Super Furry AnimalsPresidential Suite (Epic Records)
Bob Marley & The WailersThem Belly Full (But We Hungry) (Island/Tuff Gong Records)

————THE VINYL VAULT————

The Firesign TheatreI Think We’re All Bozos On This Bus (Columbia Records)

“An Audience With The President”

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CreamPolitician (BBC session – Jan. 1968) (Polydor Records)
The Steve Miller BandIndustrial-Military Complex Hex (Capitol Records)
Jurassic 5Great Expectations (Interscope Records)
XTCThe Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead (Virgin Records)
The TemptationsWar (Motown Records)

Listen and download here:

The Kaleidophonic Stroboscope – The Kaleidophonic Stroboscope Show No. 8