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It was not avoidance of some problem that she was advocating, but only a proper approach and perspective: understanding what truly was a problem and what was not. Where and when it could be found, she was for the compassion of laughter. Mireille pondered over the predominate perpetrators of violence on this planet and wondered if the males’ faculty for a certain aspect of acceptance had been frustrated and underdeveloped. Perhaps “acceptance” wasn’t the word she wanted, for enough of them seemed to be in love with a fallen world. No, maybe it was “reception,” or “tolerance,” or some other such word having to do with communication?

She couldn’t find it then but regardless questioned, “why not then let these thoughts inform and foster some work of art: a painting; song; or stand-up routine? At the very least they should let us laugh as they pass on by.” She believed that too few artists are encouraged in our world, and their work too quickly inspected for external utility or market potential. Comedians are poked to placate our revulsion. Our role as creator is repressed and in its stead we labor over cruel acts. “It’s like we’re prohibited from changing anything, really.” Beholden to a moribund heritage, we suffer in the name of habit and being consistent; “…being practical…but…practical for whose protocol? Don’t ask, you’ll suffer more.” We suffer for order.

For order we suffer.

“We are held hostage in someone else’s head…and in the end…and in our own. Regret will only get you ugly in the end.”

        She considered the device currently slipped within a little zippered pocket inside her purse: plastic, glass, semiconductor chips of silicon, and rare earth minerals molded and arranged into a slim rectangle of circuit boards and a touchscreen with a friendly graphic user interface…”a friendly gooey.” Contemplating all it was capable of—all of its known, numerous applications, the ones she hasn’t figured out yet and the ones she didn’t care to—she asked herself:

“We’re already living in the future…aren’t we? …Or as far as this future is gonna go, really. From here-on-out and for awhile now it’s all just restatements of a theme. Sure with a few innovative variations and tempo changes thrown in to keep us back-slap-smiling, ‘gee–whiz, how neat, this cutting-edge changes everything! Science will save us!’ But, shouldn’t we be somewhere else. Shouldn’t we be building biodegradable citadels for music, poetry, or, hell, a cathedral for aromatherapy…anything else really? All I see is thinner televisions. All I see are more heads bowed towards screens.

“Geez-Louise, I sound like an old lady…’back in my day we didn’t have all these fancy smellular phones and wifi-telebones, we had to use a drum!’…but…Shouldn’t we be busy with some other great work by this point? Why do we all feel excused from this? Why are so many of us excluded from this?

“Didn’t they tell us so long ago that we’ll be taking it easy from here-on-out? Aren’t they still selling that line?” For far too long now we’ve been trapped in this false landscape of muscles and dollars, this unsustainable sham of a one-way line stretched unhindered towards infinite and plastic futures—attributed to Darwin, healthy competition, and hard-earned progress. “Everything always backed by Darwin.” All those that suffer or benefit from the drought and locusts of a debt market so that a ham and cheese sandwich wrapped in cellophane might exist on some chain-restaurant’s theme-park counter could always seek solace, dismissal, and script in the arms of Saint Darwin. She felt sad for all those slighted people with Holy Daddy and/or Holy Mommy issues: who smugly announce themselves as atheists; who declare with a moral superior air, “I believe in science.”

“Yeah…well who doesn’t?”

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Dendrites 7 CVR

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Zeno’s Law Of High-Heeled Shoes – Jim Carroll

Numbers – FKA Twigs

Rich – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Forty Days & Forty Nights – Muddy Waters

Every Season – Tony Allen (ft. Damon Albarn & Ty)

Wonderwall To Be Here – George Harrison

Lost In The Woods – The Afghan Whigs

The One-Eye Two-Step – The Blackbyrds

Me And The Devil – Gil Scott-Heron (Robert Johnson cover)

The Water – BLKHRTS

Misbehave/She Might Get Shot – Juan Wauters

Cocaine Habit Blues – Memphis Jug Band featuring Hattie Hart [Art by: Robert Crumb]

