Sunday, December 24, 2006
A tribute to Dave Mothersole whose wonderful Late Night Sessions on Kiss 100 ended this year. I thought this picture would be appropriate both because of my alias and because Dave's love of house and techno began in India. You can read about it at his myspace
And here's the link to the site i got the picture from which has some exceptional images.
On with the tracklisting
1. Plunder ALEX SMOKE
2. Night Images LARRY HEARD / SWAYZAK
3. 55 Cancri ELEGY (alias KIRK DEGIORGIO
4. Space Rider BASIC BASTARD
5. Mine To Give PHOTEK & ROBERT OWENS / DAVID MORALES
6. Crosses JOSE GONZALES / JORI HULKKONEN
7. Dragon Loop MARCUS WORGULL
8. Aint Nothing Like This Feeling (Version Mix) SLOPE / CHARLES WEBSTER
9. Je Suis Ta Drogue (Epic Club Mix) GRANT NELSON
Thursday, December 21, 2006
There's a lot of good alternative rock here - My Bloody Valentine, Mercury Rev, Yo La Tengo.
My pick of the bunch is Coney Island Baby by Lou Reed. I've only given it a quick listen but it sounds more on the Velvets tip than most Lou stuff. Think of the comedown stuff like Pale Blue Eyes rather than the pulsing thrashy stuff like Sister Ray. 3rd entry on this page...
And here's a blog from Russia (?) which covers many bases of black music. Pick up stone cold classics by Shuggie Otis and Fela Kuti as well as stuff from today's innovators such as Madlib.
Amongst the mainstream stuff there's a few nuggets most notably The Roots' fairly obscure debut Organix. My favourite hip hop album is hands down Things Fall Apart which has all the slickness and drama of top level gangsta rap but with a black consciousness flow. Organix is jazzier, inevitably less well produced but a great listen. Its worth the download for the track The Session, a 12 minute jam featuring a pretty far out (for hip-hop) jazz-horns loop. Its the 11th entry down on this page.
Friday, December 15, 2006
A great singer, not one for stuffy purists but full of personality. One of the first jazz artists I got into, actually - Apollo 440's Krupa inspired me to pick up a budget Krupa comp which lead me onto Anita.
She's more celebrated for her 50s recordings than her big band efforts. Versions of Early Autumn and My Funny Valentine stand out for me from this period.
And there's a beautiful and largely unknown track from the Krupa days called That's What You Think.
Sample her breathless style and some naughty (for the 40s) leg-flashing shenanigans here
New feature! I've been thinking about doing this for a while so I have a nice selection for you this week. I don't know why but I'm having no joy with the links in the posts so you will need to cut n paste, children.
First, a podcast of quality drum n bass here. Grimeheads wont be satisfied but it joins the dots between old school, soulful and broken beat very nicely.
Joe Henderson's Canyon Lady deserves another mention. The track Las Palmas is a favourite from the tapehead days. Driving Latin rhythms and discordant sax - but it really works!
When Herbert was good (don't know what's happened recently... Scale sounded like vaudeville show tunes) he put out a remix of Karin Krog. This is pretty much all I heard about her til I stumbled across her album Joy here. The first track Mr Joy has that early Cinematic Orchestra sound, with the twanging of the double bass dominant.
Loronix is posting a superhuman amount of Brasilian gems. The enormous selection is also by and large still downloadable. Here's two which stand out for me.
And get your laughing gear round this. Classic comedy vinyl from Derek And Clive. Michael 'Kramer' Richards take note - these guys are offensive but also funny, you Seinfeld-ruining loon! Go to the bottom of this page - PLO archives in months.
Thanks to all the sharity bloggers, mp3 bloggers and podcasters out there. There's tonnes of great stuff out there right now, including lots of stuff I've downloaded and haven't listened to yet!
The image is some graffitti in Brasil.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
He linked to my Waters Of March lyrics post so I thought I'd post some more.
This track I heard on rocking Radio 2 a long while ago. I taped it as I did almost everything at this stage. Perhaps prompted by the death of the lyricist, the Austrailian TV presenter and raconteur Clive James, I see its been reissued on CD.
More info here: http://www.peteatkin.com/dtouch.htm
Touch Has A Memory
Touch has a memory
Better than the other senses
Hearing and sight fight free
Touching has no defences
Textures come back to you real as can be
Touch has a memory
Fine eyes are wide at night
Eyelashes show that nicely
Seeing forgets the sight
Touch recollects precisely
Eyelids are modest yet blink at a kiss
Touching takes note of this
When in a later day
Little of the vision lingers
Memory slips away
Every way but through the fingers
Textures come back to you real as can be
Making you feel time doesn't heal
And touch has a memory
And this from Leonard Cohen. It gives me chills every time I hear it. This is one song I am sure will always be a part of my life.
Famous Blue Raincoat
Its four in the morning, the end of december
Im writing you now just to see if youre better
New york is cold, but I like where Im living
Theres music on clinton street all through the evening.
I hear that youre building your little house deep in the desert
Youre living for nothing now, I hope youre keeping some kind of record.
Yes, and jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear
Did you ever go clear?
Ah, the last time we saw you you looked so much older
Your famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder
Youd been to the station to meet every train
And you came home without lili marlene
And you treated my woman to a flake of your life
And when she came back she was nobodys wife.
Well I see you there with the rose in your teeth
One more thin gypsy thief
Well I see janes awake --
She sends her regards.
And what can I tell you my brother, my killer
What can I possibly say?
I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
Im glad you stood in my way.
If you ever come by here, for jane or for me
Your enemy is sleeping, and his woman is free.
Yes, and thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes
I thought it was there for good so I never tried.
And jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear
By the way the party's over... Watch the excellent TV version of Rob Newman's excellent stand-up show. Be both disturbed and entertained. I found out lots of things I would never have known about the West's crusade for oil, the media representation of it and the American economy if it hadn't been presented in easily digestable chunks by Newman. A favourite for some time, Newman uses his skill for the long, convoluted build-up to a punchline for socially conscious monologues.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Completed this mix night before last, appropriately enough around 5am (couldn't sleep due to heartburn). Its been gestating for many months, perhaps prompted by the recent grey, windy tiempo round here. So this be the nostalgian. The spliff when it still represented freedom and not imprisonment to me. A tribute to those big days of youth when loneliness was a thrill.
1. Michael Knight FRIDGE
2. Mi Par d'Udir Ancora (Bizet) ENRICO CARUSO
3. Buckie High BOARDS OF CANADA
4. Syntax GIMMIK
5. Sister Morphine ROLLING STONES
6. Blues De L'Antenne BARNEY WILEN
7. Diabolus CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA
8. Don't Panic COLDPLAY
9. Mondschein Sonate (Beethoven) MARIA JOAO PIRES
10. Pale Blue Eyes VELVET UNDERGROUND
11. Windwind AUTECHRE
12. Like It Is YUSEF LATEEF
13. Try BUGGE & SIDSEL
And here's a jazz mix I did as a promo hoping to get a gig at a jazz club here called Matisse. I'm sending both these mixes to a geezer called Fred as part of a sort of Secret Santa over at Brownswood.
1. Casa Forte ELIS REGINA
2. Feminina JOYCE
3. Las Palmas JOE HENDERSON
4. Crisis ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS
5. Flying Machine WAR
6. Money (Thats What I Want) FREDDIE ROACH
7. King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown AUGUSTUS PABLO
8. Mr Joy KARIN KROG
9. Sylvia ARTHUR VEROCAI
10. Di-Da SAHIB SHIHAB & THE DANISH RADIO JAZZ GROUP
11. Bongo Chant HAROLD VICK
12. Sambongo JOAO DONATO
13. Paint It Black GABOR SZABO
14. Jamie DONALD BYRD
15. Bunny ART PEPPER
By the way, I've finally worked out how to do a Links section. It will be expanded in the coming weeks...
Thursday, November 30, 2006
I found this image on Quite Nice Pictures which I now can't find again but it is not far from one of the blogs posted here. One day I will get some jpegs of my own art up here.
I've recently found 3 zip blogs all set up in the last 2 months and all offering seriously good shit.
get hold of this
and get a real goooood hold of this
Some tight stuff here
and also make a point of checking
where you can get yo'self
amongst other goodies.
Sup up, lads!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Latest favourite zip blog. Really on a par with Orgy, though less diverse. All Brasilian. Some of the sound quality ain't great but there's some great stuff. You can search any blog in the top left hand corner of the screen and as a big fan of Gal Costa, Nara Leao and Jorge Ben I'd recommend starting there. Instrumentally, Quarteto Novo and Tenorio Jr. Also Som Tres. But its literally all good.
This is also worth a hook belonging to a carnicero.
Moistworks usually kills it. Grab their Altman tribute - 6 versions of the MASH theme, including the original.
And on a reading tip - here's a couple of old muckers whose chins must be red raw.
Completely unrelated image by Banksy.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Few if any directors have such respect for their actors. In the way he could get an ensemble to breathe life into a scenario he was without equal.
This is the day many cinema lovers were hoping would not come for a long long time yet.
So many great films but McCabe & Mrs Miller is without doubt one of my fave films of all time. There's many I haven't seen but The Long Goodbye, MASH, Nasville, California Split and Thieves Like Us are all superb.
I thought The Company was underrated. At times, you had that same 'window into another world' feeling you get with his 70's classics. The scene with the performance in the rain was a beautiful cinematic moment. It was also a great role for Malcom McDowell.
The Gingerbread Man was also well above Hollywood average. The storm scenes at the end I thought were beautifully realised. (maybe the weather in late Altman is a film student thesis waiting to be written)
The Player and Short Cuts are absolutely great films but a little slick and cynical for me, to be honest. I'm glad he got back to his 70s form with the excellent Gosford Park before he went.
Respect, Bob! R.I.P.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
I am anonymous
I can produce things
which make my friends say
'Hey, that's pretty good' -
Which impress them, in short.
But I lack the organisational skills
The cutthroat mentality
I lack the agressive prolificity
of Gallo and Bukowski
(and, accordingly, my libido
which might be larger than theirs
is less satiated)
I can never start anything
Because parts of me are invested elsewhere
I can never finish anything
I have an audience
On the Internet now
An audience to my musings
To my findings
All these mp3s
I am finding not creating
I am a traffic policeman
Anonymity is not an issue
Image : Lost Jockey by Magritte
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
(Miles at Filmore 1970 at this one!)
Sunday, November 05, 2006
1. Rosa Deluxe FRANCY BOLAND (WITH FATS SADI ON BONGOS!!!)
2. O Telefone Tocou Novamente SOM TRES
3. Mato Grosso I MARC 4
4. Love Story vs Finally (Bushwackas Final Bootleg) LAYO & BUSHWACKA!
5. American Dream JAKATTA
6. Secret Life MATERIAL
7. Tabu DON CUNNINGHAM QUARTET
8. Vim de Sant'Ana QUARTETO NOVO
9. Blue Monday NOUVELLE VAGUE
10. King Of Sorrow SADE
11. One Night Samba TIM 'LOVE' LEE
12. Wrong EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL / TODD TERRY
13. Castenada Drive - THE CABILDO'S THREE
14. Cafe EDDIE PALMIERI
15. Cacará NERA LEAO
16. Nao Faz Assim MILTON BANANA
17. Canto De Ossanha QUARTETO EM CY
18. Nebulosa TENORIO JR
Had a big music listening day on Friday. Day off (except one class first thing) , girl away at Uni. Rubbing my hands with glee I was.
I started the day with Coltrane's Om which I got here
I think its a great set. Deep, spiritual. Not as hard, say, as 'Reverend King' off Cosmic Music which makes me feel nauseous, angry expression as it is of the civil rights leader's assassination.
Om to me is not a million miles from the peaceful vibes of A Love Supreme. Of course there's nothing as luxurious as, say, Trane's first phrase from Part II: Resolution and there's no uncanny unity between the players, but Coltrane's playing here and the piece as a whole is, for me, not unpleasant to listen to.
Some avante-garde I just can't cope with. For instance Albert Ayler's Spiritual Unity - a seminal album. I've never been able to get to grips with the technical side of music and jazz (nor, in truth, have I ever wanted to lest it impede my enjoyment) but it seems there's something musically very clever happening on Spiritual Unity - it's just I don't want to hear it.
Spiritual Unity and the track 'Reverend King' are both sparsely arranged. So perhaps, unlike classical music or straight ahead jazz, I like my avante-garde jazz crowded. Full of sound, cluttered with ideas and life and activity.
Four Tet - the creatively fertile producer Kieran Hebden - is influenced by Ayler and you can see the influence of avante-garde jazz on his live recordings and some of the longer tracks. I'm thinking as well of the track Misnomer, kind of straight- ahead downbeat but with the sound of an Ayler-a-like wailing away in the background. Of course he recently collaborated with Steve Reid, though I haven't really gotten into it. Again, its a bit heavy, and, unusually for Hebden, kind of sparse.
I think clutterdness is the key to my enjoyment of avante-garde jazz. The 'wall of sound' element, present in 'Love Supreme' in melodic, rhythmic mode is also there in 'Om' but less melodically or rhythmically. Other examples I've enjoyed are Ornette Coleman's 'Free Jazz' and Muhal Richard Abrams' 'Levels And Degrees Of Light'
...I've been meditating on Coltrane and his exceptional talent, the physical power and mental depth of his playing.
After rinsing Love Supreme a few years ago (though it can never be completely rinsed), I needed another JC album to get into. I tried Giant Steps and Coltrane ('57) - good, but the vibe wasn't there. I've recently discovered 'New Thing At Newport' ,incidentally, which was obviously what I was looking for then, and features the same quartet - Coltrane, Tyner, Garrison and Jones.
These days though my favourite saxophonist is Art Pepper. Its such a different experience listening to him. I wouldn't for a moment suggest Art is better, but there's more warmth in his playing. He's thinking of drugs, girls and old buddies instead of the cosmos. More on Art another day, though.
So, looking to read more about Om and Trane, I came across this on AAJ
Its interesting to read this. Listening to Coltrane on Om is like listening to someone trying to break out of their skin, out of their skeleton. The quest for transcendence is not approached with calm but with frustration. Its similar to hearing Syd Barrett's vocals on early Floyd. 'Hee hee, you can't see me but I... see...you' Our sensation with both men is 'something's going to crack' 'they're pushing themselves too far' etc.
This article explains to me where Coltrane was mentally. Caught up in an insane unity of three or four ideas incompatible in a saner mind - the Big Bang theory, pantheism, Christianity and the Trinity and the direct relation of man's consciousness to all this. As a former heavy drug user and deep thinker I can tell you where this kind of thinking might lead you - solipsism. As reality. If all is one and I am conscious, I am The One. But for something to exist does not there need to be two? In my recurring panic attack, the Other comes for me containing, variously, the black, the female, Space and the Devil. It is never an enjoyable experience.
Not mentioned in the article, but his use of drugs including acid and heroin would've facilitated the lost touch with reality which such concepts need to become reality for a conscious mind as they did for John.
The altered mind states brought on by drugs - heavy and otherwise - can make for entertaining music and other art. Witness Coltrane and the Velvet Underground are better than Ronan Keating.
However what of classical? I postulate that when Bizet wrote The Pearl Fishers. Beethoven Moonlight Sonata, Mendelsshon the Violin Concierto In E (as played by Heifetz) they were all 'high' as in, connected with the fragility of individual life, the pain and joy of consciousness and the epic of the life of the universe. Or it may have been opium, too. I mean, man, those boys were sailing.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Nick sent me this link last night. Am I the only one who hasn't seen it? It is funny. The world's next superpower. A Communist nation of billions. This is what a sexless, repressed media throws up as an example of the human spirit. Great times ahead.
Finally. Came up on Brownswood. Amazing footage of David Rodigan, who I used to listen to on Kiss. This guy is just incredible. Looks like your maths teacher, acts like an irie yout dem.
More YouTube choice cuts? In the comments, friends. Jah bless.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Since my Madrid trip (which I haven't written about here to affect a laissez faire attitude to my blogging) I've had the same 4GB on my Zen Micro, leading me to develop penchants for tracks like Quantick's cover of Red Astaire's Follow Me, the title track of Free For All by Art Blakey (cymbal tap ti tap tap mentalness) and the first track off Richard TAPE Carnage's After Hours mix, Chasing Rainbow by Sleeper Thief. There's another outstanding track on there, but I'm not sure if its 4 or 5 from the end... Marcus Worgull or Minilogue. Anyway. Haven't been on Emule recently cos I've been using Azureus to get GP shows. I also got Dave Mothersole's last show on Kiss. Sad news for me. It was a big show for me. He's now doing Ministry radio, which is OK cos hopefully I'm on the verge of working out how to record streaming. Then it really will be time to take over the world.
