Friday, December 31, 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Songs for The Prom Mom

The Shirelles - "Baby It's You"

Garnet Mimms - "Baby Don't You Weep"

Stills from Permanent Vacation (1980) by Jim Jarmusch.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010



La Nina de los Peines - "Saeta: Pilatos Por No Dejar"

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Candy-Coloured Psychosis

Buddy Clark - "Livin' In A Great Big Way"

Ella Fitzgerald - "If I Were A Bell"

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A face on a lover with a fire in his heart.

The Revels Chorus & The Revels Children's Chorus - "Dona Nobis Pacem (Live)"

Monday, December 20, 2010


The American Boychoir - "Hodie Christus Natus Est"

The American Boychoir - "Gloria"

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Joan Baez - "Here's To You"

Image is of Sacco and Vanzetti's death masks.

Friday, December 17, 2010


Car l'étoile du berger, Said the Gramophone, a posté ses cent premiers chansons de 2010. Je les digère depuis cinq jours mais je dégotte toujours des pierreries (en fait, je n'avais jamais entendu les trois en tête...). J'avais fait l'acquisition des cinq chansons suivants pendant le cours de 2010 grâce aux mecs STG. Quelques ne figurent pas dans sa liste mais je les choisis parce qu'elles demontrent UNE veine/sonne que j'aime de Said The Gramophone: l'éther. Des chansons qui sont aériennes et floue mais sont, aux même temps, inflammables et enivrant...

Scout Niblett - "Just What I Needed"

The Black Angels - "The Sniper"

The Vaccines - "If You Wanna"

PS I Love You - "2012"

Surfer Blood - "Swim"

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The One Man Band

Joe Hill Louis - "Nappy Head Woman"

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


The Tiger - "Down The Road"

Ernest Rodgers - "Willie the Chimney Sweeper"

A morbid, now regrettable, flight of fancy lead me to Google the word eunuch earlier. Reading soon snowballed into listening to 'Ave Maria' as sung by Allesandro Moreschi, 'the last castrato'. An internal organ shrivelled.

"Dolphins Are Gay Sharks"

On screen, Dick Van Dyke has been rescued from untimely death by flying cars and magical nannies. Off screen, the veteran star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins had to rely on the help of a pod of porpoises after apparently dozing off aboard his surfboard. "I'm not kidding," he said afterwards.

Van Dyke's ordeal began during an ill-fated trip to his local beach. "I woke up out of sight of land," the 84-year-old actor told Craig Ferguson on his TV chat show. "I started paddling with the swells and I started seeing fins swimming around me and I thought 'I'm dead!'"

Van Dyke was wrong. "They turned out to be porpoises," he said. "And they pushed me all the way to shore." The porpoises were unavailable for comment.

Taken from The Guardian

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010


Mayako Halo - "I Believe You Jah"

bitmuch - "Bam Dub"

Jamaican music played on Japanese games consoles. Bitmuch? So what. Taken from the Rude Boy compilation.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday (Reprise)

(From "Nina Simone and Piano". Image by William Eggleston).

Friday, December 10, 2010

Peachy Keen


Alice Russell feat. TM Juke - "Hurry On Now"

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

El Botéllon


Grupo Naidy - "Mi Gallo Corococó"

Barrington Levy - "Captivity"

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

So Shoot Me

Conway Twitty - "Lonely Blue Boy"

Image is a still from El Topo (1970).

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Clean, Dirty, Instrumental

The Roots feat. Joanna Newsom - "Right On"

Mercy à Sister J x

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Laffy Taffy Chakras

FYI: The woman next to her is her Mum. Working on my impression.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Silver Magic Ships

Sixto Rodriguez - "Sugar Man"

I have this song looping over and over and over...


Choirs singing // church bells ringing, still I thought I would march out someone else's band for my 100th blog post (which had passed me by)..:

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Mercy à JJ x


Hugh Masekala & The Zulus - "Aredze"

Many thanks to a Mr Michael Yates Crowley.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Voulez-Vous Coucher avec God? (1972)

By Michael Hirsh and Jack Christie. Read the Village Voice Review.


Sister Nancy - "Roof Over Mi Head"

Friday, November 12, 2010

Griffith Observatory.

Fleetwood Mac - "Dreams"

We looked at James Dean's head. It was on a plinth. His statue didn't have eyes, but he had his back to the view anyway. I pretended I could see as far as the sea but really, I just saw The Angels as a profusion of lights. A low-lying galaxy. Later, we looked through the Zeiss telescope - an action requiring step ladders. Supposedly, they had pointed it at Saturn but all we saw was a white dot on a dark blue square inch. It could easily have been drawn on, we said, and wondered if Saturn existed. You slept through the show in the planetarium, missing the lady proclaim that we are all made of stardust. Bullshit! we said afterwards: We're 90% water. And, what with e equalling mc² and all that, the other 10% must be little balls of energy, or light. Or something. So we drove down Sunset into the sunset and queued for a hot dog. Celine Dion had been to the same restaurant, her photograph was on the wall. I tried a root beer and felt bilious at it's soapiness. Back in your car, the fans blew out cool leathery air. At some point that evening we careered into a tunnel. It looked like a nostril in the hillside. We were listening to Fleetwood Mac and I've not forgotten that evening. Not yet anyway.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

I was like 'bibi, 'bibi, 'bibi...

Oum Kalthoum - "Alf Leila w Leila"

Photograph of Emam-Ali Habibi Goudarzi.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010


Junior Byles - "Beat Down Babylon"

Junior Byles - "The Long Way"

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Mpenzi La La

Busy Signal - "Da Style Deh"

Yaseen Mohammed and Saada - "Lala Mpenzi"

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010


Mott the Hoople - "Sea Diver"

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cardiac Fanfare


Sam Cooke - "Steal Away"

Stevie Wonder - "Hallelujah (I Love Her So)"

Friday, October 29, 2010

Dime Divas

Keri Hilson - "Turn My Swag On"

"My friends have often told me that I should model", Anna Szabo told a press conference in Budapest, "and they have frequently suggested that I should go for beauty pageants. So I applied for several contests, but I was always rejected at the entry stage, because the organisers invariably ruled out anyone with a criminal record. That's why I was so attracted to the Miss Mafia beauty contest. Because here, for once, my considerable criminal convictions can be used to my advantage."

Explaining the rules of the Miss Mafia contest, one of the competition organisers added that "contestants can only enter the competition after submitting a police mug shot to us, to prove they have a valid criminal background. As well as the usual statistics of hip size, bust size, weight, personality and poise, our judges are looking for other statistics, such as criminal charges, underworld associates, gang membership, and time spent behind bars. After a preliminary competition to weed out unsuitable contestants, the final contest will be held in the 8th district, in a bar that was once bombed out in a Mafia clan fight. We have thieves, fraudsters, gang members, bank robbers, and swindlers taking part as contestants and judges, so it should be an interesting night."

Monday, October 25, 2010


Some Velvet Morning

Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - "Some Velvet Morning"

Photograph of Marilyn Monroe

Monday, October 18, 2010

El Guincho

El Guincho - "Antillas"

El Guincho - "Bombay"

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Palm Wine Guitar Music

S.E. Rogie - "Do Me Justice"

this WORLD is UNREAL like a SNAKE in a ROPE

I wrote about Sublime Frequencies on Band of Gypsies a while ago and spent a surreal evening watching Omar Souleyman perform in an old WMC in the backstreets of Leeds in April. So, since I intend to be in India this time next year, I look forward to the release of the above film from the same label. I hope I see fire and tinsel and elephants and trumpets and goats.

Put Your Feet Where Your Mouth Is

The Tennessee Mountaineers - "Standing on the Promises"

Sunday, October 10, 2010

LYF (w o r l d u n i t e)

This much I know: though their visual identity is based in self-imposed mystique, WU LYF are a collective based geographically in Manchester. Their artwork and promo collages rebellion, religion and revolution; their music combines thrash and gospel - the sound of spectres moving through a concrete jungle: sharp-fisted and spooky: hoods up in heaven.


WU LYF - "Concrete Gold"



Mercy to Sister J of 40HEARTS.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Quarteto Em Cy

Quarteto Em Cy - "Tudo Que Você Podia Ser"

Russia in Colour

Taken from a photographic survey of the Russian Empire between 1909 and 1912 by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) using a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession. He used red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images.

View more here.