July 8, 2020 Playlist

"The Cave Down To The Earth" by Far East Family Band (1975)
Far East Family Band "The Cave Down To The Earth"  1975 (Japan)
Technically, this was the debut album by "Japan's first progressive rock band", though there was a smaller and more psychedelic precursor band called Far Out that released one excellent album in 1973. The Cave was much more ambitious and caught the ear of "Krautrock" legend Klaus Schulze, who produced their next album which was mostly remakes of tunes from Cave and the Far Out record (I think it's their best album; sort of a greatest hits collection only more kosmik than the originals.) Though the third FEFB album Parallel World, also produced by Schulze, is certainly their most epic work (the titular track is more than 30 minutes of kosmische!) A final album Tenkujin was released later in the 1970's, and the main guy Fumio Miyashita moved to Los Angeles for a while but his spacy synth styles were not exactly the rage during the heyday of punk rock. For Far East was never a virtuoso/complex prog band, they created epic soundscapes of space rock like the similarly unclassifiable but classy Pink Floyd. Among the three synthesizer players in the band, Masanori Takahashi had by far the most successful career - he's better known as Kitaro, an icon of "New Age" music in the 1980's.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
Kool & The GangSummer MadnessLight Of Worlds1974USA
Thundercat Miguel's Happy Dance
   / How Sway
It Is What It Is (N)2020 (Brainfeeder)USA
Khruangbin Time (You And I)Mordechai (N)2020 (Dead Oceans)USA
Dope Body Back In BackHome Body (N)2020 (Drag City)USA
Chicano Batman Color My LifeInvisible People (N)2020 (ATO)USA
Deerhoof Damaged Eyes Squinting Into The Beautiful Overhot SunFuture Teenage Cave Artists (N)2020 (Joyful Noise)USA
Sparks iPhoneA Steady Drip, Drip, Drip (N)2020 (BMG)USA
Neil Young VacancyHomegrown (N - previously unreleased album)rec. 1974-1975 (2020 Reprise)Canada
Steve Earle & The Dukes It's About BloodGhosts Of West Virginia (N)2020 (New West)USA
The Howling Hex WordsKnuckleball Express (N)2020 (Fat Possum)USA
Redd Kross Follow The LeaderShow World (N - reissue)1997 (2020 Third Man)USA
Big Walnuts Yonder
(Mike Watt - Minutemen,
Nels Cline - Wilco,
Greg Saunier - Deerhoof,
Nick Reinhart - Tera Melos)
Rapid Driver Moon InhalerBig Walnuts Yonder2017USA
Friar Tuck (Mike Deacy)A Record HiFriar Tuck And His Psychedelic Guitar1967USA
Far East Family BandThe Cave, Down To The Earth"The Cave" Down To The Earth
Far East Family BandThe God Of Wind
  --> Moving, Looking, Trying, Jumping In A Maze
  --> Wa, Wa (Yamato)
  --> Mystery Of Northern Space
"The Cave" Down To The Earth
J.A. Caesar / Tenjo Sajiki"Merciful Bird"Shin Toku Maru ("Poison Body Circle")1978Japan
The 13th Floor Elevators Everybody Needs Somebody (Soloman Burke/Wilson Pickett - live)You And I And Me (N)rec. 1966 (2020 Sunset Blvd)USA
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Open Water (live)Live In Adelaide '19 (N)2020 (self release)Australia
Elephant9 Freedom's Children - John Tinnick (live)Psychedelic Backfire II (N)2019 (Rune Grammofon)Norway
The Orb Shapeshifters (In Two Parts)Abolition Of The Royal Familia (N)2020 (Cooking Vinyl)UK
Haru Nemuri Apple SongLovetheism EP (N)2020 (TO3S)Japan
Maximum The HormoneBai Qi VAPdianKorekara No Menkata Cottelee No Hanashi Wo Shiyou EP
("Let's Talk About The Future" EP)
Chelmico BEER BEARFishing (N)2019 (Warner Japan)Japan
Dempagumi.inc Hoshi Furu Hiki Komori No Yoru
("A Starry Night Withdrawal")

Aiga Chikyu Sukuunsa! Datte Dempagumi.Inc Wa Family Desho (N)
("Love Will Save The Earth! Because Dempagumi.inc Is A Family")
2020 (Meme Tokyo/Toy's Factory)Japan
(solo song by
"Mirin-chan" Mirin Furukawa)
Aiga Chikyu Sukuunsa! Datte Dempagumi.Inc Wa Family Desho
(N - special edition bonus EP
2020 (Meme Tokyo/Toy's Factory)Japan
(solo song by
"Perorin" Rin Kaname)
Kimi No Hato Wa Watashi No Mono
("Your Heart Is Mine")

Aiga Chikyu Sukuunsa! Datte Dempagumi.Inc Wa Family Desho
(N - special edition bonus EP
2020 (Meme Tokyo/Toy's Factory)Japan
The CardigansIron Man (Black Sabbath)First Band On The Moon1996Sweden
Attila Zoller & Masahiko SatohA Path Through HazeA Path Through Haze1971Hungary/Japan
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