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  1. oblomov
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    For those who have gotten through life thus far without exposing their cannabinoid receptors to the genius of Hawkwind, time to pull the blinders off:

    http://youtu.be/y0-zulL0AiY

    Posted 6 years ago #
  2. harpal
    Member

    I was expecting a receipt for a special sci fi jam.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  3. oblomov
    Member

    Like a recipe for the blob of hyperintelligent alien jelly that envelops Thors Provoni as he returns to Earth?

    Posted 6 years ago #
  4. Chris DeVito
    Member

    SUN RA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLn1JVsISh0

    Posted 6 years ago #
  5. Chris DeVito
    Member

  6. oblomov
    Member

    YES! I was finally reunited with a large chunk of my vinyl a few months ago that I had stored for six years, and I have had this Sun Ra "Cosmic Tunes For Mental Therapy" 12" on regular rotation (though it's one of the 180g repressings I think.) Space is the Place is an amazing flick. I can never make heads or tails of what is going on because the whole thing is like some freewheeling metaphor with no bottom, but it's still amazing. From what I remember, the version that I saw a few years ago had scenes in it that were initially cut out because they featured the controversial pimp-slapping of hookers (I think by the evil guy who shows up in the speakeasy at the beginning to fight Sun Ra.)

    If I remember correctly, Sun Ra was also one of those guys who legitimately believed himself to be from outer space. Moreso even than ? from ? and the Mysterians (who I suspect if pressed would admit to being from Saginaw, MI.)

    Posted 6 years ago #
  7. oblomov
    Member

    Now here's a band with their own outer space language...
    MAGMA:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXZBNNGc_B8

    I would post something by Wendy Carlos but I think she protects her copyright pretty aggressively because I never see her stuff on Youtube. Another perk of being reunited with my vinyl is being able to listen to both the Clockwork Orange Soundtrack and Switched on Bach whenever I need to, which is frequently. I actually wrote her a fan email about ten years ago.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  8. oblomov
    Member

    Everything's ready here on the dark side of the moon. Play the five tones.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOzWrJ6nPIo

    Posted 6 years ago #
  9. Chris DeVito
    Member

    I'm not so sure Sun Ra (Herman Blount) actually believed he was from Saturn -- not in any delusional, Phil Dick-ian way, at least. Though he worked very hard to build the myth. You might want to read John Szwed's biography of Ra, SPACE IS THE PLACE: THE LIVES AND TIMES OF SUN RA.

    Another galactic visionary is Anthony Braxton, who has written compositions meant to be played simultaneously on different planets.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  10. FreeLiveFree
    Member

    Was it true Purple Haze was inpired by Philip Jose Farmer's Night of Light? Does anybody know?

    Posted 6 years ago #
  11. oblomov
    Member

    I'll check that bio out for sure, as well as those Braxton compositions - I'd imagine getting the timing coordinated correctly with people playing on different planets at the same time would be pretty difficult!

    I keep feeling like I am forgetting a few obvious bands to include on this thread, but I am stopping short of posting Tyrannosaurus Rex and other Tolkien-damaged bongo wizards, much as I love them.

    What I did remember, though, was the gem by Kim Fowley that appears at 11:20 on the following link (no idea why whoever made this didn't break this up into separate tracks, having to skip around on a digital track makes me feel like I am listening to a .RA file in 1996).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSx8Ge0s4gI

    Posted 6 years ago #
  12. oblomov
    Member

    FreeLiveFree: I always heard that song was about purple microdot acid, which made enough sense to me.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  13. oblomov
    Member

    I am a strong proponent of relocating humankind from Earth to Planet Gong.

    http://youtu.be/n_-Vy0-umsQ

    Posted 6 years ago #
  14. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Sun Ra was one of Brian's favorites.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  15. Chris DeVito
    Member

    OK, this one's fun:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LWBqRFT7U0&feature=related

    Posted 6 years ago #
  16. oblomov
    Member

    Howzabout this novelty/garage classic:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8g_t2tfbz8

