A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: AZ— VOLUME 3

Hello All,

Welcome to the third volume of my AZ project! I consider this one to be a real treat, as it features more than a mouthful of some of my all time favorite artists!

Hopefully you got something out of the first and second mixtapes.

Again, I am creating this series of MixTapes by selecting songs to represent each artist’s work up on my CD shelf. Yes, that is from an actual physical CD–as for now I won’t attempt to tackle the 10,000-plus “items” stored up digitally on my computers.

Taking this on from A and continuing through the entirety of the alphabet until I touch down upon Z, this certainly provides direction and a forward momentum of its own. However, the challenge lies in selection and finding a flow to thread it all together.

Although every song found on these might not be what I normally would present on a mix, or even be something I’d typically recommend, I’m positive the results will at least be more interesting than a standard music block on your radio. I must admit that in the case of some of this music I might not have listened to it in about two decades, and I’m sure that there will be a few I’ve actually never listened to more than once if at all (I get a ton of CDs from fleamarkets and library discards). However, in my opinion, so far so good.

So here on volume three we’ve got Bal to Big.

Oh and in case you missed it from the first volume, a little explanation on all the inserted scribbles:

In addition to the mix, I plan on pairing each song with a line or two of quick poetic impression. Utilizing each track as a mandala—a target for focus—or perhaps as a prism to refract thought, I think of this aspect of the AZ project as a Solitaire variation on the Surrealists’ game of Exquisite Corpse.  Hopefully in the end I’ll have a few good poems to show or at least a good line or two, but even that concept of “good” doesn’t seem all that important for this project. A psychic investigation and a form of exercise to keep my imagination limber and help the creative juices to continue to flow: sure this may all be a bit self-indulgent, but hell, what isn’t in this world?

Anyway, once all that is completed my intention is to present them stitched and somewhat refined in structure at the bottom of the post.

Oh, I invite you all to create your own and if you like feel free to post them in the comments section below.

Anyways, Come on and click below to continue on what is sure to be a long, long, long and bumpy ride.

…as always,

–ENJOY YOURSELF–

AZ- volume 3

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AZ— VOLUME 3

  • Historias Tristes – La Balteuband (from La Balteuband)
  • Rag Mama Rag – The Band (from The Band)
  • Quedate Luna – Devendra Banhart (from Cripple Crow)
  • Can’t Wait Too Long – The Beach Boys (from Smiley Smile)
  • Pass The Mic/(edit)(Pt. 2, Skills To Pay The Bills) – Beastie Boys (from Check Your Head)
  • Abbey Road Medley – The Beatles (from Abbey Road)
  • Sally Go Round The Roses – Caroleen Beatty (w/ Mushroom) (from You’re Only As Pretty As You Feel)
  • Midnite Vultures – Beck (from Arabian Nights “…” B-Sides)
  • I Think I Might Have Built a Horse – The Beets (from Let The Poison Out)
  • In The Mausoleum – Beirut (from The Flying Club Cup)
  • We Are MTO – Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra (from We Are MTO)
  • Dog Got A Bone – The Beta Band (from The Three E.P.’s)
  • Unbelievable/Suicidal Thoughts - The Notorious B.I.G. (from Ready To Die)
  • Danger Zone(edit)/ Street Struck – Big L (Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous)

A——————————————————  — —     — ————- ———Z

——————–  – –  —   —– — –    – –   ——-  — — —————  —    -

—”in whose name was opened the atrocity box? “—

Historias TristesLa Balteuband (from La Balteuband)

——– – ——- – – —– —               – – – -

but—Why bother with these pointing fingers when we’re both hot-and-bothered?

but-—Beholden to a moribund heritage, we suffer in the name of habit and being consistent.

Steady—

Rag Mama RagThe Band (from The Band)

—- – – –   —- – – —– -

but—Lord knows, this morning we could just collapse into an ocean

of tar and raw honey…and swim…and swallow.

Quedate Luna - Devendra Banhart (from Cripple Crow)

——— – —  —- – – — —————–

How long until then? How long?

Can’t Wait Too LongThe Beach Boys (from Smiley Smile)

————–    —-   —- —- — — – – – –   –      –      –        –                   -

but–The arrow has already landed;

all that is left is to draw back the bow; etc., etc.

Pass The Mic/(Pt. 2, Skills To Pay The Bills)Beastie Boys (from Check Your Head)

————- — — — —  —- – – – – – – – –    — — — –     –   – – – — ——- –   — __ —__–_-__

Observation of Beautiful Forms:

Listen to the room breathe.

Through hexagon peepholes

observe

The chamber set at the bottom of the cylinder turns, slowly…slowly…

—I’d rather the raw mouth full to the brim with robust flowers

than theories of the orifice stuffed with cash—

It gasps, it spits—petals spill slow from parted lips to wash the mind away with this parting toss of a bouquet.

but—The flowers have already been caught; all that is left is to give them a throw; etc., etc.

Abbey Road MedleyThe Beatles (from Abbey Road)

- – – – – – – – ——————       ————-       —    —       —     —     –        –    – – – – – – – – –    — — – ————     – –        –      -

Sure thing, those flowers can burn you—

Sally Go Round The RosesCaroleen Beatty (w/ Mushroom) (from You’re Only As Pretty As You Feel)

- — – —   —- —–    — – – – – ————- —

There is

An area where the surface tension of the membrane reveals a porous access, through

which we might introduce ourselves.

Enter

Tongue first

the labyrinth of streams within the dawn of all things—

Midnite VulturesBeck (from Arabian Nights “…” B-Sides)

————————– ———————  ——————- –   – – – – –  – – ——————-

We ride each other’s hands like tender horses;

I Think I Might Have Built a HorseThe Beets (from Let The Poison Out)

——– ———– ———— ————– — – – – – – — – — ———— ———— ——— —- –

We press hot flowers to perfume the tips and clefts of soft palms;

In The MausoleumBeirut (from The Flying Club Cup)

- – — – —– —– — – —  — – – – – – – – – – – – – – —– – – – ——

We writhe in each other’s hands until a tender divorce.

We Are MTOSteven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra (from We Are MTO)

———————– ——————- —- — – ————————————-

but–the cylinder turns once more, slowly…slowly…

Dog Got A BoneThe Beta Band (from The Three E.P.’s)

- – – – ——– —- ———- — –  ————-  – – – – ———————

and once again the masks of Thalia and Melpomene meet and gently press.

Unbelievable/Suicidal ThoughtsThe Notorious B.I.G. (from Ready To Die)

—- ——– — — – –   — –  –  –  –  ————- — – – – – – – – —————–

It’s always going to be down to a choice: hot flowers or some shrug in a morgue?

Danger Zone(edit)/Street StruckBig L (Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous)

—    –      —     -

—— – – – – ————– – – – – – – – –  —   – –  – – ——————————-

BIG (Big Church or Narrow House?)

— “in whose name was opened the atrocity box? “—

but–Why bother with these pointing fingers when we’re both hot-and-bothered?

but–Beholden to a moribund heritage, we suffer in the name of habit and being consistent;

Steady—

but–Lord knows, this morning we could just collapse into an ocean

of tar and raw honey…and swim…and swallow.

How long until then? How long?

but–The arrow has already landed;

all that is left is to draw back the bow; etc., etc.

Observation of Beautiful Forms:

Listen to the room breathe.

Through hexagon peepholes

observe

The chamber set at the bottom of the cylinder turns, slowly…slowly…

—I’d rather the raw mouth full to the brim with robust flowers

than theories of the orifice stuffed with cash—

It gasps, it spits—petals spill slow from parted lips to wash the mind away with this parting toss of a bouquet.

but—The flowers have already been caught; all that is left is to give them a throw; etc., etc.

Sure thing, those flowers can burn you—

There is

An area where the surface tension of the membrane reveals a porous access, through which we might introduce ourselves.

Enter

Tongue first

the labyrinth of streams within the dawn of all things–

We ride each other’s hands like tender horses;

We press hot flowers to perfume the tips and clefts of soft palms;

We writhe in each other’s hands until a tender divorce.

but–the cylinder turns once more, slowly…slowly…

and once again the masks of Thalia and Melpomene meet and gently press.

