16.12.17

Reggae Playlists

S90

Blue Boot : Eric Donaldson
Ghost Dance : Prince Buster
Jack Of My Trade : Sir Lord Comic
Preacher Man : The Stingers
Chi Chi Bud : Max Romeo
Them A Fi Get A Beaten:Reuben : Peter Tosh
Dark Shadows Version : Charles Hanna & The Graduates
Do Your Thing Part Two : The Tornadoes
Milk & Honey : Dennis Alcapone
This is a Welding : Keith & Romay
Finders Keepers : The Crystalites
Dr. Who : I Roy
I've Got a Burning Fire : The Wailing Souls
DJ Special : King Sporty
The Gardener : Julie Anne (Judy Mowatt)
Ontarious Version : Charley Ace
Lorna Banana : Junior Byles
Cow Thief Skank : The Upsetters
Black IPA : The Upsetters
Whole Lot A Fire (12" Mix) : Big Youth
Brimstone & Fire : Clifton Gibbs & The Selected Few

CB200

Aily Sound : Lloydie
Guns In the Ghetto : Broadway
Ethiopian War : Roland Alphonso
Bike No License : Easton Clarke
Festive Season : I Roy
Gone Is Love : Inge Larsen
High Locks : Pablove Black
If Loving You is Wrong Version : Busty Brown & The Chosen Few
You're No Good : Ken Boothe
Love of Jah : Vivian Jackson and The Prophets
Tell It Like It Is Version : Glen Brown:King Tubby
Liberty : Junior Ross & The Spears
Freedom : Tappa Zukie
Weeping : Junior Byles
Water Rate : I Roy
Big Cockey Wally : Fay Bennett
Big Pussy Sally:Big Sally Dub (Extended Version) : Lord Creator & The Upsetters
Deck of Cards : Prince Far I
Lagos : Heptones Version
Chim Chim Cheree : The Upsetters
Hard Man Fe Dead : I Roy

GPZ900R

Eek a mouse : Virgin Girl
Horace Andy : Spying Glass
Tristan Palmer : Spliff tail
Michigan and Smiley : Nice up the Dance
Nicodemus : Dog is Better than a gun
Michigan and Smiley : Diseases
Tenor Saw : Golden Hen
Sophia George : Girlie Girlie
Reggie Stepper : Cu Oonuh
Nitty Gritty : Hog in a Minty
Super Cat : Si Boops deh
Shelly Thunder : Kuff
Shabba : Roots and Culture
Nardo Ranks : Burrup
Flourgon : Follow me go dancehall
Cutty ranks : Hitman
Ninjaman & Flourgon : Zig it up
Cutty ranks : Pon Pause
Shabba : Respect
Tony Rebel : Chatty Chatty
Shabba : Wicked Inna Bed
Marcia Griffiths/Tony Rebel/Cutty Ranks/Buju Banton : Discovery
Wayne Wonder : I'd Die without you
Papa San : Hippity Hippity Hop
Louie Ranking : No Move
Louie Ranking : Typewriter
Supercat : Don Dada
Shabba : Ting a ling
Dirtsman : Dance fever
Shabba : Caan Dun : Steely & Cleevie
Capleton : Armshouse
Buju Banton : Batty rider
Ninjaman : The World
Buju Banton : Mind behind the wind

RMZ 450

Buccaneer: Skettel Symphony
Beenie Man: Badder than the rest
10%: U Sue Dub
Tanya Stephens: Big Ninja Bike
Beenie Man: Old Dog
Stink: Girls Anthem
Stranger: Dugu Dugu
Beenie Man: Who Am I
Mykhal Roze: One A Wi
Luciano: One Way Ticket
Johnny Clarke: Leggo Violence
Capleton: Mankind
Louie Culture: Bogus Badge
Sizzla: Black Woman And Child
Sizzla: Mama Africa
Vybz Kartel: Picture This
Elephant Man: Fuck U Sign
Sky Juice: Dance Moves
Wayne Marshall: I Will Love The Girls
Beenie Man: Girls Way
Goofy: Fudgie
Beenie Man: Year 4
Red Dragon: Explode Gal
Beenie Man: Row Like A Boat
Sean Paul: Ever Blazin'
Vibes Kartel (sic): Nobody No Dead
Bounty Killer: Sufferer
Vybz Kartel: Send On
Buju Banton: Up Close And Personal
General Degree: Last Night
Elephant Man & Wayne Marshall: War
Elephant Man: Wrong Application
Baby Cham: Wha Dah Fah

Woebot In Dub v2

Dub So True: Treasure Isle Dub
More Dub Version 2: Dub Serial
Open The Iron Gate part 2: Max Romeo Revelation Time LP
A Who Sey Version 2: Drum Sound
Beware: Yabby You
Counter Attack: Maxfield Avenue Breakdown
Full Dose of Dub: Harry Mudie Meets King Tubbys In Dub Conference
Hell and Sorrow Dub: Jimmy Radway
Jah Macka: Natty Locks
Kunta Kinte: Drum Sound
Ordinary Version 3 Forward The Bass: Randys
Dub with a Difference: Harry Mudie Meets King Tubbys
Pick Up The Dub: Tappa Zukie In Dub
Rebel Dance: Strictly Dub Wize Dennis Bovell
Heavy Duty Dub: Harry Mudie Meets King Tubbys In Dub Conference
Rockers Meets King Tubby Inna Firehouse
Rocking Vibration: Black Foundation Gussie
Romans: Don't Underestimate The Force
Taxi to Baltimore: Scientific Dub Scientist
West Dub: Dreadlocks in Jamaica Jah Stitch
Verdict In Dub: Randys All Stars
Glen Brown: Black Dub
Jammys On The Move: Fatman Dub Contest
Country Gal Dub: Dangerous Dub

23.11.17

Any Major Dude Will Tell You Mix



And finally! Two years to the day since this. Leaving the very best till last. Seventies Rock.

