Monkey Mind – 05/06/2013

This week’s stew; hope you enjoy. That Ligeti box set is a challenging, wonderful gem, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Time Song Artist Album
3pm Mata Siguaraya Los Fakires Los Fakires
  Jarvan flutes w/do-don shell rattle Awar villagers Sacred Flute Music from New Guinea: Madang, Volume 1
  Vocal Phase John Zorn Filmworks XII: 2002 Volume Two: Three Documentaries
  Nouvelle Aventures: agitato molto Gyorgy Ligeti Works box set
  Smash the State Michael McClure/Ray Manzarek The Piano Poems
  Love, Love Alone Blind Blake (calypso) A Group of Bahamian Songs
  That's All Sister Rosetta Tharpe w/ Lucky Millender Orchestra Gospel 1938/1943
  Two Different Things Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell Begonias
  I Don't Need No Doctor New Riders of the Purple Sage Wasted Tasters: 1971-1975
  Times Groundhogs Blues Obituary
  Down By the River Roy Buchanan Sweet Dreams: The Anthology
  Danger Pylon Gyrate Plus
  Your Body Won't Move, If You Can't Feel the Groove Leon Huff Here To Create Music
4pm Say What Melvin Jackson Funky Skull
  Supremes Automatically Sunshine The Supremes 70s: Greatest Hits and Rare Classics
  Get Back In Line The Kinks Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround
  Claremont Lake Tomorrow Tomorrow
  Lie To Me Kaleidoscope Pulsating Dreams: The Epic Recordings
  No Place I'd Rather Be Lowell George & the Factory Lightning-Rod Man
  Complete Affection Sunny Murray An Even Break (Never Give A Sucker)
  Ten Pieces for Wind Quintet: Presto bizzarro e rubato, so schnell wie moglich Gyorgy Ligeti/London Winds Works box set
  The Man Amplifier Young Marble Giants Colossal Youth
  Humanity Dub Yabby You Dub it to the Top: 1976-1979
  You Make Me Feel Brand New Baron Gardner Trojan Soulful Reggae Box
  On A Sunday Afternoon A Lighter Shade of Brown 12-inch
  The Lips at Sway John Zorn Filmworks XII: 2002 Volume Two: Three Documentaries
  Uncanny Alliance I Got My Education 12-inch

B.P.R.D. – 04/07/2013

This week’s show is devoted to the French composer Germaine Tailleferre, a woman associated with “Les Six,” a group of musicians loosely organized around Erik Satie and Jean Cocteau for a brief spell in the early 1920s. In order:

The Pastorale in D (1919), Talleferre’s contribution to L’Album Des Six
The finale of the 1919 String Quartet
Sonatina for cello and piano by Arthur Honneger (another Les Six member)
Tailleferre’s Partita for flute, oboe, clarinet and strings (1962)
3 of the Chansons Populaire Francaises (1952-55)
Allegro of the Sonata #2 for violin and piano (1951)
The famous Piano Concerto of 1924
1st movement of the 1973 Sonatina for violin and piano
Valse Brilliante for two pianos (1962)
Homage a Debussy (1920)

Monkey Mind – 03/18/2013

A jittery mix for jittery minds. Actually, this one felt a bit calmer than usual; lots of downtempo stuff to relax into. Hope you enjoy.

