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Along with a whole lot of other gems (like Bob Dylan performing “Isis” live in 1975 with Mick Ronson, guitarist and arranger from David Bowie‘s legendary Ziggy Stardust band) this here mix features “Madame George” by Van Morrison. When writing a review of Astral Weeks, the 1968 record from which this track comes, incredible music journalist Lester Bangs stated that the song:

[…] is the album’s whirlpool. Possibly one of the most compassionate pieces of music ever made, it asks us, no, arranges that we see the plight of what I’ll be brutal and call a lovelorn drag queen with such intense empathy that when the singer hurts him, we do too. (Morrison has said in at least one interview that the song has nothing to do with any kind of transvestite – at least as far as he knows, he is quick to add – but that’s bullshit.) The beauty, sensitivity, holiness of the song is that there’s nothing at all sensationalistic, exploitative, or tawdry about it; in a way Van is right when he insists it’s not about a drag queen, as my friends were right and I was wrong about the “pedophelia” – it’s about a person, like all the best songs, all the greatest literature.”

He goes on to write:

What might seem strangest of all but really isn’t is that it’s exactly those characteristics which supposedly should make George most pathetic – age, drunkenness, the way the boys take his money and trash his love – that awakens something for George in the heart of the kid whose song this is. Obviously the kid hasn’t simply “fallen in love with love,” or something like that, but rather – what? Why just exactly that only sunk in the foulest perversions could one human being love another for anything other than their humanness: love him for his weakness, his flaws, finally perhaps his decay. Decay is human – that’s one of the ultimate messages here, and I don’t by any stretch of the lexicon mean decadence. I mean that in this song or whatever inspired it Van Morrison saw the absolute possibility of loving human beings at the farthest extreme of wretchedness, and that the implications of that are terrible indeed, far more terrible than the mere sight of bodies made ugly by age or the seeming absurdity of a man devoting his life to the wobbly artifice of trying to look like a woman.

and:

If you accept for even a moment the idea that each human life is as precious and delicate as a snowflake and then you look at a wino in a doorway, you’ve got to hurt until you feel like a sponge for all those other assholes’ problems, until you feel like an asshole yourself, so you draw all the appropriate lines. You stop feeling. But you know that then you begin to die. So you tussle with yourself. how much of this horror can I actually allow myself to think about? Perhaps the numbest mannekin is wiser than somebody who only allows their sensitivity to drive them to destroy everything they touch – but then again, to tilt Madame George’s hat a hair, just to recognize that that person exists, just to touch his cheek and then probably expire because the realization that you must share the world with him is ultimately unbearable is to only go the first mile. The realization of living is just about that low and that exalted and that unbearable and that sought-after. Please come back and leave me alone. But when we’re along together we can talk all we want about the universality of this abyss: it doesn’t make any difference, the highest only meets the lowest for some lying succor, UNICEF to relatives, so you scratch and spit and curse in violent resignation at the strict fact that there is absolutely nothing you can do but finally reject anyone in greater pain than you. At such a moment, another breath is treason. that’s why you leave your liberal causes, leave suffering humanity to die in worse squalor than they knew before you happened along. You got their hopes up. Which makes you viler than the most scrofulous carrion. viler than the ignorant boys who would take Madame George for a couple of cigarettes. because you have committed the crime of knowledge, and thereby not only walked past or over someone you knew to be suffering, but also violated their privacy, the last possession of the dispossessed.

Such knowledge is possibly the worst thing that can happen to a person (a lucky person), so it’s no wonder that Morrison’s protagonist turned away from Madame George, fled to the train station, trying to run as far away from what he’d seen as a lifetime could get him.

I strongly urge you to read the review in its entirety as it is quite brilliant, as was most of his writing. Despite a slovenly, drug-jitter exterior Bangs truly is one of the most sensitive writers I have ever read. To me Lester Bangs should be considered one of the “Great American Writers.” His essays should be taught in universities, particularly for his gift of unraveling a subject out until it seems a precarious mess, just to spool it all back in and land it perfectly in an exquisite knot. However, as on the surface he seemingly wrote about “pop” music I believe he has been unfairly dismissed. This is both ironic and elitist when you take into account this truth he wrote in his obituary for Elvis Presley, published in the Village Voice in August 1977.

But I will say this: Elvis Presley was the man who brought overt blatant vulgar sexual frenzy to the popular arts in America (and thereby to the nation itself, since putting “popular arts” and “America” in the same sentence seems almost redundant).

Yes, it is redundant.

The mix also features Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle with their 1958 take on Ann Ronell‘s complex 1932 composition: Willow Weep for Me

Not that I can exactly explain why, I suddenly had this sullen beauty of a tune making languorous rounds within my head when I recently read a poem by Diane Seuss from her incredible new collection, Still Life With Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl:

The Hand Has Dropped the Fruit and It’s Painted Where It Falls

or such is the theater of painting for every painting is a performance some complete with curtains pulled away for the spectator to see the fruit as if casually dropped and painted where it falls or the hare strung up or the turkey hanged from one gnarly foot as if the painter had no design on reality but only painted it haphazardly an improvisation of objects in space but actually a performance of haphazardness as if to say art is not artifice it meets you where you shrug off your robe or pile your strawberries in a basket with no eye for composition but even the haphazard is arranged by the eye who was it who wrote a derangement of arrangements

thus Williams’s so much depends upon the red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens is anything but an accidental tableau viewed for instance through a window as he tended a dying woman in her bed one hears the rhymes of glazed and rain and barrow of wheel and water and white of depends and chickens and considers how briefly water glazes a surface before it must evaporate and leave us behind and how quickly chickens flap their filthy wings and scatter how wheel is separated from barrow rain from water white from chickens so that all constituent parts of what appear to be simple solid randomly arranged objects have been factored down to their prime numbers how nothing is casual nothing is uncomposed whether a curtain is drawn away from the deathbed window or not

Below you’ll also find a list of things I read (or re-read) so far since January of this year, 2018.