Yassassin (Long Live) – David Bowie

Ysabel’s Table Dance – Charles Mingus

Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys – Equals

Breed – Nirvana

She Said She Said – The Beatles

When Your Number Isn’t Up – Mark Lanegan Band

Good God’s:// Urge! – Porno For Pyros

I Know We Could Be So Happy Baby (If We Wanted to Be) – Jeff Buckley (TheSpaceBubbles mix)

Farewell, Angelina – Bob Dylan (Bringing it All Back Home outtake) [photo by Jerry Schatzberg]

Niña – Eduardo Mateo [photo by Francesca Woodman]

My translation, feel free to comment if youv’e got a better one:

Little girl that always has a light
showing you what you do not want.

Do not fear the birds
if they say your life with their trills.

It should be that you understand;
that’s why what comes next is what has gone.

Always in a white dress,
you go but beware;

The devils in the guise of angels
will notice you talking.

Does it shame you that you don’t care
what has been soiled?

Yuu…yu-le-lé yu-lé.

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  • Zeno’s Law Of High-Heeled Shoes – Jim Carroll
  • Numbers – FKA Twigs
  • Rich – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Forty Days & Forty Nights – Muddy Waters
  • Every Season – Tony Allen (ft. Damon Albarn & Ty)
  • Wonderwall To Be Here – George Harrison
  • Lost In The Woods – The Afghan Whigs
  • The One-Eye Two-Step – The Blackbyrds
  • Me And The Devil – Gil Scott-Heron (Robert Johnson cover)
  • The Water – BLKHRTS
  • Misbehave/She Might Get Shot – Juan Wauters
  • Cocaine Habit Blues – Memphis Jug Band featuring Hattie Hart
  • Yassassin (Long Live) – David Bowie
  • Ysabel’s Table Dance – Charles Mingus
  • Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys – Equals
  • Breed – Nirvana
  • She Said She Said – The Beatles
  • When Your Number Isn’t Up – Mark Lanegan Band
  • Good God’s:// Urge! – Porno For Pyros
  • I Know We Could Be So Happy Baby (If We Wanted to Be) – Jeff Buckley (TheSpaceBubbles mix)
  • Farewell, Angelina – Bob Dylan (Bringing it All Back Home outtake)
  • Niña – Eduardo Mateo

_ _ _ __=========================================     ______BOBBY CALERO

If you dig the mix then please feel free to pass & post it along; if you dig a particular artist then please support them and go out and pick up some of their albums.


  1. The Moonshiner

    nice frencesca woodman photo, kat loves her work we went to go see a show back in february of her stuff. also love that you have buckley and mingus on here. you like tim buckley? oddly enough i knew him before i knew his son. kat also loves jeff buckley that’s how i got turned on to his stuff. amazing amazing voice and guitar playing. sketches for my sweetheart the drunk is near perfect.

    1. Robert Calero Post author

      Thanks! Y’know I had no idea who Francesca Woodman was until a few days ago. I came across one of her photos while tumbling down the intellectual rabbit-hole of the internet and I just couldn’t stop looking at the image. Her work is just so enchanting. There’s a soft and sensual sadness that seems so honest but barely there. Anyway, I went down to the basement (storage) of the Queens Library and dug up the big monograph PHAIDON put out of her work in 2006. ( http://www.phaidon.com/store/photography/francesca-woodman-9780714844305/ )

      It’s a real delight!

      I do like Tim Buckley, but unfortunately barely know his work. As for Jeff Buckley, my dad had taped his music off the radio and gave me the cassette when I was 14 or so (1994), and I absolutely loved it. Later when I was roughly 16 or 17 my girlfriend and I broke up and I wallowed in that cassette for months…truly amazing and teenage pathetic all at once! It’s all good tho cus 15 years later I married that girl and we now have a 2 month old son together!

      Anyway thanks for listening and thanks for the comment.