The greatest AM Rock Radio Show you never heard.

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The Doors - Queen Of The Highway
Led Zeppelin - Bron Y Aur Stomp
Pink Floyd - Fearless
Dennis Wilson - River Song
Serge Gainsbourg - Melody
Curved Air - Jumbo
Aphrodite's Child - The Four Horsemen
Nitzinger - King's X
The Who - Wife
The Stooges - Dirt
The Guess Who - American Woman
ZZ Top - Jesus Left Chicago
Nils Lofgren - Rock'nRoll Crook
The Groundhogs - Soldier
David Crosby - Cowboy Movie
Dennis Wilson - The Dreamer
Rod Stewart - Only A Hobo
Gene Clark - Silver Raven
JJ Cale - Crying Eyes
Grateful Dead - Ripple
Bod Seger - Night Moves
Little Feat - Easy to Slip
Man - Manillo
Marshall Tucker Band - Can't You See
Randy Newman - Rosemary
Todd Rundgren - Broke Down and Busted
Hall & Oates - When The Morning Comes
Paul McCartney - Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
Joni Mitchell - Coyote
Free - Oh I Wept
Van Morrison - Don't Pull No Punches But You Don't Push The River
Judee Sill - The Lamb Ran Away With The Crown
Linda Perhacs - Who Really Cares
Shuggie Otis - Strawberry Letter
Steely Dan - Dirty Work
Joni Mitchell - Free Man In Paris
Steely Dan - Any Major Dude Will Tell You
Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy
Steely Dan - Peg
Donald Fagen - New Frontier
10CC - The Worst Band In The World
Roxy Music - If There's Something
David Bowie - Golden Years
Lou Reed - Crazy Feeling
Iggy Pop - The Endless Sea
Patti Smith - Piss Factory
The Modern Lovers - Old World
Ian Dury - Clever Trevor
Dave Edmunds - Here Comes The Weekend
Ducks Deluxe - Daddy Put The Bomp In My Soul
Dr Feelgood - You're Mine
Nick Lowe - Breaking Glass

We Did It Again Mix



My Sixties Rock Mix. Strictly personal favorites.

[Even though I love them]

No Beatles. No Stones.

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The Kinks - Harry Rag
The Byrds - Feel A Whole Lot Better
Human Beinz - Nobody But Me
The Music Machine - Talk Talk
The Other Half - Mr Pharmacist
Moby Grape - Omaha
The Kinks - Lavender Hill
Keith West - Excerpt From A Teenage Opera
The Move - Fire Brigade
The Fire - Father's Name Is Dad
Traffic - Paper Sun
The Moody Blues - Legend Of A Mind
Bulldog Breed - Austin Osman Spare
Pretty Things - SF Sorrow
Beach Boys - Way Too Long Suite
Love - Seven and Seven Is
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Stone Free
Kaleidoscope - I Found Out
Buffalo Springfield - Expecting To Fly
Them (South Africa) - I Wanna Be Rich Again
Los Shains - Il Monstro
Bob Dylan - Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Run Through The Jungle
Captain Beefheart - Grown So Ugly
Crazy Horse - I'll Get By
Muddy Waters - Let's Spend The Night Together
The Hollies - Nitty Gritty
The Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road
Van Morrison - T B Sheets
The Monks - I Hate You
The Velvet Underground - Mr Rain II
Silver Apples - Love Fingers
13th Floor Elevators - Slip Inside This House
Red Krayole - Transparent Radiation
The Soft Machine - Do It Again
Godz - Godz
The Free Design - Kites Are Fun
David Axelrod - Merlin's Project
Mighty Baby - Egyptian Tomb
The Rattles - The Witch
Pearls Before Swine - I Saw The World
Tim Buckley - I Must Have Been Blind
Joe Meek - I Hear A New World
United States of America - Cloud Song
Francois Bayle - Solitioude

25.10.17

I Like America and America Likes Me


99/100. Only one more mix now at Xmas.

Josef Beuys in America in 1974. In a loft. Wrapped in felt. Shaking down a coyote.

The mix as think-piece. Personal favourites.

The porous International Avant-Garde of Rawk. Contributions from, ok not from the furthest flung corners of the globe, but certainly France, Turkey, England, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Japan, Canada and the USA.

We're slightly downplaying Krautrock. It's centrality is over-emphasised. 

France is strongly represented by five tracks. Lard Free here the obvious blueprint for Martin Hannett's Joy Division productions.

Breaking down preconceptions - a number of tunes here are teasers: the Agitation Free sounding like Quicksilver Messenger Service. Hawkwind sounding like Neu! Kraftwerk sounding like Suicide. David Pritchard sounding like Gong. Faust sounding like Eno.

