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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS: Talking To You Is Like Pulling Teeth From A Wall

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Hello All! Hello World!

..deeper than radio; better algorhythm than the spoofity app…
…Well please press play and…as always…

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__  _A.M.O.P. Presents: __Talking To You Is Like Pulling Teeth From A Wall

 
  • Theme From “A Fistful Of Dollars” – Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra And Chorus
  • Big River – Johnny Cash
  • Hair – PJ Harvey 
  • Kathleen (Featuring – The Chromatics) – Townes Van Zandt
  • She Loves Me Not – Faith No More
  • A Fool Such As I – Bob Dylan (recorded April 26, 1969; written by Bill Trader)
  • Ode To A Robin – Elvis Presley
  • Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues – Eels
  • Drag Days – Guided By Voices
  • Que Me Pisen – Sumo
  • Brain Mark – Jackie Mittoo
  • One Day – UGK (Pimp C and Bun B.) Feat. 3-2 & Ronnie Spencer
  • Love Ridden – Fiona Apple
  • Ramblin’ On My Mind – Robert Johnson
  • Hurt (studio outtake rec. Feb 6, 1976 in The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis) – Elvis Presley
  • Picnic International – Kraan
  • Heavy Soup (ft. Otis Clay) / Staging The Plaguing Of The Raised Platform / Lessons Learned From Rocky I To Rocky III / Motion The 11 ( Jack Wilson & Kojak) / Slip The Drummer One / Heavy Soup (Outro) – Cornershop
  • Good Friday – The Black Crowes
  • Nobody Slides, My Friend – Willie Nelson

 

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Big River – Johnny Cash
Hair – PJ Harvey [photo by Maria Mochnacz, 1992]
Kathleen (Featuring – The Chromatics) – Townes Van Zandt [photo by Peter Figen, 1992]
She Loves Me Not – Faith No More
A Fool Such As I – Bob Dylan (recorded April 26, 1969; written by Bill Trader)

Ode To A Robin – Elvis Presley

Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues – Eels

Drag Days – Guided By Voices (collage by Robert Pollard)

Que Me Pisen – Sumo

Brain Mark – Jackie Mittoo

One Day – UGK (Pimp C and Bun B.) Feat. 3-2 & Ronnie Spencer

Love Ridden – Fiona Apple

Ramblin’ On My Mind – Robert Johnson [art by Burt Goldblatt, 1961]

Hurt (studio outtake rec. Feb 6, 1976 in The Jungle Room, Graceland, Memphis) – Elvis Presley

Picnic International – Kraan

Heavy Soup (ft. Otis Clay) / Staging The Plaguing Of The Raised Platform / Lessons Learned From Rocky I To Rocky III / Motion The 11 ( Jack Wilson & Kojak) / Slip The Drummer One / Heavy Soup (Outro) – Cornershop

Good Friday – The Black Crowes

Nobody Slides, My Friend – Willie Nelson [art by David Zettner]

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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS: WALLOP (VOL. 1)

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Hello All! Hello World!

I said well hello there. When I was in high-school one of my all-time favorite bands was one almost no one ever heard of. At the time I didn’t know nor cared about the cultural, hipster cachet that could be angled from that fact; I just thought they made amazing music! I remember spending hours dancing and singing along to their records alone in my bedroom. Mazarine Street were from Stockholm, Sweden and my best friend’s uncle, Gene Kraut, was their manager and as their 3 records would come out (in 1996; 1997; and 2001) he would mail them over to the U.S. for him. (Gene would also come to manage Arthur Lee of the amazing sixties, Los Angeles based band Love, which is how I discovered them as well, and even saw Lee & Love perform for his Forever Changes Concerts at Warsaw in Brooklyn, on October 23, 2003…incredible!). If I had to describe Mazarine Street as akin to another sound I guess I would say they were something like nineties Beck tackling the thick rock & roll and rough blues of The Rolling Stones. There was something incredibly playful to their blues bravado and alcohol swagger. This good-humored gusto I think can be heard clearly on one of the two songs featured here and taken from their second record, Thirteen Reasons to Believe. With “One More Day” they present a traditional-sounding field holler blues but tweak it with the odd trill and wobble of a theremin.

