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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS:__LADDER UNDER HER; WATER EVERYWHERE

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Hello All.

Welcome to the latest A.M.O.P. Mixtape:_Ladder Under Her; Water Everywhere

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A.M.O.P. Presents: Ladder Under Her; Water Everywhere
  • Le Grand – Lilacs & Champagne
  • Vessels – The Moonlandingz (ft. Sean Lennon; Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer of the The Eccentronic Research Council; Lias Saoudi AKA Johnny Rocket and Saul Adamczewski of Fat White Family)
  • Windswept – Johnny Jewel
  • St-Clementine-On-Tea-And-Croissants / Nemesis – Benjamin Clementine
  • You Ain’t Going Nowhere – The Byrds (Bob Dylan cover)
  • Rainbow Children / Muse 2 The Pharaoh – Prince
  • Ted, Just Admit It… – Jane’s Addiction
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me – Fantômas (Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, Buzz Osborne, Trevor Dunn)(written by David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti)
  • Stolen Pictures (Mix) – David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti; mixed by TWIN PEAKS SOUNDTRACK DESIGN
  • The Crimson Kiss – Johnny Jewel
  • You Don’t Miss Your Water (Gram Parsons vocal) – The Byrds (William Bell cover)
  • Someone I Know – Margo Guryan
  • Satellite Of Love – Lou Reed; ft. David Bowie
  • Shabby Doll – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  • No More – Dean Hurley
  • You Don’t Miss Your Water – William Bell
  • Atonement – The Roots Feat. Jack Davey
  • Every Tear Disappears – St. Vincent
  • Crimson Escalation (34/370) – crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)

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[Le Grand – Lilacs & Champagne]

[Vessels – The Moonlandingz (photo by Silvia Saponaro)]

[Windswept – Johnny Jewel]

[St-Clementine-On-Tea-And-Croissants / Nemesis – Benjamin Clementine]

[You Ain’t Going Nowhere – The Byrds (Bob Dylan cover) (art by Jo Mora, 1932)]

[Rainbow Children / Muse 2 The Pharaoh – Prince]

[Ted, Just Admit It… – Jane’s Addiction]

[Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me – Fantômas (Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, Buzz Osborne, Trevor Dunn)(written by David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti)]

[Stolen Pictures (Mix) – David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti; mixed by TWIN PEAKS SOUNDTRACK DESIGN]

[The Crimson Kiss – Johnny Jewel]

[You Don’t Miss Your Water (Gram Parsons vocal) – The Byrds (William Bell cover)]

[Someone I Know – Margo Guryan]

[Satellite Of Love – Lou Reed; ft. David Bowie (photo by Mick Rock)]

[Shabby Doll – Elvis Costello & The Attractions (cover art “Snakecharmer & Reclining Octopus” by Barney Bubbles)]

[No More – Dean Hurley]

[You Don’t Miss Your Water – William Bell]

[Atonement – The Roots Feat. Jack Davey]

[Every Tear Disappears – St. Vincent (photo by Kara Smarsh)]

[Crimson Escalation (34/370) – crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)]

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THE DEMISE OF THE MASK (VOL 6)

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Hello All.

Welcome to Volume Six of the MixTape series: The Demise Of The Mask. –(Volume One here)__(Volume Two here)__(Volume Three here)__(Volume Four here)__(Volume Five here)-

This one features some fine tunes by the likes of Paul Simon; Childish GambinoPop Levi; (producer/arranger of Chess Records subsidiary label Cadet Records) Richard Evans with his late ’60s studio project The Soulful Strings; something from Paul McCartney‘s side-project with Youth under the moniker of The Fireman; something from MegapussDevendra Banhart‘s 2008 side-project with the wonderfully talented Gregory Rogove, Fabrizio Moretti & Noah Georgeson; and a long groove by one of the greatest groups of all time, Parliament-Funkadelic! Oh and you’ll hear a captivating alternate take of the 2005 song Bob Dylan wrote and recorded for the North Country Soundtrack, “Tell Ol’ Bill” and the mid-’70s track “Mary Long” by Indian psych rock band Atomic Forest. There’s also a triple-play from The Flaming Lips‘ stunning 2009 record, Embryonic. I am particularly fond of the nervous respect given to the power of creativity that is conveyed in the third of these tunes, “Powerless“:

“Honey, you’re just paranoid
“You should do what you enjoy
“No one is ever really powerless”
That’s what she said and she gave me a kiss
“No one is ever really powerless”
Now I think I know what that really is
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It only happens if you try
Pain and pleasure both get you high
“No one is ever really powerless”
That’s what she said, now I can’t forget
“No one is ever really powerless”
Now I think I know what that really is

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You’ll hear all this and more so press play and enjoy yourself!

 

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  • Mommy, What’s A Funkadelic? – Funkadelic
  • Terrifying [Starlight & Wonder Version] – Pop Levi
  • Me And Your Mama – Childish Gambino
  • Older Lives – Megapuss (Devendra Banhart, Gregory Rogove, Fabrizio Moretti & Noah Georgeson)
  • Skin I’m In – Sly & The Family Stone
  • Terrifying (For Kenneth Anger) – Pop Levi
  • Severed Crossed Fingers – St. Vincent
  • Illusion – Keith Richards, ft. Norah Jones
  • Tell Ol’ Bill – Bob Dylan
  • Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child – The Soulful Strings
  • God Bless The Child – Cal Tjader & Mary Stallings
  • Travelling Light – The Fireman (Paul McCartney & Youth)
  • Gemini Syringes / Your Bats / Powerless – The Flaming Lips, ft. Thorsten Wörmann & Karen O
  • Mary Long – Atomic Forest
  • The Obvious Child – Paul Simon
  • Rebong – Andrew McGraw
  • Believe – Annabel (lee)
  • Kiss Me – Tom Waits
  • Steel Dreams [Part 2] – crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)
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[Mommy, What’s A Funkadelic? – Funkadelic (art by Dan Lish)]

[Mommy, What’s A Funkadelic? – Funkadelic (art by Dan Lish)]

[Terrifying [Starlight & Wonder Version] – Pop Levi]

[Terrifying [Starlight & Wonder version] – Pop Levi]

[Me And Your Mama – Childish Gambino (art by Nando Maglutac)]

[Me And Your Mama – Childish Gambino (art by Nando Maglutac)]

[Older Lives – Megapuss (Devendra Banhart, Gregory Rogove, Fabrizio Moretti & Noah Georgeson (art by Travis Millard and Mel Kadel)]

[Older Lives – Megapuss (Devendra Banhart, Gregory Rogove, Fabrizio Moretti & Noah Georgeson (art by Travis Millard and Mel Kadel)]

[Skin I’m In – Sly & The Family Stone]

[Skin I’m In – Sly & The Family Stone]

[Terrifying (For Kenneth Anger) – Pop Levi]

[Terrifying (For Kenneth Anger) – Pop Levi]

[Severed Crossed Fingers – St. Vincent]

[Severed Crossed Fingers – St. Vincent]

[Illusion – Keith Richards, ft. Norah Jones]

[Illusion – Keith Richards, ft. Norah Jones]

[Tell Ol’ Bill – Bob Dylan]

[Tell Ol’ Bill – Bob Dylan]

[Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child – The Soulful Strings]

[Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child – The Soulful Strings]

[God Bless The Child – Cal Tjader & Mary Stallings]

[God Bless The Child – Cal Tjader & Mary Stallings]

[Travelling Light – The Fireman (Paul McCartney & Youth)]

[Travelling Light – The Fireman (Paul McCartney & Youth)]

[Gemini Syringes / Your Bats / Powerless – The Flaming Lips, ft. Thorsten Wörmann & Karen O (art from Wayne Coyne's comic "The Sun Is Sick")]

[Gemini Syringes / Your Bats / Powerless – The Flaming Lips, ft. Thorsten Wörmann & Karen O (art from Wayne Coyne’s comic “The Sun Is Sick“)]

[Mary Long – Atomic Forest]

[Mary Long – Atomic Forest]

[The Obvious Child – Paul Simon]

[The Obvious Child – Paul Simon]

[Rebong – Andrew McGraw]

[Rebong – Andrew McGraw]

[Believe – Annabel (lee)]

[Believe – Annabel (lee)]

[Kiss Me – Tom Waits (photo by Michael O'Brien)]

[Kiss Me – Tom Waits (photo by Michael O’Brien)]

[Steel Dreams [Part 2] – crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)]

[Steel Dreams [Part 2] – crush_DLX (Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday)]

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THE DEMISE OF THE MASK (VOL 5)

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Hello All.

Welcome to Volume Five of the MixTape series: The Demise Of The Mask. –(Volume One here)__(Volume Two here)__(Volume Three here)__(Volume Four here)-

Featuring certain songs by Stevie WonderCurtis Mayfield, Al GreenDory Previn, and even featuring the title track from Bill Fay‘s brilliant but apocalyptic and oppressive record of 1971, Time of the Last Persecution–I’m sure that this MixTape is a somewhat result of a residue from our national nativity ceremony. I can recall once in Montréal someone made a derisive remark about religion while jerking a thump at the enormous neon crucifix hung in the night sky. Quickly but calmly, my good friend Frankie responded: “Hey, some people need that…and that’s a real thing, y’know?…some people need that to get by.”

At that moment I thought: “fair enough.”

Well, among a whole lot of other good tunes The Demise Of The Mask (Vol. 5) also features the songs “Misbehave” &  “She Might Get Shot” both taken from  Juan Wauters‘ fantastic 2015 record,  Who Me? I know he’s got a new one coming up someday soon so be sure to keep your ears open for that because I can tell you it’s a beauty!

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  • Looking For Satellites – David Bowie
  • I Should Watch TV – David Byrne & St. Vincent
  • Gone Away – Matthew E. White
  • All Along The Watchtower – Brothers & Sisters
  • Have A Talk With God – Stevie Wonder
  • Jesus – Curtis Mayfield
  • Jesus Is Waiting – Al Green
  • Did Jesus Have a Baby Sister? – Dory Previn
  • Time Of The Last Persecution – Bill Fay
  • Tower Of Song –  Leonard Cohen & U2
  • Never Be Afraid! [edit] – Entrance
  • I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine – Bob Dylan
  • Saturn – Damon Albarn
  • Rings Of Saturn – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  • My Body – Perfume Genius
  • Rebirth Of The Flesh – Prince (as Camille)
  • Misbehave / She Might Get Shot – Juan Wauters
  • Hood Politics / How Much A Dollar Cost – Kendrick Lamar ft. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley
  • Crippled Inside – John Lennon

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[Looking For Satellites - David Bowie (photo "David Bowie, 1997" by Floria Sigismondi)]

[Looking For Satellites – David Bowie (photo “David Bowie, 1997” by Floria Sigismondi)]

[I Should Watch TV – David Byrne & St. Vincent]

[I Should Watch TV – David Byrne & St. Vincent]

[Gone Away – Matthew E. White, (photo by Cameron Charles Lewis)]

[Gone Away – Matthew E. White, (photo by Cameron Charles Lewis)]

[All ALong The Watchtower – Brothers & Sisters]

[All Along The Watchtower – Brothers & Sisters]

[Have A Talk With God – Stevie Wonder]

[Have A Talk With God – Stevie Wonder]

[Jesus – Curtis Mayfield (cover art recreated, in tinted form, from Margaret Bourke-White's 1937 monochrome original, 'At The Time Of The Louisville Flood', ]

[Jesus – Curtis Mayfield (cover art recreated, in tinted form, from Margaret Bourke-White’s 1937 monochrome original, “At The Time Of The Louisville Flood.” ]

[Jesus Is Waiting – Al Green, (photo by Bud Lee, 1972]

[Jesus Is Waiting – Al Green, (photo by Bud Lee, 1972)]

[Did Jesus Have a Baby Sister – Dory Previn]

[Did Jesus Have a Baby Sister? – Dory Previn]

[Time Of The Last Persecution – Bill Fay, (art by Erica Parrott)]

[Time Of The Last Persecution – Bill Fay, (art by Erica Parrott)]

[Tower Of Song - Leonard Cohen & U2]

[Tower Of Song – Leonard Cohen & U2]

[Never Be Afraid! [edit] – Entrance]

[Never Be Afraid! [edit] – Entrance]

[I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine – Bob Dylan (photo: Bob Dylan, outside his Byrdcliffe home, infrared color film, Woodstock, NY, 1968. Photo By Elliott Landy)]

[I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine – Bob Dylan
(photo: Bob Dylan, outside his Byrdcliffe home, infrared color film, Woodstock, NY, 1968. Photo By Elliott Landy)]

[Saturn – Damon Albarn]

[Saturn – Damon Albarn]

[Rings Of Saturn – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds]

[Rings Of Saturn – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds]

[My Body – Perfume Genius (photo: Perfume Genius as Egon Schiele's portrait as St Sebastian by Steven Miller, 2015)]

[My Body – Perfume Genius (photo: Perfume Genius as Egon Schiele’s portrait as St Sebastian by Steven Miller, 2015)]

[Rebirth Of The Flesh - Prince (as Camille)]

[Rebirth Of The Flesh – Prince (as Camille)]

[Misbehave / She Might Get Shot – Juan Wauters (art by Matt Volz)]

[Misbehave / She Might Get Shot – Juan Wauters (art by Matt Volz)]

[Hood Politics / How Much A Dollar Cost – Kendrick Lamar ft. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley (art by DJNowGraphics)]

[Hood Politics / How Much A Dollar Cost – Kendrick Lamar ft. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley (art by DJNowGraphics)]

[Crippled Inside – John Lennon (photo by Michael Putland, 1971)]

[Crippled Inside – John Lennon (photo by Michael Putland, 1971)]

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MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: DENDRITES (VOL. 16)

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Hello All & Welcome to the last MixTape of the year! Yes, it’s installment 16 in the Dendrites series of mixtapes!

