Friday, February 11, 2011

Episode 335

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 335

Hal Blaine - Psychedelic Percussion
(Dunhill Records, 1967)

This episode featured the track Flashes (February) from Hal Blaine's instrumental album, Psychedelic Percussion, released by Dunhill Records in 1967. The Wreaking Crew drummer's psych classic features 12 tracks, each representing a month of the year and is described by Harkit Records, in their 2005 reissue, as the album that "portrayed the master drummer on acid". Whereas his previous solo record, 1963's Deuces, "T's," Roadsters & Drums was in keeping with its time a  mostly surf affair with flushes of fuzz guitar, Psychedelic Percussion tries to represent the late 60s acid-psych scene. As such the album has often been dismissed as merely an exploitation or novelty record cashing in on a popular genre, but its crazy sound effects and sublime drumming guarantee its place alongside any other late 60s cult masterpieces.

Hal Blaine - Psychedelic Percussion
(Harkit Records, 2005 Reissue)

White Noise - An Electric Storm (1968, Island Records)

From one 60s cult masterpiece to another. Also featured on this episode was Here Come the Fleas from White Noise's An Electric Storm. White Noise was the 60s electronic band formed by classical bass player David Vorhaus and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson. An Electric Storm has been hugely influential to everyone from Stereolab and Broadcast to The Orb and Julian Cope. Island released a remastered version of the record in 2007 with expanded liner notes. Seriously recommended for fans of The Silver Apples or the United States of America. Below is a brilliant clip from a the 2003 BBC documentary Alchemists of Sound, featuring Delia Derbyshire explaining how she splices tape on reel-to-reel machines. The Delia Derbyshire website is also essential reading.

Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Episode 335 - 10/02/2011


Josh T. Pearson - Sweetheart I Ain't Your Christ
Galaxie 500 - Blue Thunder (Dean Wareham plays Workman's Club, Fri 11 Feb)
Galaxie 500 - Tugboat
Galaxie 500 - Fourth of July
Darren Hayman & the Secondary Modern - Winter Makes Me Want You More
Anna Calvi - Desire
Cold Cave - The Great Pan Is Dead
If By Yes - Still Breathing (Cornelius Mix)
The Human League - Night People
Appolossa - Another Lonely Night
Cut Copy - Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution
Music Go Music - Warm In The Shadows
Invasion vs. Shackelton - Wizards in Dub part 1
British Sea Power - We Are Sound
The Black Angels - Phosphene Dream
Link Wray - Friday Night Dance Party
Buffalo Springfield - Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It
Hal Blaine - Flashes (February)
Metronomy - She Wants
The Go! team - Buy Nothing Day
Vessels (feat. Stuart Warwick) - Meatman, Piano Tuner, Prostitute
Broadcast & The Focus Group - Reception/Group Therapy
White Noise - Here Come the Fleas
Transept - Death ot the Sea Sentinel

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