It’s always going to be down to a choice: hot flowers or some shrug in a morgue?

 .—————————————————-

—     —————————–

——–Bobby Calero———————————————–

A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: AZ— VOLUME 2

Hello All,

Welcome to the second volume of my AZ project! Hopefully you got something from the first.

Again, I am creating this series of MixTapes by selecting songs to represent each artist’s work up on my CD shelf. Yes, that is from an actual physical CD–as for now I won’t attempt to tackle the 10,000-plus “items” stored up digitally on my computers.

Taking this on from A and continuing through the entirety of the alphabet until I touch down upon Z, this certainly provides direction and a forward momentum of its own. However, the challenge lies in selection and finding a flow to thread it all together.

Although every song found on these might not be what I normally would present on a mix, or even be something I’d typically recommend, I’m positive the results will at least be more interesting than a standard music block on your radio. I must admit that in the case of some of this music I might not have listened to it in about two decades, and I’m sure that there will be a few I’ve actually never listened to more than once if at all. However, in my opinion, so far so good.

So here on volume two we’ve got Ar to Bal.

Oh and in case you missed it from the first volume, a little explanation on all the inserted scribbles:

In addition to the mix, I plan on pairing each song with a line or two of quick poetic impression. Utilizing each track as a mandala—a target for focus—or perhaps as a prism to refract thought, I think of this aspect of the AZ project as a Solitaire variation on the Surrealists’ game of Exquisite Corpse.  Hopefully in the end I’ll have a few good poems to show or at least a good line or two, but even that concept of “good” doesn’t seem all that important for this project. A psychic investigation and a form of exercise to keep my imagination limber and help the creative juices to continue to flow: sure this may all be a bit self-indulgent, but hell, what isn’t in this world?

Anyway, once all that is completed my intention is to present them stitched and somewhat refined in structure at the bottom of the post.

Oh, I invite you all to create your own and if you like feel free to post them in the comments section below.

Anyways, Come on and click below to continue on what is sure to be a long, long, long and bumpy ride.

…as always,

–ENJOY YOURSELF–

Oh, and as somewhat of an aside, I must say that I’ve never heard a rhyme more perfect and playful than Ira Gershwin’s:

 

Yes, Jonah, he lived in a whale,
Oh Jonah, he lived in a whale,
he made his home in
that fish ab-domen.
Oh Jonah, he lived in a whale.

 

 

AZ- volume 2

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AZ— VOLUME 2

  • It Ain’t Necessarily So – Louis Armstrong (ft. Ella Fitzgerald) (from What A Wonderful World)
  • Broken Mouth Blues – Nic Armstrong & The Thieves (from The Greatest White Liar)
  • They Don’t Make Love Like They Used To – Eddy Arnold (from Last Of The Love Song Singers: Then And Now)
  • Children Play With Earth – Arrested Development (from 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days In The Life Of…)
  • On A Beach – Richard Ashcroft (from Alone With Everybody)
  • Extra Kings – The Avalanches (from Since I Left You)
  • Chest’ è l’africa – Enzo Avitabile & Bottari (feat. Hugh Masekala) (from Salvamm’o munno)
  • Even Stranger – Baby Elephant (Bernie Worrell, Prince Paul, Newkirk) (from Turn My Teeth Up!)
  • Listen To Me – Baby Huey and the Babysitters (from The Baby Huey Story)
  • The Medicine – Baby Lemonade (from 68% Pure Imagination)
  • La Belle Et La Bête – Babyshambles (from Down In Albion)
  • Slow Down – Backbeat Band (Greg Dulli, Thurston Moore, Don Fleming, Mike Mills, Dave Grohl) (from Backbeat Original Soundtrack)
  • Stone On The Water – Badly Drawn Boy (from The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast)
  • Long Gone – Syd Barrett (from The Madcap Laughs)
  • Individual – Bad Religion (from Stranger Than Fiction)
  • Danger/Think Twice/World Keeps Turning (Outro) – Erykah Badu (feat. China Black & Roy Hargrove) (from Worldwide Underground)
  • Tears Of Rage – Joan Baez (from Any Day Now)
  • I’d Like To – Corinne Bailey Rae (from Corinne Bailey Rae)
  • Who Loves – Matteah Baim (feat. Devendra Banhart) (from Death Of The Sun)
  • Meboli – Balkan Beat Box (feat. Vlada Tomova) (from Balkan Beat Box)

A——————————————————  — —     — ————- ———Z

——————–  – –  —   —– — –    – –   ——-  — — —————  —    -

They’ll tell you that there are only a few avenues, four perhaps, through which to take it and go:

swallow, spit, smile, or chew.

But it’s not true, and much more likely some confluence of those along with some other unknown element.

It Ain’t Necessarily SoLouis Armstrong (ft. Ella Fitzgerald) (from What A Wonderful World)

——————  —-  — –  ———————– – —– — —–    -

We take it on the arches only to return with feints, jabs, and other charms of learned behavior.

He’ll tell her that there are only five cognitive functions:

perception; memory; attention; language; and intelligence.

but I just don’t know about these ideological assumptions.

—“Is it getting better?”-“Are we getting worse?”-“What works?”—

And over the remote, row-upon-row of massive servers roaring away, adverts ask:

“Who will you be a year from now?”

Broken Mouth BluesNic Armstrong & The Thieves (from The Greatest White Liar)

———————–  — — – —————      –        —— – – ————–

Respire in the subtle all.

They’ll point out to a portion of the fluid and shout:

“Look! New moving parts!”

But some of us focus on

the alchemy in stomata and lungs;

trading in diamonds and coal.

“What works?”

With this ring

I thee wed;

with these songs

We will make it work.

They Don’t Make Love Like They Used ToEddy Arnold (from Last Of The Love Song Singers: Then And Now)

—————– —– ——–        — — – – – – — – —————      ——— -

So we dig out and dig in:

O Great Creator

Let us now water our gardens in the morning

Let us now join in play in the dirt for another afternoon

And in the evening, let us supper together

before we join in on that other dig…dig?

Children Play With EarthArrested Development (from 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days In The Life Of…)

–       –           –                    –              –      ——————————— — – –     -

Suicide at a cellular level.

and as we arrive to a point where we think there’s nothing left but all this & perhaps a bit of all that,

We point,

We tell ourselves stories.

We know there’s something more.

On A BeachRichard Ashcroft (from Alone With Everybody)

————– — — ———–  —-  — — ———————–  —- – -

The familiar game of catch-and-kiss-and-jealous-and-kiss-and-release—

Someone will get you.

Extra KingsThe Avalanches (from Since I Left You)

——— –           –            –          – —————- – – – – – – – – – –  -

Enjoy your meal

The four courses have been prepared

Enjoy your meal

Chest’ è l’africaEnzo Avitabile & Bottari (feat. Hugh Masekala) (from Salvamm’o munno)

————– — — — – – – – —- – ———

We dance with callous…

…before we unveil the soft orbit of our hearts

Even StrangerBaby Elephant (Bernie Worrell, Prince Paul, Newkirk) (from Turn My Teeth Up!)

-        –    –     ——— — – – ——————– – – —-     -

If there be anyone who still feels

they still have something left to say

still

listen and speak

why not when

after all

We’ve been falling all this time

Listen To MeBaby Huey and the Babysitters (from The Baby Huey Story)

————— – —————–  ——      —————- – —-

Particularly those that please,

All volatile chemicals are symbols,

through which we come to understand,

given enough time.

Let us now have time enough

for all this & perhaps a bit of all that.

The Medicine - Baby Lemonade (from 68% Pure Imagination)

——— —– — – —    –     – – – — —    –   – — – –   –    –      –      –            -

Beauty & The Beast & Bread & Circus

That familiar game…the clip-clop of horse-hooves & heartbeats

La Belle Et La BêteBabyshambles (from Down In Albion)

———– ————– ————– ———— ——– ———– -

“Slow Down”

:in all things, no better words of advice were ever passed from lips:

“slow down”

Slow DownBackbeat Band (Greg Dulli, Thurston Moore, Don Fleming, Mike Mills, Dave Grohl) (from Backbeat Original Soundtrack)

—— —- – –  – — — —    — – – – – – – –  – ———-   –     –      –          -

We go

headlong into the dissolve we go

We go

but it need not be frightening for no one

Sad

Sure

we remember sometimes

We go

Stone On The WaterBadly Drawn Boy (from The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast)

———— ———- —- – – —- — — — —- — — ——————–

Return,

to what?