A lovely suite of bucolic English Prog (Gentle Giant, The Egg, Hatfield and the North) with "Leb Wohl" hiding in the bushes of the country house.

Relics of the brutalist VU sound with Yoko Ono, The Plastic People, John Cale.

The gathering darkness of Electronic Rock. Zed, Bowie, The Walker Brothers from Nite Flights and Groundhog Tony McPhee's anomalous solo LP.





Jean-Claude Vannier - Le Roi Des Mouches Et La Confiture Des Rose
Boris Manco - Lambaya Puf De
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
John Martyn - Big Muff
Franco Battiato - Aria
Agitation Free - First Communication
Hawkwind - Opa-Loka
Faust - Das Meer
David Pritchard - An admission of guilt
Catherine Ribeiro - Roc Alpin
Heldon - In The Wake Of King Fripp
Amon Duul - Love Is Peace
Gong - Thought For A Naught
Gentle Giant - School Days
Neu! - Leb' Wohl
The Egg - A Visit To Newport Hospital
Hatfield and The North - Share It
Van Der Graf Generator - Theme One
Kevin Ayers - Bottom of a Well
Robert Wyatt - Last Straw
John Cale - Helen of Troy
Numbers Band - The Animal Speaks
R Stevie Moore - Father Goes
Syd Barrett - No Good Trying
The Plastic People - Podivuhodny Mandarin
Yoko Ono - Greenfield Morning I Pushed An Empty Baby Carriage All Over The City
Captain Beefheart - Blabber and Smoke
Lard Free - Pale Violence
Zed - Bashar
David Bowie - Station to Station
The Walker Brothers - Fat Mama Kick
Tony McPhee - The Hunt (Extract)
Suicide - Girl
Kraftwerk - Neon Lights
Moebius/Plank/Neuemeier - Pitch Control
Can - One More NIght
Harry Hosono - Honey Moon
Popol Vuh - Tanz
Patti Smith - Birdland
Fripp/Eno - Evening Star

19.10.17

Eighties Rock Panorama


[Click image to engorge]

This clocks in at five and half hours long. Pow. Big data. Bring the noise. Step up to the plate. 80+1 tracks.

Pegged as a survey of the whole decade it has been painstaking selected, recorded from the vinyl and artfully sequenced to pick up the threads running through the Alternative Rock of that decade.

ALL PERSONAL FAVOURITES. music wot i grew up with innit.

(flowing like a mighty river through micro-genres)

Godfathers: The Clash, Japan, Wire, John Cale, Holger Czukay, Tom Verlaine, John Foxx.
Post-Punk Monuments: Joy Division, This Heat, Pere Ubu, Associates, A Certain Ratio.
Proto-Indie: Swell Maps, Fire Engines, Television Personalities, Orange Juice, Blue Orchids.
Minimal Electro-rock: Ike Yard, Liasons Dangereuses, Flying Lizards, DAF, Suicide.
Hardcore: X, Bad Brains, Black Flag, Minor Threat, Minutemen, Abwarts, Nomeansno.
Disco Rock: Talking Heads, Peter Gordon, Pylon.
Not Wave: Live Skull, Pere Ubu, Glenn Branca, The Residents, Flipper, Germs.
New Roots (Skankabilly and Desert Rock): Captain Beefheart, Gun Club, Thin White Rope, Cramps, Pussy Galore, The Fall.
Industrial Derivations: Einsturzende Neubauten, Young Gods, Big Black, Cabaret Voltaire.
USArtcore: Wipers, Sonic Youth, Rapeman, Fugazi, fIREHOSE.
Neo-Psychedelia: Meat Puppets, Husker Du, REM, Dinosaur Jr, Galaxie 500.
Sliced White Indie: Wedding Present, June Brides, Field Mice, Felt, Jesus and Mary Chain, The Smiths, The Sugarcubes, Its Immaterial, The Blue Nile.
Neo Brutalist Blissed-out Dub Rock: World Domination Enterprises, AR Kane.
Shoegaze: Loop, Spaceman 3.
Golf: Sister(s) of Mercy.
Arsequake: Only some of the above.

THIS IS LIKE A GR-EIGHT-EST HITS

but for more mixplorations of the 80s sound---->See also:
Bubbling Mix, Concerns Round Data Mix, Not Krautrock Mix, Launderette Mix, New York Noise Volume 4 Mix

[i thank yew]

[shout outs to all eighties crew - 8lissy S1mon, Brother Toby, Ben Roberts, Francis Dances, Charlie Robarts, Aldridge Pryor (Such a liar!), Dungeon Master Sufi, Mr Diss-Agreeable, Carl "Pigbag" Neville, The Strangled Knight, K-Punk, Blackest Ever Black, #eronbone, SlimJim Clarke, Edmund, Raffles, oCraner]

Tracklisting:

