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 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



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:


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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:

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:

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:


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 there's plenty on youtube.

No videos to share with you this month.


Sunday 4 September 2022


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 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: Information about the band can be found at their website here:

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 gets pretty fantastic. You can listen to it at their band camp page

Here's an example:

Some amusing Youtube shit.

The Gay Daleks

The genius of Joe Wilkinson

Friday 3 June 2022

Particularly Impressed

The usual auditory rough and tumble. You know what to do.

Download the whole mp3 here: EMFABJUNE2022

Or stream on Mixcloud here: 

Hank Williams - I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive

Elvis - Gentle On My Mind

The Maytals - My Daily Food

XS Soundz feat. Sardara Gill - Soho Road

Die! Die! Die! - This Is Not An Island Anymore

Ackermann - Left The Club Tipsy

Before Breakfast - Journey

Ben McElroy - Store Away For A Winters Day

John Martyn - The River

And So I Watch You from Afar - Jettison (full score)

Plug - Drum 'N' Bass For Papa

Om Unit - Angles

Kasai Allstars - The Ecstasy Of Singing

Khalil EPI & Imed Alibi - Nashwa

DenonDjay - YMCA Saturday Night Mix

The Maytals - I'll Never Grow Old

Here's the video for the YMCA remix:

Bhangra shuffle dancing...what a good idea. Check out the 2 lasses at 16s.

A favourite moment from Jam, that explains this show's title:

Monday 2 May 2022


What!? More Ska, a couple of tunes from my current fave TV show...'Barry', 'Surf's Up' twice, Haitian folk, some old and some new disco, and many more hits of today...yes, it's Eclectic Music For Mind And Bodhi May 2022!

Hopefully, I've fixed my long standing microphone problem...let me know. 

About listening again/back...on Mixcloud, you can't 'rewind' unless you buy premium membership. The obvious solution is to download the whole MP3 using the link below.

Eclectic Music For Mind And Bodhi May 2022 click here.

Or stream on Mixcloud here:

Prince Buster - Madness

Beach Boys - Surf's Up

Rose Royce - Wishing On A Star

The Beatles - Get Back (Rooftop Performance 3)

Anoukulele - A Little Respect

The Untouchables - Tighten Up

Ilan Ilan - 3 Fèy, 3 Rasin o - Melimelo

Jake Thackray - Ulysses

DJ Blazecut - Bigger Hammer

Patrick & Lloyd - Return Of The Pollock

Charles Bradley - Change For The World

Badbadnotgood - Time Moves Slow feat. Sam Herring

Judge Dread  - Big Seven

Prince Buster - Big Five

Lord Tanamo - Rainy Night In Georgia

Pelt - Sundogs -> Chiming -> The Door in The Hill

Daniel Bachman - Beautiful Eyes Of Virginia

Ilan Ilan - M Fin Vye - Ochan Lavi

Wet Leg - Chaise Longue

Goody Goody - No1 DJ

I Will Survive (Workout Mix)

Brian Wilson - Surf's Up (solo, 1967)

What do I mean by What!?...look here 

 And here's the video to Wet Leg's 'Chaise Longue'

And a little more respect

Friday 1 April 2022


Ska bejewels this month's Eclectic Music For Mind And Bodhi. Old Ska. Sixties Ska...mostly. There's some sweet techno from Ackermann and Echologist, another remixed disco classic, some growling metal and the usual smattering of the indefinable.

Download the MP3 of the show here: EMFAB April 2022

Or stream on Mixcloud here:

The playlist

Justin Hinds & The Dominoes - Carry Go Bring Home

Smokey Joe & The Kid - Mama Gave Ya

Ackermann - Sounds Of Life

The Mañana People - It's All Really Messed Up

Dandy Livingstone - Rudy, A Message to You

Ancient Burials - Manifest

Rudy Mills - John Jones

T-Connection - At Midnight (12” Version)

The Spanishtonians - Rudy Gets Plenty

Smokey Joe & The Kid - Motherless Jazz

Canada - Driven From Our Fields

Echologist - Mantle

Keys N Krates - Brazilian Love Song

Karsten Pflum - Iso66

Beach House - Through Me

The Resonant Rogues - Fool Of The Rules

Bad Company - The Nine

Laurel Aitken - Rudi Got Married

Bjørn Torske - Expresso

Stereocool - Stayin' Alive 'To The Death' Remix

Burial & Four Tet - Moth

Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Soul Ska

The album of the month this time is 'War Is Over' by 'Smokey Joe & The Kid', which you can listen to and buy here:

And here's a video which doesn't seem to have anything to do with the song:

Friday 4 March 2022

Found Cake


February got away with me. Suddenly it was March. I did compile a playlist for this month's show, but I couldn't seem to summon up the juice. Then we were in the car and listening to this old mix I did in 2015 for a dear friend's 65th birthday. I've never published it or even shared it with anyone else. I consider it a private, intimate gift. But here it is, with my friends permission, because it's time to let it loose. It's about an hour long, and exceedingly tender. I hope it grooves you.

