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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS: Settle Down Amongst The Blossoms

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Hello All! Hello World!

Well hello there, who needs the Spoofity app when you’ve got another hour and 20 minutes of music from A Mouthful Of Pennies? So come   _Settle Down Amongst The Blossoms_ the latest A.M.O.P. Mixtape!

 

This one features two fantastic tunes by Dolly Parton (one covered by the incredible singer Bettye LaVette). I just read about Parton’s Imagination Library program, which has donated 100 million books to children over the last 23 years! So good on her! She sure is talented. You’ll also hear Erykah Badu, two from Karen Dalton’s 1971, Harvey Brooks produced LP In My Own Time, and one of my favorite Bono vocal performances from back in 1999-2000. Speaking of vocals there’s an amazing one by Tina Turner (alongside her then husband Ike) doing a rendition of the Beatles’ 1969 single, Get Back. On a personal side-note (and it’s my blog so the whole thing is sort of a personal side-note) Tina Turner is the first woman I can remember being really physically attracted to, when I saw her as The Acid Queen in Ken Russell’s 1975 film based upon The Who’s 1969 rock opera album Tommy.

I must have been about 8 years old. What that says about me and my arrow I just don’t know, but it might at least explain why Beyond Thunderdome has always been my favorite of the Mad Max films.

Oh and there’s what to me is a delightful work by the brilliant artist Dory Previn. Along the same lines of Carolyn Elliott praising Jesus Christ as a “queer witch,” which really sounds nice to me; Previn sings:

Jesus was a androgyne
Jesus was a he and she
Jesus was a freako baby
Just like you and me
Jesus was a pagan
Jesus was a priest
Jesus was a beauty
Jesus was a beast

 

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

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A.M.O.P. Presents: __Settle Down Amongst The Blossoms_
  • Funny Face / Dancin’ Shoes – Bono & The MDH Band (Greg Cohen, bass;  Brian Blade, drums;  Bill Frisell &  Daniel Lanois, guitars;  Brad Mehldau, piano; Adam Dorn, synths; Jon Hassell, trumpet)
  • Katie Cruel – Karen Dalton (produced by Harvey Brooks)
  • Sittin’ On Top Of The World – Jack White (ft. Mike Compton, Mandolin; produced by T Bone Burnett)
  •  Reconsider baby – Elvis Presley (ft. Boots Randolph on saxophone)
  • Time Stopped (Instrumental) – Adrian Younge
  • I Just Want To Make Love To You – Etta James (w/ The Riley Hampton Orchestra; written by Willie Dixon)
  • Get Back – Ike & Tina Turner (The Beatles cover)
  • Arrow Through Me – Paul McCartney & Wings
  • Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long – Erykah Badu
  • Ophis Le Serpentaire – Vincent Geminiani
  • One Night of Love – Karen Dalton (produced by Harvey Brooks)
  • Morning Fog (Interlude) – Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi
  • Beyond The Horizon – Bob Dylan
  • New Speedway Boogie – Grateful Dead
  •  Sitting On Top Of The World (1970 London version) –  Howlin’ Wolf (ft. Jeffrey Carp – harmonica; Hubert Sumlin – rhythm guitar; Eric Clapton – lead guitar; Lafayette Leake – piano; Bill Wyman – bass; Charlie Watts – drums).
  • Jesus Is Sweet To Me – Sensational Skylights
  • Jesus Was An Androgyne / Anima/Animus – Dory Previn
  • Can’t Let Go – Lucinda Williams
  • How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart? – Norah Jones (written by Hank Williams &  Norah Jones)
  • Little Sparrow – Bettye LaVette (ft. Lisa Coleman on electric piano) (Dolly Parton cover) 
  • Down From Dover – Dolly Parton 
  • Speak Of The Devil – Chris Isaak
  • Closed to the Public – Carter Burwell
  • I Prefer Your Love – St. Vincent
  • Everyday – Fiona Apple & Jon Brion (Buddy Holly cover)

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Funny Face / Dancin’ Shoes – Bono & The MDH Band (Greg Cohen, bass; Brian Blade, drums; Bill Frisell & Daniel Lanois, guitars; Brad Mehldau, piano; Adam Dorn, synths; Jon Hassell, trumpet)

Katie Cruel – Karen Dalton (produced by Harvey Brooks)

