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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS: TOSS-UP

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Hello All! Hello World!

I said well hello there, who knew that Doomsday would fall anywhere near a Tuesday, and who needs the Spoofity app when you’ve got another hour and 20 minutes of music from A Mouthful Of Pennies? So here’s   _Toss-Up_ the latest A.M.O.P. Mixtape!

This one feature’s “Lemonade” the closing song of Blind Melon’s 1995 (and technically final) record Soup.
This is an album that I’ve always held as one of the most brilliant and most under-appreciated of the nineties. I return to it again and again. Featuring funky riffs with a cosmic hillbilly tweak and a Dixie-twist, odd changes in time signatures, and Shannon Hoon’s sweet and sour lysergic lyrics that deliver their sentiments with a pin-point precision of images, it’s a real work of art. Speaking of delivery, I adore Hoon’s vocals with their giddy rasp as if his lungs were delirious to sing these songs. The album was recorded in New Orleans in 1994 with gifted producer/mixer/engineer Andy Wallace (that’s him eating soup on the LP cover). As this was after Hoon’s multiple stints in drug rehabilitation programs the city might not necessarily have been a healthy choice but it certainly lent itself to a truly dynamic body of work. This LP might be the closest the nineties ever came to producing something akin to the Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main St. It was truly adventurous with sound; shamefully they were not rewarded for it. Sadly, two months after the album’s release, Hoon was found dead in the band’s tour bus. This is a work that is dark and yet a delight to sing and dance along to. For example there’s the hopped-up banjo and kazoo jam “Skinned” written from the perspective of serial killer Ed Gein, and the haunting, melodic “Car Seat (God’s Presents)” about Susan Smith, who killed her children by driving her car into a lake in Union, South Carolina. Then there are these 3 fantastic singles (note that the”Galaxie” video features psychologist, writer, and psychedelic advocate Timothy Leary as the mad scientist,aka “Mr Time Warp”).

I do recall that in my younger days “Lemonade” served as a bit of a mantra or an ethos (not necessarily a healthy one) to help me navigate through the world:
There’s such a thing as self opinion
And this far down South I have no self-control
If anbody else feels like a nobody
Well then your gonna have to look out for you
I’ll color green everything believed in
But I keep screaming for my glass of lemonade
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I walk around and it feels good to be movin’
The breeze that’s blowin’ through cannot be found
Jump on the trolley that’s headed for all the hollering
And then you’re gonna have to look out for you
In desperate need of a little more religion
To nurse your God like point of view…
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Fool on the sheetroof you gotta lay down in your ruins
The river flowin’ by, is way too big to bound
If I should speak up, and say hello Mr. Uppercut
Oh, how nice to have avoided you
I’ll bloody bleed on everything I’m seeing
But I keep screaming for that glass of lemonade
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Too much, too much, too much Lemonade
Too much, too much, too much Lemonade
Too much, too much, too much Lemonade
Too much, too much, too much Lemonade
Too much, too much, too much Lemonade
On the MixTape there’s also “Buoyant” from Alela Diane’s brand new and truly wonderful record, Cusp.
Of the record she has said,“This music is about motherhood. Even just by saying that, it feels like people will write you off. It’s like you’ve suddenly lost the charm of being youthful and even attainable––you’ve been commoditized as available. There is not a big place in the music industry for 30-something women with kids making music. Maybe we can create that space.” I highly recommend this one.
You’ll also hear “Trafalgar Square” from Jonathan Wilson’s new record Rare Birds.
You might be more familiar with Wilson as the brilliant producer of the 3 Father John Misty records as well as the great Double Roses by Karen Elson released last year. Wilson’s own albums are most definitely worth checking out as well. So do that.

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

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A.M.O.P. Presents: __Toss-UP
  • Hello, Goodbye – Blind Melon
  • Slow Doomsday – Elvis Perkins In Dearland
  • Black Noise – Rotary Connection
  • Lemonade – Blind Melon
  • Well Well Well – Lucinda Williams (ft. Charlie Louvin & Jim Lauderdale on Backing Vocals)
  • I Really Don’t Want To Know – Les Paul & Mary Ford
  • Buoyant – Alela Diane
  • Trafalgar Square – Jonathan Wilson
  • Mystic Lady – T.Rex
  • Angels And Sailors – Jim Morrison & The Doors
  • Petit Suite movement 1: En Bateau (On a Boat) – written by Claude Debussy; performed by Paul Paray conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Lifeboat – Lovage (Dan the Automator, Mike Patton, Jennifer Charles, & Kid Koala)
  • Strange Fruit (Tricky Remix) – Billie Holiday 
  • Trampled Rose – Tom Waits
  • Funny How Time Slips Away – Elvis Presley (Willie Nelson cover)
  • If And – Valerie June
  • I Will Never Be Untrue – The Doors
  • Big Leg Woman – Muddy Waters
  • Valentine – Martina Topley-Bird (produced by Danger Mouse)
  • Most Of What I Know / Buildings In America – Richard Swift
  • Doomsday – Elvis Perkins In Dearland