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Last year was the year I discovered that I believe Angela Carter just might be the greatest writer I’ve ever read, and this year hasn’t really contradicted that notion! I just marvel at her sentences. I recently came across a quote of hers that both cracked me up and gave me confidence about my own purple approach to writing:

“The questions that I ask myself, I think they’re very much to do with reality. I would really like to have had the guts and the energy and so on to be able to write about, you know, people having battles with the DHSS. But I…I haven’t. They’re dull things. I mean, I’m an arty person. OK, I write overblown, purple, self-indulgent prose. So fucking what?” – Angela Carter

The majority of my free reading time this year was taken up with tackling Alan Moore‘s massive, magical novel Jerusalem. I can honestly say this is the greatest novel I have ever read and I wholeheartedly urge you all to give it a go. I have been blown away and adored many brilliant novels, but it is not often that while reading a book I am struck with the sudden recognition of “wow, this thing rewired my mind!” (Hopscotch–or Rayuela in its original Spanish–by Argentine writer Julio Cortázar is another such novel that comes to mind).

I must say that after finishing Jerusalem I was actually quite astonished that Alan Moore was able to accomplish all he did with this book in only roughly over 600,000 words (my copy is 1,266 pages long).

I don’t usually listen to audiobooks (however the best narrator I’ve ever heard on one is actor Bronson Pinchot) yet I decided to give one a go with the 2018 collection of essays by Zadie Smith: Feel Free.

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith (audiobook read wonderfully by Nikki Amuka-Bird)

My first real introduction to her writing, I think she’s fantastic and the essays are wonderfully read by actress Nikki Amuka-Bird.

There’s a lot of fantastic children’s books featured on the list as well as I am both a father of a three-year-old and a children’s librarian. Whether you have a little one or not to read these to I’d still recommend that you every now and then toss a great children’s book into your reading pile; I guarantee you will be delighted. My son’s favorite books for the year definitely have to be from the Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Willems. They are hysterical, sweet, and quite brilliant!

So yes, these works listed here are all one’s that I truly enjoyed and/or loved; I highly recommend them all!

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  • How Unfortunate Are Those Who Die Unaware Of The Beauty Of Music/Lakmé’s Preparation – Zdenek Liska
  • Benjamin Franklin (Jump Rope Rhyme) – Illinois School Children (recorded 1955)
  • I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier – Mad Season (John Lennon cover)
  • Poverty Train – Laura Nyro
  • People Get Ready – The Doors [Live in Seattle- June 5th 1970 ]
  • This Train – Ziggy Marley (featuring Willie Nelson) 
  • Five Years / Soul Love – David Bowie [Live April-May 1978] 
  • It’s Enough – Lenny Kravitz (ft. Ludovic Louis on trumpet)
  • Babylon – Richard Swift
  • Gasoline Dreams – Outkast Feat. Khujo Goodie
  • Green Eyes – Erykah Badu
  • Too Hurt To Cry – Candi Staton
  • Isis – Bob Dylan & The Rolling Thunder Revue [Live Boston Music Hall, November 21, 1975 (second show)]
  • Mili’s Carousel (Lovely Acrobatics) – Zdenek Liska
  • Madame George – Van Morrison
  • Willow Weep For Me – Frank Sinatra (w/ Nelson Riddle – arranger, conductor; written by Ann Ronell)
  • 2morrow – Prince 
  • Stick Out Your Tongue – Elvis Costello & The Roots
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How Unfortunate Are Those Who Die Unaware Of The Beauty Of Music/Lakmé’s Preparation – Zdenek Liska

Benjamin Franklin (Jump Rope Rhyme) – Illinois School Children (recorded 1955)

I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier – Mad Season (John Lennon cover)

Poverty Train – Laura Nyro

People Get Ready – The Doors [Live in Seattle- June 5th 1970 ]

This Train – Ziggy Marley (featuring Willie Nelson)

Five Years / Soul Love – David Bowie [Live April-May 1978]

It’s Enough – Lenny Kravitz (ft. Ludovic Louis on trumpet) [photo by Adrian Gaut, 2018]

Babylon – Richard Swift [art by Richard Swift, 2018]

Gasoline Dreams – Outkast Feat. Khujo Goodie [photo by Jonathan Mannion]

Green Eyes – Erykah Badu

Too Hurt To Cry – Candi Staton

Isis – Bob Dylan & The Rolling Thunder Revue [Live Boston Music Hall, November 21, 1975 (second show)]

Mili’s Carousel (Lovely Acrobatics) – Zdenek Liska

Madame George – Van Morrison [illustration by Susan Coyne]

Willow Weep For Me – Frank Sinatra (w/ Nelson Riddle – arranger, conductor; written by Ann Ronell)

2morrow – Prince [photo by Ellen von Unwerth, 1997]

Stick Out Your Tongue – Elvis Costello & The Roots [Photo by Danny Clinch , 2013]

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2018 Reading List :________

Jerusalem by Alan Moore

Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces by Angela Carter

Adele in Sand Land by Claude Ponti

The Truth Is We Are Perfect poems by Janaka Stucky

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Once Upon a Jungle by Laura Knowles and James Boast

Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann

Little Red and Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin

A Brave Bear by Sean Taylor &‎ Emily Hughes

Nunca hagas cosquillas a un tigre (Never Tickle a Tiger) by Pamela Butchart &‎ Marc Boutavant

Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race by Frank Miller,‎ Brian Azzarello,‎ Andy Kubert,‎ Klaus Janson

