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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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Hello All! Hello World!

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.

so please press play and…

 

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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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Hello All! Hello World!

I said well hello there. When I was in high-school one of my all-time favorite bands was one almost no one ever heard of. At the time I didn’t know nor cared about the cultural, hipster cachet that could be angled from that fact; I just thought they made amazing music! I remember spending hours dancing and singing along to their records alone in my bedroom. Mazarine Street were from Stockholm, Sweden and my best friend’s uncle, Gene Kraut, was their manager and as their 3 records would come out (in 1996; 1997; and 2001) he would mail them over to the U.S. for him. (Gene would also come to manage Arthur Lee of the amazing sixties, Los Angeles based band Love, which is how I discovered them as well, and even saw Lee & Love perform for his Forever Changes Concerts at Warsaw in Brooklyn, on October 23, 2003…incredible!). If I had to describe Mazarine Street as akin to another sound I guess I would say they were something like nineties Beck tackling the thick rock & roll and rough blues of The Rolling Stones. There was something incredibly playful to their blues bravado and alcohol swagger. This good-humored gusto I think can be heard clearly on one of the two songs featured here and taken from their second record, Thirteen Reasons to Believe. With “One More Day” they present a traditional-sounding field holler blues but tweak it with the odd trill and wobble of a theremin.

On this mix you’ll also hear Beastie Boys‘ sonic tribute to Miles Davis‘ record On The Corner, with their very own “Bobo On The Corner,” which features percussionist Eric “Bobo” Correa (the son of famed Latin and jazz percussionist Willie Bobo, who is also featured elsewhere on the mix). This rolls right into the Beastie Boys’ oh-so-fun single of 1995 “Root Down,” which utilizes a sample from Jimmy Smith‘s “Root Down (And Get It)” (a song that was featured in these pages way back on April 11th 2014 on my triptych party-mix On The Good Blood).

This MixTape also features a Blind Melon tune I mentioned a few posts back, the hopped-up banjo and kazoo jam “Skinned” written from the perspective of serial killer Ed Gein (and what I always took as lead singer and lyricist Shannon Hoon‘s somewhat demented, metaphorical commentary on his own issues with addiction and substance abuse). Elswhere you’ll hear Blind Melon’s “Dumptruck,” where Hoon sings with more than a hint of anxiety: “New York City soothing my itchy itchy month of May.”

Oh and I can’t go without making mention of a song that has been a favorite of mine for decades: “Manifold de Amour” by Latin Playboys. Latin Playboys was an experimental group comprising David Hidalgo, Louie Pérez (from the band Los Lobos) ,along with the production partners of Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake. Taken from their 1994, self-titled debut album, I translate the hypnotic lyrics of “Manifold de Amour” as:

I’m going to sail
To the port of the soul
Crossing the sea,
Until I arrive

 

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

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  • Satisfied – Prince
  • All Your Goodies Are Gone – Parliament
  • One More Day – Mazarine Street
  • “Desire” – David Lynch
  • Good God’s:// Urge! – Porno For Pyros
  • Suena Blanca Espuma – El Kinto
  • To Come Of Age / Black Polished Chrome / Latino Chrome – Jim Morrison & The Doors
  • Power – Ray Barretto (w/ Bass – Andy Gonzales; Bongos – Tony Fuentes; Piano – Louis Cruz; Timbales – Orestes Vilato; Trumpets – Papy Roman, Rene Lopez, Roberto Rodriguez)
  • Bobo On The Corner / Root Down – Beastie Boys (ft. Eric Bobo & Money Mark Nishita; Produced by Mario Caldato Jr.)
  • Broasted Or Fried  – Willie Bobo & The Bo Gents (w/ Bass – Ernie McDaniel; Congas – Victor Pantoja; Drums – Jimmy Smith; Electric Piano – Reggie Andrews; Flute, Tenor Saxophone – Ron Starr; Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Steve Huffsteter)
  • Dumptruck – Blind Melon
  • Manifold de Amour – Latin Playboys (David Hidalgo, Louie Pérez, Mitchell Froom, Tchad Blake)
  • Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down – Scott Weiland (ft. Accordion – Sheryl Crow; Bass – Martyn LeNoble; Cello – Susie Katayama; Viola – Novi Novog; Violin – Joel Derouin, Robin Lorentz; Piano, Guitar, Drums, Vocals, String Arrangements – Victor Indrizzo)
  • Violets For Your Furs – Billie Holiday With Ray Ellis And His Orchestra (written by Tom Adair & Matt Dennis)
  • Rocks In My Bed – Allen Toussaint With Rhiannon Giddens (written by Duke Ellington)
  • Extraordinary Machine – Fiona Apple (Produced with Jon Brion)
  • Nightschool – Mazarine Street
  • Sweet Virginia – The Rolling Stones
  • Skinned – Blind Melon
  • I Got A Woman – Elvis Presley (Written by Ray Charles)
  • Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’ – Ray Charles (Written by Joe Greene)
  • Deadweight – Beck (produced with The Dust Brothers)

