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

All Ears 007 – 20th June 2017

These are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify most of these tracks are in this playlist : All Ears 007 Playlist.

Pauline Oliveros – Tom Beesley

Born in the U.S. in 1932, Oliveros is a key figure in the development of post-war experimental and electronic music. Most famous for initiating the concept of ‘deep listening’ – an idea perfectly at home at All Ears.

20:00 Fragments – Pauline Oliveros
20:07 Thirteen Changes: No. 5, A Sip of Midnight Well Water – Pauline Oliveros, Silvia Tarozzi
20:10 Suiren – Pauline Oliveros
20:18 Deep Hockets – Stuart Dempster, Pauline Oliveros, David Gamper, Deep Listening Band
20:22 Sound Patterns – Pauline Oliveros, Vocal Constructivists, Jane Alden
20:25 Crossing the Sands – Pauline Oliveros

Freezing Hot – Robert Gibson

The Freezing Hot half hour concentrates on (mainly) jazz from northern climes. A combination of Scandinavian cool, Swiss precision and British-based intrigue.

20:30 Elevation of Love – Esbjorn Svensson Trio
20:36 Love Is Real – Viktoria Tolstoy
20:41 Modul 48 – Nik Bartsch’s Ronin
20:48 Maybe It’s You – Sonic Stories
20:53 Blessed Feet – Tord Gustavsen Trio
20:57 If Ships Were Made To Sail – Scott Walker

David Sylvian – Simon East

David Sylvian came to prominence in the late 70s as the lead vocalist and songwriter in the group Japan. For a while their record company promoted Sylvian as “the most beautiful man in pop.” Japan broke up in 1982, since when Sylvian has produced many recordings, collaborating with a large number of different musicians including Robert Fripp, members of CAN and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Born David Batt, as a fan of the New York Dolls, he adopted his stage name from Sylvain Sylvain.

21:00 …Rhodesia – Japan
21:04 Forbidden Colours – Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Sylvian
21:08 Sons Of Pioneers (Live) – Japan
21:13 Red Guitar – David Sylvian
21:18 Buoy – Mick Karn
21:21 Taking the Veil – David Sylvian
21:25 Blackwater – Rain Tree Crow

Super Fly – Tom Beesley

Written and produced by Curtis Mayfield, Super Fly was the soundtrack to the Blaxploitation film of the same title from 1972. Widely regarded as a classic of 70s funk and soul, Super Fly dealt with themes of drug use and deprivation with a social awareness – and made a great deal more money than the accompanying film.

21:30 Little Child Runnin’ Wild – Curtis Mayfield
21:35 Pusherman – Curtis Mayfield
21:40 Freddie’s Dead (Album Version) – Curtis Mayfield
21:45 Give Me Your Love – Curtis Mayfield
21:49 Eddie, You Should Know Better – Curtis Mayfield
21:51 No Thing on Me (Cocaine Song) – Curtis Mayfield
21:56 Superfly (Album Version) – Curtis Mayfield

Boiling Cool – Robert Gibson

Boiling Cool offers a bit of smoulder from the southern States; from Vietnam (via Paris) and Spain and concluding with an opportunity to ‘get on down’…

22:00 Ain’t Misbehavin’ (feat. Liam Noble & Paul Clarvis) – Mark Lewandowski, Liam Noble, Paul Clarvis
22:06 Love Me Like A River Does – Melody Gardot
22:10 Chinoir – The Nguyen Le Trio
22:15 Tupelo Honey/Angel – Cassandra Wilson
22:21 Cristobal – Renaud Garcia-Fons
22:26 I’m Confessin’ – Lizz Wright
22:28 Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine – James Brown

Progressive House – Simon East

Progressive house emerged in the UK after the first wave of US house music. It’s roots can be traced back to the early 1990s UK rave and club scenes. In 1992, Mixmag described it at the time as a “new breed of hard but tuneful, banging but thoughtful, uplifting and trancey British house.” The Guerilla Record Label was pivotal in defining the sound with acts like Spooky and DOP.

