Saturday, November 24, 2007

Link rays

Life has failed to meet my high expectations once again so I've decided to lay down and hit you with some linkin'

Those who wanted me to reup my Moodymann rareties will be heartened by tracks on offer at Boards Of Electronica. I've also been digging their I:Cube uploads lately. Sadly my own Moodymann compilation no longer exists, except distributed all over my DVDs-of-mp3s archives which would take hours to recompile. Sorry, I should've saved a copy in my hard drive. I'll sort another one out in the future. Same goes for the Radiohead remixes - but those will be a bit easier to regather.

Sad but unsurprised to see Swami's given up the ghost but A Great Work Of Fiction will at least fill the void left by Church Number 9 particularly with its recent posting of all ten of Thurston Moore's recommended underground jazz albums.

Another promising new blog is Boogie No More, including all ten of Irma Records's lushly packaged and superhip Easy Tempo compilations. Volume 5 was one of the first vinyls I bought and features Stephano Torossi's Running Fast - which is one of those tracks that is quite simply perfection.

Long may New Mixes continue. As well as providing Gilles-a-plenty including this awesome Brownswood show and a Moodymann interview they've also got John Digweed's Transitions from London's Kiss FM including recent sessions from Gui Boratto, Terry Francis and Chris Fortier.

Also worth registering at Resident Advisor just to grab this indecently good mix by Tyger Dhula of Cobblestone Jazz. You can't sleep on these mixes, by the way.

And one of my links I don't see around so much is OLO Radio which right now has this tasty mix by Lacuna (no, me neither - as is the case with most of the selectors here).

Once again, in a nerdy way, I have to big up my link list. Its a highly diverse but highly select group!

Image by Tatiana Sardá though the latest pictures are protected by some kind of technical devillery. Gorgeous, artistic, weird... I'm in love... again.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Jay Electronica - Voodoo Man

Fan video of a great rap - check it!

Sunday, November 04, 2007



01 Jaleo - Truby Trio / Cuica
02 Spring Theme - Norken
03 The Deep - Global Communication / 40 Oz
04 Minimus - Paztek / I:Cube
05 Harps - Bushwacka
06 The Leopard - Minilogue / Extrawelt
07 Inca - Indio / Josh Wink
08 Night Images - Larry Heard / Swayzak
09 Me And My People's Eyes - Moodymann
10 In Ten City - Soul Central

The photos are taken from Negtive at Flickr.

Dave Mothersole Faith Mix

You Gotta Have Faith

In my ongoing campaign to get Dave Mothersole to upload mixes, I started a facebook group to that end. One of our 11 members, Rina Meta recently posted this link and comment from Dave himself.

Thanks Rina, and thanks Dave!

" i tried posting a comment and link on
that wooden elephant site but i couldn't suss out how to do it -
fucking computers do my nut in sometimes.

anyway, if you get a minute could you put this link on there? it's for
the 'faith' cd i did about 4 years ago.



Thursday, November 01, 2007

Art Blakey Paris May 13th 1961

A while ago I searched through the bewildering array of online Blakey discographies and found a note of this recording, but can't find it now. Its definitely a rarity, then, and I remember reading before that the second disc here got a particularly limited release. Both discs are included on this download, ripped at 256, which I discovered on EMule over a year ago. I erroneously labelled it 1960 but the original ripper tagged the tracks with the relevant information anyway.
As with all Blakey and Messengers recordings from around this time it has incredible exuberance and dynamism, a virtuoso unit at the peak of their talents, playing at a time when jazz was vital and exciting music.


1. The Summit
2. Yama
3. Close Your Eyes
4. Dat Dere
5. Lost And Found


1. Round Midnight
2. Kozos Waltz
3. Unidentified
4. A Night In Tunisia
5. The Theme

Monday, October 08, 2007

Complete Pacific Jazz Small Group Recordings - Art Pepper

Parts 1 & 2

Parts 3 & 4

Parts 5 & 6

This was ripped from vinyl at 320kbps (not by me, found it awhile back on E•Mule). I’m a bigger fan of later Art but its still nice stuff. It seems to be largely unavailable so I thought I’d provide this one for y’all.

