Daily Tonality: Song of the Day 01/09/18

January 9, 2018

Today’s song is brought to you by putting my Spotify library on random and making the first song to play your Daily Tonality.

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Roky Erickson And The Aliens– Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer) (from the album The Evil One, 1980) Roky Erickson is an interesting fellow. He started his musical journey with the 13th Floor Elevators in the late 1960’s. After some pretty intense recreational drug use (LSD, Mescaline, DMT, and Marijuana), Erickson found himself in and out of mental institutions, receiving voluntary shock therapy. His lyrics and subject matter heavily lean towards horror and science fiction. Two Headed Dog is about Soviet scientist Vladimir Demikhov, who performed head transplants on dogs in the 1950’s. Erickson is highly respected by his peers, and quite often I have heard other artists covering his music. I am a fan of his straightforward, effective guitar playing, and intense vocal style. At seventy years old, he still plays shows and continues to write music.

Little Fact – In the 1980’s. Roky Erickson became obsessed with the mail, even getting arrested for mail theft. He wrote letters to both dead and alive celebrities during his obsession.

T.

Riff of the Day 09/25/15 Kamchatka – Mixed Emotions

Kamchatka – Mixed Emotions (from the album Kamchatka, 2005 Grooveyard) If you are a fan of heavy blues, this band might interest you. This Swedish trio draws from past blues, psychedelic, and stoner rock bands. They have definite, Jimi Hendrix and Cream vibe in their songs. The song Mixed Emotions is a great example of Kamchatka’s ability to create a good, heavy groove. They gained some notoriety as the supporting band for Clutch during one of their tours. They have also released six studio albums to date. Check out the covers for Kamchatka’s records if you are a fan of album art. There is some pretty cool stuff happening there.