audiObelisk Transmission 063

Posted in Podcasts on November 23rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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I don’t do podcasts that often at this point. I figure between the radio stream — which runs 24/7 — and the sundry track streams and other media, video premieres, and so on, there’s not much need. But every now and then I feel completely overwhelmed by the onslaught of music and the chance to put together a compilation of tracks is just too good to pass up. Most of the time, nobody complains. It being the internet, I generally take that as a good sign. If it sucked or was a crappy idea, for sure someone would be telling me to screw off.

So is there a running theme for this latest podcast transmission? Nope, not really. If you’re looking for something to tie it all together, it’s just stuff that I’ve been listening to lately. Some of it has already been covered — Low Orbit, T.G. Olson, 3rd Ear Experience — and some of it has coverage pending — Bong Wish, The Discussion, Arcadian Child, Zong, etc. — but basically this is all what that might be coming out of my speakers over the last however long. Couldn’t be any simpler than that, but for what it’s worth, I think it came together really well, whether it’s Telescope moving into Bong Wish or the transition into the second hour, which is ultra-tripped out, as usual.

As always, I hope you enjoy.

Track details follow:

First Hour:

0:00:00 Son of the Morning, “Left Hand Path” from Son of the Morning EP
0:05:08 All Souls, “Silence” from All Souls
0:09:15 Telescope, “With Your Truth” from Telescope EP
0:13:06 Bong Wish, “My Luv” from Bong Wish EP
0:15:29 Torso, “Mirror of My Mind” from Limbs
0:20:17 The Discussion, “Surf Jesus” from European Tour EP 2017
0:24:14 Arcadian Child, “Electric Red” from Afterglow
0:27:01 Comacozer, “Nystagmus” from Kalos Eidos Scopio
0:39:23 Deadly Vipers, “Dead Summer” from Fueltronaut
0:45:20 Low Orbit, “Dead Moon” from Spacecake
0:51:31 T.G. Olson, “On a High Like a Mountain” from Searching for the Ur-Plant
0:55:28 Jesus the Snake, “Karma” from Jesus the Snake

Second Hour:

1:03:31 Zong, “Cosmic Embryo” from Zong
1:16:18 Les Lekin, “Morph” from Died with Fear
1:29:50 3rd Ear Experience, “Infinite Unmanifest (Warm-up Jam Day One)” from Stoned Gold
1:46:34 Sleeping Pandora, “Sunrizer” from Quiet Pass

Total running time: 2:02:04

 

Thank you for listening.

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3rd Ear Experience, Stoned Gold: Ways to be Saved

Posted in Reviews on November 8th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Given the formidable title of Stoned Gold, the latest full-length from Joshua Tree-based heavy psychedelic rockers 3rd Ear Experience is nothing less than an attempt to present the very foundations of the band’s writing process. Or, perhaps more appropriately, it’s a presentation of those roots entirely. The story goes that bandleader Robbi Robb was pulling the group together to work on their next full-length — either their fifth or sixth, depending on what you count — for Space Rock Productions, which also stood behind 2016’s studio outing, Stones of a Feather.

Robb, who leads a rotating cast of players in the amorphous group that may or may not at any given point include Amritakripa, Alan Dude Swanson, Richard Stuverud, Dino Archon, Dug Pinnick, Eric Ryan, Joey Vera, Butch Reynolds, and/or Jorge Bassman, had toured Europe for the last record, had signed a booking deal to go back, and so one imagines the creative juices were flowing and spirits were high. The band would start or end each day of the session with an improvised jam. Something to get the blood moving. A warm-up or a cool-down, and maybe the basis for a song to come together. Not at all unheard of. Well, when it came time to dig through the days’ worth of recordings and piece together the next 3rd Ear Experience long-player, Robb found that it was these jams that best represented the band as a whole and their musical intentions.

Accordingly, Stoned Gold arrives via Space Rock Productions — the label, one is compelled to note, owned by Scott “Dr. Space” Heller of Øresund Space Collective — as a collection of these jams, led by Robb‘s own scorching guitar work, with six tracks and just under 70 minutes of righteous desert freakouts, presented one into the next with a variety of personality and presentation to them that feels emblematic of the creative process behind their making.

