All Ears 016 – June 21st 2018

This is what we played at All Ears 016:

You can find all the tracks on this Spotify Playlist.

Except for the tracks from the Funny Guy Can Sing set which are all in this YouTube Playlist.

Mr. Scruff – Simon East

Andrew Carthy is better known by his stage name, Mr. Scruff, inspired by his scruffy facial hair and his trademark loose-lined drawing style. He is a record producer and DJ and has been associated with the Ninja Tune label for most of his career. He also creates the album art, videos and merchandise for his records with his own set of cartoon characters.

20:00 Is He Ready? – Mr. Scruff
20:00 Wobble Control – Mr. Scruff
20:02 Shelf Wobbler – Mr. Scruff
20:05 Sea Mammal – Mr. Scruff
20:10 Sweetsmoke – Mr. Scruff
20:13 Bunch Of Keys – Mr. Scruff
20:20 Nice Up The Function – Mr. Scruff & Roots Manuva
20:23 Chipmunk – Mr. Scruff

Tim Burgess – James Tate-Smith

Best known for his work with The Charlatans, Tim also has recorded several solo records, collaborating with the likes of Lambchop, New Order, Peter Gordon, Throbbing Gristle, Factory Floor. Alongside records he has written 2 books, one celebrating the record shop, makes coffee for world peace (and David Lynch), runs a music festival and owns a record label. All whilst having the worst haircut in music.

20:29 ONLY A BOY – Tim Burgess
20:32 White – Tim Burgess
20:36 Begin – Tim Burgess & Peter Gordon
20:39 Oh Men (The Other Two Remix) – Tim Burgess
20:42 Life Is Sweet – The Chemical Brothers
20:46 SAY YES – Tim Burgess
20:49 YEARS AGO – Tim Burgess
20:51 Many Clouds – Tim Burgess
20:54 The Great Outdoors Bitches – Tim Burgess
20:57 A Gain – Tim Burgess

Funny Guy Can Sing – Gareth Heaton

Sometimes a song can have great comedic value and listenability all at the same time, it’s true! Our aim in this set is to prove just that.

21:00 Party Pom Pom – Adam Buxton
21:04 Shia LaBeouf Live – Rob Cantor
21:08 Masterchef Synesthesia – Swedemason
21:12 Ladies Of The World – Flight Of The Conchords
21:15 All Night Garage – Joe Cornish
21:18 Double Team – Tenacious D
21:22 Repeat Stuff – Bo Burnham
21:25 Love Youself – Reggie Watts

Raï – Tom Beesley

Raï first emerged in the Algerian port city of Oran in the 1920s, it self-consciously ran counter to accepted artistic and social mores and appealed to young people who sought to modernize the traditional Islamic values and attitudes. The music blended Western electric instruments with regional, secular, and religious drum patterns and melodies.

21:25 Moute – Cheikha Djenia
21:30 Maghboun – Khaled
21:34 Ya marsoul – Cheikh Ain Tadless
21:37 Goulou Limma Chaba – Zahouania
21:43 Ya khouya ould mma – Benfissa
21:48 Lila ou Nhar – Khaled & Chaba Zahouania
21:54 Douar zine – Hanino

Neil Halstead – James Tate-Smith

Neil first released records with Slowdive, in the cathedrals of noise era of shoegaze, collaborating with Brian Eno on one of the genre’s best records, Souvlaki. After Slowdive broke up Neil, alongside Rachel Goswell for Mojave 3, a more alt-country direction. He has also recorded several folky solo records and formed another band Black Hearted Brother. Slowdive reformed in 2016 to huge acclaim and released a new album in 2017.

21:59 When the Sun Hits – Slowdive
22:03 Some Kinda Angel – Mojave 3
22:07 To Hold Your Tiny Toes – Mojave 3
22:10 Star Roving – Slowdive
22:15 Time in the Machine – Black Hearted Brother
22:17 Sing – Slowdive
22:22 Two Stones In My Pocket – Neil Halstead
22:25 Palindrome Hunches – Neil Halstead
22:27 Got My Sunshine – Mojave 3

Ween – Gareth Heaton

25 years ago Dean and Gene had a baby, called Ween, then fuelled by mushrooms and backed by audio cassette, baby Ween achieved minor (but dedicated) local cult status. Now, many years later baby Ween got older achieved minor (but dedicated) global cult status.

22:31 Ocean Man – Ween
22:33 Roses Are Free – Ween
22:38 Hey There Fancypants – Ween
22:40 Push th’ Little Daisies – Ween
22:42 What Deaner Was Talkin’ About – Ween
22:44 Voodoo Lady – Ween
22:48 Old Man Thunder – Ween
22:48 Drifter In The Dark – Ween
22:51 I’ll Be Your Jonny On The Spot – Ween
22:52 Up On The Hill Ween
22:54 Waving My Dick In The Wind – Ween
22:56 Bananas And Blow – Ween
23:00 The F**ked Jam – Ween
23:01 The Blarney Stone – Ween

All Ears 015 – 17th May 2018

This is what we played:

You can find all the tracks on this Spotify Playlist.

Two of Jacqueline Saville’s pieces are online: Summer of ’96 – recording or text, and The Lesson – text.

A recording of Andrea Hardaker’s The Conformist is here.

Kate Bush – Rachel Sedman

Kate Bush (b. 1958) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, dancer and producer. She first came into the public eye with her work in 1978, aged 19, with her hit single ‘Wuthering Heights’. Since then she has written and produced over 11 albums and developed a rich, experimental sound world in which to explore many themes of life and humanity. In 2014 after a 30 year absence from live performance, she held residency at the Hammersmith Apollo for the “Before the Dawn’ concert series.

