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Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Anybody here from Tarpoley?

 What? Why Tarpoley? (a village in Cheshire) I often wondered that myself. Simply for comic effect, I think. Some words are just funny, for example 'wool' and 'elbow'. Socrates might say that all words containing the letter 'w' are funny. No comwent.

June's Eclectic Music For Mind And Bodhi is a bunch of tunes that sound nice next to each other. Play loud. Don't worry about the neighbours...let a little beauty into their lives.

Download the whole thing here EMFABJune2021

Or stream at Mixcloud


Playlist

Alan Price - Changes - O Lucky Man - Warner Bros - 1973
Prince Fari - Message From The King - Message From The King - Front Line - 1978
Noonday Underground - We Saw The Midnight - Self Assembly - M21 - 2000
Freestyles - Play The Game - 12” - True Playaz - 1996
Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch - I'll Fly Away - O Brother Where Art Thou? - Mercury - 2000
Baaba Maal - Television - Television - Palm - 2009
Mouse On Mars - Walking And Talking - AAI - Thrill Jockey - 2021
Fanu - Shatner Rap (Feat Greenleaf) - Serendipity - Lightless - 2011
Kimya Dawson - Being Cool - My Cute Fiend Sweet Princess - Important - 2004
Sabri Brothers - Tajdar-E-Haram - Ya Mustapha - Xenophile - 1996
Monty Python - I Bet You They Won't Play This Song - The Contractual Obligations Album - Charisma - 1980
Matt Berry & Rich Fulcher - Bench Song - Snuff Box episode 3 - 2006
Das Wanderlust - The Orange Shop - Ammehoelahop - Transformed Dreams - 2006
Apparat Organ Quartet - Stereo Rock And Roll - Apparat Organ Quartet - 2002
DJ Orion - Carajo Colombia (Orion Edit) - Carajo Colombia - Peligrosa - 2010
Luiz Gonzaga - Sanfona do Povo - MPB No JT5 - BMG - 1997
The Mighty Dub Katz - Magic Carpet Ride - 12” - Eye Of The Storm - 1995
Sooliman Rogie - Dieman Noba Smoke Tafee - Dead Men Don't Smoke Marijuana - Real World - 1994
DJ Sprinkles - Midtown 120 Blues - Midtown 120 Blues - Mule Musiq - 2009
Dirty Dubsters - Big Tings Mr Benn remix - 7” - Breakdown - 2011

 

My Youtube pics this month include a flash mob, a snuff box and 4 menopausal Kiwis:

I've been watching flash mobs lately. They lift my heart, as examples people power. This one really grabbed me:

 

 

Here's the snippet of video that goes with the Snuff Box Bench Song:

 

 

I stumbled upon this by accident. Lovely close harmony.

 

 

Thanks for listening. Smell ya later.

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Mambodub

 On this month's show...

A pilgrimage, from mambo to dub, via shit, whiskey, jazz, more shit, prayer, acceptance, piety and alien intervention. As usual, download the whole thing as an mp3 by clicking this link:

EMFABMAY2021

or stream on Mixcloud using the player below.

Also this month, I appeared as a guest on Giorgio Sadotti's excellent show for Soho Radio, playing a game of musical exquisite corpse.

We alternated in choice of tune, responding to each other, then Giorgio mixed it down to the 1 hour format. Giorgio does regular shows on Soho radio. I suggest you get on his mailing list.


This month's playlist

Pérez Prado - Mambo No.5 - Plays Much Mambo - La Voix De Son Maitre (HMV) - 1954
Baby Huey - Hard Times - The Baby Huey Story - Sequel - 1999
Patsy Cline - Crazy - Showcase - Decca - 1961
Cheech & Chong - Dave
Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq - Well This Is Shit - https://tombwild.com/product/well-this-is-shit/
Flight Of The Conchords - Hurt Feelings - I Told You I Was Freaky - Sub Pop - 2009
Lemon Jelly - Nice Weather For Ducks - Lost Horizons - XL - 2002
Deerhoof - Running Thoughts - The Runners Four - ATP - 2005
Bearsuit - Hey Charlie, Hey Chuck - Team Ping Pong - Fantastic Plastic - 2005
Cheech & Chong - Dave [Cont.]
Thin Lizzy - Whiskey In The Jar - unknown TV program - 1972
Roni Size - It's A Jazz Thing - 1994
Flight Of The Conchords - Mutha’uckas - Flight Of The Conchords - Sub
Pop - 2008
Reggie Watts - Fuck Shit Stack - Why Shit So Crazy - Comedy Central - 2010
John Tavener/Bjork/Brodsky Quartet - Prayer Of The Heart - A Portrait - Naxos - 2004
Man - It Is As It Must Be - 2oz Of Plastic With A Hole In The Middle - Dawn - 1969
Lizzard - Milk & Honey - Satta I - Trojan - 1976
Hughes de Courson - The Queen Of The 1,001 Nights - Mozart L’Egyptien 2 - Virgin - 2005
Schlachthofbronx - Slowine - Dirty Dancing - DiscoB - 2012
Haarp - Sed - Checkpoint Charley - U-Cover - 2006
Cesária Évora - Sangue de Beirona - Cabo Verde - Lusafrica - 1997
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac - Rambling Pony - Pious Bird Of Good Omen - Blue Horizon - 1969
Sascha Bouché - Ballistic - Gravity EP - Disskghast - 2020
Ministry Of Funk - Spacer - Funky Town EP - Muzik X Press - 2011
Silicone Soul - Right On Right On - Soma - 2000
Jstar - One Life, One Hope - 7” - Jstar - 2011

 

This month's interesting vids...

Conjunto Folklorico Nacional dance to Mambo No.5:

 

 

Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq performs 'Well This Is Shit':

 

  

Sheila and the gang dancing to 'Spacer' in 1979:

 

  

This is where I got that performance of Thin Lizzy:

 

 

Lastly, Reggie Watt's video for 'Fuck Shit Stack':


See y'all next month. Don't go changin'

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