Structures are way, way open. Vibes are way, way open. The spirit behind Stoned Gold is less like an album and more like an audio documentary — the idea being to bring to listener as close as possible to 3rd Ear Experience in the making. They’re not the only band to take this approach, and one would be remiss to not mention the progressive explorations of Øresund Space Collective here as forerunners of the improv-based heavy psych style, but it’s exceedingly rare for an American outfit to do so and to do so with such abandon as 3rd Ear Experience bring to pieces like the eight-minute title-track or more extended “I am Not Robot (Warm up Jam Day 3),” which follows opener and longest cut (immediate points) “Infinite Unmanifest (Warm up Jam Day 1)” and the subsequent “Iceberg Dream (Last Jam Day 4)” as one of three pieces named in part for when it took place in the session.

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It’s telling of the mission behind Stoned Gold that the album would launch with a warm-up jam from the first day, since that effectively places the audience at the same starting point — equal footing — as the group itself as they begin to unfold what becomes the immersive, molten flow of the release as a whole. Whether or not “Iceberg Dream (Last Jam Day 4)” marks the end of the recording session as a whole, I don’t know, but it would make sense, and taking the two back-to-back is to hear 3rd Ear Experience shift deftly between classic space rock propulsion, exploratory melodic wash and an ultimate drive into cosmic swirl.

Those two songs alone comprise nearly half an hour of listening, but with as shuffling start of “Stoned Gold” signals before the band starts to weave its way through a couple harrowing turns toward a Sabbathian riff peppered with a couple lines of obscure, effects-laden vocals, it’s abundantly clear that they by no means make up the complete picture of the album’s scope, and indeed that turns out to be the case as “I am Not Robot (Warm up Jam Day 3)” digs into its 13 minutes of post-Hendrix shimmer and dazzle, more of a straight-ahead flow than a build, but underscored by highlight fuzzy bass tone in its midsection and honest enough to keep going even after it starts to fall apart.

It is surprisingly hypnotic in that, and that makes the transition into “No Walls, No Wars” somewhat more jarring. The penultimate cut is probably as close as 3rd Ear Experience come to traditional songcraft on the record, starting out with African-style percussion before cutting out to a solo-vocal verse and resuming its rhythmic charge. Swirls come and go around this central tribalist figure, and where so much of the album is instrumental, “No Walls, No Wars” is full of words, syllables, lines and obscure shouts, met head-on by an ongoing guitar lead, as well as drums, keys and synth, all of which seem to find further emphasis than in any of the previous jams. At 5:20, just about everything except a line of effects drops out and there’s one last verse to bring everything to a head, and the band presses forth once more into the groove at its foundation, fading slowly to let the toms of closer “The Drone” take hold.

Airy, peaceful guitar arrives with a kind of post-rock feel soon into the 12-minute finale, and once again there are vocals early in a kind of meditative spirit, but just after four minutes in, they’re swallowed by a surge of lead guitar and volume, beginning a back and forth of open spaces and consuming solos that continues until the latter finally seems to win out just after a drum pause near the six-minute mark. Less improvised-sounding — and loosely Zeppelin-esque, somehow — that “The Drone” nonetheless caps with a foray into the sonically unknown (some last lines sneak in there as well; don’t tell anybody) could not be more fitting a way to end Stoned Gold, which in its results lives up to the promised vibrancy of atmosphere in the manner it came together.

3rd Ear Experience have essentially issued their listeners an invitation to join them on this journey, which could hardly resonate more in its endgame if it were happening in real-time on a stage or in a studio, and that invitation is well worth accepting for both its realization of concept and the raw experience of the travel itself. Whether you engage consciously or turn off your mind, relax and float down-sand, 3rd Ear Experience‘s Stoned Gold shines bright.

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3rd Ear Experience to Release Stoned Gold Nov. 1; Teaser Clip Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 29th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Set for release Nov. 1, the new outing from Joshua Tree, California-based heavy psych jammers 3rd Ear Experience comes with the formidable backing of Space Rock Productions, the imprint helmed by Scott ‘Dr. Space’ Heller, who, let’s face it, knows a thing or two when it comes to all things heavy and jammy. He’s pretty much a doctor of it. Also actual science, but that’s besides the current point, which is that 3rd Ear Experience will issue their latest opus, the improv-minded Stoned Gold this Fall, and they’re teasing it now with a minute-long clip of scorching guitar that you can see below, set appropriately as it is to sped-up highway footage, presumably of some CA interstate. Maybe the 101? The 10? Hell, I don’t know. Whatever it is, it works.

Gonna hope to have more to come on this one before we get to the release date, but here’s the basic info as per the PR wire and the band’s EPK:

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3rd Ear Experience – Stoned Gold

We are well pleased to announce our latest album, Stoned Gold!