Drop the feint and jab of your mad bird act

long enough for our orbits

to go

where they will

Long GoneSyd Barrett (from The Madcap Laughs)

—————————————–    —     ———————- – – – – – – -

Let us now fall through the cracks together

Who cares for forgot

or remembered?

Let us now fall through the cracks together

IndividualBad Religion (from Stranger Than Fiction)

– — — — — — — —– —– —– —– —– —– —– —– —– —– – – – —— —————

—(you’ve got me feeling-some-type-of-way/I’ve got you feeling-some-type-of-way)—

Danger/Think Twice/World Keeps Turning (Outro)Erykah Badu (feat. China Black & Roy Hargrove) (from Worldwide Underground)

——— —————- —————— —————— —— ———————

Betrayal?

Sure

Forgiven

Hurt?

Still Here

We Go On

—I Love You—

Tears Of RageJoan Baez (from Any Day Now)

—— – —— – –     – — — –     — – – ——————– – –  —- —- – — – – ———

tender orbit

touch

tender orbit

I’d Like ToCorinne Bailey Rae (from Corinne Bailey Rae)

– — –            ——– —              – —               –                     –

Return,

to who?

Who loves you, baby?

Who LovesMatteah Baim (feat. Devendra Banhart) (from Death Of The Sun) [photo by Lauren Dukoff]

— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — ——————

—I Love You—

MeboliBalkan Beat Box (feat. Vlada Tomova) (from Balkan Beat Box)

————————–  — —    –  ——- – –       –     –     –   —————– – – -

BAL (Ballast Tank Prayers For Those In Love, and Other Dialogues With God)

 

They’ll tell you that there are only a few avenues, four perhaps, through which to take it and go:

swallow, spit, smile, or chew.

But it’s not true, and much more likely some confluence of those along with some other unknown element.

We take it on the arches only to return with feints, jabs, and other charms of learned behavior.

He’ll tell her that there are only five cognitive functions:

perception; memory; attention; language; and intelligence.

But I just don’t know about these ideological assumptions.

 

—“Is it getting better?”-“Are we getting worse?”-“What works?”—

 

And over the remote, row-upon-row of massive servers roaring away, adverts ask:

“Who will you be a year from now?”

 

Respire in the subtle all.

They’ll point out to a portion of the fluid and shout:

“Look! New moving parts!”

but some of us focus on

The alchemy in stomata and lungs;

trading in diamonds and coal.

“What works?”

With this ring

I thee wed;

With these songs

We will make it work.

 

So we dig out and dig in:

O Great Creator

Let us now water our gardens in the morning

Let us now join in play in the dirt for another afternoon

And in the evening, let us supper together

before we join in on that other dig…dig?

 

Suicide at a cellular level.

and as we arrive to a point where we think there’s nothing left but all this and

perhaps a bit of all that,

We point,

We tell ourselves stories.

We know there’s something more.

 

The familiar game of catch-and-kiss-and-jealous-and-kiss-and-release—

Someone will get you.

 

Enjoy your meal

            The four courses have been prepared

            Enjoy your meal

 

We dance with callous…

…before we unveil the soft orbit of our hearts

 

If there be anyone who still feels

They still have something left to say

still

listen and speak

why not when

after all

We’ve been falling all this time

 

Particularly those that please,

All volatile chemicals are symbols,

through which we come to understand,

given enough time.

Let us now have time enough

for all this & perhaps a bit of all that.

Beauty & The Beast & Bread & Circus

That Familiar game…the clip-clop of horse-hooves & heartbeats

 

“Slow Down”

 

:in all things, no better words of advice were ever passed from lips:

 

“slow down”

We go

headlong into the dissolve we go

We go

Sad

Sure

but it need not be frightening for no one

we remember sometimes

We go

Return,

to what?

Drop the feint and jab of your mad bird act

long enough for our orbits

to go

where they will

 

Let us now fall through the cracks together

Who cares for forgot

or remembered?

Let us now fall through the cracks together

 

—(you’ve got me feeling-some-type-of-way/I’ve got you feeling-some-type-of-way)—

 

Betrayal?

Sure

Forgiven

Hurt?

Still Here

We Go On

 

—I Love You—

 

tender orbit

touch

tender orbit

Return,

to who?

Who Loves you, baby?

 

—I Love You—

 .—————————————————-

—     —————————–

——–Bobby Calero———————————————–

A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: AZ— VOLUME 1

Hello all,

Welcome to the first post of what is set to be quite a long form MixTape. With a whole other slew of priorities and projects currently occupying both my plate and back-burner, here is my solution to keep this blog going steady and fun for the moment. This is something I see as a perfect medley of autopilot and challenge. I am creating this AZ series of mixtapes by selecting one song to represent each artist’s work up on my CD shelf. Yes, that is from an actual physical CD–as for now I won’t attempt to tackle the 10,000-plus “items” stored up digitally on my computers.

Taking this on from A and continuing through the entirety of the alphabet until I touch down upon Z, this certainly provides direction and a forward momentum of its own. However, the challenge lies in selection and finding a flow to thread it all together. In a pursuit for clarity I am going to skip all the various compilations, soundtracks, tribute albums, genre box-sets, and the like that I own on CD. Perhaps I’ll create one for just those someday.

In addition, I plan on pairing each song with a line or two of quick poetic impression. Utilizing each track as a mandala—a target for focus—or perhaps as a prism to refract thought, I think of this aspect of the AZ project as a Solitaire variation on the Surrealists’ game of Exquisite Corpse. Once all that is completed my intention is to present them stitched and somewhat refined in structure at the bottom of the post. Hopefully in the end I’ll have a few good poems to show, but even that concept of “good” doesn’t seem all that important for this project. A psychic investigation and a form of exercise to keep my imagination limber and help the creative juices to continue to flow: sure this may all be a bit self-indulgent, but hell, what isn’t in this world?

Now I know that these scribbles may only serve to distance the listener from the core of these artists’ work, as opposed to hinting at a new lens to view them; so I invite you all to create your own and if you like feel free to post them in the comments section below.

Although every song found on these might not be what I normally would present on a mix, or even be something I’d typically recommend, I’m positive the results will at least be more interesting than a standard music block on your radio. I must admit that in the case of some of this music I might not have listened to it in over two decades, and I’m sure that there will be a few I’ve actually never listened to more than once if at all. However, I must say, I’m pretty pleased with how this first one came out.

So click below to commence what is sure to be a long, long, long and bumpy ride.

…and as always,

–ENJOY YOURSELF–

AZ-- Volume 1

————-(CLICK TO LISTEN & DOWNLOAD)———————-

AZ VOLUME 1

S.O.S. – ABBA (from The Millennium Collection)

Between The Bridge And The Chapel – The Actual (from In Stitches)

Nobody Girl – Ryan Adams (from Gold)

What It Takes – Aerosmith (from Pump)

When We Two Parted – The Afghan Whigs (from Gentlemen)

Five Star Life – Damon Albarn (from Democrazy)

Over Now – Alice In Chains (from Alice In Chains [Tripod])

Tricky Dick – Ben Allison (from Cowboy Justice)

Little Martha – The Allman Brothers Band (from Eat A Peach)

Color Humano – Almendra (from Almendra 1)

Do Fa Self – Apache (from Apache Ain’t Shit)

Slowly/Slowly (dub) – Aphrodesia (from Shackrobeat Vol. 1)

On The Bound – Fiona Apple (from When The Pawn…)

Talk To Her – India.Arie (from Voyage To India)

A——————————————————  — —     — ————- ———Z

O how the desperate learn to dance upon the decks by any means.

S.O.S. ABBA (from The Millennium Collection)

—————————————— — – –              —         —–   ——————–

The four-cornered barb is cast out with the twine unwound into the grit of young love.