Time Song Artist Album
3pm Tenth and Greenwich (Women's House of Detention) Melvin Van Peebles Brer Soul
  Save the Last Kiss For Me Jean Knight Mr. Big Stuff
  See What You Done Done Rance Allen Group Truth Is Where It's At
  There's a Hand Leading Me Goldia Haynes Spreading the Word
  Wake Up Funkadelic America Eats Its Young
  Shore Leave Tom Waits Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years
  Hunger Patricia Barber Mythologies
  Auntie Aviator John & Beverley Martyn Road to Ruin
  I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass La Diva du Jazz Vocal
  Catalogue D'Oiseaux, Book 7, XIII (Le Courlis cendré Olivier Messiaen, performed by Peter Hill The Piano Music of Olivier Messiaen
  Fourth Dimension Zez Confrey, performed by Eteri Andjaparidze Zez Confrey Piano Music
4pm The Children of Heaven Haystacks Balboa Haystacks Balboa
  Angel No. 9 Mick Ronson Main Man
  Enjoy Yourself Dragonfly Up All Night: 20 Heavy Nuggest from the Golden Age of Hard Psych
  Chatterbox Quintron & Miss Pussycat Swamp Tech
  Peek-A-Boo Emil Richards and the Microtonal Blues Band Spirit of 1976
  Si Llego a Besarte Armando Garzon w/Quinteto Oriente Boleros
  Pick a Bale of Cotton Andy Griffith/Big Bill Broonzy Andy Griffith Shouts the Blues and Old Timey Songs
  This is a Mean World Sweet Honey in the Rock In This Land
  Relax with Pep Eric B. & Rakim Don't Sweat the Technique
  Dedicated to the Press Betty Davis Nasty Gal
  Blood Sun Dennis Brown Money in My Pocket: The Definitive Collection
  Zambezi Dance Eddie Harris Instant Death
  On The Sunny Side Of The Street Ari Ambrose & Stephen Riley Tenor Treats

B.P.R.D. – Benjamin Lees, Margot Wright, Paul Hindemith, Ned Rorem

This week, both sides of a 1973 Desto Records LP I found buried in a nearby record shop, plus a couple of short extras.

First, side one: Benjamin Lees’ Sonata #2 for Violin and Piano, which hits that perfect sweet spot between non-serialist avant and traditional classical. Lees died in 2010 but his official site has lots of interesting info.

Second up is the final movement of the Piano Quintet by British “light music” composer Margot Wright, from this collection of works spanning her long 20th century career. The liner notes aren’t exact but the quintet appears to be from the early 1930s; the finale is delicious. Performed by the all-female Camilli Quartet with Frank Mol on piano.

Next, the 3rd movement from Paul Hindemith’s 1939 Sonata for Horn, written when Hindemith was in Swiss exile just after he’d been condemned by Nazi officials for his “degenerate” music.

Finally, side two of the Desto LP: Ned Rorem’s 1972 composition for violin and piano, Night Music, performed by the married team of Earl Carlyss and Ann Scheinn in an auditorium at the Library of Congress in 1973. Written as a complement to Day Music from a few months earlier, it’s divided into 8 sections with titles like “Mosquitoes and Earthworms,” “Epeira Sclopetaria” and “Gnats.”

Interesting side note: I’d never heard of Desto Records, so nosed around online. Turns out it was an indie label in existence from the mid-60s to mid-70s, releasing over 150 records focused mainly on non-mainstream classical recordings. A 1970 Billboard article, “Desto to Releases Boxes of Music by Black Composers”, and another from a few years later, “Desto in High Via Low Overhead”, are neat snapshots into the label’s history (…proving that a small classical manufacturer can survive and prosper among the biggies if it is carefully managed and takes full advantage of opportunities), and into the fundraising and commissioning practices of the time.

Digging a bit deeper we find that Desto was started by Horace Grennell, who also happens to be the person behind Young People’s Records and the Children’s Record Guild in the late 1940s, “the first commercially significant record clubs in the world,” with over 100,000 members in the immediate post-WWII era. That’s according to the book Revolutionizing Children’s Records: The Young People’s Records and Children’s Record Guild Series, 1946-1977, which I’m happy to note just arrived via inter-library loan. The book’s official site explains, “these two labels intersected important developments in the histories of mass marketing, recording technology, educational philosophy, folk music, contemporary composition, and Cold War politics,” with blog posts noting connections to the Folkways label, Groucho Marx and more. Looks great, can’t wait to dive in.

Anyway, hope you enjoy this week’s music, and hope you find some of the links interesting.

Monkey Mind – 02/18/2013

This week’s mix, more gentle than usual. That first cut is by Israel “Cachao” Lopez; guess the playlist generator doesn’t like quotes. Enjoy.