3rd Ear Experience are pleased to announce the release of a new album; STONED GOLD. Special thanks to Scott Heller and Sabine Pottien of SPACE ROCK PRODUCTIONS who will be pressing and distributing special limited editions of Vinyl and Cd’s. These limited editions will include in the package a Musical Primer called THE ART OF THE JAM BAND based on a letter written by Robbi to his band mates and friends. STONED GOLD is scheduled for release November 1st.

Right from the first warm up jam something broke loose, like a wild horse or like a bottle of whiskey that topples over, pours out onto the floor, someone strikes a match, the barn explodes…don’t know what or how to explain. In a few days we came away with six finished pieces of music – an unexpected surprise. STONED GOLD has a great energy, like that sand-less dust devil rushing across the desert, you cannot see it; but you can feel it and you can hear it.

We are extremely excited to announce that we will be working with Benjamin Schuster from NOISOLUTIONS BOOKING. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with this fine company. So, if all goes well in the world, we will be jamming out for you in the new year! – and as our good friend and touring partner Malko assures us : “you are in good hands then”

Hell yea! – we like the sound of that!

Upon the release of STONED GOLD we will also be unveiling our Bandcamp site.

https://www.facebook.com/3rdearexperience/
http://www.robbirobb.com/
https://www.facebook.com/spacerockproductions.dk/
www.spacerockproductions.com/

3rd Ear Experience, Stoned Gold teaser clip

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3rd Ear Experience Announce New Album Stones of a Feather

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 6th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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Desert psych explorers 3rd Ear Experience are gearing up to release their fourth full-length, Stones of a Feather, on CD and LP. The former is out Nov. 21 and the latter sometime in early 2017 via Space Rock Productions, which is the label helmed by none other than Scott “Dr. Space” Heller of Øresund Space Collective — his support is no minor endorsement for anything tripped out to receive — and the band is reportedly going to make a return trip to Europe presumably to coincide with that release. Not sure if the CD has the same imprint putting it out as the vinyl, but 3rd Ear Experience like to leave a lot of things open to interpretation, so it seems only fitting they would here as well. Expect jams. Plenty of them.

More info via the PR wire:

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3rd Ear Experience announces the release of their new album STONES OF A FEATHER

The CD will be available through 15,000 record stores worldwide and on Itunes, Amazon and CDBaby.

The vinyl will be released throughout Europe and the UK through Space Rock Productions early 2017.

On their new album STONES OF A FEATHER 3rd Ear Experience have taken full advantage of the musical possibilities unique to space rock. It is clear that their environment, the Mojave desert, with its wide open spaces, big skies and rugged landscapes, have helped them to blossom a modern desert music, rich in the complex overtones of 60’s psychedelic rock.

STONES OF A FEATHER, 3rd Ear Experiences 4th album, is a curious mixture of the old and the new; reaching back into the reckless abandonment of Cream live circa: 1967 to Ornette Coleman’s free jazz, diving down into the deep well of Krautrock to soaring on fuzzy Sabbath like riffs of contemporary stoner rock. Yet no generalization is ultimately true of 3rd Ear Experience.

The music was derived from spontaneous ideas that came up during live jams on their 2015 tour of Europe and from free form jamming at the FurstWurld Gallery of Music and Performing Arts where the band records.

The album guests 18 local desert musicians considered by many to be the cream of the desert crop! Dug Pinnick of Kings X fame, returns once again to add his heavy bottom growl to the brew. Please browse the blog for interesting stories on each of these musicians and how they came to be part of this album. Blog: http://www.robbirobb.com/blog/?p=181

Produced by Robbi Robb
Mastered by Mark Fuller
Cover pic by Andy Woods
Sound of Liberation have begun booking dates for a 3rd Ear Experience tour for 2017.

http://www.robbirobb.com/thirdearexperience/
https://www.facebook.com/3rdearexperience
http://www.spacerockproductions.com/
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3rd Ear Experience, “Flight of the Annunaki” official video

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The Borderland Fuzz Fiesta 2016 Mixtape

Posted in audiObelisk on February 17th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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Borderland Fuzz Fiesta 2016 is set for Feb. 26-27 at 191 Toole in Tucson, Arizona, and as you can see above, I made a mixtape for it. I’m thrilled to be able to say I’ll be there for what’s the second edition of the festival, which features Dead MeadowYawning ManElder and Switchblade Jesus as its headliners as well as a liquid light show from the foremost purveyor of such things, Mad Alchemy.