The Clash - Inoculated City
Orange Juice - Blue Boy
The Blue Orchids - A Year With No Head
Swell Maps - Let's Buy A Bridge
The Pop Group - We Are All Prostitutes
This Heat - Horizontal Hold
Joy Division - Atrocity Exhibition
A Certain Ratio - Flight
The Associates - White Car In Germany
Cabaret Voltaire - Second Too Late
Ike Yard - NCR
Suicide - Touch Me
John Foxx - Underpass
The Flying Lizards - Events During Flood
Pere Ubu - Codex
Germs - Forming
Abwarts - Computerstaat
X - In This House That I Call Home
Minor Threat - Betray
Bad Brains - Sailin' On
Black Flag - Rise Above
Husker Du - I Will Never Forget You
Minutemen - Paranoid Time
Live Skull - Age Of Oil and Wax
Glenn Branca - Lesson No 1
Flipper - Sex Bomb
Wipers - Youth Of America
Fire Engines - Get Up And Use Me
Pylon - M Train
Peter Gordon - That Hat
Talking Heads - Home (Naive Melody)
The Residents - Laughing Song
DAF - Nacht Arbeit
Holger Czukay - Witches' Multiplication Table
Liaison Dangereuses - Avant-Après Mars
Einsturzende Neubauten - Kollaps
John Cale - Santies
Captain Beefheart - Ashtray Heart
The Fall - Cruisers Creek
The Cramps - Human Fly
Thin White Rope - Wet Heart
The Gun Club - For The Love Of Ivy
Tav Falco's Panther Burns - Bourgeois Blues
REM - Gardening At Night
The Field Mice - Fabulous Friend
TV Personalities - Matthew Ingram
June Brides - Every Conversation
Wedding Present - Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
Felt - Primitive Painters
It's Immaterial - Driving Away from Home
The Blue Nile - Over The Hillside
Japan - Ghosts
David Sylvian - Red Guitar
Tom Verlaine - A Town Called Walker
Meat Puppets - Oh, Me
Minutemen - Little Man With A Gun In His Hand
Husker Du - Private Plane
Sonic Youth - Expressway to your Skull
Butthole Surfers - Graveyard
Dinosaur Jr - The Lung
Pussy Galore - Alright
The Replacements - Kiss Me On The Bus
Pixies - Caribou
Throwing Muses - Carous Des Larmes
fIREHOSE - Carom
Nomeansno - The Tower
Rapeman - Steak & Black Onions
Fugazi - Brendan #1
Galaxie 500 - Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste
REM - What If We Give It Away
The Smiths - The Headmaster Ritual
Wire - Drill
Jesus and Mary Chain - Upside Down
My Bloody Valentine - Drive It All Over Me
AR Kane - Lollita
Loop - Head On
World Domination Enterprises - Asbestos Lead Asbestos
Spaceman 3 - Transparent Radiation
Sugarcubes - Birthday
Young Gods - Jimmy
The Sisters of Mercy - Lucretia My Reflection

10.10.17

Out Come The Freaks



Out come the freaks.
Under cover of darkness.
The jerks and the bitches.
Seep into the clubs.

Looking backwards through the telescope of time it's clear this music was always broader than is assumed. Hence this wild mashup of Art Rock, New Wave Funk, NDW, Rap, Industrial, Japanese Electronics, African Disco, Indie, and Left-footed Disco sounds more of a piece than one imagines it should.

Notable omissions: Wally Badarou (too smooth somehow), Jah Wobble "Snake Charmer" (let's face it - a weak record), Cabaret Voltaire "Yashar" John Robie Mix (has aged badly), The Dominatrix "Sleeps Tonight" (marvelous but ubiquitous) and Pylon (not enough Disco in its DNA).

Sure New York is here - but the significance of Europe (the true home of Disco?) looms almost larger.

Play it loud over speakers!



Tracklisting:

Pierre Henry - Psyche Rock
Jean Jaques Perrey - EVA
Giorgio Moroder - Evolution
Can - I Want More
YMO - Ballet
Aural Exciters - Emile (Night Rate)
Warp 9 - Beat Wave
Spontaneous Overthrow - All About Money
Eno/Byrne - Very, very hungry
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Das Neue Japanische Electronische Volkslied
Patrick Cowley - Primitive World
William Onyeabor - When The Going Is Smooth and Good
Einsturzende Neubauten - Yu Gung (Adrian Sherwood Remix)
Unknown Cases - Masimbabele
DAF - Der Mussolini
Indoor Life - Voodoo
Glorious Strangers - Move It Time
Material - Reduction
Section 25 - Looking From a Hilltop
Paul McCartney - Temporary Secretary
Material - Secret Life
Vortex OST - Black Box Disco
Was Not Was - Wheel Me Out
Jeff and Jane Hudson - Cat Scan
La Perversita - Suicide
Arthur Russell - Springfield
impLOG - Holland Tunnel Drive
Sexual Harrassment - If I Gave You a Party
Mathmatiques Modernes - Disco Rough
The Flirts - Passion
My Mine - Hypnotic Tango
Marcel King - Reach For Love
Happy Mondays - Wrote for Luck
The Barmy Army - Sharp as a Needle

25.9.17

The Complete Noise Factory [Ibiza/3rdParty]



In the spirit of this. Thorns and all. Hopefully Mr Stephens does not mind, if so I will pull it without hesitation [and great embarrassment].

This one for the Reggae massive:
"UK jungle producer from Tottenham, London. Prior to making rave he produced reggae dubplates for the Unity, Coxsone, Saxon & Quadrophonic sound systems."
Works of genius. All ripped from my own twelve inches. Witness the evolution.
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IR_002A_box_bass
IR_002B_recession_time
IR_004A_the_buzz
IR_004B_imperative
IR_005A_who_are_you
IR_005B_the_dungeon
IR_006A_noise_factory
IR_006B_warehouse_music
IR_008A_loving_you
IR_008B_jungle_techno
IR_010A_feel_the_music
IR_010B_to_the_top
IR_011A_set_me_free
IR_011B_bring_forward_the_noise
IR_012A_we_have_it
IR_012B_warning_dub_mix
IR_026A_can_you_feel_the_rush
IR_026B_run_come_follow_me
THIRD_1A_my_mind
THIRD_1B_dance_with_the_speaker
THIRD_1C_be_free
THIRD_1D_breakage_1
THIRD_2A_the_fire
THIRD_2B_skin_teeth
THIRD_2C_set_me_free_remix
THIRD_2D_breakage_2
THIRD_3A_mr_sulu
THIRD_3B_behold_the_jungle_reissue
THIRD_3C_all_crew
THIRD_3D_breakage_3
THIRD_4A_futuroid
THIRD_4B_survival
THIRD_4C_straight_from_the_bedroom
THIRD_4D_breakage_4
THIRD_5A_123oclock_rock
THIRD_5B_ladies_choice
THIRD_5C_out_of_my_mind
THIRD_5D_breakage_5
THIRD_6A_feel_the_magic
THIRD_6B_wheel_up
THIRD_6C_come_inside
THIRD_6D_breakage_6
THIRD_6E_breakage_advert

17.9.17

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.

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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


9.9.17

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:

13.8.17

Now That's What I Call Avant-Electronics



Gotta admit, barring the Minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass which generally relies upon played instruments, I like my Avant-Garde music to be electronic. Failing that as experiments with magnetic tape. All yer Morton Feldman, Nancarrow, Ligeti, Nono, Pierre Boulez, and Cage is OK, but this is the stuff that excites me.

I set myself the task of putting together only ten of my favourite Avant-Electronic tunes. As crass an endeavor as was ever undertaken; but something like a primer for someone who may have never heard this stuff before. Naturally there's cool stuff that I left out: Karlheinz Stockhausen, Tod Dockstader, Richard Maxfield, Ilhan Mimarglu, Roland Kayn and Jacques Lejeune - but as far a greatest hits from my own perspective this works.

In no particular order.


Terry Riley: Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band

A North African reverie.



Michael Czajkowski: People The Sky

Everything Morton Subnotnik nearly delivered. Very nice piece by The Seth Man here.



Michel Redolfi: Immersion

Shades of head music. As fun as concrète ever got.



Laurie Spiegel: Patchwork

Electro-Reich.



Harrison Birtwistle: Chronometer

Chiefly a vehicle for EMS's Peter Zinovieff.



Basil Kirchin: Emergence

Stone tablet of UK Avant-garde. Liner notes by Eno.



Bernard Parmegiani: Dedan Dehors

Hands down my fave by Ol' Hornblower.



Francois Bayle: Erosphere

His most seductive.



Iannis Xenakis: La Légende d'Eer

Overpowering. The ultimate.



Folke Rabe: Was??

Beautiful.


11.7.17

Rocket Cottage - Faking Folk In The UK



Tracklisting

Steeleye Span - Robbery with Violins
[Magnet - Willow's Song from "The Wicker Man"]
Kings Cambridge Choir - Seven Joys of Mary
[Peter Warlock - The Curlew]
Benjamin Britten - Peter Grimes (extract)
The Watersons - Here We Come A Wassailing
[Ron Copper - Hard Times of Old England]
Sydney Carter - Socialism In Our Time
[Davey Graham - Anji]
Davey Graham - She Moves Through The Fair
Shirley Collins and Davey Graham - Nottamun Town
[Marc Brierly - Welcome to the Citadel]
Bert Jansch - Black Water Side
Led Zeppelin - Black Mountain Side
[Tony, Caro and John - There are no greater heroes]
Donovan - Get Thy Bearings
Donovan - Mad John
Donovan - Sand And Foam
[Pentangle - Let no man steal your thyme]
Steeleye Span - All Things Are Quiet
Pentangle - Light Flight
[Incredible String Band - Koeeoaddi There]
Incredible String Band - First Girl I loved
Incredible String Band - The Minotaur's Song
Mike Heron - Audrey
[Fairport Convention - Fotheringay]
Anne Briggs - Standing On The Shore
Bridget St John - Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity
Vashti Bunyan - Window Over The Bay
[Josh Macrae - Girl from the North Country]
Jackson C Frank - Blues Run The Game
[Chrissie Quaye - The Seagulls Scream]
Nick Drake - Black Eyed Dog
John Martyn - Singin' In The Rain
[Principal Edwards Magic Theatre - Weirdsong of Breaking Through at Last]
Fairport Convention - Tale In Hard Time
Fairport Convention - Si Tu Dois Partir
Fairport Convention - Stranger To Himself
[Duncan Browne - Gabilan]
Roy Harper - The Same Old Rock
Mike Chapman - Aviator
Kevin Coyne - Sand All Yellow
[Everyone Involved - A Song for The System]
Comus - Winter Is A Coloured Bird
Gryphon - Opening Move (excerpt)
Third Ear Band - Druid
Trees - The Garden Of Jane Delawney
[Heron - Upon Reflection]
Dransfield - It's Dark In Here
Dando Shaft - Til' The Morning Comes
Renaissance - The Sea
Melton Constable - River Lane
[Tuesday - Glow of The Firelight]
Lal and Mike Waterson - Magic Man
Shirley Collins - Black Joker
Morris On - Greensleeves
[John Martyn - Eibhli Gheal Chiun Ni Chearbhaill]
Kirsty Macoll - A New England
The Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues
Boards Of Canada - Dayvan Cowboy

Some Nice Pix



Reminds me of the Gloucestershire of my Childhood.


