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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: 2 01 2

Hello All,

If you’re anything like me then you like to let music marinate in your guts for a bit before finding a place for it on the shelf. So, even though I feel that this might be a bit premature on my part but with the year of 2013 rapidly approaching its conclusion, I’d like to present a MixTape that collects many of my favorite tunes from 2012.

Oh, and I’m sure that it might seem like an oversight on my part but this mix does not include the trackAbove My Ground” by Landlady, even though I stated before that it was just about the best new song I heard that year. Seeing as it has already been featured in its very own post I figured I’d give some other choice tunes a chance to shine here on this mixtape.

However, here’s the video for what is still my favorite song of 2012:

I must say, however, that I believe my top 3 albums for that year are:

Fear Fun by Father John Misty

Tempest by Bob Dylan

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do by Fiona Apple

—Enjoy Yourself

2012 AMOP

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A Mouthful Of Pennies Presents: 2 01 2

  • Daredevil – Fiona Apple
  • Reel to Reel – Damien Jurado (feat. Richard Swift)
  • No One Ever Sleeps – The Walkmen
  • I Guess I Should Go To Sleep – Jack White
  • I Just Started Hating Some People Today – Beck (Feat. Jack White)
  • Well They’re Gone – The Dandy Warhols
  • Walking Up To Hand Grenades – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
  • Who’s Gonna Lite It Up – Cornershop (feat. Izzy Lindqwister)
  • I’m Writing A Novel – Father John Misty
  • Early Roman Kings – Bob Dylan
  • Eleggua – Dr. John
  • Dirt, Money & Friends – BLKHRTS
  • Feedin’ Birds – Gonjasufi
  • Slo-Mo-Tion/Overneath The Path Of Misery [snippet]- Marilyn Manson
  • Express Yourself – Diplo (feat. Nicky Da B)
  • Default – Atoms for Peace
  • Terrifying [Starlight & Wonder Version] – Pop Levi
  • A Queens Story – Nas
  • Montauk – Rufus Wainwright
  • I Am What I Am – Spiritualized
  • I Only Have Eyes For You [snippet] – Beck

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Daredevil – Fiona Apple

Reel to Reel – Damien Jurado (feat. Richard Swift)

No One Ever Sleeps – The Walkmen

I Guess I Should Go To Sleep – Jack White

I Just Started Hating Some People Today – Beck (feat. Jack White)

Well They’re Gone – The Dandy Warhols

Walking Up To Hand Grenades – The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Who’s Gonna Lite It Up – Cornershop (feat. Izzy Lindqwister)

I’m Writing A Novel – Father John Misty

Early Roman Kings – Bob Dylan

Eleggua – Dr. John

Dirt, Money & Friends – BLKHRTS

Feedin’ Birds – Gonjasufi

Slo-Mo-Tion/Overneath The Path Of Misery [snippet]- Marilyn Manson

Express Yourself – Diplo (feat. Nicky Da B)

Default – Atoms for Peace

Terrifying [Starlight & Wonder Version] – Pop Levi

A Queens Story – Nas

Montauk – Rufus Wainwright

I Am What I Am – Spiritualized

I Only Have Eyes For You [snippet] – Beck

A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES & BEAN PRESENT: BEAN STEW: VOL. I & 2

 

Hello All!

I know, “back so soon?…,” but today’s post is for a good cause! The good ladies of BEAN (Bushwick Eco Action Network) asked me if I could put together an entertaining two hours of music to serve as the background sound for the Fall Mixer they’re throwing this evening: B.E.A.N. STEW!

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Calling All Bushwick Cultivars, Permies, Gardeners, Farmers, Environmental activist, Organizers, Community leaders and the Eco-curious!

Join us for the Bushwick Eco-Action Network’s Fall Mixer.
Sunday, September 29th from 5-7pm, join us in the lovely garden of Fritzl’s Lunch Box at 173 Irving Avenue.

Come meet amazing groups and individuals who are working hard to do a little good in New York City. Permaculture enthusiasts, community farm members, hydroponic specialists, food co-op organizers, recycling leaders, environmental justice advocates and you, coming together for a sweet happy hour. We are all working hard to realize a better world and a better New York City. Let’s get together in a relaxed and joyous environment to share, mingle and have a few laughs!

Fun raffles prizes include discounts at farm-to-table restaurants, bars with local brews, workshops and more! Happy hour with $2.50 beers! RSVP here.

See you there!

173 Irving Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11237

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(Other than being what a great deal of my wife’s energy goes towards) the Bushwick Eco Action Network (BEAN) provides a forum for ecological observation, exchange, organizing and action.  Inspired by the principles of Permaculture, they seek to create a more balanced urban ecosystem in relationship to Bushwick’s neighborhood growth. — You can learn more about BEAN and see what they’re up to over here….

…Or, you can come on out to Fritzl’s Lunch Box this evening, Sunday, September 29th, to chit-chat and chew-the-fat face-to-face, y’know, the old-fashioned way.