1.Tynan Time
The Route
Sonny Boy
Minor Yours

2. Little Girl
Ol’ Croix
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
The Great Lie

3. Picture Of Heath
For Miles And Miles

4. For Minors Only
Minor Yours
Resonant Emotions
Tynan Time

5. Diane-A-Flow
What Is This Thing Called Love?
A Foggy Day
Popo (alt)

6.Popo (master)
Powder Puff

As regular readers will have noticed, my blogging activity has waned of late. Whilst I fully intend to keep this blog open for business for the foreseeable future, I will probably never again be quite as active as I have been at times over the last two years, through my discovery of the anti-intellectual factoid's soakingly wet dream Imdb to the filesharing programs and torrent downloads of Emule, Soulseek and Azureus to the Brownswood forum and 'social networking' monoliths Myarse and Cuntfacebook and with the discovery of sharity blogs and the maintenance of my own humble blog you see before you.
I have developed a theory on the Internet which I share with anyone unfortunate enough to be having a conversation with me. Television, which I removed from my existence with some decisiveness a few years ago, is quite succinctly referred to as the Idiot Box. Trying to find anything of dramatic interest in the formulaic soaps and cop shows I used to watch - or even to laugh along with the nudge wink irony of the inevitably gay scriptwriters of this drivel - became an increasingly futile task and indeed made me feel like an Idiot (and don't even get me started on the flabbergastingly rancid shit that is reality TV). Once I realised that there was actually not a man jack but only my own rabid octopus (or 'self') making me fidgetedly sit through hours of this insulting turd, I got the damn thing largely off my back (only to be tempted back to the fold for choice cuts like Sopranos, Curb and DJ Rory B ft MCs John F & John B).
If you've ever seen John Carpenter's They Live, it is an interesting expeeriment to replace all the shop and advert signs with the words 'BUY' or 'EAT' etc (as the main character does when he dons the special sunglasses in that highly allegorical low budget sci fi gem). Indeed should you escape the Idiot Box, the evil corporations (interesting tangent - anyone who rails against corporations these days seems to set off a trigger in the listener that all is not well with the speaker and he has 'problems') have another cornucopia of entertainment - which also requires you to stay seated and stare into a very bright square of light, typically for several hours - for you.
I would like to officially christen this the Nerd Box. As the TV makes Idiots of us so does the computer make not Idiots (after all, we choose the media we are exposed to) but Nerds of us. To whit, I used to get high and listen to jazz. Now I am discussing it in forums. I used to hang out with my friends. Now my Cuntfacebook zombies bite them. I used to chat up girls (after many of my neuroses and I went our separate ways after several years of symbiosis). Now I watch porn. Hey maybe I could find a girlfriend through the Int... FUCK THIS! I will not confirm the predictions of sociologists (who are only pseudo-intellectuals like me but with the drone-like ambition to apply their mind to one of society's unquestioned 'disciplines' - psychology, economics etc) that we'll all be making social connections and finding our partners on the Net. It might be harsh and unfriendly in the 'meat markets' (and for sure the music's worse - can someone please do humanity a favour and kill the Black Eyed Peas and remove every single visual and audio trace they ever existed. Oh and that talentless arse Jay Z too) but I'd rather meet someone there (EDIT: or of course the female's meeting of choice ''meeting through friends'' - the conformity of it makes me choke on my own bile) than discussing Art Blakey reissues with some chick who'd have to be mental anyway let's face it (not sure what is the evolutionary / genetic principle of this but the sexes have completely differently tuned ears). That said I'm still open to overtures from DJ Celine and Aubert Delphine. Anyone physically dope, intelligent with English not as their first language is in with a chance. I say going back on what I've just said and only half-joking about it as well.
Anyway, where will I go now that I've turned my back on the Nerd Box? Conventional wisdom says take to travelling or hiking with the appropriate brands (Eastpak) and upload my photos onto Flickr.
My music tastes will remain as broad as ever, but I plan to engage with music more in the 'real' world rather than plunder the infinite Borgesian archives of fascinating experimentation, virtuosity and combinations thereof which are provided by my blogging brethren at superhuman pace. This is of course not to say I will not dip my toe into the waters now and again to see what Bacoso at Orgy In Rhythm (a consistently amazing source and nostalgically important to me as it was the first sharity blog of its kind I ever found) or Joski at my new favourite blog Merlin In Rags (stuffed to bursting with authentic and dope U.S. roots & blues music).
I have massive mp3 archives which I add to in progressively smaller increments but I am sure I will continue to upload periodically (I always like Peel-like surprises to come through on the shuffle so will continue to plunder for diverse commuting soundtracks) so it will be worth checking back at least on a monthly basis. Also its nice to have this blog established and present so I know there's some kind of audience for my rants and recommendations. Recommendations from other blogs are likely to become rarer but choicer of course.
Stay weird.

Image is 'Pierre' by Jean-Joseph Sanfourche

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Jazz For Petra

A little jazzy treat for my friends Robin and Petra.

01 Paul Gonzalves - Boom-Jackie-Boom-Chick
02 Chet Baker & Art Pepper - If I Should Lose You
03 Nina Simone - African Mailman
04 Django Reinhardt & Sidney Bechet - Clair De Lune
05 Toquinho - Carolina Carol Bela
06 Don Cunningham Quartet - Tabu
07 Francy Boland - Rosa DeLuxe
08 France Gall - Le Coeur Qui Jazze
09 Sammy Davis Jr - The Joker
10 Focus 65 - Sombrero Sam
11 Baden Powell - Canto De Ossanha
12 Noro Morales Quartet – Saona
13 Rhetta Hughes - Light My Fire
14 Freddie McCoy - Spiderman
15 Gus Viseur Et Son Ensemble – Jeannette
16 Bola Sete – Choro 1
17 Herbie Mann - It Ain’t Necessarily So

California Beard Faith

3 mixes…

Fine mix of M.O.R. Californiana by a Frenchman (of course)

According to its mixer, Chris Keyz, this one has ‘All kinds of things on it with a bit of Rock, some dubby Disco, a classic or two and some edits thrown in.’ Its pretty damn great whatever it is…

And a tip top Peel tribute from Gary Walsh (of the John Peel Everyday blog)

Meanwhile on the zip front I discovered this ace blog of original gritty blues recordings

Finally a really nice jam from Ahmad Jamal at Devil’s Jazz Pit. Its supposed to be a bit ‘challenging’ but it sounds pretty smooth to me!

Image is taken from a friend's humourous blog which you can find here...

Monday, September 10, 2007

3 Chairs

3 Chairs 1

3 Chairs 2 & 4

3 Chairs 3 cd1

3 Chairs 3 cd 2 (including ‘bonus’ track All Over)

I use two file sharing programmes for downloading – Emule and Soulseek. I have got some unexpected nuggets from EMule at times but its Soulseek that (with patience) can yield the most impressive culls.

For instance, by constant reference to Discogs, I think I now have a complete discography of the 3 Chairs project which I’m sharing with you here.