On this mix you’ll also hear Beastie Boys‘ sonic tribute to Miles Davis‘ record On The Corner, with their very own “Bobo On The Corner,” which features percussionist Eric “Bobo” Correa (the son of famed Latin and jazz percussionist Willie Bobo, who is also featured elsewhere on the mix). This rolls right into the Beastie Boys’ oh-so-fun single of 1995 “Root Down,” which utilizes a sample from Jimmy Smith‘s “Root Down (And Get It)” (a song that was featured in these pages way back on April 11th 2014 on my triptych party-mix On The Good Blood).

This MixTape also features a Blind Melon tune I mentioned a few posts back, the hopped-up banjo and kazoo jam “Skinned” written from the perspective of serial killer Ed Gein (and what I always took as lead singer and lyricist Shannon Hoon‘s somewhat demented, metaphorical commentary on his own issues with addiction and substance abuse). Elswhere you’ll hear Blind Melon’s “Dumptruck,” where Hoon sings with more than a hint of anxiety: “New York City soothing my itchy itchy month of May.”

Oh and I can’t go without making mention of a song that has been a favorite of mine for decades: “Manifold de Amour” by Latin Playboys. Latin Playboys was an experimental group comprising David Hidalgo, Louie Pérez (from the band Los Lobos) ,along with the production partners of Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake. Taken from their 1994, self-titled debut album, I translate the hypnotic lyrics of “Manifold de Amour” as:

I’m going to sail
To the port of the soul
Crossing the sea,
Until I arrive

 

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

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  • Satisfied – Prince
  • All Your Goodies Are Gone – Parliament
  • One More Day – Mazarine Street
  • “Desire” – David Lynch
  • Good God’s:// Urge! – Porno For Pyros
  • Suena Blanca Espuma – El Kinto
  • To Come Of Age / Black Polished Chrome / Latino Chrome – Jim Morrison & The Doors
  • Power – Ray Barretto (w/ Bass – Andy Gonzales; Bongos – Tony Fuentes; Piano – Louis Cruz; Timbales – Orestes Vilato; Trumpets – Papy Roman, Rene Lopez, Roberto Rodriguez)
  • Bobo On The Corner / Root Down – Beastie Boys (ft. Eric Bobo & Money Mark Nishita; Produced by Mario Caldato Jr.)
  • Broasted Or Fried  – Willie Bobo & The Bo Gents (w/ Bass – Ernie McDaniel; Congas – Victor Pantoja; Drums – Jimmy Smith; Electric Piano – Reggie Andrews; Flute, Tenor Saxophone – Ron Starr; Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Steve Huffsteter)
  • Dumptruck – Blind Melon
  • Manifold de Amour – Latin Playboys (David Hidalgo, Louie Pérez, Mitchell Froom, Tchad Blake)
  • Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down – Scott Weiland (ft. Accordion – Sheryl Crow; Bass – Martyn LeNoble; Cello – Susie Katayama; Viola – Novi Novog; Violin – Joel Derouin, Robin Lorentz; Piano, Guitar, Drums, Vocals, String Arrangements – Victor Indrizzo)
  • Violets For Your Furs – Billie Holiday With Ray Ellis And His Orchestra (written by Tom Adair & Matt Dennis)
  • Rocks In My Bed – Allen Toussaint With Rhiannon Giddens (written by Duke Ellington)
  • Extraordinary Machine – Fiona Apple (Produced with Jon Brion)
  • Nightschool – Mazarine Street
  • Sweet Virginia – The Rolling Stones
  • Skinned – Blind Melon
  • I Got A Woman – Elvis Presley (Written by Ray Charles)
  • Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’ – Ray Charles (Written by Joe Greene)
  • Deadweight – Beck (produced with The Dust Brothers)

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Satisfied – Prince [photo by Randee St Nicholas 2007]

All Your Goodies Are Gone – Parliament

One More Day – Mazarine Street

“Desire” – David Lynch [art; Plume Of Desire by David Lynch]

Good God’s:// Urge! – Porno For Pyros

Suena Blanca Espuma – El Kinto

To Come Of Age / Black Polished Chrome / Latino Chrome – Jim Morrison & The Doors

Power – Ray Barretto (w/ Bass – Andy Gonzales; Bongos – Tony Fuentes; Piano – Louis Cruz; Timbales – Orestes Vilato; Trumpets – Papy Roman, Rene Lopez, Roberto Rodriguez)

Bobo On The Corner / Root Down – Beastie Boys (ft. Eric Bobo & Mark Nishita; Produced by Mario Caldato Jr.)