I hope you all can make it out for this fun meeting-of-the-minds, and I hope you all enjoy the tunes I’ve assembled for this 2 volume MixTape for a mixer. I didn’t have too much free time to finely stitch all these together, so there’s certainly some loose threads and a rough patch-job or two, but I’m sure you can dig it! …On a more personal note, I can already hear Autumn creeping in to my taste. Anyway, thanks, and as always–

–Enjoy yourself-

Bean Stew_Vol I

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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES & BEAN PRESENT:

BEAN STEW: VOL. I

by A Mouthful Of Pennies (Bobby Calero)

Cover art by Keri Kroboth-Calero (w/ an amateur twerk or two by Bobby Calero)

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Bean Stew_Vol II

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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES & BEAN PRESENT:

BEAN STEW: VOL. II

by A Mouthful Of Pennies (Bobby Calero)

Cover art by Keri Kroboth-Calero (w/ an amateur twerk or two by Bobby Calero)

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Bean Stew_Vol I tracklistBean Stew_Vol II tracklist

—————(BOBBY CALERO)—————

o c c u p y g r e e n s p a c e

#somebodydosomething

 

A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: THE MYTH OF A ROOM (vol. 1).

Hello All,

. . . and the A Mouthful Of Pennies Consortium’s Summer Blow-Out Wholesale Bootleg MixTape Distribution continues!

The last two MixTapes posted—Broken Tail-Feathers, and The Two Cent Spit—were a bit of a rump shaker and sweat maker, but today’s feature is a bit of something other for you all to dig, something to tune-in and zone-out to. A sort of soundscape stew particularly recommended for all you creative types out there, A Mouthful of Pennies Presents: THE MYTH OF A ROOM (vol. 1).

Oh, and don’t forget to checkout some other dope MixTapes posted up in these pages: Longevity Has its Place ; El Ambiente Bien Babes Y Bean de Uruguay: Volume 1 ; Babylon Bye Bye; and the Nas birthday tribute, Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones is Like…

—Enjoy yourself!

The Myth of A Room

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THE MYTH OF A ROOM (vol. 1)

by A Mouthful Of Pennies (Bobby Calero)

Cover art by A Mouthful Of Pennies (Bobby Calero)

Sliced-up, taped-up, slipped in, layered on, and smooshed, with some chunky bits left there to simmer, bits and pieces of all of this and then some is in there somewhere:

Brownsea Island—Waves Lapping Along the ShoreNational Trust

InsideJobriath

Lucifer Rising Part IIIBobby Beausoleil

Can It All Be So SimpleEl Michels Affair

Ode To O-Ren IshiiThe RZA

Off Or Out – Elysian Fields

Terrifying [Starlight & Wonder Version]Pop Levi

Waiting For PreyDamaged Tape

Nightmare-Lust (Raga Chandrakauns)Ravi Shankar & George Harrison (Shankar Family & Friends)

Fiesta-La (The Heatwave Refix)The Fugees

Mk 2Radiohead

LullabyMartina Topley-Bird

RainbirdsBoxharp

Bombay Talkie [Title Music]Shankar Jaikishan

BathtubThe MDH Band (Brian Blade, Greg Cohen, Adam Dorn, Brian Eno, Bill Frisell, Jon Hassell, Daniel Lanois, Brad Mehldau)

Black BalloonBeck

Humoresque #4 Edvard Grieg

Baal’s HymnDavid Bowie

There Is a MountainRene Bloch & the Afro Blues Quintet

Woodpigeon SongBlur

Dance GhostHelado Negro

Incarcerated ScarfacesEl Michels Affair

Mystic BrewRonnie Foster

RibcageElbow

Lucifer Rising Part IVBobby Beausoleil

Modern MusicBlack Mountain

BloodlessBeck and Cornelius

Dream—Festivity & JoyRavi Shankar & George Harrison (Shankar Family & Friends)

Typewriter Tip TipShankar Jaikishan

Key ChainPop Levi

Window (Jon Brion mix)Fiona Apple

Black DogDeodato

Blickling Hall—Clocks Ticking & ChimingNational Trust

Burning SpearSoulful Strings

Twenty-Six TemptationsDeVotchKa

DaredevilFiona Apple

And Relax! The Cinematic Orchestra

Loss Adjuster (Excerpt, Pt. 2)Jarvis Cocker

The WaterBLKHRTS

Step In The Name Of LoveR. Kelly

I Must Be ThereRotary Connection

OhStone Mecca

EastPrince

Within You, Without YouSoulful Strings

Fry BreadBrightblack Morning Light

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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: BROKEN TAIL-FEATHERS

Hello all. Lately I can’t seem to peel myself away from some other projects I’ve got going so I’ve got to hold off a little longer on posting up part 2 to my mix, EL AMBIENTE BIEN BABES Y BEAN DE URUGUAY. But, I’ll be posting some other MixTapes for you to bump through this fading summer, and I’ve got something else here for you today!

For those looking to strut their feathers while throwing a house party, a little backyard boogie, or, to quote Redman, interested in “straight up getting your swerve on whether with a bitch or nigga,” here is two hours, thirteen minutes and twelve seconds of music designed to make you groove and boogaloo ’till you pukethe two-volume bootleg MixTape: BROKEN TAIL-FEATHERS.

—Enjoy yourself!

Broken Tail-Feathers Vol. I

BROKEN TAIL-FEATHERS: (vol. I) Get On

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If you download it, the playlist is listed under the “Lyrics” tab in itunes.

 

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Broken Tail-Feathers Vol. 2

BROKEN TAIL-FEATHERS: (vol. II) Get Off

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If you download it, the playlist is listed under the “Lyrics” tab in itunes.

