Sunday 22 December 2013

Wrapping Up

Christmas, and time for wrapping things...up. I'm going to be as brief as possible. My muse left me this year. I am happy about that. I've got many more things I want to do with life, and this dalliance with the music business was demanding far too much of my energy. There will be no more Eclectic Music For Mind And Bodhi, and there will be no more wombnet releases. I still make mixes occasionally...for fun, really, and as a sort of emotional catharsis. I thought it would be nice to finally gather them on one page, and that's what this post is really for. Here is a list, starting with the most recent. This list includes my final few shows for Dandelion Radio, which were actually mixes, rather than podcasts in the usual sense. Rgiht click and 'save target as' on the titles for download, or just click to play in your chosen media player. Tracklists for them all can be found here.

Blue Sky
66 minutes. Just techno.

Loss And Conjunction
62 minutes. Sentimental. Many of the tunes are well known, like the feelings they are meant to inspire.

60 minutes. Tricky beast, belief. A great power, under-used and abused.

Better Off Dread
67 minutes. I thinl most tunes sound better as reggae. Here's proof. All covers.

Hare Across The Rubicon
122 minutes. My final show for Dandelion Radio. I leap!

119 minutes. My Chinese birth animal is Rabbit. Now I am Hare.

119 minutes. 50 favourite tunes compressed into 2 hours, on  my 50th birthday.
First heard on Dandelion Radio March 2013.

119 minutes. Dandelion Radio December 2012. Now this is what I call a hit parade.

Summer Ease
45 minutes. Not a great title. No theme here, just some deeply chilled out summer music.

77 minutes. An examination of the nature of choice, or lack of it. Part two of a trilogy. Part one was Mythunderstanding. Part three is 'The Rebirth Of Pan'. I've already made several versions, but I'm not happy with any of them.

Spring Poop
73 minutes. A musical letter to an old friend, concerning her daughter leaving home for college.

60 minutes. Dandelion Radio Christmas mix 2011. 'Mr Mucilaginous's Unsentimental But Only Mildly Cynical Zmas Mix'.

67 minutes. Reggae. Developed from my Spring 2011 set for Dub In The Pub Soundsystem.

74 minutes. On the nature of the power of myth in everyday life, and how we are driven and controlled by belief systems we only vaguely comprehend. Part one of a trilogy. Part two is 'Choice'.

63 minutes. Fun with some great tunes, you swine.

70 miutes. Created as a feast of samples to be chopped up by my friend Ffrancon.

70 minutes. Christmas 2009. What a heap of useless, expensive shit!
This was my most popular mix, downloaded thousands of times...I lost count.

There were others before Hogwash. I might post them eventually.

 Here are my parents, newly married, in Springwood N.S.W., Australia c.1951.

In a few days I will be older than my father ever was. In a couple of months, my mother will be gone 6 years. With the most profound gratitude, I release them, as I go beyond them, with them.
We are never alone.

I wish you all self knowledge. I value little else.

Pete Nelson

Monday 1 April 2013

Nothing I see means anything

Michel Bananes Jr - Quel Beau Voyage: AA - Skyway: Ian Pooley - What I Do: Steve McGrath - Tectonic (Loquai Remix): The Str8jackets - Dirty Love (Garrett & Ojelay rmx): Ministry Of Funk - Spacer: Matmos - ESP: Roger Species - Bloodclots + lollipops: Nick Curly - Inside My Head: F Sonik - Dusty Drops: Guy J - Sahara (Dub Mix): HurHur - Wheel: Automassage - Get in The Ring: Fory - Checkmate: Roger Species - Spandex Ballet: Calla Soiled - Fwck; Coseyhead - All Of My Monkey: Flosstradamus - ITH ft. Tuneboy & DJ Issac: Mistabishi - Welcome To Lagos: Skhoo - Skanky Love: FOOL - Destroyer Of Speakers: Joe Ford - Behemoth: East Breaks In Thousand - Recollection Of Lost Days: Alan Price - Look Over Your Shoulder: Luke Abbott - Silent Fall

A musical epitaph to an old self.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Love everything. EVERYTHING. Die Daily.

Will I ever run out of songs that say just exactly what I feel right now?

Thank you to all the musicians who speak for me this month.

Friday 1 March 2013

Over Fifty

Black Dog got my tongue.

