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Laidback and Breezy but Wistful

Blue Green Blues.

01. John Lee HookerFather Was A Jockey
Mr. Lucky (Charisma/ Pointblank, 1991)
02. Gregg AllmanFloating Bridge
Low Country Blues (Rounder, 2011)
03. John Lee HookerHighway 13
Mr. Lucky (Charisma/ Pointblank, 1991)
04. Lucinda WilliamsBorn To Be Loved
Blessed (Lost Highway, 2011)
05. John Lee HookerI Cover the Waterfront
Mr. Lucky (Charisma/ Pointblank, 1991)
06. The Innocence MissionMile-Marker
My Room in the Trees (Badman Recording Co., 2010)

note: Just as the title says. A early evening breeze clear blues. I am trying to be as crisp as possible, but it’s 1 am right now, so maybe a big pictures will help me focus a little. But if you are into mid week blues tunes with clean guitar line, this list probably will suit you. Soft, crisp and crossing the landscape. And John Lee Hooker rules.

John Lee Hooker’s guitar playing is closely aligned with piano boogie-woogie. He would play the walking bass pattern with his thumb, stopping to emphasize the end of a line with a series of trills, done by rapid hammer-ons and pull-offs. The songs that most epitomize his early sound are “Boogie Chillen”, about being 17 and wanting to go out to dance at the Boogie clubs, “Baby, Please Don’t Go”, a blues standard first recorded by Big Joe Williams, and “Tupelo Blues”, a stunningly sad song about the flooding of Tupelo, Mississippi in April 1936.

He maintained a solo career, popular with blues and folk music fans of the early 1960s and crossed over to white audiences, giving an early opportunity to the young Bob Dylan. As he got older, he added more and more people to his band, changing his live show from simply Hooker with his guitar to a large band, with Hooker singing.

His vocal phrasing was less closely tied to specific bars than most blues singers. This casual, rambling style had been gradually diminishing with the onset of electric blues bands from Chicago but, even when not playing solo, Hooker retained it in his sound.

Though Hooker lived in Detroit during most of his career, he is not associated with the Chicago-style blues prevalent in large northern cities, as much as he is with the southern rural blues styles, known as delta blues, country blues, folk blues, or “front porch blues”. His use of an electric guitar tied together the Delta blues with the emerging post-war electric blues. – wiki

image: Fey Ilyas, Marcus Vegas

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Category: Blues

One For Daddy-O

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Groove and Flavor

01. The Ramsey Lewis TrioNature Boy
Pot Luck (Argo Records, 1962)
02. Cannonball AdderleyOne For Daddy-O
Somethin’ Else (1958)
03. The NecksBuoyant
Chemist (Rer Megacorp, 2007)
04. TristezaPeaks
Mixed Signals (Tiger Style, 2002)
05. Jimmy McGriffTight Times
Electric Funk (1969)

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note: Hard New York flavor. Jazz and all. Something to listen to if you miss NYC, in classic 60′s bebop sound track sort of way. The Neck is australian groups.

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image: Untitled (1983) by Jannis Kounellis (Greek, born 1936). Steel beam, steel bed frame with propane gas torch, five steel shelves, smoke traces, and steel panel and shelf with wood, Overall approximately 10′ 11 1/2″ x 17′ 7 1/4″ x 16 1/4″ (333.9 x 536.5 x 41.2 cm). Sid R. Bass, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller, The Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation, Inc. Funds, and purchase. © 2011 Jannis Kounellis

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Category: Jazz

I Will Not Sing hateful Songs

The European Revolutions of 1848, known in some countries as the Spring of Nations, Springtime of the Peoples or the Year of Revolution, were a series of political upheavals throughout Europe. Described by some historians as a revolutionary wave, the period of unrest began in France, with the French Revolution of 1848, and soon spread to the rest of Europe.