Between The Bridge And The ChapelThe Actual (from In Stitches)

————————   —————  —  ————————                      —               —

some-come—some-go—some-come again—

some are forced to live forever

sealed-over under

the masks of Thalia and Melpomene.

Nobody GirlRyan Adams (from Gold)

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Back then you could kick and feel

often

enough

but now all that’s been hammered so thin…like fine iron.

What It TakesAerosmith (from Pump)

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So we slip on in our robust costumes and roll forward; stumble from stoop to doorstep to pillow, but we don’t stop.

—Stop!

—Sleep!

When We Two PartedThe Afghan Whigs (from Gentlemen)

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Here we are in America, where the brittle are given some fluids to shine,

—nail polish and dentures—

and if they’re lucky, for a rare majority, their very own television show.

Five Star LifeDamon Albarn (from Democrazy)

- –    —     ————————  — — –    —————– —        –   –   –  –   –    ———————————— ———-

The seep and chime from pipes of lead, the stabbed then dead, the sop of thin blood,

—Stop!

—Sleep!

Over NowAlice In Chains (from Alice In Chains [Tripod])

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Hormones may roil about us,

but I’ll make you love me one day on this boat from which we paddle.

Tricky Dick - Ben Allison (from Cowboy Justice)

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We get clean, we get well, some-come-heaven—some-go-hell—

Little Martha - The Allman Brothers Band (from Eat A Peach)

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The far river shore is boiled down to serve as a window of stained glass, through which we may peer out at the near river shore.

Color HumanoAlmendra (from Almendra 1)

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It’s all a juggle

of tinfoil balls that bounce, and hubris, and hurt…

Do Fa Self Apache (from Apache Ain’t Shit)

-          —             —            —        —   –        —- ——-      ———–  —     —    —    – –     ———  -

—slowly, slowly, slowly we bloom— slow we come towards the honest blossoms of orgasm.

Slowly/Slowly (dub)Aphrodesia (from Shackrobeat Vol. 1)

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We hunger for patterns on which we may spit the weight and fret of all our coils.

On The BoundFiona Apple (from When The Pawn…)

—- —- —  — —–   —– ——— ———- — – — ——-       —     ———- ————  —– — – — – – – – – – – – – – – – – –    –

…and spill and coil and spill and coil and spill and coil…and spill…and coil…and speak

Truth

with soil on our tongues…

…say so slowly…

Talk To HerIndia.Arie (from Voyage To India)

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AR (Are We Still Swimming?)

O how the desperate learn to dance upon the decks by any means:

The four-cornered barb is cast out with the twine unwound into the grit of young love.

some-come—some-go—some-come again—

some are forced to live forever

sealed-over under

the masks of Thalia and Melpomene.

Back then you could kick and feel

often

enough

but now all that’s been hammered so thin…like fine iron.

So we slip on in our robust costumes and roll forward; stumble from stoop to doorstep to

pillow, but we don’t stop.

—Stop!

—Sleep!

Here we are in America, where the brittle are given some fluids to shine,

—nail polish and dentures—

and if they’re lucky, for a rare majority, their very own television show.

The seep and chime from pipes of lead, the stabbed, then dead, the sop of thin blood,

—Stop!

—Sleep!

Hormones may roil about us,

but I’ll make you love me one day on this boat from which we paddle.

We get clean, we get well, some-come-heaven—some-go-hell—

The far river shore is boiled down to serve as a window of stained glass,

through which we

may peer out at the near river shore.

It’s all a juggle

of tinfoil balls that bounce, and hubris, and hurt…

—slowly, slowly, slowly we bloom— slow we come towards the honest blossoms

of orgasm.

We hunger for patterns on which we may spit the weight and fret of all our coils…

…and spill and coil and spill and coil and spill and coil…and spill…and coil…and speak

Truth

with soil on our tongues…

                                   …say so slowly…

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———All the best to you and yours,

——————————Bobby Calero——————— — —

A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: THE LONG ROLL THROUGH HIM TO HER

Hello All,

Just a quick pop-in to present a little audio roll for the month of August.

Now, I’m back off to some other projects I got goin’.

–Enjoy Yourself–

 

THE LONG ROLL THROUGH HIM TO HER

 

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As always, if you dig any of the artists presented here I strongly encourage you to explore their work  further and pick up an album or two.

A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS:

THE LONG ROLL THROUGH HIM TO HER

Embryo – Black Sabbath

Hello Sunshine – Damien Jurado & Richard Swift

Summertime Rolls – Jane’s Addiction

Hey Bulldog – The Beatles

Preso Voy – The Beets

Will O’ The Wisp – Miles Davis

Vernie – Blind Melon

A Visitation Of Energy – Johnny Depp (Jim Morrison)

Some More – Funkadelic

Midnight Sun – The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger

She’s Fine, She’s Mine – Bo Diddley

Cycle – Beck

Little Monkey (Live 3/19/04 at KVRX) – Devendra Banhart

House Carpenter – Bob Dylan (Self Portrait Outtake)

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings – Father John Misty

Penduli Pendulum – Bobbie Gentry

A Las Orillas Del Vilcanota – El Polen

Song for Aries – Cactus

Love – Country Joe & The Fish

Barabajagal – Donovan

You Can’t Beat Two People In Love – James Brown & Lyn Collins

Lay Lady Lay – Brothers & Sisters (Dylan)

Night Beat – Chuck Berry

The Floating Bed – Elliot Goldenthal

Blues In The Night – Frank Sinatra

Moonlight Lady – Iggy Pop

Tender Beasts Of The Spangled Night – Beck

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EmbryoBlack Sabbath

Hello SunshineDamien Jurado & Richard Swift

Summertime Rolls - Jane’s Addiction

Hey BulldogThe Beatles

Preso VoyThe Beets [art by Matt Volz. 2011,

Will O’ The WispMiles Davis

VernieBlind Melon

A Visitation Of EnergyJohnny Depp (Jim Morrison)

Some MoreFunkadelic

Midnight Sun - The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger

She’s Fine, She’s MineBo Diddley

CycleBeck

Little Monkey (Live 3/19/04 at KVRX) – Devendra Banhart

House CarpenterBob Dylan (Self Portrait Outtake)

Hollywood Forever Cemetery SingsFather John Misty

Penduli PendulumBobbie Gentry

A Las Orillas Del VilcanotaEl Polen [photo by Billoguo]

Song for AriesCactus

LoveCountry Joe & The Fish

BarabajagalDonovan

You Can’t Beat Two People In LoveJames Brown & Lyn Collins

Lay Lady LayBrothers & Sisters (Dylan)

Night BeatChuck Berry

The Floating BedElliot Goldenthal [El Sueño (La Cama) by Frida Kahlo, 1940]

Blues In The NightFrank Sinatra

Moonlight Lady - Iggy Pop [cover by Charles Burns, 1990]

Tender Beasts Of The Spangled NightBeck

 

——————Bobby Calero————————-

A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: EL AMBIENTE BIEN BABES Y BEAN DE URUGUAY: VOLUME 2

El Ambiente Bien Babes Y Bean de Uruguay Vol. II

Hello all, what follows is Volume 2 of two very special mixes I made upon returning from the motherlandUruguay. Truly, this was the best trip I’ve ever been on. Here I try to capture the atmosphere and sentiment of me and my wife’s experiences through the sounds we listened to while there, as well as with what I was inspired to dig up and look into upon our return.

I have come to realize that for the foreseeable future I simply will not have time to reproduce something akin to what I accomplished with the post for Volume 1. However, I feel that I must post this now with the season being just perfect for these tunes to be heard–as this two-volume mix is best enjoyed when under the warm sun; so be sure to break it out a few times over the course of the summer! If you enjoy any of the artists represented here I strongly encourage you to explore their work and lives further, as many remain relatively unknown outside of that wonderful little country nestled between the massive Brazil and Argentina, settled on the banks of a river as wide as a sea: Uruguay.

O, and don’t forget to revisit Volume 1, as they certainly work best together as a whole.

You can go directly to the download for Vol. 1 –(HERE)–

I am fairly confident that these two mixes are all you would require for the summer!

