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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:__NIDOS (VOL. 2)

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Hello All.

Welcome to the latest A.M.O.P. Mixtape:_Nidos (Vol. 2)

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As we are at the end of the year I guess I should provide a list of what were my favorite records released in 2017 (as opposed to including some of my favorite music I purchased this year, which would be older stuff like records by Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Miles Davis, Tom Waits, and the amazing two disc Judee Sill compilation Abracadabra: The Asylum Years). So here straight off the top of my head (and I’m sure I’ll be forgetting something):

Pure Comedy by Father John Misty

Modern Kosmology by Jane Weaver

Double Roses by Karen Elson

I Tell A Fly by Benjamin Clementine

Masseduction by St. Vincent

La Saboteuse by Yazz Ahmed

No Shape by Perfume Genius

Interplanetary Class Classics by The Moonlandingz

Foreverywhere by StevenSteven

Triplicate by Bob Dylan

Add Violence [EP] by Nine Inch Nails

The most disappointing record of the year was without a doubt Colors by Beck (I am an enormous fan of his work), which—in it’s dull compression, soundtrack-to-a-hip-new-laptop-operating-system-commercial flavor—really comes across to me as some sort of Qliphoth to St. Vincent’s wonderful use of manic pop in Masseduction.

By far my favorite movie of the year (and one of the best I’ve ever seen) was Jordan Peele‘s Get Out:

Oh, and the greatest television show of all time also happened to be released in 2017: Mark Frost‘s and David Lynch‘s Twin Peaks: The Return

Also below you’ll find a concluded list of things I read (or re-read) so far since January of this year, 2017. You’ll find the more recent things towards the bottom.  I am just about done reading an absolutely stunning collection of poetry, My Dinner With Ron Jeremy by Kendra DeColo (published by Jack White’s Third Man Books).

As I just started Alan Moore‘s massive novel Jerusalem (over 600,000 words long and over 1200 pages, and what David M. Higgins called in the Los Angeles Review of Books “a glorious mythology of loss”) I don’t believe there could be any room to add to the 2017 list.

Speaking of Lit, 2017 is the year I discovered that Angela Carter just might be the greatest writer I’ve ever read! However, these works listed here are all one’s that I truly enjoyed and/or loved (there’s a lot of great children’s books as I am both a father and a children’s librarian). I highly recommend them all!

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A.M.O.P. Presents: Nidos (Vol. 2)
  • Oczy Mlody – The Flaming Lips
  • La Nevada – The Gil Evans Orchestra
  • Ghost Song – The Doors
  • I Would For You  – Jane’s Addiction
  • You’ve Been Around – David Bowie
  • U Got the Look – Rockabye Baby!
  • U Got The Look (Long Look) – Prince (ft. Sheena Easton)
  • Magical World – Rotary Connection (ft. Minnie Riperton)
  • The Happy Then Sad Then Triumphant Spider – StevenSteven (Steve Burns & Steven Drozd)
  • Praise The Lord – Mary Lou Williams 
  • Believe – Annabel (lee)
  • Misophonia / The Space Between The Fish & The Moon – Yazz Ahmed
  • The Maze – Symmetry (Johnny Jewel and Nat Walker)
  • Quiver A Little – Benjamin Clementine
  • Braid – Perfume Genius
  • Down Where The Valleys Are Low – Judee Sill
  • Sleeping With Your Devil Mask – Robyn Hitchcock

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Oczy Mlody – The Flaming Lips

La Nevada – The Gil Evans Orchestra

Ghost Song – Jim Morrison & The Doors

I Would For You  – Jane’s Addiction

You’ve Been Around – David Bowie (photo by Anton Corbijn for Oor Magazine, 1993)

U Got the Look – Rockabye Baby!