Sittin’ On Top Of The World – Jack White (ft. Mike Compton, Mandolin; produced by T Bone Burnett)

 Reconsider baby – Elvis Presley (ft. Boots Randolph on saxophone)

Time Stopped (Instrumental) – Adrian Younge

I Just Want To Make Love To You – Etta James (w/ The Riley Hampton Orchestra; written by Willie Dixon)

Get Back – Ike & Tina Turner (The Beatles cover)

Arrow Through Me – Paul McCartney & Wings

Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long – Erykah Badu [photo by Theo Wenner, 2014]

Ophis Le Serpentaire – Vincent Geminiani

One Night of Love – Karen Dalton (produced by Harvey Brooks)

Morning Fog (Interlude) – Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi

Beyond The Horizon – Bob Dylan [photo by Matthew Rolston, 2006]

New Speedway Boogie – Grateful Dead

Sitting On Top Of The World (1970 London version) – Howlin’ Wolf (ft. Jeffrey Carp – harmonica; Hubert Sumlin – rhythm guitar; Eric Clapton – lead guitar; Lafayette Leake – piano; Bill Wyman – bass; Charlie Watts – drums).

Jesus Is Sweet To Me – Sensational Skylights

Jesus Was An Androgyne / Anima/Animus – Dory Previn

Can’t Let Go – Lucinda Williams

How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart? – Norah Jones (written by Hank Williams & Norah Jones)

Little Sparrow – Bettye LaVette (ft. Lisa Coleman on electric piano) (Dolly Parton cover)

Down From Dover – Dolly Parton

Speak Of The Devil – Chris Isaak

Closed to the Public – Carter Burwell

I Prefer Your Love – St. Vincent

Everyday – Fiona Apple & Jon Brion (Buddy Holly cover)
[photo by Autumn de Wilde, 2008]

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MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: DENDRITES (VOL. 16)

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Hello All & Welcome to the last MixTape of the year! Yes, it’s installment 16 in the Dendrites series of mixtapes!

 Here you’ll hear two tunes by the psyche-folk, all female american trio, Sunforest. Recorded in 1969 with producer Vic Coppersmith-Heaven (engineer for The Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed and Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4)  Sunforest wrote whimsical Medieval Times & Renaissance Faire type arrangements and twisted them quite a bit with a swinging London sense of acid-pop and style. First up and opening the mix is the instrumental “Overture to the Sun” which is one of two songs by the group selected by Stanley Kubrick and featured in his 1971 brutal masterpiece, A Clockwork Orange. Later on from this trio you’ll hear the incredibly funky “Magician In The Mountain,” with its slinky groove tones put across perfectly by two musicians from the Jean-Claude Vannier Orchestra (responsible for the music on Serge Gainsbourg’s erotic magnum opus Histoire de Melody Nelson and featured by me on Dendrites Volume 13). With session-guitarist extraordinaire Big Jim Sullivan and Herbie Flowers (whose interlocked, double-tracked upright bass and bass guitar carried Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” into brilliance) to my mind “Magician In The Mountain is the stand-out track on Sound of Sunforest.
You’ll also get to hear two more tracks by recently deceased Scott Weiland (R.I.P.). First up from him is “Son” which was a highlight for me on his 1998 solo debut, 12 Bar Blues.  (Here you can watch a video of Weiland performing the tune acoustically on MTV’s “120 Minutes” back in 1998).
With its raw pop blister rubbing up against a confused glam swirl, this LP still remains my favorite of all Weiland’s work. Featuring contributions from multi-instrumentalist Victor Indrizzo, phenomenal pianist Brad Mehldau, Martyn LeNoble and Peter DiStefano (bass & guitar for Porno For Pyros!), as well as additional work from Daniel Lanois (production-collaborator for Brian Eno, U2, and Bob Dylan)–this is an album with a genuine sense of exploration and–despite its obvious postures–honest artistic expression. In “Son” Weiland mostly employs a slender vocal in the honeyed upper registers with a lightly-narcotized rasp to its delivery. This perfectly gets across the melancholia that served as its inspiration. As Weiland would not have any children until at least two years later, the song serves as a rumination on a terminated pregnancy he and his girlfriend chose, and what might have been (an emotional topic he previously touched upon with Stone Temple Pilots in the closing track for their sophomore record, Purple: “Kitchenware & Candy Bars“).
Later on down the mix you will hear Weiland with his band mates in Stone Temple Pilots on what has always been one of my favorite tracks by this group: “Lounge Fly.” With its elliptic lyrics pushed up from a hungry gut only to be buried again, and pushed up again–a cycle–and the music coiled and percussive–this is not so much circling, but the sound of a man prowling around a drain…and all the while Weiland insisting that you know, “this is really happening to me.” “Lounge Fly” is followed by yet another song concerning sex and the desperate search for emotional connection: “Chloe In The Afternoon” by St. Vincent. Borrowing its title from the 1972 French film by Éric Rohmer (which was much later remade into the Chris Rock comedy I Think I Love My Wife) this song is an amazing display of corroded textures and strange syncopation.
There’s also some D’Angelo; some Elvis; some Mark Lanegan; a dry collaboration between William S. Burroughs and R.E.M from the 1996 collection, Songs in the Key of X – Music From And Inspired By “The X-Files; Matthew E. White and his marvelous Spacebomb crew demonstrating how a tune bled of vigor (and guitar) can still be so damn funky…albeit a drowsy funk; and you’ll hear one of my favorite vocalists, Martina Topley-Bird doing a stripped down version of her own, Snowman” (you can watch a lovely 2012 live performance of it and more here).
Well, enjoy and I hope you are all still listening in the New Year!
All the best to you & yours,
Bobby Calero

