Category Archives: Frank Sinatra

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..deeper than radio; better algorhythm than the spoofity app…
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  • One Morning – Brainticket
  • Sunrise – Mark Lanegan
  • The Sun Ship – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
  • My Way – Hugo Montenegro (ft. vocals by Gene Morford)
  • Mack The Knife (Live From Las Vegas [December 1986]) – Frank Sinatra
  • Concierto Para Quinteto – Astor Piazzolla
  • Wrong To Love You (Baja Sessions version) – Chris Isaak
  • Standin’ (’71 version) – Townes Van Zandt
  • How Far – Manassas (Stephen Stills, vocals, keyboards & guitar; Chris Hillman, vocals, mandolin & guitar; Al Perkins, steel guitar & guitar; Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuels, bass, backing vocals; Paul Harris, keyboards; Dallas Taylor, drums; Joe Lala, percussion, backing vocals)
  • Farewell Ride – Beck
  • Take It Easy – Lightnin’ Hopkins
  • Tempo 116.7 (Reaching For Dangerous Levels Of Sobriety)/(Clean Acid / Dirty Beats) – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
  • Mr Tambourine Man – Purna Das Baul (Bob Dylan cover)
  • Sister Moon – Gene Clark
  • Thanks A Lot – Ernest Tubb & The Texas Troubadours
  • Dear Old Southland – Noble Sissle & His Orchestra Feat. Sidney Bechet
  • I Love You – The Dandy Warhols
  • 66 Promises – PJ Harvey

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One Morning – Brainticket

Sunrise – Mark Lanegan

The Sun Ship – The Brian Jonestown Massacre

My Way – Hugo Montenegro (ft. vocals by Gene Morford)

Mack The Knife (Live From Las Vegas [December 1986]) – Frank Sinatra

Concierto Para Quinteto – Astor Piazzolla

Chris Isaak by Bruce Weber

Wrong To Love You (Baja Sessions version) – Chris Isaak [photo by Bruce Weber]

Standin’ (’71 version) – Townes Van Zandt

How Far – Manassas (Stephen Stills, vocals, keyboards & guitar; Chris Hillman, vocals, mandolin & guitar; Al Perkins, steel guitar & guitar; Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuels, bass, backing vocals; Paul Harris, keyboards; Dallas Taylor, drums; Joe Lala, percussion, backing vocals)

Farewell Ride – Beck [photo by Autumn de Wilde, 2005]

Take It Easy – Lightnin’ Hopkins

Tempo 116.7 (Reaching For Dangerous Levels Of Sobriety)/(Clean Acid / Dirty Beats) – The Brian Jonestown Massacre [ART & DESIGN BY: JÓN SÆMUNDUR & ANTON NEWCOMBE]

Mr Tambourine Man – Purna Das Baul (Bob Dylan cover)

Sister Moon – Gene Clark

Thanks A Lot – Ernest Tubb & The Texas Troubadours

Dear Old Southland – Noble Sissle & His Orchestra Feat. Sidney Bechet

I Love You – The Dandy Warhols

66 Promises – PJ Harvey

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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.

[cover art by Roxanna Bikadoroff]

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

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

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Clair de Lune – by Claude Debussy; performed by Kamasi Washington

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

Angel Eyes – Frank Sinatra (arranged by Nelson Riddle)

Il Grande Silenzio (Restless) – Ennio Morricone

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

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

Love Is Coming Back – Genevieve Waite & John Phillips

Visions Of Your Reality – Ultimate Spinach

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

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

No Expectations – Odetta (the Rolling Stones cover)

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

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

Skin To Skin – Nico Fidenco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS: TROUBLE IN YELLOW

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Hello All! Hello World!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Spoonful Weighs a Ton – The Flaming Lips

Reaction – Sandro Brugnolini

Staggolee – Pacific Gas & Electric

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

Fixing A Hole – The Beatles

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

Give Me All Your Loving – Sunforest

Stamping Ground – Moondog

Left Alone – Fiona Apple

(Ballad Of The) Hip Death Goddess – Ultimate Spinach

Mr. Blue – Genevieve Waite & John Phillips

Chinatown – John Phillips

Same Old Stagolee – Justin Townes Earle

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

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

Simple Twist Of Fate – Bob Dylan

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

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Au Clair de la Lune (French Nursery Song)

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

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

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

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

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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS: AN EBB FOR THE THIN KING

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Hello All! Hello World!

