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Local Heavy Psych Explorers Play Show In Oakland

An excellent write up for our show tonight in Oakland at The Golden Bull. This will be our first live appearance in The Bay Area since our European stretch!

By Dave Pehling

(SAN FRANCISCO) — With a history dating back to the early 2000s, San Francisco glam/psych/stoner-rock heroes Turn Me On Dead Man twist together the varied strands of heavy music from the past five decades into a uniquely bombastic sound.

Led by songwriting talent and lysergic guitar fury of founder Mykill Ziggy, the group became a local club favorite over the next few years with its penchant for epic, Bowie/Bolan-esque space rock played at paint-peeling volume. The band self released it’s debut album God Bless the Electric Freak in 2005, but soon caught the ear of SF punk legend and Alternative Tentacles Record founder Jello Biafra, who reissued the effort on his imprint to solid reviews.

The fruitful relationship between band and label would continue over the next several years as Ziggy and a rotating cast of musicians (drummer Christopher Lyman being the sole collaborator who has played on all of the band’s recordings) continued to refine their sound, exploring their unabashed love for crushingly heavy riffs and psychedelic filigree. Nodding to the Beatles as much as Bowie and T-Rex, the songs on 2006’s Technicolour Mother and Sunshine Suicide three years later also echoed the sounds of ’90 alt-rock favorites Jane’s Addiction and contemporaries Queens of the Stone Age.

The band would split up for a few years after Ziggy relocated to Austin, TX, but the extended hiatus ended after he reconvened a new line-up of the band to record and release We Are the Star People in 2013. Joined by second guitarist Nick Doom, the band’s first new album in four years found Turn Me On Dead Man delivering a long-overdue round of glorious interstellar anthems.

While it’s live shows have been somewhat irregular since then, the group — now including bassist Jeff Klukowski (formerly of Andalusia Rose) and a host of auxiliary contributors — gradually put together what may be it’s heaviest recording yet. Tracked over the course of several years at San Francisco’s Light Rail StudiosHeavymetal Mothership ramps up the melodic crunch on some of Turn Me On Dead Man’s most anthemic space-rock juggernauts yet. Initially made available for download on the TMODM Bandcamp page, the album was released late last year on vinyl and CD on the appropriately named Italian label Heavy Psych Sounds Records.

For its first Bay Area show in nearly a year, Turn Me On Dead Man will be joined at the Golden Bull in Oakland by SF’s like-minded modern psych maestros the Spiral Electric — who will be previewing music from a forthcoming double LP scheduled for release next year — and sludgy pop-psych band Coywolf (which shares the Spiral Electric’s guitarist Nicholas Percy)

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Ghost Ship Love Letters

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I recently contributed a track to this benefit compilation for the victims of the warehouse fire in Oakland. I didn’t personally know anyone lost in the tragedy though I did meet on a few occasions Ara Jo who worked at Rock Paper Scissors  collective. I was involved in a couple of the Oakland Art Murmur events a few years back with MAP a mobile arts group who I helped with some installations. Ara helped us out with a power source and also hosted a drag show during one of the events. MAP also just recently had a memorial for the fire victims as well.

You can grab a download or a hand made 3cdr bundled edition limited to 30. All proceeds go to the victims of the fire relief fund being run by Grayarea.org and you can visit their site to see other ways to contribute as well.

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Ara Jo hosting a drag show (Oakland Art Murmur)

For the benefit compilation I chose to work up a piece around some sounds I obtained from David Sanchez Burr who was the guy behind an interactive sound installation called ‘Nowhere Radio’. David erected a ‘sound wall’ that had all of these various items attached to it, pieces of metal and sculpture and faux instruments to beat on and it was all contact mic’ed with the sound running through a system that had effects and also broadcast the signal within a half mile radius. There were mics for people to talk/sing into also. We encouraged people to make noise and to walk around with handheld radios provided for listening to the sounds coming from whatever was being played on the sculpture, kids really dug it and I got some of the sounds recorded from David with his permission to do whatever with, so I thought it apropos to contribute a piece utilising some of this stuff. I chopped it up and arranged it and also added some synth textures for mood. It seemed an apropos contribution since the sounds originated in Oakland at an arts event and this is for Oakland artists. Check out the entire release below and dig the slide show of pics of the ‘Soundwall’ as well!

ALPHASTARE-GHOST SHIP TO SPACE:

“NOWHERE RADIO” SLIDESHOW:

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GHOST SHIP LOVE LETTERS

From Bandcamp:

“On December 2, 2016, a tragic fire struck the Ghost Ship, an artists’ collective and DIY music venue in Oakland, California. 36 people were killed that night, including performers and audience members alike.

‘Ghost Ship Love Letters’ is a message of sympathy and solidarity, from alumni and friends of the electroFLUX Experimental Music Series in Erie, Pennsylvania to the families affected by this event.

All proceeds from sales of this compilation will go to the Fire Relief, Recovery, and Resiliency Fund established by Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supporting the arts and technology in the Bay Area.

For more on how you can help, please visit grayarea.org
For more on what we do, please visit facebook.com/electroflux.music

FULL RELEASE:

Support the Arts!


 

Andalusia Rose (New Blog!)

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I’m proud to introduce a new blog that focuses on the happenings of my band Andalusia Rose. We have many exciting things on the horizon, so follow us to keep in the loop and to catch a behind the scenes glimpse into the world of a developing Bay Area band! Please follow and support a band waging war on mediocrity!


Andalusia Rose Updates (May 2016)

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“Rosie”

We did a video shoot for KMVT (Mountain View) last week which will air on their local television station and then on their youtube channel for future enjoyment. I’ll share the video when it’s available. We had a show the day after our shoot at Winters in Pacifica, here’s a clip from the finale!

Andalusia Rose Live at Winters (Pacifica)

 (a bit of the end of ‘Destroyer’)

Our next San Francisco show is with The Electric Arrows at Benders and we look forward to that one, we always have a blast playing there and we cherish what’s left of the San Francisco music scene as far as fun trashy rock and roll bar venues go.

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‘Rosie’ assemblage by Wendy Gadzuk gif by Jeff K. check out more of Wendy’s art at www.wendyleegadzuk.com