All Day Music WAR
Astor Tribute CUARTETO TANGUIDIA
Aystelum ED MOTTA
Bombay The Hard Way SHADOW & AUTOMATOR
Bremen Radio 71 KRAFTWERK
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome KID KOALA
Cellar Door Disc 3 MILES (only first 2 tracks cos it was the last upload)
Chance Meeting On A Dissecting Table NURSE WITH WOUND
Chiastic Slide AUTECHRE
Dialogue FOUR TET
Elektrik Soul Symphonie ECHOBOY
Ennio Morricone Remixes VARIOUS
Escape MARCOS VALLE
Five Tango Sensations ASTOR PIAZZOLLA & KRONOS QUARTET
Heavy Weather WEATHER REPORT
Hotel Morgen TO ROCOCO ROT
If I Could Only Remember My Name DAVID CROSBY
Jazz In Paris Remixed VARIOUS
Bohemia After Dark EDDIE LOUISS
Paris Blues LUCKY THOMPSON
Jazz Juice Vols 1 & 2 GILLES
King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown
La Fusa TOQUINHO & VINICIUS
Love Songs Of The Hanging Gardens KELLEY POLLAR
Mama's Gun ERYKAH BADU
Mosaic ART BLAKEY
New Thing At Newport JOHN COLTRANE & ARCHIE SHEPP
No Other GENE CLARK
O Canto Livre De Nara NARA LEAO
Paris 1960 CLARK TERRY
Peel Session 2003 GORKY'S
Research Of Sound PUCCIO ROELENS
Retreated TRUBY TRIO / VARIOUS
Ronnie Scotts 1980 MILCHO LEVIEV & ART PEPPER
Sessions... Mad On Jazz 88 GILLES
Breezeblock 98 LIAM HOWLETT
Bbc 6 Mix ROSS ALLEN
2005 mIX 1 DFA
Final Late Night Session DAVE MOTHERSOLE
Spirit Of Bedrock 1 MATTHEW LIPPIATTE
Black Affair Mix STEVE MASON
mix 2 AME PROFONDE
Fabric 29 RUB N TUG
The Composer Plays ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM
The Cure (2004) THE CURE
Transversal Do Tempo ELIS REGINA
Unity LARRY YOUNG
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot WILCO
Image from Max Fleischer's Snow White, starring Betty Boop, Bimbo and Koko.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
1. Fever (Instrumental) ESSENCE
2. Sambinha TENORIO JR
3. Light My Fire RHETTA HUGHES
4. I Close My Eyes SHIVAREE
5. Witchi Tai To HARPERS BIZARRE
6. Futures ZERO 7 / RUB N TUG
7. Smell Of Incense WEST COAST POP ART EXPERIMENTAL BAND
8. Sarava BADEN POWELL
9. Cims I Absimes PEP IAGUARDA & TAPINERIA
10. Didn’t Cha Know ERYKAH BADU
11. The Light Of Jesus FILA BRASILIA
12. Lost Life ART PEPPER
13. These Days NECTARINE No.9
14. Samba Da Legalidade NARA LEAO
15. Barato Modesto GAL COSTA
16. Black Forest Blues PEDRO ITURRALDE QUARTET
17. The Collector THE GENERAL & THE DUCHESS
I'm proud of this one. Excellent mellow vibe. Finishes with something from an ex-Beta Band myspace. No less than four tracks from Burnt Brown Sounds & friends. Only one (Tenorio Jr) from Orgy In Rhythm. I have tonnes from there on the desktop but its all mostly unlistened to so far.
Here's a couple of links leading from Orgy. It all gets quite Masonic at some point and the music extends to Charles Manson, but these links are Ok.
Random. Commercial shit but also some good albums.
Brasilian. Actually from Brasil so it has more than the usual names. This link leads to a download of the legendary Banda Black Rio.
another Brasil one.
another camp one. this guy's 45 as well which makes him a bit scary. tonnes of links.
french lounge. i found this just before orgy.
i got a mix from steve mason (beta band) here
and finally my man Pilgurn sent me this link for all your drum & bass needs
and a post I made on Brownswood, guiding hands to some excellent sets on the ParisDJs site.....
I found this site awhile ago and many of you probably know it but some of these mixes have been in heavy rotation on my mp3 player so I needed to big it up at Brownswood.
Recommended : music & words on black consciousness. Features the beautiful track Masequa Myers & Jami Ayinde - Black Land Of The Nile
bootleg nuggets. second track is Quantick's soulful take on Red Astaire's 'Follow Me'
DJ Oof's mixes. Psychedelia from Matching Mole to Broadcast via Amon Tobin remixing VU. Full respect!
There's a fine soulful wind tonight which reminds me of a youth I spent in London hoarsely blowing great suspended spirals of toxic smoke over the black skin of the Thames as I sat, questioning.
Made a compilation tonight, from a folder on the desktop, but I have that clammy feeling in my trousers which means I'll feel wrong typing out the tracklist.
'Mountains move aside for me...'
Image by Bality.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Hey. Been a downloading day today. My girlfriend's been sick, so I've been downloading everything from here
This guy's a buddy of Burnt Brown Sounds so everything I've been listening to today has been on the same wasted early 70s California tip which goes just right with a rare grey day here in Spain and my massive sideburns which I'm going to cut tonight, taking me back to Squaresville.
I've also been dipping into the links here to the new projects from the members of The Beta Band.
Its nice to know that exceptionally creative and innovative band have not so much dissolved as mulltiplied like some psychedelic virus. My favourite track of there's is undoubtedly Monolith and in general I prefer The Three EP's before Steve Mason's lead vocals became uniformly prominent in the mix. There's nothing as expensive-sounding as Monolith here, its all necessarily a bit more lo-fi, but on all three projects the old magic is present.