Here ya go, the latest A.M.O.P. Mixtape:_An Ebb for The Thin King

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A.M.O.P. Presents: _An Ebb for The Thin King
  • In My Craft And Sullen Art / 25 Ghosts III – Dylan Thomas / Nine Inch Nails (amop mix)
  • Tajemnica Enigmy (Secret Enigma) – Andrzej Korzyński
  • Honest Man – Lilacs & Champagne
  • I Am The Walrus – The Beatles
  • “All the lovers in this dream” – Jack Kerouac
  • Frelon Brun (Brown Hornet) – Miles Davis (ft. Wayne Shorter (ts); Chick Corea (el-p); Dave Holland (b); Tony Williams (d))
  • Théme Du Vampire – André Hossein
  • Blue Moon – Elvis Presley
  • The Things I Used To Do – Chuck Berry
  • Black Dog – Deodato (Led Zeppelin cover)
  • Meatplow – Stone Temple Pilots
  • Spoonful (’69 version) –  Howlin’ Wolf (ft. Morris Jennings (drums), Louis Satterfield (bass), Roland Faulkner & Pete Cosey (guitars))
  • Profondo Rosso M15 – Goblin
  • Two Years Of Torture – Ray Charles (ft. Paul Gonsalves (tenor sax))
  • Violins / Bloom Like Roses – Paz Lenchantin
  • Tenement Lady – T.Rex
  • The Panorama – Carter Burwell
  • Bold Marauder – Mimi & Richard Fariña
  • Trzecia Część Nocy (Third Part Of The Night) Czolownica – Andrzej Korzyński
  • Seeking a Love / G.I. Valentine / Finally a Card Came / Too Much Tenderness – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
  • Dust -Lucinda Williams (ft. Bill Frisell – electric guitar)
  • Dead and Gone – 79rs Gang
  • Ebb Tide – Frank Sinatra (arranged by Nelson Riddle)
  • Queen Jane Approximately – Bob Dylan

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In My Craft And Sullen Art / 25 Ghosts III – Dylan Thomas / Nine Inch Nails (amop mix) [woodcut by Antonio Frasconi] 

Tajemnica Enigmy

Tajemnica Enigmy – Andrzej Korzyński

Honest Man – Lilacs & Champagne

I Am The Walrus – The Beatles

“All the lovers in this dream” – Jack Kerouac

Frelon Brun (Brown Hornet) – Miles Davis (ft. Wayne Shorter (ts); Chick Corea (el-p); Dave Holland (b); Tony Williams (d))

Théme Du Vampire – André Hossein

Blue Moon – Elvis Presley [Elvis Presley backstage after a show at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis on May 15, 1956, by Barney Sellers]

The Things I Used To Do – Chuck Berry

Black Dog – Deodato (Led Zeppelin cover)

Meatplow – Stone Temple Pilots

Spoonful (’69 version)– Howlin’ Wolf (ft. Morris Jennings (drums), Louis Satterfield (bass), Roland Faulkner & Pete Cosey (guitars))

Profondo Rosso M15 – Goblin

Two Years Of Torture – Ray Charles (ft. Paul Gonsalves (tenor sax))

Violins / Bloom Like Roses – Paz Lenchantin

Tenement Lady – T.Rex

The Panorama – Carter Burwell

Bold Marauder – Mimi & Richard Fariña

Trzecia Część Nocy (Third Part Of The Night) Czolownica – Andrzej Korzyński

Seeking a Love / G.I. Valentine / Finally a Card Came / Too Much Tenderness – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

Dust -Lucinda Williams (ft. Bill Frisell – electric guitar)

Dead and Gone – 79rs Gang

Ebb Tide – Frank Sinatra

Queen Jane Approximately – Bob Dylan

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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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  • 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

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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: DENDRITES (VOL. 14)

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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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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: DENDRITES (VOL. 14)

  • 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

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

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