 

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Broken Tail-Feathers Vol. I

BROKEN TAIL-FEATHERS: (vol. I) Get On

by A Mouthful Of Pennies (Bobby Calero)

cover art by A Mouthful Of Pennies (Bobby Calero)

1)   “This is a journey into sound…”

2)   Body Baby – Pharoahe Monch

3)   Working Day & Night/P.Y.T./Wanna Be Startin Somethin – Michael Jackson (J.Period remix)

4)   B.I.G. Freestyle/Kane Freestyle – The Notorious B.I.G/Big Daddy Kane (J.Period remix)

5)   Amen, Brother [break] – G. C. Coleman

6)   Dracula’s Wedding – André 3000 (Feat. Kelis)

7)   Let’s Dance/Dancing Machine – Michael Jackson (J.Period remix)

8)   Ain’t No Fun – Snoop Dogg (feat. Nate Dogg, Warren G., Nanci Fletcher, and Kurupt)

9)   Gett Off – Prince

10)         Panic So Charming (What the Fuck Style) – J.U.F. (Gogol Bordello & Balkan Beat Box)

11)         Bulgarian Chicks – Balkan Beat Box

12)         Cocaine Blues – Escort

13)         Amen, Brother [break] – G. C. Coleman

14)         Lift Ya Skirt – Ol’ Dirty Bastard

15)         Vivrant Thing/Move/Breathe & Stop – Q-Tip (J.Period Remix)

16)         The loop of ’88 [break] – Simon Harris

17)         I Wanna Rock (Doo Doo Brown) – 2 Live Crew

18)         You Don’t Love Me (No No No) – Dawn Penn

19)         Get Ur Freak On [break] – Missy Elliott & Timbaland

20)         Shanty Town – Desmond Dekker (Diplo remix)

21)         Guns of Brooklyn – Santogold (Diplo remix)

22)         Iko Iko – The Dixie Cups (Diplo remix)

23)         Catembe [break] – Miles Davis

24)         Flava In Ya Ear (March 9 Remix) – The Notorious B.I.G (J.Period Remix)

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Broken Tail-Feathers Vol. 2

BROKEN TAIL-FEATHERS: (vol. II) Get Off

by A Mouthful Of Pennies (Bobby Calero)

Cover art by A Mouthful Of Pennies (Bobby Calero)

1)    “This is a journey into sound…”

2)    Make Some Noise – Beastie Boys

3)    Platinum Plus – Big L & Big Daddy Kane (J. Perdiod remix)

4)    Across The Sea Piano Noodles [snippet] – Weezer

5)    —Run-D.M.C Break—

6)    Big Belly Guns – Tony Matterhorn (Diplo remix)

7)    Get Busy – Sean Paul

8)    A Who Seh Ne Dun (Wake de Man)/Limb By Limb – Cutty Ranks

9)    Teach Me How To Bunny [Instrumental snippet] – Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday

10)  Murder She Wrote – Chaka Demus & Pliers

11)  If I Were A Rich Girl – Louchie Lou & Michie One

12) Fiesta-La – The Fugees (The Heatwave Refix)

13) Freaks – Lil’ Vicious & Doug E. Fresh

14) Action – Nadine Sutherland & Terror Fabulous

15) Tour Mix Part1 – Capleton (Grubson Mix)

16) As I Come Back – Busta Rhymes (Grubson Mix)

17)  Black Sweat – Prince

18)  Let’s Get High – Dr. Dre (feat. Hittman, Kurupt, & Ms. Roq)

19) Bump ‘n’ Grind (R. Kelly cover) – Beck

20) Ignition (Remix) – R. Kelly

21) Funky Drummer [break] – James Brown

22) Life ‘O’ the Party – Prince

23) In the Closet – Michael Jackson (J.Period remix)

24)  Ghetto Musick – Big Boi (feat. Andre 3000)

25)  Over Me – Tricky (feat. Ambersunshower & Hawkman)

26) Welcome To Jamrock – Damian Marley (Rob Dinero Remix Feat. The Notorious B.I.G.)

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Pharoahe Monch

Michael Jackson

The Notorious B.I.G.

Big Daddy Kane

J. Period

G. C. Coleman (w/ The Winstons).

André 3000

Kelis

Snoop Dogg

Nate Dogg

Warren G.

Nanci Fletcher

Kurupt

Prince

Gogol Bordello

Balkan Beat Box

Escort

Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Q-Tip

Simon Harris

2 Live Crew

Dawn Penn

Missy Elliott & Timbaland

Diplo

 

Desmond Dekker

Santogold

The Dixie Cups

Miles Davis (Poster designed by Roslaw Szaybo, 1989).

Beastie Boys

Big L.

Weezer

Run-D.M.C

Tony Matterhorn

Sean Paul

Cutty Ranks

Pop Levi & Bunny Holiday

Chaka Demus & Pliers

Louchie Lou & Michie One

The Fugees

Lil’ Vicious

Doug E. Fresh

Terror Fabulous

Nadine Sutherland

Capleton

Grubson

Busta Rhymes

Dr. Dre

Hittman

Ms. Roq

Beck

R. Kelly

James Brown

Big Boi

Tricky

Ambersunshower

Hawkman

Damian Marley

DJ Rob Dinero

 

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All the best to you and yours,

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A MOUTHFUL OF PENNIES PRESENTS: The Two Cent Spit: (Vol. I) Nah-Ah-Meen & (Vol. 2) Nah-Ahm-Shayun

Hello all. Lately I can’t seem to peel myself away from some other projects I’ve got going so I’ve got to hold off a little longer on posting up part 2 to my mix, EL AMBIENTE BIEN BABES Y BEAN DE URUGUAY. But, I’ll be posting some other MixTapes for you to bump through this fading summer, and I’ve got something here for you right now.

