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Thursday, 1 April 2021

Lay Lines

 Can ART be defined as structure out of randomness? Even the most chaotic or random art forms have some structure. Is ART our attempt to make sense of an apparently chaotic world? Is there any significance in 'word' and 'world' being only a single letter apart? (No, of course not...what are you, a nut? Random syntactic/orthographical correspondences have no hidden meaning)

 I used to listen to John Peel in wonder, not just at the music he played, but also at his skill in structuring his shows, born from a detailed knowledge of the subject and an intuitive grasp of form. In this respect, I have always tried to follow him, because I love structure in art. It is through working with structure that we find freedom for our expression. Sometimes, the more restrictive the form the more profound the art that comes through it, for example haiku, in which the poet has a greatly limited number of lines/syllables to express profound ideas. Hence my recent shows, in which I have played with just covers, or even covers of specific artists. This month, perhaps in keeping with the energy of the moment, in keeping with the great vernal explosion of life, I just bunged a whole load of tunes into a list and picked a few. What I notice is that form imposes itself. Perhaps it's because of my experience, my hundreds (maybe thousands) of hours arranging music into a loose narrative, that structure emerges regardless of my scattergun approach. There is a structure to this show, as there always is in my work, but I didn't know what it was until I performed it. There's some amazing funk, some expansive, thrilling jungle, some achingly beautiful electronica, there's stillness, and there's even Mama Cass (who snuck in as an after thought).

And...no, the title of this show is not a spelling mistake, it's a pun. The socks? They are 'Ley Line Socks'...look 'em up. It's a metaphor.

As usual, you can download an MP3 of the show to listen to at your own pace and pleasure, by clicking this link: EMFAB April 2021

Or you can stream it on Mixcloud:


Lord Tanamo - Iron Bar - 7” - SEP Records - 1964
Booker T & The MG's - Melting Pot - Melting Pot - Stax - 1970
Chapter 24 - Chapter 24 And The Hepcats - 7” - Sorted - 2006
Israel Voice - Farm Up The Land - 7” - FarmLand - 2005
Cheb Khaled - (Hada) Raykoum - (Hada) Raykoum - Triple Earth - 1987
The Noveltones - Left Bank One - 10” - Music De Wolfe - 1964
Death And Taxes - Gandhi - (unknown)
The Wailing Wailers - I'm Gonna Put It On - The Wailing Wailers - Studio One - 1966
Ennio Maccaroni - Put It There - 7” - Super Mango - 2012
Sun Kil Moon - Angela - Welcome To Sparks, Nevada - Caldo Verde - 2021
Goldie - Timeless/Inner City Life/Pressure/Jah - Timeless - Metalheadz - 1995
Dennis Brown - The Man Next Door - A Little Bit More Joe Gibbs 12” Selection - 17 North Parade - 2008
Leon Thomas - Love Each Other - Blues And The Soulful Truth - Flying Dutchman - 1972
Aisha Devi - Aurat (Tool) - Conscious Cunt EP - Houndstooth - 2015
Prefuse 73 - Oh Linda, You Lit Up My Life With Your Voice And Made Me Fall In Love With You - Dublab Presents In The Loop 2 - Plug Research - 2005
The Field - The More I Do (Thomas Fehlmann Mix) - 12” - Kompakt - 2009
Jack Teagarden - Casanova's Lament - 12” - VDisc - 1945
Blackman - Bastards (Remix) - 12” - Red Light - 1994
Jackie Mittoo - Henry the Great - The Keyboard King Of Studio One - Universal Sound - 2000
Ry Cooder & V.M. Bhatt - A Meeting By The River - A Meeting By The River - Waterlily - 1993
Mamma Cass - New World Coming - 7” - Dunhill - 1970

 

Some vidz

A sterling performance, if a little stiff:

 

The audience is the problem:

Monday, 1 March 2021

Big Swinging Stones

This month's Eclectic Music For Mind And Bodhi features covers of The Rolling Stones, an examination of the history of the song 'Rolling And Tumbling', Stewart Lee, and many more big swinging hits.