—–ENJOY YOURSELF!—- — –  EL AMBIENTE BIEN BABES Y BEAN DE URUGUAY: VOLUME 2

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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: EL AMBIENTE BIEN BABES Y BEAN DE URUGUAY: VOLUME 2

1)     Por Una Cabeza – Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra (2004)

2)     Momma Miss America – Paul McCartney (1970)

3)     Dame Tu Sonrisa Loco – Días de Blues (1972)

4)     Make Up Your Mind – Los Mockers (1966)

5)     So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star – The Byrds (1967)

6)     Una Forma de Arco Iris – Los Shakers (1968)

7)     Siempre Vas – El Kinto (1967)

8)     Ilusión – Opus Alfa (1972)

9)     Luna De Margarita – Devendra Banhart (2005)

10)   De Este Cielo Santo – Totem (1971)

11)   I’m In Great Shape/I Wanna Be Around/Workshop/ Vega-Tables – Brian Wilson (2004)

12)   La Mama Vieja – Eduardo Mateo (1971)

13)   Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale – Love (1967)

14)   Standard – Los Moonlights (1976)

15)   Negro – Totem (1972)

16)   Mejor No Hablar De Ciertas Cosas – Sumo (1985)

17)   Esa Tristeza – Diane Denoir & Eduardo Mateo (1971)

18)   The Scarecrow – Pink Floyd (1967)

19)   Adj Egy Percet – Sarolta Zalatnay (1972)

20)   Candombe Triste – Miguel Y El Comite (1971)

21)   Jacinta – Los Delfines (1970)

22)   She’s A Woman – The Beatles (1964)

23)   Si Solo Tuviera Tiempo – Sexteto Electronico Moderno (1969)

24)   Si Te Vas De Mi Pueblo – Eduardo Mateo & Reinaldo (1969)

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1) Por Una Cabeza – Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra (2004) [snippet]

2) Momma Miss America – Paul McCartney (1970)

3) Dame Tu Sonrisa Loco – Días de Blues (1972)

4) Make Up Your Mind – Los Mockers (1966)

5) So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star – The Byrds (1967)

6) Una Forma de Arco Iris – Los Shakers (1968)

7) Siempre Vas – El Kinto (1967)

8) Ilusión – Opus Alfa (1972)

9) Luna De Margarita – Devendra Banhart (2005)

10) De Este Cielo Santo – Totem (1971)

11) I’m In Great Shape/I Wanna Be Around/Workshop/ Vega-Tables – Brian Wilson (2004)

12)   La Mama Vieja - Eduardo Mateo (1971) [art by agustin sciannamea, 2012]

12) La Mama Vieja – Eduardo Mateo (1971) [art by agustin sciannamea, 2012]

13) Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale – Love (1967)

14) Standard – Los Moonlights (1976)

15) Negro – Totem (1972)

16) Mejor No Hablar De Ciertas Cosas – Sumo (1985)

17) Esa Tristeza – Diane Denoir & Eduardo Mateo (1971)

18) The Scarecrow – Pink Floyd (1967)

19) Adj Egy Percet – Sarolta Zalatnay (1972)

20) Candombe Triste – Miguel Y El Comite (1971)

21) Jacinta – Los Delfines (1970)

22) She’s A Woman – The Beatles (1964)

23) Si Solo Tuviera Tiempo – Sexteto Electronico Moderno (1969)

24)   Si Te Vas De Mi Pueblo - Eduardo Mateo & Reinaldo (1969)

24) Si Te Vas De Mi Pueblo – Eduardo Mateo & Reinaldo (1969)

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Luna, R.I.P.

Luna, R.I.P.

Tio Julio, R.I.P.

Tio Julio, R.I.P.

———————-BOBBY CALERO———————————–  

A Mouthful Of Pennies Presents: HOMEBREAKER

Hello All,

Here’s a MixTape I wanted to post up before it got away from me. Just a little fun something I slapped together a couple of months back for my house-warming party; best enjoyed when accompanied by alcohol & laughter.

 

–Enjoy Yourself—

 

HomeBreaker cover

 

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A Mouthful Of Pennies Presents:

HOMEBREAKER

  • A Peace Of Light – The Roots Feat. Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian & Haley Dekle
  • Fall In Love (Your Funeral) - Erykah Badu
  • Down Is Up – Moondog
  • Houses Of The Holy – Led Zeppelin
  • Refuse To Be Saved – Elvis Costello & The Roots
  • Drunken Praying Mantis Style – Beastie Boys (ft.Biz Markie)
  • Star – The Roots
  • Life Ain’t Ever Been Better Than It Is Now – Lenny Kravitz (ft. Trombone Shorty)
  • What Can You Bring Me – Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
  • Rockin It [edit] – The Fearless Four
  • Thank You Nation 1814 – Sly & The Family Stone/Janet Jackson (Dj Reset remix)
  • I Got A Stomach Ache – Junior Wells
  • Put On Train – Gene Harris
  • Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
  • “Your Blind Baby” – Flavor Flav
  • Can You Get To That? – Funkadelic
  • Bert’s Blues – Donovan
  • I’m A Ram – Al Green
  • Rent Party - Booker T. Jones
  • P. Control (Crystal Ball Club Mix) – Prince
  • Summertime – Bobby Womack & The Roots
  • Bold As Love – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • DillaTUDE: The Flight Of Titus (A.M.O.P. edit) – The Roots

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A Peace Of Light – The Roots Feat. Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian & Haley Dekle

Fall In Love (Your Funeral) – Erykah Badu

Down Is Up – Moondog

Houses Of The Holy – Led Zeppelin

Refuse To Be Saved – Elvis Costello & The Roots

Drunken Praying Mantis Style – Beatie Boys (ft. Biz Markie)

Star – The Roots

Life Ain’t Ever Been Better Than It Is Now – Lenny Kravitz (ft. Trombone Shorty)

What Can You Bring Me – Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Rockin It [edit] – The Fearless Four

Thank You Nation 1814 – Sly & The Family Stone/Janet Jackson (Dj Reset remix)

I Got A Stomach Ache – Junior Wells

Put On Train – Gene Harris

Ramble On – Led Zeppelin

“Your Blind Baby” – Flavor Flav

Can You Get To That? – Funkadelic

Bert’s Blues – Donovan

I’m A Ram – Al Green

Rent Party – Booker T. Jones

P. Control (Crystal Ball Club Mix) – Prince

Summertime – Bobby Womack & The Roots

Bold As Love – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

DillaTUDE: The Flight Of Titus (A.M.O.P. edit) – The Roots

 

————————————–BOBBY CALERO———————————–

A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: —- —– – – — — — – — – – POOR MAN’S TRINKETS

TRUEDT

Hello All,

This post was to be a sort of continuation of the easy-breezy opiate sounds featured on the last MixTape, Easter Censer, but that will simply have to wait, as today I present to you my own take on “Fan-Fiction.” Having just recently finished binge-watching the first season of the HBO series True Detective, I was, to put it lightly, completely impressed.

Through and thru these eight episodes are a work of art: the subtle yet skillfully complicated performances by all the actors and the chemistry between them (particularly, it goes without mention, from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson); The sensitive exploration of certain facets of the human-condition through writer Nic Pizzolatto’s narrative structure and dialogue; and of course the exquisite revenants that are the visuals provided by director Cary Joji Fukunaga and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw–the scenes are phosphorescent in their putridity.

True-Detective

However, another element of the show that netted me immediately was the soundtrack; particularly in the first episode with the use of a long-loved-by-me Freewheelin’ outtake by Dylan called “Rocks and Gravel” in a scene where Cohle speaks with the gaming girls at a truck stop bar. I was not surprised to find out afterwards that the man responsible for the music selections is none other than T Bone Burnett.

Along with being a fantastic musician, producer, and songwriter himself, the man has made an award-winning career out of having exceptional taste in music, an intuition for adding depth, and tact when creating the appropriate atmosphere.

Throughout the whole series Burnett’s selections are perfection; none more so though than with his choice of closing episode seven with the haunted tone of Townes Van Zandt‘s austere “Lungs.” The song arrives like a sharp blade through brambles: full of purpose even as it drives on ahead into mystery and sorrow.