 Here you’ll hear two tunes by the psyche-folk, all female american trio, Sunforest. Recorded in 1969 with producer Vic Coppersmith-Heaven (engineer for The Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed and Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4)  Sunforest wrote whimsical Medieval Times & Renaissance Faire type arrangements and twisted them quite a bit with a swinging London sense of acid-pop and style. First up and opening the mix is the instrumental “Overture to the Sun” which is one of two songs by the group selected by Stanley Kubrick and featured in his 1971 brutal masterpiece, A Clockwork Orange. Later on from this trio you’ll hear the incredibly funky “Magician In The Mountain,” with its slinky groove tones put across perfectly by two musicians from the Jean-Claude Vannier Orchestra (responsible for the music on Serge Gainsbourg’s erotic magnum opus Histoire de Melody Nelson and featured by me on Dendrites Volume 13). With session-guitarist extraordinaire Big Jim Sullivan and Herbie Flowers (whose interlocked, double-tracked upright bass and bass guitar carried Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” into brilliance) to my mind “Magician In The Mountain is the stand-out track on Sound of Sunforest.
You’ll also get to hear two more tracks by recently deceased Scott Weiland (R.I.P.). First up from him is “Son” which was a highlight for me on his 1998 solo debut, 12 Bar Blues.  (Here you can watch a video of Weiland performing the tune acoustically on MTV’s “120 Minutes” back in 1998).
With its raw pop blister rubbing up against a confused glam swirl, this LP still remains my favorite of all Weiland’s work. Featuring contributions from multi-instrumentalist Victor Indrizzo, phenomenal pianist Brad Mehldau, Martyn LeNoble and Peter DiStefano (bass & guitar for Porno For Pyros!), as well as additional work from Daniel Lanois (production-collaborator for Brian Eno, U2, and Bob Dylan)–this is an album with a genuine sense of exploration and–despite its obvious postures–honest artistic expression. In “Son” Weiland mostly employs a slender vocal in the honeyed upper registers with a lightly-narcotized rasp to its delivery. This perfectly gets across the melancholia that served as its inspiration. As Weiland would not have any children until at least two years later, the song serves as a rumination on a terminated pregnancy he and his girlfriend chose, and what might have been (an emotional topic he previously touched upon with Stone Temple Pilots in the closing track for their sophomore record, Purple: “Kitchenware & Candy Bars“).
Later on down the mix you will hear Weiland with his band mates in Stone Temple Pilots on what has always been one of my favorite tracks by this group: “Lounge Fly.” With its elliptic lyrics pushed up from a hungry gut only to be buried again, and pushed up again–a cycle–and the music coiled and percussive–this is not so much circling, but the sound of a man prowling around a drain…and all the while Weiland insisting that you know, “this is really happening to me.” “Lounge Fly” is followed by yet another song concerning sex and the desperate search for emotional connection: “Chloe In The Afternoon” by St. Vincent. Borrowing its title from the 1972 French film by Éric Rohmer (which was much later remade into the Chris Rock comedy I Think I Love My Wife) this song is an amazing display of corroded textures and strange syncopation.
There’s also some D’Angelo; some Elvis; some Mark Lanegan; a dry collaboration between William S. Burroughs and R.E.M from the 1996 collection, Songs in the Key of X – Music From And Inspired By “The X-Files; Matthew E. White and his marvelous Spacebomb crew demonstrating how a tune bled of vigor (and guitar) can still be so damn funky…albeit a drowsy funk; and you’ll hear one of my favorite vocalists, Martina Topley-Bird doing a stripped down version of her own, Snowman” (you can watch a lovely 2012 live performance of it and more here).
Well, enjoy and I hope you are all still listening in the New Year!
All the best to you & yours,
Bobby Calero

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Overture to The Sun – Sunforest [art by Robin Celebi]

Son – Scott Weiland

Star Me Kitten – R.E.M. & William S. Burroughs [art: “Lust” by William S. Burroughs, 1991]

Silver Timothy – Damien Jurado (w/ Richard Swift) [Photo by Sarah Jurado]

Magician In the Mountain – Sunforest

“Trouble”/The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) – The Doors [photo by Frank Lisciandro, 1970]

Scarlet Town – Bob Dylan [art: Train Tracks (Red) by Bob Dylan, 2012]

 

The Golden Fang – Jonny Greenwood

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Signature Move – Matthew E. White [photo by Shawn Brackbill]

Lounge Fly – Stone Temple Pilots

Chloe In The Afternoon – St. Vincent [photo by Tina Tyrell, 2011]

Leaning Into Afternoons – Pablo Neruda [read by Wesley Snipes, music by Luis Enríquez Bacalov] [art from Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Julie Paschkis]

Sugah Daddy – D’Angelo & The Vanguard [Photo by Greg Harris]