You can download the whole thing, to listen at your pleasure, by clicking this link:

EmfabMarch2021

Or you can stream it on Mixcloud:



Frank Anderson - Musical Storeroom - 7” - Treasure Isle - 1964
Brain Bags - Honky Tonk Woman - YouTube 
Flying Burrito Brothers - Wild Horses - Burrito Deluxe - A&M - 1970
Zeds Dead - Shelter Dubstep Remix - YouTube
Honeywagon - Jumpin Jack Flash - Paint It Blue - CMH - 2005
Junior Wells And Buddy Guy - Satisfaction - 1964?
Karel Gott - Rot Und Schwarz - In Mir Klingt Ein Leid - Polydor - 1969
Sunsplash Project - Angie - Rastafaction - ToCo - 1994
Townes Van Zandt - Dead Flowers - The Big Lobowski - Mercury - 1998
Howling Wolf - Smokestack Lighnin’ - 7” - Chess - 1956
Muddy Waters - Rollin And Tumblin - 7” - Aristocrat - 1950
Hambone Willie Newbern - Roll And Tumble Blues - 7” - Okeh - 1929
Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim - Roll And Tumble - The Songs Of… - Folkways - 1960
Asian Dub Foundation ft. Stewart Lee - Comin' Over Here - Access Denied - Xray Productions - 2020
Mask & Swabe - Came And Conquered - Wayz Of The Dragon - Dope Dragon - 1998
Howling Wolf - Down In The Bottom - 7” - Chess - 1956
Kid 606 - Meet Me At The Bottom - Pretty Girls Make Raves - Tigerbeat6 - 2006
LWS - Da Da - Session for Ergo Phizmiz on WFMU - 2007
The Murlocs - Rolling On - Young Blindness - Flightless - 2016
Iron Curtis - Canggu Laundry Club - Moon II - Frank Music - 2020
Pucho & Hist Latin Soul Brothers - Chitterlings Con Carne - DJ Pogo Presents The Best Of Pulp Fusion - Harmless - 2003
Culture - Everyday Love Dub - Culture In Dub - Sky Note -1978
Yes - Heart of the Sunrise - Fragile - Atlantic - 1971
Roger Whittaker - New World In The Morning - New World In The Morning - RCA - 1970
Sally Ann’s Accordion Band - Who's Sorry Now - Big Swinging Hits - Proper - 1996
Captain Beefheart - Sure Nuff 'N' Yes I Do - Safe As Milk - Buddah - 1967


From YouTube, for your amusement:

Horse:

 

A long one...stick with it...the essence of therapy:

 

Our greatest living comedian:

 

 

So long for March. See you after Lent with a glass or two of wine.

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Kabuki Square

 February's show is another cavalcade of covers, this time focusing on the music of Bob Dylan. I've indulged myself in this episode with several of my best loved tunes. As usual, it's a mix of songs you may know well, and some you have never heard of. 

Please do email me to let me know what you think.

As always, you can listen to the show by grabbing a direct download here:EMFABFEB2021

or stream on Mixcloud:


Sizzla - Subterranean Homesick Blues - 7” - Ras Jamaica - 2003
Marianne Faithfull - Visions Of Johanna - Rich Kid Blues - Diablo - 1998
David Grisman, John Hartford & Mike Seeger - Maggie's Farm - Retrograss - Acoustic Disc - 1999
Johnny Winter - Highway 61 Revisited - Second Winter - Columbia  - 1969
Waylon Jennings - Don't Think Twice Its Alright - Don't Think Twice Its Alright - A&M - 1970
Jeff Buckley - Just Like A Woman - Live At Sin-é - Columbia - 2003
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along the Watchtower - Electric Ladyland - Reprise - 1968
The Byrds - Hey Joe -  Fifth Dimension - Columbia - 1966
Iron Horse - Rocket Man - The Bluegrass Tribute to Classic Rock - CMH -  2007
Schneider TM - The Light 3000 - Schneider TM Vs. KPT.Michi.Gan – Binokular - City Slang - 2000
Dorothy Ashby - The Windmills Of Your Mind - Dorothy's Harp - Cadet - 1969
DJ The Blade - Disordered - demo
John Cale - Heartbreak Hotel - Slow Dazzle - Island - 1975
Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Delilah - Delilah (comp) - Spectrum - 1994
Isaac Hayes - By The Time I Get To Phoenix - Hot Buttered Soul - Enterprise - 1969
Sellers & Milligan - She Loves You - unknown
Klaus Nomi - I Feel Love - In Concert - RCA - 1986
Kirsty MacColl - You Still Believe In Me - Here Today:The Songs Of Brian Wilson - ACE - 2015
Bonzo Dog Band - I'm Gonna Bring a Watermelon to My Girl Tonight - Gorilla (CD reissue) - BGO - 1995
Emi Bonilla y Su Cuadro - She Loves You (Te Quieres) - The Exotic Beatles - Exotica - 1994
Merlene Webber - Stand By Your Man - Clancy Eccles Kingston Town - Trojan - 2020
The Beatbox Saboteurs - Hawaii Five-O - TV Themes - House Of Beauty - 2004 (Bandcamp)
K Complex - Adagio (acid mix) - 12” - Nu Energy - 2005

A few vids for your amusement:

 
Sizzla:Subterranean Homesick Blues

 

 

 Rich Hall:Bob Dylan Sucks

 

 

Here's a Dylan cover that didn't make it into the show, not because I didn't like it, but because the visual component is necessary, I think. Utterly charming.


Friday, 1 January 2021

Be Kind To The Monkeys

 Happy New Year everyone. My first show of 2021 is entirely new music...well, last year's new music, mostly from the last couple of months. It's a truly international show, spanning 13 countries across 5 continents.

As usual, here's the direct download link: EMFAB January 2021

Or you can stream it on Mixcloud:



Barry Brown - I’m Moving On - Pass The Chalice, The Blackbeard Years 1978-83 - Palate
Tiga - Colours So Bright - 12” - Turbo
Marcal - Rolling Sway - Reduction Pt.2 - Rekids
Chip Taylor - Intro/Dad And The Monkey - Dad And The Monkey - Train Wreck
Godtet - Intro/Neon - Godtet III - S/R Bandcamp
Andy Kim - How’d We Ever Get This Way - How’d We Ever Get This Way - Geffen
Burial, Four Tet & Thom Yorke - Her Revolution - 12” - XL Recordings
Apache Indian - Giddai Vich - What’s Not To Love? - Sunset
Tamburi Neri - Caffè - Works#2 - Les Disques De La Mort
Bob Marley - Soul Rebel Pistel Dub Remix - Re And Un Mixed - Not Now Music
The Roha Band - Yetikimt Abeba - Khruangbin/Late Night Tales
Herman Dune - Say You Love Me Too - Notes From Vinegar Hill - BBIsland
Batida/Mbiri Young Stars - Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe - Um - Soundway
Sango - Eagle Energy - Shango - S/R Bandcamp
Me Lost Me - Worm Unearthed - The Good Noise - S/R Bandcamp
Beans On Toast - What Would Willie Do? - Knee Deep in Nostalgia - Rough Trade
The Mountain Goats - Bell Swamp Connection - Getting Into Knives - Merge
KAS_ST - Mirrors - A Magic World - Afterlife
Shitkid - dead 2 me - Crotchrock - PNKSUM Recordings
Steve Bug & Cle - Flying Keys - 12” - Rejected
Parov Stelar - Brass Devil - Voodoo Sonic - Etage Noir


Some Youtube stuff.

Bill Bailey...this made me laugh out loud:


 

This is what I callin dancin'

 

This song has a convoluted history, but here's a great version:  

 

That's all for this month. See you in February for, maybe, another covers show. And don't forget, be kind to the sheeple monkeys.

Friday, 25 December 2020

What Ho! Christmas Again.

 Hello Campers

To celebrate this craziest of Christmassssss I'm re-posting a mix I made for Dandelion Radio in 2011.

This time of year can get my hackles up...a bit....such mindless consumption...I have been known to be a tad cynical about the whole odious affair, but this mix, as the title 'Mr Mucilaginous's Unsentimental But Only Mildly Cynical Zmas Mix' suggests, nay states, is only mildly so. 

Have a day....

