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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS: RICHARD SWIFT SOLD ME THIS (R.I.P.)

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Hello All! Hello World!

On this past July 3rd (not that I believe it’s at all relevant but that date is not only my wedding anniversary but the anniversary of the deaths of both Jim Morrison and Brian Jones as well) a musician and artist I deeply admired died from complications due to alcohol addiction. Richard Swift was only 41 but he had already amassed an incredible and diverse body of work; sadly he leaves behind as well a wife and three daughters.

I believe I was introduced to his music sometime around 2003 when I saw him as the opening act for another great group of musicians, the Walkmen. At that time Swift’s debut The Novelist was just released and I’ve been following his career closely since, always wondering where his talents would twist and tumult next.

The following mix is just a brief smattering of that talent, and I need to mention that it does not feature any of the absolutely stunning production work he did for other artists such as: Damien Jurado; Foxygen; Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats; The Mynabirds; Valerie June; Laetitia Sadier; The Arcs; Hamilton Leithauser; and so many others. I urge you to check this stuff out (particularly his work with Jurado), and you should know that the man made incredible mixtapes (under the moniker Dance Contest Winner or Donald Fivepennies, or a whole bunch of others) as well made fantastic art and photography. This obviously troubled man had a true genius.

As he danced so easily across various styles I felt that there was no need for me to try and maintain a chronology in my tribute mix and so I dip in & out of his body of solo work as well as the collaborative covers record he made with Jurado on a four-track cassette recorder back in 2010. I will truly miss this man’s art.

I will leave you with this true story. Some time just around 2012 or 2013 I rode an elevator with Paul McCartney. Through the years I’ve repeated that my biggest regret in not speaking to him wasn’t that I didn’t compliment his music both solo and with the Beatles, but that I didn’t suggest to him a musician named Richard Swift as a possible producer for any projects he might want to do. Could you imagine what beauty could have come from these two working together? Well I know you will enjoy the beauty you’ll hear when you click below.

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[art by Richard Swift]

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[photo by Richard Swift, AUG. 28 2017]

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A.M.O.P. Presents: __RICHARD SWIFT SOLD ME THIS (R.I.P.)
  • Foreword
  • Lovely Night
  • R.I.P
  • Would You
  • Ghost of Hip Hop (New Apostles Mix)  –  as Instruments Of Science & Technology
  • The Original Thought
  • Phone Coffins
  • Dutch
  • Above & Beneath
  • Laugh It Up
  • Du(M)B II
  • Kensington
  • Hello Sunshine – w/  Damien Jurado (Relatively Clean Rivers cover)
  • The Atlantic Ocean
  • Opt I
  • Lady Luck
  • Dressed Up For The Letdown
  • Drakula (Hey Man!)
  • Ha Ha Suckers
  • The Bully
  • Broken Finger Blues
  • Ballad Of Clifford Swift
  • Looking Back I Should Have Been Home More
  • The Songs Of National Freedom
  • Whitman
  • Sincere Replies w/  Damien Jurado ( The Open Window  cover)
  • P.S. It All Falls Down
  • The Novelist
  • Hallelujah Goodnight

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[Swift’s personal recording studio in Cottage Grove, Oregon: “National Freedom””

R.I.P.

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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.