Two nights of eight bands a night means 16 acts in two days, and in acts like WaxyDandy Brown (also guitarist for Hermano), Blaak Heat and 3rd Ear Experience, the fest makes its desert-rocking intent plain. There are some harder-hitters in the bunch — the aforementioned Switchblade Jesus, as well as Sounds Like Murder, the punkier Blackwülf, and the persistently enigmatic Funeral Horse (whose song here is an exclusive mix) — but with ZedDead CanyonFuzz Evil and Big Mean to bridge any sonic gaps, it’s a cohesive roster of heavy that’s sure to please however many boozy heads 191 Toole might hold. I’ll let you know when I get there.

For those making their way through the playlist below, I’ll just put this in caps: IT HAS NEW YAWNING MAN. Yeah, that’s right. New Yawning Man. It’s a rough mix, but screw it, that counts enough for me. Also look out for a new track from Blaak Heat that will reportedly feature on their next album, Shifting Mirrors, which is out in April on Tee Pee and Svart, as well as an exclusive mix from Funeral Horse. There’s more, of course — a lot of it. But all told I think the music does a good job of setting up its own vibe, so please, dig in and enjoy.

Before I leave you to the audio, the lineup and ticket links below, I want to say thanks to Borderland Fuzz Fiesta for having me out and to all the bands involved for sending in their tracks to be included here, as well as to you for reading and listening.

Please enjoy:

Year two is upon us. Feb 26th-Feb 27th in downtown Tucson at 191 Toole. All Ages! Ticket Links and lineups below:

SINGLE DAY FRI 26Th DEAD MEADOW ($20)
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2438504

Eminence Main Stage
Dead Meadow
Yawning Man
Blaak Heat
3rd Ear Experience

Greeson Custom Stage
Zed
Funeral Horse
Dead Canyon
Big Mean

SINGLE DAY SAT 27th ELDER ($20)
BFFElder.brownpapertickets.com

Eminence Main Stage
Elder
Switchblade Jesus
Waxy
Dandy Brown

Greeson Custom stage
Fuzz Evil
Blackwülf
Cloudcatcher
Sounds Like Murder

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3rd Ear Experience Announce Studio and Live Albums for 2016

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 17th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

There have been rumblings from the west for the better part of this year about 3rd Ear Experience. The Joshua Tree psych-jammers had a pond=jumper of an autumn, making their way to Europe alongside Fatso Jetson and Fever Dog, playing Desertfest Belgium in Antwerp, the Keep it Low Festival in Munich, and others. The latter performance was among those recorded for an impending live release — maybe with video in some form or another — and in addition, 3rd Ear Experience will follow up their late-2014 outing, Incredible Good Fortune, with a new studio LP titled The Love Album, as well as a collaboration with Paul Pott of Germany’s Space Invaders and Zone Six.

This and more in the busy multi-dimensional existence of a psychedelic band. Details follow, as sent down the PR wire:

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The last word o’ 2015

Huge gratitude goes out to Matte and Kat of Sound of Liberation and especially to Mario Lalli of Fatso Jetson for organizing such a smooth flowing European tour which included 3rd Ear Experience, Fatso Jetson and Fever Dog. 3rd Ear Experience, more than blowing audiences away with ‘desert space rock’ also blew the minds of many local promoters. This is not that easy, we were told, as promoters see many great bands year in and year out. Apart from the fact that all cd’s and vinyl were sold out within the first few days, it was a very successful tour and a great adventure. Thanks everyone – hope to do it again sometime!

Special thanks go out to the members of Glowsun who welcomed 3rd Ear Experience onto the last 10 days of their tour. These guys are real gentlemen, extremely professional and always very encouraging. We hope to bring them and My Sleeping Karma out to the desert someday.

Just want to put a word in for Malko’s tour services – his tour vans are super comfortable – after 24 gigs with hardly no rest the band was still in good condition, because of these cool tour vans. Thanks Malko and to our driver – Fred! – keep on trucking!

Works in Progress:

We are happy to announce that we have 2 European shows recorded in full quality 24 tracks and about five shows filmed with 8 Hd cameras which includes the epic performance at the Keep it Low festival. Hope to start mixing and editing early 2016 –

The Love Album is now in the final stages of mixing – release date set for 14th February. Check out the Making Love Blog : http://www.robbirobb.com/blog/?p=9

The collaboration with Paul Pott of the Space Invaders is moving along nicely. 2 songs have been sent off for mixing.

Robbi has finished writing a book on The Art of the Jam Band. To be released early 2016

Live news:
13th February 2016 – Joshua Tree Saloon – 3rd Ear Experience and special Guests – always a fun event.
15th May – We are honored and excited to be invited to play the Joshua Tree Music Festival. Internationally renowned for being one of the coolest festivals! hope you can make it out!