On the show this month:

Shel Silverstein - Fuckem'
Hermanez - Dope Feen
Oliver Huntemann - Tasmanian Tiger
Leedvd - Street Life
Alan Fitzpatrick & Jon Gurd - Electric Love
Emerson & Dubnitzky - Gentle One
Igorrr - Vegetable Soup
Bando - 345
Bambounou - Any Other Service
David Ezra Brown - Eleven Camels
Carmine - Pharmacodynamics
Arnoux - Nothing More Than Dead
Zoo - Manusia Baru
Pine Leaf Boys - Chère Chérie [Dearest Dear]
Cantankerous Riot - It's All In The Game
Martinibomb - The Love God
Pachanga Boys - Legs
Tiitus - Nocturne
Tim Rose - Morning Dew
Juno Reactor - Pistolero (MR.BLACK Remix 2012)
Mighty Dub Katz - Magic Carpet Ride (DJ's From Mars Remix)
Phunk Investigation, Schuhmacher - From The Dust
DJ Dan - Out Of Nowhere
Rob Acid - Prometheus

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Friday 1 February 2013


I've always experienced a physical response to music. Not so much arms and legs, I'm a bit too shy for dancing, but I feel my internal organs expand and contract with rhythm. I feel waves of energy ebb and flow through my nerves with melody. My mind bursts like a rising sun when these elements combine with meaning. I delight that artists are rarely aware of this synthesis of technique, passion and intelligence. The process of creating true art is necessarily totally involved in the moment of creation. So is it's appreciation.

I'm 50 years old this month. I felt moved to mark this passage with an honest expression of what truly moves me. I gathered 50 of favourite tunes of all my listening life and squashed them into two hours.
It was quite easy to assemble the playlist. Since digitising most of my collection, I've been listening to a lot of old music along with the new. These are the ones I keep coming back to. I can sing-along to all of them.

The real number of tunes I can't live without is more like 300. It was fun to narrow it down to the essentials. However, this list doesn't really represent my listening habits. There's only a few bits of electronica...that's because of how I listen to electro,,I like mixes, sets etc The individual tunes don't stand out so's more about the experience and the dj. Actually, I listen to stacks of techno....Friday and Saturday nights my ears are glued to RTE2 (some awesome late night sessions). Also, this is a list of songs, not albums. That would be a very different list, and would include lots of Van Morrison, 70s prog and collections of old country music. My father-in-law sent me a cd of The Pine Leaf boys for xmas. Thanks David! It's nothing fancy...not new or groundbreaking, just honest modern, slightly slack, cajun. I love it! If you've listened to my show before, you'll now that I've also got a taste for music that some might say is considerably avant-garde. I would say that they should get out more, virtually speaking. Nothing in this mix sounds particularly avant-garde to me, but most of did to somebody at some time. ("That Hank Williams...plays dangerous music...we don't want his honky-tonking in our town").

Most of this music is several years old. I wouldn't normally consider anything a favourite until I've been listening consistently for several years, through several listening phases. There's a handful of current tunes in this playlist, and only one from 2012. 'Red River' by 'Tickle' is in my opinion the very best tune of last year,  and JStar's One Life One Hope the best of the year before.

You can here this mix throughout February on Dandelion Radio. Check there for broadcast times.

So, here's the playlist:

The Beatles - If I Fell
Bowmods - 17 Weeks
Caravan - Golf Girl
Billy Bragg - The Milkman of Human Kindness
Robert Crumb - My Girl's Pussy
Frank Sinatra - I've Got The World On A String
Aretha Franklin - I Say a Little Prayer
The Crystals - Da Doo Ron Ron
Hot Roddy - Suspicious Minds
Elvis Presley - Gentle On My Mind
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Fairport Convention - Matty Groves
The Nails - 88 Lines About 44 Women
Bob Dylan - Idiot Wind
The Chordettes - Mister Sandman
Bob James - Take Me To The Mardi Gras
Herb Alpert - Tijuana Taxi
Van Morrison - Saint Dominic's Preview
Dionne Warwick - Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
Dirt Bacharach - St8 Outta San Jose
John Dowie - The British Tourist
Jaques Palminger - Tudeldub
DJ Reach & Roger Species - When I'm Licking Windows
Frank Zappa - Bobby Brown Goes Down
Lonzo & Oscar - I'm My Own Grandpa
...Native Hipsters - Mr Magic
The Flesh Happening - Useless Pumping
Roxy Music - Virginia Plain
Television - Marquee Moon
The Velvet Underground - What Goes On
Santana - Oye Como Va
Buddy Rich - The Beat Goes On
The Grateful Dead - Uncle John's Band
Terry Allen - The Girl Who Danced Oklahoma
The Sons Of The Pioneers - Cool Water
Nic Jones - Canadee-I-O
Leonard Cohen - Tower of Song
Hank Williams - I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
Country Joe & The Fish - The 'Fish' Cheer
Lea Nicholson - God Bless The Unemployed
Shel Silverstein - I Got Stoned And I Missed It
Johnny Cash - A Boy Named Sue
Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing
War - Low Rider
Toots & The Maytals - Sweet And Dandy
Tickle - Red River
Daft Punk - Revolution 909
JStar - One Life, One Hope
Sizzla - I Don't Give A Fuck
Blue Mink - Melting Pot
Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up
The Beatles - The End

I wish love to any who want it