Continuous Play Episode 3

Selected by BiggaBush

01 Faust – No Harm (extr.) (Virgin)

02 The Flock – Uranian Circus (extr.) (CBS)

03 The Brims – Anti Ganja (extr.) (Now Again)

04 This Heat – Pool (extr.) (ReR)

05 Fabio Fabor – Martello (extr.) (Sonor)

06 The Dandelion Set – Bottom Rung (instrumental) (unreleased)

07 Deradoorian – Violet Minded (Anticon)/AKA – Shake Me intro (Now Again)

08 Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids – Silent Days (Strut)

09 Jimi Tenor – Tropical Eel (Philophon)

10 Nancy Sesay & the Melodaires – C’Est Fab (It’s War Boys)

11 The Work – Houdini (ReR)

12 Picchio Dal Pozzo – Uccelin Del Bosco (ReR)

13 Tages – You’re Too Incomprehensable (Parlophone)

14 Robert Wyatt – To Mark Everywhere (CBS)

15 Faust – Chromatic (ReR)

16 Extract from Tears of the Black Tiger OST

17 Chris Bowden – Zoo Zoo (extr.) (Ninja Tune)

18 Golden Wing – Hear Me (Now Again)

19 The Rutles – Cheese & Onion (Warner)

20 Radiohead – Tinker Tailor Solider Sailor (XL)

21 Mothers of Invention – The Idiot Bastard Son (instrumental) (Zappa)

22 Soft Machine – That’s How Much I Need You Now (Decal)

23 Deradoorian – Holding Pattern (Anticon)

A Thousand Strands 1975-2015 – some reactions to the music

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“A weirdo undisputed package of  tunes from a world behind TV scenes… So (many) different directions in it, indie, pop, rock, jazz, a channel for everyone… Lost the sense of time, I’m not sure if this a new album or a reissue or a compilation… Totally hypnotized. And this as a result, it is magic! Fave tune the psychedelic Balearic ‘’Sun Jah’’…”
Dj Nova, Radio Presenter, Promoter, Compiler & Tastemaker

“Brilliant – what a breath of fresh air”
Karl Hyde, Underworld

“Taps into the psyche of William S Burroughs across a noir gouged sonic backdrop”
Mark Barton, Losing Today

“With pinpoint accuracy they bounce between strange visions of utopia gone to the dogs and a very unnerving yet calm familiarity”
Peter Marks, Santa Sangre Magazine

“A refreshing hybrid of skewed lysergic pop & happily unclassifiable leftfield oddness. Diverse & entertaining, with just the right degree of occasional menace”
James Papademetrie, The Séance

“Full of eclecticism & quality underground grooves. I love the whole album, especially Harp Ascend, Comic Flux History” and the jazzy preludes”
Enrique Domenech

“Interesting & quirky – Buried Treasure has become a hub for authenticity and substance”
Asterion

“Absolutely the best album of 2016 I’ve received so far”
DJ Kaspar, Portugal

“On the Melodica Radio Show next week – a lovely album”
Chris Coco, Radio Melodica

“Love it. Faves are Judy Switched Off The TV, Tone Garden, Nine Regal, Imogen’s People, Another Suburban Romance”
Strictly Kev / DJ Food, Ninja Tune

“Fabulous! Fans of Pram will love it – 60’s psych, library music, occasional shades of Anthony Newley, Michael Garrick-esque jazz, analogue synths and echoey, creaking spaces”
Matt Saunders, Assembled Minds

“An amazing, cinematic, cosmic adventure into sound – it’s like daydreaming!”
Azaxx, Tru Thoughts

“A corker of an album – imagine Stereolab, Soft Machine and all points in between, including spoken word by Alan Moore!”
Jez Butler, The Twelve Hour Foundation

“Captures the whimsical psychedelia of Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, but takes darker turns, leading into sparse, unnerving, dystopian landscapes, then flashes quickly back to more groovy sounds”
Dan – TheLeftHandside

“Fantastico”
Max Reindhart, The Late Junction – BBC Radio 3, UK

“If this is not a score to a movie yet, it should be! Invoking scenes from the past, present and future” Morning Steppa

“This is REALLY good – awesome release!”
Neil Bopperson, Wah Wah 45s

“a proper album – all killer tracks, the sort you can listen to over and over. 5/5” Alex Cooper, Freezepeach Radio

“Superb album”
Robert Lochmann, Radio X, Frankfurt

“Dig it a lot – will play on my weekly show on radio campus Brussels. Top stuff, new & wonderful”
DJ Morpheus / Samy Birnbach