Direct download by clicking HERE

or stream on Mixcloud


 

People Like Us - Chestnuts
Ljudit feat. The Toilet - Santas Slaybells
Monty Python - Christmas In Heaven
Rocket 455 - Santa Ain't Coming For Christmas
Sensational Alex Harvey Band - There's No Lights On The Christmas Tree Mother
Jeff St. Pierre & Philip Antoniades - Rudolph The Rubber Nosed Reindeer
Vulvinia & Jambonstar - Vulvinia Sings Christmas
The Pork Boys - Fuck Christmas, Fuck You!
Bonzo Dog Band - The Craig Torso Christmas Show
The Beatbox Saboteurs - Winter Wunderland
Forest King - Santa's Going To Sit On Your Lap
Frank Gallagher - Christmas Message
Jon Oswald/Gibbons Cry - White
Merle Haggard - Blue Christmas
John Shuttleworth - The Christmas Orphan
The Legendary Tiger Man - Fuck Christmas, I Got The Blues
The Dickies - Silent Night
The Pilgrim Travellers - I'll Be Home For Christmas
The Beatbox Saboteurs - Drummer Boy
William Burroughs - Love Your Enemies
Bill Frisell - What The World Needs Now Is Love

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Paper Boats

 December's Eclectic Music For Mind And Bodhi is bursting with feeling. I'm calling it Paper Boats after a poem by Rabindranath Tragore. Ostensibly about a childhood game, it is probably better interpreted as a metaphor for the thoughts, words and actions that we launch into the world, ideally without attachment.

As usual, you can download the MP3 directly by clicking this link: EMFAB Decemeber 2020

Alternatively, you can stream it on Mixcloud, here:

 

 




Peggy Lee - I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard - Sea Shells - Decca - 1958
Deep Elem - Lost in the Woods - Lost In The Woods - Reveal - 2006
The Weather Station - Way It Is, Way It Could Be - Loyalty - Outside Music - 2015
Saloon - The Good Life - If We Meet In The Future - Track & Field - 2003
Fleetwood Mac - Landslide - Fleetwood Mac - Reprise - 1975
Chip Taylor & The New Ukranians - Fuck All The Perfect People - Fuck All The Perfect People - Train Wreck - 2012
Evie Sands - Any Way That You Want Me - Any Way That You Want Me - A&M - 1970
Joya Landis - Angel Of The Morning - 7” - Trojan - 1968
Shrag - Hopelessly Wasted - demo
Kronos Quartet - Which Side Are You On (feat. Lee Knight) - Longtime Passing - Smithsonian Folkways - 2020
Louise Le May - Cassandra - A Tale Untold - Folkwit - 2015
Martin Simpson - Kit’stune/When a Knight Won His Spurs - Prodigal Son - Topic - 2007
Zoppo - Relapse - Don’t Trust Scarred Survivors - Transformed Dreams - 2006
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - Scattered Pearls - Etiquette - Tomlab - 2006
Mashmakhan - Days When We Are Free - Mashmakhan - Columbia - 1970
Thousand & Bramier - By The Moon - The Sway Of Beasts - Arbouse - 2006
Jimmy Scott - Sycamore Trees - Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me - Warner - 1992
The Albion Band - Ampleforth/Lay Me Low - Rise Up Like The Sun - Harvest - 1978
John Prine - Souvenirs - Souvenirs - OhBoy - 2000
Architecture In Helsinki - Souvenirs - Fingers Crossed - Trifekta - 2003
Rebekah Del Rio - No Stars - Twin Peaks (Music From The Limited Event Series) - Rhino - 2018
Judee Sill - Jesus Was A Crossmaker - Judee Sill - Asylum - 1971
Decameron - Journey's End - Third Light - Transatlantic - 1975
Bjork - Hyper-ballad (vocal line only)
Richard Thompson - Dimming Of The Day/Dargai - Pour Down Like Silver - Island - 1975

 

                                                                       *****

Paper Boats

This poem by Rabindranath Tragore  appeared in a local parish magazine this week. It rather appealed to me as a metaphor for not being attached to our expressions...letting them drift where they may go like paper boats in a stream. So it is with this show.

Day by day I float my paper boats one by one down the running
stream.
    In big black letters I write my name on them and the name of
the village where I live.
    I hope that someone in some strange land will find them and
know who I am.
    I load my little boats with shiuli flower from our garden, and
hope that these blooms of the dawn will be carried safely to land
in the night.
    I launch my paper boats and look up into the sky and see the
little clouds setting thee white bulging sails.
    I know not what playmate of mine in the sky sends them down
the air to race with my boats!
    When night comes I bury my face in my arms and dream that my
paper boats float on and on under the midnight stars.
    The fairies of sleep are sailing in them, and the lading ins
their baskets full of dreams.


