It’s time for another mix. This one’s pretty random though manually so. Here’s a few comments about the tracks.
El Bachín was a bar in Buenos Aires, now demolished but the name has been transferred to another establishment. The little boy of Piazzolla’s song was called Pablo Alberto González. In an interview he said that his favourite part of the song is where it says “Dirty-faced little angel selling flowers in the skittles alley of Bachin fire at me with three roses the hunger I hear in you” (or something like that – not easy to translate). The interviewer asked “Do you know what it means?” The answer “No but I like it all the same.”
I haven’t really anything to say about Can’s track Vitamin C. It’s pretty well known and you may have heard it somewhere even if you don’t know anything about the band. Here’s a link to a video that Mute Records made to go with a re-release 3 years ago.
I first saw Carla Bley performing in, I think, 1975 when she was in Jack Bruce’s band. In fact she was the reason I went to see the band. I’ve also been fortunate to have been at a few gigs to see Charlie Haden including the one when they toured this material which was probably in 1983. That was at the Venue, Victoria, London.
Here’s a bit from an interview with Junior Wells from 1997 where he talks about his very early days as a musician.
Yeah. Well, Tampa used to play right down the street from where I was living on 22nd and Prairie. I couldn’t go any place, but I was just a kid. But I used to sit out front and listen to them. Johnnie Jones came out one night, he was playing keyboards then, and he hear me playing the harmonica. And he said, “Come on in the house”. I couldn’t go in cos Mrs. Jeffries wouldn’t allow it. He went in and told the people I was out there, and some people come outside. And they kept bugging Mrs. Jeffries about me coming in. So Mrs. Jeffries let me come in and I could play some. I had to go outside. Then, I started to bothering Tampa to get in some other places. And they started to let me take all the tips that the people was giving to me. I started hustling down and something like that. Then the other musicians, the older musicians, they started taking their time with me, too. I felt real groovy about it. You know, everybody seemed to be in my corner about helping me accomplish what I was trying to do.
And to continue the Brazilian theme here is a song from Jorge Ben’s debut album which came out in 1963.
And now a bit of North Africa with Cheba Zahouania.
Here’s an excerpt from an interview with MF Doom from spin.com where he’s talking about his approach to writing lyrics.
I’m a rhymer, so I go for points. I ain’t going to be talking shit about the next dude, or bragging about shit I got. I talk broke shit, I talk about shit I don’t got, or things I’m striving for. Say you’re speaking from a point of view where you’re talking to yourself, in maybe a sad mood. How do your tones come across? Can people feel what you’re saying? Can they hear what you’re saying? Are you well pronounced? Maybe you purposely were a little bit sloppy with it, to bring the point across. Can you bring the point across and still get the rhyme points? It’s like gymnastics on paper.
James Brown’s 1st album from 1958 – James Brown and the Famous Flames that is.
I can’t say I know much about Macedonian folk music but I have managed to find a nice clip of Kostadin Gugov – I like this sort of home-made thing.
I know I’ve featured Ravi Shankar before – you can’t go wrong with a genius like that. And his name is linked to his official website where I see that a few weeks ago Dark Horse Records released the first ever vinyl version of his 1997 album Chants of India.
Poverty’s Paradise was the first hip-hop album to win a Grammy so it’s a bit of history too.
H.P.Lovecraft (the band that is) were only going for a couple of years in the late sixties. The link goes to a clip of them performing the song tbat’s in this mix on TV from 1968.
Finally, Beautiful Linda Getchell commemorates a sad story of unrequited love which is also alluded to in one of Fahey’s best known albums – the San Bernardino Birthday Party. You can read the story in Steve Lowenthal’s biography of the great guitarist. Only if you’re interested though.
|Chiquilín De Bachin||Astor Piazzolla||Moderato Mistico|
|Vitamin C||Can||Ege Bamyasi|
|Introduction To People||Charlie Haden / Carla Bley||The Ballad Of The Fallen|
|Early In The Morning||Junior Wells||Hoodoo Man Blues|
|São João Do Carneirinho||Luiz Gonzaga||Sao Joao Na Roca|
|Quere Esquecer Voce||Jorge Ben||Samba Esquema Novo|
|Ala Lasmar Moul Khana||Zahouania||Golden Rai|
|Tell Me What I Did Wrong||James Brown And The Famous Flames||Please, Please, Please|
|Razturi Se Shar Planina||Kostadin Gugov||Macedonian Songs|
|Village Dance||Ravi Shankar||Tana Mana|
|Sunshine||Naughty By Nature||Poverty’s Paradise|
|I’ve Been Wrong Before||H.P.Lovecraft||H.P.Lovecraft|
|Beautiful Linda Getchell||John Fahey||The Transfiguration Of Blind Joe Death|