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Sideways Through Sound's pathways for the guitar take you on a 2 hour trip, with the very best in folk flavoured acoustica and shimmering psychedelia from here in Sydney, across Australia, around the known universe and beyond...

** Winner: Best Presenter - Music Show: 2SER 107.3 - 2015

** Nominee: Best Music Show: 2SER 107.3 - 2015

** Nominee: Best Music Presenter: 2SER 107.3 - 2014

** Nominee: Excellence In Music Programming: CBAA - 2014

** Winner: Excellence In Music Programming: CBAA - 2012

** Winner: Best Music Show: 2SER 107.3 - 2011

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Sideways Through Sound 03-05-2017:

Sideways Through Sound Spotlight Album I: Wooden Wand - 'Clipper Ship' (Three Lobed) & James Jackson Toth Spotlight Selections400 ww clipper

In a world of guitar players, James “Wooden Wand” Toth remains first and foremost a songwriter and lyricist. "Clipper Ship", however, presents a break in tradition: in attempting to emancipate himself from old habits, Toth wrote most of the songs on "Clipper Ship" 'music first,' adding lyrics later, a reversal of the tried and true method that has made him one of the most prolific and respected songwriters of his generation. The result is the most democratically-conceived, multi-layered, and musically sophisticated album in the vast Wooden Wand discography.

"Chickens were puzzling to early chemists and remain so. Despite a diet low in calcium, eggs laid by chickens contain a huge amount of calcium. Chickens, in that sense, are the only alchemists with proof that they are able to transmute an element; Wooden Wand’s 'Clipper Ship' album reminds me of that fowl alchemy, where the sum of songs’ parts add up to some impossible, elegant germination that cannot be reduced. Drones and lush arpeggiated codas spin out in concentric fractal patterns; the finger picking of Kentucky’s own Nathan Salsburg on “Sacrifical” layers and weaves like harmonocist Hans Kayser described the octaval correspondences between the shapes of plants and musical notes. The hopeful acoustic line ascends, and repeats; the words reference modern master Trinie Dalton’s short story Scarlet Gilia, calling forth its volcanoes, bare feet, blood and love. The three part “Mallow T’ward the River” begins like a civil war ballad, then segues into a funky bass breakdown, and ends with Glenn Kotche’s sparse percussion that at turns sounds like a jump rope slapping the ground or a brush made of a thicket of grass: maybe mallow grass. It is surprising, hypnotic and stubborn. On this record a certain restless swagger or arrogance I have always loved in James Toth’s songwriting is changed; there is something introverted and peaceful. In “One Can Only Love,” a Yardbirds’ “White Summer”-style raga meets Toth’s Yaweh- John Donne-Don Juan lyrics; the narrator here is godlike, but humble, can learn, is loving. ‘You taught me to find peace / where there is no grace.’ Old Testament Toth is becoming New Testament Toth.

On 'Clipper Ship', the images, though they seem like they’ve always been there, still shock: like finding a cave in the woods behind your house. Phrases like: ‘the sun’s not going down/the sun’s just being shy/the clouds look heavy/like they’re duct taped to the sky’ have an erstwhile American dignity, like John O’Hara could have written them. They are not just words the songs are serving, however; neither one would resonate accurately without the other. Toth is hard to pin down as a vocalist; his voice is a compelling mix of channels: the intimacy of Pearls Before Swine, the cajoling of Judy Roderick, and the sly, gentle tone of Kevin Ayers. He and Ayers share that quality of more than one voice moving through their throats, like the wind touching a series of chimes in one breath.