Time Song Artist Album
3pm Al Fin Te Vi (Finally I Saw You) Israel Master Sessions Vol. 1
  Mr. Sandman Stephen Riley Hart-Beat
  Get Some of This Madhouse Best of Perception & Today Records
  Rolf Royce Tosca Hotel Costes vol. 6
  Dubbin' de Drughead Mutabaruka Muta in Dub
  King Slick Rick The Ruler's Back
  Flight of the Fly Paul Hanson Frolic in the Land of Plenty
  Zote Johnny Lytle Done It Again
  When That Man Is Dead and Gone Mildred Bailey The Rockin' Chair Lady (1931-1950)
  Try Your Wings Blossom Dearie Give Him the Ooh-la-la
  The Spinach Song (I Didn't Like It The First Time) Julia Lee Blowing the Fuse: 27 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1949
  How Wrong Can One Man Be/I Want Some More Colin Blunstone Ennismore/Journey
  Alright on the Night Lindisfarne Fog on the Tyne
  Tennessee Blues Ricky Skaggs/Tony Rice Essential Old-Time country Duet Recordings
  Iddan Hermond trad, Lena Willemark, Kirsten Braten-Berg, Per Gudmundson, Gunnar Stubseid, Ale Moller Suede/Norvege - Musique des vallees scandinaves
4pm The Monster Kenny Roby Memories & Birds
  When You Got A Good Friend Robert Johnson King of the Delta Blues Singers
  Mo-Mo resonating tubes Damaindeh-Bau residents Sacred Flute Music from New Guinea: Madang Volume 1
  Black Root Rahsaan Roland Kirk Dog Years in the Fourth Ring
  Indonesha Phunke Assfalt 12"
  Come On Dutch Rhythm Combo Hotel Costes vol. 6
  Maggie's Farm Ben Sidran Dylan Different
  Just Want To See His Face The Blind Boys of Alabama Spirit of the Century
  51 Beers Claude King Hi-Tone Poppa: red Hot Rockabilly
  Riffin' Godz Godz 2
  New York Bullseye Shadows of Knight Back Door Men
  Forgot to Begat Druids of Stonehenge Creation
  What About Tomorrow? Sir Douglas Quintet 1+1=4
  Get Back In Line Kinks Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround

Monkey Mind – 12/24/2012

Hope you like the mess this week. I think that Red Krayola song belongs after the Gabor Szabo/Bobby Womack. I’m sure of it, actually. Enjoy. The find of the week is that odd Roots of Hip Hop collection of early- and mid-20th century blues “raps” on Harte Records. The 1970 Scott Dunbar reissue on Fat Possum is a nice treasure, too.

Time Song Artist Album
3pm Bambu-Bambu Carmen Miranda Bazilian Bombshell
  Baby What You Want Me To Do (You Got Me Running)/Bright Lights, Big City Persuasions Persuasions
  Terrible Operation Blues Famous Hokum Boys The Roots of Hip Hop
  Swing Out Rhythm Lonnie Johnson Complete Recorded Works, 1937-June 1947, Vol. 1
  Poor Black Mattie R.L. Burnside Mississippi
  Walkin' Quincy Jones Gula Matari
  Kadia Blues Orchestra De Le Paillote Rough Guide to Psychedelic Africa
  El cascabel Graciana Silva w/Trio Silva La Negra Graciana
  Etude #3 (elvis) Marc Ribot Exercises in Futility
  Just a Little Communication Gabor Szabo & Bobby Womack High Contrast
  Five-Four Savage Aural Hotbed Glove of Sound
  New Nails Mission of Burma Mission of Burma
  Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut Pretty Things Vintage Years
  Everything's There Hysterics Essential Pebbles Collection
  Dirth of Tilth Red Krayola God Bless the Red Krayola and All Who Sail With It
4pm Wailing Burning Spear Dry & Heavy
  Richard Daley Blues Scott Dunbar From Lake Mary
  Gotta Let You Go Joe Hill Lewis The Roots of Hip Hop
  Baby, Baby Katie Webster The Roots of Hip Hop
  You're Coming Home Esther Phillips What A Difference A Day Makes
  Goody Goody Maxine Sullivan w/Scott Hamilton Quintet
  Metamorphosis One Philip Glass Solo Piano
  Shadowlines, movement 5 George Benjamin/Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
  Evening Glow A Shine Outward (for john zorn) Wadada Leo Smith Red Sulphur Sky
  But Not For Me Sammy Davis Jr It's All Over But the Swingin'
  South American Way Carmen Miranda Brazilian Bombshell
  Train Leaves Here This Mornin' Dillard & Clark The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark
  Margarita Fat Mattress Black Sheep of the Family: The Anthology

Monkey Mind – 12/03/2012

Sift, blend, stir well, cook. Enjoy.