Today, real Hip Hop is over here at A Mouthful of Pennies! If you’re having a friendly cook-out this Labor Day weekend you can listen to the same ol’ feel-good-hit-of-the-summer or some one-tone nonsense rap rolling out your radio every twelve minutes, or you can listen to something other spit from A Mouthful of Pennies! Processed and sequenced for your consumption–my very own hip hop bootlegs–the two-volume set: The Two Cent Spit: (Vol. I) Nah-Ah-Meen & (Vol. 2) Nah-Ahm-Shayun

—Enjoy yourself!

Nah-ah-Meen

The Two Cent Spit: (Vol. I) Nah-Ah-Meen ——————(CLICK TO LISTEN & DOWNLOAD)—

If you download it, the playlist is listed under the “Lyrics” tab.

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Nah-ahm-Shayun

The Two Cent Spit: (Vol. 2) Nah-Ahm-Shayun —————(CLICK TO LISTEN & DOWNLOAD)—

If you download it, the playlist is listed under the “Lyrics” tab.

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Nah-ah-Meen

The Two Cent Spit:

(Vol. I ) Nah-Ah-Meen

by A Mouthful Of Pennies (Bobby Calero)

Bootleg cover art by A Mouthful Of Pennies (Bobby Calero)

1)   Assasination Day [beat] –RZA

2)   Work – Gang Starr

3)   “This is a jorney into sound…”

4)   Despicable (Freestyle) – Eminem

5)   Big Beat/Wallys & Pringles – Raekwon

6)   Guns Blazing – UNKLE, feat. Kool G Rap

7)   Got My Mind Made Up – 2Pac, feat. Dat Nigga Daz, Kurupt, Redman, & Method Man

8)   Intoxicated – Ol’ Dirty Bastard, feat. Raekwon, Method Man, & Macy Gray

9)   Deadly Combination (March 9 Remix) – The Notorious B.I.G., Feat. 2Pac & Big L (J.Period & G. Brown remix)

10) Superlyrical  – The Roots, feat. Big Pun (J.Period remix)

11) Give Up the Goods – Q-Tip f. Nas & Mobb Deep (J.Period Remix)

12) Gangsta B*tch – Apache & Q-Tip (J.Period Remix)

13) N.Y. State Of Mind part 1&2 – Nas(A Mouthful of Pennies Manson remix)

14) Whar – RZA, feat. Ghostface Killah, Kool G Rap, & Tash Mahogany

15) Welcome To Jamrock – Damian Marley (Rob Dinero Remix Feat. The Notorious B.I.G.)

16) Welcome 2 My Block – Damian Marley, feat. 2Pac, Nas, & Scarface (Clinton Sparks remix)

17) Spit Yo Game (March 9 Remix) – The Notorious B.I.G., feat. Twista (J.Period & G. Brown remix)

18)  May 23rd Freestyle – Eminem

19) Wildflower [beat] – RZA

20) Channel Zero – Lost Boyz

21) Life Could Killer Bee – Rotary Connection/RZA (A Mouthful of Pennies remix)

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Nah-ahm-Shayun

The Two Cent Spit:   

(Vol. II) Nah-Ahm-Shayun

by A Mouthful Of Pennies (Bobby Calero)

Bootleg cover art by A Mouthful Of Pennies (Bobby Calero)

1) “This is a jorney into sound…”

2) Make Some Noise – Beastie Boys

3) Platinum Plus – Big L & Big Daddy Kane (J. Perdiod remix)

4) Across The Sea Piano Noodles [snippet] – Weezer

5) On My Block – 2Pac, feat. Scarface (DJ Vlad remix)

6) Lift Ya Skirt – Ol’ Dirty Bastard, feat. Missy Elliot

7) Turn My Teeth Up! – Baby Elephant (Bernie Worrell, Prince Paul, Don Newkirk)

8) Samurai Showdown [beat] – RZA

9) Alicia Keys Interlude – Alicia Keys (DJ Vlad remix)

10) What’s Beef (March 9 Remix) – The Notorious B.I.G., feat. Mos Def (J.Period & G. Brown remix)

11) Higher Level – KRS-One

12) Chops And Thangs – Beat Conductor

13) B.I.G. Freestyle/Kane Freestyle – The Notorious B.I.G/Big Daddy Kane (J.Period remix)

14) 2Pac Freestyle – 2Pac

15) Know The Ledge – Eric B. & Rakim

16) Scared Money – Saul Williams

17) Rock Star/Malcolm X/Roots Of A Tree/Come Together – The Roots, feat. Zion I (J.Period remix)

18) Wanna Get – Cam’ron

19) Next Time – Gang Starr

20) Same Song – Digital Underground

21) Audience Pleasers – Organized Konfusion

22) Bump ‘n’ Grind – Beck

23) I’d Rather Fuck You – Eazy-E

24) Banister Fight – RZA

25) New York Is Killing Me – Gil Scott-Heron, feat. Nas & Mos Def (A Mouthful of Pennies remix)

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RZA

Gang Starr

Eminem

 

Raekwon

UNKLE

Kool G Rap

Tupac

Daz

Kurupt

Redman

Method Man

Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Macy Gray

The Notorious B.I.G.

Big L

J. Period

The Roots

Big Pun

Q-Tip

Nas

Mobb Deep

Apache

Ghostface Killah

Tash Mahogany

Damian Marley

Scarface

Twista

Lost Boyz

Beastie Boys

Big Daddy Kane

DJ Vlad

Missy Elliott

Prince Paul

Bernie Worrell

Don Newkirk

Alicia Keys

Mos Def

G. Brown

KRS-One

Madlib

Eric B. & Rakim

Saul Williams

Zion I

Cam’ron

Digital Underground

Organized Konfusion

Beck

Eazy E

Gil Scott-Heron

———————————BOBBY CALERO—————————

72ND TIME AROUND: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB DYLAN!