Trying To Get To You – Elvis Presley

Trying To Forget You – Howlin’ Wolf

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San-Ho-Zay – Willie Mitchell

Knockin’ Myself Out – Jean Brady & Big Bill Broonzy [image from the film Low Light And Blue Smoke]

Like Little Willie John – Mark Lanegan Band

The Endless Sea – Iggy Pop

Cry Baby Cry – The Beatles [photo by Don McCullin, 7/28/68]

Snowman – Martina Topley-Bird

04/16/05 Saturday/04/19/05 Tuesday – Fantômas

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  • Overture to The Sun – Sunforest
  • Son – Scott Weiland
  • Star Me Kitten – R.E.M. & William S. Burroughs
  • Silver Timothy – Damien Jurado (w/ Richard Swift)
  • Magician In the Mountain – Sunforest
  • “Trouble”/The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) – The Doors
  • Scarlet Town – Bob Dylan
  • The Golden Fang – Jonny Greenwood
  • Signature Move – Matthew E. White 
  • Lounge Fly – Stone Temple Pilots
  • Chloe In The Afternoon – St. Vincent 
  • Leaning Into Afternoons – Pablo Neruda [read by Wesley Snipes, music by Luis Enríquez Bacalov] 
  • Sugah Daddy – D’Angelo & The Vanguard
  • Trying To Get To You – Elvis Presley
  • Trying To Forget You – Howlin’ Wolf
  • San-Ho-Zay – Willie Mitchell
  • Knockin’ Myself Out – Jean Brady & Big Bill Broonzy
  • Like Little Willie John – Mark Lanegan Band
  • The Endless Sea – Iggy Pop
  • Cry Baby Cry – The Beatles 
  • Snowman – Martina Topley-Bird
  • 04/16/05 Saturday/04/19/05 Tuesday – Fantômas

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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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Mireille was carried off through the siphon of her headphones by the maudlin tunes, prog rock, and panic attack psychedelia of the band Locust Mirror on their double LP, Empty Anodyne for The Learned Paralysis of Phantom Limbs (or just simply Phantom Limbs as it came to be called when discussed by fans and the press). Seemingly without thought she sunk into the lost-in-the-sauce lounge act that opens disc two of the album, “Now There’s Nothing So Savage As A Man Destroying Himself.” Despite the initial cabaret style of the song, it operates like burlesque in reverse. It begins with an exposed and solitary piano that adds garb as it sashays like a confused showgirl along its theatric course. Instead of feather boas and nipple tassels, however, it goes on to don a robe of sonic shrapnel that brings to one’s mind thoughts of silicon and dust mites.

The keys are fingered. At just over the two minute mark and with the arrival of what might well serve as an ersatz chorus (a wailed, “Repetition is true horror”), this song would finally acquire a rhythm section to usher it further into the froth and gauze swelling up on all sides. These knit accents and fills of bass and drums, however, come on as if composed of corroded rubber: it sure could still bounce like disco but seemed in peril of splitting open any moment now. Yet all these accouterments would have to wait to adhere to the ivory backbone of the tune until first the vocals set the melodic theme.

The emotive sphere of lead vocalist Christian Heath’s voice typically bows between something of a desperate caress seeking an empathic response, and an emphatic, stellar burst. Regardless of what side of that spectrum it leans on at any given time in any given tune, his voice seems to nearly always smear each lengthy line of the lyrics, so that they are made to meander through the arrangement as if a disembodied instrument. His voice is an intruding transmission that does not want to appear rude and so does its best to flit along. His voice is a virus that plays well with its host environment.

The results of this interplay were often as disorienting for the listener as a boat at sway, but they were frequently received as an honest thing of beauty as well. Here on this song this effect was heightened by the sporadic insertion of unintelligible chatter and laughter. Often Heath’s phrasing would tremble and stretch syllables on the verge of an exhausted falsetto that could gloss over the lack of a typical pop song’s requisite end rhyme:

I need more…

than these stillborn afternoons

of cotton entertainment

I need more…

than cartoons and iced-coffee

Grant me a marionette

I’ll dance like an idiot

under summer’s tight-throat heat

I need more…

than string theory documentaries

Give to me one dance partner

I need more…

than those oh-so elegant

collections, treats of chewed fat

I need more…

than mere adequate actors

adequate actors mewling

I need more…

than another erection

from cotton entertainment

I need more…

than a new American

American way of war

I need more…

than cartoons and iced-coffee

Grant me a marionette

I’ll dance like an idiot

under summer’s tight-throat heat

Everything,

Everything is terrible

No one, no one wants to dance

—Repetition is true horror—

I need more…

than pious stone or a blip,

a blip blister of pleasure

I need more…

than an awful suckle while

waiting for the day to do…

{…what it does}—

—Repetition is true horror—

I need more…

than these nerves like old butter

waiting for the day to do…

{…what it does}—

I need more…

than resurrected majesty

mad as hungry little birds,

birds that flutter in the brain,

But it certainly would do for a day or two…

{…what it does}—

—Repetition is true horror—

O How the neighbor coughs from his window

O and how the pigeons coo

How we wretch

And how are you?

