Liner Notes with Mike Mannix of Centripetal Force Records


Mike Mannix is the cool head behind the great Centripetal Force Records. The label (along with Cardinal Fuzz) brought you such cosmic favorites as Dire Wolves’ I Just Wasn’t Made for These Set Times and the No Ear to Hear split by ragenap and Prana Crafter. Mannix’s small print-run company is also responsible for compassionate benefit releases, like 2019’s My Body ‘Tis of Thee compilation and the recent Jim McHugh singles for Black Lives Matter. Most recently, CFR announced it will soon be unleashing White Manna’s new record, Arc,to the states (do not miss this one!)

Mannix also hosts a wild psychedelic radio show, PSYCH OUT!, every Wednesday night on WXNAFM Nashville, TN. If you read this blog, then you will love this mind-blowing program.

Being a total connoisseur of trippy, fuzzy and awesomely esoteric sounds, we just had to ask him to join in on Liner Notes. Check out his responses below:

RCU: What was the last song that you listened to?

MM: I just got done listening to “New Trailway Boogie” from Sean Thompson and the Weird Ears.

RCU: What was the last album you felt obsessed with?

MM:  Hmmmmm. The last one? Cro Mags’ Age of Quarrel. It happens at least once a year.

RCU: Which artist do you most want to listen to on a Friday night?

MM: Slayer

RCU: Which artist do you most want to listen to on a Sunday morning?

MM: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

RCU: What record do you wish more people knew about?

MM: One of them would have to be Lou Turner’s Songs for John Venn (Spinster Sounds). And I’m going to insist on including a second, Th’ Faith Healers’ Lido.

RCU: What’s your favorite album to drive to?

MM: Oh, man. I’ve got a few. Turbonegro’s Apocalypse Dudes, The Cult’s Electric, Unbroken’s Life. Love. Regret., and The Breeders’ Last Splash.

RCU: If you could pull a Groundhog Day and relive one concert that you’ve previously attended over and over again, what would it be?

MM: Wow. Just one? I’ve been feeling nostalgic about my time living in Northampton, MA lately, so I’d have to go with Fugazi at Pearl Street. September 22nd, 1995.

RCU: Which artist, living or dead, do you wish you could have a conversation with at a bar over drinks?

MM: Chuck D. If he wasn’t available, Peter Rowan.

RCU: What’s the music doc/concert film that you’ve probably seen the most?

MM: Les Blank’s J’ai Été Au Bal / I Went to the Dance

RCU: If we blasted a follow up to the Voyager 2 gold record into space, and you could chose just one song to put on it, what would it be?

MM: John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.”

Huge thanks to Mike for taking time out of his very busy schedule to answer our silly questions. Be sure to listen to PSYCH Out! this Wednesday and pick up some fine heady records by Centripetal Force today. 



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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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