“A proper album – all killer, the sort you can listen to over & over. 5/5”
Alex Cooper, Freezepeach Radio (UK)

“Great! Hard to believe it was recorded in the present day – really captures the sound from eras past”
Jason Pulaski – KUCI, Ubiquity, USA

“Love it! Imagination & power – progressive music”
Javi P3z, Spain

“Turns in, out & upside down like a cosmic Rubik snake”
Craig Burston, Skipratmedia, UK

“This gets my full support & airplay – another blooming marvellous Buried Treasure release”
Chris Holt – Four Corners Radio, Preston, UK

“What a release – killer from start to finish”
Niksa Dragolin – Zsubaka radio , Croatia

“Top notch as always – brace yourselves for airplay!”
Jim Pinckney – RadioNZ, New Zealand

“When DJ Food of Ninja Tune fame recommends this to you as soon as it’s released, you know your onto a good thing. The cosmic sounds of psychedelic electronic prog rock, lounge and a wee bit of space jazz mesh to sound like the illegitimate offspring of a 60’s Soft Machine with a touch of 90’s Air. Favorite track: Judy Switched Off The TV.”

DJ HDD, Sydney Australia

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10 records that shaped the Dandelion Set

The albums and songs that got the boat floating….selected by Julius Vanderbilt and Sinjin Makepeace.

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Broadcast and the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age (Warp 2009)

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SM: The record that was the catalyst for us starting to make music together again after a 25-year hiatus, a near-perfect blend of Broadcast’s gritty psychedelic whimsy generally mashed up and weirded-out by The Focus Group’s interventions: snippets of car boot record treasures, uneven tape loops and that mysterious flavour that only late-night radio transmissions on a lost channel can evoke.

Roxy Music (Island 1972)
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JVDB:  May seem like a strange choice but this formative record had a huge influence on me with it’s early genre-bending audacity. Rock ‘n’ roll, country music, tango, prog-rock, and experimental pop were all bound together into a startling whole by the evocative songwriting of Brian Ferry, the synthy burblings of Brian Eno and Phil Manzenera’s mind-blowing guitar work.

In its day, just carrying the album around was enough for instant hipdom.

Soft Machine Volume Two (Probe 1969)
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SM: I was a huge fan of the earliest “jazz” version of Soft Machine, especially Third – vividly remembering pressing my nose up to the TV screen for their 1970 Albert Hall appearance whilst on holiday with a disapproving Welsh aunt.  Then I found “Volume Two” in a second hand shop and it pushed so many buttons.  Music that seems to have emerged fully formed, spontaneous yet full of amazing quirks and twists.

Egg  –  A Visit to Newport Hospital (Deram 1970)
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JVDB: From Egg’s 2nd album “The Polite Force” this track  starts with a measured fuzz organ riff, morphs into a piece of beautifully crafted classical rock that Bach might have written if he’d been alive in the 1960s, finally emerging as an autobiographical song in 7/8 so typical of the Canterbury scene of that time. My favourite lyric is undoubtedly

“We spent our time avoiding skinheads and the law/ it was a freedom that we’d never felt before.”

At the time of listening I had literally never heard anything like this before.  Egg’s musical accomplishment never got in the way of the music itself as it did with so many other bands of their ilk.

Faust Tapes (Virgin 1973)

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SM: It was only once we’d completed “A Thousand Strands” that I listened to the Faust Tapes in full again and realised hat a huge influence they’d had on our sound; so many Dandelion Set tropes are there: mini-pop psych songs, primitive electronic weirdness, found sounds, tape manipulation, a certain type of reverb…it remains for me their best ever album. 

And only 49p when it came out…

Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Columbia 1967) 

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JVDB:  The itself title is enough to describe the sheer childish whimsy that Syd Barrett brought to the world of psychedelic pop. I would listen to this in my brother’s bedroom on an old mono record player in my early teens and I have to say that life was never the same for me afterwards.  The doors this record opened in my world changed me forever.  It was probably at this point that my parents started to worry that something was seriously wrong.

David Axelrod – The Edge (Capitol Jazz 2005)
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SM: Like so many on this list, it was nigh-on impossible to pick an individual track so we’ve again gone for the full album.  Axelrod’s music has it all – epic strings, super-cool drum breaks, plunky bass and wig-out guitar playing.  This particular comp has some desert-island-disc level cuts: Letta Mbulu’s “Pula Yetla” never failing to shiver the spine; Lou Rawls “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” elevating Bread’s slightly schmaltzy original to a beautiful soul ballad.

