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..deeper than radio; better algorhythm than the spoofity app…
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This here mix features the juiciest closing bits of Salome, the one act opera by Richard Strauss and Hedwig Lachmann based on the play by Oscar Wilde (here in a production from 1961 with Georg Solti conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, Birgit Nilsson as Salome and Gerhard Stolze as Herod).
Lustful King Herod begs his step-daughter Princess Salome to dance for him. Hot-and-bothered and already rejected by her twice before, he promises to give her anything she wishes. Having herself been rejected by Jochanaan aka John The Baptist, Salome performs her striptease “Dance of the Seven Veils” (here let the low end of the Vienna Philharmonic resonate around your lower-half).  Salome then demands her payment be the head of Jochanaan brought to her on a silver platter. What follows is both lovely and grotesque; truly a “love” song most tender and disturbing, bitter with revenge and longing as she caresses, serenades, and kisses the severed head. This is something simultaneously ecstatic and pathetic:
Ah! You would not let me
kiss your mouth, Jochanaan!
Well, I will kiss it now,
I will bite it with my teeth
as one bites a ripe fruit.
Yes, I will kiss your mouth,
Jochanaan.
I said it. Did I not say it?
Yes, I said it.
Ah! Ah! I will kiss it now…
But why don’t you look at me,
Jochanaan?
Your eyes that were so terrible,
so full of rage and scorn,
are shut now.
Why are they shut?
Open your eyes, lift up your eyelids,
Jochanaan!
Why don’t you look at me?
Are you afraid of me, Jochanaan, that
you will not look at me?…
And your tongue, it says nothing now,
Jochanaan, that scarlet viper that spat
its venom upon me.
It is strange, is it not?
How is it that the red viper
stirs no more?
You spoke evil words against me, against
me, Salome, daughter of Herodias,
Princess of Judea!
Well, Jochanaan, I am still alive, but you
are dead, and your head,
your head belongs to me.
I can do with it what I will.
I can throw it to the dogs and to the
birds of the air.
That which the dogs leave, the birds of
the air shall devour…
Ah! Jochanaan, Jochanaan, you were
beautiful.
Your body was a column of ivory set on
a silver socket.
It was a garden full of doves in the
splendor of silver lilies.
There was nothing in the world so white
as your body.
There was nothing in the world so black
as your hair.
In the whole world there was nothing so
red as your mouth.
Your voice was a censer,
and when I looked you, I heard
mysterious music…
Ah! Why did you not look at me,
Jochanaan?
You put over your eyes the blindfold of
one who wanted to see his God.
Well! You have seen your God,
Jochanaan, but me, me, me, you have
never seen.
Had you seen me, you would have loved
me.
I crave your beauty,
I am hungry for your body,
Neither wine nor apples can appease my
desire…
What shall I do now, Jochanaan?
Neither the floods nor the great waters
can quench my passion.
Oh! Why did you not look at me?
Had you looked at me, you would have
loved me.
I know that you would have loved me.
And the mystery of love is greater than
the mystery of death…
Ah! I have kissed your mouth,
Jochanaan.
Ah! I have kissed your mouth.
There was a bitter taste on your
lips.
Was it the taste of blood?
No! But perhaps it was the taste of
love…
They say that love has a bitter taste…
But what does it matter?
What does it matter?
I have kissed your mouth, Jochanaan.
I have kissed your mouth.
This is followed by only one quick line, as Herod’s hard-on turns sour with horror (the historical Herod is believed to had died from gangrene of his genitalia), he turns to his guards and shouts with revulsion “Kill that woman!”…the orchestra comes crashing down as does the curtain on a disturbing tale of tragic passions and rejection.
It was with a chuckle that I found it fitting to follow this with Paul Simon’s “Crazy Love, Vol. II.” Man, no one can write quite like Simon, these little snippets of scenes where you momentarily enter a life and it’s concerns. I find there’s always something both sad and funny about his work, much like life.
…Well please press play and…as always…

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  • One Step At A Time / Pink Turns To Blue – Hüsker Dü 
  • Coc’o Mary – Brainticket
  • Baby I Lost My Way, (But I’m Going Home) – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (produced by Richard Swift)
  • Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament – Beastie Boys
  • I’m Your Man – Spiritualized
  • I’ll Go Crazy – James Brown
  • Nonstop Disco Powerpack – Beastie Boys
  • Feast To Famine – Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood
  • Ballet Statique 2 (edit) – Conrad Schnitzler
  • Hang-Ups – T. Rex
  • Clap Hands – Beck
  • Curse Of The I-5 Corridor – Neko Case ft. Mark Lanegan
  • Salome’s Dance Of The Seven Veils / She Is A Monster, Your Daughter /  Ah! I kissed your mouth, Jochanaan (John the Baptist)  – from Salome, composed by Richard Strauss, with Georg Solti conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, performed by Birgit Nilsson (soprano) as Salome; and Gerhard Stolze (tenor) as Herod; recorded Vienna, October 1961 
  • Crazy Love, Vol. II – Paul Simon
  • Leave it alone – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
  • Easy – The Dandy Warhols
  • Out On The Side – Gene Clark & Doug Dillard
  • Snowman – Guided By Voices

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One Step At A Time / Pink Turns To Blue – Hüsker Dü

Coc’o Mary – Brainticket

Baby I Lost My Way, (But I’m Going Home) – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (produced by Richard Swift) [photo by Richard Swift at his own National Freedom Studio in n Cottage Grove, Ore., Oct 21, 2017]

Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament – Beastie Boys [photo by Seth Kushner, 2004]

I’m Your Man – Spiritualized [illustration by Dominick Rabrun]

I’ll Go Crazy – James Brown

Nonstop Disco Powerpack – Beastie Boys

Feast To Famine – Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood

Ballet Statique 2 (edit) – Conrad Schnitzler

Hang-Ups – T. Rex [photo by Michael Putland, June 18, 1976.]

Clap Hands – Beck [photo by Autumn de Wilde]

Curse Of The I-5 Corridor – Neko Case ft. Mark Lanegan

Salome’s Dance Of The Seven Veils / She Is A Monster, Your Daughter / Ah! I kissed your mouth, Jochanaan (John the Baptist) – from Salome, composed by Richard Strauss, with Georg Solti conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, performed by Birgit Nilsson (soprano) as Salome; and Gerhard Stolze (tenor) as Herod; recorded Vienna, October 1961

Crazy Love, Vol. II – Paul Simon

Leave it alone – The Brian Jonestown Massacre [photo by Katy Lane]

Easy – The Dandy Warhols

Out On The Side – Gene Clark & Doug Dillard

Snowman – Guided By Voices

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I guess it’s a bit of a soft psychedelic Saturday,

so please press play and…as always…

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  • Green And Gold – The Electric Flag [Lead Guitar – Mike Bloomfield; Bass – Harvey Brooks; Percussion – Buddy Miles; Trumpet – Mark Doubleday; Guitar and Vocals – Nick Gravenites; Organs – Barry Goldberg; Synthesizer [Moog] – Paul Beaver; Tenor Saxophone – Peter Strazza; Violin [Electric] – Bob Notkoff]
  • Beware Of Darkness – George Harrison (ft. Leon Russell;  live August 1st 1971)
  • It’s Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry – Bob Dylan (ft. George Harrison, Leon Russell; live August 1st 1971)
  • Synesthesia – The Electric Flag
  • Sorted For E’s & Wizz – Pulp
  • Love You – Syd Barrett
  • Down Home Lady – T. Rex (demo outtake circa 1973)
  • Rid Of Me – PJ Harvey
  • His ‘N’ Hers – Pulp
  • Cinco De Mayo – Jim Carroll
  • Cloudy Shoes – Damien Jurado (produced by Richard Swift)
  • Wined And Dined (Demo, recorded 5 June 1970, Produced by David Gilmour) – Syd Barrett
  • Auto Machine – T. Rex (home demo circa 1972)
  • Send His Love To Me – PJ Harvey
  • No Me Molestes – Totem [Ruben Rada (lead voice and percussion); Eduardo Useta (guitar); Enrique Rey (guitar); Mario “Chichito” Cabral (percussion); Daniel “Lobito” Lagarde (bass) Roberto Galletti (drums)]
  • M-23 – The Electric Flag
  • Natural Harmony / Draft Morning / Wasn’t Born To Follow / Get To You – The Byrds
  • Fine Jung Thing – The Electric Flag
  • Raining On The Moon – William Parker Quartet (ft. Leena Conquest)
  • Psyche Soap – The Electric Flag
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Green And Gold – The Electric Flag

Beware Of Darkness – George Harrison (ft. Leon Russell; live August 1st 1971)

It’s Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry – Bob Dylan (ft. George Harrison, Leon Russell; live August 1st 1971)

Synesthesia – The Electric Flag

Sorted For E’s & Wizz – Pulp

Love You – Syd Barrett [photo by Mick Rock, 1969]

Down Home Lady – T. Rex (demo outtake circa 1973)

Rid Of Me – PJ Harvey

His ‘N’ Hers – Pulp

Cinco De Mayo – Jim Carroll [Jim Carroll in 1997. Photograph by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.]

Cloudy Shoes – Damien Jurado (produced by Richard Swift)
[photo of Jurado by Jonathan Canlas, 2010]

Wined And Dined (Demo, recorded 5 June 1970, Produced by David Gilmour) – Syd Barrett [Iggy the Eskimo and Syd Barrett, 1969, Photo by Mick Rock]

Auto Machine – T. Rex (home demo circa 1972)

Send His Love To Me – PJ Harvey [photo by Grzesiek Kszczotek, 1995]

No Me Molestes – Totem

M-23 – The Electric Flag

Natural Harmony / Draft Morning / Wasn’t Born To Follow / Get To You – The Byrds

Fine Jung Thing – The Electric Flag

Raining On The Moon – William Parker Quartet (ft. Leena Conquest)

Psyche Soap – The Electric Flag

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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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This here mix features two songs from Walter Martin‘s two fantastic records of children’s music (2014’s We’re All Young Together and 2017’s My Kinda Music). Martin was the multi-instrumentalist from what just might be my favorite “NY” band, The Walkmen (I’ve seen them live at least a dozen times) and these “family albums” of his are a real joy to listen to.

You’ll also hear two from the newest and likely last record by Richard Swift, as sadly he died this past July 3rd from complications due to alcohol addiction. This stunning album was released on September 20th, a date that would have marked his and his wife’s 21st wedding anniversary.

Richard Swift was only 41 but he had already amassed an incredible and diverse body of work; sadly he leaves behind as well a wife and three daughters.

I paid tribute to his genius with a mix of his songs in August.

I believe the two songs featured here–the title track “The Hex” and “Dirty Jim“–are more fine examples of what made so much of his art so brilliant: it could be both incredibly playful and yet devastatingly heartbreaking, simultaneously. Take “Dirty Jim” with it’s lovely, jaunty bounce, but despite this ebullient ragtime melody it can twist your guts and that jaunt turns to substance-abused jitters with lines like: “Every daughter in my home, every one I’ve left alone/ Sorry for the tears I gave to you.”

I’ve always admired a man that can take pathos and mutate it into POP.

Somewhat in the same dolorous mode, the closing track “Lullaby” by Rhiannon Giddens backed by the Kronos Quartet seems so sweet and easy until you begin to understand the heartsore and shameful relationships being presented to you. I really believe Rhiannon Giddens is one of the best things American music has going for it these days.

In addition to its hints of slavery and more modern racial tensions this berceuse also brought to my mind how the poet Oliver Wendell Holmes suggested in 1872 that the cuckoo bird replace the bald eagle as the emblem of the United States of America, writing:

“We Americans are all cuckoos. We make our homes in the nests of other birds,”

In his 2011 book The Old, Weird America (originally released with the title, Invisible Republic) music journalist and cultural critic Greil Marcus expanded upon Holmes’ thought:

“We Americans are all cuckoos,” Oliver Wendell Holmes said in 1872. “We make our homes in the nests of other birds.” This is the starting point.
As long as seven hundred years ago,the English were singing that the cuckoo heralded the coming of summer, and yet the bird was hated. Its cry was reviled through the centuries as oppressive, repetitious, maniacally boring, a cry to drive you crazy, a cry that was already crazy, benefiting a bird that was insane. The cuckoo–the true, “parasitic” cuckoo, which despite Holmes’ choice of it for national bird is not found in the United States–lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. It is a kind of scavenger in reverse: violating the natural order of things, it is by its own nature an outsider, a creature that cannot belong. Depositing its orphans, leaving its progeny to be raised by others, to grow up as impostors in another’s house–as America filled itself up with slaves, indentured servants, convicts, hustlers, adventurers, the ambitious and the greedy, the fleeing and the hated, who took or were given new, impostors’ names–the cuckoo becomes the other and sees all other creatures as other. If the host bird removes a cuckoo’s egg from its nest, the cuckoo may take revenge, killing all of the host’s eggs or chicks; in the same manner, as new Americans drove out or exterminated the Indians, when the cuckoo egg hatches the newborn may drive out any other nestlings or destroy any other eggs. As a creature alienated from its own nature,the cuckoo serves as the specter of the alienation of each from all.
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Here is a mystical body of the republic, a kind of public secret: a declaration of what sort of wishes and fears lie behind any public act, a declaration of a weird but clearly recognizable America within the America of the exercise of institutional majoritarian power. […] Here everyone calls upon the will and everyone believes in fate. It is a democracy of manners–a democracy, finally, of how people carry themselves, of how they appear in public. The ruling question of public life is not that of the distribution of material goods or the governance of moral affairs, but that of how people plumb their souls and then present their discoveries, their true selves, to others–unless, as happens here often enough, the fear of not belonging, or the wish for true proof that one does belong, takes over, and people assume the mask that makes them indistinguishable from anyone else. But [here] that mask never stays on for long.
God reigns here, but his rule can be refused. His gaze cannot be escaped; his hand, maybe. You can bet: you can stake a probably real exile on a probably imaginary homecoming. Or you can take yourself out of the game, and wait for a death God will ignore; then you, like so many others, already dead but still speaking, will take your place in the bend of a note in “The Coo Coo Bird.” It’s limbo, but it’s not bad: on the fourth day of July you get to holler.

OK, I assure you it’s not all sadness on the mix nor a visit to Norton Juster’s The Doldrums.

[some of the landscape of The Doldrums, inhabited by the Lethargarians, as depicted in animation legend Chuck Jones’ 1968 adaption of Juster’s 1961 children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth.

 No, not at all. There’s Jack White with a song that sounds like it could have been assembled by Malcolm McLaren in the 80s.
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There’s Judee Sill with one of her sweet sounding folk-tunes soaked in and thirsty for Christian mysticism; she categorized her own style of music as “country cult baroque.” 
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There’s a pretty diddy off of Uruguayan singer-songwriter Juan Wauters‘ 2014 record North American Poetry. I recall reading somewhere Wauters’ music described as alegría melancólica (melancholy joy) and that is an apt description of the mood that colors a good deal of his songs, which are delivered in silly little knots. Just as in modern times “silly” is a mode or attribute of this bizarre, aggregate thing we are that is often all too easily denigrated and dismissed, in my world “silly” is one of the highest compliments I can give. As a culture we really need to relearn how to truly be at play beside the tower.

You’ll hear something fun from Bobby Charles‘ eponymous 1972 record. Charles first made a name for himself back in the mid-1950s  when he wrote the songs “See You Later, Alligator” (becoming a hit for Bill Haley and His Comets), and “Walking to New Orleans” (becoming a hit for Fats Domino).

There’s something from the sole album by P, a short lived project involving Johnny Depp, front-man of the band Butthole Surfers Gibby Haynes, and others like Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers. This album is in fact the first CD I ever purchased through the miraculous finding machine known as the “internets.”

There’s something from Canadian composer Doug Randle off his 1971 LP Songs For The New Industrial State. This whole bizarre, jingle-like record seems like something that would have been released in the world set-up in Robert Downey Sr.‘s cinematic masterpiece Putney Swope.

Oh and despite the opening title in the sequence of “Mexican Loneliness” to “March Of The Swivelheads,” this is a segue I first committed to cassette tape back in 1997 and 21 years later it still makes me both give a smug chuckle at my own cleverness and want to play hookie.

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  • Child, the Man Said – Walter Martin
  • The Hex – Richard Swift 
  • The Lamb Ran Away With The Crown – Judee Sill
  • Mexican Loneliness – written by Jack Kerouac; performed by Matt Dillon with Joey Altruda, Joe Gonzalez & Pablo Calogero
  • March Of The Swivelheads – The English Beat
  • Street People – Bobby Charles
  • What Was It You Wanted – Bettye LaVette (Bob Dylan cover)
  • Make Love On The Wing II – Nico Fidenco
  • Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando And I – R.E.M.
  • Michael Stipe – P (Gibby Haynes, Johnny Depp, Sal Jenco, Bill Carter, Flea)
  • Living Well Is The Best Revenge – R.E.M.
  • Escucho Mucho – Juan Wauters
  • That’s Life – James Brown (written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon)
  • Who Scared You – The Doors
  • Shut Paranoia – The Fine Machine (Oscar Lindok, aka Giacomo Dell’Orso; Proluton, aka Gianni Dell’Orso; Peter Donimak, aka Nico Fidenco; and Edda Dell’Orso)
  • Dirty Jim – Richard Swift 
  • Steam Heat – Barbara Moore
  • Vive la Company – Doug Randle
  • Corporation – Jack White
  • What We Gained In The Fire – The Mynabirds (produced by Richard Swift)
  • If I Were a Tiger – Walter Martin feat. Milan McAlevey, Nina Dhongia
  • Lullaby – Kronos Quartet & Rhiannon Giddens

 

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Child, the Man Said – Walter Martin

The Hex – Richard Swift

The Lamb Ran Away With The Crown – Judee Sill

Mexican Lonelieness – written by Jack Kerouac; performed by Matt Dillon With Joey Altruda, Joe Gonzalez & Pablo Calogero [photo by Michael Muller]

March Of The Swivelheads – The English Beat

Street People – Bobby Charles [photo by Michael Ochs, 1972]

What Was It You Wanted – Bettye LaVette (Bob Dylan cover)

Make Love On The Wing II – Nico Fidenco

Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando And I – R.E.M. [Marlon Brando, 1948, photo by Ronny Jaques]

Michael Stipe – P (Gibby Haynes, Johnny Depp, Sal Jenco, Bill Carter, Flea)

Living Well Is The Best Revenge – R.E.M.

Escucho Mucho – Juan Wauters

That’s Life – James Brown (written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon)

Who Scared You – The Doors [Morrison in the closet of his room at LA’s Chateau Marmont hotel, May 1968, (photo by Art Kane).]

Shut Paranoia – The Fine Machine (Oscar Lindok, aka Giacomo Dell’Orso; Proluton, aka Gianni Dell’Orso; Peter Donimak, aka Nico Fidenco; and Edda Dell’Orso)

Dirty Jim – Richard Swift [photo by Richard Swift, Sept 5 2016]

Steam Heat – Barbara Moore

Vive la Company – Doug Randle

What We Gained In The Fire – The Mynabirds (produced by Richard Swift)

If I Were a Tiger – Walter Martin feat. Milan McAlevey, Nina Dhongia

Lullaby – Kronos Quartet & Rhiannon Giddens

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[illustration by Adolf Hoffmeister, 1959, for Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne]

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  • Chocolates – crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)
  • Political World – Bettye LaVette (Dylan cover)
  • Rosa Rosa – Andrzej Korzyński (with Arp Life)
  • No Destruction – Foxygen (produced by Richard Swift)
  • Dove – Cymande
  • Wasting Time – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (produced by Richard Swift)
  • Catacomb – The London Studio Group (composed By Peter Reno)
  • Warszawa – David Bowie
  • One Million Year Trip – Laetitia Sadier (produced by Richard Swift)
  • The Star-Crossed Lovers (AKA Pretty Girl) – Duke Ellington (ft. Johnny Hodges|Paul Gonsalves)
  • Saturday Night – Devendra Banhart
  • Last Fair Deal Gone Down – Robert Johnson
  • Narrow Way – Bob Dylan
  • Hang On St. Christopher – Tom Waits
  • The New Enzyme Detergent Demise Of Ali MacGraw – Dory Previn
  • Hangout At The Gallows – Father John Misty
  • All I Ever Wanted – Lenny Kravitz
  • Poet – Sly & The Family Stone

 

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Chocolates – crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)

Political World – Bettye LaVette (Dylan cover)

Rosa Rosa – Andrzej Korzyński (with Arp Life)

No Destruction – Foxygen (produced by Richard Swift) [photo by by Jan Willem-Dikkers]

Dove – Cymande

Wasting Time – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (produced by Richard Swift)

Catacomb – The London Studio Group (composed by Peter Reno)

Warszawa – David Bowie [Bowie visits workshop of Victor Vasarely, Annet-sur-Marne, late June 1977.]

One Million Year Trip – Laetitia Sadier (produced by Richard Swift)

The Star-Crossed Lovers (AKA Pretty Girl) – Duke Ellington (ft. Johnny Hodges|Paul Gonsalves)

Saturday Night – Devendra Banhart

Last Fair Deal Gone Down – Robert Johnson [illustration by Mezzo, 2014]

Narrow Way – Bob Dylan [woodcut by Sam Hundley]

Hang On St. Christopher – Tom Waits

The New Enzyme Detergent Demise Of Ali MacGraw – Dory Previn

Hangout At The Gallows – Father John Misty

 

All I Ever Wanted – Lenny Kravitz

Poet – Sly & The Family Stone

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Hello All! Hello World!

On this past July 3rd (not that I believe it’s at all relevant but that date is not only my wedding anniversary but the anniversary of the deaths of both Jim Morrison and Brian Jones as well) a musician and artist I deeply admired died from complications due to alcohol addiction. Richard Swift was only 41 but he had already amassed an incredible and diverse body of work; sadly he leaves behind as well a wife and three daughters.

I believe I was introduced to his music sometime around 2003 when I saw him as the opening act for another great group of musicians, the Walkmen. At that time Swift’s debut The Novelist was just released and I’ve been following his career closely since, always wondering where his talents would twist and tumult next.

The following mix is just a brief smattering of that talent, and I need to mention that it does not feature any of the absolutely stunning production work he did for other artists such as: Damien Jurado; Foxygen; Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats; The Mynabirds; Valerie June; Laetitia Sadier; The Arcs; Hamilton Leithauser; and so many others. I urge you to check this stuff out (particularly his work with Jurado), and you should know that the man made incredible mixtapes (under the moniker Dance Contest Winner or Donald Fivepennies, or a whole bunch of others) as well made fantastic art and photography. This obviously troubled man had a true genius.

As he danced so easily across various styles I felt that there was no need for me to try and maintain a chronology in my tribute mix and so I dip in & out of his body of solo work as well as the collaborative covers record he made with Jurado on a four-track cassette recorder back in 2010. I will truly miss this man’s art.

I will leave you with this true story. Some time just around 2012 or 2013 I rode an elevator with Paul McCartney. Through the years I’ve repeated that my biggest regret in not speaking to him wasn’t that I didn’t compliment his music both solo and with the Beatles, but that I didn’t suggest to him a musician named Richard Swift as a possible producer for any projects he might want to do. Could you imagine what beauty could have come from these two working together? Well I know you will enjoy the beauty you’ll hear when you click below.

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[photo by Richard Swift, AUG. 28 2017]

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  • Foreword
  • Lovely Night
  • R.I.P
  • Would You
  • Ghost of Hip Hop (New Apostles Mix)  –  as Instruments Of Science & Technology
  • The Original Thought
  • Phone Coffins
  • Dutch
  • Above & Beneath
  • Laugh It Up
  • Du(M)B II
  • Kensington
  • Hello Sunshine – w/  Damien Jurado (Relatively Clean Rivers cover)
  • The Atlantic Ocean
  • Opt I
  • Lady Luck
  • Dressed Up For The Letdown
  • Drakula (Hey Man!)
  • Ha Ha Suckers
  • The Bully
  • Broken Finger Blues
  • Ballad Of Clifford Swift
  • Looking Back I Should Have Been Home More
  • The Songs Of National Freedom
  • Whitman
  • Sincere Replies w/  Damien Jurado ( The Open Window  cover)
  • P.S. It All Falls Down
  • The Novelist
  • Hallelujah Goodnight

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[Swift’s personal recording studio in Cottage Grove, Oregon: “National Freedom””

R.I.P.

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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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