U Got The Look (Long Look) – Prince (ft. Sheena Easton)

Magical World – Rotary Connection (ft. Minnie Riperton) (photo Jeff Lockard, 1969)

The Happy Then Sad Then Triumphant Spider – StevenSteven (Steve Burns & Steven Drozd)

Praise The Lord – Mary Lou Williams

Believe – Annabel (lee)

Misophonia / The Space Between The Fish & The Moon – Yazz Ahmed

The Maze – Symmetry (Johnny Jewel and Nat Walker)

Quiver A Little – Benjamin Clementine (photo by Craig McDean)

Braid – Perfume Genius

Down Where The Valleys Are Low – Judee Sill

Sleeping With Your Devil Mask – Robyn Hitchcock

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2017 Reading List Thus Far:________

abraxas

Abraxas And The Earthman by Rick Veitch

cat

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

the-night-gardener

The Night Gardener by Terry Fan & Eric Fan.

Before Morning by Joyce Sidman

Before Morning by Joyce Sidman

NamelessTP-1

Nameless by Grant Morrison & Chris Burnham

We Stand on Guard by Brian K Vaughan Steve Skroce & Matt Hollingsworth

League-Vol-2

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 2 by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill

Black Dossier

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill

loegv3centurybc-fc_sm_lg

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Volume III): Century by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill

nemo-covers-1000_lg

Nemo Trilogy: Heart of Ice; The Roses of Berlin; River of Ghosts by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill

allkinds

All Kinds of Kisses by Heather Swain & Steven Henry

harbinger

Star Wars Vol. 4: Last Flight of the Harbinger (Star Wars (Marvel) by Jason Aaron

hansolo

Star Wars: Han Solo (Star Wars (Marvel) by Marjorie Liu & Mark Brooks

The White Cat and the Monk

The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Bán” by Jo Ellen Bogart & Sydney Smith

thoreau

Thoreau: A Sublime Life by A. Dan & Maximilien Le Roy

House_on_the_Borderland

The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

neonomicon_

Neonomicon Paperback by Alan Moore & Jacen Burrows

pinocchio

Pinocchio: The Origin Story by Alessandro Sanna

pablo

Pablo: Art Masters Series by Julie Birmant & Clement Oubrerie

bloody

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter

Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: Apocalypse Suite / The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 2: Dallas by Gerard Way & Gabriel Ba

gus

Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar by Keith Richards & Theodora Richards

dc-the-new-frontier

DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke

Baudoin, Dali

Dalí: Art Masters Series by Edmond Baudoin

radiantchild

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

bruno

The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories by Bruno Schulz (Author), Celina Wieniewska (Translator).

dark disciple

Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden and Katie Lucas

Empire-1

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire, Vol. 1 – by John Ostrander, Randy Stradley, Haden Blackman, Alexander Freed, Luke Ross, Douglas Wheatley, Jim Hall, Chris Scalf

Empire-2

Star Wars Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 2 – by Randy Stradley, Dave Ross, Douglas Wheatley

Empire-3

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 3 – by Haden Blackman, Randy Stradley, Tim Siedell, Agustin Alessio, Gabriel Guzman, Douglas Wheatley, Stephen Thompson, Ivan Fernandez

rise of the sith

Star Wars Epic Collection: Rise of the Sith Vol. 1 – by Scott Allie, Mike Kennedy, Ryder Windham, Randy Stradley, Mahmud Asrar, Lucas Marangon, Ramon Bachs, Davide Fabbri

Ahsoka_novel_cover

Star Wars: Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston

Leonora Carrington

The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington by Leonora Carrington (published by Dorothy, a publishing project)

What Is a Witch book Text by Pam Grossman Images by Tin Can For

What Is A Witch by Pam Grossman and Tin Can Forest

Tom Waits

Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters by Paul Maher Jr. (Editor)

ariver1

A River by Marc Martin

alphabet in bloom

An Alphabet in Bloom by Nathalie Trovato

OONA &amp; BABA

Good Night, Beautiful Moon: An Oona and Baba Adventure (Puffin Rock)

jean-michel-basquiat

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me poem by Maya Angelou, illustrated by Jean-Michel Basquiat

