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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS: OPEN BOXES (VOL. 2)

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This here mix features two songs from Walter Martin‘s two fantastic records of children’s music (2014’s We’re All Young Together and 2017’s My Kinda Music). Martin was the multi-instrumentalist from what just might be my favorite “NY” band, The Walkmen (I’ve seen them live at least a dozen times) and these “family albums” of his are a real joy to listen to.

You’ll also hear two from the newest and likely last record by Richard Swift, as sadly he died this past July 3rd from complications due to alcohol addiction. This stunning album was released on September 20th, a date that would have marked his and his wife’s 21st wedding anniversary.

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 paid tribute to his genius with a mix of his songs in August.

I believe the two songs featured here–the title track “The Hex” and “Dirty Jim“–are more fine examples of what made so much of his art so brilliant: it could be both incredibly playful and yet devastatingly heartbreaking, simultaneously. Take “Dirty Jim” with it’s lovely, jaunty bounce, but despite this ebullient ragtime melody it can twist your guts and that jaunt turns to substance-abused jitters with lines like: “Every daughter in my home, every one I’ve left alone/ Sorry for the tears I gave to you.”

I’ve always admired a man that can take pathos and mutate it into POP.

Somewhat in the same dolorous mode, the closing track “Lullaby” by Rhiannon Giddens backed by the Kronos Quartet seems so sweet and easy until you begin to understand the heartsore and shameful relationships being presented to you. I really believe Rhiannon Giddens is one of the best things American music has going for it these days.

In addition to its hints of slavery and more modern racial tensions this berceuse also brought to my mind how the poet Oliver Wendell Holmes suggested in 1872 that the cuckoo bird replace the bald eagle as the emblem of the United States of America, writing:

“We Americans are all cuckoos. We make our homes in the nests of other birds,”

In his 2011 book The Old, Weird America (originally released with the title, Invisible Republic) music journalist and cultural critic Greil Marcus expanded upon Holmes’ thought:

“We Americans are all cuckoos,” Oliver Wendell Holmes said in 1872. “We make our homes in the nests of other birds.” This is the starting point.
As long as seven hundred years ago,the English were singing that the cuckoo heralded the coming of summer, and yet the bird was hated. Its cry was reviled through the centuries as oppressive, repetitious, maniacally boring, a cry to drive you crazy, a cry that was already crazy, benefiting a bird that was insane. The cuckoo–the true, “parasitic” cuckoo, which despite Holmes’ choice of it for national bird is not found in the United States–lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. It is a kind of scavenger in reverse: violating the natural order of things, it is by its own nature an outsider, a creature that cannot belong. Depositing its orphans, leaving its progeny to be raised by others, to grow up as impostors in another’s house–as America filled itself up with slaves, indentured servants, convicts, hustlers, adventurers, the ambitious and the greedy, the fleeing and the hated, who took or were given new, impostors’ names–the cuckoo becomes the other and sees all other creatures as other. If the host bird removes a cuckoo’s egg from its nest, the cuckoo may take revenge, killing all of the host’s eggs or chicks; in the same manner, as new Americans drove out or exterminated the Indians, when the cuckoo egg hatches the newborn may drive out any other nestlings or destroy any other eggs. As a creature alienated from its own nature,the cuckoo serves as the specter of the alienation of each from all.
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Here is a mystical body of the republic, a kind of public secret: a declaration of what sort of wishes and fears lie behind any public act, a declaration of a weird but clearly recognizable America within the America of the exercise of institutional majoritarian power. […] Here everyone calls upon the will and everyone believes in fate. It is a democracy of manners–a democracy, finally, of how people carry themselves, of how they appear in public. The ruling question of public life is not that of the distribution of material goods or the governance of moral affairs, but that of how people plumb their souls and then present their discoveries, their true selves, to others–unless, as happens here often enough, the fear of not belonging, or the wish for true proof that one does belong, takes over, and people assume the mask that makes them indistinguishable from anyone else. But [here] that mask never stays on for long.
God reigns here, but his rule can be refused. His gaze cannot be escaped; his hand, maybe. You can bet: you can stake a probably real exile on a probably imaginary homecoming. Or you can take yourself out of the game, and wait for a death God will ignore; then you, like so many others, already dead but still speaking, will take your place in the bend of a note in “The Coo Coo Bird.” It’s limbo, but it’s not bad: on the fourth day of July you get to holler.