Broasted Or Fried – Willie Bobo & The Bo Gents (w/ Bass – Ernie McDaniel; Congas – Victor Pantoja; Drums – Jimmy Smith; Electric Piano – Reggie Andrews; Flute, Tenor Saxophone – Ron Starr; Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Steve Huffsteter)

Dumptruck – Blind Melon [photo by Chris Cuffaro, 05.25.95]

Manifold de Amour – Latin Playboys (David Hidalgo, Louie Pérez, Mitchell Froom, Tchad Blake)

Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down – Scott Weiland (ft. Accordion – Sheryl Crow; Bass – Martyn LeNoble; Cello – Susie Katayama; Viola – Novi Novog; Violin – Joel Derouin, Robin Lorentz; Piano, Guitar, Drums, Vocals, String Arrangements – Victor Indrizzo)

Violets For Your Furs – Billie Holiday With Ray Ellis And His Orchestra (written by Tom Adair & Matt Dennis)

Rocks In My Bed – Allen Toussaint With Rhiannon Giddens (written by Duke Ellington)

Extraordinary Machine – Fiona Apple (Produced with Jon Brion)

Nightschool – Mazarine Street [art by JAKOB KRAJCIK]

Sweet Virginia – The Rolling Stones

Skinned – Blind Melon [photo by Danny Clinch, 1995]

I Got A Woman – Elvis Presley (Written by Ray Charles)

Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’ – Ray Charles (Written by Joe Greene)

Deadweight – Beck (produced with The Dust Brothers) [photo by Andrea Giacobbe, 1997]

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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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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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THE DEMISE OF THE MASK (VOL 2)

Hello All.

Welcome to Volume Two of my new series of MixTapes: The Demise Of The Mask. –(Volume One here)__.

Here you’ll hear the suite of songs that open what was one of the best albums of 2014, The Silver Globe by Jane Weaver; and something from real honky-tonk talent Margo Price and her 2016 debut record Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis and released on Jack White‘s Third Man Recordshere’s that pair performing together on “A Prairie Home Companion” back in October). You can groove as well to some of my favorite tunes by The Byrds, John LennonThe Brian Jonestown Massacre, Danny BrownSteve Harley & Cockney Rebel, and a whole lot more. Speaking of Cockney Rebel, there’s also a long prog workout by that group’s keyboardist Duncan Mackay, “12 Tone Nostalgia,” taken from his 1974 solo debut Chimera. Kevin Barnes‘ group of Montreal provide one of my favorite lyrics with their chorus of:

These amphibian days they will not heel to you
You can’t defy the defining flaw of your generation

Oh and for those who are left wondering just what words are used to create the hypnotic mantra in Moondog‘s 1971 round, “You The Vandal“:

you, the vandal, plunder the village as you will.
the earthworm will pillage you, the vandal, when you are under

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__The Demise Of The Mask (Vol 2)__Mercury Returns To Me___
  • The Silver Globe/Argent/The Electric Mountain – Jane Weaver
  • Funky Fly – Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds
  • Corridors of Power II  – Lilacs & Champagne
  • You The Vandal – Moondog
  • These Days – Nico
  • Jonathan – Fiona Apple
  • Time Is Honey (So Cut The Shit)/Teleflows 5 Vs. Amplification/Nevertheless – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
  • 12 Tone Nostalgia  – Duncan MacKay 
  • Mirror Freak – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
  • Lonely – Danny Brown
  • Amphibian Days – of Montreal
  • This Town Gets Around – Margo Price
  • Woman Is The Nigger Of The World – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
  • She Said She Said – The Beatles
  • St. Michael – Richard Swift
  • Hungry Planet – The Byrds
  • The World (Interlude) – Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi
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[The Silver Globe/Argent/The Electric Mountain - Jane Weaver]

[The Silver Globe/Argent/The Electric Mountain – Jane Weaver]

[Funky Fly - Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds]

[Funky Fly – Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds]