Image from someone called Sagues. Downloaded it a while back. Seems appropriate.
Just saw this film. Seen a few teen / coming of age things recently - Almost Famous, Brick, Igby Goes Down. All good, but this is better. Air's Sexy Boy is probably my favourite music video, so I wanted to see this on the visual level anyway as its from the same director - Mike Mills.
But its a fine film, and good philosophical nuggets from Keanu Reeves in a role he was born to play. Lifted from Imdb...
That's 'cause we all wanna be problemless. To fix ourselves. We look for some magic solution to make us all better, but none of us really know what we're doing. And why is that so bad? That's all we humans can do. Guess. Try. Hope. But, Justin, just pray you don't fool yourself into thinking you've got the answer. Because that's bullshit. The trick is living without an answer. I think.
I read Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel earlier in the year. A fine read, so I thought I'd check if they made a film of it. They did, with Christina Ricci in the lead, though it seems it wasn't much cop. Shame they couldn't get a Mike Mills or a Sofia Coppolla on board for that one.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
1. Notas GOTAN PROJECT
2. Ernie FAT FREDDY'S DROP
3. Sour Times PORTISHEAD
4. Carnavalia TRIBALISTAS
5. Desafinado ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM & GAL COSTA
6. Feel Flows THE BEACH BOYS
7. Almost Cut My Hair DAVID CROSBY
8. A Minha Menina OS MUTANTES
9. Carolina Carol Bela DJ MARKY
10. Malizie Di Venere GIAN PIERO REVERBERI
11. Conversacao De Paz SERGIO RICARDO
12. Agua De Beber ASTRUD GILBERTO
13. Universo Ao Meu Redor MARISA MONTE
14. Carolina Carol Bela TOQUINHO & JORGE BEN
15. Round About Midnight CHET BAKER / GOTAN PROJECT
16. Swinga Sambaby TRIO MOCOTO
17. Canto De Ossanha BADEN POWELL
18. Mas Que Nada TAMBA TRIO
Finally learned how to put pictures up on my blog. Should make for a considerably more interesting read.
This lovely image is taken from a new favourite site, Waxidermy.
One of the contributers to this excellent site has his own excellent blog where you can almost miraculously download zip files of unreasonably rare library music such as the superb Research Of Sound by Puccio Roelens.
Speaking of zips, get hold of a His Name Is Alive remix album aqui. Includes Four Tet and Minatour Shock.
Incidentally these sites were found through the links section of Gorilla Vs. Bear
Friday, October 13, 2006
A stick, a stone,
its the end of the road
its the rest of us done
its a little unknown
its a sliver of class
it is life, its the sun
it is night, it is death
its a trap, its a gun
the oak when it flows
a fox in the brush
the knot in the wood
the sound of the thrush
the wood of the wind
a cleaf of thorn
a scratch, a lump
it is nothing at all
its the wind blowing free
its the end of the slope
its a beam, its a point,
its a hunch, its a hope
and the riverbank talks
of the waters of March
its the end of the strain
its the joy in our heart
the foot, the ground
the flash on the bow
the beat of the road
a slingshot stone
a fish, a flash,
a silvery glow
the fight, a bet,
the range of the bow
the bed of the whale
the end of the line,
the dismay in the face
its a loss, its a find
a spear, a spike
a point, a nail,
a drip, a drop,
the end of the deal
a truckload of bricks
in the soft morning light
the shot of a gun
in the dead of the night
a mile, a must,
a trust, a bump,
its a girl, its a rhyme,
its a goat, its the mumps
the plan of the hounds
the body in bed
and the car that got stuck
its the mud, its the mutt
aflight, a wink,
a hulk, a quail,
and the promise of spring
and the riverbank talks
of the waters of March
its the promise of life
its the joy in our hearts.
Couple of things I'm not sure about here (truckload of bricks??!!) If anyone has a better transcription, please let me know.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Gal Costa, Marisa Monte, Jorge Ben, Baden Powell, Astrud Gilberto, MPB-4, Tamba Trio, Sergio Mendes, Quarteto Em Cy, Os Originales De Samba to name a few, but there are tonnes more waiting to be discovered.
But I'm irked by the new version of 'Mas Que Nada' by the Black Eyed Peas. Hideous McMusic by this generation's Black Lace. Wrong, just wrong.
Info on the scene here...
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
9. DJ Kicks KRUDER & DORFMEISTER
8. Jazz Et Jazz ANDRE HODEIR
7. Complete Pacific Jazz Small Group Sessions ART PEPPER
6. No Other GENE CLARK
5. Gal GAL COSTA
4. Mendelsshon Concertos In E JASCHA HEIFETZ
3. Free For All ART BLAKEY
2. Fuzion PESHAY
1. Cellar Door Sessions MILES DAVIS
Monday, October 09, 2006
I don't know how to get a Links column.
So I'm gonna do a Links post (cos I'm in the mood like Glen Miller)
First of all, I'm becoming a regular poster here and anyone who's stumbled onto the site after locating a name like Gilles or Blakey would do well drop in here too. Many of the guys here post their own mixes (being more technologically advanced than myself) I'm listening to an acheingly gorgeous Brasilian mix by Brownswood mainman Amblito as I type.
Of course Gilles is the hero of the heads and you can hear it streamed here (normally i don't bother with streams but, you know, its Gilles) . Great great Jazzanova mixtape and Gilles is finally getting on the deep / tech house tip, it seems...
On a rock / folk tip this mp3 blog, which I have mentioned before (and bigged up on Brownswood) is always stuffed full of goodness. The blogger is a member of a group called Speck Mountain. Awesome David Crosby track available here.