In “Mexican Coke,” the narrator states, ‘You ask me why I carry cash around with me all the time,’ a dirty, old tech-- like he is answering a certain kind of modern listener: why the carefully considered words, why the dirty old tech of folk song and guitar chords? He doesn’t reference privacy, or fondness for a ‘simpler’ time. In “Mexican Coke” the value of the old object is relative to the currency that pays for the things of its time. Resale value is not nostalgia; the worth of the old thing is relative to the new thing it can bring. Like the forked stick of a dowser, acoustic guitar and gentle arrangements find those thoughts and hums that can only be caught by arcane tools, songs that breathe with the previous songs and breaths that built them, the format a cradle for the gifts of the collector. That just might be worth a cool grand to the right ears. James Toth is an obsessive, of words and melody, of records and books, and if he trawls through enough dusty silverfish riddles, old tunes, rusted twists of iron, a rare thing is found and transmuted into something new.

[Coda: Listening to this record today, and listening to it 2 weeks ago are completely different experiences. Now I hear a foreboding: an attempt at finding solace rather than solace. America feels foreign to me for the first time. Art in general feels frivolous; I have to believe records, books and work of the human imagination matter now more than ever. This is a good one.]" Elisa Ambrogio, November 2016 

 

Sideways Through Sound Spotlight Album II: Seabuckthorn - 'Turns' (Lost Tribe Sound)400 sea turns

After 2016’s well-received EP, 'I Could See The Smoke', experimental guitarist Andy Cartwright (aka Seabuckthorn) returns with his new full-length album 'Turns', releasing April 21st on vinyl, CD and digital with Lost Tribe Sound. Cartwright immediately caught our attention with his commanding full-length album 'They Haunted Most Thickly' in 2015. With 'Turns', Cartwright further solidifies his anomalous position within the genres solo guitar music, American primitive, and modern classical.

The vinyl and CD edition arrive in the ever stunning physically and sonically minded fashion that LTS has become known for. 'Turns' takes form with a lush 180 gram audiophile grade vinyl housed in a heavyweight reverse printed jacket (limited to 500). The lacquer process vinyl edition was masterfully cut by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering in NY. Each edition comes with a Bandcamp download coupon. Plus, 'Turns' introduces a new handcrafted panoramic CD design (limited to 150 editions).

'Turns' is an album wrought with vertical forms, heavily cinematic in design and scope. It’s an album built from the earth. With eyes closed, one can easily imagine heavy rusted spires rising and collapsing upon themselves, only to be rebuilt from the rubble in the same instant, ever clawing towards the sky, with the rumblings of massive tectonic plates shifting below. That said, 'Turns' is far more of a cerebral experience than its predecessors. transitioning seamlessly between hypnotic long-form pieces, minimal harp-like ballads and the primal stomping world-builders that have become Seabuckthorn’s calling card.

Cartwright wields his minimal, yet powerful arsenal in new and intriguing ways throughout 'Turns', comprised of various twelve string guitars, a well worn resonator guitar and heavy waves of lumbering percussion. Plus, for the first time ever, Cartwright invites an outside player, composer and fellow friend of rustic orchestration, William Ryan Fritch to play double bass on three of the songs. In addition, LTS is honored to have worked with visual artist Gregory Euclide (Bon Iver, Lubomyr Melnyk) on the incredible original cover artwork for 'Turns', and sound engineer James Plotkin who handled the mastering.

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Sideways Through Sound 26-04-2017: Laguna Sunrise - playlist

Listen to the full program 'On Demand' HERE

White Sails - Laguna Sunrise (Black Sabbath) [Fruits de Mer 7"]

The Sonic Dawn - Summer Voyage [Into The Long Night]

Brume - Reckon [Rooster]

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Harvestman - Levitation [Music For Megaliths]

Shrinebuilder - Blind For All To See [S/T]

Across Tundras - Run With The Wolves [Western Sky Ride]

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Brume - Welter [Rooster]

Ryley Walker - Age Old Tale [Live on Sideways Through Sound 27-01-2016]

Bill McKay - Sunrise [Sunrise: Bill McKay Plays The Songs Of John Hulbert]

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Brume - Call The Serpent's Bluff [Rooster]

Tales Of Murder & Dust - The Devil Is A Poet [The Flow In Between]

Jason Simon - Hills Of Mexico [Familiar Haunts]

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Wooden Wand - Mexican Coke [Clipper Ship]

Sula Bassana & The Nasoni Pop Art Experimental Band - The Night After [Vol.1]

Hanford Reach - Daydream Hues [Canyons EP]

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Seabuckthorn - Long Voyages Often Lose Themselves [Turns]

Brume - Tradewind [Rooster]

Whiteley - movie double pass (season)

WHITELEY is a visual journey into the private life and creative legacy of Australia's most iconic artist, Brett Whiteley, told "in his own words" using personal letters, notebooks and photographs, interwoven with reconstructions, animations, archival interviews and rare footage. The documentary is directed by James Bogle and produced by Sue Clothier.

Whiteley's constant muse was his wife, Wendy. Both a catalyst for his creative passions and a witness to their incendiary consequences, she remains the sole custodian of his artistic legacy. Wendy was the subject of some of his most famous and popular paintings, and was the mother of their only child, Arkie.

Like so many brilliant artists, Whiteley's ambitious ascent to dizzying heights would eventually meet with a tragic downfall. Having built a tower of artistic statements exploring monumental ideas like Love, Evil, War, Beauty and "Endlessnessism", he irretrievably fell from it.

Whiteley's artworks were made across just 30 years, but their ongoing impact on Australia's creative culture is extraordinary: he blazed a trail that still lights a path forward for a new generation of artists.

WHITELEY is in cinemas from May 11 and 2SER supporters can score double passes by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Sideways Through Sound 26-04-2017: Laguna Sunrise

Sideways Through Sound Spotlight Album: Brume - 'Rooster' (Doom Stew / DHU)400 brume-rooster

San Francisco, California doom trio Brume’s heaving dose of hallucinogenic heaviness has been crafted since their EP ‘Donkey’ release in 2015.

They returned to Sharkbite studios in Oakland to record their full length, this time working alongside legendary producer Billy Anderson to lay down six songs... that's a full 51 minutes of heavy !!

Progressing from Donkey’s monolithic focus, Rooster sees Brume evolve with a more dynamic songwriting approach. The west coast debut is a more sonically diverse, crushingly heavy and beautifully conflicted album.

To accompany the music, the cover art was created by Savannah illustrator Sean Beaudry, best known for his work with Kylesa.

Brume will take their riff ritual to Europe for the first time in April with a joint UK tour with Gurt in the run up to their Desertfest London slot alongside the likes of Bongzilla and Inter Ama.

Rooster will be available on CD, cassette and digitally on April 20th from Brume drummer Jordan Perkins-Lewis’s fledgling label, Doom Stew Records. The double LP will be available in a variety of limited edition variants via DHU Records in July 2017.

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Sideways Through Sound 19-04-2017: The Great Pacific Northwest - playlist

Listen to the full program 'On Demand' HERE

Glenn Jones & Matthew Azevedo - The Great Pacific Northwest [Waterworks]

Zachary Cale - I Forged A Bullet [Duskland]

The Sonic Dawn - Six Seven [Into The Long Night]

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Kikagaku Moyo/ 幾何学模様 - Nobakitani [Stone Garden]

The Ivory Elephant - Psych Jam/ Captured By Confusion [Number 1 Pop Hit]

Here Lies Man - Here Lies Man [S/T]

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The Sonic Dawn (Jonas & Emil): Spotlight Selection 19-04-2017 HERE

The Sonic Dawn - Lights Left On [Into The Long Night]

1. Relatively Clean Rivers - Easy Ride

2. 13th Floor Elevators - She Lives In (A Time Of Her Own)

3. Dean Allen Foyd - Hwy Lost (Revisited)

4. The Rolling Stones - 2000 Light Years From Home

The Sonic Dawn - Emily Lemon [Into The Long Night]

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Glenn Jones & Matthew Azevedo - The Portland Cement Factory at Monolith, California [Waterworks]

Brume - Harold [Rooster]