Four-Legged Girl: {Poems} by Diane Seuss

Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue &‎ Pamela Zagarenski

Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham (Rebirth) by Tom King,David Finch, Mikel Janin

Batman Vol. 2: I Am Suicide (Rebirth) by Tom King, Mikel Janin

Avengers vs. Thanos by Jim Starlin (Author), Mike Friedrich (Author), Steve Englehart (Author), Steve Gerber (Author), Don Heck (Illustrator), Bob Brown (Illustrator), John Buscema (Illustrator), Mick Zeck (Illustrator)

Avengers: The Korvac Saga by Roger Stern (Author), Len Wein (Author), Jim Shooter (Author), Bill Mantlo (Author), George Perez (Illustrator), Sal Buscema (Illustrator), Klaus Janson (Illustrator), David Wenzel (Illustrator)

The Vision by Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl: Poems by Diane Seuss

Saints and Strangers (short stories) by Angela Carter

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

Oxford American’s Annual Southern Music Issue: ISSUE 95: 2016 SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE & CD — THE BLUES

Oxford American’s Annual Southern Music Issue: ISSUE 99: 19TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE & CD – KENTUCKY

Oxford American’s Annual Southern Music Issue: ISSUE 91: 17TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE & CD – GEORGIA

Oxford American’s Annual Southern Music Issue: ISSUE 87: 16TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE & CD — TEXAS

Oxford American’s Annual Southern Music Issue: ISSUE 75: 13TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE – Mississippi

Full Bleed: The Comics & Culture Quarterly, Vol. 1 by Dirk Wood (Compiler)

Play by Jez Alborough

Yes by Jez Alborough

Hug by Jez Alborough

The Storm Whale by Benji Davies

The Storm Whale in Winter by Benji Davies

Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies

“What To Do When You’re Raped” An ABC Handbook For Native Girls – Created by The Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center (NAWHERC) and designed by Lucy Bonner

Charlie & Mouse: Book 1 by Laurel Snyder, Emily Hughes

All About Animals!: A Lift-the-Flap Book of Fun Facts (Did You Know?) Board book by Hannah Eliot, Pete Oswald

Out, Out, Away From Here by Rachel Woodworth, Sang Miao

Luna and the Moon Rabbit by Camille Whitcher

Big Wolf and Little Wolf by Nadine Brun-Cosme, Olivier Tallec

The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer by Davide Cali & Benjamin Chaud

Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson & Lucy Tapper

Stories of the Night by Kitty Crowther

The Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman, JH Williams III

The Sandman: Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell

From Hell by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell

The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud

The Bear’s Sea Escape by Benjamin Chaud

The Bear’s Surprise by Benjamin Chaud

When Your Lion Needs a Bath [Board book] by Susanna Leonard Hill, Daniel Wiseman

A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes

If I Had a Dragon / Si Yo Tuviera Un Dragon by Tom Ellery, Amanda Ellery, Teresa Mlawer

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith (audiobook read wonderfully by Nikki Amuka-Bird)

What’s That Noise? by Isabel Minhós Martins, Madalena Matoso

The Grand Expedition by Emma Adbåge (Author), Annie Prime (Translator)

My Neighbor Is a Dog by Isabel Minhós Martins, Madalena Matoso

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy, Theresa Howell, Rafael López

Super Manny Cleans Up! by Kelly DiPucchio, Stephanie Graegin

My Friend is Sad (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems:

I Am Invited to a Party! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

There is a Bird on Your Head! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems:

I Love My New Toy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems:

I Will Surprise My Friend! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

Are You Ready to Play Outside? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems:

Watch Me Throw the Ball! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems:

Elephants Cannot Dance! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems:

Pigs Make Me Sneeze! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

Can I Play Too? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems:

I Broke My Trunk! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

Happy Pig Day! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

Listen to My Trumpet! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

Let’s Go for a Drive! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems:

A Big Guy Took My Ball! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

I’m a Frog! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

My New Friend Is So Fun! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

I Will Take A Nap! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

I Really Like Slop! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

We Are Growing! (an Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! book) by Laurie Keller (presented by Mo Willems)

The Good for Nothing Button! (an Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! book) by Charise Mericle Harper (presented by Mo Willems)

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book Yuyi Morales

Just In Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book by Yuyi Morales

The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

VACATION by Blexbolex

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Imagine! By Raúl Colón

With Your Paw in Mine by Jane Chapman

Tickle Monster by Édouard Manceau

If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca & Ed Emberley

Fortunately by Remy Charlip

Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

Sam, the Most Scaredy-cat Kid in the Whole World: A Leonardo, the Terrible Monster Companion by Mo Willems

I Lost My Tooth! (Unlimited Squirrels) by Mo Willems

Bertolt by Jacques Goldstyn (Author), Claudia Zoe Bedrick (Translator)

My Heart Is Like a Zoo [Board Book] by Michael Hall

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bug Alphabet [Board book] by Mrs. Peanuckle (Author), Jessie Ford (Illustrator)

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, S.D. Schindler

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems

Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus – Mo Willems

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems

Little Nemo’s Big New Dreams ( A TOON Graphic Edited by Josh O’Neill, Andrew Carl, and Chris Stevens)

My Feminist ABC [Board book] by duopress labs, Irene Pizzolante

A Woggle of Witches by Adrienne Adams

When the World Wounds (short stories) by Kiini Ibura Salaam

Kabbalistic Tarot: Hebraic Wisdom in the Major and Minor Arcana by Dovid Krafchow

Before The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky, Zoran Janjetov

That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems

Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems

(Star Wars Marvel) Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 1: Imperial Machine by Charles Soule, Jim Cheung

(Star Wars Marvel) Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 2: Legacy’s End by Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli

(Star Wars Marvel) Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 3: The Burning Seas by Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli

(Star Wars Marvel) Thrawn by Jody Houser, Luke Ross

(Marvel) Star Wars Vol. 6: Out Among the Stars by Jason Aaron, Salvador Larroca

(Marvel) Star Wars Vol. 7: The Ashes of Jedha by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca

(Marvel) Star Wars Vol. 8: Mutiny At Mon Cala by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 1 : Aphra by Kieron Gillen, Kev Walker

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 2: Doctor Aphra and the Enormous Profit by Kieron Gillen, Kev Walker, Marc Laming

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 3: Remastered by Simon Spurrier, Emilio Laiso

The Walking Dead Volume 29: Lines We Cross by Robert Kirkman (Author), Charlie Adlard (Artist), Stefano Gaudiano (Artist), Cliff Rathburn (Artist), Dave Stewart (Artist)

The Walking Dead Volume 30: New World Order by Robert Kirkman (Author), Charlie Adlard (Artist), Stefano Gaudiano (Artist), Cliff Rathburn (Artist), Dave Stewart (Artist)

Punisher Max Complete Collection Vol. 1 by Garth Ennis (Author), Darick Robertson (Illustrator), Lewis Larosa (Illustrator), Leandro Fernandez (Illustrator)

What Will Hatch? by Jennifer Ward, Susie Ghahremani

Yellow Kayak By Nina Laden, Melissa Castrillon

The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Blake Hoena, Flavia Sorrentino.

Zola’s Elephant by Randall de Sève, Pamela Zagarenski

Me And My Fear by Francesca Sanna

Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day?

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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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  • 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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Welcome to the latest A.M.O.P. Mixtape:_COLLISIONS & RESOLVES.

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  • What I saw – Broadcast & The Focus Group
  • Death Is Not A Parallel Move – of Montreal
  • Caint Use My Phone (Suite) / Hi / I’ll Call U Back / Hello – Erykah Badu (produced by Zach Witness, ft.  André 3000)
  • Madness In Great Ones [Hamlet] – Duke Ellington & Billy Staryhorn (ft. Johnny Hodges|Paul Gonsalves)
  • Solstice – Brian Bennett 
  • Mouth Harp Mahem / Jyonder / Soloman – Paul White
  • Hallelujah Money – Gorillaz Feat. Benjamin Clementine
  • Dollar, Dollar – PJ Harvey
  • All The World Is Green – Tom Waits
  • Complicated Shadows – Elvis Costello
  • She’s My Witch – Kip Tyler
  • Whitman – Richard Swift
  • Just Like Kicking Jesus (Hungover Like Jesus After Dancing At Sirkus In Iceland) – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
  • The Love We Make – Prince
  • Moon Bird  – The Roger Webb Sound 
  • Always Crashing In The Same Car – David Bowie
  • Fire In The Zoo – The Heliocentrics
  • The Noise Came From Here – Saul Williams
  • Chronomentrophobia – André 3000
  • Where Flamingos Fly – The Gil Evans Orchestra (ft. Johnny Coles on trumpet)
  • My Dearest Friend – Devendra Banhart

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What I saw – Broadcast & The Focus Group

Death Is Not A Parallel Move – of Montreal [art by David Barnes]

Caint Use My Phone (Suite) / Hi / I’ll Call U Back / Hello – Erykah Badu (produced by Zach Witness, ft. André 3000)

Madness In Great Ones [Hamlet] – Duke Ellington & Billy Staryhorn (ft. Johnny Hodges|Paul Gonsalves)

Solstice – Brian Bennett

Mouth Harp Mahem / Jyonder / Soloman – Paul White

Hallelujah Money – Gorillaz Feat. Benjamin Clementine

Dollar, Dollar – PJ Harvey

All The World Is Green – Tom Waits [photo by Jean-Baptiste Mondino]

Complicated Shadows – Elvis Costello

She’s My Witch – Kip Tyler

Whitman – Richard Swift

Just Like Kicking Jesus (Hungover Like Jesus After Dancing At Sirkus In Iceland) – The Brian Jonestown Massacre

The Love We Make – Prince

Moon Bird – The Roger Webb Sound

Always Crashing In The Same Car – David Bowie [photo by Norman Parkinson, 1977]

Fire In The Zoo – The Heliocentrics

The Noise Came From Here – Saul Williams

Chronomentrophobia – André 3000

Where Flamingos Fly – The Gil Evans Orchestra (ft. Johnny Coles on trumpet)

My Dearest Friend – Devendra Banhart [photo by Lauren Dukoff, 2007]

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THE COURTESAN & THE BEARER OF THE LOTUS

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Hello All! I’ve got a special triptych-MixTape treat for you all today…featuring some bounce, a little wilt, petal melt, and a whole slew of protean tunes to accompany you at the tail-end/entrance of shifting seasons. …Perhaps best used when paired with working on a creative project of some sort or just watering house plants, or by those who suffer from insomnia under the sun.