The Residents – Hitler was a Vegetarian (Ralph Records 1976)  

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JVDB:  The Residents’ 1976 de-construction and simultaneous re-construction of 60’s pop hits was, and remains, a masterpiece of studio trickery and illusion.Recorded in 1976 for the “Third Reich n Roll” album it must surely be the earliest occurrence of the mash-up phenomenon.  The opening section  of “Hitler was a Vegetarian” is a composite of “Judy In Disguise”,”96 Tears”,”It’s My Party” and “Light my Fire”.  A nightmarish vision with moments of rare beauty.

The Beach Boys – Do you like Worms? (Brother Records 1983)  

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JVDB: At the time of it’s conception in 1966/7 the public were simply not ready for what Brian Wilson was dishing up in the Beach Boys’ “Smile” record.  It took nearly forty years for this lost album to surface (like another album we might mention…)   When I bought it two years ago the harpsichords, abstract pop vignettes and psychedelic vocals mirrored my own musical fantasies perfectly.

It was an album whose freedom nearly drove it’s composer into the asylum. “Do you like Worms?” is a beautifully fragmented piece of musical derangement.

Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention – We’re only in it for the Money (Verve 1968)

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JVDB: On so many different levels this album is an all-time favourite of mine.  A psychedelic rock band satirising psychedelic rock, cut and pasted with mad bits of dialogue, phonecalls, paranoid episodes. The cover is a blatant quote of The Beatles “Sergeant Pepper” album.  A huge inspiration for the way we conceived our Dandy Hour radio shows and a lesson in sound collage from the master himself.

The Dandelion Set’s debut album “A Thousand Strands 1975-2015” is released on Buried Treasure in April 2016.

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The Dandelion Times Episode One

The Dandelion Times Episode One

 

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First broadcast on Resonance FM 13 December 2014.

PART ONE

1.  Im Staub der Sterne OST- Part Tem 4 Part 2

2.  Peter Thomas – Rocking Computer (ext)

3. William Burroughs – Recalling All Active Agents (EXT)

4. The Pretty Things  – Scene One

5. The Residents  – Guylum Bardot (ext)

6. The Nice – Flower King of Flies

7. The Art Bears – The Bath Of Stars (Ext)

8. Jaga Jazzist – One-Armed Bandit (Ext)

9. Tim Perkins – Vienna Pig Race(ext)

10. Brainticket – A Place In The Sun (ext)

11. The Stepkids – Shadows on Behalf

12. Bertrand Burgulat – Aux Cyclades Electroniques

13. Broadcast – In Here The World Begins

14. The Dandelion Set – Cosmic Revariants

PART TWO

01 Extract from The Wicker Man OST

02 Edgard Varese – Ionisation (extr.)

03 Egg – I Will Be Absorbed (extr.)

04 Flying Lotus – Obligatory Cadence (extr.)

05 BiggaBush – Brick Butt (extr.)

06 Flying Lotus – Descent Into Madness

07 Chassol – Time

08 Various/Andy Votel – Finders Kreepers (extr.)

09 The Dandelion Set – Harps Ascend

10 Cecil Leuter – Pop Electronique

11 Heliocentrics – The Gorn

12 Deerhoof – Big House Waltz

13 Magazine – The Thin Air

14 Frank Zappa – Duke Of Prunes (orchestral version)

15 Dandelion Times Theme 1

The Dandy Hour Episode 28

The Dandy Hour Episode 28 by The Dandelion Set on Mixcloud

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01 The Dandelion Set – Gameplan Theme (Mid Wrong Version)
02 Tortoise – Glass Museum
03 Stereolab – Good Is Me
04 The Sea & Cake – Interiors (Broadcast mix)
05 The Homosexuals – Vociferous Slam
06 Rejects – Stir Crazy
07 Add N to X – Robot New York
08 Rodion G.A. – Citadela
09 Suicide – Cheree
10 Chrome – SS Cygni
11 Faust – Untitled (Arnulf & Zappi on drums)
12 Faust – Dr. Schwitters/Exercise
13 Deerhoof – Odyssey
14 Capt Beefheart – The Clouds Are Full Of Wine Not Whiskey or Rye
15 Beach Boys – Fall Breaks & Back Into Winter (ext)
16 Broadcast – Michael A Grammar
17 Amon Duul 2 – Archangel’s Thunderbird
18 PJ Harvey & John Parish – Chair
19 Love – Andmoreagain
20 Wild Honey – The Kite & Captain John
21 The Focus Group – Starry Wisdom