Burnt Brown Sounds
This, The Hype Machine, is a great resource. Its a search engine for mp3 blogs which I use mainly for tracking down Rub N Tug releases. I figure one day the suits'll close this down but like the day of peak fossil fuel usage a-comin', its better not to think about it, innit?
The Hype Machine
You can get yourself some fine mixes here from the likes of Ben Watt and half of Rub N Tug.
WPS1 DJ Sessions
John Peel's memory being kept alive here. You can download nuff shows by the most modest of musical visionaries. Its here I read about a new comp of Peel faves, charmingly called 'Right Time Wrong Speed' There's a tasty looking Links section here which I've not yet had time to delve into.
Quality but not quantity here from Heavy Usker, remixer of Cesar Mariano, cratedigger, new dad and top bloke
Seriously obsessive blogging-about-everything here. Links to many of my selections.
Diverse mp3 blog
If you're into underground house there's no shortage of free mixes about. A lot of them aren't too good though. Back in Blighty I could always depend on 'Graveyard' Dave Mothersole but I've not been able to locate a podcast or mix by him.
This link page is massive though and leads to interesting places.
Dependable podcasts here, quite web-renowned, I've noticed.
But this is perhaps the king of mp3 blogs webwide. Typically - old soul, classic hip hop, Americana ...
Similarly diverse and half-in-Spanish. Billions of links.
One of the Paris DJs crew (big podcasters). I ran into his site today.
The Paris DJs crew. I recommend the Mind Radio show #1 part 1 for starters.
Another mp3 blog I found today. Dylan tracks here (but I can't be bothered)
More deep house. Mostly amateurs. But I found one nice mix here.
A not overstocked blog which seems to be promoting rather than bootlegging, I reckon.
Reliable mixes here of almost-house music. Box fresh. No dust.
Neil Young bootlegs and other rockery here.
Looks like some good mixes here. Haven't checked it yet.
Download obscure 30's dance bands here. Must've linked to it from a Peel site. Different.
Hugely dependable site for podcasts of spiritual black rhythms past & present
Similarly, with jazz emphasis.
Finally, there should be plenty of bits here (for a limited time) from the newly deceased Output Records.
Wow! That took a long time!
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Background music was Art Blakey's Free For All, then Pink Floyd's Dark Side (first time I've properly heard it). Had to turn off Swayzak's Loops From The Bergerie cos the dog was getting scared from the unnecessary fireworks people here set off when they commit to each other's genitals. Turned out a nice 'Two Men' on a Dubuffet tip, then rolled out the latest in my long-running 'Gallery' series (though the first A4 sized with extensive colour.) I'd love to stick up the results of my creative spunking for all to see but I haven't worked out how to do the photo thangmithangthang. Maybe my ole bro over at Sky Larks might be able to give me a few pointers.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
First off a selection of loose tunes:
Flashback (2 remixes) FAT FREDDY'S DROP / JAZZANOVA
I'm Falling CHARLES WEBSTER / PEPE BRADDOCK
By Your Side SADE / MOODYMANN
Crackhousewarmingparty DAVID GILMOUR GIRLS / RUB N TUG
Return To Margin COLDCUT / J SWINSCOE
Ensadinado FATS SADI
Dreadlocked Woman 2 MANY DJ'S
The Sad Piano JUSTIN MARTIN / CHARLES WEBSTER
New York City BEASTIE BOYS / RUB N TUG
Deep City BASIC BASTARD
I'm On Fire FOUR TET
Misnomer FOUR TET
3625 FOUR TET
Too Much Love LCD SOUNDSYSTEM / RUB N TUG
Nobody's Gonna Love You Like I Do NORMA JEAN BELL
Out Here In There BUGGE WESSELTOFT & SIDSEL ENDRESEN
Try BUGGE WESSELTOFT & SIDSEL ENDRESEN
Live At 237 PESHAY
All The Critics Love U In New York (Mix 2) PRINCE / MOODYMANN
Everything In Its Right Place RADIOHEAD / HEAD OF THE HOUSE
Sister Morphine ROLLING STONES
Snakes & Ladders SLY MONGOOSE / RUB N TUG
Metronomic Underground (Peel Session) STEREOLAB
Five sessions next
Gilles Peterson with Beth Gibbons in Session on Radio One
Beta Band Breezeblock Mix On Radio One
Soft Machine Live In Montreux '74
Spirit Of Bedrock Vol 3 by Matthew Lippiatte
Osunlade on Novamix
And the albums
Live At The Royal Albert Hall '66 BOB DYLAN
With Thelonious Monk ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS
Basscadet EP AUTECHRE
A Few Old Tunes Vol 1-2 BOARDS OF CANADA
Mocha Supremo BUSCEMI
Fabric Live 07 JOHN PEEL
Jazz Juice Vol 1-8 GILLES PETERSON
Brazilica Vol 1-2 GILLES PETERSON
Impressed Vol 2 GILLES PETERSON
Europe '72 GRATEFUL DEAD
Flags Of The Sacred Harp JACKIE O MOTHERFUCKER
O Bidu No Brooklyn JORGE BEN
Remixes 99-05 FOUR TET
Black Gold KING BISCUIT TIME (aka Steve Mason, ex-Beta Band)
DJ Kicks 4 (Rareties Bootleg) KRUDER & DORFMEISTER
Kerrier District KERRIER DISTRICT (aka Luke Vibert)
Peel Sessions 97 - 01 MOGWAI
Black Mahogani 1 & 2 MOODYMANN
Sem Limites Vol 2 MPB-4 / QUARTETO EM CY
Smoking Blues ('70 Bootleg) PINK FLOYD
Radio Mixes 2005 DFA
Do This Well THE ROOTS
Instrumental Album THE ROOTS
Trip Hop Reconstructed (Bootleg) / Remixes PORTISHEAD
1965 Demos / 1969 Lost Live Tapes VELVET UNDERGROUND
Reconstruction ZERO DB
Quite a haul. Something for everyone, even Joe Public himself! (Floyd bootlegs)
Just as there's always a tune that the DJ wishes he'd brought, the absence of which haunts him through the set, I'm vexed by some omissions on this spectacular 4.5 GB (as near as dammit) explosion of cum.