3 Chairs are Kenny Dixon Jr. (aka Moodymann), Theo Parrish, Rick Wilhite and Marcellus Pittman. Dixon Jr and Parrish’s ‘solo’ output is classifiable as underground dance music, but within that genre much of it is accessible and even ‘dancefloor-friendly’. So perhaps the 3Chairs project gives them a chance to challenge their listeners a little more than at least the music on their big releases (i.e. cd albums).

There’s some distorted bass on a couple of tracks which probably reflects the quality of the rips – but, with this stuff, nothing is certain! A lot of these rips are definitely good quality though, with some very high bitrates in these bundles.

Free-Market Propaganda Antidote

'Soon after US petroleum production had peaked, official policy began emphasizing 'free trade' as a global panacea for unemployment, underdevelopment, despotism and virtually every other economic or political ill. Through its manipulation of the rules of global trade, the US sought to maintain and increase its access to natural resources worldwide. Those rules - written primarily by US-based corporations and encoded in the policies of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as in treaties like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) - essentially said that wherever resources lie, they must be available for sale to the highest bidder. In other words, whoever has the money to buy those resources has a legally defensible right to them. According to these rules, the oil of Venezuela belongs to the US every bit as much as if it lay under the soil of Texas or Missouri. Meanwhile technology, or 'intellectual property', was regarded as proprietary; thus nations with prior investments in this strategy were at an advantage while 'underdeveloped' nations were systematically discouraged from adopting it.
In the early 21st century, growing opposition to globalization - peaceful and otherwise - began to emerge in mass public demonstrations as well as in terrorist attacks. Most Americans, however, informed only by commercial media outlets owned by corporations with energy resource interests, remained utterly in the dark as to what globalization was really about and why anyone would object to it'

From The Party's Over : Oil, War And The Fate Of Industrial Societies by Richard Heinberg

Image is Dusk on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice by Peterinlille, found on Flickr

5 minutes from my flat in Valencia

5 minutes walk from where I live now, this is an interesting take on a small part of the extravagantly-designed 'La Ciudad De Les Artes Y Ciencias', found on Ojodigital.

And this is 5 minutes from where I used to live in Alboraya (Alboraia in Valenciano), a village just bordering the City and the home of horchata (a soft drink, resembling a milkshake, unknown outside of Spain). Found on Flickr.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Layton & Johnstone

Further to my earlier post requesting a recording of Layton And Johnstone’s recording of ‘Oh Donna Clara!’ here

I ordered a recent compilation of their songs entitled ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’ from Ray’s Jazz in London which I’ve now burned and uploaded for you.

It includes ‘Oh Donna Clara!’ and 26 other charmingly dated tunes. Some of it, like ‘ODC’, ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘Auf Weiderseh'n, My Dear’ still resonate as ballads – I’m not messing about, you know…

These are the tracks, 27 in total.

Auf Weiderseh'n, My Dear
Black Bottom
Blue Moon
By A Waterfall
Bye-Bye, Blackbird
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Hiawatha's Lullaby
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Don't Know Why-I Just Do
I Found A Million Dollar Baby
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
If I Had A Talking Picture Of You
Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries
Little White Lies
Louisiana Hayride
Oh, Donna Clara!
Silver Hair And Heart Of Gold
Singin' In The Rain
So Blue
Sometimes I'm Happy
Sunny Days
Time On My Hands
Under A Blanket Of Blue
The Wedding Of The Painted

The downloads from File Front have been disappointing so I’m giving Divshare another try tonight.

Sunday, September 02, 2007


Chicago DJs actually from Chicago, blending the styles to great effect.

I can't remember where I got it from, but I've been rinsing the 'New York State Of Mind Mix' by deep house DJ, Matt Whyman (which I intend to upload). You can stream more of his mixes at his myspace.

Soaked with that psych-rock-pop sound, PB Conspiracy at My Generation

And, more challengingly, Nico and John Cale team up for a difficult but truly great album in 1968, The Marble Index

Thurston Moore's Root project here

Some rare Moodymann eps here

And the Tortoise debut

Swami's one of the best there is. No diggidy. Mind-exploding, amazing Polish fusion from 74 and Eastern-tinged British jazz from 69.

Head Music

Great mix of psych-folk from my main man Ben M - hopefully the first of many guest mixes from him. This man is showing some seriously deep knowledge here and its a seamless listen too. It comes in at just over 80 mins so you can delete your least favourite track and burn this mutha 4 keeps!

01 Wooden Ships - Christine Harwood
02 Wheeling And Dealing - Daddy Longlegs
03 Forest And The Shore - Keith Christmas
04 The Bells Of Dunwich - Stone Angel
05 Graveyard - Forest
06 Rosemary Hill - Fresh Maggots
07 Pastures Of Plenty - Odetta
08 Along Came Sam - Spleen
09 Sheep Season - Mellow Candle
10 Sandoz In the Rain - Amon Düül II
11 Feel The Spirit - Heaven & Earth
12 Easy To Be Hard - Three Dog Night
13 Sulla Neve Con Te - Carmen Andaloro
14 Då Klagar Mina Grannar - Charlie & Esdor
15 The Herald - Comus

A note on the host - if you haven't used File Front before, you will have to register and all that crap, but it will be worth it - if you like the music on my blog - as I'll be uploading plenty of music here til I find a better host.

Image is Andy Goldsworthy, 'Icicles And Wall, Scaur Glen, Dumfreisshire'

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Monday, August 27, 2007

Alternative Rock Mix

(You'll have to scroll down the page a bit to get to the 'download now' link. Also you may have to skip an ad. This link is in small type at the top of the page.)

