July 25, 2018 Playlist

"Spaced Out" by Enoch Light & The Light Brigade (1969)
Enoch Light & The Light Brigade "Spaced Out"  1969 (USA)
I'm a bit surprised this record wasn't a classic album sooner, since it is arguably the greatest "space age bachelor pad" or "turned-on easy listening" album of all time. Enoch Light was a primarily a producer known for super hi-fidelity recordings (including extreme stereo effects), and his band The Light Brigade was basically studio musicians featuring guest appearances from other artists (usually instrumentalists) affiliated with Enoch's Project 3 record label. On this particular LP, the Brigade includes Dick Hyman on moog synthesizer (I'm also surprised I haven't given him a classic album yet), The Free Design on vocals, and Tony Motolla on guitar: in other words an all-star easy listening orchestra! Plus in the style of the times it is kind of a concept album: all the songs are by Burt Bacharach, The Beatles or Johann Sebastian Bach (the 3 B's). Back in 1969, youth counterculture types (hippies) probably thought this was the most horrible commercialization imaginable, but today it sounds more sixties than the sixties probably really were (if Austin Powers didn't shag to this soundtrack in the movies, he could have).
Also on the show this week: further down the rabbit-holes of J-pop and "weird girl" pop with Scottish futurist SophieWednesday Campanella (Japanese oral folklore styles mixed with rapping and house-y dance music), Haru Namuri (the J-pop anti-idol: brooding art punk with dissonant guitars), and another "wake up kawaii" session with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (this video from 5 years ago celebrates her reaching the legal drinking age in Japan, which is 20).
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
SpliffIn Those DaysEmergency Exit1982Germany
Gary NumanTelekonTelekon1980UK
Poppy Metal (Gary Numan)Am I A Girl? (N - preview track from forthcoming album)2018 (I'm Poppy / Mad Decent)USA
Sophie Immaterial
   / Whole New World/Pretend World
Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides (N)2018 (MSMSMSM)UK (Scotland)
Haru Nemuri Rock n Roll Wa ShinanaiHaru To Shura (N)2018 (Perfect)Japan
WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLADiabloTriathalon EP2016Japan
U.S. Girls TimeIn A Poem Unlimited (N)2018 (4AD)USA
Courtney Barnett City Looks PrettyTell Me How You Really Feel (N)2018 (Mom & Pop)Australia
Wand PerfumePerfume (N)2018 (Drag City)USA
Ty Segall & White Fence Hey Joel, Where You Going With That?Joy (N)2018 (Drag City)USA
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Future SuiteSparkle Hard (N)2018 (Matador)USA
Parquet Courts NormalizationWide Awake! (N)2018 (Rough Trade)USA
Death Grips The Fear / OutroYear Of The Snitch (N)2018 (Third Worlds)USA
Sleep Giza ButlerThe Sciences (N)2018 (Third Man)USA
Dr. Dog NightCritical Equation (N)2018 (We Buy Gold Records)USA
The Orb Pillow Fight @ Shag Mountain (featuring Jah Wobble)No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds (N)2018 (Cooking Vinyl)UK
Black Moth Super Rainbow Panic BloomsPanic Blooms (N)2018 (Rad Cult)USA
Body/Head Change My BrainThe Switch (N)2018 (Matador)USA
Charles EarlandJourney Of The SoulOdyssey1976USA
John TropeaThe BrattTropea1975USA
Enoch LightBond Street (Burt Bacharach)Spaced Out
Enoch LightEleanor Rigby (The Beatles)Spaced Out
Enoch LightPetite Paulette (based on J. S. Bach)Spaced Out
Enoch LightPuppet Man (The 5th Dimension)Permissive Polyphonics1970USA
'Lectric WoodsSpinning Wheel (Blood Sweat & Tears)'Lectric Woods1969USA
Ted Heath & His MusicIn The Year 2525 (Zager & Evans)The Big Ones1970USA
The Now Sound of Tony Motolla
featuring "The Groovies" (The Free Design)
Goin' Out Of My Head (Little Anthony & The Imperials)Warm, Wild, Wonderful1968USA
The Free DesignAn ElegyYou Could Be Born Again1968USA
Kyary Pamyu PamyuYumeno Hajima Ring Ring ("The Beginning of a Ring-Dream")Pika Pika Fantajin2014Japan
Kyary Pamyu PamyuFurisodation ("Formal Kimono Celebration")Nanda Collection2013Japan
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