Well, won’t you lend your lungs to me?
Mine are collapsin’
Plant my feet and bitterly breathe
Up the time that’s passin’

Breath I’ll take and breath I’ll give
And pray the day is not poisoned
Stand among the ones that live
In lonely indecision

Well, fingers walk the darkness down
Mind is on the midnight
Gather up the gold you’ve found
You fool it’s only moonlight

If you stop to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another

Salvation sat and crossed herself
Called the devil partner
Wisdom burned upon a shelf
Who’ll kill the raging cancer

Seal the river at its mouth
Take the water prisoner
Fill the sky with screams and cries
Bathe in fiery answers

Well, Jesus was an only son
And love his only concept
The strangers cry in foreign tongues
And dirty up the doorstep

And I for one, and you for two
Ain’t got the time for outside
Keep your injured looks to you
We’ll tell the world that we tried

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So, as I said, here’s my version of Fan-Fiction, which owes its inspiration to the work of T Bone Burnett on True Detective as much as it does to anyone else. I invite you to imagine your own scenes and narratives to these tunes.

To my mind this MixTape, Poor Man’s Trinkets, is the soundtrack to a lost episode buried somewhere within the seventh of the actual series. This would be one where Detectives Rust Cohle and Marty Hart rework the murder of Dora Lange from scratch, and thus are forced to revisit once again their own personal histories as well. Admittedly, this recapitulation of the entire series thus far wouldn’t make for very exciting television but through the filter and tension of atmospherics (and car-ride conversations through Richard Misrach‘s “Petrochemical America) it could further explore the show’s central yet elusive themes of patriarchy and its inheritance; the cyclical nature of existence; perceptions of manhood and responsibility; the art and guile involved in all forms of storytelling; companionship and male friendship; and the presence of Grace. This mix also corrects what I saw as the one flaw in Burnett’s work—not including anything by Mark Lanegan (because pretty much anything off of Bubblegum would’ve worked beautifully).

If nothing else, in my opinion, my mix makes for a pretty great soundtrack, no?

Well, as always –Enjoy Yourself—

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Poor Man's Trinkets

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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS

 

POOR MAN’S TRINKETS (True Detective Fan-Fiction Episode 7.5)

 

  • The Gulf Of Mexico [snippet] – Steve Earle
  • The Lord Is in This Place…How Dreadful Is This Place – Fairport Convention
  • This Wheel’s On Fire – Atlas Sound
  • Mr. Mudd And Mr. Gold – Steve Earle (ft. Justin Townes Earle)
  • Werewolf Heart – Dead Man’s Bones
  • Cold Criminals – Pink Mountaintops
  • Milk Cow’s Calf’s Blues – Bob Dylan
  • Rake – Alela Diane (ft. Alina Hardin)
  • On My Way To Heaven – Staple Singers
  • Will The Circle Be Unbroken – U.S. Apple Corps.
  • Wedding Dress – Mark Lanegan
  • Get Back Satan – Rev. Roger L. Worthy & Bonnie Woodstock
  • Raised Right Men – Tom Waits
  • Golden Earrings – Peggy Lee
  • Mean Old World [edit] – The Heavenly Gospel Singers
  • You’re Goin’ Miss Your Candyman – Terry Callier
  • I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Steve Young (X-Mas Eve 1975 Ensemble version)
  • I Would Love You – Father John Misty & Phosphorescent
  • Waitin’ ‘Round To Die – Townes Van Zandt
  • Angels Laid Him Away – Lucinda Williams
  • Aphid Manure Heist – Beck
  • All Along The Watchtower – The Brothers & Sisters
  • Sleep With Me/Sleep With Me (Version) – Mark Lanegan
  • Lucifer Rising Part IV – Bobby Beausoleil
  • This Wheel’s On Fire – Bob Dylan & The Band

————————————BOBBY CALERO—————————————

 

A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: EASTER CENSER

 

EASTER CENSER

– -Cover photo by Ted Richardson –   –  –

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Hello All,

On some late sunday morning in Spring– …something to burn clean on in to the afternoon…

 –ENJOY YOURSELF–

A Mouthful Of Pennies Presents: 

Easter Censer

  • Because – Shirley Scott
  • You Know, You Know – Mahavishnu Orchestra
  • Sippin’ a Cup of Coffee – The Ordells
  • My Tiny Butterfly – Moondog
  • The Ember Love – Super Numeri
  • Ferris Wheel - Donovan
  • Svara Mantra – Ravi Shankar
  • Day Dreaming – Aretha Franklin
  • Out My Mind, Just In Time – Erykah Badu
  • No Quarter – Led Zeppelin
  • Mother Nature’s Son – Ramsey Lewis
  • Concordancia – El Polen
  • Grazing In The Grass – Willie Mitchell
  • Fool On The Hill – Count Basie
  • Feel Flows – The Beach Boys
  • Dear Prudence – The Beatles
  • Living In The Material World – George Harrison
  • Ram On (part 1 &2) – Paul & Linda McCartney
  • Tune Up/The Suicide Of Dorothy Hale [snippet] – Faine Jade/Elliot Goldenthal

 

Because – Shirley Scott [from Something (1970)]

You Know, You Know – Mahavishnu Orchestra [from The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)]

Sippin’ a Cup of CoffeeThe Ordells [from Sippin’ a Cup of Coffee/Big Dom 45 single (1967)]

My Tiny ButterflyMoondog [from Moondog 2 (1971)]

The Ember LoveSuper Numeri [from Great Aviaries (2003)]

Ferris WheelDonovan [from Sunshine Superman (1966)]

Svara MantraRavi Shankar [from Chants of India (1997)]

•Day Dreaming - Aretha Franklin [from Young, Gifted and Black (1972)]

Day DreamingAretha Franklin [from Young, Gifted and Black (1972)]

Out My Mind, Just In TimeErykah Badu [from New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh (2010)]

No QuarterLed Zeppelin [from Houses of the Holy (1972)]

Mother Nature’s SonRamsey Lewis (from Mother Nature’s Son (1968)]

ConcordanciaEl Polen [from Fuera De La Ciudad (1973)]

Grazing In The GrassWillie Mitchell [from Solid Soul (1968)]

Fool On The HillCount Basie [from Basie On The Beatles (1969)]

Feel FlowsThe Beach Boys [from Surf's Up (1971)]

Dear PrudenceThe Beatles [from The White Album (1968)]

Living In The Material WorldGeorge Harrison [from Living In The Material World (1973)]

Ram On (part 1 &2)Paul & Linda McCartney [from Ram (1971)]

(Frida Kahlo. The Suicide of Dorothy Hale. 1939.) (•Tune Up/The Suicide Of Dorothy Hale [snippet] – Faine Jade/Elliot Goldenthal)

 

—————————-(((((((BOBBY CALERO)))))))))))))))))————————————— —- —   – – —      -

 

‘CAUSE IT’S A MOTHER

funkydrummer

 

FUNKY DRUMMER——-(CLICK TO LISTEN)

(Like it? Buy it)

Hello All,

Today I present a song that I’m sure the majority of you are familiar with in one form or another. I say that with confidence because as hip hop and other sample-based electronic music came prominently onto the scene over a decade after this track’s initial release, this extended vamp by James Brown and the JB Orchestra has gone on to be one of (if not) the most-sampled recordings in history.

However, if you’ve never actually listened to “Funky Drummer” in its entirety you certainly should, as it is a rhythmic expression of pure joy, and an exceptional one at that!

Recorded on November 20th, 1969 at King Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio, “Funky Drummer” was originally released as a two-part 45 in March of 1970. In the period between 1965 and 1975, Brown had 65 songs in the R&B top 40, and 44 of them reached up into the top 10. Over on the pop charts for those same years, Brown had 37 top 40 hits, 6 in the top 10 (Sisario, 2011). As “Funky Drummer” only reached No. 20 On the R&B charts, it was somewhat of a forgotten tune before being revived with its aforementioned prevalence as a sample. With this revival came its first album release, in its 9:13 full-on funk form with the 1986 compilation record, In the Jungle Groove.

In The Jungle Groove

James Brown introduced the world to his “funk-bag” when, incorporating second line feel and “The One Beat” into his R&B sensibilities, he “subordinated harmonic development and traditional pop song form to the increasingly dense rhythmic fabric of the groove” (Doleac, 2013). And groove it does!