I made this mix for my friend Rachael who's into Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey, Violent Femmes etc so I've made an effort to try to impress her with my alt rock credentials.

Quite a few of the tracks are taken from the now sadly discontinued Burnt Brown Sounds mp3 blog. Its writer, Karl, is concentrating on his group Speck Mountain (who also feature on this mix) - but Karl if you're reading - come back, we miss you!!! If you dig this kind of stuff check out Unconscious Repeat, run by Karl's buddy Nate.


01 Blood Is Clean - Valet

02 Break The Empress Crown - Death Vessel

03 Walking On Nails - Gabor Szabo

04 Face On The Factory Floor - Kim Fowley Jr

05 Labyrinth - The Cure

06 Like A Virgin - Teenage Fanclub

07 Straight Out Of Compton - Nina Gordon

08 Corn Pan Bean Pan - Jackie O Motherfucker

09 Times - Ithaca

10 5 55 - Charlotte Gainsbourg

11 Suicide Is Painless - Johnny Mandel

12 So Sad - Vincent Gallo

13 Dying Song - John Frusciante

14 Downs Are Feminine Balloons - Mercury Rev

15 Hey Moon - Speck Mountain

16 All Cats Are Grey - The Cure

17 Red Rocks - Gorky's Zygotic Mynci

Image is 'Jessica' by Adrian Littel

Now a note on the file host. The trusty Divshare seems to have reached its limit though all the stuff I previously uploaded is still there. I've returned to File Front despite the fact they've deleted the three things I was storing there - and with no record of them ever being there. If you click on the download tag you will notice all the early posts of this type were with Zupload who have since deleted everything. If there's anything you'd like reupped send a request and I'll try to oblige. If anyone can recommend some new file hosts, let me know.

That's all. Girls, if you're single, put out more.
Give it up to the guys with the pigeon chests.
Think Steve Buscemi not Steve Baldwin.
And if you're not single, get single.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Woody's Winners

The second post ripped from a cd I actually bought, this was a low price compilation on the Castle Pie label, compiling 20 really nice big band tracks featured in the films of Woody Allen. The Tommy Dorsey, Joe Venuti and Billie Holliday tracks being particular highlights...

Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Roots - Organix

1993 rarity from The Roots which I originally got from Black Man Land - a Russian music blog which eventually became impossible to download from. The Wikipedia article on The Roots says ´this is generally thought of as their debut'.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Bill Hicks - I'm Sorry Folks

The only annoying thing is you have to download the tracks one by one.

Anyway, I put some old stuff on my mp3 rcently and I was laughing out loud on the Metro at the show titled 'I'm Sorry Folks' which I've wrapped up as a nice easy zip for you to download.

Hey, if anyone fancies posting some more zips of Bill in the comments that would be pretty cool. Just how community spirited are the Wooodenelephant readership?? Lets find out!!!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Ingmar Bergman R.I.P.

No disrespect to Bergman, but this is a great spoof which I wanted to post anyway...

Tirez Sur Le Pianiste (1960)

Not often I watch a film more than once but I watched this again a couple of weeks ago and just wrote a little review for Imdb. 10 stars.

Francois Truffaut was a film critic for the magazine Cahiers du cinéma. He was disenchanted with what he saw as a lack of originality and honesty in contemporary cinema. He developed the theory of the auteur in cinema - an idiosyncratic force such as his hero Hitchcock rather than a 'civil servant of the cinema'. His motivation for entering the cinema was to make films which he, and others like him, wanted to see and which then didn't exist. Cinema with breadth and imagination, which took risks and broke rules. The zest and vitality of his vision is still evident so many years on.

After his impeccable full -length debut, Les Quatre Cents Coups (aka The 400 Blows), which was a slice of life / coming of age tale, Truffaut took a completely different subject matter for this second feature. The source novel is 'Down There', typical US pulp fiction by the little known David Goodis. Its a tale of crime set in seedy locations with a graceless linear plot. Obviously its the way the filmmakers use this source that makes Tirez Sur Le Pianiste the film it is.

Charles Aznavour, a mainstream celebrity in France, is the bizarre but perfect choice for the lead role of Charlie Kohler. His passive, indifferent demeanour makes him an anti-hero of a different kind to Cagney or Brando - one who is ineffective in either solving or preventing crime. This minor cinematic tradition I see as continuing with John Klute in Klute (1971), Marlowe in The Long Goodbye (1973), reaching its comical apex with The Dude in The Big Lebowski (1998).

Not, in fact, that Charlie has to solve any crimes. He is simply out to save his skin - and those of his brothers. His life is in danger throughout the film yet he is more preoccupied with whether or not he should take the arm of the attractive waitress Lena (Marie Dubois) from the dive where he plays the piano, as he walks her home in a scene that is a perfect marriage of its imagery and internal monologue. It is this kind of juxtaposition of themes (threat to life and romantic shyness) which makes this film such compelling and unpredictable viewing.

The film opens with a charming conversation about the secrets of a happy marriage, spoken by a character we never see again who simply runs into Charlie's brother Chico (Albert Rémy) - who is the catalyst for the 'plot'. The throwaway conversations are really more important to the creative spirit of the film than any of the plot's major concerns. This trend continues with the characters of Ernest and Momo, the pursuing heavies. Though evidently dangerous men, they speak tangentially on a range of subjects (mostly women, though) which cannot help but remind a modern audience of Tarantino's hitmen in Pulp Fiction. Indeed much of what I said about Truffaut - how he was compelled to make rule-changing cinema that he and others wanted to see - could of course equally be applied to Tarantino.