Today, May 24, 2013, Bob Dylan has turned 72! Despite the fact that this man (whom I’ve already confessed is considered by me to be a genius of his medium) has been featured numerous times in these pages, I wanted to post something in celebration of his seventy-second year. I would have preferred to present something more recent from his extensive catalog, perhaps something off of one of the five marvelous albums he’s released since 1997; however, due to simple time constraints, that’s just not possible. Instead, what follows is an excerpt from an upcoming post entitled El Ambiente Bien Babes Y Bean de Uruguay, which features a MixTape with that title as well. This excerpt concerns my thoughts on what I declare to be “one of the greatest songs of all time, [which] features one of the most captivating narrative structures ever attempted by a popular recording artist,”— “4th Time Around.” I hope you enjoy it and help Dylan ring in his 72nd by giving this tune a whirl or two.

On a side-note, I’m excited to say that this July I’ll be seeing Dylan in concert for what I believe will be the 5th time around. His current live shows have been receiving some of the best reviews I’ve ever read and this upcoming tour—The Americanarama Festival of Music—is set to feature opening performances by My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Ryan Bingham, and Beck! Dylan himself still puts on one a hell of a show—Happy Birthday!

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[Note: The following is a slightly altered excerpt from the post: El Ambiente Bien Babes Y Bean de Uruguay: Volume 1.]

Bob Dylan in 1966.

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Like it? Buy it.

A few drinks into an evening in our rented apartment in Punta Del Diablo, I recall listening to Bob Dylan’s double LP and masterpiece of 1966, Blonde on Blonde, and attempting to explain to my wife why “4th Time Around” is one of the greatest songs of all time and how it features one of the most captivating narrative structures ever attempted by a popular recording artist. While I might not recollect all that I said, I stand by those statements. One thing that has always fascinated me about this track is how simply, logically, and direct the unexpected turn in narrative is designed; particularly so on an album comprised of, albeit genius, but often oblique verse ingeniously stitched to free-floating phrases from, as Greil Marcus has expressed it, “The Old, Weird America.” Here, Dylan once more demonstrates how he is a true artist of the songwriting form.

With all of its miscommunication, jilted feelings, occasional hysterics, postures, one-liners, and silly rapport (as if Lewis Carroll and Groucho Marx had both just watched Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell brilliantly bounce off each other in Howard Hawks’ His Girl Friday and got the idea that they should team-up to write the details of a tryst at its end), the moment that it is realized that the entire jumbled affair of an afternoon in a woman’s house has not been confided to you, the listener, but to the woman who is featured in a photograph seated in a wheelchair, a woman that he immediately paid a visit to after the conclusion of the related events—this moment elevates the entire song into a complex emotional and intellectual spectrum of interpersonal relationships rarely ever touched upon so elegantly before or since the day this song was recorded down in Nashville on February 14, 1966 by a twenty-four-year-old Dylan. To add yet another layer to this impressive narrative, the tale is not being told to this woman on the day that these events occurred, but in some distant present. Much like the circular tune from which this takes its inspiration—The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood”—the song operates as a confession of an indiscretion.

Made indelible in popular memory by George Harrison’s innovative use of a sitar to double the main descending line—Lennon’s elusive narrative of “Norwegian Wood” was released on the brilliant Rubber Soul LP in December of 1965. This song is now generally recognized as a confession to his wife of an affair, however, at the time it was truly the product of The Beatles attempting to break new lyrical ground; particularly in the wake left by Bob Dylan’s stunning singles from earlier that same year: “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” As Ian MacDonald writes in Revolution in the Head, Lennon was quite aware of the inspirational debt he owed Dylan and actually grew to be quite troubled by what might be the songwriter’s reaction:

For his part, Lennon was uneasy about trespassing on Dylan’s

territory and when the latter, on his next album Blonde On

Blonde, produced an inscrutable parody of Norwegian Wood

called “4th Time Around,” the head Beatle was, as he later

admitted, “paranoid”: what did the title mean? Norwegian

Wood, I’m A Loser, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away,

and…Baby’s In Black? Or was it the [peaked “Dylan”] cap

[Lennon wore]? And what was Dylan driving at in those closing

lines: “I never asked for your crutch/Now don’t ask for mine”…?

In the end, the matter was settled amicably when the two met—

for the fifth time—in London in April 1966. In truth, Dylan got

on reasonably well with Lennon, with whom he had a fair amount in common (2007).

This photo is a fake, but pretty cool regardless.

This one, however, is real—Lennon and Dylan, 5/27/66. “I just remember we were both in shades and both on fucking junk. … I was nervous as shit. I was on his territory, that’s why I was so nervous”—John Lennon to Rolling Stone in 1970 (Beuchamp & Shepard, 2012).

Whatever the inspiration for Dylan’s tune, it certainly surpasses Lennon’s for emotional complexity. It is the narrator coming clean and giving a complete account of what transpired that day he showed up on her doorstep with a shoe full of Jamaican Rum. However, this confession concludes with something other than a sentiment of remorse; it is more of a succinct summation of the dynamic of their particular relationship. It might be cold, but it is certainly not unfeeling:

And you, you took me in,

You loved me then,

You never wasted time.

And I, I never took much,

I never asked for your crutch,

Now don’t ask for mine.