Rose Windows - The Wanton Song (Led Zeppelin) [Sub Pop 7"]

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The Sonic Dawn - L'espion [Into The Long Night]

White Fence - Wolf Gets Red Faced [For The Recently Found Innocent]

Kikagaku Moyo/ 幾何学模様 - In A Coil [Stone Garden]

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Elkhorn - Spiritual [The Black River]

The Sonic Dawn (Jonas & Emil): Spotlight Selections on Sideways Through Sound 19-04-2017

Jonas & Emil (The Sonic Dawn) guest programming Spotlight Selections for Sideways Through Sound 19-04-2017

The Sonic Dawn - Lights Left On [Into The Long Night]

1. Relatively Clean Rivers - Easy Ride

2. 13th Floor Elevators - She Lives In (A Time Of Her Own)

3. Dean Allen Foyd - Hwy Lost (Revisited)

4. The Rolling Stones - 2000 Light Years From Home

The Sonic Dawn - Emily Lemon [Into The Long Night]

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Sideways Through Sound 19-04-2017: The Great Pacific Northwest

Sideways Through Sound Spotlight Album: The Sonic Dawn - 'Into The Long Night' (Heavy Psych Sounds) plus Jonas & Emil (The Sonic Dawn) guest programming Spotlight SelectionsSonic Dawn 400

Into the Long Night is the second album by The Sonic Dawn, one of the most remarkable bands to come out of the new psychedelic wave in Denmark. Just a few seconds into this album, you will realize that you are in for a mind altering experience.

“It’s a trip! By taking the listeners to places they didn’t expect to go, we hope to make them aware – that they’ll stop up and think about life for a minute. Awareness is the first step to change in the world,” says Emil Bureau (guitar/vocals).

To achieve the dramatic changes of mood and feeling that The Sonic Dawn excel at, they mix a wide range of styles, from jazzy sitar pop to heavy acid rock. A pleasant-sounding analog production makes the album easy to approach, not to water it down, but rather to pull the unsuspecting listener into the deep.

Into the Long Night is the trio’s most ambitious album yet. Written by day and recorded at night during a month of complete isolation by The North Sea, it is as light and gracious as it is dark and mysterious.

The journey has just begun...

 

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Sideways Through Sound 12-04-2017: Crucible - playlist

Listen to the full program 'On Demand' HERE

Buck Curran - Crucible (2000) [Demo]

Goat - Goatlord/ Det Som Aldrig Förändras/ Diarabi [World Music]

Here Lies Man - When I Come To [S/T]

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Elkhorn - The Black River [The Black River]

Brokeback - Cairo Levee [Illinois River Valley Blues]

Sacred Shines - Apollo [Come Down From The Mountain]

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Dean McPhee - Altar Rock [Sonido Polifonico Split - Lathe Cut 7"]

Mako Sica - Mouth Of The Lion [Invocation]

Toby Hay - Mayfair At Rhayader 1927 [The Gathering]

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The Ivory Elephant - Ho Ha [Number 1 Pop Hit]

Here Lies Man - Letting Go [S/T]

The Sonic Dawn - On The Shore [Into The Long Night]

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Elkhorn - Ohun [The Black River]

Raoul Vignal - Hazy Days [The Silver Veil]

Kontiki Suit - In My Head [On Sunset Lake]

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Here Lies Man - I Stand Alone [S/T]

Woods - The Take [City Sun Eater In The River Of Light]

Seabuckthorn - Pine Darkened Slopes [Sonido Polifonico Split - Lathe Cut 7"]

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C. Joynes - Georgie [Congo]

Elkhorn - Electric Fluid Magnified (bonus track) [The Black River]

Sideways Through Sound 12-04-2017: Crucible

Sideways Through Sound Spotlight Album I: Here Lies Man - 'S/T' (Riding Easy)400 HLM

What if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat?