As usual, you can download the whole thing as an mp3 here: Found Cake

Or you can stream it at Mixcloud here:

Roy Rogers - Don't Fence Me In

Premiata Forneria Marconi - Peninsula

John Martyn - Fairy Tale Lullaby

Kevin Ayers - Whatevershebringswesing

Neil Diamond - I Am...I Said

Davey Graham - Both Sides Now

Karen Dalton - Something On Your Mind

Richard Harris  - McArthur Park

Ironbridge - Ironbridge

Family - Larf And Sing

Rod Stewart - Mandolin Wind

Martin Simpson - Kit's Tune, When A Knight Won His Spurs

John Fahey - On The Sunny Side Of The Ocean

Chris Wood - The Taoist Tale

Spirit - Kahuna Dreams

Don Trust - If I Had Ever Been Here Before

Sri Darwin Gross - At The Grass Roots

The Waterboys - Spirit

The Seekers - Love Is Kind, Love Is Wine

Bert Kaempfert - Tijuana Taxi

Thursday 3 February 2022



Hello hello. A hoy hoy. Feb's show is sweet. Sweet. As well structured as a well structured thing. And that's pretty well structured I can tell you. The usual moments of beauty and unusualness abound.

You can download the whole 2 hour MP3 here: EMFABFEB2022

Or stream at Mixcloud below:

Ivor Cutler - I'm Happy

The New Improved Jook Savages - It's So Fucked

Canned Heat (Blind Owl Wilson) - Poor Moon

Fela Kuti - Zombie

Gheist - We Are Not Alone

Freddy Todd - Sanatine

Bonga Jean Baptiste - Papa Gede

Elvis Costello - A Good Year For The Roses

Bettye Swann - Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

Allen LeRoy Hug - Too Soon

Imogen Rose - Talkin' Like You (Two Tall Mountains)

Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly

The Magnetic Fields - The Book of Love

Beenie Man - Steve Biko

Papir - 7.1 (part I-III)

Tape Toy - Honey, WTF

Tom Verlaine - Let Go The Mansion

Freddy Todd - Reclaim The Means

George Harrison - My Sweet Lord

Yuragi - I Want You by My Side

Almighty/Diana Ross - Ain't No Mountain High Enough (12” Essential Mix)

This month's album of the month is 'Nineteen Ninety' by Freddy Todd. You can listen and buy at Bandcamp here:

Freddy Todd is from Detroit, though he is currently based in North Carolina. Todd describes his sound as "Psychedelic Bassy Dancey Soulful Funky Glitchy Electronic Music."

Here's the excellent video for Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly:

And here's some people dancing, looking like they were born to it:

Thursday 6 January 2022

Every Dog

 Some tunes, some chat...What can I say? I don't do small talk.

Download the show here: EMFAB JAN2022

Or stream at Mixcloud:

Misty In Roots - Man Kind

Shirley Scott & The Soul Saxes - I Wish I knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

Response - I Don’t Want To Be Here

Agoria - What If Earth Would Turn Faster

Audiobooks - The English Manipulator

Donnacha Costello - Slowly Sinking In (2021 Remaster)

Townes Van Zandt - Loretta

Batty Ranks - Downtown Clown

Uriah Heep - All My Life

Abbacadabra - Dancing Queen (Back To Your Roots PWL Mix)

Van Der Graaf Generator - Refugees

Bill Callahan - Baby's Breath

Audiobooks - The Doll

Nicky Elisabeth - Celeste (Roman Flügel Remix)

Genius - Inspector Jones

Puuluup - Paala Järve Vaala Baar

Meitei  - Happyaku-yacho

Prince Fari - Calling Over The Distant Sea

Rebekah Del Rio - No Stars

Mirko And Meex - Party Time

Sandy Denny - By The Time It Gets Dark

I'm suggesting an album of the month this time, and it's Audibooks - Astro Tough on Heavenly Recordings. Audiobooks are the duo of Evangeline Ling and David Wrench. This is their second release. They have a sparse website, but there's information at their label page: 

You can listen and buy at Bandcamp:

As usual, a clutch of vids for your amusement:

Erasure performing Respect in 2018...Andy Bell...heroic self confidence...

Here's a very different rendering of the same song.

This is just silly: