Sunday, December 24, 2006

Deep mix

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
3. 55 Cancri ELEGY (alias KIRK DEGIORGIO
4. Space Rider BASIC BASTARD
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

Downloads of the week # 2

Found more zip blogs recently (as always).
There's a lot of good alternative rock here - My Bloody Valentine, Mercury Rev, Yo La Tengo.

  • Musikalia

  • 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...

  • Lou

  • 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.

  • Black Man Land

  • 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.

  • Roots
  • Friday, December 15, 2006

    R.I.P. Anita

    Heard the sad bews yesterday reading the Straight No Chaser blog (not the London magazine, an old American jazz head)

    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

    Downloads Of The Week # 1

    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

    Poetry, Lyrics & The Black Stuff

    Check out my friend Han's poetry. Its rather good. Manages to be emotionally raw and genuinely surreal at the same time.

    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:

    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

    5am in London

    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
    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
    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
    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...