20:00 Breathing – Kate Bush
20:05 Under Ice – Kate Bush
20:07 Sat In Your Lap – Kate Bush
20:10 Lily – Kate Bush
20:14 Rocket’s Tail – Kate Bush
20:18 The Sensual World – Kate Bush
20:22 Babooshka – Kate Bush
20:25 Pi – Kate Bush

Woodstock – Georgie Richmond

In August 1969 more than 400,000 people attended The Woodstock Music and Art fair. The dairy farm in Bethal, for that weekend, became the third largest city in New York. 32 acts, mostly leading and emerging artists of the time, performed over the 4 day festival on one stage. This celebrated and peaceful gathering is widely regarded as one of the greatest happenings of all time and a pivotal moment in popular music history.

20:30 I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag – Country Joe & The Fish
20:30 Volunteers (Live at Woodstock) – Jefferson Airplane
20:33 Going Up The Country – Canned Heat
20:35 Freedom – Richie Havens
20:39 Everyday People (Live at Woodstock) – Sly & The Family Stone
20:41 Something’s Coming On – Joe Cocker
20:43 Fire (Live At Woodstock) – Jimi Hendrix
20:46 White Rabbit (Live at Woodstock) – Jefferson Airplane
20:48 Sea Of Madness (Live at Woodstock) – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
20:50 Piece Of My Heart (Live at Woodstock) – Janis Joplin
20:53 Dance To The Music (Live at Woodstock) – Sly & The Family Stone
20:57 Purple Haze (Live at Woodstock) – Jimi Hendrix

Björk – Rachel Sedman

Björk Guðmundsdóttir (b. 1965) is an Icelandic singer, songwriter, musician, actress, record producer and DJ. Her career has spanned over 4 decades and influenced many subsequent musicians and songwriters. She has developed an eclectic musical style that draws on a range of influences and genres spanning electronic, pop, experimental, classical, trip hop, and the avant-garde. She is known for bringing in differing groups of people to collaborate with her and influence each album creating a diverse sonic palette.

21:00 So Broken (Live) – Bjork
21:04 Pleasure Is All Mine – Bjork
21:07 An Echo a Stain – Bjork
21:10 Headphones – Bjork
21:14 Hunter – Bjork
21:18 Nattura – Bjork and Thom Yorke
21:22 Birthday – The Sugarcubes
21:25 It’s in Our Hands – Bjork

Poetry/Spoken Word (live)

Half an hour of stories and poems by Andrea Hardaker, David Hesmondhalgh and Jacqueline Saville.

21:30 Blether Mouth – Andrea Hardaker
21:35 You Think You’re Looking East But You’re Really Looking North – David Hesmondhalgh
21:37 Summer of ’96 – Jacqueline Saville
21:40 The Conformist – Andrea Hardaker
21:45 It Took Me By Surprise – David Hesmondhalgh
21:48 The Lesson – Jacqueline Saville
21:52 I Am Sixteen, Going on Seventeen – David Hesmondhalgh
21:56 We Keep Dancing – Jacqueline Saville
21:59 The Riff That Made His Name – Jacqueline Saville

Northern Soul – Georgie Richmond

Starting in the early 70’s, Northern Soul was a scene that thrived on the rare and the obscure. After Motown’s success, small start-ups across America attempted to replicate the sound, on a budget, often making one off records by artists who never recorded again. This provided a rich seam of rare vinyl waiting to be discovered by die hard soul lovers in Northern England.

22:05 Landslide – Tony Clarke
22:08 Night-Time – The Strangeloves
22:10 Soul Time – Shirley Ellis
22:13 There’s A Ghost In My House – R. Dean Taylor
22:15 Tainted Love – Gloria Jones
22:17 Time – Edwin Starr
22:20 Seven Days Too Long – Chuck Wood
22:22 If This Is Love (I’d Rather Be Lonely) – The Precisions
22:23 Let’s Wade In The Water – Marlena Shaw
22:26 Here I Go Again – Archie Bell & The Drells
22:28 The Snake – Al Wilson
22:31 Out on the Floor – Dobie Gray

Keith Jarrett – Shaun Hutchinson

This set is 8 tracks from Keith Jarrett’s 1985 ‘Spirits’ album. He made this album alone in his home studio playing all instruments: vocals, guitar, glockenspiel, soprano saxophone, recorder, piano, tabla, flutes and percussion. This is Jarrett’s most personal album of boundless expression, moods range from jubilation to a burrowing pensiveness, but always with an ear attuned to catharsis! I met him after a gig at the Royal Festival hall in the 90’s and asked him to sign ‘Spirits’ but he refused saying ‘I don’t think I can sign that’ and walked off, as he felt (like Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring), he was merely a vessel the music passed through.

22:34 Spirits1 – Keith Jarrett
22:39 Spirits2 – Keith Jarrett
22:41 Spirits5 – Keith Jarrett
22:45 Spirits9 – Keith Jarrett
22:50 Spirits 15 – Keith Jarrett
22:53 Spirits 22 – Keith Jarrett
22:56 Spirits 26 – Keith Jarrett

All Ears 014 – 19th April 2018

This is what we played at All Ears 014:

You can find most of the tracks on this Spotify Playlist.

You can find the videos Phil played for his Fall set on this YouTube Playlist.

Post-Punk Funk – Tom Beesley

This title permits a selection of tracks united by very little except that they were all attempts to bring a post-punk sensibility to a jazz or funk sound emerging at the beginning of the 1980s.

20:00 Stretch (12″ Version) – Maximum Joy
20:06 Empty Vessels – Blurt
20:09 Damaged Goods – Gang Of Four
20:13 Lucinda – A Certain Ratio
20:16 The Great Man’s Secrets – Magazine
20:22 Searching For A Feeling – Maximum Joy
20:25 Shoot You Down – APB
20:27 My Spine Is The Bassline – Shriekback

Simon Fisher Turner – Susie White

Simon Fisher Turner, born in 1954 in Dover, is an English musician, songwriter and actor. In the 1980’s he released several singles on the el label as the King of Luxembourg. Turner has also recorded film soundtracks, including several for Derek Jarman films: Caravaggio (1986), The last of England (1988), The Garden (1990) and his final film Blue (1993). Genres include indie pop, experimental and ambient. I was first introduced to Fisher Turner’s work when I watched Blue and I loved his experimental score.

20:30 The Dog Star – Simon Fisher Turner
20:32 Fantasia. Childhood Memories – Simon Fisher Turner
20:34 I Love You More Than My Eyes – Simon Fisher Turner
20:43 The Crosetto Flames – Simon Fisher Turner
20:47 Lastorderplease – Simon Fisher Turner
20:52 The Harder You Look, The More You See – Simon Fisher Turner
20:55 Chomolungma – Simon Fisher Turner

The Fall – Phil Hardy

When I’m dead and gone
My vibrations will live on
In vibes on vinyl through the years
People will dance to my waves

From Psykick Dancehall, released by The Fall in 1979 and written by Mark E. Smith who died on 24th January 2018.

21:00 Big New Prinz – The Fall
21:04 Totally Wired (Live in New York, June 1981) – The Fall
21:8 Wings – The Fall
21:12 Mr. Pharmacist – The Fall
21:18 Touch Sensitive – The Fall
21:20 Fledermaus Can’t Get It – Von Sudenfed
21:23 Bury! PTS 2 + 4 – The Fall
21:26 Dedication To Medication – The Fall

Rozi Plain – Simon East

Rozi Plain was born in Winchester but is now based in London. She releases her own material on the Lost Maps record label. She also plays bass and sings in This Is The Kit, and sings as part of Rachael Dadd’s backing band.

21:29 360 Degrees – Rozi Plain
21:32 Friend City – Rozi Plain
21:35 Roof Rook Crook Crow – Rozi Plain
21:40 All Written Out in Numbers – This Is The Kit
21:45 Strike Our Scythes – Rachael Dadd
21:48 Marshes – Rozi Plain
21:53 Best Team (Joshua James Remix) – Rozi Plain

Loyko – Susie White

Loyko are a gypsy trio established in 1990 who have a varied repertoire of their own and traditional Russian, Romanian, Hungarian and Celtic music. The name comes from a 300-year old legend about a famous gypsy violinist, Loyko Zobar, who played in a way so heartfelt that animals came out of the forest to listen to him. His violin is still being used by his distant descendant Sergey Erdenko, the founder of the band. I first heard Loyko in 2001 in Norwich Arts Centre. I thought they were breath-taking and I’ve loved their music ever since.

21:59 All the Cards – Loyko
22:02 Brahms – Loyko
22:04 Kumushka – Loyko
22:07 Return of Gypsy Maestro – Loyko
22:12 Gypsy Street – Loyko
22:18 Marjanja – Loyko
22:28 Sad angel – Loyko

Sparklehorse – Neil Patterson

Welcome to the sad and beautiful world of Sparklehorse, the brainchild of Mark Linkous (1962-2010). The sound of Sparklehorse reflects Mark’s troubled genius, ranging from fractured lullabies to dissonant alt-rock, usually recorded on a miscellany of obsolete equipment in a rented farm in rural Virginia (aka Static King studios). Sparklehorse was feted by the British music press but largely overlooked at home in the US. Depression led Mark to take his own life, aged 47, leaving behind a timeless body of work.

10:30 Gold Day – Sparklehorse
10:31 Getting It Wrong – Sparklehorse
10:34 Salt Chunk Mary – Pre-Sparklehorse demo
10:35 London – Sparklehorse
10:40 Sunshine – Sparklehorse
10:44 Mark’s Guitar Piece – Sparklehorse and Fennesz
10:45 Cow – Sparklehorse
10:47 Eyepennies – Sparklehorse
10:50 I Shot A Dog – Sparklehorse
10:52 Maxine – Sparklehorse
10:53 Dead Opera Star – Sparklehorse
10:55 Angel’s Harp (with Black Francis) – Sparklehorse, Dangermouse & David Lynch
10:57 Spirit Ditch – Sparklehorse

All Ears 013 – 15th March 2018

This is what we played at All Ears 012.

You can find most of the tracks on this Spotify playlist.

You can find the videos Tom played for his Shabaka Hutchings set on this YouTube playlist.

Four Tet – Simon East

Kieran Hebden (born 1978) is an English musician, best known by the stage name Four Tet. Hebden first came to prominence as a member of the band Fridge before establishing himself as a solo artist. As well as releasing his own music Hebden has remixed tracks by many artists including Aphex Twin, Super Furry Animals, Radiohead, and Sia.

20:00 Volcano (Four Tet Instrumental) – Antipop Consortium
20:06 Departure – Kieran Hebden
20:08 Melody Day (Four Tet Remix) – Caribou
20:10 and then patterns – Four Tet
20:13 Leave A Trace (Four Tet Remix) – CHVRCHES
20:15 Circling – Four Tet
20:18 Separator (Four Tet RMX) – Radiohead
20:20 Pyramid – Four Tet
20:22 VCR (Four Tet Remix) – The xx
20:24 Unicorn – Four Tet
20:25 Chandelier (Four Tet Remix) – Sia

Three Kings – Duncan Cooper

Albert, Freddie and B.B – the Three Kings of Blues. B.B King was one of the pioneers of the emerging Memphis blues style of the 1940s. His catchy vibrato guitar style and 300+ gigs a year made him arguably the most successful blues star of the last century. Albert King stood 6’6”, played his guitar upside down & back to front, and allegedly packed a gun on tour to settle payment disputes. Freddie King modernised electric blues in the 60s breaking through to the mainstream with his mixed race backing band.