  2. Jack Laughner

    Great stuff!

    All the crates at the museum for the last month and a half have been built while listening to the Dendrites mixes. Sometimes I’ll get a couple looks from co-workers when some songs come on (i.e. Steve harley & Cockney Rebel’s Death Trip), but thats an initial response with expansion of the mind.

    That moonshiner drinker is right about the Buckleys. My personal favorite of Tim’s is “Song to the Siren”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMTEtDBHGY4
    This song was used devastatingly well bookending the film Candy, an Australian film starring Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish. (Be sure to check it out)

    Great cover pick for Memphis Jug Band!

    Just picked up Juan Wauters’ new album. New listeners, if Mouthful of Pennies says it good, trust me, its good.

    P.S. With the beautiful weather finding our way up in NYC, I suggest a MoP blast from the past mix that goes perfect with the sunny days, and warm windy nights…

    (…and don’t forgot Vol. 2)


    1. Robert Calero Post author

      Thanks so much for the kind words! And thanks for passing along the Tim Buckley song; wow! I really gotta pick up some of his stuff. Yeah and that film Candy is another thing I’ve been meaning to see for years.Who can keep up with the art of this world?

      I’m really happy that you’ve been digging the Dendrites series of mixtapes and I love that it’s a part of your work day. As I’ve said before, I envision them to be an hour and twenty minutes of the most interesting radio station you’ve ever heard and that I hope people enjoy listening to them while they do what they do.

      Regarding the ” initial response with expansion of the mind,”–It’s funny cus the stuff that weirds me out the most is the more pop-oriented songs I’ve been featuring here and there in these MixTapes. Like I’ve got one coming up with a Michael Jackson tune that I wont go on record as saying its great or anything, but to me it really catches my ear–it’s infectious like some pop-tune-mutate.
      Anyway, I think its’ great that you picked up the new Wauter’s LP “Who Me?” as that I will certainly go one record as saying is fantastic! ( http://www.capturedtracks.com/?ct_artist_page=wauters-juan )

      It contains my favorite tunes by him yet, and the added and nuanced instrumentation that accompanies his voice and guitar can really be quite beautiful. I just love the way he’s able to capture his own idiosyncratic thought processes so well within these lovely little melodies.

      Oh and thanks for giving a shout out to those Uruguay MixTapes I made awhile back: https://amouthfulofpennies.wordpress.com/category/places-i-remember/uruguay/

      I do think they’re some of the most sweet and easy mixes I’ve featured in these pages.

      Well, Thanks for listening and thanks for the comments!

      1. Robert Calero Post author

        You know I was thinking about what I wrote concerning the more pop-oriented tunes, and they are also the songs I’m the most iffy about including in a mix, even when I do think they’re great. For example, “That Girl” by Justin Timberlake, which was featured a few mixes back ( https://amouthfulofpennies.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/a-mouthful-of-pennies-presents-open-shook/ )

        I think that song is superb…but I always hesitate when I wonder if everyone will simply dismiss it because it obviously falls under the maligned rubric of “pop.” But the inclusion of different types of sounds, moods, etc. (some–in my opinion–admittedly much better than others) is something I’m striving for with these mixes. I don’t need every song to be the end of the world, if you know what I mean. The fun is in attempting to thread them in and creating the perfect sequence. It’s all about the flow.

        Oh well, thanks again for your vote of confidence.

      2. whoismalcolmford

        I know exactly what you mean, and you’re absolutely right. Some may (wrongly) dismiss the more “Pop” oriented music, but what’s great about including the good ones is that, they or the songs that precede or follow them, is that you get a different perspective on all of them. You hear what’s universally great about music, that it’s simply sounds next to other sounds. On a pop album, that great track is most likely preceded/followed by a crap one, which makes it stand out as a “single”, and that doesn’t do it justice.

        Your mixes are like great albums, each song building onto the other into something better than itself alone.

        Excuse my inarticulate explanation, but I love the juxtaposition.



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