—Curtains open—

—Bled like heaven—

—Curtains close—

Beauty and grotesques

once burst from the head,

…Now, there’s a sick!…pigeon!…trapped!…—

There’s a sick pigeon in my head!

Lungs toil—

Sunlight ripples on a rooftop puddle

Lungs toil—

Lungs—

Lungs toil—

—Repetition is true horror—

As it maneuvers along the rolling frame of its design the song doubles back on itself. It is as if the instruments turn to find a route out and only encounter another narrow corridor and its inevitable dead-end. In lithe panic they muster up enough muscle and sinew to shrug off their somnambulant groove and about face. In the slink of their retreat they bottleneck and pile up. The whole flourishes as an aggregate of anxiety.

Soon it has nowhere else to pitch its weight. Its only option is but to hop a straight flight into the warm Mellotron swarm that has been waiting all this time like the welcoming jowls of a wolf on the other side of the door. From this arrives the square wave monologue, as if through a chewed radio:

  • […and you can’t afford another sort of paradise on this salary]
  • [No one is saying anything out there anyway]
  • [Who has been burning photographs and painting walls?]
  • [Wall-sickness and a trapped nerve]
  • [Venom in a tooth and perpetual machines hum]
  • [No one is out there saying anything anyway]
  • [Problems]
  • [Dry]
  • [Curse disease and then ease back into waste;]
  • [All while drinking iced-coffee and watching cartoons concerning our elegant universe]
  • [Wet]
  • [There’s so little love left]
  • [I love drifting off to sleep while watching television]
  • [Parasite fragments]…[I suppose that…]
  • [There’s nothing coming]
  • [And there’s nothing we can do about it]
  • [Somebody throw the baby out with the bathos]
  • [Who will wind the pocket-clocks when I’m gone?]
  • [And who will break the ice?]
  • […SOMEBODY GO GET ME THE AXE…]

Gelignite guitars detonate. It all goes up in a mushroom cloud of Moog synthesizers and found sounds. Both the circulatory and nervous systems of the song are reduced to slag and reverb circling a drain.

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Victory On The Hill – Rivers Cuomo

The Forest Awakes – David Byrne & St. Vincent

Obsequey [The Death Of Art] – Marilyn Manson [image by Gottfried Helnwein]

Whipped Cream – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

Thieves In The Night – Black Star

Dynamite! – The Roots

Come Around – M.I.A. (ft. Timbaland)

Sita Ram – Alice Coltrane

Strange Religion – Mark Lanegan Band (ft. Izzy Stradlin & Duff McKagan) [art by Justin Hampton]

Wildfire – John Mayer (ft. Frank Ocean)

A Place With No Name – Michael Jackson

I’m A Fool To Want You – Billie Holiday [photo by Dennis Stock, 1958]

If You See Her, Say Hello – Jeff Buckley (Dylan cover; Grace sessions outtake, 1993) [photo by Merri Cyr]

Finish What I Started – Will Butler

Alligator – Paul McCartney [painting: Bowie spewing by Paul McCartney, 1990]

Do The Tramp – The Fever [painting: Exploration of the Sources of the Orinoco River by Remedios Varo, 1959]

We Could Be So Good Together – The Doors

Strollin’ In – Lou Donaldson

Boogie Woogie Woman – B.B. King

Un Buen Día Para Morir – Calle 13 (ft. Vernon Foster)

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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: DENDRITES (VOL. 9)

  • Victory On The Hill – Rivers Cuomo
  • The Forest Awakes – David Byrne & St. Vincent
  • Obsequey [The Death Of Art] – Marilyn Manson 
  • Whipped Cream – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
  • Thieves In The Night – Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)
  • Dynamite! – The Roots
  • Come Around – M.I.A. (ft. Timbaland)
  • Sita Ram – Alice Coltrane
  • Strange Religion – Mark Lanegan Band (ft. Izzy Stradlin & Duff McKagan)
  • Wildfire – John Mayer (ft. Frank Ocean)
  • A Place With No Name – Michael Jackson (AMOP mix)
  • I’m A Fool To Want You – Billie Holiday
  • If You See Her, Say Hello – Jeff Buckley (Dylan cover; Grace sessions outtake, 1993) 
  • Finish What I Started – Will Butler
  • Alligator – Paul McCartney
  • Do The Tramp – The Fever
  • We Could Be So Good Together – The Doors
  • Strollin’ In – Lou Donaldson
  • Boogie Woogie Woman – B.B. King
  • Un Buen Día Para Morir – Calle 13 (ft. Vernon Foster)

_ _ _ __=========================================     ______BOBBY CALERO

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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: DENDRITES (VOL. 2)

Mireille had grown weary of feeling that our experience of existence had unavoidably resulted in a tape delay.