20:30 I’m Tore Down – Freddie King
20:34 Dust My Broom – Freddie King
20:37 Call It Stormy Monday – Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan
20:41 I’d Rather Be Blind – Freddie King
20:45 The Thrill Is Gone – B.B. King
20:50 Big Legged Woman – Freddie King
20:54 Born Under A Bad Sign – Albert King
20:57 Going Down – Freddie King

PJ Harvey – Gary Winters

Born in Dorset in 1969, she grew up on the family’s farm and studied sculpture. Her writing and work’s themes include desire, rapture, England, the sea, the city, affairs of the heart, women’s names, injustice, the grotesque, love, lovers, defiance and darkness. As a follower and fan, I encountered her in 1996 during the early hours of a Sunday morning in Bristol’s harbour-side wrapped up in a dark coat and walking with her then lover Nick Cave.

21:00 To Bring You My Love – PJ Harvey
21:01 Man-Size – Sextet – PJ Harvey
21:02 White Chalk – PJ Harvey
21:04 River Anacostia – PJ Harvey
21:05 An Acre of Land – PJ Harvey & Harry Escott
21:07 The Last Living Rose – PJ Harvey
21:09 Plants And Rags – PJ Harvey
21:12 Meet Ze Monsta – PJ Harvey
21:14 Electric Light – PJ Harvey
21:16 The Slow Drug – PJ Harvey
21:18 Seagulls – PJ Harvey
21:19 No Man is an Island – John Donne
21:20 England – PJ Harvey
21:23 Kamikaze – PJ Harvey
21:25 50 Ft Queenie – PJ Harvey
21:27 Dress – PJ Harvey

Shabaka Hutchings – Tom Beesley

Shabaka Hutchings is a British born saxophone and clarinet player who is at the forefront of a new wave of British jazz. Tonight’s tracks include performances by the three bands he currently plays with: Shabaka and the Ancestors, The Sons of Kemet and The Comet is Coming, together with some solo pieces

21:30 In The Castle Of My Skin – Sons Of Kemet
21:35 Inner Babylon – Sons of Kemet
21:40 Solo Clarinet (live) – Shabaka Hutchings
21:44 Heirloom by Bjork (live) – Shabaka Hutchings, Tom Herbert, Tom Skinner, David Okumu
21:45 Solo Clarinet (live) – Shabaka Hutchings
21:50 SLAMMIN – The Comet Is Coming
21:55 The Sea – Shabaka & The Ancestors

Zaire – Duncan Cooper

This collection of music showcases the diversity of music from Zaire (Congo) between the 60s & 80s. It features classic Soukas music (Congolese Rumba) popularised across Africa by local musicians in the 60s before many fled the oppression of the Mobutu regime for France. Tracks feature the distinct Zairean ‘Seben’ guitar style characterised by jingly jangly improvisation of duelling guitars around simple melodies. We finish with Afro-Funk from the classic Zaire 74 concert that accompanied the Ali v Foreman heavyweight fight in Kinshasha.

22:01 Arrete Mal Parle – Fair Nick Stars
22:06 Monie – Kanda Bongo Man
22:10 Yolele – Papa Wemba
22:13 Mahu Wo Asie – Safohene Djeni
22:17 Je Ne Bois Pas Beaucoup – Les Ya Toupas Du Zaire
22:24 Assamba Ya Beya 2 – Verckys & L’Orchestre Veve
22:27 Introduction – Tabu Ley Rochereau, l’Orchestre Afrisa International

East vs West (pre-1985 Hip-Hop) – Gary Winters

Plotting a new movement and genre of music beginning to emerge in the US in mid-1970’s on the tails of funk, disco and electronic music; a small selection of vital recordings of East Coast cosmic break-beat and social commentary, to West Coast breathy party electro-funk and the seeds of Gangsta Rap.

22:30 Malcolm X – No Sell Out – Sugarhill All Stars
22:33 Break Dance – Electric Boogie – West Street Mob
22:34 Scorpio – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
22:37 Military Cut – Instrumental – Wild Style
22:37 Capt. Rock to the Future Shock – Captain Rock
22:41 One for the Treble – Davy DMX
22:42 Roxanne’s Revenge – Roxanne Shante
22:45 Pack Jam – 12″ Remix – Jonzun Crew
22:46 P.S.K. ‘What Does It Mean’? – Schoolly D
22:48 Down By Law – Fab 5 Freddy
22:49 Surgery – Remix – World Class Wreckin’ Cru
22:51 Friends – Whodini
22:53 Looking for the Perfect Beat – 12″ Vocal Version – Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force
22:54 Al-Naafyish – Radio Edit – Hashim
22:54 Play at Your Own Risk – 12″ Vocal Version – Planet Patrol
22:59 The Breaks – Kurtis Blow

All Ears 012 – 15th Feb 2018

This is what we played:

You can find most the tracks on this Spotify Playlist.

Robyn Hitchcock – Simon East

Robyn Hitchcock is an English musician who first came to public attention in 1976 as the front man of Denis and the Experts, who turned into The Soft Boys. He went on to record as a solo artist and with another backing band, The Egyptians. He has also collaborated with many musicians over the years, including Peter Buck from REM, David Rawlings and Gillian Welch.

20:00 I Often Dream Of Trains – Robyn Hitchcock
20:02 Leppo and the Jooves – The Soft Boys
20:08 Kingdom Of Love – Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians
20:12 My Wife and My Dead Wife – Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians
20:16 Raymond Chandler Evening – Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians
20:18 So You Think You’re In Love – Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians
20:20 Goodnight Oslo – Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3
20:26 Brenda’s Iron Sledge – Robyn Hitchcock

Country Got Soul – James Tate-Smith

Country guys laying down serious soul music. White guys, with pick-ups, laying down gospel soul claps and syncopated horn lines, sitting alongside pedal steel and wheezy organs. It is all in here, and it isn’t cheesy or strange. Sweet potato pie, and church on Sunday are all part of it. This was the sound that attracted the likes of The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and Paul Simon to the tiny Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama in the late 60s and early 70s.

