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thirteenth granite mix

granite 13 is a mix i constructed some time ago late at night in a lively pensive mood. probably i don’t really remember. some of the artists have been on other granite mixes but that’s only to be expected. graphs show patterns and patterns evolve into branched out structures of growth replete with inner and outer significance. trellises draw stems and tendrils favour south-facing surfaces.

lotte lenya, best singer of all bond villains is my favourite interpreter of her husband’s music. sorry this track isn’t great quality it came tortuously originally from a radio broadcast – bbc radio 3 that would be.

nancy wilson i have talked about before and not sure what else i can say except that if you’re going to look at only one of the youtube links that i’ve embedded in this post then i would particularly recommend hers

bonnie prince billy i find a refreshing character i’ve chosen a video rather than a live perfomance for the link because i somehow think he works especially well with film.

ron goodwin wrote the music for seventy-odd films including four miss marple features with margaret rutherford in the lead role. i can’t find any full versions of those online but here’s a trailer.

balkan music has got a strong thing going with it’s mixture of asian and european traditions and this albanian unit is a good example of what i’m talking about. what am i talking about?

raekwon

my clan done ran from japan to atlanta with stamina
slingers and gamblers and gram handlers
tical light the owl cigar let’s get steamed
infra-red guard your beam

i’m not an expert on the blues but for me john lee hooker was the guy who took it a bit beyond and spaced it out by reducing the number of chords which is always good for me though i admit sometimes i fancy putting a few in.

alfred schnittke is another composer/musician that i have talked about before and not sure what else to say. how about – my favourite composer? at the moment anyway.

baden powell – probably talked about him too (when i say talked i mean written). and the link is the second best one to watch.

here’s the mix

granite mix 13
artist title album
lotte lenya september song from radio
nancy wilson i can’t stop loving you today, tomorrow and forever
bonnie prince billy the lion lair ease down the road
ron goodwin miss marple theme film music of ron goodwin
unknown albanian musicians unknown albanian song from radio
raekwon guillotine (swordz) only built 4 cuban linx
john lee hooker crawlin’ king snake the best of john lee hooker
alfred schnittke collected songs where every verse is filled with grief kronos quartet – early music
baden powell dindi poema on guitar
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birds geology mixes music

granite mix 6

Paul Bley‘s first album came out on Debut Records label. It’s DLP 7 – Introducing Paul Bley. Debut Records was a label set up by Max Roach, Charles Mingus and Mingus’s wife Celia. A brave attempt by artists to control the commercial aspects of their careers which also produced some classic music and highly collectable if you can afford the original vinyl. Here‘s some of the cover art including this album.

I’m not sure that any of the vinyl that Harold Budd‘s music is contained on has a lot of market value. I expect a few things might have. Luxa I have on cd and the only cds that will keep any sort of value will have very distinctive packaging. I guess this track is named after the Mandan tribe.

I know absolutely nothing about James Earle Hines but I’ve managed to find you a link if you’d like to know something.

The first Laotian music I heard was on BBC Radio 3 sometime in the late 70s and I taped the programme with it on. I may still have it somewhere but this is from a cd I got later. As a special treat I’m also embedding a youtube video to show how this sort of thing is created. You know I only give you the best.

Abraham Ellstein wrote only one opera – The Golem. I’d really like to hear that actually. According to Amazon it has been recorded but sadly it’s unavailable.

According to Wikipedia, Blind Lemon Jefferson recorded 79 songs over a 4 year period 1925-1929. He was in his early thirties and he died in 1929. He was a Texan. For me the greatest musician to come from Texas is Ornette Coleman, but Blind Lemon isn’t too far behind. He’d been playing as a professional musician since his teens and until his recording career happened mainly made his money as a busker although busking was probably a bit different then.

But boxing is and was my heart

Miles Davis : Miles The Autobiography

During the first few months of 1970 around the time of recording the soundtrack to Jim Jacobs’ documentary about the legendary boxer Jack Johnson, Miles named several tracks after some of his favourite boxers – Johnny Bratton, Sugar Ray (Leonard),(Muhammad) Ali, Archie Moore and finally the track featured here (Roberto) Duran, which rightly should be Durán, otherwise known as “Manos de Piedra” in his native Panama. This track is about 9 minutes long.

I was fortunate to see Dawn Upshaw once performing with the Kronos Quartet. Unfortunately her throat was bad and she could only sing about three pieces. Still I suppose that should be more valuable like a stamp that’s mis-printed.

Dock Boggs who is the subject of this superb song by Chicago band Califone was born on February 7 1898 and died on February 7 1971 on his 73rd birthday.