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Hello, Goodbye – Blind Melon

Slow Doomsday – Elvis Perkins In Dearland

Black Noise – Rotary Connection

Lemonade – Blind Melon

Well Well Well – Lucinda Williams (ft. Charlie Louvin & Jim Lauderdale on Backing Vocals)  [art by Peter Pontiac]

I Really Don’t Want To Know – Les Paul & Mary Ford

Buoyant – Alela Diane [photo by Jaclyn Campanaro]

Trafalgar Square – Jonathan Wilson

Mystic Lady – T.Rex

Angels And Sailors – Jim Morrison & The Doors
[photo by Paul Ferrara, 1968]

En Bateau (On a Boat) – written by Claude Debussy; performed by Paul Paray conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Lifeboat – Lovage (Dan the Automator, Mike Patton, Jennifer Charles, & Kid Koala)

Strange Fruit (Tricky Remix) – Billie Holiday

Trampled Rose – Tom Waits [art by Jacob Read]

Funny How Time Slips Away – Elvis Presley (Willie Nelson cover)

If And – Valerie June [photo by Jacob Blickenstaff]

I Will Never Be Untrue – The Doors [photo by Ed Caraeff, 21 July 1969].

Big Leg Woman – Muddy Waters

Valentine – Martina Topley-Bird (produced by Danger Mouse)

Most Of What I Know / Buildings In America – Richard Swift

Doomsday – Elvis Perkins In Dearland

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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS: ELVIS_Somebody Love A Stranger (Volume 2)

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Hello All! Hello World!

Again, not sure where this one (and Volume One) came from really, but I woke up with an urge to make it. Perhaps it’s because I miss my grandmother, or perhaps it’s because I heard that the documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher will debut on HBO in April, or maybe it’s just because I sometimes feel like a weirdo with a broken heart (which is what I was originally going to name this series of mixes); but whatever the reason hopefully this MixTape will help you hear why Elvis Presley’s voice could deliver to your old folks a new wet quiver and a reverberation in the guts. You should also be able to recognize that he surrounded himself with some of the finest musicians you will ever hear.

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A.M.O.P. Presents: _ELVIS_Somebody Love A Stranger (Volume 2)
  • Milkcow Blues Boogie (1954)
  • Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues (1973)
  • Blue Moon (1954)
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky (1954)
  • Rip It Up (1956)
  • Ready Teddy (1956)
  • Washed My Hands In Muddy Water (1970 undubbed version)
  • I Got A Woman (1956)
  • Long Tall Sally [Live] (1970)
  • My Babe [Live] (1969)
  • Funny How Time Slips Away [Live] (1969)
  • It’s Impossible [Live] (1972)
  • Hurt (1976)
  • If You Talk In Your Sleep (1973)
  • Just Because (1954)
  • Peace in the Valley (1957)
  • There’s Always Me (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) (1961/2015)
  • Love Me (1956)
  • I’ll Never Fall In Love Again (1976)
  • I Got A Feelin’ In My Body (1973)
  • Mystery Train (1955)
  • I Forgot To Remember To Forget (1955)
  • Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (1956)
  • Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (1976)
  • True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (1969)
  • If You Don’t Come Back (1973)
  • Reconsider Baby [Live] (1969)
  • Baby, Let’s Play House (1955)
  • When It Rains It Really Pours (1955)
  • Amazing Grace (1971)

 

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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS: GYP

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Hello All! Hello World!

Well hello there, it’s time for a real  _GYP_ the latest A.M.O.P. Mixtape!

This one features two live Elvis performances as well as two versions of Dylan’s “Went To See The Gypsy” which is one of my favorite songs about Elvis Presley (another being “Tupelo” the 1985 track by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds).

We’ve also got “Camarillo Brillo” by Frank Zappa, which has been stuck in my head for a decade now. There’s also the lovely “Rainy Day” the 1970 track by Susan Christie (produced by John Hill), which seems appropriate considering the weather we’ve been having.

Oh and there’s a tune from Doug Randle’s 1971 LP Songs For The New Industrial State, a strange pop record that really calls to my mind Robert Downey Sr.’s brilliant 1969 film Putney Swope (on my list of top ten films of all time, really can’t recommend it enough).