20:29 Ohoopee River Bottom Land – Larry Jon Wilson
20:33 Polk Salad Annie – Tony Joe White
20:36 Harlan County – Jim Ford
20:40 If It Got Any Better – George Soule
20:42 I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers
20:46 For What It’s Worth – Cher
20:49 Ode to Billie Joe – Bobbie Gentry
20:53 Who You Gonna Hoo-Doo Now – The Country Soul Revue & Tony Joe White
20:57 Think I Feel a Hitchhike Coming On – Larry Jon Wilson

Welsh Psychedelia – Tom Griffett

Psychedelic music has always flourished in Wales (maybe related to the psilocybin rich hillsides) but it reached a zenith in the 90s with the Ankst record label making a home for Gorkys Zygotic Mynci, Super Furry Animals, Los Campesinos! et el. Although this is the focal point of this set, the continuity is represented by prophets (Apple) and current torchbearers such as Colorama and El Goodo.

21:00 Merched Yn Neud Gwallt Eu Gily – Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
21:03 Buffalo Billycan – Apple
21:06 Dere Mewn – Colorama
21:08 Fire Inside – The Keys
21:11 Starmoonsun – Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
21:14 Gwreiddiau Dwfn / Mawrth Oer Ar Y Blaned Neifion – Super Furry Animals
21:20 Talking to the Birds – El Goodo
21:24 Something For The Weekend – Super Furry Animals
21:27 Mewn – Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci

Sound Led Films – Clare Dearnaley

This set includes some excerpts of my recent film work set to mostly ambient music. Ever since encountering Brian Eno at Art School, playing around with the relationship between sound and visuals has driven many of my pieces. The tracks range from ‘Evening Star’ by Fripp & Eno to Contemporary Piano… with a little Electronica in between!

21:30 Evening Star – Brian Eno and Robert Fripp
21:33 Mister Mista – Kitty The Bill
21:36 One – Balam (Fred White)
21:42 Breathing Light – Nitin Sawhney
21:46 Four Hands – Nils Frahm
21:51 Electric Counterpoint (Fast, Movement 3) – Steve Reich & Pat Metheny
21:55 Flint March – Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins & Leo Abrahams

Baggy – James Tate-Smith

Baggy was defined as much by the clothes, flares and hoodies as by its music and blew up in the late 80s, a heady brew of 60s psychedelia, 70s funk and bass melded with the beats of acid house and jangly guitars. Centred mainly in the North West and Manchester, its big bands were The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. It also melded rock and dance music with big names DJs such as Paul Oakenfold taking it to the dancefloor.

21:58 Perfume (Loved Up) – Paris Angels
21:59 W.F.L. (Think About the Future Mix) – Happy Mondays, Paul Oakenfold
22:08 Big – New Fast Automatic Daffodils
22:11 Lose Control – James
22:15 Lay Me Down – The Mock Turtles
22:18 What the World Is Waiting For – The Stone Roses
22:22 Keep the Circle Around – Inspiral Carpets
22:25 Sproston Green – The Charlatans

Mike Patton – Tom Griffet

When Mariah Carey and Axl Rose topped a list based on vocal range, Mike Patton’s army of fans were quick to point out that neither could match his six-octave range. The diversity of the projects Patton engages in arguably outstrips even this impressive skill. As such he has been sought after by a pan-cultural array of collaborators from Bjork, to Sepultura, to John Zorn. Rather than cover all of his artistic endeavours, this slot is mostly dedicated to showcasing the versatility of his vocal repertoire.

22:30 The Omen (Ave Satan) – Fantomas
22:31 Merry Go Bye Bye – Mr. Bungle
22:33 Glory Box – Faith No More
22:35 Five Seconds – Peeping Tom, Odd Nosdam
22:38 Che Notte! – Mike Patton
22:40 Wuxiapian Fantastique – Mike Patton
22:41 Anger Management – Lovage, Mike Patton, Jennifer Charles, Nathaniel Merriweather
22:45 Das Schutzenfest – Faith No More
22:47 Jizzlobber – Faith No More
22:53 Epic – Live – Faith No More
22:58 Merry Go Bye Bye – Mr. Bungle

All Ears 011 – 11th Jan 2018

This is what we played:

You can find most the tracks on this Spotify Playlist.

You can find all the Kutiman tracks on this YouTube Playlist.

Cumbia – Tom Beesley

Cumbia began as a courtship dance practiced among the African population on the Caribbean coasts of Colombia. By the 1940s Cumbia began spreading from the coast to other parts of Colombia and eventually became popular throughout South America.

20:00 Navidad Negra – Pedro Laza Y Sus Pelayeros
20:02 La Piragua – Gabriel Romero
20:05 Baila Rosita – Los Guacheros
20:08 Tabaco Mascao – El Combo de los Galleros
20:11 La Subienda – Gabriel Romero
20:15 La Cologiala – Rodolfo y Su Tipica RA7
20:19 La Zenaida – Armando Hernandez Y Su Conjunto
20:23 Cumbia Cienguera – Conjunto Tipico Vallenato
20:26 Tabaco Y Ron – Rodolfo Y Su Tipica

Spoken Word – Jeremy Lewis

From the words of the beat generation scene, to the word on the street (and much in between), the Spoken Word has always been flowing alongside the mainstream. Taunting, tempting, twisting genres. Double entendres. Jazz collaboration. Syncopation. Hip Hop (Don’t Stop!) Pickpockets, peddlers, even post-punk poets posing as popstars, emancipating themselves from the mundane… It’s 4:18 am, again.

