Hello world. By request here is another mix.
I present ephemera from 1900 onwards, random sounds and songs that seem to work well together.
The star of the show is Huddie William Ledbetter (better known as “Lead Belly”), a man who gave the expression ‘larger than life’ meaning. Imprisoned several times for assault and murder, each time he made it out to continue his love of music. After being ‘discovered’ by musicologist – John Lomax – Leadbelly went on the road as his driver and guide to the deep south.
That is the short story, and long version is even more colourful. Why his life hasn’t been tuned into a splashy bio-pic is beyond me.
Lead Belly – Linin’ Track and Ain’t You Glad (The Blood Done Signed My Name)
The Byrds – Cowgirl In The Sand
I can’t find video of the Byrds performing the song, so you will have to make do with Neil Young.
Tom T. Hall – That’s How I Got to Memphis
Tom T. Hall was a fabulous story teller. This rather sad (and poorly recorded) video has him talking about the song.
Jerry Lee Lewis – Little Queenie
The song resonates of course because of his marriage to a young bride. It seems to have been a love match with the age disparity not remarkable for his time and place.
Derrell Felts – Too Much Lovin’ (Goin’ On)
The Growlers – Ol Rat Race
Merry Clayton – Southern Man
More Neil Young.
Pure X – Heaven
Josef K – Chance Meeting
Jennifer – I Am Waiting (orig. The Rolling Stones)
Toy Factory – Little Girl
Alice Swoboda – Potter’s Field
Karen Lafferty – No Time For Jesus
Melanie – Steppin
Janine – Does The Sun Still Shine
Ill Wind – Dark World
Alex Winston – Locomotive (2KHz session)
Violent Femmes – Kiss Off (demo)
Saint Rich – You Ain’t Worth The Night
Twin Peaks – Strawberry Smoothie
The Byrds but heavier.
together PANGEA – Why (Rollo Grady Sessions)
I Was A King – Step Aside
Twin Peaks – Stand in the Sand
Damien Jurado – Exit 353
Manfred Mann – Snakeskin Garter
Here’s a mix of darker songs with chinks of light. Fittingly the late Mr Cohen is on the cover.
Dallas Silver Jews Natural Bridge
Big fan of David Berman. Like Leonard Cohen he is a poet first and a reluctant performer.
The Harder They Come (Good Danny’s) Jimmy Cliff Good Danny’s 7/30/2012
Part-Monster Piano Magic Part Monster
Sixteen Amen Dunes Love
Can’t find good vid of this song so here’s another off the same album. It would be grand if he came to NZ.
La Chaleur Bertrand Belin Hypernuit
Tangerine (Daytrotter Studio) First Aid Kit Daytrotter Studio 8/9/2010
Fat Chance Little Wings Explains
Love Kyle Field‘s voice.
Between the Bars Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith
Anything by Jessica Lea Mayfield is worth a listen and this is a great collaboration.
Not One Bit Ashamed King Creosote KC Rules OK
KC Rules OK from 2006 is a fav album.
Clouds Beyond Damien Jurado Maraqopa – Red 7″
Wrong video, but this will give you the vibe.
More at his Bandcamp page.
By Now Little Wings Explains
A Postcard To Nina Jens Lekman Night Falls Over Kortedala
A funny story by Mr Lekman.
Not Enough J Mascis Several Shades Of Why
Imagining My Man Aldous Harding Party
What presence. You will need to buy the Party CD, but her first album is online and can be purchased for just $9 here:
Seven Years Of Letters The Twilight Sad Acoustic EP
Making being miserable fun again. All their music (apart from this album) is on their bandcamp page.
Trisha Please Come Home Advance Base Nephew in the Wild
He will always be Casiotone for the Painfully Alone to me.
In The Dark Places PJ Harvey Let England Shake
Darkness Leonard Cohen Old Ideas
Until I Find You Doug Paisley & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy Internet Single
Sax Rohmer #1 The Mountain Goats Heretic Pride
Still haven’t managed to catch Mr Darnielle and friends live. One day.
This is one of my favourite mixes. Sad to report that that there are no videos available for most of the older tracks… You will have to use your imagination.
That’s Della Humphrey in the photo above looking fabulous in the late 1960’s. She features in the last song in this mix ‘ “Don’t Make the Good Girls Go Bad”. There is an interview with Della in the write up below.
Getting Mighty Crowded – Betty Everett
A Whole New Plan – Jo Ann Garrett
The Jerk – The Larks
Lungomare – Lust For Youth
Lust for Youth – Lungomare
Holding You Back & Ashes and Embers – The Casket Girls
Named for the French woman brought over to the USA as mail order brides.
The acoustic / piano versions of their songs on the album “Piano’ are excellent. See below.
Lust & Violence + Elliott – Terror Bird
Sister Wife – Alex Winston
Love the voice, but according to this account it is fortunate that she can still sing.