The inside gatefold art for the first pressing of Blonde on Blonde, released May 16, 1966

Furthermore, it has always impressed me with what precision of language and time these narrative feats are accomplished. After all, it is still only a song, and one with the duration of just four minutes and thirty-five seconds. Other than perhaps a character or two’s affection, nothing here is wasted. With the economic exactitude of clockwork and the finest art the whirl of relatively candid words, delivered with cartoon dust in the throat, juvenile whimsy in the sinuses, and his flawless sense of emphasis are perfectly synchronized to an “archaic waltz” (Heylin, 2009) that is taken at a fast clip and put through its paces by the expert Nashville session men (such as Charlie McCoyKenneth Buttrey, and Joe South) Dylan employed to help him capture “that thin, that wild mercury sound” as he later described of the album in an interview with Ron Rosenbaum for Playboy in 1978.

Although both women featured in this tale might disagree, you the listener arrive at the final spirals of the song feeling much like the narrator: that there is nothing more that need be said. At a press conference given in San Francisco in December of 1965 Dylan stated, “All my songs basically say is Good luck. They all tail off at the end with good luck, hope you make it” (Gleason, 2006). With its final words spoken, with its final go-rounds of the spindly tune accompanied by the rapid tapping of percussion and harmonica trailing, it’s as if the narrator is walking off with an awkward smile that suggests: Hey, what more do you want from me?

Admittedly, I am a Dylan fanatic, but how can you not marvel at the mind that can create such things?

Bob Dylan in Liverpool, 1966. (Photo by Barry Feinstein). “Gonna raise me an army, some tough sons of bitches / I’ll recruit my army from the orphanages” from “Thunder On The Mountain” by Bob Dylan in 2006.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB

FROM

—————————————-BOBBY CALERO————————-

REF:

Beauchamp, S., Shepard, A. (2012, Sept. 24)). Bob Dylan and John Lennon’s Weird, One-Sided Relationship. The Atlantic Monthly. Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/09/bob-dylan-and-john-lennons-weird-one-sided-relationship/262680/

Dylan, B. (1966). 4th Time Around. [Recorded by Bob Dylan] On Blonde On Blonde. Columbia Records, 1966.

Heylin, C. (2009). Revolution in the air : the songs of Bob Dylan 1957-1973. 1st ed Chicago, Ill.: Chicago Review Press.

MacDonald, I. (2007). Revolution in the head: The Beatles’ records and the sixties (3rd ed.). Chicago, Ill: Chicago Review Press.

Rosenbaum, R. (1978, March). The Playboy Interview: Bob Dylan. Playboy.  p. 69.

THE JULIO EXCLUSIVE: BOWIE IN THE STUDIO!

Recent Bowie sighting.

While I’m still assembling part 2 of my tribute to Adam Yauch and the Beastie Boys , I thought I’d pop in to drop off The Julio Exclusive: David Bowie is currently in the studio working on a new album!

My father works weekends down in the Manhattan neighborhood of NoLita, where Bowie and his family have made their home for several years now. Learning of this through a friend of friend from the neighborhood (I know, I know, you hear that phrase and want to call bullshit!) who runs a long-standing, popular Italian restaurant in the area—it turns out Bowie has had dinner nearly every night at this establishment (apparently he usually just gets it to-go from here) after putting in a long day’s work on a new album. At first I assumed that the recording was being done at the Philip Glass founded Looking Glass Studios, located only a few blocks north on Broadway and where Bowie (along with numerous others such as Beck, Bjork, The Cure, Lou Reed, Roger Waters, Patti Smith, and TV On The Radio) recorded several of his past albums, including 1999’s, ‘Hours…’; 2002’s, Heathen; and 2003’s, Reality. However, I’ve since learned that unfortunately due to the obscene and ever-increasing cost-per-square-foot of renting in Manhattan, after operating for 17 years Looking Glass Studios was forced to close its doors on February 21, 2009.

If this project comes to fruition, it will be Bowie’s first album since 2003’s Tony Visconti co-produced, Reality (and his 27th album overall). Coincidently, the cover story for the recent February issue of Rolling Stone was an excellent and well-researched article by Mikal Gilmore entitled: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, how David Bowie Changed the World.

Essentially, the article functioned as an in-depth retrospective on not only David Bowie’s incredible ascent to superstardom, but also an honest appreciation of this artist and innovator’s influence on culture at large. Amusingly, the article basically concludes by stating that since undergoing an emergency angioplasty in 2004 Bowie has effectively retired and become pretty much a recluse. Now, other than some sparse and sporadic guest appearances on other’s recordings (Scarlett Johansson’s 2008 album of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay My Head; TV on the Radio’s 2006 album, Return to Cookie Mountain) as well a rare, small-set live performance or two—Mikal Gilmore was correct…that is until now!