The centrepiece of the film goes back to Charlie' past where he was a classical concert pianist. This beautuiful vignette explains to us why Charlie is in the pits now. Nicole Berger as Thérèse Saroyan, Charlie's wife absolutely owns this part of the film. This section also features the celebrated and beautiful sequence where the camera chooses to follow a female violinist from the door of an apartment and out into the courtyard. Why? Just for the sake of artistic freedom, it seems.

As well as Aznavour and Berger, the casting is uniformly perfect. Claude Mansard and Daniel Boulanger as the waffling heavies, Marie Dubois as the sweet, maternal young waitress Léna, Michèle Mercier as a tart with a heart with a body to die for (bringing the total of female 'leads' to three!), Serge Davri and Catherine Lutz as Charlie's antagonistic and ultimately tragic employers. The obscure threesome (the latter two have their only major film roles here) of Albert Rémy, Jean-Jacques Aslanian and the young Richard Kanayan are brilliantly effective as Charlie's brothers, all of whom display varying degrees of the criminal element - the 'curse' of Charlie and his family. Early on in the film there is also a terrifically amusing song (complete with karaoke-style lyrics) performed by Boby Lapointe, a real-life Parisian entertainer.

For all its wealth of ideas, though, this is generally not a pacey movie. Its pace is as laidback as Charlie himself at times. But with patience this will reward the audience with all kinds of unexpected delights.

Getting Deeper Vol 1

Before I waffle, the crucial download link (I noticed their servers were down last night but generally Divshare are great right now) and tracklist

1. Azymuth - Jazz Carnival
2. Kelley Polar - Here In The Night
3. Kleer - Tonight
4. Force Of Nature / Moonstarr - A Dark Nebula
5. Blaze ft Palmer Brown / Azzido Da Bass - Do You Remember House?
6. Donato Dozzy & Exercise One - United Elements
7. Rodamaal Feat Claudia Franco / Ame - Insomnia
8. Tracey Thorn / Martin Buttrich - Its All True
9. 2020soundsystem / Llorca - High
10. Rockers Hi Fi / Mandy - Push Push

I was planning to do my second Sunday afternoon session this week but the mix went in a different direction. I'll be back with more of that barbecue soundtrack stuff in a few weeks though.
But this one I've called Getting Deeper and it'll be the first in a series of mixes reflecting the housier and more electronic side of my tastes. We kick off with Azymuth's classic disco / jazz crossover Jazz Carnival, then we go into a bit of electro, progressive and emerge with some fresh tech house from 2007 (tracks 8 & 9).
There's some high quality rips in this set for those who cannibalise my lovingly crafted zips (you know who you are!!!)
For those who don't, I'd like to say thanks. I don't have the technical savvy to record a mix as a single mp3 so those of you who listen to the folder in the order I've numbered the tracks are getting the 'finished product'. This, as all my mixes are supposed to be, comes in under 80 minutes for convenient burning, should you so choose.
Though I've only been blogging for a while - and uploading mixes for still less - I've been a 'bedroom DJ' for over decade and its a genuine thrill for me to think there are a handful of random headz all over the world who could have the word 'Wooodenelephant' written in magic marker on a CDR beside some stereo or on some dashboard somewhere. So if you're feeling the mixes, drop a comment and let me know. I'd love some more feedback.
Getting Deeper Vol 2 will be along soon, plus some jazzier mixes too.

And these are still available!!! Was checking them out again this weekend and they still work pretty nicely for me! I hope you agree!!
Sunday Afternoon Session 1

Woooden's Brasilian Bombs
Image is Catherine Claude "Roça Willy ", 1999

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Diguena Voy Bogardé - Radiotone d'abdul·là (2001)

The third upload from a cd belonging to housemate Jorge. He's a big music head like me - but he's 52 and still pretty wide eyed at this Internet sharing kick I'm into. I've been getting him tonnes of Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Ismael Lo and Wim Mertens from Emule...
Which will be sitting in the hard drive til he gets some bloody blank cds. Bah. Anyway.

He's got plenty of obscure music so I hit on the idea if doing a few uploads for y'all, though to be honest my excitement has waned a bit as it's going to mean I'm going to start posting stuff I'm not really feeling that much.

Like this for instance, Diguena Voy Bogardé - Radiotone d'abdul·là (2001).

This is very Spanish.
It features some pretty graceless rock drum bass and guitar (for my ears), but it is redeemed by (convincing) infusions of folksiness - flamenco clapping, a flamenco-ish singer, some hand hit drums floating about in the mix, slightly unconventional song structures. Arabic / klezmer feel at times. Its a bit of a tabboo subject but I reckon 99% of Spanish people (at least round here) have Arabic blood which is why flamenco singing sounds so much like Arabic singing.

I live in Spain, as you may know, and blasting this off the balcony this afternoon - rather than, say, Albert Ayler - I felt at one with the surroundings. I don't think I'd really enjoy it very much at all if I was back in London or living in Vancouver like the recent commenter. It deserves a wider audience but be warned... It doesn't carry the full Wooodenelephant seal of approval.