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  • Love In The Asylum – Dylan Thomas
  • L’Enfant La Mouche Et Les Allumettes (The Child the Fly and the Matches) – Jean-Claude Vannier
  • (Just A Little) Communication – Gabor Szabo
  • Bring Me Coffee Or Tea – CAN
  • Catherine – PJ Harvey
  • I Talk To The Wind – King Crimson
  • ‘Tis A Pity She Was A Whore – David Bowie
  • Black Comedy – Miles Davis [w/ Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Ron Carter]
  • Seven – Thundercat
  • Thieves In The Temple – Prince
  • Thieves In The Temple – Herbie Hancock (Prince cover)
  • The Overachievers – Devendra Banhart & The Grogs (Liars cover)
  • Apes And Peacocks (Queen’s Suite pt. 6) – Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  • Two – Madhouse (Prince & Eric Leeds)
  • Hung Up On My Baby – El Michels Affair (Isaac Hayes cover)
  • Velvet Ditch – The Arcs (Dan Auerbach, Richard Swift, Leon Michels aka El Michels Affair)
  • Smokestack Lightning – Howlin’ Wolf (’69 version)
  • Hello It’s Late – Stone Temple Pilots
  • Almost Fell In Love – crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)
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  • Holy Guardian Angel – crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)
  • The Chart – Super Numeri (Pop Levi, Snap Ant, Karl Webb)
  • Tarot Ash – Madlib
  • Sagittarius Silver Announcement/Worm Mountain – The Flaming Lips (Feat. MGMT)
  • Mantra Guru – Madlib
  • The Healer/Hip Hop/Me – Erykah Badu
  • Blues In Orbit [Alternate Take] – Duke Ellington
  • Verdillac – The Doors
  • The Girl Of The Ghetto – (written By Jim Morrison, read Johnny Depp)
  • The Ghetto Walk – Miles Davis (w/ Wayne Shorter; John McLaughlin; Herbie Hancock; Chick Corea; Joe Zawinul; Dave Holland; Joe Chambers)
  • Seven Years In Tibet – David Bowie
  • Curious Child – Prince
  • Wave – Ahmad Jamal Trio
  • Samurai Showdown (edit) – RZA
  • Sleight of Hand – Menahan Street Band
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  • Johnny Depp’s cough/Perihelion (edit) – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
  • Somewhere In The East – George Benson
  • I’ll Give You Everything I’ve Got For A Little Piece Of Mind – Mushroom
  • Second Sighting – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
  • Symphonique #3 (Ode To Venus) – Moondog
  • Cindy Electronium – Raymond Scott
  • Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 (1st movement Allegro) – Johann Sebastian Bach; performed by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Arrows – Jane Weaver
  • Blood – Annette Peacock
  • Spectre – Radiohead
  • Dominoes – Syd Barrett
  • Miriam Got a Mickey (Instrumental) – Adrian Younge
  • Till It’s Done (Tutu) – D’Angelo & The Vanguard
  • Letter To Hermione – Robert Glasper Experiment ft. Bilal (Bowie cover)
  • Lucifer Rising Part III – Bobby Beausoleil
  • Heathen (The Rays) – David Bowie
  • Ascent – Miles Davis (w/ Wayne Shorter; Herbie Hancock; Chick Corea; Joe Zawinul; Dave Holland; Jack DeJohnette)
  • Aphelion (edit) – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

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[Love In The Asylum - Dylan Thomas [art by Needle Design]

[Love In The Asylum – Dylan Thomas [art by Needle Design]

[L'Enfant La Mouche Et Les Allumettes (The Child the Fly and the Matches) - Jean-Claude Vannier]

[L’Enfant La Mouche Et Les Allumettes (The Child the Fly and the Matches) – Jean-Claude Vannier]

[(Just A Little) Communication - Gabor Szabo]

[(Just A Little) Communication – Gabor Szabo]

[Bring Me Coffee Or Tea - CAN]

[Bring Me Coffee Or Tea – CAN]

[Catherine - PJ Harvey]

[Catherine – PJ Harvey]

[I Talk To The Wind - King Crimson]

[I Talk To The Wind – King Crimson]

['Tis A Pity She Was A Whore - David Bowie]

[‘Tis A Pity She Was A Whore – David Bowie]

[Black Comedy - Miles Davis]

[Black Comedy – Miles Davis]

[Seven - Thundercat]

[Seven – Thundercat]

[Thieves In The Temple - Prince]

[Thieves In The Temple – Prince]

[Thieves In The Temple - Herbie Hancock]

[Thieves In The Temple – Herbie Hancock (Prince cover)]

 
[The Overachievers - Devendra Banhart & The Grogs (Liars cover)]

[The Overachievers – Devendra Banhart & The Grogs (Liars cover)]

[Duke Ellington meets Queen Elizabeth II at Leeds in 1958]

[Apes And Peacocks (Queen’s Suite pt. 6) – Duke Ellington & His Orchestra. Duke Ellington meets Queen Elizabeth II at Leeds in 1958]

[Two - Madhouse (Prince & Eric Leeds)]

[Two – Madhouse (Prince & Eric Leeds)]

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[Hung Up On My Baby – El Michels Affair (Isaac Hayes cover)]

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[Velvet Ditch – The Arcs]

[Smokestack Lightning - Howlin' Wolf ('69 version)]

[Smokestack Lightning – Howlin’ Wolf (’69 version)]

[Hello It's Late - Stone Temple Pilots]

[Hello It’s Late – Stone Temple Pilots]

[Almost Fell In Love - crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)]

[Almost Fell In Love – crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)]

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[Holy Guardian Angel - crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)]

[Holy Guardian Angel – crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)]

[The Chart - Super Numeri]

[The Chart – Super Numeri (Pop Levi, Snap Ant, Karl Webb)]

[Tarot Ash - Madlib]

[Tarot Ash – Madlib]

[Sagittarius Silver Announcement/Worm Mountain - The Flaming Lips (Feat. MGMT)]

[Sagittarius Silver Announcement/Worm Mountain – The Flaming Lips (Feat. MGMT)]

[Mantra Guru - Madlib]

[Mantra Guru – Madlib]

[The Healer/Hip Hop/Me - Erykah Badu]

[The Healer/Hip Hop/Me – Erykah Badu]

[Blues In Orbit [Alternate Take] - Duke Ellington]

[Blues In Orbit [Alternate Take] – Duke Ellington]

[Verdillac - The Doors]

[Verdillac – The Doors]

The Girl Of The Ghetto

[The Girl Of The Ghetto – (written By Jim Morrison, read Johnny Depp)]

[The Ghetto Walk - Miles Davis (w/ Wayne Shorter; John McLaughlin; Herbie Hancock; Chick Corea; Joe Zawinul; Dave Holland; Joe Chambers)]