Sydney Carter plays at Eton College.


The very beautiful Anne Briggs.




30.6.17

Indian Classical Mix

Ok, so let's drop some fuckin' science!

I wrote about these records, as cursorily and unprofessionally as is expected of me, at the original TWANBOC blog. In those antediluvian days one couldn't simply upload mixes which people could stream. That's all changed.

Currently I have 89 mixes on my Mixcloud page. My aim is to have 100 there. 100 mixes which cover the fields of music I'm interested in. Which do justice to my tastes. None of us lives forever. All good things must come to an end.

Accordingly I've been going through my collection of records by genre; slowly picking off the important ones. And Indian Classical music is very close to my heart. It surprises me that in a climate in which the "Composer", "Neo-Avant Garde" and "Drone" are such immutable fixtures that there is almost no coverage of this massively important music. No reissues. Like for instance (to pick a random example) INA-GRM has arranged for it. And yet, of all the "out" musics this is unquestionably the most lovely.

I picked up these records in the nineties. With both my own recent travels in the sub-continent and the post-Acid musical climate in mind. I can't claim to have any gurus with regards to guiding my choice, but I remember David Toop was also "out there". I suppose Arthur Russell's influence, "World of Echo" dropping in my world like a Neutron Bomb, is also tangible.

This selection amounts to a third, the best, of my collection of this music. The whole part in itself carefully chosen. 

The things I liked were almost always on non-standard instruments. That boils down to NO SITARS. I don't mind sitars actually, but once you remove them from Indian Classical Music its "unflavoured" sonic purity is made manifest.

You may not have enjoyed this music before, you may be prejudiced against it. But cast aside your preconceptions - zone out - think of it as summertime, Ambient Music if you like - but LISTEN to the awe-inspiring breadth of expression these masters bring to but single instruments as these sonic worlds unfurl like mandalas.


Sivakumar Sarma - Rageswari

On the legendary French Ethnographic label "Ocora". The Santur sounds a little like a Harpsichord - it's a strange instrument played by hammering strings with small wooden sticks. Sarma, or Sharma, was the undisputed master. This LP was on my WOEBOT 100 list and it justifiably belongs there.


Ustad Ali Akbar Khan - Ahir Bhairav

If the Santur is like a dulcimer, the Sarod is something like an Oud, guitar or mandolin. Much lower in tuning than the Sitar. I always think this stunning recording by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan has a bluesy, almost Rolling Stones-like, quality to it. A bit like that delicious, forbidden pleasure Ry Rooder's "Paris, Texas" soundtrack, even. Notes here like birds.


Ustad Bismillah Khan / Prof V.G.Jog - Jai Jawanti

Jugalbindi as a form is something like a jam. A duet between two master musicians. Bismillah Khan is the go to man for the Shenai, which is like an Oboe with X-ray powers. Jog, a magnificent violinist.

Another wonderful thing about this recording is the cicadas which mesh with the drone of the tambura to create an ecstatic, psychedelic background. Just wait till those spine-tingling, magic moments when they dovetail their phrases...


Ustad Nathoo Khan - Purbi

Sarangi, a bowed string instrument, is another fantastic "non-standard" Indian Classical music instrument. The "late" Ustad Nathoo Khan, yep he was dead when this record came out, was a legendary instrumentalist. Another great Sarangi player is Ram Naryan, of whom I have a number of discs, but there's something particularly eerie about this recording.


Pannalal Ghosh - Yaaman

Old pal Sacha Dieu and I have a shared appreciation for the gaussian waft of flautist Pannalal Ghosh. There's an unmistakably stoned haze about this perfect LP which, like the subsequent Pran Nath LP, is unique in its "high-in-the-mix" tambura. The tambura is that constant drone which sounds like electrical power-lines.


Pandit Pran Nath - Yaaman Kalyan

OK, so here's the bridge to Western music. You like The Velvet Underground? Well this disc was produced by La Monte Young, VU-godfather and Avant-Classical Titan - John Cage's chosen heir. La Monte frickin' loves the tambura, it reminds him of his inadvertently psychedelic childhood spent zonked out on gasoline fumes lurking atop industrial step-down voltage transformers, so here that instrument is pumped way high. Cover here by his wife the gifted calligraphist Marian Zazeela.

Pran Nath was the master of the Kirana school, in some ways an eccentric, non-central body in the Indian Classical Music Cosmos. I always think this is how Dr Seuss's Lorax would have sounded if he sang, rather than spoke, for the trees.


Hiralal - Yaaman

And finally another "Yaaman" - a supposedly romanic night-time raga of which there are three versions in this mix. This Barenreiter Musicaphon LP, like Ocora a top-flight ethnographic recordings label, is curated by the celebrated ethnomusicologist Alain Danielou. As one might expect from such a survey-type recording it takes a bit of digging round in the linernotes to discover the name of the master Hiralal. Always loved the incredible intensity of the Shenai on this one.

OM!

8.5.17

Health



Health!

Nutrition. Diet. Exercise. Yoga. Meditation. Dancing. We're gonna put it together people.

Tim Maia - Rational Culture
The Meters - Africa
Bob Marley - Lively Up Yourself
Marcos Valle - Nem Paleto, Nem Gravata
Ashford and Simpson - Bourgie Bourgie
Sharon Redd - Can You Handle It (Francois K Mix)
Electra - Feels Good
Ultramarine - Stella
Herbert - So Now...
A Split Second - Flesh
Kodek - Tim Toum
Wagon Christ - Hasijk
IX Tab - The Smoke and The Birds
Mouse on Mars - Rompatrouille
Scott Seskind - I remember

2.5.17

Quilt



Just some things which have caught my ear recently which also seem to belong together.

Telegrammatic Notes:

Loving the Daniel Lanois Neville Brothers mix. So deliciously poised between the authentic and inauthentic. Prince Paul - some kind of hero - this very much on the outer edges of acceptability but read it as a critique of normalized violence. Listening to those first four Bjork CDs quite a lot. Young Disciples - the poor man's Massive Attack. Gorgeous samba from Chico and Tocquino - making the softest sounds solid. Brilliant and curious clockwork Bossa Nova post-rock from Sam Prekop. From the insanely under-rated fourth ATCQ LP - I mean WTF is wrong with the skewed appraisal of this masterpiece. Django Django - a pocket Beta Band - I don't mind this AT ALL. Gilberto Gil, like Jorge Ben, should loom as large as Fela Kuti - masterpiece after masterpiece. Insanely great Mantronix production of Chandra Simmons. I slept on this Arthur Verocai release - is than an Arp? Reynolds fave Sacred. Comedown with Gas. Home in an hour.

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The Neville Brothers - My Blood
Prince Paul - A Beautiful Night
Bjork - Alarm Call
Young Disciples - Step Right On
Tocquino e Chico Buarque - Samba Pra Vinicius
Sam Prekop - Practice Twice
A Tribe Called Quest - Jam
Django Django - Hand Of Man
Gilberto Gil - Refazenda
Chandra Simmons - Never Gonna Let You Go
Arthur Verocai - Cabodo
Sacred - Do It Together
Gas - Pop 2

25.3.17

Nu Grooves: New York House and Techno 1983-1996

Calm yourself people! No, this was not mixed by a machine. It was mixed by I, the god-like Woebot. Live on the twelve-tens. No edits. Bo bo bo! Absolutely stunning mix skills in effect. The final part of my massive all-conquering epic House and Techno Roots trilogy and displaying almost scarily perfect taste, education and acumen.Oh my gosh... Bit shorter than the other two mixes at 1 hr 40 mins - a mere 35 tracks - but it felt right.

The sonic argument here is that, in real terms, in genres spawned and ideas conceived, New York was the true sonic innovator of the golden era of dance music (1984-96). New York gave us House (the epicentre moved from Chicago quite quickly), Rave (Beltram, Landlord), Trance (Revelation - first trance track IMHO), Ambient House (the likes of Sound Waves), Jazz House (Burrell), and Dub Techno - Dubstep, even! (Bobby Konders).

We start with a slice of Electro-Garage, Cuba Gooding's "Happiness" already pre-echoing the UK's innovations, take in Todd's "Weekend" remix (Disco still very close) and then we're off! Special mention must go to Code 6's "Third Aura" - Beltram's finest moment. No "Energy Flash" in the same way the Detroit mix had no "Strings Of Life" and the Chicago mix skipped "Acid Trax".

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Cuba Gooding - Happiness Is Just Around The Bend
The Todd Terry Project - Weekend
Lenny D and Tommy Musto - Everything Bamboo
Masters At Work - Alright Alright
The Break Boys - And The Break Goes On
Ray Love - The Delusion
Flowmasters - House The Crowd (Dub The Crowd)
Landlord - I Like It (Blow Out Dub)
Fallout - The Morning After
DMS - And The Beat Goes On
Royal Orchestra Ltd - Get Down
Bas Noir - I'm Glad You Came To Me (Dub Mix)
Sound Waves - I wanna Feel The Music
33 1/3 Queen - Searchin'
CLS - Can You Feel It (In House Dub)
N.Y. House'n'Authority - Apt 2A
Metro - Angel Of Mercy
Aphrodisiac - Song of The Siren (Black Sea Mix)
Project 86 - Total Recall (Original Mix)
Rydims - Rydim #2 Version
Code 6 - C.O.D.E.S.
Project 86 - Legends
Revelation - First Power
4 Most Poets - Reasons To Be Dismal
Beltram - Reflex
Lost Entity - On The Verge
Code 6 - Third Aura
Major Problems - Overdose
Gypsymen - Bounce
Nu Yorican Soul - The Nervous Track
Aly-Us - Follow Me
South Street Player - (Who?) Keeps Changing Your Mind (The Night Mix)
Kenlou - The Bounce
Mood II Swing - I See You Dancing
Todd Edwards - Fly Away

5.3.17

Chicago House Music 1986-1994


On to part two of my monumental trilogy of mixes dedicated to the US roots of House and Techno! The artwork above, which I have always loved, turned out on closer investigation to be by an old friend of mine Suzy Godson who is now the deliciously controversial sex columnist for The Times.

