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Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Sixty

 This month's Eclectic Music For Mind And Bodhi is an indulgent celebration of my sixtieth birthday, which falls at the end of February (George Harrison, Renoir, Rashida Jones).

I did something like this for my 50th, called, imaginatively, 'Fifty', in which I selected what I considered 50 of the best tunes I'd ever heard and merged them, edited down, into a 2 hour show for Dandelion Radio. You can download that old show here Fifty

This time, I haven't tried any fancy editing, but just selected a bunch of songs that I listen to frequently, quite often during drunken sentimental youtube expeditions. These are songs that haunt me. Some are quite well known. A few you won't have heard of. If you do know all of them...well, come over one evening...we'll share a few bottles and eviscerate my CD collection.


 


A few of these tunes have been favourites for several decades, 1 or 2 for only a couple of years.

Download the whole 2 hour whole shebang here: 

EMFABFEB2023



Or stream on Mixcloud here:

The Playlist

Toots & The Maytals - Sweet And Dandy

The Weather Station - Way It Is, Way It could Be

Dr. Alimantado - Best Dressed Chicken in Town

Bee Gees - Night Fever

Stevie Ricks - Nice Beaver

Schneider TM & Kptmichigan - The Light 3000

Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up

Cowcube - Grooved For Extra Flava

Culture - Everyday Love Dub

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - Scattered Pearls

Joy Division - Atmosphere

Tami Lynn - Love Is Here And Now You're Gone

Anne Murray - Snowbird

Paul Kalkbrenner - Feed Your Head

and the Native Hipsters - Mr Magic

Bobby Darin - Mack The Knife

Jaques Palminger - Tudeldub

Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly

Wet Leg - Chaise Longue

Roni Size - It's A Jazz Thing

Van Morrison - Fair Play

The Seekers - Georgy Girl

Rumah Sakit - New Underwear Dance

Terry Allen - The Girl Who Danced Oklahoma

Rebekah Del Rio - No Stars

Silicone Soul - Right On Right On

Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer

Brian Eno - An Ending (Ascent)


As usual, here are some videos to compliment the tunes.

Nice Beaver


The Florian Trilogy (Feed Your Head)


Peanut Butter Jelly


Chaise Longue


No Stars (the full version has gone from youtube, but this one is interesting)

Wednesday, 30 November 2022

I Don't Know

 This month's Eclectic Music For Mind And Bodhi doesn't have the answers you're looking for. It contains no secrets of the universe, no wisdom of the ages, no hidden messages of divine or secular importance. It is not esoteric or obscure, nor dark nor oblique. It is transparent and entirely meaningless.



As well as the usual scattershot of new releases, I focus on 2 particular areas of interest: the most enduring word in the English language, and the wide use and origin of the sample 'I don't know what this world is coming to'.

Listen by direct download here: Eclectic Music For Mind And Bodhi December 2022

Or stream at Mixcloud



The album of the month this time is 'The Winter Mission' by Brad Barr. Brad Barr is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter, best known for his work with The Slip, The Barr Brothers and Surprise Me Mr. Davis. 'The Winter Mission', his 2nd solo album after a gap of 14 years, is an record of scintillating beauty. Each track is individual, giving the impression that this collection of tunes has taken many years to compile. Listen to a couple more tracks at Bandcamp here.


This Month's Tunes

Dr. Alimantado - Conscious Man

Batida - Bem Vindo

Brad Barr - 3,4,5……6

Echologist - Reanimation

Amyl And The Sniffers - I Got You

Clap! Clap! / Domenico Candellori - Ox

Charlie Kane - Play Mi Selecta

Zoe Wanamaker - This Be The Verse

EEC - The Fucking Moon

Fuck Buttons - Surf Solar

The Broken Penis Orchestra - Fornication Under The Control Of The King

Shel Silverstein - Fuckem’  (find it at Archive.org here)

Feckin’ Mrs Doyle (on youtube here)

Sizzla - I Don't Give A Fuck

Brad Barr - Your Dad’s Awake

Pearly - Julianne Moore

Josephine Foster - Soothsayer Song

DJ  Cam - Tropical Gypsy

Jessie Jackson - Brothers And Sisters

Public Enemy - Rebel Without A Pause (excerpt)

Billy Bunter & D'Zyne - Knowledge Is The Key

Thomas Brinkman - What This World Is

DJ Sprinkles - Sisters, I Don't Know What This World Is Coming To

The Soul Children - I Don't Know What This World Is Coming To (Live At The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)



And some videos to accompany the show:


Zoe Wanamaker reads Philip Larkin's pithy masterpiece 'This Be The Verse'.




Because I rewatched 'The Missionary' lately...poor quality, but the best I could find,


And because I still love and highly rate The Beatles...
This guy is a bit boring (well, he is a drummer), but he makes a good point, and it's great fun at the end,




That's the thing until next time. Pop by next year, Jan 1st ish, for more ear candy.

Thursday, 3 November 2022

Next

 Next.