22:31 Metropolis – Metropolis
22:36 Funky Guitar (Uk Remix Lion Rock Inna Milanese) – TC 1992
22:39 I’m stronger now – Definitive Two
22:42 Body Medusa – The Leftfield Remix – Supereal
22:45 Here I Go – D.O.P.
22:47 Come Into My Life (Hart Fab Mix) – Abfahrt
22:52 Stereo – Spooky

All Ears 006 – 15th June 2017

These are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify all of these tracks apart from Rachel Sedman’s Italian Soundscape are in this playlist : All Ears 006 Playlist

Italian Soundscape – Rachel Sedman

Sounds recorded during the course of a week in the Dolomite region of Northern Italy amongst alpine mountains and stunning lakes. An experiment in listening as part of learning to be and understand a place.

Stereolab – Simon East

Stereolab are an English-French band formed by Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier in 1990 in London. They were a couple at the time but separated in 2004. Their sound is heavily influenced by 70’s Krautrock and 60’s Lounge. They have also been influenced by the Marxist and Situationist movements. They have released almost all their music on their own Duophonic Records label allowing them total control over their output. The band has been on indefinite hiatus since 2009.

20:30 Mellotron – Stereolab
20:33 Avant Garde M.O.R. – Stereolab
20:37 The Free Design – Stereolab
20:41 Diagonals – Stereolab
20:46 Captain Easychord – Stereolab
20:51 Les Yper-Sound – Stereolab
20:53 Ping Pong – Stereolab
20:56 French Disko – Stereolab

Pop Genius – David Hesmondhalgh

Pop is often the most despised form of music but at its best reaches out beyond the niches and filter bubbles we live within, to connect with common experiences of loss, excitement, confusion, melancholy, hope, shame, lust, and love. Many people can hear the greatness in old pop like Bacharach and David and Barry White – but there’s some truly great pop music around today too.

20:59 Get It Together – Drake, Black Coffee, Jorja Smith
21:03 Stay – Rihanna & Mikky Ekko
21:07 Begin Again – Taylor Swift
21:10 Green Light – Lorde
21:14 Take a Walk – Passion Pit
21:18 SexyBack – Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
21:22 Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
21:25 Lean On (feat. M0 & DJ Snake) – Major Lazer

Contemporary Harp – Rachel Sedman

A taster of the diversity of modern harp sounds from psychedelic jazz harp to electronic modern harp with some folk in-between.

21:28 Journey In Satchidananda – Alice Coltrane & Pharoah Sanders
21:29 The Quiet at Night – Mary Lattimore
21:39 Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie – Joanna Newsom
21:43 Muted – Zeena Parkins
21:51 Essence of Sapphire – Dorothy Ashby
21:54 Sacrifice – Bjork
21:58 Talkin’ All That Jazz – Stetsasonic

Hip Hop Jazz Encounters – David Hesmondhalgh

Hip hop has always shown interest in jazz, whether sampling, or bringing in musicians. Recently, the links have grown stronger, and even more creatively fruitful.

22:03 Food – Ghostface Killah, BadBadNotGood
22:06 Maiysha (So Long) – Miles Davis, Robert Glasper, Erykah Badu
22:10 Institutionalized – Kendrick Lamar, Bilal, Anna Wise, Snoop Dogg
22:15 No Time To Play – Ronny Jordan, Guru’s Jazzmatazz
22:20 Jazz (We’ve Got) – A Tribe Called Quest
22:23 Walk On By – Thundercat & Kendrick Lamar
22:26 Special Affair – The Internet

Godspeed – Simon East

Godspeed You! Black Emperor is a Canadian experimental music collective which originated in Montreal in 1994. Their expansive sound ranges from post-rock to drone to ambient. The group have long been associated with the anarchist movement. A number of side projects have grown out of the original group, some of which we will play tonight, including Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, Fly Pan Am, HṚṢṬA, Esmerine, and Set Fire to Flames.

22:29 Storm – Godspeed You! Black Emperor
22:32 13 Angels Standing Guard ‘Round The Side Of Your Bed – Silver Mt. Zion
22:38 Bibi a nice, 1921 – Fly Pan Am
22:40 Hechicero Del Bosque – Hrsta
22:48 Deja, Comme Des Trous De Vent, Comme Reproduit – Set Fire To Flames
22:53 The Dead Flag Blues – Godspeed You! Black Emperor

 

All Ears 005 – 18th May 2017

These are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify most of the songs are in this playlist : All Ears 005 Playlist

The Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto film we played you can find on vimeo here.