I, for one, am very eager to hear what the man has to contribute to the global/cultural dialogue of 2012-13, particularly when it overwhelmingly seems (although I know down in my gut that this isn’t true) that we have finally, fully embraced the words of Mark Hunter’s alter ego, “Happy Harry Hard-on” (portrayed by Christian Slater in 1990’s Pump Up the Volume): “Everything decent’s been done. All the great themes have been used up and turned into theme parks.”

art by Rex Ray, typography by Jonathan Barnbook

Bowie’s last album, Reality, was for the most part a captivating collection of dynamic rock songs and jazz-inflected ballads put on edge through a modern sense of the sophisticated paranoia required to live within a mega-city (I lost God in a New York minute/ Don’t know about you but my heart’s not in it, “Looking for Water”) bumping sentiments with both declarations of indebtedness for familial stability (I’m awake in an age of light living it because of you/ I’m looking at the future solid as a rock because of you, “Never Get Old”) and the poetic observations of a journalist doing his best to remain, if not optimistic, then at least able to take what he sees with a smile (There’s always a moron/Someone to hate/A corporate tie/A wig and a date, “Fall Dog Bombs the Moon”). Similar to his album of the year prior, Heathen, Reality was not another “Bowie flirts with-; inhabits-; pioneers- this genre and that style.” It was, however, a solid LP by a mature, singular talent presenting his exceptional craftsmanship for both songwriting and studio production. Additionally, unlike other contemporary musical masters of commentary-on-the condition-of-the-soul-in-the-post-modern-world—say Radiohead with their sonic probes of existential panic, or Trent Reznor’s disgust and intricate sounds of angst—Reality does contains some rather droll moments, and (as odd as it is to say about Halloween Jack and the Thin White Duke) has an every-man quality to it. No, it’s not his blue-jeans-and-flannel album, but many of the songs could be re-conceptualized as the passing thoughts of a middle-aged man while exiting the subway station and walking to work. No, it’s not his “best” album, but considering that to be so you’d have to compare it to Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs, and Low—how could it be? It is, however, highly recommended.

For me, one of Reality’s standout tracks has always been the good-humored, kinetic, and reconstructed rendition of Masshole1* Jonathan Richman and his Modern Lovers’ 1972 (released in ’76) song: “Pablo Picasso

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David Bowie – vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion, saxophone, stylophone, synthesizer
Tony Visconti – bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals
Sterling Campbell – drums
Gerry Leonard – guitar
Earl Slick – guitar
Mark Plati – bass, guitar
Mike Garson – piano
David Torn – guitar
Gail Ann Dorsey, Catherine Russell – backing vocals

 Like it? Buy it.

1* Masshole is a portmanteau of the words “Massachusetts” and “asshole,” used by in-state residents themselves as a term of affection.

[Quite the ladies’ man, a 61-year-old Pablo Picasso once told his 21-year-old mistress Françoise Gilot that he believed, “Women are machines for suffering.” The two went on to have a relationship that lasted nine years and produced two children, Claude and Paloma (Hudson, 2009).]

Portrait of Françoise Gilot by Pablo Piccaso, 1946

Another favorite from Reality, is its 1st single, “New Killer Star.” Thrust through twitch and glitch layers of sound, accompanied by an eerie, EBow generated loop by guitarist Gerry Leonard—the propulsive rhythm (the perambulating bass/guitar parts always reminding me of the Yukio Kaneoka composed theme music for the 2nd level of ColecoVision’s 1983 game Donkey Kong Jr. [2:01]) serves as a showcase for deftly arranged vocals and some of Bowie’s best lyrics in a career that has endured over four decades.

Below, check out the Brumby Boylston directed video for “New Killer Star” which makes novel use of the nostalgic lenticular-postcard:

See the great white scar

Over Battery Park

Then a flare glides over

But I won’t look at that scar

Oh, my nuclear baby (I discovered a star)

Oh, my idiot trance

All my idiot questions (like the stars in your eyes)

Let’s face the music and dance

Don’t ever say I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready

I never said I’m better, I’m better, I’m better

Don’t ever say I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready

I never said I’m better, I’m better, I’m better, I’m better than you

All the corners of the buildings

Who but we remember these?

The sidewalks and trees

I’m thinking now

(I got a better way) I discovered a star

(I got a better way) Ready set go

(I got a better way) A new killer star

(I got a better way) Ready set go

(I got a better way) The stars in your eyes

(I got a better way) Ready set go

(I got a better way) I discovered a star

(I got a better way) Ready set go

See my life in a comic

Like the way they did the bible

With the bubbles and action

The little details in color

First a horseback bomber (I discovered a star)

Just a small thin chance

Like seeing Jesus on dateline (like the stars in your eyes)

Let’s face the music and dance

Don’t ever say I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready

I never said I’m better, I’m better, I’m better

Don’t ever say I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready

I never said I’m better, I’m better, I’m better, I’m better than you

All the corners of the buildings

Who but we remember these?

The sidewalks and trees

I’m thinking now

(I got a better way) I discovered a star

(I got a better way) Ready set go

(I got a better way) A new killer star

(I got a better way) Ready set go

(I got a better way) The stars in your eyes

(I got a better way) Ready set go

(I got a better way) I discovered a star

(I got a better way) Ready set go

(I got a better way)

(I got a better way) Ready set go

(I got a better way)

(I got a better way) Ready set go

Ooo oo oooo

(I got a better way) Ready set go

(I got a better way)

Concerning the song’s message and meaning, which has been received as a cryptic reaction to NYC life post-September 11, 2001, Bowie has said: “I’m not a political commentator, but I think there are times when I’m stretched to at least implicate what’s happening politically in the songs that I’m writing. And there was some nod, in a very abstract way, toward the wrongs that are being made at the moment with the Middle Eastern situation. I think that song is a pretty good manifesto for the whole record” (Outside Organization, 2010).

