All Ears 018 – 20th Sept 2018

This is what we played:

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

Also you can find Phil Hardy’s CocoRosie set on this YouTube Playlist.

And the videos that Simon played as part of his Soulwax set you can find on this YouTube Playlist.

Leaf Label – Tom Beesley

The Leaf label was established in 1996 by Tony Morley and is now based in Horsforth, Leeds. Initially known as an electronic music label releasing mainly instrumental music – early successes include records by Caribou and Susumu Yokota – the company’s approach has broadened over the last few years and now features an eclectic range of artists including The Comet Is Coming and Snapped Ankles.

20:00 Toive – Vladislav Delay
20:03 AZUKIIRO NO KAORI – Susumu Yokota
20:05 Dundas, Ontario – Caribou
20:09 Tomorrowtoday (part 2) – Triosk
20:13 Barnowl – Caribou
20:18 Exit – Nightports & Matthew Bourne
20:22 Cosmic Dust – The Comet Is Coming
20:25 I Want My Minutes Back – Snapped Ankles

Soulwax –Simon East

Soulwax are a Belgian band, centred around brothers David and Stephen Dewaele. Other current members include Igor Cavalera and Stefaan Van Leuven. In their other main guise as 2manydjs they released the album As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 in 2002 which mashed up all kinds of old and new tracks. They have done countless remixes for many different bands.

20:29 Deadly Valentine (Soulwax Remix) – Charlotte Gainsbourg
20:31 Phantom Pt II (Soulwax Remix) – Justice
20:34 Let It Happen (Soulwax Remix) – Tame Impala
20:38 Huarache Lights (Soulwax Remix) – Hot Chip
20:41 Get Innocuous! (Soulwax Remix) – LCD Soundsystem
20:45 DARE (Soulwax Remix) – Gorillaz & Shaun Ryder
20:49 Do You Want To Get Into Trouble? – Soulwax
20:53 Much Against Everyone’s Advice – Soulwax
20:56 Is It Always Binary – Soulwax

Terrible Angels: The music of CocoRosie – Phil Hardy

“US freak-folk and fractured dream-pop band based around the half-Cherokee sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady. During the last decade, the duo have crafted precious music that frequently spirals off into pretentiousness, yet boasts a fierce beauty at its cluttered core.”
Gig review in The Guardian, 6 August 2012

21:00 Lemonade – CocoRosie
21:05 Tearz For Animals – CocoRosie
21:09 Rainbowwarriors – CocoRosie
21:14 Un Beso – CocoRosie
21:18 R.I.P Burn Face – CocoRosie
21:21 Terrible Angels – CocoRosie
21:26 Gravedigress – CocoRosie

Japanese Innovation – Gary Winters

With strong routes in the western post-war avant-garde explorations of minimalism and drone this is a sampler of essential underground Japanese recording artists from the last 50 years. Concentrating primarily on electronic and noise (Japanoise), of course this is not a complete survey of ground-breaking sonic experimentation, but just one blossom on a very large cherry tree. “If by noise you mean uncomfortable sound, then pop music is noise to me.” – Merzbow

21:29 Chronograph – Sketch Show
21:33 Shinzo No Tobira – Mariah
21:36 GENSHI – Susumu Yokota
21:38 All Things Will Be Reduced To Equal D Pt. 1 – Konstrukt & Keiji Haino
21:42 Be Sure To Loop – OOIOO
21:46 Farsa Del Buen Vivir – Merzbow
21:49 (star) – Boredoms
21:52 Slider – Bo Ningen
21:56 Supercodex 02 – Ryoji Ikeda
21:57 Day Tripper – Yellow Magic Orchestra & Norio Yoshizawa

I Love You, You Big Dummy: The music of Captain Beefheart – Phil Hardy

“Beefheart once described his thing to an uncomprehending radio interviewer as ‘music to dematerialise the catatonia’. His style was rhythm and blues-based but completely unorthodox in its approach to structure, rhythm and key.”
Obituary in The Guardian, 18 December 2010

22:00 Clear Spot – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
22:03 Sure ‘Nuff ‘n’ Yes, I Do – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
22:06 Click Clack – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
22:09 The Floppy Boot Stomp – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
22:13 Hot Head – 2006 Digital Remaster – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
22:16 Owed T’Alex – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
22:21 Ink Mathematics – 2006 Digital Remaster – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
22:22 I Love You, You Big Dummy – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
22:25 Big Eyed Beans From Venus – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

Harry Smith Anthology – Gary Winters

Harry Smith was an artist at the centre of the mid 20th-century American avant-garde. Although best known as a filmmaker and musicologist, he described himself as a painter, and spoke of his art in alchemical and cosmological terms. In 1952 Folkways issued Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, comprising of recordings issued between 1927 and 1932. The 84-track anthology is recognised as a seminal inspiration for the folk music revival of the 1950s/60s. Smith spent his final years as ‘shaman in residence’ at Naropa Institute. Shortly before his death in 1991 he is quoted “I’m glad to say my dreams came true. I saw America changed by music.”

