Photo: The Swamp
“Neo-Hoodoo is the 8 basic dances of 19th century New Orleans’ Place Congo- the Calinda, the Bamboula, the Chacta, the Babouille, the Conjaille, the Juba, the Congo and the VooDoo- modernized into the Philly Dog, the Hully Gully, the Funky Chicken, the Popcorn, the Boogaloo and the dance of great American choreographer Buddy Bradley. ”
― Ishmael Reed
Late Summertime Voodoo Blues
I suck at holding down this fort and compromising myself to update at least once a month. Here’s an overdue summer playlist. Slow and sensuous, but not mellow. Getting blitzed at some bar deep south or maybe drinking on a porch in the middle of nowhere. Maybe fantasizing about it while cleaning your house because you’re drinking tea when you’d rather drink bourbon.
Notes: I’m happy to announce that reader Canis Major actually followed my million dollar advice from the last post and took that perfect Jacqueline Taïeb song and turned it into a wicked Jay-Z styled sample. Here you go, share the love.
Image vía Snapshots 2012
I leave my cave to share my loneliness…
And say Hi!
- Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennett – Mon Amour (Synthesizer & Percussion, 1974)
I’m not sorry for the absence, because i’ve learned so much in that time. I’ve seen lizards, concrete and blue water. I’ve eaten my weight in chilli many times over.
Here’s a playlist dotted with casually sincere sounds and remarks. Hawkshaw & Bennett “Lords of Library music”, Velcro, a charming and highly adequate Melbournian, Madcliff & Brunelle with their forgotten gems of late 20th century Americana.
“Hello Beach Girls” is in there for good measure. Enjoy whatever weather you’re given, overcast days usually make for better photographs.
“The word arse is as much god as the word face. It must be so, otherwise you cut off your god at the waist.”
List of songs about or related to body parts. More textural than literal, onomatopoeia, gesture and touch. Blues, jazz and some Lord Quas for the heads.
+ Townes Van Zandt – Lungs
(Townes Van Zandt, 1969)
+ Dorothy Ashby – The Moving Finger
(The Rubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby, 1970)
+ Horace Silver - I’ve had a little talk
(Total Response, 1971)
+ Colosseum II – All Skin & Bone
(Electric Savage, 1977)
+ John Sangster – Hair
(Ahead of Hair, 1969)
+ Roger Waters and Ron Geesin – Mrs. Throat goes Walking
(Music from the body, 1970)
+ Quasimoto – Come on Feet
(The Unseen, 2000)
If you can think of any other good songs about body parts, please comment below. I’m building a collection…
art: Horace Silver – Total Response (detail of left panel of inner gatefold)
quote: DH Lawrence
It’s been a while, hasn’t it?
Today’s list is nostalgic, and includes a track by John Fahey (who I initially discovered on this very website). It’s slightly warped playlist to listen to on a sunday drive. Just like the pumpkins in the photo, it’s earthy and organic, but in a slightly bent and malformed way. Folky, country, electronic and exotic. A few of these original pressings fetch a mighty dollar online, so enjoy the rips.
1. John Sangster - Sunrise
(Australia And All That Jazz Vol.1)
2. Vashti Bunyan – Diamond Day
(Just Another Diamond Day)
3. John Fahey - In Christ There Is No East Or West
(The Legend Of Blind Joe Death)
4. Matthew Young - Dummy Line
5. Matthew Larkin Cassell – In My Life
6. Tony Wilson – I Can’t Leave it Alone
(I Like Your Style)
7. Nino Nardini & Roger Roger – Tropical