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