Now a few words on the image. Its Tejas by Julian Calatrava (no relation to the famous Valencian architect).
At one of the companies I give English classes at, they hold exhibitions of new artists on the wall spaces. Watch out for Julian who has developed an arresting, graffiti-style stickman and tower block motif which he uses to portray everyday city and working life. I managed to bag a free pocket calendar of this series but there's precious little of his work to be found on 'Net.
But I may scan the calendar and put it up here. Watch this space.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Dave Mothersole Mixes

1. This one goes from progressive house, through to acid and then some moody vocal late night house (includes a remix of Depeche Mode - huge Mothersole favourites - 'Precious' to give you an idea of what to expect) Dated 14.09.2005

2. This has a guest mix from Troy Pierce in the second half. Dave takes the first hour keeping it dark and deep with tracks like Alex Smoke's 'Lost In Sound' mixed into Carl Craig's 'Darkness' - a great mixer as well a a selector. Dated 26.10.2005.

3. This is only half a show and is marked 'progressivemix'. I reckon its converted from tape. It has that tape hiss quality to it. Love it. Marked 13.12.2003.

4. A session from Comicsclub, which Dave frequently mentioned on the show. I have a few club sessions by Dave which are good but maybe a bit relentlessly thumping for home listening. Its a great session though, dated 2003. Love the tune that comes in about 64 minutes here - ID anyone??

5. Now Dave's compilation Tech House Classics which starts with the fantastic track Deep City by Basic Bastard aka Orlando Voorn.

Here's the tracklisting, taken from Discogs
1 Basic Bastard Deep City 2 Floppy Sounds Ultrasong (Studio B aka François K mix)3 Housey Doingz Gobstopper 4 Presence Gettin' Lifted 5 Sterac Sitting On Clouds 6 Calisto Get House 7 E-Dancer World Of Deep (Carl Craig Remix)8 Inner City Ahnongay (Original Reese Mix) 9 Baruka Play It Loud 10 Hot Lizard The Theme 11 Animus Amor And On 12 O.H.M. Oceanic

6. Finally here's Dave's last show on Kiss, which I posted a while back. I hope the link still works. If not, let me know!

I contacted Dave through Myspace and he's got no problem with this. Why would he? He's all about underground house music. Here's his myspace page.

If you like his stuff, join me in pestering him to get a podcast started or to at least upload a couple of new mixes!!!

Image is Telephone Booth, 3 A.M., Rahway, New Jersey, 1974 by George Tice.

On My Music Listening History

I've uploaded some mixes by Dave Mothersole for Brownswood's Olly which I'll also be sharing with you here shortly. I got a bit carried away with the write up and I've written a very tangential piece about my music listening history so I'm posting it separately.

Olly's a house fan who got into Gilles but I'm the reverse.

When I was 15 I was listening to an eclectic but almost completely organic mix of music including Teenage Fanclub, The Smiths, Louis Armstrong, Gene Krupa and doo wop groups. One of my best friends was fanatical about The Prodigy, which I used to constantly mock him for, as I didn't consider electronic music 'real music'.

Go forward a couple of years. My first live music experience was witnessing the live force that was The Prodigy during their tour leading up to the release of The Fat Of The Land. Though I was impressed, it did not convert me to electronic music in my home listening.

John Peel was always a constant force in my musical development since the age of 13. I went through several long periods of not listening to his shows because of the more abrasive death metal or industrial tracks which, frankly, scared me! However his taste in crackly vinyl and unsung acoustic / organic talent would draw me back in. He used to drop the odd classic now and again too. His show was the first place I heard the magnificent psychedelic folk jam A Sailor's Life by Fairport Convention which is still one of my favourite tracks of all time.

After Britpop, electronically inclined artists like The Verve, Primal Scream and Black Grape had started to infiltrate my musical universe. Somehow Kowalski by Primal Scream or the nightmareish Setting Sun by The Chemical Brothers (with Noel Gallagher on vocals) were acceptable where The Prodigy or (God forbid!) house music were not.

In this spirit of open-mindedness I began to listen for electronic nuggets on Peel and started making a tape of my kind of dance music. I think I still know where it is and if I ever find out how to convert cassette to mp3 I will upload it. I still remember the names of some of these tracks as I asked for them at my local Our Price. I was not really aware of the new realms of musical obscurity I had reached. One was Danke Radio by Blanche. Another was Suspense by Trend. They both (incredibly) have listings on Discogs.

Meanwhile, I continued to get into organic music. Two of my favourite bands at this time were The Flaming Stars and Jack, both London groups, who I discovered, respectively, through Peel and GLR's Gary Crowley. I was also getting Melody Maker every week at this point. I reflect now that I could've met some fantastically dirty indie girls at this point. Sadly it wasn't to be and I was destined to spend years being turned down by girls who liked wearing pink and listening to R&B.

The single day which most changed my outlook on music was sometime in late 1997 when another friend suggested I listen to a DJ on Kiss FM (the London dance music station - so I would've made a disgusted face at him then) called Gilles Peterson. After two or three shows (sadly untaped) I realised this was not only a new musical world but a new musical universe. as Gilles often says he likes to join the dots between genres. And indeed he did, dots between folk and jazz, Latin and garage, Afro and psychedelic, jazz and rock... A little bit of everything. A musical cornucopia. 'Essential music for your ears, your ears, your ears...'

This experience was followed by another more powerful a couple of weeks later when I went with the same friend and two others to see Gilles playing live at a night called That's How It Is at Bar Rumba in London's Shaftesbury Avenue. I don't know if the music or people were more significant - it was the combination. Truly multi-racial, truly cosmopolitan crowd. Mind-bendingly fashionable Japanese youth, thirtysomething, broadly grinning, jazz dancers, outrageously camp househeads and young stoners like us all in the mix. I think we went back the very next week. Those 3 or 4 early visits and their tunes have melded into one for me but there's a few tunes I tracked down which will always be special for me from those sets.