In short, that's the underlying vibe to the self-titled debut by Here Lies Man. The L.A. based quintet is founded and conceptualized by Marcos Garcia of Antibalas, bringing his erudite experience of West African rhythms and music to the more riff-based foundations of heavy rock. The results are an incredibly catchy and refreshing twist on classic forms, without sounding forced and trite like some sort of mash-up attempt. Here Lies Man merges and expands musical traditions organically, utilizing the talents of drummer Geoff Mann (son of jazz musician Herbie Mann) and a host of skilled musicians to make Garcia's vision a reality.

"The repetitive guitar figures that happen in Afrobeat music are ​very close to heavy rock guitar riffs," Garcia explains. "​This music is based on the clave. It's the musical algorithm that the rhythms revolve around. ​It's what gives it integrity and ​provides the basis for the musical conversation ​that's happening. I knew I wanted it to be psychedelic and heavy, and I wanted to be expanding on a musical tradition ​rather ​than pretending to be creating something new."

And that expansion is the brilliant, hazy, psychedelic, hook-laden 8-song masterwork Here Lies Man.

 

Sideways Through Sound Spotlight Album II: Elkhorn - 'The Black River (Debacle)400 Elkhorn

Elkhorn is a folk/psych-rock guitar duo featuring Jesse Sheppard on twelve-string acoustic and Drew Gardner on electric. This music interweaves the extended folk tradition with psychedelic improvisation.

Elkhorn's sound is rooted in the earthy, traditional fingerpicking of Sheppard with Gardner's restrained, passionate cascades of improvised melodic phrases flowing through. They move freely between several different traditions; from American Primitive to Psych Rock, from Hindustani to Mauritanian, from Krautrock to Jazz; pulling from players as diverse as Robbie Basho, Sonny Sharrock, Ben Chasny and David Gilmour. Elkhorn combines the past and future, and mixes traditional and avant-garde approaches in a rich multilayered music that shifts fluidly from pre-rock to post-rock.

Gardner and Sheppard grew up together in the deep woods and rotting industrial husks of central New Jersey and are long time musical collaborators. Their duo concept has come together over the last few years of intense woodshedding. Sheppard is a Philadelphia-based filmmaker who has worked with artists such as Glenn Jones, Daniel Bachman, and Nathan Bowles. His performance documentary featuring Jack Rose, "The Things That We Used To Do", came out on Strange Attractors Audio House in 2010. Gardner is a multi-instrumentalist who has lead bands featuring avant-garde musicians such as John Tchicai and Sabir Mateen, and often conducts experimental collaborations on the fringes of the New York improv music scene.

Fresh off their debut tape on Beyond Beyond is Beyond, this incredible duo fuses a rich vein of American primitive with psych, jazz, and improv. The result is a nearly perfect album that wildly bounds through the American story of guitar in the 20th century. It is a high wire act of the highest order.

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Sideways Through Sound 05-04-2017: Aypril - playlist

Listen to the full program 'On Demand' HERE

P.J. Phillips - Aypril [Single March 2017]

Julie Byrne - Sleepwalker [Not Even Happiness]

Raoul Vignal - Under The Same Sky [The Silver Veil]

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Toby Hay - Claerwen [The Gathering]

Hawkwind - Space Is Deep [Doremi Faso Latido]

Agusa - Östan Om Sol, Västan Om Måne [S/T]

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Raoul Vignal - The Silver Veil [The Silver Veil]

IAH - Ouroboros [EP]

Mugstar - Sunburnt Impedance Machine [Lime]

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The Sonic Dawn - Watching Dust Fall [Perception]

Kultivator - Småfolket [Barndomens Stigar]

Toby Hay - The Fly Fisherman & The Trout [The Gathering]

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Raoul Vignal - Whispers [The Silver Veil]

Dead Sea Apes - Nerve Centre [The Sixth Side Of The Pentagon]

Here Lies Man - Letting Go [S/T]

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Elkhorn - Spiritual [The Black River]

Bees Made Honey In The Vein Tree - Sailing Away II [Medicine]

Toby Hay - The Gathering [The Gathering]

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