Incidentally, Limmy is not Brian Lemon, but Brian Limond. It amused me. A hugely varied show as usual. Download the whole 2 hour thing as an mp3 here:

EMFABNov2022.mp3

Stream from RSS:

Or stream on Mixcloud:

The Playlist

Limmy - One Two Buckle My Shoe

The Hippy Boys - This Is It

Jacques Brel - Au Suivant

Scott Walker - Jackie

Henry Brooks - Greatest Debt To My Mother

Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee - Bambougou N’tji

Eek-A-Mouse - Mona Eeka

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard - Yourself

DJ Kos - 4 The Nite (DJ Rap Remix)

Schlacthofbronx - Slowine

Doctor Stereo - La Cumbia Perdida (Tahiras Afro-Cumbia Remix)

Bloodhound Gang - Fire Water Burn

Barrington Levy - Moonlight Lover

Horace Andy - Natural Mystic (Saxxon Remix)

El Michels Affair feat. Piya Malik - Unathi

Oki (feat. Umeko Ando) - Iso Kaari Irehte (Bear Trap Rhythm)

Oki (feat. Umeko Ando) - Iuta Upopo (Pestle Song)

Morten Milde - I Need Help

Mouth of the Architect - A Vivid Chaos

Harihan - Mangal Murti Gauri Lala.mp3

Tim Iron - Anxiety (extended mix)

Le Tigre - Deceptacon (DFA RMX)

Boney M - Rivers Of Babilon Linus Ekstrand Electro Rmx

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Next




The album of the month is Oki - Tonkori In The Moonlight, which is a compilation of his work 1996-2006. I could write more, but what's on his band camp page is thorough. Read it and listen to the whole album here: oki-tonkori.bandcamp.com/album/tonkori-in-the-moonlight









Honourable mention goes to El Michels Affair - Yeti Season, an American instrumental soul group led by New York-based musician Leon Michels. 

Read more and listen to the album at their Bandcamp page: elmichelsaffair.bandcamp.com/album/yeti-season




Some videos to watch. Firstly,  Jacques Brel singing his famous 'Ne Me Quitte Pas' in a very intimate and possibly somewhat intentionally ridiculous style:


Here's Limmy and the clip of One Two Buckle My Shoe


Lastly...I'm not a great fan of Bowie, but this version of his intriguing song Sound And Vision performed by Dutch duo 'We Tigers' is enchanting:


Next month...another blast of feeling.
May your goat go with you.

Saturday, 1 October 2022

No Worry, No Hurry, No Koala Curry.


A storming return after a short break...but you should be the judge of that.

As usual you can download the whole 2 hour show as an MP3 here:

EMFABOct2022

Or you can stream it at Mixcloud here:





The Tunes

Justin Hinds & The Dominoes - Carry Go Bring Home

Asobi Seksu - I’m Happy But You Don't Like Me

Moderat - Neon Rats

Smadj - Baby Come Down

The Jay Tees - Buck Town Corner

Malvina Reynolds - Little Boxes

Loompasketee - Skettee Riddim

Irakere - Bacalao Con Pan

Yellowman - I’m Getting Divorced With Fathead

Si Begg - How The Internet Ruined Your Life

Odezenne - Hardcore

Yellow Machinegun - Right Or Left

Mono - Kioku

Monobox - Blackwater Canal

Stereolab - -Simple Headphone Mind

Asobi Seksu - Nefi & Girly

The Diasonics - Kite

The Pharcyde - Oh Shit

Terry Gaters - Spring Of Love

The Weather Station - Endless Time

The Techniques - No One

Dionne Warwick - Heartbreaker ( Storm Full On Disco Mix )

UC 64 - In The Mood (Club Mix)

Dennis Brown - I'm Coming Home Tonight


For October's 'Album Of The Month', I selected Asobi Seksu's eponymous debut album from 2002. Their name means 'Play Sex' in Japanese. The duo of Yuki Chikudate and James Hanna were active in New York from 2001 until 2013, when they announced an indefinite hiatus...a euphemism for jacking it in, but maybe not. You can listen to some more of their music at their Bandcamp page https://asobiseksu.bandcamp.com...and there's plenty on youtube.


No videos to share with you this month.


 

Sunday, 4 September 2022

emptiness

Apologies to listeners who expect a new show this month. I've experienced difficulty with my aggregates this summer and felt unable to raise the artistic juice to produce a September EMFAB. 

Please come back again at the beginning of October. Hopefully, normal service will resume.


THE HEART SŪTRA


The Bodhisattva of Compassion,

When he meditated deeply,

Saw the emptiness of all five skandhas

And sundered the bonds that caused him suffering.


Hear then,

Form is no other than emptiness,

Emptiness no other than form.

Form is only emptiness,

Emptiness only form.


Feeling, thought and choice,

Consciousness itself

Are the same as this.


All things are the primal void,

Which is not born or destroyed;

Nor is it stained or pure,

Nor does it wax or wane.