Time Song Artist Album
3pm Do Me Jean Knight Mr. Big Stuff
  Revolution Nina Simone To Love Somebody
  You Told Me Baby Bonnie Raitt Give It Up
  Make the Devil Mad Billy Preston Music Is My Life
  In the Land of Grey and Pink Caravan In the Land of Grey and Pink
  Either Or Eddie Fisher & The Next One Hundred Years Eddie Fisher & The Next One Hundred Years
  He The Richmond Jack Bruce At His Best
  Oyelos de Nuevo Los Munequitos de Matanzas Real Rumba
  Ndowgoy Daara Orchestra Baobab Specialist in All Styles
  Trying to Make It Magic Sam's Blues Band The Late Great Magic Sam
  Big Soul John Lee Hooker The Big Soul of John Lee Hooker
  Matrix Karl Korte/ NY Woodwind Quintet et al Karl Korte - A Retrospective
4pm Spring Wind Vasant Rai Spring Flowers
  This Could Be the Start of Something Big Ella Fitzgerald Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie
  I Hate the Capitalist System Barbara Dane I Hate the Capitalist System
  An Angry Blade Iron & Wine The Creek Drank the Cradle
  Mandolin Wind Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story
  Virginia Ave Tom Waits The Early Years
  Vassar & Dave Vassar Clements and Dave Holland Norman Blake/Tut Taylor/Sam Bush/Butch Robins/Vassar Clements/David Holland/Jethro Burns
  Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet, measure 247 Milton Babbitt/Phoenix Ensemble w/Mark Lieb, Clarinet Clarinet Quintets: Morton Feldman, Milton Babbitt
  Le Jig Francais Beausoleil Parlez-Nous A Boire
  Ain't No Stopping Us Now Big Daddy Kane It's a Big Daddy Thing
  Save the Last Kiss For Me Jean Knight Mr. Big Stuff
  I Believe To My Soul The Hesitations Soul Superman
  She Shot Me Down John Lee Hooker & the Andantes The Big Soul of John Lee Hooker

Monkey Mind – 11/12/2012

This week’s mix, enjoy.

Time Song Artist Album
3pm Quartet Melvin Van Peebles Don't Play Us Cheap soundtrack
  It Be's That Way Sometimes Nina Simone Silk & Soul
  World Sleepy King Pushing Your Luck
  Why Don't You Do Right? Cal Tjader & Mary Stallings Cal Tjader Plays Mary Stallings Sings
  Abstraction Gunther Schuller/Jim Hall/Ornette Coleman/Scott LaFaro/Contemporary String Quartet Jazz Abstractions: Compositions by Gunther Schuller & Jim Hall
  Gond Nelkul Ferenc Snetberger & Markus Stockhausen The More We Know: 30 years of Enja Records
  Amor Loco Amor Los Jokers
  This May Be Goodbye Lothar and the Hand People Presenting...Lothar and the Hand People
  Green of My Pants Red Krayola God Bless the Red Krayola and All Who Sail With It
  Sign the Dotted Line Tall Dwarfs Weeville
  Lou Sent Me Innocent Youths Earth, Roots and Water
  Crowded City Messengers Trojan Soulful Reggae Box
  They Make Me Mad Selecter Too Much Pressure
  One Poem Town Lillian Allen Conditions Critical
  When Heart Is Open Van Morrison Common One
4pm Marziale e grotesco from Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp and Chamber Orchestra Witold Lutoslawski Orchestral Works, Vol. 8
  Swing' In Sam Tribute Brad Dutz & Vinny Golia Duets
  Mr. Churchill Says The Kinks Arthur or the decline and fall of the British Empire
  Mr. Soft/Singular Band Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel The Psychomodo
  Grunt The People's Choice I Likes To Do It
  Dizzy Dizzy World Timmy Thomas Why Can't We Live Together?
  Hobo Ken Sly and the Family Stone Ain't But the One Way
  A Man Is His Dog Fat Fat Plays For You
  Dora Lice Joao Gilberto The Legendary Joao Gilberto
  Skidoo (selections) Nilsson Skidoo soundtrack
  I'm Checkin' Out, Goombye Duke Ellington & Rosemary Clooney Blue Rose
  Kilocycle Stomp Sons of the Pioneers Empty Saddles
  Papa, Build Me A Boat Dock Boggs His Folkways Years: 1963-1968
  Police Sergeant Blues Robert Wilkins