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Overture to The Sun – Sunforest [art by Robin Celebi]

Son – Scott Weiland

Star Me Kitten – R.E.M. & William S. Burroughs [art: “Lust” by William S. Burroughs, 1991]

Silver Timothy – Damien Jurado (w/ Richard Swift) [Photo by Sarah Jurado]

Magician In the Mountain – Sunforest

“Trouble”/The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) – The Doors [photo by Frank Lisciandro, 1970]

Scarlet Town – Bob Dylan [art: Train Tracks (Red) by Bob Dylan, 2012]

 

The Golden Fang – Jonny Greenwood

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Signature Move – Matthew E. White [photo by Shawn Brackbill]

Lounge Fly – Stone Temple Pilots

Chloe In The Afternoon – St. Vincent [photo by Tina Tyrell, 2011]

Leaning Into Afternoons – Pablo Neruda [read by Wesley Snipes, music by Luis Enríquez Bacalov] [art from Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Julie Paschkis]

Sugah Daddy – D’Angelo & The Vanguard [Photo by Greg Harris]

Trying To Get To You – Elvis Presley

Trying To Forget You – Howlin’ Wolf

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San-Ho-Zay – Willie Mitchell

Knockin’ Myself Out – Jean Brady & Big Bill Broonzy [image from the film Low Light And Blue Smoke]

Like Little Willie John – Mark Lanegan Band

The Endless Sea – Iggy Pop

Cry Baby Cry – The Beatles [photo by Don McCullin, 7/28/68]

Snowman – Martina Topley-Bird

04/16/05 Saturday/04/19/05 Tuesday – Fantômas

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MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: DENDRITES (VOL. 16)

  • Overture to The Sun – Sunforest
  • Son – Scott Weiland
  • Star Me Kitten – R.E.M. & William S. Burroughs
  • Silver Timothy – Damien Jurado (w/ Richard Swift)
  • Magician In the Mountain – Sunforest
  • “Trouble”/The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) – The Doors
  • Scarlet Town – Bob Dylan
  • The Golden Fang – Jonny Greenwood
  • Signature Move – Matthew E. White 
  • Lounge Fly – Stone Temple Pilots
  • Chloe In The Afternoon – St. Vincent 
  • Leaning Into Afternoons – Pablo Neruda [read by Wesley Snipes, music by Luis Enríquez Bacalov] 
  • Sugah Daddy – D’Angelo & The Vanguard
  • Trying To Get To You – Elvis Presley
  • Trying To Forget You – Howlin’ Wolf
  • San-Ho-Zay – Willie Mitchell
  • Knockin’ Myself Out – Jean Brady & Big Bill Broonzy
  • Like Little Willie John – Mark Lanegan Band
  • The Endless Sea – Iggy Pop
  • Cry Baby Cry – The Beatles 
  • Snowman – Martina Topley-Bird
  • 04/16/05 Saturday/04/19/05 Tuesday – Fantômas

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