There is not a dicky bird from my trinity of musical heroes (who sometimes form a hexagon with the present Hebden, Dixon Jr and Blakey) - namely Neil Young, Gal Costa (ok, heroine...... will be the death of meee etc) and Art Pepper. For shame, for shame.
I also meant to include Fat Freddy's Drop live in Paris but it somehow got lost. Next time, Murphmeister. Yo!
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
I took this off the Imdb site...
Our works in stone, in paint, in print, are spared, some of them, for a few decades or a millennium or two, but everything must finally fall in war, or wear away into the ultimate and universal ash - the triumphs, the frauds, the treasures and the fakes. A fact of life: we're going to die. "Be of good heart," cry the dead artists out of the living past. "Our songs will all be silenced, but what of it? Go on singing." Maybe a man's name doesn't matter all that much.
Stating the obvious, but its nice to hear it said somewhere more permanent than the air. And us bloggers, now - aren't we the ultimate in man's disposable efforts to be permanent?
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Here's a link to my contributions... Wooodenelephant
Is it true that 80% of Americans believe in Creationism?
I previously had this question removed because of a small additional phrase which was deemed insulting. In fact, the phrase undermined the seriousness of my question and it is better without.I believe that Creationism is untrue. I also think that its advocates employ the crude but effective devise of accusing evolutionists of doing exactly what they do - such as selectively interpreting or even surpressing scientific evidence.Evolution theory is the result of years of research, and does not in any way oppose any conception of God, other than literal interpretation of scripture.I urge anyone who feels uneducated about the theory of evolution to read, for example, The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins. This book opened my eyes to the true complexity and logic of evolution theory and made me see the evolution of, say, the human eye, is not only conceivable but probable - and deeply astonishing.
i suffered from depression for a long time. it would be fair to say it was not serious depression and typical of the depression which some adolescents and young people experience. My advice is to keep it simple. You are on a journey of accepting yourself and everything which goes with that. it will take time and there is no guarantee of success. the only thing you have in life is yourself. you have never had and never will have anything else. this probably sounds like a nightmare but after years of accepting - you will, i believe, find yourself free of your negative mind cycles.
on lennon v elvis
from cheesy Merseypop to glum suburban psychedelia to avant garde tedium? or from classic rock & roll balladry like Fool Such As I and Mystery Train to anthemic gospel-tinged soul like Always On My Mind and Can't Help Falling In Love? No contest.
on the big G
Depends on your definition of God. For instance, there are pantheistic religions (I think Hinduism is one) - i.e. god is everything. Religion and philosophy are tied. Man has always asked himself 'why am I here?' and organisations and individuals have always lied to maintain power. Just because you reject organised religion does not mean you should necessarily reject all the varied conceptions of god (or, indeed, life).Dostoevsky believed prayer was psychologically beneficial and I, for one, agree with him. A sound mind can accomplish more than an unsound one.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
The first one to be completed is a deep mix of tech-house etc. which came in at a glorious 79.49. All of these tunes have been ticklin the tiny bones more than others.
1. Lady - MODJO / DANNY TENAGLIA
2. Detroit - MOONSTARR
3. The Sad Piano - JUSTIN MARTIN / CHARLES WEBSTER
4. Deep City - BASIC BASTARD
5. Buena Vida - INNER CITY / CARL CRAIG
6. By Your Side - SADE / MOODYMANN
7. Crackhousewarmingparty - DAVID GILMOUR GIRLS / RUB N TUG
8. It's No Good - DEPECHE MODE / ANDREA PARKER
9. Everything In Its Right Place - RADIOHEAD / HEAD OF THE HOUSE
10. J'ai Dormir Sous L'eau - AIR / CHATEAU FLIGHT
11. Atlantic Avenue - FRANCIS HARRIS & DAVE MOTHERSOLE
All excellent tracks. Last night I had the presence of mind to download the full version of Charles Webster's remix of The Sad Piano (the 4 minute edit appears on this cd) so this may reappear on these pages sooner than others.
Special mention is owed to Dave Mothersole, whose late night deep & tech house show on London's Kiss FM (Tuesdays, 2am) almost single-handedly turned me on to these kinds of sounds. Isn't it time Dave's show was syndicated on the 'Net?
I'm looking into podcasting technology, folks, so watch this space...
Friday, July 21, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Not that anyone's going to visit this blog. Not with sites like 'Naked Asian Girl' around. Rumpole!!!
I'm hoping to DJ in sunny Valencia town. The tracklisting of my historic first promo CD follows.
1. I'm A Man CHICAGO / RUB N TUG
2. Tropical Soundclash DJ GREGORY / KENNY DOPE
3. Dreadlocked Woman 2 MANY DJ'S
4. Dat Dere BOBBY TIMMONS
5. Live At 2-37 PESHAY
6. Sebastiana GAL COSTA
7. Afro Temple SABU MARTINEZ
8. Peas N Rice FREDDIE McCOY
9. Flashback FAT FREDDY'S DROP / JAZZANOVA
10. Break You Off THE ROOTS & MUSIQ
11. She Lives In My Lap OUTKAST
12. Illa ZINC
13. Black Waders BEN & THE PLATANO GROUP
14. Ensadinado FATS SADI
15. Jeep Blues PIERO UMILIANI
Lots of jazz cos I'm going to a jazz club tomorrow an' I like jazz anyway.