22:29 Present Joys – Harry Smith’s Anthology American Folk Music
22:31 John the Revelator – Blind Willie Johnson
22:34 Home Sweet Home – Harry Smith’s Anthology American Folk Music
22:37 Feather Bed – Cannon’s Jug Stompers
22:39 King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O – Chubby Parker & His Old Time Banjo
22:42 The Coo Coo Bird (The Cuckoo) – Clarence Ashley
22:45 Le vieux soulard et sa femme – Harry Smith’s Anthology American Folk Music
22:47 Henry Lee – Dick Justice
22:51 Must Be Born Again – Harry Smith’s Anthology American Folk Music
22:52 Indian War Whoop – Hoyt Ming and His Pep Steppers
22:55 Sail Away Lady – Uncle Bunt Stephens
22:57 Judgement – Harry Smith’s Anthology American Folk Music

All Ears 017 – 19th July 2018

This is what we played at All Ears 017:

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

except Tom Beesley’s Qawwali set which you can find on this YouTube Playlist,

and Emily Muirhead’s Rodriguez set which you can find on this YouTube Playlist.

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Simon East

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is a Jamaican music producer and a pioneer in the 1970s development of dub music: using remixing and studio effects to create new versions of existing reggae tracks. He has worked with and produced for a wide variety of artists, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Congos, Max Romeo, Adrian Sherwood, The Beastie Boys, The Clash and many others.

20:00 Return of Django – The Upsetters
20:02 Rude Boy – Prince Jammy & Lee Scratch Perry
20:04 Hold Fast Dub – Lee Scratch Perry
20:06 Mistry Babylon – The Heptones
20:09 Beat Down Babylon – Lee Scratch Perry
20:12 Bush Weed – Lee Scratch Perry
20:15 Clint Eastwood Rides Again – Lee Scratch Perry
20:17 Chase the Devil – Lee Scratch Perry
20:18 War Ina Babylon – Max Romeo & The Upsetters
20:22 Black Vest – The Upsetters
20:26 Zion Blood – Lee Scratch Perry

Qawwali – Tom Beesley

Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music popular in Pakistan and North India with its roots at the Sufi saint Nizamuddin’s shrine in Delhi. Its origins date from the late Thirteenth century.

20:30 Maalik Ne Banaye Saare – Chhote Mazid Shola
20:40 KAISHA HASHI NAGAR HAI SARKAR MUSTUFAKA – Anish Navab Kadari
20:50 Ankhian Udeek Diya – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Rodriguez – Emily Muirhead

I first fell in love with the music of Sixto Rodriguez in the 1990s. I was told that he had shot himself on stage in the 1960s, after his first album had bombed in the USA. Then in 2012 I watched a film called Searching for Sugarman which documented the search for Rodriguez. He had become the sound of the Apartheid in the 1990s and a South African cultural phenomenon, but like me, they all thought he had committed suicide. His music is unique and timeless and I am so happy this amazingly modest and talented musician is now enjoying the recognition that he deserves.

20:59 Sugar Man – Rodriguez
21:03 Big in South Africa – CNN Report
21:05 First performance in South Africa – Rodriguez
21:04 I Wonder – Rodriguez
21:06 I Think Of You – Rodriguez
21:10 Crucify your mind – Rodriguez
21:16 I’ll slip away – Rodriguez
21:20 Can’t Get Away – Rodriguez

Mark Kozelek – Simon East

Mark Kozelek is best known as the main artist of the indie folk band Sun Kil Moon, and as the founding member of the indie rock band Red House Painters. He also released several solo and collaborative recordings. He appeared in several films: Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky and Shopgirl.

21:23 Mistress – Red House Painters
21:26 River – Red House Painters
21:29 San Geronimo – Red House Painters
21:32 Ben’s My Friend – Sun Kil Moon
21:38 Between Days – Red House Painters
21:41 Heron Blue – Sun Kil Moon
21:44 Among the Leaves – Sun Kil Moon
21:48 What Happened to My Brother – Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle
21:53 Summer Dress – Red House Painters
21:55 Up To My Neck In You – Mark Kozelek

French Synth Pop – Joe Johnson

The celebrity soundbites of a typical ‘I remember the 90s’ TV show would probably suggest that the latter part of the decade was all about Radiohead’s melancholic rock and the UK’s post-Britpop hangover, yet across the channel the mood was notably celebratory. The blueprint of French house, or ‘French Touch’ as it is also known, can be found in the disco bass lines and filtered samples of Daft Punk’s early singles, such as Around the World. However not all French electronica from this period was aimed at the dance floor; the atmospheric, jazz influenced sounds of St Germain and Sebastien Tellier, combined with Air’s downbeat acoustic ballads, certainly prove that the genre wasn’t as mindless or repetitive as one might recall.

21:58 The Operation – Charlotte Gainsbourg
22:02 Rose Rouge – St Germain
22:06 Cochon Ville – Sébastien Tellier
22:10 Gordini Mix (Brakes On Mix) – Alex Gopher
22:14 Music Sounds Better With You – Stardust
22:17 Newjack – Justice
22:19 Revolution 909 – Daft Punk
22:21 Photograph – Air
22:24 La Ritournelle – Sébastien Tellier
22:26 1901 – Phoenix

12k Label – Tom Beesley

Label boss Taylor Deupree established 12k in Brooklyn, New York in1997. The label ‘fuses elements from ambient and acoustic experimentation with carefully arranged digital textures and associative micro-noises, the label’s aesthetics revolve around a precisely-outlined, yet deeply emotional concoction of the technological and the organic.’

22:28 Dusk, 20th September 2005 – Seaworthy
22:28 Map in Hand Pt. 2 – Seaworthy
22:32 the youthful sea – savvas ysatis + taylor deupree
22:35 reservoir – savvas ysatis + taylor deupree
22:42 Somi – Taylor Deupree
22:47 Largo – Stephan Mathieu & Taylor Deupree
22:50 desequilibre – Ghislain Poirier
22:53 skimming – Taylor Deupree

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