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Satisfied – Prince [photo by Randee St Nicholas 2007]

All Your Goodies Are Gone – Parliament

One More Day – Mazarine Street

“Desire” – David Lynch [art; Plume Of Desire by David Lynch]

Good God’s:// Urge! – Porno For Pyros

Suena Blanca Espuma – El Kinto

To Come Of Age / Black Polished Chrome / Latino Chrome – Jim Morrison & The Doors

Power – Ray Barretto (w/ Bass – Andy Gonzales; Bongos – Tony Fuentes; Piano – Louis Cruz; Timbales – Orestes Vilato; Trumpets – Papy Roman, Rene Lopez, Roberto Rodriguez)

Bobo On The Corner / Root Down – Beastie Boys (ft. Eric Bobo & Mark Nishita; Produced by Mario Caldato Jr.)

Broasted Or Fried – Willie Bobo & The Bo Gents (w/ Bass – Ernie McDaniel; Congas – Victor Pantoja; Drums – Jimmy Smith; Electric Piano – Reggie Andrews; Flute, Tenor Saxophone – Ron Starr; Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Steve Huffsteter)

Dumptruck – Blind Melon [photo by Chris Cuffaro, 05.25.95]

Manifold de Amour – Latin Playboys (David Hidalgo, Louie Pérez, Mitchell Froom, Tchad Blake)

Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down – Scott Weiland (ft. Accordion – Sheryl Crow; Bass – Martyn LeNoble; Cello – Susie Katayama; Viola – Novi Novog; Violin – Joel Derouin, Robin Lorentz; Piano, Guitar, Drums, Vocals, String Arrangements – Victor Indrizzo)

Violets For Your Furs – Billie Holiday With Ray Ellis And His Orchestra (written by Tom Adair & Matt Dennis)

Rocks In My Bed – Allen Toussaint With Rhiannon Giddens (written by Duke Ellington)

Extraordinary Machine – Fiona Apple (Produced with Jon Brion)

Nightschool – Mazarine Street [art by JAKOB KRAJCIK]

Sweet Virginia – The Rolling Stones

Skinned – Blind Melon [photo by Danny Clinch, 1995]

I Got A Woman – Elvis Presley (Written by Ray Charles)

Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’ – Ray Charles (Written by Joe Greene)

Deadweight – Beck (produced with The Dust Brothers) [photo by Andrea Giacobbe, 1997]

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Hello All! Hello World!

I said well hello there.

It’s certainly been a rough week or two around here, but here we are with another 80 minutes of music compiled & mixed by A Mouthful Of Pennies; yes it’s the new MixTape: Royal Jelly. As Jack Kerouac once wrote: “We seek to find new phrases; we try hard, we writhe and twist and blow; every now and then a clear harmonic cry gives new suggestions of a tune, a thought, that will someday be the only tune and thought in the world and which will raise men’s souls to joy.”