[The Ghetto Walk – Miles Davis (w/ Wayne Shorter; John McLaughlin; Herbie Hancock; Chick Corea; Joe Zawinul; Dave Holland; Joe Chambers)]

[Seven Years In Tibet - David Bowie]

[Seven Years In Tibet – David Bowie]

[Curious Child - Prince]

[Curious Child – Prince]

[Wave - Ahmad Jamal Trio]

[Wave – Ahmad Jamal Trio]

[Samurai Showdown (edit) - RZA]

[Samurai Showdown (edit) – RZA]

[Sleight of Hand - Menahan Street Band]

[Sleight of Hand – Menahan Street Band]

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[Johnny Depp's cough/Perihelion (edit) - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross]

[Johnny Depp’s cough/Perihelion (edit) – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross]

[Somewhere In The East - George Benson]

[Somewhere In The East – George Benson]

[I'll Give You Everything I've Got For A Little Piece Of Mind - Mushroom]

[I’ll Give You Everything I’ve Got For A Little Piece Of Mind – Mushroom]

[Second Sighting - The Brian Jonestown Massacre]

[Second Sighting – The Brian Jonestown Massacre]

[Symphonique #3 (Ode To Venus) - Moondog]

[Symphonique #3 (Ode To Venus) – Moondog]

[Cindy Electronium - Raymond Scott]

[Cindy Electronium – Raymond Scott]

[Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 (1st movement Allegro) - Johann Sebastian Bach]

[Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 (1st movement Allegro) – Johann Sebastian Bach]

[Arrows - Jane Weaver]

[Arrows – Jane Weaver]

[Blood - Annette Peacock]

[Blood – Annette Peacock]

[Spectre - Radiohead]

[Spectre – Radiohead]

[Dominoes - Syd Barrett]

[Dominoes – Syd Barrett]

[Miriam Got a Mickey (Instrumental) - Adrian Younge]

[Miriam Got a Mickey (Instrumental) – Adrian Younge]

[Till It's Done (Tutu) - D'Angelo & The Vanguard]

[Till It’s Done (Tutu) – D’Angelo & The Vanguard]

[Letter To Hermione - Robert Glasper Experiment ft. Bilal]

[Letter To Hermione – Robert Glasper Experiment ft. Bilal (David Bowie cover)]

[Lucifer Rising Part III - Bobby Beausoleil]

[Lucifer Rising Part III – Bobby Beausoleil]

[Heathen (The Rays) - David Bowie]

[Heathen (The Rays) – David Bowie]

[Ascent - Miles Davis (w: Wayne Shorter; Herbie Hancock; Chick Corea; Joe Zawinul; Dave Holland; Jack DeJohnette); art by Oliver Barrett]

[Ascent – Miles Davis (w: Wayne Shorter; Herbie Hancock; Chick Corea; Joe Zawinul; Dave Holland; Jack DeJohnette); art by Oliver Barrett]

[Aphelion (edit) - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross]

[Aphelion (edit) – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross]

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Being the most up-front pop-oriented of them, if any representatives from the last of the commercial sub-genres listed above were ever to land a hit to temporarily dominate the charts for a season or two then it was likely penned, recorded (and often digitally assembled note-for-note, syllable-by-syllable) by a cabal of nine middle-aged Nordic men. Although their birth certificates stated names that would likely bring to the average American mind images of Vikings or monks, they were typically credited under monikers that were easily forgettable despite their frequent use of the letters Z and X and honorary titles, such as Dr. Cztarlab, Sir LapLux, Mr. Mixus, and Professor JaMeZ. Almost no one would really ever recall these writers’ professional pseudonyms or note the central role they played in the hits that were so pervasive in their lives. These facts of anonymity were by design, as they did not want to interfere with the ascendency and celebrity of the “artist” that was to sell their work to the masses.

Through focus-group brand testing and weeks-long song-writing “cook-outz” where the annual trajectory of a (largely absent) performer’s career could be plotted by the continuity of tunes assigned to them, this committee had perfected a formula for pop familiarity—and thus, top ten hits. Not to oversimplify their equation, but it could be described as so: the forward swirl and bright texture of say, ABBA’s “SOS” but manufactured in a manner that ensured it could effortlessly and cyclically give way to the emphatic gush and catch of an arena-sized shout-along, something akin to the big-rock, chest-thump chorus in Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer.” With these elements married and laid atop a plush bed of programmed beats (or beatz) borrowed from the latest fashions in re-heated Hip Hop and R&B, all that was needed to complete the job was the appropriate vehicle to deliver the song. Sold to a Star-Creation division operating in-house under one of the various record-label executives, the likely hit-song could then be allocated either to a veteran presence or one of the newer recruits from the pop-celebrity academies.

The sound was always bigger & brighter & brighter & bigger. The sound should have little trouble in filling a stadium. Yet, it rarely needed to fill a stadium, but the sound must fill a shopping complex daily. Yes, the genuine smash hit was truly achieved when it facilitated an easy browse along the aisles of capitalism—interrupting consumption only long enough for an involuntary duet between pop star and shopper, a reflex response from the teaser tinsel of the pre-chorus build and the persistent bass and treble hook of the chorus returning again and returning again. At times the production could be so seamless, so unremarkable, so successful that one could pause and ask themselves: How do I know this song? Have I always known it? Has this song always been here?