(photo by Dan Quest Studio, 1969)

Every now and then a clear harmonic cry gave new suggestions

of a tune that would someday be the only tune in the world and

would raise men’s souls to joy.”

–      Jack Kerouac, On the Road, Part 3, Ch. 10

Can you not feel that joy?— as the band—flowing along with the little forward hops of “Sweet” Charles Sherrell’s bass and the ring-a-ding-licks of Jimmy Nolen’s guitar revolving within the slow-pour carnival of Brown’s organ while the intervals of Maceo Parker’s tenor saxophone sway out from the interlocked click-clack-grace of Stubblefield’s drums and the reliable swagger of the other horns (Eldee Williams, Fred Wesley, Joseph Davis, Richard Griffith)—all together perform a nimble side-step out from the gyral patterns of rhythm and finally succumb to James Brown’s insistence that they:

Turn Over

Turn Over

Turn Over

Soulful Rover

Take me in the change

Take me in the change

Take me in the change

 

They land right back in that loop, but it’s different. They make a deft somersault in place (nothing too flashy); one that surreptitiously takes the ground beneath their feet with them so that even though the whole world has turned, you might have missed it if it weren’t for that sudden swell of elation. James Brown once said of himself…although he wasn’t truly talking about himself at all:

“JAMES BROWN is a concept, a vibration, a dance. It’s not me, the man. JAMES BROWN is a freedom I created for humanity.”

JB drummer “Jabo” Starks has said, “So many things that were done weren’t written, because you just couldn’t. You couldn’t write that feel. Many, many times we’d just play off each other, until James would say, ‘That’s it!’” (Weinger & White, 1991). J.B.’s’ trombonist Fred Wesley would later say “The first rule when you went to work for James Brown: watch James Brown” (Weinger & White, 1991). This rule is demonstrated by the song’s most celebrated moment, which arrives roughly four and a half minutes into the recording and which supplies the tune with its namesake. James Brown tells the band: “Fellas, one more time I want to give the drummer some of this funky soul we got going here.” Brown then turns his attention to eighteen-year-old drummer Clyde Stubblefield, who modern drummer extraordinaire  Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson has called “the most effective drummer that James Brown has ever utilized” (Sisario, 2011). Ever in charge, always directing traffic, James Brown soulfully suggests: “You don’t have to do no soloing, brother, just keep what you got… Don’t turn it loose, ’cause it’s a mother.” And with that, break beat history will be made!

There is nothing demanding about this tune, there is no challenge put before you. You get the sense that they could do it all day and never get bored; somewhere, after the fade-out, the group is still vamping along. It’s easy. It’s all simply an invitation for you to strut your stuff, feel good and go for a stroll—and if this doesn’t help you stroll on over to the other-side of this frost-coated mid-week hump, then I don’t know what will.

As a bonus—for those interested in learning a bit more on how a 7th grade drop-out raised in a whorehouse in Augusta, Georgia went on to become Mr. Dynamite, then Soul Brother No. 1, before eventually being hailed as The Godfather of Soul—here’s Jeremy Marre’s excellent 2003 documentary for PBS’s American Masters series: James Brown: Soul Survivor.

 

                            –ENJOY YOURSELF–

———————BOBBY CALERO——————–

REF:

Brown, J. (1969). Funky Drummer, On In the Jungle Groove [CD]. Polydor/Umgd.

Kerouac, J. (1957). On The Road. New York: Penguin Books.

Mare, J. (Director). (2003). James Brown: Soul Survivor [Documentary]. United States:

Sisario, B. (2011, March 29). Questlove on Clyde Stubblefield. Crimes Against Music. Retrieved from http://charmicarmicat.blogspot.com/2011/03/questlove-on-clyde-stubblefield.html

Weinger, H. & White, C. (1991). James Brown: Are You Ready for Star Time?!?. Retrieved from http://www.jamesbrown.com/bio/default.aspx?aid=94

Doleac, B. (2013). Strictly Second Line: Funk, Jazz, and the New Orleans Beat. Ethnomusicology Review.Volume 18. Retirved from:http://ethnomusicologyreview.ucla.edu/journal/volume/18/piece/699

 

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Just some “Funky Drummer” samples:

 

“It’s a Demo” by Kool G Rap and DJ Polo

“Fool’s Gold” by The Stone Roses

“Rebel Without a Pause” by Public Enemy

“Bring the Noise” by Public Enemy

“South Bronx” by Boogie Down Productions

“The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

“Fuck tha Police” (1988) by N.W.A[6]

“Run’s House” by Run-DMC

“Lyrics of Fury” by Eric B. & Rakim

“Sally” by Stetsasonic

“Self Destruction” by Stop the Violence Movement

“Fight the Power” by Public Enemy

“Spring Again” by Biz Markie

“The Rhythm” by Kwamé

“The Devil Made Me Do It” by Paris

“Mama Said Knock You Out” (1990) by LL Cool J

“Back by Dope Demand” by King Bee

“Jackin’ for Beats” by Ice Cube

“The Boomin’ System” by LL Cool J

“Let Your Backbone Slide” by Maestro Fresh Wes

“Untouchable” by Above the Law

“Murder Rap” by Above the Law

“The Originators” by Jaz

“Deep, Deep Trouble” by The Simpsons

“Funhouse” by Kid ‘N Play

“Psyko Funk” by Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.

“Endangered Species (Tales from the Darkside) (Remix)” by Ice Cube

“O.G. Original Gangster” by Ice-T

“Sobb Story” by Leaders of the New School

“Let Me Ride” by Dr. Dre

“Trespass” by Ice-T and Ice Cube

“Hip Hop Hooray” by Naughty by Nature

“Where I’m From” by Digable Planets

“I Ain’t New Ta This” by Ice-T

“Neva Faded” by Lords of the Underground

“Extra, Extra!!” by Paula Perry

“Three MC’s and One DJ” by Beastie Boys

“The Next Movement” by The Roots

“1-9-9-9″ by Common

“Scarlet Begonias” by Sublime

“Living Proof” (2011) by Bad Meets Evil[7][8]

“I am stretched on your grave” by Sinéad O’Connor

“Instrumental No. 2″ by My Bloody Valentine[9]

“Everybody to the Limit” by Strong Bad[10]

“Radio Song (Tower of Luv Bug Mix)” by R.E.M. and KRS-One

“Get Down” by Nas

“The Morning” by Raekwon, Pusha T, Common, 2 Chainz, Cyhi Da Prynce, Kid Cudi, D’banj and Kanye West

“Premier’s X-Ecution” by The X-Ecutioners and DJ Premier

“Mathematics” by Mos Def

“Save Me” by Nicki Minaj

“2000 Beyond” by Slum Village and J Dilla

“The Cool” by Lupe Fiasco

“Heaven” by Emeli Sandé

“Popcorn” by Aphex Twin

The Powerpuff Girls theme by James L. Venable

“Rather Unique” by AZ

“She’s the One (Funky Drummer Remix)” by James Brown

“Tea Thyme” by Damu the Fudgemunk

“Lesson 4″ by DJ Shadow

“The Battle” by DJ Skribble featuring DJ Slynke, Kenny Muhammad, and Rahzel

“Give the Drummer Some” by Ultramagnetic MCs

“Express Yourself” by Labrinth

“It’s My Beat” by Sweet Tee and DJ Jazzy Joyce

“Jump (Super Cat Mix)” by Kris Kross featuring Super Cat

“She Looks All Types A’ Good” by James Brown

“Fastest Man Alive” by Grandmaster Flash

“The Magic Number” by De La Soul

“Baby, You Nasty” by Lord Finesse and DJ Mike Smooth

“Kick the P.A.” by Korn and Dust Brothers

“Master Mix Medley” by DJ Jazzy Jeff

“Two Miles an Hour” by Ludacris

“It’s a Demo” by Kool G Rap and DJ Polo

“Beats to the Rhyme” by Run-D.M.C.