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Detroit produced an army of shaolin monks toiling away to finely hone masterpieces of neurotic electro. Chicago's approach could haven't been more different. Disco, not electro, was always the template and rather than working away in cloistered obscurity Chicago producers seemed under an invisible pressure to commit their ideas to tape as quickly as possible before someone else had the same idea. Often, as is perfectly illustrated by the trio of "Video Crash", "Video Clash" and Magic Feet" producers pretty much released the same track.

This closely-fought squabble for near-identical intellectual capital is hilariously highlighted in the story of JM Silk and Farley "Jackmaster" Funk's very names. Silk announced one afternoon to his friend Farley that he intended to call himself "Jackmaster". Farley thought this was too great an idea to let his friend keep and went around the neighborhood that evening announcing that henceforth he was to be known as Farley "Jackmaster" Funk. The next day the furious and chastened Silk had to contract his choice to "JM".

Tracks always seem as though they are mixed live, the hurry extending to pressing the discs themselves which often suffer from legendarily bad pressings. To criticise this is to fail to grasp the breathless urgency which gives this music its astonishing raw energy. Originality isn't the cherished concept it is in Detroit so the brilliant inventiveness of the music is a testament to the genius of its creators.

Recorded live on the 1210s the mix is, again, arranged chronologically. It moves from the early Jacking sound, to Vocal House to Acid. Acid is most definitely still in the air. There's the splendid pHarmerz "20 Acid Clonk Greats" release and as recently yesterday FACT posted a playlist of TB-303 tunes an instrument with which shows up in the strangest places. DJing Acid requires nuff chops because, unlike Techno with which you can be "neat and discrete" and chop into a new track, Acid is intended to be layered. The long segue is essential to get those 303s chattering in sync and to produce the rich, multiplied harmonics.

After Acid there's a palate-refreshing sequence of Hip-House before a touch of, I guess, proto Ambient House (by the likes of Virgo) before a stretch of the hard Jacking post-acid sound whose most notable protagonist must be the godlike Steve Poindexter and found its home on the peerless Muzique label. Towards the end of the mix Cajmere and his Clubhouse and Relief stables predominate. By this stage there is the sense that Chicago's distinct local identity is beginning to be subsumed into New York's. This is exemplified by Pierre's move to that city and his Wild Pitch mixes on that city's Strictly Rhythm label.

Word must go out to my illustrious ancestor Sir Herbert Ingram who perished with his young son on Lake Michigan in 1860. My aunt, the family historian, contradicts this Wikipedia entry and tells me that Herbert had joined all the passengers on one side of the steamer so as to have a view of Chicago and that this action caused the boat to capsize and for them to be drowned in the freezing waters.



Tracklisting

Jamie Principle - Your Love (Original Mix)
Fingers Inc - Can You Feel It (Martin Luther King Mix)
Fingers Inc - Waterfalls
Adonis - No Way Back
Robert Owens - Bring Down The Walls
CJ & Master - Dub Love
Jungle Wonz - Time Marches On (Straight Up Mix)
Fingers Inc - Music Take Me Up
Jungle Wonz - The Jungle
Blakk Society - Just Another Lonely Day
Da Possee (feat Martell) - Searchin' Hard (House Mix)
Joe Smooth - Promised Land
Ralphi Rosario (feat Xavier Gold) - You Used To Hold Me (Micky 'Mixin' Oliver Mix)
Pierre's Fantasy Club - Dream Girl (Ralphi Rosario Mix)
Adonis - Reck This Joint
Hot Hanas Hula - Hot Hands
Armando - 151 (Orig. Mix)
Armando - 151 (Hot Mix 5 Mix)
Farley "Jackmaster" Funk - The Acid Life
Armando - Confusion Mix ("Land Of Confusion")
K Alexei - Vertigo
Steve Poindexter - Maniac
Bam Bam - Where's Your Child?
DJ Pierre - Box Energy
LNR - Kream (Till The Cows Come Home Mix)
Phuture Phantasy Club - Slam
Da Possee - In The Heat Of The Night (Vocal Version)
K Alexei - All For Lee Sah
The "Chicago Bad Boy" (feat Gershon Jackson) - House Music All Night Long (New York Club Mix)
The DJ Fast Eddie - YoYo Get Funky
Tyree - Video Crash (Crash Instrumental)
Lil Louis - The Original Video Clash (Often Imitated Never Duplicated)
The MD Connection - Magic Feet (Orig.)
William S - I'll Never Let You Go (Instrumental Mix)
Virgo - In A Vision
Da Possee - It's My Life (Aluh Mix)
Ron Trent - The Afterlife
Terry Hunter - Back 2 House (The House Mix)
Mike Dearborn - 1991 (A New Age)
Steve Poindexter - Body Heat (1991)
Steve Poindexter - Mental Problems
Ricky Smith - Crazy Drums
LNR - Work It To The Bone
Neal Howard - To Be Or Not To Be (Mayday Mix)
Cajmere - Mind Gamez
Cajmere - I'm A Dreamer
DJ Rush - Jack N Da Box
Steve Poindexter - Entercourse Of The New Age
Jungle Wonz - Bird In A Gilded Cage (Club Mix)
Green Velvet - Flash (Green Velvet Mix)
Robert Armani - Circus Bells (Armando's Mix)
Phuture - Rise From Your Grave (Wild Pitch Mix)
Chez N Trent - Untitled