May 20, 2020 Playlist

"Amputechture" by The Mars Volta (2006)
The Mars Volta "Amputechture"  2006 (USA)
The Mars Volta was a mighty prog rock band that recorded six albums in the 2000's decade (though the last one wasn't finished and released until 2012). The group was defined by two primary members: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez the guitarist who wrote the music and Cedric Bixler-Zavala the singer who wrote the lyrics. The most notable guest musician who helped them out in the studio was John Frusciante, a whiz kid who joined Red Hot Chilli Peppers when he was just a teenager, replacing their deceased founder and leader Hillel Slovak. Frusciante actually plays most of the guitar leads and solos on this album rather than Rodriguez-Lopez. The first two Volta albums De-Loused In The Comatorium (2003) and Frances The Mute (2005) seem to be their most critically-acclaimed albums, though my choice to induct TMV into the CAOTW hall is their third record. What it lacks in over-arching heavy concepts it more than makes up for in funky grooves and blazing guitar riffs. The album cover at left links to a very negative review which is typical of the reaction this album received from the music press (critics, bah!) It still made the Top 10 on the American album chart, as did three of their six albums, which was an unparalleled feat for a prog band in the early 21st century.
Weekly Dempa update: "The Family Tour 2020" online event happened last weekend, but I haven't seen anything show up online (for free). So the only new thing I got this week is another vlog where Pinky! introduces her pets: a gorgeous big white cat whose name is apparently "Canal" (he made an appearance dancing with Pinky! in their recent quarnetine video) and a boring goldfish. Pinky! and Risa also appeared on a cooking show, but Risa did all the work.
(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request
Artist Song Album Year Country
The BeatlesLong Tall Sally (Little Richard)Long Tall Sally EP1964UK
MC5Tutti Frutti (Little Richard)Back In The USA1970USA
The Mothers of InventionDirectly From My Heart To You (Little Richard) (R)Weasels Ripped My Flesh1970USA
Black Dresses I'm A Freak Cuz I'm Always Freaked OutPeaceful As Hell (N)2020 (Blacksquares)Canada
The Howling Hex City In The CountryKnuckleball Express (N)2020 (Fat Possum)USA
DISQ Fun Song 4Collector (N)2020 (Saddle Creek)USA
Damaged Bug Smile A While (Michael Yonkers)Bug On Yonkers (N)2020 (Castle Face)USA
Once & Future Band AndromedaDeleted Scenes (N)2020 (Castle Face)USA
The Orb Ital OrbAbolition Of The Royal Familia (N)2020 (Cooking Vinyl)UK
Horse Lords Against GravityThe Common Task (N)2020 (Northern Spy)USA Sakura Go Sakukoro Ni
("When The Cherry Blossoms Bloom")

Aiga Chikyu Sukuunsa! Datte Dempagumi.Inc Wa Family Desho (N)
("Love Will Save The Earth! Because Is A Family")
2020 (Meme Tokyo/Toy's Factory)Japan Kekkon Shite Mo MAMA Ni Natte Mo Kimi Wa Eien Ni Boku No IDOL ♡
("Even If You Get Married Or Become A MAMA You Will Always Be My IDOL
Aiga Chikyu Sukuunsa! Datte Dempagumi.Inc Wa Family Desho (N)
2020 (Meme Tokyo/Toy's Factory)Japan
The Mars VoltaViscera EyesAmputechture
The Mars VoltaDay Of The BaphometsAmputechture
The Mars VoltaL' Via L' ViaquezFrances The Mute2005USA
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard The River
   --> Wah Wah
   --> Road Train (live)
Chunky Shrapnel (N)2020 (Flightless/ATO)Australia
Merl Saunders & Jerry GarciaKeepers (live)Live At Keystone1973USA
Jean-Luc PontyEnigmatic Ocean (parts 1-4)Enigmatic Ocean1977France
Larry Coryell (with John McLaughlin)Spaces (Infinite)Spaces1969USA(/UK)
The Stark RealityJunkman's Song (Hoagy Carmichael)The Stark Reality Discovers Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop1970USA
Return To ForeverTheme To The MothershipHymn Of The Seventh Galaxy1973USA
Miles DavisMaiyshaGet Up With It1974USA
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