Banksy Basquiat Barbican

Cycled past these at 8.36am on the way to work at the foot of Golden Lane.

His critique of the municipalisation of art innit.

Just noticed the crown! Should have nicked that.


Ok, I'm a little uneasy about this because it's possible that this the work of a local artist - a homage. But here it is...

From the Londonist:


C'est Normale

 Areski! What's the matter ? - Did not you hear something weird? "Yes." "What is it?" - It's gas. It's the gas in the apartment below. Sometimes there's leaks, so it accumulates, then if there's a spark it explodes. It's normal ! - Ah. "And who says explosion," said detonation. Hence the noise you heard just now. Ah! La la la..

Say? - What? "Do not you think you're burnt?" - Yeah, it's normal I explained. There was an explosion. - Yes. - And the molecular agitation due to this explosion - What? ... Molecular agitation. Ah yes. - Provides sufficient thermal rise to ignite the surrounding materials. - Yes Yes. - That's what we call combustion. It's normal ! - Ah. - You understand ? - Yes Yes. La la la ... - But then ... but ... La la la ...

What did you want? La la la ... - There I wanted to know ... The whole building, it is burning, is that right? - Yes, listen. The materials used in the construction of this building are very fragile. You understand ? - Yes. That is normal because in any case there are only working families and immigrants and some unproductive people. - Yes. Then the fire easily seizes the matter. - Yeah. - It's spreading. So we are in the presence of a fire. - Aaaah. a fire. - It's normal. - Yes Yes Yes. - Yes ? - Okay.  The la la ...

 Areski! - What is it again ? - Do not you feel as if you were starting to fall, there, a little ...? - Listen ... Listen ... - Yes. - Try to understand, it's very simple. - Yes. - You remember burning? - Yes. - The destruction of the building by the flames? - Yes. - Good. It means that below it, the walls and the floors disappeared. - Hum. And that we are no longer sustained by anything. - Yeah. Now a thing which is no longer sustained by anything falls. This is called gravity. It's normal ! - Yeah, yeah. La la la ...

But then ... we're going to fall ... - Yes. - On the 15th floor? - This is completely normal. - That's the earthly attraction. - Okay. La la la ...

Ares, excuse me - What? What? - I'm sorry, but I'm thinking about something. - We do not know- Brigitte, you're tiring!  Sorry. - So we're falling.  Yes. Now every body falls at a definite speed. - Yes. - And on reaching the ground it undergoes a violent deceleration which brings about the rupture of its various components. For example, the members separate from the trunk. - Yes. The brain springs out of the cranial box, etc. - Yeah. - In these conditions of disconnection, it is obvious that the phenomenon of life can not be maintained, it is NORMAL, you understand? - Yeah ...


Field Recordings

Potentially volumes could (and have) been written on this stuff. A big nod must go to Richard Henderson's Field Recordings Primer in The Wire of February 1998. Henderson's selection is near perfect because he concentrates on what is WEIRD, the "other", music from a gone world.

That primer sent me scurrying off to find these LPs - if that sounds superficial, in fairness to me (before the days of Discogs) I had to toil in record shops looking for them. I think I own every one he names now. A few, like the Gbaya and Aka pygmies recordings and the Music In The World of Islam I had beforehand. And I've added a couple of selections here too - the lovely Mandang New Guinea recording which David Toop put out on his Quartz label - and really for its rhizomatic function the Brian Jones Joujouka LP.

I've taken the unusual step of including two tracks from four of the LPs. This isn't actually because I have any shortage of these field recordings. Over the years I've acquired many many. It just felt right. So often these wonderful collections cover massive sonic territory.

Obvious "hits" include "Abu Zelef" (sampled on "Regiment" on My Life In The Bush of Ghosts), "Ketjack (excerpt)" and "Clementine". The story with the latter goes that Colin Turnbull was ushered in front of the village elders to hear their oldest and most cherished "secret" song - and whaddayaknow it's "Clementine". That tells you all you need to know about authentic music.


Savannah Rhythms: Bob Dyula Tribe - Allah Man Dogo
Tantras of Gyuto - Mahakala
The Pygmies of The Ituri Forest - Songs of the Alima
Aka Pygmies -  Deux Chantefables l'Oiseau
Aka Pygmies - Danse Après Avoir Tué un Éléphant (Monzoli)
Turkano Indians of Colombia - Elders chanting origin myths
Musique Du Burundi: François Muduga - Chant avec cithare
Musique Du Burundi: Tambours royaux  - Ingoma
Music In The World of Islam: Dunya Yunis - Abu Zeluf
Music from the morning of the world: Sekehe Senggong - Frog Song
Music from the morning of the world: Gamelan Angklung -Ketjack Dance
Pêcheurs De Perles Et Musiciens Du Golfe Persique - Chants Des Pêcheurs De Perles, Muhamaq (Bahrein)
Music of the Rainforest Pygmies - Honey Gathering Song
Music of the Rainforest Pygmies - Clementine
Sacred Flute Music From New Guinea - [Jarvan] Awar
Musique Gbáyá / Chants À Penser - Naa-Kore
Brian Jones presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka: Master Musicians of Joujouka - Joujouka

Music Of Africa Series

Music In The World Of Islam


Cybore New Orleans Selection

I put this selection together around 2009 when I was doing the Cybore blog.

I first got into this music through Lee Dorsey and The Meters. Lee Dorsey probably came from following The Clash so closely (who co-opted Lee) and I had a great Dorsey Charley compilation which Joe had done the liner-notes for. The Meters came through the sampling era of Hip-Hop when they were at the end of every fork. They play on a number of these tracks.

There's something completely timeless about this era of New Orleans Soul and R'n'B. You won't necessarily agree me with me but most Soul has dated very badly. I combed through the Stax, Motown, Chess and Atlantic catalogs last year and the paucity of really great material was shocking. Booker T and the MGs vs The Meters - I mean, c'mon, The Meters absolutely crush the MGs. And what's more you can hear The Meters clearly in the Upsetters.

Slight nod to Greil Marcus here with Benny Spellman's "Lipstick Traces" and Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" - in case you never heard these.

RIP Allen Touissant.

Lipstick Traces - Benny Spellman
Tipitina - Professor Longhair
You Talk Too Much - Joe Jones
Pop-Eye - Huey Smith
It Will Stand - The Showmen
Sick and Tired - Elton Anderson
Barefootin' - Robert Parker
Rocking Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu - Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns
Love Lots of Lovin' - Lee Dorsey and Betty Harris
Don't Pity Me - Curly Moore
Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
Ruler Of My Heart - Irma Thomas
I'm Gone - Shirley & Lee
Don't You Just Know It - Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns
I Like It Like That (Parts 1 & 2) - Chris Kenner
Te Ta Te Ta Ta - Ernie K-Doe
Don’t You Know Yockomo - Huey Smith
I Don't Need No One - Willie & Allen
Gonzo - James Booker
Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part 1) - Jessie Hill
I Love You - Elton Anderson
Iko Iko - The Dixie Cups
Here Come The Girls - Ernie K-Doe
Ain't Got No Home - Clarence "Frogman" Henry
Over You - Aaron Neville
Ya Ya - Lee Dorsey
Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part 2) - Jessie Hill
Cha Dooky Doo - Art Neville
Mother-In-Law - Ernie K-Doe
Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price

And one more for good luck: