The Occhiolist Playlist

Charlie Hickey

Charlie Hickey's The Occhiolist Playlist shows some love to the more underground, under-appreciated, and off-kilter elements of his expanding music collection.

Charlie is a co-founder, songwriter, and guitarist of The Soft Underground. He's also a sound engineer and videographer, and occasionally dabbles in other creative endeavors.

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David Peel and David Lannan were both busking singer-songwriters. The former went around New York with his backing band, The Lower East Side, performing "drinking songs for stoners" while the latter serenaded local San Franciscians with traditional and self-penned folk songs. Both connected with their ever changing crowd. while also sometimes pissing off others, and these records showcase both. Music featured: "Up Against The Wall", "The Way To Get Stoned", "The Alphabet Song" & "The Lower East Side" performed by David Peel & The Lower East Side "Treat Me Like A Dog" "Hallelujah I'm a Bum/Springtime" "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" & "Judas' Mass" performed by David Lannan  This Occhiolist Playlist Podcast episode constitutes a fair-use of any copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright law. Allowance is made for "fair-use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research. No copyright infringement intended.

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Oct 2020

13 min 56 sec

Not for the faint of hearing. Here are some rock group that detach from rhythm and taking cues from free jazz.  Music featured: "Wolf In Sheep's Clothing", "Howard Beach Memoirs" & "When We Go" by Power Tools. "Today is Totally Crashing & Stunned in Bright Lights", "Orange Cone Made No Noise", "The 2nd. Perpetuate the Beautiful", "The Sky's the Ground, the Bombs Are Plants, and We're the Sun, Love" & "Forever, Like Anti-Oxidants (Listen to the Sound Our Cells Make)" by Storm & Stress. "Retired People", "Balinese Lady" & "Hey You" by Pluto This Occhiolist Playlist Podcast episode constitutes a fair-use of any copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright law. Allowance is made for "fair-use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research. No copyright infringement intended.

Aug 2020

19 min 30 sec

Harry Partch and Wendy Carlos are two artists who saw the possibilities of using notes and scales that Western listeners weren't attuned to, and that other cultures had been using for centuries. Here's two records that came out of those endeavors.  Music:  "Prologue...", "Scene 1..." & "Scene 5..." by Harry Partch  "Poem for Bali" & "Just Imaginings" by Wendy Carlos  This Occhiolist Playlist Podcast episode constitutes a fair-use of any copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright law. Allowance is made for "fair-use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research. No copyright infringement intended.

Jul 2020

15 min 53 sec

"New Age" music is a broad and vaguely-defined genre of many sounds and styles from the '60's onward, emulating the philosophies of the New Age movement. Though the music under this label has no singular sound, one shared trait is the use of sound for the purpose of healing. The records I chose for this episode are some of the earliest examples of such purpose. "Prahna (Life Force)", "Sahasrara (Highest Chakra)" and "Shanti (Peace)" by Tony Scott  "Prayer for Aphrodite", "Beautiful Friend" and "Lunamuse" by Kay Gardner  "Formentera Sunset Clouds", "Crystal Petals", "Lanua Cove", and "The Bubble Massage" by Iasos  This Occhiolist Playlist Podcast episode constitutes a fair-use of any copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright law. Allowance is made for "fair-use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research. No copyright infringement intended.

Jul 2020

17 min 48 sec

"Nyabinghi" is the oldest mansion of Rastafari, and a term used for drum-centric celebrations and music that became a precursor to reggae, ska and dub in Jamaica. Here's a few raw yet shining examples of such music. Music in order of appearance: "Grounation", "Oh Carolina", "Way Go Home", "Wicked Babylon", "Run One Mile" and "Tales of Mozambique" by Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari "Keep Cool Babylon", "Roll River Jordan Roll", "Watch and Prey", "Holy Mount Zion", "Jah Got The Whole World" & "Rise Ja Ja Children" by Ras MIchael & The Sons of Negus This Occhiolist Playlist Podcast episode constitutes a fair-use of any copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright law. Allowance is made for "fair-use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research. No copyright infringement intended.

Jun 2020

22 min 6 sec

“New Weird America” was a label used to describe an eccentric group of burgeoning psych-folk and rock artists in the 2000’s. Here’s a few examples along the wide spectrum of sound these musicians experimented within, from woodland folkiness to lo-fi drone-jams. Music featured, in order of appearance: “Old Black Hat With A Dandelion Flower”, “Ulna” & Ibex Horn” by Feathers “Didn’t It Rain”, “Dead End Days With Caesar” & “Dread Effigy” by Wooden Wand & The Vanishing Voice “Sweet Undulant Mother”, “Evening In The West” & “Whose Wave We Ride Part 1” by Second Family Band This Occhiolist Playlist Podcast episode constitutes a fair-use of any copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright law. Allowance is made for "fair-use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research. No copyright infringement intended.

May 2020

13 min 53 sec

In this episode, I talk about two artists whose music comes from a place of divine influence. However, their stories are quite different than your typical "divine intervention" stories. Music featured, in order of appearance: "Life Child", "Quasar One", "Balloon", "Mind Island", "Long Long Time" & "Glass Top Coffin" by Ramases"Hawaii", "Axonda", "I Must Be Born", "Mambo Che Chay", "Waterfall Of Love", "Motherless Child" & "Hawaii Nei I'll Miss You" by Bobby Frank Brown This Occhiolist Playlist Podcast episode constitutes a fair-use of any copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright law. Allowance is made for "fair-use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research. No copyright infringement intended.

May 2020

22 min

Southern California exported its own brand of weirdness in the late 1960's and early 1970's. For every band that became a huge success, like Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead, there are other groups who performed for a short time, made their statement and then disappeared or disbanded. From cease and desist letters from the Salvation Army to exploding records, here's a few albums I have from bands that just scrape the surface of how "far-out" those times were. Music, in order of appearance: "Yuk-Yuk", "Come On Over Here", "She Said Yeah", "Think Twice" & "Salvation Jam" by Salvation."Ouroboros Part 1 & 2" by The Serpent Power"3 Songs" (featured twice, at the start and end of their segment), "II Car Raga" and "One Of A Kind" by 1 [One] This Occhiolist Playlist Podcast episode constitutes a fair-use of any copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright law. Allowance is made for "fair-use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research. No copyright infringement intended.

May 2020

21 min 15 sec

Before I share my love for the music, I want to share my love for the formats. My tapes, CD's and records have reflected my personal relationship with music since childhood, and continue to do so. Welcome to The Occhiolist Playlist. Music: "Voicoder" & "Watersong" performed by The Soft Underground.

May 2020

4 min 32 sec