[Corridors of Power II - Lilacs & Champagne]

[Corridors of Power II – Lilacs & Champagne]

[You The Vandal - Moondog]

[You The Vandal – Moondog]

[These Days - Nico]

[These Days – Nico]

[Jonathan - Fiona Apple]

[Jonathan – Fiona Apple]

[Time Is Honey (So Cut The Shit)/Teleflows 5 Vs. Amplification/Nevertheless - The Brian Jonestown Massacre]

[Time Is Honey (So Cut The Shit)/Teleflows 5 Vs. Amplification/Nevertheless – The Brian Jonestown Massacre]

[12 Tone Nostalgia - Duncan MacKay]

[12 Tone Nostalgia – Duncan MacKay]

[Mirror Freak - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel]

[Mirror Freak – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel]

[Lonely - Danny Brown]

[Lonely – Danny Brown]

[Amphibian Days - of Montreal]

[Amphibian Days – of Montreal]

[This Town Gets Around - Margo Price]

[This Town Gets Around – Margo Price]

[Woman Is The Nigger Of The World - John Lennon & Yoko Ono]

[Woman Is The Nigger Of The World – John Lennon & Yoko Ono]

[She Said She Said - The Beatles]

[She Said She Said – The Beatles]

[St. Michael - Richard Swift]

[St. Michael – Richard Swift]

[Hungry Planet - The Byrds]

[Hungry Planet – The Byrds]

[The World (Interlude) - Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi]

[The World (Interlude) – Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi]

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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: DENDRITES (VOL. 15)

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Each snug within the confines of their own category—altogether most pop music seems to intimate an insular fear of an anonymous other. What is it but another manifestation of man’s ludicrous grasp for total control? Yes, as a teenager—and in all the turmoil that that entails—it was Locust Mirror’s seeming open seriousness that initially allured Mireille’s taste towards that band’s music. She was sure they mattered and cared.

About what?

She was never sure enough to put into words. Their music felt mysterious and smart, dangerous and true, romantic and sexy…creative. Weird—It hinted at opportunities.

But at seventeen and seated in a public library—Mireille felt bored.

She shoveled the books aside with a swipe of her forearm. With its dust jacket wrapped and protected by a clear film of Polyethylene Terephthalate, she slid the hardbound copy of Peter Bennet’s Last Against The Wall (Berlin 1961-1989) towards her. From between its pages she pulled out the latest issue of Turn-Turn Magazine, which she had taken from a crowded rack as she entered the library and had been using as an oversized bookmark. There on the cover was Locust Mirror lead singer, Christian Heath.

Perhaps categorized as a “black & white” photograph, the image captured by Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn and partly produced through a thin coat of emulsion and a high contrast truly resides somewhere between mercury and the brown of mineral rich dirt. The picture had been additionally lightly hand-painted in places to mimic the Technicolor palate of old Hollywood. Such was the case with the scarlet backdrop pocked with pinpricks of blue starlight. His tousled blonde hair spilled from a battered fedora as strips of bleach and greased shadows. The one eye not obscured by that mess was a hazel glint—a warm gloss of amber resin on a fractured green stone with a dark core. Through the black metallic smudge of mascara—that eye was aimed directly at Mireille.

Heath had been seized in an obvious, somewhat sorority cover-girl affected pose made all the more effeminate as he had one hand positioned upon his own popped hip. White with a stitched print of little blue flowers along its lengths, he wore his shirt unbuttoned and loose about his waist. This epicene stance was accentuated by Heath’s slight frame, boyish facial features, and the chipped lacquer along the nails of his right hand, which clutched the smoldering stub of a cigarette. Despite these evidently queer feminine put-ons, the image truthfully conveyed that old rock & roll communiqué of “Oh me, I don’t give a fuck.” Pitch-colored stubble on his chin and upper lip, his teeth white with a slight crook—his mouth was presented in an open smile as if he had been caught mid-sentence.

Probing this photo with her blue eyes wide, Mireille felt the press of a little heat. No, not quite a burn that fans the knees open; but, yes, a press of a little heat. There was a small swell to all of her systems. The snapshot revealed the slim muscles of Heath’s abdomen right up to his small pectorals. She had a private impulse to lick the cover there.

She of course would not do this. Instead—thoughtlessly—her tongue curled, pressed between a little nibble of her teeth and planted itself into the corner of her open mouth. There from that perch it would loll along to wet her lips. She found him so handsome and odd.

Abruptly aware of her fat tongue; her mouth agape; her eyes agog; and all the grotesque rest—Mireille felt herself shrink as she chewed at her lower lip. Feeling fully like some pudgy blot of inane skin lumped around wilted guts, with a toad in mud for a hypothalamus, Mireille let a pinched groan loose from her throat. She then sent up a silent appreciation that there were no mirrors or other reflective surfaces about for her to witness the origin point for what must have been such a gross countenance: her face.

Mireille wrestled a smile from the grip of anxiety and brought it to her lips.

“God, I’m such a goon.”

Mireille steepled her fingers before her mouth at the thought: God, I’m such a goon. Opening the magazine she flipped past articles concerning what innovative gadgets would soon change our day-to-day; what bands were going back out on tour; what senior rocker was soon releasing a country-tinged comeback record; what winter-fashion inspirations could be taken from famous peoples’ red-carpet ensembles; and a feature titled, Real Jeanius! 30 Denim Lifestyles for #Authentic Men & Women. Arriving at page 74 she found another full page photo of Heath. This one had been composed with a much more conservative sense, as the subject here captured in full color was seated cross-legged on a wooden folding chair in a near-empty room, dressed in a grey suit with a blue shirt buttoned under a black tie. Atop the wooden barstool before him was the teal-painted, cold-rolled steel colossus of an antique typewriter. From this distance its white keys of molded plastic resembled orderly rows of button mushrooms. Tethered to the silver fin of the typewriter’s carriage release lever was a lavender string of curling ribbon, which ran crimped, up, to hold in place overhead a solitary purple balloon. Hair combed, Heath’s face here was plain, clean, and straight ahead like a passport photo. The slivers and shards of green, amber, golden brown, and blue hues that comprised his eyes seemed to whisper out to her: save me.

Cute, she thought, little, something to keep and carry in your pocket, only to be taken out when wanting a cuddle or something to alter the mood of your blue stupor.

The interview with Heath began on the opposite page. However, Mireille could not get herself to concentrate. She could only skim and skip across the paragraphs; if momentarily of a similar mental bent, you should of course feel free to do the same:

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Hello Goodbye – Soulful Strings

Anything We Want – Fiona Apple

Soundview – Shabazz Palaces

In My Tree – Pearl Jam

So Soon – Staple Singers

So Soon – Little Axe & The Golden Echoes

You Can’t Run Away From Your Heart – Judy Clay

I Got the Blues – The Rolling Stones

Pensacola – Deerhunter [photo by Robert Semmer]

Autoluminescent – Rowland S. Howard

Rococo – Arcade Fire [art by Burlesque Design]

Tip The Scale – The Roots (ft. Dice Raw)

Lilacs – Lilacs & Champagne

Life’s A Gas – T.Rex

Easy Ride – The Doors

Beautiful Day (Learning To Drive) – Scott Weiland [photo by Trevor Ray Hart]

Fine And Mellow – Billie Holiday [live rehearsal 1957, The Sound of Jazz]

Avalon – The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

The Way We Fall – Alela Diane [photo by Guy Stephens]

Something On Your Mind – Karen Dalton

Anyhow – Leonard Cohen

Delia – Bob Dylan [photo by Ana María Vélez Wood]

Glad To Be Unhappy – Frank Sinatra

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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: DENDRITES (VOL. 15)