“Shouts” by J Dilla

“Go With the Flow” by Pete Rock & CL Smooth

“The Funky Drummer/Another Day” by A Skillz featuring Real Elements

“Officer” by The Pharcyde

“Killin’ Time Rhyme” by Damu the Fudgemunk

“Jump (Extended Dance Mix)” by Kris Kross

“Oodles of O’s” by De La Soul

“The Classy M.C.’s” by MC Quick Quintin and MC Mello J.

“Mortal Combat” by Big Daddy Kane

“Go Hard” by Lethal Bizzle featuring Donae’o

“Freedom! ’90” by George Michael

“Peaceful Journey” by Heavy D

“My Joy (Slow Slide Mix)” by Depeche Mode

“Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)” by Nine Inch Nails

“She Watch Channel Zero?!” by Public Enemy

“Do the James…” by Super Lover Cee and Casanova Rud

“Someday (New 12″ Jackswing)” by Mariah Carey

“G-Bop” by Kenny G

“What Cha Cha Prove” by Above the Law

“Separate/Together” by A Tribe Called Quest

“Carly’s Song” by Enigma

“Soul Flower” by Brand New Heavies featuring The Pharcyde

“Broken Record” by Katy B

“Get It” by Fort Minor featuring DJ Green Lantern and Styles of Beyond

“Baby Love Child” by Pizzicato Five

 

A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: ON THE GOOD BLOOD (VOL. 1-3)

Hello All,

Well I’ve got another triptych treat for you here today!

A friend recently asked me to create roughly four hours worth of appropriate tunes for an event she was helping to plan and present. Unfortunately, at the last minute she couldn’t use them. However–despite being put together on some short-notice and the fact that the majority of my albums are still packed up in boxes from a recent move–what I got left holding are what I consider to be some real dope MixTapes with a nice and easy forward groove going for them.

And that’s exactly what I’d like to share with you all.

Hopefully they’ll help you bend your knees, bop your head, and swivel your hips a bit on through this whole supposed “…in like a lion and out like a lamb…showers/flowers…” business we’ve been going through.

———ENJOY YOURSELF!———–

On The Good Blood

 

A Mouthful Of Pennies Presents: 

On The Good Blood (vol. 1)———-(CLICK TO LISTEN & DOWNLOAD)

On The Good Blood (vol. 2)———-(CLICK TO LISTEN & DOWNLOAD)

On The Good Blood (vol. 3)———-(CLICK TO LISTEN & DOWNLOAD)

 

On The Good Blood VOL 1

 

A Mouthful Of Pennies Presents: On The Good Blood (vol. 1)

———-(CLICK TO LISTEN & DOWNLOAD)————

  •       Real Life Dreams On – Bernie Worrell
  •       I Can’t Get Next To You – Al Green
  •       Flute Thing – The Blues Project
  •       Love Having You Around – Stevie Wonder
  •       Brand New Orleans – Prince
  •       Corinne Corrina – Joe Turner
  •       Swegbe and Pako – Fela Kuti
  •       Going Down On Love (demo) – John Lennon
  •       Going Down Slow – Aretha Franklin
  •       Do Your Duty – Candi Staton
  •       It’s Your Thing – Lou Donaldson
  •       River Deep Mountain High – Bobby Doyle
  •       For You – Prince
  •       Listen – Imani Coppola
  •       Mama Get Yourself Together – Baby Huey and the Babysitters
  •       I’m In Love With You – Christopher Ellis (Cojie of Mighty Crown remix)
  •       Village Soul – Lennie Hibbert (Cojie of Mighty Crown remix remix)
  •       Warning Of Dub – Lee “Scratch” Perry
  •       Don’t Brag, Don’t Boast – Clancy Eccles
  •       Do Unto Others – Pee Wee Crayton
  •       Chops And Thangs – Beat Konducta [Madlib]

 

On The Good Blood VOL 2

 

A Mouthful Of Pennies Presents: On The Good Blood (vol. 2)

———-(CLICK TO LISTEN & DOWNLOAD)————–

  •       Norwegian Wood – Count Basie
  •       Sir Greendown – Janelle Monáe
  •       Root Down – Jimmy Smith
  •       Behind the Scenes: Jazz – J.Period & Q-Tip
  •       “Let’s Do It” – Billie Holiday
  •       Bags’ Groove – Milt Jackson
  •       Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay – Peggy Lee
  •       I’m Shakin’ – Jack White
  •       Get Out Of My Life, Woman – Joe Williams
  •       Mixed-Up, Shook-Up Girl – Patty & the Emblems
  •       Hit Or Miss – Bo Diddley
  •       Mystic Brew – Ronnie Foster
  •       Medley: Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End/Here Comes The Sun/Come Together – Booker T. & The MG’s
  •       A Light In The Attic - Shel Silverstein
  •       Shakara – Fela Kuti
  •       Priority – Mos Def
  •       Viceroy’s Row – Elvis Costello & The Roots
  •       Armagideon Time (A.M.O.P. remix) – Willie Williams
  •       Lock Down – Cypress Hill

 

 

On The Good Blood VOL. 3

 

A Mouthful Of Pennies Presents: On The Good Blood (vol. 3)

———-(CLICK TO LISTEN & DOWNLOAD)—————

  •       Treat – Santana
  •       Suite V Electric Overture – Janelle Monáe
  •       Every Now and Then – The Shotgun Wedding Quintet
  •       You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks – Funkadelic
  •       In Time – Sly & The Family Stone
  •       Watching The Detectives – Elvis Costello
  •       Come The Meantimes – Elvis Costello & The Roots
  •       Jah Jah Me No Born Yah – Cornell Campbell
  •       Everything Is Everything – Booker T. Jones
  •       I Am the Walrus – Bud Shank
  •       Groovin – Willie Mitchell
  •       Fred Berry – Baby Elephant (Bernie Worrell, Prince Paul, Newkirk)
  •       Spinning Wheel – Peggy Lee
  •       Compared To What – John Legend & The Roots
  •       Security Of The First World – Public Enemy
  •       That’s The Way Love Is – Marvin Gaye
  •       Let Me Roll It – Paul McCartney & Wings
  •       You Gotta Move – Sam Cooke
  •       Born To Love You – Rose Royce
  •       “Broaden Our Minds” – The Joker (Jack Nicholson)
  •       Soulful Dress – Sugar Pie DeSanto
  •       Maggie’s Farm – Linda Gayle
  •       Medley: Because / You Never Give Me Your Money – Booker T. & The MG’s
  •       Call On Me (A.M.O.P. edit) – Big Brother And The Holding Company (feat. Janis Joplin)

—————————ROLL CALL————————  —   — –    –      -

Bernie Worrell

Al Green

The Blues Project

Stevie Wonder

Prince

Joe Turner

Fela Kuti

John Lennon

Aretha Franklin

Candi Staton

Lou Donaldson

Bobby Doyle

Imani Coppola

Baby Huey and the Babysitters

Christopher Ellis

Cojie of Mighty Crown

Lennie Hibbert

Lee “Scratch” Perry

Clancy Eccles

Pee Wee Crayton

Beat Konducta [Madlib]

Count Basie

Janelle Monáe

Jimmy Smith

J. Period

Billie Holiday (with Mister Downbeat)

Milt Jackson

Peggy Lee

Jack White

Joe Williams

Patty and the Emblems

Bo Diddley

Ronnie Foster

Booker T. & The MG’s

Shel Silverstein

Mos Def (aka Yasiin Bey)

Elvis Costello & The Roots

Willie Williams

Cypress Hill (B-Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs)

Santana

The Shotgun Wedding Quintet

Funkadelic

Sly & The Family Stone

Elvis Costello

Cornell Campbell

Booker T. Jones (w/ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Kirk Douglass, & Owen Biddle)

Bud Shank

Willie Mitchell

Baby Elephant (Bernie Worrell, Prince Paul, Newkirk)

John Legend & The Roots

Public Enemy

Marvin Gaye

Paul McCartney & Wings

Sam Cooke

Rose Royce

The Joker (Jack Nicholson)

Bob Dylan

Sugar Pie DeSanto

Linda Gayle

Big Brother And The Holding Company (feat. Janis Joplin)

 

—————————–BOBBY CALERO———————————–   – —   –   –   –  –     -

 

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