20:30 Introdiction – Scroobius Pip
20:30 The Wheel of the Quivering Meat Conception – Jack Kerouac
20:35 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Gil Scott-Heron
20:38 Gravel Pit – Wu-Tang Clan
20:42 Miami – Baxter Dury
20:47 Mad as Hell – Interrobang!?
20:49 Johnny Clarke Talkin Sweet – John Cooper Clarke
20:50 Ah Pook The Destroyer – William Burroughs
20:53 Garage Palace feat. Little Simz – Gorillaz
20:53 Whoops – Kate Tempest

Guy Stevens – David Grice-Ellis

Guy Stevens was the first house producer for Island records where he recorded acts such as: Free, Traffic, and Mott The Hoople. Later in his career he produced London Calling by the Clash. He was also a hugely influential Mod DJ at the Scene Club in London in the early 1960s.

21:00 Career Opportunities (Demo) – The Clash
21:03 Let’s Stick Together – Wilbert Harrison
21:06 Walk In My Shadow – Free
21:09 Armagideon Times – The Clash
21:12 Flying Anchors – Art (soon to be Spooky Tooth)
21:15 At The Crossroads – Mott The Hoople
21:19 Midnight to Stevens – The Clash
21:22 Sittin’ Here Thinking Of My Love – Traffic
21:25 The Wheel Of The Quivering Meat Conception – Mott the Hoople

Kutiman – Emily Muirhead

Ophir Kutiel, known as Kutiman, is an Israeli composer, producer and animator. In 2009, he released Thru You, an online music video project, featuring a mixture of samples of YouTube videos, the video project received more than 10 million views in around two weeks. The musicians do not know they are being sampled until they are sent a link to the finished video.

21:30 Mix Tel Aviv – Kutiman
21:33 Mix Hamburg – Kutiman
21:36 Backwards – Kutiman & Princess Shaw
21:39 Thru You Too: Give It Up – Kutiman
21:42 Inner Galactic Lovers – Kutiman
21:45 She’s a Revolution – Kutiman feat. Adam Scheflan & Karolina
21:48 Thru You Too: Now Is The Time – Kutiman
21:52 Thru You Too: Change – Kutiman
21:56 Thru You Too: This Is How I Feel – Kutiman

Chumbawamba – Jeremy Lewis

There will come a time (perhaps it is already upon us), when people will remember only three things about the Chumbas – Their Greatest Hit (there’s only one!), attacking John Prescott at the Brits, and the foul-mouthed, whisky-swigging, high-kicking nun (now to be found mostly on the BBC) who smoked cigarettes and plied the front row of audiences with spirits. How times change. Lest we forget, revisit the best of 30 years of anti-Thatcher, anti-Establishment, anti-Fascist fun. From anarcho-punk, through post-rave experimental synth-pop, to its latter-day incarnation as a touring band of agit-pop folk troubadours, this was Chumbawamba.

22:01 Add Me – Chumbawamba
22:05 Jacob’s Ladder (Not In My Name) – Chumbawamba
22:07 Homophobia (Live) – Chumbawamba
22:10 On eBay – Chumbawamba
22:14 Mouthful of Shit (Live) – Chumbawamba
22:18 Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
22:22 Enough Is Enough (Kick It Over) – Chumbawamba
22:27 Bella Ciao – Chumbawamba

Martin Hannett – David Grice-Ellis

Martin Hannett was a legendary Manchester producer and musician. His break was producing the Buzzcocks’ seminal Spiral Scratch EP. He went on to produce records by Jilted John, Chris Sievey, Magazine and many others. But it is his production of Factory bands Joy Division and New Order that he is most often associated with.

22:30 Beginning – The Durutti Column
22:33 Shadowplay – Joy Division
22:36 Drummer Boy – Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls
22:40 First Aspect Of The Same Thing – Martin Hannett
22:43 Beasley Street – John Cooper Clarke
22:46 Ceremony – New Order
22:50 Boredom – The Buzzcocks
22:55 The Light Pours Out Of Me – Magazine

All Ears 010 – 16th Nov 2017 – Leeds Special

This is what we played:

You can find all the tracks on this Spotify playlist.

Simon East

In a reference to Tom’s geodesic dome structures the visuals are a film about Buckminster Fuller’s Union Tank Car Dome. The music is a selection of tracks by English electronic duo Plaid (they also record as The Black Dog). The organic sound of the music and their avoidance of standard dance music time signatures struck me as a good pairing with Fuller’s domes and Tom’s sculpture.

The visuals to this set were A Necessary Ruin: The Story of Buckminster Fuller and the Union Tank Car Dome: https://vimeo.com/album/4589939/video/13966041

20:30 Do Matter – Plaid
20:34 Fer – Plaid
20:39 Ralome – Plaid feat. Benet Walsh
20:43 Slice Of Cheese – Plaid
20:46 Eyen – Plaid feat. Benet Walsh
20:50 Ropen – Plaid
20:54 Empty Seat Calculations – The Black Dog
20:57 The Bee – Plaid

Tom Beesley

A selection of six pieces of music to accompany five short films featuring iconic buildings or groups of buildings. The release date of each track is also a significant moment in the life of the building.

The visuals to this set were several videos edited together by Tom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNpKAD-O5eg&feature=youtu.be

21:00 Hallogallo – NEU!
21:07 Etude aux sons animes – Luc Ferrari, Pierre Schaeffer, Iannis Xenakis
21:11 Talkin’ About the Good Times – The Pretty Things
21:15 Buzz The Jerk – The Pretty Things
21:16 Papua New Guinea – The Future Sound Of London
21:23 Turiya & Ramakrishna – Alice Coltrane

Rachel Sedman

Catarina Barbieri is an Italian musician composing on analogue and digital synthesisers with a focus on minimalism. Her work explores themes of machine intelligence and perception in sound through approaching music practice as a cognitive feedback between humans and technology.