  • Hello Goodbye – Soulful Strings
  • Anything We Want – Fiona Apple
  • Soundview – Shabazz Palaces  
  • In My Tree – Pearl Jam
  • So Soon – Staple Singers
  • So Soon – Little Axe & The Golden Echoes
  • You Can’t Run Away From Your Heart – Judy Clay
  • I Got the Blues – The Rolling Stones
  • Pensacola – Deerhunter 
  • Autoluminescent – Rowland S. Howard
  • Rococo – Arcade Fire
  • Tip The Scale – The Roots (ft. Dice Raw)
  • Lilacs  – Lilacs & Champagne
  • Life’s A Gas – T.Rex
  • Easy Ride  – The Doors
  • Beautiful Day – Scott Weiland 
  • Fine And Mellow – Billie Holiday [1957 The Sound of Jazz rehearsal ft.  
    • Ben Webster – tenor saxophone
      Lester Young – tenor saxophone
      Vic Dickenson – trombone
      Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone
      Coleman Hawkins – tenor saxophone
      Roy Eldridge – trumpet
      Doc Cheatham – trumpet
      Danny Barker – guitar
      Milt Hinton – double bass
      Mal Waldron – piano
      Osie Johnson – drums]
  • Avalon – The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
  • The Way We Fall – Alela Diane 
  • Something On Your Mind – Karen Dalton
  • Anyhow – Leonard Cohen
  • Delia – Bob Dylan 
  • Glad To Be Unhappy – Frank Sinatra

<^>_ _ _ __=========================================     ______BOBBY CALERO

Again, If you dig the mix then please feel free to pass & post it along; if you dig a particular artist then please support them and go out and pick up some of their stuff.

A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: AZ— VOLUME 1

Hello all,

Welcome to the first post of what is set to be quite a long form MixTape. With a whole other slew of priorities and projects currently occupying both my plate and back-burner, here is my solution to keep this blog going steady and fun for the moment. This is something I see as a perfect medley of autopilot and challenge. I am creating this AZ series of mixtapes by selecting one song to represent each artist’s work up on my CD shelf. Yes, that is from an actual physical CD–as for now I won’t attempt to tackle the 10,000-plus “items” stored up digitally on my computers.

Taking this on from A and continuing through the entirety of the alphabet until I touch down upon Z, this certainly provides direction and a forward momentum of its own. However, the challenge lies in selection and finding a flow to thread it all together. In a pursuit for clarity I am going to skip all the various compilations, soundtracks, tribute albums, genre box-sets, and the like that I own on CD. Perhaps I’ll create one for just those someday.

In addition, I plan on pairing each song with a line or two of quick poetic impression. Utilizing each track as a mandala—a target for focus—or perhaps as a prism to refract thought, I think of this aspect of the AZ project as a Solitaire variation on the Surrealists’ game of Exquisite Corpse. Once all that is completed my intention is to present them stitched and somewhat refined in structure at the bottom of the post. Hopefully in the end I’ll have a few good poems to show, but even that concept of “good” doesn’t seem all that important for this project. A psychic investigation and a form of exercise to keep my imagination limber and help the creative juices to continue to flow: sure this may all be a bit self-indulgent, but hell, what isn’t in this world?

Now I know that these scribbles may only serve to distance the listener from the core of these artists’ work, as opposed to hinting at a new lens to view them; so I invite you all to create your own and if you like feel free to post them in the comments section below.

Although every song found on these might not be what I normally would present on a mix, or even be something I’d typically recommend, I’m positive the results will at least be more interesting than a standard music block on your radio. I must admit that in the case of some of this music I might not have listened to it in over two decades, and I’m sure that there will be a few I’ve actually never listened to more than once if at all. However, I must say, I’m pretty pleased with how this first one came out.

So click below to commence what is sure to be a long, long, long and bumpy ride.

…and as always,

–ENJOY YOURSELF–

AZ-- Volume 1

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AZ VOLUME 1

S.O.S. – ABBA (from The Millennium Collection)

Between The Bridge And The Chapel – The Actual (from In Stitches)

Nobody Girl – Ryan Adams (from Gold)

What It Takes – Aerosmith (from Pump)

When We Two Parted – The Afghan Whigs (from Gentlemen)

Five Star Life – Damon Albarn (from Democrazy)

Over Now – Alice In Chains (from Alice In Chains [Tripod])

Tricky Dick – Ben Allison (from Cowboy Justice)

Little Martha – The Allman Brothers Band (from Eat A Peach)

Color Humano – Almendra (from Almendra 1)

Do Fa Self – Apache (from Apache Ain’t Shit)

Slowly/Slowly (dub) – Aphrodesia (from Shackrobeat Vol. 1)

On The Bound – Fiona Apple (from When The Pawn…)

Talk To Her – India.Arie (from Voyage To India)

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O how the desperate learn to dance upon the decks by any means.