With these narrow options before her, what was a girl to listen to? There was the feminine powerhouses of the Divas; at least they were aggressively advertised as such. These “Queens” and “Ladies” were always presented in context to the objects in their orbits: the relationships new or sour; the clothes; the hair; the promotional tie-Ins; the prop outrage performed on an award ceremony stage; the boyfriends and husbands; their current positions on the charts; their current positions in the rotating feuds between the other Divas. Watching music videos one day after school with her best friend since ninth grade, Rebecca turned to her and said: “Ugh, these role-model bitches are always either selling church or snatch.” Mireille laughed until she snorted. It was true, those who were not peddling their brand with the accompanying image of Clean American could be found rolling their eyes, spreading their legs, and retailing their lives under a banner that read Liberated & Nasty. Purchased from the Nordic committee, they all currently had the pull of a melody that was so easy to babble-along to. The Divas’ singles could be fun, but listening to them, Mireille reasoned, would make her feel like merely some consequence of a premise.

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Water or Bread (Raining) – Madlib

Metamorphosis – Miles Okazaki (w/ Dan Weiss, Christof Knoche, Jon Flaugher, Miguel Zenon, David Binney, and Chris Potter)

To Sheila – Smashing Pumpkins [photo by Yelena Yemchuk]

Sonic Armada – Air

Morning Fog – Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi

Green Belly – Ty Segall

Hidee Hidee Ho #16 – The New Basement Tapes (ft. Rhiannon Giddens, Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, Marcus Mumford, produced by T Bone Burnett) [lyrics by Bob Dylan]

Shaman’s Blues – The Doors (Jim Morrison in the closet of his room at LA’s Chateau Marmont hotel, by Art Kane, May 1968.) 

Paint a Lady – Susan Christie

Strawberry Wine – Ryan Adams [photo by Mark Seliger]

Crystals – Bennie Maupin

Synthesizer – Outkast (ft. George Clinton)

What I saw – Broadcast & The Focus Group

Twinkle/Master Teacher – Erykah Badu [photo by Timothy Saccenti, 2008]

Polly – Duke Ellington

The Silent Orchestra – Hamilton Leithauser

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I See Your Face Before Me – Frank Sinatra

Hidee Hidee Ho #11 – The New Basement Tapes (ft. Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens, Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith, Marcus Mumford, Bo Koster, produced by T Bone Burnett) [lyrics by Bob Dylan]

Stay (Faraway, So Close!) – U2

Homme Lune – Air

Black Noise – Rotary Connection

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  • Water or Bread (Raining) – Madlib
  • Metamorphosis – Miles Okazaki (w/ Dan Weiss, Christof Knoche, Jon Flaugher, Miguel Zenon, David Binney, and Chris Potter)
  • To Sheila – Smashing Pumpkins
  • Sonic Armada – Air
  • Morning Fog – Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi
  • Green Belly – Ty Segall
  • Hidee Hidee Ho #16 – The New Basement Tapes (ft. Rhiannon Giddens, Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, Marcus Mumford, produced by T Bone Burnett) [lyrics by Bob Dylan]
  • Shaman’s Blues – The Doors
  • Paint a Lady – Susan Christie
  • Strawberry Wine – Ryan Adams 
  • Crystals – Bennie Maupin
  • Synthesizer – Outkast (ft. George Clinton)
  • What I saw – Broadcast & The Focus Group
  • Twinkle/Master Teacher – Erykah Badu 
  • Polly – Duke Ellington
  • The Silent Orchestra – Hamilton Leithauser
  • I See Your Face Before Me – Frank Sinatra
  • Hidee Hidee Ho #11 – The New Basement Tapes (ft. Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens, Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith,  Marcus Mumford, Bo Koster, produced by T Bone Burnett) [lyrics by Bob Dylan]
  • Stay (Faraway, So Close!) – U2
  • Homme Lune – Air
  • Black Noise – Rotary Connection

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Mireille supposed that combustible conditions like morals and mental illness for the most part only really came into play in a somewhat more physical state than the wet realm from where thought descends. Even if not likewise accepted within that shoddy, communal rabbit-hutch that is the narrative known as normal, she felt that it was still perfectly acceptable to have any and every variegated notion percolate up through the porous mesh within our heads. Sure, in our world it would naturally follow that we’d feel the need for those whims to fall for us somewhere along that long, long, long circumference we’ve constructed between sacred and profane. Yet, “All thoughts are okay,” she told herself.

(As just some examples pulled from an infinite list of random mundanities that might drift towards focus, albeit these admittedly being somewhat odder fare than “I wonder what gender my first born will be,” or “Did they like the cut and color of that shirt I wore to the party last night”) if one took note that they had just moments ago been dreamily pondering a plan to commit murder; or discovered themselves in a strange reverie involving themselves engaged in an ogre-like gobble of an infant in a sandwich; or if one was considering what it would be like to have eyes on their genitalia, like a butterfly; or what it would be like to slit one’s wrists open with a razor; or if they’re struck with the thought to stick their tongue into the mouth of that old drunk who lived next door: well, “that’s just fine.” To place this into the more commonly known compartments proposed by Freud—if one were found in wonder over what it’d be like to stab one’s own mother and fuck one’s own father (or vice-versa of course, depending on gender and preference), well, it’s just fine. It’s only when these thoughts are allowed weight to fret within your head, Mireille believed, that they become something awesome: inspiring an overwhelming feeling of both reverence and fear.

Developing into a worry, there this whimsy-made-object-this-object-made-foreign will sit and calcify into a malignant stone that scrapes our interior. Yes, a stone, like that of Sisyphus and his diurnal burden: something to be dealt with daily. Worse, they’d metastasize out into other tunnels, such as language and action.

“I guess what I mean to say,” she thought, “…it’s only when they become a concern that they become a concern….”

       Obsession is the engine that furrows the brow and makes us sick. Worry invites what were once riffs of little-nothings and inconsequential quirks of Homo sapiens sapiens’ cognitive arrangement to linger too long in the house of mirrors that we sometimes see as introspective consciousness. Under an awkward lens they develop deep taproots, wicked and invasive to your core. Even if you were to pinch its bitter blossom-head from the stem, even if you were to yank the stem free—there below the sod the thing remains and sprouts anew. Soon to sour into a desire to be fed, or a target for contempt—at best you’re left to keep vigil and be at-ready to denounce it.