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http://www.robbirobb.com/thirdearexperience/index.html

3rd Ear Experience, Live at Keep it Low 2015

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Borderland Fuzz Fiesta 2016 Announces Initial Lineup; Funeral Horse, Waxy, Dandy Brown, Blaak Heat Shujaa, 3rd Ear Experience, Cloud Catcher and Fuzz Evil to Play

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 1st, 2015 by JJ Koczan

As noted here in August, the 2016 Borderland Fuzz Fiesta will take place Feb. 26-27, expanding from one day to two, in Tucson, Arizona. It will be held at 191 Toole. Aside from seeing the return of the Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show, the second installment of the heavy rock fest boasts a range of Southwestern styles, from the desert psych of Blaak Heat Shujaa — one wonders if their new album might be ready by then? — to the punked-up garage strangeness of Funeral HorseHermano‘s Dandy Brown will also make an appearance, and though the headliner and main support act(s) have yet to be unveiled, it already looks like a damn good time.

More to come as we get closer to the fest itself, still some five months out, but today brothers Wayne Rudell and Joseph Rudell announce the initial lineup and unveil the official poster by the latter’s own Ghost Town Graphics. The central theme? The desert. Makes me wonder in a big way who might be headlining this thing, since it’s looking pretty sandy even as it just gets going.

Dig it:

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Borderland Fuzz Fiesta 2016 – First Announcements

We are excited about this year. We have brought in alot of bands I think fans of Stoner Rock, and Psych will love to see. We will have some more announcements in about a month or so for the support and headliners. We will also have info for limited early bird tickets and two day passes.

The flyer design was by Joseph Rudell with his company Ghost Town Graphics. People also might recognize his art from Ripple’s Second Coming of Heavy Series which GTG has been contracted to do the whole series.

Borderland Fuzz Fiesta 2016
Headliner TBA
Main Support TBA
Waxy
Dandy Brown (Hermano)
Blaak Heat Shujaa
3rd Ear Experience
Cloud Catcher
Funeral Horse
Fuzz Evil

Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show

More performance announcements to follow.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1105158519517789/
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BorderlandFuzzfiesta@gmail.com

Waxy, Live at 420 Desert Jams

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Desertfest Belgium 2015 Announces First Bands; The Melvins, Fatso Jetson, Fever Dog and More to Play

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 12th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

Maybe I’ll take off a couple days and go. That wouldn’t be that crazy, right? By October, I’ll have been back to work long enough to justify asking for a day or two off. Fly out Thursday night, get into Antwerp on Friday, set up shop at the Trix venue all weekend and rock out, then fly back to the US on Monday? Doesn’t seem that unreasonable. A weekend in Belgium. Why the hell not?

There are, of course, a bevvy of practical concerns to align, but the first lineup announcement from Desertfest Belgium 2015 is enticing enough to make me daydream, and that’s never a bad start. Familiar faces the Melvins and Fatso Jetson are listed among the headliners, while Cali desert rockers Fever Dog, as well as Psychonaut and 3rd Ear Experience have also joined the bill. More to come, of course.

Here’s the official word:

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THE MELVINS and more bands confirmed for the second edition of DESERTFEST BELGIUM!

DESERTFEST BELGIUM – the ultimate heavy/stoner/psych/doom meeting – is set to happen again in Antwerp this fall! The ceremony will be held at the notorious Trix on the 9-11th of October 2015, and the first batch bands is now announced. Rejoice!

With the mighty Melvins and Fatso Jetson announced as first headliners of this second DESERTFEST BELGIUM edition, no doubt this is yet to be another memorable weekend in Antwerp. Psychonaut, Fever Dog and 3rd Ear Experience are also to join the party, and we will have many more acts announced in the coming months.

DESERTFEST BELGIUM 2015
October 9-11th at Trix Muziekcentrum – Antwerp
Tickets on sale next week

More infos at www.desertfest.be

After a great first edition that saw the likes of Electric Wizard, Brant Bjork, Yob, Kadavar tear down Antwerp, the DESERTFEST promoters decided to run their second Belgium edition this fall. Located in Antwerp outskirts, the Trix venue will once again host the world’s best heavy bands, spread over three stages drenched in that underground atmosphere we all love. Beware of the sandstorm!

Get all the festival’s updates on Facebook and Twitter
Join the DESERTFEST BELGIUM 2015 official event

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Fatso Jetson, “Tutta Dorma” Live at Desertfest London 2013

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