S.O.S. ABBA (from The Millennium Collection)

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The four-cornered barb is cast out with the twine unwound into the grit of young love.

Between The Bridge And The ChapelThe Actual (from In Stitches)

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some-come—some-go—some-come again—

some are forced to live forever

sealed-over under

the masks of Thalia and Melpomene.

Nobody GirlRyan Adams (from Gold)

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Back then you could kick and feel

often

enough

but now all that’s been hammered so thin…like fine iron.

What It TakesAerosmith (from Pump)

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So we slip on in our robust costumes and roll forward; stumble from stoop to doorstep to pillow, but we don’t stop.

—Stop!

—Sleep!

When We Two PartedThe Afghan Whigs (from Gentlemen)

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Here we are in America, where the brittle are given some fluids to shine,

—nail polish and dentures—

and if they’re lucky, for a rare majority, their very own television show.

Five Star LifeDamon Albarn (from Democrazy)

– –    —     ————————  — — –    —————– —        –   –   –  –   –    ———————————— ———-

The seep and chime from pipes of lead, the stabbed then dead, the sop of thin blood,

—Stop!

—Sleep!

Over NowAlice In Chains (from Alice In Chains [Tripod])

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Hormones may roil about us,

but I’ll make you love me one day on this boat from which we paddle.

Tricky Dick Ben Allison (from Cowboy Justice)

———–  – —       –        ———–    —-    –         – ————- —    – – ———    — –

We get clean, we get well, some-come-heaven—some-go-hell—

Little Martha The Allman Brothers Band (from Eat A Peach)

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The far river shore is boiled down to serve as a window of stained glass, through which we may peer out at the near river shore.

Color HumanoAlmendra (from Almendra 1)

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It’s all a juggle

of tinfoil balls that bounce, and hubris, and hurt…

Do Fa Self Apache (from Apache Ain’t Shit)

–          —             —            —        —   –        —- ——-      ———–  —     —    —    – –     ———  –

—slowly, slowly, slowly we bloom— slow we come towards the honest blossoms of orgasm.

Slowly/Slowly (dub)Aphrodesia (from Shackrobeat Vol. 1)

— – —————- —  — – – – – – – – – —————–     ———- — – – – — – ———————   –

We hunger for patterns on which we may spit the weight and fret of all our coils.

On The BoundFiona Apple (from When The Pawn…)

—- —- —  — —–   —– ——— ———- — – — ——-       —     ———- ————  —– — – — – – – – – – – – – – – – – –    —

…and spill and coil and spill and coil and spill and coil…and spill…and coil…and speak

Truth

with soil on our tongues…

…say so slowly…

Talk To HerIndia.Arie (from Voyage To India)

————— – ——————- —     —————- — — ————–  — ———

AR (Are We Still Swimming?)

O how the desperate learn to dance upon the decks by any means:

The four-cornered barb is cast out with the twine unwound into the grit of young love.

some-come—some-go—some-come again—

some are forced to live forever

sealed-over under

the masks of Thalia and Melpomene.

Back then you could kick and feel

often

enough

but now all that’s been hammered so thin…like fine iron.

So we slip on in our robust costumes and roll forward; stumble from stoop to doorstep to

pillow, but we don’t stop.

—Stop!

—Sleep!

Here we are in America, where the brittle are given some fluids to shine,

—nail polish and dentures—

and if they’re lucky, for a rare majority, their very own television show.

The seep and chime from pipes of lead, the stabbed, then dead, the sop of thin blood,

—Stop!

—Sleep!

Hormones may roil about us,

but I’ll make you love me one day on this boat from which we paddle.

We get clean, we get well, some-come-heaven—some-go-hell—

The far river shore is boiled down to serve as a window of stained glass,

through which we

may peer out at the near river shore.

It’s all a juggle

of tinfoil balls that bounce, and hubris, and hurt…

—slowly, slowly, slowly we bloom— slow we come towards the honest blossoms

of orgasm.

We hunger for patterns on which we may spit the weight and fret of all our coils…

…and spill and coil and spill and coil and spill and coil…and spill…and coil…and speak

Truth

with soil on our tongues…

                                   …say so slowly…

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———All the best to you and yours,

——————————Bobby Calero——————— — —