Monkey Mind – 08/20/2012

Time Song Artist Album
3pm Wide Oval Ripoff Peter Lang The Thing at the Nursery Room Window
  Jimmy Bell John Koerner/Dave Ray/Tony Glover Blues, Rags & Hollers
  Trust No Man Tracy Nelson Deep Are the Roots
  Lazily, Slowly Dando Shaft an evening with...
  For Now String Cheese String Cheese
  Charango Elvin Jones and Oregon Together
  Man Temptations Sky's the Limit
  Shepherd Bush in Dub King Tubby and the Roots Radics Dangerous Dub
  Nuh True Ernest Ranglin In Search of the Lost Riddim
  A La Claire Fontaine MC Solaar Prose Combat
  It Ain't Right King George Discovery King George Discovery
  Jump On You/Sun Would Set Fields Fields
  Starting Over Black Lips 200 Million Thousand
  Sinnerisme Sinners Essential Pebbles Collection
  Stompin' through the Rye Tornados Ridin' the Wind: The Anthology
  I Think of Demons Roky Erickson & The Aliens The Evil One (plus one)
  Zombie Warfare Chrome Half Machine Lip Moves
4pm Witch in the Club Quintron & Miss Pussycat Swamp Tech
  Wau Wau Nina Hagen Band Unbehagen
  Don't Fuck God Is My Copilot Straight Not
  To NK Roachment: Yarbles The Fall This Nation's Saving Grace
  Morning Paper Smog Red Apple Falls
  The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace at Versailles John Cale & Terry Riley Church of Anthrax
  Treeless Island Peopled By Birds Bird Names Open Relationship
  Not Safe Romeo Void Romeo Void EP
  Mercy Wire Chairs Missing
  Extended Blues Count Basie & Oscar Peterson Paradise Squat
  Summit Ridge Drive Artie Shaw & the Gramercy Five Complete Gramercy Five Sessions
  If I Love Again Kenny Burrell Groovin' High
  Take Your Hand Off It Lil Johnson Sissy Man Blues
  Down in the Bottom Howlin Wolf Howlin Wolf
  One Way Ticket To Loveland Leon Haywood Back to Stay

B.P.R.D. – 08/19/2012

Music this week from a couple of recent classical CDs on the Sono Luminus label along with a couple of slightly older gems:

1) The ZOFO duet (pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi) from the 2012 CD Mind Meld: Works for One Piano, Four Hands – we heard the 2nd & 3rd movements of Harold Shapero’s 1941 Sonata for Piano Four Hands (originally performed by Shapero and his friend and fellow Harvard student Leonard Bernstein).

2) Glenn Gould playing the final fugue of Hindemith’s 1936 Piano Sonata No. 3, from a 1973 recording. Bonus: Gould talking about Hindemith’s fugue-writing skills in a TV appearance.

3) Stanislav Pronin doing a fantastic version of Alfred Schnittke’s 1982 A Paganini for solo violin, from his 2011 CD Violin For One.

4) Homage to Sarasate (1976) by Leonardo Balada, performed by the Louisville Orchestra as part of the amazing series of LPs the orchestra released from the 1950s through the 1980s, commissioning new works and recording living composers. Most folks don’t know Louisville was a center for contemporary classical – so much so that when Shostakovich toured the US in 1959 Louisville was one of the handful of stops he made.

5) The Jasper String Quartet performing the 3rd & 4th movements of Aaron Jay Kernis’ 1990 String Quartet No. 1, from the 2012 CD The Kernis Project: Schubert.

6. Back to the ZOFO Duet for a four-hands, one-piano version of Debussy’s Six Épigraphes Antiques, which I had no idea was originally composed to accompany a lesbian erotic poetry recitation, the cleverly forged Songs of Bilitis by Debussy’s friend Pierre Louÿs.

That’s it for this week. Hope you enjoy.