The Shape of Things to Come

American Berserk: Bill Pullman’s Face, and American Pastoral: Sheryl Lee As Laura Palmer; 2 sections from The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice by Greil Marcus

The Witches by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Prince A to Z: The life of an icon from Alphabet Street to Jay Z  by Steve Wide,  illustrated by  Alice Oehr

Manual of Psychomagic: The Practice of Shamanic Psychotherapy by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Star Wars Vol. 5: Yoda’s Secret War (Star Wars (Marvel) by Jason Aaron and Salvador Larroca

Down Below by Leonora Carrington

The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit (Illustrated by Paz de la Calzada).

Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 2: The Gathering Storm (Star Wars (Marvel) by Charles Soule  (Author), Phil Noto (Illustrator)

Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls  by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family  by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year: Secret City  by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year: Dark City  by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

Batman Vol. 6: Graveyard Shift  by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

Batman Vol. 7: Endgame  by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

Batman Vol. 8: Superheavy by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

Batman Vol. 9: Bloom  by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

Batman Vol. 10: Epilogue  by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

The Kabbalah Tree: A Journey of Balance & Growth by Rachel Pollack

Godmother Night by Rachel Pollack

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez

Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite by Nick Bromley, Nicola O’Byrne

Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones by Sarah Jane Hinder

The Mouse and the Moon by Gabriel Alborozo

Where Does Rabbit Live?: A Big Book of Animal Searches by Lizelot Versteeg

Providence, Act 1 by Alan Moore & Jacen Burrows

Providence, Act 2 by Alan Moore & Jacen Burrows

Providence, Act 3 by Alan Moore & Jacen Burrows

The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade by Frank Miller  (Author), Brian Azzarello (Author), John Romita Jr. (Illustrator), Klaus Janson (Illustrator)

THE SADNESS OF SATURN by Sam Kriss in The Outline, posted OCT—10—2017 09:17AM EST

Saints and Strangers (aka Black Venus) by Angela Carter

Saints and Strangers (aka Black Venus) by Angela Carter

The Incal by Alexandro Jodorowsky & Moebius

Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier by Mark Frost

The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

Cock-a-Doodle-Moo! by Bernard Most

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown and John Parra

Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael Mahin & Evan Turk

Go to Sleep, Little Farm by Mary Lyn Ray & Christopher Silas Neal

The Walking Dead Vol. 27: The Whisperer War by Robert Kirkman,‎ Charlie Adlard,‎ Stefano Gaudiano,‎ Cliff Rathburn

The Walking Dead Vol. 28: A Certain Doom
by Robert Kirkman,‎ Charlie Adlard,‎ Stefano Gaudiano,‎ Cliff Rathburn,‎ Dave Stewart

Abraxas Journal of Esoteric Studies #6 edited by Christina Oakley Harrington and Robert Ansell (particularly the articles Leonora Carrington and the Art of Invocation by Susan L. Aberth, and
A Visual World: Leonora Carrington and the Occult by Wouter J. Hanegraaff)

Lost Girls by Alan Moore &‎ Melinda Gebbie

GOOD NIGHT, PLANET by Liniers

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda

The World Shines for You (A Shine Bright Book) by Jeffrey Burton &‎ Don Clark

milkofdreams

The Milk of Dreams by Leonora Carrington

John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 9: Critical Mass by Paul Jenkins  (Author),‎ Eddie Campbell (Author),‎ Sean Phillips (Illustrator)

Animal Opposites [Board book] by Jane Cabrera

My Dinner with Ron Jeremy  by Kendra DeColo

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All the best to you and yours!—  –   ————-______-________ ->BOBBY CALERO[—+=-_________________If you dig the mix then please feel free to pass & post it along; if you dig an artist then please support them and go out and pick up some of their stuff. Oh, If you dig the blog overall there’s always the “FOLLOW BLOG VIA EMAIL” button somewhere down at the bottom.