Stars And Rockets - Peter Thomas.
I think Gilles was messing with the speeds on this because I thought it was ultra phat instrumental hip hop. Turned out to be recorded by a German big band in 1967 a I found out when I got one of my first vinyls - his compilation with Rainer Truby, 'Talking Jazz III'

Retro and Live At 237 - Peshay
Seminal tune of this time was of course Roni Size's Brown Paper Bag but I have fonder memories of these stormingly jazzy tunes by Peshay. They still sound pretty much unique today.

Cosmic Gypsy (Toshio's Remix) - United Future Organisation
I tried and tried to buy this tune. Last year I almost creamed my pants when I found it on EMule. It takes the flamenco guitar which opens the original tune and extends it with drums and eventually Josh Wink- style beeping. The version I did find is only four minutes long but I remember Gilles playing it for ten minutes. Or maybe it only seemed that way. But I think he was probably looping the opening. And a couple of the old jazz cats (people who remember Dingwalls etc) started stepping and shuffling on the empty floor dancing to inaudible drums. There was something of a frenzy by the end of this mighty and underrated tune. But I remember laughing at my friend during those long beatless guitar passages! What I still didn't know was that I was having my entire understanding of music changed forever.

Song In The Key Of Knife - London Elektricity
Admittedly this has dated less well but in 97 / 98 it sounded awesome. An explosion of organic jazziness and drum n bass rhythms, soaring strings and twanging double bass. Plus some mental flute action refrencing War's 'Low Rider' - or 'the Marmite advert' as we knew it then.

Samba tune - Jazzanova(?)
A 'faster and faster' samba tune which popped up a couple of years later as a remix of Max Sedgley's 'Happy'. I much prefer the original. I felt Gilles played it to sort the men from the boys on the dancefloor. I was a boy.

As always with such things, this vibe didn't last and we started to attend sessions where we didn't get the same feeling. And the Rumba's drug policy changed. Party over.

Saw Gilles at the Big Chill 99. Great set, big crowd pleaser, but it had already become more about the Radio 1 show than the music. Caught him a couple of times at big venues like the Barbican and Herbal. He was playing 'All Winners' selections both times and I hate to sound like a hater but I prefer to hear a fresh mix every time. Plus he was doing a PA which made me mentally search for the fast forward button (!)

My next big club experience was seeing Liam Howlett and DJ Die at Fabric in 99 / 2000. This night I took ecstacy for the first time. I don't take any drugs any more for simple health reasons but I'm no moraliser. They can be absolutely brilliant. And that was the night I understood dance music. It wasn't about image or brand loyalty. It wasn't about anything you could buy or own - other than the moment. It was about being alive and experiencing being alive. Experiencing being alive, experiencing having a mind and a body and a sex drive and hands and lips and a shirt like they were all brand new things. All this was expressed by the rhythm. The interaction of random and deliberate, man and machine, soundsystems, time, space, dusty samples and tribal rhythms. And I didn't have to search for the beat. The beat found me. And I still dance that way, when the music reaches me, tapping my pockets and snapping my fingers.

I only remember one tune from that evening - Dub MPLA by Tappa Zukie remixed by Subsonic Legacy. Dubby vocals with big bouncing bass and dub horn blasts.

I didn't take ecstacy too much but got heavily into weed. My listening tastes continued to branch everywhere - Coltrane, Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen, Things Fall Apart by The Roots, early Bob Marley, Autechre, an EP by DJ Food called the Quadraplex EP, The Three EPs by The Beta Band, Mocha Supremo by Buscemi, Nedi Myra by Bjorn Torske and a high turnover of new vinyl and cds (thanks to the Student Loan Company).

Hungry for new sounds, I obsessively taped a number of radio shows including Gilles, John Peel, Radio 3's Late Junction, Solid Steel and Now Is The Time (new jazz not nu jazz) on London Live, One World, Breezeblock (though it clashed with Solid Steel - though I sometimes used my parents' stereo!) and various people who passed through Kiss on Sunday evenings like Tom Middleton. But I was sure there must be something else worth seeking out on Kiss amongst all the crappy hip hop and house. And then one night I found Dave Mothersole.

And here my musical world changed again. Great house did not need to be jazzy, dubby or soulful. It could be pure machine music but still as deep, intricate and expressive as fuck. Dave gradually took over my walkman. The purity and seamlessness of his sets started to make Gilles and Solid Steel seem like waffling schizophrenics with ADD.

And, now that I'm into house in general, I still maintain there's something very very special about Dave's mixes. He seems to put more dedication into the progression of his mixes than anyone I've heard. His mixes cover many bases of house music - progressive, tech house, deep with a bit of acid and electro - but there's always something a bit special about almost any of the records he drops. The man has an impeccable ear for the music and his selections and mixing richly deserves to be heard more widely. I'll be honoured if the next post helps towads that.

Peace and respect to all the artists, musicians, producers and DJs doing it for the music!

Let the journey continue!!!

Image is 'Greenwich Village' by Judith Rothschild.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Aubert Delphine

Basquiat lead me to Dubuffet, Dubuffet lead me to Sanfourche and today Sanfourche lead me to this GREAT collector's site and to this fantastic art by Aubert Delphine. I can't wait for an appropriate musical accompaniment so I'm going to share it all now.
Hey!! The fact that she's really cute as well has nothing to do with it!!!
Oh, ok ok...
I'm in love.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Repost: Fat Freddy's Drop Live In Paris

Here we go! Prompt service at Woooden Towers right now...

5 links

Some essential new links to draw your attention towards at this rude hour.