The visuals to this set were a set of still and moving images of the Bretton Hall buildings made by Rachel.

21:30 SOTRS – Caterina Barbieri
21:39 Information Needed to Create an Entire Body – Caterina Barbieri
21:45 This Causes Consciousness to Fracture – Caterina Barbieri

Gary Winters

“Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.” – Charles Baudelaire. I have chosen a suite of pieces ranging across the period broadly categorised in terms of modernity. These works were a radical challenge to the past; maybe they still are, even if there are indicators of a more palatable, known, popular culture.

The visuals to this set were several videos by Sam Taylor Wood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXPP8eUlEtk&t=14s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyUWJqExw00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H21ypJb7KJk

22:00 The Firebird (L’oiseau de feu): I. Introduction Igor Stravinsky, Antal Dorati, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
22:02 Discorite – Tsar Rosy Viking
22:04 Collage #1 (Blue Suede) – James Tenney
22:07 Sechs Kleine Klavierstucke – Arnold Schoenberg
22:09 Tone Poem – 1989 Recording – Tom Feldschuh
22:11 Forever Without End (Solo Voices) – Jocelyn Pook
22:12 Cinque Sintesi Radiofoniche – 1978 Recording – Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
22:15 Castor & Pollux – A Dance for the Twin Rhythms of Gemini from Plectra & Percussion Dances – Harry Partch, Danlee Mitchell
22:17 Ballet Mecanique – George Antheil, The Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Spalding
22:19 Studies for Player Piano: Study No. 5 – Conlon Nancarrow, Ensemble Modern, Ingo MetzmacHer
22:21 Incises – Pierre Boulez, David Fray
22:22 For Aaron Copland – Morton Feldman, Melise Mellinger
22:22 Molly’s Song 3, Shades of crimson – Rebecca Saunders, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Stefan Asbury
22:24 For Ann (rising) – James Tenney
22:28 Jolene Both Ways – Plunderphonics

John Gamble

My selections are played alongside the homemade films of people breaking into and exploring abandoned buildings. These explorers are drawn to these spaces, capturing them as they are precariously positioned on the edge of failure. The selected sound artists use the process of tape loops with Basinski repeatedly running tape over the head, and allowing it to deteriorate, leading to a beautiful collapse.

The visuals to this set were videos of abandoned buildings taken by John.

22:30 dlp 1.1 – William Basinski
22:35 Water People – Grouper
22:39 Some – Nils Frahm
22:43 Boreal Kiss Pt. 1 – Tim Hecker
22:46 Boy 1904 – Jonsi & Alex
22:51 dlp 1.1 – William Basinski
22:55 Clearing – Grouper

All Ears 009 – 19th Oct 2017

Here are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify the playlist is here: All Ears 009 Playlist.

Modern Classical – Tom Beesley and Marion Payne

Another visit to the loose genre of the modern classical, a number of the tracks have been included at the suggestion of Marion Payne. We’re always happy to look at building a selection around your ideas and proposals.

20:00 Discovery At Night – Ludovico Einaudi
20:04 Le Brasier De Tristesse – Sylvain Chauveau
20:07 Spiegel im spiegel – Arvo Part, Angele Dubeau, La Pieta
20:15 Baer – Hildur Guonadottir
20:18 Nunc dimittis – Arvo Part, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Paul Hillier
20:23 An Ending, a Beginning – Dustin O’Halloran
20:25 Image-Autumn-Womb – Goldmund
20:28 Underwood – Ludovico Einaudi, Daniel Hope

Tru Thoughts – Simon East

Tru Thoughts is a Brighton based record label formed in 1999 by Robert Luis and Paul Jones. The musical styles of most of the artists on label fuse Soul, Funk, Jazz and R&B – sometimes with classic 60’s production values, sometimes with a more modern feel.

20:31 Terrapin – Bonobo
20:34 Snakes in the Grass – Quantic
20:39 Hurry On Now – Alice Russell
20:43 Sandy – Jumbonics
20:47 Its On – Kylie Auldist
20:51 Actory – Hint
20:55 Its Real – Lack of Afro Remix – Hot 8 Brass Band

Fat Possum Records – Gareth Heaton

Until 1991 most of the artists that would record material for the newly formed Fat Possum record label were spending their days working the fields in the hill towns around the Oxford area of Mississippi. Their nights however were spent playing their own particular brand of the Blues, on porches, at parties and in juke joints across the region. Fat Possum then came along and captured their “Hill Country Blues” sound.

21:01 I Love You – Solo – Asie Payton
21:04 Old Black Mattie – R.L. Burnside
21:08 To the Left to the Right – T-Model Ford
21:11 Meet Me in the City – Junior Kimbrough
21:14 Mistreatin Me – Cedell Davis
21:16 Skinny Legs & All – Asie Payton
21:20 I’ll Do Anything You Say – Charles Caldwell
21:22 Sway – Heartless Bastards
21:27 Let My Baby Ride – R.L. Burnside

1979 – Tom Beesley

A highly personal selection of some of the most important releases from 1979, a pivotal year in the development of post-punk musical genres and the year I started at art school. I had just turned eighteen and was able to vote in my first general election, and we all know what happened next…

21:30 Germ Free Adolescents – X-Ray Spex
21:33 Three Minute Hero – The Selecter
21:36 At Home He’s a Tourist – Gang Of Four
21:39 The Eton Rifles – The Jam
21:43 Too Much Too Young – BBC in Concert: Live at Paris Theatre, 15 December 1979 – The Specials
21:45 Making Plans For Nigel – XTC
21:50 The Guns of Brixton – The Clash
21:53 Typical Girls – The Slits
21:56 Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick – Ian Dury and The Blockheads

Jonathan Richman – Gareth Heaton

Jonathan Richman originally came to public attention in the early 1970s as the leader of Boston 4 piece, The Modern Lovers, before becoming a solo artist in 1979. With his child-like, wide eyed outlook on life and ability to beautiful capture the essence of multiple genres, Jonathan has amassed an army fans whilst shying away from the main stream.