OK, I assure you it’s not all sadness on the mix nor a visit to Norton Juster’s The Doldrums.

[some of the landscape of The Doldrums, inhabited by the Lethargarians, as depicted in animation legend Chuck Jones’ 1968 adaption of Juster’s 1961 children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth.

 No, not at all. There’s Jack White with a song that sounds like it could have been assembled by Malcolm McLaren in the 80s.
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There’s Judee Sill with one of her sweet sounding folk-tunes soaked in and thirsty for Christian mysticism; she categorized her own style of music as “country cult baroque.” 
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There’s a pretty diddy off of Uruguayan singer-songwriter Juan Wauters‘ 2014 record North American Poetry. I recall reading somewhere Wauters’ music described as alegría melancólica (melancholy joy) and that is an apt description of the mood that colors a good deal of his songs, which are delivered in silly little knots. Just as in modern times “silly” is a mode or attribute of this bizarre, aggregate thing we are that is often all too easily denigrated and dismissed, in my world “silly” is one of the highest compliments I can give. As a culture we really need to relearn how to truly be at play beside the tower.

You’ll hear something fun from Bobby Charles‘ eponymous 1972 record. Charles first made a name for himself back in the mid-1950s  when he wrote the songs “See You Later, Alligator” (becoming a hit for Bill Haley and His Comets), and “Walking to New Orleans” (becoming a hit for Fats Domino).

There’s something from the sole album by P, a short lived project involving Johnny Depp, front-man of the band Butthole Surfers Gibby Haynes, and others like Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers. This album is in fact the first CD I ever purchased through the miraculous finding machine known as the “internets.”

There’s something from Canadian composer Doug Randle off his 1971 LP Songs For The New Industrial State. This whole bizarre, jingle-like record seems like something that would have been released in the world set-up in Robert Downey Sr.‘s cinematic masterpiece Putney Swope.

Oh and despite the opening title in the sequence of “Mexican Loneliness” to “March Of The Swivelheads,” this is a segue I first committed to cassette tape back in 1997 and 21 years later it still makes me both give a smug chuckle at my own cleverness and want to play hookie.

so please press play and…

 

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A.M.O.P. Presents: __Open Boxes (Vol. 2)
  • Child, the Man Said – Walter Martin
  • The Hex – Richard Swift 
  • The Lamb Ran Away With The Crown – Judee Sill
  • Mexican Loneliness – written by Jack Kerouac; performed by Matt Dillon with Joey Altruda, Joe Gonzalez & Pablo Calogero
  • March Of The Swivelheads – The English Beat
  • Street People – Bobby Charles
  • What Was It You Wanted – Bettye LaVette (Bob Dylan cover)
  • Make Love On The Wing II – Nico Fidenco
  • Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando And I – R.E.M.
  • Michael Stipe – P (Gibby Haynes, Johnny Depp, Sal Jenco, Bill Carter, Flea)
  • Living Well Is The Best Revenge – R.E.M.
  • Escucho Mucho – Juan Wauters
  • That’s Life – James Brown (written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon)
  • Who Scared You – The Doors
  • Shut Paranoia – The Fine Machine (Oscar Lindok, aka Giacomo Dell’Orso; Proluton, aka Gianni Dell’Orso; Peter Donimak, aka Nico Fidenco; and Edda Dell’Orso)
  • Dirty Jim – Richard Swift 
  • Steam Heat – Barbara Moore
  • Vive la Company – Doug Randle
  • Corporation – Jack White
  • What We Gained In The Fire – The Mynabirds (produced by Richard Swift)
  • If I Were a Tiger – Walter Martin feat. Milan McAlevey, Nina Dhongia
  • Lullaby – Kronos Quartet & Rhiannon Giddens

 

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Child, the Man Said – Walter Martin

The Hex – Richard Swift

The Lamb Ran Away With The Crown – Judee Sill

Mexican Lonelieness – written by Jack Kerouac; performed by Matt Dillon With Joey Altruda, Joe Gonzalez & Pablo Calogero [photo by Michael Muller]

March Of The Swivelheads – The English Beat

Street People – Bobby Charles [photo by Michael Ochs, 1972]

What Was It You Wanted – Bettye LaVette (Bob Dylan cover)

Make Love On The Wing II – Nico Fidenco

Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando And I – R.E.M. [Marlon Brando, 1948, photo by Ronny Jaques]

Michael Stipe – P (Gibby Haynes, Johnny Depp, Sal Jenco, Bill Carter, Flea)

Living Well Is The Best Revenge – R.E.M.