Just say the word 'jazz'. Its funny.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Features lots of ideas for creating poetry.
No.81 is 'The Meaning Eater'.
Here's the tittersome result of feeding it my entry with the Bukowski poem...
Frightfulness, Apron 70, 1019
My favors poetical
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Monday, April 10, 2006
Fellow Englishman in Spain, Heavy Usker. Lots of sunny beats on these podcasts.
'Psych-folk'. Every track sublime.
Friday, April 07, 2006
I am eating a
church is over at the Russian Orthadox to the
she is dark
of Eastern descent,
large brown eyes look up from the Bible
a small red and black
Bible, and as she reads
her legs keep moving, moving,
she is doing a slow rythmic dance
reading the Bible. . .
long gold earrings;
2 gold bracelets on each arm,
and it's a mini-suit, I suppose,
the cloth hugs her body,
the lightest of tans is that cloth,
she twists this way and that,
long yellow legs warm in the sun. . .
there is no escaping her being
there is no desire to. . .
my radio is playing symphonic music
that she cannot hear
but her movements coincide exactly
to the rythms of the
symphony. . .
she is dark, she is dark
she is reading about God.
I am God.
Need to get onto Soulseek though for more obscurities...
The Sopranos Series 6 Episodes1 & 2
Santana & Mahavishnu Orchestra - Live In Chicago 1973
Chet Baker & Art Pepper - The Route
Cut Copy - Bright Like Neon Love
DJ Dangermouse - The GreyAlbum
Color Strip - Jimmy Edgar
Broken Flowers soundtrack
Yusef Lateef - The Blue Yusef Lateef
By the way, we don't have the right programs installed to play any of this shit yet... So it could all be LA gay boys entering each other (what we got when my girlfriend tried to download the Hung Up video last year... Hilarious.)
She's got more files through than me, though she's been searching for less.
Who'd have thought James Blunt and Green Day were easier to find than Paris Soul by Ben & The Platano Group (1971)? I mean, really, who?
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Here's some podcast tips for anyone who stumbles onto my page in RandomBlogLand...
Quincy Essential Music
Broken Beat Radio
Straight No Chaser
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Sigh. My art teacher discouraged me from painting because I couldn't draw in 3D and create realistic pictures of ropes and apples. Seeing some of this makes me want to get back in the saddle though, along with my novel writing (going slowly, avid Wooodenelephant fans). I used to do lots of cartoons. Maybe one day I'll scan them up here. Watch this space! For probably quite a long time! So art, literature... What about music? Can't get my head round the technology. Maybe I should give it another try...
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
The IVAM also had a terrific photography exhibition (many styles represented) - including a 1960 collage by Antonio Saura, Richard Hamilton's My Marilyn and Wim Wenders' widescreen shot of the Road To Damascus (so good seeing this dawn(?) shot in a huge print.
But the 'El fuego' exhibition was the big draw and from it I discovered Jean Dubuffet, seen as the godfather of art brut / naive art / tribal art. I'm having trouble finding reproductions on the 'net of the Dubuffets exhibited in Valencia last year (such as 'Comments') but my liking for him has lead me to discover other exponents of art brut such as Darger, Wolfifi, Walla, Carlo, Guillame Pujolle (all institutionalised with the exception of recluse Darger - an innovative bio-film is out which I'd love to see). There's also Sanfourche whose jolly simplistic colourful smiling men recall what attracted me to the Dubuffets - and whose work I'd like to see a lot more of.
A link on all the mad art brutists is http://rawvision.com/abcd/abcdframes_def.html
Saturday, February 25, 2006
I like photos, arts, cartoons so I'm quite addicted to flickr, the lambiek comiclopedia and a couple of art sites which have a lot of good downloadable reproductions. Working my way through a couple of links pages. Found a couple of good photoblogs - chromasia and genestho. There must be tons out there though, huh?
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
orthography - the conventional spelling system of a language
philology - the study of the structure, historical development, and relationships of a language or languages
chimera - something hoped for but illusory or impossible to achieve
nascent - just coming into existence and beginning to develop
arcane - understood by few; mysterious
abstruse - difficult to understand; obscure
doggerel - comic or badly written verse
acrostic - a poem or puzzle in which certain letters in each line form a word or words
picayune - petty; worthless
bathos - (in literature) an unintentional change in mood from the important and serious to the trivial or ridiculous
analgesic - relieving pain / a pain-relieving drug
apotheosis - the culmination or highest point: science is the apotheosis of the intellect
More to come soon!
Tell all your friends!
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Got me musing (again) about how nice it would be to be in a band, especially one with longevity like REM, RHCP or personal old faves Teenage Fanclub. To hang out with the same dudes for a decade or two, seeing all those changes in your lives and expressing them with music.
And last night, out walking my girlfriend's dog, I heard the sound of some people jamming, an acoustic guitar strumming, a Brazilian vibe. I looked at the lighted window and sighed with that special nostalgia reserved for another's life glimpsed.
As it turned out, the music was coming from a nearby car radio, but you know what I mean.
Friday, February 10, 2006
I found a site called epitonic and i've been listening to tunes i downloaded earlier all afternoon.
Astounded by Bran Van 3000 just came up. Pretty good. Singer sounds a lot like Curtis Mayfield. I was reading how the band was formed after a guy walked into a music store with ten thousand dollars he'd just earned shooting a music video. Their big hit I remember was Drinking In LA and it was on a beer advert. This is the problem with devoting all your free time to the consumption of media - you find out about all these people with more fun lives than you.