To me the trio of Prince tunes (all associated with his 1984 masterpiece Purple Rain as b-sides, and to my ear, other than the backing vocals by Sheila E., it sounds like Prince is performing all that you hear on these tracks) that open this MixTape perfectly exemplify what I wrote and quoted in my little essay about this genius back in MAY 04 2016:

Prince had plenty of confidence and little hang-ups. That’s one thing I’ve always loved about listening to his music, he was telling you that there was a true spirituality to celebrating this thing called life with “dance, music, sex, romance” or “D.M.S.R.” His former tour manager Alan Leeds was recently quoted as saying “For him the love of God and the sexual urges we feel are one and the same somehow. For him it all comes from the same root inside a human being. God planted these urges and it’s never wrong to feel that way. The urge itself is a holy urge.”

Or as Touré (author of I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon) put it: “[…] for him there was no need to separate the things we do on Saturday night from the things we do on Sunday morning.”

Plato said: Eros leads to Gnosis. As I recently read on the website, plotinus, Eros should be seen as:

[…] a liberating agent who releases and activates the creative process of the mind. Eros inspires and opens the channel of intuition to the higher and abstract understanding and communion with beauty and truth. The myth of Eros and Psyche describes in detail the inner process of transformation. In fact, Eros cannot be separated from his beloved Psyche, since they are united by a secret and sacred bond, invisible and unconscious in man. In fact, man’s psyche remains filled with erotic, sensual, carnal desires that keep him and his mind trapped on the physical plane along with his emotions and consciousness. But a seeker must transmute the attraction of Eros and awaken the bond with his psyche so that he can rise towards the “beloved,” the invisible golden thread that links his consciousness to the universal qualities of beauty and love.

The gifts of Eros affect the emotional and thought processes of humanity, especially those of a seeker who has to learn how to open up and integrate these gifts in his psyche. From the lowest and most physical levels of consciousness to the most spiritual ones, Eros remains forever present, gradually transforming the inner fire into pure light. Eros operates in every living creature, and Greek poetry and philosophy describe how nature partakes of the gift of Eros. Hence we could say that Eros’ contribution to humanity is not only inherent in man’s psyche, but that it is also involved in the process that awakens the ego to its true nature, the beauty and unconditional love of the soul.

Eros implies a yearning for unity, harmony, and completion.

Yes, most of Prince’s work was concerned with sex, but then again most of it was concerned with spirituality as well. These seem to be things he had no trouble reconciling. Yes, by others’ standards and ethics he was vulgar. Remember it was Prince’s music (“Darling Nikki” and its reference to female masturbation in particular) that was used by Mary “Tipper” Gore and her Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) as an example of unsuitable content when pushing for the use of a Parental Advisory label for recorded music. However, with Prince the erotic might be visceral, explicit, but it was rarely truly crude or misogynist. When it came to women (and God) he was always seeking to find “the answer to the question of u.” He adored and respected women and felt a sense of wonder in their presence. Particularly Prince respected women as artists and for their intelligence. He respected and acknowledged female sexuality. Prince wanted to make love with them; Prince wanted to fuck them. Like he says to the woman in question in the eight minute epic “Joint 2 Joint”: “You’re making me proud to be a human being.”

That is not negated by his lustful follow through and the come-on:

And if we’re ever naked in the same machine/I’m gonna lick it, baby, joint 2 joint

Above all, what I love about listening to his work is that yes he wanted you to believe he is a sexy motherfucker, but I think he wanted you the listener–no matter what or who you are–to fully appreciate that yeah you’re a sexy motherfucker too!

Also on this here mix you’ll hear another song 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.

All The Night Without Love” the 2006 tune by Elvis Perkins features not only some lyrics that I adore, but more so I’m always amazed by the cadence and phrasing he uses to deliver such lines as:

 
“Touch 
me” 
the graphic reads
on the 
magnetic 
athletic insole sheet
and it goes 
all its life without love
Tell me can you 
imagine going to
“Got milk? 
dot 
com”
Do you go 
all the night without love
without love?