Escucho Mucho – Juan Wauters

That’s Life – James Brown (written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon)

Who Scared You – The Doors [Morrison in the closet of his room at LA’s Chateau Marmont hotel, May 1968, (photo by Art Kane).]

Shut Paranoia – The Fine Machine (Oscar Lindok, aka Giacomo Dell’Orso; Proluton, aka Gianni Dell’Orso; Peter Donimak, aka Nico Fidenco; and Edda Dell’Orso)

Dirty Jim – Richard Swift [photo by Richard Swift, Sept 5 2016]

Steam Heat – Barbara Moore

Vive la Company – Doug Randle

What We Gained In The Fire – The Mynabirds (produced by Richard Swift)

If I Were a Tiger – Walter Martin feat. Milan McAlevey, Nina Dhongia

Lullaby – Kronos Quartet & Rhiannon Giddens

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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS: WALLOP (VOL. 3)

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Hello All! Hello World!

Man, I just can’t get enough of that affected lisp Tom Waits uses on “Jesus Gonna Be Here.” Well you’ll hear that and a whole lot more so scroll down, press play and

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A.M.O.P. Presents: __Wallop (Vol. 3)
  • Slow 30s Room – David Lynch & Dean Hurley
  • Dark Night Of The Soul – Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse Feat. David Lynch
  • Soul Cancer – Mazarine Street
  • Just Like A Baby – Sly & The Family Stone
  • You Left The Water Running – Maurice & Mac
  • Never Get Enough – Lianne La Havas
  • High Water (For Charley Patton) – Bob Dylan
  • High Water Everywhere, Pt. 1 – Charley Patton
  • Opetanie Five – Andrzej Korzyński
  • The Front Door – Valerie June
  • Bambole #2 – Bruno Nicolai (ft. vocal by Edda Dell’Orso)
  • If I Was The Devil – Justin Townes Earle
  • Jesus Gonna Be Here – Tom Waits
  • Ohmerica – The Claypool Lennon Delirium
  • Tr(n)igger – Saul Williams (produced by Trent Reznor)
  • Breaking Glass – David Bowie
  • Rattlesnake – St. Vincent
  • Coldwater Canyon – Dory Previn
  • Un Dollaro Bucato – Gianni Ferrio
  • Rare Birds – Jonathan Wilson
  • Bring My Baby Back / Swamp Descent / Engineer Says – Dr. Dog
  • It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry – Leon Russell (Bob Dylan cover)
  • Dreamwake – Pino Donaggio

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Slow 30s Room – David Lynch & Dean Hurley

Dark Night Of The Soul – Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse Feat. David Lynch [photo by David Lynch, 2016]

Soul Cancer – Mazarine Street

Just Like A Baby – Sly & The Family Stone [photo by Michael Ochs]

You Left The Water Running – Maurice & Mac

Never Get Enough – Lianne La Havas

High Water (For Charley Patton) – Bob Dylan

High Water Everywhere, Pt. 1 – Charley Patton

Opetanie Five – Andrzej Korzyński

The Front Door – Valerie June [photo by Dustin Cohen]

Bambole #2 – Bruno Nicolai (ft. vocal by Edda Dell’Orso)

If I Was The Devil – Justin Townes Earle [photo by Justin Borucki]

Jesus Gonna Be Here – Tom Waits [photo Paris, 1992 by Guido Harari.]

Ohmerica – The Claypool Lennon Delirium

Tr(n)igger – Saul Williams (produced by Trent Reznor)

Breaking Glass – David Bowie [photo by Norman Parkinson, 1977]

Rattlesnake – St. Vincent

Coldwater Canyon – Dory Previn

Un Dollaro Bucato – Gianni Ferrio

Rare Birds – Jonathan Wilson

Bring My Baby Back / Swamp Descent / Engineer Says – Dr. Dog

It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry – Leon Russell (Bob Dylan cover)

Dreamwake - Pino Donaggio

Dreamwake – Pino Donaggio

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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS: STILTS

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Hello All! Hello World!