“We are held hostage in someone else’s head…and in the end…and in our own. Regret will only get you ugly in the end.”

She considered the device currently slipped within a little zippered pocket inside her purse: plastic, glass, semiconductor chips of silicon, and rare earth minerals molded and arranged into a slim rectangle of circuit boards and a touchscreen with a friendly graphic user interface. Contemplating all it was capable of—all of its known, numerous applications, the ones she hasn’t figured out yet and the ones she didn’t care to—she asked herself:

“We’re already living in the future…aren’t we? …Or as far as this future is gonna go, really. From here-on-out and for awhile now it’s all just restatements of a theme, sure with a few innovative variations and tempo changes thrown in to keep us back-slap-smiling, ‘gee–whiz, how neat, this cutting-edge changes everything! Science will save us!’ But, shouldn’t we be somewhere else?

“Shouldn’t we be somewhere else and doing something other by now?”

A sudden nudge—Mireille felt a petite twitch of an impulse to check for updates and status changes. She rolled back the teeth of a zipper, then another, and pulled the phone from her bag. After a swipe, tap, tap, tap, tap of an index finger, another tap brought her to her home page. Lately, every time she logged in to her YouLoop account, over the remote din of row upon row of massive servers roaring away at some installation on a rural sprawl, an advert for an apparel company would pop-up with polished photos of professional mannequins—all so slender and young, all so pale-pink and fair-peach in skin tone, some sullen in denim, others with open mouths in graphic tees cavorting across the afternoon gloss of an open field—all asking in a bold white font atop a black background:

Who will be

“How the hell should I know?” Mireille said to herself. “How could anyone, when we don’t even know what these bundles of qualities we carry and call the self is right now at this moment?” After a distracted scroll down her digital profile’s wall, she logged off. Her phone was returned to its place.

Mireille had grown weary of feeling that our experience of existence had unavoidably resulted in a tape delay. Her suspicion was one of a procession of intervals. Each arriving on the heels of the other, there was enough space for our consciousness to spill a portion of its contents until they coil up to that moment’s capacity. Consciousness, that capo di tutti capi, with its arrogant tap to its bucket snout, yet so unaware of the sway on our days held by flora in the gut and all that other bacteria.

Once full we move on to the next container, but not before an often-inarticulate logging of our impressions on each repetitive step and making a remark or two about every noticeable variable. These recorded findings then color our notes on the subsequent one. Was that our allotted life, spinning on a color wheel? It is as if all our moments were truly only and always movements—some busy derivation from the game of hopscotch.

We scratch symmetry across the surface. We toss the little wet stone of our mind out into an interspersed series of linear and lateral blocks. We dance to retrieve it. We repeat the pattern.

However, here each lope and lollop to another square necessitates the player to perform a change of clothes to correspond with the color assigned to that box, while still taking into account the hue and tint from which they came. We amend our raiment—through Primary to Secondary to Tertiary—and every which way shade between. We slip on robust costumes and strut our feathers. Sometimes we are caught by the garish contrast of a complimentary pair and are required to dress in all white or all black. At other times our skitter through the squares causes us to consider too many pigments and we are left to squirm under attires like mud or wet cinder. But another hop could change all that: just a footstep away from that soot. One is almost certain that if they were to continue to play the game through they’d eventually land upon a true hue of you.

In our gambol across the grid we create relationships. We celebrate. We snicker. We share secrets.

In addition to this facet of the game, where catwalk runway and dressing room coalesce, we mustn’t forget the squares’ designated numbers and verse from their attendant Magpie Rhymes:

Zero for Earth;

One for sorrow,

Two for mirth;

Three for a wedding,

Four for birth;

Five for wealthy,

Six for poor;

Seven for some secret,

Forgotten Door;

Eight for a wish of Heaven,

Nine for a kiss of Hell;

And Ten a surprise for the Devils,

Who pray you get well!