I had the craziest dream last night. An owl kicked its way under my blanket in the middle of the night and insisted that it needed to get warm. I’d never conversed with an owl before and I couldn’t really believe that it was telling the truth. Astrud, help me on this one. Could it have been a burrowing owl?

GZA Here’s a youtube link to one of his masterful 50 Cent disses which is nice because the words are given below the video. Sheer Genius.

One of the best gigs I ever went to was seeing David Rudder at the Fleece & Firkin in Bristol. He and his band were stupendous and it was a privilege to be able to see that in such a small and intimate setting. This track isn’t David Rudder but it was as a result of seeing him that I bought the record with this on. It turns out to be interesting in that Gypsy is Winston Edward Peters who is currently Minister of Community in the Trinidad & Tobago government. Couldn’t happen in Britain could it?

And then what do you know? More calypso, I didn’t really plan that. Lord Kitchener was an earlier generation though not the earliest of recording calypso artists. In 1942 he first recorded a song called Green Fig and supposedly Princess Margaret bought 100 copies of it. Maybe she bought 100 copies of lots of things though. I mean if you can afford it you may as well do it.

And finally John Coltrane‘s version of the lovely Irving Berlin song, Russian Lullaby. What more can I say?

here’s the mix

Granite Mix 6
Artist Title Album
Paul Bley The Theme Introducing Paul Bley
Harold Budd Mandan Luxa
James Earle Hines & His Goodwill Singers Get On Board Little Children Get On Board Little Children
Molam Lao Lam Pthuthay Music From Southern Laos
Abraham Ellstein Abi Gezunt Great Songs Of The Yiddish Stage Vol 1
Blind Lemon Jefferson Teddy Bear Blues Black Snake Moan
Miles Davis Duran Directions
Dawn Upshaw Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress: No Word From Tom Knoxville – Summer Of 1915
Califone Dock Boggs Sometimes Good Weather Follows Bad People
Astrud Gilberto I Had The Craziest Dream Beach Samba
GZA 4th Chamber Liquid Swords
Gypsy Sing Ram Bam This Is Soca
Lord Kitchener Kitch In The Jungle London Is The Place For Me
John Coltrane Russian Lullaby Soultrane
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hip hop music

more from nineteen ninety five

Here are some more hip hop highlights from 1995.

I suppose Tha Alkaholiks were never going to be all that big, but actually they’re probably my favourite west coast act of that era. (And in my case that’s not perhaps as much of a compliment as it may seem). Later they tried to change their name to Tha Liks because they were being denied airplay because… I suppose because their name seemed to condone a vice. That doesn’t seem like a good idea to me but maybe I have something of Ancient Greece about me. Whatever, they are trying to make a bit of a comeback, with a new album this year. Let’s face it everybody who’s ever had anything to do with music at all is trying to make a comeback. Or will do in the future if they live long enough.

The track is called Daam

Liquid Swords is on the identically-named album. As far as I’m concerned that’s the best ever hip hop album and the last time I spoke to him about the subject a few months ago that is also the opinion of my son. Actually I know quite a lot of people would agree but there are also many great alternative contenders.

So this is by Gza

Smiff ‘n’ Wessun were another hip hop outfit with name problems. The gun company didn’t like the use of their name even though the spelling is a bit different. Also it took them some time to realise what was happening and by then really it was too late, especially as Tek and Steele didn’t do anything all that marvellous with the new name (Cocoa Brovaz). But Dah Shinin’ is a great album.

This track is called Sound Bwoy Bureill and it features Top Dog and Starang Wondah.

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music

2 new songs

Here are a couple of songs that I wrote recently. These are just my home recorded demos so they’re just sketches not finished articles. I’m not sure whether the songs are good or not. Well I know they’re ok, I can continue to work with them, I’m not going to drop them, but it takes time before you know whether a song is just ok or whether it is something more.

The first one is called waiting for my map and is particularly designed for taking out into small pubs and clubs and presenting as some sort of offering to try and evoke a latterday oracle. Generally that feels like a Sisyphean task, but maybe tenacity is the best thing I have to offer.

Waiting For My Map

Then there is the more recent little crusader, which I can only perform using a loop pedal and haven’t yet done so. One day I may judge an audience to be sufficiently sympathetic to witness it. Actually both these songs are recorded with the use of the loop pedal and that accounts for the occasional strange slightly out-of-time edit. I quite like that.

Little Crusader

There are 2 things that particularly influence my use of the loop pedal. Firstly the things that Terry Riley used to do using a couple of Revoxes to create a delay and then later using more advanced technology to build up repeating patterns. Persian Surgery Dervishes is my favourite example of this. You can hear a bit of that here.

The 2nd thing is hip-hop particularly the great producers of the 90s. Especially DJ Premier. On the subject of out-of-time loops I love what Arabian Knight did for GZA on this track.