 

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

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[illustration from The War Against Waak, 1948, by William Addison Dwiggins]

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  • Can You Take Me Back – The Beatles
  • interlude – Danger Mouse (Jay-Z & The Beatles, The Grey Album mix)
  • Parade – 6. Final / Parade – 7. Suite au “Prélude du rideau rouge – written by Erik Satie; performed by David Porcelijn conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Silver Chord / A Circle And A Star Part 2 – Jane Weaver Septiéme Sœur (with Samandtheplants, Wendy Flower, The Focus Group, and Susan Christie)
  • Rainy Day – Susan Christie
  • Pongamos Muchas Balas Al Fusil (“We Put Many Bullets In The Gun”) – Dino & Montevideo Blues
  • Lapanka (“Round-up”) – Andrzej Korzyński (from Third Part of the Night, 1971 Polish film directed by Andrzej Żuławski)
  • Kites – The Cyrkle 
  • Le Tueur (“The Killer”)- Hubert Giraud
  • Emmanuelle Song (English Vocal) / Emmanuelle Theme (Up Tempo Instrumental) – Pierre Bachelet
  • Gypsy Song – Peter Walker
  • Went To See The Gypsy [Demo, 3/3/70] – Bob Dylan (ft. David Bromberg on Guitar)
  • Heartbreak Hotel [recorded live at the International Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada, August 23, 1969, dinner show) – Elvis Presley
  • Leather And Wood – Deerhunter
  • Frequently – crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)
  • Flirting / Mournin’ Light – Pop Levi
  • Kooks – David Bowie
  • Fancy Man – Devendra Banhart
  • Camarillo Brillo – Frank Zappa
  • Went To See The Gypsy – Bob Dylan
  •  Hound Dog / Little Sister/Get Back (live at Las Vegas Hilton, February 14, 1972) – Elvis Presley
  • Proof – Olivia Jean (produced by Jack White)
  • Ventilator Blues / I Just Want To See His Face – The Rolling Stones
  • Batteries Not Included – Doug Randle
  • 04/25/05 Monday – Fantômas (Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, Buzz Osborne, Trevor Dunn, Carl Stalling) 

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Can You Take Me Back – The Beatles

interlude – Danger Mouse

Parade – 6. Final / Parade – 7. Suite au “Prélude du rideau rouge – written by Erik Satie; performed by David Porcelijn conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra [costumes & set design by Pablo Picasso for the Ballets Russes 1917 avant-garde ballet “Parade” with a libretto by Jean Cocteau, music by Erik Satie and a choreography by Léonide Massine. ]

Silver Chord / A Circle And A Star Part 2 – Jane Weaver Septiéme Sœur (with Samandtheplants, Wendy Flower, The Focus Group, and Susan Christie)

Rainy Day – Susan Christie

Pongamos Muchas Balas Al Fusil (“We Put Many Bullets In The Gun”) – Dino & Montevideo Blues

Lapanka (“Round-up”) – Andrzej Korzyński (from Third Part of the Night, 1971 Polish film directed by Andrzej Żuławski)

Kites – The Cyrkle

Le Tueur (“The Killer”) – Hubert Giraud

Emmanuelle Song (English Vocal) / Emmanuelle Theme (Up Tempo Instrumental) – Pierre Bachelet

 

Gypsy Song – Peter Walker

Went To See The Gypsy [Demo, 3/3/70] – Bob Dylan

Heartbreak Hotel [recorded live at the International Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada, August 23, 1969, dinner show) – Elvis Presley

Leather And Wood – Deerhunter

Frequently – crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)

Flirting / Mournin’ Light – Pop Levi

Kooks – David Bowie

Fancy Man – Devendra Banhart

Camarillo Brillo – Frank Zappa [Over-Nite Sensation cover art by David McMacken, 1973]

Went To See The Gypsy – Bob Dylan [photo by John Cohen, 1970]

Hound Dog / Little Sister/Get Back (live at Las Vegas Hilton, February 14, 1972) – Elvis Presley [photo by James Rutledge, 4/7/1972]

Proof – Olivia Jean (produced by Jack White)

Ventilator Blues / I Just Want To See His Face – The Rolling Stones
[photo by Norman Seeff, 1971]

Batteries Not Included – Doug Randle

04/25/05 Monday Cuckoo Day (UK) National Playground Safety Week (USA) – Fantômas (Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, Buzz Osborne, Trevor Dunn, Carl Stalling) [art by Yoshitomo Nara]

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