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Intro – Martina Topley-Bird

Oh Yeah – Foxygen

Every Boy and Girl – Lee Moses

Needles & Pins [alt. take] – Ramones

Let It Kill You – Imani Coppola

Looks Good With Trouble – Solange

Time 2 – Pharoahe Monch

Battling the City – Lilacs & Champagne

Your Brain Is Made of Candy – Mourn

Water – Juan Wauters

Clean [snippet] – Taylor Swift

New Mutation Boogie – Invisible Familiars

Gamma Ray (acoustic version) – Beck

Someone Like You – David Vandervelde

Sadder Day – Stephanie McKay

Fade Away And Radiate – Blondie

Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood – St. Vincent

Trouble Blues – Sam Cooke

U Looz – PRhyme (Royce da 5’9″ and DJ Premier)

Gimme A Chance – Azealia Banks

I Retired – Hamilton Leithauser

Poison – Martina Topley-Bird

Call The Law – Outkast (ft. Janelle Monáe)

Corner Pocket – Count Basie & His Orchestra

Biting My Nails – Genevieve Waite

Parakeet – Damon Albarn

Naked We Come– (by Jim Morrison – read by Johnny Depp)

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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: DENDRITES (Vol. 2)

  • Intro – Martina Topley-Bird
  • Oh Yeah – Foxygen
  • Every Boy and Girl – Lee Moses
  • Needles & Pins [alt. take] – Ramones
  • Let It Kill You – Imani Coppola
  • Looks Good With Trouble – Solange
  • Time 2 – Pharoahe Monch
  • Battling the City – Lilacs & Champagne
  • Your Brain Is Made of Candy – Mourn
  • Water – Juan Wauters
  • Clean [snippet] – Taylor Swift
  • New Mutation Boogie – Invisible Familiars
  • Gamma Ray (Acoustic) – Beck
  • Someone Like You – David Vandervelde
  • Sadder Day – Stephanie McKay
  • Fade Away And Radiate – Blondie
  • Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood – St. Vincent
  • Trouble Blues – Sam Cooke
  • U Looz – PRhyme (Royce da 5’9″ and DJ Premier)
  • Gimme A Chance – Azealia Banks
  • I Retired – Hamilton Leithauser
  • Poison – Martina Topley-Bird
  • Call The Law – Outkast (ft. Janelle Monáe)
  • Corner Pocket – Count Basie & His Orchestra
  • Biting My Nails – Genevieve Waite
  • Parakeet – Damon Albarn
  • Naked We Come – (by Jim Morrison – read by Johnny Depp)

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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: AT PLAY BESIDE THE TOWER

Hello all and welcome to the new MixTape: At Play Beside The Tower. This one features such brilliant artists as Erykah Badu, St. Vincent, J Dilla, and many more! For those that are interested, both the title and some inserted text read by Lyn Gerry come from Charles Eisenstein’s great book, The Ascent of Humanity. (You can read or listen to it yourself for free over at this site.)

As always, if you enjoy any of these tunes I urge you to seek out and purchase more work to support these artists.

Thanks for stopping by and lending me your ear–

-ENJOY YOURSELF— 

 

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Blind Man Can See It (Extended) – James Brown

Didn’t Cha Know – Erykah Badu

Reception/Group therapy – Broadcast & The Focus Group

About Nothing – Scott Weiland

Any Colour You Like – Flaming Lips [art by Martin Ansin]

Huey Newton – St. Vincent

Who Will Lead Us – Priestbird

Sugar Storm/At Play Beside the Tower – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross/Charles Eisenstein (AMOP edit)

Workinonit [edit] – J Dilla 

Slave Only Dreams To Be King – Marilyn Manson

The Reptilian Agenda – B. Dolan

Sugar Storm (Reprise) – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

Gobstopper – J Dilla

Cthulu – EMA

Anchors – Stone Gossard

& Eveline – Elvis Perkins

Sirens Of Your Toxic Spirit – of Montreal

The Ideal Husband – Father John Misty

Urban Ease/Slide Machine – Parquet Courts (13th Floor Elevators cover)

1st Time/Freak You – Cooly G

Ordinary Morning – Sheryl Crow

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  • Blind Man Can See It – James Brown
  • Didn’t Cha Know – Erykah Badu
  • Reception/Group therapy – Broadcast & The Focus Group
  • About Nothing – Scott Weiland
  • Any Colour You Like – Flaming Lips
  • Huey Newton – St. Vincent
  • Who Will Lead Us – Priestbird
  • Sugar Storm/At Play Beside the Tower – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross/Charles Eisenstein (AMOP edit)
  • Workinonit – J Dilla
  • Slave Only Dreams To Be King – Marilyn Manson
  • The Reptilian Agenda – B. Dolan
  • Sugar Storm (Reprise) – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
  • Gobstopper – J Dilla
  • Cthulu – EMA
  • Anchors – Stone Gossard
  • & Eveline – Elvis Perkins
  • Sirens Of Your Toxic Spirit – of Montreal
  • The Ideal Husband – Father John Misty
  • Urban Ease/Slide Machine – Parquet Courts
  • 1st Time/Freak You – Cooly G
  • Ordinary Morning – Sheryl Crow
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