Nuggets 283 – Zippers Down 7


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)

too much lovin

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

Alice Swoboda :: Potter’s Field

More conveniently found on one CD of the recent Eccentric Soul series, seek out The Tragar & Note Labels compilation.

Karen Lafferty – No Time For Jesus


Mouse & The TrapsA Public Execution


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 


Nuggets 288 – troubadours 11

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.

Silver Jews–Dallas

The Harder They Come (Good Danny’s) Jimmy Cliff Good Danny’s 7/30/2012

Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come, 1972 HQ HD

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.

AMEN DUNES, "I KNOW MYSELF" // Live at the Wilderness Bureau

La Chaleur Bertrand Belin Hypernuit

So French.

#225 Bertrand Belin – La Chaleur (Acoustic Session)

Tangerine (Daytrotter Studio) First Aid Kit Daytrotter Studio 8/9/2010

First Aid Kit – "Tangerine" | Music 2010 | SXSW

Fat Chance Little Wings Explains

Love Kyle Field‘s voice.

Little Wings- Fat Chance- 6/4/15 – live L.A.

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.

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield – Between The Bars (Live on KEXP)

Not One Bit Ashamed King Creosote KC Rules OK

KC Rules OK from 2006 is a fav album.

King Creosote Not One Bit Ashamed Scottish Day Party Latitude 30 SXSW 18th March 2011

Clouds Beyond Damien Jurado Maraqopa – Red 7″

Wrong video, but this will give you the vibe.

More at his Bandcamp page.

Damien Jurado – Metallic Cloud – Later… with Jools Holland – BBC Two

By Now Little Wings Explains

Little Wings- By Now- 6/4/15 – live L.A.

A Postcard To Nina Jens Lekman Night Falls Over Kortedala

A funny story by Mr Lekman.

JENS LEKMAN | A Postcard To Nina (live)

Not Enough J Mascis Several Shades Of Why

J Mascis – Not Enough (Live on KEXP)

Imagining My Man Aldous Harding Party

Aldous Harding: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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.

The Twilight Sad – Seven Years Of Letters (BBC Radio Scotland Live)

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

PJ Harvey – In The Dark Places | Live at Sydney Festival | Moshcam

Darkness Leonard Cohen Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen, The Darkness, Boston 16-12-2012

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.

The Mountain Goats – Sax Rohmer #1 (Official Video)

the Mountain Goats – Sax Rohmer #1

Nuggets 277 – Girls 6

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

What’cha Gonna Do About ItDoris Troy


Oh No Not My BabyMaxine Brown


The Jerk – The Larks

The Larks "The Jerk"

The song of the dance.

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.

Casket Girls Ashes and Embers SxSW 2014

The acoustic / piano versions of their songs on the album “Piano’ are excellent. See below.

Lust & Violence + Elliott – Terror Bird


Sister Wife – Alex Winston

Alex Winston – Sister Wife (On The Mountain)

Love the voice, but according to this account it is fortunate that she can still sing.

Keep Falling – Summer Camp

Summer Camp – Keep Falling (HD) – The Haunt, Brighton – 25.11.13

More about the band and this album on The Quietus.

The Greater Good – The Leaf Library

The Party – Betty And The Werewolves

Betty and The Werewolves, Glasgow Popfest 2010

1997, Passing In The Hallway – Martha

Martha live @ About Time Festival, London, 29/11/14 (Part 2)

Dream House – Amanda X

Atop a Cake – Alvvays

Alvvays "Atop a Cake" – Live @ Point Ephémère, Paris – 11/09/2017 [HD]

Girls XL & Hazardville – Potty Mouth

Potty Mouth – Girls XL

Potty Mouth – Creeper Weed | Live @ JBTV

It All Means Nothing – Screaming Females

Screaming Females – It All Means Nothing/Tell Me No, Marquis, Denver 4/15/12

Adderall – The Coathangers

The Coathangers – Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

Killer Bangs – Honeyblood

Honeyblood – Killer Bangs (live at The Quay)

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.

Nuggets 282 – Driving Electro 13


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.


The legendary Suzanne Ciani explaining synthesizer basics

 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.

Jonas Reinhardt Live.m4v


 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.

Moebius – Musik für Metropolis (official)

 Weltweit- Wolfgang Riechmann- Wunderbar

He only made one album, but what an album…

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.

Solar Bears live in the Boiler Room

Open Eye Signal – Jon Hopkins – Immunity

Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal (Live on KEXP)

Betamaxx – Disaronno Brain Feed – Echo Shade – Echo Shade vs BetamaxxHeiße

betamaxx have a squelchy electronic vibe.  More of their music here.

Echo Shade can be found on Bandcamp.

Lippen – Cluster – Zuckerzeit

Cluster Lecture (London 2010) | Red Bull Music Academy

Awake – Tycho – Awake

Tycho – Awake (Live on KEXP)

Plush – Robot Science – Good Luck

Slowly – M83 – Slowly / Sitting

M83 Live – Eurockéennes 2016

Holus-Bolus – Errors – Have Some Faith In Magic

ERRORS – Holus-Bolus – 11/15/2012

Errors live at The Great Escape // BeatCast Live Series with Drowned In Sound

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.

East India Youth 01 Glitter Recession and Dripping Down (The Lexington 06/02/2014)

The Line of Best Fit presents East India Youth at Heaven in London

East India Youth – Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

Doctor Who Theme – Torpa – Doctor Who Theme

The Delian Mode – Delia Derbyshire documentary