Absurdists – Simon East

A collection of acts that have produced odd, funny and sometimes absurd songs. Featuring: Ivor Cutler, The Bonzo Dog Band, Stump, Half Man Half Biscuit and more…

20:00 Hold My Hand – The Rutles
20:02 Jilted John – Jilted John
20:05 Barabadabada – Ivor Cutler
20:06 Whip It – DEVO
20:08 You’re My Drug – The Dukes Of Stratosphear
20:11 The Trouser Press – The Bonzo Dog Band
20:14 Sometimes I Wish I Was A Pretty Girl – Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians
20:16 Gruts For Tea – Ivor Cutler
20:18 All I Want For Chrismas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit – Half Man Half Biscuit
20:21 Where’s Me Jumper? – Sultans Of Ping F.C.
20:24 Buffalo – Stump

Ryan not Bryan – Steve Parker

David Ryan Adams is an American singer-songwriter, musician and producer. He is best known for his prolific solo career, during which he has released fifteen albums.  He was born in 1974 in Jacksonville, North Carolina USA and was a member of alternative country band Whiskeytown with whom he released three albums before going solo.

At a concert in 2002, someone in the audience jokingly yelled out a request for “Summer of ’69,” a hit by the similarly-named Bryan Adams which he did not take well. In 2015, Ryan, who had since become friends with Bryan, played “Summer of ’69” at the end of a performance at the same venue.

20:28 Do You Still Love Me? – Ryan Adams
20:32 Firecracker – Ryan Adams
20:35 Nuclear – Ryan Adams
20:38 Two – Ryan Adams
20:41 Kim – Ryan Adams
20:44 Everybody Knows – Ryan Adams
20:46 Let It Ride – Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
20:50 This Is It – Ryan Adams
20:53 Anybody Wanna Take Me Home – Ryan Adams

Roots Reggae – Tom Beesley

By the end of the 60s Jamaican music was taking a more spiritual turn, combining Rock Steady, Blues, Gospel and Nyabinghi drumming with tenets from the Rastafarian religion. The new music spoke to the ghetto sufferer and the rural poor – addressing issues of oppression, black pride and a return to Africa – during a period of turbulent social change.

20:57 Unity – Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus
21:00 Lamb’s Bread Collie – Cedric IM Brooks & The Light of Saba
21:04 Know Jah Today – The Abyssinians
21:07 I and I Are the Chosen One – Prince Far I
21:10 African Roots – Extended – Johnny Clarke
21:16 Truths And Rights – Johnny Osbourne
21:19 Marcus Senior (Original Mix) – Burning Spear
21:24 None Shall Escape the Judgement – Johnny Clarke
21:27 Zion Gate – Yabby You

Sarah Records – Steve Parker

Sarah Records was a UK independent record label active in Bristol between 1987 and 1995. It is best known for its recordings of indie pop, mostly released on 7″ singles. It’s rare releases now command large sums.  The final track tonight is from a rare 12″ single by The Field Mice that is a very different sound from the jangly guitar pop they and many other Sarah Records acts tended to favour.

21:30 If You Need Someone – The Field Mice
21:34 It’s Only Obvious – The Orchids
21:36 Pristine Christine – Sea Urchins
21:39 Sensitive – The Field Mice
21:44 Sunflower – The Springfields
21:48 Please Rain Fall – Sea Urchins
21:51 Carbrain – The Wake
21:54 Triangle – The Field Mice

Noto & Sakamoto – Tom Beesley

This set features a film of a performance from 2016 by Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto that takes place in the iconic Glass House in Connecticut, designed by the architect Philip Johnson in1949. The artist’s sample sounds generated from the architecture and also incorporate sounds from the weather outside.

You can find on vimeo here.

PAN label – Simon East

PAN is a record label based in Berlin and run by Bill Kouligas. Their releases mainly focus on experimental electronic and dance music. They have released tracks from established artists like Rashad Becker, Trevor Wishart and Florian Hecker, and supported emerging talents such as M.E.S.H., Helm and Objekt.

22:26 Ratchet – Objekt
22:31 Olympic Mess – Helm
22:37 The Black Pill – M.E.S.H.
22:39 Fr3sh – Kareem Lotfy
22:43 Held – Malibu
22:49 Untitled Reversion – Lee Gamble
22:52 Severance – ADR

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