Hey Hey Hey it’s February, and it’s time for  _Stilts _ the latest A.M.O.P. Mixtape!

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A.M.O.P. Presents: _Stilts
  • Clair de Lune – by Claude Debussy; performed by Kamasi Washington
  • Simple Twist Of Fate – Brian Mitchell (Bob Dylan cover)
  • Angel Eyes – Frank Sinatra (arranged by Nelson Riddle)
  • Il Grande Silenzio (Restless) – Ennio Morricone
  • Stagolee – Beck (cover of Mississippi John Hurt’s version) (March 1994, Sun Studio session)
  • Hell – Blind Melon
  • Love Is Coming Back – Genevieve Waite & John Phillips
  • Visions Of Your Reality – Ultimate Spinach
  • The Jabberwocky – written by Lewis Carroll; read by Clive Owen
  • The Engulfed Cathedral (La Cathédrale engloutie) – by Claude Debussy; performed by Isao Tomita
  • No Expectations – Odetta (the Rolling Stones cover)
  • Torn And Frayed – the Rolling Stones; ft. Al Perkins on pedal steel guitar
  • Witch Hunt – Frog (John Cameron, composer; Harold McNair, flute; Bill Le Sage, vibes & percussionist; Tony Carr, drums; Spike Heatley, bass; Herbie Flowers, bass guitar; Alan Parker and Colin Green, guitars; Norma Winstone, vocals)
  • Skin To Skin – Nico Fidenco
  • Atlanta – Stone Temple Pilots
  • Shaman’s Blues – The Doors
  • Poor Boy (alternate version; 1970 London Sessions) – Howlin’ Wolf (w/ Jeffrey Carp – harmonica; Hubert Sumlin– rhythm guitar; Eric Clapton – lead guitar; Steve Winwood – piano; Bill Wyman – bass; Charlie Watts – drums).
  • Po’ Boy – Bob Dylan
  • You Can’t Beat Two People In Love – James Brown & Lyn Collins
  • Il Vichingo Venuto Dal Sud (Incontro Informale) – Armando Trovaioli with Edda Dell ‘Orso

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HOPEFUL IN SPITE OF LEGION
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Clair de Lune – by Claude Debussy; performed by Kamasi Washington

Simple Twist Of Fate – Brian Mitchell (Bob Dylan cover)

Angel Eyes – Frank Sinatra (arranged by Nelson Riddle)

Il Grande Silenzio (Restless) – Ennio Morricone

Stagolee – Beck (Mississippi John Hurt cover) (March 1994, Sun Studio session) [photo by Frank W. Ockenfels III, 1994]

Hell – Blind Melon [photo, Shannon Hoon – New Orleans, Louisiana 1995 by Danny Clinch]

Love Is Coming Back – Genevieve Waite & John Phillips

Visions Of Your Reality – Ultimate Spinach

The Jabberwocky – written by Lewis Carroll; read by Clive Owen [illustration by Stéphane Jorisch]

The Engulfed Cathedral (La Cathédrale engloutie) – by Claude Debussy; performed by Isao Tomita

No Expectations – Odetta (the Rolling Stones cover)

Torn And Frayed – the Rolling Stones; ft. Al Perkins on pedal steel guitar [photo by Dominique Tarle, 1971]

Witch Hunt – Frog (John Cameron, composer; Harold McNair, flute; Bill Le Sage, vibes & percussionist; Tony Carr, drums; Spike Heatley bass; Herbie Flowers bass guitar; Alan Parker and Colin Green, guitars; Norma Winstone, vocals)

Skin To Skin – Nico Fidenco

Atlanta – Stone Temple Pilots [photo by Сhapman Baehler, 1999]

Shaman’s Blues – The Doors [photo by Art Kane, 1968]

Poor Boy (alternate version; 1970 London Sessions) – Howlin’ Wolf (w/ Jeffrey Carp – harmonica; Hubert Sumlin– rhythm guitar; Eric Clapton – lead guitar; Steve Winwood – piano; Bill Wyman – bass; Charlie Watts – drums).

Po’ Boy – Bob Dylan [photo by Ken Regan, in August 2001 in Telluride, Colorado]

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

Il Vichingo Venuto Dal Sud (Incontro Informale) / The Viking Who Came From The South (Informal Meeting) – Armando Trovaioli with Edda Dell ‘Orso

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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS: TROUBLE IN YELLOW

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Hello All! Hello World!

