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    Posted: August 25 2022 at 06:00

24-bit audio, exclusive to Bandcamp. Get those FLACs!

Church of Hedís new double album, The Father Road, takes us on a surreal aural journey across the United States along the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental road built for automobiles. Itís effectively the sequel to the bandís 2011 album, Rivers of Asphalt, which traveled the legendary Route 66. The music shifts and evolves in tandem with the scenic backdrop of America from San Francisco to New York City. As with the original release, the sense of a lost era lurks throughout the album.

The music within features Church of Hedís unique mix of spacerock, psychedelia, prog rock, krautrock, and electronic music. It channels diverse influences, ranging from CAN, Cluster, Brian Eno, and Hawkwind, to YES and The Flaming Lips, in addition to Glass, Reich, and Riley. In the end, it always manages to sound predominately like Church of Hed. Of course, Kraftwerk provided the original concept of combining electronic music with a transportation corridor!

The bandís Paul Williams composed, performed, and produced The Father Road with help from Quarkspace guitarist, Stan Lyon, on bass and guitar. Williams plays an array of synthesizers, keyboards, and electric drums. Surreal ambience highlights the western portion of the highway, while more lyrical instrumental pieces aurally describe the more populated sections of this old road. Check out the expanded liner notes at: churchofhed.com/releases/church-of-hed-the-father-road/

Released both on CD and digitally, The Father Road is available on CD or download from Bandcamp,


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Sounds very nice. Congratulations!!!
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  a favourite sound maker on SPACE PIRATE RADIO...  congratulations, Paul!
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Thanks, everyone!

Guy, reach out so I can get you a promo copy for your radio show... radio show.
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We just published a news update covering the release of our new album, The Father Road. It also includes links for the album on the most popular streaming services, like Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music. Of course, downloads and CD purchases support us much better than streaming revenue, but nevertheless. Cool YouTube videos abound plus a news update on our next release. Take a psychedelic road trip across the USA on the Lincoln Highway!

http://churchofhed.com/church-of-hed-the-father-road-is-released/
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I had no idea you were a Columbus artist! I live am stuck here, too; had I known I would've invited you to play at Midwest Psych Fest, which is happening Sept. 16-17th at a farm in Galena. I listened to your discography in full five years ago, but it was during a bad time in my life so I don't recall much other than enjoying it!

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Indeed. It's a small world. Thanks for checking out our stuff!

I don't really play out anymore, too much gear to schlep, plus I lack the number of appendages to cover multiple parts live. Nevertheless, I do play in from time to time.

Sadly, these are the only three tracks from The Father Road (out of 20) I can do justice to live. I am figuring out the arpeggiation (a bit of live improv magic originally) from Sierra Crest to make four.





 
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Hi,

Such pretty stuff and one of the great additions to Space Pirate Radio, and for a long time, too!
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Originally posted by moshkito moshkito wrote:

Hi,

Such pretty stuff and one of the great additions to Space Pirate Radio, and for a long time, too!


Wow! Thanks for listening and spread the word!

Peace!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote moshkito Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 07 2022 at 17:14
Originally posted by TheNefariousHED TheNefariousHED wrote:

Originally posted by moshkito moshkito wrote:

Hi,

Such pretty stuff and one of the great additions to Space Pirate Radio, and for a long time, too!


Wow! Thanks for listening and spread the word!

Peace!


Hi,

Been with Guy and his show from the first in Santa Barbara in 1974 ... though it is hard for me to sit up now and listen to it each and every time, in the end, the show is still the very best there is, and the quality and amount of music is second to none anywhere, and deserves a wider touch/audience, although Guy might prefer the way it is ... cozy, comfortable, and incredibly peculiar in his musical tastes, but one thing that he had in those days ... was the touch ... he could always find anything.

There was one incident I remember well, when Guy was playing something, and one other DJ had to interfere and say that it "wasn't rock'n'roll" to which Guy immediately slowed the piece to a stop and then said ... "who cares! It's great music" ... and the irony always lived in my heart ... the piece? "Are You Receiving Me?" by Golden Earring!

To me, that says more about all the material he shows than anything else!
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Originally posted by moshkito moshkito wrote:

Originally posted by TheNefariousHED TheNefariousHED wrote:

Originally posted by moshkito moshkito wrote:

Hi,

Such pretty stuff and one of the great additions to Space Pirate Radio, and for a long time, too!


Wow! Thanks for listening and spread the word!

Peace!


Hi,

Been with Guy and his show from the first in Santa Barbara in 1974 ... though it is hard for me to sit up now and listen to it each and every time, in the end, the show is still the very best there is, and the quality and amount of music is second to none anywhere, and deserves a wider touch/audience, although Guy might prefer the way it is ... cozy, comfortable, and incredibly peculiar in his musical tastes, but one thing that he had in those days ... was the touch ... he could always find anything.

There was one incident I remember well, when Guy was playing something, and one other DJ had to interfere and say that it "wasn't rock'n'roll" to which Guy immediately slowed the piece to a stop and then said ... "who cares! It's great music" ... and the irony always lived in my heart ... the piece? "Are You Receiving Me?" by Golden Earring!

To me, that says more about all the material he shows than anything else!



Wow. That's a cool story!

I typically encounter too many genre purists who react with veiled anger by music that's references various styles (especially what they perceive as "pop" or "techno".)

As I always say, "Church of Hed (and Quarkspace) piss off genre purists in multiple genres simultaneously."  It's all music according to Charlie Mingus!
 
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Here's the latest video from The Father Road! This time out we travel over the Alleghenies in a flying teapot that didn't originate from the Planet Gong. A slow psychedelic groove for your lazy Sunday afternoon with cool string synths providing that ambience. Enjoy!




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Here's another new video from The Father Road. This time out we trace where Route 66 meets the Lincoln Highway in Plainfield, IL. It's a synth (Moog)-laden track mixing psychedelic prog with electronica and minimalism. In short, Church of Hed!



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