One afternoon in June 2003, as a 56-year-old Bowie was in the process of completing Reality in time for its September 16th release date, he spoke with Rolling Stone’s Anthony DeCurtis and had this to say concerning the album’s title—and the songs’ intermittent allusions and moods of, if not necessarily posing specific questions in order to determine “what is reality” then at least attempting to sketch-out what these questions could possibly implicate on a more personal level of “reality”:

“It’s the old chestnut: what is real and what isn’t? It’s actually

 about who’s stolen this world. […] I honestly believe that my

initial questions haven’t changed at all. There are far fewer of

them these days, but they’re really important ones.

Questioning my spiritual life has always been germane to what

I was writing. Always. I don’t think that’s changed at all, because

it’s not a question that can be answered. It can only be re-posed

again and again throughout one’s lifetime.

“It’s because I’m not quite an atheist and it worries me.

There’s that little bit that holds on: ‘Well, I’m almost an atheist.

Give me a couple of months. [Laughs] I’m almost there now. I’ve

nearly got it right. There’s just one nagging thing. Once I shave that

off, we’ll be fine and dandy, and there won’t be any questions left.’

“It’s either my saving grace or a major problem that I’m

going to have to confront. […] [Reality] hints at [September 11]

but it’s not really trying to resolve any trauma.” (2005).

            Appropriately, as we are just about to hit the 9 year mark since this interview was conducted, DeCurtis concludes with the question: “What do you see yourself doing in the next few years?” The answer to which is actually pretty insightful to why Bowie has been effectively retired for nearly a decade:

“My priority is that I’ve stabilized my life to an extent now over

these past 10 years. I’m very at ease, and I like it. I never thought

I would be such a family-oriented guy; I didn’t think that was part

of my makeup. But somebody said that as you get older you

become the person you always should have been, and I feel that’s happening to me. I’m rather surprised at who I am, because I’m

actually like my dad! [Laughs]

“That’s the shock: All clichés are true. The years really do

speed by. Life really is as short as they tell you it is. And there

really is a God—so do I buy that one? If all the other clichés are

true… Hell, don’t pose me that one.

“So I’d like to think that in 10, 20 years time, I’ve been able

maintain a responsible and secure harbor for my child to grow

up in, and that I can still retain the closeness that I have with my

son from my first marriage. And that I’m good to my friends

and I’m good to the few members of my family that didn’t top

themselves. And that I can keep that kind of stability. That for

me is my priority.

“Work hopefully would bring more light and joy into that life,

but the life itself is the most important thing. Great if the work

also comes along, if I’m still writing. But if my writing takes a

nosedive and I either don’t want to do it or I feel I’m not good

at it anymore, I’ll just stop. I don’t have a problem with that.”

Then, just after the album’s release, Bowie participated in a question-and-answer type of discussion with comedian Ricky Gervais that touched upon the same issues, albeit with a much more prominent sense of humor:

Ricky Gervais: Both the new album and current tour are called “Reality.” Why is that, and do you think a man like yourself can keep the same reality as the rest of us or didn’t you have that in the first place?

David Bowie: “Reality” was among the first tracks that I wrote for this album and the word itself seemed a reasonable simulacrum for the various topics on the album. A bit of an arbitrary choice really. Of course, the reality thing is completely subjective. It’s all very well for those of us with an excess of cable channels to talk of no absolutes and synthetic realities and such, but some poor sod in South London with no rent money and not enough food to feed his family has a pretty good idea of what reality means to him.

Ricky Gervais: Does David Jones still exist anywhere and would he recognize you?

David Bowie: I will always be fundamentally just a Jones. The moment I close the door behind me, slip off my crushed velvet skateboard shorts and throw myself into our heated Olympic size, three level swimming pool, I think to myself, “Self, is there a Jones next door that I should be keeping up with?” And do you know something? There always is. Though actually it’s the Prestons in our case but you know what I mean (Gervais, 2003).

Oh, by the way, my pops also said to be on the lookout for Peter Doggett’s new book, The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s.

This song-by-song analysis of Bowie’s creative output from 1969 to 1980 is by the same author of the engaging (again, according to my dad, I haven’t got around to reading it yet) You Never Give Me Your Money, a post-break-up forensic examination of “the battle for the soul of the Beatles.”

Well, I really hope this hearsay of mine pans out, because the world can always do with occasionally hearing Bowie’s point-of-view on things.

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Better take care

Think I better go, better get a room

Better take care of me

Again and again

I think about this and I think about personal history

Better take care

I breathe so deep when the movie gets real

When the star turns round

Again and again

He looks me in the eye says he’s got his mind on a countdown 3-2-1

Forever

I’m screaming that I’m gonna be living on till the end of time

Forever

The sky splits open to a dull red skull

My head hangs low ‘cause it’s all over now

And there’s never gonna be enough money

And there’s never gonna be enough drugs

And I’m never ever gonna get old

There’s never gonna be enough bullets

There’s never gonna be enough sex

And I’m never ever gonna get old

So I’m never ever gonna get high

And I’m never ever gonna get low

And I’m never ever gonna get old

Better take care

The moon flows on to the edges of the world because of you

Again and again

And I’m awake in an age of light living it because of you

Better take care

I’m looking at the future solid as a rock because of you

Again and again

Wanna be here and I wanna be there

Living just like you, living just like me

Forever

Putting on my gloves and bury my bones in the marshland

Forever

Think about my soul but I don’t need a thing just the ring of the bell in the pure clean air

And I’m running down the street of life

And I’m never gonna let you die

And I’m never ever gonna get old

And I’m never ever gonna get

I’m never ever gonna get

I’m never ever gonna get old

And I’m never ever gonna get

And I’m never ever gonna get

Never ever gonna get old

 

Like it? Buy it.

 ———————————-Bobby Calero————

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