Get thee to a nunnery, go.

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Get thee behind me, Satan.

       Perpetually in a procedure of amputation, your hobbled heart and mind prepares a palace for these hobgoblins and nourishes them with the slough left after self-recrimination: for is not anxiety its own form of adoration? It’s awful enough we feel compelled to contort and comport ourselves at-large to some temporal point of view, but to play truncheon-twirling policeman before some internal mirror was just too much. Why warp your imagination into the wraith that haunts the head, or worse, the revenant that escorts the hand? No, it was best to let the currents own these thoughts, buoy them about for your observation before they were tossed off with a chuckle. Otherwise these nothings could bludgeon and knife our lives while we curse them as fate.

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Used 2 Own U – crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)

Lay Lady Lay – David T. Walker

Agitation – Erykah Badu

Afro Blue/Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment (ft. Erykah Badu & Yasiin Bey [Mos Def])

Suite II Overture/Dance Or Die/Faster/Locked Inside – Janelle Monáe (ft.. Saul Williams)

Girls On Saturn – Saul Williams

Real Thing – tUnE-yArDs

Price Tag – Sleater-Kinney

At Night, True Love/ The Count – San Fermin

Accidental Tourist (a white Huayno melody) – Elvis Perkins

The Fat Angel – Donovan

Eye of the Pearl – Quilt

Therapy – Mary J. Blige

Someday My Prince Will Come – Miles Davis

I Can't See Your Face In My Mind - The Doors

I Can’t See Your Face In My Mind – The Doors

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Dance The Night Away – Jim Carroll Band

Don’t Watch Me Dancing – Little Joy [art by Flavio de Paula]

Three Consorts Of Dracula – Philip Glass & Kronos Quartet

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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: DENDRITES (VOL. 6)

  • Used 2 Own U – crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)
  • Lay Lady Lay – David T. Walker
  • Agitation – Erykah Badu
  • Afro Blue/Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment (ft. Erykah Badu & Yasiin Bey [Mos Def])
  • Suite II Overture/Dance Or Die/Faster/Locked Inside – Janelle Monáe (ft.. Saul Williams)
  • Girls On Saturn –  Saul Williams
  • Real Thing – tUnE-yArDs
  • Price Tag – Sleater-Kinney
  • At Night, True Love/ The Count – San Fermin
  • Accidental Tourist (a white Huayno melody) – Elvis Perkins
  • The Fat Angel – Donovan
  • Eye of the Pearl – Quilt
  • Therapy – Mary J. Blige
  • Someday My Prince Will Come – Miles Davis
  • I Can’t See Your Face In My Mind – The Doors
  • Dance The Night Away – Jim Carroll Band
  • Don’t Watch Me Dancing – Little Joy
  • Three Consorts Of Dracula – Philip Glass & Kronos Quartet 

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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: AT PLAY BESIDE THE TOWER

Hello all and welcome to the new MixTape: At Play Beside The Tower. This one features such brilliant artists as Erykah Badu, St. Vincent, J Dilla, and many more! For those that are interested, both the title and some inserted text read by Lyn Gerry come from Charles Eisenstein’s great book, The Ascent of Humanity. (You can read or listen to it yourself for free over at this site.)

As always, if you enjoy any of these tunes I urge you to seek out and purchase more work to support these artists.

Thanks for stopping by and lending me your ear–

-ENJOY YOURSELF— 

 

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Blind Man Can See It (Extended) – James Brown

Didn’t Cha Know – Erykah Badu

Reception/Group therapy – Broadcast & The Focus Group

About Nothing – Scott Weiland

Any Colour You Like – Flaming Lips [art by Martin Ansin]

Huey Newton – St. Vincent

Who Will Lead Us – Priestbird

Sugar Storm/At Play Beside the Tower – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross/Charles Eisenstein (AMOP edit)

Workinonit [edit] – J Dilla 

Slave Only Dreams To Be King – Marilyn Manson

The Reptilian Agenda – B. Dolan

Sugar Storm (Reprise) – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

Gobstopper – J Dilla

Cthulu – EMA

Anchors – Stone Gossard

& Eveline – Elvis Perkins

Sirens Of Your Toxic Spirit – of Montreal

The Ideal Husband – Father John Misty

Urban Ease/Slide Machine – Parquet Courts (13th Floor Elevators cover)

1st Time/Freak You – Cooly G

Ordinary Morning – Sheryl Crow

A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: AT PLAY BESIDE THE TOWER————–   –  —   ———-  —

  • Blind Man Can See It – James Brown
  • Didn’t Cha Know – Erykah Badu
  • Reception/Group therapy – Broadcast & The Focus Group
  • About Nothing – Scott Weiland
  • Any Colour You Like – Flaming Lips
  • Huey Newton – St. Vincent
  • Who Will Lead Us – Priestbird
  • Sugar Storm/At Play Beside the Tower – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross/Charles Eisenstein (AMOP edit)
  • Workinonit – J Dilla
  • Slave Only Dreams To Be King – Marilyn Manson
  • The Reptilian Agenda – B. Dolan
  • Sugar Storm (Reprise) – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
  • Gobstopper – J Dilla
  • Cthulu – EMA
  • Anchors – Stone Gossard
  • & Eveline – Elvis Perkins
  • Sirens Of Your Toxic Spirit – of Montreal
  • The Ideal Husband – Father John Misty
  • Urban Ease/Slide Machine – Parquet Courts
  • 1st Time/Freak You – Cooly G
  • Ordinary Morning – Sheryl Crow
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