There’s the abrasive “Long Way Home” that closes the 2001 LP ShangriLa Dee Da by Stone Temple Pilots. Despite its caustic sound I’ve always appreciated Dean DeLeo’s contorted guitar that accompanies the song’s fade and Weiland’s repetition of:

Tell me
Is it more of the same and
Where can I find it?
Tell me
Is she fighting for air and
Where does she come from?
Tell me
 

Oh and there’s two sonic oddities by the musician Anon, who also sometimes went by the moniker Wynn. His great new project Hidden Beams is just making its debut and you can listen and learn a bit more about that over here.

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

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[cover art: Vangel Naumovski, Spiral Galaxy, 1981]

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  • God (Love Theme From Purple Rain) / God / Erotic City (“Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive”) – Prince
  • Anger Management – Lovage (Dan the Automator, Mike Patton, Jennifer Charles, & Kid Koala)
  • Intro (live: March 1, 1969/April 10, 1970) / PaperBack Queen (live: May 30 1969) / Back Door Man-Love Hides-Five To One (Live in Pittsburgh, May 2, 1970) – The Doors
  • Nothin’ No – David Vandervelde
  • All The Night Without Love – Elvis Perkins
  • Up And Down, Up And Down (I Will Lead Them Up And Down) [Puck] – Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  • The Threshold – Alela Diane
  • Diary of an Erotic Murderess (Main Title) – Carlo Savina
  • 49 Hairflips – Jonathan Wilson (ft. backing vocals by Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), Krystle Warren)
  • Seeing – Anon (aka Wynn; aka Hidden Beams)
  • Waiting For The Train To Come In – Peggy Lee
  • Waiting For The Sun – The Doors
  • Long Way Home – Clarence Gatemouth Brown
  • Long Way Home – Stone Temple Pilots
  • You Win Again – The Rolling Stones (Hank Williams cover; Some Girls January–March 1978 sessions outtake)
  • I Really Don’t Want To Know – Elvis Presley (written by Don Robertson and lyrics by Howard Barnes)
  • Little War – Lee Hazlewood
  • Royal – Anon (aka Wynn; aka Hidden Beams)

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God (Love Theme From Purple Rain) / God / Erotic City (“Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive”) – Prince

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

Intro (live: March 1, 1969/April 10, 1970) / PaperBack Queen (live: May 30 1969) / Back Door Man-Love Hides-Five To One (Live in Pittsburgh, May 2, 1970) – The Doors

Nothin’ No – David Vandervelde

All The Night Without Love – Elvis Perkins

Up And Down, Up And Down (I Will Lead Them Up And Down) [Puck] – Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

The Threshold – Alela Diane [photo by Jaclyn Campanaro]

Diary of an Erotic Murderess (Main Title) – Carlo Savina

49 Hairflips – Jonathan Wilson (ft. backing vocals by Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), Krystle Warren)

Seeing – Anon (aka Wynn; aka Hidden Beams)

Waiting For The Train To Come In – Peggy Lee

Waiting For The Sun – The Doors [photo by Henry Diltz, 1969]

Long Way Home – Clarence Gatemouth Brown

Long Way Home – Stone Temple Pilots

You Win Again – The Rolling Stones (Hank Williams cover; Some Girls January–March 1978 sessions outtake) [art by Danny Resnic, 1978]

I Really Don’t Want To Know – Elvis Presley (written by Don Robertson and lyrics by Howard Barnes)

Little War – Lee Hazlewood

Royal – Anon (aka Wynn; aka Hidden Beams)

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

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

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

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

Angel Eyes – Frank Sinatra (arranged by Nelson Riddle)

Il Grande Silenzio (Restless) – Ennio Morricone

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

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

Love Is Coming Back – Genevieve Waite & John Phillips

Visions Of Your Reality – Ultimate Spinach

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

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

No Expectations – Odetta (the Rolling Stones cover)

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

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

Skin To Skin – Nico Fidenco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS:__NIDOS (VOL. 2)

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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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  • 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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