Although most of the revolutions were quickly put down, there was a significant amount of violence in many areas, with tens of thousands of people tortured and/or killed. While the immediate political effects of the revolutions were largely reversed, the long-term reverberations of the events were far-reaching. - wiki

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Groove for Double Dip and Arab Spring Revolution

01. Brian Auger & the Trinity/Julie DriscollFlesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)
A Kind of Love in 1967-1971 (Raven, 2004)
02. ConstantinesLife or Death
Kensington Heights (Arts & Crafts, 2008)
03. Mogwai - San Pedro
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (Sub Pop, 2011)
04. Sonic YouthSchizophrenia
Sister (DGC, 1994)
05. Bellini - Numbers
The Precious Prize of Gravity (Temporary Residence, 2009)
06. Captain Beefheart & The Magic BandSure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do
Safe As Milk (1967)
07. Lionel Richierunning with the night
Can’t Slow Down (1990)

note: I don’t know where everybody is. Probably too busy having a live or having sex. I need those too. hah. OK, here is a proper list finally. Something restless, inspired by everybody who is struggling to have their voice heard in the middle east. Little warning, this is a mode play, opening with soul slowly turning mathrock, full of fuzz and dissonance. Very dark, but I like it. It’s a proper list, I put some thought in arranging it in term of mode transition. The seemingly random move actually are mish mash of same titles inside the album or lyrics. Mogwai’s last album has the word Lionel Richie in it.

I hope you enjoy it. And everybody in the arab world, we are behind you.

image: Barricade on the rue Soufflot, an 1848 painting by Horace Vernet.

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Category: Psychedelic, Rock, Soul

We Could Build A Better Robot, If We Only Had Arms

How long that wild rush lasted I have no means of judging. It may have been an hour, a day, or many days, for I was throughout in a state of suspended animation, but presently my senses began to return and with them a sensation of lessening speed, a grateful relief to a heavy pressure which had held my life crushed in its grasp, without destroying it completely. It was just that sort of sensation though more keen which, drowsy in his bunk, a traveller feels when he is aware, without special perception, harbour is reached and a voyage comes to an end. But in my case the slowing down was for a long time comparative. Yet the sensation served to revive my scattered senses, and just as I was awakening to a lively sense of amazement, an incredible doubt of my own emotions, and an eager desire to know what had happened, my strange conveyance oscillated once or twice, undulated lightly up and down, like a woodpecker flying from tree to tree, and then grounded, bows first, rolled over several times, then steadied again, and, coming at last to rest, the next minute the infernal rug opened, quivering along all its borders in its peculiar way, and humping up in the middle shot me five feet into the air like a cat tossed from a schoolboy’s blanket. – Gulliver of Mars

The beep beep list.

01. Simone WhiteThe Beep Beep Song
Ministry of Sound: Chilled Acoustic 2010 Disc 3 (2010)
02. Lali PunaMove On
Our Inventions (Morr Music, 2010)
03. Pantha Du PrinceAbglanz
Black Noise (Rough Trade, 2010)
04. Brian EnoBone Jump
Small Craft on a Milk Sea (Warp Records, 2010)
05. kangding rayapnee
automne fold (2008)
06. Bombay Bicycle Clubyou already know [feat. kathryn williams]
Om Lounge (15 Year Anniversary Edition) (Om, 2009)

note: Experimental pop of sort. I made this last year actually, trying to make glitch tech more palatable and not so cryptically futuristic, more pop-ish while not being kitschy. I declare it a success and move on. It’s hard to do you know. Well, think of it as retro futuristic lounge for lazy day.

