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