So, in emptiness, no form,

No feeling, thought, or choice,

Nor is there consciousness.


No eye, ear, tongue, body, mind;

No colour, sound, smell, taste, touch,

Or what the mind takes hold of,

Nor even act of sensing.


No ignorance or end of it,

Nor all that comes from ignorance;

No withering, no death,

No end of them.


Nor is there pain or cause of pain,

Or cease in pain, or noble path

To lead from pain;

Not even wisdom to attain!

Attainment too is emptiness.


So know that the Bodhisattva

Holding to nothing whatever,

But dwelling in Prajña wisdom,

Is freed of delusive hindrance,

Rid of the fear bred by it,

And reaches clearest Nirvāna.


All Buddhas past and present,

Buddhas of future time,

Using this Prajñā wisom,

Come to full and perfect vision.


Hear then the great dhāranī,

The radiant peerless mantra,

The Pranjñāpāramitā

Whose words allay all pain;

Hear and believe its truth!


Gate gate paragate pārasamgate bodhi svāhā


Monday, 1 August 2022

Quinty Sensual

 Quinty Sensual, meaning appreciable through all five senses...

Take the sense cards from your Welcome Pack. During the installation, constantly rub your fingertips gently back and forth alternately across the smooth side and the rough side. At the relevant markers within the performance, scratch each side with a finger nail, inhaling the aromas deeply as you do. Finally, at the crescendo of the final tune, eat the cards. Videos are provided below for the  visual element of your experience. Listen to the music at normal speed in the forward direction, then in reverse at double speed. 

Download the entire 2 hour experience here: EMFABAug2022

Alternatively, stream on Mixcloud:


Play List

Fabulous Five Incorporated - Shaving Cream

Good Morning Bedlam - I Am Sad

Girlpool -  Ideal World

Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth

Abyssinians - Declaration Of Rights

Aereogramme - Indiscretion #243

Buddy Rich - The Beat Goes On

Gonora Sounds - Go Bhora

Clusterfrog - Wub Wub Wub Ding!

The Beat Goes On Remix By Eros Circuit Records

Thee Headcoatees - Davey Crockett (Gabba Hey)

Barry Can’t Swim - Sonder

The Maytals - One Look

Loompasketee - The EP

Ben Morgan - Down By The Great River Ouse

Drug Couple - Blue Water

German Popov - Magic Mamaliga

Lord Buckley - The Nazz

Good Morning Bedlam - Enough

Fulu Miziki - Beta Ndule

Soichi Terada - Diving Into Minds

Cutty Ranks - Limb By Limb DJSS remix

The Whitmore Sisters - Hurtin’ For A Letdown

The Blues Busters - Rough And Tough

Antonio Eugenio Martinez - Puno De Tierra

Lipps Inc - Funkytown DJ Dmoll Funky Dance Remix

Half Man Half Biscuit -  I'm Getting Buried In The Morning



This month's album of the month is Lulu, by Good Morning Bedlam. You can listen and buy at Bandcamp here:https://goodmorningbedlam.bandcamp.com/album/lulu. Information about the band can be found at their website here: https://goodmorningbedlam.bandcamp.com/album/lulu





A vid for amusement:



Friday, 1 July 2022

I Don't Mean That In A Bad Way

 With all due respect, let some excitement into your humdrum little lives by spending a couple of hours with me. (Incidentally, you can now skip back and forth on Mixcloud.)

Download the MP3 here EMFABJULY2022

Or stream on Mixcloud here


The Tunes

Love  - The Daily Planet

Melt Banana - Shield For Your Eyes, A Beast In The Well On Your Hand

Nurse With Wound/Stereolab - Exploding Head Movie

Shovels & Rope - Collateral Damage

Owen & Leon Silvera - Practice What You Preach

A Piece Of Shit - Condor

Dom Irerra - I Don't Mean That In A Bad Way

The Rulers – Don't Be A Rude Boy

Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari/Count Ossie - Grounation

Gaelynn Lea - A Moment Of Bliss

Funki Porcini - 100 Bars

Gloria Lynne - You Don't Have To Be Tower Of Strength

Shag - Solitude Is Bliss

Shrag - Hopelessly Wasted

The Flatlanders - Bhagavan Decreed

Luke Hess - Two Prophets

Rainbow - Since You’ve Been Gone (live)

Furney - Bengo

Medeski Martin & Wood - No Ke Ano Ahiahi

Terry Allen - I Just Left Myself

Heart Of Glass, Crabtree remix

Ernst Reijseger - A Una Rosa

Samba Soul - Chove Chuva/Mas Que Nada

Sizzla - Oh What A Joy


My selection for album of the month this time is Manticore by Shoves And Rope. It starts a bit flatly but keep going...it gets pretty fantastic. You can listen to it at their band camp page https://shovelsandrope.bandcamp.com

Here's an example:




Some amusing Youtube shit.

The Gay Daleks



The genius of Joe Wilkinson