image: Rob Sheridan

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Category: Electronica, Pop

Long After Tonight

On September 24, 1969, thirteen months after the riots that shocked America, the trial of the so-called “Chicago Eight” began in the oak-panelled, twenty-third-floor courtroom of Judge Julius Hoffman. The 300 members of the panel of potential jurors were overwhelmingly white, middle-class and middle-aged. They reminded author and trial observer J. Anthony Lukas of “the Rolling Meadows Bowling League lost on their way to the lanes.” Defense attorneys William Kunstler and Leonard Weinglass submitted to Judge Hoffman a list of fifty-four proposed questions for potential jurors. They believed that the questions might aid them in their use of juror challenges by revealing cultural biases. Among the questions the defense attorneys wanted to ask jurors were: “Do you know who Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix are?”, “Would you let your son or daughter marry a Yippie?”, and “If your children are female, do they wear brassieres all the time?” Judge Hoffman rejected all but one of the proposed questions, asking the jurors only “Are you, or do you have any close friends or relatives who are employed by any law enforcement agencies?” (Later, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals would cite the judge’s refusal to allow inquiry into the potential cultural biases of jurors as a ground for reversing all convictions.) Three hours after voir dire began, a jury of two white men and ten women, two black and eight white, was seated. It was clearly not a good jury for the defense. (After the trial, one female juror commented that the defendants “should be convicted for their appearance, their language and their lifestyle.” Edward Kratzke, the jury foreman, also was angered by the defendants’ courtroom behavior: “These defendants wouldn’t even stand up when the judge walked in; when there is no more respect we might as well give up the United States.” A third juror expressed the view that the demonstrators “should have been shot down by the police.”) - The Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial

Short Soul List

01. Janis JoplinBall and Chain [Live]
18 Essential Songs (1995)
02. Irma ThomasTake A Look
Straight From The Soul (Stateside, 2004)
03. Amy WinehouseSome Unholy War
Back to Black [Deluxe Edition] (2006)
04. Michael JacksonAin’t no sunshine
Got to be there (1972)
05. Irma ThomasLong After Tonight Is All Over
Straight From The Soul (Stateside, 2004)
06. Janis JoplinSummertime
18 Essential Songs (1995)
07. Amy WinehouseYou Know I’m No Good
Back to Black [Deluxe Edition] (2006)

Note: I am not sure what’s going on out there right now, so I’ll do my own thing until I have time sorting out recent releases. In the meantime, the world is definitely having one of its fit. Unhappy people all over, protests, government going crazy, and economy going straight to the ditch. I want full throat soul to go with it. This is a short list with songs from three different eras doing exactly same style singing about same subject matter. One from golden age of soul, another from the height of psychelic rock, and two from recent hits doing retake of soul era. Maybe by listening to these, I can be assured that somehow now is just a re-imagining of before. There is nothing to worry, it’s all rehash. Like a good explosive rock, hearing voice so near the mic, one can feel the heat of amplifier transmitting the scream of burning soul. It’s desiring. Articulation of soul in sound.

image: Venus Oak
see also: Chicago Seven

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Category: Rock, Soul

With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world's great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire's glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song's measure
Can trample an empire down. [1]


Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end! `I wonder how many miles I've fallen by this time?' she said aloud. `I must be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth. Let me see: that would be four thousand miles down, I think--' (for, you see, Alice had learnt several things of this sort in her lessons in the schoolroom, and though this was not a very good opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there was no one to listen to her, still it was good practice to say it over) `--yes, that's about the right distance--but then I wonder what Latitude or Longitude I've got to?' (Alice had no idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but thought they were nice grand words to say.) [2]



O long-silent Sybil,
you of the winged dreams,
Speak out from your temple of light
as the serious constellations
with Greek names
still stare down on us
as a lighthouse moves its megaphone
over the sea
Speak out and shine upon us
the sea-light of Greece
the diamond light of Greece

Far-seeing Sybil, forever hidden,
Come out of your cave at last
And speak to us in the poet's voice
the voice of the fourth person singular
the voice of the inscrutable future
the voice of the people mixed
with a wild soft laughter--
And give us new dreams to dream,
Give us new myths to live by! [3]


So our princes who have lost their principalities after many years’ of possession shouldn’t blame their loss on fortuna. The real culprit is their own indolence, going through quiet times with no thought of the possibility of change (it’s a common human fault, failing to prepare for tempests unless one is actually in one!). And when eventually bad times did come, they thought of •flight rather than •self-defence, hoping that the people, upset by conquerors’ insolence, would recall them. This course of action may be all right when there’s no alternative, but it is not all right to neglect alternatives and choose this one; it amounts to voluntarily falling because you think that in due course someone will pick you up. If you do get rescued (and you probably won’t), that won’t make you secure; the only rescue that is really helpful to you is the one performed by you, the one that depends on yourself and your virtù. [4]