Some Youtube clips that grabbed me this month:




Sunday, 1 November 2020

Blow Me Down (With A Feather)

 Greetings.

This month's show is entirely covers, plus a couple of remixes. A great cover is when the song sounds like it was always that way. It doesn't imitate or replace, but stands alone as an original piece of art. Also, for maximum effect, the better know the original tune the more interesting the successful cover. Anything by The Beatles is a good place to start...

Download the MP3 of the 2 hour show directly here: EMFAB November 2020

Or stream on Mixcloud:

 

 


Deep Purple - Help - Shades Of Deep Purple - Parlophone - 1968
Verbeek Fairground Organ - All My Loving - The Exotic Beatles - Exotica - 1993
Charles River Valley Boys -  And Your Bird Can Sing - Beatle Country - Elektra - 1966
The Wilson Malone Voice Band - Penny Lane -The Exotic Beatles - Exotica - 1993
Biggie Smalls - Tax - An Adventure To Pepperland Through Rhyme & Space Instrumental - 2015
Clarence Wheeler And The Enforcers - Hey Jude - Glass Onion - Warner Jazz - 2003
Puddles Pity Party - Where Is My Mind - YOUTUBE
Paul Kalkbrenner - Feed Your Head - 7 - Columbia - 2015
Billy Bragg - Fear Is A Man's Best Friend - Peel Session - 1983
Wasis Diop - Defaal Lu Wor (Once In A Lifetime) - Everything Is Never Quite Enough - Triloka - 2004
Gipsy Kings - Hotel California - The Big Lobowski Soundtrack - Elektra - 1998
Leo Moracchioli & Mary Spender - Sultans of Swing - YOUTUBE
The Human Instinct - You Really Got Me - Burning Up Years - Marble Arch - 1969
Knauskoret - It's A Sin - YOUTUBE
Angela Kalule - Me And Bobby McGee - The Last King Of Scotland Soundtrack - Rounder - 2006
Count Skylarkin  & Harvey KTel— Dub Of A Preacherrman - 7” - Resense - 2011
Toots & The Maytals - Country Road (Take Me Home) - Roots Reggae - Dynamite Sounds - 1974
Blondie - Denis - Plastic Letters - Chrysalis - 1983
Gunhild Carling - Dancing Queen - YOUTUBE
William Shatner - Common People - Has Been - Shout!Factory - 2004
John Otway - Green Green Grass Of Home - 7” - Stiff - 1980
Jimmy Ponder - While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Superbreaks Vol3 - BGP - 2002
Richie Havens - Helplessly Hoping - Dom Perignon - Polydor - 1980
Helge And The Firefuckers - A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Eiersalat In Rock - EMI - 1999
Billka - Shine On You Crazy Diamond rmx - YOUTUBE

 

Correction! At 1:35:56 I say that Randy & The Rainbows 'Denise' was released in 1983. It should, of course, be 1963.

 I found so many wonderful covers that I intend to do another such collection soon.

Email me at  nelson at wombnet dot com to join my mailing list to recive a reminder every time I post a new show.

As promised, here is a repost of my 'Better Off Dread' mix from 2015.

Direct download here: Better Off Dread MP3

Or stream here:


Soulcrap - All Of Me
Horace Andy - Ain't No Sunshine
Marcia Griffiths - Don't Let Me Down
Joyce Bond - Help Me Make It Through The Night
Heptones - Suspicious Minds
Jerry & The Freedom Singers - It's All In The Game
Dennis Walks - Snowbird
U Roy - Ain't That Loving You
Hortense Ellis - Stand By Your Man
Cornel Campbell - Wherever I Lay My Hat
Dawn Penn - To Sir With Love
Jean Adebambo - Never Gonna Give You Up
Freddie McGregor - Massachusetts
Lester Sterling - Afrikaan Beat
Devon Russel - Move On Up
Cornel Campbell - Fast Car
The Minstrels - People Get Ready
The Cyclones - My Sweet Lord
Pat Kelly - He Ain't Heavy
The Deltones - I'll Take You There
Freddie McGregor - I Shall Be Released
The Cimarons - Over The Rainbow