Monkey Mind – 03/09/2015

This week’s collection, enjoy:

Nurse With Wound – You Walrus Hurt The One You Love (Sylvie & Babs Hi-Fi Companion)
Samuel Adler – Four Dialogs for Euphonium & Marimba, Brian Bowman & Gordon Stout
John Adams – Gnarly Buttons (2nd movement, Hoedown), Ensemble Intercontemporain (American Clarinet, 1999)
Sun City Girls – The Bearded Hermes
Meat Puppets – Seal Whales
Kenny & the Fourth Dimension – See If I Care
Memphis Minnie – Don’t Bother It
Andrea Parkins, Nels Cline, Tom Rainey – Lower Story (Out Trios, Volume 3)
Those French Girls – O-O-O-O-O
Rip Rig & Panic – Bob Hope Takes Risks
Three Johns – Secret Agent
Selecter – Black & Blue
Heptones – Autolene (1973)
Patricia Barber – White World/Oedipus (Mythologies 2006)
Annie Ross & Gerry Mulligan – All of You
Andrews Sisters – Shoo, Shoo, Baby
Wright Holmes – Good Road Blues
Sam Cooke – Good News
Sam Cooke – Shake
Prof Johnson & His Gospel Singers – Standing in the Safety Zone
Cheo Feliciano – Medianoche Y Sol
Gil Scott-Heron – When You Are Who You Are
Nick Lowe – American Squirm
Chris Knox – Mirror Mirror (Songs of You & Me)
Gene Vincent – Cat Man
John Zorn/Mark Ribot/Tim Sparks (Masada Guitars) – Katzatz
Walter Ross – Partita for Euphonium & Piano (Brian Bowman & Marjorie Lee)

Monkey Mind – 02/09/2015

Hope it’s an interesting mix of genres for folks who don’t live inside my skull.

Peter Askim – Eight Solitudes – Peter Askim, double-bass & Douglas Ashcraft, piano
Marc Ribot, Ned Rothenberg et al – Geese (Scelsi Morning)
Fumio Yasuda & Theo Bleckmann – Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be? (Mother Goose’s Melodies)
Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman – Blues In The Night
Kongar-ol Ondar & Paul ‘Earthquake’ Pena – Ondarnyng Ayany (Medley in the style of Ondar)
The Roches – Losing True (Keep On Doing)
Peter Kelley – Inspiration
Sister Rosetta Tharpe – There Is Something Within Me
Kanui & Lula – Tomi, Tomi (Steel Guitar Classics)
Linton Kwesi Johnson – Man Free (Dread Beat An’ Blood)
Chris Knox – The Face of Fashion (Seizure)
Warren Richardson, Jr – Shady Lady
Merry Clayton – Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 (Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow)
Irma Thomas – I Did My Part
James Hunter – No Smoke Without Fire (People Gonna Talk)
Alan Sondheim with Christopher Diasparra & Edward Schneider – Krypton (Cutting Board ESP 2014)
Lol Coxhill & Steve Miller – Will my thirst play me tricks?/The ant about to be crushed ponders not the wherewithal of bootleather/Maggots/Bath ’72
Cut Chemist – Lesson 4: The Radio
Friends of Distinction – Bring Us A Better Day
Anita O’Day & Cal Tjader – I Believe In You
Duke Ellington & Jimmy Blanton – Pitter Panther Patter (Solos, Duets & Trios)
John & Beverley Martyn – Parcels (Road To Ruin)
Thomas Ades – Concerto Conciso

Monkey Mind – 01/05/2015

Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Freak's Prayer Rasputin's Stash Rasputin's Stash
  Taqsim Maqam Mukhalif Rahim Alhaj When the Soul Is Settled: Music of Iraq
  Walking on Nails Gabor Szabo Jazz Raga
  Travellers 4 Churchyard Entertainment Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble Book Of Days
  Reverend Lee Roberta Flack Chapter Two
  It's Growing Margie Joseph Atlantic Unearthed: Soul Sisters
  Had Any Lately Sylvia Robinson Pillow Talk
  What Can You Bring Me? Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band You're So Beautiful
  Midnight Lightning Jimi Hendrix South Saturn Delta
  Planet End Larry Coryell Planet End
  Change Marika Hughes Afterlife Music Radio: 11 New Pieces for Solo Cello
  Duet II for Horn & Piano David Tudor & Howard Hillyer John Cage/Christian Wolff
  The Time Curve Preludes, #9 William Duckworth The Time Curve Preludes
  Knowledge Box Horace Silver/Curly Russell/Art Blakey Quicksilver
  Preludes, Book II, #4 Debussy/Walter Gieseking
  The Politician Pete Brown and His Battered Ornaments A Meal You Can Shake Hands With in the Dark
  Stupid Competitions The Ex & Tom Cora And the Weathermen Shrug Their Shoulders
  Spare Me From the Mold Gossip Music For Men
  The Closet Teenage Jesus and the Jerks No New York
  Ode To Booker T Young Marble Giants Colossal Youth
  Balla Moussa Keita Super Rail Band de Bamako Kongo Sigui
  South African Man Hamilton Bohannon Keep On Dancin'
  Everybody Needs Love Velvelettes Motown Sings Motown Treasures
  The Short Answer Billy Bragg Worker's Playtime
  Cane (2nd Movement) Imani Winds/Jason Moran Terra Incognita

Monkey Mind – 12/29/2014

Mondays 3-5pm (EST) & Fridays 9-11am

Red Krayola – Save the House
Half Japanese – Three Rings
Sam Gopal (early Lemmy from Motorhead) – Grass
Kevin Ayers – Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
Stefan Grossman Sister Kate’s Syncopated Dance
Bert Jansch – Lucky 13
Boyce & Hart – It’s All Happening on the Inside/Abracadabra/Jumpin Jack Flash
Candi Staton – Freedom Is Beyond the Door
Lloyd Robinson – Fire Fire
Andy Bey – Experience
The Waitresses – Jimmy Tomorrow
Derek Bailey & Henry Kaiser – HK d&b
Eddie Fisher Quintet – Scorched Earth
Quincy Jones – Hicky Burr
Back Door – Folk Song
Bar-Kays – Be Yourself
Mary Wells & Marvin Gaye – Waht’s the Matter With You Baby?
Nico – Ari’s Song
Harry Partch – 11 Intrusions
Carmen Miranda – Mama Eu Quero
Porter Wagoner – Ivory Tower
Fanny Hill – Think About the Children
Faye Victor Ensemble – Joe’s Car
Lou Reed – Street Hassle

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 cendrĂ© 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