Friday, November 30, 2012

Yeah Baby

 A race of angels
Bound with one another
A dish of dollars
Laid out for all to see
A tower room at Eden Rock
His golf at noon for free
Brooklyn owes the charmer
Under me

His lady's aching
To bring a body down
She daily preaches
On where she wants to be
An evening with a movie queen
A face we all have seen
Brooklyn owes the charmer
Under me

A case of aces
Done up loose for dealing
A piece of island cooling in the sea
The whole of time we gain or lose
And power enough to choose
Brooklyn owes the charmer
Under me

Steely Dan - 'Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)' (1972)


Friday, November 23, 2012

Yeah Baby

A BBC connection here too: this has been playing on trailers for The Hour.

Drove me crazy trying to remember what it was.

Bass and drum loop from Brubeck's 'Take Five', vocal sample from Marlena Shaw's 'Woman Of The Ghetto' live at the Montreux jazz festival; blouse model's own.


St. Germain - 'Rose Rouge' (2000)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

2LO Calling

Did you know that BBC Radio turned 90 last week?

You might have missed it, on account of all the other brouhaha.

This is the commemorative 'sound collage' Damon Albarn made for broadcast across the Beeb's global network after they asked him nicely and let him have a rummage through the radio archives. There are snippets too of 21st century children airing their hopes and fears for the next 90 years.

I really like it.

The little tune he puts around the pips in the last thirty seconds is, in particular, gorgeous.

Thinking of putting this into a mix thingy along with clips from the shipping forecast, and some Eno.

Damon Albarn - '2LO Calling' (2012)

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Smiling Hour

A davyh vinyl rip.


Peggy Lee - 'Alright, Okay, You Win' (1962)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

More Than Enough To Last

So, yes there's all that. And all the usual too - 'now featuring dark mornings'.

A breather, a mug of tea, some Marvin and Tammi?

Oh I think so, don't you?

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - 'What You Gave Me' (1969)

Friday, November 09, 2012

Afraid Of The Dark

My Dad has dementia.

Last night we learned that he has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act because he has become aggressive towards my Mum, a woman he has loved unreservedly for 68 years. They took him away in an ambulance at 7pm.

I wrote here about my Dad's love of music, but I don't think the Readers Digest box sets have been played for years, most have gone to charity shops, and the easy listening cassettes are gathering dust on their crappy Woolworths plastic carousel.

Throughout my childhood he would sing random snatches of popular songs from the 40s and 50s in a bad, mock Howard Keel baritone, with parodic lyrics ('Hey there, you with the straw in your ears').

All those old Rodgers & Hammerstein numbers were grist to his mill of mangling.

He'd have gone for the Carousel version of this, but as his last son and a 60s baby, I'm posting Gerry.

And trying to keep it together.

Friday, November 02, 2012

The Freestyling Hour

So Mr Perry, what were the skies like when you were young?


I am grateful to the Laird Of Lanark for bringing this to my attention.

And I shall require a beverage.

The Orb featuring Lee 'Scratch' Perry - 'Golden Clouds' (2012)