22:00 Instrumental – Live – Jonathan Richman
22:01 When We Refuse To Suffer – Second Version – Jonathan Richman
22:05 New England – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
22:08 Government Center – The Modern Lovers
22:10 I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar – Jonathan Richman
22:14 No One Was Like Vermeer – Jonathan Richman
22:16 Es Como El Pan – Jonathan Richman
22:20 The New Teller – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
22:22 Cosi Veloce – Jonathan Richman
22:24 Ice Cream Man – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

Dabke – Simon East

Dabke is an Arab folk dance, often performed at weddings, native to the Middle Eastern region around Syria. Recently Dabke has gained more exposure in the west with Omar Souleyman who has worked with Bjork and Four Tet. Also included is a related Egyptian Electro Chaabi track from Islam Chipsey’s band Eek.

22:30 Crystalline – Omar Souleyman Remix – Bjork
22:34 Khetyar Al Akkaze – Fares Karam
22:38 Love Is Not A Joke – Ahmad Al Kosem
22:42 Wenu Wenu – Omar Souleyman
22:48 El Bawaba – Eek
22:53 Shlown (How) – Sarya El Swas
22:57 Ya Baie – Najwa Karam

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All Ears 008 – 21st Sept 2017

These are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify most of these tracks are in this playlist : All Ears 008 Playlist.

Erased Tapes – Simon East

The Erased Tapes label was founded in London by German-born Robert Raths in 2007. We have featured two of its artists, Nils Frahm and Dawn of Midi, in previous All Ears sets, so we have concentrated on some of the other artists on the label here.

20:01 Ljosio – Olafur Arnalds
20:04 Boundaries – Kyte
20:07 Distant Street Lights (iambic Remix) – Codes In The Clouds
20:13 A Snowflake – Peter Broderick
20:15 Odyssey – Rival Consoles
20:20 Atomos VI – A Winged Victory for the Sullen
20:23 Burnt – Kiasmos
20:25 Moonlight – Masayoshi Fujita

Joan Baez – Georgina Richmond

Baez’s distinctive vocal style and political activism had a significant impact on popular music in the early 60’s. She was one of the first musicians to use her popularity as a vehicle for social protest, singing and marching for human rights and peace. Hear a collection of her early traditional folk ballads and laments sung solely to her own guitar accompaniment.

20:30 Old Blue – Joan Baez
20:33 Sail Away Ladies – Joan Baez
20:35 Colours – Joan Baez
20:38 Carless Love – Joan Baez
20:40 Wildwood Flower – Joan Baez
20:43 The Lily of the West – Joan Baez
20:46 It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Joan Baez
20:50 Lonesome Road – Joan Baez
20:52 Pal of Mine – Joan Baez
20:55 Rake And Rambling Boy – Joan Baez
20:57 There But For Fortune – Joan Baez

Afrobeat – Tom Beesley

Afrobeat draws on West African musical genre’s including Highlife and US soul music by the likes of James Brown. Widely attributed to band-leader Fela Kuti and drummer Tony Allen the music developed in Lagos, Nigeria in the 1970s and was centred around Fela’s nightclub called the Afrika Shrine.

21:00 Water No Get Enemy – Fela Kuti
21:07 Kalabuley Woman – Pierre Antoine
21:11 Ise Nla – Tony Allen
21:17 Roforofo Fight – Fela Kuti
21:22 Gentleman – Fela Kuti

Tom Waits – Simon East

Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona with his trademark growl. Waits’ lyrics frequently present atmospheric portraits of grotesque, often seedy characters and places. He has incorporated blues, jazz, and vaudeville into his songs. Lately he has moved in more experimental directions.

21:29 Ol’ 55 – Tom Waits
21:33 Opening Intro – Tom Waits
21:36 Emotional Weather Report – Tom Waits
21:40 Jersey Girl – Tom Waits
21:45 16 Shells From A 30.6 – Tom Waits
21:49 Clap Hands – Tom Waits
21:52 Temptation – Tom Waits
21:56 Alice – Tom Waits

Riot Grrrl – Georgina Richmond

Underground punk movement, Riot Grrrl, originated in the early 90’s. As part of the third wave feminist movement it often addressed issues such as rape, domestic abuse, patriarchy, sexuality and female empowerment. It showed girls as a “revolutionary soul force” with the power to change the status quo.

22:00 Girl Germs – Bratmobile
22:02 Double Dare Ya – Bikini Kill
22:04 Cherry Bomb – The Runaways
22:07 Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
22:09 Brat Girl – Bratmobile
22:11 New Radio – Bikini Kill
22:12 Sweet ’69 – Babes In Toyland
22:16 She’s A Carnival – Siouxsie and the Banshees
22:20 Reject All American – Bikini Kill
22:22 I Heard It Through The Grapevine – The Slits
22:25 Carnival – Bikini Kill
22:27 Queens Of Noise – The Runaways

Rhythm & Sound – Tom Beesley

The project was established by Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald at the back of the Hardwax record shop in Berlin in 1997 and was part of the Basic Channel group of labels. They became well known for blending deep Techno, sweeping synths, glitch and hiss.

22:30 Mango Drive – Rhythm & Sound
22:35 Never Tell You (with Paul St. Hilaire) – Rhythm & Sound
22:40 Masikulu Dub – Mark Ernestus, Konono No.1
22:46 Queen in My Empire (with Jennifer Lara) – Rhythm & Sound
22:52 Aground – Rhythm & Sound
22:58 Pattern 4 – Moritz Von Oswald Trio