    Posted 6 years ago #
  17. oblomov
    Member

    Check out this scorcher -- though I hesitate to call it a scorcher as it is a spoken/word ambient track. Peter Sinfield and Brian Eno, with Eno enossifying the atmosphere and Sinfield telling an hour-long tale of extra-planetary intrigue by -- a google search reveals -- Robert Sheckley. Haven't had time to really listen/take in the story, but I'm glad that this exists. Kind of surprised I'd never heard of it, as I'm a big Eno fan (though I lean towards the pop albums/krautrock collaborations and never got as into the ambient stuff.)

    http://youtu.be/HXnIEYjBq8o

    Posted 5 years ago #
  18. Chris DeVito
    Member

    Thanks for the heads-up on this one, oblomov; I somehow managed to be completely unaware of it too. I mean, it's dreadful, but like you, I'm glad it exists.

    You say you're not partial to Eno's ambient stuff, but are you familiar with ON LAND? It's some of the darkest/densest "music" ever.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  19. oblomov
    Member

    Heya DeVito, the only Eno ambient albums of that era that I have are Music for Airports and Music for Films (and I am pretty sure I've listened to Discrete Music a few times, but nothing about it really stuck with me)... Never really listened to the later ones, though I am now going to check out On Land.

    There is a particular heresy about the ambient work of Eno that I think was originally spoken by Trent Reznor, which is that the Aphex Twin: Collected Ambient Works album is way better than any of the Eno ambient stuff. I fought it for a while but I can't help but agree. Those early pop albums though are IMHO perfect, as are the BBC sessions and some of the stuff with The 801 and with Cluster. I like the John Cale collaboration from the early '90s, too.

    This reminds me- I can only imagine that you've heard No Pussyfooting, but have you ever checked out those Fripp/Darryl Hall/Peter Gabriel albums?

    Posted 5 years ago #
  20. Chris DeVito
    Member

    ob: Have you heard "An Index of Metals" from Fripp & Eno's EVENING STAR? More dark poetry.

    The Fripp/Hall/Gabriel trilogy was an interesting experiment, but I don't listen to those albums much, compared to others by the same guys.

    Aphex Twin doesn't do it for me; that stuff ranges from the inane to the irritating, in my ears. De gustibus and all that.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  21. oblomov
    Member

    Just listened to An Index of Metals - good stuff! Sounds like Frippified Tangerine Dream. Or Enossified Tangerine Dream. Both, I s'pose. Funny how even without that distinctive KC guitar tone you can still hear Fripp just in the chord progressions. Something about it really reminds me of Lark's Tongue in Aspic.

    I haven't really dug into any contemporary stuff for a few years, but around 2006-or-so there were a few really good bands that came out under the broad range of what might be considered ambient that you might enjoy checking out. There was this drone band from Brooklyn called Growing that's totally worth checking out, and this Finnish band called Shogun Kunitoki who were totally incredible. They put out a few discs on a record label called Fonal. Not sure what came of them.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  22. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    The first Jefferson Starship album, "Blows Against the Empire," was nominated for a Hugo in 1971 (in the "Dramatic Presentation" category). It came in second; the winner was "no award." According to Wikipedia, Paul Kantner asked Robert Heinlein for permission to use concepts from Methuselah's Children on the album.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  23. oblomov
    Member

    Here's one that people may have already known but that I had no idea about. Apparently Moorcock had a band in the '70s with at least a few members of Hawkwind, Michael Moorcock's Deep Fix:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4Jtfrtos6c

    Sounds kind of like the Quark, Strangeness and Charm space-rock-meets-glam thing that the Calvert-led Hawkwind was doing at that time. One of the tracks I listened to sounded like it may have had Bolan in the mix somewhere, which would make sense as I guess in the early days Bolan used to just show up at Michael Moorcock's house demanding to hang out.

    Edit: Note that I am not particularly blown away by this album but once again, it's cool that it exists.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  24. Marian
    Member

    Heavy Metal inspired by LOTR! http://loudwire.com/10-bands-inspired-by-tolkien-lord-of-the-rings/

    Posted 3 months ago #

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