First up a newish jazz blog that's up there with Orgy and Swami, My Jazz World. Grabbed some Herbie Mann and some Gabor Szabo already but there's a tonne of tasty stuff here. And all at 320 too!!

A very interesting newish blog called 'Whenever We Bone I Have To Fake An Orgasm' Its a bit low on information for me but there's a seriously diverse array of stuff here including William S Burroughs and Manuel Göttsching.

A new database of mixes I found which looks like (fingers crossed!) a permanent source of direct downloads of Gilles Peterson's radio show. You'll find him by clicking 'Jazz' on the right hand side of the screen. There's bound to be other good stuff going up here - Solid Steel and Jazzanova for starters...

Now, I must confess a point of confusion in my recent posts. I have been crediting MixesDB with a little bit more than he's / they've been providing as I got confused between him / them and a forum where he / they post. The forum is obviously an underground ting. The title of it appears to be "livesets dj sets techno house trance download carl cox mixes - free music non commercial Forums". I'm going to list it as LandDownUnder as that's what's in the web address. It is an amazing resource, people upping both recent and vintage sets of all kinds of house and dance DJs constantly. A search for Dave Mothersole last night threw up 14 threads, for instance. Wow!

And here is Mixes DB. Searches for Moodymann, Future Sound Of London, Fila Brazilia, Osunlade, Andrew Weatherall and Swayzak (off the top of my head) will throw you some tasty.

Image is The Dream by Rousseau.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

12 more recommendations

1. From the ParisDJs site, a small but perfectly formed mix of early electro

Erik Rug - Waxgroove Vol.2

01. Material - Reduction(from 'Temporary Music 2' 12 inch, 1981 / Red Records)02. Bunny Wailer - Back to school dub (Wax Edit)(original version appears on 'Back To School' 12 inch, 1982 / Solomonic)03. Cameo - Groove With You (Wax Edit)(original version appears on 'She's Strange' 12 inch, 1984 / Club)04. Deco - I'm So Glad I Met You (Wax Edit)(original version appears on 'Fresh Idea' LP, 1983 / Qwest)05. Brick - Dazz (Disco Jazz) (Wax Edit)(original version appears on 'Dazz' 12 inch, 1976 / Bang Records)06. The Circle City Band - Magic (Wax Edit)(original version appears on 'Magic' 12 inch, 1983 / Circle City Records)07. The Brothers Johnson - Welcome 2 the club (Wax Edit)(original version appears on 'Welcome To The Club' 7 inch, 1982 / A&M)08. Cybotron - Clear (Jeff Cruz Edit)(original version appears on the 'Enter' album, 1983 / Fantasy)09. Paul Hardcastle - 19 (Funkafilia Edit)(original version appears on '19' 7 inch, 1985 / Chrysalis)10. Egyptian Lover Party (Wax Edit)(original version appears on 'Party' 12 inch, 2005 / Egyptian Empire Records)

As a bonus there's a detailed write-up on each track on the link too!

2. From Orgy, some classic modal jazz (still not sure what that means to be honest) from Shelly Manne in 1961.

Everything at this blog is now being ripped at high bitrates making it even more esential than before!!!

3. A really fun fresh little mix from which I linked to through One Take Tapes.

A German site, go to the Sounds section, where you will find a link to the 'What the Fuck! Mixtape Vol 1' and click on 'weiter' (which obviously means download). Serious party music, very unpretentious. I need a tracklisting on this one!!!

4. Found a fresh mix by Osunlade over at Mixes DB. By turns tribal, soulful and Detroit deep.

One of my favourite DJs.

And here's some Moodymann mixes too from there

5. Part Of The Queue has the deluxe edition of Weezer's Blue Album. The acoustic versions of Jamie and No One Else on the bonus disc are fantastic - I know them well from my old cardboard-sleeved cassette single(!) of Say It Ain't So. Full of raw emotion. 90s classic.

6. Roberto Roena at Pepanito

7. GARY BARTZ & LEON THOMAS - PRECIOUS ENERGY (1987) at Pharoah's Dance. Two giants of jazz.

One link. scroll down til the 24th June.

8. An early Jayhawks album at Serenity Now! posted on July 20th. Their 'Tomorrow The Green Grass' album from 97 was one of my favourite albums during my rock phase.

9. JaredJazz at Brownswood has reupped this rather special zip of serious jazz nuggets...

1. Cal Tjader & Carmen Mcrae - Evil Ways2. Carmen Lundy - The Lamp is Low3. Tommy Whittle Quartet & Barbara Jay - Willow Weep for me4. Susan Carter - Jam Session : Cruisin with the blues5. Oliver Nelson and his orchestra - The Artists rightful Place6. Olli Ahvenlahti - Grandma's rocking Chair7. Tony Gerrard - My Favorite Things 8. Max Greger and his orchestra - Soul Breeze9. Ted Heath - Don't cha hear me calling to ya10. Tribute to John Coltrane ft Pharoah Sanders Mcoy Tyner Cecil Mcbee Roy Haynes and David Murray - The Promise11. Mccoy Tyner - Fly with the Wind12. Tete Montoliu Trio - Sweet Georgia Fame

10. And Swami's got Joe Harriott & Amancio D'Silva Quartet - Hum Dono (1969).

Classic British jazz back on the map.

Just under the post 'Late Night Music'

11. ¿Revolucion, No? is going to town with Fela posts at the moment.

I can particularly recommend this album (JJD or Johnny Just Drop) - but it'll all be great stuff.

12. And can you ever have too many VU bootlegs? Zero G Sounds has got these.


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