Come on and close out the week and the month of January with _Trouble in Yellow _the latest A.M.O.P. Mixtape!

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A.M.O.P. Presents: _Trouble in Yellow
  • In The Light – Led Zeppelin
  • Vedo Nudo “I See Naked” (Let’s Find Out / Ornella) – Armando Trovaioli with Edda Dell ‘Orso
  • Spoonful (’60 version) – Howlin’ Wolf (w/ Otis Spann, piano; Freddy Robinson, Hubert Sumlin, guitars; Willie Dixon, bass; Fred Below, drums)
  • I Got You – Stone Temple Pilots
  • A Spoonful Weighs a Ton – Steven Boone (Rockabye Baby!) (The Flaming Lips cover)
  • A Spoonful Weighs a Ton – The Flaming Lips
  • Reaction – Sandro Brugnolini
  • Staggolee – Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Wonder Blind – Karen Elson (produced by Jonathan Wilson)
  • Fixing A Hole – The Beatles
  • Diabel – Andrzej Korzyński
  • Give Me All Your Loving – Sunforest
  • Stamping Ground – Moondog
  • Left Alone – Fiona Apple
  • (Ballad Of The) Hip Death Goddess – Ultimate Spinach
  • Mr. Blue – Genevieve Waite & John Phillips
  • Chinatown – John Phillips
  • Same Old Stagolee – Justin Townes Earle
  • Lovers – Piero Piccioni
  • I Cover The Waterfront – Frank Sinatra (arranged by Gordon Jenkins)
  • Simple Twist Of Fate – Bob Dylan
  • Clair De Lune (third movement of Suite bergamasque) – by Claude Debussy; performed by John Williams conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra

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In The Light – Led Zeppelin [cover designed by Peter Corriston & Mike Doud]

Vedo Nudo “I See Naked” (Let’s Find Out / Ornella) – Armando Trovaioli with Edda Dell ‘Orso

Spoonful (’60 version) – Howlin’ Wolf (w/ Otis Spann, piano; Freddy Robinson, Hubert Sumlin, guitars; Willie Dixon, bass; Fred Below, drums)

I Got You – Stone Temple Pilots (photo by Bil Zelman, 2000)

A Spoonful Weighs a Ton – Steven Boone (Rockabye Baby!) (The Flaming Lips cover)

A Spoonful Weighs a Ton – The Flaming Lips

Reaction – Sandro Brugnolini

Staggolee – Pacific Gas & Electric

Wonder Blind – Karen Elson [photo by by Richard Phibbs, 2017]

Fixing A Hole – The Beatles

Diabel (Devil) Andrzej Korzyński (poster by Tony Stella for Diabeł, 1972 film written and directed by Andrzej Żuławski)

Give Me All Your Loving – Sunforest

Stamping Ground – Moondog

Left Alone – Fiona Apple

(Ballad Of The) Hip Death Goddess – Ultimate Spinach

Mr. Blue – Genevieve Waite & John Phillips

Chinatown – John Phillips

Same Old Stagolee – Justin Townes Earle

Lovers – Piero Piccioni [from Radley Metzger’s 1969 film Camille 2000, art directed by Enrico Sabbatini)

I Cover The Waterfront – Frank Sinatra (arranged by Gordon Jenkins)

Simple Twist Of Fate – Bob Dylan

Clair De Lune – by Claude Debussy; performed by John Williams conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra [illustration by H. A. Rey (1941)]

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Au Clair de la Lune (French Nursery Song)

In the light of the moon, Pierrot, my friend
Loan me your pen to write something down
My candle’s dead, I’ve got no flame to light it
Open your door, for the love of God!

In the light of the moon, Pierrot replied
I don’t have a pen, I’m in bed
Go to the neighbor’s, I think she’s there
Because someone just lit a match in the kitchen

In the light of the moon, likable Harlequin
Knocked on the brunette’s door, and she responded immediately
Who’s knocking like that? And he replied
Open your door, for the God of Love!

In the light of the moon, you can barely see anything
Someone looked for a pen, someone looked for a flame
In all of that looking, I don’t know what was found
But I do know that those two shut the door behind them.

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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.