Keep Falling – Summer Camp
More about the band and this album on The Quietus.
The Greater Good – The Leaf Library
The Party – Betty And The Werewolves
1997, Passing In The Hallway – Martha
Dream House – Amanda X
Atop a Cake – Alvvays
Girls XL & Hazardville – Potty Mouth
Potty Mouth – Girls XL
It All Means Nothing – Screaming Females
Adderall – The Coathangers
Killer Bangs – Honeyblood
Rochelle Rochelle, Earthbound and Loose – Butter The Children
Cry About It – Bad Banana
Longtime fan of everything the Crutchfield twins make. Here is a track from one of their earlier bands. As you can read here they are are all grown up now and have their own bands – Katie as Waxahache and Alison as Swearin’ .
A Common Place – Libyans
Don’t Make The Good Girls Go Bad – Della Humphrey
A classic. Here is the story of Della.
There’s a lot of synthesisers in this mix.
Electronic bands can be cold and not very exciting in real life. Swaying behind a keyboard looking down while twiddling the knobs and buttons is not much of a show. William Doyle aka East India Youth manages to make great music and put on a show. As the music journo says in the interview below, all you need is charisma and a good suit, and he has both.
For the curious here is an explanation of how synthesisers work. Try and not be too distracted by the guy’s hair…
The cover pic is Delia Derbyshire, she was pre-synth but she got similar effects with tape and basic oscillators.
Embrio – Miha Kralj – Andromeda
Yugoslavian fan of Jean-Michel Jarre.
Eos, The Dawn – Jonas Reinhardt – Music From The Tactile Dome
Here is a vid of him playing live. Not this song.
Hasenheide – Dieter Moebius – Tonspuren
Cluster guy goes solo.
Sad to report that Mr Moebius has left this mortal coil. However, before going he performed a live soundtrack for a showing of Metropolis and here is an extract.
Weltweit- Wolfgang Riechmann- Wunderbar
Wolfgang Riechmann started his musical career in 1966.
After playing in a school band with Michael Rother and Wolfgang Flür, later famous with Kraftwerk and Neu, he then became member of an other Düsseldorf (Germany) located band called “Streetmark” .
It was end of 1977 when Riechmann started working on his solo career.
The result was the LP “Wunderbar” which was released on SKY Records.
Unfortunately he did not experience the release.
In August 1978 Riechmann was killed – without any reason – by two drunk guys, who stabbed him to death.
Lessons Of Darkness (Apology) – Supreme Cuts – Whispers In The Dark
Here is what they like live. Not this song.
I Want More – Can – Flow Motion
Can on the BBC in 1976. Fab.
Tunnels – Discoverer – Tunnels
“Discoverer is one of many aliases of Kansas City native Brandon Knocke”
Happiness Is A Warm Spacestation – Solar Bears – Supermigration
Excellent tune. The following video explains why it is unlikely I would go and see them if they came to town. C.f. East India Youth below.
Open Eye Signal – Jon Hopkins – Immunity
Betamaxx – Disaronno Brain Feed – Echo Shade – Echo Shade vs BetamaxxHeiße
Echo Shade can be found on Bandcamp.
Lippen – Cluster – Zuckerzeit
Awake – Tycho – Awake
Plush – Robot Science – Good Luck
Slowly – M83 – Slowly / Sitting
Holus-Bolus – Errors – Have Some Faith In Magic
Window – Dark Day – Window
After being active in DNA with Arto Lindsay and Ikue Mori, Robin Crutchfield form the Dark Day in ’79 with Nina Canal (UT) and Nancy Arlen (Mars) then come into training Steven Brown, Peter Principle, Jarmusch, again Nina Canal and D.Rosembloom. In ’80 he released their first LP “Exterminating Angel” created together with Phil Kline and Barry Friar. They play at clubs like CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City, Hurrah’s, Trax and M-80.
We are at the beginning of 1980, in full emergence of NO WAVE, a period that gave its highest artistic expression in all areas: painting-graphites (Basquiat), video art, cinema (Jarmusch, R. Kern, N. Zedd, Vivienne Dick etc) with a prevalence of films shot on super 8 and 16 mm and in the music that gave birth to groups that now are part of the story. DNA, Richard Hell, Mars, Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, Lydia Lunch, Contortions, Patty Smith, Debby Harry, Suicide, Bush Tetras, Foetus, Sonic Youth and many others. Crutchfield made a Dark, gloomy and cold music with an obsessive rhythm and a monotone voice. After a few singles released in ’82 and the second synthetic LP “The Window” with Bill Sack. In ’85 Crutchfield only owner of the group left the experiments to make medieval chamber music. In ’89 comes “Darkest Before Dawn” for Night Eve Production, his label. In 2003 he released a new CD “Strange Clockwork” (self-produced) but we are very far from the atmosphere of Exterminating Angel. Since then, nothing.
Glitter Recession – East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
Electronic music and performance.