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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS: TOSS-UP

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Hello All! Hello World!

I said well hello there, who knew that Doomsday would fall anywhere near a Tuesday, and who needs the Spoofity app when you’ve got another hour and 20 minutes of music from A Mouthful Of Pennies? So here’s   _Toss-Up_ the latest A.M.O.P. Mixtape!

This one feature’s “Lemonade” the closing song of Blind Melon’s 1995 (and technically final) record Soup.
This is an album that I’ve always held as one of the most brilliant and most under-appreciated of the nineties. I return to it again and again. Featuring funky riffs with a cosmic hillbilly tweak and a Dixie-twist, odd changes in time signatures, and Shannon Hoon’s sweet and sour lysergic lyrics that deliver their sentiments with a pin-point precision of images, it’s a real work of art. Speaking of delivery, I adore Hoon’s vocals with their giddy rasp as if his lungs were delirious to sing these songs. The album was recorded in New Orleans in 1994 with gifted producer/mixer/engineer Andy Wallace (that’s him eating soup on the LP cover). As this was after Hoon’s multiple stints in drug rehabilitation programs the city might not necessarily have been a healthy choice but it certainly lent itself to a truly dynamic body of work. This LP might be the closest the nineties ever came to producing something akin to the Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main St. It was truly adventurous with sound; shamefully they were not rewarded for it. Sadly, two months after the album’s release, Hoon was found dead in the band’s tour bus. This is a work that is dark and yet a delight to sing and dance along to. For example there’s the hopped-up banjo and kazoo jam “Skinned” written from the perspective of serial killer Ed Gein, and the haunting, melodic “Car Seat (God’s Presents)” about Susan Smith, who killed her children by driving her car into a lake in Union, South Carolina. Then there are these 3 fantastic singles (note that the”Galaxie” video features psychologist, writer, and psychedelic advocate Timothy Leary as the mad scientist,aka “Mr Time Warp”).

I do recall that in my younger days “Lemonade” served as a bit of a mantra or an ethos (not necessarily a healthy one) to help me navigate through the world:
There’s such a thing as self opinion
And this far down South I have no self-control
If anbody else feels like a nobody
Well then your gonna have to look out for you
I’ll color green everything believed in
But I keep screaming for my glass of lemonade
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I walk around and it feels good to be movin’
The breeze that’s blowin’ through cannot be found
Jump on the trolley that’s headed for all the hollering
And then you’re gonna have to look out for you
In desperate need of a little more religion
To nurse your God like point of view…
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Fool on the sheetroof you gotta lay down in your ruins
The river flowin’ by, is way too big to bound
If I should speak up, and say hello Mr. Uppercut
Oh, how nice to have avoided you
I’ll bloody bleed on everything I’m seeing
But I keep screaming for that glass of lemonade
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Too much, too much, too much Lemonade
Too much, too much, too much Lemonade
Too much, too much, too much Lemonade
Too much, too much, too much Lemonade
Too much, too much, too much Lemonade
On the MixTape there’s also “Buoyant” from Alela Diane’s brand new and truly wonderful record, Cusp.
Of the record she has said,“This music is about motherhood. Even just by saying that, it feels like people will write you off. It’s like you’ve suddenly lost the charm of being youthful and even attainable––you’ve been commoditized as available. There is not a big place in the music industry for 30-something women with kids making music. Maybe we can create that space.” I highly recommend this one.
You’ll also hear “Trafalgar Square” from Jonathan Wilson’s new record Rare Birds.
You might be more familiar with Wilson as the brilliant producer of the 3 Father John Misty records as well as the great Double Roses by Karen Elson released last year. Wilson’s own albums are most definitely worth checking out as well. So do that.

Well, there’s all this and a whole lot more! So…

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A.M.O.P. Presents: __Toss-UP
  • Hello, Goodbye – Blind Melon
  • Slow Doomsday – Elvis Perkins In Dearland
  • Black Noise – Rotary Connection
  • Lemonade – Blind Melon
  • Well Well Well – Lucinda Williams (ft. Charlie Louvin & Jim Lauderdale on Backing Vocals)
  • I Really Don’t Want To Know – Les Paul & Mary Ford
  • Buoyant – Alela Diane
  • Trafalgar Square – Jonathan Wilson
  • Mystic Lady – T.Rex
  • Angels And Sailors – Jim Morrison & The Doors
  • Petit Suite movement 1: En Bateau (On a Boat) – written by Claude Debussy; performed by Paul Paray conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Lifeboat – Lovage (Dan the Automator, Mike Patton, Jennifer Charles, & Kid Koala)
  • Strange Fruit (Tricky Remix) – Billie Holiday 
  • Trampled Rose – Tom Waits
  • Funny How Time Slips Away – Elvis Presley (Willie Nelson cover)
  • If And – Valerie June
  • I Will Never Be Untrue – The Doors
  • Big Leg Woman – Muddy Waters
  • Valentine – Martina Topley-Bird (produced by Danger Mouse)
  • Most Of What I Know / Buildings In America – Richard Swift
  • Doomsday – Elvis Perkins In Dearland

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Hello, Goodbye – Blind Melon

Slow Doomsday – Elvis Perkins In Dearland

Black Noise – Rotary Connection

Lemonade – Blind Melon

Well Well Well – Lucinda Williams (ft. Charlie Louvin & Jim Lauderdale on Backing Vocals)  [art by Peter Pontiac]

I Really Don’t Want To Know – Les Paul & Mary Ford

Buoyant – Alela Diane [photo by Jaclyn Campanaro]

Trafalgar Square – Jonathan Wilson

Mystic Lady – T.Rex

Angels And Sailors – Jim Morrison & The Doors
[photo by Paul Ferrara, 1968]

En Bateau (On a Boat) – written by Claude Debussy; performed by Paul Paray conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Lifeboat – Lovage (Dan the Automator, Mike Patton, Jennifer Charles, & Kid Koala)

Strange Fruit (Tricky Remix) – Billie Holiday

Trampled Rose – Tom Waits [art by Jacob Read]

Funny How Time Slips Away – Elvis Presley (Willie Nelson cover)

If And – Valerie June [photo by Jacob Blickenstaff]

I Will Never Be Untrue – The Doors [photo by Ed Caraeff, 21 July 1969].

Big Leg Woman – Muddy Waters

Valentine – Martina Topley-Bird (produced by Danger Mouse)

Most Of What I Know / Buildings In America – Richard Swift

Doomsday – Elvis Perkins In Dearland

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All the best to you and yours!—  –   ————-______-________ ->BOBBY CALERO[—+=-_________________If you dig the mix then please feel free to pass & post it along; if you dig an artist then please support them and go out and pick up some of their stuff. Oh, If you dig the blog overall there’s always the “FOLLOW BLOG VIA EMAIL” button somewhere down at the bottom.

 

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